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donny. >> i didn't get the memo on checked shirt day. >> joe, did you learn anything? >> we've got to clean up our green room. donny has left a variety of stains in there. >> i look forward to seeing you on "meet the press" this sunday. >> if it's way too early, it's "morning joe." stick around, peter alexander has "the daily rundown." thanks for being with us this week. look forward to seeing you next week. breaking news as we speak, as a third american infected with the ebola virus arrives for treatment in nebraska. we are going to take you live to omaha for the very latest. it's also jobs day here and the new report out just minutes ago shows the economy added 142,000 jobs last month. that is the smallest increase this year. we will get the latest from the labor department and break down the numbers with moody's top analyst who says that he already expects these numbers will be revised higher. plus just a couple of hours from now president obama will
meet the press in wales, but he's also getting set for an exclusive one-on-one interview with nbc's chuck todd this sunday. we will get a preview with the new moderator of the longest running program in television history. good morning from washington. it is friday, september 5th, 2014. my dad's bittrthday, by the way. happy birthday, dad. i'm peter alexander. we begin with the news breaking and the ebola epidemic, the third american infected with the virus has now arrived at the nebraska medical center in omaha. he is 51-year-old dr. rick sacra. he landed just after 7:00 and was rushed to the medical center's specialized isolation unit. he got sick about a week ago while treating pregnant women in monrovia, liberia. he left the clinic's isolation unit by ambulance last night. he boarded the plane on his own and was said to be in good
spirits. sarah dolloff is joining us life. much like emory university where the first two americans were successfully treated, nebraska is uniquely trained to handle this illness but there's no longer of that experimental drug zmapp, so how does that change things going forward? >> well, it's obviously going to change the course of treatment, peter, but hopefully not the outcome. seven patients were treated with zmapp. five of them survived. that includes those two missionaries who were treated earlier this summer in atlanta. well, the company says now that they are out and it is going to take months to come up with a new supply so doctors are looking at new options, including potentially a blood serum from a patient who survived ebola. as for now they are evaluating dr. sacra's condition and keeping him hydrated, maintaining his blood pressure. he walked onto the plane in africa under his own power, huge
relief to his wife, but medical professionals caution it is a long flight and a lot can change, so they want to start from scratch here and evaluate his condition before proceeding. now, a team of 35 medical workers will oversee him here in this specialty isolation unit. it is the largest in the country with ten beds. it is safe and secure according to officials who say it has negative air pressure and a special filtration system. some people of course asking why are we not treating this third patient at emory university hospital in atlanta where it went so well with the first two patients. officials here say the state department told them they want to test the various facilities in the country that are equipped to hands someone with something as serious as ebola and that is what they are doing here. hopefully dr. sacra can see and speak with his family shortly via a video conference system in the specialty isolation unit. they are understandably anxious to check on him themselves. back to you.
>> sarah, thank you very much for that report from omaha. we'll check in with you as we learn more information about his status over the course of this day. also some developing news right now. we learned just moments ago that the august jobs -- or the august jobs report was weaker than expected. the unemployment rate did tick down to 6.1% but only 142,000 new jobs were created last month. this is the first time monthly jobs growth has been below 200,000 since january. the report does include some revisions. the month of july revised higher by 2,000 while june was revised lower, went down by 31,000 jobs. specifically speaking about sectors here, manufacturing jobs remained flat last month. construction jobs grew by about 20,000. business services jobs, those increased significantly, by about 47,000. but it's worth noting that the retail sector lost about 8,000 jobs. right now the stock market futures are flat.
yesterday the dow and the s&p 500 both hit record intra day highs before closing modestly lower. still, the market is having a relatively strong year so far. the dow up 3% since the start of the year. joining us now with more on all of what we've learned is cnbc's hampton pearson who is at the labor department along with mark zandy. we'll start with you, hampton. break down these numbers right now, exactly what we're seeing and what some of the significant items in there are. >> well, you hit a lot of the highlights. number one, you've got a one in front of the job creation number at 142,000 in august versus over 200,000 for the previous several months. you know, that's a bad number for both wall street and main street. also private sector job growth was predicted to come in over 200,000. the private sector job creation according to the dls was just 134,000. and when you take those revisions for june and july, you've got a net loss of 28,000
jobs from what had been previously reported. the only strength in the economy we saw professional and business services up 47,000. health care plus 34,000. that retail trade number you mentioned being down 8,000 was frankly complicated. there was a grocery chain strike in new england that accounted for about 17,000 of those layoffs, if you will, in the retail sector. long-term unemployed down about 192,000 to 3 million, 31.2% of the total unemployed. the labor force participation rate, which is something the federal reserve is keeping an eye on, still at about 62.8%, basically unchanged. we did get a bit of a drop in what's called the so-called real unemployment rate, that takes in part-timers and everybody else. that's down to 12%, down 0.2 of a percent, but again overall a
disappointing jobs report for both wall street and main street. >> hampton, thanks for that. mark, i want to get to you very quickly if i can. it's a lot of numbers that can be complicated for a lot of folks paying attention right now so help us get a better understanding about what exactly we're seeing here. i think a lot of people would hear that number being below 200,000 and think, boy, there must be a change in the growth trend we've seen. this is an aberration or a real sign of something changing out there? >> it's an aberration. i don't read anything fundamental here. all the other data are very positive, very low unemployment insurance claims. yesterday's adp report was very strong, so august is a notorious difficult month. it's generally revised higher when more data has come in. i think it's an aberration and the trend is still pretty good. >> we talk about wages for a
second. yesterday across this country in many different cities there were fast food workers, some health care workers also protesting for a higher minimum wage right now. this is an issue obviously that the administration has put a lot of energy into as well right now. are workers' paychecks growing fast enough as you witness it taking place around this country or have those basically stagnated? >> wage growth is very weak. it has been very weak since the recession. about 2% each and every year and that's about the rate of inflation. so after inflation, no growth in wages. that is why people are still very nervous about the economy, why their perceptions about the economy are as weak as they are. now, the unemployment is starting to decline. we got another decline in unemployment today. if the current trend lines remain in place, and i expect they will, i think by this time next year the labor market will be tight enough that we will see stronger wage growth and people's enthusiasticithinking
economy will change. >> mark, hampton, gentlemen, thank you very much. have a good weekend. we appreciate your time. >> thank you. we turn overseas right now. the fight against isis as well as the tensions in ukraine both topping the agenda at the nato summit in wales. artillery fire outside the city of maripol, a strategic port city in eastern ukraine today. ukrainian forces say they have moved to retake the city from pro-russian rebels. keir simmons is live with the very latest and is joining us by phone right now. keir, you've been witnessing a lot of this fighting, what's taking place as we speak. >> reporter: that's right, peter. i am watching it take place right now. you may have heard the crack of explosions in the distance like thunder. one, two, three booms in the distance echoing across this
countryside in eastern ukraine. we can see black smoke rising each time that this artillery hits whatever it is aiming at. we are standing on a road we have been on for the last 24 hours at various times not far from a checkpoint which the pro-russians are clearly trying to target. there is a lot of ukrainian armory here. big guns, tanks, many military forces, armed soldiers with various weapons. they clearly are here to try to hold back a push by the pro-russians to try to get to mariupol and the pro-russians are attempting to achieve that by raining down artillery and shells on the ukrainians. there again, another
explosion -- i don't know if you can hear -- >> we do. we hear it. >> reporter: i hope you can hear those explosions in the background, peter. that's a bit of just what we're hearing all of the time here now. this battle to try to defend mariupol is crucial. ukraine's port city by the ukrainians against the pro-russians continues. >> keir simmons reporting for us. we do hear those explosions clearly in close proximity to where you are. please be safe and we'll continue to watch your reporting over the course of this day. thanks very much. back in wales, the u.s. and the e.u. are threatening a new round of sanctions against russia, and nato secretary general there says the alliance stands ready to assist iraq in its fight against isis should baghdad make that request. senior white house correspondent chris jansing is traveling with the president at the summit. chris, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, peter. well, for sure we have seen more
action here than we have in a generation at any nato summit. let's start with the fight against isis because there's been no doubt that over the last 48 hours there has been escalating concern and a lot more talk about what to do about the extremist group than we certainly had expected looking down at the agenda. this morning secretary of state john kerry announcing a core coalition of nations coming together to develop a plan to fight isis, one that they hope to have in place by the start of the u.n. general assembly september 23rd through the 25th in new york. now he said that particular plan is not expected to involve any boots on the ground, although when i talked to deputy national security adviser ben rhodes yesterday, he suggested that nothing was off the table. take a listen to my conversation when i asked him what the u.s. would have to do to fight isis. >> can you do it in syria without boots on the ground? >> we're looking at what's going to be necessary. we've said clearly you need a strategy on both sides of this border. this is an organization that operates without respect for
borders. >> so you're not ruling that out? >> we're not ruling that out. what we're already doing is providing a military assistance to the syrian opposition who ultimately is the strongest counter weight on the ground to isil. we'll look at what additional options are necessary going forward. >> reporter: this is not to suggest that the u.s. is taking plans to take military action in syria, but what it does reflect is a growing consensus and we've heard this from the leaders of france, from britain, that there is a growing threat. they feel the threat and aren't taking anything off the table. also action being taken against vladimir putin and russia. the e.u. and the united states developing a new package of sanctions that will be put in place unless there is a cease-fire based on what's happening on the ground. that doesn't seem likely. also a rapid response force, thousands of troops to be based in poland to allay some of the concerns of countries that border russia that they could be next in a putin land grab. we expect to hear much more on all of this. the president will be taking questions later this afternoon
at a news conference here before heading back to d.c. peter. >> all right, chris, thanks so much. we know you'll head to that news conference and we'll continue to watch your reporting. a stunning guilty verdict for ex-governor bob mcdonnell and his wife, maureen, but this case is not closed yet. we're going to explain. and family, friends and fans still remembering joan rivers. rivers, as word comes of an investigation into the lendary comedian's death, we have those new details ahead. but first, a look today at today's planner. president obama speaking live as we noted at 11:30 a.m. eastern time. that is after the nato summit wraps. and former president bill clinton campaigning with a man who once called on him to resign from the presidency. we will get a preview of his miami meet-up with republican turned independent turned democrat, charlie crist. you're watching "the daily rundown" on msnbc. even if you' d active. phillips digestive health support is a duo-probiotic that helps supplement good bacteria found in two parts of your digestive tract.
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you're watching "the daily rundown." for the first time in virginia history, a former governor and his wife have been convicted of corruption. now defense attorneys say that they plan to appeal. both former governor bob mcdonnell as well as his wife, maureen, face up to 30 years in prison. the couple accepted more than $170,000 in gifts and loans from wealthy business executive jonnie williams. prosecutors say mcdonnell, once a rising star in the republican party, took the gifts in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement made up of tobacco. the jury found mcdonnell guilty on 11 of 13 counts. maureen mcdonnell was convicted on nine of the 13 counts against her. mcdonnell's defense attorney told the press their side is, quote, disappointed but not deterred by the verdict. the former governor said this as he left the court house.
>> anything to say for all the virginians watching out there? >> all i can say is my trust remains in the lord. thank you. >> he was clearly struck and stunned by the verdict, ashen, as you saw him there. three of the jurors told "the washington post" that their verdict did not turn on any single bit of evidence. that they asked themselves, quote, would the mcdonnells have received these gifts if bob mcdonnell were not governor. one of them said the evidence was overwhelming and staring us in our face and a third juror said it was a tough decision but not a hard decision. the mcdonnells are set to be sentenced on january 6th. joining me now is nbc news justice correspondent pete williams. pete in studio with us right now. give us a sense if you can realistically and you spent some time in richmond during the course of this trial, what their likely penalty will be with the potential to serve up to 30 years. >> it won't be anywhere near that. there's sentencing guidelines that will apply but they'll certainly face some prison time. >> about the appeal process,
their attorneys have said they will appeal. how does that play out and what should we anticipate? >> well, the lawyers will, i think, appeal most strongly on not the admissibility of evidence but the judge's instructions to the jury. there were a couple of them that they challenged at the time and continued to challenge right up until the very end. one is what is an official act. the accusation here is that in exchange for official acts of the governor, they took these gifts from jonnie williams. so the judge said to the jurors that an official act is basically anything that a governor does in office, whether it's in the law or not. it's any kind of function that he performance. the defense lawyers say that's way too broad. he called members of his staff and said, hey, you ought to look into this product. the judge said that's an official act. so that's, i think, where they'll base the majority of their appeal. >> you spent time there just very briefly. were you stunned by this verdict, as many people were, or given the instructions by the judge to the jurors was this sort of the way you anticipated
it might go? >> so i think the hard part for the prosecution was this. oftentimes in these corruption cases, you have a smoking gun. you have a phone conversation or an e-mail that says if you give me this, i'll do this for you. there was nothing like that here. it was always a matter of he asked for a loan. the next day he makes a call favorable for jonnie williams, that kind of thing. it was a coincidence of timing. that was the difficult thing for the prosecution to get over. the jury bought that so, no, i wasn't surprised. >> i want to follow up on another topic making headlines and you've been following closely, which is the department of justice announcing that it will launch a more broad civil rights investigation into the police department in ferguson, missouri. what specifically will they be looking for in the course of that investigation? >> this is what's called a pattern and practice investigation, looking at whether there is a pattern or practice of depriving people of their civil rights when the police come into contact with them. they'll look at traffic stops, searches, arrests, how people are treated in incarceration, that kind of thing. they'll look at statistical
evidence, they'll interview people, and they'll do that for the city police department. then they'll do kind of a different, more collaborative review of the county police department, looking specifically at how they handle mass demonstrations. >> here was eric holder speaking on that very topic. let's play that sound bite now if we can. >> people consistently expressed concerns stemming from specific alleged incidents from general policing practices and from the lack of diversity on the ferguson police force. these anecdotal accounts underscore the history of mistrust of law enforcement in ferguson that has received a good deal of attention. >> so what should we look for in terms of potential outcomes to this? could there be criminal charges in a situation like this? how could an investigation like this potentially end? >> good question. i think that's a common question, a misunderstanding. this is not a criminal case. this is not too indict specific officers. this is to make structural
changes, if they are deemed to be appropriate in the way the police department acts. what happens is the government says you ought to make these changes. sometimes the police department and the government agree, as in the case of the city of new orleans, sometimes they disagree and the government can sue them and take them to court and get the judge to order them to make changes, so that's what we're looking at here. >> two significant cases going on, one wrapping up, another one just getting started. pete williams, thank you. appreciate it. what went wrong in the events leading up to the death of joan rivers. we have new details on that investigation coming up. also today president obama keeping all options on the table in the fight against isis, with or without congressional support. we're going to have reaction from the senate. first, though, as we like to do it, today's trivia question. which u.s. president appeared on "meet the press" the most times while in the white house? >> abraham lincoln. >> abraham lincoln, close, though not the right answer. the first person to tweet the correct answer will get an on-air shoutout.
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you're watching "the daily rundown" formerly with chuck todd. the president will hold a news conference just about two hours from now wrapping up a trip to europe that has overshadowed by foreign policy crises from the rise of isis to the ukraine. chung to chuck todd is now the moderator of "meet the press." you've sad on this side of the desk but never that one. >> it's a quick change. revolving chairs. hard to fill your seat. let's focus on the topic at han hand. you're going to be interviewing president obama, a lot of questions from everything from immigration to isis. i want to ask you about isis right now. we're about a week removed from we don't have a strategy as it relates to isis in syria right now. where do they stand given they say they have a core coalition
coming together. is it satisfactory their answer at this point? >> i don't know, but it certainly sounds to me like we're on the verge of essentially declaring war on isis. when you think about the new language the president used this week about destroy -- it was almost similar to destroy, destruct, al qaeda the similar language that he is using with isis. that was a war. the whole war authorization. it wasn't just about iraq, it was about going after al qaeda wherever they are. and you get the sense that all of a sudden after a lot of debate, internal disagreements about how to do this, that they're trying to devise essentially saying, okay, isis is not about syria, isis isn't about iraq, isis isn't about jordan, isis is about isis. so the question is how do they do it, how do they build this coalition and to me that's the fundamental question of the president. after saying at your second inaugural that war was receding, are we about to essentially declare war on isis. >> and it appears clear that even if they're declaring war on isis, they need to get the
american public in some form behind this. so one of the questions that you asked the president is do you need congressional authorization on something like. this the question still stands. >> i think it does. i think what they're describing, they have to get congressional authorization. they can't not do -- when you have ben rhodes, who told our colleague, chris jansing, that he couldn't rule out boots on the ground, well that tells you they're devising a long-term strategy that they think means more troops in the middle east, whether it means truly boots on the ground or not immediately is unclear, but they clearly want that option. you don't get that option without permission from the legislative branch. so do they do it -- i hate to bring politics into this. do they do it before the election, which all these guys are skittish about, or do they essentially do it on november 5th. my guess is november 5th. >> another challenge is what's taking place in ukraine right now. keir simmons is there literally with tanks and fighting taking place behind him along the eastern ukrainian border with
russia right now. the president is in a tough spot right here. he's been pushing sanctions, been out ahead of the europeans for most of this. he's getting a little more support from the europeans. what's next? there's the rapid response force, no boots on the ground. what do they do now? >> i don't think there's any -- they have been a big -- he himself has basically said you've got to have patience with these sanctions. they look at the fact that the french -- when the french decided to pull one of these contracts with them, all of a sudden putin started talking about potential cease-fires and negotiations with ukraine, so i think that sent a signal to the white house that, you know what, if you do tough, new sanctions, maybe you can change putin because the wallet does speak louder than anything else with vladimir putin. >> i want to get some of your thoughts on "meet the press" in a moment but the last thought is a big headline yesterday, closer to home, the former virginia governor, bob mcdonnell, a guy that i covered on the campaign trail and we talked about as a potential number two to mitt romney. now the guy faces years, potentially decades behind bars. >> think about where you were when paul ryan was named the running mate, okay?
standing there in virginia, who was introducing mitt romney? bob mcdonnell. and there was this -- you know, he was sort of seen as the face of the virginia republican party, the republican that was bringing that party together, that was sort of taking it away from this hard-core conservatism. and two years and three weeks later from that moment where he looked like this potential future star of the republican party, he's thinking about going to jail. i am surprised. it sort of -- the jury acted in common sense. they said they looked at it and it's like, well, of course he was trying to use his office to fix his finances. they believed he was guilty of that. the virginia law is so shady that, you know, you could technically argue well maybe they could claim they didn't technically violate the law but the jury didn't buy that. i think this whole decision by them to claim their marriage was a mess, i think it insulted jurors. i think they said don't insult our intelligence. >> you'll indulge me as we conclude our conversation with one thought. i'm watching your green bay
packers playing the seattle seahawks. at halftime bob costas introduces the moderator of "meet the press" chuck todd as having an exclusive interview with president obama this weekend. act the fact it happened during a pack game, what part blew your mind most. >> the fact that the packers couldn't score 21 points. i'm going to say that. come on, guys. look, it's all surreal. it's sort of -- it's nerve racking, it's humbling, it's all the things. look, when you get an opportunity to do one of the dream jobs in journalism, of course you're excited. >> well, we're proud to witness your success. >> hopefully i don't fall on your face. >> you will not. we'll be watching this weekend and we'll have pads out in case it gets messy. >> that would help. >> good to see you, thank you. don't miss president obama on "meet the press" exclusively this sunday with chuck todd. as we said, we're going to go live to ukraine next where our own keir simmons is seeing explosions and tanks as congress gets set to return. will they have a say in white house strategy to combat isis? two significant topics we need
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that is the check poirntd pressure. to the left of it is an armored personnel carrier with more ukrainian troops. and then further behind that is where the artillery has been landing. huge explosions, as i was explaining earlier. and clouds of smoke, black smoke on the horizon. we haven't heard that now in the last, say, ten minutes since they announced that there would be a cease-fire. as i understand it, the cease-fire is not in place yet so the fighting could continue and we'll wait to see whether it holds. we are on the outskirts of the city of mariupol. that is a crucial port city. we are getting the impression that the pro-russians who aren't far down this road from us were trying to get to the city in time before a cease-fire deal was done. they haven't managed to achieve that. the question is now whether they will hold their positions. >> we've been watching keir simmons reporting live from the field in eastern ukraine. keir, since your shot is
breaking up, we heard most of your report. be safe. it's a topic we want to continue talking about with connecticut democratic senator chris murphy. he, of course, is a member of the foreign relations committee. senator murphy, if i can right out of the gates, given what we've just seen right now, i want to get a sense of your reaction to the events that we're witnessing right now on the ground in ukraine. really if you have any faith that this cease-fire can stick. >> well, i can confirm the cease-fire is being signed. it's going to go into operation about 6:00 ukraine time. and i am very hopeful that the cease-fire can stick, but it's really up to one person and one person only, and that's vladimir putin. he has made the decision to instruct the rebels in eastern ukraine to sit down and negotiate this cease-fire. so long as though instructions stay in place, we'll have peace in eastern ukraine for the time being. and i think your conversation with chuck earlier spelled out the reality here, which is that these sanctions have begun to
change the calculus inside of moscow, the french decision to suspend sales of this warship might have been the straw that broke the camel's back. but here's the problem. putin wakes up with a new strategy every single day. it seems impossible to predict this guy. so good news today, but we'll have to be vigilant going forward. >> senator murphy, i want to play a comment. i know you've spent several trips over in that region and ukraine specifically but i want to play a comment from senator john mccain speaking today in kiev and get your reaction on the other side. take a listen. >> i have come to kiev to show america's support for ukraine's struggle and to urge my government and the world to do more than to -- more to support this country, to urgently provide defensive weapons, intelligence and other assistance that can help ukrainians defend their sovereign country.
and to impose truly crushing sanctions on russia. >> senator murphy, you support this idea of these crushing type sanctions on russia right now, but i want to get your sense, given the recent approval of a rapid response force by nato that will participate when needed to support nato allies or potential nato allies, like ukraine, do you believe the u.s. should be involved with boots on the ground or actively in any formal way with that rapid response force? should americans be involved there along that border? >> well, i think americans should be involved in a nato rapid response force, but ukraine is not a nato country. and so that force would be used to defend nato al lies, not used to defend ukraine. i don't disagree with anything john said. in fact john and i have been to ukraine together three times. the reality, though, is that the ukrainian military has been able to stand up against the separatists because of the support that it's gotten from the united states. it's europe, not the united
states, that is holding back on these crippling sanctions. and so i'm pretty proud of the support that we have given the ukrainians, to the extent that we have a cease-fire today, it's because of u.s.-led sanctions and it's because of substantial nonlethal assistance, including intelligence, including logistical assistance the united states has provided to the ukrainian military over the course of the last several months. >> broadly speaking i want to get back to isis if i can. the president getting a lot of criticism for not being a leader on this, being more responsive than he is out in front on a situation like this. are you satisfied that they are closer to a strategy, and is this the type of strategy, now the suggestion that the u.s. would be involved in some core coalition to fight isis, that you think congressional authorization would be necessary? >> i was on the phone with the president's national security team yesterday. i'm totally confident that they are taking this seriously. i appreciate the fact that this president understands the logical succession of ready, aim, fire. there are way too many of my colleagues here who want to
shoot first and ask questions and plan later. look at what happened in iraq, afghanistan, to a certain extent in libya. that's the folly of having military intervention prior to solid planning and coalition building. but to your question, whatever the president proposes, i think it is likely to require congressional authorization. there is not an authorization on the books today that allows the president to conduct a long-term campaign against isis. it's important for the american public to weigh in here because if you get this wrong, if you go into this without regional partners so that you're just another player in a sectarian battle, a proxy war between the saudis and the iranian, it will make us less secure rather than more secure, so i think this is going to need congressional authorization. i would hope that we would have the political courage to do it in september. but at some point very soon the president has to come to congress, i believe. >> connecticut's democratic senator, chris murphy, thank you for your time. we appreciate it. >> thank you. coming up next, we are on
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you're watching "the daily rundown." the august jobs report a disappointment for main street and for wall street. right now acceptsending the dow industrial average off 20 points. the unemployment rate came in at 6.1% but only 142,000 new jobs were created last month in august. this is the first time that monthly jobs growth has been below 200,000 since january. right now the s&p 500 and the nasdaq are also in the red. we'll keep an eye on that over the course of this day. turning to the campaign trail right now, former president bill clinton is capping what's been a busy week on the trail with a rally in miami scheduled for tonight.
for that state's former governor, charlie crist, that's the one he's in support of, now the democratic nominee to get his old job back, crist is in a brutal battle with republican incumbent governor rick scott. clinton's campaign blitz has taken him from connecticut to maine, now to the sunshine state. tomorrow he will headline a fund-raiser in new orleans for louisiana senator mary landrieu. charlie crist is trying to become just the sixth ex-governor since 1900 to win back the job after a party switch. and republicans are playing up an awkward moment as sort of an effort to get after this political reinvention. crist now calls clinton a president who led america incredibly well but that's not what he said back in 1998 as a republican running for senate. take a listen. >> does bill clinton have the morality and integrity to continue to serve as president of the united states? >> regrettably, i believe that the president has shattered the confidence and trust of the
american people. and i think he needs to be accountable for that. that's why i believe that the best thing he could do for the country would be to resign the office of president. >> tim russert famously putting the former governor on the spot back then in 1998. nbc senior political reporter perry bacon is live now in miami. perry, you spoke to governor crist last night. i want to get a sense of how he explains that 1998 comment and really what role they expect clinton will play in that race. >> you know, peter, he totally brushed it aside. he spent five minutes with me raving about how great bill clinton was as president, and after being president, because this is how crist is. politicians often change their views on issues, but charlie crist has changed his view on pretty much every issue we can think of. he used to be opposed to gay marriage, now he's for it. he used to be opposed to obamacare and now he's for it. he went from being a conservative to someone who's a pretty liberal democrat.
charlie crist, i asked him yesterday, would you want to campaign with obama and he said yes, absolutely. there are very few democrats saying that right now and this tells you how liberal he's become in this new charlie crist. >> he has a little ground to gain right now. here's a look at where the "tampa bay times" says things stand. governor rick scott with 41% support, charlie crist with 36% support. but there's another number that i think is as striking as any and that's that voters are really having a hard time trusting either one of these candidates right now. it seems in some ways like it's a race to the bottom. governor rick scott just 39% think he is honest and ethical. 35% say that charlie crist is honest and ethical. this is the real challenge for floridians right now, isn't it? >> exactly. you have two candidates who are really trying to cast the other person as a lying, untrustworthy person. i was with rick scott yesterday. every speech he gives, he says charlie crist is a smooth talker
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in a few momenting i'm going to be speaking with a reporter on the ground. let me bring in christopher dicky and former ambassador to nato. thank you for being with me. i want to get back to christopher immediately. i want to get to the ambassador first. let's talk about the cease-fire agreement. what is it going to take stick? what does mean? >> well, we'll have to see the details which haven't really been announced yet. i have a question how is russia going to sign on a size fire deal when the forces deny they're firing on the ukrainians. that's the real question. i think what president poroshenko is trying to do is gain time. his forces are losing quite a bit of territory. >> this is such an important point,