tv CNN Newsroom With Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell CNN May 24, 2022 11:00am-12:00pm PDT
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello, i'm victor blackwell. welcome to "cnn newsroom." >> and i'm alisyn camerota. election day is in full swing for five states. holding primaries today, texas, arkansas, minnesota, georgia -- i might have forgotten one in there. alabama. donald trump is not on the ballot, but the power of his endorsement is, especially in
the battleground state of georgia, where trump hand-picked several 2020 election deniers to run for critical offices that oversee elections like secretary of state, attorney general, and governor. >> now, the primary race for governor is the race to watch today in georgia, incumbent brian kemp is trump's number one target in what's being called his vendetta tour. trump is on a mission to bring down republicans who refuse to go along with his 2020 election lies. he enlisted and then endorsed kemp's rival, david perdue, and headlined a tele-rally there for him yesterday. on the same day, trump's former vice president, mike pence, stumped with kemp in georgia. >> we have a team of correspondents covering election day in georgia, so let's start with cnn's jeff zeleny, who is reporting on governor kemp's campaign. jeff, what's the latest? >> reporter: alisyn, we are outside a polling location here in atlanta, and there are several hours to go until the polls close, about five more hours or so to go, and the kemp
campaign, governor brian kemp, is hoping not only to win but to win big, to avoid a runoff election in june. of course, georgia, one of the handful of states that requires candidates to get more than 50% to avoid a runoff election. that is what he is eyeing in his race with former senator david perdue, who, of course, is backed strongly by the former president. now, this is -- has some, oftentimes, seemed like a race between donald trump and brian kemp. donald trump has been lambaste ig him for weeks and weeks, all because governor kemp voted to certify the election all the way back in 2020, so that has hung over this race from the beginning, but last night here in georgia, former president -- former vmt vice president, excuse me, mike pence, came in to rally for brian kemp and had a message for republicans. >> i'm here because brian kemp, frankly, is one of the most successful republican governors in america.
and i am here because brian kemp is the only candidate in tomorrow's primary who has already defeated stacey abrams, whether she knows it or not. >> reporter: so that's where this race ultimately is about, which republican will be chosen to go on in november here in a very closely watched governor's race against democratic candidate stacey abrams, who's running unopposed, but clearly brian kemp, the incumbent republican governor, has the edge in this race. but what this tuesday will also decide, this is the last tuesday of the month of may, and every tuesday so far has tested the strength of former president donald trump. this one will do it as well. his candidate, david perdue, has not had the money to be on the air waves advertising. he is really limping into this election day contest, but brian kemp is hoping to win and win big tonight to avoid a runoff and of course a big win against former president trump. victor and alisyn. >> jeff zeleny for us in atlanta. thank you.
>> now to governor kemp's prime gop opponent, former senator david perdue. perdue made a controversial closing argument to voters on monday. >> yeah, they were aimed at democrat stacey abrams. cnn's kristen holmes has details for us. >> reporter: victor and alisyn, recent polls here in georgia show former senator david perdue trailing incumbent governor kemp, and this really will be a day of reckoning for former president donald trump, who recruited perdue to run against kemp. now, perdue has made the lies about the 2020 election a pillar of his campaign, and this will answer the question that so many have asked, whether or not republican voters are ready to move past this question about the 2020 election and past the big lie. now, i do want to point out to one moment that happened on the campaign trail yesterday that didn't have to do with the 2020 election, and that was when perdue went beyond attacking kemp. he moved on to stacey abrams, who will be the democratic candidate for governor. and he called abrams or accused
abrams of demeaning her own race. take a listen. >> when she told black farmers, you don't need to be on the farm, and she told black workers in hospitality and all this, you don't need to be -- she is demeaning her own race when it comes to that. i am really over this. she should never be considered for -- material for a governor of any state. >> reporter: and perdue seemed to be referencing that comments that abrams had made back in 2018 when she said that georgians shouldn't have to be in the hospitality or agriculture industry just to make a living in this state. but some very controversial remarks on his final day of campaigning. victor and alisyn? >> okay, kristen holmes, thank you very much. stacey abrams now responding. cnn's eva has that. what are you hearing from abrams? >> reporter: well, alisyn, stacey abrams is a black woman running for governor in georgia with a long political career in this state, so certainly, she has heard this type of rhetoric before. and she seemed to kind of brush it aside. more generally, though, her
retort is that whether it be former senator david perdue or incumbent governor brian kemp, they are spending more time attacking her than talking about the issues that she's identified as of consequence to georgians. like medicaid expansion, like gun violence, like responding to covid. take a listen. >> challenge i have is that the answer from republicans, from our former senator to our current governor, is to fight me instead of fighting the problems that are facing georgia, and i urge everyone to pay less attention to rhetoric and more attention to the record and to the results, and i am here to provide results for the future of georgia. >> reporter: at a news conference this morning outside of a polling precinct here in atlanta, she really focused on the general theme of her tour, which is one georgia. she is trying to basically wake up voters who have not participated in the process before, bring everyone into the
fold. less time so much on governor kemp and perdue and more on what her mission is for this state. alisyn, victor? >> okay, eva mckend, thank you. joining us now is georgia's lieutenant governor, jeff duncan. sir, welcome back. let's start here with the kemp-perdue race and the polls show, and we don't go into the specifics of the numbers on election day, but an advantage for governor kemp there. to what do you attribute that? do you believe that is more about david perdue or about donald trump? >> well, i actually think it's about brian kemp. he has put on incredible leadership over the last four years. the best way to test a leader is under pressure and he has certainly felt the pressure over the last four years and i think georgians are proud of how we reacted during the pandemic, how we've dealt with the whipsawing economy, civil unrest. he's done a great job and i think he's going to be rewarded today handsomely by beating david perdue by a significant amount.
>> if he does ha and wins by a significant amount, what does that suggest, if anything, about the strength , the potency of a donald trump endorsement this cycle? >> i think it's a huge sign that the republican party is moving on, and we're certainly going to send a message to the rest of the country, i feel like by every percentage point that brian kemp beats david perdue, and by all estimate it's going to be a lot, it's an extra hundred miles we gain ground spreading the message that it's time for a new direction. this should be an easy period of time for us to show contrast between our policies and plans for america and joe biden's, and that's really where we should be talking about right now. >> so, we all saw in, was it, january of 2021, the impact that the former president can have on republican turnout, suppressing the vote there in which he kind of told people not to have any faith in that runoff, that senate race. how do you then get the perdue voters, those who bought into the big lie in georgia, that the
election was stolen, to support governor kemp moving into november, which could be a tight race? >> yeah, first of all, i think brian kemp has earned the right to be the governor for four more years, and he's going to be rewarded, even during the general election, and republicans will show up. but look, if donald trump wants to dig in and cry about spilled milk and try to bring up the 2020 election again, we certainly run the risk of doing exactly what he did to david perdue and kelly loeffler during the runoff and that's a couple thousand republicans stay home and believe their vote didn't count. that would be the ultimate selfish move. we've seen it happen before. i hope we don't see it again. >> you've said that former senator perdue made a bad call about six months ago by saying that if he got the endorsement, i'm paraphrasing here, of donald trump, that would be enough to win the primary. it certainly seems to be what's elevating elev elevating herschel walker in the senate primary there.
do you think he's the best candidate? >> i think what's elevating herschel walker to the top of the race at this point, based on the polling that i have seen, is that he's an incredible sports star, he earned a heisman trophy and single-handedly carried the university of georgia to the championship. at this point, he's going to have to tackle tough issues if he ends up winning this primary. he's going to have some tough issues to talk about and certainly i hope he digs in and understands the issues and takes on a well-prepared rafael warnock, but certainly that race isn't over. there are some other folks that are really qualified running in that race too, and we'll see what the voters of georgia pick. >> will you support him if he's the nominee? >> i hope to see him tackle the issues and well study them and certainly he's going to have a difficult road ahead of him but we deserve to have a republican representing us in the u.s. senate and quite honestly we should have had two republicans representing us with the unforced error we made during the runoff. >> all right, that wasn't a yes or no, but i've asked the question. let's move on here to another
race, raffensperger, hice, which really on the question of the 2020 election, is as polarized as this primary for governor. what are you watching here, and is this also a bellwether of the trump influence? >> yes, certainly it is. brad raffensperger did a great job in 2020 and he's continued to do a great job representing 11 million georgians and protecting our elections and doing all the things that he needed to do to follow the letter of the law. and i think he's going to be rewarded with, worst case scenario, getting into a runoff, and best case scenario, winning outright. jody hice, unfortunately, continues to carry the water of donald trump and some, you know, all the conspiracy theories. to be honest with you, i haven't really seen jody hice work very hard. i don't know if i've seen a commercial on tv or seen a mail piece. maybe they're there but just not getting to me. brad raffensperger's put his head down and kept going to work every day throughout the last couple of years, and i think we're going to see him be able to be rewarded with a tremendous amount of support. >> all right, you were pretty
critical of some parts of the new georgia elections law. there's some members of your party who say that the surge in early voting is an indicator of the success. democrats say it's far too early to determine that. where do you stand on election day on the impact of the new georgia voting law? >> well, fortunately, a majority of the things i didn't like in the original elections bill were stripped out. and so the final version actually had a number of bipartisan ideas and put into that measure. and just lessons learned from the 2020 where we could become more efficient. and certainly, it was painful to watch the fearmongering and watch stacey abrams cost us an all-star game and others around the country just kind of fear monger around just the notion of election integrity, but look, at the end of the day, i hope -- i've said this for a couple years. i hope a million more people vote in this election than the last one. i think our record proves, as worthy of votes as republican here in the state of georgia, and i hope it continues. >> georgia lieutenant governor geoff duncan, thank you. >> thank you very much.
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voters are going to the polls in five states today, and yes, there's a lot of a focus on georgia's republican governor primary, but cnn senior data reporter harry enten is here to get us up to speed on the other races that might be a bit below the radar. so, let's start with the other elections in georgia, harry. >> so, victor, the first one that i am most interested in, besides the gubernatorial race, is the georgia secretary of state republican primary. why? the incumbent, brad raffensperger, is receiving a challenge from jody hice, who has the backing of donald trump.
why did donald trump decide to back jody hice? it's because, how dare raffensperger certify joe biden's legitimate win in the 2020 georgia election. you should notice here i say top candidates. why? there are a few other candidates that are running, and keep in mind, even if someone comes out leading in the vote count after tonight, you have to get at least 50% plus 1% in order to avoid a runoff, so that's something i'll be keeping an eye on. another race in the state of georgia that i think is really interesting is the georgia 7th democratic district congressional primary. why? this is a matchup of two incumbents who essentially have bourdeau and mcbath. their districts were merged in redistricting and what they did, the republicans who ran that redistricting process, was that both had represent swing districts. they merged those together to create one safe district that joe biden won by 26 points so we'll see if either one of these candidates emerges and gets over 50% of the vote plus one, victor. >> harry, what about what's
going on in texas? >> okay, so, texas, we were talking about potential georgia races that might go to runoffs. here are some texas races that are in runoffs. the texas republican attorney general. you might recognize the name here, george p. bush, son of jeb bush, kind of looks like jeb bush. he's facing off against ken paxton, the incumbent attorney general. paxton led in march, 43% to 23%. keep in mind, paxton has the backing of donald trump so this is another matchup of trump against the bushes. another race on the democratic side that i think is interesting is the texas 28th congressional district, democratic primary, it's a runoff, excuse me, and what do we have here? henry cuellar, the incumbent, jessica cisneros challenging him. back in the primary, cuellar won. he's one of the most conservative democrats in congress.
cisnero has the backing of a lot of progressive democrats so this is an interesting matchup between the progressive and the more moderate conservative wing of the democratic party. >> what else you got for us? >> what else do i got for you? two other fun races for you. the arkansas republican gubernatorial primary. sarah huckabee sanders. you may remember that name, of course, because donald trump is backing his former press secretary, sanders. sanders is also the daughter of former governor mike huckabee. one thing i will note, if huckabee sanders eventually wins the general election, she will become, with mike huckabee, the first father-daughter team to both govern in the same state. finally, here's the one other thing i have for you. probably my favorite race of the night. saving the best for last. the alabama republican senatorial primary. what's going on here? well, donald trump initially endorsed mo brooks, but withdrew that endorsement in march. very interesting. what will happen? can brooks actually emerge and enter a runoff tonight? because alabama, like the other states that i mentioned, to win,
the leader needs 50% plus 1. otherwise, a top two runoff on june 21st. if mo brooks emerges in that runoff, quite an embarrassing result for the former president, who enendorsed him. >> harry enten, your enthusiasm is contagious. thank you. >> i don't know what that is. i don't know what that is. >> i'm not -- i have no idea. >> that's his version of exercise. that's what that is. >> exactly. >> okay. thanks, harry. >> bye. cnn chief political correspondent dana bash has to follow that. dana, great to see you. >> i'll try to keep it at an 11. i will try. >> thank you. let's talk about the significance of -- i mean, these wins, let's just start with georgia. okay? and what are you looking for, and what will it mean for the future? >> well, that's -- that word at the end of the sentence you just used, future, that really is the key. and what has been fascinating about the way that those who are
backing brian kemp, the incumbent republican governor, about why he should be re-elected and not the challenger, the former senator, perdue, who was encouraged and really pushed to run against kemp by donald trump, the future is the terminology that everybody who has gone down to campaign for him has used, whether it was mike pence last night or chris christie last week or name your republican either incumbent governor from another state or sort of establishment figure who are trying to put the brakes on this whole look back to 2020 that donald trump is not only encouraging but trying to demand from candidates and from voters. it's been really interesting to see just, again, last night, how brian kemp and mike pence, they didn't say donald trump's name. they didn't say, even, perdue,
kemp's republican challenger's name. they talked about the future of the gop and what it's going to stand for. and they talked about their race in the general election there in georgia against stacey abrams. and so, the way that they are positioning where they want the republican party to be is very telling. >> yeah. a lot of the races we're watching are on the republican side, but dana, i want to jump to texas in this runoff for the democrats so we don't run out of time for it. cisnero and cuellar. and she's lost to him before. but that was not when -- i mean, that was before there was a draft opinion that would overturn roe that had been leaked. what are you watching here? >> just that. it's going to be interesting to see whether or not the abortion issue, i mean, you think of it politically as a democrat versus republican question, in the fall, but here, we do have a
scenario, because of this runoff, where it is going to put into question whether or not the enthusiasm -- and it's not just the abortion issue, but as you said, that has become something that is a motivator in that race. whether it's going to be a test of just how big a motivator it is. henry cuellar, the incumbent democratic congressman, he has, for a long time, been there because he has fit the conservative state of texas. and that's the kind of democrat that you can elect. they've all believed and the fact that he is an incumbent proves that they have been right, and so whether cisnero, who is much more progressive actually beats him is going to, again, test that larger theory, even though the districts have changed because of redistricting, and that's a whole -- we could do a whole segment on that, but that has changed the dynamic across the
board, across the nation, in these districts. >> dana, let's look at alabama, because mo brooks is running, the congressman mo brooks is running for senate and of course we all remember that he was the ardent trump supporter who, at that trump rally on january 6th, told the agitated crowd, let's go kick some ass at the capitol. which is what they, of course, then did. what are you watching here? >> whether or not trumpism, forgive me, but trumps the man himself. because you're right. i mean, can you think of very many, if any, republicans in the house who were more ardently not just pro-trump but pro-the big lie and because he wasn't as enthusiastic about it enough to the former president's liking, he rescinded the endorsement. it hasn't stopped mo brooks from campaigning on that and campaigning on other trump-like issues that they are -- that they have a mind meld over,
namely immigration, illegal immigration, undocumented immigrants, and you've seen some of the ads out of the brooks campaign that could have been run in the trump campaign in 2016. so, the question is whether trumpism is going to push mo brooks into victory or at least maybe close to it because that's a runoff state as well, despite not having the former president's endorsement, specifically, anymore. >> okay, dana bash, thank you very much for all the analysis. >> thanks, guys. be sure to watch election night in america tonight, our live coverage begins at 7:00 eastern, only here on cnn. we'll be right back.
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of a high-rise in mariupol. that's, of course, the port city that has been devastated by months of russian bombardment. >> meanwhile, president volodymyr zelenskyy says ukraine is ready for a prisoner exchange with russia. quote, even tomorrow. and he's calling on all of ukraine's allies to pressure vladimir putin to agree to one. cnn's melissa bell joins us now from kyiv. melissa, so, an advisor to the mayor says that mariupol has turned into a continuous cemetery. what do you know about these bodies found at that high-rise? >> reporter: victor, i've just gotten off the phone with him, and the picture he paints tonight of what's happening in mariupol is absolutely chilling. bear in mind, alisyn and victor, that it isn't just western journalists who can't get into the city tonight, but local journalists that we've tried to speak to in those russian-controlled cities like mariupol and kherson are simply too scared to speak. now, what that advisor to the mayor, who's now on the other side of the border, safely in
ukrainian territory, but is in close contact with all of those officials still inside the city, has told me is that it is tonight a city of ghosts. what he explains is that according to their accounts and it's hard to get an accurate picture, their lowest estimate is that some 22,000 civilians, they believe, have been killed in the 3 months of war. remember that mariupol was targeted by heavy shelling early on, much of the city razed to the ground in a brutal siege. it fell fully to russian forces, of course, with those evacuations of the final fighters from azovstal. it is only now that we're beginning to get a picture of the number of civilian dead, and he believes that the count will end up being much higher. it is very difficult for them to get an accurate count in the morgues. he tells me relatives who come to identify bodies are made to make a video statement confirming that their loved ones were killed by ukrainian rather than russian forces and this is slowing down the process.
beyond that extraordinary figure of 22,000 civilian dead, again, according to these ukrainian officials who fled mariupol, mariupol city officials, there is also what he was telling me about the city tonight. he explained that because of basic services have been cut because of the shelling of the city, because it is now in russian -- the hands of russian forces, there is no running water. people are obliged to scavenge or to queue up for what food they can get. any food they get is being cooked on open fireplaces. he says there are no lights apart from those open fireplaces, and the sewage means that the city is now a city that is full of the smell of the dead and the living. it was an extraordinary account to listen to, but again, those pictures coming out of mariupol, that picture of the city tonight, the idea of the number of people who may have died during that brutal siege is, again, something we're impossible to verify ourselves because we are able to report here on the ukrainian side,
those cities where the siege -- scenes of sieges like kharkiv, chernihiv, and even there the civilian toll is not fully complete. we are unable to get to these cities because they're on the other side of the border, victor and alisyn. >> melissa bell for us there in kyiv. thank you. breaking news now. the fbi is investigating a plot to assassinate former president george w. bush. >> let's go right to cnn's paula reid. tell us about this breaking news. >> that's right. the justice department has just issued a press release announcing these charges connected to an alleged plot to assassinate former president george w. bush. now, in these allegations, they say that an iraqi citizen living in columbus, ohio, has now been charged with aiding and abetting this plot. according to the justice department's press release that they've just issued, 52 years old was arrested this morning. now, according to these
allegations, he allegedly wanted to smuggle four to six people from iraq into the united states via mexico to help carry out this plot. now, also, according to a search warrant that back from march of 2022, seeking some of his phone information, he allegedly did some reconnaissance in furtherance of this alleged plot, including visiting the former president's neighborhood in dallas, surveilling some of the gates and other security precautions around the former president. he also allegedly visited the george w. bush institute. now, according to this, during the time that this individual was allegedly trying to plan this attack, he was in contact with a confidential informant, someone who was working on behalf of the fbi. so, it appears that the actual threat to the former president may have been low, but this individual has just been charged by the justice department. we're just getting these details now and we'll continue to update you as we learn more. >> all right, let's bring in now cnn national security analyst
juliet kayem. >> so, at least what we can report and what we know right now is this was a very complex investigation following a whole bunch of different following a whole bunch of different pieces. he is not a u.s. citizen. he's here now. he starts to use whatsapp to protect his communication, and this is when the fbi starts to notice him. he then, the fbi then sort of, this is like cat and house, they then try to get more information because they can't get that much in terms of his signal and communications so they then send out or have confidential informants that are getting two pieces of information from him. one is president bush being the target because of former president bush starting the war in iraq, and there is a
reconnaissance mission. this isn't just in this guy's head. he's looking at the ranch, looking at where the former president bush is. the second piece is trying to get the iraqis in through the mexican border, which i have to say is unique for these terrorism plots. most instances terrorists do not want a lot of attention on them until the moment of the strike, so to try to bring people over the mexican border would have, you know, maybe made them more as a rul vulnerable. there's two pieces, it's a very complicated investigation, and the fbi seems to have at least gotten pieces of it an early warning through both the surveillance of the whatsapp and we don't know what triggered that as well as the confidential informant. this is, you know, this is real at least from what we can tell right now. obviously we're going to say, you know, these are just in the indictment, the doj just announced it, and we'll find out more. >> you know, juliette, one of
the interesting asides that i'm struck by is we were just a few days ago reporting on president bush giving a speech, and he made a slip and instead of saying invasion of ukraine, he said invasion of iraq, as though iraq was top of mind for him, and maybe it always is. or maybe he knew something about this. when would authorities, if this was all unveiled, and if this was disclosed in a march 23rd application filed under seal, when would they have told him about this? >> oh, he would have -- sorry, to interrupt you. you're exactly right. i had the same thought, we haven't heard much from him, and now we have sort of two moments in the last week. he would have been notified. so if this is unfolding for the fbi march 23rd, chances are they're notifying, based on my experience, they're notifying the secret service well before then. the secret service has limited but important jobs. one is to keep a former president safe. so the fbi would have notified them sometime in this period to tell them that there's a real threat or they're following a
real threat, and that they need to either get extra protections. the secret service as just a process issue, obviously you also want to tell the vip, in this case, the former president, so he would have been notified as well. look, we don't know how many of these he gets, right. in other words, we don't know. there's lots of people who target former presidents, but this was far enough along, and in particular, the reconnaissance aspects of it that former president bush would have clearly known about it and known that the secret service was likely positioning its, you know, its security posture in light of this intelligence. unfortunately former presidents as well as sitting presidents get lots of threats but he would have known about this. >> reading here, paula, there's no suggestion in the documents that the former president was ever in danger. are we hearing from the former president or his office?
paula, that's to you. >> yes, victor, we actually just got a statement from the former president. it says that president bush has all the confidence in the world, the united states secret service and law enforcement and intelligence communities. as you just noted, it does not appear that there was a serious threat to the former president because this individual was in constant contact with a confidential informant, and appeared to be under surveillance during much of the time he was allegedly trying to plan this attack. now, he appeared in federal court earlier today, so he's in custody, arrested this morning, and again, we continue to get more details about who else may have been involved in this plot. >> juliette, we only have a couple of seconds left, is this a regular prosecution or something different? >> this will be a regular prosecution, isis inspired terrorist investigation. like others we have seen before. once again, it reminds us, though isis is exceptionally denigrated abroad, it still is alive, so to speak. it's still planning attacks, and
this is probably one of the most sophisticated ones we've seen and shows that the terror threat here is both domestic as we've noted, unfortunately, quite regularly in the last couple of years, but also continues to be foreign inspired. >> juliette kayyem, pallula rei thank you. we have a warning on mo monkeypox, anyone can contract the disease, but one communityt may be more at risk. we'll give you thehe details ahead. no parabens, dyes, or f fragrances. gold bond. champion your skin.
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