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we're just 16 days out from the midterm elections. as campaign '22 is hitting the home stretch, democrats are also facing economic headwinds. >> i am worried about the level of voter turnout, what democrats have got to do is contrast their economic plan with the republicans. >> elections are about the future. they're about the economy. nobody said we're doing abortion rather than the economy. it's about both. >> how much is the economy and the rising prices going to impact your vote in november? >> it's a lot to do with it. because our economy has got you have control. >> reporter: so the cost of living is just high. >> exactly, that's the biggest impact. >> everything's high. you know, rent, you know, gas, food, all of it it's inflated. >> i'm pamela brown and you are live in the "cnn newsroom".
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>> just 16 days from now, the dust will be settling in the nation's midterm elections, when voters will decide which party they want to control the house and senate. and polls show voter interest at record highs, along with alarming levels of division and anger, as well. a new nbc news poll shows that more than 80% of both republicans and democrats believe that the other party is a threat to destroy america. high inflation and economic fears are mobilizing voters, and that's hurting democrats, the party in power. and in recent days, republicans have wrestled back momentum and one senator says, time is running out for democrats to sell their economic plan to inflation-weary americans. >> i am worried about the level of voter turnout among young people and working people who
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will be voting democratic. and i think what democrats have got to do is contrast their economic plan with the republicans. >> reporter: just minutes from now, we're going to hear from a republican, republican senator roy blunt of missouri about his view of the political landscape. well, early voting is underway in 39 states, and in some areas, there are claims that voters are facing intimidation. and in mesa, arizona, armed men are wearing masks and tactical gear, as they keep a watchful eye over a ballot drop box. maricopa county officials are calling the men, quote, uninformed vigilantes. those officials accuse them of disrupting the voting process, and there are also groups of so-called ballot watchers. they're recording people as they cast their votes in the drop boxes. in georgia, which tipped the senate to democrats two years ago, nearly 741,000 georgians had cast early votes in person as of yesterday morning.
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so let's bring in cnn's nadia ramirez. she has spent the day at a polling place in atlanta. nadia, what are you seeing today? >> pamela, polls just closed here in the state of georgia, wrapping up the first weekend of early voting. take a look behind me.this is o dekalb county, georgia, and you can see people are walking out. the rules here state that if you are in line, if you are getting ready to vote, when the polling location closes, you can still continue that process. you can still cast your ballot. now, the workers here told me in the first two hours of the day, they saw more than 200 people cast their ballots at this location alone. but we are talking about record voter turnout. let's look at the statewide numbers here. so far, more than 740,000 georgians have voted so far in this early voting process. the numbers dipped down to about 80,000 on saturday, from 141,000, who we saw on friday. but those are still a record-breaking number. seeing so many people who are definitely voting and
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participating in the process. and we know that there are people who are concerned about election integrity, about voter fraud, especially if they believe the big lie from 2020, so we spoke with an election official about how they're working to ensure voter security. take a listen. >> we're excited to see so many of our voters coming out in historic numbers during advanced voting in georgia. so we are processing record numbers, and when we compare it with the last midterm in 2018, we're outpacing those numbers, for sure. we're here working 365 days a year to prepare for operating efficient and safe elections. and so that's what we're doing. and that's what they'll see. >> reporter: and we are seeing people still showing up here at this polling location, asking if they can go in and vote. the answer is "no," but you can
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come back tomorrow starting at 7:00 a.m. to be a part of the process. or there's absentee ballots. pamela, a lot of people tell me it's key issues like inflation, abortion, immigration, but also key races. our senate race that has national attention, as well. pamela? >> yeah, i was here -- i'm here in my home state of kentucky talking to voters and definitely inflation and the economy weighing heavily on their minds. but we talked to some people who said abortion actually outweighs the economy when it comes to voting. thank you so much, nadia. we'll hear what those voters had to mel me later on in the show. earlier this month, a cnn kff poll found that 90% of u.s. adults said the united states is experiencing a mental health crisis. well, now there's a new way for states to get help, providing mental health and addiction services to those who need it most. joining us now is missouri senator roy blunt, who has helped spearhead this bipartisan
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legislation. senator, thanks for coming on. we're going to talk about your new mental health program in just a moment. but first, we want to talk about the midterms. so, i want to know, what we said at the beginning of the show, republicans were trailing for a time, but they had staged a bit of a comeback here. and cnn's poll of polls, the two parties are tied and analysts say the economy and inflation, they aren't driving the republican resurgence, but democrats argue that your party has no real plan to deal with the economy. let's listen to house speaker nancy pelosi from this morning. >> the fight is not about inflation, it's about the cost of living. if you look at what we have done to bring down the cost of prescription drugs, to bring down the costs of energy and the rest in our legislation, you will see that there has been opposed every step of the way by the republicans and they have no plan for lowering the cost of living or helping with inflation. >> senator, what do you say to that? what exactly is the republican plan to bring down inflation
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that is being experienced worldwide? >> well, i think it's pretty easy to see why we have the inflation numbers that we have. there's some of this worldwide, but the bad energy policies, the desire to drive energy costs up, so people would use less energy, which is exactly the stated policy of our friends on the other side. and then the really bad judgment in early -- early in the administration, on a bipartisan -- on a partisan basis, to dump another $1.9 trillion on top of an economy that was clearly recovering. now, you can go back and say, if you're them, well, the economy wasn't recovering. there's no, no indication that the economy wasn't well on its way to recovery. there's every indication, by democrat and republican economists that what they did would produce the results that were produced. and you could have all of this macro economic, worldwide discussion you want to have. when people go to the grocery store, they go to the gasoline
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pump, they know that their cost of living has gone up. and they know when it happened. and i think they're going to blame democrats for it, because democrats are, in fact, responsible for the two biggest contributing factors to this incredible cost of living for americans. >> yeah. and certainly, we saw that in kentucky, talking to voters across the state. rural areas and cities, as well. so we did see that that was certainly something weighing on people's minds. but just to go back to that question, because, you know, there are some voters we talked to who say that they actually are going to vote, they're democrat, they're going to vote republican because of the economy. but what exactly is the republican plan, then? what should republicans do differently? you know, it's one thing to blame the democrats and say, yes, inflation is high, there are rising prices. it's another to say, and here's the solution. what is that solution for republicans? >> i think a lot of the solution is an all of the above energy price, two years ago today, we were a net exporter of energy.
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now we're a net importer of energy. energy factors into every other cost to have the energy concerns that other countries in the world have today. we need to stop saying that spending more money, like the democrats did in the bill they passed this year again, on a totally partisan basis, is going to do things that really stabilize the economy. the american people aren't fueledf fooled by this, and they will hold the democrats responsible, whether the democrats want to like that or not. i think they are responsible. the american voters will hold them responsible election day. i think there's no question republicans will gain control of the house. in a very narrow environment, just as likely as not to gain control of the senate. but we still won't have control of the administration and bad regulatory policies and bad energy policies will continue to stoke what's now a fire of
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inflation that got way out of hand before democrats knew what they were doing. >> let me ask you. you bring up -- you think that actually the gop will be able to take control of the senate. senator mitch mcconnell has raised questions about the quality of some gop candidates. two that come to mind are herschel walker and dr. mehmet oz. both have zero government experience. you have been in the senate since 2010. do you think they are qualified for the job? >> i think voters will decide that and i think voters, frankly, for a long time have been looking for people that bring something from outside of government. i've been in a couple of political campaigns in the last decade or so, when it's clear that the idea that you've been part of the government certainly doesn't put you further toward winning on election day. you've got to explain why you want to -- what you've done and what you want to continue to do. i think when you look at their opponents, you're going to find out that they're going to be very competitive. i expect we'll win both of those
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races and hold on to the seats that republicans like me are leaving this year, which means that really, in a 50/50 senate, you don't have to have much happen in a goodway. j just one or two seats need to change, and suddenly your side is in charge. but the american people have reason to be concerned about the course of events. the biden presidency is now halfway over. and they're not liking what they're seeing. and they're going to show that on election day. >> very quickly, i want to get to mental health in just a second. but first, and also, bipartisan efforts, as well. will you vote for the bill to codify same-sex marriage that is expected to get a vote in the lame duck? >> let's see what the bill looks like, and we'll decide. >> well, you've said that since july, senator. >> well, there's no bill. let's see what the bill looks like and i'll decide whether i'm going to vote for it or not. last week, we had big announcements headed in the country on mental health and
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other things. that's what i'm focused on right now. when there's a bill to vote on on that topic or any other topic, that's when i'll decide how i'm going to vote on it. >> let's talk about that legislation. you worked with debbie stabenow in the biden administration to help fund state mental health and addiction initiatives. you've been a fighter on floron for many years. why do you feel so strongly about that issue? >> well, senator stabenow worked on this really for almost a decade now. it's a critical issue, it affects so many americans. in 2013, we went to the floor to talk about the last bill president kennedy signed, which was the community mental health act. and it was designed to do two things. one was to close the big institutional facilities that weren't serving the country well. and the second was to replace them with high-quality community-based facilities, where people could still have jobs, be near their family, live in their community. the first part of that got done
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in every state. not many states stepped up and went to the effort to replace those institutions with what we're hoping to see happen now, we've got ten pilot states in 2014. they've now been impacting mental health in their states and their communities for about a decade. it's making a big difference. and we've got the ability in the community safety bill passed earlier this year, to move forward in all the 40 remaining states to give them the opportunity, too, to treat mental health like all other health. the numbers are unbelievable. 72% reduction in hospital visits by people who have mental health challenges. and by the way, almost -- most of those hospital visits have to do with the other mental health problems that the other health problems that people have, not their mental health problems. if your mental health problem is being dealt with, you show up
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for your other doctor's appointments, you go to dialysis, you take your medicine. and seeing real reduction there. but the time that people go to the emergency room, the time they spend with corrections officers about a 60% reduction there. and we're well on the way, now, 59 years later to achieving the goal the country set and walked away from. senator stabenow and i are both very excited to see us where we are. we had a meeting last week with the secretary of health and human services, all the people responsible in that agency for helping carry this plan out. and we look forward to seeing them do that. >> yeah, and i want to dive a little bit deeper into that, because, you know, what you're also trying to do here is reduce the stigma. you have said, look, it's -- mental health should be treated like a physical ailment. why is there still this stigma surrounding mental health. as i said earlier, 90% of u.s.
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adults said the united states is experiencing a mental health crisis. there is no shame in having anxiety or depression or other mental health issues. i've been open about my issues. how do we lower that stigma? how do we get people to feel more comfortable with seeking the help, seeking the help with these clinics that are now opening thanks to this bipartisan legislation? >> well, i think one of the things you do is start talking about mental health, like all other health, treating mental health like all other health. and frankly, to be as open with your friends and family about a mental health issue as you would another kind of health issue. s someone in your family has cancer, you talk about that. someone has another kind of health problem, you talk about that. we need to be just as comfortable talking about mental health problems and look at them as health issues. you know, we did this package on the public safety bill, but tried very hard to make the point that you have a behavioral health problem, you're much more likely to be the victim of a
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crime then you are to be the perpetrator of a crime. but occasional, when you don't have a mental health system that works, all of the times when you would have been able to see something step in, do what you needed to do to help, that you failed to do that, you can always trace these problems back to a moment, usually years in the past when people began to see that there was a problem, but they didn't have any idea who to turn to in a moment of that problem or who to put that person in contact with. we're looking at places in schools to do this. telemedicine, a big new addition to what you can do with behavioral health. you're often more likely to be further away from your behavioral health provider than you are your other health provider. let's begin to address this, as we should, and should have for half a century and i'm -- it's to get us to the point where now we're finally launching the program that we envisioned, 59 years ago is a good thing.
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>> that is a good thing. and what i think also is so great is that, look, mental health episodes, they don't know if it's the weekend or during the week or if it's overnight hours or whatever the case may be, right, and these clinics will be available to people who might need help, no matter what time of day it is, no matter if it's on the weekend or the week, it's a great resource for people who need that help. and again, as 90% of americans say they are experiencing mental health issues after the pandemic. so, i really appreciate your efforts on this front, missouri senator roy plblunt. appreciate your time to come on the show. thank you. great to be with you. >> and still ahead tonight, i talked to voters all across country. hear what they say are the big issues that will drive them to the polls in just two weeks. plus, just how difficult is it to be a doctor in a state where abortion is no longer legal? i'll speak to one. and later for you tonight, cnn sits down with new york
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the supreme court's decision to overturn roe v. wade ignited a multi-front battle over abortion. now being fought in various states across the country. and caught in the cross fire are ob/gyn doctors who practice in states where abortion is now banned or severely restricted. dr. sarah osman joins us now, a fetal specialist in nashville, tennessee. so your state has a near total ban on abortion. how difficult is it in tennessee
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to be a doctor because of the restrictive abortion laws? >> thank you very much for having me. i will say it's a terrifying time. we are physicians used to practicing medicine and worrying about whether we're giving the best care to patients and for kind of the first time in my career, i'm worried about whether something i do in my line of work could get me charged with a felony or wind up in jail. >> so you're basically having to play, in some cases, the -- put on the hat of a lawyer when really you're supposed to be a doctor. tell us what that is like. can you give us any examples of situations you've been in? >> right. i think we're very -- we have some interaction with the legal system through concerns about malpractice and things like that, but we really are never involved in the criminal defense system. and so this is an entirely new territory and i think a lot of hospitals and physicians are
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just not prepared for this. you know, unfortunately, in the line -- the line of work that i am in as a high-risk physician, i -- you know, i am called to care for patients who have a lot of very complicated pregnancies, tragedies that occur during their pregnancies, and there are just unfortunately so many situations where laws that were written kind of to be very black and white enter gray areas in medicine. and that's, i think, where i find myself and i think al of other maternal fetal medicine specialists along with other general ob/gyns. >> so in those cases where it's really tricky and it's gray, have you actually sent patients to other states withl less restrictive abortion laws? >> yeah, so i think a good example is a patient who has a very desired pregnancy, but finds out that she has cancer in the first trimester of pregnancy.
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and we can offer these patients chemotherapy, and it's relatively safe during pregnancy for both mom and baby, depending on the type of cancer, but certain types of cancer, if you're going to receive the optimal treatment and the same treatment that you would get if you were not pregnant, that would be something that endangered the pregnancy. and so women are in positions where they have to decide, you know, what matters most to them. and for many women, that decision is, you know, very sadly, on their end, but it is a decision to end the pregnancy, so they can receive the optimal care. but, you know, we're kind of in the situation of wondering, does that represent like an immediate threat to maternal life or to irreversible harm to the mother? those are sort of questions in the law that are not at all clear. and in those kind of situations, i think, you know, when we find somebody there, it's -- it is the safer option to tell them to go out of state to seek an
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abortion. which is very sad. those are patients that we were able to care for before. >> right. i'm curious, have you thought about moving to a state where you can practice without these concerns? >> yeah, definitely. i mean, i think, you know, i'm not from here originally. i came here for my job, which i love. i love what i do. i love the people that i work with. i have all intention of being here. but it has raised serious concerns about whether i'm really endangering myself and my family's well-being by staying here. i think, right now, where i'm in a position where i can still counsel women appropriately and talk to them and advocate for them and get them the resources that they need, i am happy to be here and to be an advocate for them. but i think if i were ever in a situation where i really couldn't advocate for patients or couldn't help them get the
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resources they need, i just couldn't ethically practice in this environment. >> well dr. sarah osmonnington, thank you for coming on to share your experience. we appreciate it. >> thank you very much. you are in the "cnn newsroom" on this sunday night, hours before a deadline for candidates to declare if they want to be the next uk prime minister job, if they want to have that. one man says that he's in and one man says he's out. plus, president biden's plan to forgive thousands of dollars of student loan debt could be a game changer for many people. the program should have started today, but it's being held up. we're going to talk about why, next. with a little help. and to support my family's immune health, i choose airborne. unlike some others,
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latest. >> reporter: it might take a little longer, but cody h hounanian is still expecting a third of his student loan to be forgiven. >> it's a light at the end of the tunnel. >> reporter: he's referring to president joe biden's student loan forgiveness program. while he's been out of college for nine years, he still owes $30,000. >> i recently married. me and my wife are going to be thinking about purchasing a home, so it's all of a sudden kind of right in front of me again, because i'm thinking about the kind of debt i have and i need to finance my future and get a home. >> reporter: but while the administration was expected to start granting loan discharges as early as sunday, a federal appeals court put a temporary administrative hold on the program. a move being argued in and out of the courtroom. usc economics professor robert dekel says that while all of his students support the program, he asks them to consider different
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perspectives. >> relative to defense spending and the overall government budget, the annual cost is not huge. but there is -- it's going to be a burden on current taxpayers. >> reporter: he also says if the goal is to help low-income families, the government should instead invest in, say, early childhood education. as an economist, dekel says he thinks that short-term loan forgiveness will only make inflation worse. but as a professor, he believes long-term, this will make the u.s. more competitive. >> we need people with skills. and the way to get it is in higher education. >> reporter: and it's that education that hounanian says got him to where he is today, now the executive director of the student debt crisis center, a nonprofit focused on ending the student debt crisis. >> for me, the only way to open the door was to take on student loan debt, even though it's created really unnecessary challenges and, you know, we've
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had to be stressed and all of that. but my future is brighter, nonetheless. >> reporter: now he's not only waiting for his loan forgiveness, but also fighting so that others can also get the relief. >> my dream, my vision for a better america in the future is one where my kids don't even have to consider student loan debt. >> reporter: now, it is going to take a couple of days for the legal process to play out, but people are continuing to apply for this. according to the biden administration, 22 million americans have already applied for this. it is an easy application. it takes about a minute. and look, for many people, it is going to make a huge difference, especially if you went to a trade school or a community college or a state school. if you go to a private school like usc, where i am now, where tuition is about $60,000 a year, well, $10,000 may not make a big difference. but for others, this really could be a huge relief and help in their financial situation. pam? >> all right, camilla bernal, live from the university of
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well, just weeks ahead of election day, democrats appear to be losing momentum in national polls. cnn's senior data reporter harry
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enten joins us to run the numbers. harry, what's going on in the senate battle? >> you know, that's i think what everyone is so interested in. can democrats hold on to senate control and, you know, what we're seeing in the national polling seems to be translating down to the senate polls. i want to just look at four key states here. nevada, arizona, pennsylvania, georgia. democrats likely need to win three of these four in order to hold on. right now, they do still hold leads in arizona, pennsylvania, and georgia. but in nevada, you see what was a lead of three points for the democratic candidate is now a one-point republican edge. and more than that, if you look at three of those four states, you see movement of three to four points from where we were on september 1 to where we are today. so that movement we've seen nationally does seem to be translating down to the senate level. and if democrats were favored in the senate, say, at the beginning of last month, right now, at best, it's probably a toss-up. i honestly don't know what exactly would happen as all of these races are well within the margin of error. >> how about nationally, what's
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going on? >> one of the best ways is the generic congressional ballot. and what we saw early on in the beginning of the summer, right as roe v. wade was getting overturned, republicans had a three-point advantage. then by july 23rd, it was a one point. then on august 23rd, it was tied. then democrats actually took a one-point advantage. but the further and further we get away from roe, we get overturned as that goes in the rearview mirror. republicans seem to be gaining back that advantage that we had early on in the summer. you can see the republicans are ahead by two points. that would be more than enough in my mind based on history to retake the control of the house. and i think it's also the reason why an was we saw in that former slide, that republicans have been gaining in those senate races, because the national wins in all honesty, pam, are moving in their direction. >> so there are also 36 gubernatorial races and there seem to be some prizes, harry. let's start in some states that joe biden easily won in 2020. >> you know, i guess the house
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and the senate are sort of easy to sort of put together, but sometimes you see these gubernatorial races and say, what the heck is going on there. so, you know, look at these races in these states that joe biden won by over 15 points, or 15-plus points in 2020. look at new york. lee zeldin has been polling within ten points, some polls have him within five points of the incumbent governor, kathy hochul. that's a real shocker. there hasn't been a new york republican governor since george pataki in the early 2000s. how about in oregon, there hasn't been a republican-elected governor there since 1982. yet christine is within a dead heat of tina, the democratic candidate, in part because there's a former democrat, betsy johnson running as an independent. in on the know what's going to happen in that race. the fact that it's competitive, my goodness gracious! >> all right. and let's look at these other states that donald trump easily won in 2020. how about surprises there in those states? >> yeah, i mean, look, in
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kansas, laura kelly is the incumbent democrat, you know, local issues there playing a big role. laura kelly wants to keep this race localized. she doesn't want to be talking about national issues. not too omuch of a surprise tha it's competitive there, but oklahoma, joy hofmeister in a very tight race with the republican candidate, the incumbent republican governor there, running on the issue of vouchers for schools, basically saying that that's not a good thing. that that will hurt rural education and she has closed that gap. imagine a state that joe biden lost by 30 points and a democrat winning there. that would be something else. of course, we'll have to wait and see. the fact that all of these races are competitive, it's quite interesting to watch. >> it is interesting to watch. also interesting to watch, your buffalo bills. how are they doing at this halfway point of the nfl season? >> i remember, i was standing with you on set last week. they were going to take on the kansas city chiefs. you've got families out there, but my buffalo bills were able
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to triumph last week. they're 5-1. they're off today, thank god. that gives me some rest from potential cardiac issues. they have the highest chance of winning the super bowl of any team. and you know, they've never won a super bowl and hopefully this is the year that they do it. i'm really hopeful. >> they're on a roll. you and wolf blitzer just must be be so happy about that. harry, always good to have you on. thanks. >> thank you. >> be sure to check out harry's podcast, "margins of error," you can find it on your favorite podcast app or on and you are in the "cnn newsroom" on this sunday night, new video showing a man pushing a new york city subway commuter on to the tracks injuring him. this comes as new york officials lay out their plan to take on transit crime. the city's mayor, eric adams, speaks to cnn, up next. ing your? you could be using the wrong detergent. and wasting up to 20 gallons of water.
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new details tonight on how hurt when a man stabbed him back in august. rushty's representatives said he lost his sight in one eye and the use of one hand. it happened in western new york over the summer. a man rushed the stage and stabbed rushi more than 15 times in the neck and torso. he needed emergency surgery. his attacker is charged with attempted murder. people who live in new york city have had it with the sharp spike in crime especially on the city subways.
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new york mayor eric adams announced new crime fighting initiatives this weekend. you spoke with the mayor today and he had some tough statistics to deal with. crime in the subway is up more than 40% than this time last year. what did he tell you about what he is doing about this? >> reporter: well, pam, the mayor certainly seemed to be on a mission this weekend trying to respond to the increase in violence especially in the city subway system. the mayor and his top administration officials holding a summit over at gracie mansion over the weekend to try and come together, come up with ideas, and really take on what is beginning to be on many new yorkers' top of mind, concern that the subways are not safe. we're seeing more and more of incidents like here in this video where you see a strap hanger walking along the platform then somebody comes out of seemingly nowhere and pushes
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the person on to the tracks and thankfully that person was not struck by the train but they were severely injured. the police asking for help to identify the person who pushed the man on to the tracks. we wanted to sit down with the mayor today and ask him about this idea he has been talking about, the reality and perception of whether a crime here in the city has increased. some crimes have gone down but crimes in the city's transit system continued to be of top concern. here is what he told us. >> i talked to new yorkers. they say, yes, eric. i've never been a victim of a crime on the subway system. i've never been attacked. i use it every day. i am one of the 3.5 million riders on the subway system and i've never been attacked. i feel i'm safe because of what i see, what i read, what i hear. so now i have to address that fear. what are we doing? we have this large amount of
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omni presence of police officers, nothing dissipates violence feeling more than having a police officer in the blue uniform doing patrol. we'll have them on the train. then we're going to not be passive in dealing with those with real mental health issues on our subway system. as soon as we came in january 6th on we got rid of the encampments. we have over 2000 people living on our system that couldn't take care of themselves. >> reporter: pam, it is going to be all about the increased visibility, adding more police officers to the train station, increasing patrols. but, also, mental health. the city and state want to increase the number of psychiatric beds made available to people who are suffering from mental illness. that is of course just one part of the solution. it is very complicated to get people who need help, mental health treatment, to be able to go into treatment. so the mayor and governor
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certainly are facing a tough challenge ahead in the next couple months as a ridership continues to increase post pandemic. pam? >> all right. thank you so much. nice job with the interview. mayor adams is also one of three new guests talking to chris wallace tonight. here is a preview of their conversation. >> we have an average of less than six crimes a day on the subway system with 3.5 million riders. but if you write your story based on a narrative you'll look at the worst of the six crimes and put it on the front page of the paper every day so i have to deal with those six felony crimes a day and the perception of fear. yes, we decrease gun violence in the city, which i zeroed in on. decreased homicides. we removed off our streets over 5700 guns. 27-year high in gun arrests.
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we are attacking the problem exactly the way i stated. >> reporter: you're saying the crime problem in this city is more perception than reality? >> no. it is a combination of both. new yorkers must be safe. >> reporter: but, mayor, the new york city crime statistics are that year to date crime in the subways is up 41% over the same period last year and serious crime, major felonies, are up even more than that. that's not perception. that is reality. >> if you do an analysis of the six major cities in america the crime waves tackling all of our cities, new york city is the safest. so yes we have a real crime problem we are addressing. part of that is the perception that every day those six crimes are being highlighted over and over again. >> we'll see more of the conversation on an all new "who's talking" to chris wallace after our show tonight
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