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john kelly didn't even do it pa is to face but opted to fire him by phone. kelly even refused to grant sessions' request to stay on until friday. matthew whitaker who started the day as sessions chief of staff finishes as the acting ag. he will be overseeing the mueller investigation. relieving the deputy attorney general rod rosenstein of that responsibility. in whitaker, the president found an ally who has publicly questioned the scope of the investigation. i asked him last year why trump wouldn't publicly say if he would fire mueller. this is his answer. >> i think that it's very dangerous politically but legally there is certainly a way for that to happen. >> you don't think that's dangerous legally? it's not obstruction? he's saying beak unless you -- unless it goes my way, i'm going to fire. >> you no, i don't think that's ob instructions because i movie we keep using that term. >> well, whitaker has also
previously questioned the scope of the special counsel's investigation saying examining the trump family finances would be and this is a quote, it would raise serious concerns that the special counsel's investigation was a merely witch hunt. witch hunt. sound familiar? lots to discuss. mark mckinnon now, executive producer of showtime's "the circus" on sunday nights and susan glasser. good evening, everyone. so before, good to see both of you. before we get started about jeff sessions today, matthew whitaker, the president held aid press conference for 26 minutes, right? lashing out at everyone who challenges him including the media and everyone he disagrees with. here it is. >> you are a rude, terrible person. you shouldn't be working for cnn. you are the enemy of the people. >> on the campaign trail you called yourself a nationalist. some people saw that as
emboldening white nationalists. >> i don't know why you would say that. it's a racist question. >> are you offering a my way or highway scenario to the democrats. >> negotiation, not at all. >> if they start investigating you, that you can play that game and investigate them. >> better than them. i think i know more. i think know more than they know. >> can you compartmentalize that and still continue to work with them for the benefit of the country. >> no, if they do that then it's just all it is is a war-like posture. >> yeah. i said 26 minutes. an hour and 26 minutes. >> is he feeling the pressure do you think? >> you know, i think he came in loaded for bear to that press conference today. he seemed to seek out the confrontation and as often as the case with the president 0 double down on it once it was launched. and i think that in general is his strategy now for all those people who thought the election would bring an end to what has
seemed like an exhausting and very divisive news cycle, i feel like, well we saw today from president trump that's not the case. we may come to look back on the campaign as that is nice quiet period before before all the craziness. he what land those folks were living in. this administration thrives in chaos. don't you think? my assessment was that maybe he was concerned that he will now has -- there's some check on his -- you're saying i'm misreading the whole thing. you were at the press conference today. >> i was struck by a couple of things. i think he came in in rooster mode ready to crow about last night. he sees last nice as a win for him. it definitely defied expectations. historically, speaking the important thing is they took the house. for him for the moment, he defied expectations and by the way, it's the first time in at least decades and maybe longer than that that the in party
party has actually added senate seats. he had something to talk about. but it was interesting to me during that whole discussion which was his prepared statement, it was very quiet, laid back, kind of soft in tone. and then as soon as he went to the q & a, he went looking for confront frontation. it was so clear. who does he go to, jim acosta. he knew what would happen to that. >> he goes to mostly the people he has. >> yeah. here's -- presidents i have known before and others in the past the traditional way is you would have tep reporters you know you're going to go to, most of them friendly. in this case, first of all he talks to reporters he knows he's going to have a confrontation with. in this case, there were 100 reporters in there. i know a lot of them in there are kind of whacky. he doesn't even know who they are and he is picking people he has no idea who they are or what
they say which is so unconventional. >> what did you think of calling the reporter's question racist? >> where do you start with that. >> that did have the air of a line he rehearsed in advance. he reaped it a couple times. it seemed that he had decided that that was a brilliant way. we've seen that before from president trump. sometimes when he has been challenged, he does this sort of like no, i'm not but what are you and you know, i feel like it's a classic trump move on some level if he perceives himself to be accused of racism, he'll accuse can you of being that. again, we're drawn into. >> let me tell you your assessment that's an astute asset assessment. he accuses you of whatever it is that you are saying about him. >> right. >> even if that means racism, even if you challenge him, especially if you're a reporter of color on race. listen to women, he talks about
women who challenge him. >> for him to embrace the notion of being a nationalist, proactively which he did account other day as you know without having some historical perspective -- he knows what that means. if he doesn't, that's a deeper problem. >> the thing is, i think he feels, how do you say this diplomatically, i think at the feels that most of the public or the reporters are as easily swayed by his rhetoric as his supporters. that people -- he is frustrated by people who actually do the research and who know better. people who say to you, i didn't just fall off the turn be nip truck, mr. trump, come on. >> that's right. first of all he's been surrounded in this environment of the rallies and in campaign mode. he is very proud. he pointed out in his press conference today that he had done you know 30 rallies or something in 60 days. he's traveled around the country
to these very friendly receptive haves. already how he went to the u.n. & general assembly and seemed shock that people were laughing at himle? because he surrounded himself in atmospheres that of essentially people cheerleading him and his message. he's taken i think a little bit of his own spin to heart on some level, it struck me go he actually believed he had won a very great victory. could you even argue as mark has said, in a way there's something to that in that in his view, because republicans have held onto the senate and actually even added slightly to their majority, the odds which were already very low that they would ever go along with the house impeachment and actually convict him in a senate trial have dwindled down to fleggible which means on some level. >> that's existential end game. >> if he's basically saying to house democrats, i don't believe -- he's calling their bluff saying listen, go ahead and impeach me.
i'm going to win the political argument. >> just what you said earlier because i just want to bring this in. by the way, he's reading and believing his own press which is never a good thing. you said that washington will get worse, not better as a result of tuesday's result. the political scripts of the past have been destroyed. they're not coming back. we discussed that. let's talk more about it. i want to bring in the author of "the truth about trump." mr. michael deantonio. what did you see from the president's reaction today? good evening, by the way. >> good evening. i think that susan is right that the president was prepared for confrontation. i disagree with mark a little bit. i actually thought he seemed kind of depressed at first when he was issuing his prepared remarks. he really came to life when he was battling with the press and i think he's determined that what worked for him in the past is going to work for him going
forward. and it is also true that we are in a new reality where wlaf existed prior to election dale has become even more intense. so the senate is going to become even more intensely trumpian. the house now is in the hands of the democrats but it's not going to a cakewalk for them because they're going to have to work with the senate somehow. so over it all is going to be the president doing the thing that he's always done and we're going to be talking about his personality. so how stranging is that that we have now spent three-years talking about donald trump's personality. not about his politics. >> i don't think that -- i think you're right about that. but i actually think moving forward, that this is going to be more about policy than personality because the story will shift from white house intrigue, his personality, and
to more policy move, the democrats will -- the congressional -- the story coming out of congress will have equal if not more importance than the story that comes out of the white house which will be interesting to see how the white house handles that. go on, michael. >> don't you think the that the country sort of expects the democrats to propose things but not get much done? and then investigate and hold hearings and that will be conflict times ten. and when the president says that he's very good at this, he was talking about investigations. but he's very good at playing these power games. and at rallying his base. that base is now permanent. we now have a portion of the electorate that is permanently angry, permanently rejecting of nancy pelosi and the democrats. and it's going to a slugfest. >> i understand that, michael. but what i'm saying is for so
long, the narrative in the news has just been one-sided because the congress, the senate they've all gone along with what the president he had to say. it has been his narrative. the republican narrative, the trump narrative the entire time. now democrats are in control of congress and part of what they're doing will come into play, as well. listen, don't get me wrong. the white house will be a big part of this, but they won't have the whole pie is all i'm saying. > president trump made an interesting argument at the press conference. he was saying i feel better, a little bit better with a democratic majority in the house than a close majority of republicans because he says it's going to force us to talk about infrastructure and some issues that maybe he couldn't have before. >> i want to talk about the circus. i want to get this in. >> shut up. >> you talk with dave chappelle what he thinks of the trump presidency two years in.
here it is. >> apparently he's having a terrible go of it. i don't think -- i don't think he's living up to his part of the bargain. and i'm troubled by politicians that only speak to people that they believe will vote for them. and it's sad because you know, he's got the bully pulpit. it's the highest office in our land. so hopefully, we can either hold him to tack or get someone in there that will think about all of us. >> he said america will have a hangover after trump. do you agree with him? >> well, america's going to have to try and figure out what to do after trump. republican party certainly has to figure that out. the republican party has been splintered and radically transformed by president trump. >> have you seen the research on the republican party? what happens after this? just -- we keep saying that and they keep winning. >> john weaver last night i think on your network that that the republican party has been
reduced by 10 to 15 million people. it may be a hard base, it's a shrinking base. i don't know where he came up with those numbers. but it's interesting to see. it's a bunch of republicans right now that don't have a home and have to find one. >> that's all we have time for. make sure you watch "the circus" this weekend. >> kick it. >> thank you, michael. house democrats say they're preparing to open multiple investigations of president trump. congressman eric swalwell is promising the american people we'll see the president's tax returns. we'll ask him how he plans to make that happen. that's next. graine hope to be there... for the good. and not so good. for the mundane. the awe-inspiring. the heart racing. the heart breaking. that's what life is all about... showing up. unless migraine steals your chance to say "i am here."
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are you concerned after this firing? >> yeah but i feel like we can do something now. we're not powerless. we won the majority and the american people should be assured wear going to protect there democracy. >> you're feeling some strength. before it was frustration every time you came on, you were frustrated about something. i can't believe this or that is happening. > we had to make the case to the public and tell them tell your congressman, your senator you're concerned. but then they went to the ballot boxes. they were hoping that we stand up and do what's right. first thing we can do is protect mueller and insist documents are preserved as the transition takes place with the acting attorney general and insist he step aside on the russia investigation because of his conflicts of interest. >> leader pelosi is asking he recuse himself. is that what you want? >> yes. he should ask for an opinion and get a public response from the ethics department there. i believe they would find that he's conflicted. >> when i speak of the
frustration that you had during the investigation, remember in your investigation, you felt it was shut down by republicans. >> obstructed, looked the other way, free passes. >> do you reopen that now. >> as it relates to russia, we'll fill in the gaps. we're not going to get a pounds of flesh. we want to look forward, make sure this upcoming election is protected. we know the russians will seek to interfere again. but also get all the documents they were unwilling to get did, don junior's phone records it, the deutsche bank financing information all the stuff we asked for and the republicans refused to give. >> you heard him in the news conference today. he said well, if the democrats start investigating me, i'm going to start investigating them. is that a threat, empty promise, what. >> to suggest that the government is going to come grinding to a halt, during the 1860s when lincoln was president, we had a civil war, they kept building the dome.
they passed -- they purchased alaska. and we will acquired more property in the west. so america can go on. there's opportunities to collaborate i think on infrastructure, d.r.e.a.m. act, background collection, prescription drugs. we'll seal put stuff on his desk and see if he wants to sign it. >> i had congressman ted lieu on. wham about when it comes to the affordable care act? will you work to implement some of the things that were stripped or removed? >> yeah, put in protections for the counties, about 1,000 counties where there's not enough competition. whether it's reinsurance or cost sharing there's bipartisan proposals there. prescription drugs is an area where you can reduce the cost. i have a 17-month-old. i bought tamiflu. the pharmacy clerk looked at me and said good thing you have insurance. it's $5 for you. if you don't, it's $200. that's wrong in america. >> you mentioned some of the people you felt you did not get,
you felt there was inconsistent testimony and that you didn't get enough from them, that it was incomplete. i'm wondering, you said that it was incomplete or inconsistent testimony. including hope hicks. don junior, jeff sessions, jared kushner, corey lewandowski. >> roger stone. >> roger stone. again, that opens up again. >> yeah, we'll pour into the commercial break if you went through all the witnesses. >> what about tax returns. >> yes, that's one of the easiest things we can do through it the ways and means committee, chair will be able to request nem. we shouldn't do it for joyistic interest but to know if the president is corrupt. "the new york times" saying he's a tax sheet. if that relates to how he governs or domestic or foreign policy, we should know about it. >> will he give it up? >> he may fight it. it would go to the supreme court. the court will look at the law which plainly says if the chairperson of the ways and
means complete requests it, he has to turn it over. >> matthew whitaker said there's an easy way for the president he believes, i don't know how easy it was, but a way he believes to get rid of the investigation. that's to starve it to death meaning starve it of funding. are you concerned about that? >> yes, but we are now in a position where that's not going to happen. people are going to the streets tomorrow in 900 different communities across america. on the inside of congress and outside advocacy, we'll protect this investigation. >> people are doing what. >> there's a protect mueller effort outside the white house right now. tomorrow at 5:00 p.m., there will be 900 different communities that will be rallying to protect bob mueller. >> thank you for your time. appreciate it. >> the president today denying he's ever said anything ratesist and falsely accusing an african-american reporter of asking a racist quell herself. stock and bond index ds with lower expense ratios than comparable vanguard funds. and we're now offering zero expense ratio index funds.
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that barack obama was not born in this country and in the past few weeks, the president publicly claimed that two black candidates andrew gillum in florida and stacey abrams in georgia were not qualified to lead their states. bakari sellers is here, matt lewis, as well. good evening all of you. good to have you both on. so listen, president trump his pick in florida ron desantis he won. cnn hasn't called the race. kemp is calling victory. i want your take, bakari on what i think are racist dog whistles that they worked on gillum, abrams, not qualified. >> i think it's an apparent they won. that's the disappointment many of us have in the country we live in. there were a large swathe of individuals a large group of individuals. i want to make sure and look at those people and tell them to make sure you come out, you stay engaged, you vote, you do everything necessary but we thought the progress in this
country was further along and it is. andruw gillum and stacey abrams ran a great race. he was a great rapper who i follow on instagram. ply said today he was excited. the reason is because andrew gillum, there was no reason to be upset because andrew took it from here to here. for many african-american who have run statewide like myself, many people who have dedicated their life to public service like andrew gillum and stacey abrams may not have made it over the hump but at least they chipped away. >> didn't i tell you the same thing last night, this was the progress? people were like oh, my gosh. i think everybody everybody won. i think republicans won last night. i think democrats won last night. >> i agree with that. >> but i also think that if -- let's think about it. right? stacey abrams, woman of color whether she wins or not who knows.
that's my question to you matt about this runoff. you see what happened in florida and young folks what happened in texas with bait toe. he's a young energetic person. isn't that progress? they almost flipped red states to blue. >> it's almost progress. so the question is what happens today. >> baby steps bakari. >> what i want to do is -- using plies as the example, i need to mike surely he stays engaged, that all of those individuals at the churches stay engaged that diddy and d.j., all of those individuals who were cutting hair. >> let's not get too far ahead of yourselves. >> stacey abrams, matt, is regusing to concede. she and the democrats accused kemp of using voter suppression tactics during the election. the fact the secretary of state oversaw the recount. i'm wondering what that does. is that problematic for people having faith in the voting process they sort of feel like
their votes counted? whether he will won fair and square or not? >> i think it is problematic when you have -- i'm sure there are people on both sides of the aisle who would disagree with me saying this because sometimes secretaries of state run for governor or higher office and we have the rule of law and thoroughlically, you should be able to run the election that you're involved in. there's an obvious conflict of interest. and so i think it's problematic. you recuse yourself if you're jeff sessions in the russia investigation. what is appropriate to do if you're a secretary of state, should you it be overseeing it? i don't know what the answer is but it strikes me as something that you need to fix before it happens. >> isn't it something we accuse banana republics of? >> the guy is -- >> here's the thing. they said avoid even the appearance of impropriety. democracy is so important and right now so fragile that
anything that would it -- let's give him the benefit of the doubt. say it's completely above board. if it will creates the appearance of impropriety, that's a problem. >> as i say the back and think about this, if you think hey it, i can be actually win. i'm the best. fine. what's wrong with having someone else come in to josee the elections if you have confidence in urlz. >> in florida, this is similar to jeb bush being the governor and katherine harris down in florida in 2000. it's a similar situation. maybe they should do something about it. >> to be completely honest, van and i had a conversation in the green room. these conversations people are not pri privy to. last night he brought it to my attention wilis true, we didn't necessarily articulate how much stacey abrams had to overcome. we're talking about the fact that stacey abrams got this close. but stacey abrams got in close and she's still running a great
race. she had to overcome all the voter suppression. there were people who did not vote till after midnight in fulton county. there were polling places in georgia that did not have. >> pour cords. >> for the voting. there was a place that had one or two voting machines and people were lined up. >> if you have electric machines how do you not give them power cords? >> this is america. bakari did, let me play this exchange from the president's press conference today. >> michael cohen recently said you called black voters stupid. >> that's false. >> only row sale accused you of using the "n" word. >> that's false. >> littejohn said you called him uncle tom. >> i don't know who littejohn is. >> he was on the apprentice. >> i see. i don't know. >> have you made racist remarks. >> no, and i don't use racist remarks. if i did, you would have known about it. i've been hearing there are tapes for years and years there are tapes.
number one, i never worried about it because i never used racist remarks. i've never used racist remarks. >> okay, so he denies that will. whether he said it or not, i'm not saying that. there are pictures it with him with littejohn. there's tape of him and littejohn on the show twice. >> let's disavow the fact in order to be racist you have to say the "n" word. donald trump's actions for a long period of time and the language he tracks in has been there. and i'm a little john fan. he was a curator of mile college years. >> i said little. >> don't come for me unless i send for you. >> sorry. >> i feel like scott jennings right now. little marco. >> no response. eldens it. i mean it, he denies it all. what do you think? >> the guy's on show twice.
>> yeah, i think it's totally plausible that donald trump doesn't remember meeting somebody or met somebody, i love your music. you know. >> you think donald trump loved lil john's music? >> i think he might have said that. >> nothing. >> what happens when an african-american female white house correspondent tries to ask a question at the president's press conference? >> sit down, please. sit down. i didn't call you. i didn't call you. >> april is here. april ryan next. over 100 years ago,
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acry combative press conference today for almost al hour and a half. at one point, branding a reporter's question as racist after she asked about his support for nationalist and whether that will support might embolden white nationalists. i want to bring in someone who had her own run oil in with the president today. april ryan, a white house correspondent and the author of "under fire, reporting from the frontlines of the trump white house." so it seemed like a perfectly legitimate question to most people it, april. good evening to you. i just want to get your response to this exchange between president trump anya michal sin door, can the white house correspondent for pbs. here it is. >> on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist. some people saul that as emboldening white nationalists. >> why would you say that. such a racist question. >> some people say now the republican party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric. >> i don't believe it.
why do i have my highest poll numbers ever with african-americans? that's such a racist question. i know you have it brynn down and you're going to tell me. that's a racist question. but to say that what you said is so insulting to me, it's a terrible thing that you will said. >> i did not understand his response at all. it was completely inappropriate. her question was appropriate. anything but racist. what is the president trying to do here? >> the president was saying that she wassia mish was al meesh wa accusing him of being a white nationalist. she will asked the question as company black people and white people were wonder bth term nationalist when there's something called white nationalists. he could have easily instead of being on the defensive, he could have just decided to explain once again what his version of
nationalist means. it's a simple back and forthing that could have been dealt with and instead, it's noud blown up and it's more of a magnifying glass on his nationalism versus white nationalism or if they're combined or if they're different, we don't know because the president never explained. >> yeah. well, there you go. he also tried to get a question. there's a lot more behind it. we don't have all night, let's be moons. you tried to get a question into the president. >> we were there all night last night. >> here's how you're trying to get a quell in went. >> sit down, please. sit down. i didn't call you. i didn't call you. i didn't call you. i'll give you voter suppression. excuse me. i'm not responding to you. i'm talking to this gentleman. will you please sit down. such a hostile media. it's so sad. you asked me about -- no, you rudely interrupted him. you rudely interrupted him. >> so of what is going on?
do you think he not only has a problem with the press at large for asking him tough questions? do you think he has a problem with women and people of color asking him tough questions? what's happening here? >> well, i know for sure he has a problem with me. but it was -- it was something to see my situation. >> did you interrupt someone. >> no, see let me tell you what happened. and as a reporter, used to do this and all reporters do this. there was a pregnant moment. the president stopped answering a question and he was going into to ask someone else or call on someone else but there was a space that i got a clear quell. >> a pregnant pause. people yell questions all the time and he responds and you go back. >> yes. i was in the second row and i lobbed a question at him inial pregnant pause moment and he responded. and he said yeah, yeah, something about yeah. voter suppression.
and he starred responding. sol i stood up. i actually thought that he was responding to me. i guess, i don't know but i believe that when he thought -- when he saw it was me, he got je very upset and said sit down. i wasn't being hostile and i was not being rude. this is a real issue. you know, don, we were on the set till 58:00 this morning talking about issues of voting in the midterms. we brought up the issues of voter irregularities in the state of georgia and north dakota and in texas. since then, we found out, i talked to reverend william barber aacp and the poor people's campaign. he said there's also voting irregularities in north carolina. >> there were a flub of them all over. >> as well as florida. >> all over the country especially the south. i've got to get this in. backing in 2011, i interviewed then businessman donald trump and pushed him on perpetuating stereotypes about black people
including obama. listen to this. >> when you talk about someone like the president and you challenge whether or not he is has an education or deserves to go to ivy league schools, you're bringing up, you're promoting one of those stereotypes about african-americans. as someone running for president of the country, which means everyone, then wouldn't you be sensitive to those issues in our country? >> it certainly does mean everyone and it means everyone to me. as far as i'm concerned, the president's a very smart man and i think a comment about racism is ridiculous as it applies to me. people that will know me laugh at it they think it's so stupid. it's a ridiculous statement. certainly ridiculous as it applies to me. >> uh-huh. interesting. there's a whole back story what happened afterwards. but again, we don't have enough time. he's never been able to link his words and the way they demean people of color in this country, has he? >> no. and his actions, as well.
this is beyond, this is really beyond just an older gentleman from queens and i'm using that term loosely. people want to say oh, he's in his 70s from queens. no, no. he even said today he thinks he is a great moral leader. morality involves how you treat others. do up to other as you would have them do unto you. someone asked him about church today. and his faith and he will got off of that really fast. it's a different day. and for the president of the united states to have to be asked about issues of race and are you a racist, it's a sad day. i asked it in january. mr. president, are you a racist. it took three days. bye, don. >> the evidence is in. and you said spoke about church and the church has spoken. thank you, i appreciate it >> let the church say amen.
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now. congratulations. thank you for joining us. >> thanks so much i appreciate it and i'm happy to be here. >> you made history today. so you beat a trump backed incombinco incumbent by a comfortable margin. do you believe this was a direct rebuke for the president? >> i believe that played a role in it, but part of the reason i ran is i didn't believe our district ozbeing represented well. we had a representative who i didn't think was listening to everyone in our community. and so i think it was a combination of his oftentimes full support of the president and also the fact that he wasn't listening to the constituents. >> a record number of women, sharice were just elected to congress, and many of them are first time office holders. why do you think this is happening now? >> well, i think that this is
definitely an example of how people are ready for something completely different than what we've seen in our government up to this point. and it's a reflection of the fact that so many people haven't been heard or haven't felt heard. and i think that, you know, so many people have talked about how we need new leaders, new types of candidates to step up. and, you know, for -- for sure i felt the same thing and that was part of why i decided that it was necessary in a lot of ways for people like me who have a very similar experience to lot of people in our community to put ourselves out there and run so that we can have our voices heard in congress and at all other levels of the government. >> yeah, talking about women who put themselves out there by actually joining the political process as candidates.
but this election shows a real shift from white women away from this president. some 59% of women voted democrat this time, and 40% voted republican. we have it up there on the screen. i mean, that's the largest margin in the mid-term exit -- cnn mid-term exit poll. what do you think is behind this shift? >> well, i can't speak to the national -- the national piece of it. but i know here on the ground in kansas and johnson county we certainly had a lot of women coming out and working on the campaign and engaging with the campaign, and we were trying to engage as many people as possible. and i really just think it has a lot to do with -- i know i said this already, but people just want to be heard. and they want to make sure their representatives care about every single person that they're supposed to be representing. and too many of us didn't feel that. and certainly when you look at
the composition of congress or at least up to this point it was -- you know, there weren't enough women serving, but there are plenty of women who are qualified, who are dedicated to communities, who are often taking leadership roles but not necessarily in leadership positions. and i think we're seeing -- i think we're seeing a lot of people who are just ready to change that, and that's what we saw last night and that's what we'll see in the coming careers, i think. >> there's a lot of firsts especially when it comes to diversity. you joined holland as the first two native-american women elected to congress. what would you draw from your victories? >> i think it has a lot to do with engaging as many people as possible. i know doug highland had a really strong ground game. our campaign had a really strong
ground game. and i think the more people that you engage in this process, i think that's what led to so many of us winning this year. certainly for our campaign it was literally every conversation we had, every door we knocked, every phone call we made. that was the thing that made the biggest difference in our race because too many -- the number of doors i knocked on where people said no one has knocked on my door since i bought this place 25 years ago, i mean that to me is an example of how we get to reset that expectation about if somebody wants to be your representative, they should be trying to engage you. and i know there were a lot of people running this year who had a similar mentality and a similar kind of drive to make sure that that happened. >> congresswoman elect, thank you. >> thank you. have a good night. >> you as well. thanks for watching. our coverage continues.
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