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reporting there the washington journal. great reporting. >> thank you. >> msnbc continues with the 11th hour with brian williams. that's next. "the 11th hour" begins now. good evening from our headquarters in new york where the sun will rise tomorrow with just five days to go until we elect our next president. this is a presidential campaign in its final stage, as you will the sun will rise tomorrow with just five days to go until we elect our next president. this is a presidential campaign in its final stage, as you will hear from one of our political veterans in this very room
tonight. there is a mathematical path. if everything goes right for donald trump to reach 266 electoral votes. the problem is you need 270 to go over the top. there are new polls out tonight and this race is tightening. critical to the trump strategy is florida, always has been, where the candidate spent the day holding rallies in miami, orlando and pensacola in the panhandle. hillary clinton, meanwhile, headed out west. you are looking live, still going late into the night, at a clinton rally about to begin in tempe, arizona. she was first in las vegas late today, and his last event tonight, donald trump reminded himself to stay on message while talking out loud on a stage at a rally. >> in six days we are going to win the great state of florida, and we are going to win the white house.
going to win it. it's feeling like it already, isn't it? we've got to be nice and cool, nice and cool. stay on point, donald, stay on point. no sidetracks, donald, nice and easy, nice. because i've been watching hillary the last few days. she's totally on a hinge. we don't want any of that. she has become unhinged. >> those of you who are out there on the phones for me, canvassing for me, talking to your friends and your coworkers, you know what an important choice this is, and you have six days to convince everybody you can talk to to get out and vote! >> hillary clinton speaking in las vegas. before that you might have seen donald trump. in a slew of new state polls out today, the newest quinnipiac poll out of florida gives clinton a razor-thin lead, one point down from her four-point
lead about two weeks ago. now, of course, the margin of error the race now tightening in north carolina, clinton leading by three points there. it was all of four last week. and democrats especially today were anxious to see this number out of wisconsin. clinton holding a six-point lead there in the marquette survey. let us introduce our panel to start us off tonight. katie ter is just coming off an eventful day with the trump campaign. she is in miami. and nicolle wallace is here. and the 47th governor of the state of michigan. like nicolle, she went to berkeley. like many of us she also went on to harvard law school. she joins us from oakland, the one in california. we'll start chronologically.
katy, your campaign day is over. what can we assume on trump's schedule of stops and how it speaks to strategy, and has he really kept on message for this long? >> reporter: he really has kept on message, especially since last friday when this news about the investigation into the revival broke. he's been good for donald trump, at least, with a teleprompter and hammering on two main points the candidacy wants him to stick to. one on the rise of health care premiums, the other one this fbi investigation into hillary clinton's e-mails, and the third thing, this idea of a rigged system now using donna brazil when she was a contributor at cnn, potentially giving hillary questions for a cnn debate. those three things are what the campaign and gop operatives want donald trump to adhere very
closely to in these final days. they believe if he does that, and he doesn't say anything outrageous, he doesn't make anyone worry, he'll be able to get more republicans into the tent. he's not enjoying the same amount of republican support like his predecessors did, people like mitt romney and john mccain. he has to get past 92% so he has a chance to stay in the general. we're hearing about stops in ohio, new hampshire. these are battleground states donald trump absolutely needs to win. >> kristen welker, same question. what can we learn about strategy from the travel schedule, and is she off comey entirely in most of her speech? >> we haven't heard about comey. in terms of her travel schedule, she'll be hitting a lot of battleground states in the coming days. pensacola, florida.
tomorrow she heads for michigan, a reliably blue state. some are wondering if she's getting jittery. they want to make sure she's there because michigan doesn't have early voting. in terms of what we're doing tonight, brian, this is her first stop in arizona. this is a reliably red state, and this is her second largest crowd of this campaign cycle. more than 14,000 people so far, according to the campaign. the reason why arizona is significant, secretary clinton had planned to come here before that latest fbi scandal broke. it was a show of strength, a way to really run up the score. the campaign thinks the state is competitive. of course, now we're seeing donald trump open up a little bit more of a lead, her campaign telling me they're still confident. tonight she'll be speaking to latino voters and really trying to revive one of the arguments that she has made throughout
this election cycle, which is that donald trump is divisive and not good for latinos. it resonates here in arizona, but brian, it also resonates in other states with large latino populations like nevada and like arizona. >> let's go to governor grandholm. governor, in plain english, is the game now beat the clock? you have this added element of a weaponized fbi director, and when we wake up tomorrow, it's five days to go. >> yeah. i mean, this is the problem of this entire campaign, is that the message on their side is easy. it's e-mails. on her side there was a great story out today in the u.s. news and world report saying there is so much that people's eyes can glaze over because the number of scandals attaching to donald trump, it's a very target-rich environment. it's not as easy as one word.
and so the challenge is not just to attack donald trump, but also to present a positive vision in light of the barrage of negative stories. even today, there is a whole barrage of negative stories about his taxes, about his shredding documents, all of that. does any of that stick when it's compared with one word, which is e-mails. >> wade meeting today with some of our pollsters here, and they said once there is an established plot line or a theory to the case attached tie candidate, once the headline is out, voters require very little added information after that. that's why it can be so cutting. >> the beautiful thing about it is, at least from what we're seeing, is that real people don't care about the damn e-mails, as bernie sanders said. they care about the issues related to the economy and jobs and the things that she has very prolifically put out in her policy strategies. she's going to be able to talk about that. i don't think the e-mail story
is going to linger, but i do think that all of these other stories about him will provide lots of fodder for the various populations that she will try to bring together. >> governor, honest answer. is something going on in your home state of michigan, because i was surprised to see the candidate has added blue michigan to her travel itinerary for this friday. >> you know, i've been talking to people in michigan to find out, you know, the operatives, the people inside the campaign to see, all right, what are you guys seeing? the honest truth that i kept getting back is she just wants to solidify it, boom, make sure it's done. they do have a vote by mail, and they're 50,000 votes up on the democratic side, so they feel very good about that. as we know, the ground game the clinton team has put out is second to none. i think michigan is going to be okay, but she just wants to be sure. >> jennifer granholm continuing that berkeley honesty. >> go, bears.
>> they're a lot of things, but not honesty. >> nicolle wallace, you pretty much got your dream, your wish. you have a republican candidate who is disciplined and on message. the bad news? you've got five days to go after yesterday afternoon. >> you started with my dreams and you blew all my circuits. it's a little too late. i mean, he got his break also. he needed a break and he got it friday night. he needed to get a message and stop attacking republicans to do exactly what katy described the campaign's strategic objective was, which is to bring home republicans. by the way, if you win, it's not because republicans come home, it's because republicans are already with you and you reach out to cross voters, republican voters and other democrats. that's how you win. what is in reach for donald trump, where he's really seeing movement in the polls, where he's even going ahead of hillary clinton is in states like florida and iowa and ohio and all the states he can win and still lose the white house.
>> i wasn't going to raise this because the story should never be about us, we're there to cover it, but then i saw it on all the cable network news tonight and they said to be in politics you need the hide of a rhinoceros. he was talking about having your name on a ballot. here is the part we've chosen to share with you before we talk to katy. >> we have two more today in florida and we have massive crowds. there's something happening. they're not reporting it. katy, you're not reporting it, katy. there's going happening, katy. there's something happening, katy. >> the crowd broke into a rather unsavory chant after that. what is it like to have that on top of covering a campaign? >> i do have the hide of a
rhinoceros, so that helps. let me tell you, it's been a wild ride for about a year and a half. and it is a unique experience to have an entire crowd of people, whether it is an open air venue like we were in today, or a stadium with 10-plus thousand people booing you. it's especially unique when they're actually saying your name and looking directly at you. and that's what happened today. that being said, donald trump was complaining about this idea that he has that the press doesn't show his crowds, which is just factually untrue. the cameras that are there, there are a number of cameras, he sees them all. oftentimes when he's playing to the camera and saying we don't move our cameras showing the crowds, the cameras are all moving the other direction showing the crowds. they don't even allow the cameras to leave to get more crowd pictures. we also have jacob rascon who talks to trump voters on a daily
basis on msnbc all day long. so the idea we're not showing this movement is just factually incorrect. donald trump also does know this to be incorrect. he's joked in private with reporters about how he understands how the pool camera works. brian, i don't need to explain it to you but i'll explain it to our audience. the pool camera is the one camera that sits in the middle of the press area, and it shoots the candidate, and it stays on the candidate at all times because we're trying to get what the candidate says, and it goes out to all the networks. that camera is stationary, it is never supposed to move. the rest of the networks have their cameras that move all the time and show their feeds alongside that pool camera. donald trump has joked in private because he is a man who does entertainment for a living. he understands how it works, other used to, at least. he understands the production quality of this, and he's joked that he knows how a pool camera works. this is a schtick that he does.
it's to rile up his base. it's to give him an excuse for polls that might not be in his favor. it's to give an excuse to berate somebody other than donald trump, and to berate somebody who doesn't look as good as they want it to look. >> nicolle wallace, having said that and having heard that, difficult to picture a 41, 43 mitt romney or john mccain calling out names of reporters. >> it's bullying, and it's bullying the reporters that cover him. it's not only odd in politics, it's odd in public life. it's something that if any of our kids did in school, they would probably be kicked out of public, private, religious -- he has normalized cyber bullying, he has normalized this sort of bullying of a woman in a huge chanting crowd. he has normalized a seed that a lot of reporters think is a
biased media. but it's taken on a life of its own, and it's dangerous and sinister and in the end will not help him win. it will be part of the reason he loses. >> governor, a request for a last headline. if you were writing the bumper sticker, the message for five days, the repeated them and message, what would it be for hillary clinton? >> jobs, unity, standing together. jobs, unity, standing together. >> jennifer granholm -- yes? >> i just wanted to build on that last point there. the fact that donald trump knows what he's doing is a lie. i think is exposes the charleton exposure of his campaign. people are being taken as a con. it's such a travesty in this election that this man is where he is. >> former michigan governor jennifer granholm, kristen welker on the road, katy tur on
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chapel hill, north carolina where president obama campaigned today for hillary clinton. that research triangle region is critical. some students there stood in line for 24 hours to get into this event. james taylor was handing out water beforehand. the president will hit the trail hard for the clinton campaign in the next few days. by sunday he will have stopped in new hampshire, three stops in florida. add those to today's three stops in north carolina. his message? don't take the right to vote for granted. >> it was not that long ago that folks had to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar or bubbles on a bar of soap or recite the constitution in chinese in order to vote. it wasn't that long ago when folks were beaten trying to register voters in mississippi. it wasn't that long ago that a man named henry frey greensboro, the first chief justice of the north carolina supreme court, was denied the right to register to vote because he had failed a so-called literacy test after he had graduated from college.
it wasn't that long ago! the adult vote! you've done the work of those who would suppress their vote without them having to lift a finger. come on. i am not on the ballot, but i tell you what, fairness is on the ballot. decency is on the ballot. justice is on the ballot. progress is on the ballot. our democracy is on the ballot right now! >> president obama in north carolina. nicolle wallace is back here with us in the studio. we also want to welcome in political analyst nina forner who supported bernie sanders in the primary and would like to see hillary clinton be elected. nina, welcome back. thanks, brian. >> i'm curious what you're worried about. we asked governor granholm about
michigan. where do you think they're soft, and if it's humanly possible, do you think that man, the president and the first lady can make a difference in five days and move enough people? >> they're certainly traveling all over the country and the president was in rare form today and really laying out why it is not only important to vote this election cycle, but we need those types of speeches every single election cycle so we can continue to cultivate the type of relationship that is necessary to drive people to the vote every single election year. my state of ohio is very much in play, and no republican has ever won the white house without the state of ohio, and mr. trump is up. our early voting totals in the major counties in my state, cuyahoga county for one, which is the largest county, franklin county, lucas county. the early counties, the vote is down. >> nicolle, the strength of
president obama, something we were talking about in the newsroom today. >> nobody has an influence like the president and mrs. obama. just as messengers, they're in a league of their own. i didn't vote for him either time, but he speaks in a way that makes you proud he's our president right now. another part of the speech, that was the most powerful and direct hit in terms of delivering the operation she needs. the operation she needs help with is turnout. he also talks about how he has differences with republicans like mitt romney, like mccain, like george bush. but that's not the problem for trump, that he's simply unfit for the presidency which was really the opening salvo in hillary clinton's first message when the general election commenced. >> he said he never feared those men would be bad stewarded for -- stewards for the nation. nina, if it were up to you, where would you send the
candidate? what would she say about the fbi director or should she move on? how much should she say about donald trump or should it be a totally positive message from here on out? something tells me it will take a turn for the dirty here shortly. >> my god, brian, it's been pretty dirty. >> but we have standards. >> yes, we do. unfortunately, as i said, we have gone as a country in this presidential election cycle from hope and change, which we saw the power and the magnetism radiating from a president that was the personification of hope and change to take it in the gutter in 2016. it is unfortunate. staying away from the fbi director these last five days and reminding people why she is running for president of the united states of america is so important, because far along in
this general election, both candidates have been totally focused on dragging each other in the mud, and it just turned me off this entire general cycle, we don't talk a lot about the everyday american and why you want to serve them. they are missing from this equation, so if i had to give any advice, the focus should be on the american people and why you want their vote and why you want to be the next president of the united states of america. >> nicolle, 15 seconds remaining. our pollsters opened up the day today by saying the chief casualty, civility, is dead. >> the ship has sailed. i think everybody would have wanted to see a more positive campaign, but the ship has sailed. trump still leads clinton on the subject of honesty and trustworthiness.
he really dinged her on that, so whoever prevails will be in some ways a damaged and flawed messenger before they're even sworn in. >> we only know it's going to get worse before it's over. nina turner, thanks very much. >> brian, go try. >> we have no favorites. this is a national broadcast. nina reporting from cleveland tonight. "the 11th hour" back after this.
and who could easily insult a foreign leader, or maybe, heaven forbid, start a real war rather than just a twitter war. >> hillary clinton tonight at the end of a long day at the other side of the country. her theme all day has been "imagine." not the john lennon version, but imagine donald trump being sworn in on inauguration day, imagine him in the oval office as you hear him conducting warfare. a late campaign stop for hillary clinton in a state they would like to turn blue. that's "the 11th hour." "hardball with chris matthews" begins now. close but no cigar. let's play "hardball."