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this sunday an explosion in new york city injures dozens. another device is founded blocks away. >> it sounded like a million pianos dropped. donald trump ends one false claim. >> president barak obama was born in the united states, period. >> and embraces new ones. >> hillary clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. i finished it. >> did he end it?
or did he just revive an issue that's bound to hurt him? i will talk to tim kaine and trump campaign manager kelly ann conway. margin of panic. with the polls tightening, that's one way to describe what hillary clinton supporters are feeling. what's behind clinton's sinking numbers? joining me for insight and analysis are alex castellanos, maureen dowd, cornel belcher and katy tur. welcome to sunday, it's "meet the press." good sunday morning. americans woke up with yet another reminder that we're all living under the threat of violence and terror. an explosion rocked lower manhattan around 8:30 last night later, a second pressure cooker device, a pressure cooker bomb like the one in the boston
marathon attack was found just four blocks to the north. nbc's correspondent richard engel, who happened to be on the scene last night, joins me this morning. richard, what can you tell us what we have learned about this incident this morning? >> reporter: well, it was a loud explosion. it didn't cause a great deal of damage. it shattered a lot of windows and apparently went off inside a dumpster. some windows up as high as the fourth story were shattered. we're not seeing a lot of scorched ground, we're not seeing a huge crater. it seems to have been a crude explosive device. a few blocks from where i am, an unexploded device was located in a pressure cooker. it looked very homemade, the thing you could find the recipe for online. the investigation right now is focusing on the linkages. who may have been responsible. was it a group of people? is it linked to a pipe bomb explosion that went off earlier
yesterday in new jersey? but so far, doesn't seem to have caused many casualties. about half of those two dozen people or so who were injured have already been sent home. >> given that your beat takes you to the middle east and obviously, you spend a lot of time in turkey, any of your international sources finding any claims? anybody taking credit for this outside the united states? >> reporter: i haven't seen any credible claim. just talk and chatter. but i haven't heard of any connection to international terrorism or anything on that level. unfortunately, it is not just the middle east. the last year or so, i've been covering a lot of scenes like this all across europe as well. that's what the immediate concern was, did something happen in the united states? but i will say, this doesn't seem to be the kind of attack that one would stage if you want to kill many people. putting a bomb in a dumpster or
putting it by -- with a timer by a race, it is not the most -- not the kind of -- similar to the attacks we have seen where people open fire with assault rifles and things like that. >> richard engel on the scene last night when it happened, thanks very much. that explosion last night in new york, as richard was referring to, was not the only event yesterday. they may be unrelated. they may not be. there were incidents where a pipe bomb-style explosion along a 5k route in seaside park, new jersey, during a race richard was just talking about, it is being investigated as a potential terror incident. no one was hurt there. eight people were injured in a mall in minnesota where a man dressed as a security officer, carrying a knife, reportedly made references to allah before he was killed by off duty police officer. let me bring in pete williams. let me start with the new york city incident. the mayor specifically essentially said, it's not clear
this is a terror incident. okay. what did he mean by that? it was an intentional device. it seems like we are parsing words. >> i think thaers right -- that's right. when he was speaking, he was -- we don't have enough evidence to say whether it's a terrorist incident or not. there's a considerable amount of luck involved here. first of all, the bomb went off in new jersey before the race started. that was apparently a timer. the race was delayed. that's luck number one. secondly, that device in new jersey, which was three pipe bombs taped together, didn't go off enentirely. that's the second piece of good luck. third piece of good luck, the second device in new york didn't go off. there's a lot of evidence for the investigators to look at. one big question is, what do they see in common with the two devices? the one in new jersey, the one in new york, assuming they can ultimately -- >> investigators are working new jersey and new york as potentially one person or one group? >> well, they want to know whether there's a connection. they want to know if it's the same person or group. broadly speaking there are
similarities. electronic timers, probably cell phones in both those things. but on the other hand, these are instructions that are, unfortunately, widely available. the al qaeda magazine, inspire, has run articles about how to build similar devices. they will look at the very microscopic level, how were the wires connected together, that kind of thing. >> tell me what we know about minnesota. is that also definitely unconnected, or is there some thought there -- >> there's no reason to think they're connected at all. that appears to be a coincidence of timing. nothing similar at all. they will be looking at the man's past that was shot and killed in the minnesota incident, looking at his residence, seeing if he was inspired by isis propaganda or whatever. >> going back to new york city, there's probably more cameras in new york city than any city in the world. i assume -- i have to think they may think they might have suspects in mind or persons of interest. >> they have some video. it appears that the device that did go off in new york was dropped into this dumpster
outside the buildings there. that's another difference between new york and new jersey. lots of -- there are cameras everywhere in new york. not so lucky in new jersey in finding surveillance video before hand. but that's another productive line of inquiry for them. >> pete williams, i know you will work the story. get me, we'll share. thank you, sir. both presidential candidates responded to the news last night. in colorado springs as the news was breaking, donald trump called it a bomb, a description that still isn't technically being used by officials in new york. >> just before i got off the plane, a bomb went off in new york. nobody knows exactly what's going on. we are living in a time, we better get very tough, folks. we better get very, very tough. >> later after an event for the congressional black caucus, hillary clinton also responded. >> i think it's always wiser to wait until you have information before making conclusions. >> news of the explosion comes after the new more controlled
donald trump has looked more like the old unscripted donald trump in the past 48 hours. first trump finally dropped his false suggestion that president obama wasn't born in the united states and then immediately made another one. >> hillary clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. i finished it. i finished it. you know what i mean. president barak obama was born in the united states, period. >> for what it's worth, the controversy did not start with hillary clinton's 2008 campaign. there's evidence some supporters did go rogue spreading around the rumor. it did start on the fringes and promoted by the far right. it has been promoted and nurtured by donald trump for five years. second on friday night, trump again raised the specter of
violence against hillary clinton. he did it again by arguing, falsely, that hillary clinton wants to abolish second amendment. >> i think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. they should disarm. let's see what happens to her. take their guns away. okay? it would be very dangerous. >> clinton campaign immediately condemned those remarks but hopes that they will help slow trump's momentum in the polls. joining me now is the senator from virginia, tim kaine. welcome back to "meet the press." >> good to be with you. >> before i get into the campaign, i want to get your reaction to the events that happened yesterday, the explosion in new york city. you also had incidents both in minnesota and new jersey. all unrelated. let me ask this, it certainly creates concern this idea that terror now is an everyday part of life that we have to worry about. what can a president do? what should a president do to try to deal with this -- with
this threat that is now hitting the homeland? >> well, chuck, it's really important, and i would say experience really matters. as you know, hillary clinton was new york senator on 9/11 and was there at the world trade center as they were still looking for survivors. she's been through this. it's been a searing experience in her life. she was part of the national security team that worked together to revive the hunt and wipe out bin laden. it's an important time where you have to have experience. you have to support the military. that's really important. on these instances, whether they are in our cities or european cities, the key is having intelligence and having strong alliances where you can share intelligence. that's the way you stop one-off attacks is through intelligence sharing. you don't get the intelligence sharing unless the alliances like the nato alliance is strong. >> this is a new normal that americans have to deal with? >> well, look, i don't accept that. i don't accept it's a new normal.
we don't know yet about the cause of these incidents. we're not allowing it to be a normal. we're trying to destroy isis right now. the second news from yesterday is the punishing campaign that we're waging again. isis is shrinking isis on the battlefield. that's good news. the challenge is, as isis realizes they are losing ground, then they see whether they can exploit weaknesses elsewhere. military strength to shrink isis and beat them on the ground, but then the intelligence sharing to stop attacks. that's what we have do. >> senator, let me move to the campaign. in new hampshire the other day, you called the choice between donald trump and hillary clinton near existential. is that hyperbole? do you believe our existence is at stake here? >> i think the fidelity to our values is at stake, chuck. let me say, i think it's a contrast in vision.
one of the thing i've done on the trail the last few days is showing these two books. hillary has a book filled with our campaign platforms and policies. we call it stronger together. donald trump wrote a book when he decided, i want to run for president, and the book is called "crippled america." that is the vision choice that americans have in this election. let's just use one example. the equality principal. donald trump for five years was pushing the completely false notion that president obama wasn't born in the united states and wasn't an american citizen. chuck, it's really important to know how painful that is to so many people. because as you know, from the time african-americans came here to jamestown in 1619, through the dread-scott decision in the 1850s, if you were an african-american in this country, you could not be a citizen, whether you were a slave or free or born here or born elsewhere, you could not be a citizen. we had to fight a civil war and change the constitution to change that. when donald trump for five years has been promoting the notion
that an african-american president is not a citizen, that is extremely powerful and painful to african-americans and to others who know this painful chapter in america's history. >> why is this election so close? why in the last three weeks, this election has gone from where you had a lead and we can debate the margin of it to now where he now has a viable path to the presidency that frankly didn't seem to exist? how did this happen? if everything you are saying is true, how did this happen? >> i think it's because we're a close nation, chuck. you know i come from virginia. i am used to only close races. i encourage secretary clinton to run in 2014, but i told her, you are the underdog until they call you the winner. we went into the convention. it was essentially tied. we did come out of the philadelphia convention with a good lead. it settled back down and it's close. we think it's going to be close. we just have to make our case every day about the basic pillars of the campaign, an
economy that works for all, being safe through stronger alliances and building a community of respect rather than disrespect. >> clearly, one of the problems that you have is you are struggling to rebuild the obama coalition, particularly voters under 35. i want you to take a listen to some voters we talked to yesterday, who were bernie sanders supporters, who are struggling to support hillary clinton. here it is. >> i think it's a lack of trust. from releasing transcripts with big speeches on wall street, something -- some of the things that bernie brought out himself in the debates and other things like that. i think that's what people are still holding on to. that's what i'm still holding onto for a little bit. >> i think a lot of people who were so supportive of bernie during the primaries feel offended, feel betrayed. i think it's going to take a little while to earn that trust. >> her message wasn't directed towards millennials and those in college. i definitely think bernie can help her with that. >> the numbers are clear, senator kaine. votes under 35 are not enthusiastic about her. they are as interested in gary johnson as they are hillary
clinton. if you don't have them, you don't carry north carolina, florida, ohio, virginia. i think you know that. >> yeah, we've gotta win them, chuck. let me lay it on the line. do you believe in climate science or don't you? millennials do. hillary clinton and i do. donald trump doesn't. do you believe women should be able to make their own healthcare decisions or don't you? millennials do. hillary clinton and i do. donald trump doesn't. do you believe in immigration reform or don't you? we do, millennials do, donald trump doesn't. do you believe in lgbt equality? we do. millennials do. donald trump doesn't. finally, do you have a plan to deal with college affordability? we have one. millennials need one. donald trump with trump university has ripped off students. look, it's on our shoulders to make the case. but on at least five litmus test issues, the difference between hillary clinton and donald trump are vast.
>> you didn't mention one thing, that is the issue of trust and transparency. one thing i noticed with all of the policies that the hillary clinton campaign and your ticket has put out, there's nothing on government reform, nothing on transparency, nothing on how she would -- it's a big difference between her and what senator obama promised. he talked about bans about lobbyists working in the executive administration. some of his proposals, they didn't all go through. but he made pledges and created transparency, made decisions that were necessary and a lot of people wanted to see. why nothing from that -- from secretary clinton? trust is her biggest problem. yet there's no pledge about what she's going to do to conduct a transparent white house. >> two things on that, chuck. first, i think it's understandable that young voters and others want to get into this question. they need to also assess a donald trump who won't release his tax returns and who has ties with foreign governments that he refuses to reveal. let's go to hillary clinton. she has said one of the first three pieces of legislation that she's going to push in the first 100 days of her administration
is to dramatically change the way campaigns are financed. this is fundamentally about reform and transparency. as you know, we've allowed our campaign finance system to go to a dark money super pac, non-transparent system. democrats support significant reform. we do that as -- it's the heart of the reform of government. >> you think she's credible on this issue considering how associated she is with big fundraising and things like that? >> absolutely. because we disclose our donors. we disclose them in the campaign, the foundation discloses the donors. remember, it was the trump foundation that was just caught making an illegal campaign contribution and trying to cover it up. we're all about disclosure and transparency. we really do think reforming the way campaigns are financed is the most important transparency government reform the nation needs right now. >> senator kaine, i have to leave it here. i know we're pressed for time. thank you. be safe. >> thanks. when we come back, we will
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welcome back. it has been a whirlwind 96 hours. that's pretty much the description for any 96 hours during this campaign. joining me now is the campaign manager for donald trump, kellyanne conway. welcome back to the show. >> hi, chuck. thank you. >> let me start with friday's news first. how and when did donald trump conclude that the president was born in the united states? >> you will have to ask him that. that's a personal decision. but we heard very clearly the three things he said on his own time line in his own terms on friday. number one, that associates of the clinton campaign started this bitterism question in 2007, questioning senator obama's american roots. the iowa volunteer coordinator and, of course, as the mcklatchy d.c. bureau chief at the time, now former, has confirmed that
sid bloom e e e e e en -- blume him that senator obama was born in kenya. they sent somebody to africa to check it out. donald trump was not running for president against barak obama in a bruising primary in 2008. that was hillary clinton. two, donald trump said he put this to rest. hillary clinton couldn't close it, get the information he did. number three, you heard him say president obama was born in this country, period. he is moving on to all the things he talked about this week, tax reform, childcare tax credits. we got the endorsement of the fop, the fraternal order of police. huge endorsement. they did not endorse anybody four years ago. they endorsed more popular, likable clinton in 1996. we're happy with the developments like this. >> what i'm curious about is what cares about the clinton incident? donald trump for five years perpetuated this. this has been arguably part of his political identity for the last five years. what difference does it make whether clinton does it?
why do two wrongs make a right. forget clinton. why did he perpetuate it for five years? after hillary clinton. >> respectfully, i disagree. it makes a huge difference as to who started this. hillary clinton never saw barack obama coming in 2008. that was her campaign. she was going to win. he beat her in the primary fairly and squarely. then they never saw bernie sanders coming. they haven't seen our comeback of the last month. she's not nimble, she's not resilient. it's expected. she deserves it. it's her turn. so i do think it matters where it started. frankly, on this as he has been running for president of the united states, this year, donald trump has talked about every policy issue that there is. we have a few more to go. but if people want to hear what he thinks about policies that affect them, the economy, radical islamic terrorism, but let's be fair, senator kaine told you before this segment, if you want to see what we think about policy, we
wrote a book. go to our website. really? we're out there every single day -- >> kellyanne, hang on a minute. you guys in a press release on friday called birtherism a smear. you used the word smear. so for five years -- you were doing it to try to attack hillary clinton. does that mean for five years donald trump was perpetuating a smear? if he was, why didn't donald trump apologize to the president? why didn't donald trump apologize to the family of somebody who died in a plane crash where he tweeted out innuendo this person somehow was involved in some coverup with the birth certificate? if your campaign believes it's a smear, shouldn't donald trump apologize to the president? >> we were reminding people where this started. it was used as a smear against senator obama by clinton campaign associates. by the way, not a bunch of summer interns who just got it all wrong and were a little bit too ambitious.
these were chief strategists, pollsters, long-term confidants who were pushing this. in 2007 and 2008, chuck, donald trump wasn't running against barack obama for president. he wasn't smearing him about this. he was building buildings. he was being his successful sevilla job creator. he was revitalizing communities. he was doing economic development everywhere. he had a new project. let's be fair -- it does matter. i respectfully disagree. it does matter where it started. >> >> kellyanne, in 2012 when he was thinking about running for president, he tweeted things like this. an extremely credible source has called my office and told me that barack obama's birth certificate is a fraud. in 2012, when i was 18, people called me donald trump. when he was 18, barack obama was
barry. those are a number of examples when he was running for president where he was bringing up this issue. how do you -- how can you totally dismiss this as part of his political identity? >> chuck, i think the only people left obsessed about this are those still covering it. mr. trump made very clear -- we hardly get clarity from the clinton campaign on very much. he took to the podium and took maybe a minute or less to state three very crisp things. now he has moved on to issues people care about. it's remarkable to me to be out there with people and hear what they want covered. i'm looking at nbc's poll this morning. i don't see this issue anywhere in the top 40. i mean top 20. >> i get what you are deflecting. if i were in your shoes, i understand why you are deflecting. hang on. this is five years of his political identity. by the way, let me ask you this, now that he believes the president was born in the united states, i think has he made a $5 million charity offer or $50 billion charity offer, is he going to pay up on that front? >> you would have to tell me the details of that before i can answer that question. however, i do have to say -- i do want to get back to the point, tightening up in the polls.
nobody wants to talk about the polls because they're tightening and we're up. >> we're talking about it throughout the show. i want to talk about friday. >> the other thing -- we can talk about friday all you want. i appreciate -- i can't believe so many in the media were upset they had to give 25 minutes of coverage to these incredible veterans and military heroes who took the stage for them. don't they deserve 25 minutes of coverage? everybody is stomping their feet again because people get themselves up in this tizzy and project onto our campaign what they think is about to happen. they keep on being dissuaded -- >> wait a minute. i want to talk about the friday event. why is he so comfortable using the presidential campaign, using -- teasing out this announcement where he called, i want to keep the suspense going. he talked about keep the suspense going. why did he feel so comfortable using this event on friday to promote the opening of his new hotel? is that how he's going to conduct himself in the white house? >> our campaign event wasn't the opening of the hotel. our campaign event were military generals and heroes. frankly, real heroes.
>> first words out of his mouth was nice hotel. it's pretty clear he was there to promote the hotel as well. >> unlike hillary clinton, he doesn't read everything from a binder that somebody has prepared for him. he is a funny guy. he went on jimmy fallon this week and showed america his lighter side. he got up and said, nice hotel. he has gone to other people's hotels and said, nice hotel. nice crowd. nice baby in the front. i mean, seriously? i'm sorry that the media thinks that it was going there for something. they didn't need to go there. they don't need to cover him, but they want to cover him. by the way, if you look at people's twitter feeds after that event, i think it was these were not profiles in courage. people are supposed to be covering our candidate, not slandering him. consistently on social media. i would say there's a lot of cleaning up to go there. >> let me ask another way of asking the issue whether he believes this or whether this was him looking at the election 15 days away and you telling him, hey, you've got to soften your image.
because he has been on now both sides of the following issues. birtherism, taxes for the wealthy, muslim ban, minimum wage, iraq invasion, abortion, liberty intervention, self-funding his campaign. accepting syrian refugees, japan and nuclear weapons. he has been totally changed his position on all of these issues within the last year. why shouldn't voters look at this and, including the birtherism comment on friday, and say, he is another politician who will say and do anything to get elected in the moment? >> first let me address something you said earlier in the question, chuck. let me put to rest everybody's assumption na i have ever told donald trump, soften your image. i walk in the trump tower and i'm reminded this man did very well for himself before i got here. he is his own person. his instincts are excellent. he is a people person. he is successful in tv. successful in business. secondly, to answer your question, this is a man who is running for office the first time. he's the nominee for president.
why? because people do not see him as a politician. you want to take statements he made, positions he took as a private citizen. hillary clinton has changed her mind. you told her running mate this woman -- you said to tim kaine, hillary clinton has these pillar problems of transparency and trustworthiness. she's done nothing to put to rest either one with all these days to go. i would argue that somebody who is not particularly liked and not particularly trusted by the public, as hillary clinton is not, really has nowhere to go. don't they feel trapped the polls are tightening now that we are giving our message to the voters and they are running $22 million of ads, according to democratic congressman quoted in the "new york times" in the last couple of days saying $22 million of ads was a waste. so she's not -- she's nowhere near where president obama was. with some of these coalitions. >> before election day, we are going to get a did he fib tiff explanation from donald trump on how, if he's elected president, that he will wall off his
corporation, wall off his kids, so that foreign policy decisions don't somehow get intertwined with his international business dealings. doesn't he owe the voters a detailed explanation how of how he is going to do this? it looks like we lost the feed. this was not on her. we will figure that out. it's been a busy morning. our apologies for that. our apologies to kellyanne. we will figure out this technical difficulty in a moment. we will be back in a moment with the panel to break everything down with what we just heard. later, we will discuss the other issue for clinton. where have her supporters gone? clinton's voters, that is. we'll look at one group that may be slipping away from her. ♪
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financial guidance while you're mastering life. no... they feel good? you wouldn't put up with part of a pair of glasses. so when it comes to pain relievers, why put up with part of a day? these are not useful. live whole. not part. aleve. welcome back. as you know, we do tape this live. in a few welcome back. as you know, we do tape this live. in a few minutes, as soon as we can get kellyanne conway back, we will let her answer that last question. let me bring in the panel. in fact, i'm going to go to her right now.
kellyanne conway, i understand we have you back. i want to give you an opportunity to answer that last question that i have. then we will end the interview. that question is, is donald trump going to present the american public an explanation of how he will wall off his business so that there are not even illusions or any cloud that would hang over foreign policy decisions and his international business dealings? >> chuck, thanks for the opportunity to answer the question. his son -- one of his sons don jr., addressed this in part on a different network on friday. of course, we will consult with experts on what must be done and comply with the laws and what is needed. let me say, i hope the same question is asked of secretary clinton now. i mean, they have said they will shut down the clinton foundation or get away from it, the family will get away from it if she's elected. why not now?
they were using the state department as a concierge for foreign governments who came in with cash asking for favors. they were given seats at state dinners. you will see folks were dropping a friend of -- >> donald trump is going to make a pledge he will never do any business, even remotely related to the trump organization, while in the white house? >> i don't make pledges on behalf of him. as i said, he complies with the law. we will ask experts at this campaign what needs to be done. we will follow the law accordingly. when he is president, he will be president for all americans and he is going to be -- it's going to be a full-time job for him. >> kellyanne conway, the good news is there are no conspiracy theories now either on our end or your end about that little satellite blip there. >> i would never feel that way. thanks for having me, chuck. >> thanks for your patience. >> the panel is is here. super pac, rebuilding america now. correspondent katy tur, maureen
doud. one of polsters in 2008. live television, it's all good. katy, i find it interesting donald trump over the last 48 hours has been a lot different than the donald trump you covered for the last three weeks. >> he was on prompter quite a bit. he has been off more. that campaign event or hotel promotion on friday was a lot different. he did try to give the cameras only, no editorial presence, a tour of his hotel. that doesn't jive with what kellyanne was saying. he was off script when he was talking about robert gates over the weekend, trashing him, off script when he was talking about calling it a bomb in new york before the officials were calling it a bomb in new york. he has been going after people on twitter quite a bit lately. maureen, you know about this. this is the donald trump that we were seeing more in the past. i think it's because he is getting more comfortable with the polls. he is rising in the polls. he feels like he can do it.
>> alex, you must have been happy for three weeks. then suddenly you are like, there's old donald trump again. undisciplined donald trump. is he cocky? >> i don't think you are seeing that. you are see -- he is always going to be donald trump. there is no other donald trump. i think as we have learned in this campaign. but i still think this long-term tread has been longer than three weeks. donald trump is moving up in the polls. hillary clinton is moving down in the polls. donald trump is strength in an uncertain world. he is change where we're heading in the wrong direction. i think sometimes we get lost in the minutiae of the campaign, all these small issues that aren't really central to anyone in making a decision about picking a president. >> maureen, you know him a little bitter than anybody at this table, i think, even more so than alex. he loves members of the media. he does spend time talking to members of the media, even as he hates on them. what are you seeing from him? >> i started covering him when he made his first foray in 1999. so a lot is the same.
because it's all his ego arithmetic. i said, why would voters vote for you? because i got great ratings on larry king. because x number of men hit on melania. it was these numbers of his sentinels of success. he said he was going to put his name x number of times on a building he had just built. in that sense, he is exactly the same. he is judging himself by these numbers. in another sense, he is completely the opposite. because he was this new york white rapper bling king and liberal and now he is an alt-right conservative, women should be punished for abortions, completely different guy. which guy would he be as president? >> let me bring up the birtherism issue.
does this -- what happened friday, did it put an end, as donald trump wants to say, or did it suddenly give the clinton campaign a way to motivate president obama more to help? >> thanks for poking me with a stick with the bitter issue. >> i know. >> it's something we've been tracking every since 2008, through the campaign. i'm going to be hawking a book next month myself. track sort of this would happen with racial and how it's impacted in the electorate. i'm not going to play nice games with this. this birtherism stuff is a soft place for racism to land. it's a soft place for racism to land, plain and simple. we have had a couple hundred years of presidents and none of them have had this attack on them. the other ing of the president, making him not a real american, it is -- >> by the way, let me ask you, you were on the '08 campaign with obama. do you want to clear up what you thought about what the clinton campaign, sydney blumenthal, what did you guys believe?
>> it's news to us that this was coming -- >> i don't think so. >> it's news to us. i was on the campaign. so for us on the campaign, we never saw this as something being driven by the clinton campaign. >> you never thought mark penn was trying -- you said -- mark penn wrote about other. did you think he was toying in that world? >> before you answer, i have it here. from his memo, which mark called lack of american roots in which mark penn says, quote, i cannot imagine america electing a president during a time of war who is not at his center fundamentally american in his thinking and values. now, if donald trump had said that in 2008, we would all be sitting here saying, well, that was the start of birtherism. >> he has been saying -- >> mark penn said this. >> it never came from -- it never came from hillary's mouth. >> just her strategist. >> it's coming from your candidate. it's been coming from him for quite a while. >> it did come from hillary clinton on a "60 minutes"
interview where she said, he was born in america, he's a christian as far as i know. on the other, as far as barack obama -- >> answer that part of it, alex. when do two wrongs make a right? he did it for five years after the fact. how do you explain that away? >> i would explain it this way. 's being on the trump team that i think these two candidates are being treated very differently on this very issue. because this is something that hillary clinton's campaign started when it was convenient for her but the media covers it as if it is only donald trump who has taken the campaign -- >> alex, i have to tell -- >> that's not an answer. >> there isn't -- there's an answer here. i think the big question about obama is not where he was born or his faith. the big question about obama has been, has he been -- has he considered himself more of a globalist than an american? there is an otherness to this president. people have tried to exploit that politically in different ways.
the clinton campaign tried to exploit it this way. the way their strategist said by saying his lack of american roots is an issue. >> make what donald trump has been doing for five or six years comparable to what -- that's not fair. it's not fair at all. it's not even close to being the same. >> then you should take that up with mark penn. >> i can take it up with hillary clinton. it's not something she's done. it's not something she pushed. it's not the same. >> i will pause the conversation here. we will come back, talk a little bit about the campaign and demographics after this. when we come back, in fact, it's headlines like this one from the "wall street journal" that may be keeping the clinton campaign up at night. we will look at why clinton's troubles with millennials could play a big role this november. and pull and struggle and fight and love to run your business. 's . and over the last 10 years we've helped one million business owners navigate every day challenges.
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but she can't afford to keep falling with that group. what do we learn from this? where are the millennials going if they're leaving clinton? in many cases, it's gary johnson who has gained. and others, those voters are simply moving to the undecided column. now clinton is trying to deploy surrogates across the country in an effort to try to yank the voters out and rebuild the obama coalition. among those surrogates is president obama himself. in fact, we will get to him when we come back in a moment. >> i will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. you want to give me a good sendoff? go vote. ] ♪ just can't wait to get on the road again ♪ [ front assist sounds ] [ music stops ] . [ beetle horn honks ] no matter which passat you choose, you get more standard features, for less than you expected.
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bake fresh foccacia and hand-slice avocado. there's nothing "or something" about it. let's bring back the panel. let's bring back the panel. "new york times," i think it was saturday, maureen, had an interview of these upper west siders panicking now. referred to it as the polls are showing a margin of panic for clinton supporters. describe this east coast freakout that i feel like you
have seen among the elite this week. >> right. my friends -- one of my friends calls it a national emergency. my friends won't even read any -- if i do interviews with trump. they won't read them. basically, they would like to censor any stories about trump. and also censor any negative stories about hillary. they think she should have a free pass because as she said, i'm the only thing standing between you and the ability. democratic strategists are -- >> there is -- let's talk about the numbers behind this concern. i pointed out the millennial issue. you have noted some of your work appeared in the "new york times." you noted there's an enthusiasm issue with the obama coalition. its voters under 30, young african-americans, young latinos, what is the concern
here? what hasn't she's addressed? >> obama was a great love affair for these voters. 62% of the voters were under 35. we brought in a cadre of new voters that spanned the electorate. that's part of why they won. they were obama voters. they weren't democratic voters necessarily. they are more with us than they are with republicans on the issues. in the frame of this conversation, does she have to expand and get that vote? yes. but at the same time, you see trump right now, he is going to get the lowest percentage of millennial voters of any candidate in the last decade. this will be three decades where republicans have lost young voters in a way that does not bode well for the future. >> let me show the importance of it. in 2012, barack obama lost voters over 30 in florida, ohio, pennsylvania and virginia but he carried all those states because he clobbered romney with voters
under 30. she's got an enthusiasm issue, but trump is not getting the voters. gary johnson is. >> trumps voters are excited. they are reagan democrats. the excitement is there in the trump campaign. where is the excitement in hillary clinton campaign? usually, it's in younger voters, black voters in a democratic presidential campaign. it's not there. the democratic establishment candidate is hillary clinton. if obama was a love affair, this is nanna clinton. nobody is excited about more of the same continuity in the democratic party. elizabeth warren, bernie sanders and obama can campaign all they want for her and they are pouring enthusiasm into a leaky bucket. it does not work. referred enthusiasm does not work in politics. >> quickly, i gotta tell you, two months out in 2012, we were wringing our hands over young voters as well. a lot of my republican friends said you will never get the
turnout from those voters. when you look at the issues that lock in where she is and he is, it's not a contest. >> they are not excited now. referred enthusiasm does not work. if you were to ask me, am i excited that cornell is going to have sex with sofia vergara, i would say, no, i'd be more excited if i was. >> you get everybody's attention with that one. >> there is excitement at trump events. but there is excitement -- >> there's excitement at trump event. i will say this about what alex is mentioning. we would see trump voters wait in negative 5 degree snowy temperatures in iowa for hours on end, six hours, to go see donald trump at a rally. my question is, are they going to wait in line to vote for trump if they -- if there are long lines? i think so. are hillary clinton voters going to take a day off work and wait in line? that's the big question. the excitement level is
different on the trump side, because they are so enthusiastic about him. >> let me sneak in another quick break, back in 45 seconds. what makes running for president these days so different than it used to be. >> coming up, "meet the press" end game, brought to you by boeing, building one century at a time. most allergy pills only control one inflammatory substance. flonase controls 6. and six is greater than one. flonase changes everything. ♪ ♪ ♪ take on any road with intuitive all-wheel drive. the nissan rogue, murano and pathfinder. now get 0% apr for 72 months, plus $500 bonus cash.
we are back now with end game. i did mention the great gsds we are back now with end game. did i mention the great maureen dowd is here. you have a book. you wrote something interesting in your introduction about just covering presidential candidates. you yourself have come to the conclusion that there are different things that go into what makes a good presidential candidate. you noted the resume argument. just because you have the longest resume doesn't necessarily mean you are going to make a good decision. you were noting you thought this was not necessarily the best
argument for president obama to make on behalf of hillary clinton. >> yes. well, i think we learned a lesson with dick cheney and donald rumsfeld that you can have the longest resume qualifications and still make the biggest mistake in foreign policy history. >> you know, cornell, i wonder looking back on what we have seen with clinton, and i wanted to bring this up in the last part of the conversation. has she spent too much time bashing trump? >> i think over the next 50, 60 days, i think focus on turning her attention to talking about who she is and what she's going to fight for. younger voters we've been talking about earlier, we still don't know her history and what she's fighting for. you will see a laser-like focus. >> it's september 18, man. >> we were nervous about the young voters in 2012. they came out, alex. >> it will be tougher this time. >> i guess -- go to, how does -- how does donald trump deal with
this temperament problem? if she's got this trustworthy problem, what does he do with the temperament problem. how does it go away? >> it's stays as jump ball. donald trump, his campaign, not either of them but america and the future and is there something better than what we have now. she has a problem with that. hillary clinton made this about her. she can't find a vision or a message. trump has make america great again. i think ultimately that's what might blow this up. >> all right, well, as we prove this to you, we do this live, not pretaped. that's for sure. before we go, quick programming note. amal clooney fighting on behalf of yezidi minorities.
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