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>> that's right. did he survive that scandal? looks like he did. >> it four times. if you had done it four times it would have been over. set your dvrs, never miss an episode of "the five," "special report" is up next, hello, bret. >> bret: hello greg. president trump frames his conversation with his ukrainian counterpart concerning joe biden and his son as a corruption issue, not a political one with no print." elizabeth warren overtakes biden in a new poll in the 2020 democratic presidential nomination and climate activists and traffic to a standstill here in washington. to call attention to a global summit at the united nations. this is "special report" ." ♪ good evening, welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. no quid pro quo, that's the word today from president trump about his july phone call with ukraine's new leader, framing the call in terms of corruption, not politics, the president
saying he wants to ensure people like joe biden and his son hunter do not contribute to the corruption problem in ukraine. the former vice president, meantime, says it is a baseless political smear and likely an abuse of power on that call. congressional democrats are demanding a transcript of the phone call and access to the whistle-blower complaints that started this controversy. and that summer making a renewed push toward impeachment proceedings. we have fox team coverage tonight. kristin fisher is on capitol hill as impeachment is once again a hot topic there. doug mckelway here at the d.c. bureau with a look at how the biden family business dealings have raised red flags and are again. we start off with chief white house correspondent john roberts traveling with the president in new york tonight to with dominic at the very latest. good evening john. >> after first refusing to talk about it, president trump at the united nations today now openly acknowledging that he did discuss joe biden and his son hunter with ukraine's president and the president defiant about
it, saying it was okay because he was talking about them in terms of reading ukraine of corruption. >> thank you very much. >> meeting with poland's president at the united nations today, president trump denied that there was any quid pro quo in his july 25th phone call with ukraine and president vladimir zelinski. >> did you tell the ukraine and later that they would have the aid only if the investigator joe biden and his family? >> no i didn't. i did not make a statement that you have to do this or not going to give you -- i wouldn't do that. >> sources tell fox news that the whistle-blower who filed the complaint with the intelligence community's inspector general did not have firsthand knowledge of that conversation. president trump suggested that to prove his point the white house may release at least a partial transcript of the phone call. >> i may do it, because it was a very intense and gnomic innocent called on both his part -- it was a very nice call from africa to see it and i hope you get to see it soon. >> president trump and white house aides are debating whether to do it.
there are fears releasing a transcript would be a dangerous precedent, a slippery slope that could lead to demands for other transcripts of other calls. >> i could do it very easily but i'd rather not do it. i don't think it's a great precedent to be releasing calls. >> critics of linking the president 's phone call to a meeting his attorney rudy giuliani had in august in spain with an aide. that meeting, about ukrainian interference on behalf of hillary clinton in 2016. the quickly turning to joe and hunter biden. >> wind of this morph into an investigation of joe biden and hunter biden, and is it appropriate -- >> that's the way you characterize it. >> that's the way it appears to line up buried >> no it doesn't. >> you went there for one thing, found out something else -- >> of the media line set up. >> president trump and rudy giuliani say if there was any quid pro quo it was joe biden. as vice president threaten to withhold $1.2 billion in lone guarantees to ukraine if a prosecutor investigating the natural gas company hunter biden was involved with wasn't fired.
in iowa, biden denying any wrongdoing. >> mr. vice president, how many times have you ever spoken to your son about his overseas business dealings? >> i've never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings. >> in the face of mounting calls for his impeachment, the president trying to flip the script to the bidens, insisting they are the ones who should be investigated. >> when you see the call you're going to be very surprised. joe biden is the one that did a very, very bad thing. joe biden, who is very dishones dishonest. >> the ukrainian foreign minister also weighed in on the call between presidents trump and zelinski. he would not get into the actual substance of it, he said there was no pressure from president trump for zelinski to do anything. if bret. >> bret: john, thank you, see you in new york tomorrow. the ukraine controversy is putting some congressional republicans and democrats in a tough spot. correspondent kristin fisher is on capitol hill with that part
of the story. >> senate minority leader chuck schumer is accusing republicans of being silent and submissive in the face of a whistle-blower complaint that has been labeled urgent and credible by a senior-level trump appointee. >> how long must we wait for our republican colleagues to rise up to their responsibilities to the constitution, separation of powers into rule of law when president trump brazenly violates that law. >> one republican is speaking out. senator mitt romney called the accusations troubling in the extreme, critical for the facts to come out. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he also wants more facts and less speculation about what exactly was set on the call but when president trump and the president of ukraine. >> i've been disappointed to see our college, the democratic leader, choose to politicize the committee's ongoing efforts with respect to a recent whistle-blower allegation.
>> schumer is now pressuring republicans to join democrats in demanding that the white house allow the whistle-blower's complaint to be delivered to congress, release the transcript of president trump's july 25th call with ukrainian president and identify the of administration officials directed $250 million of military aid to ukraine be delayed. the white house placed a freeze on the money after it was approved by congress in august, then lifted it in september. democratic leaders who have been wary of impeachment now say president trump may have given them no choice. >> that may be the only remedy that is coequal to the evil that that conduct represents. >> but republican senator lindsey graham remains focused on the president's possible 2020 opponent. >> i'm hoping someone at the department of justice will do for the biden-crane connection to the trump-russia connection. >> on thursday the acting director of national intelligence is going to be on capitol hill to testify for the house intelligence committee and
if he continues to keep this whistle-blower's complaint from congress, speaker pelosi is morning of a whole new stage of investigation into president trump, so she did stop short of actually using the word impeachment, bret. >> bret: kristin fisher live on capitol hill, thank you. more on this with the panel. there have long been whispers and concerns in washington and elsewhere about the business dealings of some of joe biden's family members. all of that is on public display. here is correspondent doug mckelway. >> two months after biden launched his latest run for the white house, the new yorker published what many saw as a preemptive inoculation for biden against his sun's troubles. in it, hunter biden acknowledges a long time struggle with cocaine, alcohol, and prostitution. it also details to questionable business deals, including a donation from a chinese businessman to a private equity firm hunter cofounded. the money donated days after the younger biden flew with his father to china aboard air force
two. >> when he comes back and eight days later the kid gets a billion dollars in his ridiculous private equity fund run by recovering drug addict -- >> a second private equity firm founded by biden received $3.4 million from ukrainian gas company. they also paid hunter up to $50,000 a month to sit on this board. giuliani says when ukrainian prosecutors investigated them for corruption, then vice president joe biden pressure the government to fire its head prosecutor. the biden camp maintains giuliani is wrong, that vp biden, as well as other western leaders in the international monetary fund want of the prosecutor fired because he wasn't aggressive enough in investigating the pro-russian head of natural resources, who also secretly headed them through shell companies. it was only after the ukraine government changed hands and a popular uprising that hunter biden was appointed to the board. >> there wasn't any kind of
scandal. the same kind of strict, strict rules. >> separately, james biden is also being sued for conspiracy to defraud a business partner. >> james biden would repeatedly try to leverage his brother joe biden's connections. >> biden and his family have denied any impropriety. >> i have never discussed with my son or my brother or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses, period. >> last may, hunter biden declined another term on paris' was bored. he told the new yorker that his board term was not worth it. "it certainly wasn't work the grief. bret. >> bret: doug, thank you, outside of all of this, joe biden has more trouble in the 2020 presidential race. he is no longer the unquestioned front runner in one key early voting state. correspondent peter doocy has the numbers tonight from dubuque i want. >> joe biden bristles at questions about his family's business ties and about his record. >> he also praised
vice president mike pence as a decent guy. >> your lovely person. >> and now he's lost his lead and i will. a new registered scene unfold shows that elizabeth warren is turning big crowds into big caucus support, warren is in first, biden is in second grade bernie sanders is in third grade >> we are still months away from the iowa caucuses in the first primary election. >> that's why pete buttigieg feels good about being fourth-place in iowa. >> i'm not too worried about a variation with that, especially where one in five people say they've made up their mind. >> just behind buttigieg in iowa, kamala harris. >> i don't know if you guys are, i'm planning on moving to iowa. [laughs] >> and cory booker. >> some of you might not know this but this big bald black guy from jersey, my roots are right here in des moines. >> booker's campaign made, it weighs more million dollars
after warning he's in a cash crunch. >> we won't have the resources to run a winning campaign unless we raise about $1.7 million. >> democrats are all trying hard to contrast themselves with trump, including in the wardrobe department. >> and armani suit is about $2,000 and you look like you're wearing about 250 worth of jcpenney. that's what the differences. >> actually it is kohl's, not jcpenney. [cheers and applause] >> still can't help a candidate qualify for a debate but there are new rules to qualify in november. the dnc announced today candidates will need 35,000 additional individual donors than they do now and they are going to have to pull better, an average of 3% nationally or 5% in early states to reserve a lecture infuriated bret. >> bret: peter doocy live with bernie sanders right behind him in dubuque, iowa. thanks. prosecutors say a u.s. army
shoulder stomach soldier shared by making instructions online and discussed killing activists and bombing a major news organization. national security correspondent jennifer griffin at the pentagon tonight with details of all of this, good evening, jennifer. >> good evening. specialist gerrit william smith is a 24-year-old active duty soldier assigned to fort riley kansas since june. he's charged with disturbing information on explosives and an fbi informant encountered smith on social media in march, the private first class allegedly shared by making instructions online, including how to make cell phone activated bombs. he apparently also expressed interest in going to ukraine to fight for a far right paramilitary group. his targets in the u.s. included a major news network headquarters, and teeth activists and democratic presidential candidate beto o'rourke. >> we have been sharing any information that's relevant with the fbi and are very confident in their ability to bring this
case to justice. >> these allegations violate our army values, so we taken very seriously, the army said in a statement. our law enforcement team cooperated with the fbi on his arrest over the weekend. private first class smith now faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. bret. >> bret: jennifer griffin live at the pentagon, thanks. iran's foreign minister says the latest round of u.s. sanctions against his country has closed the door to negotiations with the u.s. the comment coming as both president trump and iran's president are taking part in activities at the united nations this week. correspondent trey yingst has the latest from our middle east newsroom. >> a war of words continues between the united states and iran. after days of tense rhetoric following an attack on a saudi arabian oil plant, iranian president hassan rouhani spoke today in tehran to unveil a new security coalition in the persian gulf.
>> this coalition is called the coalition for hope and all coastal countries of the persian gulf and hormuz region are invited to secure safety in the region. >> the plan would encounter an american initiative to build its own coalition and push back against iranian aggression. following the comments, he boarded a flight for u.n. general assembly in new york city where he will hold a series of talks this week. there is no planned meeting with the americans and while iranian foreign iranian foreign minister mohamed sharif said today that president trump closed the door on negotiations, the president did not rule them out. >> see what happens. we have a long way to go, we will see what happens. we're doing just fine, we are doing well with the economy. >> new sanctions on friday targeting the iranian central bank are the latest in a series of actions by the trump administration that have crippled iran's financial institutions, but failed to curb iranian aggression. this weekend, secretary of state mike pompeo's of the goal for the united states is to avoid
war, but his iranian counterpart said he wasn't sure war can be avoided. just over an hour ago, france, germany and britain, all countries that have worked to de-escalate tensions with iran, released a statement blaming the regime for the saudi oil plant attack with iranian resident hassan ronnie in new york city this week, there is an opportunity for diplomacy to prevail, though if it prevails, worried that a confrontation is inevitable. bret. >> bret: trey yingst. thanks. up next, we will have the ultimate vacation horror story for you. 600,000 travelers stranded all at once. we will bring you there. first, here's what some of our fox affiliates around the country covering. fox 4 in dallas where the trial begins for a white off-duty police officer who shot and killed a black neighbor. amber geiger said she thought the man was an intruder in her apartment. he was initially arrested and charged with manslaughter but the grand jury indicted for murder in november.
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♪ >> bret: first lady melania trump ran the opening bell of the new york stock exchange this morning. she was promoting her youth initiative, be fast, flanked by children from united nations international school. stocks were mixed today, the dow gained 15, the s&p 500 was off a fraction, the nasdaq dropped 5. hundreds of thousands of travelers are stranded tonight all over the globe and what is the mother of all vacation nightmare stories. if the british government is not
promising largest repatriation operation since world war ii to get 150,000 of its people back home. senior foreign affairs correspondent greg palkot explains in this story from london. >> global travel chaos, one of the oldest and biggest travel companies, the u.k.-based thomas cook tour operator going bust today, strained during hundreds of thousands of vacationers around the world. a million future bookings canceled. >> we've looked forward to this for a long time. if we are absolutely cottoned dumb i got it. >> annoyed that we left till the last minute. >> staging its biggest ever peacetime repatriation effort, hiring airplanes to get some 150,000 brits back home, including many in the united states at no added cost. >> we will be bringing home everybody, back to the u.k., as close as possible to their return date. >> 21,000 thomas cook employees in 16 countries working on its airlines, hotels and agencies, laid off when the company went
under. by last friday it was short $250 million. >> we have not been able to secure a deal to save our business. >> taking the blame, everything from brexit to bad weather, to regional political unrest. executive give millions, thomas cook was losing out, mostly the victim of modern travel patterns. people booking trips online themselves and shunning tour groups. >> in the end, huge amounts of debt, 1.7 billion pounds of debt in the country, and not really kept pace with the times. >> boris johnson acknowledged the company ask for bella. he replied, that's a lot of taxpayers money. and said no. bret. >> bret: greg palkot in london, thanks. officials from the u.s. and more than a dozen latin american countries met this afternoon to consider multilateral sanctions against venezuela. among the topics on the agenda, a range of punishments including
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some chained themselves to ladders, others used metal pipes and wires to lock onto a painted sailboat a few blocks away from the white house. d.c. metropolitan police say they arrested at least 26 protesters, most all their positions for hours, ignoring the honks of frustrated commuters and the heat -- police cut through the wires tie themselves together. >> the protesters had their arms through the pipe just over here, the one with the duct tape dangling off of it. they slashed the tires, all of it meant to be an effort to slow down police efforts to remove the group. it has taken place about two hours to get to where they are now. >> the key demand? a green new deal that moves the u.s. economy to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030 and phases out all possible fuel extractions. one critic said the protest itself is problematic, installing traffic only causes more pollution.
supporters say they voted, they called senators and this is their only option. >> we've been pushed to this point, it is very centralized in a few very wealthy hands, this crisis, but affecting those who are worse off. this is actually finally beginning to affect and get the attention of those who are in power. >> in northwest d.c., i'm ellison barber, fox news. >> bret: one of the potential casualties of the climate change initiative is the u.s. coal industry. tonight correspondent dan springer takes us to one montana town where a way of life may soon come to an end. >> coal strip montana with its massive coal-fired power plant and rich coal mine is definitely from country. as a candidate, he promised a call revival. >> we are going to put the miners back to work, we are going to put the minors back to work. >> even with scrapping the obama era clean power plan and pledging $39 million to make coal plants cleaner, since president trump took office, u.s. coal consumption has hit a 41 year low and coal plant
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incomes and safe streets. everyone here is somehow connected to coal. they don't want to leave. >> these people go to work every day. if it's 20 or 30 below, they are there. and you're going to have power. you're going to have heat. >> the city is now bracing for even much worse news, which some expect to come in the next decade. the closing down of units three and four, which would mean the end of coal generation here, the end of all coal mining, and likely the end of a town that's been powering northwest for the last century. bret buried >> bret: dan springer in montana tonight, thanks. president trump says his concern about joe biden's son and ukraine had to do with corruption, not politics, and there was no quid pro quo according to the president. we will get reaction from the panel when we come back. ♪ shrimp yeah!
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i know trump deserves to be investigated. he is violating every basic norm of a president. you should be asking him the question, why is he on the phone with a foreign leader trying to intimidate a foreign leader if that's what happened. >> there was no quid pro quo. there was nothing. >> we had a perfect phone call with the president of ukraine. everybody knows it, it's just a democrat witch hunt, here we go again. if a republican ever did what joe biden did, if a republican ever said what joe biden said, they'd be getting the electric chair by right now. >> bret: president trump dealing with this phone call, the focus of a lot of questions. if we don't know what was said specifically, we haven't seen the transcript or the complaint by this whistle-blower. the president turning to joe biden and his son hunter biden and their activities in ukraine. biden describing going there and getting rid of a prosecutor, take a listen. >> i said you're not getting a billing, i'm going to be leaving
here, i think was about six hours, i said i'm leaving in six hours, if the prosecutor is not fired, you're not getting the money. he got fired. [applause] >> bret: a good story about the connections here. this is a follow-up. hunter biden has not been accused of legal wrongdoing related to his work for this oil company, which paid him as much is $50,000 per month in some months for his service on the board of directors. starting in 2012, mr. -- the ukrainian oligarch has faced a series of accusations including money laundering, comic money laundering and tax fraud. when he joined the board, hunter biden had no experience in ukraine. he has a professional history, including a number of roles that intersected with his father's political career. did joe biden's push to remove the prosecutor help hunter biden's employer? allies were relieved by the dismissal of the prosecutor. at the prosecutor was ouster mr. biden had sought according
to people familiar with the situation. he was not aggressively pursuing investigations into him or buries one, but the oligarch's allies say he was using the threat to try to solicit bribes from his team and that left the oligarch steam weary of dealing with the prosecutor. want to take some time and read from "the new york times," fact-checking on all of this. let's bring in our panel. chris stirewalt, politics editor at fox news. susan page, washington bureau chief at usa today, and katie pavlich, news editor at townhall.com. they're kind of two pieces to this, the president pushing back hard today, susan, on this phone call. >> that's right. there is a move now, the president suggested maybe he will release the transcript of the phone call. i think there's some good reasons why he shouldn't do that. >> bret: being that foreign leaders -- >> foreign leaders expect to have a confidential conversation with the president. he has less of a defense without sending to congress for
congressional oversight, the whistle-blower's complaint. at the law says that if it's credible and urgent, which the inspector general for the intelligence community has said, it needs to go to the congress and if that doesn't happen on thursday when the acting director of national intelligence is scheduled to testify before congress, we are going to have a real conflict. >> bret: and this is starting the impeachment talk again. here's the president and adam schiff. >> how seriously are you taking these -- >> not at all seriously. >> this would be an extraordinary remedy, remedy of last resort, not first resort, but if the president is essentially withholding military aid at the same time that he is trying to browbeat a foreign leader into doing something illicit, that is providing dirt on his opponent during a presidential campaign, then that may be the only remedy that is coequal to the evil that conduct represents and we may very well have crossed the rubicon here.
>> bret: chris? >> evil. the president is making it really hard on democrats who don't want to impeach him. they want to have impeachment light, they want to have movement so they can say to their base we care, we are engaged. he's making a pretty hard on them because this is -- if this is so, if this is true, if the president used his office to coerce a foreign leader into getting dirt on his political rival for muster political purposes, that's a stinker, that's a big problem and it makes it harder for nancy pelosi and her leadership team to push back on democrats who want to go now. >> bret: the president said probably three times today no quid pro quo, i hope you see the transcript. he's pointing to the bidens and what did or didn't happen with them. you heard the former vice president say he had never talked to hunter biden. hunter biden in a new yorker piece is quoted as saying that he did discuss burisma with his
father and what he was doing there. >> politicians using words like never usually don't pan out for them in the long run and he will probably have to walk that back when it comes to more investigation into this. but we are in a bit of a situation of playing telephone here. we now know according to fox news reporting that the whistle-blower in question didn't actually see or hear this conversation take place firsthand, so my question is no okay, the person who told the whistle-blower, who did see it allegedly, are they then going to come forward? the fact is that we don't have enough information to make a decision. chuck grassley used to be the chairman of the judiciary committee, today spent his entire career protecting -- passing new laws that them extra protection when they want to come forward and expose things so national security is not put at risk. he came out today saying look, we don't have all the facts, there's been a lot of speculation about the story and also a lot of speculation with the russia situation as well.
we don't want to go back down that road. should the ig recommendation be denied in the future? no, that's not something we should be doing as a precedent here, but we do want to make sure that we are protecting national security and not getting into a political argument of this and just one more thing, when it comes to credibility here, adam schiff has a lot less credit ability when donald trump when it comes to the accusations that he's been making for the past two years that never came true about evidence hiding in plain sight, about the president colluding with the russians and the mueller probe completely blowing all of his accusations out of the water. >> bret: so what about that? is there a danger on that side, susan, for democrats as they kind of go down this path. it seems more and more of them are, as chris mentioned, getting closer to launching impeachment proceedings. >> i think we are hearing a little more of that. adam schiff was an important voice yesterday saying he may be changing his mind on impeachment. that's important, because he's the chairman of the intelligence committee, because he's close to
nancy pelosi. but they're not there yet. and i think they look at -- one of the problems that democrats have now is they don't actually need the whistle-blower complaint, although the law says the whistle-blower complaint is supposed to go to congress and they don't need the transcript, they have the president of united states and his personal attorney saying that they raised these issues with the new president of ukraine, urging him to investigate the president's political rival here and that in itself is a really serious question that shouldn't be lost with this debate over exactly what information is going to come forward. >> bret: what we're going to say? >> on much of the president has admitted that he specifically called for an investigation. he said they discussed joe biden. what rudy giuliani saying is one thing but the president has not directly said i talked to the president of ukraine and wanted an investigation graded he has certainly been talking about the allegations against joe biden and his son hunter in the business dealings there, but he
hasn't admitted to calling for an investigation and response. >> bret: there is a shift in the force on twitter and elsewhere where the focus is less on the phone call and more on what giuliani did in ukraine, suggesting that maybe -- who knows, if the phone call comes out or not. i do want to point out one of the thing that happened and largely was overlooked over the weekend. >> you can hear the heartbeat of this great partnership in the celebration of the world's two largest democracies. >> the ties between our two nations are grounded in our common values and our shared commitment to democracy. we are free nations with great faith and a fierce devotion to our national independence. >> bret: that was quite something, chris. the prime minister of india in a
campaign-style event in houston that was -- world leaders don't usually get treated to and that was quite something. >> and trump has been very good about courting the indian-american vote. in 2016 he cut special videos, heated fund-raisers. these are one of the few groups -- blocks of nonwhite voters that republicans have some access to and they live in a lot of key states and they live in a lot of key districts, so trump has been on this issue of the growing political force of the indian-american community and this was a big day for that. >> bret: there were some sound bites from the prime minister. next up. if a new leader in iowa among 2020 democrats. ♪ if you have moderate to severe psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, little things can be a big deal. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream. it's a pill that treats differently. for psoriasis, 75% clearer skin is achievable,
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primary election. >> bret: she said she doesn't do polls, but something tells me she follows them because there's a new one out in iowa from "the des moines register" and cnn that has elizabeth warren up. at margin of error, it's essentially tied but the first polls showing her up there. if you look to this poll, the favorability rating among the three democrats -- and this is striking too, 75% favorable for elizabeth morgan and there you see the top three. here's the real clear politics average of recent polls. national iowa and new hampshire and you see warren on the rise in iowa and obviously in striking distance in new hampshire. back with the panel, chris, and shift or what we've been seeing? >> iowa should be very good for elizabeth warren. it's voting population is older, it's whiter, it's more liberal, and because it's a caucus system, it relies on the most activated and engaged voters. why bernie sanders did well there, because the party
fostered his liberal base constituted in iowa, should line up well for elizabeth warren. the question that remains for her, does she have appeal with the democratic party fostered is a real base, mostly people of color outside of lily white states like iowa and new hampshire. >> bret: susan. >> if i was a good fit for elizabeth warren, so is new hampshire. they like and if it's from neighboring states, like massachusetts or vermont and this is a problem for joe biden, because of joe biden a posthumous mind a mental argument is that he's the electable candidate, can he lose the first two contests and maintain his strength in south carolina? that's where he's really counting on his strength among minority voters to carry him. >> bret: rudy giuliani never made it to florida. so candidates traditionally waiting on states doesn't really -- >> waiting on states is not a strategy. want to be winning from the beginning even if it means you can get through to the end. iowa is set up just like elizabeth kann worked on my corn campaign is. meeting with people, she's been
doing the work and therefore she is seeing results. joe biden now is trying to distinguish himself from elizabeth warren, took another shot at her over the weekend, in iowa on her medicare for all support of bernie sanders plan because she doesn't actually have her own plan that's laid out in black and white but he pointed out look, you can be a phony and save your taxes are going to go up, you should just be honest about it. but when it comes to likability, that's one big thing joe biden has going for him with the democratic base and if she can pass them on that in addition to her policy positions, is going to be in a bad spot and he could do more campaigning. they're kind of hiding him, he has to do more and work just as hard as she is if he's going to to win at the nomination. >> bret: may be more interviews. we bask in here on speed 27 but he hasn't taken us up yet. cory booker saying you don't want to be the front runner at this point, but here he is talking about fund-raising. >> argued in the best two fund-raising days of our campaign so far, well over 10,000 people have responded to this challenge. the fourth quarter is when you
grow and if we don't have the money to grow, we're not going to be able to stay competitive in this race and in my opinion i don't want to stick around if i'm not in this to win it. >> bret: this memo comes out and says if he doesn't get 1.7 million he's out and they've been raising a lot of money. based on the memo. >> the national lampoon cover, should this talk, give me the money or i will have to quit. that's a desperation play, but it's reflective of what's about to happen, what's going on in the field and what's going to continue to happen. we are reaching finally a period with is the possibility for some real substantive change in the competition because as the two presenters, three presenters drop out, as they go home, eventually beto o'rourke wife is going to make him come home i imagine, she will say it's time, -- >> bret: of the drum set at home too. >> exactly. as those candidates watch out, their vulture gets reapportioned and that's where biden's opportunity to hold the line is to hold on to that as it comes to him. >> bret: the question, susan, very quickly, if biden starts to
slip, is there another biden lane person that fits that mold that offers an alternative to warner sanders? >> pete buttigieg has been the one that's been the best so far. kamala harris has been somewhat disappointing in that regard after two disappointing debate performances, with a surprise to me is how strong elizabeth warren has been and how she has become the alternative to joe biden, at least at the moment. she is not -- she has not attacked people, she's also not been attacked by people. that's changing out. when you start to lead in iowa you become the target for other candidates. >> bret: we will see with the sanders people do. when we come back, a new definition for a basketball assist. ♪ receding gums, and possibly... tooth loss. help turn back the clock on gingivitis with parodontax. leave bleeding gums behind. parodontax.
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during recess the students giving props for playing a great game. the video going viral. and that's good. that's it for this "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid, "the story" guest hosted by my friend harris faulkner starts right now. >> good to see you, bret, thank you. breaking tonight, as we speak, about a mile from the studio here in new york city at a hotel right across from the united nations, iran's president puts on a us on a hunting is sd to be meeting with french president . the situation is escalated by the minute and the french president is trying to mediate. a short time ago president trump said no thank you. >> we don't need a mediator. iran wants to do something and i don't think we need a mediator. he's a friend of mine, but we are not looking for any mediators. they know who to call. >> thanks for joining us, i'm harris faulkner in prime time tonight for martha maccallum