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markets business next year. we're also worthy. [closing bell rigs] straight on banks -- liz: got it. kevin berry of cap trust. thank you. so he likes those names. we'll put them up on the facebook page. there we go. a big move to the upside. we'll see you tomorrow. connell: all right. the balance of power, it is up for grabs. georgia voters making their voices heard today. we have just hours left until the polls close here. i'm connell mcshane. welcome, everybody, to "after the bell." we're reporting live in the city of after the atlanta. races in the senate could not be tighter. look at numbers, dow, s&p, nasdaq all climbing higher. investors are closing watching the situation here in georgia. so the market sell-off yesterday, bounced back today, up 168 on the dow. the results here in georgia could have big implications for wall street and your wallet. that is why we're here.
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we're paying close attention. energy stocks, look at price of oil today, what was significant about oil, that earlier today it traded above $50. you see it at 49.9. first time it has been above 50 in 10 months, 50-dollar oil. we begin our coverage with hillary vaughn who has been out with the candidates in the final hours of campaigning, she joins us now. how are things shaping up, hillary? reporter: connell, president-elect biden might have more on the line than the candidates themselves, rafael warnock and jon ossoff. biden openly admitted without a democratic majority in the senate his entire agenda is stalled. most importantly pretty much would solidify president trump's tax cuts would be here to stay. that is a problem for biden. that is how he is going to pay for a lot of the stuff he promised when he was campaigning. so i asked reverend rafael warnock, one of the senate democratic candidates today what he would support president-elect biden trying to do on his own?
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do you support president-elect biden to use executive authority to still deliver on spending trillions of dollars on his climate plan, billions of dollars in free college for some and others priorities? >> here is what i'm going to support? i'm going to support relief -- [inaudible] they have not seen relief for months. left left has -- left left has kelly loeffler, has the opportunity -- [inaudible] reporter: senator loeffler was on the trail trying to get voters to turn out for her but her fellow republican senator on the ticket, david perdue who is still in quarantine after coming
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into close act with someone who had covid. >> my main focus when i'm in washington every single day is helping georgians and making sure that we are helping them get back to work, get back to school and church, opening this economy, managing through this pandemic, getting the relief that we need. 2,000-dollar checks. reporter: connell, senator perdue and loeffler issued a joint statement just a few moments ago, encouraged particularly about the high voter turnout they're seeing in mortgager ga. that is where president trump had a rally for them last night. connell: that is what the republicans need, in-person turnout. we saw your question a moment ago to reverend warnock. you had the exchange earlier today with the other democratic candidate in the race, jon ossoff which was interesting, i think especially for our viewers because you had a chance to
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press him on tax policy. tell us about that if you can? reporter: connell i did. the reason why we pressed him on that because that is something that his opponents have brought up, essentially a vote for the two democrats on the ticket would be a vote for higher taxes. so listen to this exchange i had with him earlier today. one of the first orders of business, if you were to get elected into the senate on biden's agenda is to repeal president trump's tax cuts. a new study shows that would cost georgia families $3900 more every year. will you still support president-elect biden's agenda even if it means georgia families are going to be paying more in taxes? >> no, i'm going to vote to cut taxes for working class and middle class families in georgia. in fact i spoke with president-elect biden yesterday about how swiftly we're going to act to pass those $2000 stimulus checks which are being blocked
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by the united states senate. i mean -- reporter: connell, we've seen repeatedly on the trail here in georgia that really both democratic candidates don't want to touch the price tag that are attached to a lot of biden's plans that they're campaigning on, they're promising voters they will get through and will deliver on those, a lot of them very progressive priorities. connell? connell: trying to press the moderate message even if the priorities are quite progressive. hillary, good work, all over it. hillary vaughn in georgia. gary kaltbaum a fox contributor and we're talking to georgia voters, small business owners, hillary talking to the candidates because this is important for the markets and the economy. if you look at the stock market last couple days, we sold off yesterday, came back today, probably more groups of stocks, individual stocks rather than the market would react.
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for example, if the republicans stay in power some people say the financials and you know, i think some of them hit all-time highs today, some financial stocks might do well. what would your thinking be if republicans took one out of two? what would that mean specifically for markets and stocks? >> longer term the market will behave better with lower taxes and less regulations. more money kept in the economy, more money in peoples hands and less money in efficient and less effective government. i said time and time again this stocks policy from the biden administration is one of the most onerous in a long time. they are talking about a social security tax, that doesn't go to social security, 12.4%. if you're a self-employed person, that is some big cake coming out of your pocket. if you are employed, it is going to be split between the company
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and you at a certain level. and i have to tell you in a pandemic, i can't imagine what that will do with economy, hurt markets all the way around. connell: if democrats do get the sweep, do take control, obviously more of that policy and agenda can be put in place. if there is a bullish argument for the market that that environment, i suppose you have more stimulus. you probably heard that, maybe that helps the market. in terms of group of stocks, health care where you look at where you have more health care spending, some of those stocks for infrastructure plays. what would you say? how would you make the most of it would be the way to ask the question if democrats get the sweep? >> leading up to the election, now that president-elect biden is going in i will tell you that solar stocks have been doing well. green energy type things are doing well. but look, my case is not about market the and the economy shorter term. it is longer run that matters to
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me most and during a pandemic to take trillions of dollars out of the economy to put in governments hands to spend on whatever they're going to spend it on, whether green energy, whatever, we know a dollar sent to them, 70 cents gets wasted, 30 cents get spent. i don't think you can take it right now that tell restaurants, airlines, cruise lines, still on their back, that the taxes are going from 21 to 28%, tough luck at this moment in time i think it is crazy. i wish they would say they would wait a little bit until we get past the virus and vaccines are out before we do it. you heard the candidate we're ready to go right from the get-go on our tax policy. connell: right. they want more on tax policy, more on stimulus. by the way i don't want to get you wound you, no matter who wins tonight the fed is still there and the fed will still be
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pumping last final thought no matter who wins in georgia, who has control in the senate? >> record amounts between europe and us, $250 billion a month. it is obscene, it is interfering with price discovery. there will be comeuppance, repercussions middle, end of the year. i think the market is ready no matter who wins tonight to keep going higher. energy and financials are taking over as well as the vaccine trade. i'm not worried about short term. longer term we can't keep going on with debt, deficits and printing of money. the dollar is being squashed. i can go on and on, connell. i don't want to bore you. connell: i know you can. i know you can. you're right, at some point, at some point we have to deal with all of that. gary, good to see you, we'll talk to you again soon, gary kaltbaum. we'll look at georgia, in fulton county there is a massive absentee ballot counting process. this is a county president trump
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is vocal about blaming for his loss. saying massive voter fraud. the evidence we shoved point out has not backed up the claims. matt finn is there. reporter: fulton county officials say will be safe as secure they feel the general election was. the secretary of state is reporting things are going smoothly across georgia. the average wait time at polling locations, is one minute. one minute less than the average wait time in november. the commissioner, the chairman of fulton county says that he is out visiting up to 50 polling location this is afternoon. he wants to personally observe. the spotlight is on fulton county, home to atlanta after major allegations of fraud during the general election. in the leaked phone call the president thinks he lost georgia in part up to close 300,000 ballots miss tearriesly
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appeared. the chairman challenges the came that fulton county earned an a-plus and he plans to give another a-plus today. >> the naysayers who are out there who are alleging things about fulton county, georgia, we're the largest county in the state of georgia, most complex county in the state of georgia, we did it right. we set an example. reporter: this is a live look inside the georgia world congress center where hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots are being processed right now inside of the massive facility. ballots are delivered in the back of the room. they come in boxes. they go through a signature match. a top election official insists signatures were 99% accurate in november. the ballot is ultimately separated from the outer envelope. fulton county made out 183,000 absentee ballots. yesterday it got back 99,000. they hope to count them by midnight tonight.
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fulton county says the counting will be spill out till tomorrow. we will have you updated here in atlanta, connell. connell: long night ahead indeed. good to see you, matt finn. thank you. sudden u-turn from one of the america's biggest stock exchanges. we'll have the story for you next. we'll have more from here in georgia. the once red state emerging as a new political battleground. much more from atlanta when we come back on "after the bell." ♪ ♪ ♪
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among regulatory authorities. this may relate partly to a question whether it was the parent companies or the subsidiaries listed in the united states that were affected by the earlier trump order but obviously exciting for those companies watching and their investors watching their shares rise to learn that they're still going to be available in the u.s. but i think this larger question remains, and for these companies as well as others is what is our relationship going to be with china under a biden administration? the trump regulators both in terms of accounting questions and questions as in this case about the use by china's military of these companies, those questions are on the table when joe biden takes office. connell: to that point the chinese state media put out a story that, talked about what their relationship might be like
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with president-elect biden and they seem relatively confident from the story saying that the biden administration would represent a new window of hope for china. what do you think they're hoping for specifically? what did you read into that if anything? >> i think they're hoping for the relationship with the chinese dictator xi xinping, he is hoping for the relationship he had with vice president joe biden starting start 2011, 2012. where joe biden as vice president led new engangment with the chinese leader. joe biden said he was a guy he could do business with. characterized it as sort of a friendship. so i think that has to be concerning we've seen in the years since then where xi xinping is no friend of liberty and really often working against the interests of the united states.
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so i would think that while we like to have a good relations with everybody around the world i think one would hope that this relationship this time begins with a little more clear-eyed understanding who xi xinping is. connell: i don't know if biden can come in to make any changes right away. he said the tariffs would not be coming off right away. president trump and you and i had this conversation before, president trump changed dynamic, biden would have to go slowly if you want to change it the other way, would you? >> people don't like donald trump, some people for many reasons but he really has kind of won the intellectual argument that our china policy was misguided, that it was built for many years including during the obama-biden administration but long before that on a belief that economic engagement was helping to reform that country and i think we have to
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acknowledge that the government there is not reformed. i think you saw that in the democratic debates. a lot of criticism of donald trump but basically largely backing the idea that the tariffs may have a role in thwarting the bad behavior of that regime. connell: yeah, they have suddenly become bipartisan without a doubt. >> yeah. connell: we don't have much time left but there is a story that has come out in the last hour or so and i want to pick your brain on it. it is about the solarwinds hack, in a statement russian actors are likely behind this act and russia is responsible for most or all of the recent cyber compromises we've seen. what would you say to that, any potential u.s. response to this giant hack which looks like it will get passed off to the biden administration, the response? >> the russian government denies
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it. few people believe them. this is part of a long-term effort by russia. this is different challenge, china is the rising power, the second largest economy on track to become the largest. in russia what you have is kind of a formerly powerful economic nation, now has an economy smaller than texas almost as large as texas but, the cyber activity for russia is kind of a way on the cheap to meddle and be a global player, different parts of the world including in our country. so i think this is another challenge that joe biden faces. part of it is it is not just cheap for russia to project power, gather intelligence, do mischief but also to this point cyber, cyber warfare isn't really treated like other warfare, even when they do things that are hostile we don't
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really necessarily respond the way we would if it was an actual physical attack. we're not, we're not looking for warfare but this is another challenge that, that joe biden will have to confront. connell: right. he will. i think you're right. we haven't quite got that response down pat in terms of what to do once we find ourselves in these situations. thank you, james freeman from "the wall street journal." much more from the peach state as voting is underway in an election like it will have major implications from everything to your taxes to the size of your next stimulus check. >> what do you think the stake what would be different if the democrats controlled the senate, versus republicans, why is it important? >> it is pretty clear-cut they intend to roll back the tax cuts that were done during the trump administration. so you can fully expect a significant tax increase. >> when you get the democrats controlling it we're going to
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♪. connell: slow doses. the federal government is distributing millions of vaccine doses to the states but the issue we're seeing some of the states are administering them a lot slower than others. blake burman is keeping track with all of this. join us from washington with the details. blake? reporter: connell, we got the latest numbers from the cdc this afternoon and continues to show a struggle to get americans vaccinated across the country. the latest numbers, 17 million doses have been shipped out this point but only 4.8 million doses have been administered. that is 28%. the american hospital association plays a role giving out the doses says it needs help
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from the federal government. complex problem but add the following in a statement, quote, we expect these issues to be worked out and the pace of vaccinations will increase dramatically over the next couple weeks but the federal role must go beyond just handing off the vaccines to the states. the states received 340 million-dollars from the federal government in 2020 but a look across the map doesn't necessarily show a correlation between money and being able to get people vaccinated. i want to give you one example, for example, washington state and arizona, they received just about the same amount of money, $8 million, or so. they received just about the same amount of vaccines in the 400,000 range. however you see washington state has vaccinated about 28,000 more people than they have in the state of arizona. so what state has vaccinated the most percentage wise? that happens to be south dakota. 3.2% of the people in that state have been vaccinated. we spoke to the health secretary
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from south dakota earlier today and she said that the main things to keep in mind that have worked for them are communication, and transparency. >> we got through all of those phases and developed those priorities. ultimately we think that empowers individuals that they know where they fit and that they're going to be ready to take action when we have the vaccine available to -- them. reporter: so, connell, if you do the math, 4.8 million doses administered, 22 days so far we've been able to, doctors have been able to administer the covid-19 vaccine. that is about 220,000 americans each day getting the vaccine. however i spoke with one expert earlier today who believes that number needs to be a million every single day from now until labor day to vaccinate 70% of the population. right now we're running at about
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1/5 of that level. connell? connell: man, a fifth. we have to pick unthis pace. blake, good reporting there, blake burman in washington. back here where we are in georgia with the runoffs millions heading to the poll in a race that could come down to several different counties. we'll tell you what to watch out for as results continue to come in this evening live from atlanta. don't go away.
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♪ connell: all right, back here, in georgia as they're counting the ballots, more than three million georgians out to vote early. both parties working today to get remaining votes during the final hours that could end up determining the fate and balance of power in washington, d.c. let's get jonathan serrie to pick up reporting and very latest from here in atlanta. reporter: hi, connell, those early voting numbers you mentioned, traditionally early voting numbers favors democrats. today republicans are making and all out effort getting their supporters to the polls. take a listen. >> over five million people voted in november. if we get anywhere near that
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vote turnout today we'll be in great shape. republicans notoriously wait until the last minute to vote on election day. today is no different. i'm very confident that they know what is at stake and we're going to get this vote out. reporter: president trump challenges to the outcome of the presidential race in georgia have divided many republicans they have become a rallying cry for democrats who say any efforts to overturn the results amount to voter suppression. >> and my opponent, kelly loeffler seems awfully busy trying to diminish the voices of the people she is supposed to be representing. she is a senate who will try to amplify the voices of the people, not diminish the voices of people. reporter: state elections officials say for the most part the day has been running smoothly with only one location reporting wait times longer than 20 minutes. connell, there was a software
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issue involving some security keys for electronic elections equipment in columbia county. that encompasses some of the 12th congressional district. so voters there for a couple hours this morning had to use emergency ballots until they were able to get the machines up and running but they say that that problem was resolved by 10:00 this morning. back to you. connell: all right. pretty minor by election day standards. we'll watch for issues like that throughout the evening. jonathan, thank you. we talk control of the senate. the fate of president-elect joe biden's agenda. it could come down to several counties in georgia. jackie deangelis is back in new york with a deep deutsch for us. jackie? reporter: good afternoon to you, connell. as jonathan says it is all about turnout, that is what we're watching the in-person vote. we had a little bit more than that he million early votes. those will be processed and started to be counted tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. the early in person voting that
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happens today will be crucial. you talked about the counties and i'm going to give you three examples of counties. i will give you one that is split, could go either way, one that is red and one that is traditionally blue. we'll have to watch these very closely tonight to see what happens. the first one is peach county. it is a very, very small little county there. but you can see in the general election that the republicans were leading in both races. now this is a county that has a racially split electorate and president obama got this county. president trump also got this county. so it can go either way. now as we're watching we go to a little bit more of a traditionally blue county i want to take a look at fulton county because this is where president trump went last night. he wanted to make a visit there. he won the state by 70%. this is a manufacturing community, white, working class and of course it is going to be really crucial to see how the republicans do here, if they can hold on to this county. we'll be watching that tonight as well.
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when you look at the overall county map here you see more rural areas on the outskirts of the state 10 to be red. urban areas tend to be blue. that is where fulton county comes into play. we were showing polling sites. fulton county is traditionally blue, it is by atlanta. democrats generally carry this one. you see what happens, ossoff was leading. these are three i will be looking at tonight, to see which counties stay the same, which flip, connell. there is so much that can happen. we've seen it all before. back to you. connell: yes we have, you're looking good standing what those in front of us at fox call the billboard. jackie deangelis thank you very much. back in new york. the great bill hemmer joins us. >> i like to see other pimple working it. connell: we were going to ask you to grade her. >> you use it too. connell: sometimes. i'm terrified before i start because there are so many
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different counties in these states. it is tough to get the lines right. when the results come in tonight what is the first thing you look for? >> i tell you jackie did a great job explaining some of the more peculiar counties in the rural areas, in the south and up in the north. i mean the big one is fulton. i think you can draw a blue bull's-eye around nine counties around atlanta georgia. you will find some democratic votes there. can republicans drive up the votes in the rural areas? that is the critical question. connell: those counties you mentioned, nine around atlanta, that advantage that the democrats have has expanded in recent years. now you have some suburban counties the republicans could have counted on. >> that's a great point. if you go to the board, start poking around these counties you see for yourself based on the last presidential race or the last senate race six years ago the democratic increase, maybe it is two points there or three points there, connell but in a state that is this close, that can make a big difference. connell: sometimes the republican increase in the rural
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counties could make up for that, sometimes it doesn't. i think back to pennsylvania. we were covering it in the election that just passed. although president trump didn't win, he did a much better job than many people thought turning out voters, maybe some that hadn't even voted before in some of these counties. >> that is point number one why he came last night. connell: yeah. >> depending on the outcome here maybe you make a case he could have been here last week as well. we'll see. he definitely has coattails. some would argue as bill mcgurn did in "the wall street journal" joe biden does not have coattails. we're about to find out tonight. connell: it is interesting. if you look at it from senator perdue's point of view, if you look at numbers, he already won the race once, he outperformed the president when he did it that time around. >> a little notch here and a notch there. if you don't have a libertarian in the perdue race 60 days ago, perdue probably is not evening having a runoff. he would be above the 50%
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threshold. he missed by .3 of a point. that is why you get the runoff. connell: that is a wider point. when you talk about the financial market impacts and would have to be democratic sweep to take control. we get into the tax policy implications, and all the rest. republicans need one out of two. when we first started covering the runoffs it was one party will win both. i keep hearing that you may have one and one tonight. >> you could be right. i'm a long way of making predictions. most people are flipping a coin. there is really good chance we'll not be able to make calls on this tonight. connell: right. >> and i think we could go well into wednesday to try to figure out who has won here in georgia, do you think there is a good chance about tomorrow that we do have an answer? >> my guess is yes. i was listening to the secretary of state a short time ago. he is reporting lines are not long.
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there is very little wait in any part of the state. connell: does that worry republicans? >> i would think it would be case. maybe you get a rush after the close of business. you're coming up at 5:00 in georgia. we're only one part of 158 counties. if you see the lines are short and democrats would look favorably. connell: they like their chances what they did before the election t all comes down what you did in person on the election if you're republican. what is interesting about bill, you travel with your billboard. have you taken it on vacation with you at all? >> listen, tsa had enough of me. that was a big thing to bring on the trip. you have been on the road for months. connell: we have. >> a lot of people don't realize, hundreds and hundreds of voters you have spoken with over the past six months. connell: there has been value of that especially in the pandemic. >> no doubt. my hats off to you. you have a better sense for
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where the voter is in america in a lot of swing districts than a lot of people realize. connell: i have no idea what will happen tonight. >> i'm looking for a little prediction. connell: no idea. no idea. i'm definitely not getting myself in trouble with any predictions. good to see you. i don't think i've seen you in months the way things are going. bill hemmer with us. the billboard coming up on fox news tonight. we're less than three hours from the polls closing in georgia. how are voters feeling about the turnout? bill says we've been talking to them. take a listen. >> do you think the democrats can actually win? >> absolutely. i'm encouraged by the turnout for a runoff which so far is unusually high. i think a lot of people who voted for trump before are kind of disillusioned by him.
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restaurant industry almost every day on this show but one company is seeing a silver lining amidst the chaos. i spoke earlier to paul brown who is the ceo of atlanta-based inspire brands. it just complete ad 11 billion-dollar acquisition of dunkin' brands. >> it really rounds out our portfolio very well. it puts us in the breakfast day partner. we'll be most balances in the day parts of any restaurant companies. it brings us tremendous amount of scale from loyalty standpoint, digital standpoint and brought us access to the international market where we were very small outside the united states inspire. almost 40% of our restaurants outside of the u.s. with dunkin' brands. connell: will you keep going? that is the question, you have been making acquisitions at quite a pace, is this it? or is there more to come? >> i will never say this is it. if the opportunity comes along we'll be happy to take advantage of it.
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we're feeling good about the portfolio size of our business. we're the second largest restaurant in the u.s. based on scale. we achieved the scale objective. connell: it is mcdonald's and inspire brands? >> yes. connell: a lot of people might not know that. they know your brands. they know sonic and jimmy john's and dunkin' which we know about already. we're having a conversation. we're still in the middle of this global pandemic. we all learned a lot about our businesses since march of last year. what have you guys are learned from all the brands? what is happening differently now? >> we really learned to be nimble and agile as a company. 2020 taught us that. that is one of the things we've been successful, to look quickly what investments we need to pull back on, how we learn from one brand to another. take operational learnings, also taking digital platform learnings from one brand to another and we want to make sure we remain agile in our approach going forward.
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connell: does that mean fewer people working when we come back? there are still millions of people in the country unemployed. when the pandemic is over do more people come back to work in person? do you work towards more automation which seems to be future in your business? what is the outlook? >> restaurants continue to invest in digital that will drive efficiencies, but not a fundamental transformation before was happening in covid. in our headquarters we hope to return close to what we were doing from a normal standpoint in operations having people on premise. connell: will you have more people working here five-years from now is that fair? >> i don't think so. we're in a hiring spree. i think we'll have a lot more people five years from now. connell: the global headquarters where people provide the back office. how much integration between the brands? is it separate or do you work it together to make one company? how do you deal with it personally? >> we have distinct entities and
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distinct p&ls. we're offering leveraged service where we can. that is part of our business model. the back office is leveraged but if we look at digital, technology, analytics those are things we leverage across all bronze. as a large enterprise we can use those that individuals would never act toil do. connell: what would you add to the conversation earning seems to be having how strong things might be in the second half of this year versus how much worry about the pandemic out there? what are you looking around all these brands around the country and where you're positioned? >> clearly there is a lot of pent-up demand when we get out to restaurants. when that is able to return i think we'll see it come back very, very strongly. as far as the economy overall, it will be interesting to tease out how much what we're seeing is because of kind of artificial stimulus and economy having to stand on its own two feet. that is the big open question. connell: we don't know when that
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will be right? are you in favor of more stimulus? do you need it? do your businesses need it? do your customers need it? that is one of the big things on the line covering the senate election, the idea which party controls the senate, if it is the democrats thinking is more stimulus, if it is republicans stimulus but not as much? where do you stand on those issues from a business point of view? >> the right kind of stimulus is actually important right now. we have to be careful for unintended consequences that come with big stimulus packages. connell: what is your biggest worry? >> we actually spend money in places not necessarily we shouldn't spend money and we get left holding the tab at the end of the day. connell: interesting conversation there. a lot of very popular consumer brands controlled by that company. as we continue our coverage from here in georgia we'll take you up north to the nation's capitol. thousands of trump supporters hitting the street. certifying joe biden's electoral college win that is set to
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♪ ♪ connell: so as georgia votes, trump supporters today will be protesting in our nation's capital, this ahead of tomorrow's certification of the presidential election which, of course, was won by joe biden. fox's mike tobin is at freedom plaza with the details. mike. >> reporter: hey, connell. despite a rainy, cold, miserable day here, freedom plaza's about 75% full with demonstrators in favor of president trump, and essentially what they want to do is put a lot of pressure on members of congress ahead of the certification of the electoral college vote. as you know, about 70 republican congressmen and around a dozen republican senators intend to oppose that vote when it comes
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up tomorrow. ahead of this event, d.c. metro police have posted a number of signs reminding demonstrators that firearms are illegal in d.c. and also within 1,000 feet of what they call a first amendment i event. roger or stone, alex jones, george papadopoulos and bernard carrick are speaking tonight. bernard said he may not make it back for his slot to speak tonight. demonstrations this summer turned violent out here. with that in mind, the mayor is encouraging people, particularly if they disagree with the message here, to stay out of downtown. >> we're asking residents and people who live in the region to avoid confrontations with anybody who's looking for a fight, and the best way to do that is to avoid the area. >> reporter: at the center of the friction last month was the
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far-right group, the proud boys. their chairman admitted to playing a role in towering down and destroying one of the black lives matter posters that were pulled down from two historically black churches in d.c. metro police arrested him for destruction of property. further, metro police say he had two high capacity magazines in his possession, so he was arrested for possessing those. he pleaded not guilty and was released with an order that he leave d.c. until his court date. i should note this isn't the only demonstration taking place in d.c., we can show you another one just across the street from the supreme court. with night night falling and the worth, that demonstration is wrapping up. president trump says he will join the demonstrations tomorrow with a speech from the national mall. connell, back to you. connell: mike tobin, thank you. as much attention as we have here in georgia today, i'm sure there'll be as much or more in
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washington. stay tuned for fox business' special coverage of the georgia elections this evening. neil ca view toe anchors our coverage, i'll be here in atlanta, hillary vaughn reporting as well. we'll see you later tonight with special coverage. take care, everybody. ♪ ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. this is a critical juncture in our history. what happens today and perhaps tomorrow in georgia will determine much of what may happen in washington for any number of years to come. we are now two hours from polls closing in georgia's critical senate runoff races. republicans kelly loeffler and david perdue fighting to keep control of the senate and stand strong for president trump. the radical dems, for their part, have spent staggering sums of money to assure that two of the most

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