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community at risk >> for the better... >> i was arrested for another false charge that she had made up... >> america tonight's special report sex crimes on campus: one year later on al jazeera america hi, everyone. i am john siegenthaler. welcome back. for the republicans t doesn't get much better than this. the party seized control of the u.s. senate for the first time since 2006. they picked up seven ceased. it's a big democrat for democrats and for the president w let's go to stephanie cy now following the results. there are lots of them. ceph knee? >> john, let's go through all of the g.o.p. races at this point. north carolina where republican tom 'til is defeated senator kay hagan. this was the g.o.p.'s pick-up
that tipped the balance of the senate evening. in west village, republican congress woman shelly more kapato beat jay rockefeller's seat. in arkansas, one term congressman and decorated war veteran tom cotton unseated democrat incumbent mark pryor. in south dakota, mike brown won the seat of tim johnson. in montana, an expected g.o.p. pick-up with steve dane winning that race against amanda curtis. finally, in iowa jonni earnest defeating bruce braley. i wan's electing their self their first female congress woman. in colorado, kori gardner ousting mark you remember udall. as you said, a great night for republicans so far, john. >> stephanie, thank you.
david, the biggest surprise tonight in your opinion? >> i think the biggest surprise is that congressman michael grimm, republican from new york under a 20 count criminal indictment, even he won his race. >> that's how bad a night it is, they couldn't beat the guy who was indicted. this is a complete wipeout for the republicans. in danger of it losing 15 or 16 seats. never mind the governor's mance and control of the senate. this will be the largest republican house majority in 60 years. >> that's how big this night is for the g.o.p. >> mike viqueira, democrats reading the polls, was there any sense they were concerned about a blowout like this tonight? >> i think we saw some statements in the closing hours of this campaign from the president and top leaders here in washington on the democratic side that definitely had a sense of foreboding. i don't think anybody anticipated some of the raises that we have seen, including the
governors' races where democrats in blue states are on the virg of losing. in neighboring maryland chris van holland is still locked in a tight race. it doesn't get any blueern maryland in beth he is did a and potomac maryland. harry reid now, the out going majority leadier as it turns ou has a statement congratulating senator mccould have beenel. this is remarkable. if you have, like i have, a front-row seat to the senate and you've ever sat up in the gallery in the balcony and watched these two men go at it, i mean there is no love lost. these are two men who do not even speak to each other in the same room whether the cameras are rolling or not. harry reid out with a statement, i would like to congratulate senator mccog, the message from voters is clear, they want us to work together. i look forward to working with senator mcconnell to get things done for the middle class. not so fast, john. not so fast on congratulating senator mcconnell for being the
next majority leader because ted cruz and this is a foreboding developments in itself. we talked about the thorn in its side that said ted cruz could be the republican leadership. he is not going so far to say he is going to support senator mcconnell for majority leader when that vote comes up in the republican conference. >> that could be an interesting situation. light me go to michael schur. what about your biggest surprise? >> i think so far, the maryland governor's race. this is just how telling this defeat was tonight for the democrats. the govern of maryland, it's an open seat, larry hogan, the republican, over anthony brown there. it is a race that may not have yet been called but it's been conceded. and it's really a shocking thing. what it means is that the democrats by the end of the night, john, will have only knocked off only one republican governor. this is the state houses was going to be where they made their stand that. didn't happen. vance mcalester, a david shuster
favor favorite, the kissing congressman from louisiana does go down. there will be no lance mcalester or vance mcalester for david shuster to kick around? >> darn. >> let me bring in jeany zano. what surprised you the most? >> how tight virginia was. those polls really had a 7 to 12-point margin any time you looked at them and when we are looking at the results as they have come in, it's been much different. i think the other thing that has surprised me is by how surprised everybody seems to be the president in his 60th year lost so badly. this is, if you go bang through american history, early 19th century or 1900s on up, this is what happens in tthis year of a presiden presidents's term. i agree the races a big dpeeft for the democrats. but when you are looking at the house and the senate, this is what happens every single year. >> we are hearing republicans tonight tweeting, take that,
mr. president. i mean they are really feeling their oats tonight. aren't they? >> yeah. celebrate, they won, they won. if that said, if there was a republican in the white house, it's the same thing on the other side. >> that's how it happens every six years. it has a lot less to do with the republicans offering up some grand program and plan to move forward. >> so david, we see that the senator from kentucky, the new majority leader, is going to have to deal with ted cruz. is that going to be tough? >> it's going to be awful tough. we have seen how difficult it's been for john boehner top deal with the tea party caucus that he's got. i mean he couldn't even bring anything related to immigration reform into the house even though it passed a bip basis because boehner was fearful that would cost leadership. you can imagine if mitch mcconnell is seeing ted cruz, part of the right in the republican senate who think, wait a second.
i don't want senator mcconnell to cut deals with joe biden about funding the bucket. i want him to be holding the budget up unless the president backs down on obamacare. >> that's the thinking that the likes of ted cruz and others in the senate have and so it puts mcconnell in a tough spot. >> let me go to louisiana l m n randall pinkston standing by and in that senate race, there is going to be a runoff. but that's not a surprise. but what is a surprise is where mary l marylandrew turned out in this election. talk about that, randall. >> well, now, you know what? now, it's changed. i just want to show the numbers because marylandr landrieu was now she is ahead 42 to 41% of the she was expected to win much bigger not to get the 50% though. right? >> that's right. she was never expected to get 50% keep in mind, too, that in all of her prior elections, she is depended upon a tricky coalition, not only
african-american voters who have been there for her but some republicans and at least 20 to 30% of white democrats who, for the most part in louisiana, tend to vote republican anyway. this time, she didn't get what she needed to get that 50 plus 1%. here is the thing: you have marylandrew with 40%. where did the other 60% go? against her. it is possible that some who went for manes will vote for landrieu in december but i wouldn't bet on it in a run-off. >> michael schure, we talked earlier about arkansas being not just a resgreks ofpom but the collin topics and i think about that picture of hillary clinton going down there to louisiana to help maryland drew. i mean is it more than just arkansas we are talking about as a regression of the clintons as well? >> well, you know, i think it is the south that has rejected a lot of the democrats. john, right now, can kay hagan going down, with marylandrew in
a run-off that doesn't look great w david purdue walloping michelle none, if you look around the south right now, there are 12 states in the south from texas to oklahoma up to west village down to south carolina and georgia. there is not democratic senator. you have to go as far as florida to find bill nelson. >> that's enemy territory whether it's clintons or obama or any democrat. >> that's what's going happen. remember howard dean had that 50 state strategy. >> we are going to look at some house races from stephanie cy. >> let's check in on these. some are pretty interesting. eric cantor's former seat in virg. railroad the guy who beat him, dave brad in the primary in that stunning upset, he has won this election against democrat jack trammel. so that seat. >> turning to new hampshire, congressional district 2 here, maryland garcia is a rice can
g.o.p. star. she was not able to turn it out against representative ann custer who keeps that seat for the democrats. in illinois, 12, mike abas. you might remember him from a 20012 viral video he is especially known for his temper. he as ousted the democrat in that seat, bill enyart, mike bost. in new york, you heard david shuster mention this one. representative mike grim from stat event island, a district that tends to lean republican. he is facing a 20 count indictment on fraud. yet he wins tonight against his democratic dominic recchia. a couple of raises open, ron barber country leading martha mcselly. this is gabby giffords' former seat. ron barber was critically wounded alongside gabby giffords. he had a close case against
mcsally. >> race is a 4 point spread at this point. in uta, mia love, another rising g.o.p. star right now, she would become the first african-american republican woman elected to congress were she to win this race. uta 4. right now, the democrat is leading. john? >> stephanie, thank you. the question is: what the next? ali velshi is here to talk about that? >> there are a few things the republicans have wanted to get done. you heard earlier saying not really committing to tax reform. i asked him now, why don't you do it? well, they are putting it on president obama. >> that's the reality of this situation. the reality is that they still can't get things done without 60 in the senate that require the president president's signature. so not a ton is going to change. you are going to see the republicans try to move forward to the transpacific partnership? >> trying to talk about infrastructure spending but the highway trust fund that was being held back by republicans.
now they have to fight, themselves. this is a fight that's been going on for a long time. on the right of the republican party, there are issues like immigration. if they want to win in 2016, now, it's in their court to come up with something n fairness, the republicans have wanted a dial for high-techniworkers with those hbv-1 visas. democrats said a comprehensive deal or nothing. the republicans are not going to want a k06r7 prehencei deal. stronger border security, vetoesas for high-tech workers, no pathway to citizens shichl and this stands in their way of getting bigger hispanic turnout for 2016. i think this involves on the parts of republicans to say what can we do now that we control both houses that we don't do yesterday? >> the sfruft trace on the part of the voters said we don't want any more gridlock. we want them to do something. >> it is unclear that's what this is go to go achieve. there is going to be gridlock.
you heard talk about repealing obama care. once again, without the president's voted, what have they tried 50 times? i don't think that's going to work you are going to see pressure from the right of the republican party for bills that repeal these specific parts of it. again, let's nobody forget that there is still grid no probleming washington. >> we will see. t with this new, with this new senate how that changes, if that chases in any way. ali thank you. tony harris with our panel of contribute os. >> i am going pick up where ali and you left off just a moment ago and i will ask fatina. what is it? ali's question is: what is it that republicans can do tomorrow? in january? what can they do at that point that they can't do today? >> absolutely, these proposed agenda, their conservative agenda for america. you are going to see republicans talking about indictment reform, trying to pass a keystone
pipeline. you are going to see republicans hopefully they have talked a lot about obamacare. hopefully what they are going to do is propose how we can fix obama care or what they can do that the president can actually sign. they are going to have to do these things to governor and actually policy that can help america and the economy because jobs and the economy continues to be the number 1 issue in this country. >> governing is hard? >> absolutely. >> isn't that right? >> well, it's been a long time since the affordable care act was debated and then passed by a whisker and in all of that time, have you seen a republican plan for reforming healthcare orn the affordable care act? >> now, they have an opportunity. >> now, they have an opportunity. >> they've always had an opportunity. >> you know, that's a perfect example. if you need to replace something, you have to have something to put in its place. especially now that millions more people actually have healthcare. the idea that you are going to throw 8 million people off and not propose an alternative is
simply untenable, not going to happen. >> ali, i want you in the conversation. ray says it so much better than i do and so much less exciting alan than i am. this has been on the stable and now we are going to think about a plan about how to get rid of obamacare? grover norquist's, it depends upon what president obama does. i mean come on. all of these things that the republicans have been complain being for four years have been around for four years. this is the opportunity and that is what this was, which leads me to believe this was an election that was lost by democrats who could not defend their position because the republicans on all of these issues that you just talked about, immigration, obamacare, tax reform, keystone pipeline, we do not actually have a counterproposal on the table. >> tar a? ? >> i could not agree more. and i would say the republicans have spent the last few years demonizing the president and his policies and not offering any
viable alternative. the next somehow magically they are going to begin to compromise, i think, is naive and first of all, when you look at some of the big issues, infrastructure, one of the biggest issues facing this kuntz ce, we have bridges in this country that are being hit by container ships that need to be repaired. that's dangerous, untenable. the head of the chamber of commerce, who has poured millions of dollars into various republican campaigns across this country has said that infrastructure spending is a no-brainer. >> that's a direct quote. but yet still, even with the support of a goliath like the chamber of commerce, we have seen a lack of compromise on the part of republicans on that issue. and that's a huge issue for our country. so i don't think the expectation that they are going to all the sudden after spending all of this time gonizing the president to their base say to their base, now, we want to work with that guy that we told you was terrible. >> michael, more what have they say they don't want is gridlock
and partisanship? >> we can listen to people complain what about what the president or republicans have or haven't do. let's satisfy they haven't come up with an alternative. this won. they didn't just win. they clobbered and they did it everywhere in america. and i think that the point that has to be maids is, the democrats have to respond to that. >> all right. michael, appreciate it. john, back to you. all right. and joie chen has it for us in washington. >> we have been watching carefully the battle for kansas because it has been fought on two fronts, the governor's race which we can say has been called form sam brownback winning over paul davis. this was a very hard part race for governor brownback. in the senate race, pat roberts is going to be returned as well, winning over his opponent in that, the independent greg orman. so these are two races we have been watching in kansas and now, we can say that the govern's race called for them as well. it's been considered a test of
how conservative kansas voters really are. we also have been watching carefully to see what's happening in the overall picture of congress, of course. we are talking about your opportunities now that we know what the picture is going to look like. we are talking about your opportunity to say now that you have given your votes, what do you want? we have been doing this digital project hash tag dear congress in which we have en can you knowed all of you to let congress know what you do want. more than a thousand people have already responded with that hash tag. dear congress. sending in our pictures to us by twitter and threw e-mail as well. and we have seen a number of trends here big one: get money out of politics. very big concern there about third party money entering into these races which, as we've said, mid-term's most expensive mid terms ever already. also, a little concern about personal wealth and our ability really to get along. here is one. act like well-behaved kinder
gardners. >> that's not much of a bar to reach but well bre behaviored kindergartners is what some of our viewers have been sending united states as their mentions to dear congress. also a message to dear congress: i want your job, your paycheck, your free health coverage and i will be in my seat to vote. guarantee it. it's another indication of the frustration that so many viewers and so many voters are showing congress as they send messages. you know, a lot of the issues have really about pocketbook: wage, minimum wage issues, living am wage and the cost. a big issue among our viewers and among the voters as well hash tag dear congress is your opportunity to send your message to congress. we are going to continue to take those on "america tonight" the hash tag, dear congress and we are trying, john, to hear what all of those viewers have to say. send those messages right up to capitol hill. >> joie, thank you. republicans control the house and the senate for the first
>>. welcome back everyone. the most expensive congressional race in history. probably 95% of that money was spent on political ads. a look at some of the negative advertising. there was a lot of it? >> that's right, john. on the face of it, we all say we want civil discourse in politics, reaching across the aisle, calm and dignified
debate, a shaking of hands at the ends of all of t right? well, no. i am afraid that's not how your brain is wired. >> that's why negative political ads are here to stay. first of all, negative ads better attach themselves and their contents to your memory than positive ad is do. research shows negative ads not only pack in more information but viewers remember that information better than they do when it comes wrapped up in a friendly positive package 689 one study found voters exposed to negative ads were more like that vote in a knowledgeable way as people who had not been expose today so many negative ads. it's because of what he have luthsary biologist call the tend he is is see to give more weight to negative information. one possible explanation is survival. group behaved evolved to promote behavior. negative cues are more helpful
in staying alive. if everyone is running away and scream, you pay attention. you probably even join them. but laughter, affection, those things don't hold our attention the same way because they don't mean the difference between living and dying. so in evolutionary terms, we pay attention to negative ads because negative political information keeps us from being taken advantage of as a group. in the end, we know more and act on it more effectively when it comes to us in a good old-fashioned way. >> i am not sure the ad makers knew why they were doing what they were doing but they will be happy to hear what you have to say. jake ward, it is a big night, as we said for republicans, a big night more marijuana. several pot initiatives generating interest online in the online communities. >> john, huge night for pot, our online community is lit up over it. >> pun was just for you, john. just for you. i got my computer screen right
now, a life trans mat where snoek the vote have being used. this is live right now. let's go to d.c. a big night for them. alexa tweets in d.c. giving a whole new meaning to the joint chiefs of staff. one more puvenlt they are using the hash tag legalize it. so very happy be it passed in d.c. i hope everyone illegally jailed for a non-violent crime will be released. shonda said i am glad we are decriminalizing marijuana but will they release people in jail for marijuana? amazing ambassador said make y'all proud? it's another crack epdemic. they voted no on 2 to medical legalize marijuana. as a floridian, this is horrible. over 57 approval, just not the 60% required. so close. daisy, another floridian says who expected cubans to approve pot? great question. oregon, measure 91.
very delivered for you right there. >> that's todd who said vote yes, sir on mess you're 91. we know it just passed. mess you're 91 is a trending hash tag all over the nation right now. sports dem asks how many are going to blaze portland? legalize it. one more gc 3 says congrats. shout out to the people of guam. even guam, a u.s. territory legal now, i am waiting to see what's happening in alaska. whoever is watching at home, tell me what you think about the big night for pot. your pretty face will be on this awesome twitter wall behind me and i want to bring you into the live conversation. >> you watched a lot of efforts online. give us the sense of how much is coming across. are you talked about twitter blowing up over the senate? >> twitter is blowing up over the senate. we have the flip the district, flip the senate. republicans are happy on twitter. a lot of the millennials are
trending young and seem to be extremely upset about this. a lot of people are saying we have going to move to canada. run for the hills. over this weed initiative, a lot of happy people around america. >> all right. our political contributor jeanie za i & o, we have jeanne standing by. let's talk about the marijuana issue. republican sweep but then in oregon, marijuana is approved. what's going on? >> that's right. that's right. >> different state? >> different state, you know. but this is in keeping in what's goi been happening on the legalization fronts now. it's moved quickly. we see these initiatives on the ballot this year. this is, i think, in keeping with what we are going to see as a national 2007ed. it's moving fast. >> i haven't had a chance to look at turnout numbers. you believe, it's about 40%. right? so the question tonight is: how many people actually turned out to vote? >> well, that's what i think we are all so curious to see.
yeah, it's usually around 40%, four out of 10 americans in the mid-term election turn out which is deplorable. listening to the story about the millennials and how they are frustrated. had more of them gotten out to vote, question may not see that. people are so disenchanted. they don't turn out in these mid-term elections. >> d i & o, give us your take. >> about the marijuana? >> the whole election? >> it was shocking. i didn't think it would happen as broad across the nation. i was just in north carolina last week for about three days. i really was convinced kay hagan was going to win reelection from polling and speaking to people down there i didn't expect to see every race that was close. the polling was all over the plates. it's a shocking wake-up call, a president launch, 20s years ago
bill clinton, 1994 lost eighty senators from his own party. we are almost matching one of the worst results in modern politics. >> based on that, what do you see? what do you see the future holds? there are many issues that are important to you. what impact is the republican senate going to have on that? >> i think honestly having control by a couple of seats is not going to change that much. it's going to change internal things, put people like ted cruz as a subcommittee and rand paul and marco rubio potentially chairmanships of senate committees. i think it will give them greater pulpit, greater visibility, easier to raise money. >> that's where you are going to see that kind of effect. you might see something on immigration reform. a piece-immediately approach where they will pull president obama, the house and senate in the say something about securing the border. but they are not going to give
what president obama wants and what the american people want in polls, which is a pathway to citizenship. you might see little tiny bits, an attempt to roll back obamacare. i think you will see a lot of positioning the next two years of people who want to run from the republican party of senators and, of course, governors. >> dean, thank you. let's go to stephanie cy at thely desk. we have been talking about the issues tonight and guns are on the ballot as well. >> that's right. guns are on the ballots in two states, washington state and alabama. we have some results to report washington state, an interesting case, they are voting on two initiatives. the first one here has passed: initiative 594 basically expands background checks and makes them universal. >> washington state voters voted 60% to 40% for those universal background checks. the other measure on the washington ballot has sort of the opinion set effect. we have not gotten a decision on
that but that would basically expand gun rights. it .2 eliminate background checks on gun sells. bly it or not, john, both of these measures could actually pass f that were to happen tonight, this will land in washington court. their amendment is called amendment .3, not surprisingly, this would strengthen the right to bear arms. alabamaians have voted yes on this measure 72 for 28% essentially, what it does is it calls for strict scrutiny. the highest level of judicial rule review any time a new law or a ban on guns is proposed. so this, in essence, strengths en gun rights. back to you. >> al after shaufller with the competing gun initiatives. how big a deal has this been in washington state, alan? >> it was a pretty big deal here as you can imagine.
he specially given the context of the school shooting up at marysville high school in the calfeteria a week and a half ag. >> brought this into focus for a lot of people. while we haven't seen exit poll okay this is certainly haul an impact on the way people cast their votes for 594, which is a very broad-reaching expansion of the requirement for background checks. it's not quite universal. you can still give a gun to a family member. you can still will a gun to a direct family member without having to go to get a background check, but if i sell you a gun, john seeingenthaler, you and i need to go down to a licensed gun dealer and get a back grand check done on you. if i give you a gun, you and i need to go down to a licensed gun dealer and get a background check. you go through a waiting period, et cetera, before you get that gun. if i loan a gun to you for you to go elk hunting, we are going to have to go down to a licensed
gun dealer, get a background check on you, et cetera. it's not just sales that are covered, although the loop shoal closed and the online sales loophole is closed, it also includes what are described as transfers, and a lot of cases where people just loan or give guns to each other or private gun sales between individuals. that's passing and passing easily tonight. it looks like .591, the competing measure that would have limited gun background checks or whatever was prescribed at the federal level and guaranteed government could not confiscate guns without due process. it looks like that's failing. we don't have that initially but it looks like that will go down tonight. >> very interesting. alan shaufrller, thank you. let's reset the table at the bottom of the hour. the balance of power has sniftd washington. republicans secured control of both houses of congress. they did it by winning nearly every close sfait race tonight. it's a big democrats and president obama.
it could have a big impact on u.s. foreign policy. we have 10 international could respondents on three continents today giving us a worldwide perspective on tonight's result and what they could mean for u.s. foreign policy. nick sheeve written is in istanbul, nick, you have been covering the fight against isil for months now. why isn't the u.s. strategy working? >> john, good evening. a lot of people here in turkey as well as on the syrian border and within syria, itself, will criticize the united states including the u.s. own al is the people who will the u.s. needs to fight isil. they are saying that the training mission that the u.s. is undertaking is not big enough, not quick enough. and u.s. air strikes have the wrong priority. they have targeted the wrong cities. kobane that we have talked about
in the last few weeks deemed unimportant bu the very u.s. amlies on the ground. they say there should be more airstrikes in places like aleppo. 70ers of the resistance of the people so the glus needs to fight isil. those places are being overrun by the syrian government in one case and by al-qaeda in another case and the u.s. allies on the ground saying you need to help us quicker. you need to help us faster. we are being overrun by other two enemies and how can you expect us, they ask, to defeat isil if we are being overrun by these people? they say they need more weapons quicker and more training and it's simply not going to happen. the cia, according to u.s. officials doesn't have the capacity to actually help more to improve the training and increase the training and military train something supposed to have $500 million isn't going to start for another six to seven months, sdwhon. so these rebels say that's way
to slow. >> republicans in this country in congress have been calling for some have been calling for boots on the ground. some boots on the ground. is the u.s. likely to have that strategy here? >> no. it's not what. what we will see, though, is the largests megaphone that will be over that $500 million training program will be senator john mccain. he will be the chairman of the armed services committee. he has been outspoken about boots on the ground but that's not going to happen. the syrian inside syria, president obama won't authorize that but what he will as that chairman to do is push the white house very hard to increase both overt and covert training missions inside of syria. it's not clear whether the white house is going to do that. what may impact in terms of foreign policy, this election will have is on iran. a very skeptical senate already
will become more skeptical of any deal the u.s. wants to make with iran and if the senate beliefs that a deal that the u.s. makes with regard perhaps in the next few weeks is not a good deal, they will try to pull it back or rein it in. somehow they can't kill it entirely but they very much can express their disapproval and even try and pull it back if certain mechanisms don't quite work or don't at least quite work the way they see it wanting to work. it depends upon the details but officials worried about that deal when it comes to a conservative center. >> nick schifrin as the sunrises in istanbul, that's where i am iran khan is. imran, what challenges does the u.s. face specifically in iraq? >> well, the challenges here are immense. now, the iraqis have long maintained that they can defeat isil in their territory but they do need help. the help is three-fold. first wlashings they really
require is the u.s. to step up these coalition airstrikes and make them more targeted. iraqis have been complaining the coalition airstrikes are good when it comes to the big picture but what they are not doing is following the troops on the ground here when they go in to clear areas so they want much more of the kind of close air support, helicopters, the wart holidaying, that follow troops closely. they want more of that. they want more intelligence gathering help from the americans. also what they are looking for is the americans to help upgrade the army. this is a deal that's been in place for nearly six or seven years now. the americans have long promised raemingz that they will upgrade the army, supply them with new weapons, new technology, even the air force here the rf-16s, at saint andrews air force base dest i need for iraq that haven't been delivered. these are key planes that they
say they need to defeat isil. >> that's the iraqi army and government. and their stated position is we want more u.s. help. take a look at the sunni tribes. this is a key force. one of the key forces that will destroy isil if they are supported. there is historical press debtors for this in 2006, '7 '8 and they were in amba problems that defeated al-qaeda in iraq. there are is the none any dritrs saying please come back to us. we have the expertise the. we have the experience to defeat al-qaeda in iraq and that's what we want. so there is an immense need for american help here that's really what the iraqis will be looking at this new political landscape in iraq. are there people they can go to and say we need this help. are you now willing to give it? >> it's a good question. imran action thank you very much. let's turn now to israel.
mts, the u.s./israeli relationship has beenstrained. the israeli prime minister says this could determine the future of israel. talk allegations about that. >>r? >> this relationship between the united states and israel is a tried and tested relationship but at this stage, frankly, it's being tested this all really came to a head just a few days ago when an article published in the atlantic quoted an unnamed senior obama official describing mr. netanyahu as chicken followed by a four-letter ex polittive that i can't say on air. it under scores how did i have vicive this relationship between washington and the israeli wichita falls. now, some of those challenges, some of those issues dividing these two governments -- let's start with the geo-politics as
nick schifrin was say, iran. when it comes to iran, mr. netanyahu is hawkish. any kind of deal he wants on iran will no doubt be fiercely criticized by israel but if we want to look at some of the more domestic issues here in israel that have angered officials in the u.s. including president obama, it's this government's continual of their policy to expand settlement in east jerusalem and, indeed, in the occupied west now internationally, these settlement are viewed illegal. they have been condemned in unusually strong terms by the obama administration. but here is the thing. we have to consider what's going on here in israel and perhaps some of the reasons why mr. netanyahu has been green lighting these settlement. in the next 12 months, many agree we are going to see an election here in israel. the fact that mr. netanyahu is
only in power because he has a coalition government. his partners are far right or ultra nationalists if you will. they are very proceed settlement. when it comes to what the u.s. really wants, which is a workable peace agreement between the israelis and the palestinians, it's very unlikely we will see that over the next two years for mr. obama. >> reporting from jerusalem. thank you. access diplomatic editor james bays is here in the studio. when you sat down a couple of hours', you gave me the news that nato is reporting that russia is moving troops closer to ukraine. just a few hours ago. right? >> and the ukraineians action we have been speaking to john boehnerian diplomats. they say there have been breaches of ukrainian airspace as well. >> related to the election? >> i don't know whether it's related to the election. what i can tell you is that route now, mock 0, about 8:40 in the morning. this is just goes worse, but i suspect president putin waking
up this morning is turning on the t.v., hearing this news and i just guess he's got a smile on his face. he is no fan of the republicans, but he knows that this damages president obama. yes, he's still the most powerful man in the world, but he has a little less influence, a little less authority and, all around the world in capitol did, i think people will be saying the phrase "lame duck". >> in many ways, influence is the name of the game when it comes to the president of foreign policy. how much damage does this do to president obama's foreign povrmths i think it does some damage. already there were questions about his leadership on isil. you heard nick by the u.s. really can change things. nick also talked about those iran talks. john, i think that is absolutely key because we are at such an important moment november 24th is the deadline. we know there are still
stumbling blocks it's pos ficial secretary carry will get a deal. now, the obama administration face this deal. they get a deal and they won't be able to implement it because part of the deal, the part iran will wants in return for guarantees that it can't use its military program for military use will wants those arounds lifted. >> you got senator john mckay saying president obama you should have done more sooner and you need to do something now. he might be in channel of the armed services committee sav the first the year. what does it mean? >> i think it's very important. he is a man who is not just important here in the u.s. because he's an ex-presidencial candidate, he's known all around the world and things comments have real resonanswer. >> james bays, thank you very much. turn now to the u.s. involvement in afghanistan jennifer glasse is in kabul with a look at that.
jennifer? >> reporter: john, good morning for the afghan capitol. the people will be wondering whether the shift in congress and the senate is going to make any -- is going to have any effect on america's long-term commit afghanistan. this, of course, is america's longest war and it has been a costly war, john, not just in terms of money but, also, in terms of american lives. more than 2,1 on he on americans have died here in afghanistan. u.s. forces are leaving. a little over a week', we saw the marines close their base. >> that's part of a withdrawal that will leave just about 10,000 u.s. troops in here after the end of 2014 when the current nato mission ends and it's not just the troops here that are here to support the afghan security forces. they are in the battle literally for their lives. they had a very fierce fighting season. they still require air supports, logistical support and intelligence support from the united states which pays their
budget as well. about $4,000,000,000 a year has been allocated to the afghan security forces here the head of nato forces here, american general campbell says that there are still elements of al-qaeda here on the border with pakistan and so, the counter terrorism fight continues to be very, very important. the afghans will definitely be looking at 80% of the afghan budget depends upon international aid a large buck of that comes from the united states including that $4,000,000,000 a year from the security forces and that is a yearly allocation proved by congress. >> jennifer glass is incable for us. jennifer, thank you. now to the issue of north korea and u.s. asian fortunately policy. teresa bo is in washington again with more on that. teresa? >> well, with everything happening in the middle east in iraq, syria, with the sys lammic state, for many voters, north korea e a is a non-issue but i came bang from pyongyang where what happens in this country is
a priority. the possibility with a war of the united states continues to be a reality. there has been lots of tension since the new leader took. there has been exchanges of fire, rocket launches, nuclear tests and even a direct threat of a nuclear attack against the united states. and this is one of the reasons why the united states and south korea have extended its mandate over forces in the south. the united states kubeling has around 30,000 trees in south korea but it has command over south korea ian troops natures anything happens in the country. also, the united states has been pushing north korea to go back to the six-party talks to that guarantee the way dmajdzing nuclear programs. it's not clear what pyongyang's attitude is going to be about this. in the past, the republicans have accused the intaobama administration of trusting of pyongyang on intentions of
dismantling the nuclear weapons program. possibly with the republicans controlling both houses of congress, there is a high possibility there is going to be a call for action of a more aggressive stanchion towards north korea, especially if north korea continues within its nuclear tests. >> teresa, thank you. we have covered a number of the hot spots around the world tonight. we haven'ted covered china. adrienne, what are the biggest issues the u.s. and the china face in their relationship? >> john a quirk of the calendar means that president obama will be here attending the apay check economic summit that will involve world current trees from 21 countries. he will arrive here at a time that the host has never seemed stronger. president obama's hand may not be strong had when they sit down and have discussions on things like signer security, just last month, washington once more than
accused china of attacking using cyber attacks on u.s. firms. china continues to vigorously deny all of that. another concern for washington, the prospect of conflict in the troubled waters of the east china and south china seas where china has been asserting its sovereignty over the past few years. analysts say that's one of the reasons why china is spending more on fighter planes and warships, on general weapon re. all of this at a time when we are seeing deep cuts in the u.s. defense budget. remember, this is supposedly the time when the obama administration is pivoting rebalancing towards asian. washington, i think, also has miss givings about a plan, an ambitious plan china has to create a vast investment bank to arrival the international monetary fun. china believes that the imf is dominated by washington if it gets its neighbors to sign up to
this bank, then china would have created a rival power base to a weakened washington. >> yeah, adrian bound in beijing. thank you. ali velshi is back to talk more about this. >> this might be the most important country we have talked about all night. >> adrienne has under scored the two major issues here. one is this pivot to asia which, you know, it becomes jargon but as a society was we have been so focused on chinese since the 1990s, now pivoting to the other non-chienz easy cun trees has collapsed, hasn't worked that well. we don't have this partnership we are supposed to. the other issue is thattha china has moved in to all of these countries, developing nations, including all around africa, with this idea that, you know, when the west lends you money, it lends you money with conditions about how you spend that money and who is going to be e let'sed and all of this kind of stuff. china says, we will take care of it. what do you need built? so chinese is he can't up and downing this idea to say, why don't we come up with this alternative to the international
monetary fund where we will either revenge u countries or give them money for development with far fewer conditions but the implicit somewhat colonial condition that you would be allied toward us. this is a major, major threat to western power and to the united states so there are two things going on right now which are really valve vavent and you do not have agreement in congress, nor do you have agreement amongst republicans about how to approach china. >> if china perceives weakness, what's the reaction there, you think? >> i mean i think everything who looks at the united states at this point on pretty much every front perceives weakness or disarray. sometimes that's not actually accurate because this is sometimes a sign of great democracy that we have these great battles and they are very public, but china knows how to take it. the idea is china has a lot of money. they have a lot of money and they have a lot of dollars and there is always somebody who needs to borrow it. if it becomes more attractive to borrow money from the chinese, that's when you start getting countries beholding to you. this is a turning point for
america. american has to take seriously where china is going. now, the slowing down. we are going to be sub 7%, which is more than double the rate that the u.s. is growing at. but we need china to buy things so they buy our detand buy our products. so where we go with china over the next four years and six years is going to be really, really important. we have to watch very capable how congress bhaflz on. >> tharningdz, ali. tony harris continue the discussion with our contribute? >> let me goat ray suarez on this and the panel can weigh in. a weakened president internationally, what are your thoughts on that? and then we can dive in to isis, isil and the steps, the strategy artislated by the president? >> well, look. a parliamentary system, yes, he is a weakened president but is the most powerful man on earth can which counts for something. there will be reorganization the senate. committees of responsibility, especially of defense and foreign relations will be
bird-dogging the add miles per hourstration, calling people like john kerry to testify more often, opening investigations, and, at the same time, the republicans who have been consistent and ferocious critics of obama policy everyone from afghanistan across north africa to west africa and ebola, in everything now have a little -- they own a little bit more piece of this. they own a little bit more of the outcome and they are going to have to come up with plausible suggestions in its place rather than simply being on offense. >> you get to analyze those thoughts and suggestions like john mccain. we have a graphic here john mccain who is talking about isil and fortunately policy and in his view, the strategy articulated by the president. we may not able to contain but to actually defeat isis is going to require more boots on the ground, more vigorous strikes
the president said no boots to the ground in this fight s there any appetite you can dete detectwithin the american public for boots on the ground in syria to take on isis or to take on the assad regime? >> i don't think you have an appetite in this country for any kind of long or protracted war. that's really what it would be. i think, yes, could we defeat isil? maybe the, but can we defeat terrorism? no, tamp it down but we are nothing going to end or rid the world of terrorists. i think another issue that we have, that we failed to address is we tend to be so react active with these over our lifetime in the country because look at these young people who are going from the west, who are going to join isis to try to fight with isil. and we are not doing anything to address the root causes of why a young person in this country would want to go and join these extremists and a lot of those causes actually are similar to the causes that are causing them to join gangs in this country.
we aren't addressing those things. michael schure, we know we are going to hear from john mccain? >> every sunday morning. >> yeah. >> but you will start to learn names like richard bu are. r, likelihood the head of the intel gention committee, bob corker, the head of the fortunately relationships committee in the senate. corker has work with the president before. he has been critical of the president in terms defendant arab spring, in terms of iraq and afghanistan. those are two names you will know. one issue that's going to come up is see quest trace. it's going to revisit us in 016. with the house and senate as they are constructed sequestration, the republicans are going to try to feel back when it comes to the penitentiary gone. the democrats are going to have a very hard time fighting the sequestration cuts being peeled book dmift domestic spending. >> mike viqueira, i want your thoughts. the president has articulated strategy for fighting isis, isil
in iraq and in syria. if you are talking about iraq, initially, the strategy was to take care of iraq first. that was two-prong did. obviously airstrikes but also to push, to push the government there to be more inclusive and now that strategy even though everyone will say there is no military solution to the situation in iraq, that strategy is being heavily criticized was? >> well, there no question about it. it's looking bleak in the short-term. >> that's why the ad minstration has re-upped and repeat many times, frankly, tony, that something that they have said all along and that this is going to take a very long time. now, when videos of media of al nusra capturing free syrian armaments supplied by the cia over the course of the last year, that undermines the foreign policy, no question about it. we don't need to add to what nick and others have been saying all along. on foreign policy, across the
spectrum on domestic policy, the president is going to face a problem. i think ray astutely outlined that the republicans have graphs in the senate. they are not om going to be able to set the agenda but take ownership of some of this. here is the president's problem. a polite word to say to describe it would be republicans loathe him. it's probably worse than that. it's probably deat the time him. he specially the bates of the party. but democrats have if he would for years now, tony, that the white house has given them the high hand, has not consulted them, has gone around them, and so the president is not going to find a lot of support as he heads in to the last two years as a lame duck. tony? >> mike viqueira for us and thanks to the rest of the panel. zon, back to you. >> so many implications for all of this as the country moves forward. don't go away. our coverage continues. america votes 2014 right after this brief message. we will be right back.
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