tv At This Hour With Berman and Bolduan CNN October 14, 2016 8:00am-9:01am PDT
see you back here tomorrow afternoon. for now, "at this hour with berman and bolduan" starts now. hello. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. happy friday. look at live pictures right now of cleveland, ohio. hello, cleveland. john made me do it. a battleground state where early voting started just this week, where any minute now, president obama will be campaigning for hillary clinton. we will bring you there live as soon as it begins. donald trump also hitting a battleground today. north carolina. yesterday, he went to battle against the women accusing trump of forcing himself on them in years past. trump calls the claims outright lies and calls the accusers horrible liars. one of those accusers, jessica leeds, says donald trump assaulted her on a plane more than 30 years ago. she talked to anderson cooper. listen.
>> he was grabbing my breasts and trying to turn me towards him, and kissing me and then after a bit, that's when his hands started going, i was wearing a skirt, and his hands started going towards my knee and up my skirt. and that's when i said i don't need this and i got up. >> now, according to donald trump's running mate, mike pence, in just a matter of hours, that's what mike pence said, evidence will be revealed that will disprove trump's accusers. listen to this. >> frankly, i think before the day is out, there will be more evidence publicly that shows and calls into question these latest allegations. >> what evidence is coming out? >> well, just stay tuned. i know that there's more information that's going to be coming out that will back his claim that this is all categorically false. >> cnn's brianna keilar live for
us. mike pence says stay tuned. >> that's right. we are staying tuned. so far we haven't seen anything to disprove these allegations and it's really one of those situations where how do you, right? there are just so many allegations. that's one of the issues for donald trump. hillary clinton is seeing this, her campaign is seeing this, you will notice she's not on the campaign trail. she's fund-raising. she has her surrogates out. she's really trying to keep her powder dry. her campaign sees donald trump in free-fall and they don't want to give him any sort of soft landing so they are staying out of his way. hillary clinton has been doing some rather safe forums. for instance, she appeared on the "ellen" show and in it, keeping in mind she's doing this, she is trying to target women and she talked about donald trump and his demeanor during the last debate. here's what she said. >> he was really all wrought up and you could just sense how much anger he had and so he was
really trying to dominate and then literally stalk me around the stage, and i would just feel this presence behind me and you know, i thought whoa, this is really weird. >> yeah. >> so i was just trying to stay focused, trying to keep my composure. >> some people thought there was sort of this hulking presence of donald trump at the debate. some people looked and said that might not be the sort of image he wants to portray after this tape has come out because it is one that is certainly a little bit threatening compared to the normal composure during a debate where a candidate is going to stand back and look respectful and give someone their space. she is trying to, as she has, pull away some of those female voters, especially college educated white voters. make no mistake about it. this is all part of the calculation in the campaign.
>> thanks so much. donald trump also facing criticism from several former beauty pageant contestants who say he acted inappropriately when he owned the miss usa pageant. this is what former miss arizona, tasha dixon, told cnn. >> he walked in and you know, some women were half naked, others were in the press of changing. it puts us in not only a physical vulnerable position but also an emotional state because it's physically humiliating to be changing and have the owner come in. >> we should mention this is something donald trump himself admitted to doing with howard stern in 2005. listen to this. >> i will go backstage before a show and everyone's getting dressed and ready and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere -- and i'm allowed to go in because i'm the owner of the pageant and therefore i'm inspecting it. you know, i'm inspecting. i want to make sure the dresses, is everyone okay. they're standing there with no
clothes, is everybody okay. you see these incredible looking women so i sort of get away with things like that. >> sort of get away with things like that. joining us, someone who has competed in miss usa pageant when donald trump was the owner. former miss ohio 2014, trump surrogate now. madison, thanks for joining us. you are also a columnist with "the washington times." it's obvious and clear you have been in pageants, you have been backstage of a donald trump-owned pageant. was that your experience? did donald trump come backstage when you all were getting ready and in various stages of undress as you are getting ready for the pageant? >> as you know, i competed in miss usa in 2014. however, this wasn't my experience at the pageant. donald trump had a separate dressing room and was nowhere near or in the dressing room at the 2014 miss usa competition. he actually ended up arriving late. i think he was there maybe the night before the pageant started. he wasn't even there for preliminary competition which was on wednesday. he was in the audience when we were rehearsing. then after that, we saw him very
briefly after rehearsals in the audience section. that was about it. we did not see him ever in the dressing room in 2014. >> would it have been unusual to have a man, someone like donald trump, the owner of the pageant, backstage at a pageant? >> yes. i competed in miss ohio two years, the year before i won and the year i won. we never had any men near the dressing room. the security was female. then at miss usa there was no men in the dressing room as well. in my experience, that would have been very unusual at least in the 2014 competition. >> so if these women who have come forward and said donald trump was backstage, and if donald trump, what he said with his own words to howard stern, if that's all true, then that would be odd, you say. >> yeah. i think it would be odd. as you mentioned before, i did compete and i didn't see anything like this happening. so i understand what the girls say, maybe that would have made them uncomfortable but i have never experienced that and i can only speak to my own experiences on this. > odd, then, that donald trump would be bragging about it to
howard stern all the same. what are your feelings, madison? the tape, the "access hollywood" tape came out on friday. have you the accusations now coming from women from years past this week. what are your feelings now of the back and forth over the last few days between the accusations and how donald trump has responded to them? >> well, you know, it's obviously not my job to independently investigate accusations of sexual assault. i know he's vehemently denied these and evidence should be coming out later today to discredit these claims. however, regarding the "access hollywood" tape from 2005, i expressed on multiple networks disgust with these comments. i think these comments are terrible. as he admitted himself. they are degrading to women. but what i think here, he's not the only one saying them. we see young men on college campuses, i have heard multiple young men over my time at ohio state say horrible things, even worse than these comments, and what i think we need to see is a change in culture and what i hope is that this will actually spark that change in culture and
make people realize listen, a lot of men are saying these things, it's not okay and we need to start standing up and saying this is not okay, we need to make a change. >> let me ask, that sounds a lot like what the first lady, michelle obama, said yesterday in her speech in new hampshire. do you think she was on target then when she was voicing her concerns for the type of language you are talking about and the type of language we have heard at least on that tape from donald trump? >> you know, i didn't hear her speech yesterday. however, like i said, i do feel we need a change in culture with young men today. we need to make sure they know it's not okay to speak this way and that moving forward, people who do speak this way change. i think they need to realize this is not the way women want to be talked about. yes, i understand this is locker room talk and he's right. this does happen in locker rooms but it doesn't. >> you think donald trump is the one to change this culture? >> you know, i think he coming forward as a leader and someone followed by millions across this country, saying i said these
things, they were terrible, i was wrong, i think that could really make a difference, yes. >> he didn't offer the tape up. this had to be presented to him and then -- >> i don't think it matters how the tape came out. the fact of the matter is the tape is out now and he has taken responsibility for this and he's saying he's sorry. he's saying this is not right. so i think young men are going to see that and hopefully realize that. >> we should tell you we are waiting for president obama to take the stage. we just took the picture down. not sure if he's walking up right now. we will keep an eye on him. let me ask you, if we have a second more, donald trump yesterday was talking about a "people" magazine reporter who wrote the piece suggesting that in 2005, he made unwanted sexual advances to her. if we can play the sound, some sound people are remarking about today, i want to ask you about that. >> take a look. you take a look, look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. i don't think so. i don't think so.
>> can i have you respond to that quickly? he said take a look at her. i don't think so. what do you think he meant? >> you know, i think he's referring to the words as he claimed. these are false allegations. he's saying there will be evidence coming out later today to discredit these allegations. if that is the case, those are ugly words to make allegations of someone of sexual assault. this is a serious problem and by making false allegations we take the attention away from real victims and as hillary clinton said herself, these victims deserve to be heard and they deserve to be believed. i think we need to do a better job of making sure we do this. it's innocent until proven guilty in this country. that's an important trait of the united states of america that so many other people in other countries are not lucky enough to have the benefit of a criminal justice system that operates in that way. so i think we can say, you know, that donald trump is innocent until proven guilty. i think that these -- the information that's going to come out later today will hopefully show that. >> thanks so much for joining us. really appreciate it.
want to move over to cleveland, ohio. president obama speaking to the crowd. let's listen in. >> -- still fired up, but the one thing i got to say, though, is since i've been in cleveland this time, it seems like there's an extra pep in your step. i don't know what happened exactly. i don't know whether -- did something happen here in cleveland? did lebron have something to do with it? all right. well, congratulations, everybody. can everybody -- can everybody
please give jackie a big round of applause not just for the introduction, but for service to our country? we've got some outstanding members of congress who are here. marcia fudge is in the house. marcy cantor is here. your outstanding mayor, frank jackson, is here. and although he's campaigning elsewhere in the state, i want to make sure we give a shout-out to your former governor and the next united states senator from ohio, ted strickland. well, i know, i love you back. thank you, guys. thank you. so this will probably be one of the last times that i visit cleveland as your president. no, no, i'm going to come back to cleveland. we'll just go to a game.
but -- no, understand michelle and i, our lease was only eight years, so now we're making sure we didn't break any china, making sure beau and sonny haven't ruined too many carpets. we want to get our security deposit back. but we are so grateful, so blessed to have had all your support over these years. it's been a great privilege. i remember when we were campaigning here on that closing day and we were in the midst of two long wars, putting an enormous burden on our military families. we were in the early days of what would turn out to be the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. you had all kinds of challenges from health care to climate
change, where we weren't even pretending to do something about it. we were just kicking the can down the road. and i told you then eight years ago that i wasn't a perfect person, i wasn't going to be a perfect president, but what i guaranteed you was that i would work every single day as hard as i could to make sure that working families all across this country got a better deal. and you gave me the honor of serving you and eight years later, we have fought our way back from recession, we have helped our auto industry set new records, our businesses have turned job losses into 15
million new jobs, we slashed our dependence on foreign oil. hold on a second, young man. don't be interrupting everybody, come on. come on, sir. come on. everybody's -- come on, everybody. let's do our little chant. hillary! hillary! hillary! hillary! hillary! all right. i think we're okay now. i notice this has been happening everywhere and i keep on telling folks you got to organize your own rallies. you know, if you're confident about the other guy, just go to his rallies. i feel confident about my candidate. that's why i'm at this rally.
so you don't have to spend time over here. you know, go knock on some doors for your guy. that's a better way for you to spend your time. unless you're just being paid to be here. in which case hey, you know, everybody got to make a living. where was i? so eight years ago, we were in tough situations. but because of your resilience, because of your faith in each other, in this country, we have slashed our unemployment rate in half. incomes are rising again. in fact, incomes went up last
year by the largest amount that has ever been measured. poverty is falling. in fact, last year, poverty went down faster than any time since 1968. 20 million people have health insurance who didn't have it before. the uninsured rate is now at an all-time low. we brought more of our brave troops home to their families. we delivered justice to osama bin laden. marriage equality's a reality in all 50 states. by almost every measure, our economy is better than it was when we came into office. and that's not just true across the country. it's true right here in ohio. you just look at the auto industry. that was flat on its back when
we came into office and now, it's selling the best cars in the world and is doing as well or better than ever before. and that means there are hundreds of thousands of folks here in ohio that have benefited. so we have been busy. but i'm here to tell you, you want me to tell you? i'm here to tell you that all that progress goes out the window if we don't make the right choice right now. and it shouldn't be a complicated choice, because it's a choice between somebody who is as qualified as anybody who has ever run for this office, and somebody who has proven himself unfit to lead or represent this country that we love.
and i've said this before. democrats and republicans have always had their differences and that's a good thing. that's how democracy is supposed to work. when i was running against john mccain, when i was running against mitt romney, we had serious disagreements and debates about economic policy and foreign policy and social policy and those elections were close. i thought i had the better argument and i would be the better president. but i could have seen either one of them serving honorably, not embarrassing us on the world stage. they would have engaged in legitimate debates and normal democratic processes. but that's not the case with today's republican nominee. he doesn't have the temperament, he doesn't have the knowledge,
he doesn't seem to have the interest in acquiring the knowledge, or the basic honesty that a president needs to have. and that was true before we heard him talking about how he treats women. and it was -- don't boo. what do i say? >> vote! >> don't boo, vote. and by the way, that was true when he talked about how muslims are unpatriotic or when he talked about how mexicans were rapists, or when he made fun of somebody who was disabled, or he talked about our veterans and our troops and our gold star mom. you know, you don't have to be a husband or a father to know that that kind of language, those kinds of thoughts, those kinds of actions, are unacceptable. they're not right.
you just have to be a decent human being and for those of you who didn't have a chance to hear michelle yesterday talk about what it meant to her, i could not be prouder of her. i said yesterday that this is why i married her, to improve my gene pool so my daughters would be smarter than me. but she was sticking up, yes, she was sticking up for women, yes, she was thinking about the lessons we're teaching the next generation. she was also talking on behalf of men who know we're better than this. who don't want to teach our sons
the kind of things that we have been hearing on television, that believe that one of the measures of any society is how does it treat its women, how does it treat its girls. are you treating them with respect and dignity and equality. and if you believe that we are better than what we have been hearing, the good news is, as she pointed out yesterday, there's something we can do about it. right here in ohio. a battleground state. ohio's always close and so you can go vote early right now. early voting started on wednesday. and i know everybody here is early voting because otherwise you wouldn't be here. if you stood in line to get in this rally, then you got enough sense to go early vote.
but for those of you who may not be here, and you don't even know if you're registered, you need to go to i will vote.com/locate and you can find the early vote site nearest you. or you can request a mail-in ballot. i'm going to repeat that website. i will vote.com/locate. that's not an infomercial. this is an opportunity for you to exercise your right to vote, your civic responsibility, the essence of citizenship. and you don't need to wait until election day. you have a chance to reject a dark and pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other, where we turn away from our role in the world. you can reject a politics of fear and resentment and blame and anger and hate.
you can choose the america we know ourselves to be. a country full of courage and optimism, a country full of generosity and ingenuity. you know, we have got real challenges still. when i ran eight years ago, i said we're not going to solve everything in one presidency. we've got real challenges. there are folks out there who are still struggling to pay the bills. there are students who are still trying to figure out how to pay off student loan debt. there are parents who are still concerned about caring for a sick child or worried about whether they're going to be able to keep their home. everybody's worried about political gridlock. all across the country, people are concerned about the possibilities of increased racial division. there are pockets of ohio and pockets of america despite the progress we've made that haven't recovered from factory closures.
there are young people who are worried about whether they're going to have the same opportunities that we've had. but i will tell you this. i have traveled all 50 states. i have talked to hundreds of thousands of people. and what i've seen more than anything else is everything that's good about america, everything that's right about america. i see people working hard. i see people starting businesses. i see teachers teaching kids, taking money out of their own pockets to make sure they've got school supplies. i have seen doctors who are out there serving the indigent and the poor, making sure they have health care. i have seen our men and women in uniform serving to make sure we are safe. i have seen police officers and law enforcement and first responders who run into danger instead of run away from it. i have seen young activists who call on us to live up to our highest ideals.
i see a young generation that is full of energy and ideas and is not going to be held back by what is right now, but is going to seize what ought to be. and i see most of all, americans of every party, background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together, young, old, black, white, latino, asian, native american, folks with disabilities, all of us pledging allegiance to that same proud flag. that is the america that i know. and there's only one candidate in this race who has devoted her life to that vision of a better america and that is the next president of the united states, hillary clinton. now, her opponent's made it pretty clear he's just going to drag this election as low as it
can possibly go. and he figures that if he makes our politics just toxic, then maybe you will just figure out you got no good choices and you just get discouraged and you just don't vote. but don't fall for it. because i'm telling you right now, hillary is one of the smartest, toughest, best prepared, most experienced persons ever to run for this job. you know, there's nothing that completely prepares you for what it's like to manage a global crisis or send a young person to war, but hillary's been in the room when those decisions were made. she's been a first lady, she has been a senator, she has been my secretary of state and in each and every job she has worked tirelessly and diligently, and she's listened to the american people. she's done her homework.
she has performed. she knows what the decisions that a president makes mean concretely for a soldier or a veteran, for a kid who needs a great education, for a worker who's still looking for a good job or a raise or a decent retirement. even in the middle of crisis, she keeps her cool and pays everybody the proper respect. most importantly, no matter how tough the odds, no matter how much people try to knock her down, she doesn't point fingers or whine. she doesn't talk about how everything's rigged. she just works harder and gets the job done, and never, ever quits. she doesn't quit and she doesn't make excuses. and by the way, isn't that what you want from a president? you know, i notice her opponent,
he seems to be in the middle of the game making excuses all the time for why he might be losing. and it's always interesting to me to see folks who talk tough, but then don't act tough. because if you're tough, you don't make excuses. you don't start complaining about the refs before the game's even done. you just play the game, right? that's what hillary clinton's doing. she's out there playing the game. she's just in the arena for you, fighting every single day to make sure that everybody gets a fair shake. that's what she's doing. there is not a person out there who has been more qualified to serve as our president. that includes me and that includes bill. and she's going to be great at
it. she's got real plans to address the things she's heard from you, specific ideas to invest in new jobs, specific ideas to help workers share in their company's profits, specific ideas to make sure that fewer jobs move overseas, to make sure that jobs come back in places that have been abandoned, to invest in our people, to put kids in preschool, to put students through college without taking on a ton of debt. you know, her opponent's maybe getting headlines this week for picking fights with everybody in his own party, threatening to sue the press for stories he doesn't like. meanwhile, know what hillary's doing? she's been talking about what we need to do to fight climate change. she put forward a child tax credit that would help millions of families. she wasn't complaining or
whining or fighting. she was just doing the work. and that's what you want from a president, somebody who's going to sit there and do the work for you. you know, her opponent, he doesn't make very specific plans. if you asked his supporters right now, it would be really hard for them to describe what exactly they were going to do. he says he's great at making deals. but as i pointed out, i don't know a lot of people who operate a casino and manage to lose almost a billion dollars in one year. you know, usually the house wins. you know that saying? house always wins? unless he owns the house. then it loses a billion dollars. i don't know a lot of successful
businesspeople who just use that failure of losing a billion dollars to then avoid paying federal income taxes. he says it makes him smart. all it does is it means he's not doing what all of us as citizens should be doing, which is giving back to our troops and our veterans and our roads and our schools and making sure that america continues to be the greatest nation on earth. that's part of citizenship. not trying to weasel out of your responsibilities. that's not smart. then you want to lead the country? what is that, you're going to teach everybody how to avoid doing their responsibilities? he rooted for a housing crisis because he said you know, it might help his real estate situation. he says that's called business. filed for bankruptcy six times
and then that allowed him to stiff small businesses and their workers that had already done work for him and that he owed money. you know, when your concern isn't the family that's worried about foreclosure or the small business that is just trying to make ends meet, you would rather make a buck off their dreams but not being honest on the other side of your deal, then you can't claim to lead this country. you're not fit to be president of the united states. and i have to say, because he's getting some support from some working folks, and i want to say to them, look, if a guy's spent 70 years on this earth showing no regard for working people, there's no record that he's supported minimum wage or supported collective bargaining,
invested in poor communities, and then suddenly he's going to be the champion of working people? come on. come on, man. apparently in a speech yesterday, he started talking about global elites, that there was a conspiracy of global elites. this is a guy who spent all his time hanging around trying to convince everybody he was a global elite. talking about how great his buildings are, how luxurious and how rich he is and flying around everywhere. all he had time for was celebrities and now suddenly he's acting like he's a populist out there. man, i'm going to fight for working people. come on, man. you want to know what somebody's going to do, look what they have been doing their whole lives. and if you want a leader who
actually values hard work and respects working americans, if you want higher wages and better benefits and a fairer tax code and equal pay for women and stronger regulations on wall street, then you should vote for hillary clinton. if you want to know who's going to keep you safe in a dangerous world, the choice is even clearer. hillary's going to make sure we finish the job of defeating isil and she won't have to resort to torture or ban entire religions from our country, and she's got the knowledge and the experience and the temperament to be the next commander in chief. you can't have a guy who's insulted p.o.w.s and attacks a gold star mom and has called our troops and veterans weak, and cozies up to dictators, and tells our allies we might not stand by their side unless they pay up first. he may be up at 3:00 a.m. in the
morning but it's because he's tweeting insults to somebody who got under his skin. that's not the kind of president you want. not fit to be commander in chief. and not fit to lead the world's greatest democracy. and by the way, this is somebody who threatens to jail his political opponents. or silence the media, who welcomes russian meddling in our electoral process, and is now suggesting that if the election doesn't go his way, it's not because all the stuff he's said, but it's because it's rigged and it's a fraud. you know, some nations do operate that way and there are tyramnies and they're oppressive. they're not the world's greatest democracy.
we have fought against those kinds of things. around the world we talk to other countries, we say no, in a democracy, you can't just threaten to jail your opponents. there are things called due process. in a democracy, you can't just ban reporters or press that you don't like. because there's this thing called the first amendment. in a democracy, you have a contest but if you lose, then you say congratulations and you move on, because the country and our system of government is bigger than any single individual. that's what we do. the united states of america has always stood for something better. which by the way, i said this
last night, i just got to go back to this again, it's part of why i'm disturbed about republican elected officials who know better but are still supporting this guy. you know, i said that in part what's happened here is over the last eight years, republican officials who know better, some of whom i talk to, they're sane people, they're normal folks, but what they've done is they've allowed a lot of crazy talk to just be pumped out again and again through all kinds of these media outlets, conspiracy theories, i was born outside this country and hillary and i started isil and we're going to impose martial law and we're trying to take everybody's guns
away, and crazier stuff than that. and a lot of republican elected officials have just stood by. a lot of house members, a lot of senators, they stood by and they didn't say anything because it was a way to rile up their base and it was a way to mount opposition to whatever we were trying to do, and over time, because a lot of the hardcore republican partisan voters were just hearing this stuff over and over again, they started to believe it, and that's what allowed donald trump suddenly to emerge. donald trump didn't build all this crazy conspiracy stuff. and some republicans who knew better stood by silently and
even during the course of this campaign didn't say anything. i know that some of them now are walking away but why did it take you this long? you said you're the party of family values. what, you weren't appalled earlier when he was saying degrading things about women? when he was judging them based on a score of are they a 2 or a 10? that wasn't enough for you? you're walking away from him now. it wasn't disturbing enough for you when he was saying mexicans who come here are rapists? or suggesting that people patriotic americans of the islamic faith somehow are suspect and should be treated differently? that wasn't enough?
i'm glad that some of them now said wow, this is really bad, i guess we need to walk away, but if you're doing it just for political expedience just because you're looking at poll numbers and you say oh, this might get me in trouble, that's not enough. if you say you're about family values, you got to be about family values all the way through. if you say, if you spent all these years extolling reagan and how tough he was with the russians, how is it you suddenly stand silently when you nominate a guy who says a guy he admires is the former head of the kgb some? if you say you're about the constitution and you're opposed to what obama's doing with executive actions because that shows he's a tyrant, but you're okay when a guy who says to his opponent in the middle of a debate i'm going to throw you in
jail. how does that work? it doesn't work. and that's why i want everybody to understand what's at stake here. you know, one of the things i've learned these past eight years is that progress is hard. you got to battle it out even when you have victories like the affordable care act. it's not always perfect and you got to work to make it better and you take two steps forward on something like climate change, there are going to be folks who try to push you back, and the special interests are strong. and it is true that the country is so often divided along party lines and it's very hard to get folks to compromise. and hillary understands all that, but what she also knows is that if you stay at it and you work hard, good things can
happen. she knows that in a democracy, as big and diverse as this, we can't demonize each other. we can't just refuse to compromise even when we're right, we got to work with other folks. she knows that you got to listen to each other and see ourselves in each other and fight for our principles. she believes that there's common ground out there and she believes that we can and should conduct ourselves better, that our leaders are not going to be perfect but we should aspire to at least express the decency and goodness of the american people, not our worst impulses. we should conduct ourselves with just a basic sense of what this country's about. a certain sense of dignity. and that's not always flashy. that doesn't always grab headlines. that's not always the thing that
will get you on the news. that's not always going to fit on a tweet. politics doesn't always lend itself to that. but if we want progress, if we want progress, we got to work for it. progress, it doesn't always come right away and we don't always get 100% what we want, but if we keep at it the way hillary has kept at it decade after decade, progress happens and if you don't believe that, ask the 20 million more americans who got health insurance today, that didn't have it before. ask all those auto workers right here in ohio who had been laid off and thought their plant was going to shut down and now they're working double shifts because we're cranking out so many cars. ask the proud marine who no longer has to hide the husband that he loves. ask the young persons who are getting more help now to pay off
their student loans. change is possible but it just doesn't depend on one person. it depends on all of us. so young people especially out there, i want you to know you've been through a lot, you have grown up through war, recession and all kinds of incredible change, but i have seen in you the best in america. i see that you don't try to turn against each other. you are trying to look out for each other. i know you care about being open to the world, not turning away from it. i know that you believe in an inclusive society and an innovative society and a vibrant society, and you believe in democracy. and i see the same values in you that have always driven this country forward. decency and honesty and hard work and civility. they are not old-fashioned values. they are timeless values. they are what binds this country together.
and so even though sometimes politics can seem frustrating, even though sometimes our democracy can seem mean-spirited, you have a chance right now to reject that kind of politics. you have a chance to reject the politics of fear. you can lift again back up the politics of hope. let's not go backwards. let's go forward. you got a chance to elect a woman who spent her entire life trying to make this country better. don't fall for the easy cynicism that says your vote doesn't matter. don't fall for what trump tries to do and just make everybody depressed. don't believe it. i promise you, your vote counts. your vote matters. there was a time when folks couldn't vote, when you had to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar to vote, the number of
soap bubbles on a bar of soap to vote. folks were beaten to vote. folks risked everything to vote. in this election, whatever the issue you care about, it could not be easier for you to vote. if you care about inequality, you need to vote. if you felt the burn in the primaries, you need to vote. you can vote for somebody who only cares about themselves or somebody that's going to fight like heck for working people. make sure we got a minimum wage raise. make sure we got equal pay for equal work. you care about criminal justice reform and civil rights, you can vote for somebody who has fought against civil rights for most of their lives, or you can vote for somebody who went under cover to make sure that minority kids were getting an equal shot at a good education and has never
stopped fighting since. you care about the environment and climate change, you can vote for somebody who thinks it's a chinese hoax or you can vote for somebody who thinks that there's something called science and that we should pay attention to it and will fight to protect our planet. you care about immigration reform and want us to continue to see this nation as one that is a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, then you have got to get out there and vote. donald trump's closing argument is what do you have to lose. the answer is everything. all the progress we've made right now is on the ballot. civility is on the ballot. tolerance is on the ballot. courtesy is on the ballot. honesty is on the ballot. equality is on the ballot.
kindness is on the ballot. all the progress we made in the last eight years is on the ballot. democracy itself is on the ballot right now. so if you want to send a message, make it loud. turn back, turn back the voices of cynicism. turn back the voices of ignorance. send a message of progress. send a message of hope. send a message by voting for hillary clinton and show our kids and the rest of the world we remain the greatest country in the world. thank you, everybody. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. >> president obama nearly 40 minutes in cleveland, ohio, talking to clearly supporters there who were cheering nearly
his every word, support for hillary clinton. a blistering attack on donald trump. man, he covered a lot of ground. joining us, cnn chief political correspondent dana bash, cnn political director david chalian. dana, your thoughts? >> donald trump has nothing like this. not even close. when i say that, i'm talking about a powerful speaker, somebody who can get the crowd going, and very cogently about why the -- the person that he supports, hillary clinton should be president and why her opponent, donald trump shouldn't be. this kind of high-octane, high power, i should say, surrogate, is so lacking on the trump side. i mean, he had his running mate, mike pence, out on the morning shows which is incredibly powerful for donald trump, considering he's pretty much the only one out there defending him, but there's just no way to
compete with this kind of message. message from barack obama. is it going to do anything for the people out there waiting to go vote who cannot stand this president? cannot stand anybody or anything that is remotely related to the democratic party? no. but this is about motivating the base, energizing to get everybody to get out and vote in the cities, and all of the potential democratic areas that might be ho-hum. this is aimed at them. >> and, david, i mean, one goal of president obama's speech was clear. it was early voting. ohio started voting early this week. to get people to get out there and get their friends out there. >> now. >> to vote. exactly. also, defending his legacy. all the progress we've made, he says, in his argument, will be lost. could be thrown right out the window he said at the beginning of the speech, but then it really seemed, although it sounded prompter, he was letting loose. hit on everything from gold star
families to the comments and accusations this week of donald trump against women. i mean, this was president obama just kind of throwing it all out there, even with his best chris carter, come on, man, impression. >> yeah. i think that his offense, the offense he takes at the donald trump candidacy has been apparent for quite some time. and, in fact, i think it's been startling at times, especially when he's in a white house setting not on the campaign trail and gets that political, because we normally don't see our sitting presidents that way. clearly, this example, out on the trail. look where he is. in cleveland, ohio. you are right, john to note the early vote piece of this, that is the way that the clinton folks think they have a chance to win in ohio. bank as much early vote as possible anticipating losing the vote on election day itself. but turning up the african-american vote. exactly how barack obama won
ohio twice. exactly what he's trying to do for hillary clinton. you're right, kate. he wears it on his sleeve, thinks donald trump is not fit to be his successor in they way whatsoever and is not mincing words an it. >> it does turn off, by the way, some right of center voters who maybe hillary clinton thinks are gettable right now. mean we'll talk about that if we have a chance. stick around. breaking news. manu raju in madison, wisconsin, will paul ryan is set to speak laters think morning. you have a sense exactly what he's doing to say? >> reporter: that's right. the first time paul ryan actually addressed, answered questions, since he made that decision on monday morning telling in a private conference call the house republicans, he would no longer campaign with donald trump. would not defend donald trump. since then has not answered questions. as of yesterday speaking to business leaders, going to answer questions 30 minutes. decided no the to. today he's going to answer questions from college
republicans here in the university of wisconsin campus, and likely the question about donald trump is going to come up, and expect him to really talk about focus on why, explain and clarify, his position about why he is focusing on saving the congressional majority right now. and that will be his focus going forward. there will probably be questions about a lot of things that donald trump has said over the "access hollywood" tape, these allegations coming out. don't expect paul ryan to defend donald trump on those issues. expect him probably to mention something about some of these things are indefensible. that will probably be something that you expect, you can expect to hear, if those questions come up today, but paul ryan wanting to keep the focus on the effort down ticket to save the majority, congressional majority, because in large measure, republicans are really worried that this race is spiraling out of control. they need to try to control what they can, which is those down ticket races, try to separate
themselves from the top of the ticket as much as possible. especially if donald trump loses by eight, nine, ten, eleven points, could potentially be a landslide election. watch for paul ryan to talk how critical it is in his view to keep republicans in charge of congress. >> manu -- sorry, john. >> go ahead. >> paul ryan might want to keep the focus there on down ballot races, but this is a guy who found himself or put himself in, between a rock and hard place. i mean, he wants to talk about the 2016 race. he wants to make the case against hillary clinton very clearly, but manu, he also does to the want to talk and has said so much he's not going to talk about, defend donald trump. i don't understand how he can thread this needle when questions come to him. >> reporter: it's so difficult, kate. i mean, this is the problem republicans have had, leadership has had. how do you defend a candidate who says and does so many controversial things?
but at the same time you need those donald trump supporters to back your candidate's down ticket, the position that paul ryan is in. he's still endorsing donald trump. he has know revoked his endorsement of donald trump at this point. it shows the line he's trying to walk here. to criticize donald trump saying he won't defend him but still endorsing him. watch for him to try to clarify that point for the time time here at madison university. >> interesting to see how hard se get pressed by college republicans. dana bash, this is something president obama was just saying. he doesn't want to let republicans off the hook's republicans who have criticized donald trump and republicans saying they'll still vote for him. in that category we think now is still paul ryan. that's a little different position than hillary clinton is in most of the time. most of the time she seems to want to give republicans space to vote for her. the president much more critical than she is. >> right. and they have two very different
jobs. i think you nailed it as usual, john in trying to explain how they're trying to approach potential republican voters different ways. i just want to add to what manu was saying about the fact th that -- that paul ryan's rank and file need, they need donald trump's base to win their house races. i was just yesterday in suburban philadelphia, which is "the" place that will probably decide this election, and not just the presidential swing districts, and i talked to republican, not just rank and file, but officials who are very upset and uncomfortable with what paul ryan said on this private conference call. mostly because of the way trump went after him and it's making their people very upset, and they're worried it's gogsz goin suppress the vote. >> thank you all so much. >> we'll be right back. be ready when growth presents itself? american express open cards can help you take on a new job,
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mathew's story go to cnn.com. >> and "inside politics" with john king starts right now. >> thank you. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king. thanks for sharing your time today as we mark ta d25 days to election day. here's what's driving the race and driving or conversation. donald trump says the growing list of women who say he touched them inappropriately are all liars. >> these vicious claims about me of inappropriate conduct with women are totally and absolutely false. these claims are all fabricated. they're pure fiction, and they're outright lies. >> but fresh national polling shows a big hillary clinton lead, and women are the driving force in trump's troubles. >> a candidate for president of the united states has bragged