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the political messaging writes itself. gritty 2020 true grit or gritty 2020, he won't abolish ice. he's sure to aspire a new generation but be careful flyers fans, too much political zealotry and you could become a fanatic. so happy i don't have to read those until i have to read them. that's all for tonight. the beat with ari melber starts now live from broward county, florida. i'll let you take away without any awkward toss. >> this time that works for us. thank you. we're live from broward county, florida. this is the home stretch and the epicenter of what's shaping up to be a historic recount. we're looking at the florida governor and senator race. in that building, we were just
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in there, election workers racing to finish the machine recount by the thursday deadl e deadline. earlier we were inside the building and looked at the recount proceedings. i spoke to a group of these protesters gathered out here the last few hours. i'll show you that reporting in a moment. today a slew of legal challenges and emergency hearings about the recount are occurring across the state of florida. republican politicians alleging misconduct even though the florida state investigators say they haven't seen evidence of any kind of voter fraud. the difference in the senate race is basically a photo finish. just over 12,000 votes out of a whopping 8 million and more counted. in the governor's race ron desantis is up. tonight there are key undecided state races that we'll show you around the country in georgia and arizona. then there's the new national numbers that show as the
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counting continues, the mid term blue wave is getting bigger and bluer. 7 million more people voted for democrats than republicans. democrats up 6.5% nation wide and that's with so many races yet to be decided. >> how is it possible that the monday after the election we're still with you at the big board? >> statewide recount is under way. >> there's a big race in georgia left to be called. >> in arizona today the slow counting of ballots continue. >> democrats should net somewhere between 35 and 40 seats. >> as more races get called, we could be close to 40 seats. the blue wave is looking much bluer. >> there are people still this late hour, a few hours ago. i had chance to speak with some of the protesters.
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let's go inside the epicenter of the whole debate and look at how the recount process works. >> this is ground zero of how the florida election could be decided. behind me are 12 different machines that are counting in realtime these ballots right now. the over 700,000 ballots from broward county which could be key to the entire state. all 700,000 of those ballots are going through. you're seeing a recount in two parts. first the multiple page ballot is being separated to only have the first page removed. that's what you're seeing the election workers are doing. after they separate that which we're told will take hours late into today, they will do the formal mechanical recount of the races on the first page including this key u.s. senate race.
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the state committee for the republican party of broward county. thanks for being here as part of our special coverage. >> thank you. >> mark, let's start with you. where do we go from here? is this a normal recount and what are the odds that the outcome changes? >> it's a normal recount because there's a problem in broward county. we can come to expect that. we saw that in 2000. this has eerie recollections of echoes of it. it does appear because of the margins in the governor's race, because of the margins in the senate race it's unlikely to flip. >> you don't think the democrats pick things up. >> i think they will -- it depends on how you define votes. if you count the votes cast and accepted by the superviesors of
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l elections, if you accept those -- >> call me old fashioned. my standard would be under the state laws of florida, which include past -- >> if it's received by 7:00 p.m. on tuesday does not count. there's thousands of ballots that are probably sitting in post offices and various places that didn't make it. >> let me take it to mitchell. our viewers know that mark knows florida. is he wrong about the idea that the democrats can't pick this up? >> i'm not -- >> don't caveat. this is real. >> we're doing a machine recount. when i tested the machines, one
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of the machines failed. the machine number ten failed. if you calibrate an s.a.t. type test and you miss a question, you often time you see the is tests companies put the test back through. we're going to put the cards back through. >> this is not academic. this is to say bill nelson ends up senator again, this works. >> if there's 24,000 under votes in broward county where the people voted and there's a 70% return on those votes, bill nelson is the next senator. >> you're talking about the idea that people meant to say something with their ballot but the machine didn't get it. >> let me be really clear. governor scott is scared about that. if he wasn't scared, he wouldn't be bringing all these lawsuits about fraud that don't exist. >> you're saying if this was a real comfortable, you wouldn't have a panic freak out by
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governor scott. >> otherwise you're ahead a touch down in the fourth quarter. if you're afraid that we're going to score two touchdowns because the votes haven't been counted, you start saying fraud, fraud, which the judge found no fraud. >> speaking for myself, not the official party, i would say governor scott was elected senator on election night. if the law is followed, he will remain the new senator-elect even after that. the question is, the undervotes. there's about 24,000. brenda snipes is notorious for not having transparency, committing illegal activities with regards to destroying ballots. >> you made mitchell take his glasses off. you know what that means. >> that means it's on.
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>> let's play bit of her and go back to you. >> have be been mistakes? >> there have been issues that did not go the way we wanted. we can call it a mistake. we can call it whatever you want to call it. i don't want to take up anymore of the recess time for the canvassing board. >> richard. >> she constantly makes similar excuses. she's not followed the law. it's been determined by a judge, not by me. it's a judge that said she's not followed the law in the past. why out of all these counties across the state, large county, small koucounties they can compe their totaling at the appropriate time frame but we come down to broward county. miami dade finished. miami dade has far more voters than broward county. >> i think this cuts both ways. the republicans appear nervous.
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you don't have to be a political junkie to know that florida has problems with elections. what you're saying echoes some of what i heard. i spent time with the protesters. a lot of them were republican maga protesters. let's hear what they have to say. how many people are affiliated with or hoping the republicans win? what's your concern? what do you want to see happen inside? >> we just want justice. we want the truth. we don't want fraud. snipes has defied court ordinaryordinarers. we have 67 counties in florida. this is the highest democratic concentration here that we have the problem. >> my sign says systemic sabota sabotage. i think it goes a lot deeper. these people cannot be that incompetent. it's a smoke screen for cheating. >> do you think it's helpful or
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do you think he should stay out and let the florida process run its course? >> i think it's helpful. we need know our leaders are with us and no we have systemic sabotage going on in the u.s. elections. >> i think our president should get involved. i think president trump is probably the only one that can help solve this mess. >> mark. >> it's almost beyond a doubt that supervisor snipes had more controversies in florida than any other election supervisor. there's a strong case to be argued and made for incompetence on her part and the part of some of her staff. to say there's fraud, to say that fraud has resulted in dispydi disappeared or found ballots, that's absurd. rather than stick to the facts that one can make a clear case for incompetence, he's kicked it up to 11.
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>> kicked it up to 11. you know the king solomon story about splitting the baby is the idea you can't split the baby. >> this is true but i'm trying. >> i guess what i want to ask you and we're seeing the energy from a lot of protesters here behind us, i don't know if you follow the musician j. cole where he says count it up, count it up. isn't that the best way american democracy to go forward and count this all up? >> i believe in counting every legal vote. that's the problem here. there are votes possibly being put in illegally. whether there is actual fraud, there's the appearance of fraud. i was present just last night at some ballot boxes that were found in a rental car at the airport. i can share the video with you. there were unmarked ballots in that box. if there are unmarked ballots floating around in rental cars,
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that lends the appearance that something is wrong here. somebody could mark the ballots. somebody could get them in here. >> a final word to mitchell. >> any chads in 2000 and there's no illegal votes now. the judge found that today. >> right. that's an important point on the facts which is there's not been findings by the judges or state authorities of voter fraud which is makes president trump's comments about this so irresponsible and fact free. thanks to my panel on the ground. i'm going right out to tallahassee where we have ron meyer who is a law expert representing senator nelson's campaign. ron, what success at stake on that issue? >> what we have is a question of using signatures of voters to have lay people determine whether they match the signatures that are on file with
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the registrar of elections office. we're seeing them set aside by lay people applying no standards, just guessing at whether a signature matches or not. those votes aren't being counted. there's a federal lawsuit that challenges that process that's ongoing. it will be heard in federal court on wednesday. what we want is these people who have registered properly, have timely properly cast a vote by mail ballot to have their ballots counted. that's what the lawsuit is about. he mind is sharp but not so much her handwriting all the time. if he waivers a bit in signing the ballot, should her ballot be discounted and not counted. of course not. she's a valid, regular voter
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whose ballot should be counted. >> ron, you know i'm not going to talk about your mama. that's just how i was raised. you're using her as an example. you're saying the signatures might be at some distance from the original that people are looking at when they are doing this poll work and they are going to make a mistake. you're not talking about stealing an election. you're talking about human error. >> what i'm talking about is a process that pro supposes that everybody signs their name the exact same every time and that's not the case. we don't have standards in place for boards around the state to apply to even judge these signatures and whether they are the same. this is not a circumstance where somebody comes forward and said somebody else voted my ballot.
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this is a circumstance where a person voted by mail, signed their signature to the ballot and it should be counted and we have a process in place that doesn't allow it. we also have a circumstance -- >> let me ask you before i let you go. i want to get you on the politics which is the same question i asked earlier. do you think by your definition of all the votes counted that senator nelson can win this race? >> absolutely. absolutely. there are enough legitimate, legal votes that need to be counted that can flip that kind of margin. we have seen machine errors in the recounts today in the afternoon in duval county. one of the recounting machines had a hiccup and failed to tally 15,000 votes. they had to go back through the machine to correct that in the recount. those are the machines that a machine recount will pick up from the original election night returns. there's plenty of room to flip this election and we believe if
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everybody counts all the votes that are legitimately entitled to be counted, senator nelson wins. >> well, that's the big bet an that's the big debate here and debate with a lot of people behind me. thanks for sharing your expertise. >> thank you. coming up, we talk about what are the democrats going to do with their subpoena power and we look at the blue wave that keeps growing. i'll be joined by eric swalwell. a key witness claiming that bob mueller's officer told him to get ready to be indicted. that's a big story and i have an exclusive interview who says bob mueller has a foolproof way to safeguard his broprobe with a n ag. we'll get back to the action here in florida and more of my reporting from inside the election's office. you're watching a special edition of "the beat" live right here from broward county,
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>> it's a direct result of blue wave. that's a democratic poi poised e over. he says he will grill acting attorney general matt whittaker about his new role of overseeing this russia probe. democrats winning the projected 35 house seats. as we reported that's their biggest midterm haul in four decades. >> the ouster of jeff sessions. >> certainly. >> north korea summit. >> all issues involving north korea. >> commitments to saudi arabia. >> you could continue down the list. >> what are your top oversight priorities? >> i really want to look at some things that affect people on a day-to-day bases. drug prices and health care issues. >> white house staff use of
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personal e-mail. >> for sure. >> the president's business dealings abroad. >> absolutely. i want to see his tax return. >> a key witness in the russia probe, a roger stone ally, is now saying that mueller's team told him to get ready to be indicted for perjury. i'm joined now as promised by california congressman eric swalwell. thanks for joining me. who do you see as people that are worthy of subpoenas? would you want to subpoena the translater for the trump-putin summit about which there remaps -- remains a big mystery. >> we want to do things that make a difference in our democracy and people's lives.
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certainly fill in the gaps. bring in michael cohen. understand the deal he was t trying to do with trump tower in moscow. know whether he told the president trump or not. finally understand what don junior told his dad to to do this so we protect against future interference and know what the president said to vladmir putin in that summit when he met one-on-one and only a u.s. interpreter was there and praised him on a world stage and defied the findings of our intelligence officials. >> you do plan to subpoena translater in. >> we tried to subpoena him at the very last house intelligence open hearing. that will still be on the table. the american people put democrats in majority because of health care.
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let's get that infrastructure plan done that the president wants to do. let's make sure that his wages stay flat and we find a way to get tax cuts to people who work on every floor and not just the top floor. we can collaborate if the president wants to come to the table and do deals. >> that's something that's been a big matter of debate in washington. how big was the blue wave. bigger than what some said and what it was for. you're saying you think the main reason you won such a historic majority is health care? >> it was het care. the president gutted protections for people with pre-existing conditions and took away the mandate. most are seeing their premiums go up. we have elected 25 and counting members in their 40s and under. the country is looking forward. they are looking for people who bring new energy, ideas and
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conferre confidences. i'm excited to serve. >> take a listen to advice for you and your new powerful chairman and women from none other than former speaker newt gingrich. >> if all you do is end up in investigations which we did in '98, it actually hurts you. the country wants to see things work. the country doesn't want to have the house democrats spend all day every day in investigations and in open warfare against the president. >> is he right or wrong? >> he's right. i agree with his words not his deeds back in '98. the days of presidential immunity are over. looking the other way, giving the president a free pass, not standing up for our democracy is done. the voters voted to put a check on power on these abuses of power. we're going to do our job there. >> well, anyone who thinks you're sometimes predictable got it wrong tonight. i haven't you heard agree with newt gingrich all that often.
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that's interesting context. >> it's a new day. thanks. what we're going to do now is turn right back to our on the ground reporting in this historic fight. a judge rejecting claims of voter frauds. voter frauds welcome back. reporting live right here from broward county, florida. a state judge rebutting some
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republican claims there was vote r frau frauds. the judge did agree to beef up security at the sight. that's part of what's behind me. the judge said, no evidence of fraud despite claims like this from scott and trump. >> senator nelson is trying to commit fraud to try to win this election. that's all this is. >> you think that's the senator himself is committing fraud? >> well, it's his team. >> all of a sudden they are finding votes out of nowhere and rick scott, who won by, it was close but he won by a comfortable margin. every couple of hours it goes down a little bit. >> i will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of florida. >> those claims, as you see, were being made despite no evidence proven of voter fraud.
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i spoke to counsel for the democrats campaign, bill nelson, about this very issue. >> these claims of frauds that have been made since the beginning, i was here when they were still counting the mail in ballots and there's no indication from anyone there's been any fraud. it's hard to write these off as first amendment speech when they are coming from someone with the weight of authority. the governor of the state of florida. it's a sad time for us to be contesting elections when the government is trying to undermine the validity of the election. >> now i turn to another expert live on sight with me. he's now with the voting rights group called the new florida majority and former chair of the new york city complaint. i'm going to turn to you here and we're in place where there's a lot of energy behind us and a lot of discussions. we're in a state by a big
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bipartisan margin decided people who had convictions get to vote. how do you feel watching that progress but also what we have been reporting look like trumped up claims of voter fraud by some republican officials? >> the reality is the allegations of voter frauds have been false. they were false before the judge ruled. it really shows the level of hypo hypocrisy of rick scott. governor scott has been at the forefront. going back the laws he signed in place at 2011. when you hear him claim voter frauds after time and time again of purging roles and making sure folks can vote. being caught in the supreme court in courts of how those former felons are giving their right back. the context of voter frauds in this time an place seems very
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hypocritical. it gives great promise to an expansion of democracy moving forward. however in the current context we're in now for those folks watching this happen, what's going to be their level of engagement. will will there be more a pathy. >> saying does it after the noise is the process fairly adjudicated. let me turn to maya wiley. i'm speaking to you from florida. we're here because it's so sight. you have two different statewide races and they are major thin margins. that's a story about red and blue. i wonder if you feel we have learned something positive about
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the fact you know what's not red and blue divided, what's not 49-49 is over 60% of voters in florida, a wide coalition, said actually, yes. people who offended should have voting rights and that issue has more support than some of these partisan debates. >> that was a critical reason that was said and florida wasn't the only state to try to make it easy for citizens to vote. it's a huge percentage of those people are black and latino. excused racially. i think the thing that's so important is republicans actually supported reenfranchising folks. it was bipartisan and at some point we have to come to grips
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in this country because we have, at least over the past decade, we have instances of republican lawmakers making explicit statements, including brian kemp in georgia that republicans will be in trouble if black people vote and republicans will be in trouble if latinos vote. to distract us from our democratic order which is our right to select the votes who lead us, that has to be a bipartisan endevour. we we suppress votes and make it difficult for citizens to vote, it impacts people who are white. there's not one race that's impacted by making more difficult. one thing we have to pay attention to, in october there was a poll that showed only 51% of americans had faith in our democracy. 51%. that's a shockingly low number and that has to be a bipartisan
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project. >> right. that really goes to the larger civil rights aspect of this. maya stay with me. thank you for being a part of our special coverage. >> thank you. what we're going to do is cover more than one news item. the other big story is development in bob mueller's russia probe. the quiet period looks like it's over. on the one hand you have donald trump installing a loyalist as acting attorney general. democratic leaders sending a letter to the justice department ethics office. they are demanding that whittaker recuse over serious ethical concerns including past attacks on the mueller probe. >> he's already pre-judged the mueller situation. if he stays there, he will create a constitutional crisis by inhibiting mueller or firing
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mueller. >> i want to turn now to a beat exclusive. i'm proud to say we're joined by a watergate special prosecutor. he helped write the road map to address richard nixon's potential crimes. he says that same road map shows a potential route for mueller even if this is key, donald trump's allies use their power to block the probe. george, thanks for taking your work in this story to the beat first. walk us through what you mean here. >> let's start from the g beginning. it's essential that the results of robert mueller investigation be made public. you're seeing it there in ground zero in florida when you talk about the validity of an election. the american public is not going to have faith in our election system and the rule of law
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unless they learn what robert mueller set out to do and how he did it and what he discovered. that's essential. in the watergate case, the results of the grand jury's ingei investigati investigation, the evidence against the president was made public because the tapes went to congress and there was an impeachment investigation. in the case of bill clinton, the ken starr investigation results it was not a national security or election integrity investigation. it was about an alaska land deal. >> george, clinton impeachment, let's put it to the side. how would you apply this to trump? >> there's a lot of different ways the mueller results of his investigations can be made public. we described one historically
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there's the grand jury submitting a report and a republican judge. with the approval of the court of appeals that evidence to the congress for impeachment consideration and public exposu exposure. he's trying to send signals he be more like a rod rosenstein. if he does you're saying that mueller, you think has the legal authority to use the grand jury and then we all see what's in there? >> it would be sent to the congress and up to house of representatives and perhaps to the congress's a whole.
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in the case of the clinton impeachment, the house of representatives voted on a very bipartisan basis to make all of that evidence public. the public did learn everything about the course of the investigation and the results. that could happen here. >> let me bring in maya. i apologize. i'm on a delayed remote here from florida. speak to george's insight that there's another avenue and what would happen if there was the removal of bob mueller. do you think the remaining prosecutors could still try on an emergency basis to take this stuff to congress which has a democratic house and the public could really see. >> i agree this is the right way for those who want this to become public, including robert mueller himself, hopefully to look for strategies to make sure this becomes public. remember that george, that robert mueller's operating under
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a different set of rules. as a special counsel in this case he has to go through whoever his boss is which has been rod rosenstein, now if it becomes whittaker unless he's recused, whittaker has the ability to quash the report in the first instance. one thing that's important to recognize is under the rules, if he does that, he does have to report to congress that he did it. that gives a democratically controlled congress some transparency into the fact it's happened and then gives them the ability to try to go through their own process to subpoena witnesses and identify for themselves what that evidence may have been. having subpoena power matters a lot. i think this issue of what we have seen or know of robert mueller in terms of how he behaves. he's a by the books prosecutor. whether he would do that and take that route is the question that's open.
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>> don't forget that -- >> i got to fit in a break. robert mueller is by book and george helped write one of those books. george i hope you can come back another time. thank you so much. i want to turn back to the recount here in florida. for many americans all of this, well, it looks like deja vu all over again. >> those computers. this is the answer. get it right. >> they need florida. florida, florida. let me show you one more time. this is it right here. florida, florida. >> the 2000 race between george bush and al gore went to the supreme court with florida on the map. there were the butterfly ballots that's right here. we have another ballot. the so called hidden senate ballot. >> this is the ballot for broward county. long list of instructions in the left column.
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meanwhile the governor's race were there were 26,000 votes cast prominently in the middle column. hard to miss the governor's race. maybe a little easier to miss the senate race. >> back then we had the brooks brothers riot. this were republican operatives in that room rushing the miami dade elections office. now we have maga hat protesters and bikers for trump today. the importance of street level pressure was dramatized in something you may have seen. this was the hbo classic about the 2000 race called "recount." >> i want our protesters in tallahassee in florida. >> call roger stone. >> protesters outside of gore's home. >> this is a street fight for the presidency of the united
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states. >> that was for all the marbles. florida has the third most electoral college votes in the nation. no republican has won the white house without wipi inwinning fln about a century. i'll be joined by congress who represents the votes right here in broward county. the vott here in broward uncoty with my bladder leakage, the products i've tried just didn't fit right. they were too loose. it's getting in the way of our camping trips. but with a range of sizes, depend fit-flex is made for me. with a range of sizes
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in our reporting today i got to watch some of the recount process up close. we got an inside look at the people patiently monitoring these results head sboing into deadline on thursday. let me show you a bit of what we're having. you've got election workers. you've got the county super vising board of leelections roo here. you have local attorneys, media observers. we have seen representatives
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from campaign and there's a lot of security. throughout this room is like it was in 2000. ground zero for a lot of people who have a lot of stake in what happens in that room with the deadlines approaching. come with me. right here this is the mother of all waiting rooms. you have a lot of different people gathered media, election representatives, campaigns, parties. every one in here has a reason to be in here to keep track of what's going on in there. this is part of the transparency and it's where every one is waiting around to find out what will happen when we reach the deadlines. when the recounts come in and whether the manual recount is triggered when this mechanical recount is finished. >> i'm joined now by congress n congressman. they would give your district a hard time for how often there's
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voting problems here. what do you care to say on behalf of broward county? >> the question isn't voting problems. the question is making sure the votes are counted. >> i'm going get right on you. i think that's very important. the president is lying when he talks about voter frauds and he's undermining the legitimacy of these elections. we've reported that. that's clear and as journalists we have to report that. >> we're going to find out. we're going to do the recount right now. we're going to find out whether this is a problem with the scanners or not. they will recalibrate them and we'll find out. let's wait until the recount is played out. you're right about the president but it's not the president. the way rick scott has behaved and cast doubt on this whole
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process is so dangerous. here is what people know about rick scott. they know when there's a hurricane, he puts on his navy hat and travels around the state and tells people to be calm and to work together. it's time that he maybe considers putting that navy cap back on and looking at the florida voters and telling them let's be calm. let's stay together for the benefit of our democracy. that's what he ought to be doing. >> let's talk about that. did he cross a line in trying to get these voting machines seized? >> of course. they said it could have kneec kneecaped the recount. >> his attempt to seize those machines, to impound the machines is just the natural extension of everything he's done since he's been governor. trying to make it harder to register voters. trying to make it harder to cast votes early. reducing the number of early voting sites. when he tried to purge close to 200,000 voters from the voting rolls including a world war ii veteran that i represent.
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>> if he's declared the lawful winner do you see his conduct as a stain on that victory. >> i think his behavior has been terrible because of his efforts to try to cast doubt on our elections. what's important to remember is what happened today. a republican appointed judge just told him we're not going to allow you to use your power as governor to send in your state troopers and impound the machines. he's the governor of florida. he's not an unelected autocrat and he needs to be held accountable. >> the county is continuing because of what a judge ruled and that's still the law in florida and the united states. that's an important point that can get lost. thank you for being part of our coverage opini coverage. the senate run off in mississippi has been rocked by inappropriate comments. inappropriate comments hing that.
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hyde-smith posted on twitter over the weekend. >> just give me the count down. espy calling those comments about a public hanging reprehensible and shows a lack of judgment. hyde-smith released a statement saying, i refer to a speaking engagement referencing the one who invited me. i used an exaggerated expression to turn this into any negative connotation is ridiculous. this is the scene at a press conference today. >> did you expand on it, then, why you said it, what you meant by it, and why people in the state should not see it as offensive? >> we put out the statement yesterday, and it's available, and we stand by that statement. >> senator, are you familiar with mississippi's history of lynchings? >> i put out a statement yesterday and that's all i'm going to say about t. >> you mentioned that there shouldn't be -- it shouldn't be viewed with a negative connotation. could you at least explain -- >> i put out a statement
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they're still going strong here. our time is up. but i will be back later tonight reporting live from this very spot with chris hayes, and later with lawrence o'donnell. the counting continues. our reporting continues. but that does do it for the beat and i want to tell you "hardball" with chris mathews is up next. /s >> the fog clears. the democrats won. let's play "hardball." ♪ ♪ good evening. i'm chris mathews in washington. the first full week after the election, the fog is starting to clear over the democratic victory in the midterms. nationally, the democrats beat the republicans 52 to 45% in the popular vote nationally. the democrats could pick up up to 40 seats now in the house of representatives, something i've been predicting since last april. they had two big other

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