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welcome to our special live cnn coverage of hurricane dorian. i'm john king in washington. dorian, right now, 90 miles off the florida coast, tracking northward. the big concern this hour is for the carolinas. hurricane warnings cover both north and south carolina. they could take a direct hit in the next 24 hours. 245,000 people have already evacuated coastal south carolina ahead of the storm. president trump right now receiving a hurricane briefing at the white house. the white house pool of reporters have been brought into the white house and are gathering. we'll bring that to you as soon as we have it to get the latest from the president. normal life resuming for some floridians.
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seven counties are still under evacuation, but disney is open, one sign of change. florida officials confirming the second florida death, a man died while trimming trees in preparations for dorian. the storm killed at least seven in the bahamas with that number very likely to spike as the storm surge recedes for the islands. the morning did bring some mercy. the storm no longer sitting over the bahamas. but the damage, you can see some of it there, hard to comprehend. harder to stomach. entire neighborhoods submerged. runways still under water, which means planes cannot land and supplies have been more than slow to reach the island. volunteer rescue crews plucked dozens of people out of the water overnight, but they worry there are many more. they simply cannot get to. >> my brother was clinging on to a tree. he made it out safe but we were unable to locate his wife at the moment. >> how many people are still out
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there, do you think? >> a dozen more. >> a lot. >> a lot of people we can't even find at the moment. >> back to the bahamas and the devastation there in just a moment. first, though, the very latest forecast. meteorologist chad myers joining us from cnn severe weather center in atlanta. where is this going and when will it get there? >> i think it's going near charleston. that would be the closest approach, at least in the immediate timeframe. and that would be overnight tonight into tomorrow. the storm has gained some strength in these hours since about 5:00 this morning. the bright white around the center, john, is now a continuous circle. that means the eye is putting itself back together. exactly what we don't want. the reason why this is happening is because we have warm water there. we have the gulf stream now. the storm died over the bahamas after 48 hours because the whole water there was cold, in the 70s. now we're back in the middle to upper 80s again out here so the storm is intensifying.
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and then it will just run right along the coast from charleston right on through wilmington and up through cape hatteras, like moorhead city and the like. here is the storm right now off shore, daytona beach right there. there's the center of the storm. the eye, i believe, is getting smaller, which means the winds will eventually pick up. we're at 105 right now. whether you get the eye, middle of the eye or not, it's not that important because it's the eyewall that has all the wind. that eyewall from side to side is 50 miles wide, a 25-mile radius from the middle to the outside. so brunswick, 40-mile-an-hour, daytona, 37. these are the exact gusts we just had. up toward savannah and charleston, not quite picking up around 80-mile-per-hour gusts. up the beach to myrtle, that will be 70 or 80 miles per hour. that's justf it's just offshore. john, everyone here will pick up these 100-mile-per-hour wind gusts.
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if you're kind of on the fence from charleston to wild dunes, slightly up the coast, should i go, should i stay, just go if you can. if you have the ability to go, now wouldn't be a bad time. this storm is still right now getting bigger. >> solid advice, as always, from chad myers. thank you. we don't say it enough. thank you and all of your callers for the long hours and expertise. our viewers need it as we watch this play out. now back to the bahamas. dorian may have left but the destruction it left behind and finding people stranded in the wreckage is the giant challenge now. in grand bahama, tracking the status of the rescue missions. >> reporter: the sun is finally shining here. rescue operations should begin. this island has been cut off since dorian came in as a category 5, slammed into this island, taking out the power, water and cell service for many,
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many people here, if not everybody. we are awaiting for any sign of helicopters coming in, for boats. the need here is incredibly desperate. we've not had any resources since the storm, and people are running out of food, out of water and many people are still in the homes where they rode out the storm, where the storm surge flooded them and they dropped off food in their attics or on their roofs. a brave crew of bahamaians have gone out, risking their lives in dangerous conditions to pick up people in their boats, in their jet skis and get them to safety. but at this point, gasoline is running low. there are not enough boats. some of these boats are no bigger than row boats. the prime minister of the bahamas has said that this is the worst disaster this island has ever faced. clearly, authorities in the capital of nassau don't have all
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the resources. they're asking and receiving resources from the united states and even though the airport here is shut, it is under water. lot of roads remain unpassable. people on this island are hopeful now that the weather has lifted that help is on its way. john? >> patrick oppman and his crew doing remarkable work as well under difficult circumstances. city of miami dispatching firefighters and medics to the bahamas to help with the recovery that promises to be a weeks' long if not months' long struggle. patients were medevac'd this morning to the hospital in in s nassau. how many more people are in urgent need of help? coordinating rescue teams on the island. as i speak to you here, thank you for joining us by skype. >> thank you. >> the biggest question is, what do you know? the more daunting question is, what don't you know? how much information are you having trouble trying to put together? >> right now, for me, with the
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work i've been doing, families have been reaching out, sending their photos of their loved ones, their addresses, dob, all the details that could piece together the puzzle, sending teams to find and rescue them. right now, that's been my main concern. running on a few hours of sleep and primarily that's my focus. i know that the weather has let up. i know that the water has been starting -- it's been receding. i know we're finding people, so that's important. i'm still a bit worried. i know that our islands, the islands that have been affected, abaco and grand bahama, have been completely devastated by this hurricane, this massive hurricane and i'm just a little nervous and a little anxious to hear when the authorities assess the damage. >> allaya, you can see your
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anxiety, and it is honest and heartbreaking to a degree. you're a volunteer. you say when the authorities assess the damage. what level of optimism, confidence do you have in those authorities or as a lot of this early work, especially right now, in the hands of wonderful volunteers like yourself? >> it's a mixture of both, honestly. i have nothing but faith in the bahamian people and government and authorities. personally, for me, i've been working hand in hand with the royal bahamas defense force as well as most recently today the nassau police command center. the officers, specifically marine seaman smith and inspector burris, they've been huge helps with me. i've been liaisoning with the victims and families and then we're able to rescue them. as soon as the water let up and people were able to escape from their homes, people in grand bahama who had action toes jet skis, boats, forklifts and
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tractors on the roads, rescuing people. it is a mixture of both and it is -- it just shows the resilience of the bahamian people really. >> it's great to see your effort. we compliment you. >> and contact with our people, if anything you need we can get the word out. >> thank you. >> appreciate your time. thank you. heart wrenching stories out of the bahamas. relegated to bystanders as loved ones literally vanish before their eyes. >> we were doing all right until the water kept coming up and all the appliances were going around the house like a washing mach e machine. i got hit something in there. my poor little wife got
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hypothermia. she was standing on top of the kitchen cabinets until they disintegrated. i kept with her and she just drowned on me. >> what was the last thing your wife said to you? >> i'm not going to -- i think i'm going to die, and i said no, you're not. and that was it. she took a little mouthful of water and that was it. >> one of many heart-wrenching stories. paula newton nown live in the abaco islands man-o-war cay. tell us what you're seeing. >> reporter: absolutely incredible. you can imagine these people have survived one of the strongest storms to ever hit this earth and, john, it is devastation everywhere you look. think about it. we have seen entire, entire fields of debris, places completely flattened. people are struggling to really even tell us the stories and what they lived through. hours and hours of winds where
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they had to debris of pieces of their home running through the windows. there is nothing left of this kind of community here. we're talking about damage, 90 to almost 100% of everything that is here. the stories that you hear about survival, people crawling into closets, crawling into bathrooms as their entire homes were lifted. roofs toppled. they could hear their appliances being flown around their backyards. when you go through these islands, john, you talk about the resilience they are going to have to have in the weeks and months to come, there is nothing left of these places. right now, they are thankful that they are medevac'ing out people who need t they're still looking for loved ones throughout these islands. the smenlg desperation for people in the bahamas trying to find their family members on this island. they continue to come through. thankfully, john, as you can see, the weather is cooperating. they are starting to get more aid into here and more search teams, including the u.s. coast guard, which has been up above
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our head several times already. we will continue to keep an eye on what goes on, on islands like this. they are wondering what comes next, especially as they continually tell me they have never seen anything like this and have nothing left of their lives. john? >> to that point, paula, never seen anything like this and have nothing left. as you get on the ground and start hearing these stories from the locals, what do they need the most and what do they lack the most? i'm assuming power, communications, infrastructure is priority one. >> reporter: yeah. john, we're just going to hold on and deal with some audio for you. can you hear me now, john? >> loud and clear. >> reporter: thank you, john. apologies for dealing with some adversity here. as we continue from man-o-war, they continually are trying to
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figure out what comes next. desperation is starting to set in. remember, this is day four. the message that we continually hear from everyone is that they need help. they need it, and they need it all. we finally had medical help come to this island right now. a doctor is on sight, to try to have a look at kids, to see if they're okay. some of the people they need to get to have not had help in four days and we're talking -- they went through this traumatic experience, trying to survive this category 4, 5 storm and still now wondering where the help s that seems to be part of the problem. when i continually talk to them about it, they say no one has come. they don't know where anybody is. and what they want now is that help they desperately need and a plan forward. how do they recover from this? >> paula, help our viewers in the united states understand this more if they don't understand the vast swath that is the bahamas. man-o-war cay. the government in nassau trying
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to help but it's a challenge. >> reporter: it is. i mean, this is an island. it's a chain of islands, right? for the same reasons that a lot of people -- >> we just lost paula newton. obviously, a giant logistical challenge. applause to her crew for being there. for information on how to support nonprofits working to help these hurricane victims especially as you see these pictures and understand the needs go to we'll check in on south carolina, where evacuations are under way. also the president of the united states in a hurricane briefing. we expect to hear from him momentarily. and for a limited time. buy any samsung galaxy note 10 and get one samsung galaxy note 10 for free. [music playing] jerry has a membership to this gym,
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the rain will come back and be steady. historic downtown charleston, restaurants boarded up, sand bags. this is what we see all around downtown, almost completely vacant. some cars are passing by, a few people here and there. mostly people seem to have heeded the call of the governor to get out of town or at least find a safe shelter. i can tell you that historically, this city's harbor has seen high, high water levels and they're expecting a life-threatening storm surge of possibly as high up to 10 feet just under the record set by hurricane hugo in 1989. this would surpass irma and matthew if the storm comes in at high tide. storm surges are particularly dangerous. they account for about half of the deaths of any sort of tropical cyclone here in the u.s. it's very, very important. we've already known as of this morning, more than 245,000 people had evacuated this area and they're saying anyone who
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hasn't already evacuated needs to, perhaps, find shelter or try to get out of town. they were urging people to get out fast so they could get far enough away before this rain and wind picks up again. john? >> athena jones for us. stay in touch key where you are, in charleston's low country. your window to leave, officials are saying, is running out. buford county officials say highways are expected to flood. power outages could last several days. cell phone towers likely to drop off fairly quickly. airports and hospitals will close or have limited services. the buford, south carolina, mayor joins us on the phone right now. mr. mayor, what is emergency services telling you to expect. >> not withstanding the sunny, beautiful day yesterday that the breezes, the drizzle is the sign to go.
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we've had difficulty getting people to move. i think they're beginning to move. we're not quite as low as charleston but we anticipate our afternoon high tide being with us for a couple of days, depending on the wind. we do not anticipate a direct hit but we know that the winds are broad and we've been through flooding. we've been through winds. we've been through it before. we're prepared. the question is, are people prepared? we've been working on that several days. and i believe that we are. >> you raise a great point there in the end. are people prepared? do you seps, because there was not a direct hit on florida, because there's not been pictures of catastrophe here in the united states, people think this is one of those ones that will fade away and these warnings are overstated? >> well, no. i think that our transplants
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have left but our natives have been through so many storms they sometimes get cocky and have short memories of matthew and irma, both of which brought significant damage. so i'm hoping that you and other people showing pictures of the bahamas will be a wake-up call to them, to realize what can happen. >> we certainly hope so. we wish you the best. >> we typically, at this time, go to the streets and knock on doors with our fire department, to remind people. but we also make a list of who is here so we can check on them when possible. >> mr. mayor, we appreciate your time at this busy time. we wish you the best. sounds like you're running through your checklist, doing what's necessary. someone who understands this quite well, former fema administrator, craig fugate. appreciate your time. director of emergency management in florida, fema director in the
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obama administration, you've been through too many of these to count. when you look at dorian, the devastation of the bahamas and the forecast and the track, help us, from your perspective, put it into context. >> well, what you have in the bahamas is what we call catastrophic damage. and right now the immediate focus is on life-saving operations. you can't even talk about recovery yet. you're still trying to find people. what we're seeing now with dorian close to the coast is they may very well, as the mayor and others have said, you start see flooding when they get the hurricane force winds. don't track that center because we are already seeing the weather service and hurricane center forecasting that they'll start seeing storm surge before the arrival of the strongest winds. >> so from your perspective, obviously, so far in the united states, no direct hit. the hope is that this stays out or it's a band of winds that hits the carolinas.
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what is the president of the united states being told right now in that fema has many jobs and when there is a direct hit or catastrophe like we've seen in the bahamas whachlt is happening in fema to adjust the plan as they see the adjusted track? >> they were already staffing the eocs at the states up through this track into the carolinas and now probably talking with virginia. they're also redeploying resources they had in florida and moving them up. they had held some resources back to prepare for these other states, but they're redeploying and trying to get ahead of that, as well as probably reaching over to the u.s. agency for national development and saying is there anything we can support those operations in support of the bahamas? president obama had dispatched quite a bit to support u.s. a.i.d. in the haiti earthquake. florida is obviously a close jumping off point to support the
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bahamas in addition to what u.s.a.i.d. is trying to do. reassessing our resources, making sure that the states have what they need and u.s.aid. >> up next for us here, victor blackwell is live in nassau as survivors desperately try to find their missing loved ones. victor? >> reporter: john, i'm live at the airport here this is the first stop for people plucked from abaco and brought here after rescues. plenty of people are waiting for loved ones they've not heard from since the weekend. you'll hear from two of them waiting for news on their mother, grandmother and several other relatives, when we come back. i have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
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welcome back to cnn's special live coverage of hurricane dorian. i'm victor blackwell. nassau, bahamas, at the airport here. this is the first stop for some of those rescued by u.s. coast guard from the island of abaco,
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who are coming here after the hurricane just ruined that island. we've seen some of the pictures of what's left. now we know that there are several people who have been picked up nearly 20 at the last count from the u.s. coast guard, but there are plenty of people here who are waiting for news of family members. i have with me raven boodole and megan boodle who are waiting to get news from your mother, your aunt. >> we've not had any contact with our mother, aunt or grandmother since the hurricane hit abaco on sunday. we hope that they'll be evacuated soon. >> you have heard word that they are alive and are okay? >> we've may made contact. we know that they're alive. we just don't know if they've sustained any injuries or anything of that sort. but they're alive, yes. >> tell me about your uncle. >> okay. so we have an uncle who has a -- >> wife. >> wife, four young kids.
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we've not heard from them as of yet. last time we heard from him he was in movie town, to be specific. we've not heard from him as well as haven't heard from my other cousin. she's married. her husband, we've not seen their two kids at all. her mother and father is at the shelter with our parents. we know that they are okay but we've not heard from them as of yet. >> there was one relative you told me sent out a message that they need to be rescued from their home and that was the last thing you heard. who was that? >> my god sister, who was in my house with my mom around 3:30 p.m. sunday. i got a text message saying help, we need to get out of here. please send someone. i asked if there was anyone injured and they said no and that was it, nothing else afterwards. >> you set up a whatsapp or facebook page? >> we set up a whatsapp group chat with the locals from frederick cay who weren't on the island of abaco but here in
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nassau because we weren't getting any information from government officials or anything on facebook. me, my sister and two of my cousins decided to take it upon ourselves to try to get information and share it with those who needed it. >> reporter: what have you felt about what you've heard from the government here? >> okay. so what we do know at the time, last night we got a message relaying that we need to get the government officials to send an evacuation plan in abaco. we spoke with government officials. they said that help, they were aware, that the coast guard new. that, we do know. evacuations were made for those injured this morning. as of now, we have no word as of what is going to happen or when evacuations will be made by the government, but we have private people that are ready to go. we have many boats, many
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helicopters. we have planes ready to land. matter of fact, we even got contact from christoff who was able to contact us and let us know he declared the tennis court and marked an h on it so people would know where to land next to carbon medical clinic, which is holding most of the people. >> reporter: we talked off camera about the frustration of not getting information from the government. tell me about that. >> it just feels as though that right now -- we understand that devastation has been widespread. not only in abaco, grand bahamas as well. it seems like the only information or medical persons being sent to marsh harbor are out of marsh harbor. communities north of abaco, cooperstown, crown haven, nothing has been said about them. and it's just frustrating, because i'm 18. my sister is 21. our other cousins are only 21 and we were able to establish an avenue of communication with
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people in treasure cay and our government doesn't seem they're equipped to handle that or don't know what they're doing. it's frustrating that a group of college kids are able to get contact and send for help and they're doing nothing almost. >> raevyn and meghan bootle, hope you get the answers you're looking to hear and hear from your aunt, mother, grandmother and uncle. the bahamian minister marvin dames says now that the all-clear has been given to abaco, they're trying to set up a security system there. he talked about reports that there is violence on the island. he said some of them, they've proven to be false. some, they expect, will be valid. they now need to set up a system, going door to door in some of these communities is not an option because there are no doors. there are no streets you can make out from above.
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this is the very early stage of trying to set up a system to get answers for families like the bootles and across this island who are wondering where are the people who were on that island when dorian hit over the weekend. >> and just remarkable, victor. the conversation that those two young ladies at a time of crisis, at a time of sadness. how young people especially using technology just find a way. just find a way to improvise and find a way to keep in touch. it's heartwarming as they go through their fear and worry that they could be so well organized and try to help and do something at a time that the government, as they say, seems to be overwhelmed. >> yeah. >> that's remarkable. victor blackwell, appreciate your hustle as well. viewers may not understand how difficult it is for crews to get around and get on television in such difficult circumstances. before we go to break, president of the united states getting a briefing at the oval office right now. he says we got lucky when it comes to florida and says he
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hopes the united states is lucky again as dorian approaches the carolinas. the president also saying that the government of the bahamas has reached out, requesting help and he will do everything he can to assist. our special coverage will continue in just a moment. maria ramirez? hi. maria ramirez! mom! maria! maria ramirez... mcdonald's is committing 150 million dollars in tuition assistance, education, and career advising programs... prof: maria ramirez mom and dad: maria ramirez!!! to help more employees achieve their dreams. did you know you can save money mom and dad: maria ramirez!!! by using dish soap to clean grease on more than dishes? try dawn ultra. dawn is for more than just dishes. with 3x more grease cleaning power per drop, it tackles tough grease on a variety of surfaces. try dawn ultra. ( ♪ )
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2020 democrats, nothing like a deadline to motivate. three of tonight's featured candidates have unveiled their plans to deal with the crisis in the last 24 hours. jay inslee centered his brief presidential campaign on climate issue says he is thrilled to see the urgency and competition, even highlighting a few of the plans today. >> i had a great meeting with senator elizabeth warren a few days ago. it's thrilling to see her put out a plan with such strength. we saw senator harris put out a plan involving environmental justice yesterday and secretary castro, intriguing idea to help coal communities through this transition. we've seen, i think, an arms race now in a good way of
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candidates competing to have the most effective plans. and i think that's a good thing. >> democratic voters are clearly clamoring for this debate, according to a cnn poll earlier this year, 96% of democrats and democratic-leaning independents say they want aggressive action on the climate. ka karoun demarjin. this has become a litmus test in this democratic race at this moment. is that fair? >> it's fair to say that democrats have to be on the side of doing something about climate change. the question, though, has to be what. to date it's been a litmus test. not what is that action going to be, how are you going to pay for it, and will it actually work? we'll start to see the candidates get into the nuts and bolts that have been passed o r over. it's been so long since there's
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been any concerted policy planning and action on that issue in washington. >> it's a great point. how much of this, how many voters out there, and we hope they watch, because the policy debates are great, but how many voters are saying i'm not sure whether -- let's go through one of the issues in these plans. how fast do you want to hit net zero emissions? 2045 is the target for cory booker, julian castro. 2050 is what amy klobuchar, pete buttigieg says. are there voters who will say, aha, i'm for warren because she gets there quicker, or just you have to have a plan? >> some climate voters who will like warren's plan the best. if jay inslee endorses her, may like her even better. inslee and warren had a meeting in seattle when she was in town. fascinate i fascinating nugget for future czar jay inslee in the warren
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administration. most democratic voters will look at this the way they have in past primary with the exception of putting more premium this time on finding someone who can wind. voters don't go through a white paper test of who is doing what on 15 issues. that's not how they approach these campaigns. but certainly you have to be for some kind of action on climate at this moment. >> as always, there are two levels to any campaign. democrats are competing in a highly contested primary right now. ten candidates will be at town halls. other candidates are not making debate stage. we'll see if they make it later as we go on. you're trying to appeal to democratic primary voters. you're hoping to win a nomination and compete in a general election. we have a president who says there is no climate crisis, the science, facts, obvious evidence, it is irresponsible. no matter who wins the democratic nomination, he is going to say they are big spending liberal socialists and there are some pretty big price tags here. amy klobuchar, pete buttigieg
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somewhere in the ballpark of 1.5 to $3 trillion. $3 trillion for cory booker. you see the other numbers up on the screen. the democrats say this is money that has to be spent and it will create jobs and start an energy revolution, money that will be rewarded, but the republicans, at least the denier also say big spending liberal socialists. >> what you're seeing in terms of ideology there's a clear split between republicans and democrats. the democratic field, candidates who are proposing the biggest spending plans and the timelines that have been sped up, for example, elizabeth warren saying zero percent carbon emissions by 2030, those candidates are pushing for the big structural change, as elizabeth warren says. and joe biden and pete buttigieg who say that it's more important to have feasible plans rather than increasing the timeline on these plans. so, you know, there's clear differences that we're seeing in these plans on climate change
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but they're also similarly framed as we've seen health care plans, incremental change versus the big change that these candidates are proposing. >> the question i have about tonight, are these candidates going to be able to differentiate themselves? they all have these plans. if you were to read all of them, your mind might get a little bit numb or you might start mixing up, who wanted this and who wanted that? is bernie sanders going to come out and say my plan is the most progressive and elizabeth warren's isn't progressive enough? >> no. >> or is he going to say someone else's plan say corporatous plan and mine isn't? >> yes. >> yes. >> to that point, his speech writer does this on twitter. does bernie sanders do it tonight? the candidates won't be on at the same time but do they pick fights with each other through these debates saying my plan is better? his plan, he says, is the only one that bans frac'ing.
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he's trying to say us and only us, the others are late to the game. will he, himself, make that point? >> bernie sanders has a history of how bernie might go out on the attack and then he pulls back in debates. this technically isn't a debate. he won't be standing side by side with someone. he may try to draw those distinctions but more than likely will talk about the virtues of his plan. >> he has gone after joe biden on climate change, saying his approach is middle ground and it's time for more urgent action on thachl he has gone after certain candidates, not elizabeth warren, of course, which is something that we are all going to be on the lookout for. >> if he engages anybody it will be biden. that's the safe place for him to go. the answers that cnn viewers deserve tonight, though, the question of how you can get this plan done is how are you, as president, 2021, with a senate that is going to be divided equally, going to get this plan through? what's your plan to get mitch mcconnell, who at that point, if
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he's still there, will be majority leader or minority leader, to actually pass this bill with a senate that includes joe manchin and jon tester as democrats? let's say you have 51 votes. you don't necessarily have a mantle if you have moderate democratic senators who don't want to vote for this. that's the question they'll all have a hard time answering. >> right. that's why it will be interesting to see who they're talking to when they make these pitches. someone like bernie sanders has the most expensive plan out there, probably going to make his pitch to the party that's always with him. others may try to translate this into are we going to try to talk to the coal belt, are we going to try to talk in ways that say climate change is not just about climate change but all these other economic policies as well? they can take that stand given that everybody has a climate change plan. that passes the lowest bar for democrats and democratic leaning independents. can they project a message that will be translatable to everybody else or make a pitch? >> challenge in a primary. can you have bold, aspirational plans but be open to the fact
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