tv Erin Burnett Out Front CNN February 19, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm PST
thanks very much for watching, erin burnett out front starts right now. the 2020 democrat is about to face off. new polls showing bernie sanders well ahead of the pack, what is his strategy tonight. jane sanders is out front. mike bloomberg gearing up to make his debate debut. his campaign manager is out front. and president trump tapping a loyalist to be the acting director of national intelligence. the move not sitting well with someone who are inside trump's administration. >> good evening, i'm erin burnett, we're live from las vegas tonight. the 2020 candidates will fake
the stage for what could be the most contentious face-off to date. bernie sanders already fixing for a fight with the newcomer, as for bloomberg, tonight is a defining moment for his campaign. it matters a lot. it's his debut on the debate stage. up until now, he's blanketed the airwaves well ads. he did not compete in the first four contests. there are questions about his record he will answer. jeff zeleny is live outfront for us. bloomberg is sure to be a big target tonight? >> there's no question that he is, and until now, he's been campaigning in a vook you'll quite literally, on his terms, using his fortune of nearly a half million dollars in television advertising. all of that ends tonight. as he steps on to that debate stage. all of his rivals say one thing is clear, he needs to be vetted. bernie sanders and michael
bloomberg, on a collision course tonight in vegas. >> mr. bloomberg has every right in the world to run for president. i don't think he has the right to buy this election. >> it may be the ninth democratic presidential debate, it's a whole new world. sanders is now the clear front-runner in the primary. tonight a new cnn poll of polls, shows sanders with a commanding lead in the race. overtaking joe biden as the long time democratic leader. now, biden, bloomberg and the rest of the field are trailing behind. ordinarily, that would put sanders in the direct line of fire. >> i think you should show how you're going to pay for things. >> rivals are racing to confront bloomberg, who's using his vast personal fortune in hopes of raking in delegates in big states starting on super tuesday. >> do you think he's trying to
buy the presidency? >> yes. what else do you call it? >> i don't think when people look at donald trump, they say, can we get someone richer? i don't think that's what they say. biden welcoming bloomberg to the stage, saying we have a lot to catch up on about barack obama's record. he's spent 10 million in digital and advertising. presenting himself as part of the obamas in the white house. >> it's been 11 years since bloomberg was on a debate stage, then running for a third term as mayor of new york. sanders also facing questions. despite suffering a heart attack last year. >> i think we have released a detailed report, i'm comfortable with what we have done. >> just to be clear, you don't plan to release any more records? >> i don't think we will, no.
>> the aids to sanders and bloomberg, both of whom are 78. she later said she misspoke. >> 20 years ago, bloomberg had a stent placed for a blocked artery, not a heart attack, his campaign manager blasted the claim as an absolute lie. >> on any other debate night, bernie sanders would be front and center, all the targets would be on his back. the democratic rivals are trying to keep bloomberg from rising in the polls. it would be a dynamic that would be so important for this two hour debate. he's been on the ground practicing with aids and advisers. they've been throwing out all these attacks at him to see how he responds. until he gets on the debate stage, standing all alone, it's anyone's guess. >> it's true. until you're actually there in
that moment. thank you very much, out front now, jane sanders who is married to bernie sanders, you've been out on the trail every place. this is the first debate where bernie sanders is undeniably the front-runner. we're talking double-digits above anyone else. what is his mind-set right now? >> it's the same as it's always been. he wants to talk about the issues that working class of america, and he doesn't think about whether he's a front-runner or behind. he thinks he tries to be a champion for the people. >> it is about one year -- it's one year since -- i'm sure you remember everything -- since bernie sanders said he was going to be running for president? >> yes. >> during that time joe biden has been the front-runner. just the past week, you go, he's leap frogging 28%. you know, specifically joe biden, well ahead of joe biden,
why do you think that is? >> what happened was at the beginning of this campaign, i think people thought back to 2016 and thought, those ideas weren't accessible, they weren't realistic, they watched each candidate, every candidate that seemed to be rising to the top, and getting all the attention, talking about the same issues that bernie was talking about, whether it's universal health care, medicare for all, or free college tuition. or the $15 minimum wage, and i think they started to realize wait a minute, maybe those ideas weren't seen as realistic in 2016, they're driving the conversation now in 2020. then they began to say, wait, we need to give bernie another look. i think you've seen, he climbed steadily as more and more people got to know him, he did town meeting after town meeting after
town meeting as you know. he has the most aggressive schedule of any of the candidates. he's working hard and winning votes, you earn them one by one. >> he's been keeping this aggressive schedule, even after he had his heart attack. i remember that day when he came home, maybe the nature of his campaign would change. but he's the front-runner, so this exchange between him and anderson cooper last night, is getting a lot of attention. here it is. >> i think we have released a detailed report, and i'm comfortable with what we have done. >> just to be clear, you don't plan to release any reports? >> i don't think we will, no. >> now, when i've interviewed your husband, he's been clear, he thinks questions about his age and health are fair. he's not trying to say it's not. do you think voters have all the information? >> i think they have all the information. sanjay gupta put out a statement
saying all the -- the three doctors letters, he didn't just have one, he had one cardiologist and the attending physician of the united states congress who has been his doctor for 29 years, he told them, the entire health history of bernie, which is very small, because he's always been healthy, he's an athlete. and we also put out after he had his heart attack, the very specific about what happened. so there's nothing new to be said, and we're glad that dr. gupta who knows about these things, these letters are the relevant information. >> president trump spoke to a group of supporters at his hotel in las vegas. he brought up your husband as he's been doing a lot lately. and here is what he said. >> right now he's got a very good lead, but it looks like the dnc is going to do the same thing they did last time.
we'll see if it happens or not. there's going to be a lot of anger. >> i think what he's trying to do is sow division. he wants to start conflict, so he sounds like he's really taking bernie's side against the big bad dnc. we're fine, the dnc and bernie are fine. >> things are rigged and they're going to steal it from you again, bernie. >> we will trust and verify, we'll monitor, and i think we're having -- in iowa, we're having the recanvassing that we did, and he's -- he won the popular vote in iowa, he won the entire primary in new hampshire, and we expect to do well in nevada, and in south carolina, and the dnc is being the dnc, hosting the primaries. >> there's no tension right now between team sanders and the dnc?
>> no. >> we were watching the jeff zeleny piece. a spokeswoman for your husband's campaign spoke. she misspoke when bloomberg had a heart attack. it is the second time in two days that she said she misspoke when it comes to michael bloomberg, are you concerned that these statements, which are quite damaging to another candidate are hurtful to your campaign as well? >> we certainly don't like any attacks on other candidates. we don't, i think -- she misspoke, she had the wrong information. she apologized right away, and i think that that -- what more can we do? everybody makes mistakes. >> what is your advice to your husband tonight. what does he do before a debate? >> be himself. that's why he said at the top of the polls, he's seen as someone
who is consistent he has always and will always stand up for the working families of america. and that he's the candidate who can beat trump. demonstrate that, show who he is, and he'll do fine. >> next, mike bloomberg is about to face an on slaught of attacks about his controversial comments and campaignpreparing? is he ready? his campaign manager is my guest. there are serious cracks in joe biden's south carolina firewall. >> i switched from the biden campaign to the sanders dane, i want to see the lines we saw around the building in 2008. a trump loyalist with a lack of intelligence experience has been tapped for the intelligence chief of the united states. can he even be confirmed? about being a scientist at 3m.
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tonight a major test for one of the democratic presidential candidates, mike bloomberg will be on the debate stage for the first time in this campaign. they are just thrilled about confronting him directly. there will be questions on a variety of issues. perhaps from stop and frisk to allegations of misogynistic
issues from his past. what is bloomberg accused of saying? >> cnn examines two lawsuits, one leveled by a woman named sakiko garrison. she described a boys club like atmosphere at the company. women there were encouraged to have sex appeal and women who were married or had children would lose out on career opportunities. when she found out she was pregnant, she informed michael bloomberg, and his reresponsible was to say kill it, and he also muttered great, number 16 suggesting to plaintiff, this is garrison, his unhappiness that 16 women in the company filed lawsuits. bloomberg never said any of those things that are detailed
in this particular lawsuit. bloomberg accused a bloomberg executive at the time of rape. a very serious allegation. and according to the village voice which looked at michael bloomberg's deposition as a part of that lawsuit, michael bloomberg said that he would only believe a rape allegation if there is an unimpeachable third party witness. this is what a spokesperson said about that, said it was a contentious deposition, and this is not what mike believes. >> m.j., you also had a chance to speak to a former bloomberg employee about these lawsuits and the culture at the company, obviously it's one person. what did they tell you? >> this person said they saw and experienced the kinds of sexism that are described in these two lawsuits that we just talked about, they said when you're a woman who worked at bloomberg, you had to look beautiful. you had to be gorgeous.
if you were overweight they would call you horrible names. the bloomberg's campaign overall push back has been to say that michael bloomberg himself does not condone this kind of behavior. they gave us a statement from patty harris. in any large organization there are going to be complaints. mike has never tolerated any type of harassment. anyone who works hard and performs well, is going to be rewarded regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or anything else. airen? >> thank you very much. i want to go outfront to michael bloomberg's campaign manager, kevin cheeky. >> this is going to be one of many issues that could come up. that your rivals are focusing on. democrats have been running against the president that they criticized as misogynistic,
sexist and much worse. are you concerned at all about the allegations that m.j. is talking about, might do to bloomberg's candidacy? >> i worry about anything people say is untrue. i've worked at bloomberg since 1997, he's one of the most inclusive and best workplaces i've worked in. i know lots of female cloegs that feel the same way. cnn is trying to push out today's news is something that happened when mayor pete was in high school 30 years ago, that has been well covered in the press. the village voice article is so old that the reporter who wrote it passed away, and not at a young age. people will go book and try to find things that are not news and are not. he's hired hundreds of thousands of people all over this country and all over this world. he's created an open place where people respect and will hire -- and a company that creates some of the best jobs and executives in new york, many of which are
women. and so -- >> do you -- >> it concerns me when people say things that are not true. >> they do not align with its values. is he ready to respond to that tonight? is he going to say he is sorry for things he may have said, is it going to be more aggressive in denying it? >> who can build a possible record. a lot of people who have sat in committee hearings, some don't have much government experience at all. mike was the mayor of the largest and most diverse city. he took over control of the schools, he created 400,000 jobs, ran tough elections in races that he wasn't supposes to win. he's one of the most successful
businessmen in this country. and he's probably the only person who can beat donald trump in november. bloomberg is going to talk about his record on the issue of guns and the environment tonight. in a way that maybe a lot of americans haven't heard yet. certainly one i think they'll consider. >> so one other thing that's go to happen tonight. and you're ready for this, is that they're going to be going after him on a variety of things. one of them is the money he's been spending. we've been interviewing various candidates over the last few days, they're telling us this, here they are. >> do you think michael bloomberg is trying to buy the nomination for president? >> yes. >> yes. i mean, what else do you call it when you dip into your endless reserves of millions and billions. and don't go through the process of campaigning in states like
nevada or new hampshire. >> he should be on the debate stage, because i don't think you should be able to buy your way to the presidency. >> i don't think he has the right to buy this election. >> let's taken two parts. >> when they say that tonight, because they will. what is he going to say. that's going to be coming from everyone else on the stage. >> stay tuned to what mike bloomberg says. he's the only candidate that's campaigned in all 14 super tuesday states. mike bloomberg has travelled all over this country. i will say also, two more things, mike bloomberg is spending his money. what has been incredibly uncovered by condition krng and others is that more than half the money being spent on television right now in the state of nevada, where you are, which will have a caucus on saturday, on behalf of the candidates is being spent by outside paths.
four of the five candidates are being outspent by paces supporting them with millions of dollars. you can have a choice, you can have a mayor who's going to go out and spend his own money to take on donald trump. or have an outside special interest to fund candidates. i think people want to have a candidate that's independent and is going to stand up for them. >> today bloomberg has been running an ad, your ad that has been touting his relationship with president obama. he tweeted, it's jarring to see all these bloomberg ads that suggest bloomberg has endorsed him. that was tommy veeder. today joe biden was asked for the truth about bloomberg, here's what joe biden who will be up there tonight with mayor bloomberg said. >> the truth,he's basically been a republican his whole life, the fact of the matter is, he didn't
endorse barack or me when we ran. this is a guy talking about -- using barack's pictures like they're good buddies. i'm going to talk about his record. >> guys, we got to go. thank you. we got to go. >> what do you say when people point out that mayor bloomberg, as he says, a republican his whole life? >> the first is a lie. i have enormous respect for the former vice president, i happen to know him. i respect him, he's one of the most decent public servants i've known, a simple google search proves he's wrong. mike bloomberg has been a democrat for the majority of his life. it's unfortunate he would say something knowingly or unknowingly that's untrue. i believe he knows it to be untrue. >> put a bet on mike bloomberg in vegas tonight.
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welcome back to a special edition of outfront live in las vegas. three days before the crucial nevada caucuses. michael bloomberg expected to take incoming from all sides. bloomberg's campaign manager giving me a preview of what we will see tonight. >> you can have a mayor who's going to go out and spend his own money to take on donald trump or otherouts side special interests to fund candidates. i think they want a candidate who's interest and ultimately going to stand up for them. >> political reporter for the independent, lauren messerli.
mark, they have made it clear, well, they're going to go after bloomberg as i -- on a lot of things, but buying the election is what they're -- they're going to go there, and that is going to be what bloomberg is -- at least that's a preview of what he's going too say. >> the candidates on stage tonight are broken into two groups, into real lib rat and centrist democrats, and they don't have much in common when it comes to policy issues. what they do have in common common is the fact they don't like the fact that michael bloomberg can come in and write a check. does not have to spend time begging for money, and the fact of the matter is, it's really angering them that michael bloomberg was supposed to get on a debate stage. >> he's not even on the ballot. what's interesting is, are voters mad about that? he didn't put time into the state. what are you seeing on the ground? i don't know if they're mad about it, so much as i'm talking
to voters. they don't understand why he's not campaigning here, talk to folks that have had to default to a second choice. amy klobuchar, tom steyer. even though he's not spending time here, his adds are bleeding over here, and that's having an effect on folks. >> when you look at that stage tonight, you've got the -- as mark said, they'll all agree on bloomberg. you have sanders who would be the one who was getting all the incoming fire, i mean, the rules in the past few days, 32% of democratic leaning registered voters support sanders. you go a whole year with biden in the front and boom. there's sanders. >> we're seeing poll after poll where sanders appears to be far and ahead the lead democrat right now, heading into super tuesday states. and the -- i guess ironic dynamic is that bloomberg is seen by some democrats.
someone who could maybe respond him. he may be helping him on nights like tonight. everyone as mark said wants to go after bloomberg, we've seen it forecasted in the days leading up to the debate, with buttigieg, warren, biden just today. going after bloomberg, and so rather than directing it toward sanders, which is typically what happens when you see someone become the front-runner, they're going to be all looking to the new billionaire on the stage. >> and, of course, styer will not be on the stage, so you have michael bloomberg there tonight as the only one. senior advisers wrote the campaign. they say if biden, buttigieg and klobuchar remain in the race they will propel sanders to a seemingly insurmountable delegate lead by siphoning votes away from bloomberg. >> correct. the idea right now is what we're seeing is such a division
amongst the field, that in order for the more moderate wing to overcome sanders who seems to be getting a lot of wind at his back right now, his organization is unmatched. bloomberg is having to buy and build an organization. when you look at that, erin, that's how it is. it's an interesting situation to be in, but the fact of the matter is bernie sanders is going to have to fight back against the -- i don't know how it happens. >> it's fascinating what you say about the interest. there is, in terms of people being interested in bloomberg, and where other votes are going to go. those other votes from people you're talking to would go to -- >> klobuchar is one i've heard. from folks that said they would have voted for bloomberg, and i think it's interesting you're touching on how this sort of changes the dynamic of the race, here in nevada we've seen bernie
sanders being the front-runner, it is muddled between the other candidates, and so rather than having that separation so much of the focus being on bloomberg, i don't know that it's going to give voters clarity going into the caucus saturday. >> who has the most to lose tonight? >> there are a few that have the most to lose, but definitely biden. his team is projecting that they will come in second here. they're being very confident about that, but it appears as though it's pretty tight race for second place here, between him, between styer, between warren, and so because of that, if he sounds unsteady on the stage, that could maybe swing some of the nevada caucus goers, i think also buttigieg and klobuchar, they have to have strong performances here, they have not been performing well in polls, with black and brown voters. if they don't show they can win in states as diverse as nevada, and then the coming states, south carolina, where do they go from there into the super
tuesday state? >> you didn't mention warren or buttigieg in what you're hearing on the ground. what are you hearing about them or not hearing about that? >> i think you make a really good point in terms of, i think folks want to see electability. some folks have been concerned before her and whether she is electable. pete buttigieg, he's had a team here since june. he really hasn't proven to nevada voters that he can appeal to voters of color, and he's not made that connection, it's a relationship that's developed over cycles and years, bernie sanders has that relationship. the other candidates that are addressing themselves to nevada's voters don't have those kind of relationships. >> you know who could be a big spoiler tonight, could be tom steyer. while tom steyer doesn't -- i don't know what his path is to a nomination, we could see if he does well here. i don't know where he goes beyond that.
doing well in these few states could be different. everything becomes so compacted over the next few weeks. it's three days away from south carolina. >> it is. it's a very compact schedule. tomorrow night on cnn, two more live halls from vegas. joe biden and then elizabeth warren. coming up next, out front, joe biden previewing his attack on mike bloomberg. >> he's basically been a republican his whole life. i'm going to talk about his record. >> you just heard bloomberg's campaign manager say that's factually untrue. one former senior intelligence official with a chilling warning tonight about the future of the intelligence community. president trump taps a loyalist to be the next abilitying spy chief for the u.s. as a struggling actor,
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tonight i'm just going to tell the truth, that's what joe biden says his plan will be when he debates mike bloomberg for the first time in just over an hour. speaking to reporters earlier, biden previewed the kind of truth he plans to tell about bloomberg. >> the truth is, he's basically been a republican his whole life, i'm going to talk about his record. >> out front now, kate benni benningfield, communications director for the biden campaign. he's been going after bloomberg all week. everybody has been. this is going to continue tonight for sure. what is his strategy to try to get a direct moment with bloomberg? >>. >> i think there are important questions that democratic voters have. there are questions about why he did not endorse barack obama in 2008, how he oversaw a stop and
frisk program in new york city that was incredibly damaging to young black men in that city. why in 2010, he called the affordable care act president biden's signature achievement a zbris. if you're running a democratic primary, voters have questions about your record, you're going to hear biden talk about the things that he and president obama did together, achieved in the white house, and i think that in and of itself is a stark comparison to somebody like mayor bloomberg who was critical of president obama and the obama administration at almost every turn. >> there's the bloomberg factor and the bernie sanders factor. you all have gone almost a whole year where joe biden was the front-runner. bernie sanders is surging way above anybody else. it does seem, though, when you look at the gains a lot of it has come in the polls at the expense of joe biden, what does
joe biden need to do now here in nevada, here in south carolina to prove that narrative is wrong? >> i think we're at a point in the race where communities of color are getting to have their say. the vice president has a long relationship, has a long time been fighting for the things these communities care about. he has strong relationships there, i think there's really important contrasts here too. on health care, we're in nevada, the fight over medicare for all, versus building on obamacare is particularly resin ant. this is a u worked for the health care coverage they've earned. and medicare for all would take that choice away from them. i think you're going to hear tonight a lot of discussion about biden's plan to protect and build on obamacare. i think another issue i would anticipate you'd hear a lot before tonight, where there's a strong contrast between sanders and biden is on guns. sanders voted five times against
the brady bill, that was a fight that vice president biden led. the brady bill established the background check process. he sided with the gun manufacturers and voted to give them, to protect them from liability for the damage that their guns do in shootings. i think there are really important contrast here, i would expect you're going to hear some of that on the debate stage tonight. >> i spoke with james clyburn who is an endorsement everybody wants. he's been known as the king maker in south carolina. long time friend of joe biden. also knows mike bloomberg very well. here's what i -- he said last night, he's not endorsing, because the network running the debate next week is asking him to wait. he knows exactly who he's going to vote for. here's what he said. >> i'm not unsure at all. i know who i'm going to vote for. i've known that for some time now. >> i'm not sure. i'm not unsure at all, i'm
sorry, i'm going to -- i know who i'm going to vote for, i've known for some time. do you think that's joe biden? >> we hope so. mr. clyburn has a long relationship with joe biden. the vice president values his friendship tremendously, with mr. clyburn. we hope we're going to earn his votes, i think regardless, you're going to see vice president biden in south carolina next week campaigning hard, fighting to win every vote, again, he's got a long list of progressive accomplishments on issues that are particularly important to the african-american community. i think you're going to hear him talk about that on the debate stage tonight. it's a strong contrast with some others that you're going to see on the stage tonight. he's going to be fighting hard to win every vote in south carolina. >> thanks for joining me. president trump taps a partisan to lead a security group. plus, jeanne moos on how mike bloomberg's past comments on
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breaking news, president trump announcing who his next acting director of national intelligence will be tweeting i am pleased to announce our highly respected acting director of national intelintelligence. i look forward to working with him. gri grenell is already being criticized. how unusual of a pick is he for this job? >> folks at home are used to hearing alarm about the president's decisions and appointments. talk about this role. the dni was formed after 9/11 to prevent another 9/11, another catastrophic attack, to coordinate among the intelligence agencies to make sure they were speaking to each
other and that the nation protects the nation. i want to read from the intelligence reform and terrorism prevention act of 2004 which performed this position. it said any individual nominated for appointment as dni shall have extensive national security expertise. and that has been followed in the 16 years since then. the previousy nts ccupants, joh negroponte, mike mcconnell, dennis blair, david gompert. you look at james clapper. rick grenell doesn't not have any experience except as a
spokesman. that shows the people who served the role before, director of the nctc, joseph maguire, the coordinating body for preventing terrorist attack on u.s. soil. this is completely out of the realm of recent experience but explicitly outside the definition of what this role was designed to be. it's an egregious presidential choice. >> so i understand that the senate confirmation is believed to be so uphill that perhaps he may not formally nominate him. first of all, will he formally nominate him? secondly, jim, if he's acting, is that really any different? can he stay acting as long as the president wants him to stay acting and all the things you're concerned about would still be in effect? >> well, you're right. the current feel and cnn reporting, reamian lawmakers are up in arms about this, but the president has filled many senior roles with acting people in those roles. his own chief of staff is an
acting chief of staff. why should people at home care about this? because the senate has a role in confirming these positions. these are senate confirmed positions. when they're acting, they do not have senate confirmation. and, therefore, you don't have anybody else but the president with a voice in those choices. and you may very well have this question, how long does it last? it may last for a few weeks, a few months. regardless during that time the person overseeing the intelligence agencies to prevent these threats to the country will be someone with no intelligence experience. that's alarming. >> jim sciutto, thank you very much with that breaking news. next, jeanne moos on the love/hate relationship between michael bloomberg and donald trump. ll help you build a clear plan for retirement. one that covers health care costs, taxes, and any other uncertainties. because when you're with fidelity, a partner who makes sure every step is clear, there's nothing to stop you from moving forward.
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and when opposites attract. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: it was more like a valentine's day card than a headline. did mike bloomberg really say to donald trump, yes, donald, i do love you? it was enough to make some swear off bloomberg, two peas in a pod. next. actually two peas of such different sizes probably wouldn't fit in the same pod. it was bloomberg himself who described the love quote. he said it happened about a month after president trump was elected. trump noted he saw bloomberg talk about him at the democratic convention. >> i'm a new yorker, and i know a con when i see one. >> reporter: after mentioning the speech, trump said -- >> but you ream you really do l don't you? yes, donald, i love you. >> reporter: hold the presses. proclamation of love looks bad
for bloomberg until you hear the lionel after the headline. >> i said, yes, donald, i do love you. i just disagree with everything you said. we had a good laugh. >> reporter: like bernie sanders tweet that had made trump and bloomberg look chummy. bloomberg went on to say -- >> if you sat and had din wer donald trump you would walk away saying everything he said is [ bleep ] but you'd have a good time. >> reporter: public declarations of love can be perilous. >> and then we fell in love. >> reporter: better to express love for the masses. >> i love the evangelicals. i love the poorly educated. >> reporter: and safest of all, to proclaim love for inanimate objects. >> i always loved trucks, i still do. even a little boy at 4 years old. >> reporter: nobody will make a headline out of that. that comes back to knock you out. ♪ looks like another love tko >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york.
and thanks so much for joining us. i'll be back tonight at 11:00 eastern right after the democratic debate. i'll have special coverage and interviews with the candidates. "ac 360" starts right now. and good evening from las vegas. breaking news tonight. the president choosing someone to oversee the intelligence community and with it the nation's security who has no real intelligence experience. that story ahead. we begin, though, right here at a key moment in the race for the presidential nomination. michael bloomberg, who is not even on the ballot will be on the debate stage here tonight which means that millions of voters who may only know him through the campaign ads he's already spent more than $400 million on will get to see how he thinks on his feet. he could be in for