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you are in the cnn newsroom. it's 5:00 eastern. 2:00 out west. it is a frantic race to the finish on tuesday. president trump is racheting up his nationalist rhetoric and his final pitch for republican candidates. in montana today he continued to vilify the migrant caravan while insisting strong are bothereders should be seen as a women's issue. >> women want security. they want financial security, but they want security. they don't want to see -- you saw these caravans. they don't want that caravan and, by the way, four others
that are forming. these people are vicious, and they broke through into mexico throwing rocks and this is the second caravan, which is made p of some very tough young people. very tough. criminals in some cases. in many cases. they'll say do you have proof? yeah, i have proof. they threw stones in the police's face. they hurt mexican police. they hurt mexican military very badly. they broke through. >> now, let's be clear. the president has not provided evidence that there are criminals within this migrant caravan. he has six more rallies scheduled between now and election day, including one in florida tonight. this as voters across the u.s. have been flocking to their early vote locations. more than 27 million early ballots have been cast as of yesterday evening, and that number has already eclipsed early votes for a presidential
election in some states, let alone a midterm year. historic turnout in texas, one of the most intense midterm races in the country. in florida the governor's race is a toss-up, according to the latest polls. joining us now from south texas, nn's ed lavendara, and cn white house correspondent boris sanchez. ed, i'll start with you. how has trump's message playing out where you are? >> well, among trump's most rabid supporters here in the state of texas that message playing out quite well, and that is one of the things that ted cruise has deliberately latch odd to in this campaign. he has really wrapped himself in president trump and has embraced everything that comes with that. that was a deliberate strategy that ted cruz has engaged in here throughout this campaign and try to separate the antics of president trump that rubs a lot of people the wrong way, even a lot of hard core
republicans here in texas. also, tried to take the benefit of all of the good that they see that has come from the trump administration. on the campaign trail you have heard ted cruz talk about the supreme court justice appointees, the economy, and the strong economy really and the tough talk on border and security and immigration issues, and those are the kinds of things that ted cruz has been focused on. that plays well among the hard core republican base here in texas. >> we do know that the latest polls have suggested that cruz is poised to win, but you are there on the ground. you are taking the temperature. could o'rork pull it off? what are you hearing from people there? >> it would be a monumental shock in o'rourk were to pull this off. every poll that has been done shows o'rorke steadily behind. what the o'rourke campaign and what he has been saying repeatedly is that he believes
the energy that they have created here over the course of the last 20 months of this campaign has generated a great deal of support among people who they believe the polls aren't taking into account, and there might be something to that when you look at the number of newly registered voters here in this state that has jumped dramatically into this election cycle, and then you also look at the huge number of early voter turnout and a lot of those people, young people. o'rouke has spent time touring college campuses all over the state, and, you talk to some old-time political observers here in the state wondering why he would do that. young voters, you can't usually count on them to vote. the o'rourke campaign is banking on a swell of young voters that would turn out for him, that those areal the kinds of things that could tip this election. you know, the democrats here in texas really looking to make up a million votes. if you get into the weeds of the numbers here, it's an uphill
battle, and we'll see how it plays out. >> i want to turn to boris in florida. boris, gill hiam and nelson, th are neck and neck in the polls right now. what does that say about how voters perhaps in that state that help propel trump to the white house now view the gop? >> well, it gives you an indication of judge us how close those races are and where the president stands among florida voters. his approval rating is at roughly 47%. it's ticked upward in the last few weeks, and it stands more or less where rick scott and ron desantos are in polling with the democrats having razor thin margins and tenuous leads within the margin of error in those races. of course, if his candidates win, you can expect that president trump will say that winning these candidates in florida is a referendum on his presidency. if they don't, we may see him distance himself from them, about that may be difficult because both of these candidates have tied themselves very closely with president trump.
ron desantos in the primaries had that ad where his child was building a toy wall. he has defended the president very strongly. he essentially won the primary by following the trump playbook. then you have rick scott, a candidate for senate who has been governor in florida for eight years. someone who has been close to president trump. was a rumored potential pick for a possible cabinet position at one point. he is trying to make a similar case to florida voters on issues like the economy and immigration. a note about geography. the reason president trump is visiting the panhandle this late in the game is because this part of the state helped propel him to the white house in 2016 and numbers that we hadn't seen for republicans in previous elections. there's a lot of enthusiasm for president trump here. conversely for democrats, thatter looking for support in other areas. notably, central florida where we have seen a huge influx of puerto rican voters since hurricane maria battered the island about a year ago. it's really about geography here in florida. it's a big part of the reason we saw gubernatorial candidate andrew gilham there in orlando.
this is going to come down to the wire, and we know president trump will be watching. as, anna, florida is his second home. >> thank you, boris. thank you, ed. we appreciate it. let's stay with texas and florida for just another minute here. as you heard, early voting in both states is off the chain. breaking records. everyone is watching the races there for the house, the senate, the governor's races as indicators of which way the political wind is blowing nationwide. our senior political writer and analyst, harry has been making his froerk every forecast for those races and the contest for florida's governor as we mentioned. let's start with the races in florida and the governor's race specifically, andrew gilham, facing ron desantos, the former three-term republican congressman. what is the latest forecast 1234. >> the latest forecast is that gilham is favored to win by a small margin, and that is a fairly consistent thing even as the newer polls have suggested a tightening of the race. gill ham still holds a small lead. i should point out florida is the ultimate swing state, right?
it wouldn't be shocking if ron desantos wins that rarks but overall andrew gill ham has led in many more polls than he has trailed, and it looks like he will be the first african-american governor in the state of florida. >> have there bin any changes in texas with cruz and o'rourke in terms much what the potential outcome could be there snl. >> i mean, look, the polls have consistently shown that ted cruz holds the lead. some say three. some say four. some say five. my forecast is right around that five, six point mark. it's pretty much stayed there this entire campaign. it is a race where it wouldn't be the most shocking thing if o'rourke won, but it would be on the outer ends of what would generally be expected. texas is a republican state. it hasn't elected a democratic senator since 1988. o'rourke still looks probably to lose. >> do you this i we should look at these races in texas and florida in a vacuum, or are they bellweathers of sorts of how the rest of the country is leaning and feeling? >> i would say that florida is
probably a better bellweather, right? you know, it's the ultimate swing state. if democrats do not win those two races on tuesday night, then i think that they are probably going to fall short of their goals nationally. >> what do you take away from the very heavy early voter turnout? >> i mean, look, i think that turnout is going to be significantly higher that be it has been for most midterms. i wouldn't be shocked if it tops 100 million nationwide. of course, it's a matter of who is turning out, right? i think o'rourke is betting that higher turnout is good for him, but if it turns out that it's untraditional voting, it doesn't look good for him. i don't read too much, but i do think numbers suggest a higher turnout than normal for a midterm election. >> really appreciate it. thank you. so much more to talk about here.
let me bring in host of -- she is a former obama official and senior advisor from move on.org, and cn 234 political commentator scott jennings, a former assistant to bush 43. the president obviously thinks republicans are going to win if he continues to pound this immigration message home. is it working? >> it might. polls consistently show that immigration is at the top of the list for a lot of republican voters. i think the strategy that he is employing is, a, he is going to very friendly locations to stump for candidates. places he has won for the most part. b, this spaghetti -- this spaghetti strategy. a throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. if it's immigration for you, you have birth right citizenship. you have the caravans. you have the criminals. if it's something else, there's a ten-point tax cut coming for you if.
it's probably not coming. he is offering sort of a on r a smorgs board of options for folks to try to appeal to his base on all of the factors from the economy to health care to immigration. >> although he did say yesterday that he doesn't really want to talk about the economy because he said it's not as kpielgt. >> it's boring. >> i believe, scott. would you rather him be talking about the economy, or would you rather him be firing at people talking about immigration and really speaking mistruths about the issue? >> well, i mean, the economy is amazing, and i think it's thanks to republican policies that he signed into law. i mean, if you pick up any newspaper in the english-speaking world today, there's, like, five paragraphs about this wage growth and job growth that look like they were written by republican ad makers. if i were running a campaign right now, i would be grabbing those things, sticking them out there and saying don't take my word for it. look what the news media is saying about our economy. there's no doubt that for intensity's sake, immigration
still gets republican voters fired up, but based on the recent gallop numbers i saw, the parties are basically now at parody on getting fired up. what i think we have to remind people is a simple choice. you can either keep this economy red hot or go back to the way it was. that is what is going to work, i think, in the suburban districts. the immigration stuff may work more in the rural senate races. >> what are your thoughts? >> i think it's abhorrent that the president is deciding that his closing argument is going to be about frightening, fear martyring, lying about a group of people that is -- that's coming through a caravan that is not an immigration crisis. it's actually a humanitarian crisis, and using that as a political talking point for the republican party. i think that's that should be really upsetting to many, many people, and especially if you are a republican who -- if you are a republican and this is your party for a long time and you really respected the values of the party to see this president doing that is incredibly troublesome, and it's just lies. it's pure lies.
it shouldn't be what america is today. that's the closing arguments. snetd of talki instead of talking about the economy, as scott is saying, why do you think this is it? racism is going to excite your base? really? that's what you are going with? i think it's incredibly troubling, and i, as an imgra immigrant myself, my parents came here for the american dream, and i see this coming from this president, i -- it's troubling. >> is it troubling to you, scott? >> well, again, i would prefer the republican party to get credit for and take credit for what they promised they would do in the 16 campaign. a core pitch that trump made was that the economy dwant improving fast enough. candidates for congress and senate made this, and now it is improving, and it's doing better, and everybody knows it. i think the republicans are a little soft, frankly, on the immigration issue because it's the one core promise that they haven't filled. you know, they've done the tax cuts, regulatory reform. judges, he is making progress on trade agreements. this immigration issue remains
unsolved. it's gone unsolved for years. presidents have failed at this, and the republican party controlling all three legs of the stool haven't put anything into law. to me i would focus on promises made, promises kept, and that all really revolves around the economic policies. >> in recent days, the president has been returning to rhetoric around protecting women. let's listen. >> women want safe neighborhoods for their families, great schools for their children, and they want violent predators like we're talking about to be thrown in jail or thrown the hell out of our country, and that's what we're doing. that's what we're doing. the question is at the expense of others. if you are a suban mom, you might be a little turned off by this, but certainly there are a lot of women turning for trump for who immigration is a national defense, national security issue. that's not uncommon.
to cot's point, none of the policies that the -- that trump and other republicans are talking about or alluding to whether it comes to immigration are that offensive or frankly, unpopular. amnesty sanctuary cities are deeply unpopular across this country, but the way he talks about it is so divisive, it's so ugly and, frankly, gross. if i'm a suban voter if i'm a suburban republican voter, i'm really turned off by that. that's not the way to get me to go out and -- >> i'm not so sure what you are saying is accurate. i'm let you weigh in on this. are the policies actually popular and it's just the rhetoric a lot of people have a problem with? >> oh, i can show you polls. it is. it's popular. >> well, here's the thing. there are polls that show that americans trust democrats more on the immigration issue than republicans. i think for some maybe the immigration might be somewhere
in the polling, but a lot of the polls we have immigration is actually sixth or seventh, and it's health care, the economy, things like that that people actually want to hear about, and just to go back to the caravan for a second, the -- we're learning from reports that the caravan, majority of the caravan people who are in there are women and children. you know? we're not talking about -- we don't have any facts about what donald trump is saying is that they're killers or drug dealers or they're dangerous in any way, and so that is -- and that is a problem because he is putting out those lies, and so we don't know because we have a president that's just not telling the truth. the thing too is that, yeah, they have a tax cut, but it's not popular. they can't run on the tax cuts. we saw that in pa-18. we saw that in many other races before that led us to the midterms. that is one of the issues that republicans are having. they can't run on health care because people sht happy with what republicans did on health care. that is a number one issue for voters. >> for democrats.
>> for -- >> no, not just -- >> no, no, not just dpor democrats. >> it is for places like florida, for example. if you look at cnn's recent polling that just came out this week, i'm just looking at that one state in particular where we know it's a battle for republican and democrats. >> exactly. >> some of the seats, and health care of the number one issue among all likely voters that were polled. a lot of the national headlines this week, when you talk about what has been generated by the president specifically. be he has effectively turned the conversation to what he wants the narrative to be about caravans, about birth right citizenship, about the controversial political ad regarding the caravan, troops being sent down to the voter. how much of a different does this make in state and local midterms now. again, we're just tree days before the election. >> well, i mean, you know, every voter cares about different things. i would point out to s.e.'s point, i think she's exactly right about the policies
actually not being all that unpopular. there is a reason that senator joe donnelly in indiana is running his entire campaign on build the wall. there is a reason that claire mchaskell, democrat senator from missouri is running her campaign now partly praising president trump for bringing up these issues around border security. the reason they're doing it is because they know voters in their states actually prefer some of the border security policy that is the president talks about. now, that's not to excuse extreme rhetoric. on a policy basis, democrats know in middle america where a lot of these senate races are taking place that if they don't, you know, try to acknowledge the problems with border security, they're going to lose a lot of conservative democrats and a lot of independent voters. it's not just the president talking about these things. it's democrats talking about them as well. >> all right, thank you all. really appreciate the conversation. immigrants around the only boogie man, so to speak, the president is warning voters about. nancy pelosi is also on that
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but in yet another major warning sign for republicans ahead of next week's midterms, a democrat, paul davis, could pick up this seat as he pitches himself as a middle of the road candidate. if democrats like paul davis do win, that could flip the house and effectively make nancy pelosi the next speaker. there is just one problem. >> there isn't a circumstance in which i'm going to support pelosi. there are times when you just need some new blood, and i think this is the time. >> democrats could face their own leadership struggle as 30 drmz who stand a real chance of winning next week say they won't support her for the job. >> that's why i won't support nancy pelosi. >> i won't support nancy pelosi. >> yet, pelosi is still the heavy favorite to become speaker and has no viable opponent. >> i think i'm worth the trouble, quite frankly. >> she's raised more than $1 21 million for her colleagues this cycle, and has the power to give member spots on key committees. if they take the house, pelosi's
allies will make this argument. >> i think that will have taken away the argument that she is, you know, a drag or affecting, you know, candidates. if we won, then that really wasn't effective and then i don't understand what the case against her would be. >> here in kansas republican steve watkins, an army veteran and first-time candidate, was also vying for the open seat is trying to link davis to pelosi. >> he is saying what he thinks he has to say in order to get elected, and kansas voters aren't being fooled by that. >> a recent cnn poll showed that pelosi is not a major factor for most voters nationally. >> i don't think it's really having much of an impact. on day one of the campaign, i'm not going to support her, and there's nothing that's going to change that. whatever the republicans are going to say, i think, is just, you know, trying to muddy the waters, which they do time again and time again. >> it's been a strategy that republicans have tried throughout the country this election season.
dropping nearly $90 million in ads demonizing pell oosi. as they go door to door in this kansas town -- >> i'm out here walking for steve watkins. >> watkins acknowledges that pelosi is not the only issue motivating voters. >> i would say one out of every four people who bring up control of congress out of those people, one of four bring up pelosi. >> now, the race may ultimately come down to character. now, watkins has faced questions about whether he inflated his resume, something he denies, while davis has faced gop attacks about a 1998 incident where he was at a strip club raided by police. now, he wasn't charged with a crime, but he did tell me i was at the wrong place at the wrong time. he said voters are tired of "sleazy ads" to the tune of $12 million on both sides in the key house district.
if the democrats take back the house after tuesday's election, there is unsettled businesses over who will win leadership roles? thursday the chairman of the congressional black caucus cedric richman said a black lawmaker should hold one of the top two leadership posts if house democrats win big on tuesday. now, that demand of sorts is seen as a potential threat to pelosi and minority whip who are expected to return for their former posts as the top house leaders, although there was a little bit of walking back, we saw on this issue on friday. i want to bring in cnn political analyst rachel joining us now. she's also the congressional reporter for "politico." you have a deep dive this week, rachel, on pelosi and what she's been doing. how big of a resistance against pelosi as speaker is there really among democrats? >> i would say it's a lot smaller than people think it is. we've been hearing for the past few months about this incoming democratic freshman class that would come in, ban together, and take her out.
if you actually look at the 40 democrats most likely to win, i'm talking about candidates running against republicans in either toss-up districts, lean or likely democratic seats. sure, they're calling for new leadership, but most of them are actually not saying i won't vote against nancy pelosi. there are 11 of the 40 who have said that, and i have called all of them, and only five of them would confirm to me that that means no against pelosi on the house floor, which is the vote that matters most. meanwhile, she's bren doing secret fundraisers. they can't be seen with her publicly because republicans will attack them for that, but she's accepteding out her campaign staff to help these folks and raising money and writing personal notes and making phone calls. this is very pelosi. there's a reason she's been leading the democratic caucus for 15 years, and that's because she knows how to woo people, and she knows how to twist arms. >> i thought it was really interesting in your piece.
you even mentioned that in some cases some of these people who have publically criticized her in order to perhaps get some of the vote that they want had actually taken donations from her. is that right? >> that's absolutely right. i think there's basically a pitch being made from pelosi allies to these candidates that, look, you can vote against her privately in the caucus. this is a secret vote. she only needs a majority of the democrats to get the nomination to be speaker. then you can return to your districts and say, listen, i voted against her. then democrats, they chose pelosi, and now i have to back the democrat for speaker. see, i don't think that's going to play. i think that a lot of these people, if they end up doing that and coming to washington even after saying new leadership and end up voting for pelosi, you can bet that that is the first ad republicans are going to cut against them next election cycle, and they're going to be really vulnerable for that. >> i spoke with david axelrod earlier. he has seen pelosi at work behind closed doors.
he said she's a master at what she does, and i asked him to explain. watch. >> nancy pelosi is a tough competitor. she comes from a political family from the wards of baltimore. her father was mayor. her brother was mayor. i asked her once i on one of my ax files what she learned by growing up in that family. she said i lesarned how to coun, and so i think she knows how to count votes, and she knows how to count votes in precincts, and she knows how to count votes in the house. i would not count her out. >> is that the consensus among those that have worked closely with pelosi? >> yeah, absolutely. consider this. last year democrats were supposed to take the house, or last election cycle. there was a lot of talk amongst democrats about ousting pelosi when they did not. 63 people voted against her privately in a secret ballot election, but by the time they actually came to the house floor, only four of them voted against her. she was able to twist that many
arms. the thing is you have to watch 218. that's the number of votes that she needs. say democrats pick up 30 seats on tuesday. she can only lose seven people on the floor. i have already confirmed five candidates who are voting against her. last year there were four. that's nine. there are people who are currently in congress who are privately talking about banning together to try to push her out and keep her from getting 218. i would not say by any means that she is in the clear, and i think this is going to be the toughest re-election to the speaker's gavel that she has ever had. she's going to face steep and intense headwinds and a steep uphill climb, but, again, she is -- she's been around for a long time. she knows how to do this. she is clearly making a play, and laying the ground work to do it. >> rachel bay, thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> the u.n. says yemen civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, and it is unfo unfolding right before our eyes.
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show you, really speak for themselves. this is 7-year-old ammal hussein. the "new york times" shared her image earlier this week. just one of too many starving children in yemen. her picture heart breaking. it's hard to look at. her story is devastating. amal died this week. she starved to death. her mother says she died of malnutrition at a refugee camp. she was four miles from the hospital. this is just one example of yemen's crisis. the three-year conflict has killed at least 10,000 people, and the noern says 13 million yem yemenis are in danger of starvation. just yesterday t u.n. defense secretary jim mattis and mike pompeo are now calling on all sides on yemen's civil war to agree to a cease-fi
cease-fire. i need to warn you, the images you are about approximate to see are also very disturbing. cnn senior international correspondent who has done extensive reporting on yemen's civil war has this report. >> at first his family couldn't afford to take him to hospital. they had to wait until they could scrape together enough money for the journey. they turned him over to examine his back, but it's too painful. his malnutrition is so advanced that every breath is a wheeze of agony. at 13 years of age he weighs as much as a 4-year-old. here at this hospital they've been inundated with stashing children. mohammed is just 5 months old, and he is severely malnourished.
starving mothers giving birth to starving babies and the cycle continues. >> every single day more than 100 children are dying because of causes related to the conflict and to the crisis. there are seven million people in yemen who are malnourished. three million of whom are acutely malnourished. it is a devastating, heart-breaking human, very human, tragedy. >> for the last three years yemen has been in the grip of a civil war pitting the u.s.-backed saudi yu-like coalition against iran-backed houthi rebels. even as criticism swelled over allegations of official saudi involvement in the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi, the world ignored the saudi crown crown prince's other undertaking. restoring the government at whatever cost. now it may almost be too late.
>> you have asked us the important question about whether or not we can scale up to meet the increased needs across the country. we estimate that 14 million people could be at the brink of famine, but we know that if we receive fund and receive it now that we will be able to reach these people. it will, however, require that all of the parties to the conflict do everything they can to facilitate and support our work. >> dalia is just over a year old. she has the telltale swollen stomach of malnutrition. hershall low breaths almost as much an agony for her mother as they are for her. her mother says says she needed an operation to insert a feeding tube. their last hope. now they wait.
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>> police still don't know what motivated people. he killed two women and wounded five others and then wounded himself. this happened yesterday evening. five people inside that yoga studio were wounded. cnn national correspondent diane gallagher is learning more details for us. diane, this is heartbreaking, and we know the names of the two innocent women who were killed in that yoga studio. >> they were just practicing yoga. a college student and a doctor both with ties to florida state university. the studio just a few miles away, actually, from campus. 61-year-old nancy van vessem, she's an intern it's, a doctor. she's the chief medical director at capital health plan, and part of the fsu faculty and 21-year-old maura binkley. she's from the atlanta area. she's an english and german double major at fsu. she had recently studied abroad. now, before that gunman turned the gun on himself killing himself, he also -- he injured five other people by shooting
them and pistol-whipped someone else. police say those people fought back. >> there are indications that several people inside fought back and tried to not only save themselves, but other people, which is a testament to their courage. there are people that don't just turn and run, but the strength of our community and the spirit of those people were trying to help and save and protect others. >> again, there are two who remain in the hospital. anna, one of those -- nine different times. those who were injured between 19 and 34. >> all right, diane gallagher, thank you. so with just three days until election day, online disinformation campaigns are out in full force. if you have social media, you got to watch this next segment. we're talking about the giants, facebook, and twitter. still every they still playing catch upin an effort to thwart
dw dwsh. >> i want to bring in cnn who has been following all of this social media developments. how did twitter figure this out? >> so these 10,000 accounts that they found at the end of september, start of october, were actually brought to their attention by a wing of the democratic party, the dccc. they have an in house team that are sort of looking for trolls, looking for people who are trolling their candidates, and that's how they came across it. there was about 10,000 accounts, we think. twitter won't say a precise number. they were telling people don't go out and vote on tuesday, and it seemed to be an effort that was aimed at democratic voters. now, what twitter is saying is that they think they believe that this was a domestic operation, that this was not foreign-run, but in terms of any information about who was behind it or what more they're doing to
further investigate, they haven't said. >> but it's a word of caution that these accounts are still out there. that we do know that people are still working to influence, people, entities, and beyond. facebook has also experienced some struggles in trying to hold up its end of the deal in terms of providing transparency when it comes to political ads. >> yes. you might remember after 2016 it emerged that there was russian operatives, the internet research agency, a group of russian trolls that have since been indicted by special counsel robert mueller, were actually paying to target american voters on facebook ahead of the 2016 presidential election and they paid for those ads in rubles, and when you see an ad on facebook prior in 2016, you would have no idea who is paying for that ad. facebook, mark zuckerberg's pledge to, you know, clean that up, to let users know if they were being targeted on facebook who was paying to target them.
for most candidates, you will see now an ad who will say you know, paid for by x campaign. what we have found and what vice news and other outlets have found in the past few weeks is that that system isn't working quite as it should. >> and explain that real briefly, if you we know this investigation, they went to actually pose as senators and they slipped through the cracks. >> so basically, for the addis claimer on facebook ads for political candidates, the person who's buying the ad decides what goes in the paid-for buy section. with a political ad, we can decide what goes in there and seems like facebook is not doing a good enough job to vet that. so much so that this week, news posing as all 100 senators were able to get approval from facebook to buy ads in their name as yesterday, senator mark warner and amy kobuchar wrote to
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