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anything? >> right. >> the vast array of campaign officials and family members and others who represent trump in form form or fashion. >> we're out of time. but i thank you for spending the hour with us. that does it for us. i'm nicolle wallace. "mpt daily" starts right now. >> hi, nicolle, i'm waving from the foot floor. >> i will photo bomb you. >> if it's tuesday, the president is in pittsburgh. good evening, i'm chuck todd at nbc news election headquarters right here in new york city. welcome to "mpt daily." at this hour we are monitoring the president's movements in pittsburgh, where he, along with the first lady and others, just arrived at this week's deadly shooting at the tree of life synagogue. as you might expect, there are protesters as some local officials, including the mayor, wanted the president to at least delay his visit. but, folks, we're one week away
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from the midterms and the perception of the president's character is now on the balance because of the events. you can debate the roles leading up to the mail bombs or massacre of views. one carried out by an erratic pro-trump supporter and the other feld by a pro-trump conspiracy theory and i immigrants, though he was anti-trump. what you can't debate is the role the president can play after the tragedies and what the notion hopes is healing after the violent acts, the president hopes to frank slit a tone of puth lix. case in point, seven days to the midterms, it appears he's ready do whatever it takes to stoke a fear of immigrants to fire up his base. the nearest caravan of 3,500 migrants and refugees, apparently many kids, is 900 miles from the border and traveling by foot. but the president is warning of an invasion containing quote criminals and middle easterners, end quote. he's activate 5d,000 troops to the border and 0 is now looking, he claims to draw up an executive order that he says would end birthright
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citizenship, which is something enshrined in the constitution and i'm guessing an executive order doesn't quite overcome that. but, look, this latest proposal to unilaterally invoke citizen birthright citizenship may not seem serious but his sentiment is the same as his sentiment and attacks on the press which he continues to escalate after a number of high-profile people were targeted by pipe bombs. he wants the referendum to be on him via immigration but it looks like it will be a referendum on him via this nation's character. right now we're struggling mightily to see if this trump-fueled environment is who we are or not. and ultimately, the president doesn't get to make that decision. you do, the voter. as we keep an eye on pittsburgh, tom winter has the latest on the investigation. wefr have multiple investigations we're looking into. the pittsburgh gunman, the pipe bomb mailer and also a brand-new investigation which tom has
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information on. tom, let me start with the shooter in pittsburgh. are we learning any more from him? is he out of the hospital? what do we know about robert bowers today? >> sure, chuck, so he is out of the hospital. he did appear in court in a wheelchair. so we know that he would not be in serious or critical condition. obviously, he was able to be out of the hospital and appear in court. what is new today is the atf has come out and said they've concluded their opponent of the investigation, chuck, and they say that weapons that were found both at the synagogue and also at his home, which means he had more weapons than what he was able to bring with him to the synagogue, there he had an assault-type rifle as well as three glock handguns found on his person, one on his waist band, one in his ankle area and one on his hand or near his body when he was taken into custody. they say they concluded their component of the investigation and all of the guns they had tied to him were purchased
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legally and he any sort of appropriate license or permit for. so from that standpoint, that's what we know about the guns. that's what we know that is new today, chuck. with respect to the -- >> let me pause you there a minute, tom. i want to inform viewers what they're seeing right now. the president and first lady, they're laying stones from the white house in respect of the victims of the massacre. this is right outside the synagogue right now and they're laying white flowers and stones from the white house there. if the president does say something, we will, of course, bring you those remarks. it is our understanding it is unlikely we will hear the president speak in any public setting during his time in pittsburgh. but obviously, we will be keeping an eye on that. tom, i didn't mean to interrupt you, but i wanted people to know exactly what they were seeing in the split screen in that moment. let's go to mr. sayoc and the pipe bomber. we know he had not been talking over the weekend. any progress there? >> not much new today. based on the reporting of my colleague ez and myself, not much new as far as the investigation into those bombs. one thing that is interesting,
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chuck, we're now in kind of the second longest period we've had here with no other devices have been discovered and as far as working days, we didn't hear any more that were discovered over the past weekend. now that the mail is back up and running, we have not had any additional packages found since yesterday morning when a package addressed to cnn in atlanta was discovered there. this is a bit of good news here if this is in fact the end of the devices that have been sent around as my colleagues jonathan and pete williams reported late last week, sayoc was not telling investigators if in fact he sent any more packages. if we are in a lull or if we are in fact in the conclusion, that's a bit of good news. i suspect, chuck, based on people i talked to, it will be a few more weeks before we get an indictment. when we get that indictment, i'm sure we will get more details. >> before i let you go, you have had a busy time in the investigative unit. there's an odd story involving robert mueller, the special
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counsel investigating all things having to do with russia and 2016 election, but it's some sort of conspiracy to target robert mueller. fill us in, please. >> sure, chuck. the biggest news out of all of this and the only thing i can tell you with any certainty, today we have a very rare, only second i can recall, public statement from robert mueller's office and on the record with peter carr, his spokesperson attached. he said essentially we became aware through press inquiries that somebody out there was saying they were offered money in return for saying that robert mueller sexually assaulted them or was involved in them with some sort of sexual harassment. apparently there were e-mails that were sent around, chuck, to i anumber of reporters. nobody's been able to find out if any of this is true and at this point, chuck, it just appears it's more misinformation on the internet but the special counsel's office is responding and taking it seriously. >> and it's being turned over to the fbi for investigation. >> that's correct. >> that's what made it some sort of a serious thing.
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tom winter, busy day in the investigative unit on multiple fronts. i appreciate you coming on. i'm enjoyed byp to the's panel, host of msnbc live with katy tur and frequent sub for me on this show, and john is an msnbc contributor and editor of "commentary" magazine. john, this is -- this is an awkward moment i think for the pittsburgh jewish community because this is a weird moment. not everybody wanted the president there. he kind of knows it so he's keeping a subdued schedule. >> he's keeping a subdued special but the rabbi of the tree of life synagogue is the person who is showing him around, which is -- >> with protesters chasing him down the street, by the way. >> it should be said the first letter that came out and said he's not welcome was a far left organization called bed of arc. it's not a heartfelt community letter. it was a political act.
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and he clearly is trying to do something that will not remarkably inflame any situation. >> by not speaking? >> on a day in which there have been funerals. there was a funeral this morning for this incredibly noble doctor who was shot, and then the two developmentally disabled brothers, the rosenthals. so it's a very incredibly emotional moment for the jewish community in pittsburgh, for jews in america and worldwide and for americans. he seems to be conducting himself with quiet dignity at this moment. >> it's a tough situation for the president. i think if he didn't go, he would be accused of not having enough empathy for the victims. what i heard from those that i interviewed, not just the people that might have signed on to this petition or this open letter not have him come to pittsburgh, which i think is over like 75,000 signatures right now, is there would have been a better time for him to come. it would have been better for
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him to come after the families had their fine earls, had a chance to sit shivia when he wouldn't be so disruptive for their mourning process. not that he wasn't welcomed at all, but that it would have been better for him to do it with a little -- with a little less urgency. >> let me read the sarah sanders statement today, responding to the fact i guess he did invite congressional leaders to go with him and they all declined. here's what she puts, beth -- the president and first lady are coming to pittsburgh to show their respect, honor the lives lost and offer prayers and condolences. the horrific tragedy in pittsburgh is not a political event and out of respect the president extended a bipartisan request to leadership to travel with him to president. understandably, the members had prior commitments or wanted to show respect in a private way. did not take a shot. >> we can say, yes, he's conducting himself with quiet dignity. he's perhaps doing a very good gesture by being here at this moment to grieve with this community. but let's keep in mind, he's going to florida tomorrow. he's going to start on this very
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big campaign trip from now until next tuesday, about ten different rallies. florida, where he's called the democratic nominee a thief. do we think he's going to go back on the campaign trail and not talk about immigration, not talk about those folks on the caravan vanding the country, a piece of language that has been sort of picked up by white supremacists including, we believe this alleged shooter? it's all part of the dichotomy of donald trump. he can try to do the right thing but he will resort back to where he always is. >> that's what makes it always so hard and complicated and so -- such a political event no matter what he does, because of the way that he talks about his political opponents, the way that he talks about migrants, the way that he talks about anybody who disagrees with him, this culture that's been created since he started running for president, there are understandably a lot of people in the country who look to him and say, this sort of thing was inevitable once you start to
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campaign. >> let's be realistic, he only knows one speed. maybe we have to stop asking to find out if he has a second speed. >> let's assume he doesn't have a second speed. so the speed he's having here, which is just simply to be quiet and silent, that's the other speed, right? >> right. >> but there are two things, one of which we will know, he is an instinctual political player. we will know what he thinks of what kind of tone he needs to strike tomorrow when he strikes that tone. in other words, if this day affects him, he has greats. there are times he tell reporters to beat up protests and sometimes otherwise. >> i don't know how much gradations there are. respectly, when he goes to the rallies, especially, it's his safe space. it's his happy place. it's his energy. he asks the crowd, do you want
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me to tone it down? he knows full well their response will be a resounding, cheering no, don't tone it down. so he feels emboldened to go on the same political attacks as he's always done. >> absolutely. but what we don't know is what he's seeing and what he's feeling. we don't know what numbers he's seeing inside the white house. there's a sense politically that things -- something that's altered in the trajectory in the race beginning with the pipe bombs that republicans were on the offensive or were sort of charging and reversing democratic gains and it just doesn't feel that way right now anymore. >> the pipe bombs distracting from the republican momentum? >> and democrats are telling us now they have definitely seen a shift. it's noticeable. it's noticeable in their polling. they're feeling a lot more optimistic. it's a week which in trump time can be a year. other things can happen but there's no doubt that he's feeling that shift. and he's going to have to respond to it. >> so we think when you look at
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today and look at the birthright saying we will go after birthright citizenship and doubling down on the military at the board, all of that, it looks like he's just reverting back to this is the thing i'm just going to beat up for a week. >> he feels like he's closing -- it's interesting because it feels like he's closing as if this were a primary campaign. he would go to birthright citizenship if this were south carolina for republican primaries. and what people seem to forget is actually quiet trump was the closing message of 2016. do you remember? >> because the quiet trump was offset by the very loud investigation of comey into hillary clinton. gave her the rope to hang herself and he smartly somehow knew to step back and let that play out. >> i have always given that credit to kelly ann, talking him into just leave the twitter alone, trust me. >> so he thinks that he can convert the mainstream fake news
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media into hillary in the closing days. we're the target. enemy of the people, you know, and whatever anybody says that's mean about him in relation to pittsburgh or in relation to the pipe bomb -- >> fake news or whatever. >> yeah. >> it's a bank shot, right? actually, you can vote against hillary if you voted for him. the media are not on the ballot. >> the media are not on the ballot even though he's trying to say a vote for this republican is a vote for donald trump. >> and he's telling people privately he doesn't -- >> he's not going to be responsible for any of them losing. that's what donald trump knows in politics. he knows that the farther he goes to the right, the more hardline he is on any given issue, the better it worked for him in 2016. there was no extreme. everybody would say you got to pull back, you got to moderate. the less he did that, the better he did in the polling. he obviously won. what's the most extreme thing he can do on immigration? oh, he can say he's going to just by the stroke of a pen overturn a constitutional
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amendment when in reality, he can't do that. >> but another thing, chuck, we've done a lot of tea leaf glancing at his schedule of trips, he's really going to hard-core trump places. >> he's not going to swing areas at all. >> not going to swing areas at all. >> fm myers is oddly the only place -- >> and cleveland on friday and that's where the close much gubernatorial race. instead what he's doing with the swing areas is tweeting out endorsements and he's tweeted out about two dozen since last night to all of the republicans on suburban areas. he said strong on military and strong on crime. basically the same template on one of them. that's as close as he can get because he cannot go to those places. >> probably not stupid because you figure the conservative voters in the swing districts do follow his twitter feeds and because they are tweets, minimizes the coverage he might get. >> i think he knows what his base wants. what we don't know is how large of a role his base will play in the election on tuesday.
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we don't know if they're 40% of the electorates or 50% or 27% of the electorate. >> what about -- i don't want to project this on you, but what about the conservatives that held their nose and voted trump the last time because the alternative was hillary clinton, what do they do this time? because trump is still president the day after the election too. is this an easier vote to punish the president if you want to punish him on behaver? >> i don't think the punishment is hold your nose republicans. the question is whether they would come out. i think this week what happened starting with the pipe bombs and what happened on saturday, this is a very depressing week, depressing, sad week. and it's one thing to say, i got to go to the polls to punish trump. that's what i want to do. that's what i wanted to do from 2017. but i better all things consider go to the polls because the democrats, maybe they're a little too liberal and stuff
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like that. he may just like -- you know what, i'm sitting this one out. >> that's interesting. >> it's also not just a hose your nose for donald trump election because he's not on the ballot. those who held their nose and voted for donald trump are saying i am not holding my nose because i like what my local representative, dave brad is doing for me or x republican is doing for me, depending on where they are. they can separate donald trump from the lawmaker if they choose to. >> it's interesting, beth, brett kavanaugh focused i think that republican voter on the importance of electing republicans. i think in that moment that's when we saw red states get redder. does this sort of suddenly say to the same voters, we need a little bipartisan too? i don't know. >> it's probably -- it probably resets some of the close races where democrats incumbents are running in red states as senators. that's probably made things a little more difficult for them. let's face it, that was a month ago and tempers cooled a bit
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around that particular issue and now they're being sort of revved up against on all of the horror we are seeing over the last week. that has certainly sue planted that emotion around kavanaugh. so it will, one, kind of cancel the other out would be what i would be looking at at this point. >> republicans as a whole have very complicated views on immigration. that's what people don't understand. the republican base really dislikes and a lot have learned they don't like legal immigration either, but that's not the entirety of the republican party. and the idea that the whole republican party, the suburban republicans, people like that were going to come home on an anti-immigration message, that's not right. that doesn't -- the polls don't capture that. and the emotion of the republican party doesn't capture that either. >> well, let that be the last word for this block. you guys have to stay around. up next, we will talk to a leader of a refugee agency that the pittsburgh suspect railed against before carrying out the largest anti-semitic attack in
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(. >> welcome back. as we said, president trump is in pittsburgh right now. he just arrived at a local hospital that treated victims of the synagogue massacre. when he announced he would be making this trip, the trump administration announced they are deploy ing 5,000 troops to the border to stop a caravan of my grants the president has called a migration. and even suggesting a conspiracy
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theory that jewish group that calls the immigrate aid society was bringing people to the united states to do violence. with me now from pittsburgh is mark hatfield, he's the president of hias. mr. hatfield, i'm sorry this is when i'm inviting you on this show but i appreciate you being here, sir. >> thank you, thought. >> let me start with, tell viewers the history of hias. >> hias is the oldest refugee organization in the world. we started at the end of the 19th century to help views who were fleeing the pilgrims of even europe. we helped them get off ellis island, get through the immigration authority, get kosher meals and get used to their new life in the united states. but over the last few years, we've made a transformation from being an organization that helps refugees because they are jewish to one that helps refugees because we are jewish, so we now
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help refugees of all faiths and ethnicities. we do that overseas, keeping them safe where they are but we also do it around the united states, through the u.s. resettlement program, in partnership with the u.s. government and with local partners like jewish family and community services of pittsburgh. >> what work had you done on central american immigrants? >> we have been advocates of central american immigrants, in particular asylum seekers because that's our mandate from central america who are fleeing the violence in the northern tie angle. we represent them in immigration court and asylum proceedings but we're certainly not down there with the caravan right now. >> did you have any idea, when you saw this social media tweet by the suspect robert bowers, when he said why hello there, hias, you like to bring in hostile invaders to dwell among us. we appreciate the list of friends you provided. talking about a link to a directory of synagogues that were participating in the hias
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event he was referencing. before that social media post, how would you have described the level of vitriol aimed at the organization before this incident? >> well, we didn't know about this specific individual until after the incident. but hias has long been targeted by hate grews and by hate groups that are masquerading as issue sites, if you know what i mean. so we're quite used to it. and our strategy has been to just ignore it and focus on the positive and focusp on our wor but it looks like we have to change that strategy now. >> it's funny you say that, because a lot of different entities on the receiving end of these attacks are having the same conversations in this case you're talking about. what does that mean to you, and what have you thought about -- i'm not trying to put you on the spot here that you have to sort of stop ignoring it.
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i know i have tried over the years to ignore it and you're right, that doesn't seem to be effective. what are you thinking? >> well, what we know and what really dr really was driven home this weekend is hate speech, hateful speech always leads to hateful act and that's exactly what happened. you can't just ignore the hate speech because it just makes these haters angrier and angrier as they -- as they are in their echo chambers on social media. so we have to start paying attention and we have to start acting to prevent acts like this, atrocities like this from taking place. >> if you somehow get time with the president before he leaves, and i have no idea whether you are or not, perhaps the white house has reached out to you, if they have, has the whouite hous reached out to you? >> the white house has not reached out to me. the secretary of state has not reached out to me. thousands of people, thousands of organizations have been reaching out to me but not -- >> nobody from the government.
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>> not this administration. >> nobody from the government. >> nobody -- nobody senior from the government. >> the president asked you for some advice, all right, how would you ask him to talk about, for instance, this group of migrants that is making this trek up north? >> to refer to them what they are, which is migrants and asylum seekers. they're not invaders. to stop using hate language. to stop other-izing people, to stop other-izing people who are born in foreign countries. >> what did you -- let me ask you this, did you feel as if anti-semitic attacks were on the decline before saturday? >> i knew for a fact the anti-semitic attacks were on the rise before saturday. >> i'm saying the perception as an american jew, did you feel as if there was that much hate until saturday, or does it feel different now? >> it feels a lot different now.
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this is a game-changer. this synagogue was attacked, a, because they were views and b, because they were helping refugees. >> pure and simple. where do you go next? >> well, i mean, this is -- as i said, this is a total game-changer for us. we now have to protect ourselves in a different way in terms of physical security, which is tough for us because we want to be a welcoming environment for asylum seekers and refugees we work with and we have to pay alla lot more attention to the hate speech out there and do something about it, not just as an organization but as a society. our leaders are going to have to do it as well. and certainly if they're going to be leaders to protect us from hate speech and to prevent hateful speech from evolving or devolving into hateful acts, they're going to have stop saying hateful things themselves. >> mark hetfield, i'm sorry this is the first time we're meeting and it's under these
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circumstances, but thank you for coming on and sharing your views. i appreciate it. >> thank you, chuck. >> mark hetfield, president and ceo of hias, the organization that the shooter was referencing when he decided to go in. up ahead -- do democrats really have a chance to take control of the senate? we have a couple of in polls to debut and we will break it all down at the big board next. and tank. and tiny. and this is laura's mobile dog grooming palace. laura can clean up a retriever that rolled in foxtails, but she's not much on "articles of organization." articles of what? so, she turned to legalzoom. they helped me out. she means we helped with her llc, trademark, and a lot of other legal stuff that's a part of running a business. so laura can get back to the dogs. would you sit still? this is laura's mobile dog grooming palace and this is where life meets legal. to learn about their medicare options before they're on medicare. come on in. you're turning 65 soon? yep. and you're retiring at 67?
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question -- how do you cover a dishonest proposal from the president of the united states honestly? so today the president proposed doing away with birthright citizenship, the constitutional right that any child born in the united states automatically becomes an american citizen. now, what the president really is proposing is that we stop talking about bombs sent to his political opponents by a political supporter, that we stop talking about whether a mass murderer was somehow influenced by his words or policy proposals, that we stop talking about the connection between his rhetoric and a spike in ethnic attacks, and that we start talking about what really matters a week before the midterms, an unstoppable caravan of desperate refugees bent on destroying the country they hope to live in. oh, let's pause there. so what do we do about this so-called birthright proposal? do you ignore it? that's difficult because mr. trump is after all the president of the united states. and what he says does matter. do we take it seriously? well, then we wind up letting president trump become our assignment editor talking about what he wants us to talk about
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but we'll look at the senate right now. democrats have a path to win a majority but it's oh, so narrow. yes, they need two but it is a tough two. to win control, democrats need a pickup two of seats, leaving them very little room for error on a map where they're mostly playing defense but as slim as their chances are, there's still a chance. we have brand-new polls this week to give us a better idea what to expect election night and possibly, possibly, this path is back. let me show you the latest numbers here. this is nbc news/mar is fris fr tennessee. interestingly enough, bredesen is more personally popular thak blackburn but she has an r next to her in a very red state. and this morning, we have a two-way race with christian cinema up six, when you include all of the people on the ballot, her loead shrinks to three. let me show you a powell out in the last couple hours, quinnipiac showing the texas
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state identical to ted cruz 51, beta o'rourke at 50%. and this one is a one-point lead but another poll showing bill nelson ahead. finally missouri where republican josh hawley is leading incumbent claire mcaskill. let me bring in lee who does our polling for arizona and tennessee. let me start with arizona first. six-point lead. this was a shock to many people who think this is a razor thin race. what did you find 1234. >> one of the things i think is really interesting as you pointed out, three points in a multifield contest but the thing i think was really interesting is the persuadable folks, those are undecided and people who say they still might vote differently, 10%. >> just 10% of the electorate, wow. >> you put 10% and you can see six or three can evaporate in a minute. this is a very, very close race, one the democrats definitely want to pick up if they're going
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to pick up any. >> what's interesting here, she's above water on her personal favorable rating and martha mcsally is below water on her personal favorable rating. >> and that's something you see in this state. >> i was going to say let's go to tennessee. >> they have a former governor running and thought what a strong candidate, you know what, he's substantially more popular than marsha blackburn however, she's got the rfrmt, as you said. trump has 50% approval rating in this state, white evangelicals, 44% of the electorate she's carrying three or four to one. this is not a good place for a democrat and hasn't been in a long time. >> five-point race, margin of error, all of those things are technically true. if we wake up wednesday morning next week and bredesen won, would you be able to look at this poll and say, okay, i think this is how we did it? >> i would call you back in a few minutes. >> is that tough? >> it's close. >> that structurally tough?
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>> this is how we win, if there's a huge blue wave and things tend to move together, we look at these individually race by race by race, but they tend to move together. if it's a big democratic night, yeah, five points can go away. the early vote interestingly is mirroring this in the poll. >> as you know, lee, we have a fun little move here. we can take the polls that we have and put them in an assignment. we believe there are 11 toss-ups right now. these are your toss-up senate races. 47-42. right now with mike pence in the v.p. seat, they only need three. if you just move missouri, which we showed you, republican ahead, and you move tennessee, republican ahead, and you move texas, republican ahead, as you see lee, you're at 50 and i didn't even move north dakota yet. it shows you this map is extraordinarily tough for the democrats. >> we knew that going in. we're going to be polling missouri and we're bgoing to beg florida this week. >> even if you move them all --
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and you look at all of these races here. >> mccat skill's running an interesting race lately. she's saying i'm not one of those crazy democrats. she's got to move away from the party to hold on to her seat. maybe that's the strategy in the closing witnesses that can rescue that from her. we will be watching that. >> and also krysten sinema, who refuses to call herself a proud democrat. >> people are funny about this. it depends on the partisan makeup of the state. right across the river in menendez, you may not like me but you don't want a republican to make a difference in washington. everybody's playing the cards they're dealt. >> let me ask you about our likely voter model we use. yours is a probability model. i want you to get a little in the weeds without totally blowing people's heads off, what makes probability different than a typical likelihood? >> we ask everyone the entire questionnaire and we say, look, you may not say you're probably going to vote but some of the folks who say that might in fact vote. and the people who say gee, i'm
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really going to vote, may not make it. we're going to count the person who says i'm really probably going to vote more in the numbers than the person who says i'm probably not going to vote but everybody counts. we don't pitch anybody. we have them all in the soup. >> you're 70% sure you're going to vote, you're going to have, say, .7 of your vote counted in the survey? >> that's right. that way we can sort of maintain this -- what has been in the past the gold standard, wednesday morning you're going to know if it still is. >> i know nobody is polling the states better, harder and more thoroughly than my pal lee. good to see you. >> hope you're still talking to me wednesday. >> i will always be talking to you, i promise. up ahead, after a bitter and divisive midterm season, some surprising closing ads. we'll be right back. the most details about your family history. my pie chart showed that i'm from all over europe, but then it got super specific. i learned my people came from a small region in poland, and even a little bit of the history about why they might have migrated during that time. those migration patterns are more than just lines on a map,
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>> time for the lid, the panel is back. beth, you saw the roundup of republican ads trying to show tone, show bipartisan, talk about civility, and then there's another movement ha that happened today by the head of the nrcc, steve sievers, who essentially threw steve king under the bus and said we're done supporting him. here's the thing from steve stievers, chairman of the nrcc, companies campaign arm to re-elect the house. congressman steve kij's recent comments and actions are retweets are completely inappropriate. we must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms. and steve responded, americans are all created by god and all races ethnicities and origins. these attacks are orchestrated by nasty and desperate dishonest fake news. their ultimate goal is flip the house and impeach donald trump, establishers trumpers are not committed. he's got a lot of anger going on
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in that response. >> so hard to unpack that. >> so we ask the nrcc, is this over what? no, it's over multiple comments. it's clearly a response to the shooting on saturday in an awkward way. >> right, there's so much spotlight now on the ill effects of this kind of language. but let's face it, he's been speaking this way for years. and republicans have said nothing. paul ryan says nothing. he's owned that district, that super conservative part of iowa. >> john boehner, i think, was quoted as calling him an expl expleti expletive. >> the current leadership has stayed pretty quiet. he's owned that district, never had a serious challenge, and now he does. >> kristen vilsack gave him a challenge. >> he won handily. >> barely got over 50%. he had to work for that one. >> this campaign that he's in now is a real campaign. jd shutten has raised a lot more
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money than he has. we saw terrible fund-raising numbers out of steve king forever. >> always been the case. >> always been the case, but he had that local home-grown boy did well and now the sheen is off. with a week to go, he's got a big scramble. >> there was a poll this morning, very hard not to think -- there was a poll this morning by a firm that's not, like, 100% like you know great, but that had it as a one-point race. and then three hours later comes this tweet. it makes you think, does the nrcc have an internal number that's close and they're like, you know what? let's just wipe -- you know, we don't need him. god knows what he's going to say between now and next tuesday. we don't need this on our backs. >> but okay, hold on. the nrcc, correct me if i'm wrong, wasn't giving money to steve king. >> correct, they had not given him money. >> for them to do this, to suddenly say we're going to distance ourselves from steve king, now as opposed to before
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when he said all these various things and has been saying them for years. it kind of just feels like, ox, what aria saying? what are you doing? nothing, really. there's nothing behind the action. >> that's what's striking about it. to me -- >> if they were to come out and say we don't think you should be running for office or we don't endorse your candidacy. >> this is as close to saying that as you could possibly say. >> the sioux city journal and omaha herald and des moines register are going to carry front page stories like this. it's not like in local media this is seen as -- i understand where you're looking at it from here in the grand scheme of 75 targets. in western iowa, this is going to be an earthquake. it doesn't mean it defeats him, but this will be an earthquake there. i think. >> i have never seen a leadership thing like this about a sort of sitting veteran -- even steve king. >> the leadership, kind of republican voters who would vote for steve king, they don't have
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a lot of credibility. when steve king says it's the establishment, never trumpers, the fake media, those who would vote for steve king, a la donald trump, would hear that message and say you're right. >> donald trump likes to tweet house endorsements. what do we think? >> well, he -- however, he was in iowa on october 9th, and he was up there on that stage with steve king. and he said my friend steve king, i have supported him since even before i was a politician. that is all steve king needs, that piece of tape. even if he doesn't tweet out one of his endorsements. >> go to sioux city. you realize that that's a community that has a lot of immigrants in it because the meat packing jobs in particular that they can't find people around there, and a lot of immigrants looking for work hav been changing. which is maybe why -- >> why the immigration issue is very profound in iowa.
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>> again, it speaks to the complication about immigration in the republican party. polls show that 60% of republicans support immigration broadly conceived. it's a minority position in the republican party that immigration legal or illegal should be outlawed. people sent back to where they came from and all this. it's just that for the people who care about it, it is a dominating issue. for the people who are totally fine with it, or pretty fine with it, they got other things they think about. this is not something that they vote on in reverse, like they're not going out to vote for immigrants. let's say. >> this is the last thing, beth, that iowa republicans needed right now, ironically, as much as i understand the national perspective, but iowa republicans have a base problem. >> exactly, and they also have a close governor's race where the democrat could win. there's two congressional districts in the state where
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democrats are favored to win at this point. this would be a tsunami of terribleness for republicans. steve stivers, to give him credit as a member of the republican leadership, he does talk about bipartisanship. >> you talk about the timing of it. now is the time that you do it, when steve king has been saying this stuff for years. >> obviously a fair point. >> that's just the point i want to make. >> that's one that steve stivers is very aware of and maybe why he tweeted. in fairness. i have to leave it there because i think i'm running over. up ahead, everyone take a deep breath.
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>> are you feeling this yet? does that make you feel better? that's just stock footage. if that didn't work, let me fupfix with this stock footage of a puppy trying to eat a pumpkin. by the way, we have one week left. that's all we have for tonight. we'll be back tomorrow with more mtb daily. >> tons of news right now. robert mueller bearing down on roger stone. later, a fact check on the midterms at trump's rallies, and the view meets the beat as joy behar joins me live in about 20 minutes. first, our top story is breaking news. the fbi is probing a credible plot to frame bob mueller. we rarely hear directly from special counsel bob mueller's office, especially as an election approaches, but tonight, we're reporting a rare


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