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mayor ever in 1991. supporting the arts festival that is held in his small town every year, he was proud to sponsor that. they are holding to tight to norman's quote, it's better to light a candle than curse the darkness. our coverage on cnn continues right now. >> announcer: this is cnn breaking news. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." growing evidence a much fall resurgence of the coronavirus is beginning as the u.s. death toll now tops 215,000 people with 7.8 million cases. now cases are on the rise in 33 states. that includes pennsylvania, by the way, where cases are up 63%. despite that, this hour, president trump will be heading
there to hold his second campaign rally in two days and it's expected that like last night's rally, there will be few masks and no significant social distancing at all. more breaking pandemic news we are following. the drug maker eli lilly is pausing its trial of an antibody to treat the coronavirus likely because of volunteer became ill. we will talk about all of the breaking news and much more in a few minutes with the speaker of the house nancy pelosi. stand by for that. first, let's go straight to the white house. our white correspondent is joining us. kaitlan, the president is energized by the campaign rallies despite the serious public health threat they pose. >> reporter: yeah. and despite his own battle with this deadly disease. very little has changed at these rallies and look like they did before the president contracted covid-19 as he is trying to defend his unpopular record and response to the ongoing pandemic. after his own covid-19
hospitalization, president trump is back on the campaign trail tonight in a state where infections are rising. >> i feel so powerful! i'll walk into that audience! >> reporter: the president holding a rally in pennsylvania after tossing out masks to supporters in florida who mostly weren't wearing them or social distancing. >> i'll kiss the guys and the beautiful women and everybody. i'll just give you a big fat kiss. >> reporter: trump's doctor says he has tested negative but dr. conley is staying away from the cameras and insisting he is immune even though the science is still out. >> i went through it now they say i'm immune! >> reporter: white house officials are touting the president's return. >> as we saw from last night, he has got his dance moves ready to go in every swing state from now to the election. >> reporter: but they haven't explained why they will release some of trump's test results but not others. why doesn't the president's
doctor raeelease the results? >> i'm not going to get into that. >> trump is trying to make up lost time for states an usual stop for a republican three weeks out from the republican. tonight, president trump is reviving his criticism of dr. anthony fauci after he objected to being used in one of the the president's campaign ads he says took him out of context. >> i can't imagine that anybody could be doing more. >> instead of responding to fauci's request to take that ad down, the president mocked his pitch at a baseball game and said his arm is more accurate than his covid-19 prognostications and trump's tweets ignoring how to voters and fauci said he won't leave his job over the presidential dispute. >> i'm certainly not giving up. this is too important of a problem and i've devoted my entire life to fighting
infectious diseases. >> reporter: trump is trailing in polls and hurt in response to his response to the pandemic and his daughter saying he didn't down play coronavirus early on but others did. >> at a time when most people, you know, except through the lens of history, most people were not taking it very seriously -- or he will where. >> mitch romney issued a statement today saying the following. singled out democrats, romney was critical of president. now we haven't seen the president today. we have only heard from him on twitter. he is leaving the white house the next few moments to go to that rally in pennsylvania and if he takes questions from reporters, it will be the first time he has done so since he got
back from the hospital a little over a week ago. >> we will see if he does once he walks out that door and heads towards marine one. thank you for that report. let's get more on the breaking pandemic news that is unfolding right now. cnn's brian todd is working this part of the story for us. very troubling numbers as the united states, brian, moves into the fall and winter. >> reporter: right. tonight, more states are moving in the wrong direction regarding new coronavirus cases. experts are worried about two potential super spreader events and some medical advances that americans have been counting on have stumbled a bit. another medical research setback today. a therapy to help people with coronavirus put on hold. a trial for an antibody treatment that eli lilly is developing similar to what donald trump took when he had coronavirus is paused due to a potential safety concern. it comes a day after johnson & johnson said it paused the advanced clinical trial of its
experimental vaccine because one of its volunteers suffered an illness. the company didn't say what the illness was. this is the second phase three vaccine trial to be paused in the u.s. following astrazeneca's pause last month. is the vaccine timetable in jeopardy? >> i think it is likely that we will have a vaccine or vaccines by early next year. i think that these clinical pauses do slow things down somewhat but i think in the long run, we will see these as a bump in the road. >> reporter: but the number of states with increases in new cases keeps going up. 33 states, as of tonight, trending upward with the country averaging 50,000 new cases a day. dr. fauci said he is worried about the central u.s.'s uptick in positive iterates. >> which is often and in fact, variably high predictive of resurges in cases which leads to increase in hospitalizations and ultimately an increase in
deaths. >> reporter: in nashville, tennessee, officials are investigating this religious concert on sunday. hundreds of people crowding together and many not wearing masks. another potential super spreader that experts are now worried about? president trump's crowded rally in florida on monday. >> the problem is that while there are people who are being really responsible and careful when it comes to covid-19, there are other people who are very cavalier who were letting their guard down and that puts everybody at risk. >> reporter: walmart isn't taking that chance. temporarily closing one of its stores in el paso county, colorado, there is a new spike in cases. the news on young people and school reopenings is mixed tonight. a new report from the american in new york city where all eyes are on the nation's largest
school district reopening for in-person learning, the mayor says only one person tested positive out of more than 1,700 who went through a recent round of testing. >> we started our month sampling in every one of our schools and this is just begun. it's going to grow but we are seeing very encouraging results and the results that are consistent of what we have seen with the detailed testing efforts outside of schools. >> reporter: the mayor does report some other positive news outside of new york city schools. he said today in those neighborhoods of brooklyn and queens they saw the worrisome f offer of spikes they are leveling off in in cases. the mayor saying the restrictions they put in place is hopefully, decreasing. >> let's talk to our medical
analyst. doctor, thank you so much. i want to begin with your thoughts on this drugmaker eli lilly pausing its experimental an antibody treatment trial after an illness apparently in a volunteer. this is similar to the type of drug that the president credits for his coronavirus recovery. different in some different respects from the regeneron drug but the president is pushing hard to get both authorized as quickly as possible for emergency use. is this a big setback for a promising class of treatments? >> i don't know that we can say, wolf, yet, that it's a big setback. it is a pause, it's a voluntary pause. i think it's a reminder to us we should be following the scientific process that there are safeguards put in place for this reason. we know there was serious adverse outcome but we don't know whether that serious outcome is because of the study drug or something else. sometimes when you have clinical
trials, that involves a lot of people and someone could have let's say a heart attack or it could be diagnosed with a cancer. we don't know that this is what happened here. serious outcomes do occur. you have to then figure out using this independent committee to see what that is due to. is this related to the study trial or drug at all? and i think this is just a reminder that we should let science drive the process and not try to proteedict time line and put politics into the approval process. >> the eli lilly treatment, it's no a vaccine, a treatment, follows what happened. johnson & johnson paused vaccine trial after an unexplained ill science a volunteer. is that a potential setback or the indication this is the way it's supposed to work? they are taking safety very seriously? >> i see it as the latter. i see that these are the safeguards that the scientific community has put into place. again, right now, we don't know what this serious outcome was,
if this is readily lated to the vaccine or not and should be a reminder to all of us we cannot predict the time line that we need to let science do its work that already operation warp speed at the vaccine and expediting everything else as much as we can but cannot stip steps when it comes to efficacy. >> according to almost every indicator, we haven't seen the beginning of the flu season here in north america, how bad could things get over the next few months? >> for sure, this is not where we wanted to be heading into the colder months. we always knew that this second surge was going to happen as we had more things that were reopened while there was quarantine fatigue occurring at the same time. i think with need to be attentive to a new trend that we are seeing which is not so much in formal settings and not so much businesses and schools
where these new infections are occurring. it's informal settings. it's gatherings of extended family and friends that is really driving the surge. so i hope that everyone will remember that there is no face of someone who has covid-19. 50% of the spread is by people who are asymptomatic. if we are not getting together with random people we met at the grocery store, we also should be really careful when gathering together with loved ones. seeing people outdoors as much as possible and wear masks if you're indoors and just use abundance of caution because otherwise we could see the convergence of covid together with the flu and other respiratory path agains and we could be heading into a very serious winter where we could have hospitals becoming overwhelmed and affecting patients not only with covid-19 but also patients coming in for treatment for other illnesses too. >> good advice. very important advice and could save a lot of lives. thank you for that, doctor. helping us as usual. we appreciate it very much. up next, my one-on-one
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welcome back. hope of a new economic stimulus bill before election day three weeks from today is quickly fading as the house speaker nancy pelosi has rejected the white house offer of 1.8 trillion dollar economic package. the speaker is joining us right now. madam speaker, thank you so much for
joining us. as you know, there are americans
who are being evicted from their homes. they can't pay their rent. many americans are waiting in food lines for the first time in their lives. can you look them in the eye, madam speaker, and explain why you don't want to accept the president's latest stimulus offer? >> thank you very much, wolf. i hope you'll ask the same question of the republicans why they don't want to meet the needs of the american people. let me say to those people because all of my colleagues we represent these people. i have over 30 years represented my constituents. i know what their needs are. i listen to them. and their needs are not addressed in the president's proposal. so when you say to me why don't you accept theirs? why don't they accept ours? our legislation is there to do three things primarily. to honor our workers and honor our heroes and our health care workers and our police and fire and first responders, our
teachers, our transportation, sanitati sanitation, food workers the people who make our lives work. we couldn't be doing what we are doing without them. many have risked their lives so that they -- to save lives and now will lose their job because the states go bankrupt. >> excuse me for interrupting but they need the nope rigmoney now. >> i understand that. you asked me a question. >> members of your own caucus, madam speaker, want to accept this deal. 1.8 trillion dollars. >> wait a minute. wait a second. >> let me quote a man you know well and i assume you admire him. he said people can't wait until february. make a deal and put the ball in mcconnell court. what do you say to ro? >> i don't know if you're always
an apoliogizing for the republicans. nobody is waiting until february. i want this very much now. because people need help now. but it's no use giving them a false thing just because the president wants to put a check with his name on it in the mail that we should not be doing all we can to help people pay the rent, put food on the table and enhance benefits that they don't lose their jobs if their state and local, that they this -- we are talking about the consequences of a pandemic, symptoms of a problem that the president refuses to address and that is the coronavirus. >> there are millions of americans who have lost their jobs and can't pay their rent. the kids need the food. >> whatter trying to get done. >> 1.8 trillion and the
president just tweeted stimulus go big or go home. >> right. >> he wants more. why not work out a deal with him and don't let the perfect as they say here in washington be the enemy of the good? >> i will not let the wrong be the enemy of the right. >> what is wrong with 1.8 trillion dollars? >> you know what? do you have any idea what the difference is between the spending they have in their bill and we have in our bill? do you realize they have come back and said all of these things for child tax credits and earned income tax credits or helping people who lost their jobs are eliminated in their bill? do you realize they pay no respect to the fact that child care is very important for people whose children cannot go to school because they are doing remote learning and, yet, they minimize the need for child care which is the threshold with which people, mothers and fathers, can go to work if they have that. do you have any idea at how --
>> that is precisely why it's important. i spoke yesterday to yank wandr said it's not everything you want but a lot there. >> honest to god. you really -- i can't get over it because andrew yang is lovely. ro is lovely. but they are not negotiating this situation. they have no idea of the particulars. they have no idea of what the language is here. i didn't come over here -- so you're the apologizing for the obama -- excuse me. god forbid. >> i'm asking you serious questions because people are in serious issue right now. >> let me respond to you! >> when was the last time you spoke with the president about this? >> i don't speak to the president. >> in i don't thiwhy not call h?
and say let's work out a deal. there are so many americans in desperate need. let's make a deal. >> what makes me amused if it weren't so sad is how you all think that you know more about the suffering of the american people than those of us who are elected by them to represent them at that table. it is unfortunate that we do not have shared values with this white house and that they have, in their bill, why don't you talk about in their bill, a tax break for the wealthiest families in the country while they cut out the income earned tax credit for the poorest families and poorest children in our country, that we have to fight with them to get them to dress the coronavirus crisis because they have said it's a hoax and it's a magical and it would cure. it hasn't. that's why we find ourselves in this situation. i feel very confident about the knowledge that i bring to this but, more importantly, the knowledge that my chairs are -- our chairs of jurisdiction,
science-based, academically documented, institutionally suggested in terms of what the cost would be to do it and to do it that way. and we talk about child care. yes. we talk about safety in the workplace and safety in the workplace. that is very important issue, especially in the time of the pandemic. so what i say to those people is we are going to get a deal and when we do it will be retroactive. >> here is what you wrote in a letter to house democrats. i ask these questions only as you know so many millions of americans are suffering right now. >> you -- two people know nothing about the agreement. there is no green ligagreement. what the suggestions are there is some authority on the subject. please, give equal weight to all of the chairmen on the committee who have written this bill. >> so many democrats in your house want a deal right now. >> that isn't -- >> the problem solvers all want
a deal right now. here is what they are complaining about because you wrote a letter to house democrats and you said this. let me read a line from the letter you wrote. the president only wants his name on a check? is that what this is about not have a deal that would help millions of americans right now? >> he is not that important. we have known each other a long time. with all due respect, you really don't know what you're talking about. if the anecdote not data. yes, some people said this or that overwhelmingly my caucus wants what is right for the american people. overwhelmingly, our chairman, who wrote the bill, read their statements. they all put out their own statements when they saw what the white house was proposing. so do a service to the issue and have some level of respect for the people who have worked on
these issues, written the bill to begin with. now let me just say this in terms of the numbers. i want people to do the math. we had 3.4 which would make the needs of the american people for a sustained period of time. so that there was some certainty in what would happen. the republicans no. we took it down a trillion dollars by cutting the time and then took it down another $200 billion so we are 1.200 billion dollars down and came down to 2.2. at the same time, since tomorrow will be five months since we passed the bill, at the same time, because there was no resolution, mitchell mcconnell said let's pause. the virus didn't pause. now we are at a place where we need more money, we need more money possess ppe an for our small businesses and we need more money for our airlines and we need more money for our
schools. so we have absorbed nearly half a trillion dollars more of expenses. >> i have only the greatest respect for you. >> do the math. we have come down 1.6 or 7 trillion dollars. >> 1.8 trillion dollars, 1.8 trillion dollars is a lot of money. the american people need that money asap because they are suffering right now. i'm not saying it's perfect. >> you don't care how it's spent? >> of course i do. >> you don't know how it's spent. >> why not talk to the president personally and say let's get a deal tomorrow, mr. president. >> the president has sent mr. mnuchin to negotiate. this is what we have done with other presidents. this isn't unusual. with president bush, we did this quite a bit because that is how you negotiate. and then you take it to the president. mr. mnuchin, i think he has
integrity representing his position. >> who wants the deal? >> may i finish, please? but he he has integrity representing his position but his position has no integrity and do not share our values. there is a big difference between republicans and democrats whether they want a big tax cut to the wealthiest people in the country in their bill in the cares act. we tried to take it out in this bill. instead they took out -- earned income tax credit and child tax credit and expanded health benefits to you i benefits to the extent it was agreed to before. i have every confidence and the arguments we make because it's based on science and documentation. our chairs know their stuff. they know what they are doing. with all due respect to the kind of people you were referencing and i welcomed their enthusiasm.
i welcomed their interests. i welcome their originality of their thinking but the fact is we have a responsibility to meet the needs of the american people and a retroactive way so they are not at a total loss. they are at a loss because the president has ignored the virus. i wish he would spend time on the fact if he had not ignored the virus we wouldn't be in the position we are in but we are. but we are. let me say about that also, i hope that i'm pleased that the pharmaceutical companies are taking the responsible position to halt and hopefully then resume because we want the public to have confidence in whatever therapies or whatever vaccines come along that they will take them and to people who say, i don't trust trump. if we trust tfood and drug administration and they are working months and months and
excellent science, the science should call the shot and when they do, we should all trust it. >> let's hope they get more treatments and get a vaccine. madam speaker, i certainly respect you but i also remain ro and andrew yang and members of the democrats who are members of the problem solvers. they want a deal because so many people right now are suffering. >> problem solvers by the way, don't have any earned income tax credit or child tax credit either but let's not go into that. you evidently do not respect the chairman of the committees who wrote these bills and i wish you would respect the knowledge that goes into getting -- meeting the needs of the american people. but, again, you've been defending the administration all this time with no knowledge of the difference between our two bills and i thank you for giving me the opportunity to say that to you in person. >> madam speaker, these are incredibly difficult times right now. we will leave it on that note. thank you so much for joining us. >> we will leave it on the note that you are not right on this, wolf, and i hate to say that to
you but i feel confident about it and i feel confident about my colleagues and confidence in my chairs. >> it's not about me. it's about millions of people who can't put food on the table and can't pay rent and trouble getting by these long food lines that we are seeing. >> we represent them and we know them. >> as we say, don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good as they say. >> it is nowhere near perfect. >> madam speaker. >> always the case but we are not even close to the good. >> all right. let's see what happens because every day is critically, critically important. thanks so much for joining us i. that us. >> thank you for our sensitivity for our citizens needs. >> i do because i see them on the streets
begging for food. >> have you fed them? we feed them. >> we will continue this conversation down the road for sure. take a break. 133 million americans have pre-existing conditions
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soon as possible. let's go our our senior congressional correspondent on capitol hill. have there been any surprises? >> not quite. moments ago, judiciary chairman lindsey graham told me he believes she is on track to get confirmed by the end of the month and that would be one of the quickest confirmation proceedings in american history and certainly in modern times. she has avoided getting pinned down on hot button issues like the affordable care act and not saying whether she would recuse herself from any case involving an election dispute if one were to rise if she is justice. not going as far as when she raised concerns as a private citizens about the roe versus wade case that legalized abortion rights. when she was asked about that, she said that she couldn't weigh in on this because it's a matter could come before the court but said it's not a super precedent
which means it's something that could be touched by the supreme court. >> roe is not a super precedent because calls for its overruling have never ceased but doesn't mean row shouldn't be overruled. it doesn't mall on handful of cases like brown versus the board that no one questions any more. i haven't even written anything that i would think anybody could reasonably say, this is how she might resolve an election dispute. and i would consider it -- let's see. i certainly hope that all members of the committee have more confidence in my integrity than to think that i would allow myself to be used as a pawn to decide this election for the american people. i have not made any commitments or deals or anything like that. i'm not here on a mission to destroy the affordable care act. i'm just here to apply the law and adhere to the rule of law. >> that last part came with regards article that she wrote before she became a federal judge raising concerns about
john roberts, the chief justice, his decision upholding the affordable care act. she said that does not apply to this next case that is coming up before the supreme court because it a has a different issue and did not want to weigh in on that issue and left democrats in particular frustrated and republicans still confident that she will get the seat on the court. >> thank you. let's bring in our chief legal analyst former federal prosecutor jeffrey toobin. jeffrey, you've been watching closely as judge barrett takes questions from senators today. have you learned anything about what type of justice she would be, assuming she is confirmed and all indications that she will be confirmed? or has she adeptly avoided tipping her hand? >> no. i think she has reinforced the record we knew she had. look. she is extremely thoughtful and intelligent and presents herself very well and explains legal
concepts in plain english. and i thought one of the most revealing moments was when she was asked to plain what is originalism mean? she said, look. the constitution, the words of the constitution should be understood as the people of the 18th century understood them. when they used words like due process and freedom of speech, that is what we should -- that what we should follow. but it's important to remember what the implications of that are. it is true that in the 18th century, they were not thinking of the rights of women they were not thinking about abortion and not thinking about the rights of lgbt people. and so if you are an originalist, you do not believe that the constitution protects those groups' that is the kind of justice she appears that she is going to be. >> you say that judge barrett is minimizing the significance of the affordable care act,
obamacare as it's called. that case comes to the court the week after the election. explain what is at stake and why you say she is downplaying it. >> well, the point she made in answering the question is she said the challenge that is going to be argued on november 10th is only about the issue of severability and what that means is there is a part of the act that the plaintiffs claim is unconstitutional. the issue she says in the case does that mean just that part is unconstitutional? or the whole statute is unconstitutional? she said this is a case of severability and not about preexisting conditions and it's not about lifetime limits on benefits. but it is about that because if the court decides, as the trump administration is urging them to decide, that you have to get rid of the whole statute, that
provision is not severable. it all goes. the whole statute gets struck down. that is what is at stake in this case. it's not just arcane dispute about severability. >> jeffrey toobin, thank you. we are following breaking news on the coronavirus pandemic. new jersey is now reporting almost 1,000 new cases and seven additional deaths as coronavirus cases are surging across the united states right now. joining us to discuss this is the governor of new jersey phil murphy. governor, thank you so much for joining us. you know new cases are rising across the northeastern united states including your state of nr new jersey. what are you doing to tamp down these outbreaks before they grow out of control? >> no question we are seeing a rise in cases. it's a combination of a number of factors. we have had some hot spot communities. we have had some hot spots in our higher education community. there is no doubt there is
broad -- some increase in community spread. we are surgie ining principally testing and tracing aspects to those hot spots and monitoring it as you can imagine minute-to-minute. my guess is that we are going to be, if we take further actions, it will be a scalpel as opposed to a blunt instrument but cold weather is not our friend and impacting younger people than in the spring so we are monitoring this and doing what we can to keep a lid on it. the one silver lining is we probably have the highest per capita testing in the country so the number of tests are up significantly. but as is our testing capacity. our positive iterates are still relatively low but they are still higher than we would like. >> could you see a return, governor, to the heavy restriction like the measures you imposed in new jersey back
in march and april? could you see a return any time soon? >> i hope not, wolf. i hope not. as i said, i think it's more likely. everything has to be on the table, clearly. but i think it's more likely a scalpel, whether a particular community or a particular step. we have opened up the state slowly, but surely. beginning first way back when with outside activity. we have gone now to more indoor activity. could we reassess our capacity limits? perhaps. i think we are trying to get in with precision tools here with testing, tracing, and perhaps specific community steps. >> i want to get your thoughts, governor, on president trump's decision to continue holding these political campaign rallies even as he, himself, is recovering from his own coronavirus infection. take a look at these pictures, these are live pictures coming in from his rally in pennsylvania later tonight. very few masks and no real social distancing. what is your reaction to what we are seeing unfold in johnstown,
pennsylvania right now? >> listen. first and foremost, i wish the president and first lady and everybody else who has been impacted by this virus nothing but the best of health. i think you got to do this stuff responsibly, wolf. the data is overwhelmingly clear on this. social distancing, face coverings, washing your hands with soap and water and take yourself off the field for 14 days at a minimum if you're positive or you've been around somebody who is positive. get tested after a number of days when you know the virus has had a chance to incubate. i think it's crystal clear what should be done. i'm not hell no against rallies but got to do is the right way and have everybody masked up and away from each other. i hope the president, i wish him nothing but best in terms of his on health, but the rules of the road here could not be clearer. >> the president did that event in bedminister, new jersey, not that long ago.
did you see an uptick in cases as a result of that? >> i can't say that we have seen any evidence of that but we were quite concerned when the facts unfolded. you know, knowingly traveling to new jersey when there was known exposure to folks who were covid positive not part of that rule book i went through a minute ago. you have to take yourself off the field. that was extremely disappointing. >> governor of new jersey, good luck over there, governor murphy. we appreciate you joining us. >> thanks for having me, wolf. >> these are difficult times, indeed. more breaking news we are following. more than 10.5 million early votes have been cast for the general election but some voters are facing lines that are hours long. we will update you on that when we come back. nefertiti: as a young girl i was always comparing myself to my sisters. they were always thin and i wasn't... i ate a lot of food. and then after i had my son it was really difficult to lose the baby weight, and everything took so much time and energy
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obligation, so call the number on your screen right now to see if your doctor is in our network, to find out if you can save on your prescriptions, and to get our free decision guide. humana - a more human way to healthcare. we have three weeks to go until the election. we have breaking news about how many americans have voted early! we're seeing records broken here, wolf. more than 10.5 million americans have already voted in the general election according to analysis, but with the surge in early voting comes with it long line, the long wait lines in some parts of the country. another state, another day of hours of long lines and some mishaps as voters go to the polls. this time, texas. >> everybody's come out to vote
here. line's around the corner. >> across the lone star state, houston, fort hood, south austin, all with long lines as voters take advantage of the start of early voting. sxwl i just came out about two and a half hours. >> in harris county, early voters are facing similar delays. in travis county, where a whopping 98% of the county's 850,000 eligible voters are registered to vote, some voting machines weren't working. after waking up to news of a late night ruling upholding the republican governor's directive for one ballot drop box per county in the state. a major issue for densely populated counties where voters could spend more than an hour driving just to cast their vote. >> more than 50 miles in some cases, to drop off their mail ballot. it's unfair. it's prejudicial and it's dangerous. >> it comes a day after a similar start in georgia where voters waited for hours to vote.
in gwinett county, some waiting for hours. georgia setting an early voting record with nearly 127,000 ballots cast. today, no different. more voters. more long lines. >> sacrificed before us. so it's almost a spit in the face if we don't take the time to show our kids they have this right and it's best used as early as possible. >> the voting rights advocates say it's not okay to make people wait like this. >> there have been problems with poll pads, with ballot access cards. with obviously, social distancing. and just taking a lot longer to process through u lines. >> in virginia, the last day of voter registration saw the state's online registration system was down for several
hours due to an i.t. cable that was severed, prompting leaders to extend the deadline. in california, unofficial ballot drop boxes, potentially illegal in the state, as the state's secretary of state and department of justice are send ing a cease and desist order to the california republican party to remove unofficial ballot boxes in at least three counties. >> who is doing it. it's not just the security of the ballot that's in question here. it is you know, the transparency, voter confidence. >> the state republican party spokesman telling cnn he believes the boxes are similar to giving the ballot to a family member to drop off, which is legal in kcalifornia. and we should note, giving a ballot to a family member is different from dropping it off in an unofficial drop box like the ones republicans put in california. first of all, you don't know how it will be collected or counted. also, some may be deceitful into
thinking these drop boxes are run by election authorities, when they are not. >> very important. thank you very much. more breaking news we're following. president trump back out there on the campaign trail once again tonight despite serious concerns his rallies could feel the current surge in coronavirus cases. hey kim! with 5% cash back on travel purchased through chase from freedom unlimited, you can now earn even more. book that hotel kim, because you are worth it. i am worth it. now earn 5% on travel purchased through chase and so much more. chase. make more of what's yours.
welcome to our viewers. we're tracking new evidence that the fall resurgence of the coronavirus that we've been repeatedly warned about is becoming a very dangerous reality. tonight, much of the country has been plunged into the red zone. the rate of new infections rising right now in 33 states as u.s. deaths hit 215,000 and total cases climb above 7.8 million, and yet for the second night in a row, the president is headed to a campaign rally with
no social distancing and few masks. flouting guidelines despite a 63% spike in covid-19 cases in that state during the past month alone. also breaking, new setbacks and safety concerns for coronavirus therapies. eli lilly pausing a trial right now of its antibody treatment due to illness. this, after a second u.s. vaccine trial was suspended because a participant became ill. let's first go to kaitlyn collins. another night, another rally for the president in a state where covid-19 infections are rising. >> they are, wolf, but that doesn't seem to be something on the president's mind as he's attending these rallies as he is now back on the trail after being released from the hospital. some aides around the president were hoping this would be a reset for the president to seem relatable to voters who so far have rejected his handling of the covid-19 pandemic since he, himself, was diagnosed with it, but they are not
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