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I'm Geraldo Rivera. I'm Emily Compagno, and I'm Eric Shawn. This is a Fox News rundown. Thursday, August 20th, 20 20, I'm Jared Halpern. The Democrats push for Americans to show up to the polls this November and push hard against President Trump.
I do think a lot of people are tired, they're weary. They're tired of being the constant being pitted against each other and that Joe Biden couldn't bring people together. I'm Chris Foster. The coronavirus pandemic has some small businesses and people who rely on cash scrounging for change.
We are currently producing more corn than we produced in the last 20 years to try to ease some of that pain from some of the people that are experiencing this this corn shortage first hand. And I'm Greg Geran. I've got the final word on the Fox News rundown. California Senator Kamala Harris accepted her party's nomination for vice president, the first woman of color nominated for that position on a major party ticket.
I accept your nomination for vice president of the United States of America.
Harris offered an introduction of herself detailing her upbringing as the child of immigrant parents, a father from Jamaica, a mother from India.
My mother instilled in my sister Maya and me the values that would chart the course of our lives. She raised us to be proud, strong black women, and she raised us to know and be proud of our Indian heritage.
But before Harris addressed the virtual convention, former President Obama offered this stark warning about his successor.
Donald Trump hasn't grown into the job because he can't, and the consequences of that failure are severe.
I think she was trying to tell the country who she is.
Michigan Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell watched both speeches and join me in Fox News radio political analyst Josh Cross our with her reaction and her assessment of the state of play in the upcoming election.
She was showing that she would be a good partner and teammate to Joe Biden, that she cared about this country. She has seen life in this country from so many different perspectives as her mother was African-American. She has Indian background, but she's married to a white man and she doesn't think about all of this. She sees the vision of what we can be and how we can be one American family. And she takes this challenge and is being a candidate for vice president at a time the nation needs somebody who can look at life from different perspectives and help have critical and necessary conversations.
I know that the focus of this third night of the Democratic National Convention was certainly on Senator Harris, her accepting the nomination, the first woman of color to accept the vice presidential nomination for a major political party. There is going to be an awful lot said, however, about what the former president, President Obama, said about the current president.
I never expected that my successor would embrace my vision for continuing my policies. I did hope for the sake of our country that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously.
Congresswoman, were you expecting to hear that from President Obama? And did you have any concerns? Do you have any concerns about those sharp elbows from a former president talking about a sitting president?
You know, I was more struck by I don't think that you call them sharp elbows. I think you heard about a man who from a man that loved his country. Yes. He sat in that Oval Office. He knows what it's like to be president, but he also knows that when you become president, your job is to pull the country together. I think he was talking about democracy. And, you know, he was very honest about how people may be tired of all of this partisan bickering that they're listening to.
They don't know where we're going and they're just sick of all of it. So they may not want to engage, but he talked to them about why they do need to care, why they do need to be engaged. And he was very blunt that the future of our democracy is at stake.
This president and those in power, those who benefit from keeping things the way they are, they are counting on your cynicism. They know they can't win you over with their policies. So they're hoping to make it as hard as possible for you to vote and to convince you that your vote does not matter. That is how they win.
I think that was his first and foremost message, that we all have a responsibility now and that we've got to be active and informed and we've got to take on our responsibility as citizens. I think that's what he was really telling us and that the president of the United States, whose last four years has divided us, not united US.
Congresswoman, it's Josh Kraushaar here. I remember in 2016, after the Democratic convention, there was a lot of Democratic hand-wringing that the focus was too much on Donald Trump and not enough on the Democratic Party's message focusing on working class issues or even not even going after the broader Republican Party's vulnerabilities. Do you think the Democrats are making the same mistake twice, focusing so much on Trump, not enough on Biden, the policy agenda of the Democratic Party? And what do you think voters in your working class district when they hear so much about Trump, who has some support in the Detroit metro area, helped Trump carry your home state in 2016?
Do you think they are the message that you've heard these last three nights or resonated with them?
So first of all, I am one of the people that four years ago tried to warn people that I thought that Donald Trump could win the election and that he was connecting with working men and women in our state and people weren't seeing it or understanding that we are not going to win an election being anti Donald Trump. We have to show what our vision is. I think Democrats did not four years ago understand how the auto workers that you heard from hadn't forgotten what happened in 2008 and that fear of losing their job any minute, seen those jobs overseas, shipped overseas, was in their hearts and souls.
And Donald Trump recognise that better four years ago. Then I think many members of the Democratic Party, I think you saw much more attention paid on issues. You saw a variety of issues discussed and you saw workers, you saw different people have different perspectives. Just real people talk about how the issues impacted him. But Joe Biden's got to lay out his vision and what his what he will focus on and what the issues are that he will work on and talk to the American people about what he will do and focus on those issues.
I actually think that one of the most important things that Joe Biden will do for this country, I do think a lot of people are tired, they're weary, they're tired of being the constant being pitted against each other and that Joe Biden could bring people together. He is going to heal the heart and soul of this country. I think you're hearing that from people as you're talking this week in Joe Biden's going to tell the American people how he's going to do that and what he's going to do.
But just the follow up, I mean, the speeches that are getting the most attention are these searing indictments about the president's conduct in office and his character. You heard from former President Obama, democracy being at stake. You heard the former first lady really indicting the president's character. But those were messages we heard from from from Hillary Clinton and a lot of her allies in 2016. And it didn't resonate in these Midwestern. States including Michigan, are you worry that the Democratic Party may be making the same mistake twice?
I think we've got to be positive and articulate a vision. I also think that this election's going to be a covid election. And that, look, I'm not telling you right now that this election's won. I don't believe the polls have been very candid with people that I don't believe the polls are. I think that we're I feel better today than I did four years ago, that we were connecting with working men and women. But I think those working men and women are still some of them are making up their minds.
I think a third of them, I think a lot of people have voted for Donald Trump are going to vote for Donald Trump. Again, everybody who voted for Hillary Clinton is going to vote for Joe Biden again. But I think there's this group in the middle who don't like what's happened with covid. The world have been turned upside down. They're scared. They're scared about their jobs, their rent, their mortgage, how they're going to pay for food and have access to health care.
And they're trying to figure out who can they trust. And that's what Joe Biden's going to do. He's going to connect with them and talk about you're not happy with what's happened. This is what I'm going to do so that you don't have to be scared so you don't have to worry about this. And I'm going to make sure that your job is safe. The one I begged four years ago, the Clinton campaign to bring Joe Biden in to talk to that auto worker because he understood that fear.
He understood that their jobs had been shipped overseas. And, you know, Donald Trump understood that, talked to him about it four years ago. And we're going to see how both men connect. But I do think Joe Biden understands it better and has empathy and that empathy is going to really matter in these next couple of months. What are your feelings about Michigan this time around?
You you've seen the polls. You saw the polls four years ago, which turned out to be pretty off base. But Joe Biden does seem to have a comfortable lead and even the president's campaign is pulling back a lot of the advertising that was originally intended for Michigan. You more confident this time around that Joe Biden has a handle on winning Michigan versus Hillary Clinton?
I don't think this election's over. And while we've seen the Trump campaign pulled back and some of their media, they've done it in other states, too. So I'm not even sure that they're not playing games here. I don't know what's really going on. And we'll see as the weeks go forward. I think we cannot take anything for granted. I probably feel better than I did four years ago. And maybe that's partially because nobody believed me when I was walking into a UAW picnic and not telling people they've got a vote.
I wasn't even going to a picnic telling workers they needed to vote for Hillary Clinton. I was doing what I do every year to UAW picnics, and they were stopping me and saying, I can't vote for your gal, Debbie. You got to going to have to forgive me. And we're really going out of the way to talk to me about what their concerns are. I'm still talking to people. I'm out probably more than I should be and that not inside.
But I'm outside at farmers markets and I've been to Black Lives matter of rallies and law enforcement support rallies and veterans events. And there are clearly still very strong Trump supporters in parts of my district. But there are others that are thinking they're just reflecting and they're really worried about what's going to happen to them and covid to turn the world upside down. And they don't know if the man they voted for last time, who said he was going to protect their job and make the economy better is somebody that they can trust because the way he's treated Cauvin has put their job in danger.
Congresswoman Dingell, thank you so much for joining us. Former Vice President Joe Biden will accept his party's nomination for president tonight, including the 2020 Democratic National Convention. We will kick off our coverage at eight o'clock Eastern Time on FOX News radio stations across the country and as always, on the Fox News app. This is Greg Djura with your Fox News commentary coming up from the Fox News podcasts network. Subscribe and listen to the Trey Gowdy podcast. Former federal prosecutor and four term U.S. congressman from South Carolina brings you a one of a kind podcast.
Subscribe and listen now by doing a Fox News podcast, Dotcom, check the cushions, break open the piggy bank on top of everything else. The coronavirus pandemic is causing a national quoin shortage. Not enough pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and moving around. So some businesses are having to require exact change or require payment by credit or debit card.
It's really not a coin flip problem. It really is a coin circulation problem. That's the that's the key issue.
David Writers, the thirty ninth director of the United States Mint, is asking for Americans help getting that small money moving again.
Coins simply aren't circulating through the economy as quickly as they did prior to covid-19.
Is it just as simple? Is this people aren't going to newsstands as much. They're, you know, not going a little coffee shops much that are going to dollar stores as much. And so a lot of those coins are just sitting in jars and on dressers.
Yeah, there's there's a big supply chain issue going on here with with company you don't normally hear about. They're called coin aggregators. And these are these are companies who have machines that sit outside stores like Wal-Mart or the big box stores in many cases, in a lot of cases, banks where customers can come in and deposit those coins and get them back into circulation. And the reason I say it's a fairly big issue is the mint generally probably puts into circulation less than 20 percent of coins nationally where the aggregators put in pretty much the rest.
And those businesses that receive those coins from customers are down probably 64, 65 percent. It's making a huge impact on this whole coin circulation issue.
Yeah, it's not just a silly little sidebar. I mean, for small businesses, if you're a laundromat and not a very modern laundromat and you're still running everything off quarters, you're in trouble in some places.
Know a lot of cases of laundromats are in trouble. They are experiencing probably this first hand. It's very unfortunate, but it's one of those types of businesses that do rely on quarters. You know, they do do alternate pay type payments, just cards and debit cards and things like that. But in a lot of places in the country where they don't do that, they depend on quarters and they're getting and they're hard to find.
And also, it's not the small businesses, but also poorer Americans. There are a lot of Americans that don't have a bank account, that don't have a credit card or a debit card to buy this stuff. And if they're being asked to use exact change, they're not going to be able to buy their stuff.
And that's why the United States government is working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are currently producing more coins than we produced in the last 20 years to try to ease some of that pain from some of the people that are experiencing this this corn shortage first hand. So we are we are trying to do our best to alleviate the problem. We are shipping coins out as fast as we can manufacture them. They go to the Federal Reserve and the Federal Reserve then distributes those coins throughout their customer base nationwide.
Did you guys get slowed down by the coronavirus outbreak? I mean, you have safety issues, too.
We had quite a number of issues, but we have been very fortunate in that we implemented very early on a lot of safety measures. We've had to close down a couple of our facilities a couple of different times. But knock on wood, we have survived and and probably one of the only mints in the world that have been producing to the level of what we've been producing as the world's largest man. So we've been very fortunate, but we've also done a lot of work to prevent covid from entering any of our facilities.
Good coronavirus aside, even before this, are we we're going more cashless. I mean, we're not to the level of a country like Sweden or even Kenya or Somalia, where most people just pay for things on their phone linked to a car. But are we going more and more cashless? I think in some countries we are.
I think in the United States, it's going to be a while. I think mostly for our currency, our paper currency, as well as our Cornetta, we're seeing very high volumes from the Federal Reserve, from ordering our products. So while that may be why the. That may be the case down the road, I don't see it in the near future. You mentioned having to close down some facilities a couple of times. Do we still use the same methods that we've used since I was a kid and I was collecting coins and I was looking for the D or the W explain where coins are made sure the the the largest in the world is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
And then we have Denver, Colorado, a very old mint, but our second largest mint. We do a lot of our numismatic products in San Francisco, California, and most of our gold is coming out of West Point Bullion Depository, which sits on the West Point Military Academy. They do a lot of our gold bullion, which, by the way, we are seeing record record volumes of gold and silver bullion being sold during this pandemic. So West Point is is pushing out a lot of product as well.
How long the coins generally stay in circulation?
It's you know, sometimes you get a handful of change and you'll get a penny that's 70 years old. It's not that uncommon.
It's a coin generally stay in quite, quite a long time. They get taken out of circulation mostly, which is one of the reasons we have this problem is a lot of people take them out of circulation, put them in their coin jars or their jugs. Are there any bank? And that's where they stay. And so that's one of the key key takeaways is that we're asking people to take those coins to the recyclers and put them back into circulation.
Yeah, if you get a jar of coins, that isn't worth anything except what's in the jar, you know, maybe add it to your errands and stop by the bank if your bank branch is open or one of those Coinstar machines and and dump it in. Right.
My my brother in law in Georgia has two big jugs of water bottle, jugs of coins. And my guess is, is if he took those in which I've been pushing them to do probably ten, fifteen thousand dollars of the coins sitting on those jugs, it's a lot more than what you might think.
What's up with the penny these days? Still going to be around a while longer.
The penny is going to be around a while longer. There is talk about it going, by the way. But I don't I don't see that happening anytime soon. Congress has to mandate that through legislation. That's not something that the the administration can do or I can do as the head of the United States Mint. That has to be mandated and pushed through legislation to make that change happen.
So this happened before in reading up, before talking to you, there was a coin shortage. This was an actual shortage in the late 50s, early 60s, when silver prices had people hoarding coins back when dimes and quarters had silver. Do I have that about right?
Yes. The coins many, many years ago and some of them still circulate pure silver coins that were quarters mostly that were made out of silver that went away many, many years ago. Most of our corn coins now are made out of a variety of different metals. We're, in fact, pushing Congress to get us the ability to change our alloys to a seamless alloy that would be cheaper than our current alloys, which would save between 20 and 40 million dollars a year.
So that's something else that we're also working on to save the taxpayers a few bucks by simply changing the type of values that we use.
So this coin finally, just getting back to the coin circulation problem, is it easing as more businesses are opening, like by this time next year, this is all going to be not a problem anymore, I assume that's correct.
I mean, I've talked to Coinstar, which is the largest aggregator out there. They have most of their machines in the Wal-Mart. They're starting to see some come back and some of their deposits. The Federal Reserve is also pushing the word out to their customers and their banks, and they're starting to see more deposits. So it's slowly starting to turn around. But with the cold virus still an issue, it's it's it's slowly coming back.
So Dave Reiter, U.S. Mint director, is a pleasure to talk to you.
Thanks very much, Chris. Appreciate it.
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It's time for your Fox News commentary. Greg Jarrett, what's on your mind? There's not much intelligence on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
It's one of those oxymorons so endemic in Washington.
It took the committee three years to figure out the obvious that there is, quote, absolutely no evidence that then candidate Donald Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russian government to meddle in the 2016 election. All right. So maybe next week the geniuses on the bipartisan committee will announce that the earth is round.
You'd have to be intolerably ignorant not to have recognized long ago that the whole Trump Russia collusion narrative was a deviously contrived fiction.
A year and a half ago, the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no collusion conspiracy. Two and a half years ago, the House Intelligence Committee reached the same conclusion. But let's not stop there. Turns out that James Comey, FBI, knew it was all a hoax as early as January of twenty 17th, the very month that Trump was inaugurated. That's three and a half years ago.
So excuse me for mocking the Senate Intelligence Committee, but their report is like the mailman who delivers a draft notice years after the war is over. Now, most of the wild accusations against Trump were based on the fabricated dossier composed by ex British spy Christopher Steele, funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Their goal was to smear Trump with phony Russian information in advance of the 2016 election.
In other words, Trump didn't collude with Russia to unduly influenced the election. Hillary Clinton and Democrats did.
The Senate committee faulted the FBI for giving the dossier unjustified credence, as if that constitutes a stunning revelation. It doesn't, and neither is the finding that the FBI itself fell victim to Russian disinformation paid for by the Clinton campaign. In fact, Comey and his confederates were witting accessories to that disinformation. They knew it was bogus, but they didn't care. Destroying Trump was all that mattered, so they scrupulously hid the truth.
There are other aspects of the Senate report that attempt to transform the banal into sensational.
Did people on Trump's campaign try to obtain advance information about WikiLeaks e-mail dumps?
Sure they did, as did journalists everywhere, myself included.
So what was it unwise to hire Paul Manafort as campaign chairman, given his business dealings with Ukraine and his contacts with Russian connected clients? No, it was stupid. The campaign failed to vet him. Manafort presence posed a counterintelligence risk, and later, when alarm bells went off, he was promptly fired. The Senate Intelligence Committee seems to be operating under the illusion that its delinquent, unoriginal report serves as the final word on the hoax that begat a scandal.
It is not US attorney John Durham, who recently issued the first felony charge against former FBI lawyer Kevin Kleinsmith for falsifying evidence, continues his criminal investigation into suspected malfeasance, corruption and abuse of power at the FBI. I hope you'll pick up my book, Witch Hunt The Story of the Greatest Mass Delusion in American Political History. I'm Greg Jerrett, Fox News.
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