tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN October 27, 2016 3:00pm-4:01pm PDT
joining other waffling republicans who are back in trump's corner. vladamir putin mocks the idea that moscow is trying to interfere with the u.s. elections, portraying it as an unbelievable ploy. this as more stolen e-mails reveal the clinton camp's horror when her use of a private server became public. closing in. we're learning about a u.s. attack on isis as coalition forces get ready to move on the terror group's self-proclaimed capital. the pentagon growing more concerns that isis is plotting to attack america. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >> breaking news tonight. michelle obama pleading with north carolina voters to cast early ballots for hillary clinton right now. clinton campaigning with her most popular surrogate for the first time in one of the
battlegrounds that will decide the presidential race, just 12 days from now. tonight, just released polls show clinton with a slim advantage in north carolina, and she's in a dead heat with donald trump and iowa, and in the traditionally red state of georgia. right now, trump is focussing in on the must-win battleground of ohio. we're standing by for his third event of that state within a matter of hours. trump, who had been dising the polls, now applauding surveys showing florida and nevada are toss-ups. russian president vladamir putin says officials in the united states are whipping up hysteria when they blame the kremlin for cyber attacks. putin dismissing the allegation as a ploy designed to distract from the failings of u.s. leaders. i'll talk presidential politics with a top donald trump supporter, congressman shawn duffy. along with our correspondents and analysts as we bring you full coverage of the day's top
stories. up first, let's go to jeff zeleny who is in north carolina where michelle obama and hillary clinton campaigned for the first time together. jeff? >> reporter: michelle obama has been traveling across the country as a seal of approval for hillary clinton's credibility and character. she stood side by side her today, acknowledging it's unprecedented for a first lady to be so involved in a presidential campaign. but she called this an unprecedented election. that's why she says she has hillary clinton's back and is fighting to protect the obama legacy. for the first time tonight, the first lady and a former one on stage together. >> she is absolutely ready to be commander in chief on day one. and yes, she happens to be a woman. >> reporter: rallying democrats in north carolina. >> seriously, is there anyone more inspiring than michelle obama? >> reporter: a first lady tag team. hillary clinton and michelle obama, going hard after donald trump. in a race divided by deep gender
lines. >> we want a president who values and honors women. who teaches our daughters and our sons that women are full and equal human beings worthy, deserving of love and respect. >> reporter: the clinton campaign calls her their not-so-secret weapon, that acknowledges that secretary clinton needs mrs. obama. >> no one knows more about what's at stake in this election than our first lady. >> reporter: 16 years ago in the closing months of mrs. clinton's time as first lady, she was running for senate in new york. mrs. obama has no interest in being on the ballot now or ever, friends say. a comment she knead in the 2008 campaign is now being revisited as a swipe at mrs. clinton. >> if you can't run your house, you certainly can't run the white house. >> wasn't she the one that started the statement, if you
can't take care of your home, right? >> reporter: aides to obama say she was not talking about clinton, who they say she respects and has grown fond of. >> hillary clinton is my friend. >> reporter: now clinton is hoping the popularity of both obamas rubs off. the president's approval rating at 55% in a new cnn/orc poll and 54% believe things in the country are going well. the clinton campaign's new balancing act, projecting confidence and warding off complacency. a cnn poll of polls shows clinton with a six-point edge over trump. tonight, the campaign is bracing for even more hacked e-mails offering an unflattering look inside clinton world. after "the new york times" first reported clinton's private e-mail server in march 2015, campaign chairman john podesta sounded the alarm within hours. "did you have any ideas of the depth of this story," we wrote to robby mook. mook replied, "nope, we
researched it this summer but told everything was taken care of." since then, clinton and her campaign have tried to down play it. yet confidants knew it was a problem. one e-mail saying, do we know who told hillary she could use a private e-mail, and has that person been drawn and quartered? like the whole then is [ expletive ] insane. >> there's no question the release of these e-mails is rocking the campaign, one aide saying it's taking the joy away from the final days here. and they're keeping track through polling to make sure voters aren't being affected by this. that's why they're trying to lock in the early vote now. secretary clinton still here, speaking to more voters. they are trying to get these 15 electoral votes. wolf, it was earlier this summer where she paid a visit to north carolina with president obama
for the first time. no coincidence she came back to north carolina with michelle obama, trying to get the obama coalition fired up for her candidacy. let's go to ohio right now for the latest on donald trump's message with just a dozen days to go until the election. sunland, trump has a narrow path to 270 electoral votes, but a win in ohio could certainly make a difference. >> reporter: ohio is must-win for the trump campaign, which is why we're seeing them make such a big push here in ohio, three states for donald trump today alone. campaign advisers admit their path to 270 is, in their words, an uphill climb. but they're looking at these recent state polls, including here in ohio. ohio which showed that the race is tightening. so they are seeing that they are now in a better position than they were just a week ago.
donald trump blanketing the battleground state of ohio today. >> in 12 days, we're going to win ohio and we are going to win back the white house. >> reporter: the state and its 18 electoral votes critical to trump. >> hillary clinton wants to double down on obamacare. >> reporter: with less than two weeks left, trump is seizing on the steady drip of hacked e-mails coming from wikileaks. >> if the clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise, when they weren't in the white house, just imagine what they'll do given the chance to once again control the oval office. >> reporter: even as he backs off his recent threat to sue the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct. >> all of these liars will be sued after the election is over. >> reporter: no longer saying he'll go through with it. >> we'll find out. let's see what happens with the
election. >> reporter: trump revealing today, his campaign is planning to deploy his wife melania for a series of closing speeches. >> she's going to do two or three speeches. i think it's going to be big speeches, important speeches. >> reporter: melania has been absent from the campaign trail since her campaign speech in july. but the trump campaign is leaning on her voice to help improve her husband's standing with women. >> i support him 100% and i'm there for him every time he needs me. and i'm going to join him. >> reporter: meantime, trump is reclaiming some support in the new toss-up state of utah from congressman jason chaffetz. he withdrew his support after trump's comments about women were revealed in the 2005 audiotape. >> i'm out. i can no longer endorse donald trump for president. we've got a 15-year-old daughter. do you think i can look her in the eye and tell her that i
endorsed donald trump for president when he acts like this and his apology? >> reporter: with ybut now, aft nearly a dozen women have come forward, he says, i will not defend or endorse donald trump, but i am voting for him. hrc is that bad. some republicans, including chaffetz, are considering the prospects of a clinton administration. the chair of the oversight committee promising years of congressional investigations, saying "even before we get to day one, we've got two years worth of material already lined up." and senator ted cruz warning republicans might not vote on the nomination for the supreme court seat vacated by the death of justice scalia. >> there's certainly long historical precedent with a supreme court with fewer justices. >> reporter: and in that interview where donald trump
revealed that melania would be making two or three speeches in the final stretch for him, melania seemed a bit off guard by that. she seemed surprised by that suggestion. and in the trump campaign, they have not gotten back on specifics where and when those big speeches would be given in this final stretch. >> we'll be anxious to cover those speeches. sunlen, thank you very much. we're joined now by congressman shawn duffy. thank you very much for joining us. >> good to be back with you, wolf. >> let's talk about these new polls that came out today showing donald trump losing his lead, get this, in states he had been doing very well in. in georgia, for example, right now he's only behind by -- she's only behind by one point, 44% for trump, 43% for hillary clinton. look at iowa right now. in iowa, he had been doing really well, 44%, 44%.
a month ago, trump was up by seven points. why is he slipping? >> well, first off, i think georgia is not going to be a problem for donald trump. that's a republican state. as voters go to the polls, they'll break donald trump's way. we'll win georgia. but obviously some of the trouble that donald trump has had over the last month has caused him to slip not just in iowa but all these states and the national polls across the country. what's interesting, wolf, he's come back in dramatic fashion. in florida, north carolina, in iowa, ohio, nevada, and i'll tell you, wisconsin is doing incredibly well for mr. trump. so he has this inside track. he has to hit everything right. but if he does, he's within striking distance in these swing states, and he could pull this victory out. >> we checked, congressman, in your home state of wisconsin. the last poll that we have, a scientific poll, hillary clinton in wisconsin was up by seven points in wisconsin.
so do you think he really has a chance of capturing wisconsin? >> i do. so in wisconsin, this was the home of the scott walker recalls, the republican party in wisconsin is the best republican party in the country. we are turning out almost as many door knocks as florida and ohio. so our base is activated. we still have a little problem in southeast wisconsin with republicans. but as those republicans come home, with all the work we've done across the state, this will be a nail biter. i think wisconsin will go to trump in the end. >> every poll we've seen, hillary clinton in wisconsin is up seven or eight points. is trump, has he been there lately, is he planning on going in the last 12 days? >> i've seen internal polls, as well. we try to get the best and most accurate data possible so we can function with good data. it's far closer than the recent poll that you cite. so mr. trump was here a little
over a week ago. i'm hopeful, and there's been rumblings that he might come back this weekend or early next week. but he knows that outside of, again, florida, north carolina, iowa, ohio, nevada, he needs another state. and if it's not pennsylvania, and i think pennsylvania is getting really tough to grab for him, i think wisconsin is the next best play. again, a great ground game, an activisted republican base, and the internal polls are much closer. >> how much of a problem in wisconsin -- paul ryan is, of course, from wisconsin, he's doing nothing -- he's not campaigning out there in wisconsin or any place else for donald trump, is he? >> what he's done is, he's funded the whole wisconsin gop operation. >> but he's trying to get republicans elected in wisconsin, but i don't see him on the campaign trail with donald trump or even speaking
about donald trump for that matter. >> we have to be frank. we have far more house seats that are in play today than six weeks ago. so mr. ryan is out there talking about the republican message, the republican vision, and also raising money to make sure we can push back against an onslaught of democrat cash that's raining hell fire on us. they have way more money than we do. so mr. ryan is making sure we have the resources to fight back. that's a full-time job. he's working on keeping the house. donald trump is working on winning the presidency. those are two different jobs that take two different roles. >> the point i'm trying to make, paul ryan in wisconsin, he's very popular in your home state. if he were out there speaking publicly, not only trying to get republicans elected in the house and the senate, governor's races or whatever, if he were out there really actively promoting donald trump, that could make a
difference. >> it could, but i don't want to speak for paul. i haven't had this conversation with him, so i'm going to surmise here, but there's a lot of republicans, they might be down in their districts -- or mr. trump might be down in their districts by 15 or 20 points. so they have to outperform him by big numbers. paul is not just looking at wisconsin, and how wisconsin plays for mr. trump, he's looking at our national playing field and how he has to make sure that we come back and we don't have speaker nancy pelosi. donald trump is doing just fine here himself. and listen, do i suspect that mr. ryan is going to vote for donald trump? i suspect so. we'll see. >> donald trump tweeted this today, i'll put it up on the screen, he tweeted this, he said a lot of call-ins about vote
flipping at the voting booths in texas. people are not happy. big lines. what is going on? election officials say that they've had some human error basically in some of the tablets, they've got electronic voting there. but they don't think it's a big problem. is he raising this problem to suggest that the entire election system, as he keeps saying, is rigged? >> from my perspective, i've heard the same stories about the voting machines switching votes. we know that dead people across america are still voting miraculously. and we know that some people are voting twice. do i think that's so widespread that it's going to take the election away from hillary clinton or from donald trump? i don't think that's the case. but on these electronic voting machines, i don't like them. this is what we do in my district here in wisconsin. you fill out your paper ballot and you put it through the electronic reader, but you can go back and look at the paper
ballots. if someone has messed with the programming, that can tweak the results of a race. i don't have any evidence or information that there's any widespread problems across the country. but it's incumbent upon us as americans and elected american officials we try to get the best result possible, which is clear the dead folks out. make sure there's swift penalties for those that violate the law and vote more than once. and if you are using an electronic voting system, that it is functioning and will accurately reflect the votes of the people that cast a ballot. >> the texas authorities say the electronic voting machine is working fine, but some people are making human error, they're not necessarily following the instructions, but it's not big, they say. there's been a few problems like that. but they're not suggesting it's a big problem. >> one other point on that, these are articles that i've read, we heard that one of
george soros' companies has provided some of the machines for some of the states. obviously mr. soros leans left. i haven't personally verified that yet. but we want to make sure that these voting machines are free of politics and policy, because this great american system, this election, is based on the trust of the american people. and i don't think we want to undermine that trust in our electoral process. >> we have to take a quick break. it's republican officials in texas say thing is not a big problem with these voting tablets, if you will. and that george soros issue, is an unconfirmed rumor that has spread out there. but we have not been able to confirm that by any means, that the machines that his company is building are designed to help hillary clinton and not donald trump. that sounds conspiratorial. but let's take a quick break, congressman. we'll resume our coverage right after this. [accountant] my job is to manage and grow businesses.
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you may have ibs. ask your doctor if non-prescription ibgard is right for you. ibgard calms the angry gut. available at cvs, walgreens and rite aid. we're back with republican congressman sean duffy. congressman, stand by for a moment. we're getting new information about vladamir putin's latest response to claims that russia is attempting to influence the u.s. presidential election. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is with us. jim, putin says it's all a ploy? >> reporter: that's right. and it's interesting, because we heard donald trump occasionally praise the leadership style of vladamir putin. today, we heard vladamir putin, to some degree, defending donald trump's campaigning style, even making some points, expressing talking points seemingly stolen from the donald trump playbook. have a listen. >> translator: donald trump behaves extravagantly. of course we see this. but there's a reason for this.
in many opinion, he represents the interests of that part of society, and it is quite big in the united states, which is tired of the elite that have been in power for decades. >> reporter: tired of the elite that have been in power for decades. you heard donald trump say that about hillary clinton in the last debate. but on this issue who is behind these election hacks, russia has denied that from the beginning. vladamir putin has denied that multiple times. have a listen. >> translator: does anyone seriously think that russia can in some way influence the choice of the american people? is america some kind of a banana republic? america is a great country, correct me if i'm wrong. >> reporter: the could there went on to half at that a little bit there, this idea of america as a banana republic. but the fact is, u.s. intelligence agencies took the rare step of naming and shaming russia in public for these hacks, even saying it would have required the most senior levels of the russian government,
namely vladamir putin, to approve hacks like this. >> jim sciutto, thank you very much for that report. let's get back to congressman sean duffy. congressman, the chairman of the homeland security committee says he told trump russia was behind these election hacks. trump didn't think that was enough proof. trump is also questioning his republican colleagues and the intelligence community for that matter, when generals as far as this ongoing fight against isis, when you hear all of this from trump, how will he function if he's elected as president of the united states if he doesn't trust the intelligence community, for example? >> well, just to take a side note, it's barack obama that's been changing the intelligence coming out of the middle east to make it rosier -- >> are you accusing the director of national intelligence, the cia director, the nsa director,
all 16, 17 intelligence agencies of being manipulated by the president of the united states for political reasons? >> no, what i'm saying is, and these are well vetted stories about insiders who have provided reports of what's happening in the middle east with iraq, syria, with afghanistan, of modifying the reports that have come out of their intelligence organizations -- >> is mike mccaul -- [ overlapping speakers ] mike mccaul is a republican, he's from texas, highly respected. is he being manipulated, as well? >> i didn't say that he was. i said that the mid level folks that are writing reports on the ground, reporting on our effectiveness in the middle east on our policies, those reports have been modified and the people who have written reports have come forward and expressed that in public. mike mccaul is a straight shooting guy and a friend of mine, but i think he's heard the
same story. i'm not saying that these reports are wrong that are coming out about russia. all i'm saying is, your question went to the point is, can you be an effective president if you have bad intelligence? well, mr. obama has been an effective president, some would say he hasn't, but he's had bad intelligence. >> i said if he's not listening to the intelligence community, can you be an effective president if you don't pay attention to their conclusions? >> let's go to the point. i don't care if it's russia, if it's the tooth fairy or the devil that provides this information. the bottom line is, we're seeing a pay for play scandal. you give money to the clinton foundation, you get access to the clinton state department. >> do you care -- hold on. do you care if russia is trying to interfere by hacking various
e-mail accounts, dnc, or other e-mail accounts associated with democrats, do you care if they're trying to influence the american election system so that trump is elected? >> what i would argue is if -- do i care about that? of course. but then if we have this information through the intelligence services of the united states of america, let's put it out there. let's show how russia is actually doing this. >> but you know, congressman, sometimes the intelligence community -- hold on a second. they have to protect what they call sources and methods. they can't necessarily reveal that kind of information, because it undermines national security. you're familiar with that. >> but there's a lot of sources and a lot of information they can release without releasing all of it and jeopardizing the tools that they use to get that information. that aside, wolf, i don't think it helps donald trump at all to have any ties to putin. if anyone thinks that putin saying nice things about donald trump is helpful in this
election, it's absolutely not. mr. putin is a thug. he's not a friend of ours. and i think anyone that cozies up or says nice things about mr. putin, i disagree with. if the russians trying to help donald trump, why would mr. putin say nice things about donald trump? he knows that stirs up a lot of anger within the american voting base. >> what's intriguing to a lot of experts, and i'm sure it is to you, at least so far, all of the ha hacked e-mails have been damaging to the democrats, not the republicans. no trump campaign emails have been hacked. that's why people are pointing to the russians, by and large, saying it's designed to undermine hillary clinton and the democrats and help trump. that's the argument. >> and i understand the argument, and i kind of look to
what marco rubio said. i don't know that any of us like when e-mails are hacked. they should be private. but i would also note, wolf, that there's a lot of serious things that are happening within clinton world that have come out that give people great pause about her ability to serve effectively as the next president of the united states of america. we have issues of, again, corruption. the fact that she had this private server and didn't protect american top secret information. the fact that she came to congress and said she didn't have this secure information on a server and mr. comey said no, on that server, she did have top secret information. all of this is relevant, and i think it's important -- and i told you this before -- i want to know as much information about hillary clinton and donald trump. i want to know the good, the bad, and the ugly so i can make the best decision on november 8th. i think every american deserves that. as you've seen from these
e-mails, i wish hillary clinton would have done what her staffers advised her, put out the paid speeches from wall street, don't bleach bit 30,000 pages of e-mails. if she did that, she would be walking away wit, because she was honest and transparent and asked for forgiveness and americans give forgiveness when you ask for it. >> you make fair points on that issue, which is a fair issue for discussion, but it's separate whether or not russia is deliberately releasing stolen or hacked e-mails in order to interfere in the american democratic election system. those are two separate issues that we're discussing right now. >> they are. >> we'll continue these conversations down the road. congressman, appreciate it very much. just ahead, the first lady, how her pitch for hillary clinton could help. >> for the past eight years, i
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anyone else to be president of the united states. let's get some more with our political experts. we're here with gloria borger. events like this, the star power of michelle obama, is that what the clinton campaign needs right now to prevent complacency? >> absolutely. let's just say that michelle obama gets the surrogate of the year award, because she can bring out the crowds. it was a very big crowd there today. i think the first or second largest of the year. and she not only can get people motivated to vote, but her message today was very clear. she said, they are trying to convince you to stay home, that they are -- their strategy is to make this election so ugly that you won't want any part of it. so she kind of hit the voter suppression issue right on the head, and said to voters, in that important state, which is close, you cannot stay home anymore, and reminded people that in the year 2008, when her
husband won that state, it was by 14,000 votes, which is two per district. so she can really drive that message home. and other surrogates can do the same. if hillary clinton doesn't get them enthused, they will try. >> we're looking at a new poll out today from quinnipiac in north carolina. hillary clinton 47%, donald trump 43%. gary johnson, 5%. if that poll is accurate, how does trump catch up? >> i think trump is really just at this point going to have to either stay on a couple of messages that seem to resonate for him, like the obama care premium numbers, talking about some of the core issues that matter to his voters like immigration. if he gets sidetracked, i don't see how he makes it up in a national poll. i think he's got to concentrate on the swing states. the national poll numbers are meaning less and less. >> he was very disciplined today in speeches so far, with another one coming up later in ohio.
two other intriguing polls in iowa. hillary clinton 44%, trump 44%. a month ago, hillary clinton was down in iowa by about seven points. and in georgia, which is a traditionally red state in a presidential contest, trump 44%, hillary clinton 43%. she was down seven points a month ago in the same poll in georgia, as well. it looks like that's a narrowing, if there's a narrowing in georgia of all places, trump is in trouble. >> right, absolutely. we have seen in the national polling a kind of return to the mean a little bit in the last few days with the numbers coming down to where they have been. but both of these results show the limits of that. there are two important points. first of all, neither of these are states that hillary clinton has to win in order to win. they are states that donald trump has to win and he's struggling in them. the other thing that's struggling is these are states
in each of the two -- iowa is probably the rust belt swing state where donald trump has had the best chance. it's heavily blue collar, predominantly white state. if the margin falls there, hillary clinton is ahead among college whites, it is difficult for him in the other rust belt swing states that are less amenable to him. and georgia is really outside of the border of what we thought of. you have north carolina, virginia, colorado, nevada and florida. georgia is a step behind. and she's up 12 points in virginia in that poll. >> it seems that the trump campaign strategy is to somehow decrease -- for hillary clinton by raising all these issues, including these wikileaks e-mails that have been hacked. >> the strategy described in that bloomberg story is like voter depression more than voter
suppression. they know things aren't going well. georgia is in play, things are not going well in texas of all places. they are desperate and looking to do anything they can to change the tide. >> can they do that, gloria? >> we'll have to see. i mean, i was talking to somebody in the clinton campaign today who was saying look, they don't expect to win georgia. they really don't. but the question of north carolina is interesting, because will north carolina start to look more and more like the state of virginia where they're very much ahead? you have the research triangle. there are a lot of voters they believe that they can appeal to there. and that is a state that is changing, and so they're very interested, of course, because they want to win it. but they're very interested in the tightening of the polls there, vis-a-vie the state of virginia, which isn't even endowed anymore. >> yeah, it's basically the same. in all of the sun belt states, you see the same coalition
consolidating, accelerating what we've seen over the last 16 years since 2000. in virginia already, the combination of college educated whites and minorities have tipped the state to the democrats. hillary clinton is up double digits among the college whites. in north carolina in this poll, she's basically even among college whites. and that is enough to give her a slight advantage. but it puts north carolina on the same continuium that we've seen in virginia and colorado. if democrats can sustain that through this election and beyond, it tilts the electoral college map. georgia and arizona are one step behind with the same demographic mix. but just not quite as much democratic strength with college whites yet. >> stand by, much more coming up. more stolen clinton campaign e-mails have been revealed. should hillary clinton ignore them or confront them head on?
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he could support donald trump. he rescinded his endorsement, but now he says he's going to vote for donald trump, even though he's not supporting him. are republicans over all of the sexual allegations and ready to move on right now? >> no. what the congressman has done shows the difficult position they are in. even with a number of republicans recanting, i believe we are still at a point where more republican elected officials have said they are not voting for this nominee than any other nominee in the party's history. including even william howard taft. there are more republican senators not voting for trump than went with roosevelt against taft. but it reminds the big part of the republican base is with him. and in fact, if he can -- when donald trump gets more generic, less individual, and more like a generic republican, as he has
been in the last few days, he reminds a lot of ordinarily republican leaning voters, in particular, college white men and noncollege white women, he talks about repealing obamacare, they go, i'm a republican, he's a republican, his numbers move up. that's what we're seeing in the polls. so it is a very difficult position for these elected officials. but there is still a bigger fracture in the party over donald trump than i believe over any previous nominee. >> or when he talks about the supreme court. >> i was just going to say, to me this is a profile in cowardess. the night the tape came out, he didn't say i'm no longer endorsing donald trump, he said i'm out, talking about congressman chaffetz. people aren't looking for him to make speeches on behalf of donald trump, simply to know what his position is on donald trump, to reverse course on this after he gave that speech on tv, on our air, the night of that --
>> utah is a significant state all of a sudden. >> very significant. who knows who is going to win utah? no democrat won utah since barry gold water. so you look at this and you and there is something to say, look, i don't support him. i'm not going to vote for him. but i'm not going to vote for hillary clinton. but you have to make that clear or how can your supporters know where your stand? >> jason chafts is not alone in. this but i don't support him but i have to vote for him because i don't want hillary clinton to be president. >> this is flip-flopping and i mate not matter because people
have short memories and may not care that much in the end. if donald trump can get away can it. if you are jason chaffetz, maybe you believe you can get away with it. >> donald trump seemed to surprise her when he said she was going to do it. he has a significant gender gap and they feel they need her in as the character witness. spouses always are good character witnesses. the question is whether she's really going to be willing to do that this campaign has not been something she's enjoyed. she's made it very clear. >> i don't think so. you know, look. your spouse should look like. and i think that is admirable but that is not going to make a difference. he's facing really significant problem with women voters.
particularly college-educated white women on track as much or two or three times and i don't think speeches from his spouse is going to change that. >> stay with me. other news developing. it's plots to attack the united states and that is adding new urgency to the terrorist self-proclaimed capital. climb .
yiesz plots to attack the united states are believed to be in the work right now in the terrorist self-proclaimed capital in syriaia. barbara starr is working the story for us.. barbara starr is working the story for us. >> reporter: growing intelligence that isis is using raqqah as a mabase of operation to plot against the united states. there are fresh kagtss the u.s. is getting ready to move on raqqah. >> inside raqqah's syria the u.s. believes terrorists are plotting to attack the u.s. and the pentagon is trying to stop it. >> there is i think a sense of urgency about what we have to co-here. because we are just not suredo here. because we are just not sure what they are up to and where and when. but we know this plot/planning is emanating from raqqah.
>> caller: cnn has learned u.s. special operations forces recently attacked an isis target inside syria. the u.s. believes the raid stopped plotters planning to attack the u.s., an administration official says. >> we know we need to remove daesh from raqqah. >> 2,000 to 3,000 fighters in and around raqqah according to u.s. military officials. no one knows how many other supporters exist among the population. within the next few weeks the u.s. plans along with kurdish and arab partners to try to begin to isolate the city. local ground forces backed up by u.s. military advisors will be put on roads in and out of raqqah trying to stop the flow of isis operatives. the u.s. will fly aircraft over head ready to strike when targets are identified. the fight for raqqah will begin even if the fight to retake
mosul in iraq grows more brutal. cnn producer tim lister is in northern iraq. >> reporter: from the secret phone calls, the text message, the firsthand accounts of escapees that we're getting, a picture is beginning to emerge. and it is one of increased defensive preparedness by isis with booby trapped bombs and vehicles suicide bombs being moved to the outskirts but also apparently preparedness by isis to escape. >> people trapped in the city are trying to fight isis but as many as 600 have been rounded up. >> the risk for anyone caught with a cell phone in mosul is enormous. summary execution most of the time. but still they try to get word out to the outside world. >> reporter: and tonight u.s. officials are estimating upwards of 900 isis operatives have been killed so far in that operation against mosul iraq. >> barbara starr with the latest
information at the pentagon. thank you for that report. that is it for me. thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer in the situation roma. erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. "outfront" next the breaking news donald trump about to take the stage in must-win ohio. new polls showing neck and neck races in key states and donald trump jokes about canceling the extraelection. and shark star barbara corcoran on the donald trump she's known for years. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight the breaking news. just give it to trump. donald trump tonight just 12 days to go combining an attack on