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i'm poppy harlow. we'll see you back here tomorrow morning. >> i'm jim sciutto. "at this hour" with kate bolduan starts right now. hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. he's fuming, peddling new conspiracies and lashing out. that's the president of the u.s. right now. why, you ask? you might need to hold on, sit down, grab a cup of coffee because i need to bring out the list. the republican losses in the midterm elections. the pr mess of his trip to france, a public arm twisting coming from the first lady, and the mueller investigation inching closer to a conclusion. as one white house official puts it, to cnn, he's pissed at damn near everyone. with all that, what could make his mood even worse? there is something. a judge's ruling this morning that could delay the recount of the high-profile races in
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florida. and here is where his new conspiracy theory comes in. telling the daily caller in an interview that voter fraud in his view is very real. here's the quote for you. sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt. come in, and vote again. as if i needed to say this again, there is no evidence of this happening in florida or anywhere else. let's get to kaitlan collins at the white house. forget the hats, forget the shirts, forget any of the clothing. i'm afraid to ask what is the mood at the white house right now? >> it's pretty dark. and the president is maintaining on twitter that everything is fine. he said it's running smoothly, but that's not what aides inside the white house say, and it's not how they're describing the president's mood, which they say has gotten darker as the days have gone by since the president returned from that trip to paris which turned into a pr debacle after he cancelled the planned trip to a military cemetery due to the weather. the president seems to be trying to make up for that today. he has several events related to the military on his schedule
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starting any minute now today. but overall, the president's mood is continuing to be dark. he's continuing to isolate himself, aides say, and there seems to be fear of a major staff shakeup, not just among the usual suspects at the white house whose jobs have been on the line before, but also among other aides. now, that's not the only thing the president is lashing out about. we have also seen from twitter this morning that he is hyperfocused on the mueller investigation once again after a brief reprieve from those tweets going after the special counsel. he's back in full force today, kate, going after him, saying the inner workings of the mueller investigation are a total mess. he says they are -- and he later goes on to criticize bob mueller, saying he is conflicted himself, saying he worked for obama for eight years, but kate, to provide a fact check for that, mueller didn't work for obama for eight years. he ran the fbi under george w. bush for nearly eight years, and then remained the fbi director
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under president obama for four years. and the president trump keeps going back to this criticism, saying he wasn't senate confirmed as a special counsel because that has been a criticism of the guy he's picked to run the justice department, matt whitaker, who was jeff sessions' -- and his time when he needed to be, to be the fbi director, but as the special counsel, you do not need to be confirmed by the senate. now, kate, of course, this comes after the president met with his legal team here on monday to discuss the written answers they're going to submit to the special counsel, so you can see why it's front and center on his mind. clearly, on twitter today. >> absolutely. great to see you. thank you so much. all right, joining me, senior political reporter nia-malika henderson and julie pace. great to see you guys. nia, presidents do get mad. presidents do have staffing problems. presidents do suffer losses in the midterms. but with this president, this seems different. >> that's right.
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in some ways, because it's sort of all of those things all at the same time over time. this is sort of the running narrative of this presidency. sort of staffing feuds, his anger, his anger at his staff. him thinking he wants to fire people but not wanting to actually be the person to carry it out. if you think about all of the people and issues he's been mad at, jeff sessions, republicans in congress for not running more closely to him, jeff sessions, any number of issues, yelling apparently at terresheresa may e phone, mad at john kelly because of what happened in france. it's just this sort of constant moodiness and sort of grievances that he's always airing about what's going on around him. and there never seems to be any sort of accountable. many of these things are self-inflicted from the president, doesn't seem to be at this point any sort of end in sight. even if there is this massive kind of upheaval at the staffing level, it's not clear that would right his mood.
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>> julie, we have heard before that the more he sees people talking on tv about staff changes, the less likely he is to make those staff changes. that seems in some way remarkably wag the dog, i'm not sure, but could that be what's going on here? >> there's been a pretty familiar pattern when this kind of thing comes up. and it's coming up repeatedly in the course of trump's presidency. rumors fueled largely by the president's own views on whoever is in his line of sight at that point. but the stories get out there. he sees the stories. he denies them, but ultimately, it doesn't change the fact that he wants to see that person go. it may slow down the process. we have seen it happen with numerous people going back to the early days of the administration with reince priebus who was chief of staff or sean spicer. it's trump way of sort of making it look like the media doesn't have a real sense of what's going on there, but again, it's largely just a pause. ultimately, he does follow
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through on most of these actions. >> with sessions, it was a very long pause. for jeff sessions, that probably felt like eternity. but a pause nonetheless. nia, so the president makes -- is now making unfounded claims again about voter fraud. this is exactly what he did after the 2016 election, after he didn't win the popular vote. i just wonder why he's going back to the well on this, especially because all indications are when it comes to florida, his candidates are winning. >> yeah. that's right. they are -- they're obviously going to go through a recount and it's unlikely to overturn what the margins are for the republican candidates. you know, this is a president that likes consistency. he also, his wills are between fantasy island in conspeersy particularly on the issue of voting. it's something he goes back to time and time again to explain losses. of course, in this case, there
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probably won't be losses in florida. there are obviously losses all across the map, on the senate side, on the house side in particular, in governorships as well. again, this is him not wanting to take accountability and him not wanting to face any blame. he makes up some theory about some person putting on a shirt and hat and funny mustache and funny nose to vote over and over again, which is just bonkers. it makes no sense. he doesn't even get credit for creativity with that conspiracy theory. >> nia, i will fact check you. i don't think he said anything about a funny nose. don't go that far. that's a bridge too far. that is a bridge too far on this one. julie, he -- what nia is talking about, though, is the inability. forget just -- maybe don't accept responsibility, but i don't know why he has to be casting blame. he hasn't -- it's really kind of
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this remarkable thing. he wasn't lashing out at mueller. the was a pause around the election and since election day. today, the floodgates just opened. they found no collusion, he says in the tweet. they haven't issued their report yet. they're screaming and shouting at people, i would love to know where he got that from. that might be some inside reporting we would love to see. mueller worked for obama for eight years. we know he didn't. these fact checks are exhausting. it was bush for eight, obama for four. why are we hearing about this now? what is going on? >> we know that white house officials coming out of the midterm elections have really been bracing for mueller to reassert himself. mueller was very quiet in the lead-up to the midterm elections. that appears to be strategic on his part, but we do know there's a lot of stuff on mueller's plate that he needs to move on. there is a lot of discussion around what's going to happen to roger stone, who is a longtime associate of the president.
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we know rick gates, who was working for the campaign in the transition is still cooperating. mike flynn hasn't been sentenced yet for his guilty plea. those are just the things we know about with bob mueller. there's a whole bunch of stuff that you can imagine we don't know about. so the white house, trump in particular, has really been bracing for mueller to come back. and it's that unknown that really unnerves the president. there's so much that he tries to push back on, but again, so much that he doesn't know, and that's really out of his control at this point. >> so if it is out of his control, nia, if the reporting is that he's pissed at everybody, who or what do you venture to guess will get him back on track? back on track in the most immediate sense is he's about to face a democratic majority in the house. there is some stuff he needs to be doing and preparing for. >> that's right. there isn't a lot of good news ahead for this president in terms of what's going to be happening. not only the mueller probe and probably some report released
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about that, but also democrats are probing into his finances, trying to get his tax returns. probing into why folks in the military were sent to the border. what were the conversations around that? that's the thing that, you know, this could be the tip of the iceberg. and the beginning of a long period for this president's frustration and possibly anger about what's going on. and if you think about what will actually happen in congress in terms of legislation moving forward, unlikely that that's really about to happen. more likely some gridlock and real deep dives into the president's background and some of his actions so far. >> but it's going to be beautiful bipartisanship. that's what he said. it's going to be beautiful bipartisanship. all bipartisanship is beautiful, let's just say that. thanks so much. coming up for us, the clock is ticking down in the florida recount saga. vote tallies are doing in less than four hours but one big county may not be ready in time. so then what? plus, a republican senator
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and that can lower your cost now that you know the truth... are you in good hands? the election recount deadline in florida now just 3:45 away. the clock may be ticking but it's becoming clear that the largest county in the state is very likely not going to meet the cut-off to submit machine recount totals. this morning, crews on the ground saw nose workers, no supervisors, no ballots being scanned in palm beach county. what happens now with the senate and governor races on the line? because don't forget, there are a slew, a number of last-minute lawsuits that are still being decided. ed lavendera is on this for us,
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in florida's capital of tallahassee with details on the key court battles. ed, there have been, i have to say, so many challenges and counterchallenges, it's a bit hard to follow. where do things stand right now? >> well, there's nearly a dozen different lawsuits and claims being made, most of them being held here at the federal courthouse in downtown tallahassee. a lot of those decisions and a lot of these cases landing in the hands of just one particular federal judge here, so he's trying to navigate all of these arguments and all of these decisions here. as all of these deadlines, kate, are quickly looming. remember, today is the deadline, as you mentioned off the top here, of the recount deadline coming up later this afternoon. this is, there are serious questions whether or not palm beach county can meet that deadline. in one of those lawsuit, it really has been brought by senator bill nelson and democrats here in florida, challenging this question of whether or not the signatures on these mail-in ballots are
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proper. this affects about 5,000 votes, we're told. the judge in this case has ruled that there has been an extension until saturday afternoon to clear up the question surrounding these signatures. the real question is, how are these people going to find out? it's a variety of ways from what we understand. these are some 5,000 people spread out across the state. democratic and republican lawyers will be reaching out to many of these people, maybe election officials can reach out to them. they can also, if they have been notified they are in this pile of ballots, voters can also reach out. how that is going to play out in the next couple days is still very much up in the air. democrats are calling this ruling a victory so far. a lawyer and representatives for rick scott say that they have appealed the decision. they are very angry about the ruling and also went on to say that the lawyer in this case for the democrats is actually
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arguing the exact opposite argument in a similar case in arizona. and that the lawyer in this case, mark elias, is trying to rack up massive legal fees despite the blatant hypocrisy or damage to bill nelson's legacy. the barbs are flieling back and forth. >> thank you very much. >> joining me to discuss is brad todd, senior adviser to the rick scott campaign. thanks for coming in, brad. >> thanks for having me. >> as ed was talking about, your campaign is appealing the judge's ruling on extending the deadline for what appears to be thousands of voters to sort out problems with signatures on ballots. if the goal is to have every legal vote count, why not give voters two more days if the judges real it's okay? >> first, let's be clear. i want to correct one thing. the judge did not say that every signature that was mismatched can be corrected. he said that every signature of
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a voter who was belatedly notified can come in and correct their signature before saturday. he didn't really explain what belatedly means. under florida law, once you submit a signature, the elections commission cannot match in an open court yesterday, supervisors of elections testified, look, we give the benefit of the doubt to the voter. any common loop, anything that vaguely looks at all like their signature that's on record is counted. that the voter gets the benefit of the doubt. then they're notified if their signature didn't match and they can come in before monday at 5:00 p.m., the monday the day before the election. that's florida law. and i would also note, kate, that's florida law that was passed unanimously in the florida legislature. the democrats and bill nelson's campaign are suing to throw that out. meanwhile, every democrat in the florida legislature supported it. if they didn't think it was an appropriate law, they should have debated it then. >> let's talk about it now, if the judge says it it's okay to extend the deadline for this group of people to sort this out by saturday, why not -- why are
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you appealing it? why not give them the time? >> because florida's election laws were very clear. and we set florida's laws, and the votes that were cast legally and according to florida's election law and received in a timely manner, those are the legal votes. and those are the votes that are being counted and that's what should count. >> then you face criticism of why not do you want every legal vote to count? >> we do. every vote that was legally received in a board of elections office in a timely fashion. that's why we have these election laws. these anti-fraud laws, so we can all be certain which votes will be legal. >> let's talk about fraud. >> if the democrats didn't like it, they should have raised this point in the legislature when all the democratic legislators were voting for it. >> have you seen evidence of people sometimes they go to their car, put on a different hat, put on a different shirt, come in and vote again? that's what the president is suggesting happened on election day. >> well, i wasn't in florida on
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election day. but i can tell you that the broward county elections office has consistently not followed the elections code in florida. and i think that's why a lot of people are alarmed. in palm beach right now, the supervisor of elections seems to have given up. just have given up. >> but on that, if you heard any suggestion of do you think that is possible that happened? you have been around. you have been in the political world a long time, been around a lot of elections. do you really think people are returning to their cars and by putting on a hat and a different shirt and coming in, they're able to vote twice? >> kate, i will tell you fraud hides in the shadows of noncompliance. we have election laws to prevent fraud. it's essential that the people who run our elections abide by those laws to the letter. >> right. and fraud is a bad thing and should be found out, but on this, you have not seen this? you have not heard about this? you don't think is possible or do you? >> i was not in florida on election day, but palm beach and broward county's supervisors of
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elections have not conducted this election with the exacting starts that florida's law requires. susan booker, the elections supervisor in palm beach county, seems to have just stopped running the ballots through the machines. at 3:00, if she does not submit a number from her machine count, then we will revert back to the number we had on saturday. that's what florida's law says. >> there's a lot of focus on the supervisors of elections in these two counties. when it comes to you have palm beach county and broward county. when it comes to broward county, your candidate, the governor, could take brenda snipes off the job. she was put in place 15 years ago by that -- by jeb bush under those kind of exact same circumstances. not during an election. why hasn't he removed her then if she's so bad? >> you know, first off, he did send monitors to broward county's elections this year to bolster her and increase the
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chances of compliance, but the governor takes that responsibility very seriously. not many governors in america have that ability to remove a local official from office. and governor scott strongly believes that the will of the voters ought to be honored. that's why he's very reticence to remove any locally elected official, and brenda snipes is an elected official. i think a lot of people are unaware, in florida, the supervisor of elections is elected at the ballot box. >> as you said, the president would like to see her removed. the president thinks she should be removed. rick scott disagreed with him? >> governor scott, he's very judicious with that power. he believes the voters at the local level should determine who runs their elections. >> so that's not going to happen in the realm of the recount happening. she's not going to be removed within the timeframe between now and when a final count is done. is that what you're saying? >> again, she needs to do her job. that's what i would tell you. governor scott believes that the local elected officials should run the election.
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they should do it according to florida law. >> brad todd, thank you for coming in. come back on any time. appreciate it. >> you got it. coming up, retiring republican senator jeff flake drawing the line and issuing a threat to his own party. unless there's a bill to protect bob mueller from the president. what's he threatening? and will it work? we'll be right back. ♪
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he's on his way out but he's not done yet. republican senator jeff flake announcing he will move to block president trump's judicial nominees unless he gets a vote on a bill to protect the special counsel robert mueller. listen. >> with the firing of the attorney general and in my view the improper installation of an acting attorney general who has not been subject to confirmation by this body, the president now has this investigation in his sights, and we all know it. i have informed the majority leader that i will not vote to advance any of the 21 judicial nominees pending in the judiciary committee or vote to confirm the 32 judges awaiting confirmation on the senate floor until s-2644 is brought to the full senate for a vote. >> he's not the only conservative speaking out right now.
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a group of conservative attorneys is joining forces to stand up to what they fear is a broad-based presidential power grab coming from the white house. joining me is one of those attorneys, marissa malik, a former clerk for justice clarence thomas. thanks for coming in. >> thanks for having me. good morning. >> first on the group coming together, conservative attorneys. what was the tipping point for you when it came to the president? >> i have been pretty opposed to a lot of the things the president has said from the very beginning. i was one of the signers of the originalist against trump letter during the election process. i felt like he was kind of up to the same tactics he's doing now, lying, misrepresenting information, seeming to not really have a proper sense of the way a constitutional democracy is supposed to work. and recently, just right after the midterm elections, with asking attorney general sessions to resign, that was sort of the tipping point for me to really get involved. >> what do you then think of
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what jeff flake is threatening? a vote to protect mueller or no trump judges to sum up. what do you think of that? >> it's a little aggressive for my style. there are a lot of aspects of the trump administration that i and other members of checks and balances like. one of them being judges. the president recently nominated naomi row to the d.c. circuit. i think she's very well qualified. i would be excited to see her. on the other hand, the mueller investigation is incredibly important. that's a big reason why i wanted to be a part of a group like checks and balances because you have seen from the white house a dismantling or disrespect for the unless of the criminal justice system. so it's a balance, i probably wouldn't have gone as aggressive but it's his perspective. >> he's putting in place conservative judges. is that trade not worth it? >> for me, it's not worth it.
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appointing judges is one of the most important obligations and responsibilities of a president. on this score, i think the president is doing an excellent job. however, i do think it's important to speak publicly about the importance of the independence of the mueller investigation. i think a president singling right after the midterm elections, asking attorney general sessions to resign and then appointing or putting in place a representative who i believe is in an unconstitutional position. attorney generals must be confirmed with the advice and consent of the senate. that's not what happened here. i think that's problematic, and the normalization that the president is doing is also problemat problematic. dewe want to get rid of judges as a result and hold that up? i wouldn't go that far, but i think it's important to speak up against the importance of protecting the mueller investigation. >> now, something that definitely can't go unnoticed is that the group, checks and balances, organized by george
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conway. well known conservative voice, legal mind, yes, and also the husband of kellyanne conway, the counsellor to the president. that you all were speaking out about, and the moves the president has made that you were speaking out about. what do you -- i don't know, what do you think about that? >> i think it's interesting, and i do think it's important to clarify that checks and balances isn't reflectively an anti-trump organization. it cares about the rule of law. it cares about, you know, a free independent judiciary as well as a criminal justice system. it cares about civil discourse, individual rights, and it will stand against any administration that abuses that, whether or not that's the president or another administration. so i think it's important to make clear that this really is about ideas. and it's ideas that we think no one has really been talking about. it happens to be obviously president trump is what sort of is motivated our group to come
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together, but this really shouldn't be seen as an anti-trump organization as much as an organization that is standing up for what it believes are important to make a robust and healthy democracy. >> important to have you as part of the conversation. thank you for coming in. i appreciate it. >> thank you so much for having me. coming up for us, an important first step in court today in cnn's lawsuit against president trump over jim acos acosta's press credentials. what will be decided and what does it mean? that's next. once i started looking for it was a no-brainer. i switched to geico and saved hundreds. that's a win. but it's not the only reason i switched. the geico app makes it easy to manage my policy. i can pay my bill, add a new driver, or even file a claim.
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just a short time frau now, a federal judge is expected to offer his first ruling on the case of cnn suing the trump administration over pulling the press credential of chief white house correspondent jim acosta. cnn is seeking a restraining order while the bigger arguments are being considered. brian stelter is following all of this for us. we're expecting a ruling from the judge today. what could happen? >> this is a 3:00 p.m. hearing from judge timothy j. kelly. this is essentially round one. he's going to rule on whether there's a temporary restraining order granted in this case. that tro would then get jim acosta's press pass back in his hands for the next couple weeks. then, at that point, there will be a longer term hearing, a longer term court case. unless at some point the government decides to settle. so that is if he approves the temporary restraining order request. what that essentially means is the judge is saying we think on the merits you're likely to win
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a full case, so we're going to give you the restraining order for now. if cnn does not prevail, if the government prevails and the tro is denied, again, this will go in a kind of a longer term situation, round two, round three, round four. it would be a setback because it would be a signal that the judge was not all that convinced by cnn's arguments yesterday. >> after today's decision, no matter what it is, what is next? >> this is on a microlevel about acosta, but on a macro level, it's about a lot of reporters and a lot of access issues a the white house and beyond. what cnn wants in the long term is a ruling from the judge that what the trump administration did last week is unconstitutional. you can't go picking and choosing which reporters are kicked out because you don't like their questions. that could be determined in the weeks or months to come in some sort of hearing format or a trial. look, cnn is asking for a jury trial. a lot of experts don't think it's going to get to that point. down the road, we're going to
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see if the trump administration tries to do this with other reporters. because if they field emboldened with acosta, if they feel they can get away with it with acosta, i think there's concern in a lot of newsrooms that this kind of pattern of behavior might continue. >> that's why you see other news organizations -- >> every news outlet is standing with cnn. >> this was one of the topics that came up last night when i had the pleasure of joining seth meyers on "late night with seth meyers." >> i saw this, your late night debut. >> also, we were fortunate to have a little lot of bit of fun about my last appearance on nbc news. my last appearance on nbc news in the form of an "snl" skit. listen. >> how did you find out? were you watching or did somebody text you? >> it's the craziest. a friend of mine had tickets and was going. we had been out to drinks with him before. and we went to a dinner. can was like, oh, if we could just come with you. think if i would have been able to be in the seat. i don't know if i would have
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been mortified. friends started texting me. they send these ominous text messages, did you watch "snl" tonight? oh, my god, no. and then someone sent me the clip. it was like, oh, and also a realization. when my family finally started joining in on the fun, realizing it, it's like, what's tonight? you finally made it. you're on with seth meyers. you're on "snl" you finally made it. i was like, guys, i have been to the white house, i interviewed the president. i've been doing this forever. now you're proud of me? >> i'm sure that's just the parent thing. i'm sure they have been proud the whole thing. they just say it the wrong way. i will say, being here tonight, you have officially made it. thank you. kate bolduan, everybody. >> you made it. >> he's a riot. >> were you nervous to be on late night? >> of course. >> it seems intimidating. >> if you're not nervous, you don't have blood rushing through your veins.
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it's a live studio audience. i invited them all and no one showed up. it's very fun. it's a real pleasure. >> great. on hulu people can watch it. >> i promised nut to give them too much joke material from our show. we'll see if i can pull that off. great to see you. coming up for us, democrats picking up more seats in the house, but will nancy pelosi get the votes she needs to take back the speaker's gavel? i'll have steny hoyer joining me next. are you on medicare?
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united in the election, now divided in victory. house democrats who are against making nancy pelosi the next
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house speaker are refusing to back down. in fact, their numbers are growing. in a new letter, 17 members now have pledged to vote against nancy pelosi on the house floor. leaving some question as to whether she has enough votes to get the gavel. joining me right now, the number two democrat in the house right now who also wants to be the next majority leader, congressman steny hoyer. thanks for coming in. >> gryou bet. good to be with you. >> do you have the votes to be the next majority leader? >> i do. >> plain and simple. >> plain and simple. we put a letter out the other day, about two thirds of the caucus on it, and i have another good number, 20 or 30, who are also on but who didn't get on the letter. and some others will get on a later letter, but yes. we have enough commendments to be assured of victory. i'm not taking it for granted. i have talked to every member and i have been pleased with
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their response. >> there is good confidence there. but then how about nancy pelosi? she said she is 100% confident she's going to be the next speaker. are you 100% confident of that? >> i'm 100% confident of, i have worked with nancy pelosi for a very long time. and she's a very good counter of votes, and she's very focused. good she says she's got the votes, i wouldn't bet against her. >> that's a strong statement. congressman, let me ask you this. seth muldon, one of your colleagues, he's one of the democrats who wants someone else to be speaker. i want to play what he said to cnn last night about leadership. >> it's time that our caucus leadership represent the american people. we have never had a leader of the house who is a woman of color, for example. the american people have been very, very clear that it's time for new leadership, and we
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>> does he have a point? >> i think what the american people voted for just last week was a change in policies, not so much personalities or people, but a change in policies. they wanted to make sure their health care protection was in place and if they have a preexisting condition, they would be able to get insurance. they wanted to make sure their prescription drug prices did not go so high they couldn't afford something that gives them health and or life. they wanted the middle class working people wanted to make sure social security and medicare were assures and they had a policy focused on them. jobs, education, retraining. when you look at it from a personality standpoint, i don't think that's how the american public look at it. they look at it, who is going to help me and build our economy and make my family's life better. that's the way they look at it
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and that's what's important. that we pursue the policies we promised to pursue which will give the working men and women of this country and by the way, those who are not working make sure they can get jobs. seems to me that's what this election was about and what we ought to be about. >> for democrats who would vote against nancy pelosi or vote against you, if they would, what's the consequence if you then win these leadership positions? should their committee assignments suffer if they don't believe in you and don't back you? >> we have a lot of people who voted against leader pelosi, speaker pelosi in the past and got good committee assignments. i'm not going to go through the log, but a number of them have done that. no, i don't think there will be retribution. people have to make a judgment. they need to be unified on behalf of the policies.
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they promoted and pledged to in the course of this campaign. in my opinion, that's why we won the election. not based upon personalities. the republican who is went after as they have in the past over the last decade or two, ms. pelosi, people voted on they believe the policies were better for them. i think that's why we won. i think that's what we will promote. i will be in charge of putting legislation on the floor and i will put legislation on the floor which promotes the policies we said we would support including making the affordable care act stable anding prices down and we will deal with the reform prices which we will deal with redistricting and voting rights assurance. everybody assures the right to
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vote. campaign finance reform. >> i wanted to ask you about the next congress and priorities there. when it comes to -- look, now it's divided government again. you either can put a lot of stuff through the house, doesn't get to the senate and the president. the president was asked about this the day after. he said a lot in that press conference, but one of the things he said during the press conference had to do with making deals with democrats. listen to this. >> it really could be a beautiful bipartisan type of situation. this way, they will come to me, we will negotiate and maybe we will make a deal and maybe we won't. we have a lot of things in common on infrastructure. we want to do something on health care and they want to do something on health care. there are a lot of great things we can do together. >> do you believe at all there will be a beautiful
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bipartisanship. >> i don't know that there will be beautiful bipartisanship, but the president and we democrats and the house of representatives and the senate have an obligation to the american people to try to reach consensus, particularly on issue that is the president mentioned. i agree with him. we are for infrastructure and need to make substantial infrastructure deals and remain competitive in the global community. we ought to try to work on that. i'm hopeful that we can and reach an agreement. i'm hopeful that we can reach an agreement on health care. we had very substantial differences, however it is interesting that during the course of the campaign, the president said he wanted a health care insurance system that covered everybody in america. at lower cost and higher quality. kate, you probably heard me say it. as soon as he sends that down to the congress of the united
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states, i'm voting for it. perhaps we can reach agreement. we think the affordable care act was a great start. we added 20 plus million people under insurance. that was a great assurance for them. it would help bring health care costs down for everybody. if we can do it, we have a responsibility to do it and we are certainly going to try. >> i will see how hopeful and optimistic you still are as the next congress begins. thank you very much for coming in. >> you're welcome, kate. thanks a lot. >> white houses sources describe the president as bitter, furious, and even unwell. the fascinating insight we are getting about the president's mind set and why he is pissed at damn near everywhere. new olay c, o. n. e. eye cream. only by olay.
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