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favorite once a day every day at cnn heroes.com. that will do it for me. i'm fredricka whitfield. poppy harlow is up next with more "newsroom." 5:00 eastern, 2:00 p.m. pacific. happy sunday, everyone. i'm poppy harlow in new york. we begin tonight with politics. a feud between republican presidential candidates jeb bush and donald trump just escalated to a whole new level this morning. bush appeared on cnn's "state of the union" with jake tapper. he slammed trump for suggesting that his brother, president george w. bush, was partly to blame for the 9/11 attacks. bush's message trump is an actor playing the role of a candidate running for president. and he said he would not want trump to have access to the nuclear code. >> what are you objecting to about mr. trump's remarks about 9/11 and your brother? >> look, my brother responded to
a crisis, and he did it as you would hope a president would do. he united the country, he organized our country and he kept is safe. and there's no denying that. the great majority of americans believe that. i don't know why he keeps bringing this up. it doesn't show that he's a serious person as it relates to being commander in chief and being the architect of a foreign policy. across the spectrum of foreign policy mr. trump talks about things as though he's still on "the "the apprentice." talking about isis should take out assad, and then russia should take out isis. we're under grave threats again. and i think we need a president with a steady hand. >> to play devil's advocate, do you think it's at all possible that your loyalty to your brother, while very admirable on a personal level, might be in some ways a political or policy liability blinding you to
mistakes he made? >> no. i mean, so next week mr. trump is probably going to say that fdr was around when japan attacked pearl harbor. it's what you do after that matters. and that's the sign of leadership. it's not the -- does anybody actually blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11. if they do, they're totally marginalized in our society. i'm proud of him and so are a bunch of other people. you don't have to have the last name bush to understand that. it just calls into question mr. trump's credibility as a commander in chief and an architect of the next generation foreign policy. which we desperately need in this country right now. >> you just put out a new web ad, in fact, attacking trump saying he's not serious. let's play a clip from that. ♪
♪ >> now, the ad goes on to highlight or lowlight, depending on your point of view, trump's moments in which i'm sure you would argue he's not being serious. in light of this new ad, let me re-ask you, what we asked at the last debate. do you feel comfortable with donald trump's hand on the nation's nuclear codes? your ad seems to be stating very clearly that you do not. you invoke the number of nuclear weapons the united states has. >> i have great doubts, to be honest with you. and it's only because of the thins he says. it looks as though he's not taking the responsibility, the possibility of being president of the united states really seriously. for him it looks as though he's an actor playing the role of a candidate for president. not boning up on the issues, not having a broad sense of the responsibilities of what it is to be a president. >> a fascinating interview that jake did there. while it was airing donald trump
took to twitter. quote, jeb bush should stop trying to defend his brother and focus on his own shortcomings and how to fix them. also, rubio is hitting hill hard. another tweet from trump during the interview, jeb, why did your brother attack and destabilize the middle east when attacking iraq when there were no weapons of mass destruction? bad info? let's bring in steven jones. he's live in plano, texas, where jeb bush will speak at the face the freedom forum tonight. interesting, athena, we saw donald trump today on fox explaining at length those 9/11 remarks as he tied them to the former president for first time. what stuck out to you the most? >> well, it's interesting. some might say that trump was playing defense but he was making what he feels are salient points. what's so interesting about this now heating up, i guess you should say feud that's heating up, is that both candidates seem to believe they have something to gain from this. jeb bush can show that he has
fire, that he has energy after a whole summer of donald trump saying that he's a low energy candidate. meanwhile, donald trump can make the points that he wants to make that a lot of people may agree with. take a listen to what he had to say on fox sunday. >> do you blame george w. bush for 9/11. >> look, jeb said we were safe with my brother. well, the world trade center just fell down. now, am i trying to blame him? i'm not blaming anybody. but the world trade center came down. so when he said we were safe, that's not safe. we lost 3,000 people. probably the greatest catastrophe ever in this country. >> and so there trump is pretty fiery continuing to make this point. it looks as though this is not going to stop. you played some of that web attack ad that jeb bush's campaign put out using that same circus music we've seen donald trump use against jeb bush. the bush campaign is also now fund-raising off of this fight. they sent out a fund-raising
appeal saying that by donald trump's logic, fdr should be blamed for pearl harbor and president reagan for the terrorist attacks on marines in beirut. this does not look like it is something that will end and both sides think they're gaining here. >> donald trump also suggested in that interview with fox's chris wallace this morning, that a 9/11 attack wouldn't have happened if he were the president. where you are tonight, you've got at least six of the top running republican candidates set to speak at the faith and freedom coalition. donald trump will not be there. how important is this event for those candidates who are lagging trump in the polls? >> it's hugely important because, as we all know, donald trump has been sucking up a lot of the energy. he's not here. this gives the candidates who are here a chance to appeal to a very, very important part to the republican primary lech tore et. evan yellicals are calling them
christian conservatives. in a state like texas all across the south, also south carolina an important early voting state and iowa, not in the south but also another state, the first to vote or the first to cast their preferences that also has a lot of social conservatism. you're having a carly fiorina, ted cruz and rock star reception there, being a texan, jeb bush will be speaking, ben carson and mike huckabee and rick santorum that were past favorites of social conservatives. how the vote breaks down considering so many candidates here. >> and you're 105 days away from iowa. we'll be watching, athena, thank you. let's talk more about this. peter, thanks for being with me. >> my pleasure. let's start with trump. we saw him hit bush again and again. he basically did the same thing in the fox interview today. and now we're seeing jeb bush
fire back in the strongest way we've seen him in his interview with jake tapper. that as these polls exist. the cnn poll shows bush at 6% in south carolina behind trump at 36%. do you think this is a reaction to the poll numbers? >> i think this is a disaster for jeb bush. >> really? >> a big part of the reason he's doing so poorly is because people want something different. this is a very anti-washington mood in the republican party. and the attraction of having a third bush president, even for republicans, is really, really not great. so now again he's caught up debating his brother's presidency making him look like a third bush rather than his own figure. i also want to say, i can't quite believe i'm saying this, but on the substance, donald trump is making a very important point. if you go back and look at the record of the bush administration in the first nine
months, you look at, for instance, what richard clark, who is the counterterrorism czar under george bush, what the cia have said, and we have a lot of material about this now. they were trying fervently to try to get the attention of top officials in the bush administration about the al qaeda threat. and there was a very lackadaisical attitude. the bush administration was focused in iraq, on missile defense. it was not focused on al qaeda. that's not to say bush could have stopped the attack, but did he do everything he reasonably could? not even close. >> a lot of pundits on both sides of the aisle have been saying this is territory you don't touch. >> i just think they're completely wrong. to say bush orchestrated 9/11, of course, that's craziness, but to ask the question, did bush -- was bush as vigilant as he could have been? the answer is, there were 36 times, according to the book "the angler" that the cia
brought to attention the threat of an attack on the american homeland from al qaeda in the summer and spring, summer and fall of 9/11. if you compare the way the bush administration responded, it didn't hold a single cabinet had been level meeting on the threat of terrorism until september. it was not the bush administration's focus. it came in with an agenda and focused on other issues and refused to focus on this question. >> and to be clear here, you're not coming in the trump cam coming out to defend him on this, to put this in context for our viewers. i want to ask you about what mitt romney said in an exclusive interview with our jake tapper this morning about donald trump. let's roll that. >> are you afraid that donald trump will not be able to beat hillary clinton? >> well, i don't think it's likely that donald trump will be the nominee, but it's obviously too early to tell. at this stage, numbers go up and
down, candidates have bursts of support. donald trump has had a lot of support for a long time. so i think a lot of folks think this could go a lot further thab people had expected. i can't predict who it is going to be. but we'll have a stronger nominee both on the basis of character and of the basis of remark record than hillary clinton. >> you would vote for donald trump over hillary clinton, hoe? >> i would vote for the nominee of the republican party, and i don't believe that's going to be donald trump. >> trump fired back tweeting at mitt romney that he lost last time, so who is he to give advice? >> if trump wins the nomination. it's not that likely but it is not impossible. you will see significant chunks of the republican establishment supporting hillary clinton. of course, they don't want to do that. but you saw that mitt romney would not say he would support donald trump. and jeb bush is walking away from the idea that he would.
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million of people on the streets. and we got to do something and we got to do it now! ah! >> that was incredible. that was comedian larry david spoofing democratic presidential nominee bernie sanders during a surprise appearance last night on "saturday night live." sanders apparently told abc news he loved the snl spoof. let's talk it over with cnn. i wonder if you see signs is of him softening a bit on that curmudgeonly demeanor, sort of trying to appeal even more to a younger audience and for people to read him as more authentic in contrast to the criticism that hillary clinton gets on the authenticity front? >> he certainly thinks there's an awareness in part of the campaign that bernie sanders
will continue being bernie sanders. that they won't change that. it's a strategy, too, that they understand in part what a lot of people are drawn to in him is this perception of authenticity. he does wave his hands around. he does have really unruly hair at times. this has turned into a point that even bernie sanders has noted. just moments ago he was asked about his background, what draws people to him. he made a joke. people are drawn to me because of my hair. it's neat, well groomed, typical politician. obviously, that was done in jest, very sarcastic because it's anything but. he hs in small ways tried to soften his image. he went on "ellen" and he danced. this is very outside his comfort zone as a candidate. someone who likes to talk specifically about the issues. at this barbecue in iowa city,
he won't continually sing and dance for votes. he's just going to continue to dig in and talk about the issues that matter to voters. he's trying to give this softening a stretch but not going completely there. >> watching it on snl was certainly fun for all of us. plenty of fodder this political season. thank you, sunlen. switching gears to absolute panic and fear. people running for their lives after a deadly shooting at a zombie-themed street festival. we'll tell you what happened, next. but first, anthony bourdain. ♪ >> thank you. >> you're welcome. ♪ >> now, when you're a white belt, especially a 59-year-old
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she does not believe that. she simply believes he was in the wrong place, poppy, at the wrong time. police say the shooting happened at 11:44. . that's when the first call came in last night. this is an event that attracts some 20,000 people. it was very crowded last night. we're told people were standing shoulder to shoulder when those shots rang out. when police got to the scene, taylor had been fatally shot. five others were injured. we're told their injuries not life threatening. this event is all about taking pictures. a lot of people were out there with their cell phones. in fact, one bystander caught the sounds of the gunfire as it all happened. [ gunshots ] >> oh, [ bleep ]. >> you hear the same shot, pop,
pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. and the guy fell down. i mean, me here and the body right there. i just seen the body there. >> the organizers of zombicon, pushing daisies inc., say we are deeply saddened by the news of what happened within the footprint of our event. y with take the safety of our patrons very seriously and take precautions in hiring security police. our prayers go out to the family members and individuals involved in the incident. taylor's aunt tells me that he was attending college somewhere in miami. at this point the family all heading down to ft. myers, the police asking anyone who knew anything at all about this shooting to call them. poppy? >> jason, thank you very much. coming up next, the benghazi attack, that tragedy has haun d ed hillary clinton for years.
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at 12 weeks. stelara® helps keep my skin clearer. ask your doctor about stelara®. hillary clinton is scheduled to testify this week before the house select committee on benghazi. she will talk about the attack on the u.s. diplomatic compound there three years ago that killed these four americans. in an exclusive interview with our jake tapper on "state of the union" this morning, the democratic front-runner and former secretary of state talked about what she's expecting from that hearing. >> i really don't know what to expect. i think it's pretty clear that whatever they might have thought they were doing, they ended up becoming a partisan arm of the republican national committee with an overwhelming focus on trying to, as they admitted, drive down my poll numbers.
i've already testified about benghazi. i testified to the best of my ability before the senate and the house. i don't know that i have very much to add. this is, after all, the eighth investigation. other committees of the congress, standing committees with very experienced members and staff have all looked into this and basically just rejected the conspiracy theories that are still floating out there in some circles. so i really don't know. i'll do my best to answer their questions, but i don't really know what their objective is right now. >> i covered the benghazi situation, the benghazi tragedy when i was a white house correspondent, and there's something i just never really understood. and that is why did the state department deny all those security requests? the former regional security officer in libya, eric nordstrom, recalled in testimony asking for 12 new security agents and he was talking to a
regional director who said he was asking for the sun, the moon and the stars. it got so bad, nordstrom said, that he was fighting members of the state department, it was like having the taliban on the inside of the building. >> well, the accountability review board that i commissioned went into this in great detail. and they made some recommendations. >> i know, but the question is why, though? why didn't the security request, why weren't they made? >> that was left to the security professionals, jake, and in the reports, the ones that have been done that were nonpolitical and independent in their efforts to try to sort this through i think concluded that the security professionals in the state department had to look worldwide and had to make some tough decisions. that's why we don't inject politics into it. that has to be what the professionals are deciding. and there were a lot of different opinions, and that's understandable. there's tough decisions that
have to be made. so i can only point you to the very thorough review that several committees have done starting with the accountability review board that have gone into this in great detail and made recommendations about how we can better make those assessments. not at the political level because i don't think a secretary of state who maybe there for four years or two years should be reaching down and making those decisions. but we have to do a better job with the professionals charged with making the decisions so that the information can all be evaluated and the resources that are needed can be asked for and deployed to the best extent. >> trey gowdy, the chairman of that house select committee on benghazi is defending today his panel's work. he's rejecting the idea that some have put forth of a partisan investigation. he noted particularly that clinton is just one of dozens of witnesses called by this committee. i want the talk it over with
hillary rosen joining us from washington along with republican strategist and editor in chief and founder of political prospect, haley mcennen. you heard hillary clinton say in that interview with jake this is the eighth time. what more can she say that she hasn't already? >> there's lots of new information. trey gowdy pointed out there's 50,000 new documents only 5% pertain to hillary clinton which dismisses the idea that this is a political investigation. the most important of which are the e-mails of chris stevens, the ambassador. how can you conduct an investigation when you don't have those e-mails? the previous seven did not have those e-mails. this does. so there's important questions namely why did she deny security requests coming from the ambassador. >> let's listen to that sound from trey gowdy because he says the committee is interested in only getting to the bottom of the attack, what cost those four
american lives and nothing else, nothing political. let's roll it. >> i have told my own republican colleagues and friends, shut up talking about things that you don't know anything about. and unless you're on the committee, you have no idea what we've done, why we've done it and what new facts we have found. we have found new facts, john, that have absolutely nothing to do with her. >> but here's what the lead democrat on the committee said, elijah cummings. >> is this a sham on thursday? >> i think it's -- i think it's a sad day for all of us because we made a commitment to the families. the families came in with tears in their eyes, literally, and said, please do not make this a political football. that's exactly what's happened. they said found out more information about what did happen, then he asked us to do one other thing, and that is try to make sure you figure out how this does not happen again. and i think we failed at all
three. >> that's a pretty sad thought. hillary, to you, does haley have a thought? is that the end of it? that's what it's about. >> no, there isn't new information. and if trey gowdy has new information, he ought to be putting it out there. i guess he's hoping to surprise hillary clinton with it. but with regard to ambassador chris stevens' correspondence, the senate intelligence committee had all of the correspondence that chris stevens did. they did a bipartisan investigation. and their bipartisan conclusion was this was just a terribly unfortunate set of circumstances, certainly nothing that stopped, you know, at the secretary's door. so i think it's -- you know, look, hillary clinton knows more about this issue than anybody. she's going to do very well this week in trying to explain this to the american people and explain it to the families of those four victims. nobody felt worse than she does
when they lost their lives. and so the republicans, you know, bringing this up in fall, waiting months and months when she was ready to testify last spring just makes it clear that this is really nothing but a political exercise. i don't think that we're going to see new information, but trey gowdy, look, you know, he's a thoughtful guy. if he's got new information, he should put it out there. but this constant sort of, we got new stuff, we got new stuff but never really saying what it is, it's silly. >> interesting op-ed in "the new york times" by maureen dowd this morning writing about hillary clinton specifically and this benghazi committee. i want to read part of what she said, talking about when kevin mccarthy on fox news said we committed this committee. >> at that moment hill hilary shook off her bad juju and mccarthy got it, losing his shot at being the speaker.
>> is this all passed hillary clinton and moved on to the republican party. >> he did no favors by making that comment. it became a talking point. i challenge this notion this is a political committee. in all due respect to you, hillary, there is new information. june 7th we know that ambassador chris stevens needed more security. we know that hillary clinton was receiving e-mails from sidney blumenthal, an activist, in her inbox but not receiving requests for new security in libya. that's new information. she needs to be asked this, she's a chief witness in this. >> hillary, you get the next word on the other side of the break. go ahead, very quickly. >> the oversight board at the state department actually did review the chain of command of these e-mails, of the requests for security. it's not really for the secretary of state to make that decision. as we just heard her say. it is for the security forces and the security experts at the state department to make those decisions. >> let's remember at the end of
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takens. but when he was asked why he thought hillary clinton was to blame for the benghazi terrorist attack, but his brother was not to blame for 9/11, here is how jeb bush responded. >> so what are you objecting to about mr. trump's remarks about 9/11 and your brother? >> look, my brother responded to a crisis and he did it as you would hope a president would do. the united the country, organized our country and kept us safe. there's no denying that. the great majority of americans believe that. i don't know why he keeps bringing this up. it doesn't show that he's a serious person when it relates to being a commander in chief and the architect of a foreign policy. across the spectrum of foreign policy mr. trump talks about things as though he's still on "the apprentice." literally talking about syria saying isis should take out assad and russia should take out isis as though it was some sort of board game and not a serious approach. this is another example of the lack of seriousness.
and this is a serious time. we're under grave threats and i think we need a president with a steady hand. >> too play devil's advocate, do you think it's at all possible that your loyalty to your brother, while very admirable on a personal level, might be in some ways a political or policy liability blinding you to mistakes he made? >> no. i mean, so next week mr. trump is probably going to say that fdr was around when japan attacked pearl harbor. it's what you do after that matters. and that's the sign of leadership. it's not the -- does anybody actually blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11? if they do, they're totally marginalized in our society. it's what he did after wards that matter, and i'm proud of him. you don't have to have your last name bush to be able to understand that. it just calls into question mr. trump's credibility as a commander in chief and an architect of the next generation foreign policy. which we desperately need in this country right now.
>> obviously, al qaeda was responsible for the terrorist attack of 9/11. but how do you respond to critics who ask does your brother's administration bear no responsibility at all, how do you then make the jump that president obama and secretary clinton are responsible for what happened at benghazi? >> well, the question on benghazi, which is hopefully will now finally get the truth to it is, was the place secure? they had a responsibility, the department of state, to have proper security. there were calls for security. it looks like they didn't get it. how was the response in the aftermath of the attack? was there a chance these four american lives could have been saved? that's what the investigation is about. it's not a political issue. it's not the broad policy issue. were we doing the job of protecting our embassies and our consulates during the period, those hours after the attacks started, could they have been saved? >> that's kind of proving the
point of the critics i was just asking about because you don't want to have your brother bear responsibility for 9/11 and i understand that argument and al qaeda's responsible. but why are the terrorists not the ones who were responsible for these attacks in libya? >> they are. of course, they are. of course, they are. but if the ambassador was asking for additional security and didn't get it, that's a proper point. and if it's proven that the security was adequate compared to other embassies, fine, we'll move on. >> let's talk about this more with democratic strategist hillary rosen back with me, democrat strategist haley. what do you make of what jake tapper just pointed out there? how are they so different and how does that resonate with the voter? >> i feel for jeb bush. because all he keeps doing is getting caught up in defending his brother's presidency, and you know, god forbid, i hate to
agree with donald trump, but there were -- there were 25 different cia notices into the bush administration in the year prior to 9/11 suggesting that al qaeda was preparing to launch attacks against the u.s. now, having said that, you know, the day after 9/11, you know, even al gore, my friend and candidate, said george bush is my president. right? we united. we got together. you know, we said let's go forward here. many of us don't agree with what george bush did after that, but to keep hammering in on this 9/11 issue with donald trump. he's clearly doing it to get under jeb bush's skin and jeb bush is letting him. why isn't jeb bush answering every attack from donald trump with what he would do as president instead of actually trying to answer the question and getting caught in a quagmire of george bush's presidency. >> i mean, that is a very
interesting point and a strategy to move forward, right? if she's stuhe's stuck back defs brother, you can't change the past. >> i agree with hillary, he needs to take the offense rather than the defense. that would be a more effective strategy. but to the point of whether george w. bush could have stopped these attacks. 9/11 was started to be planned in 1999. if we want to get back to that, it was during the clinton's presidency. it was a widespread attack, we didn't know where it would be, when it would be. benghazi, it was a concrete location for more security that was denied. they're very different. >> i want you to listen to some sound that stood out to me and my team from the other exclusive interview jake tapper and that's with mitt romney, the 2012 republican nominee talking about how republicans he thinks are really hurting themselves a lot because of this infighting. especially when it comes to the
whole debacle over who will be the next speaker of the house. let's roll it. >> the challenge in our party is not so much that people have differing views on issues as much as people have differing views about how to get those issues implemented. there are some in our party who think the best approach is throwing bombs. the problem with bomb throwing so far is that most have landed on our own team. that doesn't help. >> well, here's the thing, hillary rosen, if you're talking about donald trump throwing bombs landing on other republicans, it has resonated in the poll numbers. >> well, it has, and i think -- and we saw later in that interview with romney where romney wouldn't go far enough. >> right. >> in support of trump. it's interesting that the less substantive candidates in the republican party primary right now, the higher up they're going in the polls. you have jeb bush saying, i'm serious, i'm serious, but people are just not interested in
serious. contrast with the democratic debate, for instance, we heard the other night, where it was just two hours of real policy conversation. for some reason republican primary is not turning into a particularly policy-heavy moment. we're just -- it's insult after insult from candidate after candidate. >> i have 20 seconds. final thoughts? >> the republican debate was very substantive. the contrast was the democrat debate was the same failed policies that have gotten us to this point. people are frustrated and you heard the same policies of the obama administration. >> we heard new things, free college tuition across the board from bernie sanders. but that's a topic for another debate. thank you, ladies. back on the other side. >> 60 months of record job growth. not so bad. become the only thing you think about.
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hi everyone. 6:00 eastern this sunday evening. we begin this hour with presidential politics and what some are calling a sophomoric back and forth between jeb bush and donald trump. this morning, in an exclusive interview with jake tapper on "state of the union," bush said trump is an actor who lacks the seriousness to