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hello, everyone. thank you so much for joining us on this cross-continental broadcast. i'm fredricka whitfield and chris cuomo live from rome. right now president biden is meeting with european leaders on the next steps in negotiations with iran in homes of revitalizing the iranian nuclear deal, which the the u.s. withdrew from in 2018. it's one of several key discussions taking place today at the g20 summit in rome. president biden arriving there this morning, posing for the traditional sort of class photo. world leaders were joined on stage by first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus
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pandemic. in fact, you see it right there. covid one of the top issues facing the g20 leaders. several other critical agenda items, president biden's proposal for a global minimum tax on multinational corporations, which now we're learning has the endorsement of the g20 as well as the supply chain and climate change crises. for more now, let's go to rome, cnn's chris cuomo is heading our coverage from there. chris, what do you have? >> fred, great pleasure. i want to bring in nick roberts and chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins. we also have senior political commentator david axelrod in the mix. let's start inside, outside. very interesting that the president of the united states comes here and in moments we hear that there's some consensus on a 15% minimum tax among a lot of people who don't know whether to trust him, whether or not they have the same interests, or the same timing.
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yet at home he can't get anything like that, kaitlan. how is that playing in the white house? >> he set the standard for himself that coming here without an agreement from democrats on his domestic agenda was going to affect him in these meetings with world leaders. that's not something critics of the white house said. house speaker pelosi said that and his top aides were saying that. he is working on this global minimum tax, which is what white house officials say will be the main takeaway from this summit. a very important iran meeting is happening right now, but this is going to be something that they think can be really significant if they can prevent this race to the bottom of corporations trying to move their profits overseas, they think that can be something the united states brings in tens of billions of dollars and could potentially help with the president's domestic agenda. we'll see, of course, how that actually works out when he gets back to washington. but it is notable that it is something you can get done here while he's struggling with a similar issue at home. >> look, it's good just to have
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ase sense of coordination. let me jump to ax, david axelrod. as kaitlan points out, the concern was he's going to come here looking weak because he couldn't get it at home. now could there be an advantage? might that kind of juice his dynamic with his own party back at home, ax? >> maybe so. i think it's more the other way around. i was really struck by a quote in the paper this morning by the rasmussen, the former prime minister of denmark who was the leader of nato in the past who said we're all watching virginia. we're all watching virginia for clues as to what's going to happen in the u.s. because there's doubts about -- biden came back and now people are wondering how long he be here?
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and how long will heavy the power to follow through on his commitments and will donald trump be back in four years. the world is paying a lot of attention to american politics. i don't know how much attention americans are paying to these meetings. >> all right, everybody. you're now talking to me, fredricka, here in atlanta. we just lost our signal from chris, so i do want to continue to ask you, david. it's also an issue of who is not there in rome during this g20. china and russia are not present. how significant is that? >> well, i'll tell you one place where it's significant. the president's meeting this morning with the leaders of germany, france, and great britain to talk about the iran nuclear agreement. the other two parties to that are china and russia, the permanent members of the security council at the u.n. and so they're trying to chart a
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path forward in negotiations with iran, and they're not there. it's also an opportunity, fred, for biden, though, to be the focus of attention at these g20 meetings. and i think they want to take full advantage of this global minimum tax on corporations, is one of the elements of that. he wants to get something done on the pandemic and global action on pandemics. he wants to get something done on climate. so he wants to be pushing those, and he wants to come away as showing american leadership there. it's easier when you're not competing with others. that's a whole other sideshow when those leaders are there. so i think there's some advantages to that. but on this one issue of iran, they're going to need the others in order to chart a way forward. >> russia is chiming in via videoconference in some
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capacity, so that's still an element and could present some element of surprise. >> absolutely. >> so let's talk about security. obviously very tight at a summit of this magnitude. we've already seen there have been protests in rome, climate crisis is on the mind of so many and even driving with a passion at some of the demonstrations. the u.n. cop 26 summit just days away. what does that white house hope to achieve this weekend to address climate change, particularly when climate change, climate crises provisions are part of the president's agenda, which are not moving at all on capitol hill? >> i expect that they'll probably move forward, you know, in the coming days on this. they didn't get it done in time for him to have it in hand when he arrived. and i think that they're going to have to spend some time explaining that these things are actually going to happen, that
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the climate provisions in this legislation, both pieces of legislation are going to move forward. but it's really important for the success of climate action to get everybody in the world on board. and certainly biden wants to lead on that by presenting the things that he's going to do. but i think there is a sense, fred, we're at a tipping point on this issue, and that if we don't move in concert and move together -- because after all, it is a global climate. it's not an american climate. if we don't move in concert, we're not going to get to where we need to go and the damage will be irreversible. how often are you starting your broadcast talking about some weather catastrophe, some really devastating hurricane or flood or wildfire? >> which is happening in the mid-atlantic right now. you're coming to us from michigan, you're familiar with the washington, d.c., area
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already, that kind of severe water. we're back with chris cuomo and kaitlan collins and nic robertson back in rome. still looking divine there. so take it away. i'll jump in whenever you need me again. >> i have to say, fred, it's great they automatically cut away from us because this huge fight broke out here on set. i don't know what i said, but the next thing i knew, caitlyn had me pushed up against the wall. nick was begging her not to hurt me. it was a little weird, but now everybody is okay. figured it out and everybody is in their own lane. >> family dinners can be emotionally driven all the time. >> i can't turn my head that well this way, but i'll be okay and it's all if i have an. we were talking about the interesting aspect of the dynamic here to play off of axelrod. he was saying that people are saying we're going to watch virginia. why? because this is about can we trust america?
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what is america about? both of you honestly made great points about why this matters inside out. let's do it again in reverse. to the united states, the iran deal matters, and they understand the white house, that there's pressure on them about can they really stick. >> yeah, and the bigger question about whether or not they can trust america is not necessarily they don't trust president biden or they don't think he'll keep his word. it's that the trump presidency really shook a lot of these world leaders because they were shaken and saw how quickly things can change and how the united states' word may only be good for four years, one presidential term. so when they say they're watching virginia, of course, the governor's race on tuesday is seen as a bellwether for what's going to happen in 2022, potentially after biden's presidency. he said his presidency could be on the line twhomgs getwhen it comes to getting his agenda passed, so are republicans about to be back in power?
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that's what they mean when they say they're watching virginia. >> i think it's another layer from the international penchant i hear this a lot in europe that biden was expected to be the reset. whatever happens in virginia, there's still this level of disappointment in president biden, these decades of foreign policy. there was a sense from international partners when he came to the stage things would settle down, but afghanistan, the fallout with the french over the submarine deal, both of those, i think, you know, the expectations were high. the bar was low. but the disappointment has been steep. so i think you got to add that in. while they watch virginia, there's already this recalibration on biden himself. >> a little bit of a blindness by the democrats. the democrats, we never hear them talk about, you know, when i say t"they" you don't hear pelosi, schumer, or jayapal now who you really do have to give pramila jayapal a platform, right?
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that we know this could be bad for biden abroad. we know that we have to -- they never say that, and they never talk about how virginia, kaitlan, is going to be probably the first test on how they are perceived by the masses because you have almost 50% of right and left in virginia say their vote is not about youngkin on the right or mcauliffe, but about biden or trump. >> right. it's how republican candidates in the future can channel trump and try to bring his base in while keeping an arm's length distance from him, which youngkin has tried to do. pelosi and other democrats like this aren't saying this publicly, but she is warning her caucus privately about it and she's saying she didn't want the caucus to embarrass president biden when he came overseas by voting down his agenda. she talks about what this moment means. the president saying the prestige of the united states is only line when it comes to this and getting this agenda passed. and of course they did not pass that before he left in time.
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now they're changing it. you're hearing a different message from them saying these world leaders understand domestic politics and they understand this is going on, but just a few days ago they were warning about what kind of message and context and back drop there would be for president biden if he came here without that agenda. >> impact of who is not present, russia says putin is going to partake by zoom or whatever. china not here. a little bit of a nod to, hey, we take covid very seriously. is that what it's really about? and what does it mean they're not here? >> i think it's big. the fact that they're not here shows us the internationally joined up world order of major countries coming together to work for the betterment of the planet is not working so well. yes, of course putin and biden have big covid issues at home. putin in particular, his speech this morning remote from moscow to the summit in rome was about vaccines and how well they're doing producing vaccines and there should be a better vaccine
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transparency passport system around the world. okay, set that to one side. but the real message here is, he doesn't want to come right now, neither does xi jinping. they both feel they're going to take too much heat, particularly xi jinping at cop 26 that follows this, the climate suchlt but when we look in retrospect in history, we're going to see this is a moment where the g20 is the opportunity for these major turns to come together -- major countries come together. and that's not happening. and the united states is a strongly standard bearer to make that happen in the world and draw people to that flag to work together. that call is not so loud, and they're ignoring it. we see this u.s./china dynamic emerging, this division, this global division, but i think we're seeing something of a breakdown. >> that's the other thing. biden's message at the g-7 was america is back, i'm not trump,
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and democracy works. and i think all of those are being challenged, he was i worked by the french saying he was adopting trump-like tactics with the the way submarine deal is down. they're questioning is the u.s. back given the afghanistan exit. they're looking at the chaos back home over his agenda, his own party is divided over how to put that agenda in place, and i think the white house realizes how that could affect him trying to use that message while he's here. >> let's get a quick word from axelrod. david, thank you very much. what is your take on the awareness level of the existential game afoot for democrats? obviously they didn't want to talk about the afghanistan exit as anything that big of a deal. they thought it was overly harsh on biden and it was really trump who got them into it, and they don't see this virginia test, at least outwardly, as being about them? >> first of all, i do think that
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there are a lot of democrats who did actually criticize the exit from afghanistan. you know, there was a bipartisan discomfort and anger about how that came down. kaitlan was exactly right. the whole reason that pelosi had biden come down to the capitol right before he left for europe was to make this a forcing issue, that this trip was so important, and that american prestige was on the line. as for virginia, the vice president was in virginia last night, and her message was this is going to tell -- this is going to be read as a fore telling of what will happen in 2022 and 2024. she was doing that because this is a close election and they're worried about democrats coming out to vote. and so she was really raising the stakes. the issue with that is if the election goes the wrong way for terry mcauliffe in virginia and
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youngkin wins, everybody is going to pull up that video and say, well, what now? so there's a lot at stake on tuesday. >> all right, david. i appreciate you. thank you very much, david axelrod, nic robertson, kaitlan collins. fred, back to you in the studio. we'll be here if you need us. >> thank you so much, chris and company. still ahead, white house call logs, aides notes, speech drafts, those are some of the documents former president trump wants hidden from the january 6th investigation. details from a court filing, next. plus, parents are now one step closer to getting their young kids vaccinated against covid, and it could happen as soon as next week. much more on that straight ahead. more chances to win this season. that's walmart's black friday deals for days. ♪
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executive privilege. and now we're learning more about just what documents the former as opposed to trying to conceal. more than 700 pages of phone records, visitor logs, daily calendars, and staffers' personal memos, all dealing with the event of that day. caitlyn plans is here. what is in these papers being held by the national archives? >> fred, until a little after midnight last night, we didn't actually know what documentation the white house had made up to january 6th and on january 6th. now we do know, and that's because the national archives is not necessarily releasing these documents, that's because donald trump is contesting them. he wants to keep them secret. but what the archives is doing is they're saying this is what we have from the trump presidency, and it is quite a list. it's more than 700 pages from trump's closest advisers from their records. it's briefing memos, talking points, white house visitor logs
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>> are we to assume that this is going to be a climatic battle that's going to take place this week about the very question of the constitutional right of the electoral count act of 1877? >> i think a lot of that depends on the courage and the spine of the individuals involved. >> are you talking on the other side of the football. >> reporter: that would be a nice way to say a guy named vice president mike pence? >> yes. >> all right. so what else do we know about the words from this former attorney eastman? >> john eastman was an attorney that was advising trump up to january 6th and put together a proposal that he previously characterized as a weaker option that pence could choose not to certify the election. this information the k file has uncovered, this interview with steve bannon's podcast on january 2nd, that's a much more direct statement from eastman than we've heard before about what he was advising pence.
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on top of that, "the washington post" last night also released a story where they had obtained a memo from eastman, an email to mike pence's lawyer urging him even during and after the riot not to certify the electoral college and even blaming him for the siege. this is what he had wrote according to the email obtained by "the washington post." the siege is because you and your boss did not do what was nos allow this to be aired in a public way so that the american people can see for themselves what happened. now, this taken together just puts lawyer that was advising trump as a central figure that the house is almost certainly still going to want to talk to, fred. >> caitlyn, thank you so much for that. coming up, millions of young children could get the covid vaccine as soon as next week. we'll tell you what has to happen before kids 5 to 11 can get the shots.
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medicine at baylor. what will be the biggest immediate impact of this decision? >> well, the biggest impact will be protecting children who are in school and reducing the likelihood that they're going to go to the hospital or get very sick or get long covid. i think this is the narrative that's not been sufficiently emphasized is how devastating this delta variant has been across the southern states over the summer. we've had 8,300 hospitalizations of kids 5 to 11. a third of them in the intensive care unit. many with that multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. we had 170 deaths. we filled up pediatric hospitals, children's hospitals, even pediatric icus, which i had never seen before. and then all the long covid, maybe as much as 14% of kids getting long covid after more than 15 months. those numbers are not out there. all we're hearing about are the risks of the vaccine, which are
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quite modest. and i think that's going to be the hard part, i think, over the next few weeks because we only have a third of parents saying they're going to accept covid vaccines for their kids. >> right. let me give you more information on that. sometimes these risks you're talking about are really influencing the decision of so many parents. the kaiser foundation indicated through this polling that shows about a third of parents want to take a wait-and-see approach to vaccinations for their kids. another third are saying they won't vaccinate at all. so what do you say to either of those groups to kind of allay their fears? >> it's important. it's going to be an education process, i think, of really providing them with accurate health information. some of those numbers show how devastating it is for kids because the narrative is it exclusively affect older individuals, which is absolutely not true. and then what the real risks are of myocarditis, which seems to
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be scaring parents, that it's quite modest. we're looking at 1 per 10,000 we've seen so far in young adults, and we think, you know, it could be that with young kids or less because we're giving -- we're reducing the amount of mrna in the vaccines for kids. so all of that information needs to kind of be put together, i think, in a package and we need to have the bandwidth, because the disinformation is dominating the internet right now. >> do you feel like people should be more afraid of their children actually getting covid than any kind of potential side effects that could come with a vaccination? >> well, that's the bottom line, right? i mean, i witnessed it first hand being down here in texas, seeing what's happened with kids in our texas children's hospital. but pediatric hospitals all across the south, how overwhelmed the hospitals were with covid-19 over the summer, we just can't afford to let that happen again. what i'm worried about, fred, as we go into the thanksgiving holiday, kids are going to be with a lot of other individuals.
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i think we're going to see another surge after thanksgiving and kids are going to get swept up in the firestorm again just like they did here in the south over the summer. >> so talk to me about why there are many parents who remain reticent because they say, well, look, my kid is healthy. if they get covid, then they will have the protection, you know, of those antibodies. if we can just get through any illness and get those antibodies, then they're protected, they won't need a vaccine. >> well, you know, again, we've seen so many kids get sick. there's a lot of regional variation. i think we're going to see that as well. so in the northeast where over 75% of the adolescents have been vaccinated, i think those parents who also have younger kids at home will likely vaccinate them. but here in the southern states we're looking at 25%, 30% of adolescents being vaccinated,
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. welcome back to the g20 summit in roma. i'm chris cuomo. you know, it is a time of questioning trust right now, even within the g20. forget about america for one second. remember, the g20 was born in 1999 as an extension. g-7 because they believed you needed to have more influence, you needed to have more players. and now they are questioning whether or not 20 is enough, whether or not this organization is doing what it meant to do. now, you have to build all that into the instability or the questions about stability that are surrounding the united states with its new president, president biden. so he's come here, had a great meeting with the pope, yukked it up, met with the french president, and now he is starting to make the rounds, germany, france, the united kingdom talking about the nuclear program in iran and what
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can be done. a trilateral meeting, pivotal time. iran is continuing to do what it does worst, which is move towards nuclear capabilities, thumbing its nose at the international committee, and the only device we had to keep them in check is now gone. biden trying to revive it, the nuclear deal that former president trump pulled out of in 2018. the u.s. now considering penalties on iran for not complying. so let's bring in nic robertson, kaitlan collins, and david axelrod back to discuss all this. so let's start with the worldview on this, nick. angela merkel, whose outgoing power in germany, she wanted to put this on the table. is there appetite and belief you can do something with and two iran again?
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>> there is belief you're not going to get to where you want to with iran. we have a joint declaration coming out of that meeting that president biden had with merkel and boris johnson, that not allowing to get iran to obtain nuclear weapons. so yes, there is a belief you need the united states in that deal and that the world can do something, align together to stop iran continuing to go down the path that it's on. i think the bottom paragraphs in that statement are the interesting ones, because they hold the carrots for iran here, if you will, commenting on the support from gulf partners, that if sanctions are lifted, that they would participate in essentially, you know, rebuilding some economic ties that are prevented by the sanction with iran. those are the carrots for iran right now. but the subline after that is the kicker for iran because it says the countries are determined that they should continue with a broader set of
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packages against iran that go beyond the deal, ballistic missiles and destabilizing the region. >> that's why summits like these are critical, especially for a u.s. president who took office ten months ago. it's often these face-to-face interactions, these meetings where they are all huddling in the same room where you can actually make progress and talk about where you really stand because oftentimes these calls with world leaders, staff is on the calls, they're doing translations, certain talking points, and this is why it's critical for president biden to get in the room so they can actually hash out where they are and where they would like to go. the white house is excited about this summit for that in particular. we should remind people, they have not had a g20 summit in two years. this is the first one since the covid-19 pandemic. also with the absence of china and russia here, the white house is saying president biden is going to try to use that to his advantage, work the room, try to push his priorities, because it's orphan in moments like these where you can really get that done. >> so let's talk about what will certainly be a big deal back
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home and what it meant here. so the united states president meets with the french president, and absolutely owns a mistake. kind of threw his team under the bus. but said with the submarine deal we handled it in a clumsy way. was that planned going into it? did you get a heads-up from the white house that he is going to apologize, basically, the president? >> i was surprised how candid the president was, especially in front of cameras. maybe if cameras weren't in the room, maybe they were going to knowledge it didn't go the way% they wanted to, but president biden says, yes, this was clumsy and there should've been consultation with the french. he said he genuinely didn't know the french were so unaware they were cutting this deal with the australians and u.k. to give them these nuclear-powered submarines, cutting off the french deal with the australians to give them the diesel submarines, and a multimillion-dollar deal, and he
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was frank about it and talked about how important france is as an ally. he said, you know, this isn't worth damaging the friendship because we have celebrated too much together, we've suffered too much together, basically the united states and france have been through too much together for this to be what severs that relationship. and i thought it was really candid. you saw macron's face. >> it lit. >> up he said they need to talk about what's ahead and not what has happened in the last few weeks. >> my team saw macron on the street last night. they said he looked like he was having a good time walking around. maybe they meant fences. ax, you know this is an easy opportunity for the right to do something dissimilar to what happened to president obama when you were with him and he went out and gave that big speech in cairo and seems to be, you know, making an obvious point to the rest of the world, which is the united states has to pick up its game. the right killed him for being an apologist to terrorists all
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around the world. we haven't heard any response from the right yet about what biden said in being clumsy in the deal with the french, but what's the plus/minus on that tactic? >> you probably get beaten up a little less for apologizing to the french, but the point, you talked about him throwing his aides under the bus, chris. there were others under the bus. he also said i thought you had been informed about the status of your own deal. that was really throwing the australians under the bus and maybe the brits a little bit because what he was saying was, i thought you had been told that deal wasn't going to go forward. so it wasn't only on his aides. look, i think the right is going to be more focused on these talks about iran. the forcing mechanism for this discussion that merkel wanted is that the iranians have agreed to return to negotiations or at least talks, i should say, next
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month. and they wanted to get their strategy to get as to how they're going to approach it, whether there should be more sanctions, whether there should not. apparently they have agreed there may be. but, you know, since trump pulled out of that agreement, the iranians have proceeded at pace restoring their numeral program. they have been in compliance. they're not anymore, and time is a-wasting as they make progress. there's a sense of urge about that, and that's going to be a big focus of the right, how he handles that particular matter. and so i think a lot of attention will be paid to the language and the news coming out of this particular meeting. >> ax, quick follow. why do they have the high ground? why isn't the angle on this, boy, was trump leaving the iran deal a huge mistake?
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>> it should be. it should be. you know, trump wanted to cancel every agreement that barack obama signed. i mean, this is one of the problems generally because people feel like if we sign an agreement with america and trump comes back or a trump-like figure, does that go by the boards? , yes iran was in compliance. we had a regime of inspectors, global inspectors in iran and now they are making big progress. with greater momentum all the time. so this is something that democrats should take the offensive on. this happened because trump withdrew from the deal. the other european partners did not. but obviously america is a big player and american sanctions are really important. so yeah, no, i agree with you, chris. i think this was a blunder on the part of trump, not political at home, which was the lens with
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which he saw everything, but in terms of actually impacting on iran. the one thing is, the critics said expand -- this was too narrow an agreement, it should go to missiles and so on. it's interesting that in this statement they agreed on that. this is going to make a difficult negotiation because iran just elected a new hard-line leader there. so we'll see how this goes. it's a very complicated issue. >> last word? >> you're talking about the flip-flop between presidents, between obama, trump, biden on this iran deal. look at the messaging here from the german chancellor. angela merkel was supposed to bring her replacement, and that's demonstrating continuity and intent from the germans. that's how a lot of countries would hope the united states would act, that you would have this continuity and who we are
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debating, the lack of it and the consequences thus. >> appreciate it. david axelrod, talk to you soon. fred, back to you. >> okay, gang. thank you so much. check back with you there in rome. still ahead for us, it is the final stretch in the race for virginia's governor. right now it's a dead heat, and both candidates are out making their final pitches to voters before election day. we're live from virginia next. way for you to sell your car. whether it's a year old or a few years old. we wanna buy your car. so go to carvana and enter your license plate answer a few questions. and our techno wizardry calculates your car's value and gives you a real offer in seconds. when you're ready, we'll come to you, pay you on the spot and pick up your car, that's it. so ditch the old way of selling your car, and say hello to the new way at carvana. bipolar depression. it made me feel like i was trapped in a fog. this is art inspired by real stories of people living with bipolar depression.
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vaccine. all right. it is the final day for early voting in virginia, and candidates for governor are making their last pitches in very different ways. we have more now. dan, more than one million votes have been cast early in this very tight race. >> reporter: yeah, it's a huge day in this race. this is the last day of early voting, as you know, and all the candidates are out pushing folks to the polls, urging them to get out early. i caught up with terry mcauliffe at a sports bar behind me, he was doing a little otr stop with a bunch of folks. we talked about the fact that earlier dana bash asked glenn youngkin whether the rally that donald trump is having, the telerally, whether youngkin will join trump for the rally. he told dana bash no. i asked mcauliffe if that was a mistake, if he wished that youngkin wwas dreiling in. listen to what he said about whether trump has been a factor in this race.
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>> no. i mean, trump is not liked in the commonwealth of virginia. people remember charlottesville when he failed us that day, horrible day, when he said there were fine people on both sides. and that was a tragic day. we lost heather heyer. i lost a pilot and member of my security detail. and donald trump said there were good people on both sides. but people want to be lifted up. trump, his hate and division, he wants to run again in 2024. i think he wants to use this as a launchpad for that. that's pretty clear. that's why he's endorsed youngkin seven or eight times. seven or eight times. >> reporter: fred, i have to stress this is so -- such a shift for mcauliffe who made trump so much part of the race. mentioned him more than any other political figure. earlier he said this race is not about trump. his four months, five months of campaigning has very much been about trump. that is a significant shift here in the virginia race, and we're going to see if he continues to say that, continues to claim
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that throughout the day here in virginia beach and around the tidewater region, fred. >> we'll see whose voices are most influential, just days away. thank you so much. and don't miss "election night in america" special live coverage starts tuesday at 6:00 p.m. here on cnn.
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