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private e-mail server. >> they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information. >> trump allies cringe as he again wanders off script. >> they took the star down. i said too bad. should have left it up. >> one week to the gop convention. is the candidate ready for prime time? "inside politics" the biggest stories sourced by the best reporters, now. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thank you for sharing your sunday morning. three questions as we count down one week to the republican convention and reflect on the horrific police shootings. question one. will last week's events exacerbate a racial divide that's been too evident this year for as president obama says bring a needed moment of national consensus? >> there is sorrow. there is anger. there is confusion about next
steps. but there is unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our communities to operate. this is not who we want to be as americans. >> question two. what ideas do donald trump and hillary clinton and the parties they now lead have for a country in crisis? >> white americans need to do a better job of listening when african-americans talk, talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day. we need to try as best we can to walk in one another's shoes. >> question three. as the campaign calendar reaches a major turning point about the justice department decision to not process cute clinton for sloppy handling of classified information held build new trust or raise doubts about her
judgment? >> our enemies may have a black mail file on crooked hillary. this alone means that she should not be allowed to serve as president of the united states. we now know that she lied to the country when she said she did not send classified information on her server. she lied. >> with us this morning to share the reporter and insights the atlantic's molly ball. cnn's manu raju. steve inskeep of nrp and phil. >> president obama is wrapping up a trip in spain and will return from an overseas trip. he'll head to dallas to pay tribute to the five police officers murdered and the seven officers wounded in the vicious sniper attack during a peaceful protest against misconduct in other cities. no matter where you live, the country is talking about the horror of dallas. most of the conversations also include two more incidents of black men shot dead by police. this time in minneapolis and
baton rouge. race, law and order, guns, trust, politics, very emotional mix, especially when they're all stirred together. >> as painful as this week as been, i firmly believe that america is not as divided as some have suggested. americans of all races and all backgrounds are rightly outraged by the inexcusable attacks on police. that includes protesters. it includes family members who have grave concerns about misconduct. there is no division there. >> crisis tests us all and puts an even brighter spotlight on our leaders. >> all these things can be true at once. we do need police and criminal justice reforms.
we do need to support police departments and stand up for the men and women who put their lives on the line. and we do need to reduce gun violence. we may disagree about how to do all these things, but surely we can all agree with those basic premises. >> that was hillary clinton friday evening in an african-american church in philadelphia. a short time later donald trump released a video statement. unlike a written statement he'd released earlier in the day the video statement made specific reference to the two african-american men
whose deaths led to the dallas protest. >> we must stand in solidarity with law enforcement, which we must remember is the force between civilization and total chaos. every american has the right to live in safety and peace. the deaths of alton sterling in louisiana and philando castile in minnesota also make clear how much more work we have to do to
make every american feel that their safety is protected. >> almost afraid to talk politics after something like this. but, as you can see, it's a challenge for the president. it's a challenge for the candidates. it's a challenge for the country. it's actually a challenge for all of us. out of this, is the president right? do we get a moment -- you had republicans, republicans, newt gingrich and marco rubio specifically -- saying white people need to listen to black people. just like hillary clinton was saying there. do we get a national moment of reflection or immediately back into the nasty and racially divided political campaign we are in? >> we do get, john, out of these tragedies, the way they've been put together, a reminder that everybody on both sides of the debate is human. everybody bleeds. that does create an opportunity for some discussion. my npr colleagues sam sanders is in dallas right now and put an interesting story up over this weekend in which he observed that dallas, he said, is a lot better in person in reality than
on social media. there are a lot of extreme voices out there. there's a lot of anger and angst. when you go away from social media and go out on the streets of washington, d.c., where we are or dallas, texas, or other places you find people going about their lives, also
protesting peacefully and having this discussion that a lot of people seem to think we ought to have. >> i think the unity that the president talked about has not actually always been as apparent as it seems a little bit now after these tragedies this week. we saw more movement, i think, on the right among conservatives about the need to listen to the other side. and i think that the tragedy in dallas caused, you know, many in the african-american community to voice outrage about the deaths of police officers. these tragedies have brought people together but it hasn't always been like this. that's why we are at this point. i think this election is going to continue to sort of test
the -- test the fissures that -- and demonstrate whether or not they're as large as we think they are. i think donald trump's comments were actually much more measured than anything we've seen from him so far in this campaign. that's a huge sign. that's something that is very notable. >> compare donald trump's comments post-dallas to post-orlando. post-orlando he said that he should get some credit for predicting that this kind of thing could happen. he also criticized president obama's response. here he acted presidential, and he also suggested that, you know, this -- raising concerns over police violence in dealing with the inner city tensions. the question is whether this continues. he delivered a video statement here. what happens when he is off script. what happens when he is talking at rallies and whether that issue still continues. >> let's be frank. grading him on a donald trump
curve. saying he did better than last time. he put out a written statement. it got facts wrong. described it as a coordinated assault. turned out to be one guy. he made other errors. he wasn't trusted apparently by himself or his campaign to go out and speak live. that's worth noting. >> he didn't say anything after the shootings of the african-americans. he only spoke after the dallas shooting. you're right. he is viewed skeptically because of his past statements. do we trust it. conservative blogs are sayings, thank god he didn't say much. maybe he is learning. it's a huge challenge. the president comes home, in his final months in office. he has said he wants to make this a mission for his post-presidency. trying to get at the mistrust between african-americans and the police community. kevin mccarthy, the republican majority leader of the house said we're going to try to have conversations to see if we can
reach consensus on anything. more body cameras for police maybe, more training for police. the president says, and his critics say why does he always do this reflexively. he also says we need to talk about gun control. >> part of what's creating tensions between communities and the police is the fact that police have a really difficult time in communities where they know guns are everywhere. if you care about the safety of our police officers, then you can't set aside the gun issue and pretend that that's irrelevant. >> we have been through far too many of these incidents. and after each of them those who think gun control is part of the solution make their case but nothing has happened. is there any reason to believe this will be any different? >> well, i think that this issue is more -- i think that democrats are leaning into this
issue more than they used to because they've decided that the ref ti repetition of this mantra is the best hope for keeping it on the public radar. there was a previous consensus that nothing is going to happen. we're too much stale-mated. the other side has too much power. i think it's been seen as defeatism by proponents of gun control and they feel it needs to stay on the radar. to the other side it looks like a copout, politization and it looks irrelevant. so you hear criticism from the right that this keeps getting brought up. what we've seen is that, because the left is more concerned about this issue now, they're not deterred by that. >> on the gun control issue, john, gun control advocates and democrats are not actively pushing an i a salt weapons ban. they do support it but recognize the chances of it happening. so they're shifting to denying suspected terrorists from
getting weapons, and that's causing division. democrats have a way to deal with that. republicans don't like the democratic idea and republicans are divided over their own proposal on how to deal with just preventing suspected terrorists from getting guns. to think there could be a consensus is not imaginable. >> there has been, from mr. trump. i mentioned former speaker gingrich and marco rubio. there has been a mature, rather adult conversation. except -- there are always exceptions. some people out there -- sarah palin calling black lives matter movement thugs and a farce. the congressman in a tweet said this is now a war. real america is coming after you. i just read his words. he says he didn't mean anything violent by those. okay. then rush limbaugh. reminding our viewers again, find your own facts if you don't trust the media.
there was a peaceful protest in dallas. you had officers posing with the black lives matters protesters who were protesting what happened in minneapolis and baton rouge. it was peaceful in the one sniper acted out. but rush limbaugh says this. >> black lives matter was just exactly who they are then as who they are today. they're a terrorist group. quickly becoming a terrorist group committing hate crimes. >> i guess playing that is giving him more of a platform than he deserves, however, we're in the presidential year. we're in a highly contested political year. he is a voice of influence among some americans when it comes to politics. >> as a citizen, i'll just say rush limbaugh, whether he is right or wrong is using the word "they." he is denouncing a group of people collectively without naming them. that as a citizen when i am trying to figure out who to believe, trust, whether they have their facts together or
not, i focus on are they focusing on specific individual acts or talking about big groups of people and painting them with a broad brush, "they." that's a key to look for in anybody's statements in this. >> look, i think it is true that there are americans specifically white americans who do feel under attack. we have seen throughout the primary that that is trump's constituency and that, you know, there is -- these are the times when people look to their leaders for reassurance. but what form that reassurance takes, what they want from those leaders i think we have yet to see. do they want this message of unity, of everybody coming together, that we hear most politicians voicing, trying to create a moment of national togetherness. or do people feel that they need to be protected from the other? and that was the sentiment that really powered donald trump so far in this campaign, that sense of fear, that sense of anger. and so i think it's a real open question whether -- whether he will continue to stoke that or whether that is what some of his
partisans are looking for. >> that's exactly why, when i said earlier this ball could have rolled down that hill pretty quickly. we could have gone straight to black lives matter is a terrorist group coming out of candidates who are not known for being measured, who are -- this campaign has been all about this sort of extremes of rhetoric. i think it's notable that at the highest levels of politics as it exists right now we did not see that. it's worth pointing that out and bringing that to the forefront. we can talk about joe walsh all day, but he is no longer in congress. that makes a difference. we could have been there, and we're not. >> fewer voices on the fringe i guess. i'll close with that point. the overwhelming, overwhelming majority of these protests have been peaceful. whatever the color of your skin, if you're worried about peaceful protests then you're worried about the dream that is america. up next, some very good news for hillary clinton wrapped in some very bad news for hillary clinton. ♪
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back. this will be a big page-turning week for democrats. the party's new leader hopes it allows her to begin a new chapter with voters. hillary clinton over the weekend blessed more liberal convention platform planks on health care and the minimum wage. she'll travel to new hampshire on tuesday and i'm told accept and receive the endorsement of primary rival bernie sanders. not all people are happy. the vermont senator did not get the trade plafrpg in the platform changed to his liking. she prepared for the convention one whether sanders would join the fold and the other the investigation into her e-mail server. that wrapped up with the decision not to seek criminal
charges. republicans are screaming double standard saying any average american who was so sloppy with classified information would be prosecuted. fbi director james comey calmly and repeatedly told them they were wrong. >> in fact, i think my entire goal was to avoid a double standard. to avoid what prosecutors call celebrity hunting and doing something for a famous person that you would never do for an ordinary joe or jane. >> whatever you think of the ultimate decision by the fbi and the justice department, that dude is one cool customer. jim comey. a very impressive guy. handled himself well. are the clouds gone? two-thirds of americans don't trust her. >> depends who you ask. the clinton folks were actually pretty happy about comey's testimony. it turned someone who was a neutral actor and a republican into a clinton defender for five hours on the hill. and i think that ultimately his initial statements left so much
room for interpretation, people could have looked at it any way, and it raised a lot of questions. but he was forced to sit in front of republicans and basically say not only would i not have criminally prosecuted her but i wouldn't have criminally prosecuted a civilian for doing that. they might have faced other consequences but they wouldn't have necessarily gone to jail. so you know, i think that it closes that chapter but opens a whole other one. of clinton just being consistently under siege. this hanging over her head. republicans always on the verge of maybe doing a little bit too much. >> john, i think there were a lot of things comey said that could give republicans a fair amount of ammunition into the fall. he criticized her for not being soisticated enough to know whether -- understand the classified systems and markings of all these e-mails. he said that hostile actors could have potentially gotten access to her e-mails.
he said it was -- it was a reasonable assumption to assume that the deleted e-mails included classified information. and also the benghazi committee, the house oversight committee will issue a referral this-coming week to the fbi to investigate whether she lied to the benghazi about whether to e-mail -- whether any of her e-mails included classified markings. she said they did not during her testimony last year. so the political fight will continue. the republicans will try to keep this alive even if she survives legal jeopardy. >> once you get through the conventions the two major candidates are entitled to classified briefings to prepare them, get them ready for the day they could be president. to your point, comey was a clinton defender in the sense that he said she didn't do anything criminal, didn't do anything wrong. he sort of made clear if she applied for a job at the fbi
involving computer use she wouldn't get it, in his view. if this goes at expected and in new hampshire on tuesday bernie sanders is at her side at a time when we're going into the republican convention where there is still a lot of rumbling in the family, does it matter? >> does it matter -- >> the democratic unity. you have the president on board. >> yeah. >> she is going to campaign with the vice president. canceled because of dallas. >> democrats have mon more unified from the beginning than republicans. they get an opportunity this week according to your reporting to show that. they get an opportunity to try to put the e-mails behind her. you guys are correct that it depends upon how the republicans try to push that forward. can clinton at some point say this is an old story, it's over and done with, or are there ways such as paul ryan's move to continue to make headlines to remind people of this story. >> wolf blitzer tried to -- in
the interview. the hearing -- hillary clinton had not said anything publicly because she wanted the hearing to play out. in an interview with wolf blitzer she is trying to put it behind her saying if i did anything wrong, well, i wasn't the only one. >> over 300 people were on these e-mail exchanges. some on many, some on a few. and these were experienced professionals who have had great years of dealing with classified material. and whatever they sent me, they did not believe and had, in my view, no reason to believe at the time that it was classified. >> it's -- i get it. but why does she have to be so lawyerly? no reason to believe. at the time. why does she have to say over 300 people were on these e-mail exchanges so we all screwed up. why can't she say, i made a mistake. it was a horrible mistake.
now that i see all the context of it, it was even worse than i thought and it will never happen again. what's wrong with that? [ laughter ] >> she is hillary clinton. and she is a lawyer. she is a diplomat. she is trying to finesse a situation that's sticky for her. the talking point from the clinton campaign is this is now over. it's time to move on. i think the bernie sanders thing helps her. if you remember, he was sort of her best ally on the issue in the primaries. getting uppen in the debate saying i am tired of hearing about your damn e-mails. some people think he could have made more headway in the primary on that. even her biggest antagonist thought it was a big issue, that was a powerful selling point for her. i think there is enough damning language in the comey statement as manu said, and enough lingering issues that it still creates baggage for her. but the fact that the party is coming together and that the formal investigation is concluded is obviously a major
selling point for her. >> we'll see jim comey in tv ads soon i expect. one of the big speakers not too long ago called donald trump a pathological liar. the gop's unconventional convention next. please take our online quiz this morning. what would you like to see from trump's running mate. more political experience, more business experience or more of an outsider? telling us now at cnn.com/vote. kellogg's frosted mini-wheats® feed your inner kidult the fastest delivery guy in chicago. meet maximum strength mylanta®. like owen, it works fast. unlike him, it makes heartburn go away. strong and soothing. new mylanta®. faster than heartburn.
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the days ahead will give us a much better sense of whether republicans who still hold out hoping of dumping donald trump have a prayer. the convention opens a week from tomorrow but the depth of the trump anti sentiment will become clear as the committees meet to set the table for the big event. we do know former bitter campaign rival ted cruz will be among the speakers and that ivanka trump will introduce her father when he answer the republican nomination. we also know trump plans to roll out his vice presidential pick this week, telling top aides friday would be good though some
prefer wednesday or thursday to allow for pre-convention battle ground travel. michaela perei there is mike pence and newt gingrich who wants the job very much. i am told he spends considerable time working trump's children. where are we? trump's vp will be? >> lord knows. i think talking to the children is not a bad route for newt. as we saw with the corey lewandowski blowup. they had a lot to do with that. it's not a bad angle to work. when it comes to the convention all bets are off. when it comes to the delegate fight, i haven't seen all the attacks on trump trying to take him down being too little too late. this will probably be the same. >> it will be interesting to see what donald trump thinks he needs for the general election in a candidate to shore up his vulnerabilities heading into the general election. does i say a washington insider, someone to make the washington
folks, party establishment, more comfortable with his candidacy, or does he pick someone who could deal with his vulnerabilities on foreign policy and being a commander in chief particularly when this foreign policy shall such a big issue. could it be pence, gingrich, michael flynn, former retired general. we'll see. i don't think anyone knows but donald trump. >> some of the political pros are worried about a general. trump likes generals. the political pros in the campaign think it reinforces those who say he is an authoritarian kind of person. by the last time we checked general flynn was a democrat. i assume because conservatives have so many questions about trump, on that one, it might cause issues among conservatives. what will it tell us about trump? you make a key point. trump said he wants washington experience but one of the debates is if your whole brand is being an outsider.
come into washington and flip the table, tip all the cards, do you want somebody? >> what trump has been saying he wants an insider because he's going to do great deals and work the system but he needs someone who knows how the system works. that points to someone like a gingrich or pence who spent time in washington but less to perhaps a governor like chris christie who is not someone with experience working with congress. that's been what trump has been saying is the selling point for that. there are reports about the general this week. so the point about him being a democrat, that could be a plus too if you are, as trump it, basically running against the republican party in the general election and trying to say to the rest of america, i am not a typical republican, i am looking for democratic votes, i am building a new coalition of voters based on, you know, angry democrats and angry republicans and angry independents all coming together regardless of stripe. >> what does it -- a, we've seen these public tryouts, you may want to call them. trump on the campaign trail with some of the people who we know
are on his short list. chris christie was supposed to be with him in miami but canceled because of dallas. he'll be with them this coming week. what does it tell us that bob corker, senator from tennessee, chairman of the foreign relations committee, travels with trump and the next day publicly withdraws, saying i don't want to be considered anymore. in most cases it would be viewed as embarrassing. if you submit yourself to the vetting, you're supposed to shut your mouth until the voting is over and say it was nice to be considered. he made it more about him. corker trying to say i am not fit for the role. i am not an attack dog. isn't that kind of backwards. >> what he meant was i don't have it in me to suck up to trump 24/7. he said positive things about trump on foreign policy. they have some sympathies in terms of trump's foreign policy vision, but corker was then critical when trump went places that he didn't like, and i think what he saw was, if you're going to get on the trump train, you
don't get off. you've got to defend him even when he says things that are weird. and so corker is on stage with trump, and trump gives one of his more unfettered performances on the stump there, and i think -- >> that was saddam hussein night, right? >> yes. i think what corker and a lot of other people who have taken themselves out of contention, which is unusual for a major party nominee to have so many people say, count me out. what a lot of them have realized and they aren't willing to defend everything he does. >> corker did say publicly i asked him about that specifically. he said, well, i didn't mind having to clean up after donald trump if i had to do it. he said it wasn't really the job he was looking for. that's what he thinks. he wants -- he is open to being a secretary of state in a donald trump administration -- >> if you're donald trump, would you give him a cabinet job now as he publicly walks -- >> who knows with donald trump. >> every single republican is having to make this calculation. some are deciding, well, i am
not sure i want to be in the same city while these speeches are going on in cleveland. i'm not sure i want to be on the same stage. then someone has to decide to stand next to him every single day, whether he can handle that. he is a grizzly bear, he will do what he does and you won't change it. you have to respond accordingly. >> which is part of the answer to your question about insider versus outsider. can he get an insider who is available that he really wants and he thinks can help him. >> joni ernst taking herself out was interesting. she has a stronger career ahead of her. >> in talking to top trump people this week, they say we know we're going to spin when you see newt gingrich and bob corker at his side. at the campaign they say the overriding goal was to keepen a adult on the plane with trump, to your point, because they want someone to talk to him before each event saying this is what you need to talk about, keep
focused on this. he is the nominee. i get it. it's backwards. they think they need to impose discipline on him. here is donald trump and newt gingrich talking about the same subject but a little differently. >> crooked hillary. crooked. so crooked. she made so many false statements, is she going to be brought before congress or something? is something going to happen? >> is there a single person here who believes that, if you had done what hillary clinton had done, that you would not be prosecuted? that there are two americans. there's the corrupt washington of the old order and there are all the rest of us. >> it's the last part from the speaker that some of the newer people brought into team trump wish he would communicate more. make this about inside or outside.
she is part of the old order, part of a corrupt washington, a status quo that we need to change. trump does it sometimes but not consistently. >> i think donald trump talks about what donald trump wants to talk about. newt gingrich is happy to prosecute a case against hillary clinton and would be more disciplined in doing that. they also share a brashness that would appeal to the base. but trump, for instance, the day that all this news broke about the e-mail stuff, and he could have talked about it at length talked about the star of david scandal on the stump. that will continue to happen. i'm not sure you can rein it in. >> he also said they want me to talk about hillary all the time. we're bored of it. we all know she is crooked. you had republicans fainting and clutching their chest. they wanted him to use all this damning evidence against her and instead he says, you all know she is crooked. >> what comey said actually gave republicans a rallying cry. this is the one time you saw
republicans, like paul ryan, prosecute the case against hillary clinton. you have not seen that yet. for donald trump not to embrace that raised a lot of eyebrows. >> i am told by people inside that trump comes out the rallies say i don't want to stick to the script because the crowd is flat. when i say them flat i have to give them something and he gins it up. the people advising him say you're speaking to the tv, not the people there. >> i think he's interested in pleasing those people at that moment. it will be interested in seeing who he chooses. >> he is interested in what the convention will look like. we're about to find out. the test for trump. can he stay on message in this one last week until the convention. meet mylanta® tonight. it's also fast, but unlike godawgs, it makes heartburn after dinner, history.
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reagan. he channelled a bit of lbj this week. during a private meeting with republican senators trump said it was time for critics to get in line. to arizona senator jeff flake he appeared to predict retaliation. saying he would lose re-election. people say he was short on policy specifics and cited articles of the constitution that do not exist. paul ryan was more enthusiastic. >> we need unity in the republican party. i have to be honest. i think i win without the unity. >> we need it but i can live without it. it's the wonder of the paradox. take us inside that, manu. you're up on the hill. was he threatening jeff flake? if he was some say that's out loud of bounds and others say good for him. he is the party leader. >> he was threatening.
but jeff flake is not up for re-election. he is up in 2018 which flake corrected him in the meeting. overall, john, both in the house and senate meetings they were mostly collegial meetings. there were tense moments that you mentioned. jeff flake for one. he also criticized the illinois republican senator mark kirk who did not attend. he is in a difficult re-election race and he's desinned his endorsement of trump. mitch mcconnell said people should be nicer to him and should get behind him. that's one reason flake stood up and say maybe you should stop criticizing hispanics and mexican americans and maybe we can get behind you. >> unity to trump means people support him unequivocally. it's that they get behind him no matter what he says, does or stands for. jeff flake started it off by saying, yes, stop attacking mexicans and he provoked trump
saying i am the other senator from arizona the one who didn't get captured. needling him about his attack of mccain. then the details leaking in the press. so many of these participants want it known that they are behind the scenes giving trump this criticism, that they're personally telling him what they think about some of his gam bits because they're worried about the party's image and their own images that they want it on the record that they're opposing him. >> something flake is very aware of. he may not be on the ballot in arizona in 2016. donald trump is. there are a lot of polls but trump is not doing so well in arizona. one of many states according to 538 where trump is not doing nearly as well as mitt romney did in 2012. maybe he wins arizona in the end. democrats always think they might win arizona, never do. but he'll have to fight for red states. a lot of republicans are aware of that. >> john mccain up for re-election in arizona as well.
>> you have the rockem sockem robots in the family one week from the convention. >> not to be flippant about donald trump but it's true. he doesn't have policies or strategies per se. he has gut feelings and tweets. they change from moment to moment every day. every single one of these professional politicians who are sort of allergic to this unpredictability and scared of what he's going to do have to decide how close to stand to the fire. >> can you ryide from the rodeo bull. coming up what the trump movement is planning pre-convention. we asked what would you like to see from donald trump's running mate. most said political insider.
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let's head around the "inside politics" table. molly ball. >> as you know next week, before the republican convention begins, the pre-convention meetings of the rnc's rules and platform committees are being held in cleveland. there is a lot of pressure on these delegates to try to mount a last-ditch effort to stop trump. multiple different groups trying to do this, trying to force a
minority report out of the rules committee and trying to get delegates to stand up in the role-call vote of the convention. the most pressure may be brought to bear on the delegates from the states at the beginning of the alphabet. if they stand up at the beginning and make a statement, other delegates may be emboldened to follow. there was a lawsuit in virginia this week. the hearing went on quite long. opponents of trump are seeing it as an encouraging sign. that could free up some delegates. but the trump campaign and the rnc working hard to stop the effort. >> pressure being at the head of the line. good point. manu. >> john, since he dropped out loud of the race ted cruz positioned himself as the unapologetic leader of movement conservatives. he has made movements in congressional races backing candidates supported by the grass roots but opposed toy party establishment. including in colorado.
as well as a kansas conservative who is facing his own primary challenge back home. interestingly last week he agreed to speak at the republican national convention. he has not agreed to endorse donald trump but expect it to be almost a launching pad of sorts as he tries to position himself to be a possible 2020 candidate if donald trump does not win in the fall. >> i am not sure he wouldn't be a 2020 candidate even if donald trump wins in the fall. >> there you go. steve. >> early in the week president obama is supposed to go to dallas. now, he has spoken after countless mass shootings and other kinds of shootings but faces a special challenge here because these were police officers who were shot. the president faces a version of what black lives matter protesters have faced. whenever he speaks out showing concern about white officers killing black men, he is accused of being against the police. we have seen that in voter interviews. people do raise that concern. and so he'll have a special challenge as to how to address
this concern about the safety of police as well as the safety of african-americans on the streets. >> a fascinating challenge for the president. mary catherine. >> in preparing for the conventions and all of us who will be covering and watching, a thought. if you want to see 2016 laugh, tell it your plans. a thought for those covering and watching, acting as if this will fall in the normal ru rubric of politics is a bad idea. people keep asking for instance speaker ryan, you speak against him but you've endorsed him and he says, that's correct. they're going to keep doing the dance for months. it will be weird so get ready. >> throw out the scripps, the rules. if the election were today team trump believes it would turn out lot like 2012 meaning an overwhelming democratic victory.
top trump advisors believe at this moment the race is actually just about the same with trump leading in states that have 200 to 210 electoral votes. the mood despite the steep hill is somewhat upbeat. the election is not today. it's 120 days from now and most of the battle ground states are pretty close. the view at trump tower is hillary clinton's high negatives kept her from taking advantage of trump's missteps and missed opportunities. florida is one big concern for team trump. and the rust belt is viewed as the key. one amusing aside. when the state by state stuff comes up in the campaign meeting trump insists he can win california and new york. no one else in the room thinks that's remotely possible but trump advisors say the candidate gets a little testy when told he's wrong. keep an eye on the map. next sunday, live from the gop convention site in cleveland, ohio. join us at noon for a special
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thin blue line. the nation mourns five dallas police officers murdered by a domestic terrorist. new details on his background, his arsenal and his journal. the latest from the dallas police chief. >> this must stop, the divisiveness between our police and our citizens. plus, can the nation come together? after a week of exceptional violence. america seems on edge. what can the white house do? >> there are a lot of people angry and anxious right now. >> the homeland secretary secretary will be here in minutes. and convention countdown. trump teases his vp pick. >> if it's newt nobody is going to beat him in the debates. can clinton put her e-mail scandal behind her? >> i would certainly not do that again. the best political minds will be here with insights from the campaign trail.