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- An arrest made in thenationwide bomb scare.
Good evening and welcome to Faith Nation.
I'm Jenna Browder.
Well after three straightdays of mail bomb discoveries,
federal authorities have a man in custody.
He's been charged with fivedifferent crimes including
illegal mailing of explosives.
CBN National SecurityCorrespondent Eric Rosales
has been following the developments.
And Eric, what do we knowabout the suspect and
the charges, he faces?
- Well Jenna, his name is CaesarSayock he's, 56 years old,
and he lived in South Florida.
Just outside of Miami.
Now, sources told me that the FBI actually
had him under surveillancefor the past 24 hours.
Now, he's no stranger to law enforcement.
He does have a criminalpast including threats,
a possessing explosive devices,fraud, even drug possession.
And he had been a person on their radar.
He now faces five counts, if convicted,
faces up to 58 years in prison.
- This is a law and orderadministration, we will not
tolerate such lawlessness,specially not political violence.
- We can confirm, that 13 IED's were sent
to various individuals,across the country.
Each device, consisted ofroughly six inches of PVC pipe.
A small clock, a battery, somewiring and what is known as
Which is essentially, potentialexplosives and material
that give off heat and energy through a
reaction to heat, shock or friction.
Though we're still analyzingthe devices in our laboratory,
these are not hoax devices.
- FBI Director, ChristopherWray, warned the public that
more devices could be outthere and more arrests could
take place, in this ongoing investigation.
- Eric what are you hearing about how
they exactly tracked down this man?
- Well sources told me that itwas DNA off of one of the 12
envelopes and a fingerprintand that information
was confirmed at the news conference.
It was DNA off of the envelope sent by
Congresswoman Maxine Waters and the
fingerprint was foundon one of the devices.
Due to an arrest inFlorida, the suspect was
already in the system andthat came up as a match.
- And Eric what did the President
have to say about all of this?
- Well, speaking at the YoungBlack Leadership Conference,
President Trump said that hedoes plan to bring the weight
of the justice system on the suspect.
And he applauded the workof the federal authorities.
Take a listen.
- I want to applaud theFBI, Secret Service,
Department of Justice, theU.S Attorney's Office for
the Southern District ofNew York, the NYPD, and
all law enforcementthroughout the entire country.
Incredible partners, thesepeople have worked so hard
and to have done it so quickly.
It's looking like, you'relooking, it's a needle
in a haystack; how doyou do this so quickly?
They've done an incredible,incredible job and I wanna
- Jenna, everyone's justcalling it good police work.
- Alright, Eric Rosales,thank you very much.
- You got it.
Well ahead of the arresttoday, President Trump took to
Twitter to say the nationalbomb scare was slowing the
momentum of republicans headinginto the midterm elections.
Saying, but politics weren'tgetting as much news coverage.
For months, there have beentalk of a blue wave of voters
getting the House andSenate back to Democrats.
Now though with just 11 daysto go, that is not so certain.
Races are tightening up, asvoter enthusiasm has grown in
A big reason is backlashfollowing the Democrats attacks on
Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh,
during his confirmation.
- The plants and factories are coming back
like never before.
- One reason for therecent change in polling,
is President Trumps non-stop campaigning.
So far this month, he's visited23 cities and plans another,
at least, 10 rallies before election day.
His appearances are beingmet with great enthusiasm.
This Texas stadium packedwith 18,000 supporters.
While tens of thousands more wanted in.
It's this enthusiasm, that's giving
Republicans increased confidence.
One administration officialtells us they think the
Presidents campaigning andthe Supreme Court confirmation
of Justice Brett Kavanaugh,will help them pick
up a seat or two in the Senate.
The same administrationofficial, also thinks the idea
of a blue wave, has been over-blown.
A GOP source on the ground tells CBN News
they've seen a majorenthusiasm shift because
of the ugly Supreme Courtbattle over Kavanaugh.
This source says it's makingraces in the, toss up,
states of Missouri, NorthDakota and Indiana much tighter.
- She's going to befantastic, Marsha Blackburn.
- [Jenna] In other states likeTennessee it's neck-and-neck.
Hoping to change that,Representative Marsha Blackburn,
is full on embracing Trumpand appears to be pulling
ahead of her opponent, Bill Bredesen.
That according to a newWashington Post Schar School poll,
the most contested battleground House districts
still remain too close to call.
With 50% of those polledsupporting Democratic candidates
and 47% backing Republicans.
From now until November 6th,voters can expect to hear a lot
of similar themes.
- This will be the election,of the caravan, Kavanaugh,
Law and Order, tax-cut's and common sense.
- The question is whocan keep enthusiasm high
enough, to drive them to the polls?
And that is the question.
Well Capitol Hill Correspondent,Abigail Robertson, joins
me now to break down someof the key Senate races.
Abigail, let's start with Missouri,
we were just talking about that.
How big of a factor isKavanaugh and the courts there?
- Well it's been interesting as I've
covered some of these close races.
In some states, likeFlorida, it's not top of mind
for voters but in Missouri,it is just the opposite.
It is a huge deal for voters,the judiciary, they care
very deeply about it.
As Congresswoman Ann Wagnertold me, just a few weeks ago,
that it will definitelybe a make or break issue,
for people in Missouri and takea look at what she told me.
- It's huge, you know thereare a lot of voters that I've
talked to, especially inmy district, during the
last election, some of them voted for
Donald Trump specificallybecause of the court.
Not just the Supreme Courtbut what he would be able
to do to impact the federal bench, also.
- And, what's interestingis Democratic incumbent,
Senator Claire McCaskill,did not vote to confirm
She voted against him and before that vote
happened she held a threepoint lead, in what has been a
neck-in-neck race, and afterthe vote Josh Hawley gained
and now he is up about,over 1% over McCaskill.
So it definitely had aneffect with the voters there
and but I talked to McCaskill,a few months ago actually
in Missouri, and she toldme that she feels like she's
done a good job, in Washington,
representing the people of Missouri.
And she feels like she'sdone a good job working cross
the isle and yeah, so take a look,
we have a slot from her as well.
- If that's what people reallywant, they want us to quit
yellin' at each other and they
want us to start working together.
And I gotta a lot of proofpoints that, that's exactly
the kind of Senator I've been and
I'm hopeful that will be enough.
- And despite her goingdown in the polls, recently,
I spoke with her on theHill about a week or two ago
and she said she feels greatabout the state of her race
but it is neck-in-neck.
- Yeah, that Brett-bouncegiving him a lot of momentum.
Abby, what do you think isthe big thing, if there's
one or two things to watch in this race.
- Well at this point, justover a week out from the
election, I feel like a lotof voters in this state have
made up their mind and whatI'm going to be watching is
the final results in this election.
President Trump won the stateof Missouri by 19 points.
And even though it's themidterms, the President is very
much on the ballot and I think seeing who,
if Claire McCaskill wins this race.
Then that I think is avery telling sign for if
the President is losing hisgrip on the state in 2020.
- Yeah, Missouri, one of the key races.
Alright well as Abigailmentioned, 2016 President Trump
won Missouri by 19 pointsand in the lead up to the
mid-terms, Josh Hawley hasreally aligned himself with
much of Trump's agenda including
when it comes to religious freedom.
I sat down with Hawley to find out
why it's so important to him.
- The country needs us.
- [Anchor] He's a rising star in the GOP.
- The culture needs us,our society needs us.
- [Anchor] And at just 37,Missouri Attorney General
Josh Hawley hopes to be theShow Me State's next Senator.
And he has President Trump's support.
- Josh, our next Senator, where is he?
He's gonna be a great Senator.
- [Anchor] And it's not just Trump,
Hawley has support fromother Republicans, like
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
One issue he's especially passionate
about is Religious Freedom.
- It rests at the very centerof our Constitution and
the reason for that is,religious liberty tells the
government there is a linethat you may not cross.
You cannot tell us what tothink, you cannot tell us
what to believe, who togather with or who to worship.
It protects that allimportant right of conscious.
- [Anchor] As AttorneyGeneral, he's fought
human trafficking andgone after giants like
Google and the pharmaceutical industry.
McCaskill, has taken noticeand is hitting hard criticizing
Hawley for running for higheroffice after only one year
in his current position.
- I believe Josh Hawleyhas spent more time talking
to the insiders in Washingtonthe last four months
then he has Missouri.
- [Anchor] Hawley sayshe's ready for Washington
and with his family by his side,
is standing strong on his faith.
- Well you know, I'mready to serve the Lord,
which is the most important thing.
And my wife and I, I'm blessedto be married to a wonderful
woman, who believes in theLord Jesus with all her heart.
We've got two little boys athome and we feel like the Lord
has called us, to do ourpart, in the public sphere.
- And last night McCaskilland Hawley held their final
debate, we will bring youmore on that later on,
in the show.
Well down in Texas,the latest figures show
Senator Tedd Cruz up six points
to his challenger, Beto O'Rourke.
A new poll from the University of Texas
and the Texas Tribune, showsCruz with 51% of likely voters
in the state, O'Rourke with 45%.
Although Senator Cruz has a sizable lead,
the Cook Politcal Report still
ranks the Texas race as a toss up.
And the President campaignedthis week for Cruz in Houston,
with this narrow lead over hisDemocratic opponent, the GOP
hopes the Presidents visitwill help seal the deal come
November 6th, Abigail has that story.
- Gotta vote for Ted Cruz.
the Democrats are a bigrisk to the American family,
and our country cannot affordto take those kind of risks.
- [Anchor] John Graves, Presidentof Vision America, tells
CBN News he's not surprised tosee Republicans losing a grip
on the conservative strong-hold.
- I've been telling people for years,
Texas is trending that way.
Donald Trump won Ohio by8.1%, he won Texas by 9%.
And people think ofOhio as a purple state,
they don't think of Texas as one.
- [Anchor] Vision America,encourages Christians around the
country to vote.
Their non-partisan voter guidefor Texas shows where both
candidates stand on issueslike the Supreme Court,
Right to Life and protectingreligious liberties.
Over the weekend, however, anunknown person made fraudulent
copies of the guides, changingthe text of the issues and
mix them into piles passed out at
multiple churches in Texas.
- They snuck inside churchesto deceive church members and
I've been around this forover 20 years, I've never seen
or heard anything like that.
- [Anchor] O'Rourke has seensupport from some pro-life
women in Texas, unhappy with the families
being separated at the border.
And the fake guide claimsSenator Cruz supports this.
Cruz told CBN News, hestrongly opposes the policy.
- I can tell ya when we sawthe issue of family separation,
I introduced legislation,I stepped forward and led
legislation that would mandatefamilies stay together.
That we keep familiestogether, that we keep kids
with their parents.
- [Anchor] The fraudulentguide also claims O'Rourke
supports the Right to Life,because he increased access
to health care.
Without showing his stance on abortion.
- I will only vote to confirma Supreme Court Justice
who believes in a woman'sright to make her own decisions
about her own body.
O'Rourke strongly opposes the President.
Saying he will vote forimpeachment if elected.
And will not support a wallon the Southern border.
Cruz on the other hand,has embraced the President.
Inviting Trump to headlinethe Monday rally, where
tens of thousands gathered.
- I am honored that PresidentTrump is here endorsing and
supporting my campaign and Ilook forward to campaigning
along side him in 2020,for his re-election as
President of the United States.
- Yeah, this race definitely closer then
Ted Cruz would like to see.
Abigail why do you think it is so close?
Texas is typically, deep, deep red.
- Yes, well many Texans I talked to
and I asked that question,they pointed out that the
population of Texas has grown by more then
three million peoplein just under a decade.
So, Texas as a state it's changing.
The people who make up thestate, it's changing and
as a result, I think conservativesare losing their grip
on that stronghold.
And I also spoke with somepeople, some Republicans, who say
they don't believe that we'rethat far off from seeing
Democrats have a real shot atwinning these statewide races.
I think Senator Cruz has acomfortable, enough lead that
he will pull out a victory in this one.
But it has been decades, sincea Democrat won a statewide
race in this state but Idon't think we're far off
from seeing these racesget a lot closer in Texas.
- Yeah, and you were juston the ground in Texas,
you were talking about how,there's really this movement
of pro-life, evangelical women,who are actually supporting
O'Rourke and not Cruz.
- Yes, they uh, there aresome women that we know of in
Texas that are pro-life,conservatives but they say despite
that they've been pro-life theirwhole life, they still are.
Right now they think the morepressing pro-life issue is
reuniting these families that have been
separated at the border.
So they are going to vote forBeto O'Rourke because they
are associating the familyseparation with the President and
with Senator Cruz, as wesaw in the package I asked
Senator Cruz about this.
And he said that he has putbills forward to reunite this
family but I think it's justone of those things, that we're
seeing that people are,they don't like the policy.
Republicans are in powerand they are going to blame
Republicans for that.
And not vote for Senator Cruzas a result but when I asked
Cruz's campaign they believethat it's not, they believe
that they have the majorityof support from conservatives
or from Christians andpro-life conservatives.
They think it's just asmall amount of people.
- Yeah, interesting trend indeed.
- Alright, well Florida is another state
with particularly close Senate race.
In fact, it's become themost expensive in the
whole country and Abigail inaddition to Texas you're also,
you've been all over theplace, you were in Florida too.
- Yes, I was just inTampa and I spoke with
Political Analyst, Susan MacManus,
about why this race isparticularly competitive.
- Partisanship is very deep in this state.
The stakes are high, money is rolling into
this race from outside the state.
Obviously because Democrats are holding
on for dear life to that seat.
- [Anchor] And Republicansare giving it their all,
to win it over.
With 28% of the stateregistered as no party, however.
- Govern Scott has a reallytough time because he knows
that he's got to capturea certain part of that,
no party affiliation independent vote and
he's got to continue tohold on to Republicans.
And at the same time try tothink about some of those
Conservative Democrats in the Panhandle
that might vote for him.
- [Anchor] MacManus callsFlorida the most difficult state
for campaigning because ofit's diversity and size.
Statewide candidates must be careful
on sensitive issues like gun control.
- The issue itself plays quitedifferently depending upon
where you are in Florida.
- [Anchor] For example, ruralvoters see guns as necessary
protection, while urban votersassociate the weapons with
two deadly events stillfresh in their mind.
- They have to talk aboutissues that are important to
Florida, how to fix things.
- [Anchor] Republican votersargue Nelson has been in
Office, far too long.
- He's a career politician, at this point.
- Senator Nelson, isprobably a great man but
he hasn't been in Florida in a long time.
- [Anchor] Democratsbelieve he's done a good job
fighting for medicare, socialsecurity and protecting
- I like his stance on the issues.
- [Anchor] MacManus says at this point,
it's still anyone's guess.
- Yeah, and of course, HurricaneMichael, just devastating
Florida here recently.
Abigail how do you thinkthat will affect this race?
- I honestly think that thisdevastation, it's catastrophic.
I think it spells a lot oftrouble for Republicans.
Because these areas in thePanhandle, these counties are
typically some of the highestvoter turnout in the state.
Where races are won, statewideraces are won by less then 1%
frequently and these countiesare some of the strongest
Republican counties in the state.
And this could be very troublingbecause voting right now
might not be top of mindfor a lot of these people.
Who just lost everything!
Not to mention their pollingcenters are, changing.
Their gonna have troublegetting to the polls, so
it could have a big effect in the race.
- Mm-hm, and Politicothey were reporting today,
that the President isnervous about Florida.
Do you think Democrats could sweep?
We have about 30 seconds left.
- Yes, they very much socould win, the Governor's race
and the Senate race.
President Trump has campaignedstrongly for both of those,
for both the Republican candidates there.
He wants to see GovernorScott as Senator Scott helping
him push his agenda inWashington and he wants to see
Desantis win the Governorship,to help him in 2020.
And getting resources in Florida, so yeah.
- There could be a couplemore rallies down in Florida.
- Alright, Abigail, thank you.
Well up next why the CaliforniaGovernor's race could
end up in a surprising upset.
- [Announcer] Watch liveelection coverage on the CBN News
Channel, Tuesday November6th from 8pm to midnight.
- While much attentionhas been paid to the
House and Senate, many states are holding
close Governor's races, in these midterms.
36 of 50 states will electGovernors come November.
The decision made on statelevels will have a federal
impact of course, 26 ofthose newly elected Governors
will be in place for re-districting,
that means they will have the power to
veto or approve a redrawingof Congressional Maps.
In California it would beconsidered an upset if the
Governors race goes to theRepublican candidate, John Cox.
Polls indicate he seems tobe in striking distance, of
heavily favored Democrat, Gavin Newsom.
CBN's David Brody has the story.
- [Anchor] California is oftendescribed as the liberal,
left coast but John Cox, whobills himself as a common-sense
business man, is gainingenough ground to spark
rumors of an upset.
Some recent polling showsCox only trailing Democrat
Gavin Newsom by single digits.
I spoke to Cox, recently in San Diego,
where he addressed hundreds of Pastor's.
- Californians, I think, havealways wanted some change.
And they've always wantedto have a check on their
legislator and frankly I think that's
even more true now, then ever David.
We've got a legislaturethat's off the rails, it's
regulating plastic straws,it's not doing much about
the cost of living and aboutthe homeless situation and
the housing crisis and the water crisis.
And schools, that arenow, 47th in the nation.
This is not the Californiathat people remember.
- [Anchor] We reached out to his opponent,
with multiple interview requests and
received no responsefrom the Newsom campaign.
In a recent interview, theformer San Francisco Mayor, said
that Cox is too out of touchwith California values.
- I'm passionate, in terms ofmy progressive principles and
values, but I have no interestin reverting back to the old
days, of tax and spend and deficits.
And so, in the spirit of GovernorBrown, I want to maintain
that fiscal discipline but withsome emphasis on investments
and early childhood educationand the conveyor belt for all
talent, are intuitions of higher learning.
- [Anchor] Cox arguesthat the state is facing a
myriad of problems includingthe cost of housing,
high electricity billsand the water situation.
- Recently the legislator,imposed water rationing,
in a state that sits next tothe largest, body of water,
in the World, we're gonnabe imposing water rationing
on the people of this state.
They won't even be able totake a bath, in this state,
in a few years.
- [Anchor] On immigrationCox says Newsom's
views on Sanctuary Cities make no sense.
- The major problem, frankly,is the country to the
South of us, which has beenruled by corrupt governments,
to a large extent.
It's not been able to getahold of it's drug gangs and
it's criminality, frankly,the last thing we want is that
coming here and making our life miserable.
So when we do things likethe Sanctuary State, we're
sending a message, that we're gonna
somehow put up with criminality.
Well, yeah know, if youput up with criminality,
you're gonna get more of it.
- [Anchor] Newsom says Cox'shas tied himself to President
Trump's aggressive moves on immigration.
- He's a bully.
The fact is California, wedon't need to be intimidated,
we're the 5th largest economyin the world, our populations
larger then 163 nations, wepunch above our weight and
you don't react by kowtowing,as some cities and counties,
across the country and states have done.
We protect and we preserveour values and we defend our
diverse communities and we assert
ourselves as only California can.
- [Anchor] Cox came hereto tell Pastor's how
Christian values have shaped his policies.
He grew up learning responsibilityin a very unexpected way.
- My real father, didnot, take responsibility.
My mother said she was raped,was probably a date rape.
You know, I don't know, I wasn'tthere, I was the conception
as a result of that, andhe married my mother.
Because I guess you did thatin 1955, he did do that.
But then he left.
And he didn't take responsibilityand he never supported me.
And my mother was leftto fend for herself.
I'd like to instill innot only the faithful,
but people who don't havea faith, the idea that it
really helps your inner beingwhen you take responsibility
and when you put yourself inthe community and you help.
So, I'd like to see thatas one of my missions,
as Governor of this state.
- [Anchor] We'll see if it'sa winning message November 6.
For Faith Nation, David Brody, CBN News.
- And we'll be right back,with more Faith Nation.
In the wake of the mailbombs sent to Democratic
leaders this week, a renewedcall for civility is being
echoed across the country.
It was an issue Missouri Senatecandidates Claire McCaskill
and Josh Hawley addressedin a debate, last night.
- No, I am very concerned,Mike in answer to your question
about the culture of incivilityand confrontation and
even outright violence,that we're seeing across
I think it is extremelyconcerning to hear politics come
to this level.
- That's the problem.
This is a problem on both sides.
We gotta turn down the temperature,
their are people bein' ugly on both sides.
All the consumer protectionsthat he's trying ...
- And although they agreedabout the lack of civility
being seen in the country right now,
they didn't agree on how we got there.
Hawley mentioned the toneof Democratic leaders like
Eric Holder and protesters who have
approached law makers in public places.
While McCaskill spoke about therhetoric of President Trump.
Well that is going to do itfor Faith Nation this week.
Have a great weekend andwe'll see you right back here