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friendships, i got my life back. >> all right. you can go to nominate your own cnn hero of the year. top of the hour, 6:00 p.m. eastern. 3:00 out west. you're in the "cnn newsroom," i'm poppy harlow in new york. we begin tonight in a state that could be a key decider in the presidential election. i'm talking about new hampshire. in just two hours, donald trump is set to kick off a campaign event there, make remarks live there tonight. this comes as the swing state is seriously swinging towards hillary clinton. the latest polling out of the granite state showing her with a 15-point lead over trump. this poll and the dive that trump takes comes after a rocky week for the candidate that ended with him endorsing, finally, speaker paul ryan, as well as arizona senator john
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mccain and new hampshire senator, kelly ayotte. he was saying earlier this week he wasn't quite there yet in endorsing them. kristen holmes is in wyndham, new hampshire are. new hampshire is not a shoo-in for hillary clinton. yes, the latest polling is in her favor. what will trump say on stage tonight to try to swing more folks into his camp? >> reporter: well, look, poppy. what everyone is hoping today, republicans are hoping today, is that he will stay on message. he will make sure that he does what he's supposed to be doing. they are hoping that in new hampshire, you know, he says that he is going against hillary clinton, he doesn't stray from that message. now, if we look at his social media today, he has stayed on that message of unity. we have seen that he has said that he would be talking about hillary clinton here tonight. he also released a campaign video that was slamming hillary
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for her remarks this week, saying she short-circuited during an interview with chris wallace when he asked her about his e-mails. her e-mails, excuse me. and so we think that that's what he's going to do. that's what republicans are hoping he's going to do. but, of course, this is what they had been hoping he was going to do the entire last week. you know, this was a week that he really could have spent hitting hillary clinton, and instead he spent cleaning up unforced errors, as one campaign source put it to me. you know, he said that -- as you mentioned, wasn't ready to endorse paul ryan, spent half the week feuding with a gold star family. so it's a lot of questioning here. there are no teleprompters, and that means that it's possible that he will go off-script. but i think republicans are certainly hopinging he does not, poppy. >> all right, kristen holmes, live for us in new hampshire, thank you so much. i also want to -- before i bring in my panel of political contributors here, i want to
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play a new ad, a new ad from the trump camp going after clinton. >> i hope you will compare what i'm proposing to what my opponent is talking about. i'm telling you right now, we are going to raise taxes on the middle class! so i may have short-circuited. >> all right. there is the ad. let's bring in our panel, weighing in on this. washington correspondent for the "new yorker," hillary clinton supporter, maria cardona, white house political director, jeffrey lord. ryan, they are obviously capitalizing the trump camp on hillary clinton, trying once again to explain her e-mails and the situation and how she explained it to the fbi and the american people. she said yesterday, i may have short-circuited in my response.
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my response could have been better and more clear. how effective is this for trump to portray her as a robot when he obviously is capitalizing on what others see as a weakness of his on the temperament front, right? he says she's a robot. you know what you're going to get. with me, not so much. >> yeah. i mean, look, both candidates have some pretty well-known and serious vulnerabilities, right? for the democrats and the republicans, these are the two candidates with the highest disapproval ratings that either party has nominated. >> yeah. >> and so, you know, when trump is not stepping in it himself, he's got some things to work with here. and i think an ad like this, i doubt -- this is more to play and for us to talk about. so it's effective in the fact that it catches our attention, and, you know, for a moment people are talking about her mistakes and what she said about the e-mails and her missteps rather than trump's. that's the sort of thing that a typical political campaign does,
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with, you know, mixed success and the kind of thing that just the trump campaign has, you know, not been able to just change the subject when they want. and so i think the big thing we're seeing in the last couple days is creeping signs of professionalization in the trump campaign. but, look, trump is trump. and jeffrey is laughing, but, look, jeffrey. this is an unusual campaign that is not -- look, they aren't even spending ads in the swing states. we're just learning today they're just now asking for ad rates for the fall. that is highly unusual. other campaigns bought, you know -- would have bought ads months ago. so i wouldn't say that this is a game-changing ad or anything like this. but we do see the trump campaign effectively trying to put the focus back on his opponent's vulnerabilities. >> jeffrey lord, as a trump supporter, there's two factors here when you look at two states, right? let's look at these georgia numbers, "atlanta journal
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constitution poll" shows clinton ahead by four points. in georgia, a typically red state, and when her husband won. and then you have an interesting dynamic at play in pennsylvania. a state where the battleground polls show that trump -- clinton, rather, is ahead of trump by 13 points in pennsylvania. and you've got senator pat toomey there, the incumbent running for his seat again, basically saying to people voting for me and voting for donald trump is separate. according to the "new york times," he said donald trump is in a category unto himself and he said people will make a, quote, completely separate decision between the top of the ticket, trump, and toomey. seemingly, distancing himself from the presidential candidate. are you concerned? >> no. poppy, i'll tell you. as a pennsylvanian who has been around the block here, number one, i spoke to dr. terry madonna, director of the franklin marshal college poll, a very power plarespected pennsyll and the latest had hillary
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clinton up by nine points. and he assures me he's nonpartisan in this. certainly the state is very winnable for trump. and i can tell you, a couple things. number one, having worked for ronald reagan, he couldn't buy arlen specter, the very liberal republican senator from here. but yet came into pennsylvania, raised money for him, did a commercial for him, kept a challenger from a primary out and helped carry him to re-election victory in 1986. and to go further back, i was the press secretary for then senator john hines, who was running for re-election when reagan's -- was president in 1982, and there was a recession, et cetera. john hines did exactly what pat toomey is doing. he drew a little distance between himself and reagan but never abandoned the field here. he won re-election and reagan, of course, two years later was in here to campaign for john hines and raise money for him. so that's just sort of normal stuff, if you will. >> maria cardona, you like these poll numbers, no question about that.
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>> yep. >> at the same time, your candidate being portrayed in that web ad from trump as robotic, is the criticism she's come under time and time again. her honest and truth worthy numbers, not strong, 34% of americans peel they can trust her. and you know, what is attractive to trump supporters about their candidate is that -- they don't know what he's going to say. and they feel like with hillary clinton, they know exactly what she's going to say. how effective is an ad like that, portraying her in that way? >> oh, i don't think it's effective at all in terms of drawing in additional supporters, which is exactly what donald trump desperately needs to do if he wants to have a credible pathway to the white house. and look, i think that the decision before voters this november is very clear. and yes, hillary clinton has trust issues, but so does donald trump. and so if you take that off the table, and by the way, his unfavorables are way higher than hers. voters are going to go into that
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voting booth, and they're going to pull the lever from their gut about who has the temperament to be president of the united states, who do they trust, mind you, so it actually is a trust issue when it comes to her versus him. who do they trust to keep them safe. who do they trust on foreign policy, who do they trust has the knowledge and the experience. >> and trump -- >> -- to guide this country. >> poppy? >> maria, trump does better nationally in polling when asked who can protect us more from isis, specifically. >> but she does better in terms of terrorism, in terms of foreign policy, and, again, possib importantly, and you showed this earlier, she blows him out of the water in terms of who has the temperament to be president of the united states. so when you go into the general election, and into these battle ground states, that is the argument that hillary clinton will be making. when you have republicans coming out every single day, saying that they don't trust him to keep america safe, that he is
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actually a danger to the republic. >> you're back with me in just a few moments and jeffrey lord, you will get the first word. stay with us. a lot to get to this hour. ahead, dramatic video of a deadly officer-involved shooting in chicago. we will tell you the key piece of video evidence missing. and we're taking an in-depth look at the fight for battleground states, georgia in play as of the latest polling. this hour we'll take you to the buckeye state of ohio. and later, secretary of state john kerry doubling down on the claim that ransom was not paid in exchange for american hostages. we will discuss the optics of this $400 million cash being delivered to iran the same day that the hostages were set free. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." it takes a lot of work... to run this business. but i really love it. i'm on the move all day long... and sometimes, i just don't eat the way i should. so i drink boost® to get the nutrition that i'm missing.
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shocking and disturbing. that is how the head of chicago's police oversight board describes video of the deadly officer-involved shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old. officers opening fire, this all happened last week after a high-speed chase. police feverishly trying to take down a suspect. but there's one key piece of video that's missing. it's the body camera video from the officer who fired the fatal shot. protesters organized a so-called die-in, in chicago, accusing the department of a coverup. our rosa flores has the latest developments. >> reporter: newly released dash and body camera videos show the
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dramatic moments. the suspect, 18-year-old paul owe neal, was fleeing from police in a black jaguar. as he drives towards the police car, two officers jump out. firing at the jaguar as it speeds by. one officer even pointing his gun in the direction of his partner as he turns around. seconds later, o neal slams head-on into a police suv, o neal takes off running. body cameras show officers chasing him. moments later, the sound of gunfire. o neal was shot in the backyard of a home. >> put your hands behind your back! >> reporter: the county medical examiner says o neal, who was unarmed, died of a gunshot wound to the back. the officer who fired the fatal shot was wearing a body camera, but it was not recording. investigators are trying to figure out why. o neal's family watched the
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videos before they were released to the public. >> i'm very hurt. words can't describe how i feel at this moment. and how i felt when it happened. but i really want everybody to know that paul was loved by my mother, his family, me. >> reporter: the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department and the officers involved. family members say sam of the most disturbing moments are what the officers say after the shooting. while onally is still bleeding and handcuffed on the ground. [ bleep ] >> hi, how is it going? >> hey, he shot back, right? wait a minute. >> reporter: this shooting happening in what is deemed a new era of transparency and accountability in chicago. >> as it appears right now, departmental policies may have been violated. >> reporter: the new police superintendent took swift action, taking the police powers
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away from the three officers who fired their weapons. it also only took eight days for officials to release the video, a move that at times has taken more than a year. rosa flores, cnn, chicago. >> rosa, thank you so much. we appreciate it. coming up, you've heard the slogan, the road to the white house runs through o-hi-o. so why is trump barely spending a dime in the state? does he need to? hillary clinton's camp committing millions there. will it make a difference? we'll take you inside the state and a closer look at both strategies, ahead.
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the presidential election this year will likely come down to just a few states. you should still go out and vote, everyone. but the battleground states are really critical. perhaps none more important than the swing state of ohio. both clinton and trump have been campaigning hard there, no question. our jessica schneider explains what is at stake in ohio. >> i do believe that my vote matters. i want it to matter. >> so goes ohio, so goes the country, yeah. >> reporter: these are the voters hillary clinton and donald trump hope to capture, no republican has ever won the
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presidency without winning ohio. the last time a democrat took the white house without the state, john f. kennedy in 1960. both campaigns are fighting hard for the battleground. hillary clinton and tim kaine traveled by bus through the state as part of their post convention push. >> we're going to be back. we'll be in the valley. we'll be all over ohio. >> reporter: donald trump rallied in columbus monday. >> i'll be back so much you'll be sick of me. but november 8th, you have to go and vote. >> reporter: 7.6 million voters up for grabs, but there is a push and pull over registering even more. federal judges struck down voter i.d. laws and those reducing early voting time as unconstitutional. and now the state's purge of voters who haven't cast a ballot is under review by the courts. >> the ground game really matters, particularly in a year where both of the major candidates have a lot of negatives. >> reporter: clinton's team has field offices sprouting up
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around the state, her camp counting on courting suburban women. >> i think there are a lot of people, especially in suburban ohio, who may have voted for mitt romney last time. they're going to be turned off by the toxic rhetoric of donald trump. they're going to take a strong look and come our way at the end of the day. >> ohio gop officials say offices open next week, insisting trump's tactics mean they haven't lost any ground. >> the clinton operation trying to do a lot to compensate for a weak candidate. what would he have got with donald trump is a candidate who is taking his message right to the people through his rallies, through twitter, through the media. >> reporter: but trump is an ongoing feud with the top republican in the state, governor john kasich, refused to appear at the cleveland convention after taking on trump during the primary season. >> you nominate the wrong republican candidate who divides the country, we'll lose the united states senate. as well as the white house. they will not win ohio. >> i know the trump team isn't
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happy, and it looks like neither side is happy right now. but while the bridge wasn't crossed, it also wasn't burned. >> i'm not sure about trump, i'm not sure about hillary. and i don't know -- english i'm going to make my decision that day. >> i think i'll make my decision that day. you heard that voter there. they are playing hard for those undecideds, especially in ohio. coming up, no republican has ever won the white house without winning ohio. how important is the support of the state's governor for donald trump? kasich sat down exclusively with our jake tapper. you'll hear more live in the "cnn newsroom," next. i work 'round the clock.
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this is how car-buying was always meant to be. this is truecar. ohio. a crucial battleground state for donald trump and hillary clinton. the last time a democratic presidential candidate won the white house without winning ohio, well, go back to john f. kennedy's victory in 1960. as for republican candidates, no republican has of won the white house without winning ohio. and the state's governor, john kasich, as of now, he is still not getting behind his party's candidate. in a brand-new fascinating interview with kasich, our jake tapper asked him why he did not go to the rnc in his own home state. >> look, jake, here's the thing. all throughout this, anybody can say, okay, trump said this, you
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say that. why don't you slug him over the head. look, my actions have spoken louder than any words. >> your refusal to endorse him. >> and think about this. i want to know when anybody had a convention in their state when they were the governor who didn't go in the convention hall. i mean, some people really are furious with me about that. >> let's bring in our panel, hillary clinton supporter, maria cardona. also former reagan white house political director, jeffrey lord, a donald trump supporter and ryan liza washington, correspondent for the new yorker. ryan, kayla mcinerney said yesterday, she thinks that donald trump really needs this endorsement from kasich. he -- this is one of the important ones. do you think it's critical? >> yeah, look. he's already finally patched things up with john mccain in arizona. obviously north carolina contain is pretty popular republican there.
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kelly ayotte in new hampshire, similarly a popular republican. and the most popular republican in wisconsin, paul ryan. so i would find it amazing if he did not find a way to reach out to kasich and figure out how they could reach some kind of accommodation. >> do you think that's possible, listening to kasich? do you think that's possible? >> i mean, trump says he's one of the greatest deal-makers in history. he should be able to figure out a way to get the endorsement of arguably the most important republican governor in the country for his electoral future. right? if you are running for president and you want to win and the one state you have to win is ohio, and the most important republican in that state is john kasich, you would think as a great deal-maker, you would figure out how to earn it. you can't do it on your own. he needs his party behind him. and he took one -- took a couple small steps this week in learning that, and reaching out to some key republicans. but as you point out, poppy,
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kasich has some very, very significant differences with trump, and he would have to do some real negotiating to get that endorsement. >> yeah, and the -- >> he hasn't -- he still holds out the possibility that he will do it. i mean, a lot of people who say they won't vote for trump as of right now, they're holding out the possibility of changing their mind if he changes. >> so jeffrey lord, jump in here. right? best deal-maker on the planet, that's what donald trump talked about, "the art of the deal." can he make this deal? >> well, sure. but you've got to have a willing partner to negotiate. you know, the thing that -- >> but let me just jump in there. it's not incumbent on kasich, right? >> no, it is. >> not kasich that needs trump. >> no. no, no, no. he is the leader of the party in ohio. that's your job. and when he talks about going down the path of light and the path of darkness, when you stand up in front of an audience in cleveland, ohio, for a debate, as john kasich did, and raise
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your hand and say that you will support -- you pledge to support the republican nominee, and then it isn't you and it's somebody that you -- that defeated you, that's going -- and therefore not going to support them, you're going down the dark path. poppy, i want to go back to one thing here on that temperament issue. i made a list of descriptions of hillary clinton from a new book on her -- from secret service agent and other books from people, including former staff members, who have dealt with her. and in materials of temperament, they say she yells, she threw a vase at her husband, she hollers curses, volcanic eruptions, screams, paranoid, held grudges, unleashes tirades, belittled staff in front of other people, et cetera. if we're going to have temperamental discussions about temperament, then i think we should bring it on and i think donald trump should address these, absolutely. >> well, i'm -- i hear you. i'm addressing the polling. maybe we can throw it up on the screen. new fox news poll shows that i believe it's 67% of americans
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think hillary clinton has the temperament to be president compared with 30-odd percent for donald trump. i'm sorry we don't have that to pull up. but let me ask you this. let me ask you this, maria. when you look at ohio -- that's what we're talking about, this critical battleground state, the ma honing valley, which clinton talks about, youngstown, old steel mills, et cetera, obviously a lot of pain there when it comes to jobs. 6,171 democrats in the primary switched their party affiliation to republican to vote for donald trump. only two -- fewer than 200 republicans switched their party affiliation to vote for hillary clinton. concerning numbers. >> well, we don't know why those democrats switched. it might be because they wanted trump to win to see hillary beat him. >> maria, we're talking about 6,000 to 200. >> we don't know. >> that's good, maria, i like that. >> you know what, it's been
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talked about. but the issue is this, poppy. that hillary is doing really well in these national polls, really well in these battle ground state polls. ohio is absolutely critical. but unlike for republicans, it is not a must-win for her. she has a myriad of paths in terms of electoral votes to the white house. she has many more pathways than donald trump. she starts with, you know, a much bigger share of electoral votes than donald trump does. i mean, that's essentially what democrats -- >> you mean the blue wall. >> exactly. but having said that, she's not taking anything for granted. i have said time and again, poppy, even with these polls as good as they look today for hillary clinton, she should wake up every single day, pretending like she's ten points behind everywhere, with her back against the wall. because regardless of how temperamentally unfit americans believe donald trump is, this is going to be a very close
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election. we are a very polarized and divided country, and as many republicans have come out against donald trump and many have said they're going to vote for hillary clinton, there is a lot of time left between now and election day and a day is a lifetime in politics. though i will say, we are in an era where, you know, people really are focused on -- they have seen donald trump in this trump train derailment and this debacle for the last three weeks or more and everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie. they are concerned about what kind of temperament this man has. and i think in that sense hillary clinton is going to win every time. >> don't forget, as donald trump points out, he won -- 14 million odd votes in the primary. so, look -- >> they weren't odd, they were normal. >> one quick -- >> you know what i mean. >> one quick point. >> and she won hers. >> i -- >> you have 30 seconds. >> i just wanted to address jeffrey, that old story about
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hillary clinton throwing the vase at bill. and i think we can all agree, if the worst thing that hillary ever did to bill was throw a vase, after all that happened in that marriage, he got off pretty easy. >> no one at home, do not throw vases at each other. i've got to get a break in. thank you very much. tomorrow morning, you will not want to miss cnn's exclusive interview with ohio governor, john kasich. "state of the union" tomorrow morning, 9:00 a.m. eastern right here on cnn. when we come back, news of a money transferred to iran, the same day that u.s. prisoners were released. the president is pushing back, saying you knew about this before. watch. >> we announced these payments in january. many months ago. there wasn't a secret. >> all right. but the optics of this, a major question. we'll be right back.
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correspondent, jim sciutto, reports the optics of this money transfer certainly putting the white house on the defensive. >> a pallet loaded with what iranian state television claims is cash sent by the u.s. the narrate tore says after 35 years. this video which cnn cannot authenticate aired in iran just days after the release of four american prisoners. at the pentagon, president obama dismissed any connection between the cash payment which he acknowledged and the prisoners' release. saying the negotiations were entirely separate. >> we announced these payments in january. this wasn't some nefarious deal. and at the time, we explained that iran had pressed a claim before an international tribunal
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about them recovering money of theirs that we had frozen. >> reporter: until today, donald trump repeatedly claimed to have seen what he called secret video of cash being unloaded in iran, just as those american prisoners were freed. >> the tape was made, right? you saw that with the airplane coming in. nice plane. and the airplane coming in, and the money coming off, i guess, right? that was given to us, has to be, by the iranians. and you know why the tape was given to us? because they want to embarrass our country. >> reporter: mr. trump with drew that claim, tweeting, quote, the plane i saw on television was the hostage plane in geneva, switzerland. trump apparently referring to this entirely different video, showing the plane that had carried the freed americans. however, the timing of the two transactions, u.s. prisoners going out, hundreds of millions of dollars going in, still raises the question of whether
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the americans' release was conditional on the payment of money. cnn asked a department official whether iran would have freed the prisoners without that payment. this official told cnn, it is, quote, unknowable. a senior state department official tells me that it was not an american plane that carried this money into iran, although the president has acknowledged the money was september in cash form. to be clear, the video that donald trump had claimed to see of money going into the country is not the same as this iranian state tv video. in fact, donald trump now says that he saw no video of money going to iran. he saw video of those american prisoners coming out. jim sciutto, cnn, washington. >> jim, thank you very much. let's talk it over with josh rogan. i think, you know, when you get past the semantics and i probably shouldn't say semantics, these are important
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words, was it ransom or not. but what i'm saying is, when you get past what words you choose, the fact that president obama's justice department wasn't comfortable with the optics with the prisoners, the ultimate importance here is the safety of americans, right? and since that happened, you have two americans who have been taken prisoner in iran. and senator tom cotton came out this week and let me read what he said. he said, "this break with long-standing u.s. policy put a price on the head of americans, and has led iran to continue its illegal seizures of americans." the question is, does this endanger more americans, josh? >> right. the u.s. has a stated policy of not paying ransoms for a very good reason. it's the reason that you and just quoted tom cotton is illuminating. it encourages more hostage-taking. that's totally true. at the same time, we have a long history of paying ransoms, and call it whatever you want. call it a coincidence, call it a
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payment that we owed them that just happened to arrive right as the plane was leaving. whatever they want to call it. let's remember here, when the original iranian hostages were released in 1980, the reagan administration released billions of dollars of funds. when we wanted to do deals with north korea, we co dinsentally gave them a bunch of money and food on the very exact same day. this is how diplomacy works. we do one thing and say another thing. the problem is when you try to explain that, it doesn't really make any sense. so they're both right. this is the way diplomacy works, and it also encourages more hostage-taking, and this is what the iranians do. they take people as bargaining chips and then sell them. that's exactly how it goes. >> look, the president in that press conference on thursday also touted the iran nuclear deal. he says it works. listen. >> there were all these horror stories about how iran was going to cheat and this wasn't going to work and iran was going to get $150 billion to finance terrorism, and all -- these kinds of scenarios.
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and none of them have come to pass. some of these folks who have said the sky is falling, suddenly said, you know what, we were wrong. and we are glad that iran no longer has the capacity to break out in short-term and develop a nuclear weapon. >> josh, it's important to note, we're only a year into the deal, right? is it too early -- is it too early to claim success like he did? >> well, that's exactly right. it is too early. and first of all, the israelis came out and said he agreed with them that it was working. what we can say is, it hasn't failed yet and that's a good thing. that's fine. you know, the iranians don't have the bomb, as far as we know. we should all thank, you know, everyone involved for that state of affairs. the problem with the iran deal, according to its critics, is not what happened today or tomorrow but what happens in 10 years, 15 years, 20 years when the inspections expire and when iran then has no restriction, can do
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whatever they want. we have left tools in the tool box. so this iran deal, as you -- as has been mentioned, is so heavily politicized, they're never going to agree on whether it's working or not. but, you know, as sort of a semi objective view here, let me tell you, it's working now. but the question is, will it really prevent iran from getting a bomb? that remains to be seen. >> josh, thank you. important perspective. coming up next, as the some are olympic games kick off in rio de janeiro, it all started last night, people there living, worried they might not be the priority if they get sick. we'll take you inside the brazilian hospital system with dr. sanjay gupta next, live in the "cnn newsroom." legalzoom has your back. for your business, our trusted network of attorneys has provided guidance to
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for many brazilians, medical care can be hard to get. but as the olympics kick off in rio for athletes and tourists, excellent medical care is available. our dr. sanjay gupta is in rio, taking a closer look at the state of medical care there. >> reporter: the images increasingly disturbing. overcrowding in rio's public hospitals. wait times here measured not in minutes, but hours and days. and this horrifying situation. a patient passed away, lying in a body bag and also waiting. to better understand what is happening here, we went along with rio's first emergency response battalion to see them
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in action. another problem, it's been 20 minutes now since we left, roughly. and we're lost. we're not exactly sure where the patient is that needs our assistance. we finally arrive. a man has collapsed. what they're going to try and do is administer as much care as they can in the ambulance and not take him to a hospital if they don't have to. it turns out he needs a hospital. the next goal, find a bed for him. any bed. and that is typically not very easy here. >> interpreter: in the state of rio de janeiro, we lack 150 intensive care beds every day. >> reporter: dr. nelson najon is a vice president at the regional council of medicine. >> it's an absurd situation. >> reporter: now, according to dr. najon, in order to make room for the hundreds of thousands of olympic tourists, things may have just become worse for the
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local residents. all elective operations at nearby public hospitals have been postponed for the duration of the olympics. for the residents of the olympic village, however, a different story. this clinic will be the first stop for any olympic athlete, coach, or family member. able to handle 60 patients with ct and mri scanners, even dental care. for many athletes from poorer countries, this is an opportunity to access basic health care. and if necessary, they will likely arrive here. america's medical city. dr. antonio martos is in charge of disaster response for rio 2016. he's giving us a rare look inside the facility. >> for all the people inside the venues, if they need, we'll be ready take care. >> reporter: for three years they've been planning for these three weeks. the director of emergency
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services tells me the biggest concern is not zika, not illness from the water, but a mass casualty incident from a terrorist attack. and that will bring into view for all to see a tale of two hospitals. one a world away from the other. on this day, our unknown patient is finally wheeled into the emergency room of that other world. poppy, if it seems like there's a little bit of whitewashing going on around rio, your perception is probably accurate. i think that's happened in other cities before the olympics as well. they want to make the city look good. so cancelling elective operations for the local citizens who already have a hard enough time getting care in order to make room for the hundreds of thousands of tourists, you can imagine that doesn't sit very well with them. they are already having a hard enough time getting care. now it's going to get even worse. that's the reality. we'll see what actually happens. hopefully those extra beds won't be necessary. you get a sense of what the public hospital system is like. >> and obviously a huge expense
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for them, to get fully prepared and geared up for the olympics, to have those extra beds, to have everything ready. what happens in a few weeks, sanjay, when the games are over? what happens to all of the equipment, all of the resources they've poured in? >> reporter: poppy, as you well know as a journalist, we'll see it when it actually happens. what they say is going to happen is a lot of the equipment, the ct scans, the mri scans you just saw, will be donated to the city of rio, to these public hospitals to try and give them some relief, give them some of the equipment they actually need. that's the promise. but there have been a lot of broken promises here in rio. we'll keep up on that story, poppy, and reportba back to you. >> i hope that promise becomes reality for those people who need it the most. sanjay in rio for us, thank you so much. >> reporter: thank you. quick break. we'll be right back.
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7:00 here in new york, 4:00 p.m. out west. i'm poppy harlow in new york. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." what a week in politics it's been, donald trump taking the stage, mending fences with gop leaders, ending speculation whether or not he would endorse house speaker paul ryan and
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senator john mccain and kelly ayotte. trump is holding a rally in ayotte's home state of new hampshire. this as new polling shows trump trailing by a pretty wide margin hillary clinton in the granite state, 15 points behind her. that's a new survey done by wbur. this as national polls show that trump is as much as 15 points behind clinton. cnn white house producer kristen holmes is an at a rally in new hampshire where trump will speak in just about an hour's time. look, he's going to take the stage, and he does this in the context of coming behind kelly ayotte who is losing in the polls in that state right now. this comes after quite a week for donald trump. what is he going to say? do we have any indication from the camp? >> reporter: as one campaign source told me, poppy, donald trump does what donald trump wants to do. that applies to his speeches as well. i can tell you that republicans are hopeful


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