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Van Slams into Jerusalem Pedestrians; Obama Eager to Work with the New Congress; Obama to Voters: "I Hear You"; McConnell Pledges to get Senate Back to Normal; McConnell: We're Going to Go Back to Work; Doctor with Ebola Improving in New York; Ray Rice VS. The NFL; Abducted Woman Found Alive, Suspect in Custody
Aired November 5, 2014 - 21:00 ET
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ANDERSON COOPER, AC360 HOST: Welcome to the second live hour of 360. We have breaking news tonight. Tensions in Jerusalem have flared again after a deadly attack.
Now the video were about to show you, it is hard to watch. Look for white van that will appear on the lower left side of your screen. This occurred in Jerusalem. The man driving was identified as a member of Hamas. Pedestrians right on rail station. An Israeli border officer was killed in the attack.
A number of people were actually hit. You can also see about four in the left hand side of your screen, the drive of the vehicle was later shot. But you see the van being driven and there you see a number of people, one of whom was killed, the border officer. And I also want to show you another video now of a separate incident that also took place today. This was at Israeli military post in the West Bank. It's just it's hard to watch.
You can see two vehicles passing by, and now look there is third one, mooing into a crowd of people, into soldier standing there, that van have Palestinian plates. Three soldiers were injured. The driver of that van, however has not yet been apprehended. We're going to have more on both attacks later this hour.
We begin though with what comes next after yesterday's route in United States.
It is not clear, Republicans will control at least 52 seats in the senate and they have the biggest majority in the house since World War II. GOP is also kept his hold on Governor's mansions across the country. State President Obama conceded in understatement of pretty huge proportions and it was a good night as he said for Republicans.
At a news conference he spoke for nearly 90 minutes pledged into work together with the new Congress, (inaudible) but also drawing some lines in the sand. Michelle Kosinski, joins me with that.
So the president spoke along time. Let's go through a little bit about what he had to say?
MICHELLE KOSINSKI, CNN, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, Anderson. Well you have to knowledge that bad lost and pretty somberly so too, but he also have acknowledge that that vote was in part of vote of lost confidence in him.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: What stands out to me though is that the American people sent a message. So to everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two- thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you, too.
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KOSINSKI: So his message is that now we really have to work together, if he's going to actively reach out to Republicans, if they're going to sit down, find common ground, finally get certain things done, but of course, you know, you have to (inaudible), that sounds great. Why couldn't all of that have been done before when so many of these bills confirmation, et cetera, have been stalled.
But as much as he is talking comprise, he is definitely on the toughest issues, immigration, healthcare, saying that there are lines that he is not going to let Republicans cross, Anderson.
COOPER: Well that's the thing. I mean, you starting executive action on immigration...
COOPER: ... would considerably be a bomb shield toward to Republicans.
KOSINSKI: Yes, and you're hearing in both ways. I mean it's been interesting to the last couple of weeks leading up to the election, we heard President Obama slam Republican is repeatedly for not moving on immigration. But here is what he said today.
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OBAMA: I'll be reaching out to both Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and other Republican as well as Democratic leaders to find out how it is that they want to proceed. And if they want to get a bill done, whether it's during the lame duck or next year, I am eager to see what they have to offer. But what I'm not going to do is just wait.
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KOSINSKI: As we're hearing some what of the same kind of tone on healthcare as well that he is willing to sit down, listen to Republican's ideas, to find that common ground and see what's going to work. But on immigration in particular, I mean, he is saying, he is going to take executive action and give a pack (ph) to citizenship, to possibly millions of undocumented immigrants in America, which by way most American support. But his executive actions have rankled Republicans to the maximum. So he is saying he is going to do this unless congress comes up with something else. He is also saying, "OK, we'll I'm going to this if they don't do something." But then again they can always pass something else later and that's going to super exceed my executive action. But he is going to do this, he says and it's going to happen before the end of the year, Anderson.
COOPER: Well it was a change stage to hear the president talking with reporters and taking questions for so long. It's...
COOPER: ... (inaudible) change. Michelle Kosinski, thanks very much. I want to bring in our panel, Chief National Correspondent John King, Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley and Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.
John, what are the sense of -- does the president actually have to compromise? I mean he is not running for re-election, he is not, you know, going to be up in two years. He extremely got his legacy to be concern about, but what's the incentive?
JOHN KING, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well the incentive is the legacy you just mentioned, the incentive is do not be labeled that someone people did today, even before the sun came up, not along go down start saying he is a lame duck.
The president wants to get things done. He's a Democrat. He believes in activist government. He believes in using government to do things. The question is how long of a leash do the Republican leaders have on issues like immigration, issues like tax reform and we could have the other question, how long of a leash does the president have?
Let say if he tried to cut a deal with Republicans on entitlements like Medicare. Would see Elizabeth Warren and other Liberal Democrats go into the floor of the United State Senate just like Ted Cruz did when Republicans were in the minority and say, "No, over my dead body?"
So the New Washington, "Kumbaya", is the word of the day. It won't last.
COOPER: Yeah, and we've heard this -- we hear this the day after just about every election. How much -- Gloria let's flip this, I mean, how much incentive do congressional republicans really have to cooperate with the president because there's lot of Republicans who are interpreting the results of last night as, you know, we need to fight the President every step of the way.
GLORIA BORGER, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL ANALYST: Yeah, but there was another result last night and that was anti-Washington sentiment and people want a government that works for them. Eight out of 10 people don't believe the government does work for them, so they want a competent in government. They believe that President Obama did not lead a competent government. So the incentive for the Republicans, particularly as they head into 2016 is to say, "OK, when we controlled one branch of government we got these three things done." So I think the public expects them to come up with ideas. They don't expect them to write love summit to the president or agree with him on everything but at least they have to tell the American public what they stand for and what they're willing to do and can accomplish.
COOPER: You know, Candy, though national view, you know, I was reading there was editorial where they're basically saying, "Well don't do any - if the Republicans don't do anything for comprise with the President over the next year, because you don't want to send the message in 2016 that, you know what? We actually can work together and why not just re-elect another Democratic president."
CANDY CROWLEY, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: Sure. There are a lot of ways to parse this when you look at what will best position Republicans for taking over the White House in two years and what will best position Democrats. But I do think there's an opportunity here for them to do something.
I don't think it's going to be big something and I don't think despite the verbiage that we have heard today about willing to work and reaching out and what we're going to talk to them and all of that. I don't think from either side we heard anything that to me said, "Wow, they're really going to do this."
I think that what was most interesting to me about what the president have to say was the number of times he mentioned how many people didn't vote, which to me is saying, you guys are a little mandate, like two-thirds of people don't even bother to show up. And you listen to Mitch McConnell talking about health care, how they're going to approach that.
So I'm not sure I found the rhetoric today, all that comforting if you are looking for different attitudes going into this.
COOPER: Well, also John, I mean the President talks today about who, you know, he wouldn't mind getting a glass of bourbon with Mitch McConnell. A lot of people always talk about, you know, Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan how, you know, even the Ruff-n-Tumble ball that, they would, you know, hang out in the good old days and have a drink together.
Do they actually like each other, McConnell and -- do they have a relationship?
KING: They don't really have relationship. The President has a dysfunctional relationship with Speaker Boehner who thinks the President went back on his word in a grand bargain negotiations.
A few years ago the White House says, "No with the speaker bailed." That's the gap of trust we have there. Joe Biden has a good relationship with Mitch McConnell. And Joe Biden could be resurgent Democrat in his town if there are negotiations to be have. The question I think Candy Crowley put on the table, we have a lot of words today. Nobody said, let's work on this or let's work on that and offer thing specific. They just offered kind words.
I do think the big issues before us are very complicated because the Republicans have a base they still have to worry about. The Democrats have a base now that they won't be loyal to the president. Remember, Democrats after this election they blame the president, they blame his rhetoric, they blame his policies. Is it fair? Who knows, but they do.
And when things happen that they don't like, you'll have Democrats on the house and senate willing to break with this president and you got to have a Hillary Clinton on the sidelines watching this White House very, very carefully.
BORGER: And they're, you know, they're not talking about working together on President Obama's big legacy issue, which is, you know, immigration reform which he still said today that he intense the issue and executive order on that sometime, you know, in the new year. They're talking about smaller things, you know, repairing roads and bridges which is of course what they should be doing or doing some kind trade deals or corporate tax reform.
But, you know, they're not talking about shifting their party one way or another. They are just looking for a few areas in which they might actually find something to agree on.
COOPER: And can I -- if there is a Supreme Court vacancy over the next two year, we're just really (inaudible) possibility, all bets are off, since they're working together.
CROWLEY: Well sure if except with the Supreme Court nominations for the most part, you have seen members of both parties who have gotten behind nominees. I think it may change who the President picks. But the fact is that for Supreme Court nominees, the Senate rules still do a lot of filibusters, et cetera.
So I don't think that the Supreme Court nominees are what may change. Maybe judges get more stalled because now the Republicans have, you know, in charge of all committees including judiciary. But I don't think that's the big thing here. I think the big thing here will be whether they do any big things and do it in the time they have left which isn't much.
COOPER: Yeah, not much at all. Candy, thanks very much. Gloria as well. John is going to stick around.
Hey, quick reminder. Make sure you set your DVR. You can watch 360 whenever you want. Just ahead tonight John is going to unpack the exit polls for us. Who showed up to vote yesterday and who didn't, and how that factors into the Republican Route?
COOPER: There no secret that make Democrats lost yesterday, made a conscious decision to distance themselves from President Obama and his low approval ratings on the campaign trail. Here's what President Obama said today about that choice. OBAMA: I love campaigning. I love talking to ordinary people. I love listening to their stories. I love shaking hands and getting hugs and just seeing the process democracy and citizenship manifest itself during an election. But I'm also a practical guy, and ultimately every candidate out there had to make their own decisions about what they thought would be most helpful for them.
COOPER: Well whether or not giving the cold shoulder to President Obama, helped to hurt Democrats more, it's a question perhaps up for debate. Exit polls may give us more information on that. John King is there to unpack the data. John.
KING: Anderson, when you have a night as a bad as the Democrats had last night there's going to be a lot of second guessing about the strategy. Let's just focus on the Senate. When you start with 55 Democrats and where we are now is at least 52 Republicans. That's a big swing and it's likely to grow.
Republicans are favored to win Alaska as they keep counting the votes here. Republicans are favor to win Louisiana, a runoff in a month there. Virginia likely to stay in Democrats hands with 54 Republican Senators up from 45. People look at the map and say what did we do wrong. One of the questions, could the President have helped in Colorado? He was pushed away. But he won that state twice.
Could he have helped in Iowa? He was pushed away. But he won that state twice. How about North Carolina? He only won that state wants, but huge African-American turn out.
Some of the questions Democrats will be asking, if you look at the data it's a little mixed. For example the President did campaign in Wisconsin in the governor's race. The Democratic candidate lost there. So Kay Hagan would say, "See, he didn't help there. Why would he help here?"
But let's look at the numbers and try to get a closer look, see if we can find any clues. Number one, you have to remember, this was a midterm electorate. 75 percent of the electorate was white, 12 percent African-American, 8 percent Latino. This is a midterm year. Remember those numbers. This is the last Presidential year, fewer whites, more African-Americans and more Latinos. So the diversity in the electorate mattered. A wider electorate was a good electorate for Republicans, a better electorate for Republicans.
This is also important, yesterday, 51 percent women, 49 percent men. Remember that, that's your midterm electorate. Look at the Presidential. It may not seem like a big difference. That's a big difference because women tend to favor Democrats. One of the reasons Republicans had such a good day. Age also, this is 2014. This is yesterday. Look at the small slide of 18 to 29, the bigger slice of 65 and older. These voters tend to vote Democrat. These tend to vote Republican.
Now look at the Presidential year, a much bigger chunk of younger voters, Democrats, a smaller chunk of older voters. Republicans, again the turn out yesterday tilted in favor demographically in favor of Republicans.
Let's just look at North Carolina, 74 percent white, 21 percent African-American in 2014, in the 2012 Presidential election, that was a big higher. Could the President have going to North Carolina have ginned that up? That's a question people will ask for a long time. But when the numbers are like this the demographics of the electorate and the outlook of the map, that will be a debate for some time, could he have helped more? But you do know this, after this election Democrats whether the President campaigns for them or not are directing lot of the blame at the White House, Anderson.
COOPER: Yeah, no doubt. John King thanks very much. A lots to talk about their panel. Joining me now CNN Political Commentators Van Jones, Stephanie Cutter and Ana Navarro.
So Van, I mean obviously exit polls are notoriously unreliable. It doesn't seem like there was a huge shift one way or the other in terms of minority support for Democrats. The question though is have President Obama been a more visible campaign presence, would that have made a difference? Could he have pushed African-American vote higher without infuriating, getting more Republicans out to the polls by his mere presence?
VAN JONES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well its hard to know. But you got two things going on. It was just that he was missed i.e. he wasn't there. He was dissed. You had Alison Lundergan Grimes who wouldn't even admit to voting for him. That was, you know, I think, you know, political malpractice on her part. You know, so when you have Commander-in-Chief...
COOPER: Well that just made her look inauthentic or squarely, didn't it?
JONES: Absolutely, but it also was offensive to a lot of African- Americans at the grass roots level. I think what you're looking at here is the situation where certainly this President for a lot of the people who came out not very popular. But here's the opportunity that was missed. If you're going to run away from the President what are you running toward? The Democrats did two things that were bad. They dissed the Commander-in-Chief, abandoned him and then what are you running to? Are you running to a national agenda on student debt, a national agenda to do something about criminal justice, a national agenda to do something about the economy? You are just dissing and running away from the President and you're not going to anywhere and that's why you did not see our base come out.
COOPER: Stephanie, (inaudible) in the last hour said it would not have helped or in fact it would have hurt to have President Obama out in more places. In fact the places he did go didn't do so well.
STEPHANIE CUTTER, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well I think that for the Senate races, it's not like those ads were going to go down anytime soon that Kay Hagan or Bruce Braley or any of the Democrats voted with President Obama, 95 percent of the time, 97 percent, 99 percent. Those are the ads that were Republicans were running over and over and over again that were really damaging Democrats particularly for in terms of driving out the Republican vote but also reaching into the middle voter.
Now, you know, what it have helped if the President when in and rallied African-Americans or rallied Hispanic in Colorado or made it more clear of the differences between the immigration policies of Cory Gardner and Senator Udall. I think that could helped, because those differences were -- got really muddy towards the end of the election. And Republicans are very skilled are muddying those waters.
I think that when the new Senate Republican majority takes over those differences are going to become much more clear. But that was a tribute to republicans. There are very smart about how they did that. I think putting the President is out, could have helped make the districting a little bit more clear and given our people a reason to come out and vote.
COOPER: And I mean Democrats obviously had a terrible night in terms of the minority voters though, and you and I have talked about this a lot in our coverage, the Republicans had a big problem. Looking ahead to the next two years, African-American voter, Latinos, women voters, young voters, how did you party win the White House without a broader coalition?
ANA NAVARRO CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Frankly, I think they have to take a look at Colorado where they started chipping away at some of the gender gap and some of the gap with the Hispanic. A lot of that is credit that should be given to the RNC. They sent a lot bodies to the ground there to do outreach, to do the work, to make the calls. There were very targeted ads, money was spent, time was spent. The U.S. chamber of commerce had Jeb Bush doing ads in Spanish for Cory Gardner.
So instead of taking it for granted and seeing it as mission impossible, a lot of effort time and money was spent at chipping way at the Hispanic gap in Colorado and frankly they did. They had some success. So I think there something to be built on when it comes to that. And look, you know, Republicans realize running against Obama was a good formula and a good message. And I think Democrats only made it worst and made it a self-fulfilling prophecy by running away from Obama. It became a bigger issue because both sides where doing it and running on the same narrative.
CUTTER: Agree with that.
JONES: I agree with that. It's terrible, I have to agree with you on this. But I agree.
NAVARRO: Don't worry there's medication you can take.
JONES: But, you know, it is -- it shows weakness, it shows cowardice. When you won't stand with the leader of your own party, when you won't stick up for the fact that under Obama we have had a county that's had been healing, where you got low gas prices, you got unemployment down below 6 percent, you got the stock market higher it's been a long time. You got stuff you can stick up for your and you said, I don't agree with this guy on everything. But let me tell you want I want to do next." You didn't see that and when you show that kind of cowardice it's hard for people want to stick with you party.
COOPER: Yeah. Van Jones, Stephanie Cutter, Ana Navarro, good to have you on. Thanks. For more...
CUTTER: Thank you.
COOPER: ... on the election go to cnn.com. Up next the new world order in Washington, will anything really get done, like they say going to, we'll see, details ahead.
COOPER: Well the GOP has power on Capital Hill, control both the House and the Senate from January. The question is, how will the new Majority Leaders, Senator Mitch McConnell preside over the senate? And will President Obama work with Republicans, will be business as usual and nothing actually gets done? Dana Bash, going to take a look.
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DANA BASH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Mitch McConnell missed the president first congratulatory call but they finally connected.
SEN. MITCH MCCONNEL (R) KENTUCKY: I think it was a very cordial conversation I appreciated the call.
BASH: But with political victory, total GOP control of congress comes to responsibilities the Republican to govern. McConnell bend over backward to say he gets that.
MCCONNELL: So I think we got to start with the view, that maybe there some things we can agree on.
BASH: But said for him to negotiate the President can't aggravate the GOP base by taking executive action on immigration.
MCCONNELL: It's like even a red flag in front a bull to say, "If you guys don't do what I want, I'm going to do in on my own."
BASH: In fact before McConnell cuts deals with Democrats he ask to contend with unruly fellow Republicans that make up his new majority, like Iowa's Joni Ernst would even committee to supporting McConnell for leader.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Will you vote for Mitch McConnell as a leader?
JONI ERNST, (R) SENATOR-ELECT FOR IOWA: Well, I am trying to get through November 4th first and then that will be determined after that.
BASH: Neither would Ted Cruz.
SEN. TED CRUZ, (R) TEXAS: Well, that will be decision for the conference to make and that will be decided next week.
MCCONNELL: Well let me just make a prediction for you, a week from tomorrow, I will be elected majority leader of the Senate.
BASH: McConnell is the rare senator who never wanted to be president. But several Senate Republicans are on eyeing to 2016 White House run. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, they would have to court GOP primary voters, conservatives who tend to rebel against compromise. McConnell insist he can handle them.
MCCONNELL: I served in a body with a bunch of class Presidents. There all ambitious.
BASH: GOP Control of congress will be different. One example senate votes on GOP ideas for the first time in the Obama Presidency. Republican set the agenda and will hold both on their pet (ph) issues, like the Keystone Pipeline. But more vote likely means more vetoes and more gridlock. Since (inaudible) Congressional Democrats to block GOP policies, Obama has only vetoed two bills in six years. Another promise change, more work.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The senate stands adjourned.
BASH: Not so fast, McConnell is vowing the senate will actually stay in Washington for a five day work week just like the rest of us.
Dana Bash, CNN Capitol Hill.
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COOPER: Wow, a five day work week, that's a start. Can Republicans and Democrat actually get something done on the next term.
Joining us the CNN Senior Political Analyst and Former Presidential Advisor David Gergen, also Peter Beinart, a CNN Political Commentator and Contributing editor for Atlantic Media and Rich Galen and who knows to divide in Washington to all well. He served as Newt Gingrich communication director when he was house speaker in the 1990s.
Peter, does anything actually get done here now?
PETER BEINART, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: It seems pretty unlikely. I mean, you saw Mitch McConnell said that basically he would blow up the process for Obama to move on immigration reform.
COOPER: Right, with a new take of action (ph).
BEINART: He's already said his going to do that. I think the big unknown is what Obama would do on the Keystone Pipeline. It seems like the Republicans now have veto of filibuster proof majority on that. And Obama hasn't shown his cards yet. So that's one thing potentially. But I think Obama's executive action on immigration and the Republicans efforts to repeal part of ObamaCare blow up any chances of real compromise really early.
COOPER: Rich Galen as we said used to work for Newt Gingrich. There's a lot of folks who look back on those days fondly now and say, "Well look, you know, President Clinton reached out and was able to make some deals with Newt Gingrich." Do you see any sign of that now happening?
RICH GALEN, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST: Well the way I looked at - when I was watching the coverage this afternoon, Anderson, it appeared to me that especially on that that the immigration thing, I was just talking to Newt here at the studio and I said, "You know, you reminded of the opening gambit in a labor negotiation. You take your hardest line and I take my hardest line and then over the course of time we (inaudible)."
COOPER: So you think that's what it is?
GALEN: Yeah, I do.
COPPER: What you think the President is talking about executive action, you think it say a bargaining position?
GALEN: I do think it is, because I think that the President, no matter what, wants to be able to leave office with his head held high. He certainly can't hold his head high today as hard as he was trying this afternoon. And Boehner and McConnell as other people have said on this network are negotiators and they're legislators. And, you know, negotiation and compromise is not a four letter word. The Constitution of the United States is one long compromise.
COOPER: David, do you see that as a bargaining position?
DAVID GERGEN, DIR. HARVARD CTR. FOR PUBLIC LEADERSHIP: I don't see it as bargaining position. I think the President took a hard line. He said he was going to sign the executive order. He's going to do it. It will infuriate the Republicans. They don't see it as a declaration of war. And I think he will make it a lot harder.
And I -- Personally I think, I understand why the President is committed the immigration reform. I personally think he should have given the Republicans six months to see if they could work it out.
If they couldn't work it out, he would move ahead with the executive order. Because Anderson, there are two things at stake here. One, can Congress actually work with the President to get things done. That's the big issue everybody's talking about. Secondly, this is also a ramp up to the 2016 elections. And one of the issues of 2016 elections is going to be who's more responsible at governing?
So that gives the Republicans and the Senate, they have not had before. And it's worth the Presidents time to see, maybe give them six months and see if their willing to play or if their not. They're just obstructionist, they're just going to try to shove things down in his throat. And then he's got the public with him.
You know, before we go to war it's often a good idea to have diplomats to make every effort they can to talk to all the different parties and see if they can work it out. And then you go into a conflict. I would say as Jim Baker did on Kuwait years ago.
In this situation, I think the President and the Republicans are well served by checking out each other and making sure that they have gone in the last mile. You know, I think breakdown it's the other side that's gets the blame.
COOPER: Peter, why not...
GALEN: That's why I think that these are the opening gambits. They're going to have a lunch on Friday, David.
GALEN: And we'll see if there's something come out the other end.
GERGEN: Well, we'll see eventually.
BEINART: I think the Democratic calculus is different. The Democrats are the party of government. They suffer much, much more if government doesn't do anything.
I think the Republicans have consistently under Mitch McConnell, decided that they can actually do fine if government is gridlocked because that's what they run against Washington. I don't think the fact that they control the Senate, makes much of a different. Most Americans don't even know that they control the Senate.
COOPER: Well, you know, it's interesting...
BEINART: Barrack Obama has to do something on immigration reform to keep Hispanics support.
COOPER: David, to Peter's point. I keep coming this national review column opt that I read today, where they're saying, "You know, it's a problem to actually govern. It's a problem for Republicans to show hat they can work with the Democratic President because that sends the message to voters in 2016 that you don't need to elect a Republican president. That it can actually work this way."
GERGEN: Look, I think the overwhelming situation is going to be, maybe we can get some breakthroughs, is there going to number of issues on which they continue to disagree. There's still going to be a sense Washington is not working as well as it could. But to go to Peter's point. Peter, conservatives are actually against the status quo in many aspects of government. They'd like to unwind things they'd like to reduce the bureaucracy. They'd like to unwind regulations. So they have some interesting changes as well. It would be different change what the Democrats want.
COOPER: We got to leave there. Peter Beinart, David Gergen and Rich Galen. Thank you.
Up next, Breaking News, a van plowing into group of people in East Jerusalem, killing one person, injuring 13. You see on the left hand side of your screen, several of the people there who were injured. Hours later there had been a similar attack at an Israeli Military post in the West Bank. There's video of that as well. We'll show you it to you ahead.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) COOPER: Welcome back to Breaking News. Deadly violence in Jerusalem. In Eastern Jerusalem, Israeli Border Police Officer was killed when a man identified as a Hamas member crashed a van into pedestrians at a rail station. You see a number of people there hit on the left hand side. Police shot and killed that attacker. Also today a car with Palestinian plates ram into an Israeli Military Post in West Bank. There's a second car passes, now there's a third car as you see slams right into people there. Three Israeli soldiers were injured. Erin McLaughlin joins me now with the latest.
So, Erin, what is story with the latest attack on these Israeli Soldiers, what happened?
ERIN MCLAUGHLIN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well surveillance footage shows a van colliding with a group of Israeli Soldiers outside a Military Post in the West Bank. And we understand that three Israeli Soldiers were wounded in that attack, currently being treated at an Israeli hospital and are in moderate condition. As for the identity of the driver of that van, well police are still searching for him although they are saying that the van is a Palestinian van.
COOPER: The victims of the earlier attack today. What's the latest on them?
MCLAUGHLIN: Well, we're still waiting for an update on their condition. In that attack some 13 individuals were injured and one border police officer was killed. Now, surveillance footage there showing the attack in which a Palestinian man driving a van, drove it unto a light rail station into Jerusalem colliding with a group of people. You can actually see four individuals lying on the ground. He continued on ramming into several cars before coming to a stop at an intersection at which point he got out continuing his attack on foot.
Israeli forces shooting him dead, he was later identified as a Palestinian man from Eastern Jerusalem. His funeral happened tonight, Anderson. And there were clashes outside that funeral as well.
COOPER: I mean, are there concerns on the ground that this could ignite much wider violence? Because, I mean, it's been a number of days now where we're seeing uptake in violence.
MCLAUGHLIN: Well, there's been an uptake and violence in Jerusalem for the past few months. Authorities characterizing this as a sort of a wave of violence various attacks in different parts of the city and clashes.
And really Israeli authorities tracing this back to an attack on three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and later killed, that attack followed by an attack on a Palestinian teenager who was killed, triggered a sequence of event that led right up to the Gaza War in which thousands of Palestinians were killed and sum of 70 Israeli as well. And this is seen by many as just an extension of that tension. Anderson.
COOPER: All right. Erin McLaughlin, I appreciate it. Thanks. All right, a number of other stories were following. Let's get the latest. Susan Hendricks has at 360 Bulletin. Susan.
SUSAN HENDRICKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Anderson, at New York Bellevue Hospital, Dr. Craig Spencer is recovering from Ebola and shows improvement. He is now in stable condition and a person who had contact with Spencer has been released from quarantine well instead be subject to active monitoring. Now that means the person's day to day movement are no longer restricted.
The Miami Herald reports controversially Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez admitted to extensive steroid used to the DEA. Telling them, he paid a fake doctor raptly $12,000 a month for the steroids. Now publicly Alex Rodriguez, the third basemen, has denied those allegations and that led to his suspension for major league baseball which ended last week.
And Ray Rice and his wife Janay arrived at his appeal hearing in New York today. A former federal judge will decide if the Former Baltimore Ravens running back will get his job back. He was suspended indefinitely over domestic violence. As he remember, he hit and knocked out his fiancee at the time, his now wife Janay in an elevator that happened in Atlantic City. His legal team, Anderson, is saying he can't be punished twice for the same crime.
COOPER: All right, we'll look at. Susan thanks very much. We have -- Up next more breaking news. A woman whose abduction was caught on surveillance video. That video right there in Philadelphia.
She has been found alive more than a hundred miles away. An update on how she is doing and how police were able to find her next.
COOPER: Welcome back. More breaking news tonight. A 22 year old woman whose abduction was caught on this surveillance video in Philadelphia has been found alive.
You're going see the surveillance video from that angle and another one as well. And you can see the suspect dragging Carlesha Freeland- Gaither down the street tossed her on ground, kind of fighting with her on the ground and forcing her to a vehicle.
There is no audio on the footage but witness said, she was yelling for help the whole time. The good news tonight she has been found in Maryland. Suspect is in custody. We're going to have the latest on her condition in just a moment, as well as how police track down the suspect. But first, the victim's mom spoken Philadelphia short time ago and as you might imagine she was incredibly relieved.
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KEISHA GAITHER, MOTHER OF KIDNAPPING VICTIM: I just want to thank everybody. I would like to thank the Philadelphia Department of Police, the FBIs, Maryland everywhere at the public, especially public, my family and my friends everybody. Thank you so much for having us in your prayers. Thank you for keeping me up. Thank you for being there for us. I'm taking my baby home. Thank you.
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COOPER: And that's a great ending for the family. Jean Casarez joins me now from Philadelphia. So, how did they find her?
JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well the police are really accrediting the tips because so many people called in and the media for getting that surveillance video out. And there is an amazing amount of surveillance video. They tracked him from the ATM to convenience stores, to the local grocery store in Philadelphia, but here is what happened.
They were able to track him in his vehicle to Jessup, Maryland. And they saw the car parked to the side of the road. So the U.S. Marshals, FBI and ATF, they didn't go to the vehicle and arrest him. They waited. They waited until he exited the vehicle then they apprehended him and they rescued her and as you just said she was alive.
COOPER: How is she doing now?
CASAREZ: She's in the hospital. She was taken to the hospital tonight. We understand she is still there. She has got minor injuries, is what the police were saying which is miraculous thing in and out of itself.
They're starting to question her, Anderson, but they wanted to take it slow but they believe this is a stranger abduction at this point. They do not believe that she knew him or he knew her. They'll find out more as they question her but that's the premise they're leading with now.
COOPER: And he is -- I mean he is not being held on this right now. He has been held on a warrant for different cases. There was an extent -- an outstanding warrant on him.
CASAREZ: Yes. Out of Virginia, it is Charles City County Virginia. He is being held on that outstanding warrant which is very serious crimes, attempted capital murder, assault and malicious injury with acid, chemicals or explosives or fire. And here is what interesting too, this question still, Anderson, what is the motive here? Why did he want to do this (inaudible) he did it.
He used her ATM card. Police say, "That's him" using ATM card." And I ask, "We'll how much money did he get out of her account." They said a very small amount now much at all. So it doesn't appears still the motive was robbery.
COOPER: We wish her the best, certainly and we'll obviously learn more about this as police investigating. Jean Casarez, I appreciate it. Thanks.
Many abduction, obviously end in tragedy and heartbreak. This one did not thankfully.
I spoke early on the phone with the Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.
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Commissioner Ramsey, obviously of the best possible news on this, you say, there was a lead today and then everything unfolded pretty quickly after that. Can you walk us through what happen, how you're able to trace him -- track this person down.
CHARLES RAMSEY, PHILADELPHIA POLICE COMMISSIONER: Well it did unfold very, very quickly. Once we got a tip, you know, where this guy might be, we were able to trace pretty effectively his movement from the time he left Philadelphia into Maryland and we're able to pinpoint it to Jessup Maryland.
Now, earlier we had already informed the taskforce with FBI, ATF and the U.S. Marshall Service. So, this was taskforce out of the Baltimore field office that actually located the car and made arrest.
So we're just very thankful the she's alive this, is a very, very violent predator that's off the street. And hopefully is going to off the street for very long time.
COOPER: And as far as you can tell so far no connection. I mean this was a stranger abduction?
RAMSEY: That's the way it looks now. Of course, we're in the process of interviewing her now. But it does look like it's the stranger abduction. I mean, he has a history of doing something like this, as it was mentioned earlier that he's wanted in Virginia for similar crime. And we are looking at this as a stranger.
COOPER: Was there evidence left behind on the street when she was taken?
RAMSEY: Yes. Her cellphone, glasses, there were certainly glass from the vehicle that he was driving that she was able to kick out, a folding knife, a glove. We did get quite a bit of evidence at the scene and that couple of course with investigative worked that our detectives as well as the federal agency that assisted and tips from the public. We were able to track him down.
This is one where the media play a huge role and keeping this alive and keeping that video out there. But as it was mentioned earlier, I had not seen anything quite like this. This is where a video really showed the vicious this crime really was.
COOPER: And as far as you can tell he was acting alone?
RAMSEY: As far as we can tell. But again, we're just beginning the interrogation of him, who is in custody. His name by the way is Delvin Barnes, 37 years old. And he does have a Philadelphia address although he's lived in Virginia as well.
So we're just beginning to speak with him and we're also beginning to interview her. So, we'll have a more complete picture in a few hours.
COOPER: Well, it's great to be able to talk to you on a occasion where something ends with a positive outcome like this. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, I appreciate you being with us. Thank you very much.
RAMSEY: OK, thank you.
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COOPER: All right, when we come back, something to put a smile on your face at the end of long day "The RidicuList" is next.
COOPER: Time now for "The RidicuList". And tonight I want to help you cure your election night hang over with a little political hair of the dog. And by that I mean stick a moment to Marvel once again at a crucial element of our election coverage. The CNN "Magical Wall" exquisitely operated by straight up savant John King.
The wall has been around now for a while, captivating eyes and minds as early as 2008 with the daily shows as John Oliver was convince that it had to be part of a conspiracy and John King was linchpin.
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JOHN OLIVER, THE DAILY SHOW: Do you control the military?
JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: John, that's ridiculous. The Magic Wall is very powerful, but it's to analyze elections. It's a wonderful piece of technology, that's all it is.
OLIVER: No, no. Damn you, King. No. Don't touch me. No, don't touch. Don't you touch me (inaudible).
KING: Goodbye, John.
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COOPER: And of course SNL also was introduced by the Magic Wall some merit applications.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let's go over to Idaho. Let's take a look at that. Let's take really close look at it. Really, really close. Really, really close. Excellent. Let's go back to the map.
Now, the country can be move up and down, like so. Also, don't forget, we can also shrink it, so you can put it in your pocket, if you need to.
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COOPER: To me the magic of the Magic Wall isn't so much about the fact that you can swipe organ out in the ocean. To me it's the, it's the man behind the magic simply put.
If you ever have a chance to get John King on your bar trivia team, grab him. If there are any question about geography map or whether the voters and some small county Montana are typically morning people or night people. He will know the answer. John King is the quarterback of the (inaudible) of county's team and election night is his Super Bowl.
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KING: El Paso County, this is Colorado Springs. Evangelical voters, rural voters, in places like Adams County, where the Latino population is growing. And you move over here to Jefferson County. Obviously, the clerk's office here, checking on early voting, a couple of weeks back, 49 percent 11 worth county. It's relatively Small County. Right now 83 percent in Prince William County, that's more ex-serve, that's you green and blue color town, it's critical to Democrats. If you go into these small counties, they're tiny. These are tiny counties, pick your wow.
COOPER: I can't pick one wow. I can't do it. How does he know all these stuff? When does he find the time to go to all these counties and hang out to the clerk's office? How does he know of these clerks?
When I comes to John King there are simply -- there too many wows.
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COOPER: I got to day I'm amaze just by John King knowledge of every county of every state in America not just this year but like going back 10 years. It's incredible just to watch.
BLITZER: Check my expense accounts.
KING: And check your - yeah. On these things you've been them of ages.
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COOPER: All right, look. I've been to a lot places too. But I suspect I know less about my own neighborhood than John King knows about the voting clerks of Barbara Country Kansas population just under 5,000.
For that kind of knowledge, you need a little bit of magic. And John King has that, he joins us now. John, when you're a sleep do you dream in percentages or country maps, which one?
KING: I assure you, I dream of neither but we're not going to discuss those (inaudible) in front of television. But I will tell you Anderson, if you look at the map, you know, how many counties are there in United States of America? Do you know that? How many counties?
COOPER: I don't know.
KING: 3,142 counties are counties equivalences. You know this, in Louisiana they call parishes of counties.
KING: In Alaska they're called Barrows. The most populist county in the country is Los Angeles county.
COOPER: Your like rain man, definitely, definitely (inaudible) county, definitely.
KING: And the least populated county in the country is right here, tiny loving Texas right up there, bang...
KING: ... 95 people, 95 people. I want to know how everyone of them voted yesterday.
COOPER: You probably know every 95 person -- all the 95 people in Loving. You probably send them Christmas cards.
KING: It's a great name for county isn't it, Loving Texas.
COOPER: How do remember all these places? Because man, just so people know, I mean there's no teleprompter, there's no script, you got nothing on you hand, this is all just stuff you know.
KING: Yeah. To be serious for a minute, I've just been very lucky and both of my jobs is an allege adult. But the associate press here at CNN, I have had bosses who understand me when I say "You don't understand America by sitting in Washington. You got to go out and touch it and meet it." You know what? Meet some great people and eat some fabulous food.
COOPER: Well nobody does it better than you John. I'm really and incredible impressed. John King, thanks so much. That does it for us. Americas Choice 2014 with Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper starts now.