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blame for the pandemic that he ignored. but you know what? the job doesn't work that way. tweeting at the television doesn't fix things. making stuff up doesn't make people's lives better. you've got to have a plan. you've got to put in the work. >> then, minutes after obama's blistering takedown, america's top security officials announcing that russia and iran are actively working to interfere in this election. the director of national intelligence, john ratcliffe, accusing iran of sending threatening e-mails to voters and spreading disinformation. ratcliffe claims iran's efforts are intended to damage president trump, but intelligence experts are skeptical, since the disinformation seems to support president trump. >> let's begin with the stakes in tonight's debate. joining us now, cnn political analyst, alex burns, a national political correspondent for "the new york times." margaret talev, a politics editor for axios. we have the best in american
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print journalism here with us this morning. alex burns, to quote the famous lyndon johnson, these are the stakes. what are the stakes in the debate tonight? look, john, i think you put it well. this is the last best chance for either of them to change the course of the race. and frankly, only one of them wants to change the course of the race and that's president trump. the burden on him is heavy going into the debate tonight, as he continues to trail joe biden in national polls, in nearly every swing state poll we have seen. a "new york times" poll this week found that on the issue of coronavirus pandemic, voters prefer biden as a leader over the sitting president by 12 percentage points. i think that's the biggest thing for the incumbent tonight. can he put a dent in those numbers? can he say something to the country about the pandemic and the public health crisis and economic recession it has caused that causes some people who are currently writing off the president and actively leaning towards joe biden, because, remember, we are past the point where there are enough purely
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undecided voters to swing this thing to the president. can he say something on covid that actually pulls people away from the biden camp? >> so margaret, what's your reporting on the strategies that each candidate will use tonight? >> well, alisyn, we know that pr president trump's team has advised him to be a little bit less aggressive than the first debate. it would be hard to not be less aggressive. and to kind of take the temperature down a notch. there's no indication that the president actually thinks that that is the right strategy toward this. he did a lot of prep last time, then chris christie got sick, plus he overtorqued in the prep. so the prep is largely out the window. but the president has made clear that he thinks that he has to do more than just make himself more likable to people who might still be undecided. and that he thinkses that what he really needs to do is knock joe biden off of his pedestal.
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he's not just signaled, but basically said he's going to use this debate to try to go after biden on his son, hunter, and to try to tie hunter's problems and questionable business practices and relationships and such to the vice president directly. that's a dangerous territory for the president to be. there's some consternation inside the campaign in the white house, because until you see what that looks like, you really don't know how it's going to land. and there are new dnlynamics, o course, in the debate tonight, with the microphone's ability to be muted. can the president use that to his advantage or again, will that backfire on him? but he wants to knock biden off his game, not just try to give himself a second chance in debate world. >> i will tell you, if your strategy for a 73-year-old man is to be different than you've ever been in your life, to reinvent yourself for this one night after 73 years, that's a tall order.
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and if that's what they're asking president trump to do and if that's what they think he needs to be, that might be a tall order. >> what do you think the biden campaign wants from its candidate tonight? >> clearly, he wants the campaign's focus to clearly stay on the coronavirus pandemic. you've seen the biden campaign and vice president biden himself be pretty low key this week. he's been primarily doing debate prep. he hasn't been on the campaign trail and relying primarily on key surrogates, including the biggest surrogate of all, former president obama, to do the campaigning on his behalf. but once that's done, obviously, biden has some under some criticism for not being out there, less than two weeks from election day, but that also has meant that a lot of the focus has been on the president and his, for example, outbursts against dr. fauci, several of them earlier this week, and the focus has remained on this growing pandemic. and the president's handling of it. so i think the biden campaign
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wants that to remain the focus tonight. he wants to do what they can to protect the lead. basically, do no harm. and keep the focus where they want it to be. >> alex, let's talk about the obama factor. so president obama came out and gave this quite animated, for obama, speech in philadelphia yesterday. and he just went right at all of the, what he considers many failings of president obama, including, i mean, let's just start with what he was referring to as his behavior. so listen to this moment. >> you may be to have a thanksgiving dinner without having an argument. you'll be able to go about your lives knowing that the president is not going to retweet conspiracy theories about secret cabals running the world or that navy s.e.a.l.s didn't actually kill bin laden. think about that!
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the president of the united states retweeted that! imagine, what -- what?! >> alex, your thoughts? >> look, alisyn, i think that cuts to sort of the fundamental factors around this election, that predate even the coronavirus pandemic, which is that even when the economy was good, and even when a lot of americans were willing to give president trump at least a measure of credit for that, he was still something of an underdog in his campaign, because so many people just detest his personal conduct. and one thing we saw throughout the democratic primary is that one of joe biden's core assets is that people have seen him standing in the rose garden, sitting in the oval office. they see him as someone who can behave like a president, and with the dignity and respect that they expect out of a president. and who better to deliver that message in the close of this campaign than somebody who has been the president. president obama is the most popular living former president in the country.
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and he can speak both just as a political performer in term of the way he delivers his rhetoric and then just culturally, in terms of who listens to him, particularly younger voters. he can speak to that issue in a way that joe biden himself may not be able to. and i think it's important to see that he went to pennsylvania, which is a state where turnout among young voters and black voters, especially, are so important to closing the deal for his party. >> and he was on the attack, like a running mate is often on the attack, and to an extent, i mean, look, barack obama and joe biden have been running mates before. this is an inverse of the traditional relationship. but he was deliberately on the attack on, i think, president trump's sore spots, including this new report in "the new york times" that president trump has business dealings and a bank account in china. listen to this. >> he's got a secret chinese bank account. how is that possible? >> how is that possible?
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a secret chinese bank account. listen, can you imagine if i had had a secret chinese bank account when i was running for re-election? you think -- you think fox news might have been a little concerned about that? >> they would have called me beijing barry. >> by the way, i think beijing barry is actually trending right now, margaret. but it shows you what the former president is trying to do. >> yeah, he's trying to attack trump on everything from the notion of reality tv versus a reality presidency to foreign dealings, taxes, everything in between. but as alex said, this really is about turnout and targeting two audiences, young voters and voters of color. there have been two elections in modern american history, in american history where the african-american vote exceeded the white vote and it was president obama's two elections,
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2008, 2012. if he could deliver that for joe biden, it would transform the map. it would be crucial in what we think of as battleground state and it could potentially be crucial in states that have never really been battleground states before, only aspirationally. we have new poll ing this morng with our survey monkey partners that show that there are literally five states in the entire country where young voters. and i'm not talking like 18-year-olds. i'm talking anywhere under 35. >> young to me. >> -- state in the country that support president trump among that group of young voters. >> not me. >> in terms of voters of color, again, president obama went right at the questions of racism and the tone of the president and the country, so here's that moment. >> why are folks make excuses for that. well, that's just him. no, it's -- no!
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there are consequences to these actions. they embolden other people to be cruel and divisive. and racist. >> what did you think, sun minh? >> well, obviously, the former president has a big platform to discuss his views and he really brought the issue that had dominated so much of the headlines this summer, what happened across the summer in the protests. and he's right to fuel that fire, fuel that activism and translate that into votes this summer. and if you look kind of at the speech writ large, alex touched on it early, but it almost seemed like a venting or therapy session for the former president, who has been such a target och president trump throughout trump's presidency, with the baseless accusations of
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the campaign spying on him, the accusations that they were ill prepared by the pandemic because of the obama administration. you saw president obama refute that last night, saying he literally left him a pandemic playbook that they ignored. the former president mocked president trump's repeated claims that a health care was coming in two weeks. i think president obama had a lot that he wanted to get off his chest yesterday. >> went right at him on things that are most important to the president, including his tv ratings and his twitter habits. watch this. >> i never thought donald trump would embrace my fission or continue my policies, but i did hope for the sake of the country that he might show some interest in taking the job seriously. but it hasn't happened.
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he hasn't shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody but himself and his friends or treating the presidency like a reality show that he can use to get attention. >> reality show. alex, talk to me about the geography again. former president obama in philadelphia. we learned he sent to miami over the weekend. how will the biden campaign deploy him? and what's the targeted goal? >> well, i think it's sort of as simple as it looks on its face. and that pennsylvania and florida are the two biggest swing states on the map right now, unless we sort of take texas into the picture, which is still kind of a question mark. among the traditional swing state, he's going to the real big one. and if joe biden wins those two states, it's very, very difficult or impossible for president trump to mount a comeback in this election. and i think in addition to speaking to the groups within the democratic base that are so important for joe biden to mobilize right now, you do hear,
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including in that clip that we just heard, the former president really trying to make a persuasion argument to people who may still be undecided. people don't necessarily remember how much time and effort and energy and money the two obama campaigns put into reassuring and peeling away a suburban white voters and rural white voters, including a white man without college degrees. peeling some of them away from the republican party in order to bring down a republican margins in areas that are never really going to go blue. and what you hear him doing there, and we heard this in several of the clips, is trying to take away some of the excuses that voters make to themselves for why it's actually okay and it's not all that serious if you vote for president trump. the idea that the tweets fundamentally don't really matter, or that they aren't necessarily specific consequences for these kinds of character arguments. and that argument, i think, specifically, john, the president is not interested in doing his job is one that has
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pretty broad appeal. there are people who president trump personally, but feel that he has not measured up to the task at hand. >> alex, margaret, seung minh, great to have you on this morning. thank you so much. enjoy the debate tonight. >> tonight, joe biden and donald trump face off one last time before election day. cnn's special live coverage of the final presidential debate begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern. okay, a brand-new report says that hundreds of thousands of american lives could have been saved if the trump administration had a response, a more coherent plan to respond to the pandemic. we have the details for you, next. we're carvana, the company who invented
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developing this morning. a new report just released from columbia university on the pandemic estimates that at least 130,000 deaths in the u.s., perhaps as many as 210,000, could have been avoided with earlier policy interventions and more robust federal coordination and leadership. when the president was asked on wednesday if there was anything else his administration could have done on coronavirus, this is how he responded. >> with covid, is there anything that you think you could have done differently, if you had a mulligan or a do-over on one aspect on the way you could have handled it, what would it be?
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>> is not much. you have world leaders all over, it's all over the world, it cafe out of china, china should have stopped it. no, not much. >> joining us, cnn's chief medical analyst, sanjay gupta. to see a number of the americans that could have been alive today if there would have been any kind of leadership, modeling of mask wearing, any widespread testing, any contact tracing, all of the things that successful countries have done to keep their numbers down, to know that more than 100,000 of our americans and fellow loved ones would still be here. that is just a really shocking revelation this morning. >> yeah. and i know, you know, a lot of families of people who have died from covid watch this show. i email with them regularly. and they hear this and it's very, very dispiriting. it's absurd to think that the best this country could do was to be the worst in the world with regard to our handling of this pandemic. you know, oi've been following
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this modeling coming out of columbia for some time. let me add a few more layers to it. if we can look at -- we know, generally, a lot of lives could be saved. but they broke this down by countries, and said, if you adopted what a country like south korea had done, if you adopted a policy like japan had done, what would things have looked like then? and we could show that. the numbers were hard to read, but if we had done in the united states what south korea had done, by roughly this point, 2,799 people compared to 22,000. it's a pretty remarkable thing. if you look at japan, australia, 11,000 people would have died. the point is there were policies put in place and some of these countries, different policies. in south korea, you may remember, they never really went into a shutdown. it was largely masks, it was largely people staying indoors when they could. and lots and lots of testing and tracing. same stuff we've been talking about for months now.
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remember, in south korea, they had these testing kiosks. testing blame a way of life over there. you could test, find out if you were positive. if you were, you could stay home. if you were negative, you could be out and about with the mask on. if you did that, look at those numbers, 2,700, 2800 people could have died rather than 200,000. it's tough to look in the rearview mirror, but going forward, some of those same policies would still work and still save a lot of lives going pardon. >> that's the question. are we doing enough now with more than 60,000 new cases a day, and that number rising, 40,000 new hospitalizations. that number rising. sanjay, new guidance from the cdc that i want you to help explain and explain the significance, changing what they consider to be a close contact with an infected person or one of concern from being 50 minutes straight next to somebody to 50 minutes total over the course of the day. explain this to us and why it's important? >> i think that this sort of
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reflects what has been arbitrary sort of definition for some time. close contact, this is something contact tracers have to sort of figure out, what institutes a close contact. and just as you said, john, what it was, what the guidance was up until yesterday was at least 15 minutes within 6 feet of contact with somebody who was infected with the virus. that's basically what it was. what they're saying now is that those 15 minutes can be cumulative over a 24-hour period and this came out of a study of a vermont corrections officer, who never had the previous definition of close contact. never had close contact with somebody for 15 minutes, but had several brief encounters with inmates and subsequently became infected. like i said, it's always been arbitra arbitrary. i spoke to contact tracers about this a few months ago and they said, look, where were you when you had the contact. were you in a small setting? were you indoors? and if you were indoors, was it a large warehouse-type setting or smaller?
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were you outside? did someone sneeze? were they speaking very loudly? did they have to shout, for example? it's always been arbitrary. what this is really about, again, is masks. if you wear masks all the time, you can mitigate these exposures if they're intermittent or constant or whatever. i thought it was arbitrary before. i thought this layers a little bit more definition on to it. >> so in other words, it's all about viral load, right? so if you are -- if you spend one minute with somebody who's infected, 15 times that day, i assume that means you're getting more droplets into, you know, your nose and that's making you si sicker. if you just had one minute of contact with somebody who's infected, maybe your system would be able to fight it off? is that what i'm supposed to be able to understand from this? >> i think that's fair. it is a question of viral load. and we've known for some time that the viral load does determine how much more likely you are to get infected. and even how much more likely
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you are to get sick if you get infected. but, you know, alisyn, i think it has been arbitrary. i mean, you can have a brief exposure if someone is talking very loudly and putting a lot of virus out and they are presymptomatic, meaning they're at a point in their illness where they have a ton of virus in their nose and their mouth, it's a very different sort of exposure. so i think what contact tracers were trying to do early on is say, look, we can't possibly contact trace every single person someone's come in contact with, so let's figure out how to better define this. and they realize that the definition was probably too loose. they needed -- what this is now reflecting is more restrictive. but i think ultimately, it really comes back down to just the masks, to wear the masks, you'll have a lot more protection. >> sanjay, we'll have you back in a little bit. i know this is a day you've circled on the calendar for some time, where this is the fda panel strains. it's going to be like something we've never seen before. and i know you'll explain why and what you're watching for today. so stick around. don't go far. we want to remember some of
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so top intelligence officials now say two foreign adversaries have obtained u.s. voter registration information in an effort to interfere in the u.s. election. >> we would like to alert the public that we have identified that two foreign actors, iran and russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to our elections. we have already seen iran se
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sending spoofed e-mails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest, and damage president trump. >> all right, joining us now, cnn national security analyst, james clapper. he is the former director of national intelligence under president obama. director clapper, in a perfect world, i would like to be able to separate the politics from the intelligence here. it's hard. it's hard, because of now the director of national intelligence, john ratcliffe, and what we know about him and things that he have done in the past. but let's try to talk about the intelligence first, briefly. what was suggested is that they have evidence that iran and russia -- they didn't tell us how russia is doing it right now, but that iran is sending e-mails, purporting to be from the proud boys, to directly intimidate democratic voters and say they're at risk if they go vote against donald trump. what's your takeaway from just that claim? >> well, i guess first, i have to acknowledge that it's always
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a good thing if law enforcement and intelligence are out informing the public about potential threats to our election. so, you know, check that off, that's a good thing. you know, the statement kind of caused me to be skeptical for a couple of reasons. one, of course, the timing, coming on the heels of the scathing indictment of the speech by former president obama. and dni ratcliffe kind of glossed over russia and went right to iran, which i found a little curious, because russia has been interfering in the run-up to our election already and from my part, at least, is the far more serious threat than iran. and the other thing that i found curious is sort of that this was done to hurt president trump. well, i could argue just the opposite. these e-mails purportedly simulated by iran are designed to intimidate democrats who
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vote -- who either have voted or contemplating voting for vice president biden. so, it's kind of a sad commentary that we can't just take it at face value, when a statement like that is made. >> he did specifically note the e-mails that he now connects between iran and this proud boys group, allegedly faked under the proud boys name. but then he added that extra line. he claimed and didn't present any evidence, did he, that this was done by iran to help president trump. >> no, no, there's no evidence or context at all. and of course, he mentions russia second, and then kind of never mentions it again. and the other thing i would note is that it seemed like director -- fbi director wray and dni ratcliffe, all on the same platform were really, content wise, you know, on two different pages. and in fact, i thought director
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wray made some reassuring statements, which were great. he's a truth teller, a straight shooter, but could be applied to the president, as well. >> let's listen to what director wray said. because that was very interesting. he was talking about the entire system here, so listen. >> you should be confident that your vote counts. early, unverified claims to the contrary should be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism. we encourage everyone to seek election and voting information from reliable sources, namely your state election officials. >> so what's interesting about that is he could very well have been talking about what iran and russia are doing, but he could also have been talking about what president trump has very publicly, out loud been doing for days. maybe this is why both "the washington post" and "the new york times" reported overnight that the president's considering firing director wray after the
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electio election. >> there's long been speculation about this, and this could be yet another nail in the coffin, so to speak. you know, i've come to consider director wray as kind of the dr. fauci of intelligence and law enforcement and, you know, he speaks the truth. and you're quite right, you know, the statement he made directly to the american voters was both appropriate, welcome, and as you indicated, could certainly include the president. >> let me ask you one thing, i don't think there's any question that foreign actors are trying to mess with the election. david sanger talks about what is a perception hack, that foreign actors, maybe iran, maybe russia, are trying to create the perception that they're inside the system, and sew distrust. what do they get out of that? >> well, i think that's -- i think he's right.
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and you know, we made that point, our first key judgment in 2016 about the russians. the initial objective was to sew doubt, discourt, and discontent in this election. and the russians have been eminently successful. so they exploit and amplify the polarization and divisiveness in this country zplp and that is something we have to guard against period, no doubt. director clapper, thanks for right to put that in context. really appreciate it. >> thanks, john. som so a group of anti-trump republicans is now trying to court men. targeting men who voted for president trump in 2016. that's next.
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>> less than two weeks until election day and a new ad from the lincoln project, that's the political action committee created by republicans who want to oust trump, this ad is being shown here on "new day" for the first time and it is designed for president trump's most loyal supporters, men. here's a portion of it.
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>> our dads weren't perfect, but they did their best to raise us to be good. they taught us to own up to it when we did something wrong. >> no, i don't take responsibility at all. >> we may have thought we were doing the right thing in 2016. but it's clear, this isn't the america we voted for. we made a mistake. vote for change. vote for our son. vote for joe. >> joining us now is rick wilson, cofounder of the lincoln project. great to see you. >> great to see you, good morning. >> so is this to appeal to that demographic that we hear so much about the non-college, rural male voters who support president trump? >> it is, in part, but it's also meant to appeal to a slightly
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higher propensity demographic group of independently-leaning men and college-aged men. those were also previously very strong groups for donald trump. we've seen erosion there in the last six to eight weeks and it's increase i increasing right now in the in the suburbs and targeted swing states, florida, arizona and others and even texas at this point. so we saw tremendous success in moving the vote with our ad testing and our analytics on the previous ad we just released called girl in the mirror. and we realized that this was an underserved market for persuasion in this race. and we've tested this very thoroughly and we are very confident it's going to move some numbers and make a big difference. and it is something where, you know, if you don't talk to someone, you can't persuade them at all. so we're going to talk to them. and this is a group we feel, if we can take one more piece off the chess board for donald
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trump, it's going to make november 3rd a much more smooth sail. >> a couple of questions, how much money do you have behind this add? and also, the voice of sam el kbro yoth, which was on a biden campaign ad the other day, i'm always interested in why certain things are chosen for ads and what the messaging is there. that ad appeals to both the biden campaign and you guys for a reason. i know him besides the other guy besides patrick swayze from "roadhouse," but what's his deal? >> he's also from "the big lebowski." sam eliot has an iconic american tone and voice and we were honored to work with him on this spot. and this spot will have several million dollars worth of national, detail, and cable push in the next two weeks. we feel like it's a real burner, as we say, in this business, and it's going to make a big difference. working with sam on this was a delight and we feel like it's an
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ad that will be very persuasive and very impactful. >> tell us about the data that you're seeing in terms of the hispanic support for president trump, which appears to be growing and how concerned the lincoln project is about that. >> well, we also have a bunch of ads up in florida in both the puerto rican community and the orlando metropolitan area to push those folks into a position where that fairly unaddressed group of 200,000 plus voters is going to get talked to about who trump is and the contempt he has shown for puerto rico. he's a guy who wanted to trade puerto rico for greenland and they're not even joking about it. we're also advertising in the miami community, in the cuban community right now. we've got an ad up that compares donald trump to castro, because they've been trying to compare joe biden to some socialist revolutionary. you know, last time i checked, joe biden wasn't going to show
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up with a black by reret on. it's an absurdity. so we'll push back against that pretty hard. hispanics about 23% of the voting population in florida. h the fear of socialism is something they're flogging very heavily right now. we'll also be communicate in the next two weeks in florida on another key message that's profoundly affecting the hispanic community, which is the mishandling of covid and the rising death rate of covid in florida. florida is going to be florida, no matter what we do. and no matter what other allied groups of the biden campaign do. it is always going to be close in the state of florida. if you go back to the last 20 years and take every republican vote cast and every democratic vote cast for president, the difference is about 20,000 votes. so it's going to be a close run in florida. the hispanic community will be a hotly contested group in the state of florida, but we feel like there's going to be a message that gets out beyond just the realm of the socialism
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versus freedom message. >> rick wilson, thank you very much. great to have you on "new day" and thanks so much for previewing the add with us. >> talk you again soon. >> you too. john? >> all right, this morning, the czech republic going back into lockdown as coronavirus cases skyrocket across europe. we have reporters all around the world bringing you the latest developments. >> reporter: i'm scott mclane in berlin, where the german health minister has tested positive for the coronavirus, just as his country records a record highly daily case count. yesterday, france and spain both surpassed 1 million coronavirus case. meanwhile, the czech republic has shattered its previous one-day record by almost 25%. after an emergency session of parliament yesterday, the czech prime minister announced that his country would be going back into something that you might describe as a lockdown. starting today, only essential stores will be allowed to stay open and movement will be severely restricted.
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>> i'm nic robertson in london, where a nearby island last night, the new, tough lockdown came into place. cnn spoke to revelers in dublin, bars last night, their numbers were up. a last hurrah as one taxi dryivr put it. people telling cnn that they're frustrated and uncertain and they think that the government restrictions are in some cases unfair. they fear that they are now heading into a cycle of lockdowns. this one due to last six weeks. tha they're not sure what comes next. >> i'm fred pleitgen in moscow. as russia's efforts to create a vaccine against the novel coronavirus seem to be going somewhat slower than many people might have thought. an exclusive interview with cnn, the head of the gamalea institute which is responsible for the sputnik-v vaccine explained that so far only about
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6,000 participants of a phase iii trial have received both doses of the vaccine, which are necessary to achieve full muniti immunization and get any sort of reliable data from those participants. that puts russia well behind in of the western large vaccine makers. and while some prominent russians have taken the vaccine, so far, lvladimir putin has not and remains in a bubble. >> so it should be one of the easiest questions to answer when you're running for president. what are you going to do? why do you want the job? it's been a challenge can go question, though, for some. a reality check, next.
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judiciary committee plan to boycott a key vote advancing the supreme court nomination of amy coney barrett. republicans say they will move forward no matter what. cnn's sunlen serfaty is live with more. >> reporter: this will be a dramatic moment but one that will likely not change the outcome here. democrats will be boycotting the committee hearing today, instead of showing up they will be filling their seats with pictures of people who were affected by the affordable care act which of course is what democrats have tried so hard to make amy coney barrett's confirmation hearing all about. democrats are arguing that they believe this process of her confirmation has been a sham and here is why they explained they're not knowing up today. >> actually the rules of the
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committee require two democrats to be there to move a nominee out and we do not want to provide the quorum. this process is the most rushed, the most illegitimate, the most hypocritical process of any supreme court nominee we have ever, ever seen. the republicans just at will try to break the rules, they are so hell-bent on rushing this nominee through, it's despicable. leader mcconnell, lindsey graham have defiled the senate so it may never return to what it was. >> reporter: committee rules say that nine members of the committee must be present, importantly including two members of the minority in the room. so that's why democrats say they are all not going to show up to try to stop this nomination from going forward, but republicans are arguing that a senate rule in place supercedes a committee rule and requires only the majority of committee members. so republicans are saying that they intend to and they believe they can advance this nomination
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through with just republicans on the committee and, of course, john, as senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has already set a floor vote for her final confirmation from the full senate monday. a lightning quick confirmation that it looks like is not slowing down today. >> mcconnell seems dead set on getting this to happen and quickly. sunlen serfaty, thanks very much. so it is clear that president trump wants a second term, less clear why. john avalon here with a reality check. >> that's right. look, 12 days out from the election, 40 million americans have already voted and tonight is the final debate. there's an important question the president might get, it's one he has had a hard time with. >> what are your top priority items for a second term? >> well, one of the things that will be really great -- you know, the word experience is still good. i always say talent is more important than experience, but the word experience is an important word, an important meaning.
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>> all right. that answer was so bad that another conservative host teed it up for him again just a week later. >> let's do a retake on that. what is donald trump's second term? what's the main focus for that? >> we're going to make america great again. at the end of our first term it's going to be great, it would have been phenomenal, we got hit with the plague. at the end of the second term it will be at a level that nobody would have ever seen a country. >> the closest he came to clarity is this, i think i would be similar. trump is going to trump. the party he leads didn't even bother to have a new party platform drafted it just reissued the 2016 version. he often acts like he's running against hillary clinton again. get this, he's mentioned her 340 times this year according to fact base. that's three times more than vladimir putin. no, this isn't -- george h.w. bush mentioned michael dukakis
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seven times in 1992, '96 bill clinton mentioned bush nine times. that's because the presidency is a forward-looking job. joe biden has 50 different policy plans on his website. trump's campaign lists accomplishments but no new policy. so what might a second trump term look like. four more years of twitter tantrums, for example, growing political and racial divides, four more years of climate change denial, four more years of record deficits and debt and four years to climb our way out of covid job losses in addition to the growing death toll. but there have been previews of a second trump term that you may have missed. on the cronyism front senior officials tell cnn that the trump white house is pressuring the pentagon to fast track a no bid multi-billion dollar contract to lease the dod's 5g spectrum backed by prominent republicans. one senior official calls the move the biggest handoff of economic power to a single entity in history.
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trump signed an executive order that would make it easier to fire civil servants for political purposes. it was warned if you politicize the civil service you make its members loyal to politicians. on the anti-immigration front 545 children who were separated from their parents at the orderer are now effectively or fand because the government cannot find their parents. even president trump doesn't seem to know where he wants to go in the second term but it's a safe bet captain chaos isn't going to change so his slogan might as well be more of the same. >> two things, one your cannonball run reference much appreciated. >> one of the many services you provide. >> you referred to jake tapper's report on the 5g network. that is an important story. people should look at that at cnn.com. >> "new day" continues right now. in just a few hours voters
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will get their last glimpse of joe biden and president trump on the debate stage. >> the commission muting microphones in a move to prevent the chaos that unfolded in the first debate. we literally left this white house a pandemic playbook, they probably used it to, i don't know, prop up a wobbly table somewhere. >> it's all over the world. it came out of china. >> i think the role that president obama can play is rally young voters, voters of color. >> that was the most at once blistering and at once mocking assessment president obama has ever delivered on his successor. >> announcer: this is "new day" with alisyn camerota and john berman. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. this is "new day." tonight the final face-off between president trump and former vice president joe biden. it's just 12 days before election day and their debate is the last best chance for either candidate to change the course of the election somehow, but nearly 41 million americans have
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already cast their votes. that's 89% of the total early vote that was cast in 2016. of course, the coronavirus pandemic is sure to be a major focus of tonight's debate. a report out just this morning from columbia university says this about the failed pandemic response, quote, at least 130,000 deaths, perhaps as many as 210,000, could have been avoided with earlier policy interventions and more robust federal coordination and leadership, end quote. overnight 1,124 new deaths were reported and nearly 63,000 new cases. former president barack obama delivered a blistering rebuke of president trump's handling of the pandemic during a campaign stop last night. >> we literally left this white house a pandemic playbook that would have shown them how to respond befo

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