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tv   Matter of Fact With Soledad O Brien  ABC  November 6, 2016 5:00am-5:30am CST

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soledad: today on "matter of fact," millions voting early while both candidates face questions about character. trump: she is a crooked one, there's no question. crooked hillary. tengion: donald trump a fraud. soledad: are you experiencing voters remorse? and researching voter fraud. you need to hear what he found after surveying nearly a billion votes. plus, veterans suffering in silence. how one marine's story could help someone you know. but first -- they've made their case.
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this presidential campaign has been unpredictable from the start and it looks as though it will finish that way as well., a data-driven journalism site, predictably chicago cubs had a smaller chance of winning the world series then donald trump has of winning on election day. the cubs one. chance of winning at 75%. that number has since dropped. this must be troubling to democrats. stephanie rawlings blake is mayor of baltimore and the second in command at the democratic national committee. she joins us from boston. thank you, madam mayor. polls are tightening. if you look at the quinnipiac poll, hillary clinton still
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concerned about turnout. that is why secretary clinton is spending time in nevada and arizona. she pays a clear picture why it is important for people to come out and vote. soledad: the map to victory relies heavily on african-american turnout. it you look at a state like florida, we have seen african-american turnout drop >> as days get closer, people see how serious this really is. for so many people -- reasonable people -- they thought that the possibility of a trump presidency was out of reach, and when they see is so close, the polls tightening, people see how important it is to get to the polls. soledad: talk to me a little bit about the state of the dnc right
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, we know, passing questions from the debate to clinton. e-mails that were leaked seem to confirm what sanders was complaining about over time that there was a bias in the dnc toward clinton and away from him. are you concerned -- as much as we focus on the chaos and the rnc -- are you concerned that there are people that might relieve there confidence for democrats and the dnc? mayor blake: i think a lot of the healing that needed to happen in the party happened during the convention. donna brazile was clear when those e-mails came out and showed concern to all of us about the way some staff people handled centers. she was unequivocal. she apologized. she understood that these were
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standards which we believe the democratic party should be operating under. we made changes in order to fix it. i think the concerns were real and we treated them as such. soledad: what is giving you the most hope right now? what data are you getting that the dnc's most happy about? mayor blake: the data is the map . still today, with the polls tightening in some battleground states, donald trump still has a difficult challenge. he has less pathways to 270 than secretary clinton. that gives me hope. soledad: let me ask you about the conflicted relationship between politicians and reporters. you got into it with a reporter who covers you and kicked him out of your briefings and i was curious as to why. that is a pretty unusual move. mayor blake: it is unusual, and it's unfortunate that it was done. any reporter in baltimore knows
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questions i wanted and that i have not for years. what i will not tolerate is abusive behavior to staff. a staff person of mine told me the same situation happened with this reporter, i handled it immediately, no questions asked. that is what should be done. while some people try to paint this as a first amendment issue -- he is free to come the press conference we have is a small press conference i do in one of my conference rooms, an opportunity that i created so reporters could have more access to me, to ask me anything they wanted on a weekly basis -- those are two close quarters for someone who has demonstrated abusive behavior. soledad: matter mayor, thanks for your time.
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what facts say about the real danger at the ballot box. plus, the growing campaign for
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soledad: now, a fast fact about early voting. more than 30 million people have already cast their ballot through early or absentee voting. 37 states and the district of columbia allow some form of early v trump: go and watch these polling places. make sure it's on the up and up. soledad: donald trump has been making claims about widespread voter fraud for months, triggering new concerns as people cast early ballots across the nation. the republican nominee has not produced any evidence of this claim. one of the most comprehensive studies of voter fraud found
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more than a billion votes, and in that time, there have been 2068 cases of alleged voter fraud, and just 10 involved allegations of voter impersonation. in the same time, 20 states have instituted laws which restrict voting in some way. leonard downie junior led a student reporting project looking at voter fraud. he's the former executive editor of the "russian post." -- the "washington thank you for being here. tell me about the project. mr. downie: every year, we gather students and pick a topic of national interest, and it's tway 12, we decided among other things we would doing to investigate if there is really that much voter fraud because it was being used by politicians in a number of states around the
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laws requiring strict voter id at the polls. we queried all 50 states and found from the year 2002 the year 2011 only 2000 cases of voter fraud in the country and only 10 of those were really voters impersonating dead people or something like that. soledad: so out of one billion actual votes, ultimately the ones that dealt with an issue that could be solved by voter i -- mr. downie: was 10 over 11 years. we decided to check on what has happened since 2012. we look at the states from where we left off last time, zero. no voter impersonation whatsoever. soledad: as you mentioned, there have been many measures, often
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how do you read those measures? >> it makes me wonder about the veracity of the allegations by the governors and state legislatures to require photo id because there does not seem to be a problem to be fixed. soledad: a reasonable person gh >> first of all, many older people no longer have driver's licenses. many younger people have not yet gotten driver's licenses. there are places where people live where they do not drive at all anyway, and even when states say you do not need to have a drivers license, but you need a special id for voting, you have to go some place to get it. in texas, there are huge counties where there is only one
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also, citizenship of requirements. you have to find your birth certificate. let's say you were born in alabama and a live in kansas and you have to somehow get your birth certificate from alabama and find the dmv in kansas to get your id. that can be difficult for a lot of people. soledad: it's interesting, there is a lot of focus on voter fraud. as a topic, it is almost than voter suppression, but the numbers around folder suppression are significantly higher. mr. downie: yes, and a lot of ways. it was a habit in poorer neighborhoods, particularly latino neighborhoods, where some but come around and collect mail-in ballots, and they passed
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that anymore. does that mean there is a suppression of turnout among latinos in arizona? i have supervised coverage of elections from 1984 until 2000 and and they are kind enough to have me come in on election night still to watch with a are doing. soledad: as a person with a fair amount of time in the game covering these elections, what is your assessment? mr. downie: it is the wildest assessment i have ever seen. the candidates appear to have more flaws about them, and i think that has affected voter enthusiasm. what we're talking about now is also important because republican-controlled legislatures and governors have been passing would appear to be restrictions, making it harder to vote rather than easier. we will have to see what impact that has on this election, too. i think that is very important. soledad: nice to have you.
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dealing with the demons of war. >> there are certain triggers i just don't like to talk about. narrator: why this marine tells
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ststate after election day. soledad: here's a fast fact about campaign cash. donald trump bus campaign has spent about $385 million on hillary clinton, nearly double that, spending $713 million. $1 billion spent on campaigning. 16 months of coverage and virtually no mention of veterans. hundreds of thousands of veterans of the wars of afghanistan and iraq struggle with posttraumatic stress disorder or ptsd. the v.a. health system has been widely criticized for failing to
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treating veterans once we identify them with these conditions, and so putting the resources and the federal government together with the resources of the community, i believe we will get there a lot faster and with better ideas. soledad: for many veterans, free clinics could help advanced treatment options. correspondent diane roberts visited a clinic in new york and spoke with a marine whose road to treatment has taken years. >> fallujah was certainly the most difficult deployment i have had. stressful situation. we were taking casualties every day, facing constant fire from rockets, constant danger from different convoys. >> as an intelligence officer, lemar winslow was one step removed from the front lines. home eight years, the difficult memories from three different deployments in iraq and kosovo
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>> it's very difficult to think that someone like me, although i was never on the front lines, would the suffering from ptsd, and it took a year of counseling to convince me of that. >> now winslow is a federal civil rights attorney, often under stress, which can trigger episodes. >> i was in my office and had not slept in 36 hours, been hungry. i had not eaten. i had headaches and my hands started to shake and i said that this was how i used to feel in fallujah, and that was when i decided to get some help. >> the coen military and family clinic at nyu langone medical center helped the marine. >> i developed this clinic to go and develop a complementary model and meet some of the unmet needs that the v.a. could not
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the coen veterans network, which has five such clinics nationwide in dallas, san antonio, l.a., and philadelphia. it is the brainchild of wall street alien or stephen clone -- stephen cohen, who has pledged $275 billion of his own money to provide free mental health care to veterans and their families. >> one of our primary missions this condition. >> now winslow has a partner to walk with him on this journey. the newly engaged 38-year-old wants his own experience to help others. >> it is ok if you need to speak about your experiences with others because it can be cathartic and help you move forward in life. >> at the end of the day, thousands of ptsd patients are
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process to be successful, it will take like-minded organizations around the country working together toward that goal. soledad: the clinics are also open to families of those struggling with posttraumatic stress also free of charge. when one person has posttraumatic stress, it can have a ripple effect on the entire family, so it is important to treat them all. legalized pot, changes in health care? the state where voters face big
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soledad: we are back with a fast fact about the senate. control of the upper house hangs in the balance. in five states, the senate race
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missouri, nevada, new hampshire, north carolina, and pennsylvania. we are about to pick our senators, president, and other elected officials, but that is not all. voters in more than half the states and the district of columbia will say yay or nay -- yea or nay to measures that could change life in their communities. marijuana scored a place on several state ballots this year. california, arizona, vote to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults. north dakota, arkansas, montana, and florida will vote on using marijuana for medical use. the state level movement to loosen restrictions on pot could put more pressure on congress to lift its outright ban on the drug. gallup polls show 60% of americans support legalizing any use of marijuana. capitol hill failed to act on proposals to reform the nation's
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comes to gun purchases this year, so gun control advocates took their fight to the state level. maine and nevada could join eight states that require a background check at the point of sale before someone can buy any type of firearm. california voters will decide if they will join new york, connecticut, and washington, d.c., in requiring a background check before someone can buy ammunition. against the backdrop of rising premiums under obamacare, colorado statewide single-payer health care system. if approved, the measure would raise the state payroll tax by 10% and provide health care with no premiums for everyone in the state. the plan has a long list of critics than say the numbers do not work in poynter vermont as proof. the state had a similar plan in 2011. it ended three years later for
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over this election?
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soledad: here's a fast fact about outside campaign spending. so far, super pac's on the right have outspent pac's on the left. conservative groups have spent $584 million so far this election cycle. liberal groups have spent $340.5 million. swirling through the campaign has you feeling like you are losing sleep, you could be right. companies that make wearable exercise trackers found users across the country slept about five minutes less on the night of the first presidential debate than they usually do. folks at the american psychological association are not surprised. stress directly impacts sleep, and according to their research, 52% of american adults say this
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significant source of stress. what to do? this exercise, but wouldn't you rather binge watch something instead? the weather channel is betting on that. their election day plan involves a nine-hour marathon showing nothing but beautiful and calming scenery from around the world. i'm so lit at o'brien. have a great week. and get out and vote. national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicapethical perspectives air date 11-06- 2016 the consequences of your vote announcer: ethical perspectives on the news is produced by the inter- religious council of linn county which is solely responsible for its content. the
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of the staff and management of kcrg-tv9. sam: good morning and welcome to ethical perspectives on the news. my name is scott samuelson and i'm a professor of philosophy at kirkwood community college on the iowa city campus. wow, this election has been something else. a little over a year ago, i remember reading a few articles on how this presidential election was going to be boring. almost surely another bush versus another clinton. the election has been anyt immense fundraising barely got off the ground and donald trump, someone with no political experience at all is now the republican nominee. yes, front runner hillary clinton won the democratic nomination but only after a long, hard fought primary season against an socialist and independent, bernie sanders. it's been a year of outsiders, animosity against elites, and political realignments. no matter who gets elected, there are huge questions about where we as
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we learned in this campaign about how we treat each other and how we ought to treat each other? what are the moral lessons of the political outsiders in this political season more generally? how should we move forward as a country? we have a great panel on this morning to discuss these questions. to my left is todd dorman, a columnist at the gazette. thanks for being on todd. lyle muller, the executive director at iowa center for public affairs journalis lyle: glad to be here. sam: at the end, peter jauhiainen, a professor of region at kirkwood community college on the cedar rapids campus. peter, thanks for being on. todd, maybe we can start with you. what has caused the rise of the political outsiders in this election? have the democrats and the republicans failed to respond to a significant portion of our citizenry? todd: the voters i talk to,


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