tv Inside Politics With John King CNN November 8, 2021 9:00am-10:01am PST
hello and welcome to "inside politics." i'm john king in washington. thank you for sharing your busy news day with us. infrastructure is done. the biden social safety net moving forward. the white house sees a turning point and democrats, well, they better hope that's right. a cnn poll releasing right now finds a majority disapprove of the president's job performance and nearly six in ten americans say the president is not focusing enough on the country's biggest problem. plus, the biggest question in the world. are we close to the end of the covid pandemic? today word pfizer wants the okay to offer vaccine boosters to all adults. and former president obama visits the global climate summit and throws some shade at donald trump. >> we've got our contentious battle. it's one of the things about
democracy it turns out you don't always get your way. my successor maybe wasn't as interested in climate science as i was it turns out, but there are a lot of people in the u.s. government who care about this deeply and work really hard and are invested. >> we begin the hour though with the current president and the giant turnaround challenges he faces between now and the mid-term elections exactly one year from today. our brand new cnn poll releasing right now shows a deepening biden slump. a mart jost of americans disapprove of his performance so far and many see the president as not focusing enough time on the issues that matter most to them. if you compare mr. biden to donald trump or barack obama at this point history suggests a republican mid terms route is in the offing and this is a very important but, the president did just get one big win in congress and the biden team briefs the second agenda win is coming and coming very soon, so team biden is betting his numbers are about to improve.
if our a democrat and you want to keep control of congress they better. let's walk through them and start with the north star of american politics, 48% of americans approve right now of the job that president biden is doing, 52%, a majority of you now disapprove of the job the president is doing. here's another way to look at this. as the disapproval, back in four four in ten americans and now 52%. you can see the steady rise in the president's disapproval rate and the intensity is on the other side. might have seen that in last tuesday's side. the intensity is on disapproval and the other way. how about the americans who strongly approve of the president's job approval, 34%. more than a third approved of the president's job% back in april and that number is down to 15%, as the numbers go down. many americans see a disconnect between what the focuses on and what they are most worried b. 22% of americans say, yes, the president has the right priorities but look at this number. six in ten americans think that
the president is not spending enough time on the issues that they believe are most important to the country. nearly six in ten americans believe that, and here's how the divide, if you look at. it look more closely at that number. yes, the president still has strong approval among democrats but even among democrats, even among democrats, members of his own party, those who believe he's focused on the right priority from 90% in april to 75% now. the president also is losing the middle of the american electorate. 52% back in april said the president had the right priorities. that's down to 36% now and a dip he never had republicans to begin with but even that is down a little bit. put the numbers to team biden they would say yes we had a tough year in a covid pandemic and code of economy. team biden expects this will get better soon. >> in my opinion it was a rough and tough year. we knew this would be. we're in a year long effort to dig out of the holes that we were left. i understand that voters are tired. americans are tired of how long it's taken to get the economy moving, to get covid under
control. they are in a show me don't tell me mode. i think we'll show them in the weeks and months ahead that we have made this progress on covid. we have made this progress on the economy. >> with me to share their insights and their reporting on this day, chief political correspondent dana bash and our chief congressional correspondent manu raju, white house correspondent for the "new york times" and our cnn political director david chalian. david, let me start with you. you're behind our polling here and i want to walk through some of the numbers. president's approval rating, majority disapprove and look at the top issues facing the country. 36% of americans say the economy. 20% say it's the covid crisis and 14% say immigration, but 36 and 20 are the top two. let me blank this out. this is the two different worlds, two different countries president biden is trying to good afternoon, everyone. among democrats 34% say the coronavirus is still our number one challenge. if you look at republicans, only 4% of republicans say that. more than half of republicans say it's the economy and, look, under penalty increasingly are siding with the republicans. the president is having a hard time because he's essentially governing two countries.
>> i mean, these are mars and venus numbers in that way and what you see in the numbers is that coronavirus keeps coming down all year long as the most important issue as it recedes, as people are getting vaccinations and getting back to some semblance of normal life. the needle that the president has to thread and the challenge is his own party. his base is still in a coronavirus environment in their head space of what's important. the rest of the country is really focused on the economy and jobs, and so the president has to morph himself now it seems from being the covid recovery president and, of course, these two things are tied together, john. >> right. >> to the economic president, and that -- the country, independents and republicans are bit ahead of them there. his party still needs to hear him on covid. that's a very difficult challenge. >> and when you see the numbers that americans don't think, almost six in attorney americans don't think their president is focusing enough time on the issues that they believe. people at home believe are the most important issues. inflation comes to mind. people are paying more money at
the gas pump and more money at the grocery store and the president is trying to do this one step at a time to get through his agenda but there is a disconnect. >> this is a disconnect and the challenge here is the president the two central themes of the presidency really, of their agenda and the focus thus far was overcoming covid and also passing through the legislative packages that we just saw partially happened last week with infrastructure as well as the larger social spending package. the difficulty here is these are sprawling packages that are very hard to understand if you're americans on the ground, especially when compared to rising prices at the grocery store, crime in certain areas of the country, and they are also topics that the republicans are directly focusing on as well, so the challenge here now, is yes. you've had just this last week some progress when it comes to his agenda, but now how do you translate that into actually galvanizing a base here for these really difficult-to-understand topics? >> and how do you change numbers when your numbers slump. we've watched this throughout the trump presidency and we live in polarized time.
it's hard to move the dial when you have such polarized times. a little history here if you want to look at presidents in the first year in office. president clinton was at 48% and president trump was at 36% and president obama was at 54% and george w. bush 87%. that's after 9/11 so that was the anomaly year. the country rallied behind the president and now you see biden at 48%. the reason i've underlined these guys is lost the house, lost the house, lost the house. >> big time. >> in the next election. >> big time. big losses. >> right, and that is the historical trend, and that is the reality that everybody in the white house understands, particularly since in this day and age there is the narrowest of majority in the senate. doesn't get anymore narrow and very narrow in the house. just the three-seat majority. that's the impetus behind what we have seen from the white house and from democratic leaders desperate to get the agenda that the president promised progressives and, you
know, just generally speaking democratic voters that they believe was their mandate. there's a very dig debate right now among democrats what that mandate was and that is the belief in the white house. the thing about those -- those numbers that fascinates me is that, yes, ron klain says that the american people are expected them to show them, not tell them, but will these bills actually show them? i interviewed jennifer granholm the energy secretary yesterday and she says that there are bits in this infrastructure bill that is going to be signed next week that will actually deal with inflation, that will actually deal with supply chain issues, but will it? and if not, when are they going to start communicating the i feel your pain message from the white house? that's what a lot of democrats, and i'm sure you as well, hear from say that at the very least they need to say we understand you don't have enough money for groceries or they are higher than they should be, same with
pain at the pump. >> look, the problem is that it takes a lot of time to spend this much money. i mean, in the first covid relief bill, some of that money is still not into the economy. that passed in march. that was almost $2 trillion and the democrats complained that they have not gotten enough credit for the expansion of the child tax credit. one central component of that bill and that's also a central component of the social safety net package. that's tied up in congress. even if it's done in december, can the new programs that they -- whether it's an expansion of medicare, universal child care, you name it, child care money, housing money. will that actually be felt by voters heading into the mid terms? that's a big question, and the infrastructure pack and, too. yes it's bipartisan achievement and it's one of the biggest infrastructure bills in decades, but still we'll take a lot of time to be felt along the economy and it reminds me, too, so much of 2009. saw the numbers of barack obama losing 63 seats in the house in 2010. they were squabbling over
obamacare and it eventually passed in march of 2010. they lost the house and they almost lost the senate, and obamacare is popular now but it wasn't popular then. could be the same problem. >> again. back to the disconnect point. when people see higher gas prize. they are about to go through higher home heating fuel costs in a big part of the country when it's hard to find a new car because the semiconductor chip shortage in the country right now. if your president is not talking about these issues you see every day there's a disconnect even though he's working on very important things. you're right. the democratic package if they pass the build back better plan would be transformational. people don't see that today and here's the disconnect. president biden 58% say he hasn't paid enough attention to what believe at home believe are the most important problems. that's about the same as where president trump was, a little earlier in the year right before the mid-term elections and this is president obama was at 55% in january of his mid-term election year. again, if the american people think their president is out of sync with him they punish him and his party when it comes to voting. how at the white house will we see more of the president on the
road, more the posttalking about these other issues even as he tries to get the rest agenda through is this. >> spent basically the last week, especially after the election in virginia as well as new jersey talking to political strategists as well as folks in the white house about how they translate what has been a package that has been associated with pretty much being stuck in bureaucratic morass into an electoral winner. they will accepted out cabinet officials across the country as well as the president to try and translate the infrastructure package into terms that the american people can easily understand, jobs that it could create. that might be an issue with the current state of the labor market as well as supply chain issues in terms of time to actually see the impact for some of these things. they are also going to specifically focus on issues in that package as well as the pending build back better social spending package that they think has widespread bipartisan support such as empowering medicare to negotiate down prescription drug prices, thinking that that can win some
of the coalitions that they have struggled to kind of get votes from last tuesday as well so you are going to see, i mean, the deputy press secretary described it as a blitz that they are going to do. you're going to see them try and sell this thing, but that's -- the question there is how do you translate that legislative package which has been associated with a slow moving washington into the kind of issues that these polls show americans are caring about. >> to that point, i want to circle back to the point that you made with the numbers again. democrats are still living in a we have a covid crisis and republicans says we have an economic crisis and independents if you look at the covid numbers, it's a covid funk. i used to talk about trumpausion. this is covid exhaustion. whether you view it about masks or disturbancing or last week's unemployment report was great. the one before that. there's fits and steps. one step forward, two steps back. >> well, john, let's combine both. the issue matrix with the priorities issue. the discorrect >> right. >> that you're talking about.
in this poll if the economy is your top issue, okay, 72% of economy voters say his priorities are wrong. he's not focused on the more important thing. overwhelmingly right, but if your priority is covid, nearly eight in ten covid voters, if you will, say he's -- he is very much addressing the most important thing, so where you sit depends on in this issue matrix is sort of how you assess how the president is doing but i just want to know, when you went back to the previous presidents. i mean, this is not going to be welcome news to the democrats on the ballot next year. >> but if you look at the clinton number and the obama number and the biden number, they are a lot more aligned. that probably gives biden some comfort for his own re-elect in 2024. it's trump who was lower down who didn't get re-elected, so, yes, it may not be in time to save democrats next year, but we will see at some point americans starting to feel these plans in their real lives. >> in the meantime, they are saying very high gas prices. again, granholm said, admitted
that the average price of gasoline could be $4 a gallon, admitted that you are going to pay higher prices for home heating, to heat your home this winter. that's the reality that people around the country are going to deal with. >> interesting to watch again. the white house is well aware of these numbers. another new set. not good news for them. they say, they say turning the corner, but how to deal with them is the next big challenge. up next infrastructure finally done. democrats in congress promised the biden social safety net package is coming soon.
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i'm so happy to say that, infrastructure week. folks, yesterday i don't think is an exaggeration to suggest that we took a monumental step forward as a nation. >> next up is the social safety net package. house speaker nancy pelosi wants to set up a vote when congress returns from recess next week. new momentum does make that possible, but there are still gremlins and plenty of them on paid family leave, climate issues and what progressives call tax breaks that reward the wealthy. the panel is back with me for the conversation. it is. we were just talking about the president's slumping poll numbers, and that is a dynamic that's very real, that he has to deal with, but the democrats do get -- deserve credit with a small handful of republicans are finally getting this to the finish line. if you look at the infrastructure package and it's going to touch every aspect really of roads and bridges and broadband, the water supply, the power grid. in the end the question, manu, is how fast do people see and feel it? but this is an historic investment in desperately needed
infrastructure? >> no question about it. it's not been done for a long time. many presidents have tried and battled and skwaubld on how to finance such a program and now they have gotten an agreement and it took a lot to get there and a lot of efforts to try to bridge the divide between the progressives who weren't willing to go forward with this until they got assurances from the moderates over the larger safety net practice and that's going to be the focus over the next couple of weeks, how quickly can they get the larger package? there is a hope they are saying november 15th. they are waiting on the non-partisan congressional budget office to provide an estimate of the cost, and that typically takes longer. people expects that could slip into thanksgiving week when the estimate come back and the moderates need the estimates and even if that comes out great for them and they vote to move it forward it might be difficult to get it out of the senate because joe manchin wants to pare that
back. one of the questions of what the final bill, whether it will make it and what it will look like. >> on the house side they put the paid family leave and among senator manchin said does it belong in this kind of a bill? listen to what one of the white house advisers, he said, well, we're going to try but there's a thing called math. >> are you going to go to the mat this time to get senators to keep it in? >> well, we put it in. the president's commitment was that he would put stuff in the framework that he thought had 50 votes in the senate. we are for paid medical and family leave, and that's why you see the president bringing so many senators down to the white house to make sure that it can stay in in the senate, but right now it does not have 50 votes in the senate. >> a piece of why the president is in the slump he's in because this has been so messy for the democrats. again, they are trying to do giant things, no votes to spare in the senate and three or four to spare in the house. i'm not minimizing the
challenge. republicans saying you're on your own and we're not doing anything done. will we see a different president as manu notes when they come back and they still have some work to do so? will with we see a stop, it get it down, push it the to to the finish line now? >> that was up. points of criticism against the president from some members of congress, some deaths. there were some members that were questioning before you went on your trip to europe, why didn't you come and give us a clear firm mandate of pass the infrastructure package first or any sort of direction and that's emblematic of how different this washington is than the one that president biden, you know, really was shaped in in the senate, right? i mean, he's been approaching this and the white house has been approaching this very much at times from a listening kind of standpoint and trusting pelosi and other democrats to get this party in line but now you would think especially as some things are on the chopping block and the sense of urgency
grows based off of some of the poll numbers as well you might see a more affirmative president with him last week calling into the meeting of progressives and putting him on speaker phone and making his appeal known. calling members throughout the couple of days as we kind of got to the finish line there. you would expect that to continue. >> and can you see the president's numbers, normally president's approval ratings, here's another number, dana in hour new poll. the democrats have to be thinking about in a couple of context. which party would you vote for if the congressional election were today? 49% of americans say democrats and 44% republicans. democrats would say we have a five-point lead, that's good for us. doesn't work that way if you go back and look of how congressional districts are drawn and here's where we are right now, a five-point lead for the democrats and here's where we, democrats had an 11-point lead at this point in the trump presidency. this is very similar. let me do this -- sorry about
this. let me come back here. biden, obama. you know, very similar right there, so these members of congress have to know if nothing changes they are almost certain to lose the house. there's a year. they have to change it. in terms of passing things shouldn't the adrenaline be a year from now we might lose power so let's do everything we can now? >> and that's exactly why you've seen them do what they do. i haven't talked to a house democrat and i'm sure you haven't either who said in all candor we don't think we're going to keep the house and so much frustration because of what you were talking about. when the president rolled up his sleeves and really got involved, got on those conference calls, even helped write this deal that they -- that they came up with late on friday, they all said thank you, mr. president. we wanted you to do this weeks ago, maybe even months ago for the better, from their perspective, not just of the party, but of the policies that the party is putting forward, and i have heard from lots of members saying we just wanted
this leadership earlier and maybe it would have saved some of the messiness. kevin riptack has great reporting that i encourage you to read on cnn.com about the fact that the president, it took him a while to realize that this washington, this democratic party is different. >> right. >> that they are so at odds. they needed a president, a leader to broker these deals. >> it shouldn't be lost, too, on the fact that when they did obamacare when he was vice president they had a 60-vote senate majority, 60 democrats. now there are virtually no majority in both chamber and they are trying to do so many issues all at once which has contributed to the messiness. >> they are trying to do a lot at once which they say they are challenged but the math, the math gets hard. see if people change their mind when they are home for a week. and pfizer wants to offer covid booster shots to all adults and it's a new day for international travel. and now, putting you in control of your financing. at carvana, get personalized terms,
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there's big covid news. the drug-maker pfizer is seeking government approval for vaccine booster shots for anyone age 18 and older. "the washington post" was first to report these plans but essentially means pfizer wants a third shot for all adults who got the pfizer vaccine. also today, take a look. two planes lifting off simultaneously from london bound for new york as the united states reopens to fully vaccinated international
travelers, that after more than 18 months of pandemic-related restrictions. some experts see a new chapter close at hand. >> i think that we're close to the end of the pandemic phase of this virus and will enter a more endemic phase. people will go out more and cases may pick up but that doesn't mean we're ending into another wave of infection. the delta wave is the last major wave of infix. >> dr. jonathan reiner is professor of medicine and surgery at george washington uni. do you agree with dr. gotlieb and as i ask you the question i want to put up our case track since july. we're essentially in a plateau if you look at the last couple of weeks. plus 1.2% from two weeks ago but essentially a flat line since the middle of october. if you come across, are we in a new chapter, an endemic, or are we still in the pandemic? >> well, that's yet to be seen. i hope dr. gotlieb is right
though i'm not sure. if you look at the trends in europe. the trends in europe are going in the wrong direction so in the united states we peaked at about 160,000 cases per day in the beginning of september and then we had a really steep decline, but for the last few weeks we've been flat. in fact, our trend now over the last two weeks is exactly flat. so we'll see -- and that's basically because, you know, things have gotten better in the united states in the south and the southeast and have gotten worse in the united states in the west and sort of northern parts of this country, so the declining case rates from the south are being offset by higher case rates elsewhere and as we get colder and more people move inside there's an opportunity for greater infection and we've only fully vaccinated about 58% of this country, so i'm not quite as optimistic as scott gotlieb. >> let's walk through some that have and let's start with what you mentioned about the international situation right now. if you look at the world case map right now, you see a ton of red here, in europe across russia you see orange and in
africa and china and south america as well but focusing on europe, the united states is green, essentially holding steady or down a little bit, canada as well, but if you look at the united states versus the european union, you know, you follow the squiggly lines. the united states is the orange, right and we're coming down and in a plattio. the european union is the green. it was down and now it's going almost straight up again. we've been through the cycles where the eu essentially goes up and a few weeks later we're behind them because they got covid first. sometimes the cycles runt same. does that alarm you, or are we in a different place now because of vaccines being available and different treatments being available? >> well, the other treatments being available have limited our mortality so we're not seeing the sort of level of mortality that we saw, for instance, last winter, so that's good and that he remain -- and that will get better as the new antivirals from about merck rand pfizer come onryan. we have looked at the first three or four waves of this
pandemic so i think it's very possible that we will see. well, let's not call it another surge and another rise in cases but i think, you know, you and i can speak again next monday at this time we'll start to see a little bit of a tic up. we have the tools to blunt that. right now we're getting vaccines in children's arms and i implore parents to continue to do that. if you look at the number of americans 12 and older who have been eligible for vaccines for, you know, months, you know, we've only vaccinated about 78% of them, so there are still over 20% of people who have been eligible for vaccines for a very long time who have resisted vaccination. we have to redouble our effort to reach out to the news and all the tools that we have, both in terms of explaining, you know, the benefits to them and including mandates to get more americans vaccinated. that's how we get to the other side, but i do think we're going
to see a rise in cases over the next few weeks or a month or two. >> certainly will keep an eye on that. i mentioned the other side. i want to bring up the map of vaccinations across the country and this is where the difference is. i if i what you're talking about is the key importance. if you just go across right here. georgia, alabama, mississippi, 49%, 45%, 46%. arkansas, 48%. louisiana 48%. then you come up to maine at 71%, vermont is 72%. that's in terms of fully vaccinated, so pfizer now says, you know, maybe a third booster shot so for those who have been vaccinated already, pfizer is saying, you know, more boosters to keep your immunity levels up but the problem still remains that we'll have the regional issues because in some states they are still well below 50%. look out here in the plains. you see 44% in idaho, for example. >> that's right. so i think as we see the pandemic starts to change in the united states, we'll see it change differently in different regions.
parts of the country that are very well vaccinated will boost their population and there i think we will start to see elements of normalcy as we move towards spring. in parts of the country where as you just listed vaccination rates are less than 50%, we're going to see pockets of pandemic as we move through the winter. so it -- you know, we don't live in a homogenous country and haven't been vaccinated homogenously and our exit from this pandemic won't be homogenous. >> as i look at the map, 40% in west virginia. some of the numbers down low. dr. reiner, grateful for your insights. we'll track those things as we get into colder weather and we'll see if the plateau goes flat or goes back up again in colder weather. now back to politics and the trump big lie divide. many people want to forgive and forget but a small vocal ply north takes issue. so subaru is growing our commitment to
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republicans are understandably in good spirits after last week's elections but the trump factor is still a big dividing line in conversations about the shift now to the 2022 mid terms. our pam is back with us to discuss and let's start. this is a little bit from over the weekend. a big republican jewish coalition meeting in vegas and the sunday talk shows, of course and news shows. let's start with the republicans who say maybe i don't want to fully embrace the trump big lie but we need him.
>> what was president trump's single most redeeming characteristic? the man has a steel backbone and he doesn't back down. after years of republicans scared of their own shadows there's a reason we celebrate a leader who is willing to stand and fight. >> if you want to win your election, you should talk about the border being secure. you should talk about jobs. you can talk about education, public safety. >> senator scott also saying you'd be foolish not to want donald trump's endorsement. i'm going to pass on pontificating about the irony of cruz. i'll pass to the panel on this, but there is a group of republicans who think we need him to win. we need to raise money from him and we don't need dissonance if you will. we don't need to be fighting with him. >> you know, look, this is actually -- this split is profound and the fight for control for congress. you're seeing what's happening in the house with kevin mccarthy who has done everything he can to try to win back trump and get in his good graces and this is
how most republicans in the conference see it. they believe him as being out there will be helpful to drive up their base and will help them win back the house. that's not necessary lit way mitch mcconnell sees it. he's been saying it for weeks. this is about the future, not the past. i asked him about this a couple of weeks ago and he made that clear. he's made that clear over and over again. he wants nothing to do with trump and they are concerned about -- they blame trump on the senate side for costing the majority if it weren't for him promoting the lie that the election was stolen. they believe they could have held on to one of the georgia seats and they would hold on to the majority right now. a lot of republicans don't know how to deal with him. >> you mentioned mitch mcconnell, the senate minority leader who hopes to become the majority leader in 2022 and in kentucky praising the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure deal soon signed by president biden and otherwise he wants voters to think about biden and not the other guy. >> the key to '22 is to have a
discussion with the american people about how they feel about the new administration and the democratic congress and what they are doing. so i think the election will be about the future, not about the past. >> past in a word is mcconnell's word for trump. >> right. this is the balance, right? how does the republican party sort of replicate what we saw happen in virginia with glenn youngkin where you tried to strike this balance between focusing on some of the issues that galvanizes trump supporters such as rising crime, such as border crossings, such as how racism is tout in schools, but how do you do that and focus on those issues while also trying to draw some separation between the person that for the past four years pretty much was the face of kind of honing in on those issues as well, so that's going to be the -- that's going to be the challenge here and what they are getting at with the comments as well. there's a world where you can focus on that and criticize the
administration for crime and for immigration and very broadly the culture wars but will the former president continue to keep his distance and only release statements, or will we want credit for some of that as well? >> that's the part that the other -- the vocal minority, a.i. call them in the republican party, they say number one, if you forgive and forget about the big lie, the party loses its credibility and if you take trump's money, you help him use you to rays money, you're giving the big lie a pass and you're giving the insurrection a pass in many ways. let's listen to the minority. again, the minority but they are vocal. >> can no longer talk about the past, and the past elections. no matter -- no matter where you stand on that issue. no matter where you stand. it is over. >> if you are sitting here talking about 2020 or you are worried about who is going to run in '24 you are missing the boat. >> we can't look back and constantly relitigate what happened in 2020. we've got to look to '22 and
'24. >> they keep trying. the question is can they grow their base within the anti-trump movement, if you will? >> and i think the key in talking to republicans is some combination of what cooper cupp and chris snowu and larry hogan are saying and what you heard rick scott say on "new day" this morning and what mitch mcconnell is saying. try to keep as hard as can you to keep the president at harm's length because what you want your political and strategic focus to be is the things that the new poll out shows today that people care the most about. that is the reason glen youngkin won in virginia. that is the reason. it's not that he didn't get donald trump's endorsement. he did, but in order to accomplish everything that i just laid out, you need the former president's help, and to your point most of these republicans aren't going to get it and by help i mean stay away
in the senate races in particular. house races, a lot of them are a little different. >> that's the part where the minority that says you hug this guy at your peril. they say wait until the primary season comes along. we'll see much of him. you're going to see more of him or you're about to. >> that's the real challenge because in a primary he'll play big. showed the clip with chris snowu. there's a big decision about whether to run for the senate and this is a real opportunity for republicans to pick up a key seat as maggie hasan. we'll see if him distancing himself with trump becomes a problem. we'll see how trump responds so these issues are primary problems that the republicans, even if they want to keep distant, they have to deal with. >> a story in progress we should say. a story of drama in progress. up next, live to the global climate summit in scott lapd. former president obama is there with a warning that, quote, time is running out. ve laser drilled. they release medicine fast for fast pain relief. and now get relief without a pill with tylenol dissolve packs.
former president barack obama spoke today at the global climate summit in scottland urging the dell cats to make tough choices as the conference moves in the send and final week to the challenge of trying to write rand adopt ambitious new goals. we have not done enough was part of the obama message, so was criticism of donald trump who walked away from commitments obama made as part of the paris climate accords six years ago. cnn's renee marsh is in glasgow
now on a return to the world stage for the former president. >> yeah, absolutely. it was no coincidence often the timing of his speech. i mean, the speech that you heard today was urgent and it was political, but the timing was key, too, because this week there are lots of key intense and very complicated negotiations happening here at cop26 and the hope is that the speech given by the former president today reinvigorated the discussions happening here and the hope is that that will lead to bold commitments that will not only be made but will be kept. but listen to obama earlier today and the urgency with which he spoke. >> it's collectively and individually we are still falling short. we have not done nearly enough to address this crisis. we are going to have to do more, and whether that happens or not to a large degree is going to
depend on you. >> and what you really saw shining through throughout this speech was this feeling that what barack obama was trying to do here was get on the world stage and try to repair the u.s.' credibility on the issue of climate change following four years of former president donald trump where he essentially rolled back several environmental regulations as well as pulling out of the paris climate accord. barack obama was trying to say the u.s. is back. can you count on us and we're here with you to work together. also all while calling on others like china and russia who he called out for not even showing up at cop26. john? >> renee marsh, grateful for the live reporting. it will be fascinating in the days ahead to see what they take pen to paper and commit to. up next, the justice department hits back against international hackers in a major ransomware attack. what's strong with me?
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knowledge tell cnn burns conveyed serious u.s. concerns about a russian military buildup along the ukranian border. vice president kamala harris heads to france this week to boot u.s.-french relations. she will met with the french president emmanuel macron and speak at the paris trip forum. this comes two months after france temporarily recalled the ambassador to the united states over its anger over the nuclear-powered sub deal with australia. thanks for joining us. we'll see you tomorrow. ana cabrera picks it up right now. >> hello. i'm ana cabrera in new york. thanks for being with us. we're following multiple fast moving stories today, a lawsuit filed in a criminal investigation is now under way in houston after eight people died with several others hospitalized after a concert crowd surge at the astroworld festival. survivors saying, quote, i felt like i was going to die and this was not a concert.