tv Inside Politics With John King CNN September 13, 2021 9:00am-10:00am PDT
hello, and welcome to "inside politics," i'm john king in washington. thank you for sharing what is a very very busy news day. the democrats collide over the biden agenda and its price tag. there are major decisions coming this week, both sides publicly digging in over how big that package should be.
today joe biden makes a final campaign pitch for the california governor. voters decide if gavin newsom stays or goes and even before the votes are counted, the top republican insists outcome is rigged. and former president donald trump spends the day, many are clearly worried a 2024 run would bring another defeat. we begin the hour, though, with the covid crisis and the nation's biggest back-to-school challenge. new york city today, right now, 1 million students back in the classroom for full-time in-person learning. this as experts say there is hope vaccines will be authorized for kids age 5 to 11 by halloween. there is a vaccine mandate for teachers in new york, but the deadline is not by today. polo sandoval is tracking this very big day for us in new york city. polo. >> reporter: john, good afternoon to you, those students
are well into the first days of classes. some parents did decided to take the city's offer up on sending their children to school for in-person learning in the last semester. what's different is the remote learning that we have experienced for the last year and a half, that is no longer being offered by the new york department of education. close to a million students headed back to class early this morning, and the school district, rather the city and the department of education have been working for the last 18 months to reassure parents, students and staff that it is safe to come back, that including boosting ppe supplies. hepa air purifies put in place in most classrooms, and as we heard from mayor bill de blasio, also no steps overlooked ahead of today's big return to class. >> kids coming to school today all across this city are going to experience a gold standard of
health and safety measures. and as everyone knows, the coming days, every single adult in our schools is going to be vaccinated. >> reporter: so remember, teachers at this school system have until september 27th to get the first shot. in terms of where they stand right now, 3/4 of them have gotten at least that first shot. about 65% of students ages 12 to 17 have also at least that one shot starting this week. also expecting to see hundreds of locations, vaccination locations at school campuses to make sure that the students who are eligible, who can't get the vaccine, can't actually get it there. you mentioned at the top, there's high hopes some students will be able to get the shots. younger ones certainly watching that as they send their kids back to school today. >> remarkable experiment beginning today in new york city. let's hope this goes well. polo sandoval, let me show you
some of the numbers driving the coronavirus crisis. if you look at the case count, there's evidence of a leveling off of covid infections. we need to be careful. on sunday, 144,316 new infections, you see back a few days, line is way up here, you see a tapering off. let's hope that continues. 144,000 yesterday, one year ago, it was 34,000. even if we have a plateau or slow tapering off, we are in a much dire situation than we were one year ago. hospitalizations per 100,000 residents in your states, you do not want to be dark green, alabama, georgia, florida, kentucky, the highest hospitalization rate in the kentucky right now per capita, and what about children, as we go back to school, new york back, many school districts already back. there are 2,251 american children in the hospital with covid-19. six months ago, that number was 969. on this point, let's bring in expertise, dr. david kim
berland, the codirector of the p pediatric disease. i appreciate your time. i understand you're just finishing your rounds and joining us. you are living this firsthand, you have seven children in your icu, as we watch back to school, and deal with the mask debate and the delta variant, what that's like, seven children, how high is that compared to a month ago, six months ago? >> it's much higher than what we have been seeing in the past, and numbers, well, perhaps the total number of new cases is slowing down, the important thing is we're still having new cases, and as these children are coming in, many of them are requiring intensive care support. many are on ventilators, ecmo, the heart lung bypass machine. this is ravaging children across our region, and i fear ultimately it may spread further across the united states with the new delta variant. >> as we watch this play out, i want to bring up the vaccine, you're in alabama, 40%, west
virginia and wyoming are just below 40%, the three states at the back of the pack when it comes to fully vaccinated their populations. if you look at vaccination by age, this is why the back-to-school conversation and your intensive care unit becomes so important. age 12 to 15, those eligible to be vaccinated 40% vaccinated. 67 to 17, 49% vaccinated. how important is it that the vaccine message get out not just to everybody but especially at this back-to-school moment for teenagers, and college-aged kids. >> it's critical. you know, if you're 12 and over, roll up your sleeve and get the vaccine. that ultimately is the way that we move through this, and i would add with that, we also need to have the layered kind of approach that i believe mayor de blasio was mentioning and that is to have masks for all children, all children in schools vaccinated or not, no matter what their age is, and for staff and teachers also to be masked while in school. if we do a layered kind of approach, including air
circulation and hepa filters and so forth, we can do this safely. but you got to start out of the block strong, and alabama, for instance, we had 30% of all of our school systems starting with a mask mandate. that was a month ago we went back to school. we now have 90% with a mask mandate because masking works. if you don't have masking you're going to have a problem. >> grateful for your time and insights, grateful for your emphasis on the key point. the cdc director saying today, three times more covid cases in places that are not masking their children in schools than places that do mask their children at school. as we have learned, selling mask and vaccine mandates is a giant political challenge. our cnn ssrs poll asked if vaccine mandates for every day activities, going to work, going to school, attending a sporting event or concert is than acceptable way to boost vaccinations or do you view it as an unacceptable infringement on your personal rights. take a look at this, the country is split.
51% say vaccine mandates are an acceptable way to boost across the country. 49% say it's unacceptable intrusion on their rights. let's break it down by party. should we require vaccines for every day activities, 80% of the democrats say that's acceptable. only 23% of republicans say that. 77% of republicans say no, that is unacceptable, and among indemnities, the middle of the electorate becomes critical as we move into the midterm elections. 44% say acceptable, 56%, the majority in the middle say unacceptable. if you're a republican challenger, asa hutchinson of arkansas, he's pushing people to get vaccinated. he says when a democratic president mandates vaccines, it's counter productive. >> we have to overcome resistance. this is a very serious deadly v vie virus, and we're all together in trying to get an increased level of vaccination out in the population. the problem is that i'm trying
to overcome resistance but the president's actions in a mandate hardens the resistance! >> here with me in studio to share reporting and insights, claudia congressional reporter, and jonathan martin, political reporter for the "new york times." it's fascinating. if you look at the polling, number one, a democratic president, telling republicans to get a vaccine, and then saying i'm going to mandate causes a reaction. you see here, 77% of republicans, they oppose that. this is interesting, 56% of independents say that's an unacceptable intrusion on their right. you see trouble for the president in his urging and in his mandates for vaccines in the polling. however, there's also some evidence in our new poll that the delta variant and perhaps the president is talking about are moving numbers somewhat his way. do you support vaccine mandates to attend school, 55% of
americans. sporting events, 55%, shopping in the grocery store, it's a plurality of 41%. in the big picture, the president is winning the argument but in the smaller groups, the subsets he needs to convince most he's losing. >> that's the point republican governors have been trying to make. president biden is effectively making their job harder by issuing mandates. in terms of whether that discouraging people at the end of the day whether to get vaccinated or not, i think the evidence is still out, and i think what was real interesting was that some of the companies that have mandated vaccines for their employees, it has been successful in terms of getting their employees vaccinated. united airlines did an interview with npr, since they announced their requirement more than 50% of their unvaccinated employees have gotten vaccinated. if you take a look at case
studies like that, the overall goal that president biden is trying to do, in some sense, mandates do work. now, does that apply in alabama, does that apply for other sectors, that's a question yet to be determined, but president biden knows that defeating the covid pandemic is going to be the central issue of his presidency, and mandates and vaccines are a huge part of that. >> it's the only way to do it t. this is a short-term pain for biden, yes, there's going to be a backlash when the white house mandates vaccine use across the country for every company that has more than a hundred employees, that's fairly inevitable in these polarized times. i think there is going to be backlash, but this is a longer term play by the white house. the play is this, we cannot breakthrough politically unless and until we have beaten this virus. that's all that matters politically for them. they have to get past the virus. the only way to do that is the
vaccine, if it means taking a hit for a few weeks or months, so be it. >> it's a striking point. right now you talk about the president taking the long-term bet that if he can s suppress covid. the republican governors opposing the vaccine mandate, many republicans would call them rhinos, more moderate centrist republicans but this is also the republicans are making a bet, are they not, when all of these republican governors say no to what the president says is the a vital weapon in the fight against covid. are they not putting their risks on the line as well. >> there's a political calculation for these governors. they need to keep an eye on what the residents of the states are calling for. they don't want to be told what to do. when it comes to paychecks, and employers, that is the real test when we see private employers
requiring these vaccination requirements and seeing that up tick in employees who are complying because they want to keep their jobs, and so it's a different test, but these governors at the same time, they do have a political calculation here in terms of their party and the message they're sending. >> it's remarkable. t it's not surprising given the polarization. we'll continue to track that up. it's a pivotal week for the biden agenda. house democrats say 3.5 billion is the magic number, and they would raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for it. and a key democrat says that price tag has to shrink and shrink a lot.
several house committee work on their pieces of a $3.5 trillion senate plan. a senate slow down may be the better word is looming. the planting the flag in very different places, first senator joe manchin right here on cnn. >> he will not have my vote on 3.5, and chuck knows that. >> what's the overall number for the budget bill? >> you have to look at it and figure out what you're going to do in a reasonable responsible way. >> how do you know it's not 3.5. >> we don't know where it's going to be. >> you think ballpark, 1, 1 1/2. >> just minutes later, senator bernie sanders delivering this response. >> it is absolutely not acceptable to me. i don't think it's acceptable to the president, to the american people or to the overwhelming majority of the people in the democratic caucus. i believe we're going to all sit down and work together and come up with a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill which deals
with the enormously unmet needs of working families. >> how do you take a flag that's planted at 1.5 and a flag that's planted at 3.5, normally pick them up and split the difference, but progressives like bernie sanders say we're not willing to do that. where do we go. >> we might have to break the flag poles and merge them together. what the progressives will tell you is that $3.5 trillion is already a compromise. we heard the negotiations earlier this year where they were floating around $6 trillion. the problem for senate democrats is they didn't get joe manchin, and kieryrsten sinema's buy in. i think there's such a strong political imperative for democrats to produce something through the reconciliation process by the end of the day. they know this is going to be a major legislate i have accomplishment that they take home to voters in advance of the
midterms. how that is shaped is unclear. there are very different ways to do it. for example, i'm not quite sure where senator manchin is, for example, on would it be okay if most of this was paid for. does that affect his thinking on the 1 to 1.5 trillion figure. these are a lot of questions they're facing right now, and democrats are trying to kind of massage through on their own. >> you heard senator is that rights, he said 3.5, he would like it to be higher. progressives in the house are going even more so, listen to jamal bowman, a house progressive, this is what we campaigned on, what is urgently needed and we should be prepared to vote for it, even if we lose. >> we have to go big right now in this moment. it's now or never when it comes to infrastructure and climate change and hurricane ida proved that to be true. we cannot just be thinking about the needs of our district. we have to think about the future of the planet and the future of humanity. >> it is hard to convince any
politician, democrat, republican, politician, there's an election next year, you're on the ballot, it's a volatile climate, cast this vote even if you might get punished back home. >> and the question becomes do folks like mr. bowman start exerting the same kind of authority in the house as manchin and sinema do in the senate. if the house progressives hold together that would create challenges, given the fact that pelosi said by the end of the month there's going to be a vote on the bipartisan bill on infrastructure. look, i think the political imperatives now are different than the start of the summer. i think at the start of this summer, the president was above water, and he's now below water in every survey. the pressure is now on him and his party to deliver, and i think it's going to be very difficult for democrats to go home at the end of this year without giving him some kind of victory, and that i think eventually is going to be the argument internally in
democratic politics is we can't deliver nothing. we have to do something. >> but that same argument leads to what we see happening right now, and every time you wander the halls on capitol hill, everybody knows their vote is necessary. no votes in the senate, so everybody says i'll vote for it if it has this, my pet project. mark warner, senator of virginia saying he would vote gagainst te 3.5 if money isn't added for housing assistance. every senator, and member of congress has to be what they believe to be legitimate concerns. there's also a question that could make this more intense. will the senate parliamentarian allow the democrats to put immigration reform in this bill. it is complicated enough to begin with, you add that explosive issue, and wow. >> exactly. the democrats presented their side of the argument this past friday, now we're waiting to hear what the senate parliamentarian, elizabeth mcdonough will say. i talked to her predecessor, and he said this issue has not been
litigated before, this question of whether immigration can be inside a reconciliation bill and so although hopes are high for advocacy groups, it seems the president is not there when it comes to including this, and that will be a really large hit when we talk about members who have eyes on certain targets of spending not seeing immigration get in there. >> there's so many different pieces of this, and this is literally crunch time. we'll learn a lot this week. stay with us. it is complicated but it's fascinating to follow. up next, president biden heading west right now to help the california governor gavin newsom, we count the recount votes tomorrow, and today we'll map out what to look for. you founded your kayak company because you love the ocean- not spreadsheets. you need to hire. i need indeed. indeed you do.
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president biden will join the california governor gavin newsom tonight for the last big democratic rally of the recall campaign. democrats including the governor are upbeat and the president is welcome. >> i couldn't be more blessed and honored to have president joe biden here, not only to have the backs of this call mpaign a this effort but the backs of 40 million californians. >> this is a recall election. let me show you what the ballot looks like. there are two questions, whether you're voting in person tomorrow, whether you have early voted, maybe you cast your
ballot on the last day. question one, should the governor be recalled, yes or no, that's what we'll count tomorrow night first. keep newsome or recall. can the governor stay. if california voters decide to recall their governor, then there are 40 plus candidates. gavin newsom is not among them to replace him. that is the question there. this is california, democrats are upbeat because if you look at the ballots returned so far, number one, they have a 2-1 voter registration advantage, the democrats do. the ballots are coming back, 52% democratic, 25% republican. bigger than the 2-1 record. this is from political data inc., a firm that tracks voting. they work mostly with democratic and independent groups, but we trust the data. at this point, let's bring to discuss from the golden state, cnn's jeff zeleny, and see ma modi.
bigger than 18 years ago when we got arnold schwarzenegger. joe biden wins california with 63% of the vote, in 2018, gavi newsom is elected governor. democrats have the advantage, are voters so mad enough democrats vote yes or stay home, right? >> sure. democrats have an enormous voting advantage in california. there's 5 million more democrats than republicans in the state. they knew going into this if they could turn out their voters, they would have a good shot at newsom retaining his job. none of our polling ever showed that. the only thing our polling showed, when it showed him in jeopardy, it was because democrats were apathetic about voting. it wasn't that they disapproved of his job performance, it's that they weren't excited about turning out. gavin newsom and his allies
spent $36 million over the course of four weeks in august, brought out heavy hitters, vice president kamala harris last week, they're bringing out president biden today, to really urge democrats to get out the vote, and it looks like from the vote by mail, they have been successful. that said, republicans are expected to turn out in large numbers on tuesday but at some point, the math simply won't work because there are so many many democrats in the state. >> the math does not work, democrats don't need everybody to participate but they need significant participation, jeff zeleny, which gets back to the point. i want to stretch out the map of california. governor newsom was the mayor of san francisco. this is his base, san francisco and the bay area, a lot of democrats there. and you come down to los angeles. 72% for him. you look at joe biden in the presidential race in 2020, 71% for him. los angeles, obviously huge state. so the president's coming out, jeff, on the final day to try to convince democrats, if you haven't cast your ballot, either put it in the mail or show up tomorrow. i assume the president would not
be coming unless democrats were quite optimistic. >> there's no doubt about that. president biden initially was going to come out here a couple of weeks ago, even before labor day we were told. but we know what has been happening in washington, of course, afghanistan withdrawal chaotic, the fight against covid-19, the domestic agenda, all of that took precedent, but president biden would not be coming to california on the eve of what democrats fear could be a disappointing outcome. what he is trying to do is get a bit of the glow that they believe will come out of this race tomorrow. now, president biden of course his name is nowhere near the ballot. gavin newsom's name isn't on the ballot either. should the governor be recalled or not. the policies of the biden administration are in the conversation here, in terms of mandates for vaccines, mandates for masking. this has become a nationalized race. the democrats have tried to make it so. larry elder, the leading
republican candidate is an extension of donald trump. the biden administration wants to get energy off what they expect will be a strong showing tomorrow, and take that into the rest of this month, a critical time for the biden agenda, the economic agenda. john, it's hard to state really this recall race. it's so unique to california. it doesn't have that much to do with, of course, next year's midterm elections at all. presidents, especially beleagued ones take wins when they can get them, and hopefully here tomorrow. >> the numbers overwhelmingly support the democrats. we count votes on election day. this is california 2020, you see the red in the northern part of the state, down through the central valley. that's where republicans are in california. this is orange county down here. this used to be a republican stronghold. it has moved, 53-45 for president biden. if you go back to gavin newsom's win in 2018, it was 50-49. there are places, see ma, we wil
watch tomorrow. remember where the red is. this is where the preponderance of the evidence of-- of the signatures came. the urge to recall came from the areas largely where republicans lived throughout the central valley. when you're looking tomorrow at participation and at the margins, if there is to be a republican surprise, where will we find it. >> every republican who hasn't voted has to turns out. democrats have such a huge advantage, northern california, central valley, the inland empire, orange county, if the orange county swing voters go back to the republican roots, that could be a surprise, but we haven't seen anything in the polling. it's like every republican in the state has to vote and a significant number of democrats would have had to turn on the governor for this to be successful. it's a strange election. taking place in september of an off year when nobody is used to
voting. every california voter, all 22 received a mail ballot. it's an unusual race. never want to predict anything. it does appear that the recall is going to be successful unless there's dramatic changes in which we're seeing. >> the never predict anything piece. the votes come in. grateful for the reporting from the scene there. up next for us, donald trump marks september 11th with election lies and boxing commentary, we have new numbers on what republicans think about a 2024 comeback campaign. [swords clashing] - had enough? - no... arthritis. here. new aspercreme arthritis. full prescription-strength? reduces inflammation?
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a paid speech to a religious group many consider a cult. being paid to watch the pommelling of a former american heavy weight legend, and retelling the big lie over and over and over. or put more succinctly, a weekend in the life of donald j. trump. being different is key to his brand but on the 20th anniversary of september 11th it seemed unseemly, the 45th president of the united states, cashing in, and taking broadside of his successor. >> the leader of our country chs made to look like a fool and that can never be allowed to happen. it was cause bid bad planning, incredible weakness, and leaders
who truly didn't understand what was happening. joe biden and his inept administration surrendered in defeat. we will live on, but sadly our country will be wounded for a long period of time. >> our panel is back with us. as i noted his brand is being different, and he often does things that seem counter intuitive or counter gravity or whatever, but on a day when america reflects about a horrific attack on our country, listen here, this is the 45th president of the united states on a day america was attacked, 20th anniversary of that himself attacking american democracy. >> gave me great support. we won the election, but what are you going to do. we are fighting like hell, and we're going to keep fighting, and you see what happens, elections have consequences, nobody ever thought a thing like this would be possible. >> we won the election, he says, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. no, he did not.
>> i was thinking about this with the last sort of grievous attack on america, pearl harbor, it would have shocked the sensibilities of the country because the country was in a different place then. i think trump reflects what the country is today, not the entire country of course. lots of folks are deeply offended by his using what to many is a sacred day to do his partisan routine, but i think for a chunk of the country, it's just fine. it's who he is. and frankly it's who they are too. >> if it's for entertain purposes, i guess they have that right. if it's for trump 2024, should trump be the president of the country again, look at these fascinating new numbers in our new cnn ssrs poll, should trump be the leader of the republican party. 63% of republicans say trump is the leader of the party. 37% say no. are gop chances better with
trump, the trump is evenly divided. half of rerpublicans are nervou. they get it, even republicans who believe him to be the leader of the party, get that he's potentially hugely toxic as their candidate. >> i found that disparity fascinating in terms of where the republican party is. to the extent that the former president has had a consistent message, you know, out of office is that he has been lying about the election results of 2020, and you're starting to see if he does run in 2024, that's probably going to be central to his campaign, his message, and that is worrisome on many respects because one, with the fact that this was a legitimate election, but at the same time, you do see other republican officials, republican politicians, whether they internally want to or not take that lead, you know, we were talking about the california recall earlier, larry elder basically suggested that there could be shenanigans in election results if he loses, and that is a trend we should be watching
and concerned about. >> there was no doubt, if you were watching on 9/11, the former president of the united states george w. bush who was president on 9/11 spoke in shanksville, pennsylvania, and there's just zero doubt of who he had in mind when he said this. >> there's little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home, and disdainful pluralism, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit and it is our continuing duty to confront them. >> the former president went on to talk about the tone and talk about we should live in a world where we can disagree bigly, of our own term, you know, about policy debates but agree on central common facts at a time of crisis, whether it be 9/11 or a pandemic, and yet we can't. >> yeah, i think this is part of the message, the divide that we're seeing in the republican party today among its leaders in
congress, among former presidents, such as former president bush saying there is a different path here we can take. however, we see trump and those who are loyal to him following his lead, so this is this divide, we're going to continue to see play out for months, years to come. >> that polling data is so important because it does show the key difference between today and 24, yes, trump today widely seen in charge of the gop. it's a different question when you ask even the most hard core conservatives, do you want him as your nominee in 2024, and that's what the makes the next couple of years so fascinating, trump wanted to be the standard bearer, others in the party wants to give him a gold watch. >> we'll watch how this plays out. top congressional leaders are breeiefed about a right rin wally. capitol police have arrested a
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september 18th rally at the united states capitol where the capitol police chief said yes in advance of the rally, temporary fencing will go back up. >> the fence will go up a day or two before, and if everything goes well, it will come down very soon after. >> let's bring in our cnn law enforcement analyst, terrence gainer, former chief of the capitol police. grateful for your time today. you heard chief major saying, when the fence goes up, you get disturbing word of this arrest. what was your sense, given the lessons we all hope were learned after the january 6th insurrection, what are you most looking for as we head into this weekend? >> i think the capitol police will be very well praeepared. there will be more people available. they'll have worked with the metropolitan police department and federal law enforcement agencies. they have had new equipment. they have been practicing. i think they're in a much better position, john. >> one of the points you just made there, terry, is that
information sharing. that was a legacy of the insur insurrection, there's no question the fbi had information, other agencies had information, and it didn't all get into the same room or at least get in the same room with the right people with urgency. are you convinced that has been cleaned up since january 6. >> absolutely. after the recommendations we made with the general honoree, part of it focused on the intelligence within the capitol police, and reformed the unit, add more people, brought in another leader, and i know they sit at the table with the chief so the information is being shared. i note that the chief and his staff have gone to roll calls and personally shared that with the personnel. as i said, they have extra equipment, they have been practicing. i don't think it's going to be a question of entintelligence. it's going to be a question of those who are up there protesting, do they realize how they can peacefully protest and the consequences if it's not
peaceful. >> help me with the understanding from a law enforcement perspective of how much of the critical work before this rally is happening here in d.c., and how much might be happening around the country. i say this in the context, the rally is to show support for those charged in the january 6th insurrection. i assume law enforcement agencies, passed on to state and local around the country are keeping track of what i'm going to call the usual suspects. people who are known to be communicating about coming, perhaps with ill intent. >> i think after the 6th everybody began paying more attention to home grown terrorists and i can tell you just last month, about two weeks ago, i met out west with the national association of state sergeant at arms and chiefs of police, they were all talking about that, all preparing, talking with their local federal prosecutors and local law enforcement officers. so everybody is trying to be sharper. >> chief gainer, appreciate your
time and insights. i hope you're right and we have a relatively peaceful weekend. everybody has the right to demonstrate, there are lines as well. thank you for your time. just over an hour, the secretary of state, tony blinken faces lawmakering on capitol hill for the first of multiple hearings to answer questions about the biden administration's at times chaotic withdrawal from afghanistan.
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at 2:00 this afternoon, meeting just over an hour from now, tony blinken expected to get tough questions from democrats and republicans on the house foreign affairs committee. the united states and south korea say they are investigating claims that north korea successfully tested a new long range cruise missile over the weekend. north korea's state run newspaper published two photos reportedly from the launch. the official north korean news agency said leading officials took part. there was no mention of kim jong un. stephen breyer plans to retire but won't say when. he's under pressure because he could lose senate majority in the 2022 midterms. he was on the court 27 years. >> i decided on balance i wouldn't retire. i don't intend to die on the court. i don't think i'll be there forever. >> this quick programming note for us, moass shootings, gun violence, and what's the coast of the war on gun control.
cnn film "the price of freedom" airs this sunday, appreciate your time. hope to see you on california recall day. ana cabrera picks up right now. hello, and thanks for being with us. i'm ana cabrera in new york. what will it take. dr. anthony fauci says many many more vaccine mandates before we beat this pandemic. he's talking businesses, schools, maybe your future travels could be impacted. >> i would support that. if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated. >> while republican backlash to the president's vaccine mandate push has been fierce, a new cnn poll shows most americans are okay with it. 51% aisay it's an acceptable measure. with more than a quarter of the eligible population not vaccinated i