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you think should be a cnn hero. thanks so much for joining us this hour. "inside politics" with john king starts right now. hello, everybody. welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king in washington. thanks for sharing your day with us. the covid nightmare is back. it is back except this time there is a shot that stops it. the republican governor of a hard hit state says the blame belongs squarely with the unvaccinated. plus, a member of the january 6th committee will join us. what's next in the investigation? and should speaker nancy pelosi add more republicans? and back to the campaign trail, president biden is in virginia tonight, this year's governor's race there could tell us a lot about the midterm move and if voters are sweet or sour on the biden agenda. we begin the hour, though, with the coronavirus. and the summer surge in states
with low vaccination rates. it doesn't have to be this way. one more time, it doesn't have to be this way. listen here to alabama's republican governor, her state is 50th, dead last, when it comes to vaccinating residents and the governor is fed up. >> these folks are choosing horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain. folks are supposed to have common sense. but it is time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks, the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. >> elizabeth cohen joins us now. the governor, elizabeth, is right. it is the unvaccinated folks in her words that are letting us down. >> they really are. and really it is hurting everybody, even if you are vaccinated, you can still get breakthrough infections and more importantly think about the children under the age of 12 who can't be vaccinated. they rely on us to protect them and we're not protecting them.
think about people who have had organ transplants or take medicines that suppress their immune systems. they rely on the rest of us and a third of the country has said, eh, we don't care about you, we're not getting vaccinated. i can't imagine, i don't care what religion, background you come from, not caring about other people, vulnerable children, vulnerable sick people, that's not okay. let's take a look at the ten or 11, actually, least vaccinated states in the country. if you look at this map and think, wow, i feel like i've seen this before, that's because the map of states with high covid transmission rates is pretty similar, no surprise here when you don't vaccinate, you get a lot of covid. when you get a lot of covid, you endanger vulnerable people, you also invite variants when you have a high transmission of covid. this next number, if this doesn't convince people to get vaccinated, i don't know what will. when you look at all of the covid infections in the u.s.,
97% of the people in the hospital with covid are unvaccinated. 97%. 99.5% of the people who die from covid in the united states are unvaccinated. that shows you how well this vaccine works. why would you choose illness, why you would choose death, why you would choose to endanger vulnerable people, it justifies logic. john? >> elizabeth cohen, grateful for the reporting, setting us up. the numbers don't lie without a doubt. thank you. let's dig deeper on what elizabeth was talking about this is the vaccination map of the united states. it is hard to see at home where you are, you want to be darker green. maine is 63%. vermont, 67%. more than six in ten. in vermont's case, seven in ten people fully vaccinated. you saw what elizabeth showed you down here, georgia at 38%. alabama, 34%. mississippi, 34%. oklahoma, 40%. this swath here and out here we see the lightest green. those are the states way behind the pack. now, look at this, this is the
cdc's map, this is now. this is a couple of weeks ago of transmission. couple weeks ago we knew we had a problem. want to be blue or yellow. blue is low transmission in your community. yellow is moderate. orange and red are bad. come over here now. look at how much more orange and red there are and look where it is. that's significant. elizabeth walked you through the vaccination problems here. vermont, maine, new england, a lot of the best vaccinated states in terms of percentage are up here, they tend to be yellow or blue, blue and yellow here. the red is in the places across the country where the vaccination rates are low. it is just indisputable at that point. let's bring in for expertise and insights, dr. carlos del rio at emory school of medicine. thank you for being with us. i want you to listen before we begin the conversation, the governor of missouri, the governor of tennessee, the governor of west virginia, missouri and tennessee's case, already a lot of red and orange. west virginia, you see the situation a few weeks ago, getting worse now. the governors, all republicans, telling their people get a shot.
>> you got to get vaccinated now. and so i -- all i would say is this delta thing is coming. >> unvaccinated missourians are the primary target of this new covid-19 strain. we must all take personal responsibility and do what is right to protect our own health. >> i want to say today and i want to continue to say the number one tool that we have to manage covid-19, including the delta variant, is the vaccine. and we encourage tennesseans to pursue that. >> there does seem to be, sir, in recent days more urgency from these republican state chief executives, pressuring, pushing, begging their people to get vaccinated. the numbers simply don't lie, right? when you look at this map and see where the red and orange it, you can overlay it with states. >> that's exactly right, john.
and i'm really pleased to see that everybody is pushing, republican or democrats, are pushing for vaccinations. i wish this happened before, but it is happening now. the big challenge we have is that with the delta variant being so much more transmissible, we think that the transmissible is probably 60% more transmissible than the alpha variant, which is more transmissible than the original strain. the percentage of people we need vaccinated to have what is called the community immunity, herd immunity we talked about, probably goes up to about 80%. it really makes it even harder to say you have a well vaccinated state because 50%, 60% is not enough. you need to get up to 80% or so range. so, yes, this is an epidemic now being driven by the unvaccinated because there is so much transmission happening that both vaccinated and unvaccinated are getting infected. the vaccinated are getting less infected, protected, but there is so much virus out there in many communities that everybody has a risk right now. >> i want to drill down on this point because there are still some people out there doubting
the vaccines, saying i don't need it. it won't get me. i want to drill down on this point. this is the state of alabama. this is the worst. it is 50th of the 50 states in terms of percentage of the population fully vaccinated. 34% of the people are vaccinated. 67 counties in alabama, look at all that red. that's high transmission right now. lower vaccinations, high transmission, seven counties, substantial transmission. four with moderate transmission. 23 cases, per 100,000 residents. that's the average now in alabama. it is the worst state when it comes to vaccinations. 23 cases out of 100,000 people in the worst state. vermont is the best state. three cases for 100,000 people. the numbers simply don't lie. you see here, moderate and low transmission and coronavirus in a state where 7 in 10 almost are fully vaccinated. three cases per 100,000 people if your state is doing well in the vaccine race, 23 cases if you are not. dr. del rio, sometimes there are disputes about science or math, it is simply indisputable. >> i think it is.
if you are vaccinated, you're protected, you're not going to get sick, you're unlikely to die. if you are not vaccinated, the delta virus is going to find you, you are going to get infected and you are on high risk of getting hospitalized and dying. there is no doubt about that, john. >> i want to come back to it, the pressing questions as we see, let me go back to the vaccination map, if you look, massachusetts is doing pretty well. it says 63%. the district of columbia is at 54%, a bit behind. the city of boston and the district of columbia today announced that students when they go in school rooms should be masked. all students should be masked. the cdc had put out guidance a couple of weeks ago saying if you're the older students and you're vaccinated, you don't need a mask. is this going to become especially in the urban school districts a snowball down the hill, if you will, more people saying the cdc says maybe you don't need it, we'll go safe and require it? >> well, john, i think that when we need to make decisions based on the data. when the cdc made the recommendation if you're vaccinated you don't need to be
masked, we did not have the delta variant, that is hypertransmissible. if we have a lot of transmission in your community, my recommendation is you mask. i think we'll go through periods of masking or unmasking depending on the data in the community, how much transmission there is and what percentage of vaccinated people we have. the more vaccinated people we have, the less transmission we'll have and the less likely we are that we'll need a mask. at this point, if i was in a community with high transmission and by high transmission, more than ten cases per 100,000 population, i would wear a mask if i'm going indoors to places that will be likely a mixture of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. >> i brought up this map again, as you were speaking, high transmission is the red and orange looking at this map. it is in more and more of america, but it is specifically hitting communities that have the lower vaccination rates. so, dr. del rio, you heard the governors trying to cajole people please get a shot, you're putting yourself at risk, putting your neighbor at risk, putting your community at risk, i can't walk into this building unless i have a vaccine and i do. some people require it. the nfl can't require its players to be vaccinated.
but it has a new policy in place, we can show you a headline from the cnn story about this, essentially saying if you have a coronavirus problem, a covid problem, and you can't field a team, you will forfeit. where do you see this argument going about whether it is requirements, incentives or the word disincentives, where are we headed? >> i think we're increasingly heading towards organizations requiring vaccination for certain activities. we know many colleges and universities are requiring it for students to return in the fall. healthcare systems, many are starting to require it. i think you're going to see many businesses require vaccination. the reality is, as long as we have a pandemic and have an effective vaccine, we should be using it. i think one of the challenges, john, is still that the fda has not fully authorized the vaccines. i think when that happens, you'll see a lot of places requiring the vaccine. >> dr. del rio, grateful as always for your time and your insights. i wish we were having a more positive conversation, perhaps in the weeks ahead. thank you. up next, a member of the select committee investigating
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next week, the january of 6th select committee calls its first witness, after a run-up filled with drama and a lot of partisan combat. the speaker nancy pelosi rejecting two of republican leader kevin mccarthy's pick, jim jordan and jim banks. that in turn led mccarthy to pull all of his choices for the panel. now the speaker is considering selecting other republicans to fill out the committee. joining our conversation is congressman pete igor of california, a member of the january 6th select committee. should the speaker in your view
add a republican or two, adam kinzinger's name has come up in addition to the one republican on the list, liz cheney? >> we would welcome new members to the committee as long as they are rooted in the facts, as long as they are going to join us in seeking the facts, having an honest and unbiased view of what transpired on january 6th and what we need to know about that event. >> forgive me for jumping in. have you heard republican names, members of the committee discussing other republican names beyond kinzinger? >> i have not heard other names beyond kinzinger but we would welcome and keep in mind the speaker only objected to two of the names, so if kevin mccarthy was serious about the effort here, serious about finding the truth, then we would have no problem seating the other members. >> one of the questions you're going to have to answer pretty quickly is are our people serious about finding the truth?
that would include the former president of the united states, and his senior staff. only they can answer questions about what the president was doing that day, his side of the conversations with leader mccarthy, for example, did he say yes or no, did he stall and delay the response of the national guard? we know in this interview, i'll talk to one of the authors in a minute of this great new book where a trump in an interview with them said it was a loving event at the capitol. we know was anything but. do you see it worthwhile in trying to interview donald trump or is there more important for you to document his day? >> we need to be very clear that there was -- there was no loving individuals, there was no tourist activity, but the events of that day are important to catalog, to seek the truth, that's what this committee is going to do, and so anyone who has information that will help us, you know in those efforts should be willing to come forward and lend their voice. we'll see if that's true. right now we're only focused on the four voices that we're going
to hear on tuesday, the capitol police officers and the metro police officers who were going to share their experiences, p protecting democracy and protecting those of us trying to carry out democracy inside the capitol. >> you say that's where your focus -- you're only focused on them right now. when do you and the staff get about testing everybody else, which is mr. former president, a letter, a phone call, will you voluntarily testify? should leader mccarthy be on that list? will you first request voluntarily and if the answer is no, try to subpoena kevin mccarthy, will you try to subpoena the former president, what about mark meadows, the chief of staff, if they don't come in voluntarily? >> the committee was just constituted. we have our first hearing next week. our -- the chairman announced our staff, our lead staffers yesterday. so we're going to take a little -- a couple minutes here to get our sea legs, but we're going to start in earnest and
start creating that work plan that will guide our efforts to seek the truth, find out what happened, and ensure that this never happens again. >> when you talked about the first hearing and bringing in some of the heroic police officers, what is your goal in the sense that i covered the white house back on 9/11, and if you read the 9/11 report, it is a fantastic helpful historic document about a horrific day in american history. do you want to get to a point where you're crafting a report that ten years, 20 years from now is critical piece of historical reference, is that your biggest goal or because of the environment we live in, because the former president wants to make a comeback, because many of your republican colleagues in the house of representatives want to whitewash that day, do you think it is important to, i guess, answer the questions of here and now or are this more about history? >> this can be about both. this is going to be about ensuring that this never happens again, that this was the first time since 1814 that the capitol has been taken over, and we need
to ensure that this doesn't happen again and that we protect democracy. that is our goal. so the 9/11 commission is the gold standard when it comes to a document. we want to produce something that can live up to that standard, can be not just bipartisan, but nonpartisan in how it reads, and it lays out the facts and helps us guide our efforts in the future to protect the capitol, but also to protect democracy. >> maybe in the days ahead you'll get another republican. right now the only republican on the panel is liz cheney. as you know, the former president and his wing of the republican party is gunning for her. they want to mount a primary challenge, come after her, ads being run against her. have you had a chance to talk to liz cheney about her work on this committee in. >> we sat down, we were in the speakers office talking as a group yesterday. we have had a couple of huddles, we're on a group text together, the members of the committee. and i continue to be impressed,
not just with her work product and her ideas and thoughts, but in her unwavering commitment to the constitution. i wish that there were more colleagues on that side of the aisle who would take that oath to the constitution instead of to one person. >> congressman pete aguilar, wish you the best in this work. you'll get a lot of requests to be looped into that group text, i suspect, after saying that right there. appreciate you being with us today, we'll circle back as we go through this important work. thank you. up next, more on that january 6th committee and the work and the big decisions looming right now for speaker pelosi since republicans plan a boycott. ♪ born to be wild ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ born to be wild ♪ see disney's jungle cruise. applebee's and a movie, now that's eatin' good in the neighborhood.
the committee tasked with building a comprehensive picture of what happened on january 6th faces a big first week challenge. nancy pelosi is now considering republican reinforcements to that committee before it calls its first witnesses next week. her deliberations are happening as republicans say the speaker made their point, that the committee is nakedly partisan and rejecting jim jordan and jim banks from serving on that panel. with me to share the reporting an their insights, jackie c kuc kucinich, cnn's may reston. i had a conversation with pete aguilar talking about how the emphasis is on the first hearing, just getting started,
staffing up, calling in four police officers next week to talk about the horror of that day, their effort to protect th on them. the one republican for now is liz cheney. listen to her take here and then what i'm going to call the conservative, though i'm not sure that's the right word, it is more of a parallel universe alternative. >> the -- some of the very brave people who defended the capitol that day. >> yeah. >> to hear their experiences directly, to put some facts on the table in particular, to counter some of the attempts at whitewash that have been going on. >> on tuesday, pelosi will call a capitol police officer called harry dunne. dunne will pretend to speak for the country's law enforcement community. but dunne has very little in common with your average cop. dunne is an angry left wing political activist.
>> is that -- do we just now know right out of the box, four police officers will testify, four officers who protected members of congress, protected members of democracy, protected a sacred institution, the capitol that day, is that just it, that anyone who testifies, the fox news will call them crack jobs and we're done? >> i think that's exactly what's going to happen. and we can see this building, we see this building all the way back when they -- when republicans rejected the commission that was supposed to be an outside commission that would have been picked evenly between republicans and democrats. because in a lot of ways what else can they do? otherwise they would have to talk about a day that is politically problematic from the person who could still lead the party, which is former president donald trump. >> congressman this is interesting because of the challenge now. this was political to begin with. speaker pelosi decided i'm not going have these two ignore
reality trump apologists on the committee. i get the reasons why she did this. the caliber of the work becomes critical. listen to congressman aguilar talking about a group text about how they're trying to coordinate. >> we're on a group text together, the members of the committee, and i continue to be impressed, not just with her work product, and her ideas, and thoughts, but in her unwavering commitment to the constitution. i wish that there were more colleagues on that side of the aisle who would take that oath to the constitution instead of to one person. >> one of the fascinating subplots here is watching how does liz cheney conduct herself, she says she wants the truth and nothing but the truth. and then how do the democrats in some ways rally to support her? >> right. because this isn't necessarily
about the republican liz cheney, this isn't about her conservative ideology this is about she wants the truth, the same way pelosi is saying this is about getting to the unvarnished truth, which is why she kicked jim banks and jim jordan off the committee because you saw in the initial statements when they said they were going to be appointed to the committee that they wanted to go after and look after the, quote, less authoritarian agenda they wanted to look at blm. that's not what this committee is about. it is supposed to get to the unvarnished truth, whatever that is, about the president, about what happened that day. >> it is such an interesting moment for her because, you know, obviously we know she's playing the long game here and she is looking to see whether we're also focused on her primary and how trump is going to target her next year. but there is also a moment for her here to kind of -- to show, you know, her fidelity to the constitution, and what she is standing for. the republicans have been able to define her as this defector,
but she has a moment here to kind of speak to the rest of the country, potentially the suburban women, who didn't like trump, didn't like what happened on january 6th and i think this is, you know, potentially a moment that will look back to when she runs the presidential campaign some day. >> liz cheney hasn't changed. everything has changed around her. the club for growth, attacking her, spent millions attacking former president trump in 2016. the republican party has shifted. liz cheney, aside from her willingness to, you know, stand up to those people in their party, hasn't changed at all. >> you mentioned the club for growth, the club for growth is -- likes to stir up trouble in the republican party, attacking people it doesn't think are conservative enough, went after donald j. trump, said he was nowhere near conservative enough, they had forgotten that part. they're in tv right now in wyoming going after cheney. >> she benefitted from a famous political last name, she sided with nancy pelosi and attacked
president trump when he was in office. she supported impeachment, and she continues to attack president trump today. hillary clinton, no. liz cheney. >> i guess that's somehow the gold standard in republican attacks. but to jackie's point, she has not changed. sadly we wish we could have an investigation of january 6th that was just about the facts. we're not going to. what we hope -- i hope we have one of those, but there is going to be a running right next to it a very thick political plot which includes can she survive this? >> you're already seeing that, republican members of congress have said they're not going it retaliate against liz cheney for this. but you are seeing, you know, former president donald trump as well as donald trump jr. inviting some of her challengers to bedminster in the coming days as well. so there is going to be a line of attack against her. just to follow up on one thing that was said earlier as well. in the face of some of these
critiques and attacks, talking about nancy pelosi, that, you know, she has politicized this committee, by kicking off jim banks, jim jordan, what better strategy than to start off with these police officers as well? that is a fascinating move to go with people that were on the ground, and have been trying to meet with members of congress to speak about the events that day. >> i think it is a great point. if they try to at least once they get in the hearing room and drop the gavel, start with the facts, start with the heroic police officers and tucker carlson can say whatever he wants about them. sorry, dude, just sorry. >> heroes. >> they are. up next, donald trump vents about mike pence and he lies about what happened on that day, january 6th. one of the authorize who interviewed trump for the new book is here with the details. millions of vulnerable americans struggle to get reliable transportation to their medical appointments. that's why i started medhaul. citi launched the impact fund to invest in both women and
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donald trump envisions a big comeback. but it does not sound like mike pence has a role in any trump campaign sequel. listen. >> you're not locked in that you would run with pence again? >> i'm not locked into anything. i was very disappointed and so were a lot of republicans, very disappointed. what courage would have been is to what thomas jefferson does, did, take the votes. but that would have been politically unacceptable. but sending it back to the legislatures, who now know that
bad things happen, would have been very acceptable. >> that venting you heard there at pence, part of a conversation trump had with journalist carol running and philip rucker for their new book "i alone can fix it." carol is with us now. he's wrong about the history of thomas jefferson, but we won't go back to the election of 1800. i'm just fascinated. we'll get to some of the details of the book which are riveting. you're sitting across from donald trump and you see the anger, the frustration, still, this is four months after january 6th, when you sit down with him at mike pence. what is that like? >> you know, donald trump is an amazing personality because when we were sitting with him, his whole body is so physically committed to this alternative reality. you know as a journalist and i know you can kind of detentct wn someone is giving you a bunch of bs. but donald trump believes it. in pence, super disappointed in mike pence, over and over again,
telling us why pence was weak, pence was a statue, pence let him down, pence, according to donald trump, didn't protect the constitution because he failed to reject those votes. >> which is actually the opposite of what happened. he did protect the constitution and did his job on that day. another conversation we were just talking to a member of the january 6th committee and our panel was talking about the politics of it, donald trump discussed january 6th with you, we'll listen to a little bit of it here, it is a parallel universe. listen. >> a loving crowd too, by the way. a lot of love. i heard that from everybody. many, many people told me. that was a loving crowd. >> when you sit there, you mentioned your experience, when you sit there, does he believe this delusional stuff or is he the wizard behind the curtain and he knows it is bs but it is his shtick? >> as i said, from stem to stern, from his forehead to his toes, he looks like a guy who believes what he's saying. i look for someone that head fake, that look down at the ground to indicate that they're
pervaricating. it doesn't look that way. everything he says is squarely wrong. it wasn't a loving crowd. police officers did not warmly usher rioters in. there wasn't hugging and i kissing. there were police officers, one that had a heart anttack and begged people not to use his own gun on him by saying i have children. this is not a loving crowd. >> not at all. another theme throughout the book, the very difficult frustrating at times very tense the president, then president trump had with the military. talking about the time they wanted a big july 4th parade, he saw one in france on bastille day and wanted his version of it. it is going to look like berlin in the 1930s, do you ever learn, general millie said, this is not
what we do. this authoritarianism and trying to use the military for trump purposes is constant. >> absolutely constant, john. it is amazing because every instinct he has is to look tough, to puff out his chest. so many times in our reporting witnesses would say to us they were either laughing or panicking about his reaction to be like putin. you know, one time he was furious because he was taken down to the bunker because protesters were outside on may 29th and one of them jumped over the treasury department fence. secret service rightly said, oh, boy, a bunkch of them could do t at the same time, we have to get the president downstairs to a secure location. he was furious that it happened and more furious that it had been reported. and the first thing he said when he came out was, foreign leaders, how is that going to look to them? i am going to look weak. that's what's on his mind all the time, still, how the boys on
the playground will view him and whether he's tough enough. >> the title gets added, i alone can fix it, but you say in the book whether it is lies about january 6th, lies about the election, lies about the coronavirus and the threat of it, you talk about, you know, most of trump's failings can be explained by a simple truth, he cared more about himself than his country. >> i think the thing that phil and i were the most shocked by, hardened reporters, right, we covered this in real time, the thing we were most shocked by was how freaked out and panicked some of trump's most ardent supporters inside the white house were by his instincts to put american lives in danger and to toss democracy over the rails, to ignore the law. again for that short-term political gain, how do i get re-elected? >> he thinks -- he thinks i alone, the evidence, let's just say it is otherwise. grateful for you coming in. fantastic book. pick it up if you haven't already. president biden hits the campaign trail as terry
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the washington post today framing it this way, a pivotal first test of the appeal of biden's agenda, as well as whether the moderate suburban led coalition that propelled him into office will endure or evaporate in the post trump era. the panel is back with us. it is a key test. look, no offense to the republican candidate in virginia or the democratic candidate in virginia, the state trended blue. terry mcauliffe should win the state unless voters are mad at the president and his party. correct? >> yeah, i think he also has a moment to kind of seize this moment going on from the town hall earlier this week where you have a lot of people who are very scared about the surge in covid cases again, and he gets to go in there, talk about his agenda, what it's done for virginians. you see the white house sending out talking points about what
his agenda has specifically done in virginia. and what the infrastructure bill, for example, could do for their roads and bridges. so you can kind of go hyperlocal in that way, and, you know, potentially stay away from those trump attacks that we have seen him sort of resist making. >> sometimes we overdo it in our business when we -- what does that race mean about the next race or the next race. sometimes we overdo it. this will be a good microcosm because terry mcauliffe is running as joe biden. listen. >> when i was governor last time i worked with reasonable republicans to get things done. we created thousands of new jobs, put billions into our infrastructure projects and the billion dollars into education. but let me be clear, glen junken is not a reasonable republican. he's a loyalist to donald trump. >> there it all is right there. jobs, infrastructure, try to work with the other side if they're willing and trump's
extreme. >> we're seeing a test run of the 2022 messaging for a lot of democrats, but i'll tell you, democrats, middle of the road democrats i've spoken to are concerned about the inflation message that you're hearing come out of the republican party. they'll be test running their messaging as well, that we can only assume will spread out across the country as we get closer and closer to -- >> absolutely. not always the case, but normally in a midterm year, the president's approval rating tells you a bit. if you look at joe biden now, as he goes to virginia tonight, he's at 56%. can you hold that? can he hold that as we get closer to this year, the off year election, if joe biden is around 56%, terry mcauliffe will probably win. the question is what happens. this is barack obama in his first term, he went down to 446% by his first midterm, got walloped, lost control of the house. donald trump was at 38%, six months into his first year, by the next year he was at 42%, went up a little bit, but well
below 50%, he got walloped and lost control of the house. the president's approval rating tells you a lot. if biden stays above 55, democrats have a shot. if he start to slip below 50, you got a republican house and republican senate, virginia will be a big part of the early warning. >> that's why you're seeing the white house now trying to get ahead of those inflation attacks and so they -- yesterday put out a bunch of information, whole presentation, trying to really streamline and make it very simple for everyone to understand what exactly the president's proposals are, they went from first for a while explaining them as the jobs and families plan and still are called that, but now they're trying to put it all blanket under the build back better banner and that's because they realize that as the attacks were coming, that they needed to make it so people were able to understand and democrats were prepared to better argue the case for these proposals, whether they pass with a bipartisan package or not, they
wanted to be sure that democrats were equipped with what they needed to talk to voters. >>s they. that's a pretty big test, right? when he goes back to campaign for terry mcauliffe in september, october, have they passed their plan, that's the big question before us? >> and have the inflation costs gone down. when you're out on the trail, that's the first thing people bring up now. the administration has not had a good answer on that or good defense, you know. >> they keep saying it is temporary. >> it is important too, make no mistake, the white house has been aware and focused on the down ballot elections and the attacks by republicans, not just on inflation, not just with ongoing infrastructure negotiations, but also on crime, you know, on policing, on immigration, you know. one example, this may be the president's first time on the ground, you know, of stumping for an incumbent, but when it comes to policy, if you remember, he made available stimulus funds to -- for localities to invest in local
police departments, speaking to white house officials, that wasn't just an initiative to address crime, that was a way to shield democratic incumbents from republican attacks. >> we'll see the messaging. will democrats talk about it? we'll see. up next. joe biden promised you the most ethical administration in history. does hunter biden's art auction pass that test? you oughta customize your car insurance with liberty mutual, so you only pay for what you need. oh um, doug can we talk about something other than work, it's the weekend. yeah, yeah. [ squawk ] hot dog or... chicken? [ squawk ] only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ age-related macular degeneration may lead to severe vision loss. so the national eye institute did 20 years of clinical studies on a formula only found in preservision. if it were my vision, i'd ask my doctor about preservision.
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league baseball. cleveland's ball club saying good-bye to the indians nickname and saying hello to the guardian. the search that led to the guardians included a survey of 40,000 fans. the white house pushing back on ethics concerns after news that hunter biden plans to meet with potential buyers at two art shows where his paintings will be on sale. the white house says the president's son will discuss his art work, but not have any conversations about the sales process. there is also an agreement with the gallery that bidders and buyers will be kept anonymous, but one ethics expert says still not a good look. >> really doesn't matter whether anyone likes his art or not. the question is can you find anyone other than a president's son who showed up on the scene and started selling for the cost of a house and a half? ideally hunter biden wouldn't be doing this because it sure looks like profiting off the presidency. >> a new chief in charge of the u.s. capitol police picking tom manger, a police chief here in
suburban maryland. manger made a statement saying protecting the capitol has never been more complex and he vows tone sur officers get the support and help they need. hello on this friday. i'm erica hill in for ana cabrera in new york. it is a pandemic that by now is both predictable and frankly preventable. today, covid-19 is preying almost exclusively on those unwilling or unable to get the life saving vaccine. and that puts everyone at risk. especially children under the age of 12 who aren't jyet eligible for the shots. the biden administration is stockpiling an additional 200 million doses of pfizer's vaccine in anticipation of authorization for younger children and the possibility of a third dose or booster. and with the new school year just weeks away, more dist