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initiative. the ukrainian armed force also need our sustained support. >> we'll have the latest on the region. and from the president's trip overseas in asia, he's raising eyebrows this morning after saying the u.s. militarily would get involved if china invaded taiwan. what the white house is now saying about that. help is on the way for america's families. tens of thousands of pounds of baby formula just arrived in the u.s. but when will store shelves start filling up again? we have our eyes on georgia, we're a day out from the state's primary elections. early voting already breaking records there. the anticipation is intensifying in the battleground state. that's where we start this morning. von hilliard is in atlanta and i'm joined by the ceo of the new georgia project, a voting rights advocacy act. greg bleustein, msnbc political
contributor, and michael steele, former rnc chair. other states, including minnesota, arkansas and alabama have primaries, as well. but georgia is getting a lot of the attention. take us through the stakes and the most closely watched races. >> reporter: jose, what these next 48 hours will expos is the reality that there are cracks within this republican party here today. there is no longer a feelty to donald trump that we have seen over the last six years. namely among voters here. the state of georgia, david perdue, the trump backed former senator, who decided to challenge the incumbent republican governor here, brian kemp, is likely and expected to lose tomorrow in a head-to-head matchup here. the latest fox news poll shows at 60% to 28%. and going around the state talking to voters, you hear from them when it comes to brian kemp, issues, whether it's the
heart beat bill he signed into law in 2019. whether it's the election integrity bill that he signed into law last year. or the way that he opened up business at the height of the pandemic here in 2020, it's those sorts of issues. not the 2020 decision by him to certify the joe biden win here in the state of georgia. at the same time, while brian kemp may win this, and ultimately the trump backed david perdue will lose, you have to go to alabama where there is a u.s. senate race to fill a seat there, as well. and it's mo brooks, the congressman who you'll recall about two months ago, lost the endorsement of donald trump after he plummeted in polling. guess who has resurrected his campaign? it is mo brooks. there is a good shot tomorrow he will be one of the top two candidates and will head to the runoff. and next month, mo brooks, despite donald trump dropping
his endorsement, could be the nominee for u.s. senate. the one other race tomorrow is the runoff in texas. when we talk about political dynasties and where the republican party stands today, you've got to take into account that george p. bush is on the ballot, running against ken paxton, a fellow republican for attorney general there. right now, he's expected and most likely will not pull off a victory tomorrow. when you look at the bush family, it dates back to prescott bush when he was first elected in connecticut. 70 years later, there is the potential corm tomorrow a bush may no longer be serving in office. >> fascinating recount there. early voting in georgia is up 212% from 2020? according to the secretary of state's office, total turnout, more than 857,000, more than 795,000 have voted early and in person. more than 61,000 have voted absentee. what do you read into all of
this? >> what i read into it is, one, as we said before, the reversal of the great migration is still alive. people are moving, continuing to move into our great state, and registering to vote and becoming voters. i think two, there's tons of our research, but also independent research conducting to say that democracy is on the ballot. so in the aftermath of this trash anti-voting bill that was passed in 2021 by georgia republicans, sb-202, that georgians know that their vote is powerful, and they also know that there are republican bad actors who are trying to mute the power and mute the impact of their votes. and so they are turning out, because they know to make sure the will of the people is reflected in the results of our elections, that we are going to have to have overwhelming
participation to overcome some of these voter suppression laws. >> and michael, republicans i guess are seeing more early voter turnout than democrats. the secretary of state's office tallied more than 483,000 republican early votes. nearly 369,000 democratic votes. what do you make of this early republican lead, is that because of the changes? >> i think a little bit of that. i think it's also a recognition that in addition to the other lies that were told in 2020, the one that said early voting and vote by mail were not a viable option for a republican party or republican base, i think people are throwing that out the window. they looked across the aisle and saw what democrats were doing very effectively. and so there was -- there has been a surge in that ground game to turn that vote out. i think all of this sets up very interestingly for, you know, a
replay of kemp and stacey abrams in the fall for governor. because that's where the real mettle to the work will work to play. how do you not only turn that vote out now, but then sustain it? it's one of the big problems the democrats have, is their base is deflated and looking somewhere else. they're not looking necessarily at democratic candidates the way they did two years or four years ago. so there's a real challenge in front of democrats to not just turn that base but to push it out to the polls. and they're falling a little bit short even in a state like georgia. >> greg, let's talk about the governor's race in georgia. for the republicans, it's between kemp and perdue, who has the backing of former president trump. but your latest report, you noted "concern is poised for a big win tuesday, but trump's
shadow looms large." how is kemp walking that line? >> well, he's trying to walk a very delicate balance here, saying he won't say a bad word about donald trump. he won't take the bait. the other hand he knows he needs donald trump supporters. donald trump is still one of the most popular republican figures in georgia. and republicans aren't going to wake up and decide that kemp is a good guy. he's put the governor on top of his revenge list for more than a year. and now mike pence is scheduled to be here tonight to rally for kemp. so it's very personal for the former president. so brian kemp is going to have to find a way to mobilize these trump republicans. >> stacey abrams is running
unopposed for the democratic side. taking some criticism from republicans, this is what she said over the weekend. >> i'm tired about being the state in the country to do business when you're the worst state to live. when you're number one for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate on the rise and wages on the decline, then you are not the number one place to live. >> what would you make of those comments? >> i think that there's zero daylight between stacey abrams and the average georgia voter, that she did not bring these issues up out of whole cloth. this is exactly what those of us who spend our time talking directly to the voters opposed to talking to ourselves, this is exactly what we are hearing. that the minimum wage in georgia is $5.15, below the federal
minimum wage of $7.25. we're still dealing the long-term impacts of covid. again, you are more likely to die in childbirth living in georgia than many countries in the world, et cetera, et cetera, that these are not -- these issues are not form, that they are present, and at the front of georgian's minds. it founds like that gearing up to draw the comparison, to invite the comparison between herself and her very likely opponent this fall, brian kemp. and the other thing i would add is, number one, historically republicans in georgia have taken advantage of vote by mail at rates higher than democrats. and because there's so much energy and hotly contested primaries on the gop side, that is what can account for the 100,000 vote difference during early voting. and then the third thing, because of the hotly contested
races on the gop side, we're also seeing democrats and independents pull republican ballots. so tomorrow is going to be a fascinating day for voting, voting rights, for political scientists and understanding what is happening in our country right now. >> certainly will be. greg, let's talk quickly on the senate. republican herschel walker is leading the pack, despite not participating in any primary debates. is that just because of his name recognition? >> it's in part because of his name recognition. folks like me born after his playing days at the university of georgia grew up hearing stories about his football playing legends. he didn't even have to run a single ad in georgia and his name recognition is near universal. but he's been that rare politician to bridge the gap between the old line republicans like mitch mcconnell, who endorsed him, and donald trump. he's got endorsements from a lot of leading republican figures
and he scared a lot of top republicans out of the race before he even entered. since he entered the race last summer, he's been entirely focused on raphael warnock in november. that is how confident he is. he's even scheduled a unity celebration tomorrow, inviting his republican rivals to show up with him to show unity. of course, that invitation has gone unanswered by his rivals who still feel like they have a shot. >> what does walker's success here tell you about the different kind of republican we're seeing running many times across the board? >> well, celebrity helps. celebrity helps a lot. african american helps on the republican side. that is a very enticing combination. the problem that herschel walker has, he's not going to be able to avoid raphael warnock once the general election tarts.
he's had -- he's not been tested or pressed. and at the times that he has come out and made statements, the parties find themselves having to run away from them, clean them up. so there's a lot to this package, a lot more to this package, than the running of it, than the presentation of it. going back to the conversation we just had, georgia voters are probably now particularly on the heels of 2018 and 2020 some of the most sophisticated voters in the country, period, bar none. you cannot pull one over, you can't just roll in with your celebrity, and the glitz and the glam, and think you're going to get the prize just because. you're going to have to prove your worth to those voters, and that's going to be a very interesting challenge in a general election. it wasn't necessary in the primary, because everyone galvanized and said we're going with the bright, shiny object. now, you have to go into a general election and run with that bright, shiny object that
has a lot of dull spots on it. and that's going to be interesting to watch. >> michael steele, greg bleustein, thank you all for being with us. tonight, joy reid reports from georgia, joined by stacey abrams. that's tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern, 4:00 p.m. pacific here on msnbc. still ahead, we're keeping an eye on the pentagon. defense secretary austin just met with our allies about ukrainian aid. he will be holding a briefing with joint chiefs mark milley. and we're following joe biden's trip to asia. what he said about defending taiwan if china invades. a judge has blocked the president from ending the title 42 restrictions for migrants at the border. what it means for the men, women, and children that are crossing the border daily, day
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joe biden raised new questions about u.s./china policy overnight during his first presidential trip to asia. in a press conference with the japanese prime minister, biden was asked if the u.s. would defend taiwan militarily if china invaded. he said yes. right after a white house official tried to walk that statement back, saying the u.s. would help taiwan defend itself. nbc news white house correspondent carol lee joins us. was this a slip of the tongue or is our policy changed or changing? >> reporter: as you noted, the white house is saying there is no change in u.s. policy here. they issued a statement clarifying that after the president's comments, saying he
was also referring to the u.s. commitment to the taiwan relations act to defend taiwan. so then you look at what the president said. as you noted, it was pretty clear and direct. the question was asked directly, he answered it directly. so he's -- it's also not the first time the president has said something like this. he said something similar in october. one explanation is he meant what he said. and the consequences oh of that are a reaction from china. they reacted negatively condemning the president's statements. and there's concern it could ratchet up tensions in this region. it is notable the president made these comments in the region. the last time he said something like this, he was in washington. so that's a little bit of a difference there. another thing that was notable about his comments is he drew this link from the conflict in ukraine to potential conflict in taiwan and making clear that as
he looks at ukraine, and outlines his strategy there, he's very much thinking about china and taiwan, that that's factoring into things. and each said look, if you don't take certain steps or you let vladamir putin off on sanctions relief or something like that, what message would china take from that in terms of its designs on taiwan? so a lot there, and just that brief moment you showed earlier is overshadowing what so far has been a relatively routine trip here in asia. >> the president announcing the new economic agreement with several countries to counter china's influence in the area. taiwan is not included in this, but what does that deal look like? >> reporter: well, this is called the indo-pacific economic framework, it is 13 countries, including the u.s. it's essentially an agreement to establish some sort of rules of the road, common things these
countries would abide by when it comes to trade and supply chains, dealing with climate change, corruption. so these countries have agreed to discuss having negotiations with potential future agreements. there's nothing binding in here on specific issues. but it's the first step, a star in a process that the white house hopes will eventually lead to something more significant and, as you said, become a check on china. >> carol lee in tokyo, thank you so much for being with us this morning. and this morning, thousands of people like the ones you'll see right here, right now are still at the u.s./mexico border. but the change to american policy they were waiting for isn't coming any time soon. on friday, a judge blocked the biden administration from lifting a controversial trump era covid policy that has stopped more than 1.8 million asylum seekers from coming into the u.s. it's a major setback for people like this woman from nicaragua
who just spoke to telemundo from a shelter. telemundo from a shelter. >> we don't want to be rich, we just want some form of improvement in our lives this woman said. she said she's fleeing the dictatorship in niaragua and asked people to think of them. joining us now is our correspondent covering these
policies. jacob, always a pleasure to see you. so what happens now after the judge's decision? >> good to see you as well, jose. the big question is, will there be a large influx of people, migrant, asylum seekers that not only show up at the southwest border but attempt to get in if and when title 42 is revoked. and we reported late last week that senior dhs officials are concerned that is, indeed, going to happen. and they have approached the white house about getting a significant increase in supplemental funding for detention beds and airplanes. you name it, the department of homeland security wants it, because they feel like they aren't prepared. there's an argument to be made that there may not be this massive influx of people at the border because title 42 was taken away. if you look at the chart, title 42 going into place, being put
into place by the trump administration resulted in a huge increase of migrants trying to get into the country that's because they can expel people without due process lawyers say. so in some measures, it's become a revolving door, because so many people are trying to get in after being expelled immediately by the u.s. government. once the asylum system is put back into place, there are protections under u.s. law for people coming to the southwest border. the numbers may end up going down, contrary to what people are saying, that might be a slight spike at the beginning, but it may level out, jose. >> a must-read book paints a picture when our immigration policy has been so broken, that it destroys human families. jacob, i'm just wondering, there is so much right now going on, on the border. we see people losing their life every day crossing the border. and yet there is no detaining or
stopping them. >> there's not. it puts into question the biden administration's plan or call for a fair, safe, humane immigration system. we have a system based on punishment and deterrence, making people take deadly journeys to come into the united states. and for all the talk of root causes, for all the talk of turning the page on the brutality and cruelty of the trump administration's family separation policy, there's still a long way to go for the biden administration to reform this system in the image the president said he wanted to do. but there are very serious and deadly consequences, as you say, on a daily basis at the southwest border. >> jacob, thank you very much for being with us. we just got an update. the pentagon briefing has been pushed back to 12:30 eastern
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i definitely think we'll have an answer by the end of june. the fda came out and rescheduled their meeting for june 15th. so that is when we'll have a decision. >> wow. until then -- so let's talk about the results from pfizer. they haven't been made available to the outside experts yet. does this mean we should still be cautious about it? >> yes. we're supposed to be cautious because the data we have is preliminary data. when they submit the full data, we'll have more information. 80% efficacy may go down slightly. i have a feeling that efficacy will still remain high, but we'll have to see what that data shows. >> according to the cdc, less than 30% of kids 5 to 11 have gotten their covid shots.
how hard is it going to be to get parents of babies and toddlers to go on this? >> that's a valid concern. something i've been woried about. we know that parents of younger children have more concerns about it, but this is where we need a pediatrician's help, other health care provider's help, trusted individuals in the community to really message to parents how important this vaccine is. we know even for small children, the vaccine prevents hospitalization, severe disease. more adults than children were affected with omicron in the last wave, so these vaccines are incredibly important. >> i also want to ask you about this issue of the monkeypox. only a handful of cases reported in the u.s. many aren't confirmed yet. but is this something we should be worrying about? >> i would say based on what we
know about monkeybox and what we've been hearing, the data is reassuring. the way that it's spread is by bodily fluid, respiratory droplets. and it is a version of smallpox. however, right now, based on the surveillance data, it's not spreading as quickly as for example covid is. we know that many people will not be infected. and it's not especially contagious. that's what we know right now. it's reassuring. we obviously need to have further surveillance on monkeypox. if people are having symptoms, fever, fatigue, rash, go see your medical professionals. >> so there is no, i guess, vaccine for monkeypox, is there? >> right. there's no vaccine. we know that we have a smallpox
vaccine, but we don't know if that is vaccine against monkeypox itself. that is also the concern. >> doctor, a pleasure seeing you. thank you for being here. relief could be in sight for some of the families in the u.s. hunting for baby formula, but it could be a long time before shelves are restocked. the first major shipment of baby formula from europe landed sunday in indiana on a military flight. 78,000 pounds of specialized formula was loaded up on trucks for processing. the biden administration says more flights will be landing soon. megan fitzgerald is live from indianapolis with more. it's an incredible image, but how much of a dent is this making? >> reporter: yeah, that's a really good question. we know there are parents across the country that are living in this perpetual state of anxiety and fear, looking at that
shipment and wondering when can they get their hands on it? to your question, it is progress, but a drop in the bucket. the secretary of agriculture telling us that shipment of 78,000 pounds is the equivalent of feeding 18,000 toddlers and 9,000 babies. that is progress. it's fda approved, but nestle, the manufacturer, they do their own quality testing and checks on it. so they tell us there's a portion of that shipment where the test results will be back in, in the next couple of days and get that out to families. the rest of that shipment, where the test results won't be back for a couple of weeks, then they'll be able to get that out. so you mix these flights with the defense production act, giving the manufacturers of this formula the ability to ramp up production, prioritizing them with materials and resources, everything from paper to make labels to tops to the bottles.
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the east, now that mariupol has fallen to russian control. joining us now with more is erin mclaughlin, live from kharkiv. erin, what more can you tell us about russia's renewed push in the east? >> reporter: well, their assault on the kharkiv region, jose, continues primarily concentrated in a suburb north of the ukraine's second largest city where i am at now, according to ukrainian officials this morning. they were setting up checkpoints as well as other fortifications in that area. there were ten fires over the weekend, according to firefighters we've been speaking to. they've been talking to me about how their role here has changed with the war, how they have had to show up to some of these fires while shelling is underway, risking their lives to save the life of civilians. firefighters say they do it because no one else will step in and help these really innocent
and unarmed people who somehow end up in the midst of russian cross hairs. i asked one of the firefighters what was the scariest moment of the war for him. he said it was when one of those russian shells struck their firestation. take a listen. >> translator: the scariest moment is when our truck here was hit and caught fire. it took a lot of shrapnel and saved the lives of a lot of our firemen. >> what happened? >> translator: a lot of shrapnel hit the walls and then the engine caught fire. >> reporter: to give you a sense of what ukrainians are up against in this fight now, as i mentioned, fighting continuing here and in the northeastern city of kharkiv. it's primarily concentrated at the moment in the donbas region, the ukrainian city here, according to officials is being
assaulted, really from four sides. and according to ukrainian officials, russians are using a scorched earth approach in their confrontation in that city. so far, they have been up able to breach the city's defenses. if they are, in fact, successful in taking southern donetsk, and that is a big if, that will mean they will be occupying essentially the whole of the luhansk region, giving them a further advantage building on their success in mariupol. >> just this morning, a russian soldier was sentenced to life in prison for war crimes. >> reporter: that's right. the 21-year-old russian soldier vadim was accused and fled guilty to killing a 62-year-old unarmed russian civilian outside the city of sumy. he says that he was ordered by some other soldiers that he was traveling with to shoot and kill
that man. he apologized to the 62-year-old's widow in court, really dramatic scenes. it seems ukrainians want to see more -- they are pursuing 11,000 war crimes investigations. and the prosecutor general here in ukraine telling me each and every one of those investigations, each and every one of the war crimes needs to be prosecuted. not only for justice for the victims, but to send a very clear message to russian forces that that is what happens when you commit war crimes in this country. jose? >> erin, thank you very much. and dan, what do we expect to hear from the defense secretary this morning? >> i think we're going to hear an assessment of the battlefield situation that erin was just talking about, and whether russian forces can or are able to gain any traction there in the east. they're also going to face some difficult questions about president biden's remarks about taiwan in which he said the u.s.
would be ready to defend taiwan if it came under attack from beijing, and white house officials are tried to walk that back. but that's going to come up. there are going to be asked questions about the degree of u.s. military assistance for ukraine, it's substantial. but there's still some weapons that the ukrainians want. no doubt, they will also be asked about their dialogue with russia. such as it is, there's been some limited communication between military leaders in moscow and washington. >> the pentagon is looking at options to end u.s. military to guard the embassy in kyiv? >> that's right. military planners are looking at, in the future, how to secure the embassy there in kyiv, as u.s. diplomats are returning. but the pentagon is emphasizing there's no final decision on this, and there's no imminent plan to send marines to the embassy, and at the moment, the state department is relying on
diplomatic security. of course, there are concerns that if we were to send marines to kyiv, possibly that could provoke some kind of a reaction from russia to have boots -- american boots on the ground in the capital. >> and dan, when we talk about diplomatic security, are those non-u.s. people? >> no, they are -- they are u.s. civilians, though. they are not in uniform, and they're not marines. of course, marines are always traditionally around the world guard u.s. embassies and capitols everywhere. but it's sensitive here. joe biden has promised no american troops will be sent to ukraine. so this is a tricky question. >> dan, thank you very much for being with us this morning. do political endorsements still matter do you think? the politics driving the democratic runoff in a blue texas district and how it's shaped up for the next generation of black candidates. we'll talk about that, next.
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