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budget does include money for families and people with disabilities. she said it includes $3 billion for students with disabilities and she tweeted a series of number, $12.4 billion of goes for grants to state programs, 3 391 million for preschool grants, 470 million for infants and families and brooke, you do have to remember that on capitol hill the president's budget comes up here, it is not going to pass out of a democratic controlled house of representatives. it doesn't even have enough votes in the senate to pass, so the president will never actually sign it. this will never actually go into law, but obviously it is supposed to be a statement, policy priorities for the trump administration and for betsy devos which is why democrats are saying she deserves to come under fire for these cuts. >> lauren fox, thank you. let's continue on. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. top of this hour, all eyes on capitol hill where federal aviation officials are about to
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get grilled by senators over those grounded boeing max 8 jets. officials from the faa and the ntsb are expected to face many questions about passenger safety and the airplane certification process. this moment comes at the height of boeing's massive p.r. crisis following those two deadly crashes within five months of each other both involving those max 8 jets. boeing just unveiled an overhaul of the plane's software systems at the center of those crash investigations and not long ago senate testimony wrapped for transportation secretary elaine chao. she pushed back when she was asked why the u.s. waited so long to ground those max 8 jets. >> the faa is a very professional fact based organization and they don't make decisions that are too hasty. >> there were -- there are additional safety sensors that could have been purchased by the airlines as some airlines did
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and some airlines did not. do you intend to require boeing to retrofit all the aircraft with the full suite of safety sensors in order to provide maximum assurances to the public? >> i don't think we're there yet, but it is very questionable if these were safety oriented additions why they were not part of the required template of measures that should go into an airplane. >> jessica schneider is our cnn justice correspondent in washington with more on today's testimony and so just preview for me what we should be looking for with faa, ntsb in the hot seat. >> it's said to be a lot of tough questioning with the faa with this senate hearing. we know they'll be pressed on their whole certification process for the boeing 737 max, plus also you know why they waited so many days to ground those jets after those two fatal crashes in less than six months,
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but most notably here, we expect to get some information from the acting faa administrator. we know that he plans to announce that there will be changes coming to this current certification process. this, of course, is a process, brooke, that's come under really heavy scrutiny. it's this self-certification process. it allows aircraft manufacturers to sign off on their own work in the faa's name, so a lot of issues and questions with that. well, now the faa will say that they plan to make changes to that system this summer. no details yet, but we should be getting it in the hearing. in the meantime, that's happening in washington, d.c., in washington state across the country, boeing is now unveiling an overhaul to its software system. today it actually is hosting about 200 pilots and industry stakeholders and they're showcasing the software fix. so we've learned that this is a pretty big update. it would force the 737 max to rely on two indicators to determine the plane's angle instead of just one previously
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and it would also prevent any downward angle that can't be counter acted manually by the pilot. that was, of course, the big issue that they know of that investigators have concluded with that lion air crash. one other thing, brooke, that software warning light that elaine chao was discussing there, as part of this fix, one of those indicators will now be a standard feature instead of an optional one. so boeing unveiling all of this today and brooke, we know as it comes to that software fix, they actually plan to submit their final fix and all of the compliant documents to the faa a little bit later this week. obviously working furiously to make a lot of these fixes here, brooke. >> okay. watch that hearing for us with close eyes and we'll loop back on that, justin green is with me n now, cnn aviation analyst. you've written this great piece on as we wait for this whole hearing to begin, if you were there and you were one of these
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lawmakers and you could ask one key questions of these folks what would be it? >> airplanes are supposed to be designed to the extent possibly fail safe their systems are redundant. you have more than one speed sensor. in this case this airplane has more than one angled attack sensors. why did a single point failure of one component cause this nosedive? why did the faa certify this airplane with that system and why did boeing allow that system to go out of its doors and be sold? >> okay. we'll talk in a little while after we've listened to this hearing and we'll follow-up on if that question was answered and some of the other points you're making in the piece. so thank you, justin green. standby. i want to turn our attention now to the new trump administration's efforts to git rid of all of obamacare. he made a big promise. the full law should be struck
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down. >> we're coming up with plans. we have a lawsuit right now going where phase one of the lawsuit terminates obamacare, essentially terminates obamacare. you know that. that's the texas lawsuit. we think it'll be upheld and do very well in the supreme court and if the supreme court rules that obamacare is out, we will have a plan that's far better than obamacare. >> cnn is learning the administration's choice to invalidate all of obamacare was the result of a month's long debate inside the president's inner circle and came even though health and human services secretary alex azar on the left side of your screen here and attorney general bill barr there opposed this move. zeke emanuel is one of the architects of the affordable care act. zeke, thank you so much for being here. >> good to be with you. >> so i'm wondering, all right,
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from your perspective, here we go again, but the question today is, how -- how worried are you that this repeal may actually happen this time around? >> i'm actually not worried for one fundamental reason. i like to say to my students, so how long is the affordable care act? it's 906 pages and of those 906 pages, only 225 deal with getting coverage for people. some of that is getting medicaid expansions that has nothing to do with the mandate. it's expanding medicare and making the program broader. some of that has to do with the exchanges where the mandate does play a role. just eliminating the mandate does not eliminate all of those parts for coverage and more importantly, it has no impact on the cost control provisions, the provisions for quality, getting rid of hospital acquired infections, it has no impact on other aspects of the bill
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related to, for example, increasing the number of primary care doctors or increasing the number of nurses. it's an absurd claim that the whole affordable care act goes out if the mandate falls and, frankly, the reason i don't lose sleepsy think chief justice roberts has made it quite clear he's quite impatient with this idea of trying to chip away at the law repeatedly and so i'm just actually not that worried about it and many conservative legal scholars think this has no basis in law. >> do me a favor despite, you know, your lack of worry because for everyone watching, they may not share the same ease as you do and they're wondering, okay, if this actually went through, if this actually would be repealed, what are the real world implications for americans? >> oh, well, the real world implications are pretty dire. remember, about 22 million people got coverage through the
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affordable care act, those people would lose coverage. people who have preexisting conditions and let me remind you, 133 million americans have a chronic illness, they would presumably see their insurance change if they're trying to buy insurance on the individual market. people who got coverage through medicaid would lose that coverage. there are many other provisions, cost controlled provisions trying to actually make the system more efficient for everyone to keep the cost of health care down. those would go out the door because the center for medicaid and medicare services would not have the funds to implement many of them. this would be far reaching, hospitals, insurance companies, doctors would not know what the actual structure of the system is and then you have to say, president trump really has guts to say we'll come up with an alternative plan that's better than obamacare? really? we've been waiting nine years to hear that.
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there's no republican plan that covers people comprehensively that gives people with preexisting conditions protections and that controls costs. they have never outlined or introduced such a plan because they don't have a plan and the idea they're going to come up with one in two or three months, that is laughable. >> you read my mind. i wanted to get your response to the president saying that we will have a plan. lawfulable noted. zeke, how about the fact that axios today is reporting -- we're hearing from the various republicans. we heard from kevin mccarthy. he's now coming out saying that this president, you know -- this new health care push makes no sense, so just so we're all on the same page, not only are republicans in disagreement over the replacement right to your point, they disagree on the repeal. so do you think that they're handing -- do you think they're handing 2020 over to the democrats with this issue alone,
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health care? >> they very well might. remember, in the 2018 election, health care was the number one issue for voters and republican candidates ran around trying to say, i'm going to protect people with preexisting conditions, i'm going to do this or that. the public doesn't trust them and if trump really pushes this, it's going to make quite clear that republicans are not trustworthy when it comes to health care and that they will, in fact, dismantle a system that is been working pretty well and i think the fear of that happening is why you have increasing support among the public for medicare for all. they figure, i'm not sure whether, you know, preexisting conditions i'll be able to buy insurance. medicare that's a safe thing, then i really want to be able to have that as my safety net and i think that's the kind of logic that is going through peoples' minds that is drawing them to medicare for all. i would remind the president and
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i'd remind -- what's motivating kevin mccarthy he has seen the polls where even a majority of republicans are for medicare for all. now they become less supportive once they see the details, but the fact that that even begins to sing to them, i think suggests that people are very nervous about what republicans could do to health care and they are very nervous about losing coverage and that does make people worry. they've seen the benefits of the plan and they like it. >> sure. sure. zeke emanuel one of the architects of the plan, 906 pages, i'm sure you remember all of it and everything that went in to it. zeke, thank you so much for coming by. we appreciate it. i have a feeling we'll be talking about health care for quite a while it wh it comes to politics. thank you, sir very much. >> thank you for having me. the top u.s. commander for u.s. forces in korea is issuing
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a stark warning today. general robert abrams says that, if any, hostility with north korea begins to rise, that the u.s. may not have the capability to see an attack coming. >> their activity that we've observed is inconsistent with denuclearization. as we look to the future as conditions might change if they change negatively, then it -- our stance and our posture is not adequate to provide us an unblinking eye to give us early warning indicators. >> retired rear admiral john kirby is with me now and former state department spokesman, and admiral, you tell me exactly what that means. >> i know general abrams well. what he's talking about is the ability to have what we call isr capabilities put into the fight early before a conflict breaks
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out. this is intelligence surveillance recognizance drones and the ability to get information -- sufficient information so you can act militarily in advance of a conflict and what he's talking about there, if diplomacy fails if the bloom goes up on the korean peninsula i don't have enough of those capabilities to provide enough information to allow the president to make the right military decisions should it come to that and that's very alarming. i will tell you most combatant commanders around the world will tell you isr is one of the things they need the most, just like oxygen. i'm not totally surprised that general abrams would raise this as a major concern. >> got you. thank you very much, admiral. we are keeping an eye on that capitol hill hearing where the faa is getting questioned about protecting everyone's safety in the skies. we'll come back to that. also house intel chairman adam schiff doubling down on its
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claims of russian collusion despite that four page summary of the mueller report, we have details on that and why the former fbi director says james comey has the whole thing has him confused. joe biden taking heat for saying he wishes he could have quote, done something, to help anita hill during the confirmation hearing for supreme court justice clarence thomas. how about just reminding everyone that folks he was the chairman of that committee?
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mueller report is raising as many questions as it is answering. let's just start with collusion. the white house based on that four page barr letter says that mueller cleared the president and his campaign of any wrongdoing. house intel committee chairman adam schiff disagrees with that. he's doubling down on his claim that collusion did happen and vowing to move forward with investigating. now you have james comey here the former fbi director, the man who's firing prompted robert mueller's hiring is also weighing in here and d.c. is reporting that comey told an audience last night that he is, in his words, confused. he says he's confused by mueller's decision not to charge or exonerate trump on obstruction. usher rangappa is a former special fbi agent. good to have you here. comey says, i have great faith in bob mueller but i just can't tell from the letter why didn't
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he give these questions when the entire rational for special counsel is to make sure the politicals aren't making the key charging decisions. are you confused? >> basically what we have is the book report on the mueller report. >> it's the crib notes. >> exactly. what we need to know really is what was put out there because what we know from the letter is that mueller gave both evidence that might have been supporting obstruction of justice but also was, you know, in trump's favor but he didn't make a decision. why didn't he make a decision? that's what prosecutors do. >> right. >> i think two possibilities, one is, department of justice policy that you don't indict a sitting president so maybe he is a by the book person and he said, i just -- it's not my call to make, but then who's call is it or he did believe it was a political call in which case he expected that pros and cons list to make it to congress to determine whether or not they
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wanted to pursue the political remedy. >> so, the possibility is that he didn't as everyone keeps saying punt, but that he purposely left all these bread crumbs and maybe to your second option, that he wanted it to go to this political body. he knew it would go on to congress and barr, both of whom are political and so you're saying that is one possibility he did that on purpose. >> exactly. if you believe that -- we've heard this theory over and over again, that not only is it doj policy but some believe that you cannot indict a sitting president, that this is a constitutional question that's never been resolved and that the only remedy is a political one through the impeachment process, the only people who can decide that are mechanics of congress and they can't do it if they don't see what evidence was gathered in the course of the investigation. >> let me ask you about this. rudy giuliani says the line about not exonerating was a cheap shot, was unprofessional and this is how george conway both trump foil and the husband
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of kellyanne conway, this is how he responded. new "the washington post" op ed. mueller isn't prone to cheap shots. if his report doesn't exonerate the president, there must be something pretty damning in it about him even though it might not suffice to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. is that a possibility? >> yes. i completely agree. >> something so damning in this report. >> you don't need to say it doesn't exonerate there. if there's nothing there, if it's the zero on the side of no evidence, what people need to understand is this was both the counterintelligence investigation as well as a criminal investigation. when it comes to an office that's based on public trust, there is a spectrum from being compromised all the way to crossing the line of behaving criminally. you can be anywhere along that spectrum. you might not have committed a crime or there might not be enough evidence to prosecute you, but that doesn't mean you're not some where along the spectrum that still calls into question your ability to perform
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your duty as a servant of the public and the ultimate servant as the president of the united states. >> we know that the ag bill barr will be testifying at a house budget hearing in a couple of weeks. there's no doubt mueller's going to come up. what do you think should happen? do you think he should testify? will he be answering questions about this? >> bill barr? >> yeah. >> again, i think most people are really not interested in his filter. this is someone who had already made a judgment about the legal standard for obstruction of justice for the president, that as a legal matter he couldn't obstruct justice a year ago. so i think his views on it will always be called into question and i really think that for the benefit of the country, for both sides to put to rest all of the speculation, we need to see the actual report in one form or another, whether it's redacted because of classified information, there has to be a
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version in mueller's words. >> don't rush. they shouldn't rush the report coming out or there would be more redactions. slow the roll, do it right and get it out there. asha rangappa, thank you. the former vice president joe biden says the u.s. has to tackle the quote/unquote, white man's culture that allows violence against women. plus we have sound about his new regrets about anita hill. and jussie smollett says he is innocent. prosecutors say he is not, even though they dropped all those charges against him, those 16 felony counts. the question is why. you're watching cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. s our confident forever plan. -welcome to our complete freedom plan. -it's all possible with a cfp professional. ♪ -find your certified financial planner™ professional at
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read reviews check hotel prices book things to do tripadvisor for weeks former vice president joe biden has been hinting that he's ready to help lead democrats into the future as a possible 2020 candidate, but before that happens, he will have to answer a lot of questions about his past. namely, his role in the clarence thomas confirmation hearings. let's go back to 1991. those hearings pushed the issue of sexual harassment into the national spotlight after anita hill accused him of sexual harassment. fast-forward to today, biden who was in charge of the hearings as a senate judiciary chairman is addressing those who have criticized his handling of that hearing. >> when anita hill came to testify she faced a committee
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that didn't fully understand what the hell it was all about. to this day, i regret i couldn't come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved. >> alexis grenell is a democratic strategist and arlet signs is a political reporter who's been covering the former vice president. so alexis, let me start with you and your tweet, biden supposed helplessness and his apology. your word nonsense. why? >> yeah. there's a strange helplessness that the former committee chairman is now -- he couldn't have done anything. it's more appropriate to say he didn't do anything. biden made conscientious choices. he had agency. he had power here, so in order to actually offer an effective apology it's important to take full responsibility for all of that. what he it last night is sort of, you know, continued to say
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he's sorry that she felt she didn't -- he's sorry he couldn't do more to save her. when, in fact, he didn't do more and that was a choice. >> as the chair of the committee to your point. >> we know from not only a copious history from jill abramson and their fantastic book about the hearings, but lots of other reporting since then, the -- as chairman of the committee he had information about four women who were willing to testify. they would have been given her credibility -- >> he didn't allow that testimony. >> they didn't allow that to happen. >> let me come back to you on the apology piece of all of this. here's my question, this would be biden's third official bid. he toyed with a presidential run in 2016. he's had two and a half to three years to get a good response together, what is their approach to addressing this? >> brooke, this is not the first time that he's had to address the anita hill controversy and it's certainly not going to be the last. they are very aware of the
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implications that that moment has in today's current political environment, especially in the wake of the me too era. you saw from the vice president about a little over a year ago, he came out and said he did owe anita hill an apology. he says that in an interview with teen vogue and over the course of that, the past year and few months, he's given other statements around the brett kavanaugh hearing. he once again was trying to explain that he felt he should've done more for anita hill and then you heard those comments last night which are now coming just potentially a few weeks before he launches a possible presidential campaign, but it's clear as alexis mentioned, there's criticism that he hasn't gone far enough in explaining why he handled the hearings the way he did and some do feel that he owes a more direct apology to anita hill. right now it's unclear if they have ever actually directly spoken about this, anita hill last year said they hadn't. we don't know if there's been
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any movement the past few months. >> that's the thing. >> not only is she -- she has said that he's never called her and it's not like anita hill is hard to get a hold of. you can look her up. the vice president can get in touch with her. she has said herself that the statute of limitations on apology to her personally have expired because she's sort of moved on. i think it's important to make a distinction between apologizing personally which he has not done and could have done as you point out in the years since the hearing, but this is actually about understanding the larger structure he was part of and the other part of his nonapology last night is he actually absolved his senate colleagues of responsibility. he said in that clip, these guys didn't know what the hell was going on. of course, they did. it was a concerted republican attack on her correct. david brock orchestrated a massive conspiracy to paint her a little bit nutty and slutty. part of biden's mo is to paint
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bipartisanship as a virtue, it was a gentlemen's agreement to save clarence thomas embarrassment. >> if he apologizes publicly like a full throated apology -- >> it would make a difference, absolutely. it's not beyond the possible. >> yeah, alexis, thank you very much. arlet, ladies appreciate both of you. the president getting some heat for his new nominee to the federal reserve. my next guest battled steven moore right here live on cnn many, many times. why she says moore is dangerous? and some news just in on the fate of the prime minister theresa may. why she just offered to leave her post early. we'll be right back. this is not a bed... it's a revolution in sleep. the sleep number 360 smart bed, from $999...
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as soon as word spread the president trump was considering federal reserve critics steven moore to fill the vacancy some pretty harsh criticism started coming in, among those questioning moore's economic chops moore has debated many times live on cnn "the washington post" columnist and cnn political commentator katherine rample. she has written three opinion pieces just this week on why she thinks moore is unfit for the job. here is steven moore and katherine rample going at it. this is back in december over something referred to as the vocal rule. >> do you know what the voekcal rule was? you know how he killed inflation. every time commodity prices went
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up, he raised interest rates -- >> that's not what the vocal rule was. >> that's what he did. -- >> google the vocal rule, people. that's not what it is. the. >> the rule right now is we're out of time. >> katherine is with me now and the vocal rule is something that actually has to do with these two reasons why you're saying he could be getting the job and why you say they're flatout false so what are they? >> yeah. so moore was reportedly offered the job by president trump after trump had seen an op ed that steven moore had written in "the washington post" in which he talked about two claims. one, is that he says we have deflation which means prices are falling. and two, is that the way we should deal with it we should follow what paul vol kert did to kill inflation. we argued about it in that
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segment and elsewhere. people are welcome to look it up but basically prices are not following. you go to the supermarket prices are going up. you got pump, you go to the doctor, prices are going up. they are not falling. the second issue is this idea of the volkert rule. i thought maybe he didn't misspeak. maybe it was something else but then in that op ed he again said that we should follow what volkert did in the '80s. he linked interest rates to commodity prices. this sounds like gobbled did i gook. i asked him if this is what you did -- you went straight to the source. >> initially, i looked at his auto biographies. i couldn't find anything on this. moore kept saying it and so it seemed bizarre to me. maybe there's some part of that
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history i missed but i did eventually contact mr. vol kert himself who's still around and he replied that he had no idea what steven moore was talking about. so my concern, of course, with steven moore, he's a nice guy, you know. perfectly amable tv pundit if you can't tell whether prices are going up or down and he seems completely misguided on a very important period of fed history, he probably doesn't belong on the most important central bank in the world. >> you took it a step further writing it could he inflict long-term damage more than any other trump's nominations. >> the reason why is, basically that the central bank really needs to be politically independent. it is crucial -- if the bank is going to credibly commit to stable prices, basically that we'll never have hyperinflation, the central bank needs to be seen as independent, not a tool of politicians. we don't want politicians in charge of the printing press.
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we had that in venezuela or in argentina or pre-euro italy. you want the bank to be seen as independent, autonomous, willing to do things that are politically unpopular including in an election year. if you have the bank scene as a tool of the president or of i apolitical party that calls into question it's credibility, its willingness to do those painful things that paul volkert actually did do in the 1980s. i'm concerned by comments that moore said here and elsewhere about the fact that members of the fed should be fired if they do things that president trump doesn't like. he, of course, has also changed his tune multiple times about what the fed should be doing whether there's a republican or democrat in office. when there was a democrat in office, he said we had
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hyperinflation. so i'm very concerned about what he would do not only to help a republican when they're in the white house, but these are very long-terms. he would probably be there long after trump has left if he's confirmed. what might he do to punish a democrat? >> since you haven't been vocal about it at all, katherine, have you -- we've had steven on a bunch. have you heard anything back from him? >> we exchanged emails on monday because i was asking him questions about this rule thing before i had heard back from paul. i did all of this research and i couldn't find anything and so i wrote to him and i said, can you tell me what you're thinking of because -- i've checked all these sources, i can't finds anything and he sent me an op ed from "the wall street journal" from his frequent coauthor art lavfer which did not say any of this. in any case we have exchanged emails. >> okay.
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. >> in an interview with buzz feed he says as it can help his relate to other marginalized groups. >> i'm proud of my marriage. i'm not running to be a candidate for any one constituency group. mindful of the historic nature being the first to compete for presidency or first official ever do that. also reck cognize part of what identity can do is give us terms to have solidarity with others. it is speerns i can't understand or relate to. at least i know a little something about being part of a group that's on the short end of bias in our society. i hope that will make me not only hopefully someone the community can take pride in if i can live up to that but somebody
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that can relate to anybody that can feel marginalized for any number of reasons in our country and in our society. >> and the washington post recently wrote you wouldn't be the first gay president, that it would be james buchanan. it seems like the sort of thing you would have a point of view on. what do you think? >> it kind of sounds that way. my is not great to begin with. it doesn't work over long stretches of time. i think we'll have to let the historians figure that out. >> our cnn business and politics reporter following this for us today. clearly he has a sense of humor. what are numbers in terms of having an out candidate? >> when i was looking to see responses to some of the things he was saying nobody was talking about a gay man running for
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president. he were talking about how authentic he was sounding. there is a wall street journal that says 68% of americans are enthusiastic about or comfortable with a gay or lesbian president. that is up from 2006 which had that number at 43%. so whether or not it is pete or somebody else it seems like americans are a little more accepting of having a gay or lesbian president in the white house. >> speaking of lgbtq he addressed the controversy at chick-fil-a. they respond because of founders views on rights. so what did mayor pete, what did he say about it? >> he was asked yesterday his viewpoint on chick-fil-a. he said i don't love their politics but i do love their chicken.
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sort of a very pc answer. he went on today to talk about how politics should sort of remain in the political arena and peoples consuming behaviors and what they thought about different brands or different companies should be left up to them. so very much leaving it to the buyer or the lover our chick-fil-a to decide but he very much seems he understands what the company has stood for in many ways and, you know, he is aware of that. he didn't totally shun the company all together. >> sure. thank you very much. >> thank you. we have new cnn polls just in on the special counsel robert mueller investigation as the mystery over his report continues to drag on. stay with us. a fighter. always have been. when i found out i had age-related macular degeneration, amd, i wanted to fight back. my doctor and i came up with a plan. it includes preservision. only preservision areds 2 has the exact nutrient formula
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last hour she offered to leave her post earlier than expected. ruts are preponderated about two hours from now. we'll keep you posted on that. police in florida identified the second parkland high school student they say diedov of an apparent suicide. he was 16 yearsover a of age. it is not clear if his death is linked to the mass shooting at shiz high scho his high school. it cams days after another
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student that her mother said she suffered from ptsd. the lead starts right now. >> we now know the instant reaction to the mueller news. the lead starts right now. breaking news brand new polls giving us a snapshot of what america thinks after the mueller report summary as democrats plan to see all of the report before pliends are made up. >> a rising star that she is joining forces with joe biden because you don't run for second place. plus congress holding hearings today after two deadly crashes cause a historic grounding of jets. new details on how boeing says it is sol everiving the problem. welcome to the lead. we begin with breaking news. a brand new cnn poll out right this moment revealing what