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colorado. moments ago, reacting to the news that the fbi is reopening its investigation about the private e-mail server, throwing the presidential race into turmoil. with the agency reportedly examining new e-mails after it seized electronic devices belonging to huma abedin and her estranged husband, former new york congressman, anthony wiener, as part of a separate investigation. hillary clinton responded to the news late friday and called on fbi james comey to immediately release whatever information he has. >> we are 11 days out from perhaps the most important national election of our lifetime. voting is already underway in our country. so the american people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately. the director himself has said he doesn't know whether the e-mails referenced in his letter are significant or not.
i i'm confident whatever they are, will not change the conclusion reached in july. >> joining the panel this week, wall street columnist, dan hellinge, jason riley, joe rego, and columnist, kim strassel. kim, fbi director comey told his agents this week in a memo that fox news has obtained that he felt obliged as a public duty tow release this information to congress before the election. how do you read that? >> look, i mean, it is very hard to know what's going on here. you have to assume given the upheaval, and given it was obvious it would cause a political firestorm, there must be something there pertinent or concerning enough that he felt they did need to move ahead with this and tell congress. but you also have to wonder if this is isn't also maybe a cover your backside effort by mr.
comey, as details have come out about the first fbi probe, and all of the incredible irregularities, an congress looking into that. he may have felt the need to cover his tracks, as it were, and make it look like they were being more thorough than they have been. >> the thing is, i would sort of lean to the first one, because he is taking an enormous amount of abuse for this. so if this turns out to be nothing, if this turns out to be just yoga, and what are you doing thursday night, i mean, that's -- he is going to take -- guess to go really under the hot seat? >> well, look, clinton's comments there, they are spin. we don't know, and i mean, she is trying to make it sound like he has no include, it is unrelated. there is no way he would have made that announcement without having some good grounds for believing whatever is on these electronic devices is an immediate bearing on the investigation they were doing. >> dan, what about that point, though, that kim said? maybe he was criticized, comey
was criticized, and we criticized him too for the conduct of his first investigation, which i thought was inadequate, had irregularities, troubling. and republicans had criticized him for that. could this be saying if you're going to investigate me, i've got to make sure, every detail, no matter how large, i show you before the election, i got it out there, so i'm not accused of a coverup. >> i think that's right. so much of this is conjecture, to be sure. my conjecture would be his decision to do what he did in july was not popular throughout the fbi, he testified before congress that the investigation in his words had been completed. obviously had not been completed. the investigative team that was covering this continued to work. they obviously have come up with something, and they must have gone in to direc core comey and put it on his desk and said this is what we have. we have to deal with this now.
i think the fbi is trying to protect its reputation which has suffered grievous damage since mr. comey did that. >> not just the results weren't popular, how he handled the release of the result wasn't popular. jim comey's job is to conduct an investigation and turn the results over to the justice department. that's it. he is not supposed to be giving running commentary, public analysis of how he reached the decision. it was extraordinary behavior. now he wants to do, throw this bomb into the election and zip up and say i can't say any more because of a ongoing election. you can't have it both ways. >> on that point, democrats are lining up all day today, every democratic group and spokesman saying mr. comey, off he go the to tell us. you've got to come clean here. tell us what's going on. >> and we've seen the justice department distance themselves from comey, loretta lynch saying i would not have gone public with this. >> number one, can comey resist
that, and say nothing between now and the election? we realize, they're not going to finish this investigation before the election. >> i don't think he can, and i don't think he should. this -- this close to the election, the voters of america have a right to know whether the person they're going to elect is going to enter office with an ongoing investigation. >> i think you disagree with that, dan. >> we t would set a very bad president dent. it reduces the fbi to wikileaks, taking all of stuff they have and throwing it out on the public like wikileaks does. that's not the way the fbi operates, and i don't think that's the sort of were he is dent that we want to establish for them. >> they can't, either f there is classified information, and the question is here is classified information, they can't just release all of this. they have to be careful with that. that's going to take time to review. and i think agree. i'm not sure i would just throw it all out there, you know. look, she made this -- one thing we need to remember. only one person to blame for this entire explosion, and that's hillary clinton, who made her private e-mail server in the
first place. >> joe, the campaign, the clinton campaign in its response hass has elevated this, accusing comey of being politically motivated, rolling out spokesman after spokesman. is that a political mistake maybe in elevating it? would they have been smarter to say look, he exonerated me in july and this a mall detail. let's not worry about it. >> they've been running all along with the exoneration, hillary clinton mentioning it in the debate. there is a little irony. >> about the transparency point. >> i think they did a panel last night and said here are a variety of responses to it, and ignoring it was inadequate. >> you meet a voter panel. >> yes. did a quick overnight poll, and it is probably raised a lot of new doubts about her candidacy that she feels like she has to
address politically. >> and trump clearly believes this is a big assist to him. he is driving the corruption theme with it. but is there a danger here that he could overplay his hand? he said look, he said today for example, there are 33,000 e-mails that she didn't -- that we haven't seen, and some of them may have been found, and we have no evidence of that. >> the phrase could donald trump overplay his hand is something to conjure with at any moment. i don't think so. i think that is e-mail server has always been her greatest vulnerability. it is a source for credibility and trustworthiness problem. it dates back to march 2015, when it came out, and i think he is right to lean on her on this one. >> jason, do you agree? >> he can play that hand. i don't know if that's enough for him to make up the gap that she has right no you, the lead that she has, which i believe is about four or five points national nationally. >> we're going to talk about that. still ahead, polls for the white house tightening even
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announcement, the race was tightening, though differing by how much? the real clear politics average gives hillary clinton a 3.8% stage point leave over donald trump. so will the latest e-mail developments move the needle. fox news contributor doug schoen joins us now. >> thanks paul. >> before this, let's set aside the fbi development first. where was the race before? >> the real clear politics average was about right. about 3.5-4 points tightening, but still a decisive or clear lead nationally and clear lead in the swing states, virtually
all. >> one had it by two, another three. so it could be narrower than that, or -- >> possibly. what we're seeing in both the abc and ibd poll is that the trump voters have greater enthusiasm, the republicans are coming home, over eight in ten republicans now with donald. >> also showing some movement among independents. >> yes, the independents are moving in the direction of donald trump. independents have historically not liked the secretary. she has been within a couple of points of him all the way. and her own factorabilivorabili >> the democrats clearly seem to be worried enough that they're pushing back very hard. >> yes, they are. >> so what do you think an event like this, coming so late, what effect does it have on the race? so many people have already decided. >> sure, a couple of things. first, you were speaking of the
independents, i was mentioning republicans moving to trump. that will only be, i believe, facilitated by this process. people who had doubts about the secretary say look, i just can't vote for her. it will also increase the likelihood to turn out of those groups who also don't like donald trump all that much. >> so for republicans who might have getting demoralized that trump couldn't win, maybe there is a chance, so that might help trump's turnout. >> that's precisely the abc poll has shown. >> what about this new information here? i mean, secretary clinton said all along, since july, i was exonerated, and now this comes in, and trump will pay on the possibility that she could become the next president of having this sitting over here as a threat to her presidency. but it is so late in the campaign, when do voters tune out new information? or do they ever? >> i think most voters tune out most information, unless it is
clear and unambiguous. for example, in 1980, we had news that the hostages weren't coming out and we had the final debate between reagan and carter. that was clear. it broke massively. >> right. >> i don't think this is something like that. because we're fought clear as you were suggesting on the panel before, what precisely is going on with the fbi. how much of a review is going on. and it isn't even clear that the investigation itself is reopened. >> right. well, or if it even ended. >> correct. >> that's one of the things, too. >> that's true too. >> but i mean, i'm trying to think of a campaign where late information like this really made a difference. you mentioned 1980. i can think of 2000, the late dui news about george w. bush, that hurt him. >> yes, it did. and the thing that is particularly damaging for the secretary of state, this came nine or ten days before the election, which means voters
have a chance to process it, and given that both broadcast and cable news have focused on virtually nothing else since midday yesterday, there is going to be ample opportunity this week for voters to focus on this, and to try to make their own sense of what's going on. >> which voters are left now who are undecided? you talked about mobilizing the people already committed or put -- demobilizing. who is persuadable? who are they? >> we have some republican, non-college educated women, they're persuadable. >> doubts about -- >> yes, and some of the issues with women that he has had to face. we had problems with independent men and women, college educated more difficult than non-college educated. but there has been a huge problem there. trump needs to win them by over 10 to 15 points. so far, he is not there yet. >> are there enough to persuade? >> theoretically, yes, paul. the other thing is democratic
turn out jo be suppressed. a lot of democrats don't have a lot of enthusiasm for the secretary. millennials, a lot of middle age men. they may just decide not to vote. sit it out. >> what states should we be looking for and where should we look for movement if the fbi will have an impact. >> start with florida and ohio. donald trump needs to win those two states. we've got to look to states like new hampshire and nevada. the clintons, as we were discussing, have sent chelsea, tim kaine and $2 million in advertising to wisconsin. we look at the midwest. >> fascinating. >> yeah, and pennsylvania, which is within five. >> so if that happens, you'll see closing there. >> precisely. we're going to see closing i think, i'm not sure yet, it will tip decisively. we have to keep an eye on it. >> thank you. when we come back, battle for congress heating up, as
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maintain control of the house and senate, a new strategy is emerging in the closing weeks. urging voters to elect republican candidate as a check on a potential clinton presidency. here is one targeting democratic congressman rick nolan in minnesota. >> rick nolan is standing with hillary clinton. not minnesota families. nolan would give hillary a blank check to run new gas and job destroying taxes. like hillary, nolan supports the iran nuclear deal, that gave
$100 billion that gave it to radical terrorism. wrong on spending. wrong on national security. wrong for minnesota families. >> we're back with dan henninger, and wall street columnist, brett stevens joins the panel. jason, do you think this is a smart strategy by republican as soon as. >> i think it is. this is the self-preservation strategy that paul ryan unleashed his caucus to pursue. several weeks ago, it wasn't uncontroversi uncontroversial, but the right call. we see a state by state, race by race strategy. if you go into a deep red state like missouri, you see a candidate like roy blunt, not distancing himself from trump, because he has a red state there. trump will probably win it and his democratic opponent is speaking trump's language, i'm the outsider, because he needs
trump voters to win. you go to nevada, however, you find jill hack who is having more difficulty navigating of trump supporters. what you see is a lot of the republican candidates mentioning clinton in ads, nancy pelosi, and saying we need to be a check on that. >> one quick point. in the most recent wall street journal poll, they asked people whether they would were he fer a republican congress as a check on her or a democratic congress to help her enact her agenda. the answer was they preferred republicans by 13%. that's a significant number. if that's out there for the republicans to try to tap into, i think there is a basis for running this campaign. >> the big mistake, they should have done this in august. they should have anticipated that trump would implode, further scandals and problems, and they would have avoided this phenomenon of republicans turning late in the game against trump. i think if someone like kelly
ayotte has been against trump, she would not be in such a tight race as she is now. >> let's run an ad on that point before we go to you, kim, from new hampshire. >> would you tell a child to a expi be aspire to be like donald trump? >> absolutely i would do that. >> i would look at her in that fat ugly face. i would move on her like a [ bleeping ]. like a magnet. they let you do it. do any of it. >> do you treat women with respect? >> i can't say that, either. >> all right. >> would you point to him as a role model. >> absolutely, i would do that. >> all right, kim, we know kelly ayotte has distanced herself from donald trump along the way. immediately after that particular statement. but to take up brett's point, the republicans would have been smarter to distance themselves from trump much earlier in the campaign. >> i disagree with that a little
bit. here is why. if you look at history there is good evidence to show that when ticket splitting works most fecally fe effectively winning. i'm not quite sure i want to give this person a blank check, and they begin debating, going in and splitting their vote between someone at the top and someone in the middle. that's what you now see happening here. it has worked for republicans in the past. if you go back to 1996, it was only at the point at which it was clear bob dole was going to lose to bill clinton that house republicans and senate republicans began running ads like this, will be a check on bill clinton and they did in fact keep congress. so i mean, i think this is a natural progression at how campaigns role out. >> the question would if you've got, the republican party has two bases. the college educated in the swing suburban districts, not in love with trump to say the least. then you have the trump base.
and they need both of those, and a lot of these states to win. >> right now, the power of the ad we just saw comes from ayotte's refusal to distance herself earlier, and what you could now have are congressmen and senators saying they were taking a principle stand for a long time, not making a political move at the last moment, that makes them seem weak. >> i also think the democratseredemocratse democratser -- democrats erred, and that tempt to link every single candidate running any where in the country to donald trump has come across as a big stretch for a lot of voters. >> i think the fbi business is going to help some of these down ballot republicans, because they can link their opponent to hillary clinton. some of them have said she is honest and trustworthy which this will erode. >> that's exactly right. billy bush video was an october
surprise, and this is this ok october surprise. this will allow the senate candidates to get on the same message, which will be her credibility over the fbi and the e-mail server. they're going to be running on offense and against the same target. >> this may not be the last surprise. >> oh, it won't be. >> all right, still ahead, another obama care shot, as the administration announces double premium increases next year. how it is playing out on the campaign trail, next. you can run an errand.
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>> donald trump in colorado earlier this afternoon. reacting to news that premiums under president obama's affordable care act are set to soar by double digit, and in some cases, much more. it is an issue that could be a deciding factor in close senate races. here is a new ad byr ryan johnson. >> he brags about being deciding vote. >> that's not something to brag about. >>p premiums and double and triple. >> obama care is crushing small businesses. >> all the damage obama care has done, how can he brag about that. >> he should be ashamed. >> we're back with dan henninger, joe rago, brett stephens and kim strassel. this hasn't been about substance
that much, but it is intruding in a big way. how much trouble is the lion? >> beyond the 25% premium increase, you've had lower than expected enrollment, a lot less competition among providers and health insurers who are quitting the exchanges, so a lot of planned cancelations, fewer choices. the thing i would add is that one-sixth of the people of the american people are affected in some way by obama care. so one out of six, that's a lot of people, and could be a deciding factor. >> entitlements are supposed to be popular, because it is free money. we're giving you something and you don't have to pay for it. that has always been the selling point, and that's what democrats thought this time, too. why isn't it working this time? >> well, i think they wrote really restrictive regulations that distort the market. so that's why insurers, which are now price controlled, can't make any money.
they're saying, well, let's hit the road. >> let's listen to president obama defend his plan. >> i have always said that for all the good that the affordable care act is doing right now, for as big a step forward as it was, it's still just a first step. it's like building a starter home. or buying a starter home. it is a lot better than that, having a home, but you hope that over time, you make some improvements. >> kim, what do you make of the starter home? >> it is like buying a shack, you know. it is a lot of holes and drafty doors. i mean, it is really remarkable, watching the president, and democrats at the moment, trying to now come up with these excuses. the other day he said it is like we scraped some bugs off the
windshield. >> another great one. >> yeah, another great one. but when in reality, these structure of the law is the problem. there is no way to anybodile around the edges, and fix it that way. the other interesting thing you hear democrats making, this only applies to a certain percentage of americans in the obama care exchanges. the reason as you were talking about with joe that this is in fact resonating, why -- what's happening in the insurance markets outside of obama care, and it is hurting people that get their insurance from their workplaces, and it is, noy, hurting people in all different kinds of realms and forums. so it is an issue that really impacts a lot of the electorate. >> more and more people, people lose their jobs, jason. if you lose employer sponsored coverage, you end up being tossed in the exchanges and you say hey, wait a minute, these aren't the options i was told about. if you don't take enough money, you're tossed into medicaid. >> that's what donald trump should be talking about, paul.
for most voters are, jobs and economy, but this tie news that. donald trump needs to explain to people what health care mandates, why they're a drag on the economy. why employers are less likely to hire and so forth. >> you are an optimist. >> he has not been willing to make that connection, to stick to that issue. i think that's been a huge reason why this issue hasn't resonated more in the campaign. >> well, you know, paul, every presidential campaign is a meteor shower to try to process and you're trying to get them to focus on a couple of things. in the last two things, they've focused on two things. one, the e-mail serve r, and obama care. it has never been popular with the american people and now you have people like ron johnson or todd young in indiana, running against evan bye, who provided
the 60th vote for obama care. it is something people have on their minds. >> this is something i hear from republicans, they think this could save the senate, if any issue is. >> one race i look at is arizona, where john mccain has been running on this for a long time. 116% increase for 2017, only one insurer in phoenix. so there is tangible things these candidates can point to. the other thick they're running on is solutions. not at the top of the ticket, but certainly at the senate and house, they're saying here is how we'll repair it, bring more choice and competition. >> mccain is running against ann kirkpatrick who has called obama care one of her proudest moments in politics. still ahead, elizabeth warren, hitting the campaign trail. what price will hillary pay for her support, if she wins the white house.
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game about how the game is rigged. let's be clear. donald trump is right. the game is rigged. it is rigged for guys like donald trump. and i say it is time to fight back. >> massachusetts senator, elizabeth warren, on the campaign trail with hillary clinton this week. warren's support, and that of fellow senator, bernie sanders, bringing reluctant progressives into the fold. what role would they play in a clinton presidency? dan, you heard before the break, secretary clinton say look, i could listen to elizabeth warren all day. is she going to have to? >> yeah, i think she gets into the white house and if the deems take the senate, senator warren
will be on the phone just about everyday running what i suggest will be a co presidency with elizabeth warren and bernie sanders. >> yeah, you called it the warren/sanders presidency. i thought it was hillary clinton on the ballot. >> yeah, that's what she thinks. look, the democrats and hillary, i mean, elizabeth warren is out there campaigning to get the senate back under democratic control, because if they plan to move the party to the left, elizabeth warren along with these left wing groups, according to politico and others, have a list of appointees they have not accept in a clinton administration. no centrist. for example, gene sterling, who served in bill clinton's office and with barack obama. >> and was associated with goldman sachs for a while. >> anybody who has those associations won't be allowed to get appointed if they control the senate. bernie sanders will be given
chairmanship of the finance, and hillary clinton is -- if she wins, will have to be listening to them. >> we know that the democratic primary had huge riffs between the clintons and progressives, and they spent a lot of time over the past six months trying to repair the rift. then we get these e-mails, which has exploded, and just ripped it apart once again. you now have, you know, the progressives are already suspicious of hillary clinton, and now they have the proof in writing of democratic operatives, calling them duphus, radical. somebody is keeping a list and they're going to use it. >> i know that from the democrats, i know in this city on wall street, they figure basically we're not going to be able to get jobs. but kim, hillary clinton is saying publicly all the time, i'm going to work with republicans, reach out to republicans if i win the white house. what is the reality here? is that going to be possible? >> she is not going to have any flexibility to do that.
look, elizabeth warren is campaigning for her, because she wants a democratic in the white house so she can then tell what to do. she is not going to have any chance if there is a republican there. she is not doing this because she agrees in any way with clinton's platforms or policies. she is going do to clinton what she has done to obama. look it he last few weeks. elizabeth warren has been on a campaign against president obama own securities and exchange chief, mary joe wright that she has to stepped down. she has taken a lot of stances on those policies. the progressives believe this a white house that will have more ability to control than less. >> you follow joe, what elizabeth warren did to antonio weiss, a wall street veteran they wanted to be a treasury, president obama did, and they said we won't confirm him for an official post. so they had to make him a special assistant appointy, political appointy. >> yeah, the other case i would highlight is wells fargo c
oech -- ceo, john stump, who almost single handedly said he should be forced out of the job. raising it to such a key point on the left. what we've learned from the wikileaks is hillary clinton campaign is constantly concerned about activating elizabeth warren in some way. >> getting her fired up that stops their agenda. >> exactly. >> here is the interesting thing to me. hillary clinton talks about working with republicans, she has a big place in the center where she could go, but yet if you look at her ideas, she hasn't moved to the center. she has moved to the left on spending, school choice. >> yeah, i mean, that's the political hillary. there is also the goldman sachs hillary when she is behind closed doors saying we need more trade and we need more inter -- all the rest of it. i think she is boxing herself in on the political hillary, which