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happening now, pushing impeachment. the house committee ramps up its investigation of the president in first official vote related to impeachment, but are democratic divisions undermining the probe as some party leaders refuse to utter the i word. indictment risk. andrew mccabe could face criminal charges archdiocefter decision by the justice department. the big stage. all of the top ten democratic presidential candidates are about to debate in houston. will there be fireworks as joe biden and elizabeth warren go head to head for the first time? asleep on the job. safety officials report a lapse in oversight in the fiery dive
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boat disaster. could deaths have been prevented. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." tonight democrats are intensifying their efforts to oust president trump one way or another. the house judiciary committee just set new ground rules for its impeachment investigation. it's a step forward and many rank and file democrats are pushing for impeachment. party leaders are creating some confusion about what happens next sending mixed signals about their strategy and their end game. this as the 2020 democrats are about to hold the first debate with all of the top ten contenders on the same stage. we're told joe biden plans to question whether elizabeth warren can deliver on her big proposals as they go head to head in houston. this hour i'll talk to
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congressman jeffreys. he's a democrat on the judiciary committee. our correspondents and analysts are standing by. let's go to our chief white house correspondent jim acosta. he's been taunting democrats. >> reporter: that's right. the president and gop are daring house democrats to begin impeaching mr. trump. democrats hardly sound united on the issue. the president is talking to reporters as he's on his way to baltimore. the same city he called redent infested and filthy earlier this year. house democrats are setting the ground rules for an impeachment investigation into the president accusing him of behavior that endangers american democracy. >> it poses a threat to our democracy. we have an obligation to respond to this threat and we're doing so. >> reporter: the president was
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all but tweeting bring it on. republicans are daring democrats to get going. >> i dare you to do it. in fact i double dog dare you to do it. have the house vote on those 18 words and then go at it. why won't you do that? >> reporter: the gop is seizing on the grumbling coming from mod cat democrats who oppose impeachment. it's put nancy pelosi on the hot seat. >> come with me and you'll hear what the american people are saying. they understand that impeachment is a very divisive measure. if we have to go there, we'll have to go there. we can't go there unless we have the facts. we'll follow the facts. that's all i'm going to say. >> reporter: the president will likely have more to say at a speech to republican lawmakers in baltimore. the same city he blasted earlier this year when he launched a
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raes ration racially loaded attack. if he spent more time in baltimore maybe pe could hp clean up this dangerous and filthy place. >> those people are living in hell in baltimore. they are largely african pler african-americ african-american. you have a large african-american population. >> reporter: cuppinmmings invit the president to show he's wrong. >> the cities have been significant. you know what, i want president trump to come to my district. i want him to -- i want him to come. >> reporter: the president has moved onto his latest target john bolton tweeting, in fact, my views on venezuela and cuba were far stronger than those of john bolton. he was holding me back. sources say mr. trump may reward
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one of bolton's old rival. a dual role not seen since the days of kissenger. >> at the same time the president is looking at a slate of probably with secretary pompeo five bucks. >> reporter: another big question for the president to answer in the coming days, gun control and whether he will call on republicans to embrace universal background checks. a proposal supported by nearly all americans. >> why don't we spend some time going over to mitch mcconnell asking why he doesn't want to save lives. >> reporter: the president just finished talking to reporters. he said he just wrapped up a meeting where some proposals on guns were presented. we understand under concernit w of that consideration. they are not specifying on the
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issue of universal background checks. he did offer clarity on this idea that the secretary of state mike pompeo might serve in a dual role as secretary of state and the national security adviser. the president said he is no longer considering that idea but he has about 15 other names under consideration at this point. weome tape from the president's remarks to reporters. we'll have that in just a few minutes. >> we'll play that tape as soon as we get it. thanks very much. let's talk about impeachment. our senior congressional correspondent is up on capitol hill. where does the impeachment inquiry go from here? have democrats come to any hard agreement on what to do next? >> reporter: sthere will be aggressive rounds of hearing to decide whether or not to recommend articles of impeachme impeachment. even though democrats are mostly in support of what they are calling an impeachment inquiry.
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they have yet to embrace that term of mounting an impeachment inquiry. they agree they have to make the decision about whether or not to recommend arms of impeachment but a number of democrats i talked to today are not certain about impeaching the president. democrats who want republican seats and districts that the president carried. >> i don't think if you were to put articles of el impeachment you can get to 218 votes. i think the american people aren't there. i would vote no on impeachment. my vote is no. >> i don't think we have made the case to the american people that we need to yet. to the extent they think they can do that i've been supporting them do that. >> right now dwroint feel fst necessary? >> right. >> the leadership has been reticent to move forward aggress
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i havive aggressively on this. i think they are understanding that there had to be some movement and that they understand that this movement could lead to impeachment. >> what are the implications of the leadership not calling this an impeachment inquiry? any concerns? >> jerry nadler not commenting on this. voting on a resolution to set the ground rules of the investigation on the weeks ahead of how impeachment hearings could take place. that will start. we'll start to see that next week when a committee holds a hearing with the former trump campaign manager. the ultimate decision about whether to move down the road of voting to hold, to impeach this president something that continues to divide this party is still uncertain that the
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votes to get that out of the house. wolf. >> thanks very much. also, former fbi deputy director andrew mccabe could be indicted at any time. he's a frequent target of attacks by president trump. we should note he's a cnn contributor. let's bring in our crime and justice reporter. tell us more about this breaking story. >> what happened here is that andrew mccabe's team met to try to get them to not pursue charges against him. this all stems from his conversations with a reporter contact that he had with a wall street journal reporter just before the election concerning a story that they were running about the investigation into the clinton foundation. mccabe said he wanted to set the
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record straight. he felt the newspaper had reroan yo -- erroneous information. he reached out. the inspector general launches an investigation into contacts. he gets swirled up in this investigation. they ask him questions about his contacts with media and they say the inspector general that he lied to them. he wasn't candid about those conversations and so as a result of that, they recommended charges be brought against him for lying to these internal federal investigators and that is where we are now. we are waiting to hear if the department of justice is going to file those charges. there seems to be indications they are because they said we're not going to listen to this appeal. we're not going to let you win on this side. we're going to go ahead and pursue this on our own and therefore not allowing mccabe
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and his lawyers to appeal anything the department of justice was doing. >> how unusual would it be to see an indictment in a case like this for lying to the inspector general over the department of justice. is that a crime ? >> it is a crime. these are federal investigators. just like lying to the fbi is a crime, this is a crime as well. there are certain things that go on in these investigations especially with a senior guy like this. this is the number two guy at the fbi who was being asked all sorts of questions about his contacts. his people say he was confused by some of the questions. there's also this opportunity, usually what happens and they did this in this case. the inspector general did this in this case. they allow the subjects of the investigation to go back and correct anything they thought may be wrong.
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it shouldn't be lost on all. andrew mccabe has been the target of the president. a lot of issues concerning the clinton foundation investigation attacked him over the handling of the entire clinton e-mail investigation. some people, the people close to andy mccabe feel this is in retribution for this. he's been a target for the president and that is ultimately why the department of justice is bringing these charges. >> any indication when we'll get a final decision over at the department of justice? >> we have no indication. we have been expecting this for a little time now. we thought maybe we get some word today. we haven't. fridays are a day they like to do this. >> the president spoke just moments ago at the white house. we have the tape now. he answered bunch of questions. >> we're very close to a new high.
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it would be over 100 times, i believe. you'll check it. many times we set the record. we're very honored by that. we're having a tremendous couple of weeks. a lot of good things are happening. i got a call from heads of china. the call was directed to my people and they asked whether or not it would be possible to delay the hit on the tariffs up to 30% from 25%. would it be possible to take it off of the october 1st date. we gave them a two week in honor of president xi. we gave them a two week reprieve. we'll be doing the tariffs on october 15th instead of october 1st. then we're going to be set on october 1st. we're moving it to october 15th. they're having their 70th anniversary.
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that's it. any questions? >> i think he's fantastic. i spoke to mike pompeo about that. he decided -- i get along with him so well. we have a lot of the same views and a couple of little different views. he likes the idea of having somebody in there with him and i do too. i think we'll have an answer for you. we have 15 candidates. everybody wants it badly, as you can imagine. we'll probably next week sometime make that decision. we look forward to that. we had ten more. a lot of people want the job. it's a great job. it's great because it's a lot of fun to work with donald trump. it's very easy to work with him. you know why it's easy because i make all the decisions.
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>> you called baltimore at one point rodent infested. what's your message to the people now as you head there? >> i look forward. we're going to abandonmebaltimo now. we're going to be with the republican congressman and i think it will be a very successful evening. we had a tremendous election on tuesday. you saw the results on tuesday night. one gentleman, dan bishop was not doing so well three or four weeks ago. we got the message out. he won the election. he was losing substantially and he ended up winning fairly easily. that's dan bishop and greg murphy won by a lot more than was expected. he won by many points. a lot of people thought that would be a close race. we won two seats in congress on
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thursday. i guess the press didn't talk about it much. the republicans had a great night on tuesday. it's something people talk about. i'd rather get the whole deal done. i'd rather have the either chinese done. if we're going to do the deal let's get it done. a lot of people are talking about it. i see a lot of analysts seeing an interim deal. there's no easy or hard. there's a deal or not a deal. it's something we would consider, i guess. we're doing very well. we're doing very well. i did the little bit of the delay in honor of president xi because it's their 70th anniversary in china. >> what do you expect out of the debate tonight? >> it's too bad i'm going to
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miss it. i'll have to have it taped. i didn't even tell them about that. maybe it's not that important. it is important. it's going to be very interesting. i'll have to watch it as a rerun because many of you are coming to baltimore with me. i don't expect too much difference. you have three people that are leading. i sort of think those three people will take it to the end. it will be one of those three, i think. you never know in politics, do we? you know better than i. you never know in politics. >> who do you think the strongest opponent is? >> they all have their weaknesses and their strengths. i think that they are very different. you have a lot of different voices up there. it would look to me like it would be elizabeth warren and looks like joe maybe will be able to get there, maybe not. i don't know. certainly bernie is there. he's number three.
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i think that's because they are so far in the lead, the three of them. if you remember, i'm sure you forget my republican primaries but i went to them lead at the very beginning and stayed there. if you don't makemistake, he should be able to make it. i would imagine biden would be able to make it if he doesn't make any major mistakes. we'll see what happens. >> any progress on guns? >> the man that you called eed african-american at your rally in 2016, he said he's leaving the republican party. what do you say so him? he's a supporter of yours. he's a supporter of yours. he's not anymore. >> i don't know what you're talking about. >> the man you pointed out at the rally and called my african-american. we have tremendous african-american support. i would say i'm at my all time high. i don't think i've ever had the support i have now.
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i think i'll do well with african-americans. african-american support has been the best we've had and a lot has to do with from an employment and unemployment both, employment and unemployment -- >> do you think he's wrong? >> i think this. it's very simple. we have thet and unemployment. i think we're going to do well. >> the meeting on guns today. >> have you made decisions on guns? >> we had a big meeting on guns. we had a great meeting with chuck grassley, mike rounds. we had kim was there. iowa. we had some terrific people. john thune. we had a meeting with different people. i think we made some good progress on background checks and guns. i think we had a great meeting
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for the farmers. i think we had our ethanol meeting was a great mealing. there's been nobody better to farmers than donald trump, that i can tell you. i think we made a lot of progress on ethanol. i think we made a lot of progress on guns. >> when do you expect to have a plan? >> you meet kim jong-un sometimes this year? >> at some point, yes. he will certainly they want to meet. they'd like to meet. i think it's something that will happen. we'll see. kim jong-un, i think something can happen, yeah. >> what about the military. we're putting national security at risk and democrats are calling for a road to overturn your national emergency. what's your response to that? >> the wall is being built. we need the wall for purposes of national security. the military is behind it all the way. any project that they may delay a bit, it's only a delay.
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they will get built. the wall is something we need. we're going to be building hundreds of miles of walls. we had, as you know, a supreme court decision which was outstanding. we had a supreme court decision yesterday on asylum. that was a very, very big decision. it was a 7-2 decision. the asylum decision was very big. we had a very good decision on the wall and wall funding and the wall is going up as we speak. we intend to have approximately, maybe something short of 500 miles of wall. that would be almost everything that we need. about 500 miles is what we need and we're going to be very close to that by the end of next year. >> the committee approved a resolution to final the panel's investigation, the impeachment investigation. are you concerned at all? >> i'm not. we we've done the best job of any president in two and a half
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years in office. our economy is incredible. rules, regulation, everything that we have rolled back have really led to a resurgent economy. if you've look add everything we have done from an economic standpoint to a national security standpoint, i think our country is in one of the best positions. people know we're doing a great job. they do play politics and they continue to play politics and a lot of people think that's the only way but you know what, most people think that helps me. it's really an embarrassment to our country. we've done a great job. yes. >> kim jong-un want new conditions for negotiation within the united states. are you for the new conditions? >> i think north korea would like to meet.
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i think you probably have heard that. i can tell you iran wants meet and china wants to make a deal. we have a lot of interesting things going on. i haven't seen the andrew mccabe situation. i heard it was big news before. i've not been able to find out exactly what happened with a andrew mccabe. >> what exactly have you and the first lady told baron about -- >> we have told him anything except don't vape. we don't like it. >> do you think nancy pelosi is scared to impeach you? >> i don't think she's scared of anything. i think she's a smart woman and i think she knows exactly what she's doing. we have the strongest economy in the history of our country. we're about ready to break the record again. on the stock market we broke in the record in jobs.
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african-americans, we just broke the record again, you know that. if you look at hispanic american, asian-american. the best employment and unemployment numbers in the history of our country. with women we're at 71%. 71 years. the best numbers in 71 years. no, i don't think we have done a great job. there are those that say the best job in the history of our country for the first two and a half years. pretty much that's the story. >> any evidence -- >> what will you do with the nra? >> we had a big meeting today on guns. we had a big meeting today on ethanol. both meetings went very well. a lot of progress was made. i believe on the background checks and various things having to do with guns. we're dealing with the democrats and we're dealing very well. it seems like they'd like to do something. i think i can speak for
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republicans, they'd like to do something. we'll see whoo can happen. we're always protecting our second amendment. i want to make it clear. our second amendment will be protected fully. >> how is john bolton -- >> we're dealing on venn way la right now. it's going to be very interesting period of time. we're also trying to help a lot of venezuelans dying. they have no food. they have no water. we are trying to help a lot of them. a lot of them have escaped, so to speak into colombia and into different places. we're trying to help those people that have been able to get out. we are dealing with a lot of things having to do with venezue venezuela. my attitude on venezuela is a very tough one. frankly my attitude on cuba is a tough one and in a way they go hand in hand because cuba has always made it possible for venezuela to do what they are doing and that's ending now.
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like wise venezuela through the oil took care of cuba. a lot of that is ending right now. >> i don't believe that. i don't think the israelis were spying on us. i would find that hard to believe. my relationship with israel has been great. you look at golan heights and jerusalem. you look at even the iran deal, what's happened with iran. iran is a much different country right now than two and a half years ago. it's in a much different position. anything is possible but i don't believe it. >> are there any democrats debating tonight that you actually respect? >> i respect all of them. >> all of them in. >> i respect every one. let me tell you, it takes a lot of courage to run for office. i respect all of them. see that. i'm getting to be much better as a politician.
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you never thought you'd hear that answer. i think so. it depends really on the democrats. it depends on whether or not the democrats want to take your guns away because there's a possibility that this is just a ploy to take your guns away or whether or not it's meaningful. if it's meaningful we'll make a deal. if this is movement by the democrats to take your guns away then it's never going to happen because we're never going to let that high pressuappen. we will always there there for our second amendment. we'll see. if the democrats want to make a deal, we can make a deal the. >> there's the tape. the president answering a bunch of reporters questions getting on that helicopter hepading out to abandonmebaltimore for a rep retreat. the president said they are making good progress on background checks as far as gun
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control is concerned. he also said there's no notion of considering mike pompeo to be both secretary of state as well as national security adviser. >> reporter: i think those are the two big headlines. i think it's very important to zero in on what the president was saying a short time ago. he said we're not going to support anything that takes people's guns away. the president is dancing around the issue here. he's not committing to exactly what he's going to do. democrats are not proposing anything along the lines of taking people's guns away. they are talking about expanding the nation's background check system so there are universal background checks in this country. our reporting is that the president is not ready to embrace a universal background check system. i think you heard the code words being used by the nra and some of the gun right supporters out there. it sounds like the president is speaking their language. as for the national security adviser at the white house, it's open once again. the president ruled out the
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possibility that he might give the secretary of state mike pompeo that position. he said and i thought that was interesting. he said he even spoke about it with the secretary of state but one thing we should point out, wolf, that kind of scenario would have been very interesting to watch here in washington if mike pompeo become both the secretary of state and the national security adviser. as we know inside the white house the president likes to have a lot of advisers around him arguing with one another so he can make that final decision. if you have mike pompeo doing both of those jobs it limits the number of viewpoints for the president to consider. >> that's a good point. stand by. i want to bring in democratic congressman hakeem jeffreys. thanks very much for joining us. you listen to every word the president said during the q and a. what jumps out at you? >> the president continues to talk the talk in terms of dealing with gun violence epidemic. there's no evidence he's willing
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to walk the walk. this is simple. the house passed universal criminal background check legislation in february. it's been languishing in the senate for almost 200 days. mitch mcconnell refuses to act. there's massacres taking place and americans are being sbraugterred on our streets. not in baghdad or afghanistan but in dayton and el paso and brooklyn and south central los angeles and in south side of chicago and all points in between. we need action. we want to close to gun show loophole. we want to close the internet sell loophole, the private transaction loophole and so do approximately 90% of the american people including majority of republicans, majority of gun owners, independents. the president needs to get mitch mcconnell to act. >> if the president were willing to accept some of what you want,
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would you be willing to deal with it? >> we're always willing to find common ground. this is an issue. we need to do much more. every step we can take to save a life is a step worth taking. >> let me get your thoughts on what happened in the house judiciary committee. today you tweeted this. house judiciary committee adopted resolution for impeachment investigation. voted yes. no one is above the law. where does this stand now? >> the house democratic caucus has been clear in terms of our perspective as it relates to the role that we should play as a separate and co-equal branch of government. we don't work for donald trump. we don't work for any president. we work for the american people and we have a constitutional responsibility to search as a check and balance on an out of control executive branch. we won't overreach. we won't over investigate but we do need to move forward, follow the facts, apply the law and be
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guided by constitution. the judiciary committee took a step as it relates to our jurisdictional area of responsibility and that is to explore whether they are high crimes and misdemeaners engaged in by this president and whether we should recommend articles of impeec impeachment no the full house. >> this vote today, does it give you more authority, more legal ability to get documents, testimony, stuff like that that you would need in an impeachment investigation. >> that's quite possible. the administration has engaged in extraordinary stone walling as it relates to complying with lawful, congressional subpoenas. they have refused to produce documents and refused to allow witnesses to testify. all we want to do is bring the truth to light for the american people who deserve to know whether or not the president is a crook. we're going to explore the abuse of power, the cultural of
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>> reporter: they are side by side sharing a debate stage. joe biden and bernie sanders have faced off once already, all eyes are on biden and e hiswliz eyes are on biden and e hiswlia warren. he plans to question whether warren will be able to deliver on her proposals. >> but executing is a different thing. >> reporter: warren has been imploring democrats to choose big. >> ke within the choose a candidate we don't believe in because we're scared. we can't ask other people to vote for someone we don't believe in. >> reporter: calling for a major expansion of social security to increase benefits by $200 per person and expand benefits for the poor. she would require the wealthiest
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americans to attribute more to the program. warren is calling for sweep changes to health care and other government programs. it's a revolution that biden and several other rivals pushing the party too far to the left. only ten candidates out of the crowded democratic field qualified for the debate to be held on the campus of texas southern university. one of the black colleges and universities. underscoring how support from oofr can americans has solidified his league. a poll shows the vice president holds on a overwhelming advantage with black voters with 42% supporting him. just hours before the debate biden reminding voters of his loyalty to his partner in the white house, former president, barack obama. >> barack obama is an extraordinary man. >> reporter: the former vice president is clinging to his former boss. the most popular man inside the
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democratic party. the obama legacy will be on display and will be debated over on the debate stage. look at these proposals. medicare for all. taxes, other central issues. all of this is going to speak to as voters measure up which direction they want to democratic party to move into. all ten candidates tonight clearly have a major moment here in houston. >> certainly do. thank you very much. a reminder to hur viour viewers. we'll have full debate starting at 10:30 p.m. eastern right here. let's bring in our analyst. you heard the president say as he have getting ready to go to baltimore that he won't be watching the democratic presidential debate live. he'll watch a rerun. that was his word. is h trip to baltimore, the speech designed as counter programming to take away from the democratic debate? >> i thought it was counter programming but a halfhearted effort. he got out there in that gaggle
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and talked about well it looks like a three person race between warren warren, the vice president biden and sanders. he didn't say anything bombastic like he might on twitter. just gave the conventional wisdom to say he's aware of the debate but i'm giving a speech tonight. maybe you want to tune in to that too. we'll see. i think the debate is a bigger draw than another trump speech that everybody heard a million times. >> he said he imagines that biden will get the nomination if he doesn't make any major mistakes. >> he also said he respects all of the candidates which prompted the reporter to say all of them. here is a president who doesn't believe in polls but does follow
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polls the way the rest of the media and the country does and to be clear, the top three candidates are the ones he selected. that is vice president biden, elizabeth warren and bernie sanders. it's going to be interesting the see how they focus their night and time on that stage. remember biden's theory going into this election was it's about getting president trump out of office. that he is unfit to be president of the yiunited states and thers more middle ground to unite people to not re-elect president trump. you have elizabeth warren and bernie sanders who are focussed on a lot of their policies that many right now are concerned maybe a bit too far to the left. this is a primary. you go to a general election and that's where you see candidates veer closer to the middle. it's going to be interesting to see tonight whether they once again do what they did in the second debate and go over obama's legacy which i think
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didn't sit well with in democrats or they focus on president trump or do they focus on ideas moving the country forward that many view as progressive. that's what will be playing out tonight. >> also tonight, it's the first time that joe biden, elizabeth warren will share the stage in one of these debates. how do you think they will interact? >> so far they have been mostly positive on the campaign trail talking about why they should be elected. i'll be looking for is will they go negative. will vice president bide p say you're trying to take private health insurance away from tens of millions of people. will elizabeth warren say you were wrong on the war in iraq. you were wrong on so many other issues. the question of whether they go negative will be the most interesting one to see.
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if they're positive, i think the status quo is likely to remain intact. >> what are your expectations? >> i was pretty surprised the president was more negative about the candidates when we saw him speak a few moments ago after the polling that showed all the candidates pulling ahead against him in a general election. he can be a pretty astute political analyst and i think him saying that biden needs to not make a mistake is true. for someone like joe biden whose argument rests on his electability making a misstep, having a gaffe, appearing to be a step behind the other candidates would be problematic for him. one of the most interesting thing i pulled is how elizabeth warren is in all realms. her numbers have gone up
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significantly while biden's have dropped. the more and more she gets out there in the debate settings, the more she disproves the el t electability argument against her. >> everybody stick around. why is vladimir putin meeting with a close ally of president trump in russia? ♪ strength of a lioness ♪ tough as a knot ♪ rocking the stage ♪ and we never gonna stop ♪ all strength, no sweat. ♪ just in case you forgot ♪ all strength. ♪ no sweat secret. all strength. no sweat. woi felt completely helpless.hed online. my entire career and business were in jeopardy. i called reputation defender. vo: take control of your online reputation. get your free reputation report card at reputationdefender.com. find out your online reputation today and let the experts help you repair it. woman: they were able to restore my good name. vo: visit reputationdefender.com or call 1-877-866-8555.
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can tonight vad vad is getting between israel and the prime minister. he is meeting with russia ahead of the israeli election next week. we know president trump has been going out of his what i to help politically. cnn reports from sochi, russia. >> reporter: tonight one of donald trump's closest allies is cozying up to one of america's biggest enemy, just days before he's up torre-election, israeli president benjamin netanyahu is opening up and meeting with russian president putin to tout their relationship. tightening the relations between us, mr. president, is also the result of two other things, our mutual rational policy and the direct connection between us. >> while iran and security topped the official agenda, analysts say there is another reason for a quick trip out of the country days before ballots are cast. ♪
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>> reporter: netanyahu is pushing for the russian vote in israel. immigrants from the former soviet union make up some 15% of israel's population, a vote that's generally in the hand hoff this man, victor lieberman, lieberman once worked for netanyahu before launching his own party. now the former defense minister is the secular right wing thorn in netanyahu's side, having request it the israeli government saying he was too soft on terror and caved to the religious. >> i hope we will establish a real national white liberal government, with our orthodox and with our radical members of our -- >> reporter: polls show lieberman with enough seats to prevents netanyahu getting the right wing government he wants. while lieberman begins with his russian base, his appeal is growing across the political spectrum. >> translator: the joints interest is secularism. they feel the country is changing and they feel the
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religious population is becoming a majority and more and more dominant and it scares them and lieberman tells them i am holding your flag. >> reporter: the former mayor of tel aviv, he once belonged to netanyahu's likud party, now he says he's voting lieberman. >> he is a right wing but not extreme right wing but more the right wing and on the other end, he is not connected to all kind of corruption. >> reporter: lieberman refused to join with netanyahu in april's election, forcing new elections. he is one more obstacle standing between netanyahu and an election victory. netanyahu heads home to try to take control of the announcements. they did not gfter he said israel discovered a nuclear base in iran. president trump said he would be
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. as the 2020 democrats are about to debate tonight, we want to share some lessons from the oldest living president jimmy carter. i visited him and former first lady rose lynn carter last sunday in their hometown of plains georgia for a cnn documentary i have been working on. i join them at church where president carter still teaches sunday school. just weeks before his 95th birthday, carter spoke mostly off the cuff for 45 minutes stressing the need for peace and love in a world with too much war and hate. >> if we could just implement god's will on earth according to christian's belief, for a god that loves us all, forgives us all, created us all, the world
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would be a much more wonderful place. >> while president carter spoke of how problems playing this country, he never directly criticized or mentioned president trump. to our viewers, thanks very much for watching. i'm wolf blitzer. erin burnett "out front" starts right now. "out front" next joe biden about to go head-to-head for the first time, the most important debate is about to start. tonight the new details about biden's plan at the top. plus the national security adviser. one of the most important jobs in the country. the president says it's now just really easy because of him. and the man they called african-american, remember at that rally, he is now quitting the republican party. why now? well, he's out front. let's go out front. >> and good evening, i'm erin burnest. "out front" tonight the high stakes showdown. this is the third democratic debate about to begin. for the first time, joe

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