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[06:00:03] UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Another woman has come forward today with accusations against Donald Trump.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He surrounded us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission.

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Every woman lied, total fabrication. The events never happened.

SENATOR TIM KAINE (D-VA), VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: You know, he's losing and he knows it.

HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We're going to see the best days of America ahead of us.

TRUMP: In 17 days everything is going to change.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Cubs are going to the World Series!

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So overwhelming and it's awesome.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They've been waiting a long time for best fans in baseball.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Slow the moment down and really, really, enjoy it because it is that special.


CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: One of you even really fully awake this morning after watching last night. I'm Christi Paul. Good morning to you on this Sunday.

VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good to be with you. Break out the champagne, the Chicago Cubs advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

PAUL: It's been decades of misery. My husband's from Chicago, trust me, I hear it. The teammates finally break the curse of the Billy Goat and the team is just four wins from their first World Series title in 108 years, people.


PAUL: Yes, that's Chicago. Thousands of people celebrating in the streets until early this morning. Some may just be getting home when they're watching this. No doubt probably still celebrating throughout the day today.

BLACKWELL: Of course, we're covering this historic moment with a team of reporters and analysts. Andy Scholes has more on the curse of the Cubs and Christine Brennan is breaking down just how monumental this win is.

Let's start with CNN national correspondent, Ryan Young, live outside of Wrigley Field. Ryan, I'm sure you can feel the energy.

RYAN YOUNG, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: You can definitely feel the energy. Look, I live five, six, seven miles away from here. Last night when the game was over you could feel the explosion of energy all around the city.

There were firework celebrations throughout the city that had nothing to do with the stadium itself. People were so excited. When you talked about people going home maybe to watch this, I'm not so sure about that.

We are still bumping into people who are out celebrating. When we walked outside there were people who still trying to get cabs to go home from this area. Some people wanted to show up to take pictures, to be a part of this.

You have to understand, no matter where you go, Cub nation is strong. Even as Christi talked about it, my producer loves the Cubs. You have to hear the sound between a father and son who just couldn't believe the excitement of last night.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm happy for him. It's not about me. For all the Cubs fans 50, 60, 70 years. Unbelievable to share it with my home that are cheering like crazy along with my wife and some friends. How many years? He asked me three, four years ago. Why do you like them? Character. Here's your character right here.


YOUNG: I'm a huge sports fan. The only thing I can really kind of compare this to is when the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl. You can feel and see New Orleans and all the people who were happy after that win, especially after Katrina.

But I can tell you this, walking the streets of Chicago and just watching the people's faces here, it's been tremendously amazing. They are planning for those next four victories. They want to see what happens, obviously.

They know Cleveland has got in as well. The talk here is go, Cubbies, go. When they were singing that song last night, you could hear it from miles away.

BLACKWELL: All right. Ryan young there for us outside Wrigley Field. Thanks so much.

PAUL: So the Cubs and the Indians, as he said, this close to breaking two of the longest championship droughts in Major League Baseball. For decades, though, their fans, you know, the tough losses, the heartbreak, and the season ending too soon. CNN sports anchor, Andy Scholes has more on those difficult times and the happy ending that we may be seeing here.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Wait a minute, Cubs win the World Series.

ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS ANCHOR: Looks like Marty McFly may have been a year off. "Back to the Future II," he traveled to 2015 where the Cubs had just won the World Series. Didn't quite happen as predicted. No one in Chicago will be complaining if the Cubbies win their first title in 108 years.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just figured out why the Cubs lose every year. They got more talent in the stands than they do in the field.

SCHOLES: Not this year. The Cubs won more games in any other team in baseball. Fans think they may have finally shaken a century of bad luck, hexes and curses.

[06:05:04]Legend has it the owner of a Chay Town Tavern put a hex on the Cubs when he and his pet goat were kicked out of Wrigley Field during the World Series because his goat smelled like, well, a goat.

Some fans think that was a bad move because the Cubs went on to lose the series 4-3. Then came Steve Bartlett. Cubs were five outs away from making the 2003 World Series when Bartman reached out and kept them from potentially catching a foul ball, robbing the Cubs of an out.

The Cubs ended up surrendering eight runs and lost the game 8- 3. That painful memory was put to rest forever when the ball was blown up on live television.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Listen to the roar of the crowd as the Indians take the field.

SCHOLES: The Indians have had their share of misery as well. They haven't won a World Series title since 1948. They came very close in 1997. Indians went into the ninth inning of game 7 with a 2-1 lead over the Marlin, they blew the lead and lost in the 11th inning.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Maybe things will turn around a little for the Indians this year. SCHOLES: Both the Indians and Cubs have had their agony featured in movies over the years.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just get it over the plate I want them to swing.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Last time I did that the guy hit one that hasn't landed yet.

SCHOLES: Whether it's Major League, rookie of the year or back to the future, each one has a happy ending.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Indians win it! The Indians win it! Oh, my go the Indians win it!

SCHOLES: The World Series one fan base will finally have their long awaited championship. The other, misery will continue.


BLACKWELL: Andy Scholes is here now with more. You highlight that, we've talked about the Cubs, but this is going to be even if they lose a big year for the Indians.

SCHOLES: I mean, so 68 years since the Indians have won a World Series, a 108 for the Cubs. These are the two losing teams in Major League Baseball. The loveable losers. So it's so fitting that they're meeting together in the World Series.

One of them will at least get to end their long -- the long drought that they've had in winning the championship. The Cubs are the longest in all sports. This would be the biggest thing to happen in the sports since the Red Sox won a World Series.

Just so you know how big this is for their fan base. To get into game one, Tuesday in Cleveland, just to stand in the stadium, $940. A seat will cost you over 1,000.

That's nothing compared to Chicago Wrigley Field for game three, guys. Standing room only, $2,300. Just to stand in there. You don't even get to sit. That's how bad these two fan bases want this win.

PAUL: Wow. All right. Andy Scholes, you get to go?

SCHOLES: I'll be there Tuesday in Cleveland.

PAUL: You don't have to pay anything. Andy, thank you.

Historic moment obviously for sure. A lot of fans off celebrating, they were celebrating yesterday. They weren't even alive the last time the Cubs won the World Series. In fact, some of their parents might not have even been born yet.

BLACKWELL: For more on how historic this is, let's bring in CNN sports analyst, Christine Brennan. Christine, good morning to you. The last time the Cubs won this World Series, Theodore Roosevelt was president. Only 46 states in the union. Just give us some context. Put some meat on the bone here, the significance of this win.

CHRISTINE BRENNAN, CNN SPORTS ANALYST: You know, this is really what's good in sports. Often we talk about the bad things in sports. Today we get to talk about the good things. Yes, these are the droughts -- well, the Cubs and the Indians, but really the Cubs as Andy was saying.

This is the drought of all droughts. Everyone knows it. If you are a Cubs fan, you say, I cheer for the Cubs. People say, you poor thing. I feel sorry for you. The Indians the same way. Well, now people are going to say -- have a different view almost the way the Red Sox -- it changed for the Red Sox as you eluded to.

So sports takes us to so many conversations that are important. We've talked about a lot of issues, bad things. Here's a good thing and two cities, the civic pride. The things that can really change.

The kind of the wonderful feeling you have day to day, the happiness in an office building. I mean, it really can be different, and I think that's what we're seeing here.

PAUL: OK, so that's what I was wondering because, first of all, you look at if it's the Indians, I'm an Ohioans. You have Lebron, you have the RNC. You know what Lebron has done for the city of Cleveland. Hypothetically, if the Cubs win the World Series, how really might that change the city?

And I say that because so much of our reporting is about the violent crime and the murders that are up in that city and just wondering how something like this might modify what's happening there if at all.

[06:10:01]BRENNAN: Sure, Christi, great question. I'm a Northern Ohioan as well. I remember the 1968 Detroit Tigers. The Tigers brought the city together. Didn't change everything. The people in Detroit talked about how meaningful it was to have the Tigers win the '68 World Series.

And they had three African-American players on that team which is a little bit unusual for baseball back then. Also you think about the Boston Red Sox after the marathon. You think about the Yankees and baseball returning to New York after 9/11.

So this is palpable. It's real. It's not just kind of a myth. It's a true thing. So the notion that Chicago could maybe come together and have this rallying cry, I'm not a Pollyanna, not going to change everything, but it could change something and that would be wonderful.

PAUL: Yes, because this is deep in the psyche of Chicagoans. Congratulations to everybody. Christine Brennan, always good to have you with us. Thank you.

BLACKWELL: Let's turn to politics now, an 11th woman now coming forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. We'll hear her account and the campaign's response. PAUL: Also, it could be one of the biggest media mergers ever. Breaking down how a deal between AT&T and Time Warner could affect you.


PAUL: Home stretch of the election, friends. The candidates are going to be out today doing all they can to pick up those undecided votes in key battle grouped states. Both of them already also getting new endorsements.

Donald Trump from the "Las Vegas Review," Hillary Clinton from "The New Yorker." We understand Clinton is going to be in Raleigh, North Carolina today.

BLACKWELL: Meeting up with a group, "Mothers of the Movement." Many of them had children who died in police custody or as a result of law enforcement action.

[06:15:04]Donald Trump will be in Florida, a state he really needs to win the White House. He's following up this big day with a speech in Gettysburg where he started out urging Americans to follow Lincoln's example and heal the divisions of the country before claiming again that the elections are totally rigged and vowing to sue the women who have accused him of sexual assault impropriety.

Now that claim that he's going to sue these women comes as now an 11th woman accuses him of sexual misconduct comes forward. CNN politics reporter, Jeremy Diamond, has details for us.

JEREMY DIAMOND, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: Good morning, Victor and Christi. Donald Trump on Saturday stumping right here in Cleveland, Ohio, taking the stage a few hours after yet another woman has come forward to accuse him of inappropriately touching her without her consent.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I said I didn't feel right going alone so two other women came with me. He grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission.


DIAMOND: But Donald Trump in an uncharacteristic fashion actually not addressing the allegation on stage. Instead allowing his campaign to come forward with a statement.

The statement reads in part, "This story is totally false and ridiculous" and it also says that this is, quote, "just another attempt by the Clinton campaign to defame a candidate."

Of course, there's no evidence that the Clinton campaign had anything to do with any of these allegations against Donald Trump, but Donald Trump is striking a more combative tone on the campaign trail.

Just on Saturday, he was stumping in several battleground states making the case that he has the outsider candidacy needed to make change in Washington, to bring change. So what he says is a corrupt system essentially.

He laid out his plan for his first 100 days in office on Saturday morning and -- but, of course, he was still bogged down by these accusations spending several minutes talking about these accusations saying that they are all liars.

Fabricating these stories essentially, these allegations of sexual assault or sexual misconduct in some cases and he even said that he plans to sue some of these women after the election is over.


TRUMP: Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.


DIAMOND: Donald Trump has said many times that he plans to sue various groups from the media to people who have come out and accused him of various things and none of those lawsuits that he's promised have come to fruition.

But he's going to continue to push this combative stating to press against Hillary Clinton and just on Saturday night here in Cleveland we saw him going on the attack against Hillary Clinton accusing her of being another all talk no action politician.

So that's how Donald Trump is seeking to reframe the debate just as he is sinking in a number of polls, both nationally and in key battleground states. Victor and Christi, back to you.

PAUL: Jeremy, thank you so much.

Early voting turnout indicates there may be a break in tradition in some states. The battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be closer than ever in traditionally red states.



PAUL: Listen to some of the new numbers we're talking about today. Early voting numbers, they appear that they could be promising for Hillary Clinton as the countdown to Election Day.

So far 5.1 million votes have been cast, nearly 3.4 million in key battleground states and the numbers show there have been more Democratic ballots returned in states such as North Carolina, Arizona compared to this point in 2012.

Errol Louis, CNN political commentator and political anchor of New York 1 News with us now. So we want to be very clear about this obviously. The breakdown does not tell us who they voted for.

This is such a unique election, Errol, we can't look at this and say, well, because this many Democrats have gone to the polls. That means this many votes have been counted for Hillary Clinton. But what do you make of those numbers in this political climate?

ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well, it's not good news for the Trump campaign. It's not good news for the Republicans who are trying to one down ballot races in all three of those states.

So, you know, their particular metrics may suggest to them that, yes, they're going to get a late surge if you're a Republican strategist, but generally speaking what strategists do is use the last election as their baseline of voter behavior for the current election.

And based on that just what you said is something that they should be concerned about, which is that if Democrats are out pacing what they did in 2012 and they won in 2012, that's not a good sign.

And the three states it's worth noting, Christi, have different dynamics. They're all dynamics that Republican strategists should be concerned about.

In Arizona, for example, there's been a lot of activity among the Latino population. We know that they're not necessarily leaning towards Donald Trump with some of his tough talk on immigration.

North Carolina they've been demonstrating over voter registration rules so they end up (inaudible) and Reverend Barber. They've really sort of ginned up a movement that was already in full tilt before the election season even started.

And of course, in Florida, you've got a lot of different dynamics. But they also include Latino politics including this important factor of a lot of Puerto Ricans moving from the island to flee that island's fiscal crisis and ending up in Florida. Those are all core Democratic voters in all three of those states.

PAUL: Speaking of Florida, apparently there Republicans are out numbering Democrats in Nevada and Florida in terms of early voting. We know that Donald Trump is going to be in Miami tonight. What do you think we're going to expect to see from him and what can he do to try to hold on to Florida?

LOUIS: What everyone has said, every strategist has said that Florida is a must-win state for Donald Trump. If he has any path to victory, it must include Florida. So they are very wisely putting a lot of resources, putting a lot of chips on that one state.

He's actually going to get some indirect help from somebody who he has feuded with openly throughout the course of the campaign season, which is Senator Marco Rubio, who decided to run for re- election, has a commanding lead, has a ton of money, which really counts because you have ten media markets in Florida.

So this is a place -- that's it's going to be do or die for Donald Trump and he's going to have to work there probably every other day, I would say, for the next couple of weeks if he really wants to try and pull it off.

PAUL: Well, I want to go back to something that he said last night because we were -- well, actually yesterday afternoon.

[06:25:08]We were talking about the Gettysburg address. They were looking at it. Top aides were telling us the Gettysburg address yesterday was going to be a speech about policy, with details in it. Here's how he started off for about the first 15 minutes.


TRUMP: Every woman lied when they forward to hurt my campaign, total fabrication. The events never happened, never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.


PAUL: Is there some sort of benefit, Errol, to him continually bringing this up? Because you have to think, if he wouldn't talk about it, it wouldn't continue to be on the front burner.

LOUIS: Well, it would probably still be in the news a little bit. Some of the accusations are really quite shocking.

PAUL: Sure. Sure.

LOUIS: Yes. Your basic point I think is correct, which is that he seems to have this inability to move beyond it. By saying things like I'm going to sue them after the election, which by the way is probably not going to open, he's made a lot of threats.

He threatened to sue "The New York Times." We haven't seen any follow-up on that. He doesn't want to expose himself to liability or to the testimony under oath that would involve all of this stuff.

I think this is personal to the candidate because I can't imagine any lawyer or political strategist who would have told him, hey, make sure you talk about that in the first five minutes with two weeks to go before election day.

It just -- it just doesn't work for him, but it seems to be something that has gotten under his skin personally and that is just not going to work for him. I mean, almost every other day it seems like we're getting a new accusation. These people can just torment him all the way up until the end.

PAUL: Yes. It makes you wonder whose ear he might have behind the scenes in his camp that might be able to help turn things around in terms of what he says when he gets in front of that podium. Errol Louis, appreciate it so much. Thank you.

LOUIS: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: Down ballot dilemma. The Republican candidate for the White House could be putting congressional races in jeopardy. How GOP candidates are struggling to create some distance, but in some cases say close to but not too close to Donald Trump.

Plus, the Chicago Cubs advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. Finally, got your chance to break that curse.



PAUL: Good Sunday morning to you. I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell. Good to be with you.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The Cubs are going to the World Series!

JOE MADDON, MANAGER, CHICAGO CUBS: It's overwhelming and it's awesome.

KYLE HENDRICKS, PITCHER, CHICAGO CUBS: They've been waiting a long time for it. Best fans in baseball.

MADDON: Slow the moment down and really enjoy it because it is that special.


BLACKWELL: So this is a big day, especially for Chicagoans as the Chicago Cubs advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. This comes after decades of waiting and waiting and the misery there. The team finally breaking the curse potentially. Maybe that has the chance to break the curse of the Billy goat.

PAUL: The team is just four wins from their first World Series title in 108 years and look at them go.

Yes, they're holding up their phones. Thousands of fans there celebrating into the streets early this morning. No doubt some probably still celebrating at this hour. Congratulations, guys.

All right. To politics we go with victory nearly, some say, within reach according to polls or some polls. Hillary Clinton apparently has a new target, down-ballot Republicans.

BLACKWELL: Yes. This is how she went after incumbent Republican senator there in Pennsylvania Pat Toomey last night in Philadelphia.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Pat Toomey heard Donald attack a grieving Gold Star family who lost their son in Iraq. He heard Donald call Mexican immigrants rapists. He heard him say terrible things about women. Now how much more does Pat Toomey need to hear? If he doesn't have the courage to stand up to Donald Trump after all of this, then can you be sure he'll stand up for you?


BLACKWELL: Well, those attacks now coming from Democrats and Donald Trump's possible loss as Republicans worried about what Washington will look like in 2017. Manu Raju has the story for us.


MANU RAJU, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: GOP officials now fear that if Donald Trump loses by a landslide, he could take down the congressional majorities with him.

SEN. JOHN CORNYN (R), TEXAS: Not only am I concerned about the presidential race, I'm concerned about what the impact on the down- ballot races including the Senate.

RAJU: In New Hampshire Republicans sound like they're treating a Trump defeat as a foregone conclusion...

ANNOUNCER: Maggie Hassan's record --

RAJU: ... with an ad that attacks Democrat Maggie Hassan by saying voters need a Senate GOP majority to keep a Clinton White House in check.

ANNOUNCER: Just imagine what she'd do unchecked in Washington with a new president.

RAJU: If Clinton wins Democrats need four seats to take back the Senate majority. Republican seats in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire are in danger of flipping.

Democrats now have a serious shot at winning in red states like Indiana, North Carolina, and Missouri, and the battle for retiring Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's seat in Nevada is a true toss- up. Reid trying to tie Republican Joe Heck to Donald Trump.

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV), SENATE MINORITY LEADER: This man we have running for the Senate here in Nevada who is a meme (ph) Trump, Joe Heck.

RAJU: Heck revoked his endorsed of Trump after the GOP's nominee's vulgar words about women were caught on a hot mic.

SEN. JOE HECK, (R), NEVADA: I cannot in good conscience continue to support Donald Trump.

RAJU: Heck's opponent Catherine Cortez Masto is not letting up.

CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO, (D), NEVADA SENATE CANDIDATE: After nine months of being his biggest supporter and realizing now that Donald Trump's ship is sinking, and now he's trying to (INAUDIBLE) to save his own political career? No, you don't get credit for that.

RAJU: In the House, Trump has become so toxic that Speaker Paul Ryan is scrambling to prevent Democrats from picking up the 30 seats they need to win back the majority.


But Ryan's refusal to defend Trump is causing some conservatives to threaten his speakership.

REP. MARK MEADOWS, (R) NORTH CAROLINA (voice-over): A lot of people who believe so desperately that we need to put Donald Trump in the White House, that question the loyalty of the speaker. So I do think that there will be real discussions after November 8th on who our leadership will be and what that will look like going forward.


BLACKWELL: All right. Thanks to Manu for that.

Let's bring in two of our CNN political commentators, Donald Trump critic Tara Setmayer, and Donald Trump supporter, Scottie Nell Hughes. Good morning to you.


BLACKWELL: So, Scottie, I want to just start with you. What's your response to what you heard from Hillary Clinton there in Philadelphia last night -- now in a way looking beyond Donald Trump and looking down-ballot?

SCOTTIE NELL HUGHES, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Well, I'm not going to defend supposed Republican candidates who have a less than stellar conservative records like Pat Toomey. You look at what happened. You look at his score right now with Heritage Action Scorecard, a benchmark for most conservatives. He only has a 60 percent rating with them. He's very neutral when it comes to Donald Trump. He has stayed out of it.

And I think a lot of these people that are in these -- a lot of these candidates that are in these contentious races are going to look back and go, maybe we did not do ourselves any favors having a liberal record -- a very liberal record and going against the top of the ticket nominee. I think they're going to reassess and find out it's not necessarily Donald Trump that's making them lose it's their own voting record in many of these cases.

BLACKWELL: Let's listen to Pat Toomey on Monday during the debate.


SEN. PAT TOOMEY (R), PENNSYLVANIA: I've been very public about my many disagreements with Donald Trump. I have been willing to criticize him because I think he's a badly flawed candidate. On the other hand, I also know that if he were president he'd probably sign legislation that would be constructive, like repealing of Obamacare and restoring sanctions on Iran.

(END VIDEO CLIP) BLACKWELL: Tara, this week Senator Toomey told another reporter that he is stuck, essentially just stuck there with Donald Trump and he can't get away from Donald Trump and can't get too close to him.

Let me ask you, we heard from Scottie there that, you know, she's not going to defend him but if Toomey loses this seat to McGinty and Donald Trump's in, then he's going to lose potentially an ally in the Senate. So it puts Trump and his supporters in a very difficult place.

SETMAYER: Right. I don't think that Donald Trump gives two hoots about whether the Republicans maintain the majority of the Senate. That's clear.

Donald Trump has made more of an effort to go after Republicans than he has really to go after Hillary Clinton at certain times during this election. So, you know, in the final month of the election he has really made going after Paul Ryan and all of these people a part -- a center piece of his stump speeches now, which is counterproductive.

If he were really a team player, he complains that Republicans aren't being loyal to him, but he has never been loyal to the Republican Party. He has no personal investment in Republican Party and if he did, he would do the same thing that Bob Dole did in 1996 when the poll numbers weren't going quite his way. Bob Dole was gracious enough to make sure that he didn't do anything to hurt the Republicans running alongside.

And this is not the first time that we've seen the Republican Party or others say, look, every man for himself. We need to preserve our majority. So you can't have it both ways.

Now Pat Toomey's in trouble. We already knew this was going to be a tough seat to defend. But what's even bigger is that six out of the seven competitive Senate races right now Democrats are going to outspend Republicans by a significant amount of money on TV ads in the final stretch. The NRSC, which is the Senate Republican committee on...


SETMAYER: ... that raises money for Senate campaigns, they've been out raised by $40 million by the Democrats. They don't have the same resources.

In Pennsylvania alone they're looking to spend $17.2 million compared to Pat Toomey's 8.5. There's a problem there in the final stretch and Donald Trump has been a drag on fundraising and everyone knows it.

BLACKWELL: Scottie, let me come to you. And Tara brings up an interesting point here. I was looking back over and I've watched more than my share of Clinton and Trump rallies over the last year. And typically when a nominee comes up at the beginning they thank the members of their party who are in local office and they say, send this -- in Clinton's case, Democrat to Washington. Send this Democrat to the statehouse. Donald Trump doesn't mention another person who's running, even in a district where it would help when he comes up. Does he -- does he care about those down-ballot races at all?

HUGHES: Well, it's not about not caring, but he's running again a broken establish, a broken House and a broken Senate that, yes, involves very moderate rhino Republicans that are the reason why they're losing.

Once again, I love this idea of team player, that Donald Trump has to be on a team but therefore the team doesn't have to support Donald Trump like they have not from the very beginning. If those senators had stepped up to the plate knowing that we have record voter turnout we're seeing right now, we saw it in the primaries, overwhelmingly set records for Donald Trump maybe they should have said, maybe we should align ourselves more.


But once again this is not about Donald Trump, this is about their less than stellar records that in many cases Democrats rank as better conservatives than the Republicans themselves like what we're seeing in New Hampshire.

SETMAYER: Better --


HUGHES: And for Tara to put the focus on money, that's the problem with Washington, D.C. Money should not be what's getting people elected. You should have enough but more importantly, it should be your message and your record. Something these guys don't have.

SETMAYER: That's the reality, Scottie.

Scottie, if you ever -- if you were involved in campaigns you would know that, money makes a difference when you're running with ad gap -- with putting on television ads, with (INAUDIBLE), with staffing. The Trump campaign doesn't have a traditional internal infrastructure in the campaign. They're short staffed for their ground game across country. It has a huge thing to do --

HUGHES: That has nothing to do with these claims, Tara. That has nothing to do --

SETMAYER: Yes, it does. If you don't have people on the ground you can't get people to the polls. So I mean, you can't have it both ways. The fact that you're even criticizing people for not being conservative enough at this point goes to show that Donald Trump's campaign has nothing to do with nay-saying (ph) Republican majorities.

BLACKWELL: All right. Tara Setmayer, Scottie Nell Hughes, thank you both. I will say this, it was Donald Trump's financial independence during the primary that helped him continue on when -- potentially someone who was causing so much trouble the party could have pulled back resources but since he was funding his own campaign that money kept him going.

HUGHES: This is (INAUDIBLE) general.

BLACKWELL: All right. Thank you both. It is indeed.


BLACKWELL: Yes, it is

HUGHES: Very different.

BLACKWELL: Thank you both.

PAUL: OK. Well, speaking of money. One of the biggest deals in media history is done. An $85 billion deal between Time Warner and AT&T. But what does this mean for you?



PAUL: Well, it could be one of the biggest media mergers ever. AT&T announcing that it plans to buy Time Warner in an $85 billion deal. All transparency here, Time Warner is the parent company of CNN.

So let's talk about it with CNN senior media correspondent and host of "RELIABLE SOURCES" Brian Stelter. Brian, I know you've been looking at the numbers, looking at everything that's involved in this. Break it down for us would you, please?

BRIAN STELTER, CNN SENIOR MEDIA CORRESPONDENT: Sure. What this means is a union of sorts, of programming and distribution. AT&T -- we all know AT&T, lights up tens of millions of people's phones with wireless phone service and data. What AT&T doesn't own though is content, entertainment and news. So that's what it's gaining by buying Time Warner in this $85 billion deal.

Just to explain what Time Warner means. It does mean CNN, this channel. It also includes HBO, one of the biggest brand names for media in the world. Shows like "Game of Thrones." And the Warner Brothers movie studios which produces lots and lots of T.V. shows like "The Big Bang Theory."

So what AT&T is seeking to acquire is TNT, CNN, TBS, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, HBO, HLN, several other channels as well. AT&T wants these channels because if you're a giant media or tech company these days it's not enough just to own the distribution, you also want to own entertainment and news. That's what Comcast was doing about five years ago when it bought NBC Universal. So in some ways this proposed deal is similar.

PAUL: And I know a lot of viewers are sitting there thinking, OK, I'm a customer of AT&T. What does this mean for me?

STELTER: Well, I think in the short term it means nothing. In the long term it means that AT&T says it will be able to innovate and experiment, come up with new ways to consume media, new ways to watch TV and, of course, new ways to pay for it.

You know, for Time Warner this deal is enormously profitable. The stock was trading about $80 a share before these rumors happened a couple of days ago. Now it's going to be sold for $107.50 a share. So there's obvious business logic to this deal especially for Time Warner shareholders.

But for customers of AT&T, what it means is AT&T will be able to own all of these channels as well as, for example, the wireless service. And what that means down the road, we're going to see these companies experiment and try new ways to distribute media.

PAUL: So it could be some new stuff coming. Although I know Donald Trump has said if he's elected he will reject it. We'll talk more about that next hour because it is a done deal but it's not in a sense. But there's government process --

STELTER: That's right. Regulators in D.C. have to approve it. It will take about a year to go through the D.C. approval process. So we'll get to Donald Trump next hour.

PAUL: All right. Sounds good. Brian Stelter, good to see you this morning. Thanks for getting up early.


PAUL: And you can watch his show "RELIABLE SOURCES" later this morning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern right here on CNN.

BLACKWELL: This morning we have new information on that massive cyber attack that infiltrated devices in homes, maybe your home.

We now know that tens of millions of I.P. addresses were used to take down popular websites like Twitter and Netflix. That's according to Dyn, a company that directs traffic when people type a URL into a browser. Now hackers used malware to hit the company in three ways causing outages that many of the internet's most widely traffic sites.

PAUL: All right. Some political satire from "SNL" last night.


TOM HANKS AS CHRIS WALLACE: Let's talk immigration. Mr. Trump, why are your immigration policies better than Secretary Clinton's?

ALEC BALDWIN AS DONALD TRUMP: Because she wants open borders and that is crazy. I mean, people are just pouring into this country from Mexico and a lot of them are very bad hombres.

KATE MCKINNON AS HILLARY CLINTON: Bingo! Bingo! I've got bingo. Sorry. Sorry. I've been playing all year --




PAUL: Did you know that every year in the U.S. 7 million children are bullied, either at school or online. And when Matthew Kaplan realized his little brother was one of them he took action even though he was only in the eighth grade. So during the past five years he shared his free anti-bullying program with more than 4,600 middle school students and that's why he is this week's CNN Hero.


MATTHEW KAPLAN, FOUNDER, BE ONE PROJECT: The term peer pressure is thrown around a lot, and usually when it is, it's meant as a negative thing, but I believe that we can actually harness peer pressure for good. What if it was cool to be kind and that's what positive peer pressure is all about. Creating this culture where being inclusive and being kind is the norm.


PAUL: To see Matthews positive peer pressure program in action go to

It's our favorite time of the year too. Anderson Cooper revealing the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2016 next Wednesday, October 26th on "NEW DAY."

BLACKWELL: The 2016 election, it's the gift that keeps on giving to late night, isn't it?

PAUL: Sorry. Yes. "Saturday Night Live" once again.


PAUL: I know. Whoo! Is securing Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Equal opportunity bashing here. Spoofing their final presidential debate and the cast invited Tom Hanks to fill in as the moderator.


MCKINNON: In the first debate I set the table. In the second debate I fired up the grill and tonight I feast.

BALDWIN: Chris, I'm going to start this debate in the quietest voice possible. In the past I have been big and loud, but tonight I am a sweet little baby Trump.

HANKS: That is good to hear.

BALDWIN: Because she wants open borders and that is crazy. I mean, people are just pouring into this country from Mexico and a lot of them are very bad hombres.

MCKINNON: Bingo! Bingo! I've got bingo. Sorry. Sorry. I've been playing all year and I got it. (INAUDIBLE) bad hombres, rapists, miss piggy, they're all living in hell and if she wasn't my daughter.

HANKS: WikiLeaks has been releasing your campaign emails, many of which raise some serious questions.

MCKINNON: Thank you for bringing up my emails, Chris.


And I'm very happy to clarify what was in some of them -- sorry, what, Carol? What? I'm sorry. Thought I heard my friend Carol. Anyway, back to your question about the way that Donald treats women. And that is how you pivot.

HANKS: So you're just never going to answer a question about you emails?

MCKINNON: No, but it was very cute to watch you try. Donald said he was going to be tough on Mexico, but when he met with the president, he choked.

BALDWIN: Wrong. Trademark.


MCKINNON: He also said he's going to be tough on Russia but he's basically Putin's puppet.

BALDWIN: Liar. Trademark.


MCKINNON: And he has promised to be tough on ISIS but he has never explained how.

BALDWIN: That's not exactly true. Here's exactly what I'll do.

First off, Mosul is sad. And we're going after Mosul because ISIS is in Mosul, but she created ISIS. And Iran should write us a letter of thank you because Iran is taking Iraq and so we're going to Mosul and Iran's going to write us a letter of -- listen, where Aleppo is a disaster and Iran is Iraq. And with Mosul is ISIS.

HANKS: Mr. Trump -- Mr. Trump -- Mr. Trump, we have to move on.

BALDWIN: Oh, thank God.



PAUL: What are they going to do now that the debates are over?

BLACKWELL: Well, then they've got election night and they've got the transition. They'll find something.

PAUL: Well, I know. I mean in the next two weeks because we're just two weeks away from Election Day.

BLACKWELL: They will have some inspiration. I'm pretty sure somebody is going to give them some.

PAUL: My goodness.

Presidential candidates, of course, campaigning in key battleground states. We've got lots to talk to you about in the political arena coming up.