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[11:00:15] BECKY ANDERSON, HOST: The battle for Mosul, after two years of ISIS controlled Iraqi forces enter the city limits. We're live
near Mosul and in Irbil for you this hour. Also ahead...
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JOE JOHNS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Both candidates ramping up attacks. Clinton calling trump dark and divisive as Trump hits her on
trustworthiness and on Obamacare.
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ANDERSON: Yes, the U.S. campaign trail heating up with just five days to go until election day. The latest on the state of the race, coming up.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm covered with beers and cheers and I just can't believe that this has happened.
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ANDERSON: Cub fans celebrating a World Series championship. We'll have more on what is this ecstatic reaction from their home town of
Hello and welcome. This is Connect the World. I'm Becky Anderson in Abu Dhabi. It is just after 7:00 here. And we begin with a breakthrough
inthe battle for Mosul. For the first time in more than two years, Iraqi forces are inside the ISIS-held city. Troops moved in from the east as
paramilitary forces cut off roots to the west so that ISIS fighters cannot flee to neighboring Syria.
And we've just learned, they have stormed a second neighborhood in the city, that being Iraqi forces. Well, the battle is expected to be long and
One positive omen, the neighborhood Iraqi forces entered through is called al-Interstar (ph) that literally translates to victory.
We're covering the breaking news from all sides. Arwa Damon is near Mosul and traveled to the front lines while Michael Holmes is joining us
from Irbil east of the city. Let's start with you, Arwa. What is the perspective from where you are at this point?
ARWA DAMON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, according to various different Iraqi army officials, the troops that managed to breach
into one of the neighborhoods in Mosul have managed to secure around two blocks of that neighborhood coming across a number of prepositioned
roadside bombs as well as snipers on rooftops. Of course, this makes pushing forward
incredibly difficult because oftentimes those snipers are on the rooftops of homes that have a high probability of having civilians among them and
ISIS most certainly does not take that factor into consideration whereas the Iraqi troops say that certainly do.
There are pretty fierce clashes that taking place, as one would expect.
And of course, as these troops push forward, not just into Mosul, but as they have pushed through, Becky, on the outskirts as well, we're seeing
more and more civilians attempting to flee just to get as far away from the fighting as they possibly can, many of them describing how they and their
children would hide under staircases, under any sort of solid structures within their home to mitigate the consequences of things like mortar rounds
falling on them, which has happened in a number of instances.
One woman who we spoke to, Becky, was telling us that she had relatives inside Mosul who tried to flee, tried to run away but they said
that ISIS stopped them, shot at them and forced them back into their homes.
And of course, all of these are factors that the Iraqi forces are going to have to contend with as they push forward. How do they fight this
kind of a bitter battle when there are so many civilians, upwards of 1.2 million still inside the city, because try as they might to create
humanitarian corridors, Becky, ISIS is not going to let them leave.
ANDERSON: Michael, what, then, do we know about what happens next now that those troops are inside the city limits and just how big of a deal is
this at this point?
HOLMES: It's going to be, as Arwa says, I mean, the fierce fighting has already begun and they have only just sort of cracked the door to get
in to Mosul proper.
There has been reports over the last couple of weeks of ISIS moving a number of its fighters. Those reports continue, by the way, moving those
fighters across the Tigris River to the west of the city.
But clearly they have left enough ISIS fighters in the eastern part to cause the types of problems that Arwa says Iraqi troops are facing in those
two neighborhoods they have gone into.
We know that ISIS has prepositioned car bombs, dozens of them, all around the city. We know that they have rockets in place, suicide bombers
who have come in from Syria over the last couple of weeks. It's long been thought that the real bloody fighting, if you'd like. And the real
concentration of civilians, for that matter, is in the western part of the city.
So this type of fighting, from what we're seeing at the moment in the east, really is just beginning. We also heard from witnesses inside Mosul
telling us in the last hour or two that troops have actually called on civilians while this fighting goes on to stay home,
make white flags and gather their IDs and other important documents together.
So obviously civilians, those humanitarian corridors can't magically appear and ISIS isn't going to start to let them appear, so people really
are going to have to hunker down for a large part of this, Becky.
[11:16:09] ANDERSON: Arwa, this has been a bitter fight on the route to Mosul. It will be an extremely bitter fight and a difficult one from
now on in. What is the mood like with those troops that you are with?
DAMON: Well, Becky, they are fairly confident. They are tired, yes, because -- we're with a counterterrorism unit and they have been at the tip
of the spirit of the battle against ISIS for more than two years right now. They have gone through city after city trying to clear it of ISIS fighters.
But at the same time, they do feel as if the end is near in the sense that once they can successfully help to recapture Mosul, once the battle for
Mosul is over, that is when they can begin planning for the future of Iraq.
But they are realistic about how long this is going to take, and how tough it is going to bebecause pushing through just to get to this point,
they've come across these ISIS tactics, in wave after wave of suicide bombers or suicide bombers of ISIS emerging from tunnels that they have dug
or lying in wait and popping out at the moments when the troops are sending up their defensive positions.
They also recognize that this is not just a battle that's going to be won on the battlefield. They are going to have to be very mindful of the
fact that the last time the civilians of Mosul came across the Iraqi security forces is when the security forces dropped their weapons and fled.
So, they do recognize that there is a certain measure of winning over the population that needs to take place as well.
ANDERSON: Arwa and Michael, for your reporting, thank you.
Right. With only five days left to make their final pitches, it is all hands on deck for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The
presidential candidates and their impressive roster of surrogates are blanketing the map once again. We want to point out a few key things to
watch out for today. Clinton working to get out the vote in North Carolina. That is a state that has become a crucial battleground.
President Barack Obama has been rallying voters there earlier in the week, but today he's in
Florida and is expected to speak any time now in Miami.
Trump in both Florida and North Carolina today, but notice also that his wife Melania will be on
the stump giving her first speech since the Republican National Convention.
CNN's Joe Johns takes us on the trail.
JOE JOHNS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Donald Trump reminding himself to stay on message.
TRUMP: We've got to be nice and cool. Nice and cool. Stay on point, Donald. Stay on point.
JOHNS: Making his big push in battleground Florida as new CNN polls show the race tightening in several swing states.
TRUMP: I've been watching Hillary the last few days. She's totally unhinged.
JOHNS: Clinton striking a grave tone, targeting minority voters in Nevada by using Trump's own words against him.
CLINTON: Someone who demeans women, mocks the disabled, insults Latinos and African-Americans.
JOHNS: Clinton also setting her sights on the red state of Arizona where Trump holds a five-point lead.
CLINTON: If Donald Trump s were to win this election, we would have a commander in chief who is completely out of his depth and whose ideas are
incredibly dangerous, or maybe heaven forbids, start a real war instead of just a Twitter war.
JOHNS: Both candidates ramping up attacks. Clinton calling Trump dark and divisive.
CLINTON: We know that the presidency doesn't change who you are. It reveals who you are.
JOHNS: As Trump hits her on trustworthiness and on Obamacare.
[11:10:05] TRUMP: Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing Obamacare. You think Hillary is going to restore honesty in
government? I don't think so, folks.
JOHNS: And hammering away at the recent FBI scrutiny over the e-mail server.
TRUMP: They just found 650,000 e-mails. I have a feeling those e- mails are going to be -- oh, there are going to be some beauties in there.
JOHNS: In an interview with "People" magazine, Clinton calling the FBI email review just noise and distraction, while remaining confident in the
CLINTON: Everything he has said and done both in his career and in this campaign is a pretty good preview of what's to come.
ANDERSON: Your Joe Johns reporting there. Some Trump supporters refer to themselves as the silent majority, arguing his base is bigger than
it appears because some Americans are quiet about their support, waiting to make their voices heard when it counts on election day.
Well, our next guest says that Trump has awakened a sleeping giant, but a very different kind. CNN political analyst Alex Burns is a national
political reporter for The New York times.
Alex, you write that the sleeping giant stirred by Trump is actually helping Hillary Clinton build a firewall for her campaign. What do you
mean by that?
ALEX BURNS, THE NEW YORK TIMES: Well, that's right. Look, Trump has clearly revved up enthusiasm from some traditionally conservative-leaning
groups, like white men and voters without college degrees, particularly in some of those Midwestern battleground states.
But the price he has paid for that and the price that Republicans in general have paid is that a lot of his rhetoric, a lot of his policy ideas
have invigorated turnout among Latino voters, black voters, Asian-American voters in states that in other parts of the country that
traditionally lean to the right.
You mentioned Arizona before, you also look at states like Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina
and Virginia. These are rapidly diversifying states with these burgeoning suburbs outside of growing and economically ascendant cities. These are
places where Trump struggles.
ANDERSON: Not according to the latest polls.
BURNS: I'm sorry?
ANDERSON: Not according to the latest polls, which are tightening, not widening in many of these swing states that you have just alluded to.
BURNS: Well, you're referring to a couple public polls taking in the immediate aftermath of
really bad news for Hillary Clinton. But talking to strategists in both parties who see, frankly, much more extensive and reliable data, the places
where Trump is struggling are exactly the places that I just mentioned.
It doesn't mean that all of these states are completely out of play for him, but it means that in the absence of a sort of mainstream
inoffensive Republican message that can appeal to their traditional constituencies and reach out to some groups that often vote Democrat, like
Hispanic voters, he is struggling in areas that are usually put away and that were not even competitive four years ago for Mitt Romney.
You have to look at the larger picture here, because, yeah, the polls have tightened in a couple of places but if you don't look at the places
where they should be securely put awayfor a Republican, that's really missing the larger story.
ANDERSON: How concerned should Hillary Clinton be about the other silent majority as it were, those who are not admitting that they will vote
Trump but are likely to do so? Is there any data to suggest just how big a cohort that is of this 6 to 7 percent of undecideds or wider?
There's no particular data on that for the very reason that you suggest, that if there's a group of people out there that supports Trump
but doesn't want to say it, it's very difficult to find them and measure just how large that group is.
But, look, there's no question that folks on both sides of this race see Trump as having a really unusual and intense appeal to some core
groups that, you know, Barack Obama didn't win four years ago but faired better than Hillary Clinton is likely to fair this time.
ANDERSON: We're going to leave it there for the time being. We thank you very much indeed for joining us five days and counting, viewers. More
on this as we go through the hour as we dive back into the American election.
Let me tell you what's coming up, we're going to show you how Trump is using a new political weapon to get -- or help, at least, get inside the
minds of voters. It's information he hopes will help him win.
Plus, this part of the world won't be getting a vote but the region will play a big role in the
presidency of whoever wins. Some incredible research on who people in the Middle East are backing for America's top job.
Right. A spokesman for the British prime minister says that the government is still determined
to start the Brexit process by the end of March even though the high court ruled that parliament
must have a say in the process. This sharp ruling is a major blow to the government. And UKIP leader's Nigel Farage says he fears Britains who
voted to leave the EU will feel betrayed.
Well, let's get some perspective from Diana Magnay. She joins me now live from Downing Street in London -- Di.
[11:15:36] DIANA MAGNAY, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Becky, this isn't final. The government has said that it's going to appeal
the ruling and that will be heard in the Supreme Court in early December.
But if the Supreme Court upholds today's decision and rules that the government needs to have
parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50, or on the terms of a deal, then that is a very, very major setback for Theresa May. And, to a certain
extent, it sounds like wishful thinking that the government is saying that their Brexit timetable won't be derailed in any way.
Now, whether it's just a vote that MPs will have on whether or not to trigger Article 50 or whether it is a bill that includes much more
complicated amendments depending on the terms of the deal, you can expect that there will be much more difficulty getting
anything through the houses of parliament.
So it really will significantly stall the government's Brexit's process.
Let's hear the very guarded phrasing that the UK trade minister Liam Fox had to say when he heard about the ruling.
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LIAM FOX, UK TRADE MINISTER: The government is determined to respect the result of the referendum. This judgment raises important and complex
matters of law and it's right that we consider it carefully before deciding how to proceed.
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MAGNAY: You have some conservative members of parliament who are now calling for an early election in 2017 because -- precisely because the
government will find it so hard to push anything through the parliament in relation to Brexit.
Now, Theresa May has always been very hesitant about holding calling another election, holding another lection, but with the opposition Labour
Party in disarray, she would stand to shore up her position in the house and it would, presumably, make it easier
for her to push through her Brexit planning.
All of this, of course, is dependent on what the supreme court decides in December, or whenever they make their ruling, which will be a few weeks
after that -- Becky.
ANDERSON: Would it be fair to say, Di, that maybe this was the challenge that came from an unexpected direction?
MAGNAY: Well, I think certainly from the government's perspective, that's true. And actually if you look at the people who brought this case,
Gina Miller, she is a philanthropist and businesswoman and there's a Brexiteering man who is a hairdresser who wanted to bring the case with
Miss Miller and a few other people, too, from sort of all walks of life. So I don't think that the government expected its grand Brexit plans to be
taken to court in this way and to have such a shock ruling.
Let's just hear what Gina Miller had to say about the verdict today.
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GINA MILLER, CHAIRMAN, PEOPLE'S CHALLENGE: The result today is about all of us. It's not about me or my team. It's about our united kingdom
and all our futures. It's not about how anyone voted. Every one of us voted for the best country and best future. This case was about process,
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MAGNAY: Process, not politics. The high court in their judgment said, you know, this is not a political decision, this is a legal decision.
We are looking at the UK constitution. This is a parliamentary democracy, parliament should have sovereignty. And in fact, Brexit is all about
bringing back sovereignty from Brussels into the hands of the parliament, but ironically that makes it very difficult for the government to push
through Brexit in the way that Theresa May would like to see it pushed through, Becky.
ANDERSON: Diana Magnay is outside Number 10.
We are going to take you to Florida where the president, Barack Obama is campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Just listen in for a minute.
(BARACK OBAMA CAMPAIGN SPEECH)
ANDERSON: U.S. President Barack Obama campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Florida there.
Well, our next guest is predicting a Trump win and he says he has the statistics to back it up. Helmut Norpoth is a political science professor
at Stony Brook University in New York. He got our attention because of his track record. He has correctly predicted the last five presidential races
with us now to convince us, if you will, of why is it that you put Trump with -- I'm reading here, an 87 to 99 percent chance to be president. Are
HELMUT NORPOTH, STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY: Hello?
Well, good for you for not answering that question because it wasn't a really good question.
No, Mr. Norbitt, how do you come to a conclusion with your work that would put Trump with an 87 to 99 percent chance of becoming president and
think people are going to take you seriously?
NORPOTH: Sure, that's a very good question given that Trump is not leading since he's closer than he used to be. It's an analysis of 100
years of American presidential elections going back to 1912. 1912, Americans introduced presidential primaries and what you see in these
primaries is that the candidate who does better than the other candidate who they face in November will win the general election. That was true in
1912. That's been true in just about every election since.
So according to my measure that I used for these primaries, Donald Trump was the stronger candidate in primaries than Hillary Clinton and that
gives him the edge in the November election.
ANDERSON: Really? So that's it, right? That's all you're putting this down to, the fact that he was a stronger candidate -- go on.
NORPOTH: Well, he was stronger compared to the competition that he had, which was a little bit more varied than what Hillary Clinton faced.
What I do is I compare how Trump did with the strongest competitor that he had. And I do it really only for two primaries, for New Hampshire and
South Carolina. The reason is that I like to make a forecast very early, which I've done in the past. And based on those two states, Donald Trump
was the stronger one in the race that he faced against Hillary Clinton.
It really shows up throughout the whole primaries as well. So even if i had waited until the end of the primaries, I would have made the same
So, it's not just a fluke of the two primaries at the beginning.
ANDERSON: All right.
What your model really shows is a pretty narrow victory, I believe, a 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent for Trump.
But you highlighted the other figure because clearly you realized that that would have resonance, some shock value, as it were.
Sir, this has been, I am told, by everybody who has followed U.S. elections over years and years and years, if not decades, an unprecedented
campaign. So, quite frankly, do you have any confidence in your model at this point?
NORPOTH: I actually have more confidence now that I see the polls sort of moving toward my forecast.
I would have to admit that when I see polls that have Trump behind by five or ten points, I get a little uneasy but I also believe that some of
the polls have problems these days. I wouldn't completely trust the polls and it's also still a week -- almost a week to go. A lot of things can
happen in a week as we have seen since last Friday when the FBI probe was reopened and what kind of an impact that seemed to be having on just the
So I'm more confident now than maybe I may have been a month ago or a couple of weeks ago.
ANDERSON: Let me just stick up a map for our viewer's purposes, because not everybody who will be watching this news broadcast will be as
into the minutiae, as it were, as those of you who are in the states and watching. We've just discussed that the polls have narrowed.
But look, quite frankly, Hillary Clinton still has the edge when we look at the map of the battleground states. And this is what really
counts, isn't it? For example, Florida is considered a must-win for Trump. His campaign could reach a deadend without it. Clinton, though, has most
possible paths to reach that magic number of 270 electoral votes.
So, professor, you have been predicting that Trump will win for months. You are encouraged by the polls so far as you being right going
forward in five days time is concerned, but what do you see here that we don't?
NORPOTH: Well, I also have another predictor in my formula that points in the direction of a Trump victory and that is something you can
actually observe for almost 200 years of Americans. elections and that's sort of a swing of the pendulum that occurs quite often when a party has
had control of the White House for two terms. And that what is the situation right now. The Democrats with Obama have been in the White House
for two terms.
And it's not that often that a party like that gets a third term, which what would happen with Hillary Clinton.
In the last 70 years, actually, it's only happened once in 1988. And Ronald Reagan left office, George Bush, the elder succeeded him. So,
there is something in the -- sort of the American electoral psyche, that would like to see change after two terms. And I think we have seen a lot
of manifestations of a desire for change in the primaries, not just on the Republican primaries, on the Democratic side as well.
Bernie Sanders gave Hillary Clinton quite a battle. And all of that indicates that 2016 is poised to be a change election even without Trump.
So, that's another sort of factor that gives me confidence that the a lot of manifestations for the
desires of change. So that's another set of factor that gives me confidence that the prediction for Trump would be correct.
[11:25:20] ANDERSON: I'll be fascinated, we all will, to find out whether your model spoke the truth in five days' time, of course.
We are just five days out from November 8th, the U.S. election. Thank you, sir.
The latest world news headlines are just ahead.
Plus, South Africa's Jacob Zuma stands on shaky ground. He's facing a no confidence vote in parliament. We're going to get you live to
Johannasberg after this.
(HEADLINES) ANDERSON: Let's get you back to our top story at this hour. Iraqi forces inside Mosul
for the first time in two years and they have just stormed in to a second neighborhood there as troops made their way through they are being welcomed
by residents. And we're told suspected ISIS members are being arrested.
Meantime, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has released what appears to be a new audio message. CNN cannot independently confirm the
authenticity of the recording, but this is part of what was said.
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[11:35:08] ABU BARK AL-BAGHDAD, ISIS LEADER (through translator): God's enemies from the Jews, Christians, atheists, Shiites, apostates and
all of the world's infidels have dedicated their media, money, army and munitions to fight Muslims and jihadists in the state of Nineveh after they
witnessed it become one of the bases of Islam and one of its minarets under the caliphate.
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ANDERSON: Well, as Iraqi-led forces battled to take back Mosul, Amnesty International is
raising new humanitarian concerns. It says Iraqi militia fighters have tortured men and boys in villages in the southeast of Mosul that were
recaptured from ISIS.
Well, in the meantime the flood of civilians out of the region continues. Arwa Damon has been on the front lines of the battled and filed
this report earlier.
DAMON: The Iraqi army just sent in a line trucks to pick these people up who have walked away from the front line. Those with vehicles were
allowed through but a lot fled without anything, a lot didn't have a means of transportation, and so they walked for hours because the fighting in
that particular neighborhood, which is the front line, was so intense overnight.
(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE.
DAMON: (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
Oh, she says the fighting was very, very intense.
"We didn't sleep the entire night and there were rockets."
(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
They weren't able to bring their cars through, for some reason, so they actually walked this entire route.
He's saying they would put the bombs, the roadside bombs in front of the homes.
(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
Oh, and there's snipers on top of the rooftops.
(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
A lot of what we have been hearing throughout all of this, so ISIS was planting bombs in the
roads in front of people's homes. ISIS was using homes as sniper positions. A lot of the ISIS fighters have fled from the particular
neighborhoods that these people fled from but they are still finding themselves on the front line because even though ISIS has pulled back
further towards Mosul, they are still firing into these areas because that's effectively where the battleground now is.
And you'll notice some of these women still have their niqabs on, or still covering their faces. We have asked a lot of them why that is the
case and they say that it's because they have family members still living under ISIS, family members who are still inside Mosul. And one group of
women who we spoke to that actually managed to get on one of the trucks and get away told us that they have family inside Mosul who tried to flee,
tried to come into this area but then ISIS prevented them from leaving, actually shot at them.
They've separated out most of the men from the women because here they will get searched, they will get screened. They want to ensure as best
they can that there are not any ISIS infiltrators that are amongst those who are leaving the battleground. They have lists of names that they are
able to check as well.
But let's speak to someone else now.
(SPEAKING IN FORIEGN LANGUAGE)
Her husband has gone to get their daughter who is in an area where there is still a little bit of clashes.
(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
She says "it's very hard to describe our feelings right now. We are really happy."
(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
They feel as if they kind of have new life that has breathed into them, a soul has.
(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
She was crying. She was crying and she was praying thank god we've been freed.
And you know, there's a lot of conflicting emotions among people here because on the one hand, yes, they are so relieved but on the other hand
they are still weary. They have been through so much and they don't necessarily know exactly what the future will bring. All they can do at
this stage is hope and pray that they will never have to go through anything like this again.
Arwa Damon, CNN, Gojali (ph), Iraq.
ANDERSON: Well, whoever is the next U.S. president, Mosul will be in the in-trays, or in the in-tray as it were.
I want to get you back to Barack Obama now who is campaigning for Hillary Clinton in Miami in Florida.
(BARACK OBAMA FLORIDA CAMPAIGN EVENT)
[11:51:51] ANDERSON: I know I'm running long but he's clearly enjoying it. President Obama fired up as he stumps for Hillary Clinton in
Miami in Florida.
And guess who is in the firing line as he fires up that crowd of Democratic supporters: Donald Trump, Obama's archnemesis, not that's he's
ever described him in quite such polite terms.
You're watching CNN. We'll be right back after this very short break.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is what you dream for as a kid and I'm 24 years old and I'm the luckiest guy on the planet.
JAKE ARRIETA, CUBS PITCHER: I feel like a wet dog, you know. Everybody stinks in here. I know I do. It's sweat, champagne, beer you
UNIDENITIFIED MALE: It's fun.
ARRIETA: It's fun. It stinks.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It definitely stinks.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Alex, how excited are you to get back to Chicago to celebrate with the fans?
THEO EPSTEIN, CUBS PRESIDENT OF BASEBALL OPERATIONS: I can't wait. Jed Hoyer (ph) is now in charge. I'm going on a bender.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
ANDERSON: It's been a century-long wait. And as you just heard, the 2016 Chicago Cubs it was -- well, it was worth the wait. They are the
World Series champions for the first time since, get this, 1908, beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the tenth inning of what was an epic finale.
And sending Cubs fans across the nation into a frenzy.
Scott McLean has the story.
SCOTT MCLEAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Jubilant Cubs fans celebrate for the moment they've been waiting for as Chicago merges victorious from World
Series 2016. They beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in ten innings.
It was a nail-biter of a game that featured a rain delay and stretched well into the night, but the fans didn't seem to mind.
UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: 51 years I've been here waiting, a die-hard Cub fan from the southside It hasn't been easy but the Cubs are awesome and
the supporters, the fans didn't give up on us.
UNIDENITIFIED FEMALE: I'm just like (inaudible) right now. I'm covered with beers and tears and I just can't believe that this ihas
MCLEAN: The Cubs took three in a row to close out the Indians in game 7 of a dramatic series.
UNIDENITIFIED MALE: The anxiety was insane. You know, from down 3-1, it was one game at a time mentality. And once we were here today, we knew
it was just a matter of one game showing up. And it happened as exactly as it should have.
MCLEAN: Some disappointed this series between the two clubs had to have a loser.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Cleveland fans were awesome. Cubs were terrific. Just a great night.
MCLEAN: When the game ended, Chicago erupted in celebrations 108 years in the making. Even the president joined in the festivities tweeting
"it happened. Cubs win World Series. That's chang even this Southsider can believe in."
ANDERSON: For our parting shots tonight, we're going to stick with that win. The last time Cubs won the World Series, the very landscape of
the U.S. was different, quite literally.
The turn of the century was a time of toil and transition as a new world power faced a brave
new world. This was the era of cowboys and vagabonds when the story of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid wasn't a movie or folklore but a news
The two outlaws are believed to have died in 1908.
Well, if they had lived longer, they'd have definitely would benefited from another newsmaker that year, the Ford Model T.
The vehicle seen in this reconstruction established the mass market for cars as we know
And when it came to refueling your Ford, what better than new-found Iranian oil. A 1908 discover a discovery led to the creation of the Anglo-
Persian Oil Company, like the Cubs that brand lives on today.
You may, though, know it better by its current name of BP.
I'm Becky Anderson. That was Connect the World. Thank you for watching.