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hello and welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king in washington. thanks for sharing a very busy day for us. it's election day in america. virginia chooses its next governor, terry mcauliffe offer glenn youngkin, a referendum on president biden's first-year performance and a test of whether the trump brand is still toxic for republicans in the suburbs. and democrats have a joe manchin problem. the west virginia senator says he's not yet sold on the big biden rewrite of the social safety net. plus, new insight into insurrection day. mike pence explains why he said
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no to donald trump's plan to subvert democracy. we begin though with election day, and the lessons we will learn as we count the votes late into the night tonight. joe biden and donald trump are not on the ballot anywhere. yet they loom large almost everywhere. virginia and new jersey pick governors today, new york, boston, buffalo and atlanta, among the cities choosing new mayors. each contest will tell us something about your mood 19 months into this punishing covid pandemic. the bet is virginia will tell us the most as we look ahead now to the 22 mid-term battle to control congress. president biden won virginia by ten points one year ago. the last republican statewide win was more than ten years ago. yet virginia is a tossup this election day. glenn youngkin believes he's the new republican mold for breaking the trump curse in the suburbs. terry mcauliffe worries he's the pinata for voters, even in a blue state like virginia who look to biden's washington and see anything but the calm and
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progress they voted for a year ago. ryan nobles is with us in fairfax, virginia, saying he's at ground zero in the fight for the suburbs. what are you seeing? >> reporter: no doubt about that. this is my fourth virginia governor election, an i have to tell you the mood on the ground is very similar to the first race that i covered back in 2009, and you point out that's the last time republicans won statewide, and they do feel very, very encouraged by the enthusiasm that they are seeing on the ground. no doubt that the demographics have changed in virginia over this more than a decade since republicans last won statewide. and that is illustrated no better than where i'm standing right now but in fairfax, virginia, which has become a solidly blue county. it is the biggest county in the commonwealth of virginia and democrats have taken over here in a big way. bob mcdonnel won this county back in 2009. in order for terry mcauliffe to win here tonight, he probably needs to run margins up in a range of 30% to 40% he needs to win in an economy like fairfax.
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that's why getting out vote is so important for democrats in a county like fairfax. right now it does seem as though the enthusiasm is on the side of republicans, glenn youngkin, the republican candidate, has drawn big crowds across the state and has seen really good turnout numbers so far in other parts of the state which would be a big part towards him trying to break the curse of republican statewide losses over the past couple of election cycles. still, no matter what, john, this race is going to be very close. the outcome may not be known tonight even as the votes come in. one of the big things that we're going to be looking for, especially in a under colike fairfax, is the early vote numbers, virginia, of course, changing their laws and allowing it and making it much easier for voters to cast their battles early. here in fairfax alone, john, this is a quadruple increase in the number of people that cast their ballots early ahead of election day. right now we're seeing a pretty brisk turnout as the lunch rush
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is starting to come in here at the fairfax location. it's going to be close no matter what, john. you'll be very busy at the magic wall tonight. >> always love counting votes late into the night. ryan nobles, great to watch the people behind you casting the votes, whoever they choose. nice to see people participating. let's take a closer look at what ryan was talking about. this is our map and our blank virginia map. 0-0. we'll fill in the votes as we count them tonight. let's go back to the 2020 presidential election. we come here and we come here to see. this is why this is such a phenomenal election today. joe biden won one year ago by ten points, so how is this close. we just listened to ryan nobles who was in fairfax county, the fast-growing suburbs. look at this. donald trump got 2028% of the vote in fairfax county. trump is toxic in the suburbs, no doubt about it. the question is can glenn youngkin shoup overcome that? one way to look at it. here's what youngkin must do. he's managed even though he's kept trump at arm's length to get trump's full endorisman. the trump base must turn out and turn out in huge numbers.
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these are smaller less populated communities, but it's a very strong republican and trump base. they must turn out in huge numbers and even if they all do it's simply not enough. virginia is change as ryan has not. one way to look at this. if you look right now just at population centers, right, if you look at population centers inside the state of virginia and pull this out. you see the blue dots. those are biden wins and the big blue dots mean the larger population center. look where the big biden dots are where the people live up in the suburbs around richmond and suburbs down here, virginia beach and norfolk area. the population in virginia has been shifting, so if you look at the population changes over the last ten years. green here means you're losing population. the deeper the color you see the scale, minus 20% population, minus 15% population. republicans live in the parts of the state that are losing population. look at the circles up here. the big biden wins come where the population, loudoun county, fairfax county, growing by 15% or 20% or more.
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the shifts in virginia make the math overwhelming for glenn youngkin and it's a tossup because voters are disenchanted with what's happening in washington. listen to the candidates at the close of the yes. yes, the commonwealth is a complicated state. both candidates know this will be settled here, here and here. >> we're going to put an end to donald trump's future plans right here in virginia! i've beaten trump twice in virginia and tomorrow we go 3-0. >> he wants to put government between parents and our children. terry mcauliffe wants to force everybody to join the union. terry mcauliffe wants you to get fired by your employer by not -- for not taking the vaccine. >> with me on this important day to share the reporting ansights, jackie ellamy and margaret at alliot and a reporter from npr.
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loudon is to the northwest of fairfax, george w. bush won it back in 2004. he oats last republican presidential candidate to carry virginia. look, no one expects glenn youngkin to win, but he needs to be competitive. he needs to be 42%, 44%, 46% to have a chance. >> yeah, that's right. can he cut into these places that have overwhelmingly swung democrat and blown up in terms of side, loudon this suburb where leesburg is a really important kind of measuring stick of this. it's the wealthiest county in the united states as a count owe. it's like the third or fourth largest county in virginia, and that growth has been immigrants, democrats from out of state and moving into the state but it's the issues not just around biden, around the economy or around infrastructure, around afghanistan, but it's issues around schools, the truly suburban issues, so there's two trends going on.
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it's like true independents, true swing voters. there's not that many of them but they do exist. are they gravitating towards youngkin and are the democrats going to turn out to vote? if mcauliffe pulls this off it will not be because of the strength of mcafuliffe's messag. it will be because of the strength of the numbers of democrats. >> and if he loses it's because of the disillusionment. margaret mentioned loudon. 25 years ago a predominantly white suburb, now increasingly asian and latino and glenn youngkin saying things are change, vote for me. >> let me be clear on day one we will not have political agendas in the classroom, and i will ban critical race theory. on day one, we're standing up for law enforcement because they stand up for us. we're going to protect qualified immunity. when terry mcauliffe wants to take guns away from law-abiding citizens and make it easier for
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hardened criminals to get rid that have. >> a lot that have a traditional republican platform and but parents are becoming frustrated with mask policies, learn-at-home policies, trying to tap into that. >> glenn youngkin successfully or at least republicans would be taking a victory lap in terms of having this race be competitive, successfully done is sort of tailor trump's white grievance message to a message of parental grievance which is especially appealing to the suburban swingy independent voters who couldn't stump trump in 2020 hence biden wins by 20 points and now they see a basketball coach-like figure with carlisle credentials who doesn't have the temperament of the president or the twitter habits of him, of the former president. >> right. >> and they think they might be able to get behind him. i think we should make no mistake here. a lot of this language and attacking critical race theory is what a lot of democrats would
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view as, you know, coded language. >> right. >> it's dog whistling, and there is no critical race theory involved in virginia's k-12 curriculum but young yin has realized this is an opportunity that margaret was discussing. >> that's another reason for the coded language and dog whistles, many saying he's a lot more like donald trump than he would like to believe. the demographics in virginia have changed. simple math should make him able to win the race which is why in the closing days he said i'll do democrats and i'll do this. jobs came all over. the unemployment rate dropped in every single county and city in the commonwealth vaf have a when i was your governor. i was the first governor to perform a gay marriage. as your governor i'll raise teacher pay and raise minimum
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wage by 15 by 2024 and we're going to get paid sick leave in the commonwealth of virginia. >> take trump and biden out of it, it's a red message versus a blue message in a state that should go blue, but -- >> but, that's the big issue. i'm going to get a little philosophical here but i feel like virginia is representative of the way the country is, has swung so massively back and forth. when you look at the presidential races, you go from george w. bush to barack obama to donald trump to biden. this is a country that is all over the place. what does this country want? it is very divide, and i think you see that in virginia where you see backlack, right? this was a state that just went ten points for biden and now they are like, you know, they are bad what's happening in the schools. they are mad that their lives haven't changed and you see this opposition, and you see enthusiasm for youngkin. >> you also see, lastly, a republican candidate who has somehow managed. >> 100%. >> somehow managed to hold trump at arm's length. do not come to virginia.
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i do not want you here and yet trump has repeatedly told him he's a nice guy and repeatedly told trump voters to go out and vote for him. i can't remember someone who has pushed him away and still gives him a hug. >> the big question for reap dance is this a road map that other republicans can snol two big differences, glenn youngkin is worth $440 million. he can self-fund if donald trump wants to block and back an opponent and virginia is different than many other states. very few states where the swing is so heavily in favor of democrats, and it's almost like the perfect candidate at the perfect moment at the perfect time and even so may not quite pull it off tonight. >> and yet trump has stayed -- >> because -- if donald trump ran again in 2024, of course he would want a republican governor in virginia. >> strategy. god forbid. >> everybody stay with us and stay with us tonight, too, please, as we cover election
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might call it a glass half full, half empty test here in washington today. joe manchin says he cannot vote for the biden rewrite of the social safety net, at least can't vote for it right now. manchin's latest statement was loaded with things that normally infuriate progressives, and the worry was it would blow up plans for the house to vote on both big biden priorities, infrastructure and the build back better bill this week, but there is no such worry, at least not according to the leader of house progressives,
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congre congresswoman jayapal. take a listen. >> we'll get 51 votes in the senate. we've always said we're going to trust the president once we have the bill and the vote, and that's what we've been saying for weeks now. >> on immigration, do you have manchin sign off? >> on all of this we're trusting the president to deliver 51 votes in the senate. >> let's go straight up to capitol hill. our chief congressional correspondent manu raju joins us. manu, a lot of pressure on senator manchin and i guess on the president to get him on board. >> reporter: look, john, that's a shift for the progressives. they were saying for some time before that both the house and senate should approve the larger social safety net expansion before they would agree to support the infrastructure bill, and then they said, well, it could be approved by the house, but there needs to be some commitment that this same bill would be supported by all 50 democrats and now they are saying they don't know joe manchin or kyrsten sinema to say publicly that they support that bill. they are going to leave it to
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joe biden to get those two to fall in line, and we just want these two bills, the build back better bill, $1.75 trillion and the infrastructure bill on the floor at the same time, and we're going to vote for both which gives hope for the white house that the infrastructure bill is almost certainly going to become law within days after months of infighting, but the question is still on the larger bill because moderates in both the house and the senate have some serious concerns, including joe manchin. i just caught up with them earlier today and he told me it's going to take some time in his words, quite a while, to get a deal. >> overhauling the entire tax code, that is tremendous, and there needs to be input. we need to know what it's going tonight. i don't think anybody intends to harm our economy or create a hardship on people but i believe everybody should be paying their fair share >> you think it will take quite a while. >> time is going to be need. we're not in a rush right now. the rush was trying to get everything before the president went overseas. >> the question, too, is how
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long will it take? if it's not going to be done soon as a lot of democrats want, could it be stretched until christmas? that seems increasingly likely, john, that this could past thanksgiving despite push to get a deal here and in a policy matter, too, john. manchin told me earlier that he's concerned and opposed still to expanding medicare as part of this bill and that, of course, is a red line to the liberals including bernie sanders who are pushing for that in this proposal. >> going to be done by the virginia election or by the president leaving overseas and now you're saying thanksgiving, maybe christmas. >> the man who stole the holidays. it's fascinating to listen to that. the president is going to come back very late tonight, early morning from this overseas trip. aides are saying he's not spoken to manchin since manchin spoke yesterday. they caught him in the hall today. the president's senior aides have not done that. it's going to be job number one. the president is going to get his infrastructure bill. is that enough or is he going to
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say we've got to get this done now, not thanksgiving or christmas? >> i'm sure he's going to lean on joe and maybe not in a way -- not in a confrontational way i'm sure because at this point either though you hear other people in congress saying we shouldn't let one man dictate it. the numbers that they have one man can dictate the agenda for democrats right now. like that's just a fact so they have to deal with them and if manchin wants to turn, flip, you know, the game board over and take -- or take all his marbles and go home, they need him, like that's a fact, and so joe biden is going to have to see what he can do to get joe manchin on board? >> but can you then keep -- that's a shift from progressives to say we're going to vote, 100% of a shift. okay, fine, we'll give you your infrastructure bill and then we'll trust president. the question is how long can that last? congresswoman jayapal, a strong leader of the progressives. she wants to go into the room and one of the freshman members cori bush says joe manchin does
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not get to dictate future of our country. his opposition to the bick back better act is anti-black, anti-child, ant immigrant and anti-black. the longer this goes on the more you'll see that in the democratic family that's not pretty. >> that's exactly right. i don't think we could have heard congresswoman jayapal say that they were trusting the president more times than she did during that interview on cnn this morning. this is a change in strategy. this is after progressives have already agreed to shaving down this bill from $3.5 trillion to $1.75 at the request of joe manchin, bejoe manchin has had these ever moving goal posts here, and i do think they have reached a boiling point. we've seen many boiling points but you did see the president when he came to passing the american rescue plan, you know, hammer joe manchin directly, privately and real put pressure on him and actually in a confrontation al way use expletives as our colleagues had reported about the behind-the-scenes meeting.
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if that doesn't work between biden and manchin, you are going to see more progressive outrage blaming manchin, especially as they have negotiated this far at this point. >> two things are true. one, is yes, joe manchin has been moving the goal posts but joe manchin has said 1.75 trillion and joe manchin's objection or one of his objections this week is that he thinks this is really a $4 trillion social spending package cloaked as a $1.75 trillion spending package. he wants to see it scored before he'll make a commitment. he's working with a group that's done its own analysis of the actual true costs of the things that are still in the plan right now and even thought the things in the plan have been shaved back what, manchin is saying is the costs are just made up. they are just way higher than they look on paper, so that's part of it, and the other part of it is that if the house passes both of these, you know, like tomorrow or thursday let's say, that makes the infrastructure plan takes effect and puts the build back better
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on hold. in between those two democrats will have enough time to see what kind of bump they are getting in the polls. are they getting the credit for doing this infrastructure? many democrats have always thought the infrastructure plan is what people want. the social spending is a little more divisive. in a way it's having a house vote but waiting for the final bill in the senate on the build back better gives them some time. >> the volume is going to go back up from congresswoman bush. the president is coming home to some fun, my term, not his. the green light to vaccinate children ages 5 to 11 is likely just hours away.
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today is a paying day in the covid fight and for american parents. this afternoon the cdc advisory panel will vote on whether to recommend the pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. of the advisers are meeting right now. a liaison to the committee expects that vote will be overwhelmingly in favor. the cdc director, dr. walensky, she gets the final word. she made clear speaking to the committee a for you moments ago that she supports it so let's get important insights and the expertise from dr. mccain, the medical director at the baylor college for medicine. grateful to see you on this important day. i want to show you just in terms
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of the impact on cases, one in four of all new covid infections, meaning 100,630, what will the green light mean from the federal government and the cdc do for the fight against covid? >> i hope it gives parents a bit of hope that this vaccine is safe and is effective. while the risk of children getting severely ill and being hospitalized or dying from covid is low, that risk still does exist, and if i were a parent of a young child in that age group, any gamble that puts my child's life on the line is a risk i'm not willing to take. >> you see in the polling, what i'll call the facebook effect on medicine, that there are parents out there that are hesitant because they have seen things online if my kid gets this vaccine he or she is going to have fertility problems down the road. any truth to that? >> that is completely unfounded. the american academy of
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pediatrics has come out and said that there is no evidence that any of these covid vaccines affect fertility nor do they affect puberty. we've also heard from the american college of gynecologists and obstetrics that they recommend women and pregnant women get vaccinated because they agree there's no risk of fertility issues related to the covid vaccine. >> help put it in context in terms of the case count that we've all looked at every day for 18, 19 months now, at times depressing. the trend line overall is down, down from the last month, but up in recent days, just in the last week, the case counts start toddrickle back up again, 74,000 new infections a day. again, when you have a universe of 28 million children ages 5 and 11 eligible for vaccines, if a big percent and of kids get vaccinated, not only are they safe but what will the impact be in schools, out in the community, when kids are out doing sports and things together, how could that affect these numbers? >> you know, john, although the numbers are downtrending, when we look at the two distinct
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peaks in covid cases which were the winter and then the summer surge, back in december, january, february, although more people overall were being diagnosed with covid, the proportion of children that were being diagnosed with covid was actually less back then as compared to now, so that shows that more children are getting covid even though total cases are lower. that has a substantial impact on the community because, again, although children may not get as circumstances they can pass it along to older adults and immunocompromised individuals who could potentially be hospitalized or diagnosed with severe disease. >> all right. we're talking about children in this context. the first americans getting their first dose, it's down, down 20% from last week. it's a pretty low number, 137,000 americans initiating vaccination, this on a day, doctor, that we also learned that johnson & johnson put out new efficacy numbers that show its vaccine about 74% effective, bloat pfizer vaccine and below the moderna vaccine.
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what do you me of believe the impact of learning those numbers should be as people consider vaccines whether it's the first shot or a booster? >> well, i think first and foremost that we in the medical community may need to change our recommendations as it comes to the johnson & johnson vaccine. it's looking like the johnson & johnson vaccine should no longer be recommended as a one-shot regimen because you are right, that one shot does have lower efficacy as compared to the pfizer and moderna vaccine. not only that, but there was a recent study released that examined over 600,000 u.s. veterans that showed the rate of declining efficacy is extremely drastic for the johnson & johnson vaccine as compared to moderna and pfizer. that being said, although we may want to change the recommendations from one shot to two shots, there still is a place for the johnson & johnson vaccine with those with special considerations. >> grateful for. per tease and insights on this very important day. >> thank you, john. >> thank you.
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president biden today unveiled an aggressive plan to cut meth abe emissions in the united states, and he urged nations participating in a global climate summit to follow suit. the biden plan aims to slash 41 million tons of methane by 2035.
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that effectively is more than all of the carbon dioxide emitted by cars and planes in the year 2019. methane is the second most abundant greenhouse gas. it is about 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide and a major catalyst in warming the planet. our chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins joins us now. a promise from the president to act aggressively here at home and lass request to ask that other helps. >> reporter: yes, because the president has been saying this is not just an effort that needs to be made by the united states but all of these nations, and that's what you've heard from other world leaders here, including the british prime minister boris johnson talking about the steps that they are taking, but president biden's number one goal has been to really show the world leaders that the united states is serious about combating climate change and that they are taking real steps to try to do that, so the new rules from the epa that the president has proposed here while overseas and here in glasgow at this climate summit does deal with having tighter
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restrictions on methane emissions, and it goes further than the rules that you even saw that president obama had, because this would apply to existing facilities. we know that scientists have said if you can significantly cut down on methane emissions that it would significantly slowdown global warming more than other steps could, and so the president, of course, has been stress the urgency of this, john, and saying that the goal here and the importance of the goals that they are setting here when it comes to the rhetoric and what promises they are actually going to deliver on is not just setting these lengthy goals for years in 2050 but also acting in this decade. >> i keep referring as many of you do to this decisive decade. we've got to figure out what to do. it's not just between now and 2050. it's what we're going to do between now and 2030 is going to impact significantly on whether we'll be able to meet our longer term commitment. >> reporter: and, john, i want to note that while president is here, of course, his hours are close down. he is going to be leaving to go
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back to washington soon, but we did just hear from the white house that president biden met with prince charles works of course, has been here making his own arguments on global efforts in slowing down global warming and the white house underline the nooetd need for action among partners worldwide and talked about initiatives that you've seen from prince charlds as well, ones that the queen talked about in recent days. those are conversations that president biden has been having on the shrine. we should note that this all ties into the president's domestic agenda back at home and we're told that the president has not spoken to senator joe manchin since he gave that speech casting doubt on whether he'll support the president's plan which does include the hundreds of billions for climate change and folds into the promises he's making here. >> five or six-hour flight home. air force one has phones. we'll see whether he waits till he gets back or does it in the air. when we come back, we know donald trump wanted mike pence
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states, but pence told the conservative audience in iowa last night he followed his faith and the advice of a founding father. >> what is the name of the person who told you to buck the president's plans and to certify the votes? >> james maddison. psalm 15 says he who keeps his oath whenever it hurts and the only role of the federal government it was to open and count the electoral votes that were sent by the states. you've got to be willing to do your duty. >> panel is back with me. two interesting dynamics, one is that pence is not flinching here. he understands. he made that decision. he has to stand by it for better or worse as he plots his political future and he does and he's explaining it now. the other thing is the question this has taken root in the republican party that says who told you to do that? >> what do you mean. what are they going to do with the information. >> it's james madison, former
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president, founder, you know, like part of like the core guy behind the federalist papers, behind the constitution. what mike pence is saying is this was never a choice for me. this was never a choice, but he's going to have to keep answering it and answering it and answering it and the thing is like there was a time not that long ago, i don't know, maybe six years ago when invoking a founder of the constitution, the federalist papers and the bible would be enough. >> that should protect you in republican politics. >> and you can see now how -- i mean, how much things have changed. >> you're part of this fascinating reporting in "the washington post," just fantastic details and documentation what have happened in the lead-up and on january 6th and after january 6th. just a piece on the particular episode from trump and pence. pence explained that the vice president's duty was ceremonial and that his authority was limited no badly how badly pence may have wanted them to serve of a second term. trump was unforgiving. you don't have the courage to make a hard decision, he told
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pence, so this will live on forever in the trump/pence dynamic which will carry over into 2024, but the idea that this has so taken root in the republican party is even more stunning in many ways. >> that's exactly right, john. in all seriousness, pence was receiving advice from a very serious and well-regarded cadre of lawyers, people like greg jacob who actually was under siege with vice president pence when the insurrection happened, but we uncovered in our reporting over the weekend by a group of 75 "post" reporters that worked on this january 6th project for months that greg jacob had actually written an op-ed that went unpublished detailing some of the constitutional arguments that were being made to convince pens to overturn the vults of the election. pence sat in meetings. he listened to people like john eastman, and even john eastman actually eventually conceded to pence's lawyers that, yes, the 12th amendment was not well drafted. there was some scholarly debate
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over it, but ultimately he had told jacob in these conversations that not one supreme court justice would ever agree with the decision if pence did reject the electoral count and send it back to the state legislatures. you're exactly right. i think the after portion of our project is what i think is more terrifying for american democracy, that such a substantial part of the republican electorate has embraced these claims of election fraud and believe that joe biden is not the legitimate president. >> and then a slice of that group is willing to go even further. this is a survey poll from the public religion institute poll. do you agree that patriots, use the term patriots, may have to resort to violence to save the united states? 30% of republicans say that that's a possibility. 17% of independents and only 11% of democrats. of that 30% of republicans who say you may have to resort to violence, look where they get that information. 40% trust far right news the most. 32 trust fox news the most and 22% trust mainstream news.
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72%, forgive me or don't forgive me, getting their news from news organizations, i'm going to put that in quotations, who to this day continue to tell them misleading if not lies about what happened in 2020. >> well, that's the thing. if you tell people your vote doesn't actually count, this is no longer a democracy and your lives are at stake, then they start to take that seriously and go if my vote doesn't count then i have to do something about that and maybe i do have to get violent. so that's what you're playing with, and today is election day, right? and so if some results come out that people don't like, are they going to say, well, my vote didn't count. i voted but didn't get the result that i wanted. therefore we need to fight back. that's the problem. >> and i want to read two pretty startling statistics that we found from our reporting. election officials in 17 states since january 6th have received hundreds of threats and over a third of the 390 republican officials running in statewide elections throughout the country very many braced this idea of
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election integrity and are running on some sort of platform that joe biden is an illegitimate president. >> we need a competitive or tumult peart system and they have a next generation of candidates running on the foundation of a lie. jake tapper explores this in new detail in a cnn special report "trumping democracy," an american coup." up next, more on today, new york, minneapolis, buffalo, virginia, among the places making big choices today. for mike's retirement party. worth is giving the employee who spent half his life with you, the party of a lifetime. wealth is watching your business grow. worth is watching your employees grow with it. principal. for all it's worth. firefighter maggie gronewald
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election day and big choices top our radar. new jersey, democrat phil murphy facing off against republican ciattarelli. ciattarelli says new jersey needs a republican who will cut taxes. the former brooklyn captain eric adams won the crowded democratic primary earlier this year. today he faces a media personality and the founder of the guardian angels. sliwa owns 16 cats, one of whom he brought with him when he cast his vote. mayor bill de blasio is term limited. in about, my hometown, the next vote will be historic, two women. the mayor's race in minneapolis,
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largely framed around police and the death of george floyd. incumbent mayor jacob frye facing 16 challengers. minneapolis voters are also deciding if they want to replace the minneapolis police department with a new department of public safety. >> it does not abolish the police department, does in the even really dismantle the police department. what it does is it makes it possible to expand it so that it becomes the department of public safety so that you can add other qualified professionals to it. >> as chief i can't tell you what ballot question number two will achieve for your public safety if it passes because no one including the authors of the ballot or those supporting it have clearly state that had either. >> let's ask the panel members to give us a favorite race. margaret? >> i'm watching the lieutenant governor race in virginia. we've talked so much about the virginia governor's race but either way the lieutenant governor is going to be a woman, and it's going to be a woman of color one with a background in cyber security and one with a background at a military veteran.
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>> jackie? >> i'm going to be looking at the airbnb as the pandemic has exacerbated the affordable housing crisis. i'll being watching the towns and cities out twhaest will be holding ballot initiatives on rent control and housing. this is also something that i think labor democrat and republicans will also be watching. >> arabia? >> i'm looking for a ballot measure in detroit, michigan to decriminalize therapeutic use of mushrooms so this is will shrooms and therapeutic use of it and there's been a march towards decriminalization on this stuff. >> a personal interest? >> a personal interest. we'll see what happens. >> they say all politics is local. i talked about my city getting a new mayor so the executive producer of this program, you know, if i didn't do this, i wouldn't have a job tomorrow or at least they would make it difficult for me. let's look at the headline from buffalo. buffy will picks its favorite wing. that's good. that's a good headline, buffalo picking a new mayor and one is a
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self-declared socialist. that's fascinating to do. anything else quickly? >> 20 second. >> can't beat socialism in buffalo. >> is there blue cheese with the wing, that's the question? >> it's tough to be mayor. tough questions from people like this. i got a ranch in the air right there. thanks for spending your time on "inside politics." stay with us i'll be here all night counting votes. don't go anywhere. ana cabrera picks up our coverage right now. >> hello and thanks for being with us. i'm ana cabrera in new york, and it is election day in america. voters are heading to the polls in cities and states nationwide. the off-year election seen as an early referendum on joe biden's presidency and on the democratically held congress. right now all eyes are on virginia. the president biden won the commonwealth by ten points a year ago, but the battle for governor is a tossup right now between biden-style democrat terry mcauliffe and goouid

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