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[19:00:10] ERIN BURNETT, CNN ANCHOR: OUTFRONT next, the breaking news. Hillary Clinton revealing new medical details. Is she healthy enough to be president? This on the same day Donald Trump turns to Dr. Oz.

Plus, Colin Powell's personal e-mails. What he really thinks about Trump and Clinton? Which one is he calling a national disgrace, who's the screw-up?

And the billionaire pledging five million dollars to vets if Trump releases his tax returns. Our exclusive interview. Let's go OUTFRONT.

And good evening. I'm Erin Burnett. OUTFRONT tonight, the breaking news. Hillary Clinton releasing a medical statement from her doctor off the campaign trail for a third day in a row after nearly collapsing. The official diagnosis for Clinton is mild non-contagious bacterial pneumonia. Clinton's doctor revealing she examined the candidate multiple times over the past week. Clinton underwent a cat scan two days before this video now seen around the world was captured. The Democratic nominee trying to get into her van after leaving that 9/11 memorial event. Donald Trump meantime also saw the doctor today, taping the Dr. Oz television show. Trump ever -- surprising Oz and his studio audience with this.


DR. MEHMET OZ, HOST, "THE DR. OZ SHOW": Why not share you medical records?

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Well, I have no really problem in doing it. I have it right here? I mean, should I do it? I don't care.


Should I do it? It's two letters. One is the report. And the other is from Lennox Hill Hospital.

OZ: May I see them?

TRUMP: Yes, sure.


BURNETT: We're covering the breaking news for both campaigns tonight including Donald Trump speaking live this hour in a crucial swing state.

I want to begin though with Brianna Keilar who is covering the Clinton campaign and Brianna, coming out here just within the past hour or so. Lots of pressure on Clinton to release more medical details.

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: That's right Erin because she was not forthcoming about her pneumonia diagnosis. We didn't find out until Sunday when you saw that video you just played that she had been diagnosed on Friday and she'd spent the week prior being more accessible to reporters with this sort of trying to create more of an air of transparency. So she really undercut herself. So her campaign trying to make some amends there. They are putting out some information that many people were demanding.

And what we learned is not that different of a picture than what we have learned before, her cholesterol, her heart rate, the medications that she has on. But a couple of things that we did learn that were pretty interesting, one was that she had had symptoms a week prior to her pneumonia diagnosis. So a full nine days before we found out that she was suffering from an illness. She has had a fever one week prior. And then we also learned that back in January she had sinusitis and an ear infection that got bad enough with fluid in her ear that she had to have a tube inserted into her left ear.

So, just think about. That is the lead up to the Iowa caucuses where she is full steam ahead on the campaign trail and she went through that. All of this information coming out today brings her really to the standard of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in 2012. It certainly did not bring her to the standard of John McCain where he release more than a thousand pages in medical records and allow doctors behind closed doors to go through it that. But it's also important to note that she has a lot more information out there than Donald Trump and we've known a lot more about her medical history over the last year certainly than Donald Trump. She has a deep vein thrombosis in 1998 and elbow fracture in 2009. And most importantly Erin, that 2012 concussion that she suffered after fainting that led to the blood clot between her skull and her brain.

BURNETT: All right. Brianna, thank you very much. Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta joins me now. We'll get to the Donald Trump breaking news in a moment. But first, I just want to give you a chance to, you know, give your evaluation here of what you learned. What do you think?

DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: We got a much better explanation as Brianna said about what happened over the past few days. This pneumonia that was diagnosed then by a cat scan as well. She had that done on Friday. This year, it is interesting she's had a scan of her brain, she's had a scan of her lungs and she's had a scan of her heart as well because she has a history of heart disease and her family. And all those scans looked good. It's important in large part because again that 2012 is when she hit her head and had this concussion knowing that her brain scan now looks good was sort of an important point.


GUPTA: This is not medical records, this is not full release of medical records by any means that again, as Brianna said this is more than we've seen in the past and certainly more than we've seen from Mr. Trump.

BURNETT: All right. And on that note, the more breaking news. Tonight we are learning some new formation about Donald Trump's health. Because he gave the results of his recent physical to TV's Dr. Oz during a taped interview. Dr. Oz just telling NBC News he was actually caught off guard by what Trump revealed. Saying he didn't expect Donald Trump to go ahead and hand him that sheet of paper with the details. Here is how he put it.


OZ: I was, you know, surprised. I looked at them and try to process it pretty quickly. And if I was a doctor, if he was my patient are they are good for a man of his age.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Like what? What did it say?

OZ: It details from a colonoscopy that he had a few years back. He had a calcium scan of his heart that was done that looked good. He had results from chest x-ray and EKGs, plus laboratory results from last week.


[19:05:28] BURNETT: Sunlen Serfaty is OUTFRONT from Kenton, Ohio. Donald Trump is about to speak there momentarily recovering that as well.

But Sunlen, a lot of drama and entertainment around the release of Trump's medical information today.

SUNLEN SERFATY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Erin, you know, certainly, typically not the way we see presidential candidates release this kind of information and the drama really heightened this morning because the Trump campaign saying, no Donald Trump is not going to release the results of his physical today on the Dr. Oz show and he ended up doing just that, pulling it out of his pocket and giving it to Dr. Oz. Now, this medical summary is just a one-page summary of the physical that he had last week.

And it has not yet been publicly released. The Trump campaign says that they will get to that tomorrow. They likely will release that tomorrow. But CNN was outside of the show. And we talked to many audience members who were inside for the (INAUDIBLE) and started to paint a small picture of what Donald Trump's health really looks like. We know according to an audience member who says that the weighs 236 pounds. He says he does not exercise and that he would like to lose between 15 and 20 pounds and he is on statins, drugs that help lower cholesterol levels. Now, tomorrow when the Trump campaign is anticipated to release this

medical summary from his position, it should be noted that this still is not one of the full result of what that physical was like but two not a full disclosure of his medical history, medical documents that would be more in line with previous presidential nominees -- Erin.

BURNETT: Sunlen, thank you very much. And OUTFRONT now, Dr. David Scheiner, President Obama's former doctor. Executive editor of CNN Politics Mark Preston. And presidential campaign correspondent for The New York Times, Maggie Haberman.

Sanjay Gupta also of course back with me. Maggie, just in terms of style today. You know, you get the letter and the list of things from Hillary Clinton today. Donald Trump going out on Dr. Oz, and I've got it. Here it is. And now even now we're not getting the formal results publicly until tomorrow.

MAGGIE HABERMAN, PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN CORRESPONDENT, NEW YORK TIMES: Right. What have we got? And we know what he weighs. That is essentially the new thing that we have learned. Because we knew he was on Statin before, a form of Statin, from the very unusual letter that his doctor wrote that was released a couple of months ago. We also know from that note that the doctor said in that letter that Trump had lost 15 pounds over the previous year.

So, I don't know what that means Trump weighed before. I don't know what it means now. Trump, you know, loves fast-food and we know that well. He did this with his usual style. He wasn't going to release. He is going to release it. That kind of obscures the fact that this is still a pretty low level of disclosure for a presidential nominee. And I don't really know how more we're going see when they make the release later this week.


HABERMAN: But they have done what they always do which is heightened drama sort of the expense of actual information.

BURNETT: And Sanjay, in terms of what we're going to get, you know, one could presume the things that were discussed in this interview with Dr. Oz, cholesterol, Statins, blood pressure, basics, but we don't know for sure what else.

GUPTA: Right. No. And I talked to Dr. Oz a little bit today as well.


GUPTA: And you just heard him talk about. He's a cardio-thoracic surgeon so certainly something he was looking for was the heart and talked about the fact that there were EKGs and also what's known is the ct-scan, or coronary calcium, ct-scan of the heart. We'll see the specific results obviously when we get those. But those could be important tests because of the, you know, trying to relay any concerns about risk of heart disease.

BURNETT: Which of course is important for Trump when he admits he doesn't exercise and he's overweight.

GUPTA: That is right. He is on Statin drug.

BURNETT: He's on a stat.

GUPTA: That's right. I think that would be sort of near the top of the list for, you know, list of concerns. No one is suggesting he has those problems. But that is what you would really want to zero in on.

BURNETT: And Dr., let me just ask you. I want to disclose of course, first of all, you are supporting Hillary Clinton. But you have told me on the show before that you wanted a full neurological exam. You wanted those results. Obviously, we're not getting a full medical history here in either case. We certainly don't have that on the neurological side. Are you satisfied with what you now have?

DR. DAVID SCHEINER, PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FORMER DOCTOR: I think the information provided by Mrs. Clinton's doctor. I was very impressed that she got a CT scan. I think that was, to me that was sign of a quality because I think she was suspecting with her having had blood clots in her leg. The possibility she could have had pulmonary embolism. So, I think that was a really smart thing to have done and a confirm the diagnosis of a simple pneumonia.

So, I am very impressed, by that alone I'm very impressed with her doctor. But I think both candidates should have what we call neuropsychologic testing. I think she needs a neuropsychologic testing just to see that there's no neurological sequelae from her injury. And Trump I think needs a neuropsychologic because of his erratic behavior. If somebody came into my office with that kind of -- the kind of things that he does, I would really be wondering about the personality.

I don't know if he's -- we know he's got a narcissistic personality disorder at the very least. But I sometimes wonder if he would even be hypomanic. But I think psychological testing would be important for him. It is something I think maybe should be for all candidates.

[19:10:38] BURNETT: Which of course, when you say all candidates and obviously, you know, there is some speculation, you know, what Dr. Scheiner was saying there, Mark. But that is not something that we're going to get. And in fact it doesn't seem from this. This is kind of going to be the final point of this. We're not going get a deep medical history here from either one.

MARK PRESTON, CNN POLITICS EXECUTIVE EDITOR: Not at all. Of course not. I mean, look, there is no law that requires any presidential candidate needs to put any records out quite frankly.


PRESTON: And as far as any kind of mental testing. I mean, last time I think we even saw that was back in McGovern in '72. When Senator Eagleton acknowledge, you know, having shock treatment. But look, what we saw today though, what we saw today was a made for TV moment that Donald Trump created and he did it on a show to try to reach a certain voter, which was women. And as Maggie said, it was a game for Donald Trump.

BURNETT: But that is the audience he needs to reach. And that is the audience of that show.

GUPTA: It is the audience he needs to reach. It's interesting because what we're seeing is a summary that someone else has put together, usually with input from the campaign of the medical records by someone who may also be a friend or at least have a collegial relationship with the candidate.


GUPTA: You have to take all that into account. It is part of the reason you ask for the medical records. So you can start to get dispassionate sort of review maybe by journalist, maybe just by an independent group of doctors. But the point is we don't know even what we don't know. Not to suggest that there is something there. We don't know. That is sort of the point. I don't know that we should be making diagnoses, even psychiatric diagnoses from a far of either candidate. I don't think that that does probably any good in this sort of situation.


GUPTA: It was interesting at the end of Mrs. Clinton's -- Secretary Clinton's note, her doctor wrote, "I believe her mental health is good." It was nothing more than that. But just that her mental health was good.

BURNETT: And of course she's not a psychiatrist.

GUPTA: She's not a psychiatrist.

BURNETT: Neurosurgeon or anything.

GUPTA: That is right.


BURNETT: These are, I mean, in both cases they are getting letters from doctors who have known them and worked with them for many, many years.

OUTFRONT next, breaking news. Trump ahead new polls tonight showing Trump leading Hillary Clinton in key states. John King at the magic wall are next.

Plus, Colin Powell unplugged. What he thinks of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton. Some of this is not even fit for television.

And how two orphans and best friends found each other on the other side of the world.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) [19:16:01] BURNETT: Breaking news. New CNN polls tonight showing Donald Trump ahead of Hillary Clinton two key battleground states in Ohio. It's a five point lead for Trump in Florida, a three point lead for Trump. That is within the margin of error.

John King is OUTFRONT. And John, obviously this is a shift. In the national polls, we've started to see incredible tightening and now here in battleground states, Trump is actually ahead. Why? What's thriving it?

JOHN KING, CNN ANCHOR, "INSIDE POLITICS": Let's take a look Erin, closer at the numbers. We'll start in Ohio. Let's look at the horse race you mentioned. The Trump, five point lead in Ohio. For one thing, the third party candidates are doing, bringing down the winning line, the finish line if you will. Can Trump get fifty in Ohio? Most people think know. But can he get 45, 46? If that is enough to win, Donald Trump is in play in Ohio. Another key factor.

Well, you're talking a couple of weeks ago about Pennsylvania and North Carolina. One of the things we were seeing is that Hillary Clinton was winning among white college graduates. Look at this. White college graduates in Ohio, Trump is winning by nine points and he is swooping her among white non-college grads. The white working class. So, this is something to keep an eye to keep to other battleground states. The one other point here inside of Ohio.

Look at this number, Erin, 44 to 42 among women. Hillary Clinton needs a gender gap. She needs a big lead among women to offset this. Trump's lead among men. She's not getting it into the state of Ohio. A conservative battleground state but that's a travelling spot troubling number for Secretary Clinton. Let's look at Florida. Pretty much the same when you look at, you mentioned this one is inside the margin of error but still a Trump lead.

The third party candidate again pulling the finish line down a little bit. Forty seven, forty four. And let's look again here, the gender gap a little bit better among women for Secretary Clinton here. But she's getting beat badly among men again right there. Donald Trump essentially what Governor Romney did. And again in Florida. Donald Trump winning among white college graduates. Erin, this is a big deal if this continues. One other quick point. In both of these states, these are more conservative battleground states. Always. Ohio and Florida. The President is underwater.

When states where we see the President's approval rating, above 50 percent. The woman trying to succeed him as a Democrat does well in states where the President is underwater. Fifty one percent disapprove. Guess what? She struggles.

BURNETT: All right. So obviously, as you say two crucial battleground states that have leaned conservative. The big question though is when you look at the overall math. Right? When you look at the path to 270, who has the advantage?

KING: So, let's change. Here is one way to look at it. If you are a Democrat, you could say this changes nothing at all. Because as of today, we have Hillary Clinton at 273. That is enough to win the presidency. Right? The dark blues and the light blue. So, even if Donald Trump won Florida and won Ohio, we just showed you those. There is even a new poll today showing him plus two in Nevada. That is essentially a dead heat. For the sake of argument give him all three. Hillary Clinton can win without Florida and without Ohio.

See, so Donald Trump has to turn something that's blue here. Maybe a Michigan, maybe a Pennsylvania. Maybe a Virginia. Donald Trump can't just win Ohio and Florida. But Erin, that is why I would keep an eye on those education numbers, keep an eye on the gender numbers. If what's happening here starts to happen here then we've got a race.

BURNETT: All right. John King, thank you. Mark Preston, Maggie Haberman, back with me. And Maggie, you know, John said, you've got to watch those other states. These are crucial trends. You know, for so long the discussion was white college graduates. That is not Trump land. Well, if you are starting to see that in two crucial states has the momentum shifted?

HABERMAN: Look, the race has certainly tightened and Democrats will probably tell you the polling is much closer than they would like it to be. I think much closer than what some people thought it was going to be. What they have seen is Trump will have a bad week. And then his numbers will take a dip and then they will restore. Because basically, we are at a hugely partisan moments, and Republicans are looking for a reason to vote for the Republican. Democrats are looking for a reason to vote for the Democrat.

And then you have Jill Stein and Gary Johnson where you are seeing some sloughing off of votes toward both them. Trump has run a better campaign. He's run a more disciplined campaign. In the last couple of weeks, he has done a lot better. It's still remains to be seen whether he can overcome really hardened impression of him on issues like race and issues like disqualifications. But if he can get to that and really the debate seemed to be his best opportunity for that. He could make a shift. Pennsylvania is a source of concern to a lot of Democrats.

BURNETT: And on that point, Mark, you know, we talk about -- John was talking about women and he is talking about college graduate, areas that have been left for dead for Trump obviously in Florida and Ohio. Far from it. Right? He's leading. Independents. It's a crucial point here. He's leading, what, ten points in Florida. Eight points in Ohio.

PRESTON: Right. Which is a shift that we've seen over the last thirty days or so.


PRESTON: I mean, these are the voters who are going to ultimately decide who wins this election. We talked a lot about turnout but both parties have to get the turnout. Right? They have to get their base out. Which is why it was so important for Barack Obama to hit the campaign trail, specifically in Pennsylvania. Very important for him to get out there. Here is a big problem for Hillary Clinton. If you look at Florida right now. Now she's only up six points with voters under 45. And it is basically even in Ohio. That is constituency that propelled Barack Obama to two terms and it's part of the coalition Hillary Clinton needs in big numbers in order to win.

BURNETT: And what about Gary Johnson and Jill Stein? Specifically Gary Johnson. All right. Nationally you can see some polls here at 13 percent. You look here at 17 percent right now for Independent voters are picking Gary Johnson. These are pretty stunning numbers. You suddenly have Gary Johnson and by the way these polls were taking post the Aleppo comment. All but one day in a week of polling. Gary Johnson really could matter.

[19:21:15] HABERMAN: Gary Johnson did matter in 2012. You saw him in much smaller percentages shave off a couple of points that likely would have been with Mitt Romney in some cases. The question is whether Gary Johnson can get onto the debate stage. If he can get on to the first debate stage which he is trying for then I think that it changes the dynamic in a way that we can't totally see again. I think it is very unlikely -- a party candidate is going to become president.

I still think that this is a two party system. But he could have a huge impact on the race. Also just to make the point we were going back to before. Yes the race is tightened but the Democrats still structurally do have a real advantage as John talked about and the debates are going to matter a lot. It is not just enough to have a debate moment. You have to do well overall in the debates. That is what Mitt Romney learned in 2012. He did very well in the first one and then the other two Obama came back.

BURNETT: So, Mark, the other thing that I, especially in the context of this whole health discussion is being honest and trustworthy. I mean, they throw this at each other. When it comes to transparency on health, there is a lot of issues on both sides but she's put out a lot more than he has. Right? That's just a fact. The reality of it. The perception overall for honest and trustworthy is a much better problem for Clinton. Trump is more honest and trustworthy by seven points in Florida. Twelve points in Ohio. That's not even close.

PRESTON: Right. It's her biggest weakness. And quite frankly it's her biggest self-inflicted wound. She could be more open about some things. About a lot of things and it would not hurt her. However, you talk to people that are close to her and quite frankly we see it every day. She's so guarded and so protected. And the folks who surround her really put her in a cocoon. Which I think, and if you look what happened in the month of August, very important the go out and raise all that money. That was extremely important.

She was criticized by Trump but she had to pay for TV ads. She could have done it a few public appearances, she could have met with the media a few times and that would have washed away. But to the point of the bigger narrative of honest and transparency, Donald Trump has an issue too but for some reason he's not releasing his taxes. His medical records are not going to be detailed. His business ties overseas are cloudy at west.

BURNETT: But it is not even close -- HABERMAN: No, it is not sticking. It is like a storm that overwhelms

because there is so much with him. And then it just tends one particular thing tends not to stick.

BURNETT: All right. Thank you both. And next -- true feelings revealed. Which presidential candidate does he call greedy. Which one is the purveyor? Which one would you rather be? And my interview with billionaire tech tycoon Reid Hoffman making a $5 million offer to Trump tonight.

Plus, more of Donald Trump's interview with Dr. Oz.


[19:27:58] BURNETT: New tonight, Colin Powell unplugged a string of leak e-mails are providing a rare and frankly scathing limbs into how the former secretary of state truly feels about the presidential candidates. Powell calling Trump a national disgrace. Clinton shifty. And that's just getting started.

Elise Labott is OUTFRONT.


ELISE LABOTT, CNN GLOBAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): He's been pretty quiet during the presidential campaign but privately former Secretary of State Colin Powell is not holding back about the candidates. In e-mails hacked from his account and posted to the site DC Leaks, Powell describes Donald Trump as a, quote, "national disgrace and international pariah." Powell confirmed to CNN that the emails are real. The retired four star general and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff slams what he calls a racist crusade by Trump over President Obama's birth certificate. Lampooning this prediction --

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: At the end of four years, I guarantee you that I will get over 95 percent of the African-American vote. I promise you.

LABOTT: A schizo fantasy saying Trump takes us for idiots. But Powell is also lukewarm about Hillary Clinton. Writing a friend in 2015, "Everything Hillary Rodham touches, she kind of screws up with hubris. I'd rather not have to vote for her. Although she's a friend I respect," Powell said. Criticizing Clinton's unbridled ambition and calling her greedy. And not transformational. He added an off caller insult about her marriage to Bill Clinton.

Powell also resented being dragged into Clinton's e-mail scandal. After the FBI revealed Clinton cited his advice as justification for her private server, Powell according to one e-mail to a friend told Clinton's staff three times not to try that gambit. And then threw what he called a mini-tantrum at Hamptons party to get their attention. In an interview with CNN last month, Clinton had done damaged control.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: He was incredibly gracious and helpful after I was nominated and before I took the job.

LABOTT: But Powell dismissed the Republican firestorm against Clinton over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi as the stupid witch-hunt though he didn't absolve her or Ambassador Chris Stevens who was killed in the attack.

[19:30:12] In an email to his successor, Condoleezza Rice, he writes, "Basic fault falls on a courageous ambassador", adding blame also rests on his leaders in Washington, and yes, HRC."

Rice responded, "Completely agree".


LABOTT: Now, these leaks came from DC Leaks on the same day a hacker by alias Guccifer 2.0 released more information from the Democratic National Committee. Experts have pointed to Russian state elements as actors behind those DNC leaks. No word yet on any ties to the hacking of Powell's account, Erin.

BURNETT: All right. Thank you very much, Elise.

OUTFRONT now, Kayleigh McEnany and former Lieutenant governor of New York, Betsy McCaughey, both Trump supporters. Nayyera Haq, former State Department spokesperson of Hillary Clinton and Keith Boykin, Clinton supporter.

Kayleigh, let me start with you. Lots here to go around. Powell tearing into the Trump, calling him a national disgrace and international pariah. It's a pretty damning statement. Colin Powell is a highly respected former secretary of state.

KAYLEIGH MCENANY, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: He's also someone who endorsed President Barack Obama for president. So, I'm hardly surprised he had bad words for Donald Trump. What I am surprised by are this concerted effort to blame Hillary Clinton's e-mail server on Colin Powell while she's now publicly saying as the mistake. Colin Powell saying he had to throw a tantrum in the Hamptons, telling Hillary's, quote, "minions", you can't do this to me, don't do this to me. So, when she's owning up publicly, she's still trying to find a way to avert blame.

BURNETT: Nayyera, Powell also did slam Clinton, OK, and some of these was pretty hash. And one e-mail which Elise has referred to but I'll read more full here for the viewers. "I would rather not devote for her, although she is a friend I respect. A 70-year-old person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational." The sentence concludes with a lewd reference to Bill Clinton's infidelities which I'm not going read on national television.

But basically attacking Clinton and her husband.

NAYYERA HAQ: Say what you will about Hillary Clinton, what he did not do specifically was question her credibility with international leaders, her popularity among international leaders her ability to execute policy -- (CROSSTALK)

BURNETT: You came with a defense --

HAQ: Or, in addition, she doesn't have this strange bromance, or romance I guess in her case, with Russia and Putin in general. And that is at the heart of all of these leaks and e-mails is the fact that Trump is very close with Russia. Russia state actors are known to the international community for hacking government accounts. Trump then egged on back in July, calling out Russia to continue to leak and see what you can find.

I mean, that is not the stature or type of behavior we should be expecting from a commander in chief and that is not something that Colin Powell had ever, or anybody else has ever accused Hillary Clinton.

BURNETT: Keith, one thing also in here, though. Of course, he took issue with her blaming him for her e-mail choices. You know, sort of blaming the Clinton mafia were the words that he used.

KEITH BOYKIN, HILLARY CLINTON SUPPORTER: Yes. You know, I think there is a lot little bit of CYA going on here with Colin Powell. When the first story about Hillary Clinton attaching Colin Powell to the story, he denied it. And few weeks later, it turned out he was more involved than he admitted. So, I'm sure he's trying to protect his legacy along this story as well.

But the damning thing here to me, it's not surprising that a Republican would say critical things about the Democratic presidential nominee. What is surprising is that a Republican, secretary of state of state, is condemning in the harshest the Republican nominee for president of the United States.

MCENANY: He voted for Obama twice.

BOYKIN: Let me just finish this.

HAQ: Well known Republican figure.

BOYKIN: Let me just finish this statement. What we have here is unprecedented. There's not a single secretary of state or former president on the Republican Party who has endorsed Donald J. Trump for president of the United States. That is a shocking condemnation.


BURNETT: I want to just break in here because we do have more breaking news about Donald Trump's health, including something he just said in Canton, Ohio.

Betsy, I want to go to you on this. A new clip has just been released from Dr. Oz. Trump is talking about his stamina. Let me play that first.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DR. MEHMET OZ, THE DR. OZ SHOW: Let's talk about stamina. You have used that word a lot. You made an issue in the campaign. You argue the president has to have a tremendous amount of stamina. If elected at age 70, you will be the oldest person to ever enter the Oval Office. Why do you think you have the stamina for the job?

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Yes, just about the same age as Ronald Reagan. And Hillary is a year behind me. I would just say based on my life. I mean, I've had -- and actually and I don't know if this makes sense. I feel as good today as I did when I was 30.


BURNETT: All right. So, Betsy he just said that.

BETSY MCCAUGHEY (R), FORMER NEW YORK LT. GOVERNOR, TRUMP SUPPORTER: I'd like to address that. Because 70 is the new 50. Developments in cardiovascular medicine and fitness medicine over the last 20 years clearly can be verified that a 70-year-old man today has seven years more life expectancy than someone in 1970 did.

In other words, we have gained so much not just in life expectancy by the way but also in quality of life.

BURNETT: All right.

MCCAUGHEY: So, that when you compare age 70 with previous president, especially from a century ago.

BURNETT: Which may be fair. By the way, it's actually a defense of both of them because they are actually one year apart.

But Donald Trump just came out a moment ago in Canton, Ohio. Let me just play this, and actually, he's been very quiet about Clinton's health this week, but now, she released some records. He's specifically talking about her stamina.

Here he is.


TRUMP: It is hot, and it's always hot when I perform because the crowd is so big. These rooms were not designed for this kind of a crowd.

I don't know folks. Do you think Hillary would be able to stand up here for an hour and do this? I don't know.


BURNETT: Obviously, he's talking to his supporters there. But is that appropriate in a week where he's tried to be quiet about her health to basically say she doesn't have the strength to stand there for an hour?

MCENANY: It is appropriate because he has said time and time again, as all, everyone in the Trump campaign has, she's in our prayers, we want her to get better, he's excited that she's going to be back in the trail tomorrow.

But what he's repeatedly done long before the health conspiracy theories and what not going back to last year, he's contrasted his work ethic with her work ethic. She took off nearly 14 days in


MCENANY: He's been out on the trail far more than she has.

BURNETT: Nayyera, final word.

HAQ: If you look at her long history as secretary of state, she's traveled far more internationally than any predecessors, including presidents. She's been out on the campaign trail. It is not just a matter of big rallies. It's private meetings, individual fundraisers.

She is nonstop. Her work ethic should never be questioned and, secondarily, she revealed far more on her health, as far as her health records, cholesterol, blood pressure than just a piece of paper handed over to Dr. Oz. Right now, we're expected to take Donald Trump's word about his own stamina and how he feels --


BURNETT: There's only one way we're going to know and that is if tomorrow, he actually releases that paper and we see what's on it. So, we shall see.

Thanks to all.

Next, the billionaire of cofounder of LinkedIn is OUTFRONT tonight, offering to give millions to vets if Donald Trump steps up and releases his tax returns. Is it a deal Trump can say no to?

And with Clinton sliding in the polls, Senate Democrats are worried she's going to take them with her. We have a special report from Capitol Hill live tonight.


[19:41:18] BURNETT: Tonight, Donald Trump's taxes at the center of a multimillion dollar. LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman whom we're going to speak to in just a moment and who talks regularly with Hillary Clinton says he'll donate up to $5 million to veterans if Trump releases his returns and stops making excuses.


TRUMP: Maybe I'm going to do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate.

We'll see what I'm going to do with tax returns. I have no major problem with it, but I may tie them to a release of Hillary's e-mails.

I would have live to give the tax returns but I can't until I'm finished with the audit.

As far as my taxes are concerned, the only one that cares is the press, I will tell you. And even the press, I'll tell you, it's not a big deal.

INTERVIEWER: You don't think there are any voters out there --

TRUMP: I don't think so. No, I think people don't care.


BURNETT: And OUTFRONT now, billionaire Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, a Hillary Clinton supporter. He's offering to donate up to $5 million if Donald Trump releases his tax returns before the final presidential debate.

So, Reid, great to have you with me. Look, you are busy doing a lot of things, investing in a lot of companies right now. Why is it so important to you that Donald Trump release his tax returns?

REID HOFFMAN, LINKEDIN CO-FOUNDER, PLEDGES TO DONATE $5 MILLION FOR TRUMP'S TAXES: Well, I'm a great believer in American democracy and I think it is really important everyone is informed about all kinds of important things about the person who hopes to lead them, it's questions about philanthropic contributions and what are those been like? It's a question of whether or not there's conflicts of interest.

And I think one of things that an income tax returns which have been great in the history which nearly every modern presidential candidate has done is to actually show you what the person is actually like, because the income tax doesn't lie.

BURNETT: So, you are saying this -- you this for a window of what sort of a person he is. And by that I guess you are meaning things like philanthropy and charity.

HOFFMAN: Philanthropy and charity is one. Also a question is, is there any conflicts of interest? You know what will be the kind of character of the nature of the intersection of his business interests and what he might be trying to accomplish with public office for himself versus the country? All of those questions are much easier for everyone o evaluate and weigh if they just see the income tax returns, just as for example Hillary has released.

BURNETT: Now, you are in a sense taking a page out of Donald Trump's own playbook, right? It was back in 2012, he made a similar offer. Here he is.


TRUMP: I have a deal for the president, a deal that will I don't believe he can refuse. And I hope he doesn't. If Barack Obama gives his college records and applications and if he gives his passport, applications and records, I will give to a charity of his choice anything he wants a check immediately for $5 million. (END VIDEO CLIP)

BURNETT: Now, Trump, of course, eventually pulled that offer. You have said the five million dollars would go to veterans groups which Trump says is a cause very near and dear to his heart. If Trump doesn't take you up on your initial offer, what do you do next?

HOFFMAN: Well, we'll figure that out. But I think one of the things that is important is as Trump himself said is to make him this very easy deal which all he has to do is reveal some papers and not only will that be the right thing for democracy, and the right thing for showing what his actual characters like. But it will also be a great thing for veterans groups. So we, you know, plan to stay on that to try to make both outcomes happen.

BURNETT: Now, Reid, you are friends with PayPal founder, Peter Thiel, fellow Silicon Valley billionaire. You all have been friends frankly for a couple of decades.

[19:45:03] He has had a lot of things to say about Clinton and Trump. He actually spoke at the Republican National Convention.


PETER THIEL, PAYPAL FOUNDER, TRUMP SUPPORTER: We don't need to see Hillary Clinton's deleted e-mails. Her incompetence is in plain sight. When Donald Trump asked us to make American great again he's not suggesting a return to the past. He's running to lead us back to the bright future.


BURNETT: Now, Reid, you are just as passionate about Hillary Clinton as Peter Thiel is about Donald Trump. What are your political conversations with Thiel like now?

HOFFMAN: Well, Peter and I have been arguing politics since we were undergraduates at Stanford together in 1988.

I actually think Hillary is the best prepared candidate in U.S. history. Great rating as secretary of state. Great rating as a senator. A lot of experience as first lady.

I think she actually, I think governance requires experience and expertise. And I think she has that. I don't think Trump does. Peter's argument is to say, look, we need a radical change. So throwing a grenade in the works is better than steady on. I actually think incremental improvement is part of what's made America great and that is a continued progress we're better off with. And that is part of the reason why we argue fiercely in this election.

BURNETT: When we just look this up, you know, you are worth about what $4 billion according to Forbes. Hillary Clinton repeatedly says, Reid, the way she's going pay for a lot of programs is, by, I'll quote, "going where the money, the super wealthy." OK, that's you.

Do you think you need to pay more if taxes? Is that part of the solution?

HOFFMAN: I'm a great believer in progressive taxes. I believe the wealthy benefit enormously from the society, should contribute more than other folks. And I think that's the reason why we believe in progressive taxes. It's the reason why, you know, the history of when America has its greatest triumphs are when it has strong progressive taxation.

So, I am happy to contribute to the progress. As a matter of fact honored as I think other wealthy people should be as well.

BURNETT: All right. Reid, thank you very much. Appreciate your time tonight.

HOFFMAN: Thank you.

BURNETT: And OUTFRONT next, as Clinton's poll numbers are dropping, Senate Democrats are running scared. Our special report after this.

And Jeanne Moos on how these two best friends found each other after a year and 7,000 miles. Their reunion, ahead.


[19:51:04] BURNETT: Tonight, panic setting in among Democrats. Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, of course, have been dropping.

Manu Raju is OUTFRONT.


MANU RAJU, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL REPORTER (voice-over): Hillary Clinton sliding in the polls, creating fresh concerns for her party.

Senate Democratic candidates ones consciously optimistic that they win back the Senate are suddenly trailing in key states. New polls show Clinton's steady lead erased in states like Nevada, Ohio, Florida and New Hampshire.

Senate GOP candidate in those states now ahead. Some by comfortable margin.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R), FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: If I'm a Senate Democrat, you've got to start thinking about, do I run away from her?

RAJU: These developments worrying Democratic leaders, uncertain whether Clinton will be an asset come election today.

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D), ILLINOIS: It's more challenging now than it was once was. Our candidates I think are qualified candidates and are going to win and give us majority. But it's tougher now because of all this. It still remains to be seen what impact Hillary Clinton is going to have on down ballot races.

RAJU: Case in point: Nevada, where polls show Republican Joe Heck now narrowly leads in the race to replace a retiring Democratic leader Harry Reid.

The Democrats' strategy: tie Joe Heck to Donald Trump.

(on camera): Are you concerned that Hillary Clinton's poll numbers are dragging down your candidates in key races?

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), MINORITY LEADER: I don't care what the polls show. We know that they don't work. Trump is going to lose Nevada and Joe Heck deservedly is going to lose the Senate race because of his being fawn for Donald Trump.

RAJU (voice-over): Ohio, once viewed as a potential Senate Democratic pickup, now slipping away with Republican Rob Portman up double digits, well ahead of his Democratic challenger, Ted Strickland.

(on camera): Does Strickland need to step it up?

SEN. SHERROD BROWN (D), OHIO: Well, everybody needs to step it up.

RAJU (voice-over): Democrats believe they need to keep their focus on Trump and not give their foe any recognition, as she did by characterizing some Trump supporters as deplorable and irredeemable last week.

(on camera): You have a lot of Trump supporters in your state.

SEN. JOE MANCHIN (D), WEST VIRGINIA: An awful lot of Trump supporters in my state, yes.

RAJU: Do you think that that's a fair way to characterize them --

MANCHIN: Not at all.

SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D), MISSOURI: I think she's acknowledged the mistakes. I think she's said she has mishandled some things.

RAJU (voice-over): Some Republicans in tough races feeling a little better.

(on camera): You are now up double digits in the polls. I'm wondering what you attribute that to?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: My good looks.


RAJU: Democrats are eager for Hillary Clinton to get back on the campaign trail, had to take a few days off because of her pneumonia illness.

Also, Erin, Democrats are taking some solace in the fact that Hillary Clinton has a ground game that they believe is far superior to Donald Trump. They believe they will be able to bring out Democratic voters out to the polls on Election Day that will help Senate Democratic candidates down ticket -- Erin.

BURNETT: All right. Manu, thank you.

And OUTFRONT next, Jeanne Moos on best friends from the same orphanage in China reuniting here in America.


[19:57:52] BURNETT: Two orphans who were best friends in China and separated for almost a year are head over heels now they've been reunited in the United States. You got to see this to believe it. Here's Jeanne Moos.


JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Talk about falling for each other? This is an airport reunion between two besties separated for almost a year.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They must have hugged like 400 times.

They kept hugging and getting so giddy that they fell over.

MOOS: The kids, Dawson and Hannah, used to be called Dada and Shui Shui back at their orphanage in China. Hannah was abandoned apparently because of her cleft lip. Dawson had fluid on the brain.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They had each other.

MOOS: And then the Sykes family from Texas adopted Hannah, leaving Dawson behind.

SHARON SYKES, HANNAH'S MOM: I was like oh my goodness, how can we leave this boy in China. We'll I couldn't stop thinking of him.

MOOS: So, Sharon Sykes posted Dawson's picture on Facebook, seeking a forever home. Another Texas couple the Clarys saw it and adopted Dawson.

Eleven months after Hannah arrived at Dallas Fort Worth airport, the best friends reunited and went viral.

Once again they are sharing a cup of water, rolling around on the floor, learning English.

Already, the two are a hit on morning TV.

The families live just a few minutes apart and both attend the same Baptist church.

"Are you following Jesus this close?" reads the Clary's bumper sticker. And how close are these kids destined to be?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Maybe wedding bells.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're going bring back the arranged marriage.

MOOS: Moms are hugging. The moms and kids are hugging. The kids are hugging each other even if Dawson is too young to know you are supposed to close your eyes when you kiss.

Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.


BURNETT: Such a sweet story. And thank you so much for joining us.

I'll see you back here tomorrow night.

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