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Barack Obama and Donald Trump Square Off in Midterm Election Endgame; Michael Cohen Claims President Donald Trump Said "Black People too Stupid to Vote for Me"; Twitter Deletes 10,000 plus Automated Accounts Discouraging Voting; Alec Baldwin Charged with Assault in New York; 27 Million Early Votes Cast in 2018 Midterms; Congregations To Hold Joint Service On First Shabbat Since Attack; Tight Georgia Governor's Race Attracts Obama, Oprah, Trump. Aired 7-8a ET
Aired November 3, 2018 - 07:00 ET
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CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: I hope Saturday has been good to you so far. Big names from both sides are spreading across the country today by trying to reach as many voters as they can. You, of course, before Tuesday's midterms. Democrats rallying in California, in Ohio, in Florida. President Trump in Montana as well as the Florida Panhandle.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: He's warning that a Democratic blue wave will bring a crime wave. Here's what he says he's not talking as much about the booming economy.
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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: They all say, speak about the economy, speak about the economy. Well, we have the greatest economy in the history of our country, but sometimes it's not as exciting to talk about the economy, right? Because we have a lot of other things to talk about.
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PAUL: Now on the Democratic side, former President Barack Obama's calling his successor a compulsive liar who's leaving a trail of broken promises. CNN White House reporter Sarah Westwood joining us live right now. So, what are you hearing in terms of what's going to happen today?
SARAH WESTWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: Well, Christi, today the president has rallies in Montana and Florida, as you mentioned. And he has continued to keep focused on his immigration agenda. He's continued to talk about the caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S. Border, talking about rescinding birthright citizenship and accusing Democrats of being weak on border security, even accusing Democrats of advocating for open borders.
We've seen the president employ something of a kitchen sink approach in the final days of the midterms. That's basically throwing out anything and everything against the wall and seeing what sticks with GOP voters. That's included promises of a middle-class tax cut before Election Day. Even though Congress was never going to be in session between when he made the promise and Election Day.
He highlighted an executive order on asylum that hadn't even been finalized yet and he talks about Republicans protecting pre-existing conditions even as he campaigns with candidates who are working to undermine protections for pre-existing conditions.
Now, former President Obama's re-emergence on the political scene has certainly caught President Trump's eye as Obama has been seeking to draw a stark contrast between Democratic policies and the rhetoric and policies we see out of the Trump administration. Take a listen to what President Trump and Obama had to say on the campaign trail this week.
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TRUMP: They want to take away your good health care and essentially use socialism to turn America into Venezuela. And Democrats want to totally open the borders. They have the caravans, let them in. Do you want to let them in? Does anybody want to let them in?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Build that wall -- build that wall.
TRUMP: You're right.
BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The consequences of any of us staying home really are profound. Because America's at a crossroads. The health care of millions of people are on the ballot, making sure working families get a fair shake is on the ballot. But maybe most of all the character of our country is on the ballot.
WESTWOOD: The president has seven more rallies left on the books between now and Election Day including the two tomorrow and Sunday. He's heading to Georgia and Tennessee. And all of the rallies that he still have left on his schedule are in states where Republicans are hoping to defend or pick off a seat in a statewide race. He's not really campaigning for House races at this point. Trump has already been taking aim at his predecessor.
For example, last night, making fun of the crowd sizes at Obama's event versus his. And Victor and Christi, he's showing no signs of letting up on his attacks or talking about his contentious immigration agenda with just a few days left before voters cast their ballots.
PAUL: All right, Sarah Westwood, appreciate it. Thank you.
BLACKWELL: Joining me now to discuss, CNN political analyst Rachael Bade, Congressional reporter at Politico. Rachel, welcome back to you.
RACHAEL BADE, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: So, we saw both President Trump and former President Obama out, very different styles, very different approaches here. They always have been, they always likely will. But my question to you is, are they playing for equal respective parts of the party because it appears three days until the election President Trump's focus is getting narrower, on a narrower portion of the Republican Party.
BADE: Yes. That's exactly right. And Republicans in the House are not happy with that. Listen, there was a pretty significant jobs report that was released yesterday showing that unemployment is at record lows in recent years. I think the number is now 3.7. in unemployment. They added a quarter of a million jobs. GOP leadership in the House has been trying to get the president to talk about jobs.
And so, the clip you guys just played is really particularly interesting where the president said, everybody tells me talk about jobs -- talk about jobs. Well, guess what, it's boring basically was what he was saying.
BADE: He wants to talk about immigration. And that very much caters to a very narrow portion of his base. But what we're seeing right now is the president is focused on keeping the Senate and potentially adding seat in the Senate. But what works in the Senate, does not work in the House races.
So, it seems like he sort of given up on the House. And he even suggested last night during this rally that I can't go everywhere for the House, and suggested that the House might even flip. So, it seems like he's almost abandoning the House in favor of the Senate.
Whereas you're seeing Obama rally people around the thing that is really popular right now which is cookie cutter issues -- I'm sorry, table issues, you know, pocketbook issues, health care. And that is -- those are the types of messages that folks think are going to flip the House.
BLACKWELL: Yes, the president is potentially laying down that don't blame me basecoat depending on what happens on Tuesday.
Bloomberg put out this map, and I think it's pretty interesting. I think we have it, if not, the references is the different topics that voters are seeing in ads across the country. And although the president's talking almost exclusively about immigration, there's transportation, education, health care, agriculture, taxes it seems though that President Trump is giving -- you know, his standard stump speeches if this is a presidential -- like a national election, going around the country. How does this -- I mean, you said that Congressional Republicans aren't happy about it, but is there a receptive ear at the white House to say, all right, we've got to talk about agriculture when you get to the center of the country.
BADE: Yes, it seems like the president has made a calculation that immigration is going to be his closing argument. And again, that is not the closing argument that you hear, say, speaker Paul Ryan making right now, where he is talking more about the economy.
Democrats' health care has proven to be a very significant and important campaign issue for them. There have been a number of conversations from my understanding talking to sources where Republicans have expressed major concerns about this attacks. They are trying to get rid of protections from pre-existing conditions when they tried to repeal Obamacare.
And so, you're seeing -- you are seeing some Republican candidates talk about these things. For instance, you know, Martha McSally down in Arizona, she had some sort of ad saying, I voted to try to protect people with pre-existing conditions, which is not actually true. But look, she's trying to fight back at it. So, I think Republican candidates across the country know that voters are not just looking at immigration.
But the president thinks he can sort of rally his base, and there are polls that show some people are really -- you know, this is an issue that will get them to the polls. Certain Republicans that will turn out to vote.
So, perhaps it will work for some segments of the population. It's just not going to be those independent voters that Republicans really need to keep the House.
BLACKWELL: So, let's about this new allegations of racism leveled against President Trump. His former personal attorney Michael Cohen, longtime fixer, tells Vanity Fair about what he said were multiple racist remarks that he heard president or then-citizen Trump or candidate Trump make, according to Cohen during -- this was during the 2016 campaign. He once told then-candidate Trump that his crowd, quote, looked vanilla on television, and Trump responded according to Cohen, that's because black people are too stupid to vote for me.
Cohen also says that year earlier after Mandela died, Trump said to him, name one country run by a black person that's not an s-hole, he didn't say s. Name one city.
Rachael, my question here is, who does this move? I mean, if you believe that Trump said that, you believe he made the other comments that are attributed to him and you've already made your decision on whether this is a person who uses race to motivate his base or if he is a racist. Does this change anybody?
BADE: You know, it could potentially turn out more black voters. It could potentially turn out people who are hearing a dog whistle right now and, you know, unfortunately might be driven to the polls for the opposite reason, right? I would just say that, you know, we have heard allegations like this in the past. Omarosa talked about this in her book when it was released over the summer saying that racist slurs were used on "The Apprentice" show. There have constantly been whispers about, is there a videotape of him saying something like this from his days at "The Apprentice." But, you know, we've got to take this with a grain of salt.
I mean, Michael Cohen, yes, once very close with the president, he has flipped on him. And that bridge has entirely burned. He has accused him of basically instructing him to break campaign finance laws to pay off Stormy Daniels. I mean, they -- and he's gone out and said, you know, vote Democrat. So, these two men, you know, are clearly at odds here. I would just say don't take it as gospel. But you know -- it's an allegation, and it doesn't seem like there's proof right now. But again, we've heard these allegations before. BLACKWELL: Yes, Michael Cohen admitted liar, convicted felon. But
again, if people believe this, they likely believe that he said something like this before, and if they don't believe it, then they have that opinion, too. Rachel Bade, thanks so much.
BADE: Thank you.
PAUL: We know millions of you have already cast your votes, and there are millions more who will do so on Tuesday. There are questions about whether though votes are safe though. Whether the voters themselves have been influenced by online trolls.
I mean, just yesterday, Twitter said it has deleted thousands of automated accounts that were posting messages discouraging people from voting. Most of those accounts were posing as Democrats. Now, recent headlines indicate other problems we saw in 2016 haven't been fixed. Look at this from Vox, the hacking threat to the midterms is huge, and technology won't protect us. A New York Times headline, mystery of the midterm elections, where are the Russians? And from CNN Politics, Russian troll threat hasn't gone away as Election Day nears.
So, are federal and state and local governments ready to protest or to protect, rather, these elections? We have Michael Daniel with us now. He's the president of Cyber Threat Alliance and the former cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to President Obama. Thank you so much, Mr. Daniel, for being with us here.
You had testified I know before the Senate Intel Committee back in June. And there you said you certainly expected at the time espionage activity from Russia, but you did not expect actual interference, outright interference. How likely then is it that right now interference continues and how expansive is it?
MICHAEL DANIEL, PRESIDENT, CYBER THREAT ALLIANCE: Well, I think it's almost a certainty that the Russians are conducting at least influence operations to try to get misinformation, disinformation out there to try to influence voters. I'm virtually certain of that.
PAUL: So, when we talk about say the electoral infrastructure, you know, the voting machines, the voter data bases, the tabulation reporting, how compromised or how secure are those entities?
DANIEL: Well, unfortunately, those systems are incredibly vulnerable still. The states and local jurisdictions have made significant investments in many areas and improved the situation considerably since 2016. But many of those systems remain very vulnerable.
PAUL: So, for people that are watching this and they want to go to the polls on Tuesday or maybe they've already cast their vote, what would you tell them about the legitimacy of their vote?
DANIEL: Well, I still firmly believe that the results in 2016 were properly reflected, the votes that were cast by the American people. And I believe that in the midterms the same thing will be true. I think the biggest threat is not from vote flipping or you know, changing the votes that people cast, but sowing distrust about the legitimacy of it, causing disruptions that raise questions in people's minds. And I think that people should go and they should vote. And I think they should have confidence that the vote that they cast will ultimately be counted and for the candidates that they support. But that threat of disruption and discord remains very real.
PAUL: So, if I'm understanding you correctly, you're saying don't worry that your vote will be counted. The compromise is in the minds of people before they go there?
DANIEL: I think that's one of the biggest threats. The other one is that the Russians or some other actor will take steps to disrupt voting activity. In other words, for example, say, change a voter registration data base so that people's addresses is slightly incorrect. So their address in the poll book doesn't match their picture I.D. when they show up at the polls which you know -- then, what happens is people given provisional ballots and it creates long lines and it creates this perception that there's a problem with the voting process.
I think, ultimately I think all of the votes will be counted and will be counted properly. But there is a -- there is a possibility of disruption.
PAUL: Is a disruption, do you think, primarily on social media? I mean, what do people watch for if they want to recognize if something has been compromised?
DANIEL: Well, I certainly think that you know, when it comes to social media and the influence campaigns, I mean, I think, the same advice that we would -- that we would give our -- that we would give our kids if they were writing a paper which is, you know, seek a broad variety of sources, make sure that you're checking your sources, understand the kind of information that you're consuming. All of that good advice that we give people who are in school doing research is the same advice that I would give to people dealing with potential influence operations now. Is to seek that broad variety of viewpoints and make sure you understand where that information is coming from to the best of your ability.
PAUL: All right. Michael Daniel, appreciate your perspective. Thank you for being here.
DANIEL: Thank you very much.
PAUL: Absolutely. And it's a critical election with a lot at stake obviously. The balance of power in Congress, 36 governor races.
DANIEL: Thank you.
PAUL: Thousands of local elections. We're going to bring you all the key races with up-to-the-minute results. Our special live coverage starts on election night at 5:00 eastern.
BLACKWELL: A U.S. Soldier has been killed and another wounded in an apparent insider attack. This is in Afghanistan, it happened today in Kabul. The U.S.-backed coalition says reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan Defense Forces. He was immediately killed by other Afghan Defense Force members. And the American soldiers have not been identified, but we have been told that the wounded soldier is in stable condition.
PAUL: And we'll keep you posted on that. As well as this breaking news overnight, a yoga class, people in that class fought back when a man opened fire inside the studio. We have details for you.
BLACKWELL: Plus, "Saturday Night Live" actor Alec Baldwin was arrested and charged with assault and harassment in New York. We'll tell you what has happened here.
PAUL: Well, breaking overnight, police say members of a yoga class fought back as a gunman started shooting at a hot yoga studio. This was in Tallahassee, Florida. We know six people were shot, and two of them died.
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CHIEF MICHAEL DELEO, POLICE, TALLAHASSEE: There are indications that several people inside fought back and tried to not only save themselves but other people which is a testament to their courage of the people who don't just turn and run, but the strength of our community and the spirit of those people who are trying to help save and protect others.
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BLACKWELL: The police say that the shooter died of a possible self- inflicted gunshot wound, and they believe he acted alone. They don't know why he allegedly did this. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who is the Democratic nominee for governor there in Florida, tweeted no act of gun violence is acceptable. He says he'll suspend his campaign in light of the shooting.
PAUL: And "Saturday Night Live" actor Alec Baldwin was arrested and charged with harassment and assault. New York police say he allegedly punched a man in the face after a dispute over a parking space.
BLACKWELL: But Baldwin denies punching anyone, called the situation egregiously misstated. The alleged victim was taken to a hospital. We're told that that person's in stable condition. CNN correspondent has more for us.
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POLO SANDOVAL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Actor Alec Baldwin stayed quiet as he walked out of a New York City Police precinct Friday. The actor, largely known for his recurring "SNL" portrayal of President Trump, was charged with assault and harassment. The NYPD alleging Baldwin punched a 49-year-old man during a fight over a parking spot. This isn't the first time Baldwin finds himself in trouble with the law or making headlines. In 2014 Baldwin was arrested for bike riding on the wrong side of the
road. The short-tempered actor has also been seen getting into scuffles with paparazzi.
Back in 2007, Baldwin was heard on a voicemail recording yelling insults at then-wife Kim Basinger and their daughter.
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ALEC BALDWIN, ACTOR, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: You are a rude, thoughtless, little pig. I don't give a damn that you're 12-years-old or 11-years-old or that you're a child.
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SANDOVAL: Baldwin's behavior has attracted criticism from conservatives. On Twitter former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took a sarcastic jab at Baldwin. The president's son Don Jr. calling Baldwin a piece of garbage.
Earlier this year, the president called Baldwin's impersonation of him terrible and agony inducing. This time though, more measured response from the white House south lawn.
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TRUMP: Who was arrested?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Alec Baldwin. Punched somebody out during a parking dispute.
TRUMP: I wish him luck.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That's it?
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BLACKWELL: That was CNN's Polo Sandoval reporting.
PAUL: Well, Republicans and Democrats, I know you're making your final pitch to voters before Election Day. Millions of people have already cast ballots. What is fueling the skyrocketing number of early voters this time around?
BLACKWELL: All right, depending upon the state, we are just at about the 72 hour mark from polls opening on Election Day. But across the country, millions of voters have already made up their minds and cast their ballots.
PAUL: Yes, at least 27 million votes, 27 million, have already been cast. Either through early voting or voting by mail. Two states have already outpaced early voting totals from the 2016 presidential election. CNN Politics digital director Zach Wolf joining us now. Zach, thank you so much for being here.
ZACH WOLF, CNN POLITICS DIGITAL DIRECTOR: Sure.
PAUL: So, what is driving people to early voting this time around?
WOLF: Well it's -- first, let me say it's important not to read too much into early voting numbers. Part of it is just a general trend towards more early voting in this country. So, when you look at a comparison to 2014, the last midterm election, we're swamping those numbers.
There's a lot more people early voting and part of that is just because they're making it generally easier to early vote in some parts of this country. But I think it also trends with just a general excitement and interest in this midterm election. Where usually, you know, voter engagement's way down in polls. And the early voting is backing this up. People are really interested in this election.
[07:29:55] BLACKWELL: Is there any specific demographic -- and I know this may vary by state -- that's over performing dramatically versus what we saw, let's say, 2014?
WOLF: Yes, and it does very, very, very much by state. For instance, Florida, you know, the difference of younger voters versus older voters isn't too much different than it has been in some previous elections. Although, there is a slight uptick I think, and younger voters there.
In Georgia, and in Texas, two states with key governor's races. In Georgia, and a Senate race in Texas, we've seen a real big ups -- or our upswing in younger voters. Those under 30 and those 30 to 50 both are a much larger percentage of the vote than they were in 2014.
PAUL: So, Zach, is there any indication that people are concerned about their vote counting and perhaps that's why they're trying to get in there early?
WOLF: You know, I think that could be some of it, but we can't really extrapolate that from this early voting data right now, I don't think.
BLACKWELL: So, Zach, we know that based on registration and party registration, you can determine which percentage of voters has turned out. Where does that stand? Although it does not tell us if a registered Republican voted for the Republican candidate. Where does that stand and how does it correspond with what we know historically about the party showing up in early voting?
WOLF: Well, it -- that also can vary by states. Often, it's a lot more Republicans who tend to vote early in some states, whereas, Democrats in other states. We haven't seen a huge difference in the -- you know, party registration, and who's turning out. So, that's important to note.
But we have seen a general drop-off in people sometimes associating with a certain party. So, a growth -- a growth certainly, an independent voters across the board. PAUL: All right, Zach Wolf, thank you so much for giving us some clarity here as to what's happening.
PAUL: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: So, speaking of younger voters, they are now the generation with the largest voting bloc. But will they use their vote? We'll talk with millennial voters from each party.
[07:36:25] BLACKWELL: Welcome back. Three days out now from Election Day. And as we get closer, the question looms. Will young people vote? Typically, young voters usually sit out the midterms, but this year could be different.
According to a survey done by NBC News, and GenForward, about a third of millennials -- one-third. We're talking ages 18 to 34, so most of the millennial group says that, that they will definitely vote in the midterms.
26 percent say, they'll probably vote. And about a quarter say, they're still uncertain. Another 19 percent say, they probably will not vote.
Joining me now to discuss, Luke Boggs, president of the Young Democrats of Georgia. And Jake Evans, president of Atlanta Young Republicans. Luke, Jake, welcome to the show.
And let me start with you Luke, where are you guys? I mean, if you expect -- you know there's so much rhetoric about change, shouldn't there be higher numbers for those who are definitely going to vote?
LUKE BOGGS, PRESIDENT, YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF GEORGIA: Well, in Georgia, there are pretty high numbers. I mean, Georgian young -- you know, young people, people below 40 have already made up 20 percent of the early vote electorate.
So, I would say we are showing up in pretty exciting ways. I mean, UGA had a voting precinct, early vote precinct -- you know, on the campus, and 2,000 people voted in that in two days. So, I may -- I think young people are energized.
BLACKWELL: Jake, every cycle, not just the midterms but the presidential elections, as well, people say that this will be the one. This will be the cycle when the young vote really changes the outcome. Why should anyone believe that this will be the one?
JAKE EVANS, PRESIDENT, ATLANTA YOUNG REPUBLICANS: Well, at least, in Georgia. And I'm president of Atlanta Young Republicans, there's a lot of interest in the gubernatorial election.
I think bases on both sides are very motivated, they're very interested in what's going on both at the state local and really national level. And I can tell you as far as my base, the membership of Atlanta Young Republicans, they're getting out early, I think that's going to continue into November 6th Election Day.
So, I'm hopeful because at the end of the day, if millennials came out, given we are now the largest voting bloc, we could really make a difference which would alter the messaging to lure to millennials which would then create more engagement across the board. So I'm hopeful that it's going to change this time.
BLACKWELL: All right. So, let's talk about issues then. And we'll start with the breaking news that happened overnight. The shooting at a yoga studio where there were several people who were shot, several people killed there.
Fighting back at this yoga studio, the recommendation from the president is that there should be an armed guard at these locations that he said last week after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that if they'd had someone with a gun there, that could have saved lives.
Is the suggestion now to have armed guards at yoga studios is well? What do you believe that, that would have prevented and could prevent some of this gun violence as we go down to the wire?
EVANS: Yes. Well, so, with the Second Amendment that is always going to be a big issue that's going to be discussed. It's so hard to determine exactly what is creating these casualties from the -- my Republican standpoint, I mean, that you have to protect the Second Amendment right.
Bad people, unfortunately, are always going to get their hands on guns. And what we can't create is we can't create a situation where bad people get their hands on guns but good people don't have an opportunity to defend against that situation. Now, whether or not --
BLACKWELL: But that's a different conversation. What the president suggests is that in order to protect people, that there needs to be an armed guard at these public locations. Specifically, on that, should there be more guns?
[07:39:57] EVANS: You know, I just can't answer that. It's hard -- it would be impossible for me to say that having an armed guard before in a yoga studio is going to make a difference. But everyone's entitled to their opinions, and I can't say that, that would categorically resolve it.
BLACKWELL: Your view on that, and as you answer the question in February, after the Parkland massacre. We heard from the students and we saw at the rally at that marched for our lives in March, where gun violence and gun control was going to be a prime issue in the midterms. Where is that now? Because it seems like we're talking about immigration, we're talking about health care, important issues, but gun control is not at the top of the list as many said it would be. BOGGS: I think the thing that is important to remember here is there is a solution here. And even former Justice Scalia has said that guns can't be regulated. We can regulate guns, we can have less guns, and that's the only thing that's going to solve this problem, the answer to the situation is obvious that some people in this country should not have guns due to what we're seeing.
Through the violence that people appreciate with guns, and just because the Second Amendment doesn't mean there is no possibility of regulating that and preventing that.
Now, as far as the issue not being at the forefront, I think it's because of the fact that as campaigns get to a close, you consolidate among the issues that people are talking about the most and people care about the most and health care is something that is a universal concern for everyone.
BOGGS: And the gun issue while prevalent and continuous is one that is not one that hits everyone at home, and health care currently is.
BLACKWELL: Well, increasingly, it's hitting a lot of people at home and in their communities. Let's talk about the future of the parties and go through this quickly the issue obviously the president is highlighting its immigration. And I want to go back to 2013 after the 2012 laws, there was the growth and opportunity project report that came out. They autopsy as it's called from Republicans.
And one thing that they highlighted here was reaching out to Hispanics. Let's see how that applies to what we're seeing today. And the finding was, "If Hispanics perceived that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States, they will not pay attention to our next sentence. It does not matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy. If Hispanics think we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies."
What's the impact of what the president is saying and how he's saying it about this caravan? We understand that these are people who are potentially trying to seek asylum in the United States, what's that mean to potentially growing the GOP Hispanic vote?
EVANS: That's a great question. And if you look at the demographics nationally, Latinos are going to be the fastest growing segment of the American population. So, there's no but doubt for both parties.
Both the GOP in the Democratic Party creating messaging which appeals to Latinos is going to be very important. In my opinion, long-term thinking for millennials, which we both are. What we grew up in the most diverse generation American history.
And I'm hopeful that because you look at what's happening the rhetoric on both sides, we have a situation where politics is polarized probably, for the most part, it's ever been in our lifetime.
Going forward, I'm hopeful that given the way that we have both grew up, we can break that down. And because the demographic is going to continue to change, now looking at it --
BLACKWELL: But is the president wrong in his rhetoric here? Because what he's saying and how is he saying, it is -- does not correspond with what you're describing you want the future of the party to be.
EVANS: Well, I think that what the president is doing, he's saying there has to be law and order. There has -- there has to be borders and able to protect what we've created is the best country on earth.
And if we enable anyone to just come forward in a caravan and assume that they're just going to be able to cross the border, is that going to continue to progress with the foundational principles we built the country on.
BLACKWELL: Luke, the future of your party very quickly here, the progressive element. Bernie Sanders did well in 2016 with young voters, with millennial voters. Ocasio-Cortez, several progressive, several Democratic socialists have done well this cycle. Is that the future of the party going further left?
BOGGS: I don't think we can really know for sure. I think the idea is that Democrats aren't really going to be afraid anymore. And we're going to be -- you know, able to present new opportunities and new solutions to issues. And I think having a broader discussion is better than not having a broader discussion.
However, on last point about immigration --
BLACKWELL: Quickly, 10 seconds.
BOGGS: Very question -- quickly, this country is built on immigrants. These people are going to come if they do even make it to the United States to follow the process that is there for people seeking asylum. It's not like this is a marauding army, these are desperate people looking for -- you know, safety from very harsh conditions.
BLACKWELL: Luke Boggs, Jake Evans, thank you both. I enjoyed it.
BOGGS: Thank you.
BLACKWELL: All right. Christi?
[07:44:51] PAUL: The Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh is holding a joint service today, and prayer vigil in remembrance of the 11 people killed in last week's attack. Where is that community one week later here? We'll show you. Stay close.
BLACKWELL: Well, this is the first Shabbat since that attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. And the three congregations that were targeted, they'll be holding a joint service this morning. And there, from all over the world has been in an outpouring of support for Jewish communities all week as the families buried their loved ones.
PAUL: And there's this new campaign called Show Up for Shabbat. It's asking all Americans show up to synagogues this weekend, and fight anti-Semitism. CNN correspondent Jean Casarez is outside the Tree of Life synagogue. What are you seeing there, Jean?
[07:49:51] JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You know it's somber. It's obviously the Jewish Sabbath continues until sundown today. But it's so sobering to think about, that it was exactly one week ago this morning.
Right now, right? Almost 8:00 in the morning, people of the Tree of Life, right behind me getting ready to come here, getting ready for the Shabbat services. Little did they know that someone would go to the side entrance right over there, right across the street from where I am and taking guns and just start shooting.
So, it has been a week of funeral after funeral. Every day there's been three funerals. Yesterday, there was one funeral. But today, the three congregations that were actually in the Tree of Life in the synagogue and on the basement in the third floor, they're all going to meet together today at a synagogue that is relatively close to where we are.
This is still a very active crime scene, and all week I have watched the FBI, law enforcement on the federal level go in and out, processing that crime scene, and they are not done yet.
Now, saying that, right outside here, and it's a rainy day this morning, but they are supposed to have an outside Shabbat service for the public for anyone that wants to come here in the Pittsburgh area.
And although it is raining quite heavily, I'm sure there is those that will forge on because this is so important to them. Christi, Victor?
PAUL: No doubt about it. Jean Casarez, thank you so much. Listen, I talked with Jeff Ballabon. He's adviser to the Trump campaign. Last week, when this happened, he was very emotional as you can imagine. He is now had a week to reflect on this. I talked to him yesterday, here is what he said.
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JEFF BALLABON, ADVISER TO THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN: Where can we find common humanity to sit down and talk about what it is in our culture that's driving this fear? If we could try to understand what each other are afraid of, at least, that and how we understand the world, then maybe we could, at least, begin to come together --
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PAUL: And you can watch the rest of our interview there with Jeff on cnn.com.
BLACKWELL: Well, the midterms are now just three days away, and the campaigns are turning to star power in the last few days. I will tell you about a tight race in Georgia that has attracted Oprah, President Obama, Vice President Pence, and now, President Trump.
[07:56:22] BLACKWELL: Well, polls show the race for governor of Georgia is -- I mean, it really is as close as it can get, and it's attracting national attention.
PAUL: Yes, President Trump is visiting Georgia tomorrow to campaign for Republican candidate Brian Kemp. Democrat Stacey Abrams has big names supporting her bid to become the nation's first African-American female governor. Our correspondent Kaylee Hartung, reports on the state of the race here.
OBAMA: This Tuesday, I believe may be the most important election of our lifetime.
KAYLEE HARTUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: In the final days of Georgia's contentious governor's race.
MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I'm kind of a big deal too.
HARTUNG: The leading candidates bringing unprecedented star power to the state.
OPRAH WINFREY, CHAIRWOMAN, OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK: I've been watching what's been going on down here. You all about to make some history down here.
HARTUNG: Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp are deadlocked in the polls. Early voting ended Friday with a record number of ballots cast. More than double the amount at the same point in the last midterm election.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm very, very excited that we are getting the national attention that we are getting because I hope that it -- is actually encouraging the local people to be involved.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have my vote shirt on, and I'm going to do it today.
HARTUNG: With few undecided voters left, these big names continued the campaign long mission, appeal to the candidate's polarized bases.
PENCE: Let me make you a promise. With President Donald Trump in the White House and Brian Kemp in the State House, we will never abolish ICE.
OBAMA: You can't think there is anything proper about ripping immigrant children from their mother's bosoms at the border.
HARTUNG: Georgia's races garnered national attention over claims that Kemp is suppressing voter access. Putting more than 50,000 registrations on hold in his capacity as Secretary of State. Kemp's office says, the registrants, nearly 70 percent of whom are African-American will be able to vote if they bring the proper I.D. But still, voting rights, a battle cry for Abrams' supporters.
WINFREY: Every single one of us has something that if done in numbers, too big to tamper with. Cannot be suppressed and cannot be denied.
HARTUNG: Vice President Pence leaning on familiar lines of attack from Kemp ads that say Abrams is out of touch with Georgia.
PENCE: I got a message for all of Stacey Abrams liberal Hollywood friends. This ain't Hollywood, this is Georgia.
HARTUNG: What's notable is not just who's delivering these pointed messages, but where? Abrams surrogates in the metro Atlanta area, where they hope to motivate first time in minority voters. While team Kemp focuses on more rural areas of the state. Eyeing the same path to victory that President Trump took to win it in 2016.
TRUMP: She is not qualified.
HARTUNG: Trump has voiced his opinion on this race from afar. Sunday, he'll do it on Peach State soil. Kaylee Hartung, CNN, Atlanta.
TRUMP: They want to turn America into a giant sanctuary for violent predators, and MS-13 killers.
OBAMA: I got to note that no one person can decide who is an American citizen and who's not.
TRUMP: I heard President Obama speak today. 28 times, he said you can keep your doctor, lie after lie.
WINFREY: We have this incredible opportunity to make history.
PENCE: I'd like to remind Stacey, and Oprah, and Will Ferrell. I'm kind of a big deal too.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Michael Cohen is once again unleashing on Donald Trump, his former boss.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Alec Baldwin was just arrested for punching somebody out during a parking dispute.
TRUMP: I wish him luck.