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finally yasso! a ridiculously creamy, crunchy, chocolatey dipped ice cream experience with 25% less calories because it's made with greek yogurt. so, thanks for everything ice cream, but we'll take it from here. yasso audaciously delicious it's the start of a new hour. hi, everybody. i'm alisyn camerota. >> i'm victor blackwell. it is good to be with you on this election day, and we are just hours away from the polls closing. voters in 32 states are deciding ballot initiatives, they're choosing mayors, but also the
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races for governor are getting the most attention, especially in virginia. republican glenn young kin is running a much tighter than expected race against democratic terry mcauliffe, former governor of virginia. for democrats, it could be a bellwether for the 2022 midterm s s. >> and for republicans, it's a play book of campaigning around donald trump. a republican has not won a statewide election in virginia since 2009. over in new jersey, incumbent phil murphy may become the first democrat to win reelection in 40 years. like mcauliffe, has been trying to tie his gop rival to donald trump. let's start in virginia. cnn's sara murray is in the state capital of richmond, and boris sanchez is in wood burn a suburb. tell us what we're hearing from the candidates. >> we have seen them over the last 24 hours, driving home closing arguments, trying to make sure they turn out every single last one of their voters
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on this, at least in richmond rainy election day. glenn youngkin brought it back to the local issues. people in virginia wanting lower taxes, wanting to ensure that parents can be involved in schools. that's been his big late push. he did acknowledge yesterday that the nation is watching what's going on in virginia, and they're watching it for those reasons you laid out. people are wait to go see, is this going to be some kind of indicator about how voters feel about democrats nationally. is this going to be an indicator of how you should run in the era of trump. terry mcauliffe sees a race that has been tightening. he told his voters now is not the time to be complacent. now is the time you get out there, return your ballot. obviously this is a state where a large chunk of voters have done that. they have voted early but of course we are seeing folks turn out at the polls on election day on this pretty rainy day in richmond. alisyn, victor. >> boris in prince william county, what are you seeing
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there? >> hey, victor, things running fairly smoothly so far here, increasing to 509 in prince william county. no major issues to report. as you can see behind me, voters have been trickling in steadily all day. some folks casting their ballots as we speak. we should note this part of northern virginia, critical for terry mcauliffe to draw turnout if he expects to beat glenn youngkin, this precinct turned out for him to elect him governor in 2013, and helped elect his successor ralph northam in 2017, and it went for joe biden pretty heavily in 2020 as well. we should note, it's a very small sample size. we shouldn't draw any major conclusions from it, but the majority of voters we have spoken to today tell us they are voting for glenn youngkin, the education and economy component having a big factor in their decision. listen to some of what they shared with us. >> the school information, all
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the school nuts. the critical race theory. i don't think it's right. >> just everything, the economy, just kind of price of gas, that's probably my number one issue right now is the economy. >> so you voted for terry mcauliffe? >> yes. >> reporter: what is it about his message that motivated you? >> i don't want republicans to win. it has nothing to do with his message. i just want the democrats in. >> reporter: ironically, that was part of terry mcauliffe's message, arguing that glenn youngkin is just another donald trump. polls here close at 7:00 p.m. obviously a race that has a lot riding on it, potentially with implications for next year's midterms as well. alisyn, and victor. >> boris sanchez, sara murray, thank you. let's bring in managing editor of krystal ball at the uva center for politics. kyle, thanks for being with us. we heard from one of the women
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that boris spoke with that she just wants democrats in. she does not want a republican. didn't even really use names there. how much of that not the other guy is leading what we're seeing in virginia? >> there is something in american politics called negative partisanship which is that, you kind of dislike the other side more than you like your own, and that's a -- i think that could be a motivating factor for a lot of voters, and look, democrats, republicans, they're very different, they have very different priorities, and so far lot of voters, the choice is actually not that difficult. you vote straight ticket, for one side or the other. and it is interesting, you know, to see not just what the turnout is in a lot of these places but if there is some erosion for democrats in northern virginia which has become such a source of strength for them in recently years, particularly in elections, contested during the trump years, and then also, you know, what's the turnout mix look like. republican areas turning out
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heavier, democratic areas turning out heavier, too soon to tell at this point. we have to wait for the results in that. >> other than the negative partisanship that's driving voters to the polls, what are the big issues. we keep hearing a lot about school curriculum, is it as big as we think? >> the results will telling us, particularly if there are substantial erosion for democrats in northern virginia because that might indicate that some of the education messaging from the youngkin campaign is actually broken through, but you know, it's interesting, too, there was one of the voters was talking about gas prices, you know, and that's something a lot of voters pay attention to. you know, it's a number that's basically posted on many street corners across the state and across the country. and, you know, there's just general dissatisfaction, i think, with president biden, you know, his approval rating is negative nationally. it's probably net negative in virginia, too, even though biden got 54% of the vote in virginia. we often see this in the virginia governor's race, one of
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the first big elections that comes after a presidential year, and the president's party, you know, usually does worse in this race than they did in the previous years presidential, in virginia it's just a question of how much worse will it get for democrats in virginia. you know, there is a big kind of buffer, you know, biden won the state by 10 points. a lot of indicators we have we should be expecting a close race. we'll see if the indicators are accurate or not. >> if this is a close ratce, we'll see once polls close, is the message of a two high temperature point win for mcauliffe dramatically different than the message of a two-point loss as democrats look at what they can take out of this race? >> you know, i don't really think so. again f this race is decided at the mar dgins, one or two one w, one or two the other, that still represents a falling off for democrats in virginia, compared to what they were doing in the trump years. ralph northam won the governorship in 2017, 9 points,
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joe biden won the state by ten. you had two kind of lopsided u.s. senate races in 2018, and 2020 in favor of democrats. so if there is significant erosion, even if the democrats, you end up winning, maybe that tells us something about the political environment. again, when you have a president who has, you know, negative approval rating, that's kind of the most important statistic in a lot of these races, particularly in kind of an off year this year, and midterm environment coming up next year. that, you know, causes trouble for the presidential party. >> kyle, hasn't it been interesting to see how glenn youngkin has navigating around the thorny topic of trump. he's basically said, i don't need outside help. i can win this on my own, but a often, we've seen in the past, former president trump's ego doesn't tolerate that. this one seems to be working for both of them. >> i mean, if youngkin had wanted to do an in-person
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campaign event for him. i'm sure trump would have obliged. you've seen trump dip his toe in in the race, and mcauliffe has been, you know, really trying to tie youngkin to trump, and, you know, i don't know if it's gone over as well as the mcauliffe folks would have hoped, although, again, we'll be able to make a better judgment about that after we have the results. but, you know, i think youngkin has been able to try to, you know, focus a lot of his messaging on trying to persuade folks in the suburbs while also not distancing himself from trump entirely, and sort of keeping the kind of trump republican base particularly in kind of the more rural small town parts of the state, central and western virginia, and so he's going to hope for, you know, huge margins and big turnout in these places. we'll see if he gets them. >> we will see. thank you. >> thank you. so there are a handful of mayoral races to watch as well,
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no matter who wins. let's start in boston. voters are set to pick the first woman and first woman of color. that's because the choice is between two minority women, one progressive, one moderate. let's go to buffalo, a democratic socialist is running against a former mayor. if she wins, she'll be the first socialist mayor of a major u.s. city in more than 60 years. >> but in minneapolis and atlanta, the mayor's election is far from a two-person race. 14 people are running for mayor in atlanta. a former mayor is among the front runners. the high crime rate is dominating that discussion. and crime and policing are big parts of the campaigning in minneapolis where george floyd was killed. there 16 candidates are trying to unseat the incumbent. and voters in cleveland will reportedly choose a new mayor for the first time in 16 years. and finally, in the nation's largest city, new york, a retired nypd captain may become the city's second black mayor.
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cnn's miguel marquez is on the ground. tell us what you're hearing from voters today? >> yeah, look, we're at brooklyn borough hall, which is typically a pretty darn busy voting place, precinct. this is where they sort of check in and fill out their voting cards here, and put them into the machines there, and get them counted. i can tell you that count is pretty slow. we have been at, what, nine hours of voting. they have only clocked about 450 votes total in this location. there are three different election districts in this one room, so typically they would have a lot more. it doesn't mean that the numbers are low everywhere, but it's certainly indicative at least here in brooklyn, people aren't rushing to the polls. there was early voting, absentee voting. that may be a much larger part of the share of the vote this time around as well. the two candidates, the two main candidates, a democrat, eric adams voted today. he carried a picture of his mother. got choked up at times talking about the moment that voting for
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himself in this election means he is on the cusp of becoming mayor of the city. there's a big number of democrats compared to republicans in new york city, and curtis slewa, founder of the guardian angels, he went to vote, and was told he couldn't wear his trademark red jacket with his name on because it was considered campaign material. he got into a fight with poll workers. >> i'm not supposed to be standing here. but because i'm standing here every day new yorkers going to realize that they deserve the right to stand in this city also. >> that's right. >> this is for the little guy. >> this is what you call busting my stones. we're going to have to wait this out because i ain't taking this jacket off. >> so he was eventually allowed to vote with the jacket on but he was not allowed to bring one
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of his 17 cats into the voting area, so slewal is the, you know, founder of the guardian angels who has lots of cats, 17 of them. adams is the democrat who was a former police officer and a va vegan. lots of choices for new yorkers. 9:00 the polls close. the early votes and votes cast today will be counted first, and lots of absentee ballots will be counted in the days ahead. back to you guys. >> curtis is so known for that outfit that he wears, i can understand why he would be pushing back against taking that off. >> it's a shame the cat didn't get to witness democracy in action. >> you're right. meow. miguel marquez, thank you very much. so voters in six states will also be casting ballots on a range of high profile issues today. minneapolis, we have to interrupt this. let's go to the president in glasgow for his last news
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conference of the environmental conference. >> today in scotland, i think we got a lot done. we have a lot of good, substantive meetings, and with my fellow leaders, it was critically important for the united states to be here, at cop26, back in the paris agreement, raising domestic climate ambitions, and demonstrating a commitment to support, first of all, those countries on the front lines of the climate crisis. today i spoke with leaders, forested nations, island nations, developing countries, my message to them was the united states was going to be the partner as we meet the climate crisis. i want to thank the united kingdom, and prime minister johnson for hosting the world at a critical moment, as well as i met with prince charles who's put together a very significant orien operation over the last, six, seven years, trying to bring the private sector to work on a number of these issues.
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glasgow, i know you're tired of hearing me say it, but a decisive decade of action, so we can keep the limit of 1.5 degrees within the reach of us and the rest of the world. we have to keep accelerating our progress. today's agreement, by more than 100 countries, represent 85% of the world's forest, and deforest station by 2030 is a great example of the kind of ambition we need, and the united states is proud, proud to have initiated and supported it. for our part, the united states is going to keep raising ambition, and delivering the goal we are reducing u.s. emissions by 50, 52% as secretary kerry has talked about from the 2005 levels by 2030. this decade, we have to make significant progress. and by the way, i might note parenthetically, i can't think of two days or more that has
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been accomplished dealing with climate than these two days. overall, the past two days, i have announced a series of initiatives that are going to make sure we hit the target of including today two new rules to reduce methane losses from new and existing oil and gas operations and from natural gas pipelines. thanks to the effort of our joint effort with the eu, we have grown global methane pledge, and raised when i spoke to the united nations from nine countries signing on to that pledge in september at the united nations, more than 100 countries have signed on. it's about half the world's methane emissions, 70% of the world's global gdp. we made commitments to promote climate smart agriculture, spur innovation, private finance far clean economy and drive resilient infrastructure through the build back better initiative. we had a great meeting today
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where we sat and talked about the whole focus of my build back better initiative, which is adopted by the g7 was that everything should be focused on as we help with the fracture of the rest of the world which needs it badly, focused on climate. the example is if you build an oil well, excuse me, if you build a gas or oil refinery, you're going to have that the next 30 years. why not invest now, if we're going to help nations in solar capacity or wind kpacapacity. so the point s although we also brought through the new president's emergency plan for adaptation and resilience. we called, and i'm getting tired of acronyms, i have to admit to you, but it's called prepare, supporting climate adamaptation efforts for half a billion worldwide, and released our long-term strategy that outlines how we'll get to net zero
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emissions by 2050. you know, we know that this must be a whole of society effort, and i also want to thank the representatives in the private sector, and from labor and philanthropies, civil societies, who are dedicating themselves to the climate action efforts we're all making here. that leadership together with action by state and local and tribal governments has been essential in the united states. that's why despite the previous administration's pulling us out of the paris agreement, and refusing to acknowledge there was a climate crisis, we still brought down emissions during that period. i also want to acknowledge the passion and power of the young people and the activists who are doing such vital work to remind us of our moral obligation to future generations. look, as i said yesterday, it's not just a moral imperative, it's an economic imperative as well. investing in our clean energy future is an enormous opportunity.
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enormous opportunity for every country to create good paying jobs, and spur a broad based economic recovery. as i said, you heard me say it before, and my colleagues as well. when i think of climate crisis, i think of jobs. and that's what the build back better framework will do for the american people. it's going to bring historic investment in clean energy, addressing the climate crisis. it's going to cut greenhouse gas emissions by well over a gig ton by 2030. it's going to save consumers money on their energy bills and with tax credits or things like installing solar panels and weatherization of their homes. it's also going to provide manufacturing credits to make sure the united states is competing in energy markets of the future like solar panels and wind turbines. it's also going to accelerate electric vehicles and school buses, and build a nationwide network of 5,000 charging stations to power them. it's about jobs. it's about competitiveness versus complacency. it's about making the world safer, cleaner, healthier, a
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place for our children and children all around the world to look to the future in a way that they can't now. and so there's so many other things that have happened today that i feel good about. but let me start, if you will by i'll be happy to take your questions. phil, you got a question? i watch you on tv a lot. >> thank you. you know your disappointment with actions on chinese and rome, and unwillingness to show up at g20 or cop 26. i want to ask more broadly, when you assess where things are in u.s. and china relationships, after ten months in office, your diplomats have had difficulty engaging if with some of their counter parts. you have chinese military that has test add hyper sonic missile this summer, building a nuclear
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capability, and what is your general assessment of where things stand and are you concerned that the potential for armed conflict has grown over the course of your first ten months in office? >> well, let me start off by addressing the first part, not the question, the statement. and that is indicate china and russia not showing up and saudi arabia was a problem. we showed up. we showed up. we had a profound impact on the way i think the rest of the world is looking at the united states and its leadership role. i think it's been a big mistake kw quite frankly for china not showing up, the rest of the world looked at china and said what value are they providing, and they have lost an ability, and all the people at cop, the same way i would argue with regard to russia. with regard to the more profound
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question, am i worried about an armed conflict accidentally occurring with china, no, i'm not, but i have had, as i've said before and i think we've talked about this, phil, but i may be mistaken, that what i've said, i look at china, and i have had hours of conversations with xi jinping, both in person as vice president, and since i have been president at least five or six hours worth of conversations on the trelephone and i'm going to be having a virtual summit. i'm going to be clear. this is competition, it does not have to be conflict. there's no reason there needs to be conflict. i have also indicated to him, and i'm not reluctant to say it publicly, that we expect him to play by the rules of the road, international airspace,
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international sea lane, et cetera. we also made it clear that we have to work on dealing with things like cyber security and a whole range of other issues, but i'm not looking for, i don't anticipate there will be a need for physical conflict, as you've heard me say this before, my dad had an expression, the only conflict that's worse than one intended is one that's unintended, one that's unintended. so my meetings with him virtually coming up, haven't set the exact date yet, i want to make sure there's no misunderstanding. it's competition, not conflict, and so there's no unintended. peter. >> mr. president, your counting on this visit, your $1.75 trillion plan that includes climate. your party is not united behind it t. senator joe manchin called it budget gimmicks, shell games
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and a recipe for economic crisis. today he said he never signed off on the frame work. so do you have a specific commitment from senator manchin to support your build back better bill, yes or no, and how do you respond to those criticisms, and i have a quick follow up. >> number one. i'm not going to talk about the specifics of my conversation. he will vote for this in this proposal what he has anticipated, and that is looking at the fine print and the detail of what comes out of the house in terms of the actual legislative initiative. i believe that joe will be there. with regard to the issue of whether or not he thinks that he's worried about this being inflationary or going to be negatively impacting the economy, i think that i've made it clear to joe, and will continue to, and we will, i apologize for repeating, peter, but 17 nobel laureates on
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economics, said it's going to lower inflation, raise wages, increase competition, create 2 million jobs a year, et cetera. and so i think that i understand joe is looking for the precise detail to make sure nothing got slipped in in terms of the way in which the legislation got written that is different than he acknowledged he would agree to. but i think we'll get this done. >> you mentioned the word inflation there. you recently said you have no short-term answer to bring down gas prices, but as you know, it's not just gas prices, now. rents are up, the cost of every day items are up. inflation in the u.s. is at a 13-year high. so when specifically should americans expect those prices to come down? >> well, look, first of all, the significant reason why prices are up is because of covid affecting the supply chain.
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i know you know this. number one, number two, if you take a look at, you know, gas prices, and you take a look at oil prices, that is a consequence of thus far the refusal of russia or the opec nations to pump more oil. and we'll see what happens on that score sooner than later. number three, i think if you take a look at what we're talking about, you look to this coming thanksgiving, you know, we're in a situation where we find that we are in a very different circumstance. last thanksgiving, you know, i -- as i said, this year we're working on a supply chain. last thanksgiving i sat down with my wife, my daughter, and my son.
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this thanksgiving, we're all in a very different circumstance. things are a hell of a lot better, and the wages have gone up higher, faster than inflation. and we have generated real economic growth. it doesn't mean these d dislocations aren't real. they do affect people's lives. for example, one of the reasons why i decided to talk about the need to deal with the operation and the gouging that occurs in some of the pricing of beef and chicken and other things, that's why i indicated to you we're going to look at whether or not there's a violation of antitrust laws, and what they're doing. so there's a lot to look at. but the bottom line is that i think that -- and anyone who would prefer as bad as things are in terms of prices hurting families now, trade this thanksgiving for last
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thanksgiving. jen epstein, "wall street journal." i mean, excuse me, i beg your party. >> bloomberg. >> i got it. i got it. especially since my granddaughter works for you guys in a different circumstance. i'm in trouble. >> well, i'm going to ask a very bloomberg question to begin, which is have you decided who you will nominate to chair the federal reserve board and if not, can you speak about what you're thinking about as you consider your choice for fed chair and the other seats that are open? this is the latest a president has gone without nominating somebody the year before a nominee needs to be selected and are you concerned about potentially having a short time line, especially if you're not going to renominate jay powell? >> no, no, and no. i'm not going to be discussing that with you. we'll be making those
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announcements fairly quickly. it's been in train for some time, number one. number two, i also would indicate that i think we're going to have plenty of time to make sure all the major nominees are able to be cleared in time. where the terms would expire, and number three, i was giving a lot of thought to it, and i have been meeting with economic advisers on what the best choices r. we've got a lot of good choices but i'm not going to speculate now. nancy, cbs. >> i think you had your hand up. i'm sorry. >> thank you very much, mr. president. some of the commitments you made here won't happen unless congress passes future legislation. how do you convince republicans and even some democrats to get behind more spending if they look at this conference and say, china isn't meeting these global
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goals. russia doesn't intend to meet these global goals. india doesn't plan to, why should we. >> because we want to be able to breathe. and we want to be able to lead the world. look, i mean it sincerely. i think presumption of me to say, talk for another leader but the fact that china is trying to assert, understandably, a new role in the world as a world leader, not showing up, come on. the single most important thing that's gotten the attention of the world is climate. everywhere. from iceland to australia, you know what i mean. it just is a gigantic issue, and they walked away. how do you do that and claim to be able to have any leadership, the same with putin and russia. you know, his tundra is burning, literally the tundra is burning.
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he has serious, serious climate problems, and he is mum on willingness to do anything. and so i genuinely believe, and i mean this from the bottom of my heart, when i said at, excuse me, at the g7 that america was back, you know, people wondered whether, well, is that really true. we're able to change the dynamic of a lot of things coming out of the g7. i think -- what i'm about to say sounds awfully self-serving, two world leaders came up to me today and said thank you for your leadership. you're making a big difference here. you're moving people. i think you and i talked about that, john, with one of the folks talking to us, and so i think the fact that america showed up, america showed up and decided to lead and lay out clearly what it wished to do. for example, you know, as i said, the mere fact that we were
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able to, you know, go from seven or eight people or countries talking about or maybe as high as 14, i don't remember the original number, to deal with the whole notion of methane, you know, now 100 nations have signed on, 100 nations. 100 nations have signed on to reduce methane by 30% by 3030. and methane is 25 times more toxic to the environment than co 2. so we're making real progress, or the deforesting issue. look what we're doing. look what we have been able to put together. and in addition to that, one of the things i feel the best a about, and i don't claim any uniquely credit for it, but i think we've gotten for the first time a combination of in dealing with international problem and of that circumstance that affects all nations that we have
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not only gotten countries off the sideline in terms of making significant financial continues, but literally, literally trillions of dollars of the private sector jumping in knowing they've got to play, and they're going to play an incredibly positive part in dealing with these problems. it's real. it's genuine. and so i just think that, you know, that old bad expression, proof of the pudding is in the ed. i feel confident we're going to get done what we have to do at home in order to deliver it. and lastly, you know, if you take a look at what economy is growing. the united states. it's growing. it has problems. mainly because of covid, and supply chain. but it's growing. we've created over 6 million jobs. we're leading the world in terms of the fastest growing economy,
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major economies. so i think, you know, we're going through a difficult time in the world because of covid, because of supply chain consequences, because ofs environment, and all that's occurred, the way it's, in fact, imploded in the near term. as i said to you earlier, and i really mean it, i think it presents a gigantic opportunity, an opportunity to in a sense, press the restart button and move in a direction that i think the vast majority of countries and, look, i'm sure you interview other world leaders that are here, the vast majority think this is an opportunity. they're not quite sure exactly what to do, exactly how to do it. not that i have all the answers, i'm not implying that. but they know that. they know that growth rests in dealing with the economy in a way that affects the whole notion of what we're going to do
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about climate change. and it's a gigantic opportunity. okay. i called on the wall street, katherine, i got the wrong one. let's try the real "wall street journal." >> thank you very much, we are the real "wall street journal." mr. president, you tweeted earlier asking virginia and new jersey residents to vote. democrat terry mcauliffe is struggling in a state you won by ten points. do you see his problems as a rebuke of your presidency, and could this signal your real losses for democrats in the midterms? >> we're going to win. i think we're going to win in virginia. you know, you're reporting it being close. the race is very close. it's about who shows up. who turns out. and granted, i did win by a large margin. but the point of the matter is that i think that this is going to be what we all knew from the beginning, it's going to be a tight race, and it is tight.
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and it's going to get down to turnout, and my guess is i'm going to be landing at 1:00 in the morning east coast time, that's probably about the time we'll be hearing what the final results are. i think we're going to win new jersey as well. but look, you know, the off year is always unpredictable, especially when we don't have a general election going on at the same time. that's been the case, up and down, you know, for a long time, especially as virginia has turned more and more blue. but having said that, i don't believe, and i've not seen any evidence that whether or not i am doing well or poorly, whether or not i've got my agenda passed or not, is going to have any real impact on winning and losing, even if we had passed my agenda, i wouldn't claim we won because biden's agenda passed, so -- but i think it's a -- i think it's going to be very close. i think it's going to get down
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to, as you all know, turnout, and i think that based on what i have heard so far, it's awful hard for me to be progr prognosticating which i don't like doing from overseas, but i hope every eligible voter in virginia and new jersey shows up and votes, and the more that dorks i think the better off our chances are, and i think we're going to win. okay. all right. npr, scott. >> you mentioned climate activists before, and i want to ask about them. you're touting agreements. other world leaders have touted agreements but the atmosphere around the conference is skeptical, and it's pretty angry. climate activists feel like decades and decades of cops have led to broken promises and even if all of these deals are
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reached, it's just not enough right now. i'm wondering what you would say to the people outside who are really angry at this conference, especially at this moemts where joe manchin has expressed, created doubt that your climate legislation will pass and you have a conservative supreme court about to take a look at whether your e.p.a. can regulate greenhouse gas emissions, what would you say to the people outside who are worried this isn't enough for the climate crisis. >> i think anyone who is focused on the environment should be worried. wech we've got a lot more to do than we have done, but we've done more than we have ever done, that's the point, and more has to be done. i didn't have a single member of the conference come up to me and say, are you going to pass what you have, and what do you think, how is that going to affect it, what are you going to do. what they're looking at is what, in fact, has happened in terms of everything from dealing with deforestation to what we're going to do on build back
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better, and how we've been able to focus now. i mean, when's the last time you heard world leaders sit down together and agree that what they're going to do is when they deal with the needs of the infrastructure of other countries that they're going to focus first and foremost on whether or not what the climate impact is on that. so i think, look, this is a -- there's a reason for people to be worried. i'm worried. i'm worried if we don't continue to move forward and make the kind of progress we're now making that it's going to, i mean, we've thrown into jeopardy, the prospect that we're going to be able to keep the temperature from rising above 1.5 degrees celsius. i'm optimistic because i think there's a -- how can i say it, i guess maybe the best way to say it, scott, is what i feel is
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that the populations of each of our countries have a different perspective than they did at cop25. i think there is, i mean, not because of necessarily any of the leaders of any of our countries, including mine, that all of a sudden people are seeing these things happening they never thought would happen. you're seeing people drown in their basements in queens, new york, because of flooding and rain. they're seeing that, you know, more territory burned down in the united states just since the first of the year than makes up the entire land mass of the state of new jersey. they have seen hurricane with winds of 178 miles an hour. i mean, so they're looking at these things. they're seeing more the waters warming, they're seeing a whole range of things occurring around the world that haven't happened, and it's sort of like, whoa, whoa. because i don't get what i used
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to get when i started. there's no reason why anyone would remember this, but back when a fine republican, a guy named dick luger from the state of indiana, and he and i were either the chairman or ranking members of the foreign relations committee. this was over 20 years ago. we ended up proposing and it worked, but it got no enthusiasm, a thing for debt for nature swaps. people looked at us like what the hell are you doing, why are you forgiving the debt so brazil won't burn down more of the forest, why are you doing that. now everybody goes, whoa, what else can you do, what else can you do. so i think there's a whole different attitude that's out there. and i think this is being led, and i'm not being solicitous here. i think this is being led by, you know, my granddaughters and their friends, that generation.
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i think they're out there going, whoa. and they're having a profound impact. having a profound impact on their parents and grandparents, about what's happening. and then all of these climactic things have happened that people are now paying attention like they never did before. so, you know, there's a lot more to do, and it's going to determine whether or not we are going to be able to fund what we're talking about, but, for example, even if the funding didn't come from some of the governments, you have the private sector now engaged where they're talking about investing, literally, the need to invest over trillions of dollars off the sidelines, it's bankers that are now deciding they got to -- i talked a long time ago with you all about that you have major corporate america pricing in the price of carbon. it matters. so things are changing. we just have to have the right
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stewardship and enough sense as world leaders to get it right. so thank you all so very much. appreciate it. >> okay. we've been listening there to president biden wrapping up his glasgow visit there about climate change globally, and what he thinks they accomplished and what more needs to be done. >> yeah. >> that was the last press conference that he'll be having, and as he said, he'll be heading back now and arrive at 1:00 a.m. >> and of course he was asked about the elections, and virginia and new jersey, and of course his domestic agenda which is still in flux let's say as senator joe manchin says he needs a lot more to get his vote of support. >> joining us now, we have cnn chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins, cnn chief climate correspondent bill weir, cnn chief congressional correspondent, manu raju, and cnn white house correspondent, john harwood. bill, i want to start with you
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on climate, what was accomplished, what happened over these days globally? >> well, america showed up. unfortunately in sort of contrast to the woody allen quote that 80% of success is showing up, that is not true when it comes to these conferences. we're on the 26th one. if showing up actually worked, we wouldn't need 26 of these. it sort of is to use greta thunberg's metaphor that our global house is on fire, america showed up and plenty of other world leaders joined them in throwing a couple of buckets of water on the fire, and it's better than nothing, but it's a far shot from putting it out. as we've all been talking about, the absence of china and russia speaks volumes. brazil as well. but this deforestation initiative today, huge, if they mean what they say. nobody expected to see vladimir putin's face on the video or president bolsonaro of brazil
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saying that they are going to, you know, stop cutting down both the amazon and huge forests across siberia and other parts of russia. if they mean it, that's so great. that means a lot. the methane pledge in terms of capturing all of that leaking natural gas that's, you know, there's enough of it flowing out of the permian basin in texas to heat the 7 million homes. it just makes good business sense to capture that, and also, you know, keep from cooking the planet at the same time. that's great. these are good starts. but i was just struck by the questions about inflation, about, you know, the cost of your thanksgiving meal or your toys that were made in china for christmas, all of the leaders here are dealing with those pressures in the moment at the same time. and unfortunately those concerns of today are eating, you know, the livable futures of tomorrow. >> kaitlan, the question that stood out to me was when the president was asked, you know,
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what are you going to do to convince the republicans and even some democrats back home to spend the money necessary to make good on these promises, and the president's answers essentially were because we want to breathe, and we want to continue to lead. it's going it take more than that, will it not? >> yeah, and he was asked specifically about senator manchin and given what he said yesterday when he held that press conference making clear, you know, that he wasn't completely throwing his support behind this bill that has these hundreds of billions of dollars for climate change in it yet, not because of that part specifically but still, of course, his support is critical to actually get that passed. but the president there sounded confident that in the end, senator manchin will be on board with this bill, which the white house describes as build back better. of course it is this social safety net expansion bill that also fights climate change, has a lot of different provisions in it, and he says he thinks at the end of the day, senator manchin will vote for that bill. he did not say why he thinks
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that. they are two people who have talked about length throughout these negotiations. we did learn today that white house senior staff, the presid president's top aides have been in touch with senator manchin since he gave that press conference. the president himself has not specifically spoken to him. that's something that's likely going to happen when he leaves the press conference, gets on air force one and goes back to washington. democrats are counting on president biden getting senator manchin on board with this. that's what you heard from progressives, when they said they were sticking with the plan and moving ahead. that was notable, he believes senator manchin is there. another thing the president said about the race coming up in just a few hours with voters, they have been going to the polls all day long, the virginia governor's race. the president is confident terry mcauliffe is going to pull it off. we have heard from democrats, a lot of moderates saying they believe if they had gotten the infrastructure bill past, it would have helped boost mcauliffe in the race and encourage democrats to come out. the president said he did not
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think that was the case. he did not think it would make a difference if they had gotten his agenda passed whether or not democrats would be successful in not only this race in virginia, and of course the governor's race in new jersey as well, though he predicted they'll likely be getting results in the virginia race when air force one lands in washington at 1:00 a.m. we'll see if that's the case. it is notable how confident the president was. he did not essentially argue as much a few weeks ago saying that he didn't think this would be a referendum on him. today he does say he is confident terry mcauliffe will win. >> manu, let's go to you with the president's confidence in terms of senator manchin getting on board. president biden sounded more confident than senator manchin did about that yesterday, as a matter of fact, so tell us, if you know, where manchin is right now, and then also your new reporting on what the process is happening on capitol hill. >> yeah, i mean, biden is saying what he has told democrats on capitol hill, that joe manchin ultimately will be there. he has confidence that he'll be there, but in talking to joe
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manchin, and talking to people who have spoken to joe manchin, he is not there yet. he still has serious concerns. in fact, with the process, he told me earlier today that it's going to quote take a while for him to get there. he has concerns about a whole wide range of issues, one of which is to expand medicare to include hearing coverage. he told me that's not the way to go given the solvency concerns of that entitlement program. that's a red line for bernie sanders who wants to expand medicare as do a lot of liberals. regardless of manchin's concerns, democratic leaders are pushing ahead. chuck schumer, the majority leader just announced that he plans to put that larger $1.75 trillion bill joe biden's build back better bill on the senate floor the week of november 15th. now, that is much quicker than joe manchin wants to go, so what will manchin ultimately do? that's going to be a big question. first he needs to get out of the house. nancy pelosi is working behind the scenes to try to resolve the lingering disputes within the democratic caucus and trying to actually build techs finalized
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by the end the house rules committee could consider it as soon as tomorrow and maybe be on the house floor thursday, maybe friday. it's not that easy. she can only afford to lose three votes and moderates in the house who are squeamish about the expanse of this proposal. they're not quite there yet. it's uncertain how it will play out but there are some issues unresolved, one on drug pricing allowing medicare to negotiate prices. democrats have been squabbling about this issue. kyrsten sinema has resisted what a lot of liberals wanted. but the liberals and kyrsten sinema and the house have agreed to let medicare negotiate a handful of drugs including cancer, insulin. still the question is, can they get the votes, can they get that out of the house and will joe manchin be there at the end of the day? this comes, too, as the separate
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infrastructure bill, $1.2 trillion, they plan to put that on the house floor at the same time. progressives say they'll vote for both bills. essentially assuring that joe biden will likely get one legislative victory. the question is, can he get a second much bigger bill? >> let's go to the president's confidence that, as he said, joe will be there, speaking of senator manchin. if the fine details he's expecting will be in that bill, he did not expect, based on the framework released last week, playing on a potential deal for negotiating prescription drug prices. just reconcile what we heard from the president on his degree of confidence in joe manchin being there and what joe manchin has said himself about what he's expecting from this bill. >> well, victor, i think the white house and democratic leaders have both regarded senator kyrsten sinema of arizona as the bigger problem on
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prescription drug pricing, and she put out a statement saying she's for it. not worried about manchin on that score. i think a more challenging issue for democrats with joe manchin is the medicare provision for hearing coverage that has been placed in the bill. bernie sanders wants more than that. that's likely not going to happen. but manchin has been resisting the hearing coverage itself. i think one of the things he's going to wait and see is the score from the congressional budget office. other senators will wait and see that, too. but democrats have spent so much time talking to joe manchin, they were confident behind the scenes that the framework they released was -- they nowere not going to put that out there unless they were confident joe manchin was going to be there. joe manchin has been trying to say, i'm not going to be pressured into doing this. nobody is going to blackmail me by withholding the infrastructure bill for my support on the reconciliation bill. but i think they do believe he's going to be there and you saw that confidence reflected from
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president biden today. >> bill weir, in the few minutes we have left here in our program we should circle back and just tell us in terms of the climate crisis, what happens now? who polices these promises that have been made to make sure that they actually take root? >> well, each country ultimately is responsible for just keeping up to their commitments. as my dad used to say, the test of a man is what he does when he thinks nobody is watching. and, of course, we have satellite technology now. so you can see what's happening in the amazon. see what's happening in parts of russia and so -- but ultimately there is no sort of criminal courts, international criminal courts of the climate. and if there were, you know, the united states would probably be dragged there kicking and screaming just given the historic nature of this. so that's the rub. we have to take these leaders at
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their word. you can understand then if you put yourself in the shoes of, say, the president of palau, the pacific island nation who said today, you might as well bomb us at this point because the indignity of dying slowly due to your excesses, we can't take it anymore. and so, no, there is no ultimate, you know, overseer. there's no umpire on this. it's the hope that enough of humanity wakes up to the fact that we're running out of planet and that we can no longer think of our little blue marble as an endless bounty of resources but more like a life raft with a certain amount of rations and how we use those rations going forward will literally depend -- determine life as we know it. everyone says save the planet. the planet has been spinning for 4 billion years through fire and ice. it's the people who have built on coastlines and near deserts or in wildfire areas.
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so that is the hope. and you can't be too cynical in situations like this. there's a lot of anger in the streets because, again, this is the 26th one of these and the temperature keeps going up. so you have to hold just enough hope at the same time. you can't be too hopeful that you're gullible and just go on blindly as life as usual, but you can't spin into cynicism too much either. and so the queen who welcomed everybody here to the uk said humanity has shown through history they can do great things and it starts with people coming together. so that's what you hope for. if you look back at paris in 2015, it wasn't until the last day ultimately that they came together on an historic agreement. there's still almost two weeks to go here. >> it's always sobering to talk to bill weir but somehow he maintains hope which i always appreciate. >> bill weir, manu raju, john harwood and kaitlan collins.
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