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all right. top of the hour. good morning, everyone. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. president trump is on his way to florida this hour to see the devastation from and federal response to hurricane michael. as we heard moments ago, he stopped on his way out to weigh in on the mystery surrounding the journalist jamal khashoggi.
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remarkable comments. >> he said he spoke with the saudi king who is in the president's words, quote, firmly denying any role in khashoggi's fate. he also said he's sending the secretary of state, mike pompeo, today to meet with the king in person. listen. >> the king firmly denied any knowledge of it. he didn't really know, maybe, i don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. who knows? we're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon. but his was a flat denial. all i can do is report what he told me. he told me in a very firm way that they had no knowledge of it. he said it very strongly. >> let's bring in cnn military and diplomatic analyst rear admiral john kirby and molly ball. thank you for being here and good morning. admiral kirby, to you, what is the dangerous of u.s. president coming out like the president just did moments ago and saying all i can do is tell you what
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he, the king of saudi arabia, told me. and essentially in so many words saying to the american people, just take him at face value. >> you hit the nail on the head. that's exactly the problem. he's talking about wanting an open, credible investigation and he's leap frogging in front of that and saying the king said it didn't happen so it must not have happened rather than working the process and compelling. he has leverage to compel the saudis to fully cooperate and be transparent and credible throughout his process so he can get to an end where we can all know the truth. >> we just had the u.s. ambassador to saudi arabia during the bush administration, which is notable because it was in the months after 9/11. and he told us on the air moments ago the same king told him after 9/11 that the 9/11 attacks were an israeli plot. why do the american people, why should the president believe king salman's denial when he has skin in the game, as it were. he's an interested party. >> he shouldn't and i hope he's not. i hope that's why he's sending
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mike pompeo over there, to get to the truth and get the saudis to fully cooperate and tell us what they know. i don't know what he did and didn't know. it's probably conceivable he didn't know what was going on at the consulate in istanbul. i can reconcile myself with that. that said, it's highly unlikely something like this could happen, certainly if it was prempr premeditat premeditated, and nobody in the royal family would have knowledge. >> especially given the u.s. interests that showed at a minimum there was discussion about capturing khashoggi and bringing him back there. molly ball, this ties into the bigger picture we saw, the trump doctrine laid out bare for us in that interview on "60 minutes" with leslie stahl last night. let's see where she pushed him on vladimir putin and russia. >> do you agree that vladimir putin is involved in assassinations, in poisonings? >> probably he is, probably.
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>> probably? >> probably, but i rely on them. it's not in our country. >> why not -- they shouldn't do it. this is a terrible thing. >> of course, they shouldn't do it. >> what is most significant about what the president has taught us with his own words, both in that answer and in this morning just now? >> yeah, you know, this is a major test of the president's doctrine, as you said, the trump doctrine. i think dictators and rulers all over the world are watching how america responds to this. it wouldn't be the first time that we basically -- that this president sort of coddled a dictator and allowed them to get away with all kinds of things and certainly he wouldn't be the first president to do that either, but this is going to be a major milestone in there's going to be a lot of pressure, including from within the administration to take a harder line, and we're going to see where the president comes down, you know, in that brief remark that he gave this morning, he didn't say he believes the saudis. he simply reported what they
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said. he hasn't yet come down -- he may be creeping up to it, but he hasn't said what he believes happened and what ought to be done about it. this is a test for that. >> john kirby, so the president says it didn't happen in our country. one, is that a signal to russia that as long as you don't do it on the streets of washington, you can kill whoever you like? and two, what does that say to the brits? i have spoken to british diplomats repeatedly who are alarmed, concerned by the idea that russia felt okay committing murder, attempted murder on their soil with a chemical weapon. what does it say to the british? >> i think we already committed we don't care much. even when the incident first happened, the united states indignation hasn't been high. there haven't been repercussions for putin or russia as a result. we sent the message it is okay. i do worry about that. you don't have to look further than his speech at the u.n. where he talked about a nationalistic sovereignty, basically, we're not going to
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tell you how to live. you don't get involved in what we're doing, and everything will be fine. missing the point that the united states leadership on the global stage does matter. we should be holding other governments accountable for these kinds of acts so we can promote better security and stability around the world. >> molly, looking overall at the president and the politics of this, right, ahead of the midterms, is this helpful to other republican candidates, especially in some of those most dangerous districts for them, to hear him talking like this, to hear him saying we're going to get to the bottom of it, but you know, all i can do is tell you what the saudi king said to me or brushing off the acts of vladimir putin or kim jong-un? >> it depends on the republican. you have different republicans running in very different environments. but in those republicans that are in marginal districts, swing states, purple states, they know that this election is first and foremost a referendum on the president. even though he's not on the
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ballot, even though he has little to do with some of these contests, the more he's in the frame, the more he reminds people how much they either like or don't like him. given that the president is unpopular overall, particularly in these swing areas, the more he's in the frame, the more he's stirring up controversy, the more he's sort of hogging the spotlight, the more i think those republicans sort of cringe and wish he would find something else to do for a few weeks. >> molly ball, admiral kirby, thanks very much wroorb. >> still ahead, turkish and saudi officials meeting as the investigation into the saudi journalist jamal khashoggi ramps up. we'll have a live update on the investigation ahead. plus, hurricane michael leaves parts of florida in ruins and survivors scrambling for the basics. food and water. now some residents have resorted to looting. >> and a cnn exclusive. one-on-one with dr. priscilla chan. her $61 million initiative to secure what they call a future for everyone.
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all the tools you need for every step of the way. make it, squarespace new this morning, president trump says he's spoken to saudi king salman over the disappearance of journalist jamal khashoggi, and the king, quote, firmly denies any knowledge of it. the president said he sent his secretary of state mike pompeo today to speak with the king. >> saudi arabia said it will allow the turks to search their
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consulate where they say khashoggi was killed nearly two weeks ago. joining us, an anchor in the turkey capital. two weeks after an alleged cleaning crew went in, what is the usefulness of the search in the turks' view? >> well, that's the big question. i mean, certainly, it's being framed as a step forward, as a concession from the saudis. the turks have been pushing hard for this from day one. the saudis initially said yes, of course, please be our guest. then they appeared to roll back on that. now finally allows prosecutors and a forensics team in, though they haven't arrived yet. as you pointed out, jim, the sight of the cleaning crew walking into the istanbul consulate, unclear what their role was or whether someone potentially has a good sense of humor, but certainly fair to say that imminently, it is expected that turkish team of investigators could arrive at the consulate. meanwhile, the saudis saying
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they officially will be finishing up their own internal investigation into what happened to khashoggi, and potentially we're hearing a clue from president trump there about what they might try to shape the official narrative as being. he talked before about potentially rogue killers being to blame. certainly, one source that i have spoken to says yes, it may be that they tried to categorize this as some sort of rogue operation or potentially more likely as a botched operation without transparency and without the proper clearance. jim, poppy. >> clarissa, before you go, what is the messaging that you're hearing from the saudi government directly through saudi media? some of the terms i have heard they're using, fake news. >> well, they have made it very clear that fake news is indeed a criminal offense. there's been something of a campaign on twitter warning people and saudi citizens particularly that they can actually go to jail or face a
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hefty fine for peddling in what they call fake news. they're very clear on the fact on the one hand that they have nothing to do with this, but on the other hand, it appears maybe they're trying to recast the narrative a bit, reshape it in a way that will allow for partial culpability but also with just enough wiggle room to gracefully get through this. at this stage, it seems like it might be quite a tough call. >> who else uses the term fake news? and how many foreign authoritarian leaders have now repeated that term? clarissa ward, thank you. let's discuss with cedric leighton, also served a number of times in saudi arabia. listen, so much to digest here. with this story. i just wonder, i want your reaction as a former uniformed member of the u.s. military, served in the region. how does the region take the message? how does the world, how do u.s. allies take the message when a u.s. president appears to excuse or at least accept the denial of
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what's alleged here, the murder of a journalist, a saudi journalist? >> jim, it's a green light for them. they see this, if you're a regional power that is engaged in similar acts, such as going after your dissidents, you will see that as a green light from the president of the united states to do what you feel you need to do in order to minimize the effect of a dissident. what happened in the case of jamal khashoggi is very clear. no matter what his actual fate is, that something happened that allowed for the saudis not only to exercise their power, but if you're sitting in qatar, in bahrain, the united arab emirates, you get a green light that you can actually go in and take care of your dissidents as well. if the president of the united states is not taking a firm stand. >> you have been deployed to saudi arabia several times, and i would like your take on an opinion piece in "the washington post" that jim pointed out to me over the weekend.
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and it begs the question, because it's not just this davos in the desert conference that a lot of entities are pulling out of but the treasury secretary is still going to. it's about whether american citizens and former members of the military who get paid as lobbyists and for their advice to the saudi government, will they continue to do it? it begs the question, a simple but important one, why do you work for a murderer? if it is proven that this killing was done at the hands or the knowledge of the saudi government, how do americans who make money working for saudi arabia, advising saudi arabia, answer that question? >> well, poppy, that's really the fundamental question. as that piece in "the washington post" pointed out, it is really a moral decision that you have to make. i was involved in business arrangements throughout the middle east from 2014 to 2016, and i was very careful not to get involved in any situation that might be questionable.
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and i pulled out of the region just because there were a lot of questionable dealings going on. it was something that i did not want to engage in. it was something that i didn't think was not only good for me personally but certainly not good morally in general. and that's the kind of thing that kind of calculus you have to make. the money is really not worth it if it's blood money. >> bigger picture, and a national level, what language fw that's the right word would saudi arabia understand here? the president has already taken arms deals off the table. i can't imagine the u.s. is considering stopping or purchasing saudi oil. you have a conference in saudi arabia this week, but that is just a meeting. it doesn't get to actual business deals. what kind of sanction would change saudi behavior or force saudi accountability? >> well, unfortunately, jim, the idea of pulling arms sales off the table, as the president has
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done, really limits our options. the kinds of things they understand are the really forceful approach, the approach that basically says if you do this, you cannot have the spare parts you need. you cannot have the training you need. we will stop allowing your students to come to our universities. that's the kind of thing that really does need to happen. saudi arabia has a plan just like some of the other members of the gulf cooperation council, their vision 2030, and vision 2030 is basically designed to wean saudi arabia off their oil economy. and if anything can be done to prevent them from behaving in this way, another aspect would be to really stymie the ability of saudi arabia to achieve its goals as set forth in vision 2030, which is very important to the monarchy there. >> kernel, thank you for being here. important points, especially
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in about an hour, the president and first lady will land in the florida panhandle to survey the damage done, the horrible damage, by hurricane michael.
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thousands of residents still without power, still without homes, as you can see. many of them lining up just to get water. prepackaged meals. as many as 35 people still unaccounted for, just in the city of mexico beach. and you remember those pictures we aired last week from there. took a direct hit from the storm. scott mclean joins us in panama city. i have been speaking to cnn correspondents coming back from the ground there. they describe the like a war zone in the wake of a bombing campaign. what are you seeing where you are? >> you know, jim, it seems like such a cliche in these disasters to describe something as if a bomb went off. but in this case, there really isn't a better descripter than that. case in point, this is a middle school. this is the gymnasium. you can see the roof has been torn off, the brick walls have come down. there's debris strewn absolutely everywhere. and this is not an anomaly,
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either. there are schools across this area that look similar to this. in fact, most of the schools in this area are badly damaged. that means that about 20,000 out of the 26,000 students who attend school here, they're going to be displaced. they have to find somewhere else to go. also, keep in mind, many of their homes are damaged as well. they're dealing with that on top of everything. it's just a massive, massive disruption that they're dealing with. the noise that you hear is some of the heavy machinery starting on the cleanup process, trying to take down trees that have been damaged and tree limbs that are strewn about everywhere and get them out of the way. the president will see that. literally, you can look in any direction in this city and see some type of destruction, jim. we were just over at the shelter just a couple blocks from here. they say that they have lots of food. they have lots of water there provided by fema. but it's not the most comfortable place to stay. so a lot of people have instead
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opted to stay in their cars or slept outside. fema starting today is also accepting applications for transitional housing to try to get people out of the shelter. at last count, there were more than 1500 people still in shelters because their homes are simply too damaged. if there is any denews, it's that, yes, there are people without power, but one power company in this area says that in this county, excuse me, says that 90% of the power will be back on within the next seven to ten days, jim. >> scott, as we have been talking, we have been watching pictures of trucks picking up the pieces, all that remains of people's homes. each one of those is a person's home. we appreciate you being there. thanks for keeping us up to date. >> great reporting on the ground. >> ahead, she's a daughter of refugees who grew up in low-income housing, landed at harvard and is now spending $61 billion to give every kid an equal shot. we'll introduce you to dr. priscilla chan. what she and her husband mark zuckerberg are betting can change the world. >> who's the boss in the office?
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>> isn't she -- i mean, that's what she is every day. you only show up on fridays, so i hear? >> we work together on this. >> i taught him a lot of science. i don't think mark knows this. will someone explain it to him? make a smart choice.
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welcome back. if you google priscilla chan, you'll see the words philanthropist, doctor, wife, but after sitting down with her, it becomes immediately clear she's a game changer on an ambitious mission, but one who shies away from the spotlight. here's our exclusive interview
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with dr. priscilla chan. >> you don't love the spotlight. >> i don't love the spotlight. i'm here because people told me it would be good for czi. >> no one has ever been that candid with me in an interview. >> that is why you may not know dr. priscilla chan's name. but we think you should. >> she wants to do good. >> that woman is incredible. >> she just cares immensely about people. >> that's awesome. >> yeah. >> all right. solved. tied in a bow. >> at just 33 years old, priscilla chan leads czi or the chan zuckerberg initiative, and what may turn out to be the biggest change agent in silicon valley. >> you and mark have committed how much of your wealth to this? >> almost all of it, 99%. >> mark zuckerberg, that is. yes, chan is zuckerberg's wife, but her profile is rising, and not because of whom she's married to. >> max knows i work at czi, and dada works at a book store.
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>> why does she think that? >> we told her facebook, and she thinks facebook is a book store. >> czi's goals are anything but modest. advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity while curing, preventing, or managing all diseases by the end of the century. >> most people would look at that and say no way is that possible. >> antibiotics weren't a thing until the past 80 years. and that's incredible. because so many lives are saved because of that. so if you look forward, what can we do in the next 80 years? we shouldn't even be able to imagine that today. >> backing czi with 99% of their wealth. at today's facebook stock price, that means some $61 billion in assets. >> who's the boss in the office? >> isn't she -- i mean, that's where she is every day. you only show up on fridays, so i hear. >> we work together on this.
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>> i get the sense she challenges you professionally. >> and personally. we have this funny situation where a few years ago, she found i was repeating her stories when explaining our education work about what was important in education. she turned to me one day and was like, you have to get your own stories. i'm like, come on, that's not really practical. i'm kind of busy. she's like, no way, you have to go do this. >> taught him a lot of science. i'm like, i don't think mark knows this. will someone explain it to him? >> in a sense, they have been teaching each other since they met in line for the bathroom at a harvard frat party. >> his friends were throwing him a party because they were worried he might get kicked out of school. our real first date was about a week later. we had gone out to have hot chocolate, and the date was going well. and then he said, i'm really enjoying this. would you like to go watch a movie? i have a take-home midterm, but i would rather do that instead. i was completely devastated. >> why? >> because i was like, huge red
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flag. this guy is not doing his homework. he's not going to amount to anything. >> clearly. >> clearly. i was so upset. >> the fact that priscilla chan is sitting here today, valedictorian, pediatrician, entrepreneur, billionaire, and mother of two, is in her words a miracle. >> my grandparents were business people in saigon. the war hit. they were persecuted. the only way out was to put their children on boats and send them off to sea and hopefully they find an opportunity on the other side. >> she was born to refugee parents in low-income housing in quincy, massachusetts. >> i was always the caregiver. it's the first born mentality, but first born on steroids because you're the hope and dream for a refugee family. >> her high school now renovated was run down and strapped for cash. but her teachers there changed the trajectory of her life.
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>> she's an extraordinary person. she's smart. and she's intuitive and she's kind. >> peter swanson taught chan a.p. environmental science and tennis. >> i used to say, just be sure to give back. and boy, you know, she's giving back. but i think she's giving back more than money. >> he's like, i heard you're good at science. he's like, now you will play tennis because you need to have leadership skills. you're going to go to harvard. >> and she did. on a full scholarship. a dream but one she never imagined would almost break her. >> my one skill set of being smart, i wasn't smart there anymore. i didn't fit in. and i was like, oh, my gosh, i don't belong here. i actually filled out my transfer paperwork to leave. >> you did? >> i did. it was so hard. and so i was ready to leave.
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>> but then a child changed her life. >> i worked at a low-income housing project right next door to where i grew up. i met a little girl. she's 10 years old, and her school concert came in the after school program, i was looking for her, and i walked up to the playground in the housing project and i found her. i saw that her two front teeth were broken. i was devastated. i thought, what happened? what did i do wrong? i still remember that moment with anguish and anger and a desire to fight so that other kids aren't like that. >> chan went on to teach and then to medical school. as she and zuckerberg realized the immense wealth facebook was bringing them, they wrote a post to their first daughter max, like all parents, we want you to grow up in a world better than ours today. from that, czi was born. >> how has being a parent
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changed you? >> it makes you realize that the important things are limited. i try to walk in the shoes of folks who don't have the opportunities that my family has. >> chan threw herself into building czi and its core work on education, justice, and opportunity, which includes criminal justice reform, and science. >> so this is where the education team works. they build a tool for teachers to actually understand where kids are in their learning. >> czi science initiative is led by corey bargman. >> manage all diseases by the end of the century. >> no small goals here. >> there is no greater equalizer than health. everyone deserves a shot. priscilla really is the heart of the organization and the motivations come from her heart. >> it hopefully will be the next human genome project where we're able to actually sequence the trillions of cells in your body.
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>> we are across the organization majority woman. >> we don't discriminate. >> hi, brad. >> czi's push for criminal justice reform is a $45 million endeavor. >> so many of the people in our criminal justice system lost the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way in our society. before they were ever given a chance. >> a chance is what chan is also trying to give 250 of palo alto's most underprivileged children. >> she founded the primary school, an ambitious mission of combining education with full medical and mental health care for each child. >> selling a dream is really what i was doing. >> a very ambitious kind of undertaking, and so she recognizes that it's going to take years in the making. and she's in it. >> dr. meg mcnamara led chan's
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residency program and has become her mentor. >> what do you think when you hear people say, oh, priscilla chan, right, mark zuckerberg's wife? >> yeah, i would say there is far more to priscilla than being the wife of mark zuckerberg. and that she is an extremely accomplished physician and at this point an entrepreneur. >> no question in your mind she'll change this world for a lot of people. >> no question. >> chan and zuckerberg joined warren buffett and bill and melinda gates in the giving pledge, vowing to give away almost all of their wealth. >> priscilla is going to be entrusted with huge resources to change this world for the better. i love the fact that it's her. >> what do you think will have a more profound, lasting, and important impact on the world? czi or facebook? >> facebook has already helped connect a lot of people. czi is the opportunity to do so
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much more in terms of helping people, helping create more education opportunities. if we can really play a role in empowering scientists to cure, prevent, and manage all diseases, or even the vast majority of diseases over the next 50 years, that will just be -- that is such an important thing for people. >> some may question if at least in part czi is an effort to direct attention away from the obviously difficult and increasingly controversial position facebook finds itself in. including recent data hacks and its role in russian election meddling. to that, chan says, quote, there are a lot of things that are easier to accomplish for good pr. chan adds that the two entities are not connected, saying, quote, czi is not the facebook foundation. czi has an entirely separate staff, separate offices, and a separate and different mission. >> has czi donated to any political campaigns or politicians? >> we work in the advocacy space around issue areas that we have
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made commitments to. and so we participate and support efforts in those areas, but always in a bipartisan way. we don't see ourselves as political. >> not directly to candidates. >> no. >> that said, former white house senior adviser to president obama, david plouffe, leads czi's policy and advocacy team. together, chan and zuckerberg have learned how political even charitable endeavors can become. >> a $100 million challenge grant. >> $100 million. >> $100 million. >> made famous investment of $100 million in schools in newark. what was learned from the newark investment? >> we are now almost seven years out from the newark investment and we're seeing really exciting results. we're seeing that the high school graduation rate has gone up 18%. >> it's been widely reported in many ways as a failure. >> people wrote books and did
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retrospectives three or four years in. this work is not work that is going to fully play out in three or four years. it takes time. the lesson i want us to learn here at czi is hold yourself accountable, but know that to really understand the full impact of your work, you're just going to need to be patient. >> priscilla chan has lived a life with some good luck, but it's exactly that luck she wants to take out of the equation for millions of children. >> it seems incredibly unjust and a wasted opportunity in our country that people need to get lucky to have access to opportunities. i'm just so inspired by the work and efforts of the people that welcomed my family to this country. i am forever in debt and willing to fight for what i feel like is an extremely american value.
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and i just -- i think that's what makes this country great. >> what's remarkable about her is she's only 33 years old. and feels that the work needs to start now and has this sort of only in america story, right? refugee parents come to this country, she grows up in low-income housing and now she has $61 billion to change the environment for kids. >> you can hear the full interview with priscilla chan, a lot more with her there on my podcast on itunes. >> still ahead, tensions heating up. georgia democratic gubernatorial candidate stacey abrams accusing her opponent brian kemp of voter suppression. kemp is firing back. much more on this story next. liberty mutual saved us almost $800
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welcome back. this morning, georgia's republican candidate for governor is firing back at claims he has held up tens of thousands of voter registrations and is therefore guilty of voter suppression. the issue, a voter's rights has become a flash point in this hotly contest ed gubernatorial race. with the polls neck and neck, early voting already getting under way in georgia, kaylee hartung is live where the democratic campaign is running voter protection hotlines. what do we know? part of the issue is the republican candidate also happens to be in charge in effect of running the election, does he not, based on his state position? >> that's right. this gets really complicated. there's a hostile history between stacey abrams and brian kemp that very much predates this race. but the tensions between them
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are red hot, as you mentioned, early voting gets under way. in kefl's capacity as secretary of state of the state of georgia, his job is oversight of elections. now, stacey abrams is calling for him to step down from the position. the problem here being that more than 53,000 voter registration applications, they are on hold. the problem, as the state sees it, is that they have failed to clear the state's exact match standard. this is a policy that has been passed under brian kemp. and to add to the scope of this problem, 7 in 10 of those 53,000 voter applications that are on hold, those belong to african-americans. now, stacey abrams has openly accused brian kemp of voter suppression. she did that yesterday on "state of the union" with jake tapper, and this morning, we're hearing kemp fire back. >> that's a smoke screen trying to hide her radical views. those folks that are on the pending list, all they have to do is go to the polls, show
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their photo i.d., and they can vote. again, this is just a distraction from her view of her group's filing a lawsuit to get non-citizens to vote in the state of georgia. we're not going to allow that. we're going to have security, accessible, and fair elections in our state. >> so there you have it. kemp says those 53,000 pending applications, those voters can go to the polls. they just need to show identification when they do so. but it doesn't change the fact that stacey abrams says he's eroding public trust in our system. >> well, but he just made a claim there. is there any basis to the claim that this is a way to get non-state residents to vote in this election? does that claim stand up? >> stacey abrams has been so heavily involved over a long period of time in her political career of trying to get unregistered voters to vote for the first time. to go through that process. now, i can tell you, i haven't personally dug through every one of those applications that she
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has encouraged voters to submit. but the tactics that both of them are using at this point to attack each other, it can't be surprising that such serious allegations are being leveled. >> first, getting first-time voters is not proof of voter fraud. kalylee hartung, thank you for following the story. >> in minutes, president trump will land in florida. you saw him as he was departing the white house to tour the devastation in the panhandle. you still have dozens of people unaccounted for in the town hardest hit by hurricane michael.
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we're three weeks and a day away from the midterm elections. we want to know what issues are bringing you to the polls this year. >> every morning leading up to the midterms we're hearing from you across the country, voters, and we're bringing you the thoughts of your fellow voters across the country in our "why i'm voting" segment. here's what you told us today. >> i'm passionate about the second amendment. illegal immigration is a big deal, but also just civility in politics. seems like the left, we saw ted cruz getcla clashased out of a restaurant. >> i feel like republicans aren't really seeing eye to eye with democrats. they're sort of -- they're just playing, i guess you could say, unfairly. they're certainly not respecting the bipartisan nature of our government. >> if you're a once every four years voter, things get out of hand in between things. i want to make sure that in my view the republicans need to
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remain in control in texas. >> mainly the immigration issue that's making me want to go out and vote. and voice my support. we're all sort of either immigrants ourselves or children of immigrants. and we don't want to see our communities be, you know, taken out or deported. >> so tell us why you're voting. you can weigh in on the conversation by posting a video to instagram telling us what is pushing you to the polls this year. use the hashtag #whyivotecnn. >> longtime national retail chain sears has filed for bankruptcy. the 132-year-old company made the move shortly after midnight last night. according to reports, the company could not pay off a $134 million debt due today. sears issued a statement saying it intends to stay in business, keeping open stores that are profitable along with sears and kmart websites. sears holding has about 700 stores and 68,000 employees in
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this country. thanks so much for being with us. i'm poppy harlow. >> i'm jim sciutto. it's just monday. at this hour with our colleague kate bolduan starts right now. hello, i'm erica hill in today for kate bolduan. for the second time in less than a month, president trump set to survey damage from a major hurricane. minutes from now, he and the first lady will arrive in the florida panhandle where they will see first-hand the destruction left by hurricane michael, and it is wide reaching, extensive. in fact, it's tough to describe in words. first responders, relief workers, survivors trying to move forward. but there's so much to be done before they can get to that point. in many areas, there's still limited phone service if any, no power, no water. michael is blamed for at least 18 deaths, and in mexico beach, florida,

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