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let's give credit where credit is due. >> that's it for us. "special report" coming up right now. this is a fox news alert. i'm bret baier in washington. the help wanted sign is definitely out tonight at trump tower, where the newly elected donald trump now president-elect is trying to decide on the first and most important of his staffing decisions. he made a big one today. replacing new jersey governor chris christie with vice-president-elect mike pence as the transition team chief. protests grow against the soon to be 45th president from people unable or unwilling to accept his victory. good evening, doug. >> reporter: evening. we are hearing a couple of surprises from the transition team today. first of all, we are hearing
reince priebus may be getting close to getting the chief of staff job at white house. we haven't confirmed that. there's been no definitive word from the transition team on that. there are rumblings to that effect. a shakeup on the transition team. vice-president-elect mike pence will take on the role of chairman of the transition replacing chris christie. christie remains on board as vice chair. the move was painted as a chance to use pence's washington experience to build a team but may have stemmed from last week's conviction of two of christ christie's subordinates. as protests continued, the trump ticket took a good cop bad cop approach with pence seeking unity through prayer. >> in that way to heal the divisions in our country and move forward to a more prosperous future. >> reporter: donald trump firing off a tweet last night. just had an open and successful
president election. fr now professional protesters are protesting. very unfair. trump had cooled tweeting, love the fact that small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. a surrogate says calm won't happen overnight. >> they will ensure that our nation, that the division, that it's closed. >> reporter: around trump power this morning, security barriers were extended with streets blocked off and airspace overhead closed to all traffic under 3,000 feet. this is protocol and not the result of protests. amidst this, the transition goes on with perspective cabinet officers and staffers popping in and out of trump tower, many deflecting questions about their role. including former new york city mayor rudy giuliani. >> donald has been my friend for 28 years. all of my work on behalf of him has been out of great loyalty and friendship to him. i can see already how he is going to be a great president.
i'm glad i could play a small role. >> it has been rumored you are being considered for chief of staff. is that something would you be interested in? >> that's not something i'm talking about. i think it's something that a lot of newspapers speculate about. >> reporter: early supporter dr. ben carson was less circumvent about an offer of surgeon general. >> you can share it with me. >> yes, there have been discussions. >> reporter: jeff sessions is said to be in the running for any position he wants. might include campaign chief. corey lewandowski and the first woman to head a winning presidential campaign, kellyanne conway, a leading role for conway would go a long way towards recasting trump's image with women. pushing back against the anti-woman narrative is barbara ress who in an interview, she happened to be donald trump's construction chief for the past
18 years, she said trump preferred women over men in his inner circle. he totally believed women work harder and are stronger. he called them killers which she said was his highest form of compliment. back to you. >> doug, thank you. "the washington post" reporting tonight that senator kelly ayotte is being considered for defense secretary. we will see and follow as we get the names. a lot of times they are floated out there. we want to confirm them as they come from the trump team transition team. there is already some controversy swirling about who president-elect trump will put on his national security team. we go down the list. >> after 50 of the nation's most senior republican national security professionals said in august they could not support a trump presidency, the president-elect's team pulled together a team of highly qualified candidates. a widely circulated document reports that keith kellogg is heading up the defense transition team.
ron burgess is handling intelligence. mike rogers is overseeing national security. rogers, who chaired the house intelligence committee for four years, announced he would not seek re-election in april 2014 after allegations of a conflict between his senior staffer and clinton's closest aides surfaced. rogers said he was leaving to host a national radio talk show. the congressman, whose credentials include army service as well as four years with the fbi, was also openly criticized for his committee's report on the 2012 benghazi attack. >> are you saying his report was not good and that people shouldn't take him seriously? >> yes. they can take him seriously if they want to. two of his intel committee members were on our benghazi committee. they didn't sign his report. they signed ours. you don't issue a final definitive report without interviewing eyewitnesses. he didn't interview eyewitnesses. >> there was no comment from
rogers tonight. two campaign contacts cautioned against drawing conclusions about the transition, emphasizing that some individuals are seeking to thrust themselves into the public discussion, but it will be the president-elect who makes the final call on all appointments. >> of course. has the president-elect received his first daily briefing? >> the president's daily brief is now available to mr. trump. but there's no expectation tonight that the briefings will begin until next week at the earliest. there's a significant distinction between the briefings for candidates and those received by the president. the briefings for candidates trump and clinton were like primers. this is a highly classified newspaper for the president, containing only the most important global events and credible intelligence. mr. obama first president to routinely take it electronically on his ipad. this is a dramatic break from past practice which included one on one briefings. in the late summer, the president directed full access.
it has to be done in a secure facility. there's a dedicated transition space here in washington near the white house for the briefings. in new york city, the president-elect will use a secure federal facility such as the fbi field office. >> thank you. another record close for the dow on this friday. the industrial average gained 40. the s&p 500 was off three. the nasdaq finished ahead 28. for the week, the dow surged five and a third percentage points. the s&p 500 and the nasdaq were up three and three-quarters. tuesday night early wednesday morning, the markets as you remember went into a tailspin on speculation that donald trump might win the election. that's what we were told. but they quickly recovered. very quickly. not just recovered as you just saw. they soared. let's look tonight at how the trump election may affect the financial sector. peter barns has that story. >> reporter: wall street is
bullish on donald trump. stocks have soared to new records since his election. the continued republican control of congress that assured some of the pro-business agenda can become law. >> we have a great economic plan. we will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world. >> reporter: billionaire warren buffett, the so-called world's greatest investor and a hillary clinton backer, remained optimistic about the u.s. economy and stocks with mr. trump in the white house. even if grudgingly. >> stock market will be higher 10, 20, 30 years from now and it would have been with hillary and it will be with trump. >> all of the predictions that the market was going to tank under president trump? >> they're city. >> reporter: repealing president oba obama's financial regulation law from 2010. >> dodd-frank has been a disaster. >> reporter: it creates new rules to police banks following
the 2008 financial crisis. mr. trump says it contributed to slow economic growth by making it harder for banks to lend, to consumers trying to buy homes and cars and businesses trying to grow and create jobs. mr. trump's allies in congress are ready to move. >> the legislation that have i had a chance to brief president-elect trump on that months ago, that's our legislation to are peel arepeal replace dodd-frank. >> if trump and the republican party try to turn loose the big banks and financial institutions so they can gamble with our economy and bring it all crashing down, then we will fight them every step of the way. >> reporter: banks may not want to pull out the champagne just yet. in october, mr. trump criticized president bill clinton's repeal of the glass segel act that forced big banks to break up after the great depression by spinning off their investment banking operations. mr. trump supports a 21st
century version of that. >> thank you. what do you think? how do you think the trump election will affect your family's bottom line? let me know on twitter. or on facebook. one of donald trump's major issues during the campaign was the state of veterans affairs. on this day, we honor our veterans. a look now at where we are and where we may be going. kevin cork explores that tonight from the white house. >> together we began this war. together we must continue to keep that sacred trust with our veterans and honor their good work with our own. >> reporter: in a speech marking veteran's day, president obama said today's va is better than ever at taking care of our veterans. to prove it, the white house says the budget has grown by 85% since the president took office, a figure that includes mandatory and discretionary spending.
however, a major reason for that growth is the growing need. the u.s., after all, has been engaged in fighting in wars in afghanistan and iraq. >> the actions we are taking are showing improved results. the important thing for the next administration to do is to keep the transformation going. >> reporter: reducing wait times for access to care is just one of many issues a trump administration will need to tackle. experts say the va needs to speed up decisions on benefit appeals and to continue to reduce the number of homeless veterans, which has been cut in half since 2009. >> our veterans are incredible people. we will embark upon a project of national growth and renewal. i will harness the talents of our people and we will call upon the best and brightest to leverage their tremendous talent for the benefit of all. >> reporter: president-elect trump made improving conditions for veterans one of the centerpieces of his campaign. while there's no evidence of his
critique that illegal immigrants are treated better than our veterans, advocate say his overall message hit the mark. >> everyone can agree that we have do better by our veterans. the va scandal over last few years was a national embarra embarrassme embarrassment. the va needs to be improved, it needs to be modernized, cleaned up. there are bright spots like the gi bill. >> reporter: more work to do to honor those who have given so much to so many and asked for so little in return. you heard the president say today that the american people should resist any effort to privatize or outsource veterans health care. a not so thinly veiled threat. >> kevin cork live on the north lawn. thank you. up next, team coverage on a democrat party in disarray. first, here is what some of our affiliates are covering tonight.
atlanta, officials say arson is being investigated as the possible cause of more than 20 wildfires in the national forest in north carolina. they have been burning more than 25 square miles in the national forest in the western part of north carolina. fox 9 in the twin cities, a train derailment and hazardous chemical spill prompts evacuations in a small town 80 miles south of the cities. at least two derailed cars were carrying propane and boo tan. no injuries reported. a live look at austin, texas, from our affiliate fox 7. one of the big stories there on this veteran's day, a funeral for a soldier whose body has been unclaimed by family or friends. the 38-year-old richard lee anderson served in the navy from 1996 to 2002. he died eight months ago of pneumonia. yesterday, volunteers and police provided the escort as anderson was buried with honored at a veterans cemetery.
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outgoing senate minority leader harry reid issued a statement today saying donald trump's election has, quote, emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry. joe mansion issued a state calling that an embarrassment and saying he does not speak for him. democratic party officials are trying to figure out where they go from here. the donald trump victory and the retention of the house and senate have left the democrats in bad shape. some say their worst since after
the civil war. we have fox team coverage. the fight over who gets to lead the party through some of the turbulent times. we start with james rosen on how the democrats got here and what happens now. >> reporter: good evening. both parties have gone through rough times before and struggled to come to grips. the problem appears to have been aggravated by the dominance over it for so long of bill and hillary clinton. >> we will have some wonderful news for the american people tonight. perhaps some surprises to some of you. >> reporter: that was election day. now as nancy pielosi surveys th landscape, she sees republicans controlling the white house, senate and the house. republicans picked up three governor seats and control of two more state legislatures for of 32 of 50. >> this is the worst shape our party has been in since reconstruction, 1920s, or before
in the 1870s. we lost across the board. we lost very progressive people. we lost moderates. >> reporter: soul searching is an exercise for the party that loses the presidential election, a reckoning in the political wind wilderness. for years ago, it was the republicans. >> our message was weak. our ground game was insufficient. we weren't inclusive. >> reporter: now democrats will tinker with their digital, data and ground game and navigate tensions between the party's liberal wing, personified by bernie sanders, and the more conservative and corporate segment that backed hillary clinton. >> this is a democratic party the clintons built. it's a party that raised more money than ever. it's lost over 1,000 seats. that's because the democratic party in the last eight years has been focused on building a structure and a mechanism to elect secretary clinton. they killed the party and they need to take responsibility now. >> reporter: some have been
diagnosing the problems for two years. >> the people who have no voice in power could count on the democratic party to be talking about those issues, economic fairness issues particularly. it's up tofor grabs these days. the democratic party needs to get back on that message. >> reporter: democrats must address the generation gap that produced no young caharismatic figures to challenge hillary clinton. this problem is only exacerbated by democrats' dwindling influence in governor mansions and state houses. >> not only are we not having a seat at the table with resdiktiresdikt i redistricting but we're also not necessarily prepared to have younger candidates in the system to move up through the ranks. >> reporter: that generation gap is in the party leadership. nancy pelosi set to turn 77 is
expected to run for re-election as minority letter. in a letter she called this a very sad and trying week for all of us. >> james, thank you. much of the fight right now in the democratic party is at the top of the food chain, the question of who will take over as chair. we have that part of the story tonight. >> reporter: with hillary clinton out of the picture, the democratic party needs a new lead. over at the democratic national committee, rank and file staffers reportedly screamed at intern chair donna brazile behind closed doors blaming her for the loss to trump. one outburst is quoted as going like this -- what does the party need to get back in the game? >> i think the dnc needs to take a break from making decisions. i believe that we should take some time off and really do a full autopsy of what happened here. >> reporter: last full-time dnc
chair resigned after wikileaks revealed she favored clintons instead of remaining impartial. one candidate who called her out for not scheduling enough debates said he may want her old job, that's former maryland governor martin o'malley who said this in august of 2015. >> this is totally unprecedented in our party's history. this sort of rigged process has never been attempted before. >> reporter: others getting buzz, howard dean and keith ellison. dean has been chair before but tweets they need organization and focus on the young. need a 50 state strategy and tech rehab. i'm in for chairman again. ellison is a favorite of sanders. sanders says, the next dnc chair must understand the dire need to listen to working families. keith is that person. "the washington post" reports he will decide how to proceed on monday. >> millions of people would be willing to donate to the democratic party and replace the
big corporate campaign donors if only we had leadership at the top that was principled and willing to say, we will challenge corporate power, believe in us, give us $3, $5 now. that won't happen as long as they see a democratic party that's run by the establishment. >> reporter: remember, there were a lot of questions this summer about why the party leaders who became super delegates had just about the same influence over the nominating process as voters did. there isn't just pressure to change personnel but also the way the party picks nominees. >> peter, thank you. let's get analysis of what's going on in the democratic party. jim kessler is the co-founder of third way, a self-described centrist think tank that offers fresh thinking and solutions to the most challenging problems of the country. that's what it says here. thanks for being here. your assessment of where the democratic party is today. >> i think the democratic party is at its worst point since grant. since reconstruction. we are -- we have the fewest seats if you add them all
together, state, local, federal. it's very bad situation. i would say this. it didn't matter who you were tuesday night, what type of democrat. if you were a populist like russ feingold, if you were a centrist like murphy of florida, you lost. all wings of the party have some soul searching to do. everyone paid a price tuesday night. there's no way around it. >> we just saw two pieces about this. what is your assessment of why it's happening? is this about president owe comba obama? is this about messaging? is this about the party going too far left? >> president obama is a popular president. if you believe the polls and of course the polls haven't been the most accurate. here is what i think is the big problem. there's an economic crisis in this country which is this. there are these huge forces, technology and globalization, and i think neither party have addressed that for the middle
class. they have not figured out how to make those forces work for people rather than work against people. they are throwing out each party, they are giving them four or eight years and then they are throwing them out. if they don't deliver. it's most difficult policy problem for government to try and solve. but voters feel this is not happening. that's what we saw here. >> trump really tied into that, touched it. people could feel that he was getting it. i talked to jim webb in an interview that james put in his piece while he was running for president. nobody gave him a shot. is there any evidence that the party is going to change that way, if anything? you see the elizabeth warrens and bernie sanders and those people getting the attention inside the democratic party. >> i have any doubts about whether left wing populism can defeat right wing populism. one of the reasons is is that
left wing populism basically says, the solution is much, much larger government. i know people don't love business. but they dislike government a lot more. there's just so much distrust of whether government can really be a force for solving problems. i believe it's a force for solving problems, but the types of level of huge expansion of government that allows the populist -- it would scare people. >> here is debbie dingle. she said she sent up the alarm bells. talked to the president. she said, many of the workers don't translate what you have done for them. they don't feel better off. their wages have not risen. for many, it has dropped. they have less purchasing power, the health insurance costs more, they don't trust pensions to be there. because we are in a cyclical industry, they are frightened something bad could happen at any time. add to trade deals.
top it off with fear about national security and threats at work plays places and movie the and you have people scared and worried. she said she sent this up so many times. and it came back -- she said trump could win. they said, you are crazy. >> right. she's a very smart congresswo n congresswoman. people should have listened to her. look, i think if there's a place where the democrats need to move on economic issues -- this isn't even a left versus centrist thing. we're a party that talks mostly about making jobs more fair, the workplace more fair. we need to be the party that's talking about how to make jobs more plentiful and good jobs that have career ladders where people feel i can get ahead and my kids can get ahead. one-third of this country is doing very well. they have gotten wealthier. two-thirds are scared to death. >> quickly, is the democratic party going to give
president-elect trump a chance? >> i don't know. the reason why is, i think there are going to be voices that will try do that. i think there will be good faith efforts. donald trump has said a lot of things that really, really sting and that have hurt people to the core. i have four muslims in my office. they are scared for their life. those things are hard to take back. i think it's more up to donald trump than it is up to democrats. >> what you have seen so far -- >> i don't know. the jury is out. >> thank you very much for coming in. >> thank you. president obama is spending some of his final weeks in office going after a terror group in syria that has escaped notice until now. we report on the new effort against a terrorist who used to be called al-nusra. >> the obama administration is launching an assault on a
terrorist group known as the al-nusra front. the group has been one of syrian president assad's fiercest enemies. the u.s. has growing concern that it will use syria as a safe haven to launch attacks on the west. that has forced president obama to act. pentagon sources tell fox news the u.s. military will task drones and intelligence assets to kill al-nusra leaders. lisa monaco said we have prioritized our fight against al qaeda in syria, including through targeting their leaders and operatives some of who are legacy members that have migrated to syria. the pentagon's new powers allow the joint special operations command to take on its leadership in general, rather than just focusing on known al qaeda veterans.
>> this is the force that own the group who was conducting and planning operations against the united states. in other words, this force always intends to grow to a large organization to conduct out of region attacks against the united states. >> the u.s. treasury is setting its sights on the group. thursday it announced actions to disrupt the military recruitment and financing operations by putting sanctions on four known al-nusra leaders by targeting one of assad's most effective enemies. it may help russia achieve its goal of preserving the assad regime. there are concerns in iraq that isis ter irist terrorists kek cal weapkacal chemical weap. the efforts of one american to try to make a different.
we report tonight from iraq. >> reporter: iraqi forces continue their push against isis in and around mosul. rapid response members are fighting their way into a town south of mosul as iraqi special forces storm another district in the east amid new claims isis has chemical weapons stockpiles in the city. humanitarian agencies say nearly 50,000 people have fled and 70 people were executed this week in mosul by isis or as it is called isil for collaboration and treason. >> the extent of civilian suffering in mosul and other areas in iraq is numbing and intolerable. >> reporter: trying to deal with it is pete reed, a new jersey native, served in the marines and learned medical skills. now he is saving iraqi soldier and civilian lives on the isis front line. >> at the end of the day, they are people. they are in the middle of a meat
grinder. they are getting torn up bad. we're trying to make it so a few more people come home, a few more kids live. >> reporter: the medical charity he works up has set up a field hospital. isis rocket shells landing within 100 yards. we asked him why americans should care about this battle halfway around the world. >> this is it. stop them here. you don't want them coming home. you don't want to worry about that. stop them here. >> reporter: you are helping out? >> we're doing a very little bit to a big battle. >> reporter: he told me that battle could only get worse as it reaches the densely populated central part of mosul and it could go on for several months. he and a lot of people could be busy for a long time to come. >> greg, early saturday morning, thank you. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the bombing of germany's consulate in
northern afghanistan. officials say six people were killed and more than 120 wounded. a suicide car bomber exploded at the gate, destroying the hotel at which the office was based. afghanistan's president is calling the attack a crime against humanity. a shakeup in the trump transition team. plenty of names floating about who may be in the new government. we will get some thoughts from the panel when we come back.
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this election. they want change. >> this is the worst shape that our party has been in since reconstruction of the 1920s or before in the 1870s. we lost across the board. we lost very progressive people. we lost moderates. we lost everybody. >> well, map does look a bit red today as we get ready for a trump administration. as we mentioned before, harry reid outgoing issuing a statement today. if this is a time of healing, we must put the responsibility for healing where it belongs, at the feet of donald trump, a sexual predator. senator joe mansion responded with a statement.
senator joe manchin from west virginia. you heard the historical references for the democratic party where it stands now. george, your thoughts? >> hysteria is overwhelming democrats like that staffer who said climate change is going to kill her in ten years or so. hillary clinton is a historically untalented politician. she won the popular vote. republicans have lost the popular vote in six of the last seven elections. they're not an irresistible juggernaut. our political parties are maze g
i amazingly supple mechanisms. they adjust fast. the republicans lose 44 states. goldwater candidacy gets less than 40% of the vote. they are going to disappear. they won five of the next six presidential elections. it's a little premature to write the obituaries for the world's oldest political party. >> there was some parts that just did not hear what was happening, obviously. i talked to senator jim webb as he was getting ready to run for president. this is part of the interview. >> who would be the represented party for the working people in the country? that has the traditional role of the democratic party. the people who have no voice in the quarters of power could count on the democrat iblg party to be talking about those issues, economic fairness issues particularly. >> you said democrats could do a better job with white working
people. but you concede that group has gone to the gop. >> i agree. this is a values-centered culture. this is a culture that does not envy wealth. it's a culture heavy on personal honor, military service. >> it's like they didn't listen to him at all. >> you know what's interesting is hillary didn't listen to her husband. bill clinton warned about disenfranchised white voters years ago. we know it's the economy, stupid. economy 101. one of the things that my candidate -- i'm still in the angry denial phase. i'm moving forward. one of the things she didn't do was address the economic he would woes of the nation, not visiting wisconsin as an example. not putting forth -- democrats are the party of unions. look at the workers and the demographics among the working class. she wasn't speaking to them. she wasn't giving a plan. how are we going to bring jobs
back? donald trump spoke about jobs. we saw in the polls -- we don't want to look to those much -- that he was stronger with regard to the economy because of not only his business background but what he was saying to the people as he was campaigning all along. that's what people are most concerned about is the economy, is jobs, is their bottom line. that wasn't addressed. >> how does he take that and turn it to governing? >> well, it will be interesting to see. it's going to be an uphill battle. his campaign was very much a populist one. he will have to work with republicans, conservatives in congress, which i don't think is a bad way to go. i think good results can come of that. but you know, the revolution that sort of catapulted the republican party through what it has been through over the past 18 months, i feel like it's still waiting to happen inside the democratic party.
with all these wikileaks and this stuff that we're seeing, just how much the system worked behind the scenes to get -- to make sure hillary clinton got the nomination. i think that there's going to be -- there's going to be hell to pay for that going forward. >> i want to turn to "the wall street journal" has an interview with donald trump, the president-elect, in which he says that after conferring with president obama, he would consider leaving in place certain parts of the affordable care act, indication of possible compromise after a campaign in which he pledged repeatedly to repeal the health law. mr. trump said a big reason for his shift from his call for repeal was the thursday meeting with the president who he said suggested areas of the affordable care act to preserve. i told him i will look at his suggestions out of respect. either obamacare will be amended or repealed and replaced mr. trump said. here is what paul ryan said last night on the show. >> obamacare is failing. it has to get replaced quickly.
that's high on our list. >> you passed a bill to repeal and replace. it got vetoed by president owe abo obama. it was the replace, we never had a sense you were singing from the same sheet of music. >> that was our better way agenda. 274 house republicans agreed and signed up for a full replacement plan. we're on same page on these things. it resembles the kinds of reforms he was talking about. >> if you look on the website, better way plan does say our plan give mous you more control more choices. you never have to worry about being turned away or taken away. it goes on. the point being here is it's in every replace option that the republicans currently have. this isn't necessarily a shift for donald trump. is it? >> no. donald trump is acknowledging a
change in the national ethic.pe. the american people have decided that everyone ought to have health insurance. whatever comes next is going to -- it can do without a mandate. can do with premium support. everyone will have it. 125 years ago, medicine was too small a part of our economy to appear in national income statist statistics. people were born at home. they died at home. all medicine could do is make you comfortable while nature healed you or killed you. today we have this competent medicine. 18% of our economy. our health care sector is larger than all but five national economies in the world. people feel very much as though they have a piece of this. >> do you think he's shifting, changing? even though it's kind of part of the plan they had on table. >> i expected this. i think candidates when they become elected do it on both side in whatever office, whatever level state or federal. one of the things that i looked
at are, what are the experts saying that crunch the numbers that are nonpartisan? what they're saying is some of the problems are finances, transition. you are looking at millions of people. millions could be affected negatively and left off. in addition, the pre-existing conditions which they address. i don't feel this is a replacement. i feel it's an amendment with a name change. sometimes people might say, that's just semantics. that's all you need in politics. like you said, this is not donald trump's new way. this is paul ryan's. who just the other day, if you heard him speak, he said we're going to make amendments. he said we're going to make amendments to and then he said we're going to repeat, we're going to replace. once again, this is an amended obamacare plan in my opinion. >> you know, nobody more than you, george, have talked about over the years the waning power of congress. what i hope to see out of this
is a contentious relationship between the republicans in congress and the republican in the white house. let them fight it out. let the republicans on capitol hill be the conservative to try to make some sense out of that. if donald trump is going to negotiate with somebody, i would like him to be negotiating with the republicans. it might work out better. >> he did say in this article he was not going to move forward or didn't think he was going to move forward with a special prosecutor. he is thinking about many other things. >> that's last thing he needs is something from the campaign hanging over him. if you get rid of the mandate and if you replace it with essentially a voucher that isin you have premium support to let people go into the market and buy what they want, that's not changing the name of obamacare. that's fundment lal mnamentall. >> and changing over state lines
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i already told them that i'm willing to serve. this is donald trump's presidency and its his cabinet and his senior team to name. i just think the major crirtd will be loyalty to him. >> it's not something that i'm talking about right now. >> right now i'm pretty happy where i am. so it would have to be something where i believe that only i could do that. >> the phone has rung in my office. if it does, i will clearly take the call. >> oh, yes, answering the transition question, whether you're going to be in or out. a lot of those folks will likely be n some capacity.
but we don't know for sure. we do know that one thing happened today. that governor chris christie was demoted, if you will, to vice chair of the transition team. and mike pence, the incoming vice president elect is now the head of that team. we also have heard that reince priebus, the current rnc chairman is in the running and pretty high on the totem pole for chief of staff. back with the panel. george, your thoughts? >> well, speculation enormous fun. we have heard, for example, speculation that kelly ayotte senator just defeated in new hampshire to be secretary of defense. she is good defense credentials, a good friend of john mccain and lindsey graham. ohio river, that is the hardest management job in the western world. interservice rivalries, procurement process. getting 20 year weapon systems to match threats not even on the horizon yet. she was attorney general of
new hampshire. she would make a wonderful attorney general for a department of justice that has, through its lackadaisical approach to the rs scandal on other matters forfeited the confidence of a lot of americans. >> it seems like donald trump, at least through the campaign, valued loyalty the most. and somebody like kelly ayotte did not support him lost her seat in new hampshire perhaps because of that. we saw other candidates who did. what about others who maybe are outside. do you get a sense that their there might be some surprise picks here? >> no. i don't think so. i think just looking at trump, i think really when he is angry with you, forget it, you're off the list. whether you have helped him or supported him like rudy giuliani, he loves you and you're going to have a place. three of the names that bothered me and should i think bother people that voted for him because he wasn't a washington guy. because he wasn't a politician. because he wasn't an inside the beltway establishment person, newt gingrich, jeff
sessions, bob corker. these are all establishment people. so, i'm curious if a lot more names like that and even these names will make some people feel like they had been had, if you will. i am encouraged to see at least one female in the lineup. >> i think there will be more when push comes to shove. but, you have to run the government. you have to have some people who are not all from the outside. you have to have somebody who knows where the skeletons are buried. >> i think we are seeing a scramble largely because nobody thought that he was going to win and, i think even, you know a lot of people on his own campaign didn't think -- they believed the prevailing argument that he was not going to win. so there is a scramble right now. and but i would actually though be surprised if he doesn't reach out and pick people that haven't necessarily been loyal to him simply because he really does have to sort of close that gap. it's more important to him to close that gap than it is for kelly ayotte.
>> general jakeenan, never know, he could be in that mix. might as well keep throwing out names. lightning round, winners and losers for the cycle. winner national network of law students, law professors, and lawyers of conservative disposition asked to provide a list. along know he has to do and do soon, replaced the do it probably from a list they provided. my legacy is on the ballot. continuity with barack obama and the public said elm get emphatically no thanks. >> first woman on a major ticket to run for the presidency and i think some of those little girls i have seen online writing in the
chalk may be our president some day. i am hopeful for that for my daughter and the future. losers have the people who stayed home bernie or bust types wanting certain things. very heavy in to climate change and wanted free tuition and wanted a break with their student loans and maybe now they are going to have to go live in their parents' basement real. >> winner is maj mitch mcconnell who for the first time has a republican house, republican senate and republican in the white house. and people owe him a huge debt of democrat tuesday because if he had not held up merrick garland it would not have made the supreme court nominee in the election. those republicans would not have come back. >> quickly loser. >> loser bernie sanders because he blew it. he had it and he blew it. >> next up on this veterans day. the oldest survivor pearl harbor.
uniform who have kept this country free and secure. today at arlington national cemetery we had a chance to talk with the oldest living pearl harbor survivor is he raymond chavez. he is 104 years old. >> when we many come into the harbor. i will admit i cried. it bothers me allot. it's been 5 been 75 years. the men and women that are buried here, i think they did a wonderful job, whatever they did, they was really excellent. and i never have gotten through all the things that they did. >> thank you for your service, mr. chavez. that's it for this "special
report." fair, balanced and unafraid. tucker carlson tonight starts monday. "on the record" starts right now. thank you for all of those who served in the u.s. military. hello, everyone, i'm tucker carlson, not really. i promise you my buddy will be here monday for the debut of tucker carlson tonight. we have a lot to debut for this edition of "on the record." tears for fears 80's wonder. meltdown of social liberals on social media fearful about the election of donald trump. on college campuses tears are still flowing over our president-elect. in honor of brit hume we have a special edition of campus craziness tonight. i may end the show with few mean tweets to send brit off. did you hear about the ceo who told employees they agreed witagree if they agreed h