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tomorrow with president biden. don? this is "don lemon tonight." welcome, everyone. i am here broadcasting live to you from beautiful cincinnati. that's where tomorrow i'm going to be moderating cnn's town hall with the president of the united states, joe biden. coming to you from the iconic union terminal train station. isn't it beautiful? it's an art deco masterpiece that in its 88-year history has hosted presidents, vice presidents, and candidates like then candidate joe biden himself during the campaign. we're so happy to be here. the president is coming back to town to face voters six months after taking the oath of office in an america that can really do amazing things like go to space. you saw that today. like create miracle vaccines. we've witnessed that. but we cannot bridge the political divide that is tearing
us apart. billionaires taking to their own rockets way up into space. amazon's jeff bezos built a company and built his own rocket ship and took off for space. he did that today. bezos telling our very own anderson cooper that he is looking to the future. >> we have lots of problems on earth and we have poverty, we have hunger, we have all kinds of problems. we have climate disasters, we have pollution. we have to work on the here and now. and we have to look to the future. we as a society, as a civilization, as humanity, we've always done that. >> so we can go to space. we can create amazing vaccines, safe, effective and ahead of even the most ambitious schedules. vaccines that save lives that even when it is life or death we can't bridge the political divide and convince more people to get vaccinated. cases are sadly on the rise all across this country. an average of more than 34,000 new cases every single day.
97% of patients in hospitals are unvaccinated. and 99.5% of people who die are unvaccinated. president biden urging the holdouts to get the shots. >> we have to stay vigilant, especially with the delta variant that's out there. while covid-19 cases are rising, virtually all of the covid deaths, virtually all of the covid deaths and hospitalizations are from unvaccinated people. let me say it again. virtually all are from unvaccinated people. that means the safest thing to do is to get vaccinated. get vaccinated. that's why we're focusing on our next phase on getting the unvaccinated vaccinated. i know it seems like a constant uphill climb, but gradually we're making progress. we've got a way to go yet. >> the reality is most of the cases we're seeing now, 83%, the delta variant. the fact is it's not a serious
threat to people who are vaccinated, but it is a threat to the unvaccinated. yet here we are. with miracle vaccines and far too many people refusing to take them. far too many people buying in to the misinformation that is literally killing us. a majority of vaccine holdouts say that they're not at all likely to even get the shot, no matter what anybody says. only a quarter or less say that they'd be likely to change their minds. that's according to a new axios/ipsos poll. nothing seems to be making a dent. not even the deaths of children too young to be vaccinated. the cdc director dr. rochelle walensky pushing back on people who try to argue that not that many children have died. >> one thing i just want to note with the children is i think we fall into this flawed thinking of saying that only 400 of these 600,000 deaths from covid-19 have been in children. children are not supposed to
die. and so 400 is a huge amount for a respiratory season. >> but the misinformation keeps spreading. even -- or especially on capitol hill. that's where the delta variant has been detected. prompting the capitol doctor to urge members to get vaccinated and to consider masking up. that is one of the chief vaccine deniers, senator rand paul, tried to make dr. anthony fauci into his personal punching bag today as they went head to head over the senator bogus claims at the national institutes of health somehow played a role in funding research that led to the origins of the pandemic. dr. fauci was definitely not having it. >> dr. fauci, knowing it is a crime to lie to congress, do you wish to retract your statement of may 11th where you claimed that the nih never funded gain of function research in wuhan? >> senator paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly. and i want to say that
officially. you do not know what you are talking about. this is a pattern that senator paul has been doing now at multiple hearings based on no reality. he keeps talking about gain of function. this has been evaluated multiple times by qualified people to not fall under the gain of function definition. i have not lied before congress. i have never lied. certainly not before congress. you are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individual. i totally resent that -- >> it could have been -- >> and if anybody's lying here, senator, it is you. >> what is wrong with rand paul? seriously. i know that's what you at home are thinking because i'm thinking the same thing. what's wrong with him? what is he trying to prove? there's nothing to prove there. and he keeps embarrassing himself. rand paul, stop it. you look like an idiot. the lying, the misinformation,
it's why we can't bridge the political gap even though our lives are at stake and you still have people who are acting like rand paul. here's what a recent "washington post"/abc news poll found, that 47% of republicans were unlikely to get vaccinated. only 6% of democrats were. so it's no surprise that the white house is trying to fix this, trying to bridge the gap, by reaching out to, wait for it, the fox propaganda network. yep, the home of vaccine hesitancy and the outright hostility from the likes of tucker carlson and laura ingraham. though some hosts, some have talked about the positives of the vaccine. the white house press secretary jen psaki saying this today. >> we understand also the importance of reaching fox's audience about the covid-19 vaccines and their benefits and like we are with all of you here today we of course are in regular contact. >> and sean hannity, who previously downplayed the pandemic but has been in favor of vaccines, calling on his audience to take covid
seriously. >> please take covid seriously. i can't say it enough. enough people have died. we don't need any more deaths. research like crazy. talk to your doctor, your doctors, medical professionals you trust based on your unique medical history, your current medical condition, and you and your doctor make a very important decision for your own safety. take it seriously. you also have a right to medical privacy. doctor-patient confidentiality is also important. and it absolutely makes sense for many americans to get vaccinated. i believe in science. i believe in the science of vaccination. >> let's see if this sticks, if he sticks to that message. we'll see. mitch mcconnell today urging anybody listening to get vaccinated. >> if there's anybody out there willing to listen, get vaccinated. these shots need to get in everybody's arm as rapidly as
possible or we're going to be back in a situation in the fall that we don't yearn for that we went through last year. >> steve scalise vaccinated with his first dose over the weekend, reportedly because of concerns about the delta variant. >> are you telling constituents to get vaccinated? >> sure. yeah. i've been vaccinated. again, i have high confidence in the process that was used to bring these vaccines. in fact, it's not only saving lives in america but it's saving lives worldwide through american ingenuity. >> our government officials had the opportunity to be vaccinated a long time ago before everyone. so now we'll see. i hope this works. this new turn of events. change of heart or attitude. but that may not be enough to get across a political divide. i hope it is. but it may not be enough. to come together as americans, to do amazing things, to get
things done together. president biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal teetering on the brink tonight with a key vote tomorrow afternoon. and then there is a division over the big lie that fueled the attack by a trump-supporting mob trying to overturn our free and fair election. we all saw with our own eyes, yet far too many deniers in the gop are trying to whitewash what happened, trying to stop the january 6th select committee from getting to the truth. >> we know what this is about. this is about the democrats attacking the president again, president trump again like they've done for what, now five years. >> no, this is not about attacking the former president at all. this is about the attacks by his supporters, beating hero police officers, attempting to defend the seat of our government. the doj releasing new video tonight from police body cameras. i need to warn you because what you're about to see and hear is truly disturbing but it is the truth of what happened on that terrible day. you're going to see a rioter taking a swing at police with an
american flag, officers shoved and writhing in pain. >> get back! >> that is the truth of what happened. the truth far too many in the gop are trying to bury. we just can't seem to bridge the political divide. the divide over the pandemic that is killing us. the divide over the big lie that is threatening our democracy. but like i said, we can still do amazing things. president joe biden making that clear today. >> i'm making it absolutely clear that democracy is more capable, more cavable, and america is back. whether it's helping vacs naift the world -- we're not just vaccinating ourselves. we're going to help vaccinate the world.
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and we're back now live from cincinnati. you know, high stakes for president joe biden six months into his presidency with covid cases surging and his massive bipartisan infrastructure bill facing its first big test on the hill tomorrow. senate republicans expected to block a vote that would advance the legislation. although both sides say talks will continue with the goal of trying to advance it next week. a lot to discuss now. i'm so happy to have cnn's political director mr. david chalian here and also senior commentator john kasich, the former governor of ohio, who is not joining us here in ohio but john, we're happy to have you. i just have to warn you and our viewers -- >> you're our big -- you know,
don, you are big-time. your mother's got to be -- i mean, i know she's proud of you. big-time. you're going to be doing a town hall with the president. can you believe it, lemon? it's unbelievable. >> yeah, i think my mom already knows that. thank you very much, though, john kasich. i appreciate it. >> i'm saying she's proud of you. >> i know. thank you very much. i appreciate it. i'm just having fun with you. but i've got to get to the business at hand. talk to me about where this country is when it comes to the president. his significant accomplishments early. covid is back. at first we thought it was over, right? but he's got a lot on his plate. much of his agenda is stalled. so what do we do? >> i think the state of this moment six months in for joe biden is that he's a president presiding over a country that is extraordinarily divided. and while he talked a lot in the
campaign and his inaugural about getting through those divisions. on covid, don, that is the thing that the country has actually rallied around joe biden on. it is by far his highest approval rating in all the polls, is his handling of covid. we'll see if that holds with this resurgence we're seeing primarily among unvaccinated americans right now. but that has been his strong suit. he is dealing with a moment in time right now where this virus is not fully behind in the country. clearly it's not. and he's going to need to keep that front and center while his major legislative packages, the infrastructure, the hard infrastructure, roads and brimgz, and the soft human infrastructure are sort of facing this do or die moment on capitol hill. >> well, you're saying that's his highest approval rating. but is it fair to blame the misinformation and the people who are not getting vaccinated on the president? he had sxiz administration quite frankly have been out there
every day telling people to get vaccinated. there is resistance and hesitancy in the country. i'm sure there is something he could do but i don't know what that is, what more administration could do. >> by no means am i blaming the misinformation that's out there on the vaccine on joe biden at all. in fact, i think even among some people who didn't vote for joe biden, they approve of the way he's been handling the covid crisis in this country. clearly, the president has to keep doing what he's doing in the sense of on the vaccine every day hammering away and urging americans to get vacs nai vaccinated. but there's only so far that will go. i don't know how much this is in joe biden's control, to get a lot of people that tune out joe biden or in information echo chambers that do not convey the president's message of what he's trying to do on the vaccine, it's going to be very hard for joe biden to reach those. other folks are going to need to reach those americans. >> governor, you're the former governor of this state. biden and you both believe that he could work with republicans.
but even more importantly you both believe that republicans would work with him. were you right or were you wrong? >> well, look, i mean, two things. first of all, the mood and the tone in our country's much better. i mean, people aren't waking up in the morning trying to figure out what the heck just happened down there in the white house. and that's been a really good positive. but i will tell you, don, i think joe biden is frankly afraid to offend the left wing of his party. and that stops it. you may have an infrastructure bill. the minute they negotiate an infrastructure bill the left goes crazy and then he goes, well, we're not going to do this if we don't get the $6 trillion package. and you know, then he had to walk that back. at some point a leader has to be willing to say to the members of his own party, particularly those that are not in the middle of this country, those who are on the extreme, you've got to say sorry, we're not going to go there. and the problem he has of course is some republicans no matter
what he does aren't going to cooperate with him. but look, we're getting close to this infrastructure package. infrastructure as i know it. when they talk about soft infrastructure, that's a new term that just got invented by some people. there are parts of that that are good. but you can't just shove it down everybody's throat. you need to break it up in pieces and see what you can get done. so a number of things going on here. but people are not waking up saying hey, honey, did you hear what the president did? and that's a positive for our country. >> all right, david, i've got to ask you concerning what he said because democrats, even progressives like bernie sanders, alexandria ocasio-cortez, so far they have hung with the president. i mean, is it fair to -- you think it's fair what john is saying, that he's offending -- he can't offend the left wing of his party? they seem to have stood by him. is the resistance really coming from the left wing of his party? >> actually, i think one of the big surprises of this first six months of the biden administration is how much the left has stayed on board. i really think -- we expected
and anticipated those divisions that exist inside the democratic party to really come to a fore. now, i think covid, don, kept a lot of that at bay initially because they were so unified in getting the relief package passed and getting their arms around this virus, that that was mission critical number one. but now i don't see this as a president that is fearful of the left. i actually think this is a president putting together some of the most progressive initiatives that we've seen in decades in this country put forward in this democratic-only reconciliation bill, the soft infrastructure if you will. there is some sort of historic investments that joe biden is making that have been on the progressive wish list. i don't know that that's fearful of the party. i think he's investing in the way that aoc and bernie sanders are eager to see. >> go ahead, john. >> he just made my point. he's doing the bidding of the left. the problem he's going to have with the.
so infrastructure package, this additional $3 trillion in spending with we don't even know all the taxes but a lot of them -- look, larry summers, the former democrat guy who was running the -- you know, the treasury department, has warned about inflation. we're seeing inflation tailed, which hurts everybody. but what we know is that there are many democrats who are not on the left. we have democrats who are more conservative who are worried about getting re-elected. and so david made the good case. yeah, bernie sanders, elizabeth warren, they're all happy. but that's not where the party is. and frankly, that's not the way that joe biden ran for president. he ran for president -- >> but david, with all due respect -- two different arguments -- you seem to be making two different arguments here. you are saying that he's getting pulled by the left but the party is actually more centrist. >> yes. >> i don't understand your argument there because as david
is -- >> my argument -- >> -- saying is the real story is the left has stood by him. it doesn't seem -- quite honestly doesn't seem like your argument is making sense. if you look at the democrats who are elected across this country, if you look at the mayor -- let me finish my point, john. we have a delay. >> go ahead. i'm listening. >> the mayor elected in new york city -- okay, we have a delay so -- yeah. okay. >> i'm listening. >> if you look at the people who are actually elected among democrats, it is moderate democrats. it's not the left. the left may be getting -- >> correct. >> -- maybe the most media attention. maybe the media has somehow bought into the republican narrative of what the democratic party is. but that's not what the actual passporty is. and perhaps that is not what joe biden is. perhaps joe biden is doing the leading instead of the left leading him. >> you see, that's where i disagree. i think he is doing -- listen, the reason why those on the left are happy is because bernie sanders and elizabeth warren are really happy about it.
eric adams, the new mayor of new york, it looks like he's going to be terrific, he is moderate. and what i'm saying to you is when it comes to this big package of spending and taxes you're going to see the conservative democrats sort of say oh, no, i don't think we can go for that. so what i'm suggesting to you is biden should be more in the center. he ran as a centrist. he didn't run for $6 trillion in spending and all these taxes. he never uttered any of that it on the campaign trail. he was to the right of elizabeth warren. he was to the right of all those other candidates. but i don't think he's governing that way. look, he's doing a good job on the infrastructure. i hope that becomes a habit. and the mood and the tone is better. and i welcome all that. >> david, i'll give you the last word. >> i just think what governor kasich is saying is actually making the case for why joe biden's approaching these two legislative pieces the way he is on this dual track. that he is making this all-out effort for bipartisanship, don, not only because he thinks that's the way the country is
best governed but also because it's what joe manchin and kirstin sinema sort of demand. they want a full-out effort for bipartisanship in order to join with all the democrats on these other priorities. he's got to work both of those at the same time. that's why tomorrow is so critical. because if it falls apart it's all going to get collapsed into one big package and that is going to be a tough sell to keep all the democrats on board with. >> i lied. i said i was going to give you the last word. but i'll take the last word. happy birthday to you. >> oh, thanks. >> appreciate you. 25. again. thank you, john. appreciate you. >> hey, don, good luck tomorrow. good luck. >> thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you, john. next up, dr. fauci's on capitol hill. he's not going to take any more nonsense, especially from guess who, senator rand paul. >> if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ so just in case you missed it, we have a tense exchange we want to play for you between dr. anthony fauci and senator rand paul. it happened on capitol hill today. paul suggesting fauci is lying to congress, prompting dr. fauci to angrily tell the senator that he doesn't know what he is talking about. paul pushing unfounded claims
that the national institutes of health played a role in funding research that led to the pandemic and suggesting without evidence that the nih, the national institutes of health, funded so-called gain of function research. that's where work's done on viruses to make them grow better or make them more infectious. here's how it went down. >> dr. fauci, knowing it is a crime to lie to congress, do you wish to retract your statement of may 11th where you claimed that the nih never funded gain of function research in wuhan? >> senator paul, i have never lied before the congress -- >> microphone, doc. >> your microphone. >> senator paul, i have never lied before the congress. and i do not retract that statement. this paper that you are referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function. >> so you're saying --
>> let me finish. >> you take an animal virus and increase its transmissability to houston, you'r humans, you're says that's not gain of of function? >> that's correct. senator paul, you do not know what you're talking about, quite frankly. and i want to say that officially. you do not know what you are talking about. you get one person -- >> the nih -- >> can i answer -- >> this is your definition that you guys wrote. it says that scientific research that increases the transmillity -- transmissability among animals is gain of function. they took animal viruses that only occur in animals and they increased their transmissability to humans. how you can say that is not gain of function -- >> it is not. >> it's a dance and you're dancing around this because you're trying to obscure responsibility for 4 million people dying around the world from a pandemic. >> let's let dr. fauci -- >> now you're getting into something -- if the point that you are making is that the grant
that was funded as a subaward from eco health to wuhan created sars-cov-2, that's where you are getting, let me finish -- >> we don't know. >> wait a minute. >> all the evidence is pointing that it came from the lab and there will be responsibility for those who funded the lab including yourself. >> i totally resent -- >> allow the witness to respond. >> i totally resent the lie that you are now propagating, senator. because if you look at the viruses that were used in the experiments that were given in the annual reports that were published in the literature, it is molecularly impossible -- >> no one's saying those viruses caused it. >> it is molecularly -- >> what we're alleging is gain of function research was going on in that lab and nih funded it. >> that is not -- >> you can't get away from it. it meets your definition. and you are obfuscating the truth. >> i'm not obfuscating the truth.
you are the one -- >> your time has expired. but i will allow the witness -- >> let me just finish. i want everyone to understand that if you look at those viruses, and that's judged by qualified virologists and evolutionary biologists, those viruses are molecularly impossible to -- >> no one's saying they are. no one's saying those viruses caused the pandemic. >> senator paul -- >> we're saying they are gain of function viruses because they're animal viruses that became more transmissible in human and you funded it -- >> and you -- and you implying -- >> senator paul, your time has expired and i will allow witnesses who come before this committee to respond. doctor. >> and you are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals. i totally resent that -- >> it could have been. >> and if anybody is lying here, senator, it is you. >> senator smith. >> thank you, dr. fauci.
and thanks to all of our panelists for being here today. and thank you, chairman and ranking member burr. i just want to say, dr. fauci, is there anything more that you would like to say no counteract these attacks on your integrity that we've all just witnessed? >> well, senator, thank you. i don't think i have anything further to say. this is a pattern that senator paul has been doing now at multiple hearings, based on no reality. he keeps talking about gain of function. this has been evaluated multiple times by qualified people to not fall under the gain of function definition. i have not lied before congress. i have never lied. certainly not before congress. case closed. >> you know, this is the first time that dr. fauci has rebuked senator paul over unsubstantiated statements. and it may not be the last, sadly. so what was that all about?
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welcome back, everyone, to to beautiful cincinnati and the cincinnati union terminal. werp live here. you know, the senate is holding a hearing today, held a hearing today that was supposed to be about the federal covid response. but gop senator rand paul using it to attack dr. fauci in a fiery exchange in what has become a very familiar pattern during covid hearings. we played it for you just in the last segment. so joining me now to discuss cnn's medical analyst dr. jonathan reiber. he is director of the cardiac catheterization program at george washington university hospital. it's always a pleasure to have him on. it up, doctor. i appreciate it. doctor, this is not the first time the two men have gone at it. listen to this, and then we'll talk. >> let me just state for the record that masks are not theater. masks are protective.
and we -- >> if you have immunity they're theater. if you already have immunity you're wearing a mask to give comfort to others. you're not wearing a mask because of any science. >> i totally disagree with you. >> dr. fauci, do you still support funding of the nih funding of the lab in wuhan? >> senator paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect. >> dr. fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to congress, do you wish to retract your statement of may 11th where you claimed that the nih never funded gain of function research in wuhan? >> stoerenator paul, you do notw what you are talking about, quite frankly. and i want to say that officially. you do not know what you are talking about. >> okay. so dr. reiner, you're a doctor. rand paul is supposedly a doctor. and yet he is picking these fights. why does he continue to beclown himself, and how is this helping the federal covid response? >> well, it obviously doesn't
help the covid response, don. look, from the -- almost from the outset senator paul has been trying to deflect or sort of mask is the prior administration's disastrous response and sort of throw blame on others, and particularly dr. tony fauci. and what he did dishonestly today was really conflate two issues. you know, he raised this issue of the national institute of allergy and infectious disease support for a research lab at that wuhan institute. and he tried to basically, you know, link that to the sars-cov-2 virus. he tried to make it sound like the research that was occurring under the support of nih led to the sars-cov-2 virus. and that's what enraged dr. fauci. you know, understandably so.
he's really -- senator paul is the person who while he was waiting for his covid lab results to come back decided it was a great idea to take a swim in the senate pool. he's the person that during the hottest days of the virus in january refused to wear a mask on the senate floor. and to this day he has refused to be vaccinated, claiming that he has all the immunity that he needs. look, he picks a fight with somebody who, you know, is perhaps the world's expert on this topic and something that he really knows very little about. >> a pediatrician group finding 23,000 children caught the coronavirus last week. and i just want you to listen to what the cdc director is saying about that today. here it is. >> one thing i just want to note with the children is i think we fall into this flawed thinking of saying only 400 of these
600,000 deaths from covid-19 have been in children. children are not supposed to die. and so 400 is a huge amount for a respiratory season. >> dr. reiner, i know a lot of people took comfort earlier in this pandemic that kids weren't getting sick. but she is making a very good point there. children are still in danger. right? how should people be thinking about this? >> yeah. 400 fatalities in children is an enormous toll. the worst year on record for flu was two years ago when 188 children died. and that was unacceptable. so the way to think about it is this, don. even though the case fatality rate for covid in children is very low, if you multiply that very low number but a very large number of infections, we'll see a completely unacceptable tragic number of children dying. so even if only .001% of
children die, if millions of children become infected we'll see a, you know, tragic horrible number of children getting very sick and dying. that's the point that dr. walensky was trying to make. >> and the cdc director dr. walensky saying today that the highly transmissible delta variant now makes up 83% of new covid cases. that's up from 58% earlier this month. this variant is clearly highly transmissible. what do both vacs naifted and unvacs naifted people need to know, doctor? >> so vaccinated people need to know that they are very well protected. it is extraordinarily unlikely that they will become ill. it's actually unlikely that they will become infected. it's much more unlikely that they will become ill. and almost impossible for them to die. the unvaccinated need to know that you can die from this virus.
it is much more transmissible. and you can very well die. all the people in hospitals now essentially are unvaccinated around the country. there were 7,000 new cases in florida today. in two weeks we're going to start to see again unacceptably high levels of death coming out of the south and southwest and up through the midwest in this country. it doesn't have to happen. this is happening in unvaccinated people. we have the answer. it's just the shot. get the shot. >> get the shot. during the height of the pandemic dr. reiner was our nightly house call. and here we are back with our nightly house calls again with dr. reiner. it's a pleasure to see you, but i wish it was under bet yerl circumstances, doctor. thank you so much for joining me. i really appreciate it. >> my pleasure. so the former president likes to tout him as a friend. but i want you to take this. tom brady is taking shots at trump. that's next. [swords clashing]
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then beyond if we extend it, or $300 a month if their child's under 6. it will lift 40% of american kids out of poverty. it makes a big deal. i did a bunch of roundtables around ohio a couple weeks ago, and you hear these stories. first time a mother said i can send my son to a summer camp. a father said, i can buy softball equipment for my daughter to play fast pitch softball. others have said, you know, i'm anxious every month, the last week of the month just to figure out how to pay my rent. this makes a huge difference for those families, and the good part about it, don, is these families, they choose. we don't -- don lemon, sherrod brown, we don't make the decision about how they're going to spend their money. they do. and it empowers these families to launch their children and give them more opportunity as they grow up. >> empowering and transformative as it has been described by some democrats in washington. senator, ohio is a