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coming in hot. putting president trump squarely at the center of his launch and him squarely in the president's crosshairs. in his opening message biden frames this race on a referendum on how president trump is ripping apart the character of the country. >> the core values of this nation a nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that has made america america is at stake. that's why today i'm announcing my candidacy for president of the united states. >> so bottom line, the democratic field is mostly set. look at that, with biden, big on name recognition, short on campaign cash and already racking up the endorsements. we have a big team covering this and all the day's news. this hour we'll be talking with deputy campaign manager for the newest campaign, kate bedingfield is joining us exclusively. my colleague kristen welker at
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the whourks also with us, robert cost costas, mirra tanden from the center for american progress, gabby ore from politico. aaron blake senior political reporter for "the washington post." emily, talk us through what we expect to see from biden today and over the course of his launch day? >> starting here in delaware, where else but the joseph r. biden junior rail station. think of this as not just announcement day, but announcement month. that is one of three pillars the biden team is considering as part of this rollout, the second pillar we'll see on monday when he has his first public campaign event in pittsburgh. it will be a union-heavy crowd. he'll be talking about his plans to rebuild the middle class. and then this is all going to follow up with travel to early
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states. he's not just going to hit iowa, new hampshire, nevada and south carolina, but also california. this ends with may 18th. he's going to talk about rebuilding the bridges between us as a country. what's not on the public schedule just yet is something biden is going to be doing today. we'll be heading from wilmington to philadelphia where the vice president has a big dollar fund-raiser. it's going to be tracking some of the biggest names in democratic politics there. we know, of kourns, not just political support, but financial support is so critical for joe biden as he gets up and running as part of this campaign. >> mike, i'm going to ask you to hang out in this conversation and jump in when you can. i want to go to mirra tanden. one of the things the former vice president did is really go after president trump in a way we vice president seen from a lot of these other 2020 candidates. he specifically talked about the president's response to charlottesville. here is a piece of that. >> he said there were, quote,
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some very fine people on both sides. very fine people on both sides? in that moment, i knew the threat to this nation was unlike any i had ever seen in my lifetime. if we give donald trump eight years in the white house, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and i cannot stand by and watch that happen. >> the brag coalition of the democratic party is basically focused and centered on donald trump and finding a candidate that can take on trump. i think one of the strengths of the vice president is people can imagine them on the debate stage and the vice president pushing back really hard. whether it's moderates in the party or the most liberal or left operation to trump's racism and his effort to divide people against each other is a core part of the opposition. so i actually think it's a smart move for a person who is leading
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the pack to try to say here i am making the argument to take on trump most effectively. >> in those states where donald trump was effective. so bob, that includes, of course, pennsylvania, where we'll see biden for the first time publicly since his launch. he has to closed door fund-raiser as mike mem ollie talked about. significant he's taking pennsylvania first and not one of these other states like iowa and new hampshire like you often see. >> those efforts underscore how the vice president has a real appeal among white working class voters. alley, i was in south carolina a few days ago at a historically black church in charleston. i was taken back a bit at this point in the race, for someone not even in the race, the amount of support for vice president biden on the ground among people who still had questions about senator sanders, mayor buttigieg, beto o'rourke and others. you see him not only strong at
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this early, early stage in places like western pennsylvania, but also the south that will be very critical in the primary process. >> by the way, the money piece of it, politico talks about the conference call where the vice president sounded the alarm. joe biden said the money is important, we're going to be judged by what we can do in the first 24 hours, the first week. he's not wrong. >> absolutely. i think everyone is looking for that metric of how much support you have in the first 24 hours. i expect he will actually do pretty well. he's more focused on bigger dollars than small dollars. he actually has access apparently to president obama-biden list which is a substantial list to have access, too. >> that's right. you have obama world breaking silence in the primaries coming out with the statement. president obama has long said selecting joe biden as his running made in 2008 was one of the best decisions he's ever made. he relied on the vice president's knowledge, insight and judgment throughout both
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campaigns and the entire presidency. the two forged a special bond over the last ten years and very main close to day. very touching if you're joe biden, not an endorsement. >> that's what everybody is focusing on. i'm not too worried about that. the idea a former president would come out on day one an endorse even his former vice president -- >> a year and a half before the election. >> you hold your power and wait to see how things play out. doing it right now i don't think would help very much. >> that's about as far as you can go without endorsing somebody. i think that was a big boost to joe biden as he enters this race, seeks major donations this evening and going forward in the next 24 hours. >> in fact, he's already looking ahead to the general election. that's where my friend kristen welker comes in. we know president trump is also looking ahead to the general election, knows the news of the day, knows that joe biden is officially in and is tweeting about it. >> didn't take him very long to respond, hallie. president trump not making it
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his first tweet of the day, but certainly tweeting within the hours after that video came out. here is what he had to say, welcome to the race sleepy joe. i only wish you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. it will be nasty but you'll be dealing with people who truly have some sick and demented ideas, but if you make it, i will see you at the starting gate. the rnc out with a statement noting that former president obama didn't endorse his former vice president. look, the reality within trump world is that they do see the former vice president as a potential threat as a running made, as a contender in a general election. the reason for that goes to something that bob was saying, the fact that biden stands to potentially peel off some of those working class voters in places like pennsylvania, ohio, throughout the midwest, that really help to sweep president trump into the white house. so the question becomes can he make it through the primary because it's going to be a
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bruising battle. he's of course, the 17th major candidate to announce that he's officially in the race. it's a very diverse, young field. is he the right man for the moment? we'll have to see. >> bob, what are you hearing from your sources in and around trump world about biden's entry to the race? >> there's a real divide about whether the democratic party wants to move toward a new generation of leaders or whether they believe with someone as strong and popular with the republican as president trump, do they need someone that harkens back to the obama era and has a coalition ready to go. in past presidential cycles parties have often turned to former vice presidents to try to have a revival and win back the white house. the rivals i'm talking to in the democratic party, they see vice president biden as a very strong candidate but someone with glaring weaknesses, someone who may not be able to speak to the moment on the left, progressive
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issues, in the same way the diverse candidates, female candidates, younger candidates. they're going to push that generational gap as much as possible. >> neera, it's worth noting that the last time we saw joe biden in a video online was him saying he will do better as related to these women who came forward who said they had unwelcome physical contact, not sexual contact with them. he's answering for that. he has to answer for some of the pieces of his record that democrats may not like in this more progressive moment. >> absolutely, he has a very long record and there are issues in the past that will be important for him to address head on. i do think what's fascinating about the exchange today is the fact that trump is acknowledging him, and i came up with an expression for him. i think personally it's one of his more pathetic expressions. i don't think of the vice president as sleepy joe. >> he's used that for months and months. >> what's really interesting at the moment in the democratic party is people are so desperate to win, and the vice president
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has strength in the national polls. i think he has strength because he is seen as a unifying figure in the party. also, he can attract voters who have been swing voters to the democratic party. there's a reenforcing issue here. the more trump makes biden his opponent, the more people will think he's the most electable candidate. >> that's an interesting point. what trump did today was strengthen biden by saying he's a strong candidate and i'm worried and have to take him on immediately. >> my colleague bob talked about the baggage joe biden has because of his long paper trail. been in office almost 60% of his entire life, in his mid 70s. that's a long time. he was in the senate in a very different era. i think keeping -- mike talked about how there are three facets to this campaign launch. >> three pillars. >> the fact he started with the trump fas set of that i think is
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significant and suggests that's going to be his focus. i think that's good for him because it takes the focus off some of his own past issues that maybe aren't quite as good for the democratic party today. >> you two stick around, kristen welker, i'll ask you to stick around. stay close to a camera in case we have more breaking biden news. i want to thank neera tanden, bob costa. good to see both of you. we have nbc news exclusive reporting breaking right now on this show. acting defense secretary patrick shanahan and the investigation that seems to have been delaying his formal nomination to that position. let me bring in nbc pentagon reporter courtney kuby who joins us. what are you hearing? >> we first heard about this about a month ago in march when there were allegations made by a non-profit group, activist group in d.c. that secretary shanahan had been pressuring pentagon leadership, military leadership to support boeing.
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of course, shanahan was a three-decade career official at boeing before he came to the pentagon in 2017. the allegations made their way into the media. there were news reports about it. the ig opened an investigation. what we've learned today, hallie, is based off of part of this ig investigation that we obtained a copy of, the first allegation against acting secretary shanahan was actually leveled in early february, and it surrounded a claim that he was pressuring the commandant of the marine corps, general robert miller to buy the fa-18 which of course is a boeing aircraft and he also pressured air force chief of staff general gold fein on the fax. this is now complete and it has cleared secretary shanahan. what that means, we've been waiting for acting secretary to become the secretary nominee for
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a number of weeks and expecting that. this was the major hurdle he needed to clear. now we're waiting to see if president trump nominates him to be the top pentagon job. >> perhaps getting closer to that. courtney, thank you for that breaking news exclusive on nbc. much more to come in the show including how joe biden is already taking the fight to president trump when his 2020 deputy campaign manager joins us exclusively here onset. up ahead, left wide open, our other nbc news reporting on how the kremlin may have exploited team trump and why one former trump official compares the white house to a juicy peach just waiting for the russians to come pluck. come pluck la packed with pure soy evens tone and texture. so skin looks like this. and you feel like this. aveeno® positively radiant get skin happy™ you get the freedom of what a 7-day return policy. this isn't some dealership test drive around the block.
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happening today. the summit washington never wanted to happen. vladimir putin and kim jong-un meeting for the first time as the russian president steps in to fill the void left by the u.s. a couple months after the kim summit with president trump in hanoi ended real suddenly. putin and kim shaking hands, posing for pictures. at one point they shared a drink before sitting down for one-on-one talks. putin claims the summit is intended to pump the brakes on the nuclear ambitions. intelligence analysts have warned kim has not taken the steps the international community wants to see. back in washington the president making good on his promise to fight subpoenas by democrats by going after one of the critical scenes in the mueller report and one of the reasons democrats
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want to talk to former white house counsel. kristen, the president is accusing a former top white house official of lying to robert mueller. >> that's right. he says don mcgahn, his former white house counsel never instructed him to fire robert mueller. let me read you the tweet and i'll read you the portion from the mueller report. this is what president trump said today, as has been incorrectly reported by the fake news media, i never told then white house counsel don mcgahn to fire robert mueller even though i had the legal right to do so. i could have done it myself. now the fake news media has nothing to do with the media, it's what's in the mueller report. this is the all right, quote, on saturday, june 17, 2017, the president called mcgahn and directed him to have the special counsel removed. all of this, hallie, fueling democrats' demands to intensify their investigations and also talk of impeachment. take a listen to one congresswoman who says they're
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not at impeachment yet, but if the stonewalling continues, they may be. >> if all of that fails, if all of those protections of our government fail, we will pursue impeachment. we won't have any other choice. >> reporter: so the stanoff between the white house and capitol hill intensifying this morning. >> kristen welker, thank you. that 448-page all right answered plenty of questions, but not this one. has our national security been put at risk because of the train's contacts with russia. nbc news reports the narrative of secret meetings between members of donald trump's orbit and operatives left us open to a covert russian operation. former intel officials and other experts tell nbc news it looked like a kountd intelligence minefield. ken dilanian is joining us. a former cia official tells you
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it's clear the russians had a pretty extensive full-court press on this administration and said the full extent of how successful this was may never be known. how potentially dangerous is that to the country? >> it's incredibly worrisome. what you had was an inexperienced group of people in the trump team allowing themselves to be exploited by vladimir putin's intelligence services. not clear whether it's still paying dividends. jared kushner mirrored kremlin talking points this week when he minimized russian election interference and failed to mention the hacking and dumping effort. let's recall that donald trump gave code word classified information to russian officials in the oval office and he stood on stage with vladimir putin and said he believed putin on election interference over intelligence services. even though the trump administration hasn't lifted all the sanctions that russia would like, they are doing things almost on a monthly basis that make putin happy.
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it really has intelligence officials very concerned. it's why the fbi is still looking into this. >> they are looking into this. that's something you're reporting about in the piece just posted today, looking into the potential national security damage from all this. will we ever know how successful the russians actually were? how hard is that to figure out if you're on those teams. >> it may be unnoble, hallie. intelligence doesn't often deal in court of law proof. it's about shades of gray. that's why this is all secret. sometimes the fbi will have strong suspicions and they'll assess that the u.s. official has been influenced by russia, but nothing they can prove in court. in that case, they may quietly take away this person's security clearance or have a person fired. you can't do that if it's jared kushner or donald trump. we're really in uncharted territory and it's unclear exactly how the fbi is going to investigate the people who essentially oversee them. >> ken dilanian in our washington bureau. thank you very much for that great reporting. up next, it has been weeks,
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months, years in the making, but joe biden finally makes it official. the big hurdle now, convincing voters he's obama's legitimate air. more when his deputy campaign manager joins us after the break. allstate. with accident forgiveness they guarantee your rates won't go up just because of an accident. smart kid. indeed. are you in good hands? when didwhen i needed ton? jumpstart sales. build attendance for an event. help people find their way. fastsigns designed new directional signage. ...and got them back on track. get started at
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the idea that all of a sudden the democratic party woke up and everybody asked what kind of democrat -- i'm an obama-biden democrat and i'm proud of it. >> that was joe biden earlier this month. the now 2020 presidential candidate not shy about his relationship with former president barack obama. you heard him there, making it clear he sees that as an asset rather than a liability. what about democratic voters? in an increasingly progressive field, running as an obama-biden democrat really the best strategy? joining me for her first interview since joe biden's announcement, kate bedingfield, it's great to see you. thanks for coming on. >> great to be here. >> when did the former vice president speak to former president obama last? >> they speak all the time. i won't get into their personal conversations. they speak all the time.
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>> his spokesperson says he's not making any endorsements in the primary. earlier we read the statement that has come out from president obama. did you expect the former president's support, and do you think it hurts that he's not going to endorse here. >> he asked the president not to endorse. he wanted to make the case. he is running in this race because he believes he need to restore the soul of this nation. we need to rebuild the backbone of america and we need to unify and come together. voters know joe biden. i this i they know he's a man of character, a man of empathy. as democrats are looking for a change and frankly it's voters across the country looking for a change from what we currently have in the white house, no bigger change than joe biden. >> explain why joe biden would have asked president obama not to endorse? >> he wants to make his own case. he is running on an incredibly strong message of wanting to restore the soul of the nation, wanting to rebuild the middle class, so as we rebuild the middle class, everybody gets to come along and wanting to unify
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america. >> there's the sheet of people summit. one of them talked about the biden candidacy ahead of the announcement. i'll play that for you. >> i'm tired of the same old people jumping in. he's had his experiences, had his chances. we're moving forward. >> how do you make the case for joe biden to a voter like her? >> he's a man of character, empathy. he spent his entire life not only speaking out for things he believes are right, but also with a record of action. he stood with president obama to get the affordable care act done. i think he has an incredible record of change to run on. >> every candidate in the race would run on being the opposite of donald trump. what this voter said is they
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want something new and fresh. seems tough for joe biden to make the case he's a new and fresh face. >> i don't think that's true. he's someone voters know. they know the man, know the kind of character he has. as they're looking at the failed moral leadership we currently have in the white house, i don't think there's a bigger change in this race than joe biden. >> do you think joe biden would commit to having a woman as his running mate? >> that's presumptuous. we're not going to make any commitments at point. he just announced this morning he's running for president. i think if you look at his record, he's somebody that has a progressive record almost unparalleled. he spoke out about climate change, wrote the violence against women act, took on the nra twice and won with the as city hall weapons ban. again, he was integral to getting the affordable care act
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done. >> many years in the senate, a lengthy record that will be looked at including the things you mentioned, but also his vote to authorize the iraq war, how he handle justice clarence thomas' hearing with anita hill. these are questions he will have to address. how is he planning to prove to voters he changed his views in an evolution that was authentic and it's not politically expedient? >> i think people know him. they know his character. he has name i.d. it's not because people know his name, it's because they know who he is. i think people understand he has a vision for the country based on equality and a notion that everybody should be able to get ahead. >> division for the country that he laid out is not donald trump's america in his announcement video. you guys are very clearly going after president trump. he is going after joe biden this morning. i would assume that's not surprising to you. a couple questions on that. first your reaction to what the president tweeted today about sleepy joe, welcome to the race. i only hope you have the intelligence long in doubt to
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wage a successful primary campaign, so on and so on. >> i think everybody knows who donald trump is. he'll be focused on his vision for the country. he believes the stakes couldn't be higher, he believes we're in a moment of moral reckoning. and he has a vision for an inclusive country where everybody who works hard gets to come along. >> nbc reported that one of the vice president's biggest concerns about running was about the president's attacks. this one today on him, but what about his family, what about when president trump perhaps inevitably goes after the people around joe biden as happens in the political sphere? >> i think any parent worries about the toll on their kids. the vice president's family is extremely supportive of him doing this, eager for him to do that. they were the first to jump up and say to him that he needed to do it. so they are fully prepared and fully supportive of him running. >> are you at all concerned that the strategy of going after president trump so directly, it seems like joe biden is looking ahead to the general election here, taking on donald trump.
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others in the race say voters don't want to hear that. they want to hear messages of what they're for, not what they're against. >> you'll see joe biden all over the country making the case for what he's for. he believes we're in a battle for the soul of this nation, this is a moment of real moral reckoning and this is our opportunity to build an america that we -- that brings everybody along and everybody gets to be a part of. >> who is joe biden most worried about in the 2020 field most currently? >> not going to do that. >> got to ask. thank you for coming on the show. we'll be seeing much more of you and the candidate you represent over the next year and a half. >> thanks for having me. >> they were the deciding factor in 2018, today why african-american women are the voting bloc 2020 contenders are not taking for granted. the breakout stars that came out of the big forum we just talked about and one or two candidates that voters say fell a little flat. that voters say fell a little flat ne today.
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we just need a president of the united states who uses her bully pulpit -- >> some breakthrough moments for senator kamala harris and elizabeth warren at the she the people forum in houston. not so much for bernie sanders and beto o'rourke who got less than a warm reception from some of the women in the room with sanders at one point even getting heckled. >> i actually was at the march on washington with dr. king back in 1963. black women will be an integral part of what our campaign and what our administration is about. >> why should women of color choose you? >> so -- >> we'll wait. we'll wait. take your time. >> let's bring in shaquille
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brewster covering the bernie sanders campaign, garrett headache with the o'rourke campaign, gabby ore and blake with us. we know women of color will be a critical voting bloc in 2020. it seems like senator sanders was visibly frustrated by the reception he got. >> reporter: something his campaign is not wanting to talk too much about. i was in the room during that forum. this was a form for women of color. there was some frustration from attendees there that sanders wasn't addressing the issues directing them, pivoting to more of the economic issues, more of the issues surrounding health care and not addressing the question at that point about white supremacist violence and the rise in that violence. the campaign posture, however, is to just keep chugging along, keep up the voter interactions. he's having to rally here in ft. worth later today. his campaign tweeted a video, just a little bit ago where you see dr. cornell west, the big
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supporter of senator sanders talking, showing that senator sanders has support among african-americans. he met with a group of black mayors last night. he had a rally in houston as well. at that rally he defended his position to allow inmates still in jail to vote. that is something very controversial. his team is telling me it's an issue sanders will continue to lean into. they feel like it helps with his pitch to african-american voters. >> shaq brewster there. garrett, you were at the she the people forum. you're out with beto o'rourke today. talk about your view on what you heard about elizabeth warren. based on your reporting, you felt like she was the one who really did electrify this crowd along with kamala harris. >> absolutely, elizabeth warren was the last speaker of the day. it did feel like her room. you could see her leaning in to what's become the identifying thing of her campaign which is that she has a plan for that. whatever the issue is, she's got
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a plan for it. she's not afraid to put out specifics and not afraid in some contrast to bernie sanders and beto o'rourke to directly answer some of these questions out here, directly confront issues of racism and sexism that she has seen and she has confronted. the audience in that room really responded to what she was saying. likewise with kamala harris, i do think there's an interesting distinction here where elizabeth warren benefits from lower expectations than camera harris had in that room. this is a forum by and for women of color. everyone in that room i think wanted to see kamala harris come out and do really well and she did. warren, i was told by a number of attendees after the event, benefited from the fact that a lot of folks at the end of the day just listened to sanders and didn't know what to expect and warren came out and owned the room. these are the third of these events i've covered in the last three weeks. in each one of them, i think warren has benefited in that
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same way, outperforming expectations. on the o'rourke side of things here, the answer to that question that you played the lead in to i think scored him some points in the room. he came in and said i don't, pekt to be given this support. i expect to go out and earn it day after day after day. this is a little bit of a home koun crowd for him, folks in houston and harris county who appreciated what he was able to do to help other candidates in the houston area. i think he has his work cut out for him with this audience, particularly women of color. he is leaning into this idea that he knows he has to do that work. but i think he and sanders both suffer from the same thing where they don't necessarily want to address the direct questions that they were getting in that forum. they wanted to talk about what they wanted to talk about. this audience was not here for that. >> politico has an interesting sort of wrap-up of this, gabby, talking about, the headline, racism and sexism, women of color slam white male tilt of dem primary writing elizabeth
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warren shies in an event that provided a snapshot of building frustrations among many democratic women. >> there's been a lot of talk over the last couple weeks about elizabeth warren focusing so much on policy. >> every week she's got a new policy. >> i've seen a lot of people say there's not an appetite for that among democrats. look at this forum. this is a moment where elizabeth warren did her homework, came prepared, talked about maternal mortality rates of african-american women. she said out a plan. i think that's why you saw the crowd respond so enthusiastically to her. she came and she outlined what she would do to address something that is a major problem. >> a huge applause line when she said, we've got to talk to hospitals in their language which is money. >> the crowd current nuts for that. it was an amazing moment. i think this illustrates this is a benefit to her in her campaign, that she can continue to focus on policy. >> aaron. >> i thought the antithesis of
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that is bernie sanders. all kinds of reporting of frustration from members of his campaign with the african-american outreach, minority outreach, staffers going on the record and talking about how not enough was done to make this happen. he had no chance of beating hillary clinton unless he addressed that. it didn't really change. i don't know how you go to this forum and don't have a better answer for what a basic question, something you know you're going to get asked. it leaves me wondering if he even knows how to speak to this kind of audience. so far he hasn't shown that he does. >> thank you all for joining us here on the show. much appreciated. much more to get to this morning. including the measles record nobody wanted to break. the largest number of cases since the disease was eliminated in america. that guy, dr. john torres is joining us to talk about why this may not be slowing down any time soon. delicious boost® high protein nutritional drink
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today an urgent red alert from health officials about the most contagious disease in the world, because we are somehow turning back the clock. the disease we thought was wiped out in this country nearly two decades ago is surging to its highest level since 2000,
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approaching 700 cases of measles, with new cases this week in california, new york and new jersey. i'm joined by nbc news medical kpant dr. john torres. it's great to see you. >> you, too, hallie. >> with the numbers we're seeing, do you call this an epidemic. >> the cdc has not yet called it an epidemic. most are calling it an outbreak. medical experts are starting to throw the word epidemic around when it comes to measles. we haven't heard that in decades. most of us have not heard that in our lifetimes. that's showing just how high the numbers are bumping up. two weeks ago, 555, last week 626. this week, 695. when they come out with new numbers on monday, it will be higher i think. >> did you ever think as a person who spent a long time in the medical field, you'd be talking about this in 2019? >> i didn't think this would happen, especially 2019. most of us who have been in medicine for the last three or four decades haven't seen
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measles, it got eliminated in 2000 and before that every now and then we'd have outbreaks and they'd immunize people and they'd take care of it. year after year we're seeing the numbers come up. 667 in 2014 was the biggest number up until now. that's unfortunately the record we've broken. since 2000, up to 695. now it will be even higher. >> that's the big picture level. on a personal level, this is incredibly serious for a lot of people, this issue. there are real complications for measles, miscarriage, premature birth, brain inflammation, pneumonia and something called sspe, a deadly nervous system disorder. this is something that a mom our teen talked to, arielle, her son got measles as an infant and was too young to be vaccinated. listen to what she had to say. >> being scared for years that your kid is going to die out of
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nowhere is terrifying. >> there are real world concerns and complications and serious problems that can come from this. >> there are. you talk to some people and they say i'm not too worried about measles because just a rash. it's not a rash, it's a respiratory disease with a lot of complications. there's a rare complication, but it can happen, especially if little ones, children get measles. up to ten years later, even though the measles have resolved, ten years later they can develop this ssp which means their brain and central nervous system gets affected. they have thinking issues and then they can't move their arms or legs. unfortunately, at that point, they usually die because it has a high mortality rate. that mom, because for the next ten years she has to watch her child to make sure he's not showing signs of this happening. there's no cure for it, but
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hopefully nothing crops up because that could be devastating. it's one of the complications from measles. this is not a simple disease. >> that's for sure. thank you for staying on top of this story. coming up at the top of the hour, one of the first lawmakers to endorse joe biden's presidential run, senator tom carper is joining us to tell us why he thinks biden is the democrats' best chance to take on donald trump. we'll be right back with what our sources are saying, don't miss it. with what our sources are saying, don't miss it. you've tried moisturizer after moisturizer but one blows them all out of the water.
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we are back. time to get a look at what our sources are saying. i'm joined by cekelly o'donnell. thanks for being with us. let me start with this here, because sources tell me you're celebrating today 25 years with nbc news. it is an incredible accomplishment. it's an unbelievable milestone that's put you on the front lines of some of the biggest stories in this country. kelly, take a look at your monitor. there are a lot of people who wanted to say congratulations. >> reporter: what? >> i can't put into terms of how much you've meant to me as a colleague. instead, look who i found here in las vegas. a former friend of yours, someone you love to harass. >> kelly didn't harass me. >> no? >> no. she was confident. she knew what she was doing. asked good questions. easy to deal with. good job, 25 years, are you
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kidding me? you're not that old. >> she's so smart and so smooth on the air that she sets an impossibly high bar for the rest of us. >> i was watching you before i got the privilege of working with you. you're one of a kind. thank you for making us all better and for leading the way. >> kelly o'donnell, 25 years. that's a remarkable stint for anybody anywhere. thanks for being who you are. thanks for being a part of the important accountability of our democracy. >> we're still here and we remember when you were here. and we were lucky enough to say that we knew you when. >> you started out as great mentor to me. you've become one of my dearest friends. here's to another 25 extraordinary years. you are simply the best. >> getting to work alongside you continues to be a personal and
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professional privilege. thank you for being such a gracious and generous friend, colleague, and mentor. >> you've been with us through good times and through bad. thank you for all you've done, congratulations on many fine years' worth of work. more importantly, thank you for your 45. >> it's a privilege to sit next to you every day in that when you say booth, to learn from you, to call you not just a colleague, but a friend. >> i don't know of anyone with your range and versatility. it looks like you just got out of college. someday, someone will share that secret that makes you am most adaptable. >> you seem to be one step ahead. it's nice to now call you a colleague. >> congratulations for 25 years at nbc for telling it like it is. i really appreciate it. >> kelly o., congratulations. i know you started at 22, so 25 amazing years, all the best to you. >> you my friend are very talented. you're one of our go to correspondents. we love working with you, love having you part of our
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organization. and congratulations on 25 years, kelly. >> kelly o'donnell. >> nbc news. >> nbc news. >> salt lake city, utah. >> here in washington. >> with the president in rome. >> camping out on the river. >> we'll look for you back here again tomorrow. i'm kelly o'donnell in new york. enjoy the rest of your weekend, good night. >> reporter: wow. >> kelly e we love you. >> reporter: i'm blown away. i am so blown away. i was sent here under false pretenses. for prepared a statement and they're cutting the grass. if you notice i'm a little teary, it's just the grass. i am blown away. thank you to my colleagues and one of the great things about being a part of this place is the community of nbc news. thank you to all of the people who have made this possible. all the bosses, all the producers, all the colleagues, all the friends. of course, the people who let us
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tell their stories. and the viewers who have been along for the ride over these years. i'm incredibly grateful. i'm looking forward to more. definitely sent here with a report about the white house and had no idea this was happening. so somebody had a little trickery going on. but i am blown away. the work and the effort to see people whose stories i've been able to be part of over the years in that, i'm just -- i'm a puddle. it's fitting that they're cutting the grass. >> much plotting and planning in order to be able to celebrate this milestone with you. we truly love you. you are a legend to all of us. a mentor, and a dear, dear friend. i know that craig melvin feels exactly the same way. >> indeed, craig melvin does. kelly o'donnell, happy anniversary, my friend. >> reporter: thank you so much. what a treat. >> a pros pro. >> reporter: an exciting thing to celebrate. thank you so much. >> we look forward to 25 more. >> reporter: me too.
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>> all right. thank you. and thank you as well for joining us on this thursday morning. craig melvin here. he's in. after much speculation former vice president joe biden announcing his third presidential bid for the white house. he wasted no time going after president trump. using images from charlottesville saying we're in a battle for the soul of this nation. will the president be his biggest challenge in 2020? also, this is quite the image. it's a summit between vladmir putin and kim jong-un. and they were talking denuclearization. breaking news on this thursday. 32 people hospitalized because of an ammonia spill just north of chicago. this is the scene. we're going to go to chicago live as


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