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senate races to watch, and then a look into mental health and stress in america with arthur evans of the american psychological association. washington journal is next. ♪ host: good morning, it is october 25, 2020. the debate continues on the nomination of judge amy coney barrett starting at noon. but for now a three-hour "washington journal" is ahead. from the supreme court battle to the final days of campaign 2020, we want to know what you think of the state of political discourse in this country. our lines are split up if you are in the eastern or central
time zones, (202)748-8000. if you are in the mountain or pacific time zones, (202)748-8001, and you can also send us a text this morning, (202)748-8003. if you do, please include your name and where you are from. catch up with us on social media .n twitter, facebook good sunday morning. you can start calling in now as we have a civil discussion about civility in politics. having this discussion in a week that saw another residential battlescongressional over coronavirus really funding, and it also saw this, a series of public service announcements released by the candidates for governor in utah. here is one headline, the straight noting that two candidates, the lieutenant governor, and his democratic opponent, appear together in a
public service announcement on tuesday promoting civility in politics saying you talk and set an example for the rest of the country. here is one of those announcements released by the candidates. >> we are currently in the final days of campaigning against each other to be your next governor. >> while i think you should vote for me, they are some things we both agree on. we can debate issues without degrading each other. >> we can disagree without hating each other. >> in utah, we work together. i name is chris peterson. >> i am spencer cox. >> we approve this message. the: we will show more of series throughout this morning. it is getting national attention this week. we should note the candidates
were also thanking each other over twitter. this was mr. peterson and his twitter feed from after that announcement, saying he would like to say thank you to spencer for joining him to record these. it can take grace and courage to try to work together, he wrote, no matter who wins the election we must all commit to a peaceful transfer of power. some discussion about civility following that, but we want to know what you think about the state of civility. our phone lines are split up originally to do that, in the eastern or regional, (202)748-8000,, with just under 10 days to go until election day. charles, from here in washington, d.c.. civility in politics, is it dead?
caller: nothing is dead. energetically everything is possible to be revived, but under the current circumstances, i want to know who america wants to be as far as civility? how can you function when you have a leader that is a liar and a cheater and a womanizer and tells you flat out untruths time after time. we have a wide swath of people who believe that and keeps us separated from ourselves. host: how do you function in society? do you meet those people on the other side of the divide? how often do you interact with them or do you find yourself not encountering this people where you are? caller: i talked to everybody i can because this is becoming an international world i live in.
talking to the people on the man, i saya black you are afraid that the world is ,hanging around you charlottesville virginia, huntsville, alabama, though gentrified are being . the changes are taking place, but talking to those people, they see their world changing, thetrumpeters, -- trumpsters, i would say, it does not feel comfortable to them. it causes fear so i just reach out as a human being when i can. host: where else have you lived besides washington d.c.? caller: north carolina, , in new york and
maine as well. host: of those where have you found people to be the most diverse in their political opinions in the most accepting of different opinions? caller: one of the places was maine, just because it was almost split between people on ,ifferent sides in that state that they had diverse opinions, and they were neither all one way -- they were neither all left or all right. that was one of the most diverse places i was seeing as far as the conversation, talking with other people other than myself when i just listened to one, that echo chamber gets to be pretty loud. the social media and news programs like fox, you do not hear anything but that one viewpoint. host: that was charles from
washington, d.c. a couple of stories from the media on this topic, this first from the wall street journal last week, "how next-door neighbors with opposing views stayed friends." democrats,l's, planted a joe biden sign in front of their home. their next-door neighbors put a trump sign in their yard. there is another sign in their yards that said we parked them. them, pointing to their neighbors. people on opposite sides of the spectrum can actually like each other and be civil. our first color was -- caller was mentioning the role social media plays. this from a recent pew research
center poll asking about social media saying what kind of effect it has on the way things are going in this country. the number of u.s. adults saying it is mostly negative, 64% saying that for those saying that it is mostly positive, just 10%. you can see republicans sink much more often that social -- saying much more often that social media having a negative effect. thoseed to just 53% of said they were democrats or leaning democrats. more on this in newspapers and media, but we are to hear from you this morning on the state of political discourse, what you idea ofng and this civility in politics. out of earnest massachusetts. politicians put
party above country, and the way it is now, you have family members getting into arguments because of political parties, friends that disown friends because of opposing views. that was not like that a few years back. i remember when john mccain was thinking of taking a democrat as vice president running mate. that has got to change. nowwhole country is divided . areleaders in office now not setting a good example. this has to change. host: is there a family member or friend that you do not talk to anymore because of politics? caller: no, but i know of friends that do not talk to other people that get into view.nts over a political
i am going right to the top, democrats are people. it are evil. that is not right. are legalparties things that we should participate in. voters are being intimidated. that is not right. there is something wrong with our country. we have other countries taking advantage of this and it has to be straightened out. beach,ames from long california. good morning. what, i did not know anything about politics and disability, but -- and civility, but 32 years ago, out of the navy, i got hired at this factory in carson, california. the people hired me was because i had military and my background
but it was right before the 1988 election. anything about politics, just a person out of the navy. i was just being honest with them, i told them i was a democrat. about three days later, this is a factory, and they laid me off. and twot put two together until maybe 15 years later. i realize those guys are probably very, very, very serious about politics, and that you cannot tell anybody you -- your political party and hope that they keep you on the job. i was stunned that i got laid off at a factory. i realized after listening to talk radio for about 32 years matterly that politics and that you need to be very cautious and careful about
telling anybody your political persuasion because it is very serious and it is sad. host: what kind of work do do? hotel: i am in the industry and believe it or not, i love it. shocked that iso am so great with dealing with them. i cannot -- they cannot believe that i treat them better than their husband or wife, because i am a professional at treating people the way they would like. host: do you ever talk about politics with any of those folks that come to the hotel? caller: never. that is my number one rule. after getting laid off at that factory, i realize never, i do not talk about it with friends on social media. host: thank you for the call. this is michael from marina del rey, california. good morning. caller: good morning.
the people responsible for the lack of civility in politics today are the three major cable networks because they are all opinion based cable products designed not to inform or give news but just to give opinion pretty take a look at these residential press conferences, jim acosta, his whole being is polarization and demonization of the president. it goes on both on the left and the right. you haveno wonder why a situation today where that kind of thinking and that kind downhavior is now dumbed to the consumer or the voter if you look at the debates between kennedy and nixon in 1960 and how articulate and how policy
driven they were, in comparison to what you saw in the biden-trump debate the other night, and people thought that was an improvement, the dumbing down of politics has been going on for decades. the more you do that, the more personal it becomes and the more out of hand it becomes, and both parties are responsible. host: so far this morning, callers have brought up that it is the leaders at the top who are the problem. social media has been brought up. individual reactions with each other on social media, but you say that national media. why do you think that? caller: the national media drives the conversation because today cable news is 24 hours a day seven days a week, constantly looking for angles. isyou watch cable news, it
not about policy. it is about handicapping the race, all about where is the candidate today, how many points behind is he. the media has done itself a disservice i being more interesting about who is leading theyersus who -- where stand on issues. this is terrible. hopefully over time these cable networks will understand that is not the role. it is not the role of jim acosta to be judging donald trump or anyone else. yet he thinks he does. disconnect ator that level. the only people watching these cable networks are supporters of that point of view. if you are watching msnbc, you are liberal. if you are watching fox, you are conservative. it is all about opinion. that whole thinking has now been
inherited by the consumer, and that is why you have this lack of civility. it is almost like people to go to a football game, and they wear their hat and jersey and they do not like the other team. we see that in the trump rallies where it is all about who you are with versus who is going to help the country. host: on the issue of who is watching what on the one side only watching their own site, this graphic from the upshot out of the new york times today. this is focused on those dueling , taking the place of the second debate. they look at who watched each debate by democratic and republican households. the finding was that democratic holes holds mostly watch the biden town hall and republicans
sleep watched the trump town hall although more democratic households did watch the trump town hall then republican households who watched the biden townhome. that information again from the upshot. one other graphic going back to whenirst debate is republicans and democrats started and stopped watching the debate. they found that republicans turned off the first presidential debate a little bit earlier than democratic' households. you can see that graphic as well. we were talking about the political leaders in social media, the networks all being a part of this issue about civility in politics. it was senator mitt romney who took all of them to task in a recent statement he put out about the state of politics in
this country. this was on october 13, but he was getting a lot of attention a midstatement he put out to late days of the 2020 the supreme court nomination of judge amy coney barrett. this is what romney had to say. quite about the election but i am troubled by politics as it is moving away from spirited debate to a hate field morass that is unbecoming of any free nation led alone the birthplace of modern democracy. he said the president called the vice presidential candidate a monster. he calls for the justice department to put the prior president in jail. he attacked the governor of michigan on the very day a plot was discovered to kidnap her. notes nancy pelosi tears up the presidents speech on
television. media on the left and right amplify all of it. kindle the conspiracy mongers and haters who take the small and steps from intemperate word to dangerous action. the world is watching, watching america with abject horror. and our children are watching. many americans are frightened for our country. it is time to lower the heat. leaders must tone it down, from the top and leaders of all stripes, parents, bosses, reporters, professors, union chiefs. consequence of the anger leads to a very bad place no sane person can want. that statement was from october 13. it fits into this conversation this morning. we want to hear where you think we are. are you concerned about social discourse? this is ray from pennsylvania.
wonder if thomas payne when he wrote "common sense" when he wrote about developing a less confrontational country when we threw off the shank of the british. our country has had clinical controversy from inception it if you remember the 1960's, you can recall how contentious it was then. ,ne of the problems we have now under the mantle of being nice, we are slipping -- sweeping under the rug a problem of we are to see and a washington that is out of control. i think the president has said it best, whether you are president as a republican or democrat, it should never be in a situation where the tryingracy is actively to change the outcome of an
election. i think that has a lot of americans concerned. the other part is there is a fundamental philosophical difference between the parties. the conservative republican party -- party believes in responsibility. the liberal party, the democrat supremacyeves in the of government. we have gotten away from the concept of loyal opposition. i believe that is a driving force in the differences within society, but to say it is just now is just historically inaccurate. host: when do you think it is time to worry about being nice, or is being nice a sign of weakness when it comes to issues like you are bringing up? concept of being nice is a red herring.
should the citizens of germany been nice in the late 1930's? the time the jewish community had fundamental choices, speak up and leave or stand there and say this will never happen here. up are theo spoke ones who survived the ones who sadly stayed there suffered the consequences. have corey is we principles and the bill of rights and their fundamentally under attack and that is from one political perspective. this one perspective that believes what is happening right now with the freedom of speech and the ability to not have censorship is something that we should be careful about. there is another one that believes conformity of thought is what is being demented. it is the liberal left that is
so intolerant regarding the vergence of thought and that ought to be a red flag for everyone. host: you are on the phone when i noted the romney statement he says in that statement that the rabbit attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and haters who take the small steps from interpret word to dangerous action. he said this is making things more dangerous. that we need to turn the heat down. question that i would ask is when we have, and it is right in front of our face , when we have huge sections of the bureaucracy on a conspiratorial basis trying to ,eny the will of the electorate who voted for the bureaucrats in the department of justice, in the irs, who voted for them? no one. the reality, whether you are dipping hat or republican -- democrat or republican, we ought
to ask ourselves to be have a bureaucracy right now that is challenging our basic freedoms? i think the answer is yes. they report to no one. they respond to no one. concern.t to be a huge whether calling them out is nice or not, i believe calling them out is essential for our children and our grandchildren. mountaintop, pennsylvania, on the eastern side of the state new scranton and that his neighbor joe biden was yesterday on the campaign trail. here is a little bit of what he had to say yesterday. [video clip] the presidentn: knew in january hello delete this virus was and he hid it from the country. did, he decided he was going to convince bob woodward put a smart guy he was. yeah, smart guy.
stable genius. did, he went on record as saying that he knew , sevengerous it was times more dangerous than the flu. what did he do? did he tell you, tell us? did he warn americans? no. his administration gave wall street the heads up according to the new york times. he did not tell us, but they told wall street. that is why they made so much money by selling short because they knew what was coming. he sold us a short. that is what happened. host: joe biden yesterday. the president of course on the trail here as we are under 10 days to go until election day.
trump voted in florida and then he is going to north carolina and then to ohio. president trump: you serve your community, and the you finally have a president that is loyal to you. ways to spender my life. nobody told me this walk was going to be that vicious. they even impeached me over a perfect phone call. doing?how are you congratulations. these people are crazy. now they are doing it again. they foundfrom hell, the laptop from hell. this is the laptop they do not want to see. how the hell this laptop got freed up, amazing the way god
works. [applause] adam shifty-schiff, shaped like a watermelon. totally dishonest good he made up my conversation, said quid pro quo eight times. isn't it lucky that i had a transcriber? host: we are asking you in this first segment about civility in politics. you are in thef eastern or central time zones. (202)748-8001 if you are in the mountain or specific -- pacific time zones. we are looking for texts or tweets as well. here is a few, from tim in road island paid civility is
necessary but you need to fight back when a light is being told. i think less language create more stability. believe wehio, i would have more stability if the liberal socialists had not tried to overthrow our elected president. from california, william, there is no discourse. shouting that democracy is a new political pastime. the first debate showed the circus clown the u.s. is. well. your phone calls as this is robin from missouri. caller: hi. i wanted to state that i believe the discourse in this nation started long before trump became president. i believe most of it, that very
bad part, started with obama, with thecame worse ferguson event which is close to where i live and how obama handled that and allowed those oters to treat law enforcement. being a daughter of a police officer who went through the civil unrest in the cities and nearly died three times in the , you can imagine the feelings i had towards that present and what he did -- president and what he did and has done since then. everybody tol for go and burn down buildings, riot
, to allow them to do whatever they wanted on the left. right, they the cannot speak. always overly criticized. host: what you think about president obama on the campaign trail for his former vice president? [laughing] i do not think he went to hear my opinion -- you want to hear my opinion of president obama at all. i will tell you i think he has been the worst president that we have had in our nation that i am , and this is not a racist statement, the fact that he went around apologizing for actions,
hard fornk that it is .hite people in general today have a severely disabled sister that had to go into a nursing home paid we cannot even talk about the fact that my father had been a police fear that when we were not there to watch her that they might do something to hurt her. host: who is they? cna's that took care of her, basically minorities. host: the president was on the -- president obama was on the campaign trail yesterday. [video clip]
when a hurricane hits puerto rico, a president is supposed to -- we have a president who actually suggested selling .uerto rico believe it or not, it could be worse. securityour national officials wants if he could nuke if he could- once nuke hurricanes. at least he did not do that. that seems like it would have been bad. it would be funny if it wasn't. some of the rhetoric you are ,earing here in south florida it is just made up, nonsense. think -- if you listen to
the republican, he would think thant more common i castro. do not fall for that. am in apersonally i interracial marriage and i voted for trump and my wife voted for biden pit i have no choice but to be civil. i was a lifelong democrat. we both work, and she was going to vote for trump up until the first debate in the comments he said. that changed her mind, which i respect 100%. ablenk we all have to be to have a dialogue. i cannot talk to my father about politics. i wish i could. he is a lifelong democrat.
i'm not saying i agree with everything. the make america great again, i'm not saying i believe in that because it was not great for everybody all the time. i understand. you got to pick the candidate that you think will do best for the country. put everything else aside. it hasia is so divisive really hurt everything. byre is a statement i think winston churchill who said if you are young and liberal, -- not a liberal, you do not have a heart. if you are old and not conservative, you do not have a brain. i think the democrats are not the party that i grew up are that my parents did. i think it has gone more to the left, left, left side. host: if you could talk to your father here before election day, what would you say? honestly, he just watches cnn. i use to.
do some research. i am not even sync watch fox. what i learned when the pandemic started, when i started watching the politicians in washington, in congress, all they do is fight. nothing gets done. that is all they are doing, trying to get more votes or sometime on cnn or fox for that is all they do it they have these conversations, but nothing ever happens. thing,bout the racial the executive order was passed for racial -- police reform. the senate couldn't pass theirs. the congress could not pass theirs. how can you not come together on that subject? from that was carlos florida. the cell it will be in today and you can watch on c-span2, the sunday session as the debate continues on the nomination of
judge amy coney barrett. a story from the washington post on the action yesterday to note lisa murkowski, opposing filling the vacancy so close to the election, said yesterday that she would vote to confirm judge amy coney barrett, while i oppose the process, she said i do not hold it against her as individual who has navigated the comet with grace and skill and humility. if you want to watch the debate containing today, tune in at lunchtime on c-span2. nick from california. go ahead. caller: thank you. i think the civility and pseudo-civility, from ayden, as cricket as he and his son is, i think trump is telling it like it is. that is what people like about him and the fact that he keeps
his promises and the great military did with the and going after isis. president obama and biden work concerned about the wives and , listen, thesis enemy is the enemy. i think there is always going to trump, almost a johne embodiment from wayne movie. he just goes out and says we are the united states, we are patriotic, and we do not apologize for that. a lot of americans like that could a lot of nonminorities where tired of being called racist. up in this great
country. we have gone to schools with different people from all different ethnicities. we have done sports with them and we have won championships and come together where everybody said, listen, i do not ,ike you, you do not like me you make your block, we will score, and we will win a championship and everyone goes their own way. i think this country needs to emulate a lot of the american asian community where the children are studying so hard and they are taking full advantage of the opportunity. that is what needs to happen. , good morning, david. caller: hello. it is so hard to get on, please, please do not cut me off.
i am very angry. over.untry has been taken our education is destroyed. our children are not being taught, nothing but garbage. we have no trade system for them to learn. officersying police .100,000 a year to ride in cars our government has been taken over. please, please do not cut me off. host: what are your thoughts about the state of discourse in this country? is there a way to turn down the heat or should we? caller: this country has been taken over by the mafia, and it is headed for civil war. that is why everybody ran to washington. that is why they are all hiding
because you all irrigated washington up because they are all cowards. they know, the american people is pitstop. from this is david houston, texas. caller: i got a few things to say -- can you hear me? host: i can. go ahead. caller: i first became suspicious of the news media [indiscernible] situation,watergate there was a program every sunday with two democrats and one republican. in the beginning, i thought maybe he could not get two republicans. that made me suspicious. i cannot put my finger on in thing, but when president reagan backhot, i was listening
from the airport to my house. in,rned on cnn when i went and they were recently good -- reasonably good at that point in time. in a way, a guy walks up to alexander hagan said was in charge? that was a pretty forward thing. that evening i turned on cbs news, and i am watching, and when i got to that clip, he says who is in charge? he said i am and he cut the rest of his answer off. had i not seen his answer on cnn that morning, i would've thought that is an arrogant son of a gun because they made him look arrogant. since then i have been monitoring different channels and 80% of what that media
reports is speculation. the rest of it is slanted. i have another example, the , the secretarydy over the united nations, interviewed on one of the morning shows. one woman asked her about trump. she said he has never lie to me. that was her answer. then i watch joe scarborough and he twisted it and said, she said trump never lied. that was a lie on his part. the news media has been corrupt for many years. trumpefore tricks are -- ever got in the picture. host: this is greg from texas. caller: good morning. your thoughts about civility in politics? caller: i'm going to say this
from rushom back , because of the fact that minority people are taking over, and when they call this , it was so the white people can say [indiscernible] when he called us a minority that is just to make white america feel like they have more power. let me finish. is fromgoing on now back in the radio about how the country was being taken over by the democrats. you all listen to these people could this is about money. they do not care about your future or about what color you are. if you talk negative of people of color in this country, you got one black people to agree with the fact that with that white man is saying about people that'sr in this country,
why they got walter william on the radio show. to talk negative of black people. if you want to tell me how this country is so bad, what about the people in canada where the indians over there [indiscernible] i know c-span is taking care of the business. canadaw they are over in , because they got the white --ple present terms of where trump is today, he is headed to manchester, new hampshire, today. that was the article in reference to what the previous caller was saying about who was
in control at the white house when it came to the hours after president reagan was shot. more from the campaign till today, the vice president headed to north carolina today. kamala harris in detroit today. only -- onovement i the campaign trail with less than 10 days to go. from florida. on the topic of civility , i'm going to tone it down. i heard one lady talk about this obama. with barack that is sort of an oxymoron when you put it on him, but she has a point that it did sort of wrap won the obama
presidency. it started with me with mitch mcconnell saying that we were going to make him a one term president. he had not even settled down in the oval office yet when mcconnell made that voq. w. from that point on he tried to block everything obama tried to aboutn he campaigned giving us hope that everything could change. mitch mcconnell has blocked things to this day. that is what is called the civil unrest. that man thatt, was talking about talk radio, that really ramped it up. donald trump, i do not know if -- he and fox and talk
radio are so much in sync and have the ears of so many people. that is what is destroying civility. our caller from atlanta. i was telling your screener, you look on the news and you look at tv and you see these white guys running around downtown, all over the country, with swastikas and rebel flags and boogaloo boys, are the chances they are democrats? we all know they are republicans. you do not see a bunch of black people running around with nazi flags.
we do not get credit for loving this country. you never see as running around with nazi flags, spouting that craziness. we are fighting for justice for us. white people crank about they do not have opportunity. give me a break. you are not applying yourself. that is foolishness. is that white man crying about he did not have opportunity? are you kidding me? you got all the opportunity in the world, and he went to blame somebody. fox news at the same time with goingrab going on -- crap on in the country. the president could have shot somebody and you turn on fox news and they are talking about gardening. all of these people are not out here just making this stuff up. outside of trenton, new jersey, on the other side of the
dave. from pennsylvania, caller: good morning. for taking my call. i have a different perspective. i am for the republican party. i am conservative. military, and i live in pennsylvania, but i have well, in this modern age, we are using apps to reach out many of the democrats, unaffiliated, or republicans. i am in bucks county in pennsylvania, and my perspective, i sit at my kitchen table using this app, calling people, and the majority of the time i sent a voicemail because it goes to a machine. that is a high percentage, maybe
eight out of 10 times. sometimes i get a real human being, if you will. some of them, so when it identifies as a democrat or unaffiliated or republican, in terms of civility, of those people i have spoken with live, they are pretty civil. every once in a while i get this sides, iwell, both have spoken to a republican who was totally against trump and he is going for biden. vice versa. same thing with a democrat. sometimes, that one particular out, but i can handle this one time, this woman just started berating me like how can
i be calling again? i told her, i said this is the first time i've been talking to you. thank you for your time. she berated me. on the scale of civility it would pretty much be zero. that is a small percentage. host: when that happens, do you try to lower the temp? is it just time to cut off the call and say goodbye? trying to who are lower the temperature, do you have any strategies? caller: good question. yes. woman, i wouldat try and come back and say, well, that was not me who called before. where youtime to see are going into the selection. i try to come back at people like that and, by the same
token, i had some really good people. this one gentleman who was a republican, but going for biden, he would engage. for about 15 minutes i talked to him. not like in fencing, but it was very civil. i would say why do you hold that position? , blah blah blah, about trump. host: did you change his mind? caller: that one, no, i did not. host: have you ever? caller: there was a person, a woman from bucks county, because that is who we are calling predominantly because we got to get, for our site, we got to get
the troops out. we had a nice conversation as well. i said, did you know, for example, not trump, well, yes, trump. brian fitzpatrick is our first butressional candidate, trump has been behind something called the right to try bill. people are busy peachy said i do not know what that is paired what is that? i explained to her the right to try allows people, when trump that itme locals affected and were pershing right to try in congress, and he got on board. it allows people through the fda process, which is usually onerous, and it takes a while, it will shortcut a process where someone can get a vaccine or a drug for what their ailment is.
change her mind? caller: to the point where she said i would look it up, and i invited her to the get what the facts are about trump and what he has done because i think, well, the majority of the media which i think is slanted left and now for the left, or not even covering the accomplishments of what mr. trump has done. one can go on. go on to the white house website and they list them there. -- more minutes left to get calls in on this segment. from washington. said toone, is it is
see that your topic is for civility at both african-americans from georgia and texas go right for the throat of race. i wonder if they are familiar that the department of justice statistics show a black man is 22 times more apt to assault a white than the other way around it i'm not demonizing them. the word politics in latin comes from coming together of many. that is what the term means. if we cannot be civil and cannot come together and i and the right policies in a multicultural society without putting race in the frontal lobe, are we going to head for a race war? you can use a simple metaphor of , which isf the rings a series that everybody is probably for mayor with. are you there? host: i am listing. caller: in that, if you were to
use that like a metaphor, tryington, d.c. is modor to control everybody. the army by the democrats and rks, and whene o they get the last ring, they take over middle earth. ando is president trump, the republic are fighting for bilbo. host: this is john from illinois. good morning. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. veteranecorated vietnam , andetired news reporter
what i want to say is i do not understand how these people can run out and claim they are for trump when the man has not done anything for the virus. people are dying. what are they going to do about that? he is telling everybody we are , roundinghe corner the band, we will be dead. go ahead and and endorse him. i do not understand. host: what you make of all of these folks that have called in who have said that the news media is a major cause or the this or the only cause for heated political rhetoric in this country? caller: take away the newspaper and see what you have, take away the newspaper and you will have
nothing. this is the best way for any dictator to take over. the first place he goes is to the newspaper and he goes to the police department and gets control. and the rest of the people can start lining up. they will be on their way to wherever you want to take them to, the gas chamber or whatever. host: this is jack out of el paso, texas. caller: good morning. i just wanted to call about civility in the news and that sort of thing. the "washington journal" is probably the finest example of civility within the press and television in america today. agency is as fair
as you have been doing the entire time we have had this. i want to reach out to steve uncle, three years ago my called in on a sunday morning like today. and steve handled his call. steve scully was not aware of this, but my uncle frank was dying. he was in a bed in a hospital when he called. uncle frank talk to him for just a couple of minutes. steve seem to have an intuition that my uncle was not doing well. up, he askede hung me to call in. it has been several years and i have not been able to do so
myself. he wanted to tell steve thank ,ou for his patience with him and he wanted me to say that his parents must be very proud of him,him and the network should e proud of him and here was something really strange. my uncle died three hours after he talked to steve. one of the last things he said was i hope that there is a presidential debate that steve scully would be moderator. fair -- alls such a of you are. all of you are doing a tremendous job. if the other networks were to behave like you do, this would not fire up this country. example of the finest journalist in the world today. and i thank you so much for my uncle and as a moderator, the
other night with trump and biden , she had her favorites. we will say that. acted correctly and beautifully and she handled that interview great. unlike chris wallace who didn't do quite as good. and thankyou c-span you steve scully. steve deserves to come back. everybody has a right to have their own opinion, even journalists. as long as they don't spout it on the air, that's who a journalist is. host: thanks for the call. appreciate your uncle frank. thank you for the story. caller: he actually shed a tear after he talked to steve and died three hours later.
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service and brought to buyer television provider. washington journal continues. us.: david wasserman joins he serves as house editor at the cook political report. your ears perked up on thursday night when president trump declared at that debate that he thinks republicans are going to retake the house november 3. is that possible? current outlook is a democratic net gain in the house. nancy pelosi is in line to expand her majority and there are a couple reasons why the picture in the house is pretty much a mirror image of what we thought a year ago when they be republicans pick up a handful of seats. that republicans are really being dragged down by trump in what i would characterize as second order suburb.
are suburbs of traditionally conservative metro areas. a lot of the democrats flipped blue were suburbs of really blue major metro areas like the suburbs of denver orner than virginia. or northern virginia. seeing st. louis, omaha, cincinnati. places that are more traditionally conservative but where republicans are struggling to rise above that drag. is money. factor democrats have outraised republicans all cycle. their donor base is fired up and passionate and increasingly has a lot of disposable income. we saw democrats outraised republicans compared to republicans out raising democrats in just 15 democratic held house seats.
a big factor all cycle has been open seats. we saw a disproportionate number of house republicans head for the exits. today there are 32 open seats without a republican incumbent on the ballot. democrats have stellar opportunities to pick up republican seats in north the lines were redrawn before this cycle. which has become the epicenter of the house battleground there are three open seats that democrats have the chance to pick up. this is really a story of a battlefield that has increasingly tilted to democrats and could be really important 2022n insurance policy in if democrats do have unified control of the house, senate and
in party hasthe lost a couple dozen seats in the house. the more democrats can pad their advantage, the tougher it will be for republicans to dig out of the ditch. have questions about an individual house race, now would be a very good time to call in and ask your questions. we can talk about the race ratings that the cook political report does. (202) 748-8001 republicans. (202) 748-8000 democrats. (202) 748-8002 independents. so in a year in which the house is not likely to flip, the senate is much more likely to flip and amid a presidential campaign that is sucking up all of the attention, what is your
pitch to people of why they should pay attention? how do sell house races and battlegrounds this cycle? are a number of compelling battles out there. mightst unique situation be virginia's fifth district. there is a congressman named lost to a former liberty university athletics official named bob good who describes himself as an biblical conservative. now the democrat cameron webb has an excellent chance to win it. he's a 37-year-old african-american doctor and official at uva medicine. and if there is high african-american turnout in southside virginia and high turnout of young voters in the charlottesville area, that could
be one of the biggest upsets. there are a lot of compelling storylines in the house battlefield. going to determine a lot of what's possible legislatively in 21 and 2022. there are going to be a number of democrats from conservative leaning districts who take a pass on the more progressive agenda items on the docket if democrats do have full control of government. the larger their margin in the house, the easier it would be to work with a couple of defections on key votes. host: do you think you could reverse engineer the results -- do you think you have a better sense of what's going to happen in the presidential race because you are so involved in these house races? >> that's a great point.
one of the reasons i love covering house races is they give you an insight into micro-trends at the top of the ticket. we are getting reams of data at the district level. conducted atolling the presidential race isn't made public. it's conducted by the parties making spending and resource allocation decisions in these congressional races. between 50 and 60 they areonal races -- testing the top of the ticket. we have good insight into what's happening. in 2016i was seeing flashing red theing sign for places like upper peninsula of michigan and the southern tier of new york and northern wisconsin.
had been fiveat points in september were in the double digits or 15 points in october. that was what led me to write a about how trump had a chance of winning the white house without winning the popular vote. isare noticing that trump under performing his margins from 2016 by eight to 10 points across the board in both republican and democratic:. that is the biggest tell that the national polling is pretty on target. like one of the things we to do when we have david wasserman on is play some of the ads that voters are seeing in their district right now. they are playing one of the national messages in the presidential campaign for democrats especially is a focus on health care. here's one of the ads focusing on health care in george's sixth congressional district.
here is that ad from the democratic house majority pac. >> no one should lose health coverage because they have a pre-existing condition like cancer or high blood pressure, especially during this pandemic. supportedhandel donald trump's plan to strip away protection from pre-existing conditions. karen handel, helping donald trump take away our health care. host: david wasserman on that message. republicans lost in 2016.
handel said she had one of the truck august -- metrics, trump support she was thinking about a district that had been republican for years. this district in the northern atlanta suburbs is absolutely abandoning trump's rent of republicanism at a rapid rate and we are seeing this happen across highly college educated suburbs all over the country. this race is almost entirely off the board. the national republicans are no longer spending here to support handle because they have had to move so many of their resources to playing defense. host: we played the democratic add and a place where republicans are spending money is the third district race in michigan.
focusing on the democrat who is running for that seat. fringe left-wing activists demanding sanctuary cities, open borders. we need immigration policy that reflects this inherent freedom of movement. copslped the aclu sue while protecting an actual criminal. you don't get to make the laws if you help people break the law. host: the immigration issue in 2020. 200 33 democrats in the house, 201 republicans, and one libertarian from michigan's third district. this is the race for his open seat in west michigan.
seeing the immigration issue pop up across a few dozen districts. hillary's colton that the democratic nominee has been an immigration attorney for a number of years. what's fascinating is republicans have to work extra hard to motivate their voters for the down ballot race because the republican nominee peter of a huge young psion grocery chain, meyer grocery stores across michigan. and has not really embraced trump so much on the campaign trail and has had the luxury of running on his own personal family brand and his family fortune. up democrat has been playing her work for faith-based organizations, a charity in grand rapids. she is banking on a strong performance from joe biden in michigan, particularly in the whichs of grand rapids
are increasingly professional and although trump carried this bytrict by 84 years ago -- --ht four years ago host: there are plenty of callers and we are happy to talk about house races around the country. what are you interested in? give us a call on phone lines. this is regina. republican. good morning. caller: good morning. how are you? >> great. how are you? caller: i'm great. i'm interested in some house races going on in my area. i live in the ohio cincinnati area. curious about thomas massie's ,ace, also warren davison district eight in ohio as well as steve shaaban. >> great questions.
thomas massie was going to supposedly have a competitive primary. it didn't turn out so competitive after revelations of some online comments his opponent had made. kentucky's fourth district is an .bsolutely safe republican seat the race that we are really paying attention to in cincinnati is the steve shabbat district which is ohio's first district. this is the city of cincinnati and some of its more upscale suburbs like mason. in 2018, democrats nominated a candidate who was a hamilton county clerk of course. in aded up getting caught scandal that sunk his campaign. it was one of the few races where republicans escaped in the midterms. his former campaign treasurer apparently embezzled over $100,000 and that has come up in
democratic ads. kate schroeder picked the right year to run because this is another case where trump carried the district by six points in 2016 but biden is pulling ahead. that could lift schroeder on the congressional ticket. it's funny because in 2008, shabbat lost the seat in the obama wave two years after the year when democrats took back the house so history could repeat itself. host: northeast of macon, georgia. democrat. good morning. caller: good morning. for me here in georgia, this campaign season has been about the restoration of decency, faith in the constitution and
the rule of law. here in georgia we have brian kemp who craven lee and out trump oned to the covid-19 response. we have david perdue who could not run fast enough to his brokers to monetize what he knew about the coronavirus and its effects on our communities. doug collins and kelly loeffler who are racing to the bottom towards crazy and qanon. so i am so excited to be voting for a candidate on the lower ballot. knock. rafale more they have a real chance in georgia to turn our state blue so i'm super excited. can you speak to those candidates for me? thank you. >> georgia is really a
fascinating state in 2020 and of course joe biden is going to be traveling to georgia which is big news because for the most part democrats have focused their energy on what we would consider the core battleground states in the upper midwest and states like florida and arizona. georgia, there's a chance that both of those senate races on the ballot and up going to a january 5 runoff. the calculus for democrats in the state is that they need to run up the margins in both atlanta and the atlanta suburbs. democrats have a pickup opportunity in gwinnett county which is the seventh congressional district. is democrat carolyn bordeaux in my opinion the slight favorite to pick up a seat against republican er doctor rich mccormick. that district has seen an awful lot of spending but anything
touching gwinnett county might he cursed for republicans this year considering how much of a howing pot it's become and its professional workforce has migrated out of the republican coalition. the real key in my opinion for who is going to win the state both at the presidential and the senate level is going to be rural african-american turnout. we know that both republicans and metro atlanta voters are fired up. in 2016, we saw black turnout in rural georgia go down. one of my favorite bellwethers in the state is peach county. it's home to the bluebird bus corporation. it happens to be the best bellwether because in 2012 when black turnout was 73% in the county, barack obama managed to carry it. when it fell to 54%, donald
trump carried it. can kamalan is tickets addition to the raise turnout in rural georgia to the point where democrats can win statewide. host: if one or both of these senate races go to a january runoff, what does lower turnout -- who benefits from lower turnout? >> most likely republicans. that has been the pattern in georgia for a number of years. democrats probably have the better opportunity to win outright in the produce seat because we know the other seat is essentially a jungle primary on the november 3 ballot that's guaranteed to go to a runoff. once you get to a runoff scenario, it could actually be kelly loeffler the other republican who is in more danger of losing just because of her
more polarizing personality. she has run a series of fairly bizarre ads calling herself more conservative than attila the hun. outpace the other republican in that senate special election could harm her in a runoff against rafael warnock. when david perdue mangled kamala name while introducing the president at a rally last week, it was reminiscent of a 2006 moment when virginia republican senator george allen called his opponent tracker macaca. today virginia is a safe democrat state. are afraid of diversifying georgia in the same direction. host: jack, independent, good morning. caller: i'm curious these days
of how pulling is done. if i get a call on my cell phone, i don't answer if i don't recognize the number. i'm curious how pulling is done. >> the most frequent question i probably get is can we still trust the polls after what happened in 2016 and the caller brings up an important point which is that response rates to polls are in the low single digits so we are relying on 2% or 3% of people willing to respond to these phone surveys to model what the other 97% are thinking and we are bound to have some error in polls. in 2016 the final pulling average showed hillary clinton up between three and four points and she ended up winning the popular vote by three point one. historically that was not a very large pulling error. it might have not even really been a pulling error when you
brokeate deciders disproportionately in favor of donald trump. we are seeing a consistent picture between the national polls and the district level pulls that joe biden outperforming clinton by nine or 10 points versus where the margin was his -- in 2016. i would caution viewers is we have noticed a pattern or pulling has tended to underestimate republican support in the upper midwest and perhaps republican -- overestimate democrats in the southwest. that's one reason i might be more bullish on joe biden and democrat chances in the state like arizona as opposed to wisconsin or even pennsylvania. we will see on november 3. will head to detroit,
michigan. caller: i was interested in the campaign for lauren underwood in naperville, illinois. >> this is the district that accredits won in 2018. they flipped to blue. this time around republicans had high hopes of winning at back. this is the outer chicago suburbs and lauren underwood is a young former public health nurse in her early 30's and an african-american who is able to win a district that is less than 10% black. is perhaps a missed opportunity for republicans. they were trying to nominate a fresh face for the seat. instead they and stop having a very -- ended up having a very divisive primary and the winner with only a quarter of the vote
hasa dairy businessman who run for statewide office in illinois something like eight or nine time and has never won. he has gotten a lot of negatives from those bruising races he has run and most voters are familiar with him as a perennial candidate and don't particularly have a fond opinion of him. pretty muchthat has moved off the table where republicans are no longer putting up much of a fight. report is political where you can go to find ratings we are talking about. we are taking calls asking what races are you interested in around the country. (202) 748-8001 republicans. (202) 748-8000 democrats. (202) 748-8002 independents.
a couple more ads on the topic houseing to tie these candidates to more well-known republicans and democrats. with the start anti-tax group the club for oath . here's that ad. spanberger truly cared about virginia, why would she vote against virginia? nearly as much with socialist aoc. why would she support higher income taxes on virginians and why would she take so much money from defund the police extremists? if she truly cared about virginia. because the truth is she doesn't. host: that ad running in virginia's seventh district. there is this ad by the house majority pac it is spending
quite a bit of money this cycle tying republican candidate with van dyne to donald trump in district.th >> beth van dyne and donald trump joined at the hip on health care. they supported a plan to take away health care from millions and protections for pre-existing conditions and then ignore the science, recklessly siding with politicians on reopening. their health care record is sickening. host: that ad running in that open 24 district race. on tying the candidates to others in the party to try to turn vote or amplify your side. problem for republicans is that voters see them as the incumbent party functionally
with donald trump in the white house. typically reelection campaigns for presidents become referenda on the incumbent white house and in this case that's not helpful to republicans. republicans message against nancy pelosi and aoc may be more effective in a midterm year when democrats are advancing their own policy initiatives through the house and senate. politicale if the environment worsens in that scenario. for now abigail spanberger is ahead of her opponent in the richmond suburbs. we are seeing in texas 24th district, that has become such a hotbed of corporate relocations from lou states like california but both irving texas and plano texas are moving rapidly in democrats direction. it's going to be awfully hard for republicans to hold onto
democratila receipt named candace vallance willa who is afro latina is probably the favorite to flip that seat blue. a republican in bradenton. good morning. caller: i'm actually in saint augustine. i just want to say i'm a big fan. i follow you religiously on twitter. even though i'm a republican, i voted for joe biden because of my opposition to trump. i wanted to ask about the supreme court it looks like amy coney barrett will be confirmed and there will be a six to three conservative majority. suppose biden gets elected and democrats take both houses of congress, how much of an impact would a conservative supreme court have on biden's agenda and
how would it play politically? >> i think it depends a lot on how the supreme court retrospectively views the aca and roe v. wade. i should note that in your backyard we are watching a competitive congressional race between incumbent republican vern buchanan who has held the seat for over a decade and mccright margaret good who beat his son in a special election for the statehouse last cycle. wars are heating up even in traditionally republican parts of florida like sarasota. biden ishere joe looking for a lot of vote growth over hillary clinton. in today innate is a rare sunday session.
debate on theinue nomination of judge amy coney barrett to the supreme court. producerapitol hill craig kaplan noted that mitch toonnell making the request recess yesterday's session. nobody objected. when they come back today at noon there is expected to be a debate on the baruch nomination 30 hours and that is expected to take place on the senate floor today which would set up a final vote on judge barrett's sometime tomorrow afternoon monday. you can watch it all on c-span2. caller: good morning for taking my call. i'm a main street working-class patriot and the difference to me is that if you look at politics, big money from wall street is
behind a lot of the ads and i'm a progressive. proud progressive because to me that stands for human progress. and the conservatives, the big money behind the scenes is about conserving wealth and power and i see this as a human problem, not a uniquely american problem. that's why i'm a progressive. i believe in rights for all. but the race i wanted to ask mr. wasserman about was the race in and paula jean swearingen is running against republican shelley moore capito and i think she was from a coal mining owners family and i'm wondering how paula dean is doing because i would think her populist past would help her because of the coal mining. in west virginia they weren't
following safety procedures. why theynderstand wouldn't be more prounion. i would like to hear mr. wasserman's comments. thank you. >> the west virginia senate race is not competitive. we see it as solidly republican. news is the margin in west virginia is not likely to be the 42 points that trump won the state in 2016. we have seen a couple polls that suggest that joe biden is doing a bit that are than hillary clinton did in the state and the reason is he's been able to .eclaim populism that democrats lost that mojo in because if you look at hillary clinton's ads, they were focused on donald trump and his character and temperament while donald trump was focused on the economy. democrats have done a much
better job this year of focusing on bread-and-butter economic issues, talking about health care and the minimum wage, joe biden's ads have talked a lot about scranton versus wall street and tried to frame the race that way. although biden is not getting back to the percentages that obama did, he's getting back from hillary clinton's low points. in many of these states, that's enough. there are parts of pennsylvania that culturally look a lot like west virginia. much of ohio as well. added enthusiasm for for losing badly is really an important part of the electoral calculus. is tim out of
california. republican. good morning. caller: did joe biden and kamala for -- u.s.kids president? host: do you have a question? caller: did joe biden and kemal harris cage kids first selfie making and tim callan caring for u.s. president? >> i have no comment. next out of's birmingham, alabama. independent. good morning. caller: good morning. i will be so glad when this election is over. i will be glad for trump to leave office because i'm exhausted. to the lady from missouri who wants to blame obama -- the republicans tried to block him at every turn. to the man from california who
wanted to talk about hunter biden, talk about the trump kids. all of them are just as crooked as their daddy. and the republicans are trying to groom them to take over once daddy is gone. like theto make them bushes and the clintons. we cannot stand another four years of trump he's talking about leaving the country. i will make a donation. host: sheila in alabama this morning. did you want to pick up on anything she brought up? higher amazing how much democratic enthusiasm is this year versus 20 when there's actually a republican in the white house. that tends to be an important motivator for the out party. we are going to see turn out that is record shattering this year. i think we are headed for a total number of votes cast between 150 and 160 million.
that doesn't necessarily mean that democrats are going to win the white house in and of itself because in the upper midwest a lot of the eligible nonvoters in 2016 working-class whites, the demographic were trump broke through. in the sunbelt a lot of eligible voters were minorities and young people that's why we are looking at potentially a bigger shift towards democrats and a lot of suburbs whereas trump is trying to hold the line in the upper midwest and great lakes states. has hite united states 119% of its total 2016 early voting and there's still nine days to go. brian out of hillsborough, north carolina. caller: thank you for taking my call.
yesterday just started doorknocking for the biden harris campaign and i wanted to ask about any data that might be available to suggest the effectiveness of doorknocking as a tactic as opposed to phone calls which we've been doing for months now and text messaging which we've been doing for months now. there was some criticism about the biden campaign not doing doorknocking in competitive states like north carolina. aboutal question would be the richard hudson race. his ads have gotten increasingly negative and i would just like to know what you think about that race in the tactic of going negative, what that tells you about where a race might stand. >> that's a very high-profile race in north carolina between incumbent republican richard hudson and democratic challenger pat timmons goodson who is the first black woman to serve on
the state supreme court. that race is getting an awful lot of attention from the parties. trump won this district by nine points in 2016. the fact that it's competitive is a strong sign for democrats. at the end of the a culturally e district that includes four bragg and a lot of conservative suburbs of charlotte. it is competitive and worth watching to see the size of arecrats wave if they picking up seats. to the question about doorknocking, we know from social science that knocking on doors and in person contact is the most effective way to generate and boost turnout and to persuade people more so than virtual outreach. one of the things that we've noticed is that republicans have had a voter registration advantage sophia this year.
if you take a look at the key states at the presidential level that track voter registration by party. added a net 440 5000 additional voters to the rules in the past six months. only 224,000. that gap was basically nonexistent four years ago. because democrats have shifted to virtual outreach understandably in a pandemic, it has also cost them some of the traditional opportunities they might have had to engage their own supporters and particularly on college campuses. that's where we are noticing a big downturn for democrats in new voter registration. there was a color earlier from champaign, illinois. there was a congressional race where colleges were counting on big turnout.
the question is are democrats going to be able to motivate students who are not at full strength on these campuses to show up to the polls and vote for democrats in these districts as opposed to the suburbs where their parents houses are. host: tony is in st. paul. republican. good morning. caller: i wanted to ask dave about the minnesota second election and what i anticipate will be a special election. state essentially disenfranchised people. the election is currently scheduled to continue. i want mr. wasserman to speculate about what the special election might look like with full democratic washington control in february. really unique situation. the democratic incumbent is angie craig and the republican challenger is a young marine veteran named tyler kistner.
would normally give a slight advantage to the democrats just because of the year and it is such a suburban seat that trump is unlikely to carry this time. candidate, the legalize marijuana now nominee passed away at the age of 38 unexpectedly and under minnesota law if a candidate of a party who has received at least 5% of the vote in a recent statewide election which the marijuana party did a 2018 passes away, the election has to be canceled. the state ruled it should be held the following february. appealed inmocrat federal court. she sued to reinstate the under the ideaon that the constitution guarantees
an election for congressional seats in november. a federal court agreed with her. for now the election is back on. that's one she should have an advantage in because if the election were to be pushed february, it's possible that a backlash to a democratic sweep in november could aid the republican kistner. democrats badly want to hold this election sooner rather than later. host: memphis, tennessee. democrat. caller: my question is that it looks like with the inevitable confirmation of barrett to the supreme court it's going to turn the court into a political branch of the government which was never supposed to be the basis of the supreme court. to be nonbiased and
apolitical. my question is is there going to be any sort of recourse for this or anything that can be done? because it seems to change the whole structure of the government the three branches. >> this may be a trade-off where democrats end up winning the white house functionally losing any presence of a divided supreme court or swing vote. it's possible that a new justice, barrett, may not be quite as conservative on some of these landmark cases as republicans are expecting. we simply don't have a crystal ball into how the court decide some of these cases in 2021. but politics really is about trade-off. the time at which we started noticing biden expand his lead
in late september happened to coincide not with trump's hospitalization but with the supreme court vacancy. one of the issues that came back into the four amid this vacancy was health care. particularly the future of the affordable care act and popular provisions like pre-existing conditions. what democrats have been seeking to do at all levels is to tie republicans to mitch mcconnell and there is a group of voters that is important in the upper midwest, blue-collar women, many of whom supported donald trump in 2016 but are at least leaning pro-choice on the issue of abortion, do not want to see roe v. wade overturned, do not want to see the aca overturned. this has been an opportunity for democrats to drive a wedge in the coalitions.
they remain more liberal on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. host: david wasserman of cook political report. raceve been showing you ratings throughout this segment. how do you rate of race? >> it's a mix of art and science. there's kind of a crossroads right now in political analysis between the quant people and the ones who have been doing more qualitative analysis for a number of years. my approach to analyzing elections is that if you are only looking at spreadsheets and the trends in the data but not talking to the ad makers and the pollsters and particularly the candidates, you are missing half the picture. if you are only in the world of candidate gossip and talking to their consultants and you are
not looking at the data, you are also missing half the picture. so you have to know how to calibrate them. i think the most important indicator of how congressional election is going to turnout is what happened in the most recent election. interview scores of candidates running for these seeds to try and hear their case as to why they are going to win. doorffice is a revolving of democrats and republicans seeking to convince us that they are headed to washington. i have been doing more zoom meetings of late. host: daniel in san francisco. independent. caller: good morning. after mr. wasserman answers my question, i will have a follow-up question for him. in the states of washington and california we have a top two safery system such that in republican seats we will have two republicans in the general election and then save
democratic seats will have two democrats in the general election. werehere any such seats both candidates are from the same party that you are closely -- watching yet don't -- watching? there is a race for an open seat between georgette gomez and sarah jacobs, both of whom are democrats. gomez has the proving vote getting track record from having served as the city council president. she is regarded as the more progressive candidate in the race but she's being vastly outspent by a candidate who is much younger than she is. sarah jacobs is the granddaughter of the founder of qualcomm and has spent millions from her family's business empire, from her family's
fortune to try and win a neighboring seat in 2018 that she lost in the primary. this time she is probably the narrow favorite in that contest. there are cases where we do see competitive races. host: quick follow-up. we are running out of time. with regards to those think what fact do you that is likely to have in future top twore one of the may be an independent? rare that wetty see an independent entered the top two picture because they have a harder time gaining traction. is a theory among some political scientists that having up two theories ends moderating because instead of a race to the extremes in a
primary, there may be a lane for a more moderate member of either to a topget through two scenario and then be selected by the opposite parties voters if they are the more moderate candidate in november. i have seen that happen in a couple of cases like butington's fourth district we are still limited to only a handful of states that have these type of elections. the keystone state outside of lancaster. democrat. good morning. caller: i'm interested in your thoughts about two new jersey races. one is andy kim and the other is amy kennedy. jersey.is south republicans were hoping to mount a strong challenge to andy kim. these races are interrelated because when the second district incumbent jeff van drew switch
from democrat to republican amid the impeachment hearings last convincedpresident the republican challenger to vander to shift to the third district of it to the north. that has turned out to be a bust for the republicans because not only is richter being tagged as a wealthy carpetbagger and andy kim looks like he has the advantage to win a second term, but in the second district, vander the party switcher might have been better off had he simply stated democrat. the democrats nominated amy kennedy who married into the kennedy family. she is a former teacher from atlanta county, the population center of the second district. she has been able to raise millions of dollars because democrats want to avenge the party switch. so they are outspending fan drew.
story that some party switches take and some don't. host: jack is next. republican. roscommon, michigan. go ahead. caller: back to the health care issue, when obama and biden was in office, they had forced all health care on all the small businesses to have people full-time employees have health care. they laid off everybody, fired them. my kids were part of that. they didn't take care of the people that was employed for a long time. now you think we want more of that? the other question is on the race between peters and james.
>> republicans are struggling in michigan at the moment. caller is calling from is where donald trump is hoping to run up the score by arguing against democrats as the party of socialism. we have noticed republicans really break through with blue-collar voters in the callers part of the state. the question is can republicans hold on to votes in the suburbs and more populous parts of michigan and in the senate race we have seen a few close poles between gary peters and john james, the veteran who has strong support from the president. but the lion's share of the undecided voters appear to be more democratic leaning voters. he would still have to give gary peters a narrow edge. host: paul in san antonio. democrat. good morning. caller: james carville said he
thought it would be an early night, that we would know the presidential election results early in the night. does david agree? mr. have spoken with carville a number of times about this and he is very bullish on democrats chances of wrapping this up early. i will be watching a couple of counties in particular to get a sense of how the night is unfolding early on. in florida we are going to get a number of counties that report all of their early votes and mail votes at once. particularatching in sumter county, florida, which is the villages. the president helicopter it into the villages just yesterday. we are looking at that county because it is a snapshot of how seniors are behaving in the median age in that county 68.9 last year.
it has 105,000 registered voters turnout is going to be somewhere north of 90% there. about 80% of their hoods typically are cast before election day. if we have 75,000 votes in and reported at seven: 15 p.m. election night i will be watching to see the margins. we know trump is going to carry it, but by how much? on route to9 winning florida by a point. he needs to win sumter to the one to win statewide in my opinion. if we see the first batch of results coming in and he is only i had 60 to 39% that's probably not good enough and that would confirm a catastrophic loss of support among seniors, a great revolt against trump. i would highly recommend you follow redistrict on twitter . you can keep up with him on
election night. will you be doing any of those calls on election night? caller: great question -- guest: great question. i am under contract to work on the nbc news major decision desk. i will be handing out a guide on election day on how to interpret the results. that reelection we are quarantined -- at reelection we are quarantined and unable to disseminate our own views of what is going on, because we make projections as a team. we want to be sure that we are doing it right. it's important to point out that networks are rightfully very careful in how they make judgments on election night. when so much data is coming at you so fast i feel like it is impossible for any one person to have a firm handle on what is going on. it requires a team of statisticians and methodological rigor to get right.
host: what time do you go dark on election night and when can you tweet again? guest: i will go dark around 5:00 p.m. and will come up for air around midnight or later. host: how many hours of sleep? guest: a lot of caffeine involved. i don't think i will go to bed on election night. host: chris from kendall park, new jersey. a republican, good morning. caller: good morning, i hope you are doing well. i had a question about bucks county in pennsylvania. i know it is done allegedly competitive race. thatyou seen any numbers show this race is competitive? we have seen democratic-controlled polls -- have you seen any recent presidential topline cx -- i know hillary clinton carried
it. i wonder if you saw anything recently showing biden winning it. if biden wins by a lot will it be hard for the president to carry the state? i know statewide polls are showing the election tightening. guest: the caller knows his numbers. we have been looking at a lot of polling from the pennsylvania first district. not all philadelphia suburbs are alike. there are parts of lower bucks county that are very blue-collar and our veteran communities for a lot of police and firefighters. there are parts of upper bux that are quite wealthy. it's a real mask -- mix. in philly suburbs as a whole biden is essentially considered by voters to be something of a hometown favorite from delaware and that has boosted him a district like this one. the polling we have seen suggests that biden is ahead somewhere around 10 points in this district.
bylary clinton only carried one. that's a big improvement for the democratic ticket. the flipside is that the republican incumbent is also doing quite well relative to how he did in 2018 when he won by two points. part of it is that the democrat has not been able to raise the same amount of money as other democratic challengers. believe, is that this time around people can vote against trump at the top of the ticket and split their ticket down ballot and keep a republican they like. brian fitzpatrick is a moderate. there are a number of biden voters who plan on voting for him. kevin fromcall, galveston, texas. independent, good morning. caller: i want to bring up that i think donald trump has done
more than what anybody else does. everybody does not realize that moreendence is intelligence and have more ideas than what nancy and all of them have. they have not put anything out there beside wanting more. i have been out of work for almost 30 years now, it is just the way they see it that they want to help the outsiders -- it's like they are taking my life and giving it away as well as trying to put us all back together. look, if you had to sum up this presidential election, it is that joe biden has done a masterful job of allowing his opponent's campaign to self-destruct. the president has not helped his own cause. we were waiting around labor day to see what the campaign was going to do to drive up the
opponents negative and make this into more of a choice election than a referendum area typically with candidates in the past they had begun to intensify their negative ads and we begin to see their opponent's negatives go up. we have seen joe biden's favorability increase in the final phase of this campaign. left, buttill a week trump is pretty far from where he needs to be to have a chance in this election, and it's hurting republicans. host: dave wasserman's house editor at the cook political reports. you can find his reports and race ratings on their website. good luck. guest: thank you. host: up next and in our final hour we will be joined by dr. arthur evans, head of the american psychological association and we will talk about the recently released apa 2020 stress in america report. we will be right back. ♪ monday, the senate finishes
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and really to draw attention to the fact that stress is highly related to physical and mental health challenges we face. thatwe are seeing now is stress related to the pandemic is very high in the united states. almost 80% of americans are reporting significant stress related to the pandemic. the stressors of that people have already been reporting pre-covid and in addition to that there are unique characteristics of this pandemic that are adding more stress to what americans are experiencing. many americans are experiencing more economic stresses because of the loss of a job or a closing of a business. concernsme significant about racial justice and some of the protests we have seen. what we are seeing is a very significant level of stress in the population.
we know that if we don't do something about that level of stress that it could lead to a whole variety of negative outcomes for people. >> just to dig more into the stress in america report, which you can find online on the apa website. the stress particularly impacting the youngest americans. what did you find when it came to gen z? has shown our survey consistently that older generations experience less stress than younger generations. we see that in this data as well. ourchallenge is that younger adults and what we define as generation z, 14 to 17 and for young adults the ages from 18 to 23. that group is experiencing extreme amounts of stress related to their disruptions and , and disruptions in their life plans for younger adults who are looking -- many
of them would be looking for their first job at this point. they are experiencing quite a bit of stress. is thats, what we saw about half of them are very concerned about their future concernsand have about their life trajectory being disrupted by the pandemic. for young adults, what we have seen is that close to 90% of them who are in college are very concerned and stressed by their disruptions and their educations. really high levels of stress, concern, and it points to the pact that we have to -- fact that we have to pay attention to our younger generations. host: until 10:00 a.m. eastern we are talking about stress with dr. arthur evans of the american psychological association. splitting up our phone lines regionally to let you talk about stress.
in the eastern or central time zones. (202) 748-8001 in the mountain or pacific time zones. a special line for medical professionals. -- medical professionals (202) 748-8002. dr. evans, you laid out the scope. what do we do about it? dr. evans: we don't have enough boots on the ground when it comes to our mental health system. that isa system currently inadequate for the level of need that we have received in the country. the first thing we have to do is make sure that we are making a financial investment into our mental health system to make sure we are getting the resources and services. people who work in the mental health realm don't make as much as people in other areas. a wagee to pay people that is comparable to other areas of health care.
we also have to make changes in organize and the way that we regulate mental health here in this country. parts of ours and system, whether it is the federal or state level, there are barriers to care. in the medical system there are barriers that make it difficult for psychologists to work independently within that program. at a time when our seniors need more mental health services. we have to do both. let's invest into our mental health system, but also let's make sure we are removing barriers that make it hard for us to provide services. to make, we really need a shift in the way we think about mental health and the way we respond to mental health in our country. it's a very reactive response so that we are intervening with
when people are in crisis are have a diagnosis, but we are not intervening earlier where we could prevent or reduce the impact of the mental health challenge. it would be like if we were talking about cancer and we would be intervening at stage iv cancer when it comes to mental health, when we were responding to cancer in a similar way. very reactive. you have to get what we talk about -- that means intervening at the earliest point. we have to pay for services when people don't have a diagnosis. it is a very diagnostically driven system that leads people that are in need. what the covid crisis is showing is that our survey and other surveys are showing that people are reporting stress, but also symptoms consistent with having mental health challenges even if people don't have a diagnosis.
we can wait until those individuals have problems or are in crisis, or we can intervene now. we have to change how we finance our mental health care system. i think it's important to change how we think about these issues as a nation. we have seen too often that mental health is viewed as something about them, those people over there with a mental health problem. mental health is about us, all of us, because all of us experience and have mental health. we are somewhere on a continuum from having good mental health to having very significant challenges. is start to to do see mental health as something that affects the entire population, that we take a population approach to this issue, that we intervene wherever people are on that continuum. if people are psychologically healthy we want to keep them healthy.
we don't spend any of our resources on those caps of interventions. if people are at risk and they have not gotten to the point where they need intervention, how do we reduce the risk or minimally intervene at the earliest moment? for people that have significant problems we want to make sure that we have effective and efficient care. we have to work across the continuum and take more ownership ourselves of mental health, increasing mental health literacy meaning that in the same way that almost all of us exercised that if we and we have good nutrition and we sleep and those types of things, those are strategies that all of us know that will help prevent illness down the line. understand what of the things are that we can do to keep ourselves psychologically healthy and what are the ships we have to do.
one thing i will say about that, the american psychological association is really trying to make a contribution in this area. apa.org we have a lot of resources for people in terms of their self-care strategies they can use to increase the resiliency of their children, strategies employers and leaders can use to reduce anxiety and create more psychologically healthy work settings. really is a lot of work we have to do as a nation. create antrying to environment here were our viewers can call in and talk about stress, particularly stress related to the pandemic, this election cycle, all parts of the stress in america report available at apa.org. this is david in independence, louisiana. dr. arthurth
evans. good morning. caller: good morning. host: go ahead. i'm calling in desperation. i am so glad mr. evans is on there. , the part thatna i live in, tara bone parish -- there's a gravel pit a couple miles north of me. the truck start rolling through here at about 1:30 or 2:00 in the morning, whenever they feel like it. they will roll six days or seven days a week, they don't care. i have been on the phone for three or four days talking with politicians from this area or state officials trying to convince them of what you say, that a lack of sleep will make you susceptible to disease. you will not heal correctly. that's why they put you in the hospital when you are sick. these people are beating this
neighborhood to death. there are people dying in this neighborhood. there are people down the road at the entrance which is 10,000 worth motion and noise than over here two miles south. i'm trying, i'm so tired. died, i'm notve saying they kill them, but for people have died. in one year, four different families within 1000 feet of the entrance. that's all. host: david, thank you for sharing your story. i want to give dr. evans a chance to talk about your story. caller: my heart -- guest: my heart goes out to him, because i can imagine how difficult that is and the impact that is having on his mental health. what it is pointing out is something we have known for quite a bit of time. that our environment plays a big
role in our mental health and physical health and that we have to pay attention. i hope he is able to do some advocacy so he can get relief from what he is experiencing. there is a study a psychologist in new york on schoolchildren whose school was near a train track. building, the the classrooms where the children experienced the trains going by every day actually had a very significant loss in terms of performance.onal they were one or two grades behind counterparts on the others of the building. the psychologist did advocacy with the school where they changed the level of noise that these children's were experiencing and it made a big difference in terms of those children being able to catch up to their peers who weren't experiencing that. it drives over the point this
color was making that those environmental factors can play a big role and that we have to take action to address those. otherwise you will have problems like the caller seemed to be indicating. twittereve writes in on "being a news junkie is unhealthy. we should all turn off our tv and go outside." this late in a political campaign, amid the news about a pandemic, when do you recommend people turn off the tv? >> it's a good point that we know from research. we know that a lot of media intake is not good for our mental health. we have to manage it. aware ofo check and be what is going on in the world. we also know that if we do too much of that it will have a negative impact on our mental health. we have to be good judges of that.
where it ismes clear that i will -- theonly news related but kind of media and movies that we watch. we are under a lot of stresses come our survey is showing 80% of americans are under a lot of stress related to this pandemic. we have to be careful about our intake of information. i am very conscious about the kind of movies i watch on the weekend. i don't want to watch things that are going to get me upset or have my brain working. i need some time to calm down. our media is very important. modulating that so that we are not being stressed out by the amount of information we are taking in. --t: 78% of her pond and respondents in that stress in america report say the pandemic
is a source of stress and the future of the nation -- it's the lowest point in this nation in its history. some of the findings of the stress in america report we are talking about this morning. this is ryan from california. about thewas calling definition of words. words are very important. the people are not being educated in the words mean. word?what caller: they had the words to find that were used in the constitution and those were printed by the newspapers in all the different states so that people would know what the constitution said and what it meant. democracy when benjamin franklin spoke to it and they discussed, why don't we call it a democracy rather than
a republic, he defined the democracy and the republic. a democracy meant mob rules and a republic means liberty. army in a word in english -- when you have a republic it means in regards to the republic. the republic controls the government, not the government controlling the people. americansevans, on speaking the same language to each other but not understanding each other. guest: i think one of the things -- dr. evans: one of the things our survey showed is that there is a lot of stress related to the election. it was it was very high, 56% of the population had significant concerns about the election. now we are in the 70's. 71% is the number.
arere reporting that people extremely stressed out by the political environment. connection to what the caller was talking about is that we have to think about the civility of how we talk about the politics of the nation. we can disagree, but do it in such a way that we reduce the level of disagreement and the stress that causes. i think that is something all of us can do to be more conscious of that. i think our political leaders and to take some leadership understand their power is not just by the roles and appointments they get in their political position, but they play a big role in how we feel about ourselves and how we experience our environment, based on the tone they use. the language we use, how we talk
about these issues is very important. host: on the pandemic, this is william in connecticut saying that "of the black death it was said that half the people died of fear. do you believe in a placebo effect in relation to the content reporting about covid." pandemic ishe causing a lot of uncertainty in that is related to anxiety. we are seeing that and our data and anecdotally from clinicians working in this area. we have to understand that uncertainty leads to fear and to do as much as we can to reduce that uncertainty. havewe worked with ceos, i been doing a lot of webinars with organizations of ceos and talking about, how did they help prepare their workforce to return to work, or how to they
create an environment where their workforce is going to be psychologically healthy? one of the concepts we talked about is the issue of uncertainty and how they as leaders, if they can make decisions that reduce the uncertainty of people's lives and create a more healthy psychological environment and reduce the anxiety people are experiencing. i will give you one concrete example. in my organization we have been making decisions about how long we were going to be in the virtual environment with very long time frames. right now our staff know we are going to be in a virtual environment until june of next year. what does that do? it reduces uncertainty, particularly for parents who are thinking about whether or not they will have to come up with , if our stance as an organization changes during
the school year it takes one things -- it reduces the anxiety around that area and allows people to deal with the other anxieties they have to deal with. uncertainty leads to fear and the things we can do to reduce that and reduce anxieties. >> in rosedale, new york. good morning. caller: good morning. i succumbed to the mindset that the media has devastated and affected the world in a negative way. [indiscernible] thwarted the people's ability to discern the truth and know that the truth is in the matter, because it is so distorted.
it's all around the world. now that we have this vast amount of communication throughout the world, i don't know how we can fix that. we are being affected. interpretations that we are receiving from the media and we have other sources as well. you don't complain in less you have a solution. i'm not saying i have a solution. what i would like to say is we need to stop the hate. a human being as --uman being whether you are muslim, jewish, buddhist, etc., that person is a human being and we should
respect that person. host: i want to let dr. evans jump in. where did you work and what topics did you cover as a journalist? caller: i worked in new york. i started out in the newspaper. company for a chinese and they had so much knowledge about human beings. it was a great experience. they were highly involved. in new york. agnes dr. evans? dr. evans: she talked about two things. one is about the media and the media we consume. in addition to what we talked about earlier in terms of limiting the amount of media that we take in, it's also important to consider the sources.
one way of reducing the stress around all of the incoming is to limit our media intake to trusted sources. there is a lot of misinformation out there, actual attempts to put fake information out there. on bothcould focus sources that we trust, it is more likely that we are not going to be as stressed about that incoming information. onterms of the second part how we treat one another, that absolutely is something that is highly related to our mental , treating how we feel people with dignity and respect creates an environment that is psychologically healthier for people. point about being intentional about that is important. it contributes to how we feel and how we relate to one
another. >> this is val out of florida. caller: good morning, thank you. thank you for washington journal and thank you, dr. evans. i am concerned about children. you kind of addressed it a ofent ago, particularly some the adverse childhood experiences perspective on how see thely we will consequences of trauma in children's lives area i am concerned on how covid has disrupted society and how it has impacted children. especially children who are already in psychologically unsafe environments. question is, what is the apa doing in preparation for when children go back to school and helping them to recover in that way? from a funding, testing, support
for schools i think we will have to be very proactive have to medicate the negative impact of children. another great comment and ideas there. to remind people of our website, apa.org. we have a lot of resources from parents, teachers, and other caregivers of children. we have resources on how to talk to your children about these types of events that are happening. a lot of resources there for that. one thing we know from the resurgence is that the disruption in social interactions children are having , that have a consequence those social interactions in early childhood are important to children's development. much of that is being disrupted. is thing parents have to do
be intentional about making sure there are opportunities for children to have those kinds of -- friends who have had a zoom play dates, scheduled zoom play dates for their children since the pandemic started. this is a wonderful kind of thing you can do as a parent that recognizes that those social interactions are very important. beyond that, for parents it's important to communicate with your children. i am a parent as well. my children are much older. children don't always express what they are experiencing. we know from the survey that children are experiencing a lot of stress. it's important for you to know how your child is doing, how they are interpreting what is going on around them.
how you help them make sense of what is going on? that two-way communication, checking in with them is important. it's important to model what we want our children to experience. one of the biggest predictors of how our children will do in terms of their social and emotional health is how we are doing as caregivers and parents. there is a saying, when you get on a plane and they are talking about how the mask will drop of the ceiling if you need oxygen and they tell you to put your mask on before you help your child. that same concept applies to other areas of our lives and it is important for us to make sure we are doing well because that will have a big impact on not only our ability to help our children but also it models for our children how they can better cope with stressful situations. host: has the apa made
recommendations about one school systems should be shut down and how school systems should go about trying to get key kids -- kids back into school before we have a vaccine? we are trying to put the information about the importance of social interaction and strategies that caregivers can employ to help their children. it really is going to be up to educators and other folks who are balancing a number of things to make those decisions. glen,from rutherford virginia this is william. caller: my name is william. the i am calling about is, way i see things, sometimes people don't realize that people are out here suffering as far as not being able to pay their bills.
an insensitive president that always had the better of life. you have the people out here that don't have insurance and don't know when they will get their next meal. the way i was taught, a person is not going to go hungry, they are going to starve if they don't do anything else. it doesn't make society any better for any of us. in god we trust, that he will have the final say on this. the issue of economic stressors is really important. you talk about when people are unemployed. our survey showed that for households under $50,000, they are experiencing significantly more stress than households above $50,000. furthermore there are decades of
research that show that whenever people are experiencing economic stressors or there is an economic downturn that we see rises in mental health challenges and demands on mental health systems. these things are inextricably tied and the economics of a community and a family are directly tied to our mental well-being. neednother reason why we to be concerned whenever we have these kinds of downpours -- down -- host: a question from twitter saying, dr. evans is discussing a generalized level of its stress that most americans are feeling. would you say this stress is more real than the corrective -- collective level of stress experienced by americans during world war ii? dr. evans: it's hard to say because we are not measuring stress levels at that point. what we do know is that through our survey that the general level of stress going on --
that there are certain groups within our population that are experiencing even more stress. our survey showing parents, particularly women are experiencing more strength and -- younger generations are experiencing more stress. color,lions of people of they are experiencing more stress. differentat populations are experiencing more stress. we know people are experiencing different types of stress. showedvey consistently that even with the pandemic and all the things that are happening now, people are still concerned about health care. people are concerned about rising suicide rates. people are concerned and stressed about the climate. have this confluence of
general stress people are experiencing, but we are seeing stress around specific issues and heighten stress for a certain population. host: talking with dr. arthur nevins -- dr. arthur evans about the stress in america report by the american psychological association. apa.org if you want to check out that report. we have our phone lines split up regionally. eastern or central time zones (202) 748-8001. for medical professionals (202) 748-8002. this is dennis out of georgia. good morning. astoundingind it that he said half of the people died of fear of that black plague? >> that was a tweet that we read from a viewer.
i don't know where that data came from. they were asking that question in relation to fear today when it comes to covid. that was not dr. evans. the president said he did not want to create fear. he also criminalized the media for sparking fear. dr. evans, fear? is a real issue with her this pandemic. result ofat fear is a the uncertainty. another really interesting thing, psychologists do research in different areas. one area is around risk mitigation. how do we hear messages? whenhing that happens people are fearful is that it changes how they hear the
information. leaders wek with talk about the differences that have in their communication styles based on people's emotional state when people are angry for example to engagemore likely in increased risk and behavior when people are fearful they are much more likely to not do that. canrstanding those dynamics be very important as we manage through this pandemic. host: from troy, michigan. good morning. caller: hello? good morning. , ifnted to ask dr. evans universal health care will not relieve the amount of stress. there are 50,000 people according to harvard who die every year because they don't have insurance or they have
inadequate insurance. good morning. host: we will answer your question. dr. evans: good morning, great question. when people have access to health care it is going to reduce their stress level. concerns still today that we are registering is concerns about health care. people are very concerned about that. it is a source of stress and people don't have a way of accessing appropriate health care. if we take care of that issue it will reduce the stress level people are experiencing. host: on twitter a question about our devices that we are constantly looking at. donna writing in "just like cigarettes had a health warning, phones need one. constantly looking at your phone
has been shown to create high people needing immediate emotional feedback are becoming drones." what do you think? that ans: she is right lot of viewing of media and using your phone can be very problematic. a lot of what this comes down to, it is one thing to be aware of these connections. another is being aware of our behavior. we are not really aware of -- i notice that when my phone is on my desk and i can see the notifications and i am constantly looking at my phone. at the same time i'm trying to do other work. by definition that will create more cognitive load, particularly as we start to have divided attention. it's going to create more stress. ritualsortant to have and other behaviors that we can engage in where we are more
conscious and that we are being more intentional about how and when we use our devices. host: from decatur, alabama this is gina. good morning. caller: good morning. others like thousands of , got thrown out of high school in his senior year. all i needed to do as a mother was tell him, mom allied to, you college, they closed for the summer. because hist a job father is elderly and puerto rican. you can't go in the military because my son has asthma. that was the hardest thing i ever had to do. family,hrough it as a
but everything was ok. one of his friends who happens to be african-american had to go down to decatur and pick them up one day because they talk online , that is his lifeline online. he had to go pick up one of his high school buddies, because he andgotten very suicidal that really worried me and him. i have had to do something i never dreamed i would have to do. i am a service-connected woman. do rational emotive therapy with my son also in the early days of the pandemic. but thank theit, lord we are financially secure. i put him on what i would call .niversal basic income that is all we know to do right now and we are in a hold pattern
until we get a vaccine. i do appreciate the advice you have given today and i would like any tips you can give me as far as what are they supposed to do in the future? host: thank you for sharing that story. the number for the national suicide prevention lifeline. 1800273-talk. dr. evans? dr. evans: thank you for your service to our country. out somethingng that our survey showed, which is that the younger generation is experiencing much more stress. it makes sense because when we are older we have gone through some things, but nobody has gone through anything like the pandemic. individuals have gone through 9/11, a recession, and we had those experiences that
give us some skills in dealing with the current situation, even though it is very different than those others expect -- other experiences. young adults have not had those experiences and it creates a lot of stress when they are seeing their whole world being changed, many feel their opportunities they would normally have for employment, or for a college would be disrupted. is thing we can do acknowledge and validate the feelings they might be having around that. it's important for us to create meaningful ways they can connect to other people in their lives, their families and social networks. you mentioned a friend that he had. we know from a lot of research that one of the best predictors of how well we do in life is the level of social support and social connections that we have.
intentional about helping them to make those connections. people can become isolated with social distancing. we have to take the extra steps at making those private connections. this points to a policy issue for us as a nation. how do we deal with the reality that we are probably going to have two years of young people's lives being significantly disrupted at this point where they will go out into the work world, how are we going to deal with that as a nation? we will need programs that help with education and training, and creating new pathways for people , or we will have a significant number of young people whose lives have been disrupted and it might be harder to get them back on track. this is an issue from the standpoint of what can we do as family members, and people in
young adults lives, but it's also a policy issue that we have to take on as a nation. host: to burnside, kentucky this is robert. good morning. robert, are you with us? then we will go to carol in glen bernie, maryland. good morning. carol, are you with us? caller: yes i am. good morning. why nobody isow worried about the pandemic, they are worried about computers and this or that? chaos and nobody seems to be doing anything about it. the poor people are struggling. why don't they just tell the truth about the pandemic? host: she brings up issues in your report. dr. evans: i think people are
concerned about the pandemic. the message i would like to make sure people here is that i think we have to be as a nation much more concerned about the psychological and mental health aspects of the pandemic. i think we have been appropriately focused on how we bend the curve of the virus. we also have to be focused on how we dim of the mental health -- mental health curve. if we are not paying enough attention to this issue, we know we will see increased substance use, more depression, morning dieting, increased symptomatology in those areas. this don't get ahead of and start making investments now to make sure we don't have those negative outcomes, our systems will be overwhelmed. most of us understand the real impact of this virus in addition to all the lives that have been lost is that it is putting
tremendous strain on hospital systems around the country to the point where some of them are having to divert people to other hospitals. i read stories about people having to go 50 miles away from their home, that is putting people at risk -- turn awayart to people from mental health services, people who might be suicidal for at risk for other high-risk behaviors, it is just as dangerous. we have to be concerned as a nation about the full breadth of the impact of this pandemic and pay much more attention to these issues. the ceos are starting to understand and pay attention to this issue. i will be talking to business organizations next week about this. ceos understand this forget we
need more of our elected officials and political leaders to understand that we have a crisis like nothing we have seen and that we are going to experience a tsunami over the next several years if we don't get ahead of this. we have to make the investment now. minutes leftout 10 with dr. arthur evans. the latestabout stress in america report. in just over two hours here on capitol hill, a rare sunday session of the united states senate. the senate continues to debate the nomination of judge amy coney barrett to the supreme court. you can watch the senate session live on c-span two on noon eastern. just to let you know what will happen, this is fox news capital producer chad program and his series of tweets explaining the process.
the senate set to meet at noon in a rare sunday session to debate the nomination. the senate has keyed up a procedural vote to kick off a filibuster of the nomination. the specific time the senate closes the vote will dictate what time they vote to confirm amy coney barrett tomorrow night. by rule once the senate votes to end debate today opponents of the nomination are permitted 30 hours of additional debate, but that's it. senate closes the vote to end the debate around 2:30, democrats can run 30 hours off the clock before an actual senate vote happens meeting the confirmation vote would begin around 8:30 p.m. monday night. takingcedural steps place today on capitol hill in the senate chamber and you can watch live this sunday at noon eastern on c-span two. back to your phone calls with
dr. arthur evans here on stress in america. innk you for waiting hamilton, ohio. discussi wanted to domestic abuse and the suicide rates that seem to be soaring. i stay stressed out over this and i do watch all of it. i must c-span and political junkie. something my wife said set me off, it's so out of character for me. host: dr. evans? dr. evans: i hope that you reach out for help, because that's clearly defined stressed and i'm glad it's not a pattern of behavior. it shows that you are experiencing a level of stress that is significant if you are i hope you reach out for help and get some help around that. the issue around domestic
violence and violence in the home is a significant issue. we have seen rises across the country and around the world, the american psychological association is part of a global coalition of psychological societies from around the world. we talk every weekend to meet every week and share information. around the world we have talked to people on every continent about how these issues are playing out and all of us are seeing increases in in-home violence as we have gone into a lockdown or come out of it. we are seeing those increases. we have to pay attention to this. there are a number of resources out there for people who might be experiencing that type of in-home violence and we hope the people will reach out. to the caller's point we all have to be aware of our own
signs of stress. stress manifests itself differently in all of us. when i am stressed one of the first signs is i start forgetting things. i will forget a meeting or something i was supposed to do. that is my clue that i need to pay attention to what is going on with me. most of us know when we are stressed and hopefully it does not get to that point of violence. whether it does or not it is important to manage that. >> we mentioned the national suicide prevention lifeline, i can never give that number out of -- enough. 1800273talk. there is also a domestic violence talk line. safe.99 just want to give those numbers out for anyone who might be listening who might need it. thankans: to that collar,
you for making that call and raising that issue. that's one issue that was not talked about a lot and a lot of people suffered in silence, so i'm glad we could raise that issue. host: cecil from raleigh, north carolina. you are next. i have agreed with this stress thing. you have had stress and everyone in this world has had. [indiscernible] challenge at the front of the line, -- --m white skinned color does make a difference. when you put it in where we are today, everybody is an authority on stress because that is exactly where a person is quarantined -- and i am telling you about the
world -- when you get to the end of the road, things are changing. because you keep redeeming -- and you find years it was not so good. was cecil from north carolina bringing up a lot of issues there. giving you the final minute and a half to discuss the issues. dr. evans: i want to discuss the issues around race and race stress. the surveys show that african-americans in particular and also other ethnic groups are experiencing heightened stress. some of that is related to recent events, some of the things we have seen in the news. one thing that is important is for people to acknowledge that
those events that we have seen, whether it is george floyd, breonna taylor, or ahmaud arbery , any of those events do have an impact -- researcher at harvard has done studies that look at what happens when there are police or at least, perceived as unjustified police shootings and communities of -- in communities of color. what he has documented is there of mentalease need health services in the aftermath of those events in ways we do not see when there are other kinds of traumatic events happening in the community. this is a real phenomenon. i think it is important for people to be aware of that, understand that it is real. thatake steps to make sure they are doing things they can to help manage that. that includes many things i have talked about today about social
support and connections. talking to people who can have help provide that support. being socially active in doing issues oraddress the in equities might be seeing and experiencing. all of those are important. host: all available at the website. we will have to end it there for today. certainly we will have you on again down the road. you have always given to this program. thanks for your time. guest: i appreciate it. host: that is going to do it for us. we will be back here tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern. have a great sunday. ♪
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