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sciutto, poppy has the day off. the breaking news this morning, the economic recovery sadly is stalling. the u.s. added just 245,000 jobs in the final report of the year, that's about half of what experts had been predicting. this at the same time as the u.s. sees its worst day of the pandemic so far. that's right, the worst day. meanwhile, the president is still pushing lies as the president-elect pushes a plan. yesterday shattered records once again, more deaths, more hospitalizations, more new infections in one day than ever before. look at those numbers, they are just staggering. and a key model projects that more than half a million americans will tdie by april, that's about double where we are now. but while the nation pins its hopes on a vaccine, and that is good news, it still could be months and months before everyone, before you and me, can get one. so president-elect biden is pushing this plan in the
meantime. >> i'm going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. just 100 days to mask. not forever. 100 days. and i think we will see a significant reduction. >> well, he is right because experts say that universal mask wearing along with a "veep" would save 66,000 lives. that's not a lot to ask to save lives but the president-elect's plans do not stop there. >> we met with governors, democrat and republican, as well as 50 democrat and republican mayors and they said they need guidance. this he need guidance, and they're going to need a fair amount of money. it's one thing for us to talk about being able to get help out there, but it's not getting there. we're having these hospital stays are overwhelming hospitals right now, there's a need for more financial assistance, there's more financial assistance needed as well when the vaccine comes forward. >> are you confident that if and when the fda does give that
approval it will be safe and effective and will you take it? >> of course i will. and -- but we also want to make sure that the american people know that we are committed, the president-elect and i talk about all the time, that the people who need it most are going to be a priority. >> once it's declared to be safe and i think barack said once fauci says it's clear that's my measure then obviously we take it. it's important to communicate to the american people it's safe. it's safe to do this. >> speaking of fauci, have you spoken with him yet? if so, have you asked him to say on? >> yes and yes. >> yes and yes. we will have more from this exclusive cnn sit-down in just a moment. first we begin, though, in california. on the brink of a new stay-at-home order as hospitals in that state fill up. stephanie elam is in los angeles. good morning, stephanie. tell us where the stay-at-home
orders will take effect and for how long. >> reporter: jim, i come and i speak to you every day and we talk about numbers, but i really want to just take a moment to really let this sink into people. 2,879 people were reported dead yesterday because of the coronavirus. think about how large that number is. unless you have somebody in that number maybe you don't care but imagine if that's someone you care about. imagine if that is yourself. this is where we are right now. it is dire. and that is just the death number. when you look at where we are in cases, we have a record number there as well. 217,664 reported yesterday. same thing with hospitalizations, at a record number, 100,667. this is dive straights for the state of the united states. then you take a look at california and you can understand why things are going the wrong direction and we are looking at a new stay-at-home order here. looking at the data for
california we saw that the state reported nearly 18,600 cases, however, you know, we keep track by the johns hopkins university data. they say that the number is over 21,300, which is obviously a record there as well. over the last week more than 115,000 people reported being infected with the coronavirus here in the state of california, the positivity for the 14 days is at 7%. with all of this coming out the governor of california, gavin newsom, saying that we are looking at a new stay-at-home order that will be regional and this is going to be based on when icu bed capacity drops below 15% in these five different regions. he is saying that, look, we are almost there, this is the third wave of the coronavirus, but take a listen to what he is saying about why they're doing this now. >> there is light at the end of the tunnel. we are a few months away from truly seeing real progress with
the vaccine, real distribution, real accessibility, real availability. we do not anticipate having to do this once again. >> reporter: now, i can tell you that icu bed capacity did hit a record in california yesterday, the old record was from july 2nd so during that summer surge, that is why that is of concern there. these five regions, northern california, the greater sacramento area, the bay area, san joaquin valley and southern california, all except for the bay area are expected to hit this region -- this level within the next week and bay area just shortly there behind it. they are really very concerned about this. this is not a game and this is why people really do just need to stay home, jim. >> that's what the country is asking of them right now. stephanie elam, thanks very much. let's speak now to dr. celine gounder an infectious diseases expert and a member of the biden transition team's coronavirus advisory board. nice to have you back on the show. >> great to be here, jim. >> let's begin with the steps
that the incoming administration wants to take here. first the step of simply asking people for 100 days to wear masks. how much of a difference from a public health perspective would 100 day -- it's not quite a mandate, it's more a national request, but how much different would that make in your view? >> masks are probably the one, two and three most important things we can do right now to prevent transmission of the coronavirus. this is as close as we have to a vaccine, you know, with the vaccines they have still not received the fda's manual use authorization and it will take time to manufacture enough doses for everybody and to distribute and get everybody vaccinated. so in the meantime this really is our most effective tool. >> okay. as you know the sad fact is that mask wearing has been politicized in this country, you still have state leaders, for instance, you had the governor of florida a couple days ago question whether masks make much of a difference here. how much less effective will this request to americans to wear a mask for 100 days be if
only half the country or so does it? >> well, i think it's so unfortunate that masks have been politicized, that would be like politicizing the use of toilet paper. i mean, this is a basic hygienic measure that is highly effective, it's cheap and it doesn't shut down the economy. so if what you care about is being able to continue to go to work, have your paycheck, you know, all of those kinds of mace i can things, then you really should be working with us, working with your family, your community to get everybody to wear a mask. >> okay. beyond this request from the president-elect, how will the biden strategy for approaching this pandemic be different? what will be the biggest differences from the trump administration's approach? >> well, i think, first of all, you're going to see much more emphasis on testing. the current administration has said we are testing too much and the fact is we are not testing nearly enough. so this is sort of like a big iceberg, you have the small tip
of the iceberg above water which is the people who are getting sick, who are hospitalized, who are dying and that's a lot of people, but you also have this much larger parts of the iceberg below water which is all the people who are having mild cases or no symptoms with infections, but they're transmitting. and you're never going to get a handle on the pandemic unless you can see those people who are transmitting, that part of the iceberg under water. and the only way to make what is currently invisible visible is through massively scaling up testing. >> understood. now, as you know, there's an enormous amount of nervousness about shutdowns because people are aware of the economic effect. so far we are seeing in a state such as california discussions of regional shutdowns based on outbreaks. what will the biden administration's approach be to shutdown? i know that the president-elect himself has said he is not for a national shutdown, so how will it play out? will the administration be calling for targeted shutdowns when there are outbreaks? >> right. so shutdowns or lockdowns are
really not on the table, at least not from the biden/harris team. we really view this as restrictions that you dial up or dial down based on the local epidemiology. we can drill down to zip code level now, we know who is more likely to be transmitting, in what setting. so, for example, schools are less likely to be sources of traps mission than are indoor dining and gyms. so really targeting the places, the people where the transmission is a problem as opposed to a broad shutdown. >> i'm sure that like myself with children in school a lot of people watching right now have kids in school, perhaps most of them still doing remote learning. what will the biden administration's approach be, its advice to school districts? can they remain open? will the emphasis be erring on the side of remaining open rather than shutting down? >> yeah, i think we know enough now to say that schools really should remain open unless there is extremely widespread community transmission.
at the same time we need to be supporting schools so that they can do that safely, so that means providing funding for personal protective equipment, making sure that students are distanced, spread out and classroom density is sri do you sayed and that we're doing what we can in terms of improving ventilation in those settings, which could just be as simple as opening windows and doors, but we need to be doing all those things together while emphasizing keeping schools open. >> okay. final question of course enormous anticipation of vaccines, we are likely to see approval, number approval in the next couple weeks but it's going to be months until most of the population has it. a big challenge even when that happens is hesitancy. you have a combination of fears of vaccines with folks who still don't grant that this is a reality, right, that covid is a genuine threat. how do you, how does the biden administration get over that? >> well, i think step one is to allow the fda to do its normal process of authorization here. so the scientists at the fda and those advising the fda they have
thousands of pages of data to review before they meet to review emergency use authorization for these vaccines. it is important that that process unfold as is normal, that no corners be cut and i think that already goes a long way towards showing the american people that this is truly a safe and effective vaccine. >> president-elect biden and vice president-elect harris were asked about taking the vaccine themselves last night by my colleague jake tapper. i want to play their answer and then get your thoughts. >> i would be happy to do that. when dr. fauci says we have a clean that is safe, that's the moment in which i will stand before the public and see that, look, part of what has to happen, jake, and you know as well as i do, people have lost faith in the ability of the vaccine to work, already the numbers are really staggeringly low, and it matters what a president and vice president do.
so i think that my three predecessors have set the model as to what should be done, saying once it's declared to be safe, and i think barack said once fauci says it's clear, that's my measure, then obviously we take it. it's important to communicate to the american people it's safe. it's safe to do this. >> how important will that demonstration be both from the president-elect but also the three living former presidents? >> well, i can't tell you how pleased i was to hear that announcement. there's actually a long history whether political leaders or cultural leaders get vaccinated on live television. you can back to the 1950s when teenagers didn't want to get vaccinated for polio and elvis presley went on the ed sullivan show and got vaccinated on live television. so, you know, i think this is a really effective way to show to people that people they look up to feel that this is truly a safe and effective vaccine. >> no question. we all need examples set. dr. celine gounder, thanks very much. i said three living presidents,
of course it's four with carter, bush, obama, clinton. pressure growing on top republicans to finally recognize biden's win this this election. who the president-elect has and has not heard from since the election. more from cnn's exclusive interview. and while officials are scramble to keep children in classrooms during the pandemic more and more students are dropping out of public school. we will have the report ahead, it's daunting. plus the u.s. recovery sfauls as the country adds just 245,000 jobs in the final report of 2020. the pressure is building on congress to act now on stimulus. there's some signs of hope. we will see if it comes together. we will have the latest. ♪ ♪
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>> president trump is reportedly considering a wave of preemptive pardons for his assault children and for rudy giuliani, he's also floated the idea in private conversations according to our reporting of possibly pardoning himself, which he insists he has the power to do, though that has never been litigated. does this concern you? all these preemptive pardons? >> well, it concerns me in terms of what kind of precedent it sets and how the rest of the world looks at us as a nation of laws and justice. but, look, our justice department is going to operate independently on those issues, how to respond to any of that. i'm not going to be telling them what they have to do and don't have to do. i'm not going to be saying go prosecute a, b or c. i'm not going to be telling them -- that's not the role --
it's not my justice department. it's the people's justice department. so the person or persons i pick to run that department are going to be people who are going to have the independent capacity to decide who gets prosecuted and who doesn't. now, in terms of the pardons, you're not going to see in our administration that kind of approach to pardons, nor are you going to see in our administration the approach to making policy by tweets. you know, it's just going to be a totally different way in which we approach the justice system. >> let's discuss now with cnn's jessica dean, she is in delaware with the biden transition this morning, i'm also joined by ron brownstein, senior editor for the atlantic. jessica, i wonder if you could give us an update in particular on the selection for attorney general. he is under some pressure, perhaps, to pick someone of color for that role. i know jeh johnson has been under consideration. do we have any update? >> reporter: well, you know,
jim, we've seen a host of names floated and you really have to think of it as so many pieces that have to be put together. as you mentioned, yes, they are facing all of this pressure from these outside groups, from groups like the naacp, from the congressional hispanic caucus, from republicans in the senate and also progressives up on capitol hill, which is typical as we've talked about in one of these transitions. so they are trying to factor all of that in and make sure that they are making the right choice both for the person that biden really wants in the position but also how does that person fit into the larger puzzle of what the cabinet is going to look like, jim, and those conversations we know are ongoing. >> ron, what biden laid out last night was a markedly different view of the justice department than the way this president has operated. his public statements here, i'm not reading tea leaves, he is upset at bill barr for not backing his false election claims right now. how important is reestablishing
that separation? >> well, he laid out a markedly different view, jim, as you know on essentially everything from a to z in the federal government. look, a lot of the people who voted for joe biden voted for him precisely because they think donald trump has violated too many norms. i mean, has broken too many of the small d democratic rules of how american democracy and american government is supposed to work. so there is a -- i think there will be a strong tendency in the biden administration to go back to the status quo ante and restore some of the traditional separation and limits on direct presidential power. i think it's an interesting question, though, about how far you can go in putting the genie back in the bottle, maybe not in justice department -- but across a wide range of issues, are democrats essentially going to say, okay, donald trump weaponized the federal government in all of these new ways we're going to go back to kind of a neutral approach or are we in a new era of partisan
warfare where that is not possible. i guess we will find out. >> jessica dean, the job figures this morning show just how central covid will be to this new administration but also the economic costs of covid and the president-elect was asked about this last night by jake tapper. i want to get his comments and get a sense from what you're hearing on your end. >> there's going to be a couple things, number one, it's going to be important we set out national standards. look, we met with governors, democrat and republican, as well as 50 democrat and republican mayors. they said they need guidance. they need guidance. and they're going to need a fair amount of money. it's one thing for us to talk about being able to get help out there, but it's not getting there. we're having these hospital stays are overwhelming hospitals right now, there is a need for more financial assistance, there's more financial assistance needed as well when the vaccine comes forward. there's need for planning. and so now the administration has been cooperating with us of
late, letting them know what their plans are for the covid virus, for how they're going to deliver on the vaccine, but there's not any help getting out there. look at all the businesses that are being hurt so badly. no money to help them. some christmastime there's going to be millions of people see their unemployment run out. so there is a whole range of things that have to be done and we have to ante up i'm hoping and i'm hoping the senate in this lame duck session will come up with some help to make sure we can keep people moving, keep people -- even their jobs if they have to close restaurants and bars, they will be able to maintain their business while they are out. there are a whole lot of things that have to be done quickly. >> jessica, there is news of some possible progress on the hill towards an agreement here. is the biden transition in touch with folks on the hill about this? >> well, we know that joe biden has spoken with nancy pelosi,
with chuck schumer, he has talked about that. he said last night that he has faith in them to do the deep detailed negotiations. he also talked about his friend and long-time ally senator chris coons of delaware also on the senate side working through those negotiations, but it's clear, jim, he has used almost every public appearance he has had to publicly urge congress to get something passed, to give relief to american workers, to give relief to businesses and families. they know that if more relief isn't passed before the end of the year this gets even worse. they also know that the economy is intrinsically intertwined with covid and they've got to get their arms around all of it. and without any congressional help, without a stimulus bill before the end of the year, this gets significantly worse what biden will be inheriting. we hear him time and time again asking for this, asking for them. he says that he supports that bipartisan bill you were talking b it's about $900 billion that's beginning to make some waves there on the hill, but, again,
he certainly wants to see something done by the end of the year. we do know that he's been talking to leadership. >> ron, we are all experiencing some whiplash on these negotiations, right, because just a couple days ago it looked like it was dead in the water, now you're hearing republicans and democrats endorse this compromise plan about $900 billion, just $900 billion. you've covered washington politics for some time. do you see a change here? do you think it's going to come? >> i think it's tough. i still think it's tough. i think it could happen and i think it is more of a possible mixed blessing for biden than it might seem. certainly for all the reasons jessica says it makes sense for him to want to act now. the need is overwhelming. there is a reality that with the virus surging that businesses need to close, need to be tided over until we can get started again, but there is the risk to him that if congress passes something now, republicans once he takes office will kind of unify behind the position, well,
we've done something and the vaccine is almost out there and there's no need to do anything more. and it may be, jim, in a closely divided congress that a big coronavirus stimulus response plan, much like the 2009 stimulus bill that ultimately biden administered for obama, will be his best chance to advance a broad range of his domestic priorities, things like clean energy, for example, and if they pass a bill this month you do have to wonder whether republicans will dig in even harder against something like that early next year. >> remember that stimulus in 2008, it died before it was resurrected, right? listen, partisan politics didn't begin yesterday. >> finally, jessica, jake asked biden about whether privately he had gotten more recognition of the election results than we have heard publicly. let's play his answer and i want to get your sense. >> there have been more than several sitting republican senators who privately call me and congratulate me, and i
understand the situation they find themselves in and until the election is clearly decided in the minds where the electoral college votes, they get put in a very tough position. and so that's number one. number two -- >> so you think the fever on that will break after the electoral college meets? >> at least a significant portion of leadership. i don't know that it's going to break across the board, i'm not saying that. it's not the same senate -- i don't mean -- i don't mean in terms of their philosophy -- not the same senate personnel that i knew when i left the senate. >> you're still confident? >> look, it's going to be hard. i'm not suggesting it's going to be easy. it's going to be hard, but i'm confident that on the things that affect the national security and the fundamental economic necessity to keep people employed, to get people employed, to bring the economy
back, there's plenty of room we can work. >> jessica, that was a remarkably -- i don't know what the word -- certainly not petty response, right? just saying i understand where they're coming from. what are you hearing when you talk to members of the biden transition about republicans' reluctance to acknowledge the election? >> reporter: right. well, when you talk to them, look, they really believe that -- look, they have had people calling joe biden privately, republican senators he says have been reaching out to him privately. it was notable he didn't want to name names, he didn't want to put anybody in a tough spot because he is acknowledging kind of this weird position that they are in and it's been a long-standing mantra of his that he thinks that he can get back to some bipartisanship in the senate. now, he's been accused of being naive for that and he has also acknowledged that he might have to run into a few brick walls in trying to negotiate with them, jim, but certainly it will be interesting to see what happens after the electors meet and how
that unfolds. >> i know. because clearly the president is not going to give up on his claims of a rigged election at that point, we will see if republicans differ with him then. thanks very much to both of you. >> thank you. what is a big struggle right now for public schools in particular, keeping students in classrooms and coronavirus out. if these beautiful idaho potato recipes are just side dishes, then i'm not a real idaho potato farmer. genuine idaho potatoes not just a side dish anymore. always look for the grown in idaho seal.
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on state and federal aid which uses enrollment numbers to allocate future funding. bianna golodryga has more. >> reporter: ryan and elizabeth knew heart are grateful as of three weeks ago their two youngest children are able to attend school in person five days a week. >> you absolutely take school for granted until your children are home and you are responsible for schooling them yourselves. >> reporter: eight-year-old row anyone and six-year-old ila begin virtually at a public elementary school in oak park, illinois, just outside of chicago. right away there were signs of trouble. >> they were, you know, rg tantrums toward their teachers with i would never have happened in person and really just losing -- losing control. >> reporter: balancing zoom classes and their jobs ryan works in marketing, elizabeth in hr, was becoming equally untenable for the middle class
couple. >> at times both of us may be on conference calls and not having our full attention with the kids and not being professionally trained teachers, either. >> reporter: so after making some tough cuts to the family budget, they took ronin and ila out of public schooled and enrolled them at a nearby catholic school. virtual learning is less of a challenge for liam who remains in public school. >> we had to do a lot of number crunching but we felt like it was something that we had to do. >> reporter: they are not alone. an increasing number of parents are looking for alternatives to virtual learning leading to an alarming drop in public school enrollment nationwide. >> right now people are in survival mode in my personal perspective. >> reporter: dennis good win superintendent of the murphy elementary school district in phoenix understands why parents are making the move. >> going to a charter or another school that is open for them, i completely respect and understand that and their situations. >> reporter: but that doesn't make his job any easier, having just taken his district one of
arizona's poorest out of bankruptcy, he now faces another crisis, an 8% drop in enrollment this year. >> some went to charters, some just moved out of the area. we can't find them. and we are not alone in that. >> reporter: fall enrollment in chicago's public schools is at a 20-year low. massachusetts has seen a nearly 4% drop. fairfax county public schools in virginia shows enrollment this school year is down nearly 5%. miami, los angeles, charlotte and new york all reporting declines. revenue is based on student enrollment, fewer students means fewer resources allocated to school districts. >> you still have to provide all the same services that you have had before but just having less dollars to be able to accomplish that. >> what are the longer-term consequences of students and teachers not being able to get the resources this he need because of budget cuts? >> kids fall behind. >> reporter: fewer students in
public schools also contributes to a growing socioeconomic divide, millions of families depend on schools for child care and meals in addition to education. >> it just makes things a lot more difficult when you lose students. >> that was bianna golodryga reporting. really devastating phenomenon out of all of this. well, job growth is growing -- slowing, rather. will that get congress to start -- really start negotiating? where the stimulus deal stands. we will have an update. with allstate, you can really save.
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economists had been forecasting and things could get worse as millions of americans face a benefit cliff as it's being called in weeks if there is not a stimulus deal. notably that would happen a day after christmas. jeeng me now kevin hassett, he is a former senior economic adviser to president trump. kevin, good to have you on this morning. >> great to be here, jim. thanks. >> so this job report today was disappointing, why do you think this shortfall? >> right. well, i think, you know, you highlighted a really important thing, which is that there is going to be a cliff for the extra unemployment insurance benefits that's going to kick in at the end of the month and it's absolutely essential that republicans and democrats get together and at least pass a stimulus bill that gets us into next year so that president-elect biden and the new team potentially in march could then extend it for the rest of the year, but right now we need another stimulus and the reason is not that the data that we're seeing are so bad, so the jobs report was super disappointing, you're right, but it was still a positive number, but the thing is what's happening is that the cases have
skyrocketed so much we are above 200,000 a day and there's a vaccine coming so it's very prudent for people to be even more cautious because a month or two from now maybe they get a vaccine. so we all expect that starting really, you know, in december, late december, going into january and february that we're going to have a slowdown that's not as big as what we saw in the second quarter when we had the biggest decline since world war ii, but it's going to be comparable. so the first quarter is very unlikely not to look like a big recession again and so it's very important to have a stimulus. so i think that this sort of creeping down in the jobs number that you saw here, it's the first glimpse of something you said could but i'm going to would, like it's almost sure -- surely it's going to be the case that if we don't pass a stimulus that january numbers are going to be huge and negative. >> okay. there are a lot of experts who looked at past stimulus packages and said the money that really worked was the money you immediately got into people's pockets, right, whether they be direct stimulus checks or
unemployment benefits. this current compromise bill puts $300 on top of state unemployment benefits, so half of what it was before. is that where you believe the money should be focused? >> yeah, so what i would do is i would extend the ppp program which is loans to small basis which are easy to forgive if they just keep their workers around and stay open even if they have to shut down a lot in january as they wait for a vaccine and expanded ui benefits. no he is two things have been tried and proven, they've gotten bipartisan support in the past and i can think of great ideas to add to the stimulus bill other than that, but it's too late for that. it's a lame duck session. we need to look at things that we have already agreed to in the past and just extend them through march or so and then the next congress can come together in march and think about what next. but i do think that the light is, you know, really quite visible at the end of the tunnel. we have vaccines that are very close to approval, we've got, you know, airlines getting ready to move them all around so as soon as they're approved within
a day or two people are going to start getting vaccinated. once that gets going i expect maybe 50, 100 million people a month next year will get vaccinated so by the late spring we really should see finally a chance to get back to normal. i miss being in the studio with you, jim. >> i hear you. well, we all miss face-to-face. >> yeah. >> where is the president in all of this? you say you need to have compromise between democrats and republicans on stimulus, the president is tweeting about, you know, false claims of election fraud. should he be involved in pushing for a deal? >> you know, focusing on the stimulus that as you remember i left the white house and thought i was done with it, but i went back for a few months to help on the economic response to the pandemic and i thought that -- in fact, i even said on your show while i was still at the white house that i was almost sure that we were going to have a stimulus bill last july or so and then i think everything fell apart because that's politics, you know, and, you know, maybe democrats thought that they shouldn't let trump have a
victory before the election and they put a lot of what i would call poison pills in the bill at the end. the fact is now politics is kind of mostly behind us, that there's -- you know, there's an economy that needs our help and i think that there's bipartisan agreement on the hill that they can find things that they agree about, like the ui benefit, $300 and the ppp. so i really expect this time -- maybe it's lucy and the football, but i expect this time they're going to do it and they're going to do it soon. the president is for sure, you know, still out there contesting, but the fact is that, you know, he loves the country, too, and he wants the economy to be strong and if the bill comes to the white house, you know, there's every expectation that he will sign it. >> yes or no is it time for the president to concede this election? >> oh, that's not my job. i'm an economist. so i'm not going to weigh into all that stuff. but, yeah, you know, bring in political scientists, you know horks weigh all the evidence and talk about that. talking about the economy -- >> weighing the evidence? >> it's time for him to sign a stimulus bill. >> all right. sometime for the president to
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♪ ♪ heart monitors that let your doctor watch over you, just like you watch over your best friend. another life-changing technology from abbott, so you don't wait for life. you live it. president trump has raised more than $207 million since he lost the election. primarily by pushing baseless election fraud claims to his supporters. there is a real and dangerous cost to this to the people he is targeting with those lies. this weekend, the president will
head to georgia, whose republican governor and secretary of state he has attacked for weeks now. trump has called secretary of state brad raffensperger an enemy of the people. accused him of taking part in an election fraud. since then brad raffensperger and his wife have received death threats and they are not alone. a top election official in the state, a republican pleaded for the rhetoric to stop. >> stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence. someone is going to get hurt. someone is going to get shot. someone is going to get killed. >> that official, gabriel sterling now has police protections around his homes due to threats he has received as well. a young election worker in georgia accused of treason found a noose left outside his house and members of his family election officials say have received death threats as well. both republican georgia senators up for re-election and the trump
campaign have now condemned the threats, the white house press secretary too have condemned them but so far silence from the president himself. this just didn't happening in georgia. a front line investigation reports that election officials and poll workers in as many as
five states have faced threats. michigan's attorney general is investigating threats made against members of the wayne county board of canvasser's. arizona democratic, katy hobbs issued a statement he'll continue to do her job despite threats to her and her family. al schmidt, republican city commissioner of philadelphia told "60 minutes" his office has also received death threats. this is happening across the country to republicans and democrats doing their job. it's not normal, it's not acceptable. so as the president gets set to hold his first rally in georgia
many understand are on edge. ryan young is covering it all. >> reporter: just a lot of questions about what the next 48 hours will bring to the state of georgia. look at the last two weeks we have seen large protests outside the state capitol, people are basically saying they plan not to vote for the republicans because
they feel like the election is already rigged. so they do believe that donald trump coming to town could sway a lot of people back to the election process. you're talking about two seats open for control of the senate so all eyes are on the state of georgia and over $300 million has already been spent with this election in terms of advertising. you turn the tv on here you're plastered with the ads attacking each other. then you have mike pence also coming here today, friday, for a large senate rally. and donald trump will be here tomorrow. the big question is whether or not he'll stay on message. you see big name republicans reaching out to the president
hoping he will stay on message when it comes to making sure the senate race goes the way a lot of republicans want to see. it was a surprise for folks to see georgia go from red to blue. of course, stacey abrams and barack obama will be holding virtual events here to make sure democrats are still in the fight here. but all eyes are on donald trump as he comes back for the first political rally despite the rain consider. one last thing, there's a video circulating the internet right now that shows something in fulton county with the computer and the state said there's no voting irregularities, but still this mismessaging is spreading all over the internet in a state that typically voted red. >> it's already been debunked yet the president continues to share them. with coronavirus records set every day, the president-elect has a plan to slow the spread. we'll give you details.
very good friday morning to you i'm jim sciutto, poppy has the day off. coronavirus is now the leading cause of death in the u.s. this week. and let this number sink in, 538,000 people. that is the total number of american deaths, a key model now projects by april, about double of where we are now. that model has been fairly accurate. yesterday the u.s. shattered daily records across the boards with deaths and hospitalizations. but they say wearing masks along with the vaccine would save 66,000 lives. that's why president-elect biden is planning to ask this right after he takes office. >> i'm going to ask the public