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CNN Interviews Philadelphia Voters On Impeachment Hearings: "Democrats Grasping At Straws"


CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich travels to the suburbs of Philadelphia to see how voters feel about the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

BURNETT: Tonight, the House Democrats are moving closer to impeaching the president. Sources are telling CNN that there could be a vote by Christmas, but are voters on board?

We went to the key swing state of Pennsylvania to find out. Vanessa Yurkevich is OUTFRONT.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Hey, good morning, everybody. Talking a little politics. I want to know what you think about the impeachment hearings.

VANESA YURKEVICH, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The morning rush to Philadelphia with impeachment on the mind.

STEPHEN DIBONAVENTURA, PENNSYLVANIA REPUBLICAN: It's a big show and I think we're just wasting taxpayers' money.

YURKEVICH: No matter their political party, voters here in the suburbs are paying attention. From the airwaves --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It would be thrown out in any courtroom, put it that way.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nothing there there?


YURKEVICH: To the railways.

LINTON STABLES, PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATS: I'm totally convinced that he's committed a crime.

YURKEVICH: A narrow victory in Pennsylvania helped deliver the White House to Donald Trump in 2016. Democrats here now on offense, with strong voter turnout in local elections earlier this month, helping them score victories in three suburban Philadelphia counties.

DOUG STIRLING, WCHE RADIO HOST: Now that we are a thoroughly blue county for the first time in 150 years, that may portend trouble for the president the next year.

YURKEVICH: Jane Young and her friends have been glued to the hearings for the past two weeks.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: For opening statement, we're not talking.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's not going to happen. You invited the world's worse.

YURKEVICH: At her watch party in Delaware County, four Democrats and one independent. All believe the president has committed a crime.

ADRIAN MILLER, PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT: We're talking about acceptance of law and determining what our laws are now.


MILLER: So are we going to accept that this is practiced now or we not going to accept this as practice?

CHARLOTTE HUMMEL, PENNSYLVANIA DEMOCRATS: I think we're ahead of the congressional hearings. We believed it before they walked in the room and produced the witnesses.

YURKEVICH: Across town, Alexo and Valerie Bell.

VALERIE MORGAN BELL, PENNSYLVANIA INDEPENDENT: It's not supposed to be a few people picking the leaders of the country.


YURKEVICH: Alexo, a staunch Trump supporter. His wife Valerie an independent, who is not a fan of the president.

(on camera): Have you discussed the impeachment inquiry?

ALEXO BELL: I know where she stands, you know what I mean? She would like to see him get the boot, you know, and I wouldn't. So, it's kind of a moot point to even talk about it.

YURKEVICH (voice-over): While respecting each other's opinions is key to their marriage, there is no love lost on their distinct views on impeachment.

ALEXO BELL: I think the Democrats are grasping at straws wherever they can.

VALERIE MORGAN BELL: I just think you have to hold the president to a higher standard. And it doesn't look good. It doesn't have good optics.


YURKEVICH: The vast majority of voters we have spoken to here in Pennsylvania say they don't believe the president will be impeached be, thaw the 2020 election will determine his fate.

But Erin, we only found one voter here who knows who they'll be voting for, and it is a Republican who will be voting for Trump. The others, however, very much still undecided -- Erin.

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