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CNN's Kyung Lah travels to the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, to find out how voters reacted to the first day of impeachment inquiry hearings

JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Let's turn to our other top story, impeachment.



Washington politicos were glued to the first impeachment hearing. But how did the rest of the country watch? What did the public hear? Did what they hear changed their minds?

CNN's Kyung Lah went to the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona being a potential swing state, to find out.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

KYUNG LAH, CNN SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Rising in Phoenix...

WOLF BLITZER, CNN HOST: About to begin this historic moment. This is true history unfolding.

LAH: ... the sentiment of a possible impeachment.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: When there's smoke, there's fire.

LAH: Amid the breakfast rush.

DAVID CRONIN, INDEPENDENT VOTER: I would just say it doesn't pass the sniff test. And I say that as a independent, middle-of-the-road guy who could vote for a Republican or a Democrat.

LAH: That middle ground, independents, make up about one-third of Arizona voters.

BOYCE O'BRIEN, REGISTERED REPUBLICAN: My entire life, I have voted Republican.

LAH (on camera): Every single time?

O'BRIEN: Every single time, up until the last election.

LAH (voice-over): Until Donald Trump, says Boyce O'Brien, watching to see if it's a party he will return to.

BOYCE O'BRIEN, REGISTERED REPUBLICAN: I'm so disappointed in the Republican Party. It's embarrassing for me to even be affiliated with it at this point. I hope that they'll finally develop a backbone and stand up for what's right.

LAH: While there are plenty who have made up their minds from the right --

KENT JEFFERS, REGISTERED REPUBLICAN: Rule didn't getting, other people didn't getting. I'm pretty sure I'm going to vote for him again.

LAH: To the left --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Hey! Ho, ho.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Donald Trump has got to go!

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Orange means go.

LAH: It is those in the middle is places like the Phoenix suburbs who represent the battleground.

CARLY REBUCK, FORMER REPUBLICAN TURNED DEMOCRAT: They insulate him. He doesn't hear any of this.

LAH: Carly Rebuck grew up a McCain Republican.

REBUCK: And then Meghan McCain is here.

LAH: She switched parties after Trump's election. A lifelong political identity gone with the maverick Senator who left a lasting mark.

REBUCK: He made me feel proud to be an Arizonan. It made me feel proud to be a former Republican to see him do that was just -- it meant a lot.

REP. JIM JORDAN (R-OH) This I can't believe and you're their star witness.

REBUCK: I don't recognize the Republican Party as it is now.

LAH: Wearing her sentiment.

REBUCK: We're changing the world.

LAH: As she watches the impeachment hearings with friends.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The card actually says, no party.

CINDY HANS, REGISTERED INDEPENDENT: Your card says no party?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No party. No party.

LAH: And as the day begins to wrap.

HANS: I haven't heard anything yet to make me think that this President is innocent.

REP. ADAM SCHIFF (D-CA): This concludes this portion of the hearings.

HANS: So if you can show me that, I might change my mind.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

LAH: Now independents who we spoke with say that they were glad to watch these public hearings happening before their eyes, seeing this testimony without any sort of filtering from a newspaper or a talking head. That's what they appreciated about this. But just as many independents we spoke with, Jake, who we spent the day with, said, you know, they were grab breakfast and head home because they didn't have the time or interest to devote an entire day to watch this hearing -- Jake.

JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: All right, Kyung Lah, Scottsville, Arizona, thanks so much for that report. Appreciate it.

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