Skip to main content

tv   CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto  CNN  October 8, 2018 7:00am-8:00am PDT

7:00 am
>> immigrants, looking at some of the folks who want to come to this country, to give them the same opportunity as my family had. >> i want to make sure that the republicans hold the senate and the house so that we can follow trump's agenda from the last presidential election. >> all right. we're going to bring you that every day, so tell us what you think, why you're voting in 29 days. post on instagram, use th the #whyivotecnn. >> a very good monday morning to you. i'm jim sciutto in washington this morning. >> and i'm poppy harlow in new york. we're so glad you're with us. there's a lot of news to get to. a day before he takes his place officially on the high court alongside eight other justices on the supreme court, brett kavanaugh will be at the white house today at a ceremonial swearing in with president
7:01 am
trump. he'll take the bench exactly four weeks out from the midterms which were the backdrop for his bitterly polarizing confirmation fight, and now loom larger than ever. >> cnn's abby phillip is at the white house this morning. abby, the president says kavanaugh in his words is squeaky clean and that the protesters who tried to keep him out were, again, the president's words here, mob. is that his message heading into the midterms in november? >> that's exactly what republicans are hoping to run on. they say this bruising fight involving kavanaugh and these sexual assault allegations has actually galvanized their supporters ahead of the midterm elections with 29 days out. president trump is the one leading the charge, and what we're seeing tonight at the white house is a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for kavanaugh that essentially serves as an opportunity for president trump to take a big victory lap over this whole process. now, kavanaugh was formally sworn in over the weekend surrounded by his wife and two daughters, but this event tonight is going to be aimed at
7:02 am
making sure that president trump has an opportunity to stand near him and hammer home this message that a second supreme court justice is now on the court as a result of republicans controlling the senate and the white house. but at the same time, we also know that kavanaugh has been preparing for this moment. he's going to take his seat on the court tomorrow. he's been reading up, making sure he was ready no matter how this confirmation hearing shaped up. we have been told he's going to be seated on the far right of the court, right next to justice elena kagan, and already, he has hired his clerks for this session. and they are all four women. he promised senators during his confirmation hearing that he would hire an all-woman clerk class for his supreme court seat once he was confirmed, and he has done so. he is the first supreme court justice in history to do that. jim and poppy. >> abby phillip, thanks very much. >> so let's pause for a moment and just think about what happened with merrick garland when president obama nominated
7:03 am
him for the high court. mitch mcconnell, senate majority leader, refused to give him a hearing. he was pressed on all this and what it means after the kavanaugh process on cbs yesterday, and mcconnell pushed back against the idea that his decision to block garland's vote kicked off a new stage in the partisanship associated with supreme court nominees. he then argued there's nothing new about blocking garland's nomination. he said just listen and look at history. watch this exchange. >> you have to go back to 1880 to find the last time a senate controlled a different party from the president confirmed a supreme court justice to a vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election. they also conveniently forgot that joe biden said in 1992 when he was chairman of the judiciary committee, the democrats controlled the senate, republican in the white house, if a vacacy occurred they wouldn't fill it. they also conveniently forgot that chuck schumer and harry reid 18 months before the end of bush 43 said if a supreme court vacancy occurred they wouldn't
7:04 am
fill it. talk about hypocrisy. >> but mr. leader, i don't think that's right. in 1956, eisenhower nominated brennan, the 84th congress was democrat controlled, and also on the biden rule, he was talking in the abstract. there was no nominee, no nominee was blocked, and he said to not have the nomination come up before the election, but it could come up after the election. and so what democrats say when they hear you doing this is they say he's creating new rules to essentially do what he wants to do. and as you have written in your book "the long game" when you do that, it actually hurts democracy. >> yeah, well, that's not at all what happened, john. you're completely misconstruing what happened. what i gave you is the history of this. i know the history of this. i have spent a lot of time on this throughout my career. what i did was entirely consistent with what the history of the senate's been, and that situation going back to 1880. >> well, i think the 1956 example and also in 1968, later in the election cycle, when a
7:05 am
democratic president put somebody forward, the republican leader worked with him to get that person a hearing and get him towards the supreme court. which is not something that you did. a vote -- >> it was a democrat in the white house and a democratic senate. >> but the republican leader at the time tried to help the democratic president. >> you're not listening to me, john. john, you're not listening to me. the history is exactly as i told you. >> well, we have a disagreement about the history, but i greatly appreciate you being with us here today. mr. leader, thanks so much. >> you can't help but remember, poppy, the daniel moynahan quote, you're entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts. here we are, joining us now, symone sanders, cnn political commentator, former press secretary for bernie sanders, and noelle, if i could begin with you, would you grant it's a bit rich of the senate majority leader to claim these new rules in effect? >> well, i mean, you have to
7:06 am
admit that the majority of american voters may not know the rich history that both of these individuals know. so you have to look at a lot of people are probably going to be doing a lot of fact checking. >> but whether americans know it, the fact is that when a republican president -- i mean, you saw john dickerson there cite it, in the 1950s, republican, dwight eisenhower, democratically controlled congress, he was able to nominate and got in fact a great supreme court justice through. so what point is mitch mcconnell making here? >> well, i think mitch mcconnell is sticking to his guns. we just saw the clip. he's not backing down. he has said -- he has stated that he doesn't know his facts. >> he may not be backing down, but what's the facts? >> you have to look at where the facts are. if mitch mcconnell is wrong, mitch mcconnell is wrong, but he
7:07 am
stated the commentator is not understanding what his point is, so with that, you know, regardless, i don't think this is going to do anything to affect the midterms. i think this is a disagreement. i think mitch mcconnell thinks he's is right on track, and that the commentator did not understand what he was trying to say. and it's fact versus fact, and it looks like obviously the facts are on the other side, and the other guy won the fact point, but where mitch mcconnell is concerned, he's disagreeing with how this was laid out. >> simone, the argument -- you're laughing and i want to know why in a moment. it seems like the argument being made here in part is that the facts don't matter as much on that, and charles blow, liberal columnist in "the new york times," let me read you what he writes. liberals have to look beyond emotions, talking about the midterms, beyond emotions, beyond reactionary enthusiasm, beyond falling in love with
7:08 am
candidates to vote for them, and toward the coming showdown. what is the most effective way for liberals to do that if it's not pointing out the facts? >> one, poppy, i'm one who believes we have to continuously point out the facts because facts still matter regardless of what mitch mcconnell or the president says or their allies. folks must have a short memory. first and foremost, when it comes to elections and turnout, every election since 2016, democrats have been showing up and showing out at the polls. progressive voters have been showing up and showing out. that's how ralph northam is now the governor of virginia. that's how justice fairfax is the first black person elected statewite in the commonwealth of virginia. that's how democrats won the new jersey governor's mansion, how stacey abrams won her primary in georgia. so democrats are right on target and right on the mark for what i believe will be a blue wave in this november on november 6th. if folks continue to turn out at the polls. so folks -- you know, i was
7:09 am
listening to cnn this morning. i heard folks saying democrats need to focus on health care and they need to do this and talk about that. those people are totally divorced from fact and reality. they have not been on the ground, and i have. what democrats, what candidates across the country are doing, is they're talking about the issues. they're talking about the fact when republicans got a chance to do something for you, to cut your taxes, that they cut the wealthiest americans' taxes and only made semipermanent tax cuts for folks like you and i. so that is what is winning democrats' primaries. >> i don't kneif voters are seeing the tax cuts, for example, i mean, deficit ballooning. we're heading into a trillion dollar plus deficit next year as a result. it's still way up in the air whether or not bullying china is going to pay off and work on trade. i think what voters are waking up to this morning is the reality of a check list for this president who did a ton last week that he promised he would do. a new nafta deal, a new supreme court justice that, no, liberals
7:10 am
don't like at all, but he carried through on that campaign promise. unemployment rate at 3.7%, not seen since 1969. what do you do, democrats, 29 days out, with those facts? >> well, poppy, look, the fact of the matter is, yeah, gdp might be doing good, but gdp means nothing to somebody in clarksdale, mississippi, or st. louis, missouri, who only know their wages haven't gone up. i understand the president has lots of great things to tout, i'll tell you, the republicans in the states haven't been running on those, and don't know if they're going to start tomorrow. what folks have been running on in their early primaries was the tax bill that they ended up running away from, so i'm not concerned, poppy. i know there might be a balloon and maybe a little bit of enthusiasm for republicans, but democratic voters and progressive voters, i believe, are laser focuses and they're focused on the fact if we want change, we have to turn out in november. >> there's a new "washington post" poll out this morning that looks at 69 battleground house
7:11 am
districts, what's different about this poll from other generic ballot polls is they actually poll the people involved on the candidate, the republican and democratic candidate there, and shows the democratic advantage there four points. that doesn't seem particularly big, but in 2016, in those same districts, they favored republican voters by 15 percentage points, 56 to 41%. i want to know, when you look at those numbers, is that concerning for you and the republican party, at least on the house side? >> absolutely. absolutely. and why do you think our chairman came out and said we're touting so many good things that the president has done, but get out and vote. the problem of it is that you have to look at some republicans feel like we've got this. the economy is doing great. unemployment numbers are great. stock market, everything is going great. but the fact of the matter is you can't sit back and think that just because you got, you know, a republican senate and house and presidential seat all check listed off, it's going to have a continuation of this.
7:12 am
you have to get out the vote. i think that's where the democratic party is getting really energized to simone's point, is they feel like they have a chance because republicans may be asleep at the wheel. that's why you're seeing a lot of people, that's why you're seeing these close polls that you just showed. these polls are too close for comfort. look at texas. look at ted cruz. that is way too close. that is a red meat, red state. so yes, republicans are worried. and i think rightfully so. and that's why the base has to be energized. if you look at it, the small donations have been coming in ever since this kavanaugh trial. small donations from republican donors have been coming in. that's a tale tell sign. if you look back at obama's small donors, they were starting to creep up and he got elected by a lot of those small donors. >> a good bellwether, no question. thanks very much. coming up, more on a story we have been following closely. 20 people killed in a limo crash in upstate new york, including
7:13 am
four sisters and a newlywed couple. we'll speak to a woman who lost her niece in this tragedy. also, a saudi journalist and "washington post" writer mysteriously disappears. turkish officials believe the saudi government had him murdered inside of the saudi consulate in istanbul. why is the white house not saying anything officially yet? and a new report says catastrophic climate change will trigger disastrous flooding, extreme drought, massive wildfires by 2030. the details on this new unprecedented warning ahead. with only a kite, a house key and a wet hemp string, benjamin franklin captured lightening in a bottle. over 260 years later, with a little resourcefulness, ingenuity, and grit, we're not only capturing energy from the sun and wind, we're storing it. as the nation's leader in energy storage,
7:14 am
we're ensuring americans have the energy they need, whenever they need it. this is our era. this is america's energy era. nextera energy.
7:15 am
7:16 am
when we switched our auto and home insurance. with liberty, we could afford a real babysitter instead of your brother. hey! oh, that's my robe. is it? when you switch to liberty mutual, you could save $782 on auto and home insurance. and still get great coverage for you and your family. call for a free quote today.
7:17 am
you could save $782. liberty mutual insurance. liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
7:18 am
all right, 20 people were killed over the weekend after a limousine crashed through an intersection that has been fraught with trouble in upstate new york. that makes it the deadliest accident in almost a decade. >> two pedestrians also killed. the driver, all 17 passengers inside that limo lost their lives. they were on their way to a birthday celebration. cnn correspondent polo sandoval is live where it happened. what are we learning about what's behind this? >> you know, the question of how, poppy and jim. that's something that members of the community are asking and most importantly, the families of the victims, of those 20 people whose lives were cut short. saturday afternoon here. among them, karina, who i'm joined by at the scene. we were talking a little while ago. you told me your sister, 26-year-old amanda, was in the limousine with her boyfriend and did not make it. tell me what's going on in your head right now. you have come back to the site for the first time since it
7:19 am
happened. >> this is my first time here. i'm not from around here so i wasn't really sure of what the circumstances were for it. my heart is completely sunken. it just hurts coming here and seeing what happened to the landscaping. i can't even imagine how it happened or why it happened. and it just hurts coming here. >> keeping that in mind, what do you want the rest of the world to know about amanda, your big sister. >> my big sister was so great, and she was so wonderful. she was such a spontaneous person. and she did whatever she could to have fun with anyone and everyone around her. she was the peace keeper of the family, as we say. she always liked to make sure she was happy and everyone else was happy and everyone else was getting along. and she was so artistic. we have so many of her paintings in my house, and so many of them that are probably just stored away in her apartment that i can't wait to look at. >> there's so much that's been
7:20 am
said about the people who were in that limousine, the 17 passengers, many young men and women. some of them newyweds, and your sister's case, she was traveling with her boyfriend. how much promise and future was cut in a single moment? >> probably everything was cut for everyone. i know there were newlyweds on the limousine. i know there was a couple who had young children. i saw a gofundme for them. everyone's lives were cut way too short, way too immaturely, and i don't know what to say ibt it. it just hurts. >> is there anything you remember about the last conversation you had with your sister, and when was that? >> the last time i did see her was last saturday. me, her, and my mom all went to a flower shop in vermont. it was just a quick getaway, took about an hour to get there. it was just a nice get-together for all three of us girls to have a nice day out. and i think it was a nice
7:21 am
sendoff, i guess, because that would be the last time i would ever see her in person. >> thank you for being so strong for us and for sharing a little bit of amanda with the rest of the world. certainly keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. >> thank you. >> thank you. we'll let you go. jim, and poppy, i think that's something we continue to see right now. really a community coming together for the families of these victims. they are trying to get answers, as you just heard right now from karina. she's come back out here to see for herself what could have happened. that's something federal investigators and also state police will ultimately have to answer. what happened? >> goodness, that poor girl, so composed there, having lost her sister. so many families mourning that loss today. polo sandoval, thanks very much. >> she said that trip to the flower shop, a sendoff for her sister, just a week ago. as jim said, there are so many families reeling this morning that want answers to how this could happen. valerie is part of one of them.
7:22 am
she lost her niece, erin, just 26 years old, in the accident. she joins me now. valerie, i'm so, so sorry. erin was 26. she was with her new husband, shane. they had just married in june. what can you tell us about her? >> erin was one of the most beautiful souls. she loved her family. she loved everybody. everybody loved her. she had such a beautiful smile. and just lit up the room when she came in. we always said she was fomo, fear of missing out, because she loved to be with everybody and have fun. and just be around family, which was probably the most important thing in all of our lives, being together. she was married. she was 34 years old, not 26. and her husband was just turned 30. they were married june 8th. and we celebrated their wedding with all of our friends and family. and this is just a tragedy beyond comprehension for all of
7:23 am
us, including all of the other families who were affected by this. >> of course. and i don't know if you can see what we're looking at, but we're looking at these beautiful, i think maybe they're engagement photos of the two of them and the sun is shining through, and you see her bright smile. you can feel, you can feel her happiness. i know, and i read that your child, your daughter, was possibly going to be with them but ended up not going in that limousine. and that they were texting her photos of the limousine that came and the condition it was in. is that right? >> it was -- she was texting a friend of hers, not my daughter, because she was at a wedding in maryland. that's why they weren't there in the vehicle with them. it was a friend of hers she was texting. her best friend who is getting married this coming year, which she was the maid of honor, the maid of honor in her best friend's wedding. i don't know what that text
7:24 am
says. but all i know is that erin said, you know, it wasn't in very good condition, and it sounded terrible. so i don't know. i think my niece instinctively had thoughts that, geez, you know, this is not good. you know, what they sent us. i guess the first vehicle broke down. and they sent them another vehicle. >> as we look at these images and remember her and honor her life and all 20 lives that were lost, what do you want people to remember most about her? >> that she was -- they both were just soul mates because they radiated love. and beauty. and how a marriage should be. they were just the two sweetest souls you could ever meet. they were just loving and funny and kind. and everybody loved them. and they were so good together.
7:25 am
their lives were just cut short too soon. >> far too soon. valerie, i'm so, so sorry. we all are. >> it's just the other families that were affected by this. it's just tragic. four sisters and four husbands of the same family. it's just beyond comprehension. the heartbreak. >> it really is. and everyone wants answers. i don't know how many we're going to get, but we'll keep asking. valerie, thank you for sharing some of her life. and of his life with us. all right. we're going to take a quick break. we'll be back in a minute. fact is, every insurance company hopes you drive safely. but allstate helps you. with drivewise.
7:26 am
feedback that helps you drive safer. and that can lower your cost now that you know the truth... are you in good hands? if you have moderate to thsevere rheumatoid arthritis, month after month, the clock is ticking on irreversible joint damage. ongoing pain and stiffness are signs of joint erosion. humira can help stop the clock. prescribed for 15 years, humira targets and blocks a source of inflammation that contributes to joint pain and irreversible damage. humira can lower your ability to fight infections. serious and sometimes fatal infections including tuberculosis, and cancers, including lymphoma, have happened; as have blood, liver, and nervous system problems, serious allergic reactions, and new or worsening heart failure. tell your doctor if you've been to areas where certain fungal infections are common, and if you've had tb, hepatitis b, are prone to infections, or have flu-like symptoms or sores. don't start humira if you have an infection. help stop the clock
7:27 am
on further irreversible joint damage. talk to your rheumatologist. right here. right now. humira. you were serving too. serving our country, taking care of the family. moving. paying the rent. trying your best to save up to buy your own home someday. today is that day. because, by using your spouse's va home loan benefit, you could buy a home with no down payment. no. down. payment. at newday usa, you don't have to save up to move up. why rent when you can buy? call 1-844-368-1533.
7:28 am
7:29 am
7:30 am
all right, this morning, turkey is asking to search the saudi consulate in istanbul after allegations the saudi government killed a journalist inside. khashoggi was also a reporter for "the washington post," had applied to be a permanent u.s. resident, he had been an outspoken critic of the saudi government. he went to the saudi consulate to get papers for his upcoming marriage. his fiancee who was waiting outside said he never came out. turkish officials believe he was murdered inside. this morning, still no word from the white house at all on this. karen is with me. she's his global opinions editor at "the washington post" and beyond just being his editor and
7:31 am
colleague, his friend. i'm so sorry. and so many people want answers this morning, of course, his family, all of his friends, his fiancee. robin wright of the new yorker writes, she begins her piece by saying i knew he feared for his life. he told me he feared for his life. did he tell you that? >> i mean, i understood, obviously. i was his editor. who knows, maybe he wanted to downplay the risk of things. i knew he had a lot of pressure on him. i knew he particularly felt the pressure that was being applied to his family, to try to get to him. he was whatsapp me about that. he would tell me about his divorce, his wife felt she had to leave him because of what he was doing and saying, but he said i still need to speak, i still need to say this. i want to be a journalist, i don't want to be a dissident. i just want to writ. >> he wanted to make his country a better place, the place he thought it could be. he thought the risk of speaking
7:32 am
out was worth that. this morning, no word from the white house. not a single word from the president. we know from our reporting from two administration officials they say, look, we're working quietly at senior levels across several agencies to get answers here. what do you think the family and you his friends and colleagues deserve to hear publicly from the trump administration? >> i mean, look. okay, i'm going to be honest. the trump administration has openly come out, called journalists enemies of the people, this whole global fake news phenomenon is, you know, has roots in this white house. but you know what. i'm hoping that they will do the right thing and speak out and push their diplomatic colleagues for answers and for credible investigations and to speak out and say this is not acceptable. >> building on top of that, these are allegations against the saudi government from turkish officials, both key allies of the u.s. in the region. the u.s. has, you know, not to mince words, bent over backwards
7:33 am
for saudi arabia, even following the air strikes in yemen that killed the children, et cetera. what is the sentiment among you and your colleagues right now about the fact that, again, we're yet to hear anything publicly? >> right. it is concerning, obviously. we're still hoping and pressing that there needs to be more outspokenness on the part of the administration. again, i'm very heartened that marco rubio, chris murphy have tweeted in support. so there's congressional voices that are on this, and we're grateful for that, i'm grateful for that, but yes, absolutely. i mean, this is the same saudis that trump went and did dances with, sword dances with. we're just hoping that people will do the right thing and speak out for journalists and for the right for us -- >> we need answers. >> we need answers. >> before you go, you have also been in touch recently, you
7:34 am
know, in the past few days, with his family and also with his fiancee. can you tell us what they're sharing with you? >> you know, as far as the fiancee, she's been outspoken, obviously. she was very distraught, to say the least. you know, again, jamal was always very concerned about the safety of his family. and i just want them to know, reiterate that i'm so sorry for what might have happened to their father. and again, we're pushing for answers and we're not going to let this go. we're not going to let this go. >> i'm so sorry. >> thank you. >> thank you for being with us. keep us posted on what you do here. >> okay, will do. thanks, poppy. >> of course. listen, what a mystery. we'll keep on top of that story. in other news, after judge kavanaugh's confirmation to the supreme court, a potential democratic front-runner for the 2020 nomination is urging voters
7:35 am
to, quote, stay faithful. his strategy for the midterms and beyond next. ♪ from the start, the c-class was ahead of its time. [ indistinct radio chatter ] still, we never stopped making it stronger. faster. smarter. because to be the best, is to never ever stop making it better. introducing the new c-class. visit your local mercedes-benz dealer for exclusive offers. hi, my name is sam davis and i'm going to tell you about exciting plans available to anyone with medicare. many plans provide broad coverage and still may save you money on monthly
7:36 am
premiums and prescription drugs. these are affordable, all-in-one plans that help pay for doctor visits, hospital stays and emergency care. but they also include prescription drug coverage. in fact, last year humana medicare advantage prescription drug plan members saved an estimated $6,900 on average on their prescription costs. call a licensed humana sales agent or go online to find out if you could save on your prescription drugs. this plan delivers coverage for the three things you may care most about; prescription drug coverage, doctor visits, and hospital stays. plus, potential cost savings on your plan premium. humana has a large network of doctors and hospitals. so call us, or go online to find out if your doctor is part of the humana network. ready to learn more? call the number on your screen for this free, fact-filled decision guide. there's no obligation, just good information. call the toll free
7:37 am
number on your screen, now. you'll learn all about a humana medicare advantage plan and how it compares with your plan. with most humana plans, you get coverage for prescription drugs, doctor and hospital visits, and more. all for zero dollar monthly plan premium in most areas. most humana medicare advantage plans even include dental and vision coverage. and, most humana medicare advantage plans include the silver sneakers fitness program at a local fitness center. so call or go online to find out if your doctor is part of humana's large network of doctors and hospitals. and see if a humana medicare advantage plan is the right plan for you. pick up the phone, and call the number on your screen. the call is free. and licensed humana sales agents are standing by. so call now. billions of mouths. billions of problems. morning breath? garlic breath? stinky breath? there's a therabreath for you. therabreath fresh breath oral rinse instantly fights all types of bad breath and works for 24 hours.
7:38 am
so you can... breathe easy. there's therabreath at walmart.
7:39 am
a book that you're ready to share with the world? get published now, call for your free publisher kit today! if we're faithful to our history, we have to remember how change is made. change is not made by us sitting there hoping things happen. change is not made by waiting for washington. we democrats know that change never comes from washington. it goes to washington.
7:40 am
>> well, if that sounds like a presidential campaign speech, guess what. it almost certainly was. this morning, new jersey senator cory booker is still in iowa visiting each and every congressional district there, campaigning for democrats up and down the ballot. cnn's rebecca berg is there as well. she's been following him. president trump seems to think booker is going to run against him in 2020. any doubt about that? >> well, jim, no one comes to iowa in politics by coincidence. and certainly, cory booker has said he would give a presidential bid in 2020 a good hard look. in fact, he told new york magazine recently it would be irresponsible for him not to consider a bid, given how he believes this president is doing, the direction of the country under president trump. so certainly, he is giving it a look. and this is where it starts. this is his first trip to iowa as a potential presidential candidate. he was, of course, a surrogate here for hillary clinton in
7:41 am
2016. he went on the campaign trail with her in iowa. got a really positive response then, now giving it another shot, trying to make a new first impression here, and he started with a visit to a big democratic party fund-raiser on saturday, speaking to roughly 1,000 activists, party donors, and we asked him there what his reaction is to the attacks on him from the president and this focus on him from the president. take a listen. >> what is your reaction to his focus on you recently? >> i really have no reaction. the reality is that people in the state of new jersey elected me sftate-wide, proud of the wok i did, the change we made in newark, the change in the city, but i will never let him pull me so low as to hate him. i'm going to continue to be a voice in this country for the love, for bringing a nation together, not driving a nation apart. >> so today, cory booker out on the campaign trail for
7:42 am
candidates across iowa. at the house right behind me, he'll be doing an event shortly for a candidate for secretary of agriculture. also campaigning for congressional candidate jd shutten, in steve kane's congressional district, so trying to curry favor with democrats in iowa. he's focused on the midterms, but that has 2020 implications. >> more than 700 days out and they're already off and running. rebecca, thanks very much. but who is counting? ahead for us, a departure from politics to the planet and climate. a stark warning from nearly 100 scientists across the globe this morning. we have a little over a decade to avoid catastrophic climate change or there will be severe worldwide consequences. that's what the new report shows. one of the authors joins us next. every chip will crack. these friends were on a trip when their windshield got chipped. so they scheduled at safelite.com.
7:43 am
they didn't have to change their plans or worry about a thing. i'll see you all in a little bit. and i fixed it right away with a strong repair they can trust. plus, with most insurance a safelite repair is no cost to you. >> customer: really?! >> tech: being there whenever you need us that's another safelite advantage. >> singers: safelite repair, safelite replace.
7:44 am
7:45 am
your insurance rates skyrocket you could fix it with a pen. how about using that pen to sign up for new insurance instead? for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise their rates because of their first accident. switch and you could save $782 on home and auto insurance. call for a free quote today. liberty mutual insurance. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
7:46 am
today, life-changing technology from abbott is helping hunt them down at their source. because the faster we can identify new viruses, the faster we can get to stopping them. the most personal technology, is technology with the power to change your life.
7:47 am
life. to the fullest. this just in to cnn. tropical storm michael is now officially a category-1 hurricane. that means sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. 26 florida counties are already under state of emergency orders as the storm nears the coastline there. forecasters say it could make landfall on the florida coast as early as wednesday, bringing coastal flooding and high winds. we're going to stay on this and keep you updated as it moves north. >> we absolutely will. also this morning, an international call for immediate and unprecedented action to avoid catastrophic climate change. 91 scientists from 40 countries have compiled this landmark study for the united nations and it has found that we have just over 11 years to get climate change under control in order to
7:48 am
avoid catastrophic flooding, devastating droughts, and mass extinction of animals across the globe. with us now, one of the authors of the report, also a professor of climate science at duke university. the numbers are stunning, the price tag of $54 trillion, if we don't do something about this, is stunning. the loss of life, of animal species is stunning. but for so many americans that i think have become numb to issues of climate change, what should they take away from this report this morning? >> well, i think they should really understand that we're already seeing these effects. you know, we just heard about the latest hurricane, hurricane florence just battered my state. these are the kind of things that we're already seeing, and they're going to keep getting worse unless we take these kind of actions that are outlined in the report. >> look, the president has pulled the united states out of the paris climate accord. the man on track to potentially become the next president of brazil is threatening to do the same. you have a push in this country for an uptick of coal use, and
7:49 am
this report lays out in order to reach these goals and stave off, you know, what you warn is ahead, coal consumption for electricity would have to go from 40% today to between 1% and 7% in a decade. are these things really going to change that dramatically? how do you get the american consumer to change that much? >> well, that's really an issue. one of the key impediments is really the scale and the rate of change. it has to be tremendous. in order to avoid these consequences. we have trouble linking the consequences of our actions to the downstream impacts. that's really the problem here, but what the problem also outlined is the enormous benefits of taking action. cleaning up of our air, the less use of water for power plants and such, so we have more for drinking and for growing food. so there are really tremendous benefits if we can get the public to see them. >> one of the things that struck me most was, as you know,
7:50 am
doctor, the concern had been if global warming, if we were to see the temperature rise two degrees celsius, that was the warning level, right? now this report says it's 1.5 degrees celsius. why the difference? >> well, we have seen things unfold faster than we expected them to. and we make these simulations, and the criticism is always, they're only models, they might be wrong. and that's true. we project the best we can, but we can be wrong in either direction. it turns out we have probably been too conservative. the arctic sea ice is vanishing more quickly. hurricanes, the strong ones are getting wetter, more quickly than we thought. we're really just seeing the events outpace our projections and making us realize that the dates are closer than we thought. >> the answer from the coal industry to this is, well, you know, carbon capture and sequestration. carbon capture technology, which is not economically viable at this point.
7:51 am
is that even part of the solution in your mind? >> i think that's taking an enormous risk. that's really saying, you know, we could keep emitting a lot of carbon now because eventually we'll have something to pull it out of the air. you know, it's kind of like buying a new house on a credit card and assuming some day you'll get a better job and be able to pay it back. >> okay. doctor, i encourage people to read this and read the reporting on it. we appreciate your work on it and your time this morning. thank you. >> thanks for having me. >> jim. >> well, we have just gotten new sound from the president as he departed the white house this morning. we're going to bring you the sound. he's got comments about his embattled deputy attorney general, actually, we have abby phillip now. she's live from the white house. the president has a fellow passenger on air force one today, abby. rod rosenstein. what did the president say about
7:52 am
his job security as he left this morning? >> hi, jim. i just got back from the south lawn as the president was leave, and he was asked whether he was planning on speaking to rod rosenstein on the plane today. he said, yes, they'll be talking. he spent a lot of time emphasizing their positive relationship. the context is he had planned to talk to rosenstein before the kavanaugh nomination really exploded into last week's chaos, and rosenstein was accused of plotting to basically use the 25th amendment against president trump. president trump said he would be speaking to rosenstein about his future, but then he delayed that until after kavanaugh was confirmed. now it seems to be that that moment is now, and president trump here on the lawn emphasizing that talk is going to happen. he was asked if he was still considering or thinking about firing him. the president didn't really answer that question. but continued talking about how they didn't really know each
7:53 am
other beyond this russia investigation, had had a fairly positive relationship. we really don't know where this is going. of course, it's taken much longer than we originally anticipated for them to meet face-to-face, but today could be the day that rosenstein finds out his fate, jim. >> very good relationship. well, the president has said a few unkind things about his deputy attorney general as well. abby phillip, thanks very much. we'll have the president's comments on camera right after this break. for strength and energy! whoo-hoo! great-tasting ensure. with nine grams of protein and twenty-six vitamins and minerals. ensure. now up to 30 grams of protein for strength and energy!
7:54 am
i feel happiest when i'm out enjoying my favorite things, like spending time in my garden. that's why i need a humana medicare advantage plan. many humana medicare advantage plans cover everything - from emergency care and hospitals stays, to doctor office visits, and prescription drug coverage.
7:55 am
in fact, last year, humana medicare advantage prescription drug plan members saved an estimated $6900 on average on their prescription costs. humana has a large network of doctors and hospitals. plans that include vision and dental coverage. and most plans include silver sneakers fitness and a rewards program. all for a zero dollar monthly plan premium in most areas. now i can be happy and healthy and keep enjoying all of my favorite things. your health and happiness is important to us. call or go online now to get your free decision guide and see how a humana medicare advantage plan can help keep you enjoying your favorite things.
7:56 am
well, we're going to a law enforcement speech and meeting. and he'll be flying. i look forward to being with him. that will be very nice. we're going to be talking. we'll be talking on the plane. i actually have a good relationship other than there's been no collusion, folks, no collusion. but i have a very good relationship. we'll see. i don't hear you. no, i don't. say it. i thought the way they behaved
7:57 am
was absolutely atrocious. i have never seen anything like it. from the leaks of important documents to the statements they made to watching blumenthal, who was a fraudster when it came to vietnam and what he did was horrible. i thought that the way they conducted themselves, the way they dealt with a high-level brilliant, going to be a great justice of the supreme court, the way they really tortured him and his family, i thought it was a disgrace. i thought it was one of the most disgraceful performances i have ever seen. so i have been hearing that, that now they're thinking of impeaching a brilliant jurist, a man that did nothing wrong, a man that was caught up in a
7:58 am
hoax, that was set up by the democrats. using the democrats' lawyers, and now they want to impeach him. i have heard this from many people. i think it's an insult to the american public. i think you're going to see a lot of things happen on november 6th that would not have happened before. the american public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the democrats. and when you mention impeach a justice of the united states supreme court, who was a top scholar, top student, top intellect, and who did nothing wrong, and there was no corroboration of any kind, and went through seven fbi investigations, had nothing to do with any of this stuff. i mean, you had the last one, take a look at the last one, the things they said about him. i don't even think he ever heard of the words. it was all made up. it was fabricated. and it's a disgrace.
7:59 am
i think it's going to really show you something come november 6th. i don't hear you. what? i think a lot of democrats are going to vote republican. because i have many friends that are democrats. the main base of the democrats has shifted so far left that we'll end up being venezuela. this country would end up being venezuela. i think a lot of democrats will be voting republican on november 6th. very well documented. yeah, it's been documented for many years. very well. all public documents. say it. i don't know what she said.
8:00 am
i don't understand a word -- not at all. not at all. look, i'm traveling with rod. i didn't know rod before. but i've gotten to know him, and i get along very well with him. >> all right. hello, everyone. this is kate bolduan. you have been listening to president trump as he's heading down to florida today, speaking about two big issues. now supreme court justice brett kavanaugh and also who's going to be joining him on his trip down to florida. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. remember, the same rod rosenstein "the new york times" had been reporting that had discussed secretly reporting the president after his firing of then-fbi director james comey back in 2017, and what the status of his employment status has been a

90 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on