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recommendations? >> greg: yes, a lot people on atkins. >> kimberly: never miss an episode of "the five." "special report" up next. >> bret: thank you. this is a fox news alert. and bret baier in washington. officials in miami still do not know how many people were killed this afternoon when a 950-ton pedestrian bridge collapsed at florida international university. we are told eight cars were trapped under the structure and eight victims transported to hospitals. it is of course the second major tragedy to hit that south florida region and a little more than a month. correspondent phil keating is live on the scene in miami. good evening. >> good evening. nearby kendall regional hospital reporting they have ten patients they are treating. two of them in critical condition. we still do not know the number of dead and the number of people they believed to be still trapped and possibly alive underneath the rubble of the
pedestrian bridge behind me. you can take a zoom in and see one of the eight vehicles sticking out from underneath the pancake section of this massive bridge. just assembled on saturday. it was supposed to open to the public. pedestrians only in december. miami-dade fire as well as police officials briefed reporters at about 4:30. they emphasized that this is an absolute catastrophe. >> technicians on the scene. we have live search dogs working it. we have a heavy equipment. four cranes and operators. we are in full search and rescue mode. >> what was soon to become and i cannot connection between the city and the university has turned out to be a tragedy. our hearts are extended to those come of the victims that were
able to be transported as well as those that may not be walking away. >> the bridge, 174 feet long. it was assembled on florida international university property along the road. southwest eight street. on saturday they hoisted it up and rotated 90 degrees to drop it onto its support beams on the south and north sides of the very busy artery here in southwest miami. we did also speak with a man whose friend was crossing the street when suddenly this bridge collapsed. >> my childhood friend, he was crossing us the bridge was coming down and it hit him. he was rushed to the hospital. i don't know. i am just so worried. he was crossing the street the moment the bridge was coming down. i don't know -- i don't know really. he was severely injured. >> this was supposed to be a pedestrian bridge on the scale
of landmark status, as the skyway bridge in tampa. the same construction company involved in both projects. fiu is on your screen left. sweetwater municipality on screen right. those are new dorm towers. several thousand people live across the street were planning to use this bridge. it was supposed to be a bridge to the future. today is an absolute catastrophe. >> bret: phil keating in miami. thanks. we'll head back for details. meantime cold war era animosity heating up tonight in world capitals across the globe, including here. trump administration has pulled the trigger on extensive penalties for russia over election meddling we've been hearing about for months. and sophisticated cyber attacks on the u.s. electrical grid and infrastructure. we are just learning about. the west is also standing together, blaming russia for the nerve agent attack on a former kremlin spy in great britain.
we have fox team coverage. amy kellogg is live in moscow tonight. we begin with chief white house correspondent john roberts. good evening. >> good evening. the president has said repeatedly it's better to work with russia that it is to work against them. today he was forced to work against them. in a rare rebuke to russia, president trump joined with u.k. prime minister theresa may condemning last week's nerve agent attack in britain, pointing the finger squarely at vladimir putin. >> it's a very sad situation. looks like the russians were behind it. something that should never, ever happen, and we are taking very seriously. >> the white house acknowledges it was relying on british analysis of the attack against former russian spy serge skripal and his daughter. left open the question whether president trump will follow the u.k. in penalizing the kremlin. >> i can't get into the specifics on potential threats but we are going to continue to work with our ally the
united kingdom and in close coordination with them moving forward. we will keep you posted. >> treasury department imposed penalties on 13 russians indicted by robert mueller for meddling in the u.s. election. treasury blocked access to property in the u.s. financial system for them. five companies that supported their activity, and another six people the uss were acting on behalf of the russian government. on capitol hill, applause for the move from president trump's republican colleagues. >> somebody said mr. putin wakes up every day wondering where the united states is having problems and wonders, how can i make it worse? this sort of thing needs to be responded to, needs to be punished. >> senate minority leader who is fiercely criticized the president for not imposing sanctions, found a way to criticize him for imposing them. chuck schumer sang the sanctions prove mueller's investigation is not a witch hunt as the president and his allies have claimed. it's more clear than ever that the president must not interfere
with the special counsel's investigation in any way. at the same time treasury was announcing sanctions, dhs and fbi warned russian hackers are trying to infiltrate the american energy grid. had his confirmation hearing to leave the national security agency, a lieutenant general painting it as a matter of grave concern. >> the entire defense of our electric system is of great concern to me. i'm aware this been reporting with regards to elements within our systems, that is something that should could concern all of us. >> in the oval office with ireland's prime minister, president trump weighed in on personnel changes. shooting down chatter that more cabinet and staff departures are imminent. >> there will always be change but very little. it was a very false story, very exaggerated, very exaggerated and false story. but there will always be change.
i think you want to see change. i want to also see different ideas. >> one potential personnel change the white house is watching closely, the attorney general's decision whether to fire fbi deputy director andrew mccabe before he retires on sunday. >> that's a determination that we would leave up to attorney general sessions. we do think it's well-documented that he has had some very troubling behavior. and by most accounts, a bad actor who should have some cause for concern. >> the trump organization today was pushing back against a report that the mueller investigation is taking a new twist by issuing the trump organization a subpoena, asking for documents related to russia and other issues. people familiar with the investigation says the trump organization has been providing documents to mueller for months. an attorney and a statement saying "since july 2017, we have advised the public that the trump organization is fully cooperative with all
investigations, including the special counsel and is responding to their request. this is old news and our assistance and cooperation with the investigations remains the same today." >> bret: john roberts, thank you. u.s. and its allies are ganging up on russia over the poisoning of a former spy. the kremlin is promising retaliation tonight. senior foreign affairs correspondent amy kellogg is once again in moscow. >> the u.k. and its allies, the u.s., germany and france, presented a united front, statement of solidarity, saying they all agree with britain's assessment that russia was responsible for the attack on a russian double agent and his daughter. it said in part "this use of a military grade nerve agent of a type developed by russia constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in europe since the second world war," adding "it's an assault on u.k. sovereignty and breach of international law." the day after announcing
punitive measures against russia, british prime minister theresa may visited saulsberry where sergei skripal and his daughter were mysteriously poisoned march 4. russia saying it will expel british diplomats in response to the removal of the diplomats. russian officials say they british prime minister, weakened by troubles negotiating brexit is simply trying to build strength by lashing out at russia. >> translator: we are ready to return in partnership with the european union when our european neighbors lose interest in following american-russian phobic tendencies. >> this is atrocious and outrageous what russia did. we have responded. frankly, russia should go away. it should shut up. >> his comments may fuel the russians argument that britain
is provoking them. bret, the russian ministry of defense felt compelled to answer the comment tonight, issuing a statement decrying the british defense secretary, the coarse language, something they said perfectly characterizes his "intellectual impotence." no one here expects this furthering sense of siege in russia is going to have any negative impact on president vladimir putin's popularity. >> bret: amy kellogg come alive in moscow. thank you. let's get reaction to the news involving russia, the latest to the investigation surrounding russia in the u.s. senate judiciary committee chairman chuck grassley and member lindsey graham. i sat down with them this afternoon in the judiciary committee hearing room on capitol hill and started by asking about the administration's new sanctions against russia.
>> glad to know it's happening and secondly, because of the tort 2016 election of a good reason for doing it but there's plenty of reason for doing otherwise. all you have to think about is ukraine and their interference in the baltics. georgia and crimea and all that. they are trying to recreate a soviet state and we have got to put a stop to it. >> i can't say much better. 98-2 vote in the senate. we can't agree on much of anything but 98 senators voted for the sanctions. up until today they had not been implemented by the administration. clearly the assassination in great britain had an effect here. this was a nerve agent associated with the russian military. clearly russia was involved here. i'm very pleased. but we need to do more. >> bret: you on the committee have released a series of letters today calling for a special counsel, another special counsel. why? >> i would like to suggest to
you that you use the word special counsel because that's what it is. we are thinking in terms of a special counsel to work with the inspector general. we have all kinds of confidence in the inspector general's work. we know he's a good person. we know he is doing good work. he digs in deep. he's got a staff of maybe 400 but he doesn't have the capability of working with people that have left the justice department. he can only bring in those people that are already in government to investigate. this special counsel working in a team, i want to emphasize the word team, with the inspector general, will give them the tools he needs to get all the information that we are asking him to get. we sent him 30 questions we want investigated. >> bret: >> bret: there's a lotf questions in here. are you seeing things that are red flags for you, that you've seen that are not getting answered? >> number one, chairman grassley has done a very good job of looking at all things russia.
we have had hearings in our community about how russia operates. we have brought in sally yates and john clapper and a bunch of people who are worried about the trump campaign association with the russians. we haven't found any evidence of collusion but mueller is doing his job. the chairman and i have looked close at the fbi investigation of the clinton email scandal and i have come away believing it was shoddily done. there were conflicts of interest in political bias that may have resulted in giving clinton a pass. the steele dossier was paid for by the democratic party and fusion gps, mr. christopher steele had associates in russia they could have easily compromised him. we believe the fisa warrant process was abused. the reason we want a special counsel as i think crimes may have been committed. mr. christopher steele was sued in may of 2017 in great britain
for libel. someone sued him in british court. in response to the lawsuit he admitted in british court that he had talked to media outlets in september of 2016 about the dossier. the p.i. told the fisa court all through 2016 that mr. christophr steele had no contacts at all with the media when it comes to shopping around the dossier. we have a filing in british court for a lawyer for mr. steele who admits to talking to the worldwide media in september of the same the fbi was using him as a confidential informant. somebody needs to look and see whether or not, who he is lying to. >> we will give him the tools to do it because they cannot be counted on to investigate themselves. it's kind of common sense. if you do something wrong, you don't have the fox guarding the
chicken house. >> the number four pick orson -- number four person, bruce ohr's wife worked for fusion gps. the informant the fbi was using on the payroll of the democratic party, there is no in the world he should have interacted with mr. steele because his wife worked for the same organization. somebody other than the people in charge today need to look at what they did yesterday. >> bret: do you think andrew mccabe should be fired before he retires? >> i am not sure i want to make that judgment right now. >> bret: do you think it could happen? >> i have great respect for the office of professional responsibility, and they have found something grossly wrong. i'm not going to draw a line on what should be done about it. >> bret: something could happen. >> we have raised enough questions about him over a period of time and i suggest that he ought to be fired.
>> the punishment for violating the law should be you lose your job. if he in fact did authorize fbi agents to talk to the media and lied about it. >> bret: seeing what you've seen, you think he did. >> i don't know. here's what i do know. the fbi and department of justice were corrupt when it came to handling the email investigation of clinton and the entire fisa warrant application process was abused. one last thing. not one democrat seems to care about this. >> why did we start out with this? trump-russia was the start but you follow the facts and the facts led us to there's a lot of things done in the previous administration. today i was criticizing my committee by democrats, why are we interested in the previous administration? well, if there is political interference in the justice department, the fbi in one administration and that's what we were looking into, wouldn't
it be natural that it's wrong in the previous administration? >> bret: the president said today stories about a major shake-up in his administration are wrong, overwritten. clearly he is considering some additional changes, including what's already happened with rex tillerson. if he did fire jeff sessions, how would that go over in the judiciary committee? >> i would only answer this way. unless you push me on it. i don't think he should be fired. >> bret: i will push you wanted. >> the chairman has done a wonderful job getting nominees out of the committee with a lot of obstruction. if you had to replace the attorney general jeff sessions with somebody new, it would blow the place up. it would be seen as an effort to undermine the mueller investigation. i think jeff sessions has done a good job. >> bret: have you heard plans to do it? >> i have people in journalism like you asking this and i give the same answer to you. remember, this administration has enough to do.
there's 100 vacancies in the court now that my committee has to deal with. we don't have time to deal with a lot of things that are going fairly smoothly. >> one last thing about what brought us here today. if the shoe were on the other foot, can you imagine how the media would be reacting. if you found the lead investigator of an investigation had a political bias against clinton and for trump, that if there was a dossier used by the fbi to get a fisa warrant and the republican party paid to a foreign agent to go to russia to get information on hillary clinton, how they would be behaving today. all i can say to my democratic colleagues, i have supported mueller having the independence to do his job. but if you don't think it's wrong for the fbi to use of paid political informant and present a dossier that's been unverified, then i disagree. the bottom line here, folks,
what the fbi and doj did in terms of investigating clinton and the initial investigation regarding the trump campaign, it really bothers me, and i want somebody other than a politician looking at it. >> bret: chances you can get a special counsel in addition to what's already there? >> i will be shocked if somebody doesn't see the inherent conflict in the department of justice regarding investigating itself. high probability. >> i'm going to use as much leverage as i can and i think i have a lot to get the job done. 's >> bret: senators, we appreciate the time. top democrat in the house and sits -- insists. forget half measures against north korea. top u.s. commander in the pacific says he is ready to do "the whole thing." that's max. -- that's next.
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♪ >> bret: we are getting our first look at some of the images from the florida school massacre in parkland one month then one day ago. the security video shows of florida sheriff's deputy and staff member rushing toward the building while deputy scot peterson stays outside parties faced heavy criticism for not going n. peterson retired rather than except a suspension. a florida judge ruled earlier this week for multiple news organizations to release this video. navy trying to learn what caused the crash of a fighter jet yesterday. the pilot and weapons officer rejected by did not survive. the plane went down in shallow water about a mile east of the runway near key west. the aircraft crew was based out of the naval air station oceana
in virginia beach, virginia. house minority leader nancy pelosi says she does not believe the apparently victorious democratic candidate in this week's pennsylvania special election ran against he her. president trump is also trying to shake off any residue from a republican defeat. correspondent molly line reports again tonight from western pennsylvania. >> after wholeheartedly backing the g.o.p. candidate in pennsylvania special election, president trump has weighed in on state rep rick saccone's likely loss to democratic opponent conor lamb. >> second amendment, everything. i love the tax cuts. >> while lamb actually campaigned against the trump tax cut, he did back the new tariffs and sought to avoid alienating his supporters. >> he ran on a campaign, said very nice things about me in. i kept saying, is he a
republican? >> lamb worked to distance himself from minority leader nancy pelosi, a strategy that some are eyeing. >> i think he ran on his positive agenda. demonizing me as the leader of the democratic party, i just wanted him to win that good i don't think that really had that much impact on the race. >> republicans are taking steps toward a potential recount looking into allegations of irregularity. west moreland border rosemary claims. >> he knew i was going to vote republican. i pushed the republican vote, straight party. immediately a yellow check mark came up on the democrat. he helped me turn it around. >> election officials say calls came in throughout the day for
recalibration. the machine she used along with one other was ultimately replaced. saccone has yet to concede but he has announced he intends to run in the newly redrawn 14th congressional district in november which would include some of the ground he won in this race. bret. >> bret: interesting. molly line, thank you. stocks were mixed today. dow gained 115.5. sb. s&p 500 lost 2. nasdaq dropped 15 bread up next, the nominee to head the national security agency, the nsa, on the threats to the u.s. from russia. here's what some of our fox affiliates around the country are covering tonight. fox 29 in philadelphia. prosecutors drop all assault charges against members of a now closed penn state fraternity in the hazing death of a pledge. steering defendants the most serious allegations and he had faced. the attorney general's office will continue to pursue involuntary manslaughter charges against four members of the fraternity in the death of tim
piazza. kansas city, another dog problem for united airlines. a family pet that was supposed to be on the flight from oregon to kansas city ended up in japan. united says it's investigating. it's already under scrutiny for the death of a dog placed in an overhead bin during a flight to new york. this is a live look at detroit from our affiliate fox 2. one of the big stories there tonight, state health officials confirm the first case of measles in michigan this year. they say a traveler who flew into the new detroit airport was contagious. health officials are warning people who visited that airport as well as ones in memphis, newark, new jersey, that they may have been exposed to measles. that is tonight's live look outside the beltway from "special report." we will be right back.
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>> bret: is a fox news alert. we're just getting word from sources at the pentagon and in theater that a u.s. black hawk helicopter has gone down in western iraq. details are sketchy. there were u.s. personnel on board. we don't know what brought down the black hawk helicopter, whether it was a crash or it was brought down by enemy fire of some kind. we do know that rescue operations are currently underway. we don't have specific details of how many may be injured or killed. if there are fatalities they will be the first fatal u.s. aviation crash since the u.s. has been operating against isis in iraq and syria. a black hawk helicopter down in western iraq. we will bring you more details as we get them here on fox news. the prospective head of one of the country's leading intelligence agencies as russian interference in this fall's midterm elections will continue
unless changes are made. he is also a warning against other bad intentions from the kremlin. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge tells us more. >> the president's choice to head the national security agency said the russians are added again. >> would you agree with that assessment that russia interfered in the elections? in light of their success in those efforts, do you expect further interference by russia? >> mr. vice chairman, i agree with the 2017 assessment. >> that statement appears to put general nakasone at odds with house committee republicans are found insufficient evidence to conclude russians election interference was designed to help candidate donald trump. with surveillance under scrutiny by republicans, nakasone is pressed by democrats. >> you are asked to avoid the court based on some kind of
secret legal analysis. >> i would consult with the committee and how that discussion. i would follow the law and ensure that the agency follows the law. >> with sanctions imposed on russia, lawmakers wanted more information about the possible compromise of computer-controlled networks >> the electric grid is not only vulnerable but from public reports, there are efforts to p. >> senator, the entire defense of our electric system is of great concern to me. >> the committees republican chairman said lawmakers would move quickly to confirm the general. >> i think you are the right person at the right time. i think your ability to understand whether the technical logical changes in asset to you or a liability. >> the nominee said smartphone tracking software and fitbit technology compose operational security threats. he will assess the risks once
confirmed as the next nsa director. >> bret: the head of u.s. pacific command on capitol hill said today there are no limited preemptive military options when it comes to dealing with north korea. admiral terry harris scoffed when asked about a so-called bloody nose strategy against north korea. here is jennifer griffin. >> north korea remains our most urgent security threats. >> u.s. military continuing to place maximum pressure on north korea, as diplomats scramble to find a place for president trump and kim jong un to meet. on capitol hill, the top u.s. commander in the pacific downplayed talk of limited u.s. military options. >> we have no bloody nose strategy. i don't know what that is. the press have run with it. we have to be ready to do the whole thing. we are ready to do the whole thing if ordered by the president. >> north korea's foreign minister stopped in beijing.
>> sweden could be one option. then we have the dmz zone which is that more likely option. kim jong un, will he be willing to travel? his father and grandfather were not willing to. >> neither kim jong un nor north korea have publicly acknowledged the offer to talk. >> we can't be overly optimistic on outcomes. we have to see where it goes. >> the u.s. military is moving forward with planned military exercises with south korea in two weeks. >> i don't think this year will be any different than those that have occurred in the past. >> admiral harris added that the u.s. underestimated the intentions of china who now has hypersonic weapons and a leader who could rule for decades. >> china's intent is crystal clear and we ignore it at our peril. >> the chinese consider admiral harris a hard-liner, even questioning whether his tough stance in the south china sea is
because his mother is japanese. bret, when it comes to diplomacy, it's never good to talk about someone's mother. >> bret: that's true. jennifer griffin live at the pentagon. thank you. up next, the u.s. lapse new sanctions on russia over election meddling and cyber attacks. new details there. we will get reaction from the panel next. ♪ we the people... are defined by the things we share. and the ones we love. who never stop wondering what we'll do or where we'll go next. we the people who are better together than we are alone...
♪ >> certainly looks like the russians were behind it. something that should never, ever happen, and we are taking it very seriously. >> it is absolutely atrocious and outrageous what russia did in salisbury. we have responded to that. frankly, russia should go away. it should shut up. >> it's time to impose serious political and economic consequences on moscow.
>> the united states is working together with our allies and partners to ensure this kind of abhorrent attack doesn't happen again. >> we are ready to return in partnership with the european union when our neighbors lose interest in following american-russian phobic tendencies. >> bret: big steps today and the trump administration, sanctioning 19 people, five organizations. 13 indicted by bob mueller in his investigation. what about this and also the russia investigation latest. let's bring the panel. jonathan swan, national political reporter for axios. mollie hemingway, senior editor at "the federalist." and olivia knox, washington correspondent. critics say because 13 of the 19 who were sanctioned by the administration today were from the mueller investigation, that the administration is essentially saying that the mueller investigation is a-ok. >> there are parts of the investigation i think nobody has a problem with.
the whole idea about investigation is to look into meddling in the u.s. election. the 13 indictments had everything to do with meddling. where people are concerned are when mueller goes far afield from the election and the narrow confines people understand as being a good thing to investigate. if people met old, they should be held accountable. not just by charging them with the crime nobody will ever see them take her spots billed for. sanctions or something like that. >> bret: is this the new take on russia on stepping up, what nikki haley said at the u.n., what we are seeing today? and the revelation of the cyber attacks on u.s. infrastructure, including the electrical grid. >> trump's instincts have always been strong on russia. they are key to solving the middle east problem, a good relationship with russia. but evidence upon evidence upon evidence has maybe not totally changed his mind but at least moved them away from where he was maybe six months ago.
certainly the team around him are fairly hawkish, particularly nikki hawkish. >> bret: here is sarah sanders today. >> something that russia is going to have to decide whether they will want -- they want to be a good actor or bad actor. you can see from the actions we've taken, we are going to be tough on russia until they decide to change their behavior. >> it's notable but not huge. a lot of the people who were announced today were already under american sanctions. under obama and an earlier wave of trump sanctions. the letter that accompanied it, it leaves the election meddling and vladimir putin's doorstep. the main military intelligence service was directly involved, that's important. the decision to reveal this infrastructure attack, that's going to get a lot of well-deserved headline. it's worrisome. they apparently had the ability to turn things on and off.
then the attribution and punishment for the malware that raced through europe i did tens of billions of dollars in damage. you're seeing a rhetorical escalation from the administration. we have yet to see the same escalation in the rhetoric from the president. >> bret: "new york times" had a piece today about the mueller investigation saying that mueller has subpoenaed the trump organization, demanding documents. mr. mueller ordered the trump organization to hand over all records related to russia and other topics. trump organization has said it never had real estate holdings in russia. witnesses interviewed by mr. mueller have been asked about a possible real estate deal in moscow. the trump organization meantime is saying they have been cooperating. and that they have been handing over documents. why a subpoena question! cooperation can go along with a subpoena. the investigation might want to
be very particular about what they're looking for to make sure they get everything, not just having it be a shared there is a political question here that we have been spending a lot of time investigating collusion with russia. whether the trump organization colluded with russia to steal an election. i'm not sure if there is a political appetite to look for a crime until you find one. that's how you do things in russia may be. not how you do things in americ america. >> bret: you heard earlier in the interviews, senators grassley and graham calling for another special counsel. >> yeah. i don't know the chances of that happening but i think the most significant thing about this story is the story itself and how the president of the united states will react to it. yes, maybe perhaps this cooperation has been going on quietly, but we know that when the president sees these stories on television, if you were going to write a story to get under his skin, you will write that
story. the story that mueller is delving into. trump set on the record to "the new york times" that that would be a red line, going into business dealing. i think the most interesting thing is the alchemy that creates. >> there's also the issue that this investigation began to look into collusion. we have these congressional investigations. they don't find collusion but what they do find -- if anyone has information on collusion, it will be great to get it out. but what you found out was that there were problems at the fbi and department of justice. there have been criminal leaks. fisa abuse another problems. we can't expect the fbi and department of justice to investigate themselves. whether or not media people care about the scandal of the century, the american people need answers for the problems at the fbi and apartment of justic justice. i don't see how else you restore the ability of these agencies and lets you have someone truly
independent who can investigate. >> bret: i want to turn what the president said, the stories of a big shake-up in the white house are overwritten, over exaggerated, fake news, whatever you want to call it. clearly he is looking at making other moves. we don't know when and how big. >> the president flatly denied, called it fake news, when there were reports he was looking to replace rex tillerson with mike pompeo which is exactly what has happened. it's true that sometimes the president will reach out to advisors outside the white house and tell him, what do you think with so-and-so? that translates into a lot of the stories that the president is considering dumping the following people. we have had enough chaos at this point that there is no reason to think there's not more coming. >> bret: deal buy that question! if you go to the white house now
and say i have reporting that h.r. mcmaster is on his way out, you would not get a lot of pushback. the common acceptance within the white house that at some point probably in the fairly near future, he's gone. but nobody is of 2 hours ago knew when that was going to happen and who is going to replace him. i still haven't written the h.r. mcmaster story is gone because it's been written every week for eight months. at some point it will be correct. i believe it will be correct fairly soon. but when the president talks like this openly come it doesn't necessarily mean he's going to act imminently. >> bret: the parlor games of washington. next up, the midterm elections. nancy pelosi in the future of the democratic party. would las. how long do you think we'll keep -- oooooohhh! you stopped! you're gonna leave me back here at year 9?
♪ >> they are coming after me because of my city and they are against lgbt end against poor children. that's been my mantra, the poor children in america i am here to support. yes, i am a liberal. republicans are saying he ran like a conservative. i wanted him to win. i don't think it had that much impact on the race. >> i have already set on the front page of the newspaper that i don't support nancy pelosi. >> bret: okay, the democrat looks like he's winning. conor lamb, the special election. if you look at the generic ballot as you get ready to head towards the midterms, the real clear politics average right now has democrats with the lead here plus roughly eight points. back with the panel.
jonathan, any democrat you talk to says these conservative democrats are going to run against nancy pelosi whether she says it or not. >> the public polling forces them. she is one of the most unpopular if not the most unpopular political figures in the country. republicans say we got two things this year: if we didn't have nancy pelosi, forget it. it wouldn't be a conversation about keeping the house. the other is the tax bill. >> bret: may be three things with hillary clinton in india. >> one of the places that our optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward in his whole campaign make america great again was looking backwards. you know, you didn't like black people getting rights. you don't like women getting jobs. >> bret: do you agree with hillary clinton and how she phrased the election? >> she won the popular vote.
i accept he is the president of the united states. what we are doing is looking forward to make sure we learn from our mistakes of the past oo organize everywhere. >> bret: not every democrat is reacting that way. claire mccaskill in a tough race in missouri. those are fighting words, reacting to hillary clinton's comments. they were expressing their frustration with the status quo. i may not have agreed with her choice but i certainly respect them and i don't think that's the way you should talk about any voter, especially the ones in my state. >> there are couple ways for the democrats to approach the election. the hillary clinton method. you'd dress half -- trash half the country. the other is what conor lamb did. his first ad, he was pictured with him within the air 15. he goes against pelosi. he doesn't attack social conservatives. that worked well for the democratic party. the problem is it's difficult to replicate that. rahm emanuel in 2006 did a
good job finding candidates who are just like conor lamb to pick off republican districts. in the same way that in pennsylvania they were picking someone, they picked conor lamb. usually it's the voters who's picking. in that case usually are going to pick someone much more extreme. >> bret: republicans are concerned. her senator flake. -- here is senator flake. we are testing the limits of trump-ism. we have to appeal to a broader electorate. if you can't win our race and a+-20 trump district, it's really going to be tough to win and purple states. >> bret: you can spin it but that's a fair statement. >> ultimately what everyone is telling us is the candidate
choice is enormously important. the new generic thing is important in general. but the conor lamb thing shows that how you pick a candidate matters a lot. alabama, on both sides. that's a really important thing to watch. i think you can't replicate -- you're not going to clone conor lamb nationally. >> bret: they would like to. >> the democrats used to have what they called a 50-state strategy. i think that's what they are going to try to do in this cycle. >> bret: hold on to the house, republicans? >> at this point i would say they narrowly lose. >> i agree. >> i'm not going to say they are going to hold the house. [laughter] >> bret: you are in the steve hayes seat. when we come back, a homecoming of sorts for the irish prime minister here in washington.
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♪ >> bret: finally tonight, irish prime minister leo randall cobb visited with president trump this afternoon, but it is not his first time in washington. he spoke to friends at a luncheon today about his time interning on capitol hill back in 2000, the prime minister worked as an intern for new york republican congressman jacqueline. one of his jobs was giving tours of the capitol building. >> ed was an experience for people coming and meeting an irish man with an indian name, but it seemed to work and i give a pretty mean to her, i reckon. >> bret: always love that luncheon, they are drinking guinness in the afternoon. varadkar says he received an american flag that flew over the
congressman's office that he keeps in his office in ireland, so there you go. happy st. patrick's day early. thanks everybody. that's it for tonight's "special report." fair, balanced, and unafraid, "the story" hosted by my friend martha maccallum starts now. >> martha: thank you, breaking tonight, we are about to get some brand-new information any moment now from miami. police and fire officials about to step in front of the microphone to give us an update to mn and washington, perhaps dueling news conferences on this this evening in response to the tragedy where a brand-new pedestrian walkway at florida international university of miami came crashing down onto a busy street below earlier today. this is a look at at the frantc search for survivors trapped still under the bridge this evening. rescuers using every thing from dogs to heavy equipment and cranes to try to