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hello, everyone, it's 11:00 on the east coast, 8:00 a.m. out west. i'm fredricka whitfield. we're following breaking news at this hour. a princeton graduate student held prisoner in iran for three years is finally heading home as part of a prisoner swap between tehran and washington. xiyue wang is an american ph.d. student and was doing research in tehran in 2016 when he was arrested on charges of spying and sentenced to ten years in iranes notorious evan prison. right now wang is at a u.s. army hospital in germany for medical evaluation. from there he will travel back
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to the u.s. and we'll get more on that story when we get more information and bring it to you. kiley atwood will be joining us later on. the shooting now state side at the pensacola air base in florida. we're learning more about the gunman, mohammed al shamrani, a saudi national. his uncle telling cnn exclusively that al shamrani showed nothing suspicious before he moved to the u.s. in 2017 to begin training at the base. the gunman opened fire at the base friday, killing three people before being killed by police. we've got full coverage of this story for you with natasha chen following developments out of florida, admiral john kirby in washington and cnn's nic robertson in saudi arabia. let's go to natasha first. tell us more about what the uncle is saying. >> reporter: yeah, an uncle of the suspected shooter told cnn, again, that he did not see anything suspicious about his nephew that would indicate he
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might attack people like this. he described his nephew as 21 years old. he said he was likeable and exceptionally smart. he said he kept in touch with his nephew after he came to the united states to start training and that if he is found to be guilty, he said his nephew would be accountable to god. four people are dead, including the shooter, after an attack on a pensacola naval base by a member of the saudi military. authorities are now working to determine the motive. >> there's obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a part of the saudi air force, and then to be here training on our soil. >> reporter: two law enforcement sources tell cnn the shooter has been identified as mohammed al shamrani. president trump, who has stood by the saudi government in the past, relayed a message from king salman of saudi arabia. >> the king said that the saudi people are greaty angered by the
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barbaric actions of the shooter and that this person in no way, shape or form represents the feelings of the saudi people, who love the american people so much. >> reporter: officials say al shamrani was part of an aviation training program on base and weapons are not allowed. >> you can't bring a weapon on base. >> reporter: eight others were injured in the attack that began just before 8:00 a.m. eastern time on a classroom building on base. among the wounded, two deputies who exchanged gunfire with the shooter. >> the two deputies that initially engaged the suspect, one was shot in the arm and one was shot in the knee. >> reporter: the fbi is now leading the investigation and authorities caution it is still in the very early stages. >> this doesn't happen here, it doesn't happen in pensacola, it doesn't happen to our friends and neighbors who are members of the united states navy, but it did and it has. and so for now we're here to pick up the pieces. >> neither the hospital nor the fbi is giving us more information at this time about
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the victims. we know that a lot of things are affected on the base. right now it's only open to essential military personnel and the families who live here. there are counseling services being offered. a holiday tree lighting that was supposed to happen today at an officer's club on base has been cancelled and we have been hearing from the community about how much they're shaken by this and how they'll be dealing with this for a long time, fred. >> all right, natasha chen, thank you so much from pensacola. admiral kirby, john kirby is joining us soon. there he is. president trump seemed to be reading the response from the king of saudi arabia almost verbatim. so, john, how did that strike you that the president was almost essentially acting as a messenger for the saudi king? >> almost his press agent, right? yeah, it was very much in keeping with the closeness that the president wants to keep saudi arabia and the king,
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specifically in this extremely friendly relationship that he's trying to make sure he fosters. i found it a little bit inappropriate to be honest with you. it's one thing to pass on, hey, i heard from the king and he expressed his condolences but to read that verbatim. it was in striking contrast to what governor desantis said, that little clip we just showed at the presser yesterday in terms of holding the saudis accountable or making sure that they pay a debt to the victims. it was also, i think, in striking contrast to senator rick scott who put out a statement yesterday saying he wanted a review of the program by which these international students are able to train on american soil. so it almost portends a little bit of tension between the president and this relationship he wants to keep with saudi arabia, perhaps too close, and some of his supporters in legislative positions in florida and their concerns that they are probably answering from their constituents about why saudis
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are here on this soil, on american soil. >> i want to bring in nic robertson. nic, talk to us about the sequence of events. the shooting would take place and that the president of the united states would say that the saudi king called him and then the president would actually deliver the message of the saudi king. talk to us about why and how this is significant. >> reporter: sure. saudi arabia was president trump's first international overseas visit as president. one of the things he did was trumpet the amount of military arms sales, more than $100 billion i believe the figure was at the time, that his visit here had been able to sort of initiate. so that relationship, that economic relationship is important. but it's also important to the saudi king. and i think specifically when we see the political criticism that
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president trump has over this issue with the saudi king, but in past issues with the killing of the "washington post" journalist jamal khashoggi in the saudi consulate in istanbul, the cia believed there was reason to believe that mohammed bin salman may have had a role in that, the king's son, the crown prince in this country. so those political tensions already exist. and the king recognizes that. so i think what he tried to do by calling out so early is not often that, a, the saudi king gets involved, that, b, he does so with such speed and it really recognizes the importance he places on that relationship with president trump. remember the saudis didn't particularly like president obama. they do like the fact that trump is tough on iran so he does seem to want to protect that relationship but of course it's causing political backlash against president trump when he handles it this way. >> and, john, the defense
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department might want to re-evaluate this program in pensacola, that's what's being reported. to what extent? clearly this is very disconcerting, disturbing, but what kind of leverage might the defense department have in re-evaluating whether saudis will come stateside to train in this program? >> the defense department has enormous leverage. i mean it's their program. obviously the initial vetting is done by the state department through the consular offices located at embassies around the world, but eventually the final approval for foreign students to be trained here in the united states is done by dod and secretary of defense mark esper just yesterday told reporters he's willing to take a look at this program and i think they'll be looking at the vetting itself for the program. i also would be not surprised at all to see dod look at their military installation access and security protocols also as a result of this.
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so i would suspect quite a bit of internal naval gazing here by the defense department about this entire program and access to bases as a result and i think that's appropriate. i don't know what they'll find or what changes they might make. i will say this, though, fred, the training program is important. we sell a lot of these weapons and platforms to these foreign governments. we need to be able to expect they can operate them safely and effectively, not just for their own national security interests but with ours because they'll be operating with our pilots in the air, with our ships at sea. so it's important that this training program continue. it is definitely in our national security interests to do that. >> we'll leave it there for now. john kirby, nic robertson, thank you so much. now to other breaking news at this hour. a princeton graduate student held prisoner in iran for three years is finally heading home as part of a prisoner swap between tehran and washington. kiley atwood is a cnn national security reporter and joining me
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from washington. what are you hearing about this? >> we spoke with a senior administration official this morning who said that xiyue wang is in very good health, he's in good spirits and is really looking forward to coming home. we have a photo that was tweeted out this morning from the state department of wang with brian hook, who is a senior state department official. the senior white house official who spoke with reporters this morning said this is a very good outcome for the united states. this is an american who has been wrongfully detained in iran for more than three years. and they are hopeful that this will lead to positive momentum when it comes to the other americans being wrongfully detained in iran because we should note that there are other americans who are still there and have not yet been released. >> so what an incredible experience he has had. do we have any kind of idea what kind of debriefing will be -- what kind of information will be extrapolated from any debriefing
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that will likely happen? >> yeah, so we don't know exactly when he's going come back to the united states, but what we do know is that there are plans for him to potentially come to the white house. robert o'brien, who is now the national security advisor to president trump, was the hostage affairs negotiator at this state department. he is someone who has been personally involved in this case. and so the expectation is that he would -- xiyue wang would come to the white house and meet with robert o'brien and very likely meet with president trump as well. we know this is an administration that has worked very hard on securing release of americans who are wrongfully detained in iran. that is a top priority for president trump. now, on the flip side of this, however, we need to recognize the fact that this is being cast by the iranians as a prisoner swap. and the united states is not pushing back on that characterization and saying it is wrong. they are saying that it can be deemed whatever folks want to call it essentially. but there was an iranian
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scientist who was released. the charges were dropped by the department of justice. he was released at the same time as the iranians released xiyue wang so there was a trade-off here. but a senior administration official said that they wanted to make it clear that the u.s. did not pay any ransom here, they didn't pay any money for this, and this is a very good outcome in the eyes of the trump administration. >> all right, kylie atwood in washington, thank you so much. up next, a busy day on capitol hill as democrats gear up for monday's impeachment hearing. we'll have a live report. meanwhile, the white house says it will not take part in the house-led hearings. why administration officials are calling it a charade.
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right. they're practicing in the committee room where monday's hearing will take place and we're going to learn more about what monday's hearing will look like. we're expecting the house intelligence and house judiciary committees to present their evidence. the house intelligence committee, that would be the evidence of the ukraine scandal and all of the witnesses that we saw that came in. the judiciary committee could be presenting on the mueller report and obstruction of justice. what this hearing is going to do, it's going to lay the groundwork for potential articles of impeachment. after monday's hearing, we could see a mark-up of those articles as soon as later next week with a committee vote potentially at the end of the week. now, the big debate right now going on is what is going to be in those articles of impeachment. and in particular will they include items related to the mueller report and obstruction of justice. now, the judiciary committee has been investigating that, but there are moderates who resisted an impeachment inquiry until it was only focused on ukraine and
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they have been expressing concerns that the articles could expand. listen here. >> i was against going through with impeachment previous to this ukraine matter. so with the understanding that i'm not going to entertain any hypotheticals i was very serious when i came out and said that, very serious. >> i think we need to stay focused on ukraine. that's what it's about. that's when me and my colleagues wrote the op-ed, it was about ukraine. our president put our national security at risk and that's what i'm ready to vote on. >> reporter: now, the judiciary committee, there are many members here, who want to see mueller's report included. they say that not putting it in the articles would effectively excuse the president from that conduct. this is a decision we think will ultimately be made by a small group of people, chairman nadler, adam schiff and speaker nancy pelosi so this is what we're watching out for, to see if we get any clues today on tomorrow, fred. >> jeremy herb, keep us posted.
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thanks so much. meanwhile, the white house is refusing to take part in monday's hearing, issuing a letter in fact to the house judiciary committee attacking the inquiry as baseless and a reckless abuse of power. the chairman of the committee, jerrold nadler, responded with this statement, saying, quote, if the president has no good response to the allegations, then he would not want to appear before the committee. having declined this opportunity, he cannot claim that the process is unfair, end quote. kristen holmes is at the white house for us. kristen, explain what is the strategy here? because the white house has been saying this process is not fair. their people haven't been a part of it. and now an invitation to do so but then turning down that invite. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, fred. taking a look at this as a whole here, it appears that their strategy is not to engage, at least while these impeachment proceedings are still in the house of representatives. and this really isn't that much of a surprise. as you said, the president and
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his allies continually said that the process was unfair, that they didn't have representation. they also stonewalled the investigation at every turn. they did not allow white house aides to testify. they did not turn over white house documents. and now they are refusing to participate. now, they did send out a letter late last night to the judiciary committee and it was a scathing letter. it read in part, house democrats have wasted enough of america's time with this charade. you should end this inquiry now and not waste even more time with additional hearings. adopting articles of impeachment could be a reckless abuse of power by house democrats and would constitute the most unjust, highly partisan and unconstitutional attempt at impeachment in our nation's history. so really slamming those house democrats. the letter ended with a quote from a tweet of president trump's which essentially said hurry up, get this vote done in the house and have this move on to the senate. the point there being that president trump, his allies,
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republicans, believe that this is going to go in the president's favor once this gets to the senate, once they do have a hearing there. that's because of course republicans control the senate right now. so we'll have to see if that is in fact how this works out. >> kristen holmes, thank you so much. we'll keep checking. minutes after the speaker, the house speaker announced the house would proceed with articles of impeachment, there was this moment. >> i don't hate anybody. i was raised in a catholic house and don't hate anybody. not anybody in the world. don't you accuse me -- >> i did not accuse you. >> you did. you did. >> that to a question asking if she hates the president. next, what nancy pelosi's "don't mess with me" moment says about her leadership style. mike bloomberg's never been afraid of tough fights,
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for weeks now president trump and critics of the impeachment inquiry have claimed the whole thing is nothing but a partisan exercise based on democrats' dislike of the president. this week house speaker nancy pelosi pushed back hard at criticism and a question about
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asking whether her hatred of the president was driving all of this. >> i don't hate anybody. i was raised in a catholic house and don't hate anybody. not anybody in the world. i think the president is a coward when it comes to helping our kids who are afraid of gun violence. i think he is cruel when he doesn't deal with helping our dreamers of which we're very proud. i think he's in denial about the climate crisis. however, that's about the election. this is about the -- take it up in the election. this is about the constitution of the united states and the facts that lead to the president's violation of his oath of office. as a catholic, i resent you're using the word "hate" in a sentence that addresses me. i don't hate anyone. i was raised in a way that is a
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heart full of love and always prayed for the president and i still pray for the president. i pray for the president all the time. so don't mess with me when it comes to words like that. >> let's talk about this and the tone that perhaps it may be setting or resetting. with me now julian zelizer, david swerdlick is an assistant editor for "the washington post" and cnn political commentator. good to see you both. david, you first. that question provoked house speaker pelosi to set the record straight with the use of the word "hate" in association with her. did it also reinforce her style of leading, especially on the eve of these articles of impeachment being drafted? >> yeah, good morning, fred. certainly the reporter had the right to ask that question but i don't blame speaker pelosi for going back to the podium and giving that terse response to the reporter. look, number one, she was not pushing for impeachment until this ukraine controversy came
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along. she was putting the brakes on her caucus during the period of the mueller report saying we're not there yet with impeachment. she only moved forward with it when the ukraine call came to light. number two, i think it's sexist. i just don't see a reporter in that situation asking a male speaker of the house do you hate the president. it suggests that she can't do her job objectively and at arm's length and is sort of emotional about it. >> mm-hmm. >> and i just -- i think that's the connotation. and lastly, fred, just real quick, it reminded me of the hearings earlier this week when some of the republicans in the judiciary committee asked some of the legal scholars testifying who they voted for or who they gave money to, as if you can't give an opinion or have a view on impeachment and on the fact presented for impeachment without letting your partisan feelings get in the way. yes, there's this ongoing issue of whether democrats have trump
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derangement syndrome. it's not surprising that it was asked but i think it's the wrong direction to go to get answers on where we're headed on this. >> julian, even before that moment of policy, there was this image at the white house standing and pointing to the president when she told everyone later all roads lead to putin. the house speaker made it very clear how she was leading her caucus with serious caution on impeachment, but now she says full steam ahead. draft articles of impeachment. why is she so confident in this move now? >> well, the first thing she did was to round up enough votes informally to make sure that she could do this. when she focused on ukraine, she understood that she had the support of almost the entire caucus, including the moderates who were very ambivalent about it. once she does that, her style is to move forward with full force and vigor. and she understands what this all means. she understands that the only way really to counteract the
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president is with great clarity and to push back against these kinds of talking points, that this is about hating the president rather than hating the way he has used his power. and so i think she's going to bring this to its completion, which will be a vote on articles of impeachment, which is a historic moment in american history. >> david, do you see speaker pelosi strengthening the party on capitol hill with a unified consensus or is she making dems more vulnerable? particularly there are a lot of moderates who have expressed real concern about how to proceed on articles of impeachment, whether to incorporate, you know, ukraine singularly or to also invite the mueller probe facts? >> so any impeachment vote is probably going to leave a few house democrats vulnerable in next year's elections, but the consensus and everything you hear when you talk to democrats on the hill is that they felt that at this point they had no choice to move forward. as julian said, speaker pelosi
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knows how to whip count. she knows she had mostly the votes going into this. she probably will lose a few and add congressman amash, who's an independent, to her number when this comes to the floor. in terms of what articles of impeachment they vote on, you're going to have more democrats drop off if you go to a wider set of articles of impeachment that include some of the allegations in the mueller report and that is why i think many of the democrats in her caucus are pushing to just focus on ukraine. >> julian, you're right on cnn.com it's fascinating because you're saying pelosi is doing what no one else seems to be able to accomplish, seize back the public square from the trump white house. you see pelosi's posture as putting the president in check. she has explained the president is dangerous. that's the word that you used. but to what degree, you know. he does still have the bully pulpit. >> he does have the bully
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pulpit. early in his presidency it was hard for democrats to focus on any other issue other than whatever the president did. his latest tweet, his latest statement, his latest kind of controversial policy move. but since she decided to move for the impeachment, this has been a national conversation about how he has abused his power and about how foreign policy has been corrupted. and that was ultimately what this impeachment inquiry revealed and now it will be a formal mark where democrats will take a vote saying, yes, this is what the president did and this is the choice voters have in 2020 and similarly republicans will have to vote and say this is okay with us. and i think that's a very powerful thing for a speaker to do. he has the bully pulpit, but so does congress. she's just shown how she can also frame what's going on in american politics in the same way he does. >> so then, david, the president
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is very rarely silent. so is there greater danger now or even risk for him to criticize the house speaker as he has already? >> well -- >> previous to her taking that particular stand yesterday. >> no, i get you. no, fred, i mean i think the president's style is always to, as he says, counterpunch. he doesn't really have another approach. it has worked for him throughout his private and public career. i think it's harder to do in challenging speaker pelosi in that she's a contemporary of his. she's not one of the sort of new back benchers in congress. she's not someone who's scared. she's someone who's on his level as the first woman speaker of the house. she's a historical figure. and her father and i think brother were the mayor of baltimore. she's understood hardball party politics all her life. so what she's demonstrating here
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is that even though she sometimes does it gently or teases the president, sometimes sort of sticks a finger in his chest, she understands how to go toe to toe with him. democrats ultimately are not going to remove the president, but i think she is showing her caucus that they don't have to be afraid to move ahead with an impeachment vote. >> and she actually made her statement a couple of days ago, i said yesterday. all these days are running together just one really big day. all right, julian, david, thank you so much to both of you. appreciate it. >> thank you. all right, straight ahead, uber releases stunning statistics about sexual assault raising new concerns about passengers' security. i'm finding it hard to stay on top of things a faster laptop could help. plus, tech support to stay worry free. worry free...boom boom! get free next business day shipping or ...1 hour in-store pick up shopping season solved at office depot officemax or officedepot.com.
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of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018. cnn senior investigative correspondent drew griffin's reporting first put the spotlight on uber drivers accused of sex crimes. he has more now on these new revelations from uber. >> reporter: buried on page 59 of a polished, long-anticipated report are the stunning numbers. 5,981 sexual assaults reported over two years. 464 of them rapes. uber emphasizing with millions of rides daily the odds of attack are minuscule, but tony west, uber's chief legal officer who for nearly two years now has refused to be interviewed by cnn admitted to nbc the number is alarming. >> that's a hard number, but i'm not surprised. i'm not surprised because sexual violence is just much more pervasive in society than i think most people realize. >> reporter: cnn sounded the alarm in april of 2018 in an investigation that uncovered the
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serious problem of drivers assaulting passengers. this woman was attacked by her uber driver in miami, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the crime. >> the next morning i woke up and both my pants and underwear were on the floor. >> reporter: in a series of reports on uber assaults, cnn exposed a practice where the ride-share company sought to quietly settle sexual assault complaints with out of court settlements in exchange for nondisclosure agreements from victims. uber changed the policy after our report, no longer requiring victims to sign ndas. cnn found dozens of cases of sexual assault and abuse by scouring public records, police reports, civil and criminal court cases, but sources told us then there were many, many more. uber's report confirms that. cnn also found that thousands of uber drivers had criminal records. one was even an accused war criminal. all as uber lobbied local
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governments against tougher rules for background checks. since cnn's investigation, uber added safety features to its app, says they have improved and tightened background checks, and with this report is vowing to be more transparent on the safety of riding in an uber. early estimates for 2019 show sexual assaults in ubers continue. uber claims the rate is dropping, but based on its own recent statistics, every day someone is sexual assaulted taking an uber ride. >> uber couldn't simply ignore what was happening on its platform. most importantly we have to then address it. >> reporter: uber is not the only ride-share company with a problem. lyft also admits it is dealing with sexual assaults and has vowed to release its own transparency report in the near future. drew griffin, cnn, atlanta. coming up, as 2020 hopefuls crisscross the state of iowa,
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in just two months, voters in iowa will head to the polls for the first in the nation democratic caucus. today, six presidential hopefuls are looking to gather some iowa momentum at a presidential forum in cedar rapids. pete buttigieg, tom steyer, bernie sanders, cory booker, amy klobuchar and joe biden will all answer questions from moderators and people in the audience at the afternoon event hosted by the teamsters union. jessica dean is there and joining us right now. so, jessica, iowa is a pretty big deal for all of these candidates. what can we expect from them today? >> reporter: you are exactly right, fred. listen, right now they want to talk to as many people as they possibly can, as iowans get closer to making their final decisions. our recent polling shows pete buttigieg is the clear front-runner here in iowa, but it's still a very fluid race. people still making up their minds. that's why events like this with the teamsters today are very important so they can get that
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message out. to that end many of these candidates have been all across iowa in the last few days. joe biden particularly. he is wrapping up an eight-day bus tour today of iowa. here's a little bit of what they have been up to. >> how's it feel to have your friend with you? >> it feels great to have my friend with me. i can't think of anybody i'd rather have. >> reporter: two old friends together again as former secretary of state john kerry joins former vice president joe biden on the campaign trail. >> i am endorsing joe biden not because i've known him so long but because i have known him so well. >> reporter: in addition to kerry bolstering biden's experience argument, the biden campaign hopes to capture some of the former democratic nominee's come-from-behind magic that led to his 2004 victory in the iowa caucuses. >> winner of the iowa caucus, which kind of helps. you all know him like i do. that sounds pretty good to me. >> reporter: kerry's presence is just one piece of the biden campaign's more aggressive approach to iowa this week.
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in the last seven days, biden has held 16 events, mostly in rural areas. >> i need your help. thank you, thank you, thank you. >> reporter: a confident biden also taking emboldened swipes at his rivals, questioning voter enthusiasm for senator elizabeth warren and telling reporters mayor pete buttigieg stole his health care plan. biden also engaging in a heated back-and-forth with an iowa voter who said the former vice president was too old and accused him of sending his son to go work for a ukrainian gas company. >> you're a damn liar, man. that's not true. >> reporter: meantime his campaign launched a scathing video targeting president trump saying the world is laughing at him. >> several world leaders mock ig president trump. >> reporter: even as biden makes the case the democratic party isn't as far left as congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez, telling axios -- >> she's a bright, wonderful person. but where's the party? come on, man.
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>> reporter: a super pac supporting biden painted him as a long-time progressive, highlighting his early support of issues like same-sex marriage. >> the right to marry who you choose. the right to live free from the threat of violence and fear. these are basic fundamental, universal human rights. >> reporter: there's a group of voters here in iowa who say that beating president trump is their top priority, but they don't support joe biden. those are voters the biden campaign sees as persuadable in these final weeks leading up to the iowa caucuses. that message that you just heard across that piece there, what they have been talking to iowans about all week was directly aimed at them, fred, at those voters who want to beat donald trump. the biden campaign trying to get their message across that biden is uniquely qualified to be that person and that he's ready to lead on day one. all right, jessica.
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something that the 2020 dems will have to contend with, another soaring job's report, next details on the state of the u.s. economy. mike bloomberg's never been afraid of tough fights,
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job report. this helps trump going into 2020, no doubt about it but i am still watching another picture. swing states all lost jobs in the first ten months of the year. that is according to the most recently available state by state job's data analyzed by a think tank called economic innovation group. it focuses on the geoography of economic growth. >> mitigating circumstances and the mt. narrowly won in 2016 opinion 26,000 manufacturing jobs from january to october. wisconsin shed 8500 manufacturing jobs, and ohio 7300 in the same period. we may see these numbers bounce back in november. that is because striking gm
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workers resumed work after six week strike that began in mid september and trump's economic policy also doesn't seem to be working for the deep red state of west virginia. and the mountain state is on track for the worst performing economy in the last six months. this is damming for a state that trump promised to help in 2016, they will likely experience an economic retraction in the second quarter of 2020. trump might ignore these and they are not easily cut. luckily for trump this information does not grab as much information as the monthly jobs report. >> now to a story to help everybody feel good, the boy
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the ones that make a truebeen difference in people's lives. and mike's won them, which is important right this minute, because if he could beat america's biggest gun lobby, helping pass background check laws and defeat nra backed politicians across this country, beat big coal, helping shut down hundreds of polluting plants and beat big tobacco, helping pass laws to save the next generation from addiction. all against big odds you can beat him. i'm mike bloomberg and i approve this message.
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