tv Anderson Cooper 360 CNN November 5, 2018 8:00pm-9:00pm PST
and good evening. we are one hour away from election day, an election the president of the united states says will be all about him and 7 in 10 likely voters agree. they say they're voting that way. an election the former president of the united states, barack obama, calls the most important election of our lifetimes. tens of millions of americans have already voted early, the kind of numbers you simply done see for midterms. in fact, little of what we've seen so far has ever been seen before or said before and president trump is campaigning like no president has, as if he
is indeed on the ballot. look at all those stops. this is a map of where he has gone since labor day. 30 campaign stops, including three tonight. we'll be checking up on some of the key races off the top of the broadcast including the hotly contested races in florida as well as texas. starting at the president's latest and final stop in missouri where democratic senator claire mccaskill is locked in a battle to keep her job. jeff zeleny is there now. what's the president's message there in missouri? >> reporter: a bit of a pause at this campaign rally at the moment. there's someone at the beginning -- at the front of the crowd who fell ill. so the president actually was standing silently on stage for the last several minutes. the crowd just was singing "amazing grace" here. so we're not exactly sure what became of this trump supporter. but anderson, i can tell you this message here that the president has been giving he largely started often by talking about this being the final rally but really waxing nostalgic about 2016. going again and again state by state by state, all the states
that he won. he clearly tonight, though, is trying to perhaps soften his message a little bit in the final hours, at least so far. and he also invited the top women of his administration, ivanka trump, sarah sanders, kellyanne conway to stage. that is a key purpose here. the president, the white house knows that they need the support of women voters. they believe they've been hemorrhaging women voters in some respects. so that was the message at the beginning. but anderson, make no mistake about it. the president is here in missouri because he believes this senate race with claire mccaskill, the democrat-s one of the closest in the country. that's why he came back here tonight, anderson. >> and the president's closing message, i understand you're learning he actually didn't want to focus on the economy. >> reporter: right. i mean, the president in the last -- in the last week you'll remember his campaign issued this very on the mifltic upbeat ad sort of like ronald reagan's morning in america ad, talking about how things have gotten better and will only get better if you keep republicans in office.
but i am told the president "hat "hated" that ad. he was not in that ad. so that is one of the reasons he personally changed the message to immigration, delivering that hard line, many people would say racist views on immigration of that ad last week. so the president is a bit of a split message. many republicans want him to talk about the economy. he has made it clear he wants to talk about immigration. but so far that has not been a central message here. they want to close even slightly more positive. anderson, this has been a scorched earth campaign led entirely by the president, largely on immigration because he thinks it worked for him in 2016 and he hopes it will now. but in house districts across the country look for those tomorrow night. republican voters believe that this immigration message actually may have energized the opponents, not the supporters of trump. anderson. >> does the president have anything on his schedule for tomorrow? >> reporter: anderson, on the president's official schedule at least there is nothing on it at all. he's not scheduled to get back to the white house until about
2:00 in the morning after this rally here. so there's nothing on his schedule. but be sure he is going to be on twitter. he may be doing radio interviews, other things. he's going to stay engaged in these contests. but he's going to be watching these results and regardless of the fact he's not on the ballot he will get the credit or the blame. but anderson, we do know tonight the white house -- the president, they are expecting to lose the house of representatives and expecting to hold the senate. we'll see if that happens tomorrow. but look for him to be involved some way. but no official schedule at the white house tomorrow, anderson. >> jeff zeleny, thanks. in florida two tight races for senate. the governor's race between democrat andrew gillum and republican ron desantis, very bitterly flot fought at the highest levels. president trump campaigning for desantis, former president obama for gillum. tonight, though, mr. obama made a surprise stop in northern virginia bearing donuts and stumping for senator tim kaine
and jennifer wexton. today was national donut day. nobody got me donuts. or anybody on this panel got donuts. ana cabrera. she is in tallahassee. what is gillum's message to voters now the night before the election? >> reporter: hi, anderson. the main message tonight is go vote. and you can hear this crowd is fired up. they are calling this the bring it home midnight rally. we are at florida a&m university, a fitting venue given andrew gillum was a graduate of florida a&m. and he has a star-studded line-up trying to turn out the vote for him tonight. the headliner at this event is going to be sean "diddy" combs. they had dj khaled, monica, all trying to help andrew gillum become the next governor of the state of florida. we talk to people who lined up for hours before they even opened the doors here. a lot of young voters and students here who told us, you will all of them who we talked to told us they had already
voted or they were definitely going to vote tomorrow. and andrew gillum really needs that young vote to turn out. the potential there is huge. here in the state of florida more than 50% of registered voters are of the generation x-ers, millennials or generation z-ers. and already the early voting numbers show there is enthusiasm in this group. i can tell you more than double the number of voters under the age of 30 voted early in this election compared to 2014, the last midterms. but still their numbers are dwarfed by the over 65 crowd who voted early already. in fact, we know they are the most reliable voters and they steer toward republican. i know this is a neck and neck race. every vote is going to count. you look at the latest polls, cnn has this 49% gillum for his republican challenger ron desantis 48%. so it could be a very, very
tight race as we approach the election tomorrow. and these candidates are not taking anything for granted. i can tell you ron desantis, the republican challenger in this race, has also been campaigning to the very, very end. he was out today with marco rubio and lara trump. president trump was also here last weekend, or this past weekend campaigning for him. and barack obama has been here on behalf of andrew gillum. so this is a race for the country to watch. i just want to let you know, anderson, i spoke with a political science professor here in florida who told me that andrew gillum has largely followed the obama model in his campaigning, back to basics, grassroots strategy. go where the voters are. and will it be enough? that's the big question. we'll know in about 24 hours from now. and remember, that is a state that hasn't voted for a democrat for governor since 1994. anderson. >> ana cabrera, thanks very much. no race it seems has generated more heat, more surprises than beto o'rourke's attempt at unseating ted cruz in deep red
texas. cnn's ed lachbda is covering this race for us. he's in el paso tonight. i wonder what the message today in the final stretch was for both campaigns. >> reporter: well, both candidates really pushing home. beto o'rourke landing in his hometown of el paso tonight holding his lal last rally really trying to strike an optimistic tone. and he knows full well that all of the money that he has raised, all of the energy, all of the coverage that he has amassed if he were to lose tomorrow it's essentially all for naught. that's why he left here with this crowd saying really kind of a call to action that that is exactly what his campaign eventually will be measured by. whether or not they were able to turn all of this attention, all of this energy into votes, which is something that we still have to see. as for ted cruz, he spent the day campaigning in various stops around his hometown of houston. and the message very clear with him as well. he has been embracing this for several weeks now, this idea, and warning his supporters that the left is angry, filled with rage toward president trump and
that that is a very dangerous thing. he starts hitting home on the themes of this election boils down to jobs, freedom and security. those are the themes that he has hit over and over here in the last few days of this campaign, anderson. >> beto o'rourke has remained pretty steady with his numbers. occasionally ted cruz i think has dropped in the polls. but for all the attention beto o'rourke has been getting has he really been getting any new voters or turning any republican voters to his side? >> reporter: well, the o'rourke campaign points to what they believe is a huge influx of younger voters, and really all of the stars are going to have to align for the o'rourke campaign. and this is what the cruz campaign has been banking on, that essentially at the end of the day here there are just more republican voters in texas than there are democrats. so o'rourke has really got to focus on younger voters, which he has done over the last few weeks, hitting college campuses. it's no surprise here that he ended his last rally here at the university of texas at el paso
with a huge rally in front of students here. and really getting perhaps suburban women in the towns of dallas, houston, austin, san antonio who were disgruntled and angry with president trump, to get them to switch over. as well as a huge influx of latino voters. really a lot of people thinking that awful those stars are going to have to align if beto o'rourke is going to have a chance tomorrow night. >> ed lavandera, thanks very much. i just want to take a minute to expand on something we touched on at the top of the broadcast and that ana cabrera said a factor in florida, the number of people voting early. here are the figures. at least 31 million this election. that's about 10 million more than voted early in the 2014 midterms. just for comparison, about 41 million people voted early in the 2016 presidential campaign. again, the president has been saying the midterms are a referendum on him. but he's also been saying more. here he is today in cleveland. >> you know, the midterm elections used to be like boring, didn't they? do you even remember what they were? people said midterms, they said what is that? what is it? right? now it's like the hottest thing.
i mean, whoever even heard of midterms? they don't even know what it is. i've had a lot of people say i don't know what midterm is but now i'm watching every single minute. and i'm going out to vote. but the key is you have to go out to vote. because in a sense i am on the ticket. >> and with that let's bring in the after-hours gang who probably have spent a lot of their time paying attention to midterms their entire lifetime. david chalian, nia malika henderson, gloria borger, van jones, jennifer granholm, former senator rick santorum, david urban as well. senator santorum, have you ever paid attention to midterms? >> i remember one particular midterm in 2006. that was very memorable. >> which permits you to be here tonight. >> that's why i'm here. so thank you very much. people have asked me how important this midterm is. i'll be honest with you. i hate to say it. i don't think it's that important. i mean, i don't think things are going to change that much in washington. in fact, i see -- david and i were talking about this offstage.
i actually think that the way it's stacking up right now just is a -- is perfectly for trump. >> how so? >> because he needs to pick up seats in the senate. for a variety of reasons. he wants to confirm his judges. he wants to be able to have a block about any bad things the house is going to do. and i think that's happening. if you look at where he's campaigning, he's campaigning in senate races. his message, all about winning those red states in the senate. he is trying to build his buffer in the senate. why? because in two years when he thinks he'll be re-elected he needs a little cushion because it's not a good map for republicans in 2020. the other thing he's doing is he is campaigning -- i think pretty blatantly so, not really caring about suburban voters. not really caring about those republicans out there. why? what is the best thing that could happen to donald trump tomorrow night? >> nancy pelosi. >> that he loses the house of representatives and he will have someone to beat up on for two years and blame for every problem he has. this is a great setup for the president. >> that's great in theory. honestly, i agree with the theory. but the truth of the matter is
that yes, he needs an enemy, he'll have someone to punch and maybe he can even get one or two things done -- >> he's been lacking an enemy. >> right. >> you've been the enemy. now he has something that's a real enemy. >> nancy pelosi? >> like nancy pelosi. >> but if you have a democratic house, they're going to subpoena his tax returns. he's got to face bob mueller. we'll go back to witch hunt. >> this is what republicans count on all the time. which is the left overplaying their hand and doing crazy stuff -- >> i remember newt gingrich did that in -- >> i hear you, rick. but it reminds me of when winston churchill lost the election and lady clementine said it's a blessing in disguise and he said, it's rather well disguised. >> i don't know. >> i have been in a white house that lost control of -- that lost control of congress, and i know what it's like when you have a congress that is now looking at every aspect of what
you're doing. i don't know how much the president is going to enjoy that -- they could overdo it -- well, i was thinking today probably the first thing someone will think to ask is how did that decision get made to send troops to the border and how much did it cost and were there e-mails exchanged from the white house to the pentagon on this? and that's just a small thing. but you know, the congress has the power to investigate, and if they have the gumption to investigate that can be very, very irksome. secondly, one thing you didn't discuss, you're putting it in the context of the congress. there are governor's races tomorrow as well. and republicans stand to lose a whole passel of governorships which has implications for redistricting but also for the presidential election because who the governor is and who controls the sort of political mechanisms of the state is important in presidential races.
so i'm sure the president has a way of finding the good spin on my event, and he may adopt yours. but i think that he'd sooner trade that for a big win tomorrow. >> i would add that the democrats need something. the pain and the frustration and the fear at the base of the democratic party is something i've never seen before. people are literally going to psychologists. i mean, people are very afraid -- no, you laugh. but it's not funny because you've got people, they're scared their neighbors are going to be deported. you have jewish people who are afraid. you have a lot of fear. and when you have fear and helplessness, you don't have the house, you don't have the senate, you don't have the supreme court, you don't have the white house, you've got nothing, it's unhealthy. i think having something, some way to stay apart, some way to be involved, some way to feel like your voice matters is going to be healthy for democrats and it's going to get people the ability to hang on for two more years and deal with 2020. >> i think it's that angst, van,
and i understand you night after night have been skeptical of the polls and you say why should we believe the polls -- >> i just feel like we should wait 24 hours. >> i think that's totally fair. that's why i actually think we don't have to look at the polls. we can look at the votes that occurred over the last year and a half that democrats cast in the primary season and in special election after special election after special election. in the entire trump era the story of american politics has been overperformance of democrats in some republican areas, some they didn't win at the end of the day, some they did like the alabama senate seat or conor lamb's seat in pennsylvania. but the story has been all that energy and angst actually coming out in votes being cast. and that is what i think is giving democrats on the eve of this election greater hope than even what the polls suggest is an advantage, is the last year and a half they've seen it work. >> we'll talk more ahead. coming up, what the president's said about his daughter ivanka and political correctness and
what the president's gender gap issues might mean tomorrow. later, oprah winfrey's contribution to stacey abrams' campaign for georgia governor. the racist robocall featuring an impersonator and her response to it. we'll show you that. as our 11th hour rolls on. we'll be right back. ave me for , but before you do that, you should meet our newest team member, tecky. i'm tecky. i can do it all. go ahead, ask it a question. tecky, can you offer low costs and award-winning wealth management with a satisfaction guarantee, like schwab? sorry. tecky can't do that. schwabbb! calling schwab. we don't have a satisfaction guarantee, but we do have tecky! i'm tecky. i ca... are you getting low costs and award-winning wealth management? if not, talk to schwab. and award-winning wealth management? howdoing great dad!r does this thing got? looking good babe! are you filming. at booking.com, we can't guarantee you'll be any good at that water jet thingy...
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brita? 110... seriously? but zerowater- let me guess. zero? yup, that's how i know it is the purest-tasting water. i need to find the receipt for that. oh yeah, you do. new cnn polling confirming what just about every poll has shown, president trump face a considerable gender gap. john king tonight called it a canyon, not a gap. many things play into it and perhaps it's going to affect the outcome tomorrow. in point of fact, though, if it bothers the president he doesn't seem to show it right now. here's another moment from his rally in cleveland introducing his daughter ivanka and, well, take a look. >> the truth is she's a very, very -- you're not allowed to use the word beautiful anymore when you talk about women. you're not allowed. no, no. it's politically incorrect. no, no.
it's politically -- i will never call a woman beautiful again. and every man here, every man here, raise your hand. you will never, ever say your wife, your girlfriend, anybody is beautiful. right? so i'm not allowed to say it because -- because it's my daughter ivanka. but she's really smart. and she's here. should i bring her up? come on. ivanka, come up. >> uh, back now. >> he is such an idiot sometimes. i mean, really. like you can't say to your wife you're beautiful? the problem is -- >> that is in the democratic party platform. >> it is. of course it is. it's platform 1a. but the problem with him is he's from a generation and he himself -- and i don't want to castigate that generation. take that first part back. he himself is so obsessed with
women's looks that that's how he views them. they're not useful to him if they don't look the right way, and we can go through all the things he's said about women. he doesn't -- i mean, it's nice he said his daughter was smart. but he doesn't think that way as a first matter. women looking at that, i mean, he just can't get it right. and he's going to put sarah huckabee sanders and he's going to put kellyanne conway up on stage and ivanka and he's going to think just having those women up there will make those suburban women come back around. he's just -- he's such -- >> but doesn't the anti-political correctness, you know, war on christmas, i mean, that message work? a lot of people believe -- feel -- >> nobody's going around saying you may never say that a woman is beautiful. he called a woman horseface. >> he didn't handle it particularly deftly. but the idea of political correctness is a serious issue and it does resonate not just
with the base but with a lot of people in this country about, you know, speech codes and what you can say and what you can't say and a little bit of hypersensitivity -- >> all women are asking is that people -- >> i'm not talking about women. i'm talking about -- >> not just on how they look but -- >> of course. and i agree with that. >> that's not politically correct. that's just human. >> i'm talking about the whole idea of political correctness. that's what his focus was on. >> it's the culture war too. i mean, he can't help but play the culture warrior on any number of issues. "me too," kneeling, nfl games, the war on merry christmas. he's going to make everybody say merry christmas at this point. and again it's sort of this nostalgia for a time gone by and he stokes that among his base, which again is older -- >> one person's political correctness is another person's sort of decency or open-mindedness to not making somebody else feel uncomfortable who doesn't celebrate christmas but who's celebrating hanukkah or whatever it may be. >> yeah. i think part of what you're seeing with trump is he really
needs to have that victimization. it's so weird. because usually the conservatives say we're rugged individualists. >> and it's the left that's all about -- >> i was going to say someone from the left talking about us playing the victim card. whoa. whoa. i have vertigo right now. van talking about victimization. whoa. >> let van finish. >> i think you've made this point before, nia. the idea that identity politics is only being played by african-americans and women and lgbtq plus people. no. trump has perfected white identity politics. we are these aggrieved straight white guys that everybody's mean to and doesn't like and makes fun of and i'm going to stick up for us. that sounds an awful lot like the stuff conservatives used to criticize folks for. so this is an instance, maybe a silly one, of him playing that particular song over and over again. we are the beleaguered. we are being mistreated.
but i'm going to stand up to these people who, you know, need to be stood up to. >> but van, maybe people could believe him a little bit if he hadn't called a woman a horseface. >> yes. >> and so he had no problem calling stormy daniels horseface but he has some trouble saying that a woman is beautiful. i mean, which is politically correct and which isn't politically correct? i don't think either of those things are terrific and i think he made a mistake in calling stormy daniels what he called her, and i think tonight was silly and ridiculous and an effort to appeal, as van was saying, but -- >> but you guys were getting at something that i think is actually central to his politics, which is there is a sense of loss among like the folks who you really spoke to as a candidate, the sense that somehow their america is under siege and that change is working against them. and that is at the core of
trump's appeal. he understands it. everything he does -- i mean, he is instinctual but he has an instinct for vulnerability. and this is at the core of his appeal. >> not just his appeal. i think it's at the core of the american political divide. right? >> it's a cultural -- >> that's why we're talking about this as a re-alignment election. you're talking about white suburban women shifting over to be republicans -- democrats, excuse me. from the republican party. and now you have democrats switching over to be republicans in the trump party. >> this is the opportunity for the 2020 election, is a candidate who is saying it doesn't have to be one versus the other, it doesn't have to be us versus them, it can be all of us, it can be we. that's the opportunity. >> that's not a winning message. >> i'm not sure how that's going to play. >> shiert on oit here on a pane
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oprah winfrey. asking you to make my fellow negress, stacey abrams, the governor of georgia. where others see a poor man's aunt jemima i see someone white women can be tricked into voting for, especially the fat ones. and so i promise that every single person who votes for stacey abrams, you're going to get a new car. so you get a car and you get a car and you get a car and you get a car. everybody gets a car! >> that actually was sent out. here's what oprah winfrey posted on instagram tonight. >> i heard people are making racist robocalls in my name against stacey abrams, who i am 100% for in georgia. i just want to say, jesus don't like ugly. uh-uh. and we know what to do about that. vote. tomorrow show up and show out.
and vote! >> oprah's response. i mean, what can someone say about the robocall? it's just sickening. >> yeah. and you've seen a few of these in a couple of the races here down in florida and now of course down in georgia. who knows where they're coming from? i think most of the candidates', chemical. and desantis have rebuked them -- >> i think this one they know the white supremacist group -- >> yeah, it's? group in idaho or somewhere, some white supremacist group. the thing is oprah winfrey was a very compelling person to come down and essentially testify to suburban white women about why they should vote for abrams in that race, and i think there's some worry there because if they can make those white women who typically vote for republicans switch parties and vote for stacey abrams, the african-american vote and then get? latino voters out there as well, they're changing the demographics of the state. >> and that was a brilliant way
to turn something negative into something positive. i mean, you take the crap, you turn it into fertilizer and you do something positive with it. she's done that her whole career. she did it tonight. she'll keep doing it. and i thought it was really extraordinary. she's not somebody, oprah winfrey, who likes to jump into politics. but i think she saw something in stacey abrams and i think she also saw her being mistreated. and she says you know what, this is another time for me to open my mouth and open my heart and open my arms, and i think it was very effective. >> but to nia's point about the appeal from oprah to white women is so key because followed up by the visit is this closing out ad from stacey abrams which is completely geared towards appealing to white women there. i mean, the ad is full of just white women basically. and it is no doubt that it was sent out and distributed directly on the heels of the oprah visit to try to hammer that group home. >> i've got to say that was -- i mean, in a litany of stupid things done by the kemp campaign
and for the kemp campaign, even if he didn't authorize it at the end, this is just throw this on the pile. >> and he denounced -- >> of course. i understand that. all i'm saying is like if someone may have thought they were helping him -- >> but the group -- i mean, i'm not saying the name of this group. but a group does this not to actually convince voters. they do it to gain recognition and fund-raise. >> it backfires. it drives more people -- >> for the group it gives them publicity if people say their name -- >> they don't care about brian kemp. they just want to get their scurrilous stuff out there. so it's played on cnn. that's why. they're going to get national recognition for this. that's why they do it. >> i mean, which is why we're not saying their name. but they have done this before. and that's what it's all about. it's what all these people want-s they want publicity. >> it does speak to -- i mean, race is the jagged edge of american politics, and it has
coursed throughout politics for the length of the republic. these are close races. >> they're in the south. >> states where race has been at the center from the beginning. and you know, it speaks to what happens at the end of close races. these kinds of despicable -- >> you can tell a runoff is what happens here. to van's earlier point about lack of trust on both sides. if it's really razor thin you get to a runoff it's going to be really heated. >> there's a good chance there will be a runoff in georgia between abrams and -- >> but we've seen these kinds of racial overtones in florida and georgia where you have african-american candidates and both of these candidates, i have to say, have handled it so, so well. and they've -- gillum has sort of dismissed a lot of stuff that he could have really picked on and -- >> but he also picked on -- i think unfairly picked on desandtis to be honest with you. somehow the term monkey up is a racist term.
and last night -- >> cotton-picking. >> he still confirmed that it was sort of a -- it had no place. he didn't say oh, that was -- he didn't say what van said. last night van said this is a common term, it has nothing to do with race. he didn't say that. so the idea that gillum has risen above this, not at all. he has pointed to desantis and tried to play that card. >> i see it somewhat differently in that first of all andrew gillum is an extraordinary -- i've known this guy for ten years. he's an extraordinary person. his class and his dignity show through even when he's trying to deal with tough stuff. it's all politics. it's tough stuff. but i think he's done himself well. he's done his family proud and he's given people a reason. if he does win i don't think people will feel like he was a racial bomb thrower in any way and he could have been. >> let's take a quick break. more with our political team. plus what the president said today when he was asked if he was concerned that the democrats if they win any control in
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if the president is at all concerned about democrats taking control of the house in tomorrow's elections, he is certainly not trying to let anybody know that. he said at rallies that it could happen but he's not worried about it, he'll just figure it out. and here's what he said today when he was asked if he's concerned the democrats will go after his tax returns. >> i don't care. they can do whatever they want. and i can do whatever i want. >> does anyone actually believe he doesn't care about the tax returns? >> i think he cares and he's going to care a whole lot in
about 60 days. >> just remember the reason donald trump likes to watch cnn is because you talk about him all the time. and if you think, if you think that he is not up for the fight of having the democrats fight with him every single day and have a war with the democrats about him every day, you're wrong. i disagree with david. i think he is perfectly prepared to run the next two years -- you think he won't like it and they'll do all those investigations. great. because they're talking about him. and as long as they're talking about him he's a very -- >> it's hard to believe that that's the preferred -- just because of the onslaught of investigation, subpoenas -- >> look at how he's campaigned. look at where he's -- >> no, he relishes the fight. i get that. i just think it's got to be a little more silver lining than the actual -- >> i'm disagreeing with you that he may feel that way. i'm just telling you that it is not a blessing and he will find that out. >> but donald trump is not barack obama. barack obama -- >> i agree with that. >> you hit donald trump, it's
like he absorbs the energy and becomes stronger. >> sebastian shaw. in the x-men, the marvel universe, the enemy gets stronger. >> i think you're forgetting about bob mueller. because he's not only going to have the democrats. we don't know what bob mueller's going to do. i don't know if bob mueller has his tax returns or not. presumably he does. so that will be that onslaught if there is one as well. there will be a congressional report. there will be a fight over whether it's privileged or not, whether congress is going to be able -- >> this is all terrible stuff -- >> he's not looking forward to that. >> van's got something to -- >> can i say something positive? >> another guy who doesn't want to win an election. >> there is something positive happening in america right now, which is in florida this huge battle going on. everybody's supposed to be mad at each other. >> amendment 4. >> thank you, david urban. amendment 4. >> i was going to get you there. >> i can't wait. it's so good.
>> van made me write it down. >> here you go. >> listen, you've got the christian coalition of the koch brothers, alliance for safety and justice, black preachers all coming together -- >> ben & jerry's. >> ben & jerry's. >> explain ha it's for. >> all coming together to get people the right to vote who lost the right when they got convicted of a crime. people in florida no matter what they do after they've been convicted they can never vote again, even if they have jobs, no matter what. this is going to fix that. and it's brought left and right together. koch industries and black preachers and everybody come together. that's a positive thing happening -- >> and ben & jerry's. >> i just had to say something positive. >> why is it you think it brings people together? >> because i think both parties have values that are offended when there's no redemption. i think democrats believe in justice. i think republicans believe in liberty. we're a liberty and justice for all country. after you paid your debt, the
idea you can never come back, you can never be included again, i think it offends both parties, anti-liberty, anti-justice -- >> all those things are true. the other reality is we have a huge population who have been incarcerated. huge. i mean, much bigger than in the history of this country. and we see substantial -- i mean substantial number of people who can't vote. and that was never a problem until mandatory minimums and other things went in place. now we have i think people saying look, there's just too many people out there -- >> i'm going to brag on you. you actually voted the right way on this thing years and years ago, rick santorum. you never got credit for it. but it's finally caught up to you. >> there you go. >> finally the endorsement you've been waiting for. >> i want to thank everybody, appreciate everybody's insight. we're going to have a lot more tomorrow on florida. the contest for governor, battle for a senate seat. just ahead the large bloc of voters that could be the difference that might surprise you. stay tuned.
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on this election eve two races in nra are just about as tight as they can be. as we said earlier in the broadcast andrew gillum facing off against ron desantis. randy kaye tonight reports on one wild card group of voters who are are actually new to the state and can't wait to cast their ballots. >> they made it easy for me togist be like you know what, no. >> reporter: no as in she's not voting republican. she and her children evacuated from puerto rico after hurricane maria and now calls central florida home. she's so disgusted with how the trump administration responded to the hurricane she's
registered to vote democratic. after the hurricane tens of thousands of puerto ricans relocated to florida whereas u.s. citizens they can vote if they register. >> do you think this is a lock for democrats? >> reporter: which explains why in the senate race both democrat bill nelson and republican rick scott are pushing hard to gain support among newly registered puerto rican voters. both have released spanish speaking tv ads along florida's coveted i-4 corridor. >> the candidates who can talk to how to remove those barriers to opportunity, to better jobs, to better housing, to better education is really the candidate that's going to win the support of this community. >> reporter: the trump administration's hand olgf the aftermath of hurricane maria is a major motivating factor for many displaced puerto ricans. so the more donald trump tweets or says things about puerto rico like the death toll isn't true, how does that impact the vote
here? >> actually the more he tweets the better it is for democrats to engage and organize better. those are his words, his challenges, those are his hateful thoughts. >> so it motivates the evacuees. >> translator: rick scott went to puerto rico, yes, and donald trump also went after maria and he was throwing paper towels at the puerto rican people, and i was thinking we're american, too. we have rights as well. >> what he does and how he expresses himself towards, you know, puerto ricans is so disrespectful. >> reporter: but not all puerto ricans are going against the gop. evacuee host is voting republican. he was impressed with how scott
handled hurricane irma in florida last year. his son is voting for scott, too. >> i have seen a lot of construction work. i have seen a lot of improvement. also i've seen that there's a lot of job opportunities here. >> reporter: still, democratic representative amy mercado believes hate is a great motivator. >> they know. they're connecting the dots. >> do you feel like in this election puerto ricans really can make a difference? >> we're going to make a difference. we're definitely going to make a difference. randy kaye, cnn, orlando. >> well, we will see you tomorrow. it's a big night and even bigger day tomorrow. the news continues all night long here with chris cuomo. he'll be followed by a live don lemon broadcast as well. see you tomorrow. did you get a whole thanksgiving?
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hello, everyone. i'm chris cuomo. welcome to prime time. it is just after midnight here in washington, d.c. you know what that means, right? it is officially election day. who wants their i voted sticker inwell, go vote. that's how you get it. if first poll opens in less than five hours. there will be a verdict from voters on his presidency. he warned his base tonight,