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happens. i think russia just wants to be in the middle of the story. >> they like that in a lot of places. susan glasser, thanks very much. >> thank you. a very good thursday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto in new york. the newest name in the 2020 presidential race is, well, not a new name at all. joe biden, former vice president, jumped into the jam-packed democratic field this morning. while he's not the oldest name, either, that would be bernie sanders, biden's seven terms in the senate, two terms as vice president, make him by far the most experienced and at the very start, a front-runner in every national poll. biden's announcement video touched on none of that, though, not on his resume, not on his policy positions, but on something much deeper, what he called a fight for the soul of this nation. >> the core values of this nati nation, our standing in the
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world, our very democracy, everything that has made america america is at stake. that's why today i'm announcing my candidacy for president of the united states. >> cnn's arlette saenz is covering the biden run from wilmington, delaware, today. this is a bold decision, taking the fight directly at trump. mentioning his name, going after charlottesville as a kind of visceral moment in the fight for the soul of the nation. was that the vice president's decision himself? >> well, joe biden has talked about charlottesville and this moment at most of his events. i have been covering him extensively for the past few months, and repeatedly for the last year, he's been pointing back to these clashes at charlottesville as a real focal point for this country. and today, in that video, he wanted to highlight those clashes and specifically president trump's response to them as not being adequate enough. he's framing this as a battle for the soul of the country.
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and warning that if president trump is re-elected, the nation's character is at stake, and he could not stand aside and let that happen. so that was critical in his decision to run for president in 2020. this is just going to be one of the pillars of biden's campaign. that message of restoring the soul of the nation. we also expect he's going to be talking about restoring the middle class and uniting america. of course, before he gets to a general election matchup against president trump, he has to win that democratic primary with a historically diverse and crowded field of candidates, jim. >> so his announcement is out by video. tell us about these next couple days. obviously, a very well orchestrated roll out, television appearances. the states he's picking. what's on the docket in the coming days? >> well, tonight, joe biden will be heading to philadelphia for his first private fund-raiser. this shows just how much of an emphasis they're going to be putting on raising money in
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these first few weeks. he has a lot of space that he has to catch up with with the other democratic contenders in the field. tomorrow, he'll be doing a television appearance on "the view" and on monday, he'll take his message directly to voters with his first campaign event in pittsburgh. that's going to be a union in middle-class, working-class themed events. shortly after that, he'll start barnstorming the country, heading out to all of those early voting states. iowa, new hampshire, south carolina, even out to california and nevada. he'll finish up the launch of his campaign on may 18th in philadelphia, pennsylvania. the out that is the birthplace of democracy. >> and also a key battleground, god knows, in 2020. thanks very much. >> i'm joined now by zach friend. a democratic strategist and also former spokesman for obama for america. worked for biden as well. thanks for joining us. >> thank you.
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>> so it's 2020. we have a very big democratic field. a very diverse one, women, people of color. joe biden, is he the candidate for the democratic party in this cycle? >> i actually think that vice president biden has a remarkable opportunity here to not just win the primary but to win the presidency, a, because half of all primary voters in the democratic primary self-identify as either conservative or moderate, and he has this lane almost exclusively to himself within this primary. the fact that nearly 30 people when all is said and done will be running really means he needs to get between 25% and 30% of the vote to get to the convention. he speaks to the middle class. right now, i think there's still a large need to have that economic populism message without the industrial midwest, president trump has absolutely no path to re-election, and really, the industrial midwest is vice president biden's bread and butter. he has a remarkable opportunity here. i think this is the best chance he's ever actually had to become president and he'll be very formidable in the race.
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>> so he goes right at trump in his opening message there. trump the person, but also trump the movement to some degree, right? referencing charlottesville. when you look and you talk to democratic voters out there, particularly in those key states, is beating trump their number one issue? >> that's actually a great question, jim. there's a debate within the democratic party right now of how much you take on trump. he obviously unifies the democratic base. the one thing all democrats agree on is they don't want a second term of president trump. there's also a large number of voters, specifically again, within the industrial midwestern states who say who's talking about me as opposed to just talking about the president. in my opinion, joe biden is uniquely qualified to have a conversation about both. he has a significant amount of credibility with both the base, including the union base, but also i think that people want somebody who's going to stand up to the president. a lot of these -- a lot of people running have been very strong with the president. i think there's no question that
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vice president biden is a fighter. i think he can do that, but also have the same credibility on the economic side to make sure people feel heard. >> you made the point, i think it's a smart one, that joe biden is sort of a creature of the old style campaigning. get the unions out, and so on. we're in a different cycle. social media plays a very big role. is he the candidate and does he have the team to win in that environment? >> i actually think this is probably going to be the biggest challenge for vice president biden, is whether or not he and his team are able to adapt to the new rules of campaigning, which i don't even know what those rules are. there really aren't any rules anymore of engagement. the fact that everything has to be responded to immediately. before, it was much more that you really activated very specific base. voters within the democratic side and the republican side. now there's multi-fronts in order to win the campaign. social media being one of them. it will be interesting to see when he makes announcements of who his team is, how much
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investment they put into digital and social media and this rapid response because we're in this world now where entire narratives can take hold before you can respond. we'll see how they do with that. >> thanks very much. >> thank you. joining me now, former presidential adviser to nixon, ford, reagan, and clinton, david gergen. and nia-malika henderson. thanks to both of you. david, you have advised a handful of presidents. would you have advised joe biden to go after trump as sort of the defining issue as he launches his campaign? >> yes, i think you have to put first things first. and democrats first have to win back the white house before they can go after all these ambitious agenda candidates have been playing out. and he elevated the issue properly coming out of charlottesville. charlottesville is a good place to start. it was a shameful moment for the trump presidency. but he made it his larger issue of a battle for the soul of
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america. it was almost like teddy roosevelt back in 1912 when he said we're in armageddon and we have to fight for america. i think that was the one place, as you pointed out, where all democrats agree. having said all that, i don't think this is a lay down to get the democratic nomination. he does start out ahead. he starts out, you know, some eight points ahead of bernie sanders or six points ahead of bernie sanders according to the latest polls. well ahead of the rest of the pack. but if you -- these town halls in new hampshire earlier this week with cnn really showed that rest of the pack is pretty feisty. and it's a stronger team, the second tier, with kamala harris and buttigieg and elizabeth warren and o'rourke and maybe cory booker. you know, they're going to be out there fighting too. so i think he's got his work cut out to raise money and to get a clear message about the future. >> yeah, they have a following,
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a lot of the candidates. nia-malika, let's talk weaknesses here. you have charges from some women that they made them feel uncomfortable in personal situations. you also have history going back to the anita hill hearings, way he responded to those allegations then. certainly, particularly in the me too movement, you know, a danger for him. how damaging is that for him with the democratic base? >> you know, i think we don't know yet. we don't know how joe biden's record, which is about 40 years, how that plays into how democrats are thinking. joe biden very much a moderate democrat. he served at a different time in the democratic party when it was much more a conservative racially, much more conservative on all of these issues that now have sort of moved to the left in many ways, whether it's issues on race, on immigration, on gender as well. he certainly is going to have to
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contend with that. anita hill, as you said, the crime bill, which he of course was a sponsor of and very proud of. and at this point hasn't necessarily said that he's sorry for any of that. so it's certainly going to come up. you even heard elizabeth war in our town hall talk about the bankruptcy bill and how democrats stood on the side of corporations and credit cards in that bankruptcy bill. joe biden was part of that. and standing on the side of what many thought was the wrong side of the issue. so yeah, you have a democratic field that is much more progressive. the sort of folks that david gergen is talking about there, elizabeth warren, pete buttigieg, fresher faces, and people like kamala harris. more diverse faces as well. but if you're joe biden, you are looking at moderate democrats. older democrats. african-american democrats, which is certainly a part of the democratic party, too, and that's why you see him at 30%
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with everybody else sort of scrapping for kind of activist crowd as well with bernie sanders leading that pack. >> david gergen, in that field, but also particularly at this time for the democratic party, is a 76-year-old white man who has been in washington since the early '70s, is that the candidate not just to win the nomination but to win the white house? >> that's a darn good question. i think it's going to hang over the campaign for several weeks to come. what it appeared to me in the town hall with bernie sanders this last week, bernie sanders has enormous support around the democratic party. a lot of, you know, he's the number two candidate right now. but it was interesting, the generational gap between the way bernie sanders talks about today versus the way the younger candidates talk is they're looking at it through two different prisms. you know, what bernie has to say is sort of reminds you of what we used to talk about in the
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'70s and '80s. and what kamala harris reminds you of is how we talk today. i think that there's a mindset, i think it's going to be challenging for him, jim. >> nia-malika, the president has weighed in already. he said welcome to the race, sleepy joe. a term he's used before. i'm sure we'll see more of that. i only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to deal with a campaign. you'll deal with people who truly have sick and demented ideas. but if you make it, i will see you at the starting gate. what can you read from the president's strategy on taking on joe biden and is he nervous about joe biden as a moderate well liked democrat potential opponent for the president? >> by all accounts, they are. by all accounts, this is the candidate they fear most because of his strength in places like pennsylvania, which of course, he's going to go to. places like philadelphia. that was the key to donald trump's success.
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and by all accounts, joe biden does have a connection with white voters in the midwest. listen, this is why he was picked to be the number two, because obama knew that he could have that special appeal to those scranton type of democrats. so yeah, you see donald trump there relying on the nickname sleepy joe. i guess it's a take on low-energy jeb, kind of a poke at, you know, who knows what. and then talking about his intelligence, and then turning to this field of democrats that he's going to deal with. i think the thing about joe biden is that he, i think, isn't necessarily going to be pulled into where the democratic party is, sort of aoc wing. he can, i think, probably stand apart from them in some ways. he's got to in some ways give a nod to them, but he doesn't have to necessarily grab on to the green new deal in the way that some others have had to, to rally that progressive base.
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i think that's a strength for him. and you're going to see donald trump obviously try to tie him to that more progressive, what they would say socialist wing of the democratic party. >> right. david gergen, nia-malika, thanks very much. >> thank you. still to come, the president disputes a key event from the mueller report, claiming he never told white house counsel don mcgahn to fire the special counsel. mcgahn testifies to that under oath. what's going on? >> plus, police raiding homes and making dozens of arrests following the horrible attacks in sri lanka as another horrible intelligence failure is revealed. >> also -- >> a woman left bleeding after her arrest. now an alabama police chief says he's disgusted by the actions of the officers in this video. we'll have new details coming up. the best simple dishes ever?
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news just in to cnn. the pentagon inspector general has now cleared the sitting, the acting defense secretary of actions related to boeing, favoring boeing. a former boeing executive. they announced thursday they have completed their investigation into whether or not he violated any ethics rules regarding boeing taking any actions to disparage boeing's competitors in particular. they investigated this. they found no wrongdoing by the sitting, acting defense secretary, whether he becomes the full defense secretary, we will find a statement from the
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pentagon says in this investigation, which was initiated on march 15th, the dod interviewed more than 30 witnesses before coming to this conclusion. that's a story we'll stay on top of. >> meanwhile, in other news. president trump is once again going after former white house counsel don mcgahn. the president claiming mcgahn's testimony to the special counsel is wrong. the president saying he never told mcgahn to fire robert mueller. although mcgahn testified to that under oath. meantime, the white house also digging in on its strategy to sto stonewall the plethora of investigations from house democrats, this time, refusing an request for stephen miller to testify. miller seen as a driving force between the administration's controversial immigration policies including the family separation policy. joining me is manu raju. so manu, this is quite a strategy by the white house here, saying they're going to refuse all subpoenas from the house. now run by democrats, raising a whole host of legal and constitutional questions.
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how are democrats going to respond? >> expect a lot of court fights over the subpoenas. in the case of stephen miller, that was a voluntary ask for this committee to say, chairman cummings to say, look, come and testify about the immigration policies since you're central to the key policies of this administration. but the administration in a letter to this committee said no thanks. they said instead they'll put cabinet secretaries available, not stephen miller. but in the cases of subpoenas, that's a completely different question. those are intended to compel these witnesses to come forward, and at least two occasions this week, the administration has moved forward to instruct people not to attend and comply with the subpoenas, including just moments ago in the room behind me. john gore, who is a senior justice department official, who has issued a subpoena to testify at a sworn deposition about his role about what he knows about the census, the citizenship
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question put on the census, he did not intend under the instructions of attorney general bill barr, because they wanted a department attorney to attend with him. elugea cummings said no because committee rules don't allow that. as a result, they decided not to comply with the subpoena. elijah cummings gnaw happy, saying this in a statement, both president trump and attorney general barr are now openly ordering federal employees to ignore congressional subpoenas and simply not show up without any assertion of a valid legal privilege. these employees and their personal attorneys should think very carefully about their own legal interests rather than being swept up in the obstruction schemes of the trump administration. now, it's not clear what they're going to do in the next steps in this regard, but at least in one other, they plan to hold carl kline in contempfor not appearing for a subpoena request and part of the security clearance process. that's mostly a symbolic gesture. expect, though, court action when other subpoenas also are not complied with.
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so this fight here on capitol hill only just beginning. >> gets to the central role of checks and balances between the branches of government. manu raju, thanks very much. joining me is eliana johnson, white house reporter for politico, and william jeffers, a defense attorney who represented nixon after he left the white house. the white house, in effect, saying we're not going to obey any of these subpoenas, which seem to have the backing of the constitution, if not law. is that a legal strategy by this white house? can it just say we're going to ignore the legislative branch? >> well, of course, they can't say that. the white house has certain defenses that they can raise. one is executive privilege. they have never actually asse asserted executive privilege, but that would be a possible ground they might try to use. i don't think that would be applicable to former officials. i don't think that would be applicable where the substance of the testimony is already
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public. but it is one ground they could use. they could also claim there's no legislative purpose for the subpoena, but the courts have a very low bar for a proper legislative purpose, and i think they would be highly unlikely to succeed. so these efforts could well delay everything, forcing congressional subpoenas is not an easy task. it's time consuming, but ultimately, probably not successful. >> eliana johnson, clearly, the white house isn't concerned about a fight here, right? it seems like they're sort of itching for a fight. does the president, does his team see that as an effective political strategy? >> it's a great question, jim. i think the white house views this as a sort of theatrical, that there's a theatrical aspect to this, as with many things. so they're drawing this out and turning it into a back and forth between the white house and congress. and you see in the president's
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tweets, his new line is that democrats are obsessed with investigating the president and that they should move on and focus on legislation. that is very much a political line from the president. and i think you're going to hear him begin to use it on the campaign trail. he thinks it's a knock against democrats that they can't move on from the mueller investigation and focus on legislation like infrastructure. >> so william, the other attack that the president is continuing is, well, on the parts of the mueller report he doesn't like, he's praising some parts of it, the parts he says exonerate him, but on don mcgahn's crucial testimony, the president ordered him to fire the special counsel, an order don mcgahn testified under oath he disobeyed, the president is now calling him a liar here. a sitting president, certainly not the first time he's done it, but calling a witness a liar, is that witness tampering? >> well, simply calling a witness a liar would not be witness tampering. you know, donald trump is not
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saying that under circumstances where he could be punished for a false statement. not saying it under oath. don mcgahn did give his testimony under circumstances where he could be punished for a falsity. so all we have is mr. trump's tweets. and those probably would not be punishable. >> yeah, a good point because who do you believe, a tweet from the president, with no consequence if it turns out to be false, as many of his tweets have, versus don mcgahn under oath under penalty of going to jail if he doesn't tell the truth. let me ask you this, though, from a perspective of his base because so much is the president's base strategy here. do they make this distinction that we're making, well, you like this part of the report, the mueller report, because it exonerates you, or you say it does. you don't like this one because it makes you look bad. who buys that distinction? >> i don't think his base does view it that way, and they allow the president to alternate between claiming victory in the mueller report and being a victim of the report.
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the president, of course, it continues to claim total exoneration by the report. but also, i think on the campaign trail and in his tweets, you're seeing him cast himself as a constant victim. he did this during the 2016 election, claiming the system was rigged against him, and he prevailed nonetheless. in 2019 and 2020, you'll hear him say he was a victim of the mueller investigation, and of continuing democratic investigations into him, but he's nonetheless prevailing over this, and his base, i think, really is responsive to that sort of messaging. >> eljohna johnson, william jeffress, thanks to both of you. >> raids and dozens of arrests are taking place now in sri lanka. this as we learn that one of the bombers had been in police custody just before the attacks. pnc bank has technology to help make banking easier, like.. pnc easy lock,
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breaking news just in to cnn. the governor of maryland is calling for the resignation of baltimore's mayor after agents for the fbi and irs executed search warrants at multiple locations this morning including two residences of the mayor, catherine pugh, as well as baltimore city hall and a nonprofit organization that the mayor has worked with in the past. pugh has been on a leave of absence in the wake of a scandal over how much she was paid for a
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children's book series that she wrote. we'll stay on top of that story. right now, police are ramping up searches in sri lanka in the wake of sunday's just devastating terror attacks there. we learned the man responsible for one of those bombings had been in police custody and released just before the attacks. sri lanka's prime minister telling cnn intelligence had been monitoring some of the bombers prior to the tragedy. >> upper middle class. well educated. educated abroad. that is surprising because we had been looking at other places for possible isis connections. but these people were known and monitored by intelligence. >> they were being monitored? >> they were being monstitored intelligence. >> some of the suicide bombers. >> yes. >> yet they were able to carry out these deadly attacks. >> yes. >> well, this just in, sri lanka is asking muslims not to gather tomorrow for friday prayers. they're concerned about reprisal
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attacks now. i'm joined by "the new york times" national security correspondent matthew rosenberg. let's get to the issue of possible failure here. some of the attackers clearly on the radar screen of the authorities, and even questions as to whether because of their connections, right, powerful father, whether that got them out of custody. how bad a failure does it look like, at least at this point? >> it looks massive. they had a warning from their own police. ten days before, 11 days before, that didn't even get to the prime minister and his cabinet. india, one of the biggest allies had warned them prior to that as well. as we know now, nay had people in custody, and they could have gotten out through their own connections. that's a pretty big failure. >> i remember from covering the paris attacks, a couple of attacksers there had been on police radar and taken off. the port authorities made there, we have thousands of people. it's impossible -- not impossible, but difficult to make a judgment who among them is going to become an attacker
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here. is the level of a threat in sri lanka such that a mistake like that could happen? >> it wasn't until then. whatever islamic movement they have, it's clearly not insignifica insignificant. we have more than 70 people arrested, but it's not thousands of people. you know there was something growing here. you had sectarian violence targeting muslims and groups looking to get back at it, and they seemed to drop the ball on keeping an eye on it. >> we heard that from the prime minister, talking about how the attackers may have been well educated. two were sons of a prominent and wealthy businessman there. that's not entirely unusual, right? if you look at the 9/11 attack, mohamed atta was a middle-class egyptian, but still, it is alarming, because it shows the breadth of the appeal of these groups. >> exactly, and sri lanka has a history of deep sectarian divides. you have a 30-year civil war between the majority, muslims
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were a smaller third minority. now they have been brought into this fray with really deadly consequences. >> isis, of course, has claimed responsibility. we don't know if that's substantiated because often times they claim things they didn't take part in. that is, there are signs they had international help here. it had been a relatively quiet period with isis attacks. national security officials have been telling me forget about it. they're still active, still trying. what does this say about their capability and intent to carry out attacks in the west here. >> we have to figure out what the connection is here. you and i, if we want to carry out attacks with isis, we're with isis. that's kind of the success of their model. they don't need to be directly involved. they have inspired people in far flung corners where we didn't expect them to inspire anybody. >> that will be a question, did they make a statement pledging allegiance prior. matthew rosenberg, thanks very much. two alabama police officers
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put on desk duty after one of their body cams recorded this arrest. the police chief saying he's disgusted by what he saw on the video. we'll have details coming up.
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uncover the lost chapters of your family history with ancestry. get started for free at stunning new video released by alabama police raises questions about a controversial arrest. body cam footage shows 22-year-old jasmine shepherd who is black in an apparent struggle with a white police officer. shepherd was stopped by police for leaving the scene of an
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accident. this is what happened after she was pulled over. a warning that you might find this video disturbing. >> put your hands -- put your hands behind you. are you serious? have you lost your freaking mind? >> sir, please. please. please. >> the question is, was that necessary? nick valencia has more details. nick, what is the police chief saying about it? the police chief said he was disgusted. >> he said at first glance, he thought the officers' acs were well within the force training. but it was that he took the threats. now the officers are on desk
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duty. the police chief calling the actions disgusting and embarrassing for the tuscaloosa police department. >> even after the event is over and miss shepherd is seating on the ground, i had a serious problem with the comments they were making and the threats they were making because we don't teach our officers that, we don't train our officers to do those things. so for me, that caused a lot of anger, a lot of frustration. i was disappointed in our officers. i was disgusted by what i saw, what i heard, and i was embarrassed by it because it does not reflect our core values here at the tuscaloosa police department. >> you see how serious the local police chief is taking this. the officers say that shepherd tried to grab one of their collapsible batons. one of the officers was in fact grabbed by the generals in this arrest. those two officers have been put on desk duty. >> cnn has spoken to the woman involved here. what has she told us? >> our national desk spoke to
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her by phone. she said she was beyond upset. she wasn't treated like a human but more like an animal. she does admit she tried to grab at the officers but only because she couldn't breathe. it was yesterday that she says she doesn't believe the department was within their rights to handle her the way they did. >> i was beaten by two police officers. i was unarmed. and i acted like i did everything they asked me to do. they know what they did was completely uncalled for, and this ain't the end. >> we hear shepherd was arrested for unarming a police officer, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer. now word on if she's planning to sue the department or the city. neither has reached out to them since the friday encounter. >> thanks very much. >> joe biden says 2020 is a, quote, battle for the soul of this nation. how will the 20th democratic candidate shake up the race for the white house? is he the front-runner?
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business, politics, and the church. ynn's original series united shades of america showcases tix tex, the birthplace of megachurches. >> i stay out of politics, but there are certainly people who stand at the pulpit and say everything but. i think you should vote for someone who is making america great, that kind of thing. >> kind of blatant. >> what do you think about you should not be political? >> well, i mean, honestly, i think it's kind of fake to say you're not political, because
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you can't even go to the bathroom without it being political. so then why not have some kind of influence that is, you know, righteous? for me, it's like i can't help but be involved in politics because i'm pushing for justice. >> the show's host, w. kamau bell is here with us. you touch on the issues that are central to the debate and the personality of the country. the power of evangelicals has been pronounced dead for years, yet you're finding gaining momentum. >> yeah, you know, the number of people who go to church every year gets smaller, but these megachurches are sort of sucking up all the people who want to go to church and doing it by creating this model of church that doesn't feel like church. one preacher said it's like a rock concert with a motivational speech in the middle. it's more of a fun time and you feel good about yourself, but a lot of the churches then when
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they get people in there, they start to tell people how they should vote and which is, like i said, i come from the mlk school, so i believe in politics in church, but when you're encouraging people to participate in political acts that are wan't in line with jes that doesn't seem right. >> is there any softening of the hard right image, is there a progressive wing in the evangelical vote? >> ininteresting think about this is i thought there were just hard right evangelicals. in dallas, there's a cathedral of hope, which is an lgbtq plus megachurch. the biggest in the world, but that's not the face of christianity. i was happy to be there with them, and anybody can go there, but that's not the face of christianity. >> do they tell them to vote a different way in the church? they say hey, take a look at the democratic party? >> churches aren't really allowed to do that, but if you preach the message, it becomes clear what you're saying. i'm not against churches
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encouraging people to participate in the world, but if you're talking about jesus in the bible, i think it becomes clear who jesus would have voted for. >> i hear you. >> or who he wouldn't have voted for. >> or what kind of behavior he wouldn't have approved of. separation of church and state, a founding principle of our country. >> absolutely. >> how has that been viewed where you've been? >> i think they believe if they don't say a candidate's name, they're separating church and state. we know money says in god we trust. we know no atheist can run for a national office in this country. that's in name only, i believe. we see that down there. >> another, this off the topic of your series, but i think important in the news. the execution of one of the three men who killed james byrd in 1999. i remember that as an iconic point in race relations and reminding people there's still this anger, this hate, this violence. where are we today then? it was supposed to be a turning
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point for the positive and a lot of legislation followed. is the arc of history bending toward justice? >> to talk about that mlk line, i think it does bend toward justice and it bends back occasionally. right now, it feels like it's bending back. hate crimes are on the rise, and unless we have people in our leadership who address those things and are clear about those things, you don't know how far the arc is going to bend. >> you mentioned the numbers. have a look at the graphic. after the james byrd killing in 1999, there was an uptick and then it went down. look at the last couple years. we have a tight focus on those, too, because that's a dramatic jump there in the last few years. what do you attribute that to? >> currently, we have a leader in the white house who uses incendiary rhetoric and uses violent imagery sometimes to gin up the base of his party. to me that makes sense if the leader of the white house gins up hate and talked about violent
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rhetoric, that's the result. >> did you give us something hopeful you saw up there? please? help us get through the day. >> the theme of this season is it's on us. so we can't look to the big leaders in politics to do this. it's on us to strengthen our own communities, and then that's how you create leaders out of your community who can lead the country. >> i sense talking to folks people are aware of that and looking to get more engaged at a lot of levels. >> aoc is a great example of someone who said i'm going to get out from behind the bar and do it myself. if we realize it's on us, then we can fix it. >> kamau bell. be sure to watch united shades of america. 10:00 eastern time, only here on cnn. thanks very much for joining me today. i'm jim sciutto. "at this hour" with kate bolduan starts right after a quick break. still nervous about buying a new house. is it that obvious? yes it is. you know, maybe you'd worry less if you got geico to help with your homeowners insurance. i didn't know geico could helps with homeowners insurance.
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i'm kate bolduan. thanks for joining me. it was rumored, speculated, folks were waiting and told to wait some more, and it's finally official. former vice president joe biden jumping into the crowded presidential race today, joining 19 other democrats vying for the nomination. despite their head start, biden begins his candidacy with a big lead as the party's front-runner, and he didn't waste a second taking it right to president trump. >> if we give donald trump eight years in the white house, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation. who we are. and i cannot stand by and watch that happen. the core


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