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happening now. threats of war. north korea warns the u.s. this a nuclear war could break out at any moment as tensions rise on the korean planes after president trump's military actions in syria and afghanistan. what options are now on the schnabel into more patience. vice president pence warns north korea not to test president trump's resolve claiming the era of strategic patience is over. cnn's dana bash is traveling with the president as he delivers his message from the demilitarized zone. georgia on his mind. a competitive race to fill a georgia congressional seat catches the attention of president trump. could a seat held by republicans for more than 30 years be in play in a special election? and murder on facebook. an all-out manhunt is under way nationwide for a man who taped
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himself killing an elderly man on easter and uploaded the video to facebook. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." just days after parading its latest long-range missiles, north korea warns a nuclear war could break out at any moment and accuses the united states of pushing the situation to the brink. that comes as vice president pence visits the most dangerous spot on earth, the demilitarized zone between north and south korea. pence is warning the north not to test president trump's resolve or u.s. strength, saying the era of strategic patience is now over. president trump says his message to north korea is they gotta behave, but the white house says not to expect any red lines stressing the president is not going to telegraph his moves. press secretary sean spicer adds that the missile strike in syria shows the president, when
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appropriate, will take decisive action. and an urgent hunt expands nationwide for the man chargeded in the murder of an elderly grandfather gunned down after an easter meal with his family. the suspect posted the video of a killing on facebook and claimed he committed multiple homicides. i'll talk to democratic senator joe manchin of the intelligence committee and our correspondents, analysts and grests standing by with full coverage of the day's top stories. with north korea warning of nuclear war, president trump has a message for kim jong-un. let's begin with our senior white house correspondent jim acosta. jim, what's the latest there? >> reporter: wolf, president trump is still wramping up the rhetoric on north korea telling cnn that the communist country needs to, quote, behave itself, but aides to the president insist he's also trying to use some diplomacy to try to resolve this potential crisis. mr. president, how does if feel to have the whole family with you today, sir? >> great, great.
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>> reporter: president trump is hardly walking on eggshells when it comes to handling north korea, with his family by his side at the white house easter egg rocks, the president all but told north korean dictator kim jong-un to cut it out. any message for north korea sir, kim jong-un? >> gota behave. >> reporter: even though the white house has been flexing its muscles lately with high-profile military strikes in syria and afghanistan, the president told us he hopes north korea will choose the path of peace. mr. president, do you think north korea can be resolved peacefully, sir? what are your thoughts on kim jong-un? >> hopefully it can. >> reporter: white house press secretary sean spicer told cnn that the president is counting on china's help. over the weekend the president defended his situation not to label china a currency manipulator asking why would he do that when they are working with us on the north korean problem. we'll see what happens. >> because he sort of let china off the hook. >> i wouldn't say he let's them off the hook. he understands they can play a very important world in making our world safer and we're going
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to utilize the relationships that he's built with president xi. >> reporter: democrats worry the president's rhetoric is getting too overheated arguing there's no military solution with an unstable regime boasting nuclear ambitions. >> i think because of the unevenness of his statements and positions which he has taken thus far, it is highly unclear as to whether or not he has the ability to be able to think this thing through in a way that avoids an actual military showdown between the united states and north korea. >> reporter: the president is also sticking to his guns on his tax returns. >> show us your taxes. show us your taxes. >> reporter: spicer told reporters the president has no plans to release them as his recent predecessors have done in the past around tax day. >> the president is under audit. it's a routine one that continues, and i think that the american public know clearly where he stands
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>> reporter: with mr. trump's approval rating mired in historically low territory for a new president he's also trying to prevent a political crisis in the state of georgia where young democrat jon ossoff is looking to pull off an upset. the president tweeted the super liberal democrat tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes. leading progressives believe a movement is building agence the president. >> in red states and blue states, people are standing up and fighting back and demanding a government that does jlt just represent the billionaires and represents the working class of this country. >> reporter: now as for north korea, the white house is declining to draw a red line that defines just how far kim jong-un can go in his provocations and despite all the tweets and tough talk the president, the white house says he won't be telegraphing his next move and as for the president's tax returns, you
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heard sean spicer talking about that in the piece earlier, wolf. the president could legally release them at any time, of course. we've talked about this time and again since the campaign. an audit does not preclude the president from doing just that and declined through his spokesman sean spicer at the briefing once again today. >> yes, he did. thanks very much. as tensions escalate with north korea, vice president pence visits what's often been called the most dangerous place on earth, the dividing line between north and south korea. cnn's chief political correspondent dana bash is the only network reporter traveling with the vice president right now. she's joining us live from seoul, south korea. dana, you heard some pretty tough talk from the vice president today. >> reporter: absolutely, and, look, at the dmz, military officials there will say that they are always seconds or inches away from a misconclusion that could be devastating, and traveling to the dmz with the vice president, that was on
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display. the demilitarized zone on the korean peninsula is always a place on edge, especially now as the vice president visits and tensions are escalating. the vice president wasn't going to come out here, outside. he was initially supposed to stay inside, but he said he wanted to come out, and you can see what's happening. if you look over there, not only are the u.s. and south korean troops getting ready for it, you see right over there, the man on the other side of the blue building, that's a north korean military officer. here comes the vice president now. you can see the soldiers on the other side of the concrete barrier taking pictures. those are north korean soldiers taking photos of the vice president. if you swing around right here, dave, the vice president, getting a briefing, so they are taking a picture, many pictures of the vice president looking at
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them and looking into north korea. minutes later vice president pence, whose father was a decorated soldier in the korean war, spoke exclusively with cnn. i was watching you watch what is behind you earlier. what was going through your mind looking at north korea? >> this is a frontier of freedom. now for more than six decades, u.s. forces and forces of south korea have held the line for freedom here at the dmz. >> reporter: there are estimates that north korea could have a missile ready that could hit the continental u.s., seattle, by 2020, which is going to be on your watch. i mean, is that weighing on you, and is that a deadline you all have in mind? >> i know the president of the united states has no higher priority than the safety and security of the american people. as the president has made clear, that we're going to abandon the failed policy of strategic
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patience, but we're going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on north korea. >> reporter: yet later in seoul, a thinly veiled threat. >> north korea would do we will not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the united states in this region. >> reporter: that little more than an hour after visiting a dmz post overlooking north korea where propaganda blares from speakers all day. just holding the microphone out so that you can hear what we're hearing which is music right now coming from that way, and that way is north korea. the music now is oftentimes propaganda that the north korean regime is notoriously sending out. an up-close view of a rogue regime becoming more and more dangerous. now the vice president is going to continue to have meetings here in south korea.
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it is tuesday morning with business leaders and others continuing to try to reassure very jittery officials and citizens here that the u.s. is standing side by side with south korea, and he's going have the same goal and the same problem that he's going to face in his next stop later today, and that, wolf, is japan. of course, japan is not as close, doesn't have a dmz with north korea, but is just as concerned about the possibility of a nuclear north korea since it has been the shores of japan that has seen a lot of the nuclear missile tests in the past months and even years. >> yeah, good point and good reporting. dana, we're going to get back to you. dana bash reporting from seoul, south korea. joining us now, democratic senator joe manchin of west virginia, a member of the senate intelligence committee. senator, thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. wolf, always good to be with you. >> thank you. under what circumstances,
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senator, would you support a preemptive strike on north korea? >> well, basically a preemptive strike is going to be showing that they have a missile and have capability and have intentions of using it on us. with that i just truly believe that we need to sit down in the congress and basically the white house needs to sit down and have a pathway forward with an authorization to use military force, whatever part of the world that we might need to tuesday in, and with that being said we've been going 16 years now from the aumf that was used up to george w. bush from the afghanistan and iraq, and it's time for us to sit down basically decide what we will do, and how if we do put people on the ground and boots on the ground what is our end game? how do we get them back snout how do we not get trapped into nation building concern? all of this is very concerning to all of us. >> do you think it's wise not to specify a red line on north
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korea, the white house today saying this president is not going to impose a red line, doesn't want to telegravel what u.s. intentions are. >> i think that's smart. i don't think they should be putting red line or any type of a line out. the bottom line is if our country and the citizens of the united states are threatened and it's an imminent threat, we will do whatever it takes to defend this country and every human being that we have that's a citizen of this country there. can be no doubt about that. the bottom line is this. china has more to lose than anybody. china needs to step to the plate. they are that you canning all the good talk now. they are saying all the right things, but even as back to february 18thth when they said they quit buying coal, we know there's been coal purchased by china from north korea since then. it's time for them to toughen up and get serious about basically stopping north korea from their bad behavior. >> as you know in the past few days president trump, he's actually been praising china for cooperating with the u.s. hon
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north korea. he no longer wants to declare it a currency manipulator. how well do you think his approach is working right now in trying to convince the chinese who have leverage on north korea to get the job done? >> well, i agree basically he should try everything humanly possible. every diplomatic tool that you have in your toolbox, and with that being said, the president has to use everything that he has to get china to engage, to make sure that north korea knows china is serious. china does not want this conflict. we do not want the korean peninsula upheaval, if you will. china has more to lose than anybody, and on top of that you have japan very close. it's a very, very delicate position, a very, very troubled world that we have right there, and that part of the world, so with that being said, he's trying everything possible to bring them to the table. they are either going to come to the table, get serious, clamp down and put some financial
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restraints and basically mean what they say. they are saying the right things right now, but they haven't basically followed through with them. so maybe now, maybe now that he notion as serious as we are. i supported president trump in had the dropping of the moab, if you will. i -- i -- i think that showed a sign of resolve and strength that we're not going to basically say something that we don't mean and follow through with it. with that being said i also supported the hit that we had in syria. i think that was time, and i also share the concern about the collateral damage. it's very strategic. he has excellent people around him and i believe he's listening to them and let's see where we go but the united states lass to be tough and we can't let this thing to continue to fester. it's been going on for far too long. >> senator, yesterday president trump tweeted this. i'll put it up on the screen. why would i call china a currency manipulator when they are working with us on the north korean problem.
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we will see what happens. if china fails, senator, in changing the dynamic with north korea, will president trump regret backtrack on his campaign promises regarding the u.s.-china trailed relationship, for example? >> well, here's the thing. it's one thing to have all the rhetoric during the campaign, i understand. i've been through many campaigns. there's a lot of things that are said and then when it comes time to govern, that's a complete different ball game, wolf. he has to use every tool we can. diplomacy. we are the military miflgt world. we are the superpower. no one -- i don't think anyone doubts the unbelievable military that we have and the superpower that we have, but with that, use the superpower, you better use super diplomatic procedures first and everything you can before you use your military might. i've always been supportive of that. with that saying, china needs to step to the plate. china has not. they have talked about it.
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they haven't stepped to the plate, and it's time they do that. we're going to see very quickly do they mean it? are they really going to be serious? just like i said before, they are still purchasing coal. don't tell me you're going to cut off their finances by in the purchasing their goods and then you're still doing it. so if they are going to be serious, the president is going to hold them serious, we know what's going on. this is not classified. it's open source so we need to get real. >> do you have any insight, senator, into this latest north korean missile test that failed over the weekend? for example, does the united states have the capability to jam those missiles? >> i'm on intelligence so with that being said we'll leave it at that. the bottom line is the united states, you know, we're an unbelievable power, if you will. i'm not going to say because i really don't know. i haven't been briefed on that. i -- i know one thing. we are committed to keeping this
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country, every citizen in this united states safe. that's our commitment, and we are basically providing our military with all the resources they need, and i will continue to do that, and vote for that, to support them. with thank said, we'll use it as wisely as we possibly can where needed. i can't say and confirm one way or the other that anything was done differently than they just basically don't have their technology perfected now have do what they want to do. they are working very feverishly on that, and that's something that we're not going to tolerate for them to have the capabilities of doing damage and striking the united states of america. >> i raise the question and i understand completely the sensitivity of the whole issue, but as you know it's been widely report that the u.s. did have a cyber capability to set back iran's nuclear program, the so-called stuxnet virus, that was very effective at least for
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a while in setting back the iranian nuclear program. do you want to get into that at all and talk about various capabilities? >> let me just say that, you know, the citizens of the united states of america support the greatest military the world has ever known, and we're going to do everything humanly possible to protect our country. we know the capabilities of our adversaries. we know russia's capability and hacking and we know syria and we know iran and we know russia. we know them all. well that being said, we're going to make sure that we're going to stay as humanly possible a step ahead so we'll do whatever we can, but i can't confirm or deny any of the things that you're saying. i know there's an awful lot of speculation out there, but with that being said, we know people want to do us harm. north korea is basically a rogue player right now. they could care less about being any type of status within the world power whatsoever, and they believe they have to have
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nuclear power and show the ability to strike the superpower of the world, the united states of america, for them to be basically taken serious, and we're in the going to tolerate that. >> senator, we have a lot more to discuss. i need to take a quick break. we'll resume our conversation right after this. ♪ at lincoln, we're all about making things simpler for you.
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our top story. after putting its latest long range mefrlgs on display and launching a spectacular missile test failure, north korea is now warning a nuclear war could break out at any moment. president trump is warning north korea to behave. we're back with democratic
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senator joe manchin of west virginia. he's a member of the senate intelligence committee. senator, we were expecting north korea possibly to carry out its sixth underground nuclear test over the weekend, but apparently they didn't go through with that test. is president trump's tough talk working? >> well, not just the tough talk. i think that seeing that basically the action that was taken in syria, the action that was taken in afghanistan, knowing that the president and this administration basically means what they say and they are going to tell you what they mean, i think that's going a long way giving pause to everybody, but i still pursue, and i would encourage the administration to pursue diplomatic resolve. that's where china plays a big part in this. all the players and actors over there have to be involved and south korea, too. you know, i was watching where vice president pens is on the dmz line. we were there and had a group
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over in october that i was there, and that's a very fragile place. it's a -- it's so surreal when you're there and seeing the tension that goes on, but this has been going back and forth for 60 years. i don't know why the leader -- their leader, north korea, would want to raise the ante right now because i think that hopefully that china will get involved, and if they don't i'll take are the president at his word that we're not going to allow them to continue to develop a nuclear weapon that can reach america. >> how concerned are you, senator, about the possibility of north korea launching a major cyber attack against the united states? in other words, how good is their capability? >> well, north korea basically -- we have cyber hits from all over the world on a second-by-second basis. it's unbelievable. but like i say we are the best in the world and we're able to and we're working very feverishly to make sure that we're able to defend and secure our country and keep our country
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safe. but north korea basically will do all they can do. they have to understand we'll retaliate. we're not going to sit back and take it, so if they think they can play their games and that's going to continue for us just to hunker down and say, well, that's not that bad, that didn't do much damage, i don't think that that's going to happen, i really don't. i think with mcmaster and you have mattis now and all the people that we have, dunford, great people in the right place that make great decisions, great advice to the president, and from what i can see so far, wolf, he's taking that advice and i hope that continues. >> all right. senator manchin, thanks so much for joining us. >> it's always good to be with you, wolf. thank you. >> thank you. coming, a top north korean official accuses the u.s. of pushing the two countries to the brink of nuclear war. and breaking news. new developments in the nationwide manhunt for the suspect in a videotaped killing that was posted on facebook. boost.
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go irish! see that? yes! i'm gonna just go back to doing what i was doing. find your awesome with the xfinity x1 voice remote. very sharp talk on north korea from the vice president mike pence as he visits south korea and warns that kim jong-un regime not to test president trump's resolve. let's dig deep we are our experts and our analysts. gloria, the vice president says flatly the era of strategic patience is over. not exactly sure what that means, but what does it mean to you in terms of policy going forward? >> well, when i heard him say that to dana bash, my ears kind of perked up because it seemed to me that he might be saying there ought to be some kind of negotiations. there ought to be some kind of
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talks because they know as well as everybody else that there aren't any good options here. what are they going to do? start a war? they are not going to start a war, and -- and the president himself said during the campaign, if i recall, that he wouldn't mind having a hamburger with kim jong-un so i think that maybe they are talking about that. they know that they could have china impose more sanctions, but how far is china willing to go? you know, the obama administration tried that, so i think they are basically out of options here. >> yeah. the north korean deputy ambassador david chalian to the united nations says the u.s. is pushing the situation to the brink of war, so is the tough talk coming not just from the president or the vice president but the secretary of defense, the secretary of state and others, is that moving north korea at least in the right direction a little bit? >> well, actually i think that tough talk is more aimed at china.
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i think it's sort of, you know, it's a by-product. tough talk about north korea is to get china to do more in terms of sanctions, get them to exercise the learning that china has over north korea, and i also think, wolf, rereally do have to separate the tough talk from actual policy. as you were just saying, the obama administration go, back to the bush administration, trying to get china to leverage its power to help north korea get to a place that would be acceptable to the nights and not pursue a nuclear prom. this has been a decades long u.s. policy that hasn't been working all that well, and aside from the tough talk i don't hear a ton of difference right now. >> chris cillizza, you hear major differences now as opposed to what we heard during the obama administration? >> tonally, but to david's point that's the point. i think in some ways what this is we are going to tough talk. we're going to sort of puff our chests out more than we believe
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the obama administration did, and then we're going see if it does anything with china. somebody asked me does this mean that china is now on our side with north korea? well, donald trump shared a piece of cake with, you know, the chinese president at mar-a-lago. i'm not sure we can draw a ton of conclusions based on two days of talks there. donald trump thinks they went well. we don't really know what the chinese president thinks necessarily. that doesn't mean much, but i do think this is talk which can lead to policy theoretically, but that's not what this is, to david eats point. >> anything that happened before was not good, so anything that happens now is going to be better. this is the -- this is the sort of trump doctrine, and it -- and for lack of a better way to describe it, and so even though the obama administration did many of the same things, including trying to get china to do more, et cetera, they are
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doing this for the first time so their feeling is it will be better. >> donald trump believes -- every administration to some extent but donald trump very much believes he was elected to sort of be the anti-barack obama as it relates to foreign policy. there's too much kowtowing to world leaders, that we need to reassert what it needs to be america again. that when we say there's a red line or a line has been crossed we act on it, as he did in syria and president obama didn't, so i think all of this, particularly given we're 88 days in, you have to frame it as a reaction in some ways to how he got elected and how he sees the world which is the opposite of what obama does. >> but obama never did during the eight years of his administration, this is what white house officials point out repeatedly, he never attacked the regime of bashar al assad for using chemical weapons. attacked isis in syria but not the regime of bashar al assad, and he never dropped this mother of all bombs that had been in the u.s. arsenal since 2003 so he is taking new steps.
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>> he is. new tactics are being deployed that display strength. they don't like red lines and don't want to draw red lines. they want to move through, donald trump does, with action. >> yeah. >> but we didn't even know that a humanitarian crisis and terrible images of children being attacked with chemical weapons was a red the line for this administration. >> and i'm not sure that he knew until it happened and he saw the images. >> but then he says it crosses every red line. >> all the lines. >> all the lines. >> all right, guys. there's more coming up, including a special election that could rock the political landscape nationwide. what's at stake tomorrow in georgia for republicans and democrats? we asked a group of young people when they thought they should start saving for retirement. then we asked some older people when they actually did start saving. this gap between when we should start saving and when we actually do is one of the reasons why too many of us aren't prepared for retirement. just start as early as you can.
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e all political eyes are on a special house election in georgia where democrats are fighting to put a longtime republican stronghold in the blue column. explain what's going on because this potentially could be a major vote tomorrow. >> 18 candidates running in what's called a jungle primary which means everyone is in it. the top two vote-getters advance. you have four democrats, one serious one, jon ossoff who has gotten a lot of attention, raised $8.3 million in the first three months of the year, amazing. 11 republicans, four of whom are serious. >> this is tom price's seat. >> the real question is -- the health and human services secretary. it's a pretty reliably republican district. close in 2016, but has been a very republican district. the question here. >> close in the presidential.
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>> not terribly close down ballot. the republicans have held it since the '70s. >> let me show how close it was in the presidential race-ins 2016. you see trump and hillary clinton. he won -- he carried that district, david chalian, but less than 5,000 votes. >> yeah, i mean, and 2012 presidential race-ins that district, i think mitt romney won it by 22 points pore 23 points or something like that, so a pretty dramatic swing and i'm one of those people, wolf, i think, and you'll see this happen with both the democrats and republicans tomorrow. they will overinterpret the results no matter what they are. no doubt about that, and i tend to throw had a little cold water on special elections as being some great big ability of being the fortune teller of what's to come and here's why i think tomorrow is important. tomorrow is important because it's exactly the kind of district where hillary clinton made inroads with suburban well-educated voters that had been reliably republican but that were anti-trump and really resistant to trump so if indeed
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the electoral framework of the country is shifting after the first 100 days of donald trump, this is the kind of place we should see it. i know on television screens we see the bluest of blue cities with the protests and resistance, but this is electorally the kind of place that if the democrats are able to use trump as a foil this is the kind of place. >> and let me give you a little history here because this is the same district that newt gingrich represented for 20 years, and also mitt romney won this district by 23 points, so you see the romney republicans were very popular in this district, not so much donald trump, and if the democrats win, and you're right, they will overinterpret this and say the resistance has come to atlanta but it will be very, very good news for them, and even if they are close and they don't win, they are still going to say it's very good news. >> if ossoff, the democratic candidate, gets 50% of the vote,
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he's the next congressman and if he doesn't there will be a runoff. >> a runoff between him and the top performing republican who i think will be karen h ha ndel, best-known candidate in a crowded field. the one thing i'll say about the close counts. winning is the most important thing to, predictive and coming close that they did last week they will spin. floria is 100% right, well, he got 47%, but you mentioned it, june runoff. that's two months. it's not two weeks from now. it's a time for a whole campaign to be one v. one, republicans versus democrats. >> and the window in this election has been pretty short relatively so somebody with better name requisition like karen handel might have a leg up when you compare it to the newcomer ossoff. he's 30 years old. not been involved in politics other than legislatively working
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for congressmen so i think that she could have a leg up. she's run for statewide office but she's lost twice. >> it's wise for the democrats, john lewis, the congressman, hank johnson for ossoff worked for to get in and coalesce around one candidate early because the democrats really coalesced around him. we don't know what this race looks like without a completely split republican field. >> and would never have thought three months ago when tom price was picked that this would be a competitive race, so there is credit due to democrats for getting this, to david's point, on the radar. >> let's see what turn out is tomorrow and we'll get a better sense this time tomorrow night. thank you. breaking news coming cup, a nationwide manhunt and a new reward for help capturing the suspect in a gruesome murder that was posted on facebook. f c. this is my stop. adios! ♪
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we're following the nation-wide manhunt for the suspect in a killing record owned individual kro and posted to facebook, a $a,000 50,000 a is offered for finding steven stephens who shot an elderly man. investigators say they received literally hundreds of tips. >> wolf, investigators have received hundreds of tips. the resources of the cleveland police, fbi, u.s. marshals and atf are being deployed in this case tonight. a short time ago, cleveland's police dheef said this is a national search for a suspect who armed, dangerous aun unpredictable. tonight, chilling new details on what might have motivated steve stephens to gun down a 74-year-old man at random on a
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street in cleveland. on a video, stephens later posted on facebook he heard approaching victim robert god win, then asking godwin to say a woman's name. it is heard on the video, quote, she is the reason this is about to happen to you. then the gun is fired. >> he is trying to shift the blame. he is not taking the blame himself. he is saying, she made me do it. >> the woman in question told multiple news agencies she is overwhelmed by the killing of robert godwin, telling cbs news that stephen says a nice guy, kind and loving to her children. stephens' mother told cnn stef yens told her he was quote mad with his girlfriend that's why he is shooting people. but the police chief this afternoon placed the blame squarely on stephens. >> we have interviewed several people involved and i don't think there is any rhyme or reason for it. i don't think there is any reason we can point to specifically to say that is what sparked this. only steve knows that.
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>> tonight there's a reward up to $50,000 for information on the fugitive. police say they did have brief contact with stephens on his cell phone in the aftermath of the killing on easter sunday. cleveland's police chief says this is now a national search that stephens is believed to be armed and dangerous and driving a white ford fusion with temporary license plates. his victim, robert godwin had ten children who are devastated. >> this man right here was a good man. and i just -- i hate that he's gone. >> stephens claimed on facebook that he committed multiple homicides. police say they have no knowledge of other victims. the police chief sent a signal to people who may have had contact with stephens. >> if there is someone who is helping steve, or if you think you're helping steve, you're really not. you're going to get yourself in trouble along with him. >> i asked former u.s. marshal james shield about that. what is the chief saying when he says that? >> either the chief is aware of someone that is providing that
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type of help. that's not surprising. or he could be saying we don't have anything else. there's somebody else out there that might be providing some help. sometimes many fugitives will resort to going to help that owe them something. that are friends. close associates. people they can trust. >> james shields says officials involved in the manhunt will be looking to see if steve stephens makes some kind of costly mistake. maybe contact someone he knows or if he tries to get access to money or other resources he will need during his time on the run. they will look at atm machines all over the region, all over the country at this point. >> i'm sure they are. in the meantime, there are several false leads in this case? >> that's right, wolf. report after cell phone ping which might have signalled a location earlier today. that report later got knocked down. several philadelphia schools had to be on lock down while police were chasing reports that
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stephens was in that area. those reports also turned out to be unfounded. >> thank you. we will stay on top of the story. brian todd reporting. days after parading latest lo long-range missiles. north korea warns a war could break out at any moment. while mike pence visits the demilitarized zone and troops. and cnn's dana bash.
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happening now, brink of war. north korea accusing the u.s. toward a nuclear conflict. cnn is live on the korean
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peninsula with vice president pence who is warning kim jong-un don't test president trump. got to behave. mr. trump sends a message to north korea with its nuclear threats with u.s. warships on the region. is the president drawing a red line for the defiant kidictator? there is an award for the suspect accused of committing cold ksh blooded murder and posting a video of it on-line. we are learning more about a state of mind as he alludes an urgent nationwide manhunt. and the cruising obamas. former president and first lady enjoy a photo op on a yacht during their extended vacation. this hour, a new glimpse of their glamorous life after eight long years in the white house. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in the situation room.


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