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hello, everybody, i'm john king in washington, thank you for sharing a busy news day with us. opening statements this morning on capitol hill, the prelude to a brutal confirmation fight over judge amy coney barrett's nomination to the united states supreme court. more on that ahead. first, the president is out of coronavirus isolation today and off to florida for his campaign trail return. joe biden travels to ohio and says this morning that the president's florida trip is, quote, reckless. the president's doctors say he is no longer a coronavirus transmission risk but they refuse to tell you when the president last tested negative. the president trails signific t significantly with just three weeks left of campaigning. if you thought his coronavirus scare would steer him to truth telling, think again. he's arguing again the virus is disappearing and we're around the final corner. look at the data. look at the case trend here in the united states, this is not around the final corner.
this is not a virus disappearing, this is a virus headed back up. more than 50,000 cases on average in the united states, a dip on sunday but the data on sunday drops down a bit. you see we did get down here the end of august but trending back up. this was 20,000 cases a day up to the summer surge down some now back to 50,000 infections a day in the united states of america. that's not rounding the corner that's the beginning of a possible fall surge. 50 states in the united states of america, 31 of them, 31 of them on this monday trending in the wrong direction. that means more new coronavirus infections now compared to a week ago. you see it the entire northern half of the country as it gets colder, the case count going back up. 16 states holding steady, that's the beige. only three states reporting fewer new infections right now compared to a week ago. 31 states trending in the wrong direction. the president is back on the
road this week, cleared from his own coronavirus case to travel. where is he going? florida today, the case count is going on. iowa, the case count is going up. he's going to pennsylvania, the case count is going up. going to north carolina, the deep red there, that means 50% more cases now than a week ago. so the president's travels today will take him into the middle of this fall coronavirus surge even though he says it's disappearing and we have turned the final corner. three weeks to election day, here's one way to look at it. red line, the states the president carried in 2016, blue line the states that hillary clinton carried in 2016. the states clinton won, most of them with democratic governors have kept the coronavirus case count lower than trump states. you see the trump states in a much more difficult position headed into the final weeks of this campaign than the clinton states. if you look at the top five states in terms of reporting deaths yesterday, all of them
carried by the president in 2016. florida, texas, georgia, louisiana, and arkansas reporting the most deaths on sunday. we hope these numbers stay down but we've learned this over the last seven, eight months, case counts, high positivity rate, death toll tends to travel after that. despite the numbers, despite the map, listen to the president of the united states, he said he's feeling better, he's going to be on the road and he says pay no attention to this. >> i've been tested totally negative. i'm going to be out in florida tomorrow working very hard and i want to give my warmest sympathies to the families that have lost someone. i've lost many friends. i've lost five friends and probably more. but it's -- we're coming around the final turn and things are starting to really shape up. >> let's begin the conversation this hour with the chief washington correspondent olivia
knox. and from the times, julia her shfield davis. the president begins to travel today, three weeks left to campaign, he is trailing and trailing badly and he keeps telling people pay no attention to the facts, essentially. we have turned the corner, the virus is disappearing. it is not. >> it is not. it is a critical time for his campaign. you can see why he's doing what he's doing. he really has no choice because he has taken this approach for months of trying to downplay the seriousness of the virus, trying to downplay the implications of the virus, not just health wise but on the economy and everything else. now he's in a position of where he's eroded a lot of his credibility with many voters. that's i think part of the reason we're seeing him lagging in the polls to vice president -- former vice president joe biden. but he really doesn't have a choice other than to argue
you're not seeing what you're seeing with your own eyes. he's downplaying the virus, his administration's role in doing that, and i think, you know, in these last few weeks he's so eager to be back out in these rallies and talking to voters that he really has to also downplay his own health challenges because we don't know -- you played that sound from him saying he has tested negatively, we don't have official word of that from the white house. they say he's been cleared to go back out and interact with people. but there's still a lot of unanswered questions, even about his own health. >> but the doctors say it's okay for the president to travel, he told aids he wants to be on the road, but he is trailing and trailing badly. the question is a lot of his own aides had hoped his personal bout with covid would teach him to be more empathic, more factual about this. but we're seeing something
different. >> right. in some ways what we're seeing is what the president has been doing since the pandemic began, playing it down, promising it'll be over soon. what's different now is the calendar. we're closing in on what we've all agreed to call call election day even though millions will have voted by then. the pandemic is an international story, a national story. if you go to the key states, look at the media in arizona, iowa, florida, pennsylvania, look at the media in wisconsin you'll see there are a lot of coronavirus related headlines. and no white house is equipped to push back against that kind of story where something is on the evening news, as likely, in des moines as well as d.c. >> there is one way to counter that, which would be if the president of the united states would give speeches about the virus, which he said i'm going to surge more help to the states like north dakota who have a
problem right now. but instead, the speeches are almost exclusively about him. >> right. you would think he would want to confront the issues of the virus and what he's going to do about it and getting a stimulus deal, which in the last couple days he wanted to see happen, recognizing this is judged as his responsibility, the pandemic is his responsibility and people are struggling not just health wise but economically and not having jobs and with the effects of that we do not see him doing that because he doesn't have a plan to promote right now. the stimulus negotiations are nowhere mostly because republicans don't want to sign on to as much money as the president now says he wants to spend but more broadly he doesn't have that sort of all hands on deck kind of response that he keeps saying he has had. but people don't see evidence of it. i think oliver is right, you
can't tell people i've done a great job, and it's going to be fine if in their mind there has not been a great job done. and people are going to vote between now and the next three weeks and they're going to judge him on their own lives for the most part, not what he's saying he's doing well. >> dr. fauci is not happy about this, but he's the star of a new trump campaign ad. let me play you a clip of this. >> president trump tackled the virus head on, as leaders should. >> i can't imagine that anybody could be doing more. >> dr. fauci says that's out of context, he was talking a long time ago about the work of task force and not the president specifically. and in his five decades of service he's never gotten involved in politics. the trump campaign thought it was important to run the ad.
from september 8th to october 3rd, about 30%, 28.5% of the ads were covid related. this week on television they're up to 50%, of the ads are covid related. the trump campaign realizes they tried to push the pandemic aside but now they have to confront it. >> and no doubt they would harness dr. fauci's credibility since he has more approval than the president does. i think it's from march but, of course, they want to do it, they want to harness themselves to that because their own credibility is not great. >> you look at tnot only the president now, but a lot of republicans. they're worried if the president goes down they'll lose the senate. this is the republican pollster, it's not good for my side, pretty obviously in many ways
downballot republicans in it with president trump. asked for any bright spots for the republican field he said i'm racking my brain and struggling. three weeks before election day, as we call it, i get it millions are voting early, that's a tough line for the party to be in but they feel they have no escape because they feel if they leave the president they lose the base as well. >> that's right. this is a challenge they've known and have seen coming for many months and they are squeezed between the need to turn out the republican base which largely is very supportive of the president so they can't break from him entirely or even in a detectable way but they need to reach out to independent voters, to women, to folks in the suburbs, the sorts of people who if you look at the data right now are abandoning the president in droves primarily
because of the coronavirus crisis but also other reasons. this supreme court nomination which has energized the right i think has raised concerns among moderates and women in particular. you hear democrats harping on the potential consequences for the affordable care act and i think those messages break through with the kinds of voters the republicans need if they want to be successful when they face their own re-elections. they're in a place, like the president, where this is baked in. they can't get off of the message that they've been on for the last several months. and yet we clearly see signs that voters are not satisfied with that and may well be looking for something different. >> so i guess the question for the trump campaign and the candidate himself is what can you do to break the die mal ik. you have 31 states, most carried by the president four years ago, reporting more covid cases. you have joe biden on the campaign trail with more money
and on offense, going to states that are key to the president's map. the president having to go to florida, iowa, north carolina, three states an incumbent republican president should have in his pocket already. it's a steeper hill. >> the trump theory of the case is there are a large number of trump friendly voters who didn't come out in 2016 because they didn't think hoe had a chance but they're going to m come out this time in part in response to the president's portrayal of a flaming hell scape if former vice president biden wins. could that happen? i suppose so. but the travel and spending tells the tale. they're spending money in d.c. on ads. he's done a lot of stuff in florida, he reversed himself in offshore drilling, tried to court seniors down there. after blocking it for three
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opening statements this morning the start of a bruising supreme court confirmation battle for judge amy coney barrett. new polling shows the majority of americans oppose this fast track confirmation but less resistance to elevating barrett to the high court now than one month ago. republicans see a chance to cement the president's judicial legacy and hope to improve the 2020 prospects by exciting turnouts. democrats see barrett as a threat to the affordable care
act and a threat to abolish or roll back abortion rights. >> the bottom line is justice ginsburg when asked about this several years ago said a president serves for four years not three. there's nothing unconstitutional about this process. this is probably not about persuading each other, unless something really dramatic happens, all republicans will vote yes and all democrats will vote no. >> health care coverage for millions of americans is at stake with this nomination. this well could mean that if judge barrett is confirmed, americans stand to lose the benefits that the aca proviets. provides. >> let's go to capitol hill. manu raju. judge barrett has to listen most of this day and the political arguments are stark. >> reporter: they are. and this is what we've been hearing since the day she was nominated last month. democrats raising concerns about the lightning fast pace in getting her to the bench, as you
mentioned 22 days away from the election, has not been a supreme court nominee confirmed after july in a presidential election year. but this would happen, assuming that all goes as planned and it appears it will, she will get confirmed by the end of the month. in a boost for republicans earlier this morning, mike lee of utah, who sits on the committee announced that he is cleared by his doctors who attend today's proceedings he tested positive for the coronavirus, he announced that ten days ago, but the u.s. capitol attending physician said he could participate in today's proceedings. and along with thom tillis, who also tested positisitive about days indicated he'll be back this week. by all accounts republicans will do just that and set up the confirmation vote by the end of the month. as lindsey graham noted there,
the question is whether or not anyone's views will change. at the moment it does not appear that way, but will she trip up in any way, tomorrow is when the questioning begins. democrats will press her on the affordable care act, it's unlikely she'll get pinned down, she'll side step as nominees attend to do. will she recuse herself from any election related disputes after november. roe versus wade. at the moment stark battle lines being drawn but republicans feeling confident about her nomination. >> appreciate the live report, manu. joining the conversation, sung moon kim of "the washington post." as of now, it looks like the republicans have the votes and they'll ram it through. so democrats are trying to lay it as a campaign issue, what they expect of judge barrett. listen to this on health care, trying to rally the american
people with the election just three weeks away. >> they are asking the supreme court to strike down the affordable care act. >> judge barrett has said she would overturn the aca. >> this person getting on the supreme court so she can get rid of affordable care act. >> you are being sent to the bench to do his political chores, abolish the aca. >> it's interesting listening to that in the sense that democrats note that she says something in the hearings to send this off the tracks. the democrats clearly don't expect that and we have a supreme court confirmation battle that's about a bigger legislative and political issue. >> that's right. what's so fascinating generally about supreme court hearings for nerds like you and me is that they can touch on any issue that can come before the supreme court but this is different. democrats instead of touching on a monopoly of issues before the
court are specifically focussing on health care. you see the postures of affecting constituents, constituents who benefitted from the affordable care act. every democratic senator is mentioning the affordable care act and its benefits. that's going to come up in every democratic senator's questioning because they know they have little power to slow down and even stop this nomination and confirmation from happening before election day. so they are turning it i a political issue. they know health care was a major advantage for them in 2018 and could be an advantage this year. because it's so tangible. if amy coney barrett is confirmed, she will be on the bench in time to hear these oral arguments in a significant affordable care act case on november 10th. what democrats are trying to do is exploit the divisions on health care on the republican side of the panel. you look at the dozen republican members you see they range from senators who are in tough
re-election races where they're getting hammered by their democratic challengers for their opposition to the affordable care act and also to staunch conservatives like mike lee who say the whole law should be stricken down. that's what democrats are going for here today and the rest of the week. >> joan, if you look at the opening statement judge barrett submitted, the democrats' hopes to getting specific are not going to happen. they know that. they know how she's on the bench in a couple weeks, when the obamacare challenge comes up, they won't get an answer. here she writes, more than the style of his writing though it was a content of justice scalia's reasoning that shaped me. his judicial philosophy.
my translation, she's going to say i'll call it like i'll see them as i was taught by justice scalia, stay tuned. right? >> right. what justice scalia did with that theory was vote against abortion rights, all reproductive rights, against same-sex marriage. voted to strike down the affordable care act twice. that theory had consequences and it might have consequences again. this hearing so far has been so much about november 3rd and november 10th. november 3rd the election, november 10th, the affordable care act will be argued at the court. but amy coney barrett is only 48 years old. she could serve for another 30 years and think of all that her fingers will touch and how much her vote will matter. so there's a certain incongruity here to hear senators talk about the importance of the supreme court but really have already
relegated this hearing to an empty exercise. everybody knows it's a done deal but we -- you know, it would be great if we could have a little more of a back and forth to hear more about her views. especially tomorrow. >> we'll see if we get that. to joan's point, republicans see it as a chance to have a 6-3 majority for years on the high court and they understand the politics. your newspaper today, "the washington post" news poll 44% say they should vote, 52% say wait for the election. wait until we know who won the election until we move forward. but senate republicans and president trump are not going to wait because they understand they could lose the white house and the united states senate and it's a harder political argument to make after the election if you have been she lacked saying let us exercise this power rather than now. >> could you imagine if vice president biden won the white house, democrats took back the
majority. mitch mcconnell's mind may not change about the lame duck but there may be rank and file republicans questioning their decision. which is why it's important to go ahead now. this has been a long running project, not such for president trump but certainly for the conservative legal movement and for senate majority leader mitch mcconnell whose top priority has been transforming the judiciary at all levels into a conservative one. so stamping into place a 6-3 conservative majority for years, if not a generation to come, is certainly worth the political risk that republicans are going to be taking now. >> joan, as you noted, a assuming this stays on track we'll know pretty quickly. we'll know quickly on big issues who justice barrett is, if she becomes justice barrett. fulton versus city of philadelphia, that's a big lgbtq
case. california versus texas, that's the obama care case. but on lgbtq rights and obamacare we'll know and know fairly quickly. >> we will. here's the other thing we'll see her make a move in both of those areas. think of how these cases will keep returning and returning. and there might be a tendency for a justice barrett and her colleagues to perhaps hedge their bets a little bit in this election year or shortly after the election. and we won't really see the full potency of the kind of justice she can be and the kind of 6-3 court that we will soon have until we have more cases down the road. i think it could mean a difference for the religious rights and lgbtq issues that you just raised in the case to be heard in november.
but we've seen some of the justices in decent in the same-sex marriage case call for a reconsideration of that. so lots at stake here john that we'll see a fuller picture of her, probably not just this term but the next one and ones to come. >> appreciate you getting us started on day one of these confirmation hearings. thank you both so much. up next, the number of deaths in the united states was high in a six month stretch earlier this year. researchers believe covid is much to blame for that spike.
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some new information today on death rates in the united states and the affect of the coronavirus on a surprising spike in death numbers. elizabeth cohen joins us now. what is this new research? >> john, as if there were any doubt, what these numbers show is the devastating effect this pandemic has had in the united states. let's look at what the numbers show. it's found march through july of 2020, just that time period, there were 1.3 million deaths from all causes in the united
states. that's 20% more than the same time periods in each of the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. so 20% more than each of those years. so that's incredible for one disease to have that much effect is devastating. let's look at the death rate in the u.s. compared to death rates in other countries. this isn't total number of deaths this is death rates. in the u.s. what another study showed is that there have been 60.3 deaths per 100,000 people. compare that death rate to canada, 24.6 deaths. australia 3.3 deaths. as you can see, the u.s. is not doing a great job here. now, john, president trump has said that the u.s. has the best mortality rate in the world. as you can see from the numbers that's not true. >> yet another stunning example of where the president says one thing and the data tells us
something else. researchers talking about another new symptom when it comes to covid-19. tell us about that. >> it's hearing loss. this is surprising to many people but viruses can cause sudden hearing loss. it is heartbreak be. i spoke with a 42-year-old, with a 23-year-old, both totally healthy, came down with covid, had mild symptoms. it wasn't a big deal, except each of them lost their hearing in one ear. viruses can do that, and there's some thinking that covid may be worse than other viruses because we know covid can cause blood clots and the arteries, the veins, the vessels in the ear are the tiniest in the body and can become clotted easily. this is something that doctors are looking at now, hearing loss after a covid infection. >> yet another kick in the teeth if you will from the virus. appreciate the important new reporting. up next for us, president trump's long war against
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barrett and joe biden is making the issue of health care central in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign. remember republicans used opposition to obamacare as the issue in the 2010 and 2014 election cycles. now republicans, including the president, learning the political terrain on this issue has shifted in the democrats' favor. john harwood joins us with new reporting on this. the president loves the slogan but it's coming back to butite m politically. >> reporter: it is. and it bit the republicans in 2018. now it's becoming a significant issue in the presidential race. let's review what president trump is telling the american people on health care. first of all he said he's gutted the law by getting rid of the penalty for the individual mandate, which was the most unpopular feature. secondly saying he's going to offer a second cheaper
alternative that preserves the protection for americans with preexisting conditions and finally on the issue of whether or not the supreme court will strike down obamacare, oral arguments happen next month, he said that would be a big win for the usa. first of all, if you look at the enrollment figures for obamacare exchanges they're down 10% from 2016 when barack obama was president but not significantly. he has not ended obamacare. secondly, seven states during the trump presidency have expanded medicaid under provisions of obamacare, even conservative states. and finally on the big win for the usa. we had fox news polling last week that showed by a two to one margin americans wanted to preserve obamacare rather than get rid of it. that's why democrats are highlighting it in the hearings and joe biden is highlighting it and why republicans are on the defensive on this issue, joe.
>> john harwood, great reporting thank you so much for that facts and context. john, thank you so much. up next, early research suggesting schools might not be the coronavirus super spreader sites many feared they would be. , yeah i feel free ♪ ♪ to bare my skin ♪ yeah that's all me. ♪ nothing and me go hand in hand ♪ ♪ nothing on my skin ♪ that's my new plan. ♪ nothing is everything. keep your skin clearer with skyrizi. 3 out of 4 people achieved 90% clearer skin at 4 months. of those, nearly 9 out of 10 sustained it through 1 year. and skyrizi is 4 doses a year, after 2 starter doses. ♪ i see nothing in a different way ♪ ♪ and it's my moment so i just gotta say ♪ ♪ nothing is everything skyrizi may increase your risk of infections and lower your ability to fight them. before treatment your doctor should check you for infections and tuberculosis. tell your doctor if you have an infection or symptoms such as fevers, sweats,
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summer appear to be overblown. emily, thank you for your time today. i want to put up from your early data put up stats here. among students 0.13% infection rate, staff members 0.24% infection rate. i know you're still at this and it's preliminary, but what jumps out at you as most significant about what you learned so far? >> i think thing is that the rates we're seeing is fairly low, lower than what we're seeing generally in the community. it looks like some people get covid elsewhere and they're at school, so it's not that there's no covid but rates are low compared to what people would expect, there would be huge outbreaks in >> so what is most important for you as you take this early data and try to expand it? what questions are you looking
to answer as you get more people to help you participate? >> yes. i think the big question is what mitt dpa mitigation factors are working. some are doing masking, distancing, smaller pods. as we get more data and we're working to recruit larger samples, middle schools, more districts, we'll be able to say things like how important is masking, how important is distancing, three feet versus six feet. those are the things we can learn from data which will help other schools reopen more safely. >> interesting. we can show people some of that. things like staff mask use, student mask use, in home screening, 95% require staff mask, 92% student mask. home screening. then the right side of the screen, only half of schools say keep all of the students in one class all day long. symptom checks if entering school or on the bus, temperature check entering
school on the bus, only half. how do you take it from there? how much more data do you need to say should schools be doing more of those things where you have half and half? >> i think what we need is this week, we are collecting another biweekly poll of data. from that we are able to look at places two time periods in a row, see whether there are outbreaks growing, whether we see a single case turn into many cases and be able to analyze the relationship between that and some of these mitigation practices. i think that will be key for understanding how to prevent spread in schools as opposed to preventing cases from outside, which will be harder to regulate. that's what we're looking for in the next wave of video. >> what was striking to me, reading analysis, some people looking at data saying it is early but this is helpful, also saying the united states government is not giving us this information. was that part stunning to you, you're assessing a pioneer here,
doing it yourself? the government is not keeping this? >> i think the team feels like there should be somebody else doing this. we're a team of volunteers of like ten people doing this on nights and weekends. i'm hoping as we grow this, maybe there will be more input from the government, but i think so far we haven't seen that, which is why we're doing it. >> as a parent, i can tell you, it is a critical parent for millions and millions of american parents and families around the country. we're grateful for what you and the team are doing. keep up the work. thank you. >> thank you. up next for us, to the campaign trail. joe biden today, two stops, in battleground ohio. when i was in high school, this was the theater i came to quite often. the support we've had over the last few months has been amazing. it's not just a work environment. everyone here is family. if you are ready to open your heart and your home, check us out. we thought for sure that we were done. and this town said: not today.
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joe biden is on his way to ohio, proof the democrat is playing offense in the final three weeks of the most unusual campaign. toledo and cincinnati on tap for biden in ohio. tomorrow, two stops in cities in florida. then on thursday, biden will take part in a nationally televised town hall from philadelphia which replaces now cancelled town hall debate with president trump. pennsylvania is central to biden's strategy. he does not need to win ohio or florida to win the presidency. but a biden win in either of those states would make the president's re-election math nearly impossible. jessica dean is covering the biden campaign, live for us in cincinnati. biden with his foot on the gas, jessica, on the road.
>> reporter: yeah, he certainly is, john, appearing at two stops in ohio today, a state that the biden campaign counts as one of 17 priority states, but a state that hasn't gotten nearly the attention of some of the higher priority states in the lists have gotten states like michigan, wisconsin, pennsylvania you mentioned. look, they're making a play in ohio. vice president biden is going to travel to toledo earlier, then going to give remarks on his economic speech. more of that scranton versus park avenue messaging we heard from him the last several weeks. then he is coming here to cincinnati for a voter engagement event. and that will be interesting to see as he makes his way through ohio, a state where the biden campaign is also expanding its advertising. recent polls have shown essentially a tied race. look, the biden campaign has the financial ability to do this. they can to your point put their foot on the gas in places like
ohio and florida because of all of the fundraising and records. local democrats think ohio is winnable for them, john. if that happens, it could have significant impacts on trump's ability to get to 270. now, president trump of course traveling to florida today. vice president biden releasing a statement on that trip. let me read you a portion of it. it says president trump comes to stanford bringing nothing but reckless behavior, divisive rhetoric and fear mongering, equally dangerous is what he fails to bring. no plan to get the virus that has taken over the lives of over 15,000 floridians under control. no plan to protect health care amid his attacks against the aca, certainly no plan to mitigate economic impact the pandemic is having on families across central florida. you mention biden going into florida later this week. mike pence is in ohio today. we are getting at that point
three weeks out from election day, john, where we're seeing a lot of activity and trump, of course, returning to the campaign trail as well. >> state by state. thank you from hamilton county. we look at it by county, some of us with maps. thank you. hello to viewers in the united states and around the world. top of the hour. john king in washington. thank you so much for sharing a busy news day with us. right now, a break in amy coney barrett's supreme court confirmation hearing. expect to hear from her this afternoon. the morning marked with warnings that a justice barrett would unmake obamacare. the president busy tweeting saying republicans have a health care plan that will protect pre-existing conditions. there's nothing to suggest that's true. republicans are currently in court trying to dismantle obamacare. more on the court fight in a few minutes. first, the president leaving his coronavirus isolation and heading today to