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disruption or hardship in coverage. while we pull this albatross off the back of the american economy. we're going to make it easier working with majorities in congress. health savings account so they can pay first dollar expenses for their health. i'm proud to say the idea of a tax-free account to pay for medical expenses was pioneered back in indiana. health savings accounts basically allow you to control your health care dollars, pick your doctors and treatments that work best for you without interference from insurance or government bureaucrats. instead of subsidies to big insurance companies the way obamacare does donald trump will push health savings accounts to provide assistance to the american people through health
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savings accounts. the truth is there is an old saying that when everybody in the house is healthy. when one person is sick, you have only one problem. we can relate to that. health savings accounts empower families to meet their health care needs. they can pick the plan that works for them and their family and gives them the peace of mind that if someone in their household is sick or has a major medical problem they will have coverage and they will have the treatment. that they need and deserve. when it comes to medicaid, you know, medicaid started in 1965 as a health insurance program for the poor. 50 years later, frankly medicaid is not only broke, it's broken. obamacare put the majority of new people receiving coverage into a broken medicaid system. we said no thanks to expanding
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traditional medicaid. we fought for almost two years to make coverage more widely -- >> as we see mike pence outside of philadelphia, right now on a special edition of "andrea mitchell reports" live from sanford, florida. seizing the day. donald trump trying to turn the new clinton e-mail controversy into a reboot for his campaign. >> if hillary is elected, she would be under protracted criminal investigation likely followed by the trial. this is just what we need. as to work for a review. we'll have the latest on the e-mails and talk to senator pat lea leahy. focus on florida. hillary clinton back in the sunshine state for the third time in a week. today being introduced by alicia
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machado, clinton's secret weapon in the closing moments of the first debate. >> miss piggy, miss housekeeping, miss eating machine. >> to your face? >> yes, all the time. >> we've got one week to go. the state of the race as we start the final sprint. nonstop come paining by the candidates and their surrogates fanning out across the battleground states. plus, the back story from the back of the plane. we'll explain why this woman was smiling. good day. i'm andrea mitchell in florida where hillary clinton will be campaigning three stops today and tonight. as the campaign pivots from an uplifting message planned for the final week to attack mode to
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counter the fbi bombshell that unnerved some followers and breathed new life into donald trump's campaign. our new nbc news survey monkey online poll has clinton holding steady six points ahead of donald trump in contrast to a daily tracking poll that has trump leading clinton by one point. that's a dramatic 12-point swing from last week. this poll is an outlier so far. trump and mike pence are in the philadelphia suburbs this hour trying to make their case against bank. -- obamacare. fbi agents are still sifting through messages discovered last week and notified the fbi director of. huma abedin's lawyer tells the press she knew nothing about her e-mails being on that laptop. she turned her devices over the to the fbi months ago. pete williams joins me now.
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where do we stand today, pete? >> i don't know. that's the best information i have. the process has a long way to go. we thought initially and there was optimism among investigators as well that they could apply this offer andot done. i'm told they don't at this point know what the percentage of e-mails they found with those found during the clinton e-mail investigation. what i can't tell you because they can't tell me is how long is this going to take, will it be over by election day. that's what everybody wants to know. that's what they want to know. there is no good answer to the question yet. >> well, you know, pete. that's really bad news for the clinton team. this is a shadow hanging over them. they were trying to ignore it
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initially. then as you know they struck back hard, got more aggressive last night. also pivoting yesterday, attacking donald trump on his ability to handle nuclear weapons. today the women's issues with ads reinforcing the message. they clearly have concerned if not for how the overall races will go. is there any chance, do you think, remaining or is it too early to say whether or not these computer programs will work to the extent they can find out whether there are any new e-mails from huma abedin that might have to be checked with the intelligence agencies. is there still a chance there could be some hillary clinton e-mails? >> i guess yes to those questions. yes, technically it's working fine. that's a question we did ask. have there been technical hiccups, something that didn't work. software that didn't go as
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planned. i'm told none of that. it's all going according to plan. there are a lot of e-mails to go through here yet. and the process just isn't an instan tan thousand one. some experts said that's the term they use for eliminating documents. that's a matter of hours. but the folks we are talking to say it's just not going like that. they can't tell us when this will be done. is it possible to be done before the election? yes. in terms of speculating what's going to be found, nobody is there yet. nobody has any idea how it will work out. >> pete, finally, the really aggressive hit coming from the clinton campaign last night was over the allegation that the fbi director was reluctant to join the intelligent community on october 7th when they went along and issued their statement pointing to russia as being behind the hacking.
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hacking that could be an attempt by russia to meddle with an american election. all the hacks were against democratic targets. that said they were questioning whether or not he had, in fact, in those internal deliberations been reluctant because it was close to the election to make a statement fingering russia saying why that standard being and observing the 60-day practice to not get involved in anything political. at the same time as leaping onto the issue with huma abedin when he didn't have possession, when the fbi didn't have possession yet or access to those e-mails in that laptop. they claim it was a jaw-dropping double standard. any response from the fbi to that or what you are hearing? >> yes. i know there are former officials who made the claim about the fbi director. i'm told it's true that he did think it was too soon to say, to
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make the attribution against russia but his concern wasn't about the timing before the u.s. election was concerned. we are told with the quality of the investigation and the best way to say it is in a place to make the claim. he was concerned about the effect on the investigation. not the election. >> the way it's explained to me. the timing in terms of the u.s. election didn't enter into the calculus at all. the fbi director and attorney general had a meeting yesterday, a regularly scheduled national security meeting with others. after it was over the attorney general loretta lynch pulled him aside. they had a one on one. we are told it was cordial. the attorney general expressed support for the fbi director. talked about the seriousness of the whole e-mail business. the need to get it resolved quickly. asked how he's doing.
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and i don't know how long it lasted. both sides described it as cordial. >> pete williams has been all over the story from the beginning. thank you. senate democrat leaders not happy with the justice department's response to the letter demanding more answers by yesterday from the fbi. clearly that has not happened. pat leahy, former chair of the committee joining me now. what are your concerns, if any remaining concerns. >> for one thing i appreciate pete williams. he reports on the leaks from the fbi and department of justice. we have more information than we do directly from them. that's helpful. also pete has an understanding of how the law works ambassador explains it well. my concern is the same concern both republicans and democrats who have been in the justice
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department and that's why didn't they follow the normal procedure of not disclosing something 60 days before an election. i think one of the reasons why you see in conservative republicans have served. democrats have served as prosecutors. this is such a complete breach with what justice departments of both parties have had that they can't understand it. i spent eight years as a prosecutor. i'm still trying to figure out why somebody would disclose something they didn't know the answer but just raise a red flag. hillary clinton will be elected president, but you can see how donald trump has seized on this to try to make it a political thing. i'm going to throw you in jail as though it was some kind of
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banana republic. i can't understand why there is a complete misjudgment. i have to problem with the fbi investigating whether it is these e-mails or investigating as they should. we all know the russians have been doing. you don't release it just before an election. neither republican administrations nor democratic administrations have. >> the democrats and clinton supporters don't have a problem after july 5 when the fbi director essentially cleared her of wrongdoing and said he wasn't going to prosecute. that was also releasing the results of the dpags not within 60 days. that was more than 60 days out. that was within the justice department rules the fbi
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director is not the one who prosecutes. it's the department of justice that does. the fact is consistently republican administration, democratic administrations have kept it at the same 60-day rule. especially in this case where there are no charges pending. nothing coming out saying there would be charges pending. it just adds speculation. that's why you have the 60-day rule. that's why attorneys general like attorney general kasie and attorney general holder said we don't do this. it is why key republicans and democrats over the years say we don't do this. as a former prosecutor, i know prosecutors don't do it. i can't understand why this was done. >> senator, do you have any understanding about whether the e-mails being looked at are huma
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abedin's e-mails, how they got on the laptop. she said she doesn't know if that would have happened and if there were hillary clinton e-mails potentially involved. >> i have no knowledge at all. anything i know is what i have heard and the leaks have been made to the press about this. that's why normally you go through and do the whole investigation. you don't announce and say, oh, we have an investigation. maybe there is something there. maybe not. we'll let you know in a few weeks or so. that's never been done. i can't understand why mr. comey did this. i have a lot of respect for him but i don't understand. it is a boon to donald trump. hillary clinton said she turned over everything she has. she's not broken the law.
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of course she is going to be elected president. >> finally, do you have any concerns about the senate and how this may affect closed senate races in neighboring new hampshire, north carolina, missouri even. some of the other states, pennsylvania. >> every state is different. i'm up for re-election this year. i have been concentrating on my re-election year in vermont. i have heard good things from a lot of democrats running around the country. we'll see how it comes out. the control of the senate is in play. the republicans say they will block all supreme court nominee s. that's irresponsible for any party to do. because of that it will be more democrats elected.
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>> senator leahy, thanks for joining us today. we appreciate it. donald trump is outside -- i'm sorry. i didn't mean to cut off senator leahy. we are cutting now to donald trump speaking about health care. >> thank you very much, everybody. thank you. our replacement plan includes health savings accounts. a nationwide insurance market where you can purchase across state lines and letting states manage medicaid dollars, so much better. we will create quality, reliable, affordable health care in a free market where parents can make the health care decisions they really want to make for their families. it will be a much better health care at a much less expensive cost. we have outlined detailed
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solutions on so many other issues to make life better for every american family. while this is really -- thank you. while this is really a meeting -- and that's what it is -- a meeting of special people. i appreciate you all being here. it is a meeting talking about health care and obamacare. our plan for other things also include the bringing back of manufacturing jobs. [ applause ] >> we have to do it. we're going to bring back our manufacturing. we are going to bring back our jobs that form the backbone of the american middle class and our country as a whole. our jobs are being stolen. pennsylvania has lost almost 40% of its manufacturing jobs since nafta. a deal signed by bill clinton and supported by hillary clinton. the city of philadelphia has
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lost more than one-third of the manufacturing jobs since china joined the world trade organization. another bill and hillary-backed disast disaster. they will renegotiate nafta. we have the greatest negotiators in the world. we have a fair deal but a deal that goes in two directions. not one direction right into mexico and other places. and stand up to foreign product dumping. currency manipulation and unfair subsidy behavior. we are going to bring manufacturing jobs, lots of jobs back to pennsylvania. we are going to do it. it won't even be difficult. we are going to open modern
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mines and take care of our great miners. the miners have been mistreated horribly. we will be producing clean coal, oil, natural gas and shale energy. we are also bringing back our steel workers who have been so badly hurt. so badly hurt whose jobs have been stolen by the dumping of steel all over the state and frankly all over the country by china and other countries. nobody -- >> donald trump and mike pence in pennsylvania talking about their policies. donald trump interestingly talking about the dumping of steel, one of the big clinton campaign charges is he used chinese low cost steel, imported steel in major products including the latest trump hotel in pennsylvania avenue, washington, d.c.
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and that's hurt american workers and american steel products. joining me is peter alexander and kasie hunt awaiting clinton's first florida event in dade city. peter, why don't you recap the donald trump speech today? so far, has he mentioned the e-mail controversy which he was going after clinton about last night? >> he hasn't this morning. we were told he would be focused on the issue of, as he describes it, the disastrous obamacare premium hikes. at the same time he put out a tweet referring to hillary clinton's quote, bad judgment. the focus here has been on obamacare. he has one surrogate and they were side by side today. pence delivering the message about the fact they would get rid of the mandate suggesting that americans could buy insurance policies across state lines. he said he would take care of
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americans with pre-existing conditions. what's missing is the means to pay for this. that's the best in terms of solutions they have been providing today as donald trump repeatedly said the goal is to repeal and replace. looking for more meat on the bone in terms of what the replacement would look like. >> that's a base shaping message as well. it fits what house republicans have been leading the way on. it's reassuring to the base. interestingly in pennsylvania, according to our latest polling they are still behind double digits behind kasie hunt as well. the clinton campaign still riding on the polls. clearly nervous about the e-mail controversy hitting them so late in the game. >> that's right. clearly they have been trying to be as aggressive as possible in responding to every incremental development over the course of the last 24, 48 hours.
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both as it relates to news about their own side of things and also seizing, of course, on reports from yesterday night about connections between the russian government and donald trump. robbie mook holding a campaign there. sources feel they are still on track to come out ahead on election day. what was a sense of trying to get elected instead of worrying about herself hillary clinton shifted into a grind it out style of campaigning. the mood is more grim determination, i would say than it was a few days ago when things are much more up beat. she has three events here today. early voting numbers looking like there is a little bit of a
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straight up edge in vote by mail, vote in person than democrats do. democrats in the state of florida, a little bit more worried than they were a couple of days ago or last week. republicans a little bit more optimistic about how things might be turning for them. they want to focus on they believe the independent vote. trump has to win in the sunshine state. hillary clinton could afford to lose it and get to 270 electoral college votes. andrea. >> thanks so much. the new early voting numbers we are getting in. we'll have more on that later. florida is one state where the democrats think they have actually, at least the target numbers indicate democrats are pulling even with the republicans on early voting. in pennsylvania, georgia, arizona the republicans are ahead. indeed. more on that coming up. thank you kasie. thank you, peter alexander at the trump rally. coming up, one of the architects
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donald trump was slamming obamacare and outlining his plan to repeal and replace it. joining me is one of the architects of the affordable care act dr. zeke emmanuel from the university of pennsylvania. thanks for joining us. first of all your reaction to donald trump's -- >> glad to be with you. >> -- good to be with you. he's attacking hillary clinton for proposing single payer. our fact checkers say she has not proposed a single payer plan. that's one reason bernie sanders was criticizing her.
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>> you're right. he's confused on hillary clinton. he said his workers are having a problem with obamacare. it is not a problem with obamacare but with the health plan trump is offering them. now he's accusing hillary clinton of having and wanting a single payer. her platform does not advocate single payer. it suggests if we can't get competition from the health care industry a public option should be part of the mix. the exchanges are where private insurers buy insurance with subsidies. prices are going up. but we have some states where they are going up a lot. that's where they are not going up this much. under bush each year insurance premiums were going up on average 7.25%. 7:25% every year for the entire time george bush was president. increases are now less than when george bush was president.
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donald trump seems confused about health care and obamacare. >> there is a vulnerability now. the headlines saying the premiums are going up. not enough young healthy people join the system. they are more willing to pay the fines. he's got a point. you know, a broad point in terms of the politics of health care now. >> i agree with you. there is a lot of negative sentiment because of the announcement of big rate increases in places that can be cherry-picked. he's like a smart politician playing on that point. we should not ignore the fundamentals. the affordable care act has kept prices down compared to where they were on george bush. and another 20 million people. that's an amazing accomplishment. there are problems with it. all of us, the day i walked out
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of the white house from passing the affordable care act said this isn't a perfect bill. we know there are problems in it. that means you make mid course corrections. i would say ironically if you talk to conservative health policy experts, not the people advising trump who know nothing about health care but conservative policy experts agree with the people advising hillary clinton about 70% of the time. we can solve a lot of the premium increase with reasonable policies if we take the politics and the extreme rhetoric that has no basis in fact out of it. >> wishful thinking. thank you very much. thanks for being with us. >> i'm a policy guy, not a politics guy. that's where health care needs to go. >> we love you. >> solve the problems. >> thanks, zeke. appreciate it. coming up, from russia with love. the latest on the united states
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has russia been a third party in this year's election? with the u.s. intelligence community now confident that russia is trying to influence the u.s. elections in some way. now nbc news learned from law enforcement and intelligence sources that the fbi is conducting a preliminary inquiry, not an investigation but an inquiry into paul manafort and alleged tries to russia and russian oligarchs. he was set to receive millions in cash payments from a pro russian political party rg according to in "new york
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times." manafort said none of it is true and there is no investigation going on by the fbi that, quote, he is aware of. he said he never had ties to vladimir putin or dealings with putin and the russian government. joining me now is adam schiff. ranking member of the intelligence committee. let's untangle a little bit of this. his denial of an investigation could be completely accurate. that doesn't mean he would know if there were a preliminary inquiry which would be done leading up to the investigation as nbc news was reporting last night. congressman? >> that's true, andrea. the broader picture is there are a lot of disturbing connections between donald trump and the people he surrounds himself with and russia. when you add it to the fact that russia is so plainly as the administration acknowledged interfered in our election by hacking and dumping e-mails that are intended basically to hurt secretary clinton and help donald trump it paints a pretty
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terrible portrait of what's going on here. this is something i think the trump campaign has never tried to answer. probably the best answer they could give would be the release of donald trump's tax returns. that might at least tell us if there are financial interests that are driving his policies on russia. of course donald trump has spoken of putin, said he might recognize russia's illegal annexation of crime i can't, do away with sanctions on russia. he avoided any kind of criticism of russia. he said russia is trying to attack isis and syria when they are really bombing civilians. there has to be some explanation for this bizarre admiration and fascination that donald trump has with putin whether it's coming from advisers or his own financial interests is something voters often know before they go to the polls next tuesday.
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i'm skeptical that they will. >> as we look at live pictures of donald trump and wawa with mike pence as he's doing some retail campaigning. getting back to the point, the "new york times" is reporting no direct link between the russian government and vladimir putin. whether he's expressing sympathy or affinity to vladimir putin. there is no direct financial link they have been able to establish. >> the bottom line is we don't know. probably the best information that could help us determine if there are links. whether the tax returns show if there are investments in russia and if they are investing partners in russia close to the kremlin. in the absence of making them public it is difficult to know. i'm not permitted to comment on anything i or the intelligence community is looking at. the best evidence we can have is what the public reports show.
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what the newspapers have uncovered. what the candidate has to say. we either have to accept one or two conclusions, both troubling. that donald trump, as he said, is so admiring of putin because putin said something nice about him. that would be condemnation enough that he has such a fragile ego that when someone like putin praises him it's all it takes or there is more involved. the policy basis cannot be rationalized. russia is deeply antagonistic of the united states. there is no reason, no logical reason for trump to want to be such a cheerleader in effect for the kremlin. this is the view not just of democrats but republicans who served in gop administrations and had responsibility for national security matters. >> what's your level of concern about whether the fbi director did in unleashing this new study
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or inquiry into whether what might be on the anthony weiner laptop and introducing it to congress. donald trump is translating that into hillary clinton is a crook, illegal. she'll be locked up, go to jail if elected president. you have heard the rhetoric on the campaign trail. as soon as there was the announcement. >> and the director's letter was completely something that the director should have anticipated. i have a hard time. it makes it baffling and such a terrible error in judgment on the director's part. i served almost six years as assistant u.s. attorney. we didn't talk about pending investigations, closed investigations. when the director started sending out files to congress in drips and drabs, raw investigative material giving congress only a piece of the investigation and compounded
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that 11 days before the election by dropping this letter into everyone's lap that made itself the topic of great innuendo. also deeply unfair to secretary clinton. how do you defend against this. they are designed to be fair and make sure that the fbi stays above political reproach. that they don't perceive it as putting their hand on the scale. the fact that the letter now has been published before the election does open the director up to legitimate criticism that he's picking sides, talking about some of the investigations that may not be talking about others. those are questions that should not be taking place close to an election. it is bad for the bureau. it underscores what a serious
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mistake this was. >> adam schiff. ranking member on the house intelligence committee and former prosecutor himself. thanks for being with us. >> thank you, andrea. >> coming up, the state of the race with a mix of new polls. where do the candidates stand with only a week to go? mark murray joins us next for a reality check. this is msnbc the place for politics. live from battleground florida. now that fedex has helped us simplify our e-commerce, we could focus on bigger issues, like our passive aggressive environment. we're not passive aggressive.
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poll is created equally. you have different methodologies, different likely voter models. this is where the polling stands. yesterday we ended up releasing the online survey monkey nbc tracking poll. it shows a six-point lead for hillary clinton over donald trump. you have a reuters poll and an online poll with hillary clinton ahead of donald trump by six points. the abc/washington post poll you were just mentioning has donald trump up by one. that's been an interesting movement. andrea, we have seen a full 13-point swing over the past week or so. hillary clinton was up by 12 points just a week ago. now donald trump is up by one. what's striking and eyebrow raising most of the movement came before the big news on friday. >> what about our own nbc survey monkey poll. is there any way to advocate in
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that online poll the james comey news. >> there is a great way to look at it. let's go to the next screen. it shows hillary clinton monday through friday essentially before the big comey news happened enjoyed a six-point lead over donald trump. saturday and sunday the lead was exactly the same with the same percentages. it's worth noting our online poll interviewed 40,000 likely voters. there is a big sample to gauge. did the needle move at all? according to our poll, it didn't. >> let's look at the battleground poll. in new hampshire, hillary clinton has a seven-point lead. that's consistent with the polling we have seen. donald trump has been unable to take over hillary clinton in new hampshire. then in pennsylvania, hillary
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clinton according to this franklin marshall poll has an 11-point lead. andrea, that's also consistent with our own nbc "wall street journal" marist poll from october. i would say if hillary clinton is up by double digits in pennsylvania, high single digits in new hampshire, chances are she's not down one point in the national poll. >> one quick question about two critical senate races, the kelly ayotte race. of course to new hampshire. did she then pull it. with ayotte which is neck and neck. >> going into the senate race in pennsylvania, the same poll has mcginty up 12. if hillary clinton wins decisively that will help the democrats in the race. in new hampshire we have a close contest between maggie hassan and kelly ayotte. the polling is tight there. that's a race to watch a week
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from now on election night. >> mark murray, thank you. coming up, we are on florida and the battleground state right here that are going to decide this election. first president obama having fun making a pitch to millennials. there is a serious point here to get out the vote in full frontal with samantha b and getting critiqued on his halloween costume. >> i'm dressed up as what happens when young people vote. >> someone gets really old really fast? >> that's -- not it. >> is that like white spray paint or fun halloween cobwebs up there? >> sam, i'm still president for three months. careful.
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frus the white house today. thank you very much. this whole fbi flap occurs as people are voting. as of today we are told by target smart 26 million americans have voted. 12 million in the battleground states and 12 as well. if you look at those states the advantage goes to the republicans. let's see, democrats first outpacing republicans in democratic affiliated voters. colorado, iowa, michigan, north carolina, nevada, ohio, iowa and wisconsin. also in arizona, georgia and pennsylvania more republican affiliated voters and here in florida it's neck and neck. what is that telling you about the level of enthusiasm and how many votes the democratic ground game is able to bank even as the
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whole mess was unfolding. >> if hillary clinton goes on to win if you look she's got to be considered a considerable favorite. if she does so, a good portion of the credit should go to the fact that she built the strong ground organization that banked lots of votes. it is unlikely the clinton campaign wants to spend the last five to seven days of the campaign talking about the fbi investigation and they already have lots of votes in the bank. donald trump famously/infamously said he didn't believe in voter i.d. and big data. he believed in big rallies. i think he is clearly trending upwards, andrea. without a way to capture his voters, the enthusiasm for him he'll leave votes on the table
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that should be for him. he's not in a position to do that. >> sam stein, the mood in the campaign. let me show you a picture of last night, halloween night. the flight back from cleveland, ohio. the candidate was having a good time with the staff. i have to tell you that the mood on the campaign has changed dramatically since friday when it was described as a punch in the gut. this unexpected fbi turn going back to the e-mail controversy which they thought they put to rest. they were already moving towards an uplifting message. it will be alicia machado and everything he said about women, they are going back to attack mode. they are trying to close it out
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now. against head winds. >> i couldn't see the image you put up. i don't have a monitor now. i assume it is of the clinton campaign. seems like a great image the way you described it. from my talks with people on the campaign they are shell-shocked. they didn't want to spend the closing week going to war with the fbi director. but it is the hand they were dealt. they feel this is the card, this is what they have to do. they feel semi confident that they have turned the conversation away from the investigation, more to the conduct of fbi director comey. it is not the uplifting, promising message they want to close out on. it is what it is for them. they have structural advantages chris alluded to. those have been disconcerting in recent days, particularly african-american turn out in critical states is lagging behind what was witnessed in 2012. they respond by saying, listen.
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you can't judge everything by early vote turnout. some of the votes have laws that limited the number of days available for african-american turn out and, of course, you have the upcoming weekend before the election where african-american turn out is more populous on the weekends. wait and see. this is not what they wanted to be doing. they didn't want to go with the fbi director. they hope to change the conversation in the next couple of days. they have to run through it, i guess. >> they have the president and michelle obama as their best surrogates. president going to ohio again. bill clinton in florida as well. last night at the white house it was the last halloween for the obamas. there was a wonderful moment there. i'm sorry you don't have a camera to see it. michelle obama and the president greeting a child dressed up as a lame duck. great sense of irony there.
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