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this is cnn breaking news. good morning. i'm carol costello. i'm live at trepublican nationa convention in cleveland, ohio. were there striking similarities or was it straightup plagiarism? we're getting much more information about how this speech came to be. but melania trump's remarks
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sounded sounded familiar. >> we want our children and all children in this nation to know -- >> we want our children in this nation to know -- >> that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them. >> that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them. >> it is a big controversy this morning. trump's campaign manager was on "new day." his name is paul manafort. he says these accusations are simply absurd. >> who takes the fall for cribbing michelle obama's speech in 2008? who's fault is that? >> well, there's no cribbing of michelle obama's speech. these were common words and values, that she cares about her family, that things like that -- she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. she knew that. to think that she would be
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cribbing michelle obama's words is crazy. it's -- i mean, this is once again an example of when a woman threatened hillary clinton, how she seeks out to demean her and take her down. it's not going to work. >> all i'm saying is the language is strikingly similar. i'm not making a big deal of it. i know everybody's talking about it this morning, but i don't think it's an allegation. it's not some suggestion without proof. i think it happened. i don't understand why the campaign doesn't just own it and say, people borrow phrases, that's what happened and move on. that's what ironically obama did in 2008 when clinton said he cribbed. he said, yeah, you're right, i did it. >> no. he did do it. that is correct. but in this particular case -- certainly there's no feeling on her part that she did it. you know, what she did was use words that are common words.
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to expect her -- to think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd. >> we are covering all of this with our team of political reporters and experts. i want to begin with phil mattingly. what can you tell us? >> carol, obviously the trump campaign not giving an inch at all, in fact going on the attack. but we're already starting to see splits. i've been talking to republicans all morning. they're all frustrated by this and frankly they all don't want to talk about it. just a few minutes ago at breakfast reince priebus saying he would quote probably fire a speech write r who had any role in what happened with melania trump's speech last night. he went on the couch it by saying it kind of depends on the circumstances and how these things are written. but no question about it, the rnc chairman saying somebody should be fired for what
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happened last night. a night that was supposed to be a big launching moment is now problematic. the similarities are starting. you work hard for what you want in life. >> that you work hard for what you want in life. >> that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you're going to do. >> that your words is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. >> melania trump's big moment on the national stage overshadowed by an unexpected moment. trump delivering a speech with plagiarized packa ed passages f michelle obama's speech from 2008. >> we want our children and all children in this nation to know -- >> because we want our children in this nation to know -- >> that the only limit of the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them. >> that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness
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to work for them. >> and that's not all. >> that you treat people with dignity and respect even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them. >> that you treat people with respect. >> under a firestorm of criticism online, the trump campaign issuing this statement overnight, saying, quote, melania's team of writers took notes on her life's inspirations and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. but the statement doesn't acknowledge the allegations of plagiarism, mention who helped mrs. trump write her speech or explain where those fragments came from . in an interview shot before her big speech, melania seems to take most of the credit for the content of her remarks. >> i wrote it and with a little help as possible. >> donald trump's
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apprentice-like entrance to introduce his wife on stage, yet another moment that has everyone talking about this unconventional convention. and carol, the campaign obviously publicly not giving my ground, but behind closed doors there appear to be some problems. top paul manafort advisor rick gates is said to have over seen the entire process for melania trump. that's according to sources familiar with the campaign telling me colleagues that. they're also saying donald trump is furious. while the campaign not backing down at all publicly, there are clearly some issues. i can vouch for that talking to source this is morning. there was a mad scramble after the speech was given last night as they tried to figure out their way forward here. there are clearly a lot of questions right now. the campaign is, at least internally, seeking answers. >> all right. thanks so much. joining me now on the phone barry bennett, a former senior
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advisor to the trump campaign. good morning, sir. >> hey, carol. >> so did melania trump -- were parts of her speech plagiarized? >> well, you know, plagiarized is a tough word, but it's hard to argue that there are entire phrases and sections that are almost identical to the 2008 speech. >> do you believe that melania trump, like she told nbc, wrote most of this speech? >> well, i think she probably feels like she did, but obviously there were staff writers who were putting this together who did her a great, great, great disservice. i thought it was a fabulous speech and a great introduction. and to have it tainted by horrific staff work is incredibly disappointing. >> we understand that the person overseeing melania trump's speech was rick gates, who was a
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top advisor to paul manafort or a top aide to paul manafort, rather. first of all, do you know that to be true? >> i'm not physically involves, but sources have told me that, yes. >> so it was rick gates. so what should happen to rick gates? should donald trump turn around and fire him or fire someone who might have been responsible for pulling these passages out of michelle obama's speech? >> i've been a campaign manager to presidential campaigns before and if a staffer for me had done this, they wouldn't be there at the end of the day. >> so you would have fired that person? >> i mean, i think to embarrass a spouse in front of her first national audience, that's inexcusable. >> why doesn't the trump campaign, mr. trump in particular, come out and say something about this? i know we heard from paul
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manafort and he sort of denied the whole thing. but you're right, it's difficult to deny that parts of melania trump's speech sound awfully familiar to parts of michelle obama's speech. >> yeah. i mean, i -- people always try to deny that this happened, but if you look at the phrasing, just play the audio clips, i mean, there is not a deniable offense. >> so is this the time that donald trump should come out and say, look, i'm really sorry about what happened and i feel terrible about what it's done to melania trump, who was very nervous before this speech. so i am going to fire whoever was responsible for writing parts of mrs. trump's speech. should he come out and say that? >> my guess is he will defend his wife very strongly. i have not -- you know, i don't talk to him on a daily basis.
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but the trump i know is not going to tolerate this. >> you know, we know that melania trump did not show up when mr. trump announced his choice for the vp pick and we know that she had to be talked into giving this speech at the convention. is there strife between the two over this run for president by donald trump? >> i think that she can be, i mean, a tremendous asset. she speaks six languages. she's a very smart person. she's not accustomed to, you know, speaking to 35 million people on television every night. but she can be such a tremendous asset to the campaign. didn't get off to a very good start. >> so should she come out and say something? because, i don't know, if i was melania trump i'd be so angry about this. and i'd want to say something.
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should she say something? >> yeah. they're both in new york this morning and i am certain they are -- breakfast this morning was probably pretty tense. >> yeah. you know, the other question i have is the trump surrogates and people who work for the trump campaign, they seem to be on different pages when it comes to this. paul manafort said melania did not plagiarize. chris christie said sure she plagiarized but just 7% of the speech. then you heard what phil mattingly reported about reince priebus, he said, i'd fire the speech writer. nobody is on the same page here apparently. pncht >> yeah. it takes a while. but i think by the end of the day everyone will be on the same page with mr. trump leading the charge. >> but the question is why aren't they on the same page now? these allegations came out hours and hours ago.
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they came out last night. >> i mean, i actually saw some postings now that came out before her speech when they released a copy of her speech, people already -- these phrases that were identical to michelle obama's speech. obviously there was really really really poor staff work. >> poor staff work. so what does that say about the trump campaign? >> it sounds like they need better staff. >> this late in the game? >> well, luckily it's, you know, july, not november. the campaign that they've run, you know has not been perfect by any stretch, but they are still in the hunt or, you know, in the margins of error of almost every poll. they can increase their game, make their game better. he's going to win.
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but it's incumbent on them to do that. >> isn't this a time during the convention to showcase the candidate, to showcase unity among republicans, right? to show donald trump in a new light as a caring, warm person, whose only interest is in the country. and now we're talking about how his wife plagiarized her speech. >> and not just lifted but lifts from michelle obama. yeah, i mean, horrific, just horrific. >> do you think this will have lasting consequences? >> no. no, i don't. but i mean, it's a lost opportunity. i mean, joe biden went through this several years ago. it stuck with him for 20 years, but that was because he was running for president. my guess is melania's speeches from this point forward will come from her and her alone.
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>> i think you're right about that. barry bennett, thank you for being with this morning. let's talk about this some more. larry sabado is here with me. and leslie rutledge is also here. i'll start with you. >> sure. >> you heard what mr. bennett told me. your general thoughts about what is going on here? >> i thought it was a terrific speech. i thought it was a phenomenal opportunity for melania trump to introduce herself, to taught her husband. and that's exactly what she did. did she use some common phrases, m my gosh, wouldn't we like our children to have more influence -- >> you don't think she plagiarized? >> no, i don't think she plagiarized. she used very common phrases.
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>> the two guys on either side of you are kind of chuckling. >> she's beautiful and smart and speeches six languages. >> i don't think anyone's saying she's not smart or she didn't deliver the speech well. i just think some are accusing her of -- not her per se or whoever helped her with the speech of lifting these passages from michelle obama's speech. >> i don't think that she did. she probably read and researched on her own. these are common phrases. does it sound similar? yes. >> this is one of those situations where just admit -- i feel bad for melania, i really do. i don't think she wrote these words. i think these words are from someone who was helping her with her speech and they put them in there and it was amateur hour it was bush league and it's a jv
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team and you should fire them. it takes you off message. this is the problem that the trump campaign has had. you have to come in here and own every day and have a messaging every day. we're spending hours this morning talking about something that should have never been something we were speaking about. the campaign should not be defending this. they should say someone screwed her over really badly, we have fired this person and they're no longer in the campaign. i feel bad that you have to come out and act like this wasn't plagiarism. and it is plagiarism. it's not her fault. i think someone put these words in her. when you take them exactly and then you act like you didn't, it takes away from what she was trying to do. >> isn't it telling, larry, that donald trump has not come forward with anything, mr. tweet every second? >> he should have. he should have corrected it in the middle of the night. he normally is up tweeting. carol, i'm a college professor. i've taught for 40 years.
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i've had 20,000 students. i've had many many student goes to the honor committee for plagiarism. this is not minor plagiarism. this is major plagiarism and anyone guilty of it would be out of our university in 24 hours. it is an outrage. whoever did it should have been identified within ten minutes and fired immediately. and it's not in your interest to carrying th carry something like this on. trump has a message every day that he's supposed to be communicating. this will eat up an entire day for him. you pay for your sins. >> a convention day is ten days in my opinion in media focus. now he's lost an entire day. i feel awful for her. because i think she did a great job. she didn't want to do that. i feel bad any time family gets taken out of context or
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misconstrued on a campaign. she did it to support her husband. this is a speech writer. this is an amateur speech writer who should be fired for this and we should know his name. >> supposedly this rick gates had something to do with it. he's not an amateur. >> when it comes to speech writing he is, because if you have to plagiarize michelle obama in this way. >> i would love to be talking about the mother whose son was killed and why hillary clinton is responsible and what hillary clinton has done. but unfortunately we are talking about this, because words are very similar. we're losing the message. >> we are talking about it because we're not hearing from donald trump himself. >> it's the fact that you're actually saying it wasn't plagiarism which keeps the story going. that's the part i don't understand. i don't understand that logic. >> with all due respect to the professor, as an attorney and chief legal officer of this state, we fully appreciate writing briefs and cite.
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it's important that we listen to the message of melania trump and not get distracted by this. but when you have folks with the never trump movement, they might as well be working for hillary clinton. >> i'm slighted you're an english major. but as an english major you should know that one of the cardinal sins in your field is plagiarism, particularly of this sort. >> i understand. but however -- these are common phrases. >> oh, please. out of michelle obama's speech. are you crazy? >> to me, it drives me crazy. i want donald trump to win. i want him to beat hillary clinton. but if you sit here and say this paul manafort phrase of it's a common phrase. no, it's not when you take it verbatim word for word. i would have not been able to graduate. you say it was wrong and this person's fired and you move on with the news cycle.
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now every time someone defends what i would call the indefensible it keeps it going. >> pause for just a second. because a while back donald trump sat down with a radio talk show host and talked about joe biden and his plagiarism. this is what donald trump had to say about that just a few months ago. we don't have any sound. you're killing me. let me just shorthand it. okay we have it. yay. i want our viewers to hear it for themselves. >> i think i'd match up great. i'm a job producer. i've had a great record. i haven't been involved in plagiarism. i think i would match up very well against biden. >> in light of what donald trump said, doesn't that -- isn't that
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a bit of irony? >> no. again, i think that melania had an incredible message talking about donald trump as a husband, talking about donald trump as a leader. today that's what we should be talking about. today we're going to be talking about how we're putting america back to work. that's what my speech tonight is going to be focused on. that's what we need to be talking about as opposed to talking about whether or not some common phrases that we all use -- in arkansas i tell people i was raised right. now, i doubt anyone is going to say i'm stealing that line from michelle obama or hillary clinton or anyone else. >> i used the word y'all and raised right, but that's not plagiarism. taking from a speech at the same type of convention, we shouldn't even be debating this.
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we should be interahonest with american people. if you say this to everyone who has an intellectual ability to process and you tell them what they're seeing is not what they're seeing, it hurts your campaign. the breaking news should be speech writer fired by donald trump for doing what he did to his wife. >> as a member of the media, it would go away a lot quicker. >> a lost faster. >> i've got to leave it there. thanks to all of you for joining me this morning. i'll be right back.
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melania trump's speech at the representatiublican nationa convention raising eyebrows for its striking similar larity givy michelle obama. >> my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise >> barack and i were raised with so many of the same values. like you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you're going to do. here to talk about this margaret hooper, cnn political commentator.
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john avlon and scotti hughes and brian stelter. welcome to all of you. john, i will start with you. you are a former speech writer. >> yes. >> should this have been caught before melania trump hit the stage. >> it shouldn't have been done. don't put the emphasis on the process and the fact checking. just be real here. this is what it seems to be, it's a straight-up cut and paste with an edit to make it slightly fit melania trump better. >> you're a professional speech writer. tell us how this process is supposed to work. >> you sit down with the prin principal and your hear their stories and then you write a speech that expresses the interior life of the principal. in this case, the goal clearly should have been, look, donald trump is not well understood by the american people, they know him from the apprentice, from a vicious primary. you need to talk about him as a
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husband, as a father. the second is this is just a straight up cut and paes wiste a mild edit. that's a firing offense. who did it and why wasn't it caught? the real scandal also compounding it is the trump campaign's impulse to lie about it. >> so margaret, melania trump said she wrote most of the speech herself. she said that to nbc news. >> yeah. >> do you think she did? >> it is entirely conceivable, one can imagine that you are going to go out and give a speech, you're going to study the speeches of previous future first ladies. it's easy to imagine her seeing that phrase or that sequence, liking it and incorporating it into her comments. now whether she did or didn't that's what the trump campaign has to answer and frankly somebody ought to be fired for this. and even if melania did it, any
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guess is somebody will be fired for this because somebody should have caught it. he should play to his brand. he's the guy who says, "you're fired." just own it and move on. >> this is not a tragditional campaign. prior to last night melania told us she had worked five weeks on this speech herself. i think she possibly did her research. i think she was inspired by michelle obama. those are common themes. there's also a thought that she put in never gonna let you down song. there's a line from there. i have to wonder, though, yes it's a little bit of a controversy. she speaks three languages. i agree, somebody needs to be fired. it's the person who probably read over her speech. i think we've got to give her credit for possibly writing this on her own and not just staffing
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it off to people. >> that's the big question. we haven't heard from trump. he hasn't tweeted about this. he is said to be furious about this privately but he hasn't come out plublicly. if this happened to one of us in college, we would get in a lot of trouble. >> joe biden. >> we would be fired. >> that's right. with that said, i think we should all be sympathetic to melania trump. she did seem to pull it off except for some of these words. >> that's how this becomes a metaphor for the state of this campaign. she did have what was a strong night. she performed well. yet they step all over their message with these unforced errors. it really is just a reflection of the campaign writ large.
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let's not try to spin or diminish this, though. it's significant that the republican party were all about characterizing michelle obama, questioning whether she loved america, someone who's now proven to be enormously effective has been plagiarize fwed by the republican nominee. >> they were criticizing michelle for not crossing her hand over her heart. this happens in politics all the time. >> this is why people tune out politics. >> it's going back to your original point. she was supposed to be talking about her husband. i'm going to ask you because your husband is sitting right beside you, couldn't you find one example of something that john did that was warm and fuzzy? >> you can think back to previous future first ladies or women who have been in that position. cindy mccain, laura bush.
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anne romney gave testimonials how in high school she met mitt and waited on him while he went on a mission. >> that's not her brand. that's not their marriage. >> instead it's coming out that she supposedly pulled passages from another first lady's speech. then you have to think about the speech in its entirety and if it was completely sincere. >> i don't think we need to sit there and judge what their marriage is like. all those women you mentioned are traditional politician's wives. they've been on the campaign trail. >> this isn't a policy speech where the words have enormous meaning. >> obviously they do, we're talking. >> this is about speaking from the heart and that's supposed to be something that people do authentically on the spur of the moment. >> who are you to say this isn't
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her heart? >> let's see her do interviews and talk about this. she said we can trust him. a lot of snarky speech on twitter said he's in his third marriage. there was a lot of that snark during this speech. the solution to this would be for her to talk about this and come out. >> the remember the story about mitt romney how he shut down the capital to find a partner's daughter when she went missing in boston? those are stories that exist in every family and every relationship. why not highlight those? >> you know what, they're actually being honest right now. that's how their marriage possibly is. [ overlapping speakers ] >> our former boss, rudy giuliani said donald trump helped people at the time when i was mayor, privately,
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anonymously helping firefighters. that was only the character reference. >> he was not specific. he said that but -- >> we didn't hear that from -- >> there's so many times he's actually opened his heart and been generous. the ice skating rink he actually finished with his own funds. the trumps don't go out there and brag. not when it comes to their private charity things that most people would not know any of these stories if he was not running for president. this is not a public family. she married a celebrity, not a politician. let's give her some grace, folks. >> we're all agreeing it was a missed opportunity. there was an opportunity for her to talk from her heart more personally and let us inside trump tower. we don't know what the family is like. we could have found out last
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night. >> i got to leave it there. thanks to all of you. still to come in the "newsroom," we talk to one of trump's top backers over this controversy. what chris christie had to say, next. the fastest delivery guy in chicago.
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sources telling cnn donald trump is, quote, furious over the handling of melania trump's big speech. it has several passages that echo a 2008 speech delivered by michelle obama. and listen to the similarities
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for yourself. >> barack and i were raised with so many of the same values. >> from my young age, my parents impressed on me the values -- >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> that you work hard for what you want in life. >> that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you're going to do. >> that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. >> in the meantime, the new jersey governor chris christie, once considered a potential vice president pick, says melania trump did not plagiarize during that speech at the convention last night. let's bring in cnn special correspondent. what did he say? >> as always, he is very loyal to donald trump and maybe no surprise, he does not think this is plagiarism. but we started by asking him about these striking
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similarities. let's take a listen. >> 93% of the speech is absolutely words that were different than michelle obama's speech eight years ago. and of the ones that were similar, these were not ground breaking thoughts, that people were raised in this country to work hard, to go for what they want, to make sure their kids reach their dreams. i just don't see it. it's unfortunately the kind of malady of the first night of a convention. you and the delegates were building up to the first night and people want something to talk about. if we're talking about 7% of a speech that was really universally considered to be a good performance by mellianiame. i know her. there's no way melania trump was plagiarizing michelle obama's speech. >> they are strikingly similar. >> you're talking about much
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broader than what we saw last night of people who are copying and lifting from speeches. one, i know her. i don't believe she would do that. and i don't believe that last night sounded like anything other than melania trump. i wasn't sitting there saying, wow, that sounds like michelle obama to me. >> she had help with the speech and people go to lots of different sources for things. do you think by accident thoughts, phrases got left behind in putting it together? >> who knows, first off. if it was by accident, then we're not talking about plagiarism. plagiarism is an intentional act of stealing someone else's work and passing it off as your own. if certain thoughts were passed off accidentally, then it's an accident. but i don't believe that's what happened. i think there's certain common thoughts and phrases. if you go back in all first lady speeches or special first lady speeches that you hear them say, and i think that's what that was
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last night. the rest of the speech to me sounded very much like the melania trump i've gotten to know over the last 14 years. she loves her husband. she loves her country. i think she put that across very well last night. >> paul manafort said it's ridiculous, that these are common words and values. he then went onto blame hillary clinton. he said, this is once again an example of when a woman threatened hillary clinton, how she tries, seek es out to demea her and take her down. it's not going to work. really really, is this hillary clinton's fault? >> i'll let paul speak for himself. >> there is this sense that whether it's donald trump or the campaign, no one is ever willing to admit they made a mistake. isn't that a little silly? >> well, first of all, i don't think that's the case. i think over time they've done a number of things to admit that the campaign needed to move in a different direction, whether
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it's you see donald now giving many more speeches from te teleprompter that you saw earlier in the campaign. he wanted to have a more disciplined message. you've seen personnel changes over time. all of those things are tacit admissions of a need for a change. and so everybody does that a little bit differently. donald certainly is not one of these mea culpa folks, right, pounding his chest and forgive me. that's not his style. i think the american people have had enough of that over the last eight years and they want a strong president that's willing to stand by the decisions he makes. >> understatement of the year, donald trump is not one of these mea culpa guys. let me just clarify one thing. plagiarism is plagiarism whether it is accidental or intentional. it may only be a small perce percentage of lines but when you
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look at them i think the phrase strikingly similar is certainly fair to say. still to come in the "newsroom," hillary clinton might not be at the convention but she was there. how republicans took on their top rival, next. big day? ah, the usual. moved some new cars. hauled a bunch of steel. kept the supermarket shelves stocked. made sure everyone got their latest gadgets. what's up for the next shift? ah, nothing much. just keeping the lights on. (laugh) nice. doing the big things that move an economy. see you tomorrow, mac. see you tomorrow, sam. just another day at norfolk southern. ♪ ♪ ♪
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. amid possible turmoil inside the trump campaign, republicans are getting ready to kick off day two of the gop national convention. today's theme, make america work again. tiffany and donald trump junior as well as dr. ben carson are among today's speakers. while republicans may not be united behind trump, they do appear to be on the same page when it comes to hillary clinton. >> hillary clinton's experience is the basis for her campaign. hillary clinton's experience is exactly the reason she should not be president of the united states. >> if i did a tenth of what she
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did, i would be in jail today. so crooked hillary clinton, leave this race now. >> we all know she loves her pantsuits, but we should send her an e-mail and tell her she deserves a bright orange jumpsuit. >> i blame hillary clinton personally for the death of my son. hillary for prison. she deserves to be in stripes. >> all right. i want to bring in congressman ryan zenke of he also spoke last night at the republican convention. welcome. >> great to be with you. >> you were the last speaker. >> i was the last speaker. a long night, but a good night. a lot of animation. giuliani, so passionate and animated. i thought mrs. trump did a great job. >> do you want to comment on mrs. trump so we can get
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>> i think the criticism in what she did talk about was business, how her husband is a great father, how her husband is a great businessman. certainly that wasn't lifted from the other speech. >> do you think there was plagiarism involved? >> it's a tough job to go in front of the nation -- when you're criticized about what you wear, what shoes you have, what lipstick you wear, knowing that you're going to go into a world of criticism about everything you do, no, i thought it was a great speech. >> do you think someone should be fired over this? >> the staffing, no. but i think they need to be careful, like anything else. but understanding how critical the eye is on everything. >> that is a true story. let's go back to the major theme last night, besides melania trump's speech, it was a very positive speech and she was quite charming in her delivery,
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no doubt about that. but the major thing last night appeared to be fear, that america is in a dark place,ment obama is endangering us on purpose and clinton should be in jail. while that resonates, do you think that attracts moderates who might lean right or other voters who are undecided? >> what i thought last night about who spoke, a lot of it is blue collar america. you have marcus latrell, just blue color people. i think there is cause for concern. is it fixable? absolutely. we still live in the best country that has ever been -- >> if you listen to all the speeches last night, it appeared nothing was fixable, or at least fixable quickly because america is dangerous -- getting breaking news. are we going to that now? sorry, congressman? paul manna fort /* man fort --
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>> it talks about her love of the country and how it developed and the love of her husband and how it developed and family, and the family values. these are themes that are personal to her, but personal to a lot of people depending on the stories of their lives. obviously michelle obama feels very much similar sentiments towards her family. the fact ha the speech itself is bk being focused on, 50 wards and that includes ands and thes and things like that is totally ig forth the facts of the speech itself. the speech was a poignant speech well received by the american people. we don't believe there's anything in that speech that doesn't reflect her thinking and we don't think that she says we're comfortable that the words that she used are words that were personal to her. the fact that there are things like care and respect and
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compassion, those are not extraordinary words and certainly when you talk about family, they're normal words. i would note that she did know she was speaking before 40 million people yesterday and that her speech would be noticed by a lot of people. to think she would be doing anything that would be unnoticed is absurd. she knew people were going to be paying attention to her words, and the american people did focus on what her message was and some folks trying to disturb that message in some respects. again, there's a political take to this whole issue. it's certainly note thad the clinton camp is the first to get it out there, in trying to say there was something untoward about the speech that melania trump gave. when hillary clinton is threatened by a female, the first thing she does is try to destroy the person. as politics, we recognize it and we're going to move on. we're focusing on the message
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that melania trump gave last night, the american people are focusing on it and we're very pleased about it. any other questions on different topics? i'm not going to keep saying the same thing. >> [ inaudible ]. >> i didn't hear what you said. >> naud na[ inaudible ]. >> i don't know anything about that issue. i'm sorry. >> it was word by word [ inaudible ]. >> there are over 1,400 words in that speech. any other topics? i don't want to keep going over the same issue. >> [ inaudible ]. >> senator jeff sessions will put his name into nomination tonight. senator sessions has been a key adviser to mr. trump and become a very close personal friend and
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advisor. the second speeches will be given by congressman chris collins. >> we'll break away here. paul manafort saying plagiarism was not a factor in melania trump's speech. with me is ryan zinke. >> i thought the speech was good. i looked at it. i didn't have two sheets before me. i thought it was from the heart. she talked about her husband being a business guy and a good father. i just leave it there. this is the problem with america. we have to be americans first. the fabric of america is so stretched, the divisions in our country between black and white and republican and i understand depths and democrats, how do we get here? i think we have to be american first. this is whereas a former military commander, i never asked who was -- the political
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affiliation of the person next to me. i didn't care. >> are you saying that melania trump is being unfairly maligned because she's donald trump's wife or a republican or we shouldn't bring these similarities up because they don't matter? >> i think we live in such a political environment that even the speech by the presumptive presidential nominee's wife is so scrutinized. maybe it's 50 words, maybe it's 100. >> it was three passages, whole passages. >> in 1,400 words. so should that be the top line of the day's news? i don't think so. >> so even if there was plagiarism, it shouldn't matter? >> i think in the end of the day, i look at the context of it. she did a great job. it's tough. 30 million people. is she a professional actress? is she in the news? no. i'd cut her a break because i think she did a great job.
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>> i think though that the concern is someone in the trump campaign should have protected her and they did not. now she's bearing the brunt of this. isn't that the problem? >> bearing the bankrupt, i'm sure they'll go deeper with donald's sons and daughters. >> shouldn't the campaign have protected her? >> the campaign needs to do their job and make sure the vision and outline -- what the campaign is about. >> if one of your speech writers did that to you, wouldn't you be angry? >> i write my own speeches. i do better speaking from the heart. i'm an optimist. i think our country is a great place, but we do need to rise as americans first. last night, it was a good night -- >> i've got to go back to paul manafort. he's talking about it again. thank you very much. >> try to make people's lives better and making a difference in their lives. she communicated that beautifully last night.
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those trying to destroy those words through political allegations can distract from the fact that her speech was the highlight of the convention yesterday. thank you very much. we'll see you tomorrow. >> i'll take a break and be back with much more in the "newsroom" after this.
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good morning. i'm carol costello live at the republican national convention in cleveland. thank you so much for joining me. the trump campaign now in turmoil. sources telling cnn donald trump is furious after controversy erupts over melania trump's convention speech, her remarks appearing to be plagiarized from a speech given by michelle obama. >> barack and i were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond, you do what you say you're going to do. >> my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. >> that you treat people with dignity and respect even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them. >> so you treat people with
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respe respect, the thought of moral values in their daily life. that's a lesson that i continue to pass along to our son and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. >> and barack and i set out to build lives guided by these values and to pass them on to the next generation because we want our children and all children in this nation to know that the only limits at the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them. >> because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams
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and your willingness to work for them. >> sources also telling cnn that the top aide to paul manafort, trump's campaign chairman is the man who oversaw melania trump's speech. earlier man fort denied parts of the speech were lift zbld who takes the fall for crippling michelle obama's speech? >> these are common words and values that she cares about her family, things like that. she was speaking in front of 35 million people last night. she knew that. to think that she would be criming michelle obama's words is crazy. this is an example of when a woman threatening hillary clinton, she seeks out to demean her and take her down. it's not going to work. >> all i'm saying is the
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language is strikingly similar. i'm not making a big deal of it. i know everybody is talking about it this morning, but i don't think it's an allegation. it's not some suggestion without proof. i think it happened. i don't understand why the campaign doesn't just own it and say people borrow phrases, that's what happened and move on. that's what ironically obama did in 2008 when clinton said he cribbed from deval patrick. he said, you're right, i did it. >> he did do it, that's correct. in this particular case -- there's lots of collaboration. certainly there's the feeling on her part, what she did was use words that are common words. to expect her to think that she would do something like that, knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is really absurd. >> all right. we're covering all the latest political fallout. let's head live to phil mattingly right now, talking to
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his sources. what are you hearing this morning, phil? >> inside the trump campaign, there's a different message from what we're hearing from paul manafort. paul manafort has said repeatedly including just now at a press conference that this was not in any way melania trump's, there was no cribbing, no plagiarism. inside the campaign there's a bit of a different picture playing out. there's frustration about what happened, a lot of questions about what happened. now they're getting pressure from reince priebus, the rnc chair marn saying at a bloomberg politics breakfast that he would, quote, probably fire whoever was responsible for writing melania trump's speech last night based on what he had seen. carol, the problem here is a couple-fold. one, this steps on what was supposed to be a very important moment for the trump campaign. you don't hear a lot from melania trump on the campaign trail. you rarely see her on the
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campaign trail as well. her role was as headliner and to vouch for donald trump, to help provide a fuller picture for donald trump. instead the campaign is dealing with this headache this morning, not likely to go away any time soon. while they are stating publicly there is no plagiarism and she was not cribbing in any way from michelle obama's 2008 speech, we're hearing they're trying to track down who specifically was responsible for that. those questions still unanswered. something to keep a close eye on going forward, carol. >> phil mattingly reporting live for us. with me, rebecca burke, national political reporter for real clear politics, joseph borelly, a new york city councilman and tara set meyer. turmoil inside the trump campaign, are you hearing that? >> no. i'm not hearing turmoil.
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this is something we've seen from other campaigns in the past. >> you heard what phil just reported, there's turmoil in the campaign, very upset. trying to find out what went wrong. >> as they should. something did go wrong. there are similarities. >> you think it was plagiarism? >> my wife is equally an amateur as melania trump in writing a speech. if someone would ask her to write a speech, she'd probably google similar events. >> what would you like to see the campaign do, as a supporter of donald trump? >> i don't speak from melania. if she borrowed something, she should fess up. if she didn't vgts she should continue to deny it. it does distract from the argument that we've been making about hillary clinton. i will take issue with one thing. this morning, one of the other anchors tried to make an analogy that this somehow undermines the credibility of our attacks on
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secretary clinton. there's no moral similarity with hillary clinton lying about benghazi. >> i don't think that's -- it wasn't me. i'm saying the parallel he was trying to make, if hillary clinton clinton lied about something, a very strong surrogate of hers gave in a speech, that she would be heavily chastised for that. >> no similarity between borrowing a speech and lying about benghazi. >> it's not melania trump, it's the trump campaign isn't owning up to it saying, yeah, there is plagiarism and we're going to fire whoever is responsible. >> if that is the case, which it may or may not be, then they should do that and move on. move on to secretary clinton's lies in the past which got him impeached. >> how many times have we sat through the entirety of this campaign with trump surrogates
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saying, well, they should have, they should have. they continue to make unforced errors. it reminds people that this is a amateurish campaign. he's running for the presidency of the united states. these are things that are avoidable. the convention is an opportunity to show, to present the candidate what it would be like with this person as the president of the united states. it's almost the first introduction for a lot of people. >> there was a lot of anticipation for the melania trump speech. just like last time in tampa, the wives are there to humanize the combine. >> and otherwise it was good. >> for the most part, sure. we're not talking about that. they plagiarized the speech, they won't own up to it which is what their m.o. is. let's for get donald trump's mentor is roy comb, a brutal ruthless lawyer in new york who said never apologize. it's so obvious when you look at the side by side, it's insulting to say this couldn't possibly
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be -- come on. it's insulting. something as simple of this, they could have turned it around very easily and say melania was inspired by michelle obama. despite how conservatives feel, michelle obama is still very popular. she could have said i was inspired by her and the first family represents the american dream as the first black family. there's so many other ways they could have done it instead of doubling down on something. >> rebecca, put this in perspective for us. why does this matter? >> the question really is whether it will matter. what we've seen with the trump campaign time and again, they've faced mini scandals and controversies and they just wash over him like it didn't matter at all for many of hills supporters. i wonder whether this will matter to the sper suedable voters. we're in the general election, these are the voters both sides are going after. the whole reason we're having convention for republicans this week is so donald trump can begin to make an impression with these persuadable,
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impressionable voters who haven't made up their minds yet. in most campaigns, this has not been campaigns in any sense, in most campaigns a plagiarism scandal would be a defining moment. you think about joe biden's primary when he was running for president, and he was forced to drop out over a plagiarism scandal. that was years ago when he was a student. last yearly this is something donald trump at tacked joe biden for, sort of laying out the case why he would be able to take on joe biden if joe biden were to run for president. he said the plagiarism scanned ld would be disqualifying for him. in any other campaign it would be a huge moment. donald trump isn't any other karnd dat and it's not any other campaign. >> the fact that it was michelle obama's speech, how do you think democrats are reacting this morning? >> they should be upset. let's assume melania and michelle said essentially the same thing, since michelle obama uttered those words, 6 million
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more americans are in poverty. eight years ago we were promised to be united and up lift zbld that. >> that's a good spin. >> what rebecca was saying, it matters less than the meat and potatoes. today's theme, make america work again. we'll talk about how we address the problems that michelle obama couldn't live up to and what she said in 2008. >> last night was a very powerful -- there were very powerful moments last night. all that is overshadowed because of this unforced error again. even with donald trump calling in to another network while the mother of one of the benghazi victims was giving her heartfelt, heart-wrenching speech about how her son died in her opinion at the hands of hillary clinton and trump is calling into another network. he couldn't let other people have the night. it has to be about him all the time. these are things that are character issues people are
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concerned about. instead of focusing on the very powerful images on the victims from illegal immigration. these are all very tragic -- there were great speeches. all of that is overshadowed because here we are with another campaign scandal that they can't apologize -- i said they need to admit it, move on, fooir whoever did it and move forward. >> i've got to leave it there. thanks to all of you. coming up in the "newsroom," make america work again. that's the theme at the rnc. one of the top issues for voters. what do americans want to hear? this is shaving. blades here, blades there. some more over there... whoa! that's not a blade. this is gillette shielding. with lubrication before and after the blades. shields from irritation for a close, comfortable shave.
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came to cleveland, the formal process of nominating donald trump and mike perns. it's due to kick off in a matter of hours, as the convention pivots from security to the economy. today's theme, make america work again. speakers include trump's children, tiffany and donald trump junior, the general manager of the trump winery. also speaking tonight, new york senator shelly more sita and trump's former rival dr. ben carson. also soap actress also speaking at the convention later today. joining us is christine romans. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. the focus make america work again. you started to hear a little last night how the economy isn't working for everyone. there's a lack of opportunity and lack of upward mobility. when you look at the numbers, the mile markers of the economy that you feel, carol, we do know
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the unemployment rate has dropped dramatically since the last time the republicans were meeting in tampa four years ago. the unemployment rate right now 4.9% down from 8.1%. but you will hear republicans say that there are too many people who have been left out of that statistic who aren't working or would like to be getting a raise. jeff sessions pointed out the american working family is bringing home less money. list listen. >> fellow republicans, we must understand that the income of middle class americans today are $4,000 less per year than in 1999. this is an economic disaster. >> reporter: we ran those numbers. it's true. you can see since 1999, that was a record, just above $58,000 in median household income, then
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baton rouge police are releasing a chilling timeline of sunday's attack showing how the shooter specifically targeted police, killing three officers and wounding three hours. laura sanchez live in baton rouge with more. good morning, boris. >> reporter: good morning, carol. right now investigators are trying to piece together what they can of the timeline, not just of what happened early sunday morning, but also what happened in the hours and days before. they told us they're going through the shooter's phone and computer to try to find the digital fingerprint to reveal who he may have been
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and able to get cover behind a dumpster. he had his weapon drawn, and even though he found cover, he came out of cover and went directly at the shooter even as he was being fired out, tending to an officer that had been wounded on the ground. from what we understand, he was trying to help the officer as the suspect was targeting him and he kept exchanging gunfire with the shooter all the way to the end, standing up to pure evil even at his weakest moments. aside from that, we saw two visuals last night, hundreds of people coming out, what first started as a vigil for matthew gerald became a vigil for all the officers involved in this deadly attack. truly a moment for the community to gather and show support for so many laum w enforcement officials. >> boris sanchez reporting live from baton rouge this morning. in the wake of the police shootings in baton rouge and dallas, donald trump is lashing
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out at black lives matter intimating that protesters are in part to blame for the deaths of those officers. >> do you believe the group black lives matter is a fuse lighter in the assassinations of these police officers? >> certainly in certain instances they are, and they certainly have ignited people. you see that. you see that all over. i think it's a very, very serious situation and we just can't let it happen. i've seen them marching down the street essentially calling death to the police, and i think we're going to have to look into that, especially in light of what's happening with these maniacs going and shooting our police. >> my next guest chuck dee co-founder of the rap group public enemy. welcome. >> hey, carol. >> you heard what donald trump said. >> i'm a musician so i can say things like he's stupid and this
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convention is stupid for having him. how about that? he's out of his mind. the black lives matter is a narrative full of all kind of people who answer the question like, if we don't matter, then no one matters. the statement, if we don't matter, no one matters. for the longest period of time, black lives seemingly didn't matter. 30 years ago reverend jesse jackson said you talk about the economic divide, the education divide, the divide on enforcement, on environment, they've widened. there's been anger by youth who have grown into adults over the last 30 years and the narrative, to use that word again, in the united states of america is like, y'all should be happy because you got a black president. he's the united states of america's president, not the black community's president. you hear this over and over again. >> there are examples of bad apples within the black lives matter movement. for example, a 2014 video of
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protesters in new york city, it shows protesters chanting, what do we want? dead cops. >> there's bad apples everywhere in this convention. we're not single out people. there's bad apples amongst police. we have to say there's got to be some kind of intelligent conversation in the joining between figuring out the intervention between authority and the community. >> do you wish those bad apples would shut up? >> you wish a lot of bad apples would shut up. the coverage on any situation that happens to call for change, always is covering the worst and not the best. so the best outnumber the few bad apples by far. so why is the coverage lopsided? >> to see what's happening this week at the republican national convention. >> one of the things? >> black lives matter is being painted as this anarchy group, several speakers called out
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black lives matter. >> you could see it coming. they grab for the lowest hanging fruit and want to make that their platform just to rile up. they've been riling up most of the people in this country for the longest period of time on something that lacks data and research for what the reality actually is. >> this is the charge republicans make, that barack obama has widened the racial divide, that he's done nothing to heal tension in america between african-americans and white people. >> he sits in the seat of the president of the united states and a government that outnumbers him. so he does what he can do. the government all got to work together and got to figure out how to close the divide on real people doing real things. you can't have the perception override the reality and often it is. i'm in town for maus our mantra
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is, as they say make america safe again. make america rage again because they actually should begin thinking and that will make somebody like, wow, all this has been happening, i should be angry about the id october see that's taking place. how could somebody look at donald trump and not come up with the words s- t-u-p-i-d? >> could he say anything to real racial tension. >> in hip-hop, as i was telling you on camera, the biggest tragedy is to bite somebody's lyrics and rhymes. his wife just bit the first lady's speech, and i think they planned it. with that going on -- >> why do you think they planned it? >> because they reach for the lowest hanging fruit to get people riled up and promote it. they probably knew everybody
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would be, whoa, it's plagiarism. it's biting. prophets of rage, we're going on tour across the yuchtd states to be able to, along with the campaign, is to put sense in people's head. a big ups to my crew, tom morrell low, brad willing, d.j. lloyd and be real. we're in town, we marched three miles yesterday in 95-degree heat with grassroots organizations that say, yes, black lives matter, but all kind of people are involved to say, yes, we are people, too. if we don't matter, then no lives matter. when they say blue lives matter. yes, they've always mattered. like duh, yes. that's the authority. everybody matters. >> thanks so much. >> thank you carol. >> i will mention prophets of rage out there to get that out there. >> we have a song out called "prophets of rage" that speaks
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to what's now. our whole narrative, to use it as a third time again, is to be able to make america think again, the united states of america. good luck with these lights. >> they're very bright. >> like a runway. >> look liking into the sun. chuck d., thank you so much. more reaction to melania trump's speech. a hillary clinton spokesperson and a historian all join me on their take for the controversy next. jack knocked over a candlestick,
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it was supposed to be the shining moment of the night, melania trump's prime time speech. instead, her words are being compared to michelle obama's words in 2008. >> barack and i were raised with so many of the same values. >> from a young age, my parents impressed on me the values. >> you work hard for what you want in life. >> that you work hard for what you want in life. >> that your word is your bond, that you do what you say you're going to do. >> that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise. >> trump's campaign chairman says the claim of plagiarism is bogus, just a distraction. here is exactly what paul manafort said minutes ago. >> the fact that the speech itself is being focused on, i
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think somebody told me 50 yards including ands and thes and things like that, is totally ignoring the facts of the speech itself. the speech was a poignant speech well received by the american people. we don't believe there's anything in that speech that doesn't reflect her thinking and we don't think -- we're comfortable that the words she used are words that were personal to her. >> with me mao is kellyanne conway, trump campaign senior adviser, katherine gel son is the professor and chair of history at ohio university, an expert on first ladies. karen finney, a senior adviser for communications and political outreach for hillary for america. kellyanne, i'll start with you. was this a case of plagiarism? >> i think it's an honest mistake. i think it's unfortunate because she worked really hard. >> you think part of the speech
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were lifted. >> it sounds like they're very similar. i wasn't part of the process. it looks to me like they're very similar. plagiarism is intent. >> i know what plagiarism is. >> trying to get away with something as your own. but i have to agree with chairman paul manafort in that, what will voters really remember in november? will they remember their introduction to melania trump in front of 35 million people. if her husband is a non-politician, she surely is a non-politician. will they remember the content of what she says, quote, it's the greatest privilege on the planet earth to be an american citizen and i've been one for almost ten years, will they remember her trying to transport us where she says i want to give children opportunities, particularly education or the way this would cover. would be careful if i were the clinton campaign to put down a woman who is outside of where they want them to be.
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>> speak of the clinton campaign, when you were watching melania trump's speech last night, did it sound familiar? >> i glee with part of what kellyanne says. blaming it on the clinton campaign, you can't blame everything on us. some of the mistakes that are made are made by the trump campaign. what i will say is i was more concerned and i think more of what people will actually remember was the anger from last night, was the attacks from last night, the disorganization, that that was the first night and that was the way to introduce this country to the trump campaign in the sense of here is how we'll run the country. that should be more of the conversation we're having today. >> do you have any specifics? i'm just curious. anybody who representing hillary clinton accusing anybody of looking angry is rich. apart from that, i thought the parents of these victims of crimes and of benghazi were very powerful. i don't want to take anything away from them. i don't stand in their shoes carol, i don't belong on the
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same platform as them. i really don't want to detract from their pain which seemed very real and very raw. you see the cnn polls, america doesn't feel safe. that's a fact. >> before we get to that, i want to go back to melania trump. katherine is an expert on the first lady and studies them. have you ever heard of anything like this before, katherine? >> well, i've never heard charges of plagiarism against the spouse of a candidate in terms of critique of her convention speech. yeah, i would say this particular incident is unprecedented. >> are we making a mountain out of a mole hill in your opinion? >> i guess we'll have to see how the rest of the week plays out. there's still several nights left of the convention. there's plenty of room for further controversy. so this one may fade in the
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background. >> here is the thing, kellyanne about this controversy. should be should have been protecting melania trump. she's not a professional politician, not a political wife. someone within the campaign should have been reading that speech and they should have caught that but they didn't. that says something about trump's campaign, doesn't it? >> no. i heard a lot of that this morning, that this is a fundamental flaw of the campaign. i think to be fair, it may be unprecedented for first ladies or spouses of candidates. joe biden plagiarized. i remember its at a time when neal ken nick didn't blaj rise neal ken nick anymore. you've had journalists on different cable networks who have been caught doing that and have apologized and made amends. i do hope people will take from this the substance of the speech. we're missing this in the conversation, i thought one remarkable thing about melania trump's speech last night is she didn't make it as much about her husband as i think people
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expected it to be. it was an optimistic, inspirational turning point. if you take clips of that and test it after this brouhaha -- >> it was interesteding, because it was followed by joni ernst and others and we went right back to the attack fest. it was about attacking hillary clinton, about anger, divisiveness, no new ideas. >> donald trump's name was barely mentioned last night. hillary clinton's name was mentioned more than trump. that's your party's vision for the country? >> no. that's how voters see this as a referendum on hillary clinton and whether we should give four more years to someone not as possible. >> in walking through the streets of cleveland, the hillary clinton should be in jail theme is very popular among republicans. they believe she should have faced some sort of punishment. >> i think what people care about more than anything when they go to the polls, people
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believe hillary clinton is the most qualified. they don't think donald trump is qualified. they want to know who is going to make a change for their families. they want to know who is going to create jobs, who is going to increase incomes. i suspect we won't actually hear the whole story about donald trump's business career, and all the people that he's bankrupt, and basically making money for himself and not delivering change for people, like health care for 8 million kids. >> karen is a smart seasoned professional. i don't think the change argument will help hillary clinton this year. it's basically do you want more of these multiterm presidencies. at its very base level, carol and karen, i believe this election is still about change. just the way barack obama was able to say -- senator obama was able to say in 2008, do you really want another term like george w. bush, no.
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of the rio olympic games live at home or on the go. anti trump forces hope to force a nomination fight. ultimately they failed, but not before a bit of chaos. >> al those in favor say aye. all those opposed no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. >> just moments after all that turmoil this happened. >> who is proud to be an american? [ cheers and applause ] >> that was senator john barrasso chairman of the senate platform committee. he joins me now. tell me what was that like? >> it's exciting.
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conventions have become too stayed over the years. people look for excitement over the years. this is a convention full of excitement. it was fun to take the stage. >> that wasn't the kind of excitement you really wanted. >> i would have been thankful to have a vote. it was going to fail either way. there has to be some spontaneity to a convention. after that the platform was unanimously accepted. >> wasn't this all supposed to be about republican unity, everybody on the same page, we'll be here to support donald trump. >> we're united with our platform about jobs, the economy, national security, things that the american people are really concerned about in this election year which is so critical and consequential. >> i was curious. did mike pence try to interfere with this and stop it? isn't that part of what he does as a running mate? >> i haven't seen him yet. i know donald trump was there last night with his wife, ignited the crowd and great excitement. this is a very successful convention about adding new
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voters. you win elections by addition, multiplication. that's what we're focused on. that's why the conservative platform which was drawn up by 112 delegates from all over the country, as opposed to the democratic platform written behind closed doors by 15 people and dragged way to the left by bernie sanders. >> i know you worked very hard on the platform, right? and then melania trump's speech and everybody talking about that, not talking about republican ideas, they're talking about melania trump picking phrases from michelle obama's speech, of all people, michelle obama. >> i think whatever happened with the writing is unfortunate. she gave a great speech. she has a great story to tell. i don't want all the unity of this convention to be overshadowed by attention to that. we're focused on the future, on winning the election in november, the presidency, the house, the senate. i think three if not four supreme court justices will be determined by the next president. this is a very consequential
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year. i think it's an election about the difference, either change or more of the same. >> let's talk about elements of the platform. many gay republicans were very upset with the language because they say it removed rights that they want to have. young republicans are all for full rights for gay americans. how is a more conservative platform when it comes to bringing young republicans to the party. >> no one should be surprised this this platform reflects the grassroots foolgs of republicans across the country. this was a democratic process, they came and voted. this reflects what the republican voters are thinking. this is about our vision, our values for the future. >> young republicans would say we've been left out of this. >> the platform says make states make the decisions. on education, no national school board. on health care, let states make the decision rather than washington.
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there are huge things people are focused and united about in terms of getting americans back to work and the economy. security, last night, make america safe again. security is not just wore der security, it's energy security, economic security. that's what unites us as a party. >> democrats would say last night was all about fear, all about saying how america is not so great, but that republicans speaking last night didn't offer solutions to any of the problems they talked about. why didn't they? >> hillary clinton has been wrong with regard to russia, with regard to iran, syria. >> i talked to some republicans yesterday in a cleveland neighborhood bordering the convention site. they said i want solutions now and i'm frustrated i'm not hearing solutions. >> the full document is a solutions document talking about a more successful america, a safer, more secure america with
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a strong healthy economy. that's what's so important and this whole election will be whether we want to change direction -- two-thirds of americans think we're headed in the wrong direction. or more of the same and four years of hillary clinton is going to be an extension of the eight years of barack obama, and this country cannot afford eight more years of barack obama. >> senator barrasso, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy morning. >> happy to be with you. thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. at this hour with berman and bold win after a break. think fixing your windshield is a big hassle?
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those opposed shall say no. >> no! >> in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. >> who would trust hillary clinton to protect them? i wouldn't! >> crooked hillary clinton, leave this race now! >> it is my great honor to

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