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brent, who in death now represents so much more than anything, something so much greater than any of our own individual lives, has come home to u.s. soil in a flag-draped casket on our election day. it is a timeless and cherished honor to serve in our country's armed services. that honor has been brent's since he served in the utah national guard for the past 15 years. and it has been mine for just as long, as i have proudly stood by his side. >> well, brent taylor touched a lot of lives, and afghan officer who served alongside him also testified to his character in an emotional letter written to taylor's wife. we have a copy of it here. he wrote in part, major abdul, your husband taught me to love my wife as an equal and cheat my children as treasured gifts to be a better father, a better husband, a better man. that is the legacy that brent taylor leaves on this election day.
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>> a very good tuesday morning to you. it's election day. i'm jim sciutto. thanks so much for watching today. >> we're live for you in washington. good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. it's 10:00 a.m. out east, 7:00 in the west. polls coast to coast are open now from sea to shining sea. every state except alaska and hawaii where it's still super early. in oregon and washington, which do their elections by mail. if you are not one of the 33 million voter whose cast their ballots early this year, and that's an astounding number, by the way, for a midterm, then today's your chance. your last chance to help choose 435 house members, 35 senators, and 36 governors. >> we talked to see many midterm elections about not enough people voting. does not appear to be a problem this time around. thousands of offices, judgeships, ballot questions on the line today, but no question looms larger than this one.
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will voters decide the break the republican monopoly on power in the nation's capital or give president trump another two years of virtual free reign. we have reporters and crews from new york to texas, wisconsin to south florida, across the country. we begin with gary tuchman in powder springs, georgia, just outside atlanta. the man in charge of running elections in that state happens to be running in the state. the secretary of state running for governor. it's quite a tight, quite an acrimonious race. >> jim, brian kemp, the republican, is a player in the election. he's also a referee in the election. he's the secretary of state. in charge of the elections. yet he's running in it. he's running against stacey abrams, a democrat. if she wins, and this race is too close to call, she will become the first african-american female to ever be a governor in the united states. this is cobb county, georgia. this precinct in this church gymnasium has been crowded all day. we got here at 6:00 a.m., it
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opens at 7:00. it was pouring rain. we came inside to capture people entering. it looked like a black friday sale when the doors opened. more than 100 people waiting to vote, and a steady stream since then. we have been talking to people, unsolicited. we didn't stage anything. can i ask you a quick question. turn around this way. i hope it's not too nervy, first, what's your name? >> diana. >> can you dell me who you're voting for for governor? >> i would rather not say. >> that's okay. you don't have to say. you're not required to. i want to ask you another question which you are required to answer. the president of the united states, donald trump, is he helping you determine who to vote for, either for him or against him? >> yes and no. >> yes and no. yes in what way? >> yes in certain issues that they are covering that they feel is important for us is what feel is important. >> he is influencing you in some way, shape, or form? >> yes. >> thank you for talking with us. i didn't mean to grill you so
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hard. everyone is nice to me. no one hits me because i set it up like that, that way they don't have to answer the question, but we have been asking everybody if donald trump is a reason they're here. almost everyone we talked to said the president of the united states has some influence in why they're here, either pro or con. >> you can sense some of the sensitivity there. politics are always sensitive. particularly sensitive in this time period. thanks very much. >> only gary can ask the tough questions with a smile and make it work. let's get to the battleground state of virginia with brian staud in sterling, virginia. so much talk about virginia, virginia ten, what it means. what are you hearing? >> well, poppy, this is the heart of that virginia tenth voting district. we're four hours into a very energized morning in northern virginia. this is a suburban battlegrounds that will be crucial to determine if democrats take control of the house of representatives. it will play out here where jennifer wexton is challenging
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barbara comstock. i heard gary talking to a voter about what drove them to the polls. i have a voter here, joe, in louden county for seven years. what brings you out here? >> the conservatives and the trump administration are leaving this country in a disastrous direction. and completely unethical direction as well. >> so donald trump, was he maybe the sole reason that brought you out or other reasons? >> i generally vote, but he was an energizer. >> what about the people you talk to, your friends, family? does donald trump play a big role in their decision making against whether to come out and vote or to stay home? >> many of the people i know, yes. he's playing a big decision in them coming out. >> what about issue snz we hear immigration, health care are the big issues. what's the thing you care about most that brings you here? >> i'm not generally a single issue voter, but the complete gutting of the aca -- >> affordable care act. >> it's horrible and it's
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exactly the opposite direction the government should be moving in. >> thank you very much for talking to us. pleasure to meet you, and that kind of gives you an idea of what brings people out here, for better or worse, for positive or negative, president trump is driving a lot of people to the polls. people now have roughly nine hours to vote at this polling station. we're told if people are still in line when they come in here, they're going to get a chance to vote. let me swing something around here and show you really quickly, this is a handicap space. they have been helping people who have come here to vote by actually coming to their cars if they can't walk in, giving them ballots, and taking them back in. they're making it very conducive for people with challenges to come here and vote. poppy, back to you. >> that's great to see. they're going to extra mile for all those folks so everyone can cast their ballot. brian todd, important reporting. >> imagine this. florida, a key race, couldn't have an election without florida being at the center of a high stakes race. hialeah is where rosa flores finds herself.
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what are you hearing from voters about what's bringing them to the polls? >> i talked to one voter who said that this is the best country in the world. we enjoy democracy. we enjoy freedoms, and how do you maintain that democracy and those freedoms? by exercising your right to vote. that's why one voter said that she was here very early this morning. take a look over my shoulder. polls here opens at 7:00 a.m. and we do have an update from the secretary of state here in florida. updated early voting numbers. hear this. 39% of registered voters in florida have already voted. that's more than 5 million people. florida is known for its nail-biting races because races usually are here won by razor thin margins. you have to look at these numbers. republicans, the breakdown by party. republicans make up 40.1% of those votes.
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democrats, 40.5% of those votes, with no party affiliation and other making 19.4%. again, nail-biting races here in the state of florida. and there are -- >> rosa, sorry to interrupt. we're seeing a live picture now of andrew gillum, who is democratic candidate for governor in florida casting his ballot in tallahassee, florida, where he happens to be the mayor as well. one of the most hotly contested governors races, bellwether for which party will have the upper hand. that was andrew gillum casting his ballot. rosa flores, thank you very much from outside a polling station there as well. >> okay. rosa, thank you. on a day when millions will go to the polls, where is the president? our white house correspondent sarah westwood joins us outside the white house. sarah, ahead of today, the president has talked a lot about the florida race and a lot about the candidate who just voted,
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andrew gillum. >> that's right, and president trump had endorsed gillum's republican opponent, congressman ron desantis in the primary, there was a lot of controversy around that decision, given that this is one time considered a very winnable race for republicans, and there was some thinking in the party that perhaps desantis' primary opponent could have been a better match against gillum. this is just one of the many races the president will be watching closely today. we're told by press secretary sarah sanders that the president will be making calls today, keeping tabs on the house, senate, and gubernatorial contest. we're also told the president is likely to stop by the war room his political team has set up to keep tabs on voting throughout the day, and then later the president will be inviting friends and family into the white house residence to watch the election results. there's no clear answer yet on whether the president will make some kind of statement or appearance tonight once the verdict to voters becomes clear. the president has already started to set expectations when it comes to the house. he's acknowledged there's so
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many districts across the country that he wasn't able to visit them all or at least that's the excuse he gave for focusing primarily on the senate in the final weeks of campaigning when he visited the eight states, held those 11 rallies in the past week. the president seems to be staking more of republican hopes on the senate, and of course, he'll be watching those returns tonight from the white house residence with his family, poppy. >> okay. sarah westwood, thank you. appreciate it. coming up next, we're focusing on your vote today. we have reporters across the country following all of the key races. we're going to bring you updates from each of those races as we go forward. >> it's not just innames on the ballots today. amendments in several states could have very significant implications on voting rights across the country. stay with us. hi. i'm paul.
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all right. there you're looking at a shot, not the best shot, but andrew gillum, the florida democratic candidate for governor there, is voting. this is at a polling station in tallahassee, florida. this is a race that the country put a lot of attention on, but also the president has talked a lot about this race. i think he's going to make remarks to reporters in a bit. we'll bring that to you. this is him voting. >> candidates know every vote counts. it's a message from a lot of folks. get out there, exercise your right. joining us, jackie kucinich. ana navarro, paul begala, and steve. steve, there's a fair amount of doom and gloom privately on the republican side and some positive expectations among democrats. listen, polls could be wrong. we have seen that before. how do you feel this morning for the republican party?
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>> i have said for a while it's an uphill battle. history argues against us doing well in the house. polling hasn't been great. that said a lot of doom and gloom is exactly what i heard in 2016. this is a different race. i'm not saying that, but i would caution those who are already dancing in the end zone there was a lot of that in 2016 and then a lot of eating crow. here's my honest take. i think it's an uphill battle. republicans are clearly underdogs, but it is doable. >> doable in the house? paul, are you also -- >> steve makes a great point. you don't want to be sorry, to continue the sports metaphor, the guy who flips the ball to the ref one yard before the goal line. democrats have to get out and vote. these districts have been gerrymandered, legally, after 2010, the last census, to favor the republicans. the districts are really stacked against the democrats. it will take a wave. they need to get out and vote. especially young people. they really tend not to vote. i was telling jim during the break, my 18-year-old son, just turned 18, he's going to vote
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with his old man today, his high school class is watching this. he's a good american, and this is the key for young people. your parents don't tell you this. voting is the most fun you can have with your clothe on. >> wow. >> young people, go vote. >> that's a bumper sticker. or something. >> i can't think of better things to do that would be more fun. like internet shopping. >> someone to my right who just voted, this was a very difficult vote for you to make. you wrote a fascinating opinion piece about it on cnn.com. you, a republican for life, voted for democratic gubernatorial candidate andrew gill gillum. >> first, i hated my choices. i always thought of florida as a moderate state. this is the place that, you know, nominates people like jeb bush, like marco rubio. happy warriors. optimists. and here i was with a choice of either, you know, trump's mini
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me, ron desantis, or a progressive democrat. that word scares me. i'm a republican. the word progressive scares me. i thought about it a lot. and look, unless you have been living in the international space station for two years, you know i don't like donald trump. therefore, i don't like his mini me either. >> hold that thought. let's listen in to the guy you voted for. that is andrew gillum after he voted. in tallahassee. >> i voted for you. >> all right. my wife also voted for me. but we're extremely excited. this has been a long journey. 21 months moving across the state of florida. talking to everybody that we can meet. even as late as yesterday in the panhandle of the state, talking to folks that are part of the state that a lot of folks don't think might go my way, but that's okay because what i want folks over there to know, including in the deepest red areas is i want to be their governor too. and in order for that to be true, you have to go there, you have to hear from people, talk to folks. and let them know that you're
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planning to work on their behalf, too. we're excited about the day. are hopeful that it won't be raining in the rest of the parts of the state. and that we'll do what we have to do to bring out a good victory. so thank you all very much. sure. >> what do you say to a republican voter who says she wants to keep a good economy voter and she couldn't vote for you. how do you counter that? >> first off, i gets there are some people who bought in to the messages of the president and mr. desantis, but what we're going to do is grow an economy where people can work one job instead of two and three jobs in order to make ends mean. we're going to lean into the kind of economy where folks can earn enough where they can not only pay their bills, they is save up to take a vacation every once in a while. that's the kind of economy that we envision for ourselves. right now in florida, 44% of people say that they cannot make ends meet at the end of the month. 36 counties today out of 67 are
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economically worse off than they were in 2007. so when we talk about a recovery, we want a recovery for everybody, not just some but for all. >> we were here, we spoke with you about historical implications of what may happen today. if you win today, what does that say about where we are? >> us winning tonight, i think, will send a message to mr. trump and mr. desantis as well that the politics of hatred and of division, of separation, that they have come to an end. at least in this election, that's what we're going to show. that people are going out and they're voting for something and not against. and by voting for something, we're returning the politics of decency and what's right and what's common between all of us. we'll worry about history later, but today, we're working to win.
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>> allegations of racism against your opponent, allegations of corruption against you have overshadowed the issues that matter to people in florida. >> well, i tell you, all the way along, we tried to talk about the issues that matter to people. i am extremely proud that we ran a campaign focused on expanding access to health care, paying teachers what they're worth, leaning in to the green economy. we really at every turn in spite of all the distractions, have tried to keep voters in the state focused on what matters. i believe that's what's going to allow us to walk away with a win today. and i'm looking forward to then turning around and going back to the voters whose votes i didn't get and letting them know that i plan to be a governor for them too. thank you all very much. >> all right, there you have it. the democratic candidate for governor of florida, who would make history if he wins as the first black governor of florida. ana, back to you. what struck me is when he said to those in the deepest reddest
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parts of florida, i want to be your governor too. he talked about voting for something, not against something. that was a lot of your calculation as a staunch republican to give him your vote. >> and i think it's something hillary clinton missed in 2016. i think she took for granted, she thought latinos, african-americans, young people, women, are going to vote for me because they're voting against trump. andrew gillum understands it's not enough to have people vote against something. people want to feel inspired. they want to feel unity. look, it's a very sharp contrast between desantis and andrew gillum. you go to desantis rallies and there's people screaming, chanting cnn sucks, you know, we're going to turn, if gillum gets elected, he's going to turn florida into venezuela. that kind of demagoguery and division and anger. this guy has been campaigning on a positive message of optimism,
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a brighter future for florida. that's the choice florida has in front of them. i don't know how they're going to go. i'm very nervous about this election and others, but the choice could not be more stark. >> jackie, is it correct, you contrast that message to what you have heard from the president during his rallies which is focused on immigration, fear, division. is that message, though, you heard from andrew gillum there, has that been a national message from democrats candidates? >> i don't know if there has been a national message from democratic candidates across the board because they don't have the figurehead that republicans have. they don't have someone, yes, obama has been to a couple places, but they don't have the same messenger that has said this is a national election. i think a lot of the campaigns have been more localized. perhaps the most common thread is health care. is something you have heard from democrats and some republicans, strangely, who may or may not have voted to get rid of obamacare. that, i think, is probably the most cohesive thing that you have heard across the board.
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but listen. and i don't want to talk about 2020. it makes me go like this, but that's going to be one of the challenges. >> you can wait until tomorrow morning. >> that's going to be the challenge of the democrat that eventually rises up through the massive field of candidates, to bring the democrats. >> i'm curious how you feel, steve, when you see that message there. would you have preferred the president to stand on the podium and brag about what he has every reason to brag about. historically low unemployment, and say to some degree what you heard gillum there, i want to be the president for red states and blue states? >> right, well look. two things, yes, first, i think he should emphasize the economy more. absolutely. we got a jobs report this last friday that our campaign practically wrote that report, that's what you would think. that's how stellar it is, and by the way, vastly different and better than the slow growth of the obama years. i would have been trumpeting that nonstop the last four days. i think the president perhaps missed an opportunity there. i will also say this.
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i have seen this constant narrative from media and his opponents that he's only talking about fear. look, fear of open borders is absolutely part of his message. but if you watch his whole rally, a huge part of it is growth, is economic growth, opportunity. so it's both. it's not either or. we don't have to choose. we can do both. we can have secure borders and a strong economy. it seems like we're always focused on florida. we should move the network to florida. >> i hobbestly think you guys should pay us some sort of tax because we provided you so much political entertainment. just culture entertainment for decades. >> steve, just to you on that point. i mean, you know, handful of months ago on this network, you were on another show and you said they're not immigrants, they're invaders. you apologized for that and said i shouldn't have used that word. that's a word that's taken on a whole lot of meaning since then. i wonder 5 1/2 years after the republican autopsy and your party said we have to do better with hispanics, latinos. we have to have a broad
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umbrella. whatever happens tomorrow, what has the use of that rhetoric in the closing days here done to the party as a whole for the long term? are you worried about that? >> i'm not, and here's why. i don't like the term invaders. used it myself, inappropriately so, but believe me, i'm not remotely soft on illegal immigration. they're trespassers, trying to break and enter into our country. i will use clear, harsh terms. i just don't love the term invader because it connotes they're coming armed. to answer your question more broadly about the future, hispanics i believe in particular, there's a myth in the left and media types that hispanics are soft on illegal immigration. it's a myth, not true. to a lot of hispanics, people like my father who came here legally, it's an incredibly difficult process to become a legal american citizen. it's insanely disrespectful to them to presuppose others can come on their terms. dha can march to our border and demand we take them in.
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that's offensive to a lot of hispanics. what trump is doing for hispanics, which is most important, is increasing their prosperity. that lived reality is going to really benefit, if it doesn't today, it will in 2020. >> i think i have these numbers right. trump, despite his anti-immigrant rhetoric -- anti-illegal rhetoric, but there are other messages. he got 1% more support from hispanic voters than mitt romney did, even with that message. fair point taken. paul, final thought. as we do this, we're showing some views there from prior was florida, a nice long line in florida. this is another long line in powder springs, georgia. paul, your thoughts? >> coming back to what andrew gillum was saying after voting. i helped run the super pac that ran $190 million of attack ads on donald trump and yet we lost. negative, and i love negative ads. i'm out of that business now. but andrew gillum has shown us something really important. you have to be for something, not just against. you have to reach out. you cannot demonize your
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adversaries. the president has been unable, he started, 46 in the election, at 39 in our poll today despite a booming economy. come on. a moderately well trained chimp in this economy would be at 55 or 65. >> let's not compare any humans to chimps. >> i'm just saying, our president should be at 50, 60%. >> let's all rise above this. >> democrats should learn, president is giving us the field of the future of hope, of unity, of positive agenda, and andrew gill gillum, beto o'rourke, stacey abrams, are running much more positive campaigns. >> you have to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. they kept up and responded. the debates, the one jake tapper moderated, it was a wonderful debate, and it was lively. they went toe to toe on policy. and on issues that matter to voters. so you have to be able to respond. you have to be able to hit back. but you have to be able to do it
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with a smile on your face and say it's all for the sake of unity. >> we're going to know a lot more after we get the results today. everyone, thanks very much. texas voters at the polls right now to decide the winner of what's turned out to be the most expensive senate race in u.s. history. we'll be right back. did you get a whole thanksgiving? well you remember what happened last year. you can't bring a backup thanksgiving to my sister's house. it's not like we're going to walk in with it. we'll bring it in as we need it. ...phase it in. phase it in? yeah, phase it in.
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all right. voting is under way this morning in texas. ted cruz and democratic challenger beto o'rourke squaring off in an extraordinarily competitive senate race. >> it is one that could prove pivotal when it comes to deciding who takes control of the senate. here is o'rourke in el paso after casting his vote a short time ago this morning. >> are you expecting to win? >> yes. >> what do you base that on? >> i don't have a poll. don't have a pollster. just traveled to every single county in texas. listened to everybody. have so many amazing volunteers we're working with. knocking on millions of doors. making that human to human connection that we're in such desperate need of in this moment of division in the country. bringing people together. i feel it. and so yeah, it feels good. >> joining us now from a polling site in south lake, texas, is achina jones. athena, beto o'rourke, to be
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clear, he has an uphill battle to take this. it would be a big upset. >> i had trouble hearing that toss question, but we're in tarrant county, the third most populous county and the largest urban county that remains red. this is a bellwether county. president trump won this county by nine points. that's the same margin by which he won the state of texas. so we know that with these big races like the senate race between ted cruz and beto o'rourke, they will be watching closely to see what happens in this county. o'rourke has said some time ago, as tarrant county goes, so goes texas. he believes he has to win this county in order to win the senate. we have been talking a lot about early voting and the enthusiasm and numbers. i have with me one of the early voters. this is james guerrero, a ted cruz voter. he's already voted. tell me about why you support ted cruz. you gave me a long list of issues that are important to you. >> first of all, i support president trump and his agenda for the united states. i think he's done a lot for our
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country. and ted cruz is a strong supporter of president trump. issues that i'm concerned with, abortion being one. illegal immigration. crime. and supreme court justices. i believe ted cruz is a constitutional conservative. i appreciate what he did with respect to justice kavanaugh confirmation proceedings. so i'm fully supportive of senator ted cruz. >> thank you. mr. guerrero, one of the more than 465,000 voters in tarrant county who came out and voted early. that's more than 40% of the registered voters here. those numbers are much higher than past midterms. even higher than the early vote total in the 2012 election, according to the elections administrator here, and of course, the numbers in texas also off the charts. nearly -- more than 4.8 million people voted early. back to you guys. >> that's a question, do the early voters give an advantage to either party? not clear. >> huge numbers. >> athena jones, thanks.
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one more key state in a long list of key states today. wisconsin. where governor scott walker is asking voters to back him one more time. cnn national correspondent ryan young joins us now from waukesha there. how is it looking there for the former presidential hopeful, we should note, scott walker there? uphill climb. >> absolutely. a tight battle here. he's going against tony evers. a lot of people have been talking about the race because of how close it's been. we have been talking to voters lining up, over 567,000 votes were cast by absentee early on, but you're talking about young voters as well. we have been talking about the impact the tariffs have had on the community, what happened with harley davidson, but you're energized by what reason? >> after the parkland shooting, so gun safety and gun violence prevention is a big one, as well as health care, stagnant wages, overall, the economy as well.
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along with there's a variety of differences. such as climate change is another one, climate change action. >> do you think young people will get out to vote. you said there will be an uptick? >> i believe that, and there are many young people i worked with, hundreds over the past several months getting young people out to vote. i think there will be a big change. >> matthew here, who is 19, this is his second election. he went out canvassing. he's also going to be driving people to the polls. you feel the people who are energized by this. there was a long line before the polls opened. you feel the energy on the ground. >> seems to be repeated in districts, fire stations, and schools all across the country. thanks very much. >> great what we're seeing. >> trade, trump, and trust. you might have noticed i hopped off the show early to make a beeline to canada. why? to sit down for a wide ranging interview with the canadian prime minister justin trudeau to ask him about a lot of things including the heated trade debate and if he trusts
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president trump. watch. >> the new trade deal replacing nafta, usmca, is agreed upon but not signed yet. >> mm-hmm. >> are you considering, mr. prime minister, not signing it unless president trump lifts the tariffs on canadian steel and aluminum? >> obviously, the tariffs on steel and aluminum are a continued frustration. what a tariff is is a way of hiking prices on your own domestic consumers. so consumers in the united states are paying more for canadian steel, canadian aluminum, than they otherwise would. and we have brought in retaliatory tariffs that means canadian consumers are paying more for bourbon, for heinz ketchup, for a broad range of things because we had to retaliate. but we would much rather have genuine free trade with the united states. we're going to work as soon as we can to lift the tariffs. but we're not at the point of saying that we wouldn't sign if
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it wasn't -- if it wasn't lifted, although we're trying to make that case. >> but mr. prime minister, some see this as the moment of l leverage before the potential signing date, before there's a new mexican government in power. this is your moment where you could say, mr. president, if you don't lift these steel and aluminum tariffs, we're not going to sign it. any chance that happens? >> one of the things that served me very well through the 13 months of negotiations over the new nafta was that i don't negotiate in public. we have strong conversations in private, and we get to the right outcome for everyone. >> one fascinating thing that you have spoken about is the greatest lesson you learned from your father, the former prime minister. and you said once that he taught you to trust people. do you fully trust president trump that he will uphold his promises and not back out of deals? as we saw with the g-7 closing communique. >> what my father taught me was to trust canadians.
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it was a way of looking at the electorate as you don't have to dumb it down for them. you don't have to scare them into this or that. you can actually treat people like intelligent, rational actors, and they will rise to the occasion. that has been my approach in campaigning, in politics from the very beginning. >> so president trump is not a canadian. >> yeah. i recognize that -- every leader has a job of sticking up for their own country. they will do it in their own ways. i respect the fact that people have different approaches to it. my approach is to trust canadians and deal in a way that is direct with other leaders. >> so jim, we talked about a lot. i asked him, look, is this all water under the bridge between you and the president? he said i have a strong, constructive working relationship with president, but the president between our two countries goes beyond who is at the top. we know he remains close to
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as americans head to the polls this morning, throughout the day, voter rights have been of concern in some districts, some states around the country, especially the state of georgia where there have been allegations of voter suppression, election hacks as well. going in both directions. >> today, millions of americans in other parts of the country will get to decide on how their state handles elections. let's bring in, again, our seenial political analyst mark preston. >> good morning. there's more than 30 states that require some form of i.d., 34 states require some form of i.d., 17 require a photo i.d. in two states in the south, specifically arkansas, voters will tong about enshrining it into their constitution. in arkansas, they're going to choose whether or not to make voters to present a voter i.d.
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in person. they have been working on this since 2013, the arkansas legislature has. if this were to happen, they would decide what kind of i.d. would be required. you go to the east, to north carolina, and a very similar thing is happening. they will choose whether or not to require voters to present a photo i.d. to vote in person. you follow the news, the voting news, back in 2013, north carolina put this law into effect. it was struck down by the fourth circuit court of appeals and now they're trying to get it enshrined. as we're talking about what's happening here, regarding voter i.d., if you go down to florida, something very interesting is happening down here. they're thinking about restoring voting rights to felons. in fact, right now, if this were to pass, there's about 1.5 million people with felonies or prior felonies who have completed their sentences and they would be restored to the voting rolls. however, if you were convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense, you would not be
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eligible. just politically, when you think about this, 13 million people are eligible to vote in florida. you add 1.5 million to the rolls, that would be rather interesting heading into the presidential election in 2020. >> the state of maryland, the question there is making it easier for voters to cast their vote? how will that play out? >> we'll find out tomorrow, but what they're looking at now is being added to the list of same-day voter registration. what we're seeing in maryland right now is you are not able to go in on election day and to vote. however, if this were in the past, you would be able to do it. right now, 15 states plus the district of columbia allows that. jim. >> mark preston, thanks very much. well, what a day. if you haven't voted yet, get out there. a lot of people already have. really in record numbers. stay with us throughout the day. complete coverage from across the country in a way really only cnn can do. we hope you stay with us. >> we'll break everything down tonight. election night in america begins 5:00 eastern only right here on cnn.
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hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. america, you are on the clock. after months of hype, rhetoric, robocalls, door knocks and everything in between, midterm election day is finally here. polls are now open in 49 states. alaska opening just moments ago. next hour, hawaii becomes the final state to start voting. and the stakes could not be higher. 36 governors races are up for grabs. 35 senate seats, and all 435 house seats are on the ballot. more than 33 million americans have already cast early votes. and all of this comes with a huge price tag. the center for responsive politics said this midterm will be the most expensive in history, projecting more than $5 billion will have been spent before it's all over. so, is this all a referendum on president trump, and if it is, what will americans say today? put your crystal ball away. it's time for the actual votes. cnn reporters aren

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