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buried. >> that was really moving, seeing that his life had impacted someone that much. >> the visitors are leaving flowers and teddy bears, flags, cards and letters. captain khan paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting his fellow soldiers from a suicide bomber. thank you so much for joining us on "new day." "newsroom" starts now. ♪ and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. hillary clinton rides a big bounce out of her party's convention and recaptures the lead over donald trump. clinton's surging in our latest poll, erasing trump's lead before her convention and now ahead by nine percentage points. but the most important number is on the economy. clinton jumps ahead of trump by two points. less than two weeks ago trump
led on that issue by 11 points. on trade clinton now enjoys a comfortable lead of 10 points. both candidates are in a dead heat when it comes to terrorism. it's worth noting our surveys took place before trump's latest scorched earth sound bites over the last 24 hours. >> a lot to unpack. it's important to note at the top line that these numbers are coming in the wake of the democratic national convention. hillary clinton seeing a bump across the board. look at key kind of flash points of this campaign. on immigration, hillary clinton starting to open up a bigger lead there with a 55-43 lead over who would better handle the issue in this poll. also worth noting -- and carol you mentioned terrorism. who would handle isis better?
donald trump has made very clear, based on his posture, his continual push of strength and power, he believes he can ride this issue to success in the campaign. when it comes to terrorism, when it comes to isis, this is an issue where there's not a lot of separation between the two. voters throughout this campaign have been very uneasy by what's. happening in the the middle east, europe and the united states. while there's been a clear bump for hillary clinton in the wake of the convention, still very close on this issue specifically. >> i'm sure mr. donald trump noticed these polls because he came out swinging yesterday. >> absolutely. donald trump, when he feels like the pressure is on him, he's going to swing back. this isn't something republican official versus appreciated, most notably in the issue today. donald trump feels he's been
attacked by khizr khan. the republican official verss h made it clear they wish he would le leave this alone. >> he made a deal with the devil. she's the devil. >> donald trump ramping up his personal attacks on hillary clinton while characterizing bernie sanders for supporting the democratic nominee. >> he picked a vice presidential candidate who is like the opposite of him. >> and suggesting that if he loses in november, it's because -- >> i'm afraid the election is going to be rigged. >> all as the ongoing feud between trump and the parents of a slain muslim u.s. soldier, captain humayun khan, escalates. >> i have great honor and great feeling for his son, mr. khan's son. as far as i'm concerned, he's a hero. >> you can attack muslims and judges and nobody can question your caliber?
your lack of empathy? and you want to be commander in chief? >> when you have radical islamic terrorists probably all over the place, we're allowing them to come in by the thousands and thousands. i think that's what bothered mr. khan more than anything else. >> he says, oh, i am being severely attacked, harshly attacked. well, this is political season. you're a candidate for office. and i have same rights as you do. >> the dispute rocking the gop. dozens of republican leaders forced to come out in support of the khans. >> we want to honor the families of those who have served and those who have sacrificed, all of us. >> donald trump's campaign bombarding their supporters on capitol hill with e-mails, urging them to back his position, but instead getting the cold shoulder. >> our gold star families deserve our full and total support. >> emotions running high at a
rally for trump's running mate mike pence, a woman whose son is in the air force booed for bringing up the issue. >> trump has disrespected our amp ample e armed forces and veterans. will there ever be a point in time that you're able to look trump in the eye and tell him enough is enough? >> it's all right. folks, that's what freedom looks like and that's what freedom sound like. i want to honor your service to the counted ary and your family service to the country. >> defendant handlie -- deft hy mike pence on the campaign trail. republicans don't want this to be the issue. they want the economy, they want jobs to be the things people are talking about. >> a republican congressman just came out this morning and said
i'm going to vote for hillary clinton. >> this is a first. they're waiting for this to happen. maybe the levy starts to break. richard hannah is an upstate new york congressman, a republican no question about it. he is retiring. he is from a swing district. he in an opinion piece said donald trump is endlessly flawed. and that he will be supporting hillary clinton. it's worth noting here, he's retiring. there's not a lot of politics he has to deal with here. but still it's something. no question about it, the first republican congressman now officially saying he will vote for hillary clinton. let's talk about all of this with our panel. this republican congressman, with all the caveats that phil mattingly spoke about, does this concern you? >> i'm not concerned by this.
i fully expect leaders and congress to not support donald trump because he ran against the washington way, he ran against congress essentially, he ran against washington insiders. so i'm never surprised when i see criticism from congressmen. i think republicans know that hillary clinton and the obama way, that the american people cannot afford four more years of that. >> true republicans. so hillary, you're a clinton supporter. i would suppose that you would say what else do you expect. >> here's, i think, the real problem, which is that every time donald trump makes a big mistake, whether it's the mexican judge, whether it's the jewish star slur, whether it's, you know, humayun khan, he has a three point response. the first is to demonstrate dramatic insensitivity to the diversity of america. the second is to insult hillary
clinton. and the third is to say that he's being cheated. and we've seen this time and time again. i think what we have is a broad swath of americans, including thoughtful republicans, are just sick of it. they think this demonstrates sort of a lack of preparation for leadership to be commander in chief. so it's not just anyone incident. it's about his character. i think over and over again we are now seeing this be about his character. >> so put this into perspective, this republican congressman who says he's now going to vote for hillary clinton but he's going to retire. there are no political consequences for him. does it matter? >> i think it does to a point. what you have is a series of voices creating -- the phrase i heard the most at the democratic convention was permission structure. and the idea is essentially
creating a permission structure not so much for hard core republicans, but for conservative leaning independents who usually vote republican to feel that it's okay to vote for hillary clinton. that includes michael bloom burburloomberg, the former mayor of new york. they are saying it's okay to depart from their usual leanings to vote for hillary clinton. hillary clinton is leading among college educated white voters by ten points over donald trump. no democrat in the history of polling has ever won most college educated white voters. that is the kind of permission structure they are trying to create with their endorsements and defections from donald trump. >> mr. trump has doubled down on hillary clinton. he's called her the devil yesterday. he said the election will be
rigged. so those attacks might appeal to a certain demographic, but i suspect it won't to educated whites. >> about the devil comment, that was a metaphor. he said bernie sanders made a deal with the devil. >> no. he said she is the devil. >> after he said that he made a deal with the devil. so i think he was clarifying his metaphor. that's certainly how i took it. these little things that happen on the side, i think most voters carry about their family, a low growth, an abysmal economic report, low wages, isis terrorist attacks. >> why is no one talking about that? >> newt goiingrich has said thi. donald trump in order to win needs to bring up the same three or four issues every day that americans talk about.
>> donald trump has to care about actually those issues to be willing to talk about them. what we see over and over again -- >> he does care about them. >> no. what we see over and over again is that donald trump cares about his thin skin and attacking back when he feels attacked. that's not leadership. that's not rising above. it's critically important that we realize that americans do want progress on the economy, they do want change in washington. but they really also want to feel pride, pride in their leaders, pride in how they manage their families. we saw sally bradshaw, another prominent republican in the important state of florida saying yesterday, i could not look my children in the eye if i voted for donald trump. the message he sends is not the message i want to deliver. >> that's an important point. for hillary clinton to be even on terror and isis and the economy after her own convention
which is always a high point for candidates really isn't a great result. it is possible she will drift back behind to donald trump on some of these issues as the after glow of the convention fades w fades away. the biggest problem donald trump faces in this race, i think s that 60% of voters going into the convention said he was not qualified to be president. in your poll 64% of college white men and 84% of college white women say he does not have the experience to be president. the other big hurdle he faces is many people see him as racially divisive. it is entirely possible that on election day he may lead on the economy, may lead on terrorism narrowly and may still be facing a significant deficit of the
coalition of minorities and college whites who view him as unprepared and not reflecting the values of america. >> i'm going to pause the conversation here. i want you all to stay with me. still to come, it's the battle of the billionaires. hillary clinton lining up supporters to help her take on donald trump. will it work? . when it comes to healthcare, seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
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bilateral talks later this afternoon. we'll keep you posted. it's a beautiful ceremony. hillary clinton's campaign announcing this morning that she's raised $90 million last month including close to $9 million in the day after she accepted the democratic nomination. she's now lining up her billionaire supporters to hit donald trump where it hurts, right in his business sense. last night she was campaigning in the red state of nebraska with native warren buffett. he had some harsh words for donald trump comparing his business skills to that of a monkey and even questioning what donald trump calls sacrifices. >> reporter: that $90 million fund-raising haul the campaign just announced this morning is a sign that the general election is on. she is collecting new donations from people, significantly the most prolific fund-raising 24 hours of her whole time as a
candidate came between 8:00 p.m. thursday for the next 24 hours after that. a lot of these people are new donors. there's a string of billionaire businessmen lining up behind hillary clinton trying to undercut donald trump's argument that he has the business savvy to be president. warren buffett continued that trend last night here in omaha. >> hillary! hillary! >> reporter: hillary clinton arm and arm on the campaign trail with billionaire warren buffett. the 85-year-old unleashing a scathing attack on donald trump. >> i've really never known another businessman that drags about his bankruptcies. why not? it's his claim to stardom. i don't know anybody else that's had six bankruptcies. but there he is. >> buffett condemning trump for refusing to release his tax returns. >> he said he can't release it because he's under audit.
now, i've got news for him. i'm under audit too. i would be delighted to meet him any place, any time between now and election. i'll bring my tax return. he could bring his tax return. nobody's going to arrest us. >> reporter: the billionaire investor forcefully rebuking trump's attacks on the muslim parents of a soldier slain in iraq. >> how in the world can you stand up to a couple of parents who have lost a son and talk about sacrificing because you were building a bunch of buildings? i ask, donald trump, have you no sense of decency, sir? >> reporter: part of clinton's strategy to discredit his record. last week at the democratic convention former new york city mayor michael bloomberg questioning trump's competency. >> i'm a new yorker and i know a con when i see one. >> reporter: billionaire mark
cuban in his hometown of pittsburgh calling trump crazy. >> leadership is not yelling and screaming and intimidating, right? >> reporter: hillary clinton had another reason to be in nebraska. nebraska and maine the two states in the country that split their electoral votes. the clinton campaign is aggressively going after the one vote in this congressional district right here in omaha. they believe they can win it in 2016, at least have a good shot. the rule book basically has been thrown out in this presidential campaign, but not the one that starts with chapter 270. that is the number of electoral votes needed to win the white house. that's why every electoral vote being taken seriously, even a single one right here in nebraska. i want to bring back my panel.
so clinton is trying to diminish trump's business credential. she's got warren buffett, mark cuban and michael bloomberg. they're trying to get under trump's skin. is it working? >> i don't think so. most voters when they go to the polls they're not thinkig about who the billionaire class supports. i think hillary clinton cozying up to billionaires plays into the notion that she has done quid pro quo corruption. i think it plays into this notion of hillary clinton being cozy with people that most americans do not resonate with. >> you could argue that mr. trump is also cozying up to billionaires. he's got billionaire friends too.
>> right. here is, i think, the issue. ron mentioned it earlier, which is there are an awful lot of successful businessmen who are offended by donald trump's style of doing business, offended that at every turn he declares a bankruptcy. >> the businessmen are not hillary. these businessmen appreciate donald trump's acumen when it comes to business. >> they do. but here's the point. there are successful business leaders like warren buffett, michael bloomberg, saying there is another candidate who you can trust in her economy, leadership and integrity. that is an important permission structure for frankly white men and others who care about sort of traditional pro-growth economic issues. and there's another thing. donald trump has refused to release his taxes. warren buffett consistently saying release your taxes, trump. we're all under audit. that happens all the time.
you have no absolute reason not to release your taxes. over and over again, that is a message that donald trump is going to hear every single day between now and the election. what is he hiding? his excuses don't ring true. >> won't donald trump just turn and and attack hillary clinton on her wall street speeches and why she won't release the speeches on those? >> i think there is a portion of the electorate particularly white, blue collar voters who feel marginalized. those clunky two words, permission structure is really important here. if you think about a 37-year-old middle manager at ford and gm who usually votes republican
because he thinks they won't raise his taxes and will cut regulation. if you look at the polling that is where donald trump is most significantly underperforming over republicans. he's running well behind other republicans among those college educated white voters. if hillary clinton can maintain that lead there are not enough alienated blue collar workers to cover his enormous deficits. permission structure are keywords here. >> i'll try to remember that. the other poll that is concerning are the numbers on the economy. because hillary clinton got quite a bounce out of the convention. she's now pulled ahead of donald trump on the economy.
he's trying to get that block of voters who are concerned about their jobs, about the economic prosperity in this country. why do you suppose that happened? >> this is her post- convention bump. we saw donald trump gain after his convention as well. i think voters, when they ask themselves who's better for the economy, i think the numbers and facts don't lie. we've had eight years of obama. we have wages that are lower. premiums are still a on the financial concern for voters. there's a reason 73% of the country thinks we're heading in the wrong direction. i think when voters sit down and ask themselves what's better for the economy, i think they'll say
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bitten by a mosquito carrying the zika virus? >> fortunately the risk is very small. but all the women who live and work in that area are being asked to go to their obstetricians and get counselling, get testing and get ultrasounds as their pregnancy progresses just to be sure. >> that's just such a scary thought. i know what you said and i heard you and we shouldn't be that worried, only cautious. let's talk about containment now. i want you to listen to something the cdc director said earlier today. >> we anticipate there will be more cases. most of those cases were found because florida was proactive and went out and tested people. >> your thoughts on what he just said? >> i think dr. frieden is correct. once the cases were discovered,
florida's health department in association with the cdc have literally gone door to door knocking on doors, educating people and getting urine specimens sent to the laboratory. actually we anticipate as this control measure continues, we'll find even more cases, because if you look hard, you'll find more cases. >> if you're a woman living in miami, should you risk getting pregnant right now? >> actually the recommendation is if you're not pregnant now, let's give it a pause and put it off for a little bit until this circumstance calms down and we have a better idea of what's going on. that seems very prudent and wise to me. >> so more on the subject of containment. they're spraying for mosquitos here in new york state. they do it all the time but they've stepped up their efforts just in case.
how possible is it for those mosquitos in florida to make their way up to new york state or other states in the country? >> well, the mosquitos in florida will stay in florida. they have a very, very limited flight range and a short life span. so they don't fly beyond let's say a one and a half football fields in radius. that's very limited. but part of the difficulty is that killing these mosquitos is difficult. they may be resistant to the usual insecticides that are being used and they have a great capacity to multiply in very small amounts of water. what we should be doing is police the area, go around your home and look for any standing water and up end it. make sure that water doesn't pool even in very small containers, because that's where
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they plan to hit isis strongholds there. barbara starr joins us with more on this. >> i think you're making the key point right there. this will be a series of air strikes that the u.s. is engaging in this libya in conjunction and cooperation with the new emerging government there. that's the real change here. there is the beginning of a fledging libyan government on the ground. they asked for help. the u.s. responding, going in
and now will hit a number of isis targets. already tank vehicles, some other targets hit. this is along libya's northern coastline near a city called sert. the has been trying to push isis out. u.s. fire power called in. isis has been pretty strong in libya. they've been growing. and the big concern is, of course frr course, from that northern coastline they can move into southern europe, across northern afri africa, plan and stage more attacks. there is a sense that fighters in libya have already disappeared, mixing in with the population. it may be a very tall order to push isis out of libya. but with fire power this new
government hopes to make some progress. >> barbara starr reporting live from the pentagon. thank you. what barbara was talking about his reali was reality. gold star familie are demanding donald trump repudiate attacks on the khan family, whose son was killed in iraq in 2004. >> if you don't say something, then it means you're okay with it. and apparently the republican leadership is okay with his behavior and his denigration of the troops. >> paul, welcome. >> thank you, carol. >> first of all, i want you to take a look at what happened when a military mom stood up at a mike pence rally and, you know, kind of characterized donald trump for his attacks on the khan family. watch. >> my question for you is time
and time again donald trump has disrespected our nation's armed forces and veterans and his disrespect for mr. khan and his fam is just an example of that. will there ever be a port int i time when you're able to look donald trump in the eye and tell him enough is enough? how do you tolerate his disrespect? >> first i want to honor your service to the country and your family's service to the country. i truly do, ma'am. let me say i know this has been much in the news of late in the last few days. but as i said last night, as donald trump said saturday night, captain khan is an american hero and we honor him and honor his family, as we do all gold star families. >> so as you watch what transpired there, what goes through your mind? >> our organization is bipartisan. we don't endorse any candidate.
our membership has been universally outraged by this entire thing. leaders set what we call a command climate. you create the environment that your followers operate in. and this is the environment that has been created. if a military mother can stand up and be booed, it is outrageous. mike pence has to shut that down. donald trump has to shut that down. hillary clinton should do the same. this is about honor, integrity and respecting families that are enduring sne ining something th unimaginable. tim kaine's son is in the marine corps. we're going to look to them to be leaders and bring more light and less heat. >> there are many calling for donald trump to apologize for his attacks on the khan family. donald trump's son eric appeared on cbs this morning. he says his father has apologized, not by saying i'm
sorry. >> they want an apology. would your father be willing to apologize and move on. >> that's a great question for him. i think he has by calling them a hero. the ultimate sacrifice is a soldier dying for this nation and dieing to protect the three of us. >> is its difficult for him to apologize for anything? >> my father's a fighter and i think this country needs a fighter. he was attacked the other day. that's politics. >> was donald trump attacked viciously by the khan family? does it matter? >> there's no apologizing for his comments. there's no excusing his comments. that's why the outrage has been universal. for anybody to defend this, they're going to lose that political argument. you can argue that maybe mr.
khan was entering the political arena, but there are still rules. to attack their integrity, their character and their patriotism and to compare anything with the ultimate sacrifice is completely out of bounds. >> this notion that donald trump sacrificed by building businesses and creating jobs -- >> it's not even close. his son is of age. his son is probably about the same age captain khan was. to imagine losing your son in combat is not comparable to anything on earth. it's called the ultimate sacrifice for a reason. donald trump's got a real mess on his hands and he's trying to find a way to dig himself out of it. he can't just deflect and make excuses. >> everything is becoming so politicized right now. you have those coming out and saying hillary clinton should apologize. i wanted to listen to what one
of the mothers of those lost in benghazi told brooke baldwin yesterday. >> i was treated like dirt. i don't think the khan family was treated that way. but i was treated like dirt. i was called a liar. hillary promised she would get back to me and tell me what happened. i don't know why my son is dead. i don't know why he was there. >> so this whole thing has become so political charged and politicized. i know that your organization fights against that. >> yeah. mrs. smith deserved respect too. she's lost her son and her sacrifice is unimaginable. what's. happeni happening here is both sides have used veterans. this is a political battle. in some levels there's a political proxy war happening for republicans and democrats. just like in war, there are still rules. to attack the integrity of a family is out of bounds for anybody.
this is not a partisan move to push back on trump. it's every veteran's group, it's every type of political background. it's uncharted territory. we've never had a command climate from a presidential candidate that has treated the military in this way. and our gold star families are sacred. >> i'll be right back. get between you and life's dobeautiful moments.llergens flonase gives you more complete allergy relief. most allergy pills only control one inflammatory substance. flonase controls 6. and six is greater than one. flonase changes everything. ♪
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and i went to swerve, unfortunately i clipped the tiller he was pulling, and that was it. >> a cross marks the place where 75-year-old marvin beck of nearby malcolm, iowa, was ejected from his tractor. >> i held him in my arms and called 911. his sons ended up coming, took him out of my arms, and i think i called 911 again at that point. i was in the police car when we found out that he didn't make it. >> what was that like? it's going to be impossibly difficult no matter what. >> i don't think there's an hour that goes by that i don't think about him in some way. even if i could just save one kid from not doing it or one person, i think at least that is a little bit of comfort, open
people's eyes and make them realize we need to change the way we ear driving. >> especially when you think about how many people, including parents, text or post on social media while driving. >> we're finding about half of all parents say they drive distracted. that's not really helping for where we're trying to get in terms of shifting the societal norms. if mom and dad are doing it, then, hey, it must be okay. >> laura mauer spent 14 days in jail, and she is now in the process of completing 200 hours of community service. carol, she's going around talking to kids and parents hoping they learn from what she calls the biggest regret of her life. >> kelly wallace, thanks so much. kelly's special "driving while distracted" airs this saturday at 2:00 p.m. the next hour of cnn "newsroom"
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you very much for joining me. hillary clinton rides a big bounce out of her party's convention and knocks donald trump out of the lead. clinton surges in our latest cnn-orc poll, now ahead by nine percentage points. clinton and trump are locked in a dead heat on the issue of fighting isis, but that only tells part of the story. trum once held a commanding lead, 13 percentage points less than two weeks ago when the republican convention wrapped up. in the meantime, trump escalates his feud with the parents of a muslim soldier killed in
afghanistan. his running mate has to answer for it when confronted by a military mom. >> time and time again trump has disrespected our armed forces and his disrespect for mr. khan and his family is just an example of that. will this ever be a point when you can look tum in the eye and say enough is enough. do you have a sense of the military? how do you tolerate his disrespect. >> i appreciate your question. it's all right. it's all right. >> folks, that's what freedom looks like, and that's what freedom sounds like. >> cnn's phil mattingly is here with more. >> reporter: that right there is just a prime example this is an issue that started to resonate on the campaign trail, and more than one republican official sent an e-mail about that very interaction says if donald trump
can handle that like mike pence handled that, we would be in a much better place. here is the issue right now. this is still an issue. republicans would like donald trump to move on. for a period yesterday, he seemed like he might. he didn't bring this up in either of his rally, but he did at a local columbus, ohio, television station, talking specific motives of keiser chaun. >> when you have radical islamic terrorists probably all over the place, we're allowing them to come in by the thousands and thousands. i think that's what bother mr. khan more than anything else. i'm not going to change my views on that. we have radical islamic terrorists coming in that have to be stopped. >> at the heart of this issue for the trump campaign and really for donald trump has been what we've seen over the course of the last 14 months. if donald trump feels like he's being attacked, he's going to swing back. he always says he's a counter
puncher. that means there won't be any apology in the works, something his son was asked about this morning. take a listen to what aaron trump had to say. >> they want an apology. would your father be willing to apologize. >> that's a great question for him. i think he has in terms of calling him a hero. the ultimate sacrifice is a soldier dying for this nation and dying to protect the three of us, no question about it. >> is it difficult for him to apologize, eric, on anything? >> my father is a fighter. my father is a fighter. i think this country needs a fighter. i think he was attacked viciously. that's politics and you're going to get attacked. >> eric trump underscoring a central theme of the trump campaign and a central theme of what's been happening over the course of the last few days related to this incident. this is something, republican officials just wish they could move on from. this isn't a public fight they want to have privately.
i'm told republican officials have repeatedly reached out to the trump campaign and said just move on. a lot of republican officials publicly making comments. among them, house speaker paul ryan saying he's opposed to trump's muslim ban and criticizing anybody critiquing gold star mothers. trump thank paul ryan's primary opponent, paul neal land, who has been repeatedly attacking paul ryan. their primary is a week away, carol. >> phil mattingly reporting live for us, thank you. some veterans are urging paul ryan to unendorse donald trump. writing in part, as veterans who previously served in active duty, we're horrified by donald trump's slander of parents whose son died serving our country. mr. trump has made a series of
racist and sexist statements, but the profound disrespect shown to gold star parents is a new low. with me is one of the congressmen who wrote that letter, ruben guy ag go. >> thank you for having me. >> where did you serve. >> in iraq. >> as you step back, not as a democrat but as a republican and you watch this unfold on the stage, what goes through your mind as a veteran? >> as a veteran and a friend of a lot of gold star families, it's disgusting for someone to call them a national leader, to have have an idea of what sacrifice means to a gold star family and when pushed against the wall, turning out and lashing out in an idiotic and irresponsible manner tells me one thing. this person is not ready to be president. for any politician that considers themselves a sane
politician -- >> paul ryan probably will receive your letter and say he's a democrat, he wants to keep us going for obvious purposes. >> more importantly, i want to keep this country safe. somebody like donald trump is unstable. he doesn't understand the military, doesn't understand our veteran and veteran families, clearly doesn't have the temperament to be president of the united states. tom and time again, paul ryan rebukes what donald trump says without mentioning his name. he turns around and continues to support him. how is donald trump going to learn to constrain himself, comport himself like an actual leader when all the republican leaders are still giving the backing and continuing him to run for office? >> here is the thing. senator john mccain came out with a strong letter denouncing donald trump's comments -- >> right, but still endorsing him. >> senator mccain would say, you know what, the voters have spoken. who am i as a politician to disavow what they want. >> it's important to be a leader sometimes and not a politician. i think senator mccain is
missing the point. so is speaker ryan. this man is unstable, unfit -- >> you think he's unstable? >> i think he's absolutely unstable. >> like mentally unstable? >> i do. who in their right mind would attack a gold star family. once they've actually done that and then turn around and double down and accusing a gold star mother of not being able to speak because of some weird religious bias he believes she has. this is not normal. for politicians like paul ryan and senator mccain to continue to endorse this person, you're encouraging this behavior, an encouraging people in society to support this viewpoint. >> the parents who lost their kids in benghazi when the consulate came under attack, they have a far different view of this than democrats do. do you understand where they're coming from? >> absolutely. i think their sacrifice is just as important as the sacrifice of the khan family.
i think it's important for us to remember that there is no reason they should be attacked or the khan family should be attacked. it doesn't mean just because one family was attacked that it's somehow equal. either way -- >> they would say hillary clinton owes them an apology. >> i think hillary clinton stated clearly what occurred and how she feels she did not do anything wrong in regards to that family. i think trump could have done the same thing. trump could have attacked and talked about the issues, not necessarily attack them personally. this is why the gold star family association and the vfw tend to be non-partisan jumped in and said this is unacceptable, a new low. there's something to be said when all the organizations who stay out of politics have jumped in. >> congressman gallego, thank you for your service. >> thank you. >> trump say it is november system is rigged.
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yes, mom. why? hmm. no reason. donald trump hitting the battleground state of virginia. you're looking at ash bush where mr. trump will speak next hour. the home state of the vice presidential candidate senator tim kaine. calling trumps remarks about the khan family the lowest of low. he's likely to mention how the system is working against him. trump's new target, fire marshals. he claims the fire marshals refused to let all of his supporters into the event for political reason is. >> for political reasons they were turned away and that's too bad. so we have a thousand people in there. they won't allow anymore -- the fire marshal said he's not
allowed to let anymore, even though the building holds many thousands of people. i just want to tell you that. that's politics at its lowest. >> cnn's jason carroll is following all this. he's live in ashburn. good morning, jason. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. this isn't the first time trump has gone after fire marshals. when we were in colorado springs last week, he went after the fire marshals there for the exact same reason. he felt the venue where he booked was big enough to hold more people than were allowed inside. there were thousands of people outside there in columbus, ohio, who could not get in. i actually spoke to the fire marshal about that yesterday. he said, look, last friday both the fire officials and the trump campaign had come to an agreement that a certain number of people would be allowed in. the reason more people were not allowed in is because some of the exits were blocked due to construction and it was a safety issue, not a political issue. he also told me some members of the trump camp called him later
to apologize. carol, this once again points to what critics have been saying of the trump and the trump campaign, they don't want him focused on fire marshals or gold star families or former new york city mayors, they want him focused on the issues and hillary clinton. he went after clinton in a way that few expected. >> if he would have not done anything, go home, go to sleep, relax, he would have been a hero. but he made a deal with the devil. she's the devil. he made a deal with the devil. it's true. >> reporter: calling her the devil i think was not the way that some folks expected him to go after clinton. in terms of what he might due today, it's probably going to be much of what we've seen in previous rallies. he will talk about the economy. he will talk about creating jobs and national security. those will be some of the topics of discussion. what will be interesting to see is whether or not he goes into this whole issue once again of the system being rigged.
for the first time he said yesterday he feels as though the system in the general election will be rigged against him. carol. >> all right, jason carroll, i believe we have mr. trump actually saying that because i think that will be a continuing theme, right? here is mr. trump. >> i'm afraid the election is going to be rigged, i have to be honest. i hear more and more that the election on november 8th -- can you believe it? we're almost there. >> all right. jason carroll, thank you. with me to talk about this is tara setmayer, a cnn political strategist. also scottie nell hughes is a trump supporter and political trump supportnd and tom bevin from realclearpolitics.com. >> scottie, he's already called the november election rigged. why? >> because we have thousands of
erb mails from wikileaks proving a lot of things were rigged in the democratic primary. we didn't think it was going to happen when. >> exactly how might the november election be rigged and who would rig it? >> that's the thing. i think that's why he's able to say it, is just to remind people we saw the bernie versus hillary race was rigged. he's not necessarily saying that's what's going to happen, but once again just to remind the american people, remind the bernie sanders supporters that, yes, all your thoughts, all your fears were true. the democrats were putting the system against you so your candidate, bernie sanders, would not be the nominee. >> ed, do you agree? was the democratic process rigged on the democratic side? and could that spill over to the election in november? >> first of all, as a former employee of the democratic national committee, i think people give us way too much
credit for the things that we're able to pull off. it was not rigged. there were bad e-mails. the point is, donald trump talked about winning again, having republicans win again. how are you going to win again if you're telling people that it's rigged. it's an excuse because he sees the writing on the wall and he doesn't think he can get past the finish line. another element of all this is when you're working in campaigns, one part of the science of this is that voters are more enthusiastic, more motivated to vote if they think their vote can make a difference, if they think they're in this game. to say the process is rigged is counter intuitive to all that and serves to suppress his own vote. he's not ready for this. >> scottie, what do you make of this? do you suppose we'll hear more of this from donald trump down the line? this poll, this cnn-orc poll came out showing a big hillary clinton bounce and maybe that's why mr. trump is saying this. >> it was a good convention bounce.
i, like most of the common staters that have been on, agree. let's give it a week or two, continue on the campaign trail and see what their message is and how it resonates with the american voter. both candidates experienced great bounces as expected, historical bounces we have not seen since the '80s. give it a few weeks and we'll see how these polls actually equal out. >> tom, do you see it that way? >> i think we've got to give it a little time. certainly hillary clinton got a convention bounce. let me say this about trump saying the election is rigged, this is his ground game. he doesn't have a conventional ground game. he's trying to motivate supporters to get to the polls. i'll disagree with your earlier guest. he did this in the republican primary, said it was rigged against him. it worked for him then. he'll continue to use this in a general election. that's how he'll try to get his folks to the polls, saying if you come out and vote for me, we'll lose this election because it's rigged.
that's a dangerous game but it worked for him in the primaries. >> tara, is it a dangerous game to play for mr. trump? >> yes, this is a very left wing tactic with all due respect to my friends on the other side of the iechlt but to undermine the system that you're engaging in is a typical tactic of people to try to undermine the integrity of our election process. this is really beneath the dignity of this process. donald trump is running for the presidency of the united states which is a very serious job, for the leader of the free world. what has he done since he has secured the nomination? all he has done is continue to make personal attacks against people based on their ethnicity, based on their religion. he has nod stayed on message. he has not gone after hillary clinton in a consistent way other than calling her names. hillary clinton's record should be enough to sink her. any other republican november nominee would be up by 20 points. instead, donald trump decides to whine and complain about things
when he doesn't get away or to hide from the fact that he does not have a real campaign, that he doesn't have a real message that will be successful in this country. he has no idea how to govern. instead he does things like this, all deflection. of course, let's plant into the seeds of people's mind the idea that, no matter what happens, the system is rigged. i don't really think donald trump wants to win. does he really want to win this? he's setting himself up to be an awful martyr and he can complain when there's a landslide in november, he can complain it was because the system was ripgd m against him. >> i do want to ask about this. there's more than one op ed -- in "the washington post," for example, that claims mr. trump is unstable. i had a democratic congressman on saying he thinks there's something mentally unbalanced about mr. trump. why go there?
i want ed. >> i think that donald trump has given people enough evidence to suspect that maybe there is something going on upstairs, or maybe not anything going on upstairs. it's not just democratic congressman. this morning, richard hannah, republican congress marn from new york wrote an op ed saying he would vote for hillary clinton. >> but why call mr. trump unbalanced? >> i think he's offered enough evidence to suggest that maybe -- maybe the lights are on but no one is home. he's constantly calling people names, showing he's not necessarily fit for this job. >> that doesn't mean he's unbalanced or crazy, right? that's really what they're saying. >> i don't know exactly what they're saying. i don't know if unbalanced means crazy, but i think it draws questions. >> okay, scottie. go. i. >> i think this is an interesting step.
it's not only who mr. trump is, it's the 14 million voters he represents. i would caution anybody to sit there and insult them. this shows the hypocritical standard we're seeing from the left, they can call names. there's a lot stronger names being called than just unbalanced in regard to mr. trump's sanity. like your previous guest, the congressman, the words he said. the "new york post" posting the photos of melania trump long before she met mr. trum. you criticize him for calling names and then you turn around and call him a name. it's the hypocrisy that keeps being called out. >> this is ridiculous we're having these conversations now. the conversation from donald trump every single day should be
hammering hillary clinton on her record, the failed record on the obama presidency, of the fact that we have 1.2% gdp growth, the worst since 1948, the economy, the economy, the economy, and hillary clinton's dishonesty. that's it. all this other nonsense is just ridiculous. so people do question does he really want to win or is it just his narcissim taking over. either way, this is not how a presidential candidate -- >> tara, i agree with you. let's make history. i agree with what tara is saying. she's right. that's what donald trump should be focusing on. >> stop making excuses for him. >> he keeps being asked about journalists. it was the journalists bringing it up, other people bringing up the issue. mr. trump wants to focus on the policy -- >> mr. trump said all those things in his speech unprompted by journalists. i have to end it there. tomorrow night a special town
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. donald trump doubles down on his feud with the gold star family, putting his own party in a bind. many republicans speaking out in support of the khan family while trump gets the cold shoulder. those who lost loved one in benghazi are crying foul, not at
donald trump but at hillary clinton. over the weekend clinton pushed back against claims she lied to the victims' families. >> my heart goes out to both of them. losing a child under any circumstances, especially in this case, two state department employees, extraordinary men, both of them, two cia contractors gave their lives protecting our country, our values. i understand the grief and the incredible sense of loss that can motivate that. as other members of families who lost loved ones have said, that's not what they heard. i don't hold any ill feeling for someone who in that moment may not fully recall everything that was or wasn't said. >> with me now is charles woods, the father of a u.s. navy
s.e.a.l., tyrone woods, who was also killed in the attack on the consulate in benghazi. thank you, sir, for being here. >> good morning. thank you. >> good morning. when you hear hillary clinton saying what she just said, what goes through your mind? >> well, i know what she said, and it has nothing to do with faulty memory. as you know, i've shown this book to many people. i keep my brains in my pocket. for years i write down the important things that happen during the day. and this was written down right after we met with hillary, and so it has nothing to do with a faulty memory. i'll read to you exactly what the conversation was that i had with with hillary. this is just a couple days after what happened in benghazi, when the bodies came out. i gave hillary a hug and shook her hand, and she said that we are going to have the filmmaker
arrested who is responsible for the death of your son. now, not only did i write that down. she also told that to other family members. and then about a half hour or 45 minutes later, she went on national tv at the casket ceremony and she repeated the same untruth. she said, as i recall, rage was directed towards the american embassy as a result of the awful film that we had no part in. so she not only lied to the american people, she also lied to myself and to other family members. >> what, sir, would you like hillary clinton to say? >> what would cause that? >> i'm asking, sir, what would you like hillary clinton to say? >> well, i would like really for her to come clean and to tell the truth. i would like to know personally
why there was no rescue attempt made. if there had been a rescue attempt, my son would still be alive. >> as you look at all that is transpiring now in the political arena, especially surrounding gold star families, families like you who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, what goes through your mind? >> i have a lot of empathy for gold star families. i know one family who has been in the spotlight recently and that was khan. he was definitely a patriotic american citizen who was also a moderate muslim. we need to think about these moderate muslims who are american citizens. they have the same national security concerns that all of us
do. what we have to realize is that isis and other radical terrorist groups, they not only kill jews, christians, gays, they also kill moderate muslims who do not agree with their radical jihad and their interpretation of shiite law. i'm sure when the election comes out next year, they're going to have to make the decision who should they vote for based upon who will do the best job of defending this country. i think that hillary clinton proved at benghazi that she was incapable of protecting 35 of her own employees, so how can she possibly protect 330 million americans in their home. >> do you think mr. trump should apologize to mr. khan? >> i don't know what was said. i haven't seen a tv set. >> he hasn't apologized.
>> i was camping with my daughter and taking her to a road i don't. >> he has not apologized. he said he has sacrificed because he has built buildings and created jobs. i can actually play a bit of what his son eric said on cbs this morning about how exactly his father has reacted to the khans. let's listen. >> they want an apology. would your father be willing to apologize and move on? >> i think that's a great question for him, and i think he has by calling them a hero. in terms of the one question, whether you've made a sacrifice, i think my father has. that's certainly not the ultimate sacrifice. the ultimate sacrifice is a soldier dying to protect this nation. >> is it difficult for him to apologize, eric, on anything? you know him probably better than anybody. >> my father is a fighter. i think my country needs a fighter. i think he was attacked the other day, attacked viciously. that's politics, you're going to get attacked. >> eric trump saying his father
sort of apologized by calling khan's son a hero and that donald trump has also sacrificed for this country. >> well, i would agree with what mr. trump said. mr. khan was a hero, a patriotic american, and he was also a moderate muslim. >> should mr. trump apologize? >> like i say, i don't know what he originally said, and i don't know what he said since then. i know who should apologize, and that would be hillary clinton, for lying to the american families who lost their loved once as well as to the american public. she hasn't apologized for that yet. in fact, she's even doubled down and called us liars which is not appropriate, not at all. like i say, either she's lying or she has a bad memory.
>> who are you endorsing this election? >> well, my son would still be alive if mrs. clinton was performing her job properly as secretary of state. so in good conscience, i cannot vote for the person who was directly responsible for the death of my son. there is only two choices, and obviously i support donald trump. the main reason is because national security, as well as the economy, are the two most important issues that voters are going to have to decide upon next november. >> just the last question i'll ask you. do you wish mr. trump would stop talking about the khans now?
>> i haven't watched a tv set since last monday or tuesday. >> he's continued to double down on mr. khan. >> when hillary clinton on several occasions has called the benghazi victims' families liars, should she apologize for that? >> thank you, sir, for your time this morning. i do appreciate you stopping by. >> thank you. >> charles woods. i'll be write back. put some distance between you and temptation with... ...meta appetite control. clinically proven to help reduce hunger between meals. new, from metamucil, the #1 doctor recommended brand. tempur-pedic mattresses is that they contour to your body. i just have to lay back in my tempur-pedic and it just
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pope francis is taking the first steps toward allowing female dee cons in the catholic church. the vatican announced the creation of a commission made up of seven men and six women to create the study after intense prayer and mature selection. that's according to the vatican's press office. let's head to rome and cnn's delia gallagher. i'm stunned over this, delia.
>> reporter: okay, carol. let's take it one step at a time. what the vatican has announced is the setting up of a commission to look at the historical role of women deacons in the early church. i emphasized this because pope francis back in may was asked by a group of nuns to set up the commission. he said yes, he can do it. the next day the headlines came out that he was opening the door to women deacons. he specifically told the journalist that he was a bit angry to see a headline that he was opening the door to women de deacons because all he agreed to was setting up the commission. that being said, this commission is going to look at the role of women deacons in the early church. there were women deacons. the question hinges on ordination. deacons are an ordained position. women in the early church did the same thing as ordained deacons today, it would be revolutionary and francis would have an opportunity to say,
okay, let's have ordained women deacons. let me emphasize that's a long way off. at the moment the commission's work is, on a conservative estimate, at least a year away and the pope will then have to decide. >> delia gallagher, many thanks. "at this hour with berman & bolduan" starts now. donald trump is wrong. america is not weak. >> she's the devil. >> i asked donald trump have you no sense of decency, sir? >> she's got to do right for her donors. i'm going to do right for you. >> we are going to support the small businesses that donald trump has consistently stiffed. >> i'm afraid the election is going to be rigged. i have to be honest. >> hel