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instaing that road trip. more to come tomorrow, craig melvin over to you. safe travels, good to see you. good morning to you, craig melvin here at msnbc headquarters in new york city. the oprah factor in the midterms where anything goes and anything can happen, oprah hitting the stump. how some mega star power is gathering today in georgia to help elect this country's first african-american governor. plus, over the top, can president trump's say anything approach get republicans over the top on tuesday? got him in the white house. and voice of the people, the country's changing diversity is putting historically safe congressional seats into play now. our road warriors are canvassing the country, they're going to have the latest on the ground with just five days to go. five days now from the midterms, voters are energized. campaigning are pulling out all the stops to try and secure a win. rallies where some of the biggest names of politics are
underway as we speak. senator elizabeth warren there left side of your screen in ohio to help out the democrat running for governor there. house speaker paul ryan in his home state of wisconsin helping the republican running for a third term of governor there. scott walker right side of your screen. tonight president trump will be in missouri where there is a tight senate race. in the last 20 minutes or so nbc news has confirmed president trump is going to be speaking about immigration from the white house later this afternoon before hitting the road. if it's anything like what we're hearing on the trail, the president will likely be talking about sending more troops to the border than we currently have in afghanistan. he'll talk about rewriting or reinterpreting the constitution to end birthright citizenship. here he was last night trying to drive voters to the polls in florida. >> you have to go out on november 6th or sooner. who voted? who voted?
oh, wow. everybody voted already? no kidding. every -- let me see it again. who voted? then what the hell am i doing here tonight? good-b good-bye. democrats fighting his message in part with star power hoping for one thing, turnout. in about an hour and a half oprah having a town hall with the democrat running to make history in georgia. if she wins stacey abrams would become the first black female governor in the history of the united states. our nbc news road warriors are fanned out across the country. oh, we've got music now, too. steve patterson is in orange county, california. we'll get to steve in just a moment, but we start with catie beck. she is there in marietta, georgia. the crowd already on hand. they seem to be ready for oprah.
what's the vibe there, catie? >> reporter: lots of energy and excitement around the oprah visit, craig. there is a line wrapped around this building. some of the fans have been waiting since 6:00 this morning for an event that starts at 12:30. this line, these people, this energy, this is just representative of what the bigger picture is here on the ground in georgia. early voting totals are through the roof. they are up 140% from 2014 's midterms. that is an astronomical increase, and it's all because of this hotly contested governor's race. they are just letting folks in. 11:00, it starts at 12:30. these are some big stacy abrams oprah fans. why is this election so important to you? >> this election is extremely important to me. we're just ready for change here in georgia, and i'm just super, super, super excited. >> now, you have not seen oprah
before? >> i have not seeoprah. >> what does it mean for you to be able to witness her here in georgia on the ground with stacey abrams? >> i watched oprah for years. i watched her show every day, and she's just such an inspiration, and i just -- it's almost like -- you get on that oprah train, it goes. i'm just glad to be here to support stacey. >> this is a hotly contested race. the polls have these two candidates within one point of each other. that is like razor thin margin. >> it's scary. >> the margin is so tight, and there's been a lot of political ads, when you watch the news here, they're not the nicest. >> they're not. >> what do you make of this race? do you think she's going to be able to pull it off? >> i hope so. if not this week, then the runoff election will be so important to georgians, but we just are so excited for stacey. she'll be the first african-american governor in the united states of america, and that is ground breaking and that
will make me just even more prouder to be a georgian and even more proud to be an american. dreams really do come true in this nation. >> is it emotional for you? >> it very much is emotional. you know, the country is just so divided right now, and we really want to start to see some healing in this country, and we're hoping that seeing the majority of a red state vote for this woman will start to bring us together in healing and ultimately what's best for us as americans. >> i'm going to let you ladies get back to it. >> so excited. >> reporter: thank you so much for chatting with me. as you can see a lot of energy here, a lot of emotion heading into this event. this is oprah's first event of two today. she's going to head out to the suburb of decatur after this with abrams and do some door knocking as well. i imagine that's going to be a surprise for some georgians opening the door to find oprah winfrey there. >> i would imagine a few of those folks are probably going to be expecting a car or a big
gift of some sort. catie beck in marietta, thank you. i want to bring in christina greer. she's a political scientist, a professor at fordham university as well. the energy undeniable. we know for the most part wherever oprah goes is typically a great deal of energy that surrounds her arrival and speech. but star power for democrats, is that going to be enough to move the needle come tuesday? especially in georgia. >> well, what oprah's going to bring is that stacey abrams has been very diligent over several years making sure she didn't just campaign in atlanta. she has gone to all 159 counties in georgia. the piece with oprah is just to make sure it's that added extra piece to make sure that folks know that turnout is so important, especially since stacey abrams opponent is the secretary of state and he and his office control the ballots
and the voting procedures. stacey doesn't need to just win, she needs to make sure everyone comes out who's registered to vote and wants to support her and the democratic party line. there might be a runoff, but it doesn't have to be a runoff. she's been able to articulate her vision, not just to democrats but to a lot of republicans and moderates and independents in the state of georgia about health care, about education, about the environment, about transportation and really about a vision. so oprah will help because she gets people excited. >> yeah. >> most people are paying attention, thank goodness. stacey abrams has always said georgia is a purple state. we're starting to see that there's actually a lot more purple in georgia than we initially thought. i mean, keep in mind, stacey abrams is the first gubernatorial candidate to march in an lgbt parade in the history of georgia. already there's some ground breaking energy there, but i think, you know, michael b. jordan has been knocking on
doors. >> gotten a lot of star power help. >> this is just to get people excited about november 6th as well. >> mali na abdul also joins me, a professor at california state university there in los angeles. marina thank you so much. president trump also going to be in macon, georgia. president trump is going to be rallying for the republican in that race. brian kemp on sunday. which rally do you think helps more? oprah for abrams or trump for kemp? >> thank you for having me. absolutely oprah for abrams. i think that one of the things that's coming up is we're seeing tremendous enthusiasm around stacey abrams, so we know that it's not just the number of votes that you tabulate, but also the intensity with which those voters are voting for that candidate and so brian kemp really represents an old model of politics, an outdated model of politics, and one that i think most georgian are not in favor of. when we think about trump's
presence, i think especially now folks are kind of, you know, trump just last week talking about himself as a nationalist and most folks understand what white nationalism is. georgia has a history of white nationalist violence, i think that when you talk about a state that has a growing number of voters of color where voters of color, especially black voters vote in huge blocks when you turn up that intensity factor, the enthusiasm factor, which is what president obama's presence will do tomorrow, which is what oprah winfrey's presence will do today, which is what michael b. jordan's presence has done, i think that you're talking about really turning a corner in georgia political history. >> christina, malina, stays with me for a second. i want to check in on orange county, the demographics there are changing rapidly in
california's 39th district. democratic, latino navy vet facing off against korean american republican yung kim, the two are nearly even in recent polling. steve patterson is in bueno park, california with more on that close race. let's talk about the demographics there changing quickly. how have they impacted the politics? >> reporter: craig, the demographics mean the conversation we can have about politics here is even possible. this is a korean american owned grocery store, one after about 300 korean american owned businesses clustered together in this area of buena park. what you're looking at now is a district that is almost literally 30/30/30. 30% latino, 30% white, 30% asian. you go back 15, ten, even five years ago, there was nothing that looked like this in orange county not too long ago. it also means that some of the citizens we've been speaking to, democrats finally feel like that they're not second class
citizens in a place like orange county. it means this race is finally competitive. it also means you can have two candidates as you mentioned that look like this, a latino american veteran who won the lottery versus an asian american former assemblywoman, korean talk show host in the republican, who would be the first korean american elected to congress. we sat down at a mexican american owned coffee shop and had a cup of java. here's what he said. >> you've got a long-time republican, you know, orange county, which has been very white for so long. here you have two minorities going at it from each side of the aisle trying to decide which direction we're going to take, not only this district by the county and hopefully the country as well. >> reporter: republican
registration is still leading is not necessarily trump country. we spoke to yung kim who's tried to distance herself from donald trump but she's being attacked as a trump candidate. here's what she said about that. >> i don't really pay attention to that because i am running as my own person. this is a community i know. the people of this district know who i am. i've worked with them for over two decades. i've represented them in the state assembly. i brought results of substance to this district. >> reporter: you have a race for each individual issue is broken down into so many sub groups. it is important for both candidates as they told me that canvassing and getting out it o'vooto vote and going door to door may be more important here as any race in the country. this race is neck in neck. >> steve, thank you, christilet
about voting, early voting specifically. the reality is if you look at the numbers, the energy appears to be there. i want to point to this headline, this is actually now from nbc news. it shows as of yesterday 24 million votes have already been ca cast. when you count up the early voting, the absentee voting, that number higher than all of the early votes from our last midterm in 2014. it also shows that 43% of the early voters, republican. 41% democrats. what do you make of that, christina, when you look at the early voting numbers? this is some analysis from nbc news. republicans have an edge in early voting. >> yeah, i think with respect to what my colleague malina was saying, there is an enthusiasm on both sides. there are many republicans who do believe in many of the principles of the president. they want this tax cut to be real. they are fearful of immigrants and the change in composition of
the demographics in america. that enthusiasm is taking them to the polls. there are many democrats who have a the lot of candidates, a lot of young candidates, a lot of candidates of color who are inspiring people to go out and vote. and there are a lot of people issues based voting. they don't want to see us -- they don't believe the president is taking us in the proper direction. that is also inspiring them. keep in mind, there are a lot of young people choosing to vote on election day, they want it to be something special. not every state new york included have early voting. we're not as progressive as a state when it comes to some of our voting laws to even give us the opportunity. >> malina, five days now until these midterms, what are you watching for specifically over the next few days? >> i think really looking at the way in which, again, intensity plays a role not just in georgia, not just in florida,
but here in california where there's an opportunity to kind of flip the house in many districts. what you see in places like orange county is latino vers who are beginning to understand that their numbers are translating to political power increasingly turn out and really split districts that, like orange county that have been traditionally republican. they have an opportunity to change them. in terms of early voting, what we're seeing is a tripling of the number of people who are voting early, but we can think about what's happening in terms of that breakdown with more republicans voting early is generally because -- because of the demographic of those who register as republican, they have more time and so we have these lines that are three, four hours long, the appeal of early voting is usually getting in and getting out. and so if you can't get in and
get out, then you may go home and just wait, spend your time with a bunch of enthusiastic voters on election day. i think that's what we'll see with young folks. i think that's what we'll see with black voters, and i think that's what we'll see really nationally and in california especially. >> thank you. enjoyed this conversation, ladies, i hope you'll come back. >> absolutely, thank you. over the top, president trump trying to pull republicans across the midterm finish line with threats of deploying even more troops to the border. and ryan on the road, the house speaker hitting the campaign trail in his home state of wisconsin on the road campaigning as the president goes after him. and synagogue attacking, some breaking news on that, the suspected shooter in pittsburgh back in court as we speak. prosecutors are looking for approval to pursue the death penalty. rebekkah: opioids has taken everything and everyone i've ever loved away from me. everything. i blew my ankle out
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we are following breaking news on this thursday in pittsburgh. the man accused of killing 11 people at a synagogue is in federal court as we speak. he arrived in prison in scrubs. he was shackled. he pleaded not guilty. he requested a jury trial. ron mott is outside that federal courthouse in pittsburgh. ron, what else can you tell us? >> reporter: well, craig, he walked in this time versus his initial appearance where he was in a wheelchair. he walked in under his own power. he was wearing a red jumpsuit.
he had a bandage to his left biceps area. he sat down after they unshackled his right hand. he sat down, conferred a little bit with his attorney, and a few minutes after that the judge came in and the arraignment got underway about 10:03 eastern time. it was over seven minutes later. essentially what has happened is robert bowers has pleaded not guilty to 44 federal charges including 11 for murder. prosecutors are planning to seek the death penalty. attorney general jeff sessions will make the call on that. the prosecution today did go through the 44 charges and instructed mr. bowers the possibility penalties including up to death, and he was -- he answered seven questions i should say. the one answer that i thought perhaps where he bellowed out a little more than some of the other responses was when the prosecutor asked do you understand the possibility penalties including death, and he answered very clearly for the
courtroom yes. after that the judge said that the case would be assigned to judge donnetta ambrose. the state has 45 days to prepare some sort of pretrial motions to file with the court and so that's sort of where we stand now. he was taken out of the court and headed back into federal custody. one thing to note, craig, and this is not necessarily news, but the commonwealth of pennsylvania had sought to get custody of robert bowers to indict him in state court, the u.s. federal government prosecutors denied that request, and so the case will stay in federal authority for the next possibly years. the district attorney here in allegheny county said they will stand down for now on their prosecution. that's the latest here at u.s. district court in downtown. >> ron mott outside that courthouse in pittsburgh where the shooter was in court. meanwhile, there are two more funeral services today for the victims of that synagogue massacre.
there will be a joint service for sylvan simon and his wife bernice, and the service for richard gottfried this afternoon. the funeral for rose mallinger will be held tomorrow. you might remember bishop michael curry. he's the american bishop who delivered that memorable sermon at the royal wedding of prince harry and meghan markle. he appeared on "today" this morning with savannah and ho ta to talk about how to best deal with grief. >> we deal with grief honestly and forthrightly. when it hurts it hurts, and don't pretend that it doesn't hurt. part of the jewish tradition is you never let a dead body be by itself. we do it together because there's something about being in community with each other that i can hold you up when you can't hold yourself up.
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just a few hours from now. it is part of a 24-hour period for the president where he has turned the outrage to 11, doing whatever it takes to push republicans over the top. a new willy horton-like video, all of it, all of it headline grabbing stuff, all of it meant to own the political terrain five days from the midterms and to perhaps stifle any debate about who runs his party. we have live reports from the road. we have analysts as well to break it all down. before we do that let's start with nbc's hans nichols. he's at the white house. you cover the pentagon as well. let's talk about this report in just a moment, but his immigration speech this afternoon, this is the one that he reportedly delayed after the pittsburgh shooting. what do we know about this speech? >> reporter: we know very little. we know very little in terms of the kind of specifics he wants
to give. we do know his intent, craig, and that intent was to give a big immigration speech on tuesday. that had to be canceled for the reasons of going up and paying respects to the victims in pittsburgh. if you look at the president's sum total of how he's trying to focus attention on the border, yesterday at the pentagon officials clearly taken by surprise when the president said that they could go up to 15,000 troops. that's more than we have serving in afghanistan. just to give you a sense of the surprise, craig, on tuesday the head general that's commanding this entire operation said that any discussion of 14,000 was not consistent with any planning they were doing. he flatly rejected that. now, at the same time, i have to tell you top new officials at the pentagon, they're aware that this mission can change. what they're waiting to hear from the white house or dhs or however the request comes through is whether or not the actual capabilities requests change, and that is to say are u.s. troops going to be required to do something other than supporting the border patrol
agents that are there? as the mission stands, the 5,000 that are being sent could go up to 7,000. it's a supportive mission. if this president changes that mission, then you could get up to the higher numbers. we don't know if there's been a formal request to the don't on a change of mission status. we do know the 15,000 does not match the current mission. >> what about that original 5,200, have they arrived along the border yet? >> reporter: as of earlier in the week about 800 and another 200 came. we've been told most of the troops won't get there really until this weekend. you look at some of the assets that they have going in, they've got an air assault division, helicopter division coming in from the 82nd airborne in fort campbell. they have all kinds of assets. now, most of them are things like engineers, some medical units, mps, some military police. they're going to be supporting the border agents. again, this is the inconsistency.
the same general that told us that the military would only be building tents for border agents, the president last night said he wants them building tents for anyone they apprehend along the border. that would mark a shift in the mission, and that's not something the pentagon has signed off yet. yesterday when we heard from secretary mattis that was under the old orders. we need to figure out whether or not there are going to be new orders. >> hans nichols, thank you. jake sherman and anna palmer, co-authors of political coe's morning news letter play book. the president clearly putting on a full court immigration press. is the rest of his party on board with this strategy? >> depends where you go. there's a lot of districts in suburban america, the districts the house republicans need to win to keep control of the house, they are not according to party officials, they are not the kind of districts that would support militarizing the border
or eliminating birthright citizenship, which is a principle in the constitution, and they're certainly not because republicans have been saying for the last decade they don't support the president using such sweeping authority to get rid of laws and especially to change the constitution. they're not in favor, many of these people according to party officials, they're not in favor of that. i think we are five days away from the election. there are very few, fewer and fewer undecided voters, and it doesn't seem like these are the kinds of issues that would sway an undecided voter in a year that's supposed to be already bad for the gop. >> you've got to wonder if undecided voters are even still a thing in 2018. >> less and less so. >> anna palmer, president trump he pinned this video to the top of his twitter account. here's a picture of the video. i'll describe it for our sirius satellite radio listeners. it features a twice deported mexican immigrant given the death penalty for killing two california cops. got a lot of folks who are
comparing the ad itself to george h.w. bush's willy horton ad in the late '80s. what is that designed to do? >> clearly the president is trying to rile people up to kind of put the vitriol higher than it already has been. he continues to stoke those flames, really make a base play for voters that are upset or afraid that this is what is going to happen if immigration reform is not changed if his policies aren't enacted. >> i want to play something else, play something from this jonathan carl interview. this is president trump ironically speaking honestly about his relationship with honesty. >> i always want to tell the truth. when i can, i tell the truth. sometimes it turns out to be where something happens that's different or there's a change, but i always like to be truthful. >> what do we make of that
response, jake? is he even being honest about being honest when i can? >> well, it seems like you got to take him at his word. he tries to be honest when he can, and this also comes at the same time our former colleague, the founder of "axios" had an interview with the president where the president, jim asked him whether people are going to die because of his anti-media rhetor rhetoric. he said listen, i have to be able to fight back. put those two clips together, and it's a stunning insight into the look, the mind of the president of the united states, refreshingly perhaps honest look into the mind of the president of the united states. >> let's talk about playbook for just a moment. first line of playbook today, which, again, is one of the first things i read in the morning. most republicans and democrats we talked to think the house will flip. any doubt there? >> i certainly think what we are hearing, less and less, even a
couple of weeks ago top republicans were hedging, they were saying we can still try to find a way. they were trying to argue with us and say here's the path forward. less and less. i think they are really resigned to the fact that they are going to be losing the house. what they are focused on now is trying to fight so that they don't lose as many seats as they possibly could to make the wave as small as a wave as possible. already looking at thinking how can they get from the minority two years ago. >> if that does happen, if we have a divided chamber or a divided congress, upper chamber is still very much republican, or not very much republican, but will stay in republican control and a lower chamber that's controlled by democrats, what is that going to mean legislatively moving forward, and what is that going to mean between -- the dynamic between the white house and congress? >> it's a very strange governing climate we're going to have because the senate could become even more republican, and the house could swing to be democratic, and the democrats that are coming in by and large
are running on a more progressive platform than we've seen in many years, and that's going to be a challenge in governing, and you have a president who has -- we forget this -- has at times at one specific time in september 2017 sided with democrats over republicans when it came to government funding. this is a president who, by the way, flirted with an overhaul of immigration laws with democrats and had to be pulled back from that brink by house majority leader kevin mccarthy. we don't know where the president's going to go, and we also don't know what house republicans going to read from this election. is it going to be that they were too close to the president? they weren't close enough to the president? you'll hear both of those arguments when they come back next week or the week after the election. we'll have to see what the reaction is. i really think it's going to be, no surprise to any of us, absolute gridlock over the next two years, especially in the leadup to a presidential election. >> oh, boy. more gridlock. thank you. jake, always good to have you as well.
be well, guys. thank you. trump's other attack, house speaker paul ryan. ryan criticized trump's birthright citizenship plan. on tuesday president trump doing what he does, he hit back. quote, paul ryan should be focusing on holding the majority rather than giving his opinions on birthright citizenshipin, something he knows nothing about. our new republican majority will work on this closing the immigration loopholes and securing our border. we go to nbc news road warrior, kasie hunt. she is following paul ryan in milwaukee. the house speaker on the trail stumping for governor scott walker there. the last thing these two would want to talk about is the president's position on birthright citizenship? >> reporter: it certainly seems that way, craig, and it was more than that. they didn't really want to talk about the president at all. we have actually made our way to
wakishaw which has become a little bit of a joke because there have been some votes in a couple of key races that at the last minute have swung elections. it's a very republican area, but we often say this is crucial wakishaw county. i was down the street, and paul ryan who when we first made plans to come out here a couple of weeks ago in our heartland swing we hoped he might take a couple of questions from us, but alas in the wake of the spat with the president, paul ryan decided today he did not want to make any additional national news and did not come to talk to us. scott walker on the other hand did speak to the local media and with us in a gaggle, and he acknowledged this is a pretty tough environment. take a look. >> you are in the fight of your life. reince priebus off the stage. >> all in the same neighborhood. >> i think the difference is whether it's george w. bush, barack obama, and now donald trump, any kind of president is
in office in his first term, the first midterm is a tough time for anybody. >> reporter: so as you can see, he said, okay, look, the midterms are always tough. i've got to tell you, i was struck by, first of all, on the issue front really no conversation about immigration or the caravan or any of the things that the president is trying to make this midterm election about. instead, it was about taxes and they were trying to run on the republican tax cut asnd against what the democrats would change about that, particularly in the governor's race. scott walker arguing his opponent would increase taxes and they talked about health care. scott walker focusing repeatedly on pre-existing conditions saying it's personal to him. he's been called out on that because quite frankly, his state is in a lawsuit that would end it. there's a little bit of a disconnect on what he says on the campaign trail and the actions the state of wisconsin is taking. there was a state bill to try ask protect people with
pre-existing conditions at the state level, but they haven't been able to get it through the legislature. he's been taking some fire on that front, and i will say, as these politicians we listen to all of their speeches at the event, the president was referenced obliquely at one point, but otherwise you could have listened to the entire event and really had no idea that there was a republican president in the white house. so this is a swing state, and it really kind of gives you a sense of the difference, yes, those rural red states where trump is incredibly popular, maybe that message is resonating. in a place like this, the members of his own party would really prefer to pretend that the whole national scene over here was simply not happening as they try to keep their seat. >> kasie hunt, some insightful perspective there. thank you so much. safe travels to you. a new poll shows that just one out of three millennials actually plans on casting a ballot on election day. we're going to tell you the lengths that some organizers are going through to get out the youth vote. also, the balance of power
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key race that could determine control of the u.s. senate is nearing its crescendo. it is a free for all special election in mississippi. the key contenders incoming republican, cindy hyde-smith, democrat mike espy, republican challenger chris mcdaniel there. road warrior vaughn hillyard has made his way to mississippi. he's in the heart of the cattle country, that is octoc, mississippi. the special election in the wake of the retirement of cochran, what can we expect? any candidate expected to reach that 50% threshold to avoid a runoff, and what are you standing on? >> reporter: good afternoon, chris. we're standing on a bale of hay here in mississippi. a lot of mississippi is very rural-based. a lot of it is very agricultural based. that's what led us to this cattle operation. i'm going to introduce to you in a moment, david magee.
he says he's going to be voting for chris mcdaniel who is that kind of insurgent republican. he calls himself the constitutional incumbent cindy hyde-smith who was just appointed to her position back in the spring. and then there's the democrat, mike espy who was the former agriculture secretary under bill clinton and former democratic congressman. wi only the top two on tuesday are going to make it out of it and they will go head to head in a runoff. mcdaniel voters like david magee here, ultimately if it were to get to a runoff between espy and hyde-smith, who would he vote for? this is what he told us yesterday. >> i'm voting for chris mcdaniel. you asked me who i'll vote for if -- first of all, mcdaniel will be in the runoff, but for hypothetical purposes. >> for hypothetical purposes, you're going to vote for chris mcdaniel, but if it's cindy hyde-smith and mike espy, who do
you vote for? >> let me tell you this, i haven't decided yet. >> reporter: craig, david has about 1,000 to 1,200 cattle that he raises that go through his operation every year. he says his industry is doing well. he's happy with the economy and how it's impacting him and his family, and he says that despite his support of the president of the united states, who backed cindy hyde-smith in this runoff here, he said that ultimately he's going to vote for chris mcdaniel. he said his vote is up in the air, which when you talk to many people across mississippi, the question mark is just three weeks after this tuesday who ultimately would come out, and could a democrat like doug jones did in alabama last year, could a democrat win it this year and ultimately give democrats the majority. that's the question at hand. craig. >> vaughn hillyard on a bale of hay. you win the live shot award today. congratulations. >> reporter: aww. when we come back, getting
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college groups nationwide to get out the groups and how do you do that? parties and picnics. and my next guest angie king has the plan. it sounds like a celebration, and how do you know they vote? how do you generate the numbers? >> we have been doing a numbers research that the by having a community event, you turn out the community by one to two percent. we have 18 events going on across the country, and we have had them across the college campuses, and the energy is palpable and they are energized when they see their neighbors and classmates coming out to vote. >> what is going on in the hundreds of events that you are talking about. they are looking like voting parties? >> yeah, they are parties. they are happening at tailgates, and happening on the college
campus uss, and people are bringing puppies and musical acts or the local entertainment, and it is exactly what you would imagine. it is what a community festival would look like or community fair, and we are doing it on campuses, and in communities and taking that spirit of the fourth of july celebration for instance and putting it in the context of the election season. >> you spend a lot of time talking to the college student, and what issues do they care the most? >> young people care about the same issues that we care can about. they care about a their families, wages, access to health care, but we have not really been focusing on talking to them about the issues there. a lot of reser arch that shows that focusing on the issues is not what is going to motivate the young people to vote, but it is again going back into the idea of installing a positive lifelong traditions, and making it about doing it with your frie friends and community, and so that is where we have been laying the focus, and young people are impacted by a lot of
what is going on in the world right now, and happening -- >> so, wait. it is counter intuitive, because you are saying that perhaps we have been approaching this the wrong the entire time, and we should not be using issues to motivate young people to vote, but try to get them to see it as more of a social obligation or more of a obligation of being part of the community? >> yeah. i mean the word obligation is tricky. people feel excited when there is something that we should be doing that feels like it is prideful and that it is exciting and that it is about social. so it is really just slightly shifting the narrative from the idea of it being a dutiful activity or or obligation to something that everyone is doing, and your friend s are doing it, and the parents are doing it, and your best friend is doing it. and so it is intuitive and you are more likely to go do something to attend an event if you know that other people are doing it. so it is applying the same idea
into the concept of voting, and we are finding that is actually making a huge impact. >> all right. that is a fascinating concept, angie di maria. i hope that the voter parties are work, and the turnout is through the roof for younger voters. good luck on your work. >> thank you so much. >> and up next a dynamite story. you're in the business of helping people. we're in the business of helping you. business loans for eligible card members up to fifty thousand dollars, decided in as little as 60 seconds. the powerful backing of american express. don't do business without it. essential for the cactus,
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