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first up on msnbc, 100 days to go until what some are calling the most important presidential election of our time. it is. the polls, the issues and what could change voters' minds in this critical last stretch. shut it down now, why hundreds of doctors are calling for another national shutdown. a way out of covid nightmare they say and how a vaccine could
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work and how many doses would be necessary. plus, first there was portland and now detroit. what michigan's lieutenant governor has to say about the president's plan to send in federal agents. i'll speak with them live. good morning, it is sunday, july 26th, i'm kend is gibson, thank you for being here. we begin with the escalating scene in portland. it is just after 4:00 in the morning and yet there are many people who are on the streets. these are pictures from within the last hour or so. where police declared a riot after thousands breached a fence that stands around the federal courthouse. you see the fence right there. in some areas you saw it comes down. on twitter, saying the development posed a great risk of public alarm. the department warned that those who failed to adhere to the order to leave may be subject to arrest and tear gas and other impact weapons. that note comes from the
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portland police department just a few hours ago. but the situation is ongoing there. mara barrett is on the ground in portland to give us the latest. mara? >> reporter: i want to show you the thousands of people that are out here protesting in portland, tonight. they converged in three separate locations which is different from what we've seen in recent nights but this is by far the largest crowd my team and i have seen in the week that we've been here. they've sent several fireworks over the fence as federal agents were standing outside and the protesters have working in their favor as is federal agents have deployed tear gas, the wind is lifting it up and away from the crowd and ma might be one of the reasons that the crowd is so large today. but i want to note that the process here that has been going on for about two months now and it started as part of the black lives matter movement but in the week we've been here the
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protesters i've been speaking to are telling me how much they want the federal agents to go home and become anti-tyranny message happening on the ground as they chant "feds go home." we don't know how much longer the protests will go on because it seems like the protesters will keep showing up as long as the federal agents are here and today the u.s. attorney's office of oregon said if the federal agents will remain until the protests turn peaceful. >> mara, appreciate it. declaring a riot there because the situation is still intensifying. we're going to continue to keep an eye on what is happening on the west coast. but as we move on now to the covid 19 pandemic. u.s. cases are soaring and showing no signs of slowing down in the past week, 18 states have set records in daily case numbers. that is according to the "new york times." among those states, california, south carolina, north dakota, kentucky and hawaii. in texas, several bars reopened
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their doors to guests yesterday. not because they were allowed to. it is what is being called a freedom fest. it is done in protest of the statewide order to close all bars as cases surge. the bar owner leading the effort said they did follow safety measures including operating at 25% capacity and checking temperatures at the door and requiring customers to remain at tables. minnesota surpassed 50,000 confirmed cases are all 87 counties in the state now reporting positive tests for the first time. a statewide mask mandate went into effect there this weekend. brazil's president jair bolsonaro testing negative after testing positive earlier this month. he previously downplayed the severity of the deadly virus. brazil is the second country to have the highest numbers next to the u.s. and highest death numbers as well across the globe. back here in florida, where
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covid cases keep growing and by the thousands. the state adding more than 12,000 new infections this weekend. chris pallone is in orlando for us. and chris, what are you learning right now about the role that politics may have played in governor desantis' coronavirus decision-making? >> reporter: hi, kendis. it is a hot topic certainly here in the state of florida and there have been two lengthy reports investigating that latest issue. the latest coming last night from "the washington post" which indicates that they spoke with 64 members both of the administration, former members of state government, disease experts, hospital administrators, all across rt state to try and get a picture of what is going on here. it is no secretary that governor ron desantis is closely aligned with president trump. president trump endorsed him when he was running for governor a couple of years ago. desantis was just at the white house on friday for an
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announcement. so they are very closely aligned. but the report indicates that desantis has only met with the state's top health official once, according to his official calendar, in the month. and that the state health department has stopped having briefings with all of those key stakeholders that i just mentioned, hospital administrators, disease experts from around the state. making it sound like desantis is kind of going it alone in making decisions on how the state is handling the virus. the article indicates that he really consults with his chief of staff and wife to make decisions. but he does have his defenders who said desantis sent state worker news nursing home because he saw what happened in new jersey, new york, where the disease ravaged many, many people. and so he's been very proactive in protecting nursing homes early on from the disease and they point out he's not inflexible.
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last month when he saw that reopening was causing a spike in virus infections, that he rolled back the opening of the bars and nightclubs which happened about a month ago. so, the bottom line, what do floridians think about it. quinnipiac had a new poll this week asking floridians about a lot of different things and the public here does believe "the washington post" reporting that the governor is not doing a good job. for example, 70% consider the spread of coronavirus in florida out of control while 24% said it was under control. and then 61% said looking back they think governor ron desantis reopened the economy too quickly. 31% said he opened at the right pace and 6% said too slowly. but they are split on what should happen. new stay-at-home order, 49% say yes and 48% say no, kendis. >> so the poll numbers are
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against desantis but the larger impact is what that reflects on president trump. chris pallone in orlando. thank you. joining me is dr. amesh adana from johns hopkins center for health security. thank you for being here. first to the open letter to lawmakers signed by hundreds of health experts urging those lawmakers to shut it down now. and start over. what do you make of that tactic? what is needed for a second shutdown to stem the tide right now. >> i don't think a second shutdown is needed. i think it has to be a targeted approach, looking at the epidemiology and we have more now in july than we did in march. so we know what is contributing to spread and which ones aren't so we don't need to do a blanket control everything shutdown, which was never in anybody's
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playbook and no one knew who was infected and who wasn't and multiple failures by the federal government. we're still seeing failure but i think we do think we could avoid shutdown and target activities where people are interacting where the spread is occurring like looking at contract tracing. there were many states that squandered time to build the public health infrastructure to deal with the number of new cases as people start to socially interact. >> but many states are squandering this time right now, to be able to build up the infrastructure for that and to do contact tracing. so when those states need to shutdown in order to cut down on cases? >> they need to do something. they need to look and see where cases are occurring. it is not house painters that are contributing but it is bars or restaurants or certain outdoor activities and take
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actions against those. and what you'll end up seeing is like new york enforcing quarantines for people coming back from hot spot states. that is likely what we'll see happen. i don't think anybody is going to comply with the stay-at-home order at this point and to a high degree as you saw already with texas and the bars having their opening even in spite of shutdown order for the bars. so this is probably the new normal. i don't think we're going to gain control of this. i think we have to acknowledge this is going to be a failure. and likely on the part of the federal and state governments who failed to take the right actions when they could have been taken. >> failure is an option apparently in america in 2020. bill gates recently spoke in an interview with cbs that people could potentially need multiple doses of the vaccine. take a listen. >> none of the vaccines at this point appear like they'll work with a single dose. that is the hope at the very beginning. maybe one of them particularly in the sector won't surprise us.
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we hope just two. although, in the elderly, sometimes it takes more. >> i'm curious to get your take on that. could it be something, once there is a vaccine, which would be a long time from now, that it is an annual shot, sort of like the flu shot. >> there will be a manual flot like the flu shot and that shot is not because it doesn't take the first time and you need two doses except for children who get two doses on the exposure to the flu vaccine but they have to update because the flu virus mutates. you may need two shots because the first doesn't induce enough immunity, not enough t cells or antibodies. we get two shots of the mmr vaccine, around 15 months and five years and maybe you need a booster or put them in a series together. and then often it is logistical problem because now instead of
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needi needing 330 million doses you need 630 million doses because sometimes one shot is not enough, especially in elderly populations like bill gates just referred to. >> doctor, thank you. appreciate it. potential relief in sight for millions of americans risking losing boosted unemployment benefits. on saturday. steve mnuchin announcing that a relief proposal could be unveiled as soon as tomorrow. shannon pettypiece is following this in bridgewater, new jersey. because the president is there at one of his resorts this weekend. and you have steve mnuchin on capitol hill saying that the proposal has the backing of the white house. what do we know about this potential deal? >> reporter: well, a big sticking point for republicans as you mentioned has been the $600 weekly unemployment benefit. republicans argued that is too high and would incentivize
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people to stay home and not go back to work when we want to see people going back to work. there is concerns about the price tag for continuing to spend that much, in the trillion dollars it could cost the economy. it appears they have reached a compromise. here is what steve mnuchin had to say about that yesterday. >> so, we had a productive meeting on the staff level. worked through the final documents as you could see, we're just finishing everything up. as we said on friday, we have a fund. al understanding and we want to make sure all of the paperwork is ready and finished so it could be introduced on monday. >> reporter: and what he's saying to expect is that people would get up to 70% of their regular income in unemployment benefits but this is just the starting point for negotiations. this is just what republicans have been able to come together on. you have democrats, who haven'tine started to weigh in
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yet, whatever gets passed by republicans in the senate has to get through nancy pelosi's house and democrats are arguing that this unemployment benefit, while high at $600 a week, has been helping keep the economy afloat. we've not seen consumer spending fall off a cliff like a lot expected in part because of the benefits and then you have the issue of money for schools and testing and president trump has said he wants to see a payroll tax cut. so we're only at very beginning stages and meanwhile the clock is ticking for many americans with news unemployment benefits set to run out at the end of the month and this eviction halt that was put in place also running out. so millions of americans at risk of losing this added income as well as their homes as we head into august. >> it becomes a pivotal couple of weeks ahead for so many americans trying to pay rent and bills. shannon pettypiece, thank you. the swing state pulse. what will it take to win
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it is the remix to the animation. today marks 100 days to go until the presidential election and in michigan joe biden is leading president trump by nine points in this fox news poll. it is taken last week. nine points. and ahead by six points by change research and cnbc. both from michigan. trump won michigan by less than a quarter of a percentage point in 2016. it was a very, very tight race, coming within about 10,000 votes there. cory coffin joins us from harrison township, michigan and you have with you debbie dingle glnch that is right. we want to bring in congress
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woman dingle to talk about the vote and the next stimulus relief package for michigan voters and residents because that is crucial for them and the timing on all of that. so thank you so much for joining us this morning with a very good morning to you. i want to jump right now. in 2016 you warned democrats that trump could win michigan and other rust belt seats. do you have a warning for democrats today. >> it is good to see you and welcome to michigan. i think -- i wish i could be there with you mask and all. i continue to worry. i think that joe biden is doing a good job in trying to connect with the voters. i think we're going to see different issues this year than we saw four years ago. it is going to be a covid-driven message, although one in four in michigan are without a job but i don't think democrats are being blamed for that in the way they
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were four years ago. if you look at the polls, the polls you just gave were similar to ones that were there four years ago showing hillary up by any number of points and i think we got to stay focused. we have to make sure that we're getting out every vote and we can't take anything for granted. it is a long time between now and november. >> reporter: yeah, and you have talked about in the previous election, you were on the ground and listening to voters and heard what they were saying weren't lining up with what the polls were saying and that is good thing to keep in mind for 2020. and economic relief for the michiganites out here and for the need for more jobs to come back and what it looks like in the midst of coronavirus. so with do we stand with the next stimulus relief package? how crucial is that going to be for residents here and what do you want to see in that package? >> first of all, when this covid
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began i was getting thousands of calls a week in my office. myself and my entire team were working 7 days a week to talk to people. and people were scared. i had people quite frankly almost suicidal. those phone calls have returned. the cliff is here this week. unemployment is running out and eviction and mortgage and the stay on that will expire. and i have parents really worried about how to feed kids and what will happen with school in the fall. we have got to get this bill done. we passed this bill, the heroes bill two months ago in the house and the senate has been sitting on their blanks and i've been saying for a couple of weeks they need to get off them and mitch mcconnell depressed me terribly when he said friday night it could take several more weeks. people need to know we're going to be there. they need to have some kind of -- coronavirus is scaring everybody and covid-19 has caused anxiety, fear, tension and now they have to worry about
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how they're going to live, how they're going to eat and keep a roof over their head. that is not something they should be worried about right now. >> reporter: several more weeks. does that mean the timing could mean that people lose benefits and there is a gap here and that could, in turn, cause a housing crisis or other crises already exaggerated in the state of michigan? >> well, it is my hope that the senate, which i wish they went home as much as we did and talked with people as much as we did and know how real people are feeling. i have talked to a number of senators over this weekend and they all believe this deal could get done in 72 hours. so i'm going to hope that somehow the wizard of oz will come here and give mitch mcconnell a heart and that the president is going to understand that he is the one that is going to be blamed by many of the people for his management of covid and if they are in that crisis they're going to say why
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aren't you helping me and they may be able to do something by friday. but as each day goes on it becomes more of a challenge. but it is wrong. it is morally wrong to let that happen. >> reporter: well other congressional leaders like yourself are pushing to get this deal done as quickly as possible. congresswoman dingle, we appreciate it and we'll talk with you much more when we get into election coverage. we're 100 days out now. kendis. >> it is creeping up on us. as you made the two and a half hour drive yesterday from the rust belt, from the rain in ohio to where you are in harrison township, michigan, and have you seen a lot of yard signs for either candidate? >> reporter: there were a few yard signs and a few places where you could see large support, large pockets of support for trump, large pockets
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of support for biden. i saw more closed signs and for sale signs. so i think people going into this election, more so than any other issue, they're looking at the economics of this area that they live in and they want to know which candidate is going to help bring them out of this. and i think there are voters still undecided on that. >> and that is the important part right there and what people are voting on. which one of these persons, one of these guys could help get the businesses reopened and get people some jobs back. corey, thank you. we'll check back. but time is running low for president trump to turn around his re-election campaign as he trails joe biden by double-digits in national polling as well. we're taking a closer look at what president trump's core base has to say about his path to victory and how it looks like this november. joining us now is gary grim who is in hammonds port, new york, a
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small town in steuben county, why president trump received a decisive victory back in 2016. so why that particular area? it was that, yes, trump won big in steuben county, in 2016, is it a microcosm of what we could expect in the greater country? >> reporter: hey, there, kendis, steuben county is about as ready as it gets. in 2016 trump won by 36 points over hillary clinton and the last time a democrat won here was 1964 and before that was 1912 which was woodrow wilson. and the poll numbers show joe biden up by double-digits in polls and so we came here to talk to voters and here is what they had to say. >> we have had a lot of good things come out of it. as long as we keep having good
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things i'll still support him. >> he's not afraid to say what is on his mind and gets things done and he talks about doing things and does it. every other president they talk a lot and that is it. >> if does he win the county, it will be with a more narrow margin because i see some republicans feeling repulsed by the lack of moral leadership. >> reporter: so, the sense i'm getting from talking to republican voters on and off camera is they are either supportive or donald trump or looking for a reason not to support donald trump. but for them joe biden is not that reason. now one of the issues that is on minds of everyone is coronavirus and president trump's response to coronavirus. that is something that folks are watching closely over the next few months. kendis. >> which is why the president lately has been trying to change his tune there on the coronavirus. joining us from picturesque
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there in the fingerlakes region of new york. thank you. so, now let's talk about the veep stakes. who will joe biden pick and when will he make the announcement. we'll hear from a panel of nbc correspondents next. correspondents next. you doing okay? yeah. this moving thing never gets any easier. well, xfinity makes moving super easy. i can transfer my internet and tv service in about a minute. wow, that is easy. almost as easy as having those guys help you move. we are those guys. that's you?
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the end beds are still joining us. so michael, the big question for the vice president right now is when is he going to announce his veep choice and when will that happen and give us a sense from who from your sources in the campaign are the real front-runners? >> reporter: well, first of all, after a difficult few months for the country i'm thrilled to have a road warrior reunion. so thank you for giving us this opportunity. so about 100 days ago that bernie sanders dropped out of the race and made joe biden the democratic nominee. since that time, the campaign has had to completely recalibrate itself to adapt to this virtual campaign and in a memo obtained by nbc news yesterday, kate beddingfield lays out how the campaign has done and said they are firing on all cylinders. they'll have staff deployed in states and active email list which is important. but you mentioned it, just about a 10 minute drive from where i'm
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standing now in wilmington, joe biden is hunkering down with his team making the most consequential political decision of his career. the woman he will choose as his running mate. now biden himself has said he's na narrowed the field down even further. they are putting finishing touches on detailed files to present to him and walk him through about the pros and cons of a half a dozen women and including four african-american women. i think the betting favorite is kamala harris, elizabeth warren also very much in the mix. congresswoman karen bass from california has been a late entry into the veep stakes but a lot of democrats are looking at her as the real consensus choice. and then susan rice is another interesting choice. she served in the obama administration closely with joe biden and has that personal relationship. but kendis, the mild rule of thumb is those who know the most are saying the least so we'll know in about a couple of weeks,
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joe biden hopes to make that announcement sometime after the first of august. >> those who know the most are saying the least. we'll check back with you so hang on. and so you know, if you could see it, but ali is killing the mask game right now. she's winning from all of you, just for the record. so ali, first, you followed the trump campaign in 2016 and a lot is obviously very different this time around. but what about on the ground? you're in pennsylvania. do you get a sense -- he won that state narrowly as well. do you get a sense he has met quite the competitor right now in joe biden so who is from p.a. >> reporter: the mask game sort of belies one of the realities now for us road warriors who like to read the polls and get out the communities and talk to voters about where they're out because right now there are no more diners or coffee shops for
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us to get into and no more political rallies where you could find all of the voters and take the pulse with them. because the thing i remember in 2016 is coming here to places like pennsylvania and hearing from voters at trump rallies they like the fact he wasn't a politician and liked the fact he would be able to get things done. the promise of trump then evaporated as soon as he got into the white house because he became a politician in an official capacity. what is interesting to see, as you look at his approval ratings across the board, nationally and in states like pennsylvania, he's below that 50% threshold right now. does he have a record that he's running on. this is the big difference as runs as a candidate or incumbent. you have a record. places like pennsylvania are looking at, yes, the response to the pandemic, and i don't mean to be glib, remember the state war. this is a state heavily impacted
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as well as where corey has been traveling across the industrial midwest. these are states impacted by the trump presidency and they'll have a referendum on their hands. the other thing is the way in pennsylvania, one of the big wins is the fact they made end roads in suburban areas. if you look at a map of pennsylvania in 2016 you have pockets of blue around urban centers but now democrats are trying to expand out of there. again ex-urban and suburban areas and although we don't have the face-to-face conversations to take the pulse like we usually do, we could see democrats are requesting vote by mail ballots and those are the metrics we have to look at now. >> interesting. and a lot of the same issues top of mind there in pennsylvania are also top of mind in wisconsin where shaq is joining us and that state narrowly won by trump in 2016.
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give us the sense of mood. are they looking at this as a referendum with trump and do they want four more years of what we already had. >> reporter: let's talk about how narrowly trump won this state of wisconsin. he was the first republican to win in the state in 30 years and by about 23,000 votes. i'm here in milwaukee where this is a democratic stronghold and in 2016 this city alone saw 41,000 viewer voters than in 2012. so part of the effort tor vice president biden is not only exciting people and convincing people but democratic voters to show up as they did before in 2012 and 2008 before that. and that is why bringing the convention here was such a big deal. we know now that the convention is going to be scaled back and largely virtual. but part of deciding to and choosing for the convention to be here in milwaukee was about exciting those traditionally
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democratic voters. that is the opportunity that vice president biden won't have as much any more. he won't be able to have as many voter interactions. i spent yesterday going all over and talking with voters and one thing here in milwaukee is they're -- there is still daily protests and gathering and marching all day long. pushing for change here. and listen to what one of the protesters told me. it is an opportunity for vice president biden but it is also somewhat of a warning. listen to tiffany here. >> do you foresee another situation where democratic voters don't show up? >> i definitely do. i think that if just locally here in milwaukee, if things don't -- if we senate see an instant surge of change, then i think you will see that. but at same time, i'm trying to remain optimistic. >> reporter: another voter told me the one thing that vice
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president biden could do to energize people here in milwaukee, especially black voters that dropped 20% in 2016 is choosing a female -- or black female vice president candidate and that would excite them and show he's taking that voting group, black voters seriously. kendis. >> so i have two quick questions. one for you, shaq. you mentioned there were 41,000 fewer voters last time compared to 2012 but during the primary wisconsin was a hot mess. do you feel as though they have their act together? that is a technical term. >> reporter: i spoke to a -- i spoke to a state -- or a city council member, here in milwaukee they had about 140 polling locations during this past prime on april 7th, though went down to five and that is one of his concerns that he expressed. he said i think we have the excitement. he thinks the skiem is there. he said righteous anger that you see is going to be stronger than
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any skiexcitement for any candidate. but the biggest concerns are the lawsuits filed. the biggest concern is the voter i.d. law here in wisconsin. he believes that there will be problems that people have going to the polls. we also are dealing with this pandemic. that is his bigger concern over any excitement that someone may have with the candidates. >> really quickly on a scale of one to ten on the excitement issue, i'll start with you, mike memoli, on this, how fired up are democrats right now? >> reporter: well, if you talk to the biden campaign, that is one of the things they saych it is one thing to be enthused by your own candidate and another thing to eliminate the incumbent on the white house and on that scale they say democrats are fired up ten out of ten ready to revict donald trump from the white house. >> ali?
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>> i would agree. we heard damn persistent through the primary, they said the top priority was beating donald trump. though i would say that the thing that you hear consistently and i'm sure shaq and mike are hearing this from operatives is they see the polls, that is great right now, but complacency is the big enemy for big democrats who do see enthusiasm but need to sustain it. >> sure. wrap it up. one to ten. >> reporter: i agree. would you say somewhere between eight and ten because the warning are the polls. when people see vice president biden having consistent lead in the swing states and you expand that out to the national lead, that will cause the problem you saw in 2016 which people believe oh, president trump isn't able to win and won't be as strongly and as convinced to come out and support biden this time around. but, again, getting president trump out of office, you hear that consistently. multi-generationally, people of
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all different races and that becomes the number one priority when talking with democratic voters. >> we'll have to leave it there. appreciate seeing you there. ali, shaq, and mike. and 100 days until you're back home for good and it is all good. thank you. >> >> reporter: i don't know about that, kendis. >> and the masks are all beautiful. don't say that word. no. recount. all right. thank you, guys. political leaders are concerned president trump will send additional federal troops in their cities. up next we'll speak with laone lawmaker that promised to take action. >> as only 100 days to go as americans struggle with the pandemic, an economic collapse and a reckoning over the racial inequality and injustice, how will donald trump and joe biden rise to the moment and persuade voters they could lead us out of
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i think. >> yeah, this election was won by donald trump by about 44,000 votes after more than a half a million cast and, in fact, over more than 5 million ballots cast in the last presidential leigh election. about 200,000 were cast for a third candidate. so this is a very swingy state. joe biden likes to remind people that he's from scranton, pennsylvania and in places like where i am in bethlehem, pennsylvania, they straddle two counties, lehigh and north hamilton and that was one of the three counties in pennsylvania that donald trump swung from being an obama county in 2012 to 2016. so i'm in the swingiest county and in the swingy estate and i spoke to a few residents in a very social distanced way and i spoke to a few residents of pennsylvania and they are major concerns about leadership in
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government and that is going to impact how they vote in september. but let me play a little bit of the conversation that i had with them. >> i just have been so disappointed with what is going on in this country for the last four years. the leadership, it is just been weak as far as i'm concerned. >> i'm never been a big trump cheerleader. i'm frequently dismayed by his lack of presidential decorum, but on the other hand, he's a manager and i like the way he's managing. >> the president is setting a tone that my 4-year-old, i would pull him aside and say don't you ever speak to somebody that way. that is not a constructive dialogue. you are not going to change somebody's mind. >> there is a need for hard pivot in leadership in order to do that, we cannot sustain this for another four years. >> so just part of the conversation. i'll be playing various parts of conversation over the course of the next two hours starting at 8:00 a.m. eastern. i have rachel joining us, rachel
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maddow is joining us and i'm also speaking to the president's deputy press secretary, hogan gidley and val demings and the good hour that kicks off the last 100 days before the election. >> that is quite the back drop at bethlehem steel, looking forward to it. thank you. how the president might be losing a powerful tool that actually helped him four years ago. m four years ago. om grills to play sets and more one of a kind finds. it all ships free. and with new deals every day you can explore endless options at every price point. get your outdoor oasis delivered fast so you can get the good times going. ♪ wayfair. you've got just what i need. ♪
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in case you forgot, it's 100 days to go before the november election. the real clear politics average has joe biden leading on this sunday morning in michigan by more than eight points. let's rejoin cori coffin right now. you have another great guest for us. michigan's lieutenant governor, detroit native and somebody who is a rising star within the democratic ranks. >> reporter: that's right, he
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was part of the obama administration and now he is leading the great state of michigan along with governor whitmer. we are so thankful to be joined by him this morning. good morning to you. thanks for being in with us. i want to jump right in, before we get to the situation that's happening in your hometown of detroit and the federal agents and the fight to keep them out of the state, let's first talk about the concern of coronavirus and a major concern that i've heard from voters in my time and here. first, how is your state coping with that? i know the state haves not been able to rely on federal help. what are you guys doing to help stop the spread? >> thank you for having me and welcome to michigan. i hope your stay here is beautiful out there at lake saint claire metro park. coronavirus has been a devastating thing to too many communities in our state of michigan and because there was no national strategy, because there was no national leadership, governor whitmer and
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i had to step up and make choices to keep michiganers safe. and i've been particularly focused on how this pandemic has directly negatively impacted communities of color and the black community in particular in our state. but michigan, because we have a diverse leadership, our chief medical executive, a black woman has been able to slow the spread of the infection in communities of color, be it's our migrant workers, where we put in a specific testing infrastructure, whether it's the black community in detroit and flint and other places where we sent specialized mobilized testing units to test people and our sanitation workers, our bus drivers with specific protocols for those jobs where people of color are overrepresented. and we've changed what it means to be a medical professional in
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michigan. we didn't have enough testing in the beginning and you saw people begging doctors to get tested and being denied and we believe that medical bias was present there because a lot of the people who got denied were people of color. we changed that here in the state of michigan and laid a foundation for more equity when it comes to health outcomes across our state even beyond covid-19. >> that really bleeds into the ability for these urban communities to get out and vote or mail-in vote as well. i know that effort has been stepped up by michigan leadership also dealing with trying to keep federal agents out. last week, president trump said he will be sending agents here into detroit and last week you also said, you guys are going to take steps to keep them out. what steps can you take? >> we've been exploring every avenue. the truth is, that is such a radical, dangerous and destructive thing to do. president trump is looking to insert violence in detroit, not to reduce it.
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it speaks to how out of touch he is with the people of detroit, his inability to assess a situation based on any kind of facts. he's focused on the racism and the bigotry and the assumptions that he makes about people. we're focused on keeping people safe. that's not been the nature of the protests and demonstrations in michigan. those people who are demonstrating, including the demonstrators who i walked with on the west side of detroit we have such respect for the changes and improvements that we're calling for that people have done so in a mostly nonviolent way. this is uncalled for in the state of michigan and it speaks to how disconnected president trump is from realty. >> does the state have the power to keep the federal agents out? >> well, the people of michigan have had the power to demonstrate how this kind of protest should happen. we're looking at every option that we have. but the president has done this in other places and it speaks to his dangerous concept of the
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presidency, and that's why we need someone who has more respect for the office, who has more integrity and how to use its power. that's why i'm excited to support joe biden and he's who we need in washington to help us and not threaten states. donald trump has been threatening states this whole time. he's been threatening governors, like governor whitmer, who have been trying to make choices to keep people safe. but this is what he resorts to. and we're working together to save live and is heal our community. >> yeah, despite the president's claims, actually, most of the protests coming out of detroit have been peaceful, but then there are some neighborhoods that are seeing some violent crime that we're hearing local leadership is taking care of. what are you guys doing for those neighborhoods? >> well, you know, again, we're we're talking about what's happening with demonstrations, people are calling for a new imagination of what public safety is. the way that we're thinking
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about it, how can we make investment in our communities and how can law enforcement professionals have the tools they need to service our communities in a respectful way. how are we responding in just the right things at the right time. we're trying to continue to make these investments. we've made a number of calls for changes, including updating the standards for what it means to be a law enforcement professional, including investing in programs, including make sure we have the right personnel and treating people like professionals who are in law enforcement. we're doing a lot of work in michigan and i'm proud of that work that we've laid the foundation for and our communities are going to continue to work with our leaders. >> that's all the time we have. thank you so much for being with us. back to you. >> it is cool to see that lieutenant governor and look at wisconsin, michigan and illinois for your future black democratic stars, all lieutenant governors who are black. they'll be big stars in that party some day. thank you, guys, for
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