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from islamist groups, not al qaeda, but islamist groups that they are strong in libya. but i don't think that's going to be the first order of the day because what has to happen is establishing basic order and political representation to avoid the kind of chaos that could then really support a haven for terrorists. >> thank you all very much. that does it for "360." our coverage continues next. we'll see you tomorrow. tonight, libya on the brink. >> no one wants a dictator. >> no more fear. gadhafi is gone. we don't want him anymore. game over. >> very happy. very, very happy. everybody here around us, very
happy. >> tonight we take our freedom. >> the gadhafi regime ask coming to an end and the future of libya is in the hands of its people. >> is this gadhafi's last stand? what comes next. we'll talk to boots on the ground and the libyans. and the man thants to be the next president. >> i'll stick to the issues that really matter to the american people right now and will be totally responsible for getting us back in the game. >> is jon huntsman is real deal? can a republican who favors civil union with gay couples and president obama's ambassador to china, have the tea party tied? jon huntsman, the remarkably candid one-on-one. >> pierce, i'm in it to win and i promise i won't walk off. >> this is piers morgan tonight.
>> moammar gadhafi saifal islam gadhafi claims the city is still under his control and his father is safe and well. i'll talk to matthew chance. i'll go live to sara sidner. sara, if you can hear me -- what's going on? >> we heard a lot of rapid gunfire. we saw tracer rounds coming over our heads, literally right over us. we had to take cover. we started to wonder what was going on. if there was some sort of fight that started up again in this town which is just about 30 miles from tripoli. as it turned out, as the night went on even though that went on for about an hour and a half, we got in touch with rebel sources who told us, no, they are
celebrating. yes, they're blowing off things like mortars but they are celebrating in zawiya. there were gun battles in the city of tripoli. we drove into the main drag from the west, that's where a lot of businesses normally are. a lot of commerce takes place and some neighborhoods. we drove straight down toward green square and we were stopped in the evening because they were telling us we couldn't go any further. we could hear gunfire the rebels telling us snipers were in the area and the situation was very tense and there were, at one point, surrounded but they're fighting their way out of that. and that's the last we heard on that situation in the center of the city. a very close, also, to the gadhafi compound there. and to the hotel where a lot of the international journalists are housed.
piers? >> sara, one of the big problems is watching yesterday the dramatic events and you were particularly heroic with the reporting you were doing. you got a sense of the rebels overthrowing tripoli and making the final charge on gadhafi. but today, the situation seems to be changing, again, pretty dramatically. and we saw earlier, moammar gadhafi 's son, saifal islam, he says tripoli is still under his family's control. his father is safe and well. matthew chance, our guy inside the he 2e8, talked to saif and took a photograph of him so it would appear the story being put out by the rebels yesterday, at least two of the sons were in custody, was mostly untrue, is that right? >> what we're hearing from the rebels is that, yes, they had hold of all three of the sons and now they're saying, hold on.
mohammed, one of his sons, mohammed gadhafi has escaped. how did that happen? we have no idea. we don't have the details on that but we have reporting that he is escaped rebel clutches and now you're seeing saif, who is able to make it to the riox hotel and talk with the international correspondents there, including our matthew chance who is holed up in that hotel. it's very, very disconcerting -- >> sara, sorry to interrupt you. we have matthew now live. matthew chance if you can hear me, obviously another very tense day for you and the journalists in there. you had this extraordinary encounter we are saif gadhafi. tell me what happened. >> it was very strange, indeed, piers. -- >> local time and we're told he
was going to give us a briefing which would have been surprising, obviously. but he didn't turn up. he was a no-show so we all kind of assumed it was spin on the part of the gadhafi regime and he really was in custody but they insisted he wasn't. a few hours later, 1:30 local time, a couple hours ago, all this fuss in the lobby of the hotel. i was woken up in my room and everyone was pointing at this white armored land cruiser and they're saying saif is in there. i walked up and knocked on the door, he was about to drive off. i knocked on the door. and it opened up and i said, saif, i want to see you with my own eyes. they turned on the lights in the back seat of the land cruiser. there he was. i took a photograph of him and asked him about where his father was and he said all of his family are in tripoli and went on to say it was all a trick, the rebels coming into tripoli, that we've now broken their
backbone and we've given them a hard time and he then invited me to get into the car and drive around tripoli so he could prove how much it was under the government's control. but before i had a chance to do that, the door closed and he drove off. it was quite incredible. as we've been discussing, we all thought the rebels had reported the icc, the international criminal courts confirmed, we believed, that he was in the custody of the rebels. but he's not. he's free and he's driving around tripoli. >> it does raise into question the credibility of statements by the rebels, unquestionably. what do you think is really going on here? how much question believe? how much is spin from the rebels? do you believe that either of these sons were ever in proper custody? or were we just spun some yarn here? >> it's difficult to say. one correspondent has been here
much longer than me, said that, you know, the thing about libya, the trouble with reporting it is that kind of lying is the national sport. obviously, that was a little tongue-in-cheek. but the fact is that both sides in this conflict have been spinning us a line. both sides have been exaggerating. both sides have been telling us untruths. and it's been very difficult all along, for the past six months, it's been very difficult, sort of picking through that and trying to get to the truth or as close to it as we can and this was another really vivid example of that, piers. >> matthew chance and sarah siden and we have the spokesman for the national transitional council on the phone from tunisia. let me start with you first, mr. ambassador. you know colonel gadhafi well.
he's vowed to die as a martyr in the end. what do you think is happening in tripoli? do you think he's still there? >> i think the capital of tripoli is mostly under the control of the revolutionary forces. but certainly, gadhafi is there and somewhere hiding underground shelter that he built over the last decades. i think this is the safest place for him so i don't expect him to leave tripoli in any way. >> obviously, there are mixed reports now coming out of tripoli, yesterday, it appeared the rebels were surging to victory against gadhafi. but we were also told they capture dwod of moammar gadhafi 's sons and that now is clearly untrue. how much do you now believe from what the rebels are telling us?
>> well, i think it is not completely untrue because i think amad gadhafi was in the hands of opposition forces and they gave him the -- they guaranteed his security and safety and left him at home. and then he escaped. anyway, i think maybe there is something wrong with the security system of the opposition. but it is understandable in a city like tripoli, a very large city with two or almost 2 million inhabitants and with the opposition forces coming, many of them from the outside of the city, so mistakes can take place. but anyway, i am not sure whether saif islam was in the
hands of the opposition or not but mohammed, certainly he was there. >> thank you very much, mr. ambassador. i've got an expert here. put this into some kind of context for us, because, clearly misinformation is part of life in libya. it's very important for the credibility, i guess, of everyone involved here that we can believe what we're being told by the rebels. what do you make of what's going on? >> obviously a lot of confusion and misinformation going on. it's hard to know who has the upper hand. but there's one thing we can be absolutely certain about. six months ago moammar gadhafi controlled the entire country and today he controls a few scattered neighborhoods in tripoli, so the end is near. whether it's the next 24 or 48 hours or whathaveyou it's time to think of what will happen
next? what will libya look like post-gadhafi? >> are we there yet? it's extraordinary that you could capture two of gadhafi's sons as the rebel force and simply lose them? >> i think matthew chance said it best. because this country has been under the regime of one man it's a paranoid country. it's a schizophrenic country in many ways and you're going to have a hard time getting the truth. the journalists in the hotel are in a perfect position to sort of get through the noise. >> but do you feel we're at the end game? do you feel that moammar gadhafi 's position is basically over and we're watching the beginning of the end? >> it's hard to imagine a scenario whereby the gadhafi loyalists manage to actually regain control over tripoli, let alone, over the entire country. i think it's fairly clear at
this point this is the end for gadhafi. >> once he goes and we've seen this issue in places like egypt. it's all very well getting rid of the dictators, whatever you call them, after long periods of time. the problem then is what do you put in their place? what will happen in libya to reassure the world that we're into a better situation for libyan people? >> and the situation is much worse in libya than it was in egypt where you had, at least, a centralized military that could form the backbone of the most revolutionary society. nothing like that exists in libya. one remarkable thing is that the ntc has managed to maintain a sense of unity despite the fact that you're talking about former loyalists, a whole group of militias and young revolutionaries. the only thing they have in common is a common bond to get rid of gadhafi. but once gadhafi is gone you can expect that that fracturing will rice to the surface. >> america has played a fair
live, i wouldn't say lukewarm role but not as full-on as they would normally be. can you see a situation getting completely out of control the american also have to go in harder with more people on the ground? >> under no circumstances will that happen. this idea of leading from behind, as it's been called. i think ben smith had a great article in "politico" that it works. it's fairly inexpensive and a good way of doing interventions. i think the entire six-month nato campaign cost taxpayers about $1 million, which is about a day in iraq. it seemed to work fine for obama doing it this way and i can't imagine he'll take a more active role and i think, boots on the ground, absolutely out of the question. >> what about this ongoing fear when he's finally cornered, gadhafi, that he has the kind of mentality that he may do something really horrific. do you have any credence to those reports? >> we talked about this before,
you and i. we like to talk about dictators like gadhafi as being crazy but in gadhafi's case we mean it quite literally. this is an unstable man. he's not someone who thinks clearly. and whereas maybe 24, 48 hours ago there was some hope of some kind of negotiated settlement whereby gadhafi could, perhaps, go to zimbabwe or south africa or venezuela, i think that time is now over. for the life of me i can't figure out how this ends without gadhafi in a body bag. >> and what timing are we looking at, do you think, for this to be completed? when will gadhafi be gone looking at the situation the way it is now. >> with the rebels in control of some 80% of the capital city of tripoli, it's only a matter of time. i see things moving very rapidly at this point. let's be clear, it's not over. we're talking about this as being over. we're talking about the rebels as having captured tripoli and
talking about what's next these are important questions but it's not over yet. >> no, 43 years and he's not going to to go without a hell of a fight as he's always made clear. one of the worst crimes of the regime. the lockerbie bombing. we'll talk about an a.m. flight 103. hi there! that's not going to satisfy you. it's time for a better snack. here, try this. it's yoplait greek. it has two times the protein of regular yogurt. you'll feel satisfied. [ female announcer ] yoplait greek. it is so good. it's pretty good!
the terror attack killed 270 people in 1988 and now new york senator chuck schumer is calling for the mastermind of that attack to go back to prison. joining me now a woman who lost her husband in the bombing of pan am flight 103. vick 20r -- victoria, thank you for joining me. what was your reaction to what we're seeing in libya? >> well, i'm elated to see the progress that the freedom fighters have made. in the last six months these people have done more to pursue moammar gadhafi and take him out of power and out of business
than our government or any of the world superpowers have done in over 22 years. you have to remember that only seven months ago, these were average, ordinary libyan citizens who had the majority of them, 95% of them had never held a weapon in their hand. they're students, they're plumbers, they're doctors, they're people from all walks of life who courageously took up this fight and not had any military training. and here we are at a very pivotal time in our history with libya. this is the closest that we will -- we have come in 22 years to bringing moammar gadhafi to justice and holding him accountable for the mass murder of our loved ones and hundreds of people across the world. >> elated though you were by the progress of the rebels, were you disheartened to hear that two of
gadhafi's sons, having been in some form of custody, are now liberated again and are no longer in custody? >> well, this is a very fluid situation. you have, as i said, these were ordinary people that seven months ago had no military training and, you know, were not organized. i think they have done a phenomenal job. what the nuances are of who they have in custody and how they are being reported, whether they are in custody or not, i think the fact that 90% of the country is under the freedom fighters or the rebels' control and we're closer to bringing this man, who has been a brutal dictator and killed thousands of his own people as well as many of our family members to justice, you
have to understand that the world superpowers have had 22 years of opportunity to hold him accountable. not one indictment has ever been issued against moammar gadhafi. not one indictment has ever been issued to anyone in the gadhafi regime. our government has never tried to prosecute him. all the energy of the u.s. government and the u.k. government frankly has been to do commerce. moammar gadhafi years ago was actually rewarded for everything that he had done with billions of dollars of oil contracts. you should go to my website, betrayalforoil.com and see what has happened in order to pursue justice and accountability with moammar gadhafi. what these people have done, the freedom fighters have done right now up until this point in only six months is phenomenal. >> excuse me, may i ask you just
very quickly, because we're running out of time here. if you had a choice in the way that the american s.e.a.l.s had a choice with osama bin laden of killing moammar gadhafi or bringing him back to justice, which would you prefer? >> moammar gadhafi should be brought to justice and i think that it's important that the u.s. government does not try to broker a deal to find him asylum or grant him immunity, but he should be adjudicated either in the libyan -- in the libyan judicial system that needs to be revamped or with the international criminal court. you have to understand, though, that the u.s. government is not a member of the international criminal court, so we really need to rely on the libyan people or the international criminal court to bring these people to justice, the gadhafi regime. >> victoria, thank you very much for your time. thank you. >> thank you for your interest. well have more on the battle
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governor huntsman, let me start, i suppose, with the obvious question. here you are at a great time in your life. you've got a lovely family. you're financially secure. you've had an amazing career. there are many things you could do. why on earth would you possibly want to go into the cauldron of being president of the united states? >> are you questioning by judgment or what? >> i'm already questioning your judgment. >> we've just gotten to know each other for heaven sake. because i love this country. because i think the people of the united states of america have had enough in the way of hope and hype. and i refuse to see the end of the american century. this is the greatest nation that ever was and we're about to the first time ever to hand it down to the next generation less good, less productive, less competitive, saddled with debt. and that totally is unacceptable. and if you come from the vantage point of having served in a
position like governor, lived overseas four times, been ambassador three times, once to our most important relationship. if you've got something to bring to the table that speaks to where we are in history. we're a center right nation. i'm a center right candidate. i think i've got pragmatic and practical solutions. if you don't step up and do what teddy roosevelt would have advocated, get in the arena, it says something about you. >> what is the jon huntsman for america? >> preemminence with the united states. the world works better with a strong united states. we are the only beacon of hope, the only safe haven for people who are fighting oppression abroad. we speak to democracy, we speak to human rights, we speak to liberty, we speak to free markets. our core is weak in this country. >> is the american dream still the same? can it be the same as it used to be? >> of course. >> or should the american dream be slightly reinvented for the modern world? >> the american dream is the same.
we aspire to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. the pursuit of happiness is jobs, it's entrepreneurship, it's the creative class in this country. the problem is we have an environment that doesn't speak to perpetuating the creative class and entrepreneurship. bogged down in regulation, bogged down in taxation. because of that what america has always been so good at and the ways in which we've always inspired the rest of the world isn't coming through. the american dream is there, although for i think a lot of people, they feel it's out of their reach. i hear that all the time. i can't get a loan because of the financial services regulations. too much in the way of regulatory barriers, so why do it? why run a risk? why try to build something like they did the last generation. >> and you were in china for a couple of years and you know when you compared bureaucracy in china to bureaucracy in america, one of the reasons that they are marching on, good or bad, whatever your view of it, is they are not consumed with red tape over every tiny thing they do.
they just ignore it half the time which is probably not healthy either. but does america have a fundamental problem businesswise with the sheer volume of paperwork, red tape, legalese, stuff that i believe slows down modern business? >> in an autocratic system like china, there's plenty of red tape. but their decision making at the top with a little board of directors, you've got nine guys effectively who are making decisions for the country. they don't deliberate, they don't take it to a larger body for approval, they just do it. in our country, which really relies on freedom and democracy and the marketplace working, you create red tape and bureaucracy and regulation, you're dead. our country doesn't work. i mean we are fueled by our creative class in this country. if our creative class is stalled, which it is today, you can't make america what it ought to be. >> governor, what do you think are the biggest misconceptions about you personally? other than people saying you're boring? >> i'll disabuse them of that
real fast. all they have to do is watch this interview and get to know me. >> exactly. >> probably that the guy was born with a silver spoon. i like to say maybe it was a plastic spoon. we got into the plastics industry later on. but i was born in the navy. my dad was serving in the navy at the time. it was a very strong ethos that ran through at least my early years. you put on the uniform of the united states, you serve in other ways, you make the country a better place. there's no higher calling than serving your country. >> what values did your father -- i know you're still very close to him. he's a huge influential part of your life. what values did he instill in you? >> hard work. i watched a great entrepreneur start up a company. it wasn't until much later in life that that company had any success at all. so through the early years i was raised in a very normal fashion. southern california. my dad took a job with government back in maryland. we settled in utah. pretty normal upbringing. >> the bit i like about your early background which is not
commonly known, is that you dropped out of high school to be a rock star. to be the next freddie mercury. that alone dispels all sports of rumors. >> as you can see it didn't work out so well. i did have the platform shoes and a lot of other things that show that we gave it best efforts. >> what was the name of your band? >> well, we had a lot of bands. but the last one, the good one was wizard. you laugh. >> well, there's another wizard of course. you had a competitor out there with a better name that had already been there. >> well, we tried. it was during that period of art rock, you know, classical rock, the days of emerson, lake and palmer. you know those bands well. wakeman was my hero, keith emerson was my hero and i was always raised to follow your dreams. go for it, go for the roses, be the best that you can be. i thought that we could make it in the music business. >> i wouldn't say that the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, governor, isn't necessarily compatible with a mormon lifestyle, for example.
did you see a potential conflict arising if you pursued your dream? >> donnie and marie did okay. >> there was an allegation, and this is pretty damaging to you, i think, for your presidential hope, that your real hero musically was captain beefheart. now is that true? >> if you can tell me anything about captain beefheart, i'll give you an answer. but you can't. >> i'm told you're the expert. i mean to me he was always a bit of a joke, but perhaps you can give me another spin on it. >> let's just say he was avant-garde. he was discovered by frank zappa. but there was a period in time between 1968 and 1978, maybe the early '80s, where he was probably the most cutting edge avant-garde music, not for everybody's taste but i liked it. it brought out those creative juices. >> you're the same age of president obama, a year older than him. you both come in on this likeable ticket. you both come in on a change ticket, i want america to be better. a lot of similarities people have drawn between you both as
men, as human beings. what barack obama has discovered is that the reality of being president is that it's pretty brutal and washington is a brutal place. and you're going to get chewed up, spat out, your hair is going to turn gray, which in your case isn't too big a problem because you're halfway there already. it's fine. but it's a draining, relentless, pretty unpleasant job to have. are you, jon huntsman, who is by common consent one of the nice guys in politics, are you ready for that? do you want to get your hands dirty in the grubbiness of running for high office and all that comes with it? >> we've come this far. i've raised seven kids. you want a challenge in life, you raise teenagers in today's environment. you ran for political office. i sat in the trenches of china, our most difficult relationship. i bring a lot of experiences that most people never have. are you prepared for it? can your family stand by it
through thick and thin. are all of them to a person dedicated to mission and to purpose, and they are. >> i interviewed governor chris christie, and he said that he didn't want to run this time because his family just weren't old enough or ready for all the pressure of a white house campaign. your family, a lot of them are very young. are they ready? are you comfortable that they're ready? >> they have been raised in a public milieu. they have seen the didn't and the bad. they have read the blogs that sometimes can be very painful. the pain is the same basically but they have been in that basic environment. >> obviously america is looking at all the candidates now and what they're hearing is that the favorites are bachman, perry, romney. they're not hearing huntsman. why is that and how do you change that? >> well, it's early days. i mean how many front runners have we had in this race so far, a race that hasn't even taken off yet. i think we've had four or five front runners. >> when does it get real to you? when is the point that we should
look at how you're performing and properly judge you? >> not august. august is the dog days of summer. but you get into the fall season, you get close to the early primary states, people begin to tune in. they take a look at the candidates, they start inventorying where they are on the issues and that's where they're going to say that guy right there is a problem solver. that guy brings something to the table. he's been there and he's done that. >> take a short break and come back and ask you about specifically your opponents in this republican race and what you think of the tea party generally, who i guess are as much your enemy as they are barack obama's right now.
down someone's reputation in order to run for the office of president. >> governor, let's talk about your opponents or potential opponents, the ones who declared so far. >> you really want to get me in trouble, could you? >> i do, yes. i want you to be provocative, show a bit of fire in your belly. >> i've got that. >> shut down a few opponents here. you're, as everyone knows, mr. nice guy. you said you were on the high road. the problem with being on the high road is a lot of your competitors would not be on the high road. they want to rip you to pieces. >> of course, that's politics. let me tell you about the high road. it is unnatural in this country to be as divided as we are. what i was talking about in terms of civility, listen, civility can coexist with the facts. you bring out the facts in a campaign, you compare and contrast with your candidates, that's totally fair, but it is unnatural to be as divided as we are as americans. we need to come together and we need to come together around some real solutions. we're going to disagree on the pathway in order to get there
but the bigger picture stuff, like the idea that we want to leave the country to the next generation in better shape than it is today, that's about coming together as people. >> what is your honest view of the tea party? what's the one that you would say to a friend over dinner? >> i don't -- well, i tell you what i've told most people if not everybody and that is i think we're having discussions today about fiscal responsibility because of the tea party. it was a manifest -- and i saw this in china, you know, the rise of the tea party. a total manifestation of american democracy. you wouldn't see that happen anywhere else. rising up from different corners of the country, yelling and screaming about something they feel passionately about. i think it's good for the system, i really do. i think it's putting the kind of pressure on elected officials and narrowing the focus of debate around fiscal sanity and responsibility, which makes it good. >> the problem, as we saw over the battle over the debt ceiling, a very spurious battle many would argue, is if the tea party got into actual
government, there is a sense they would never compromise with anybody and normal process of government given you all have to compromise becomes paralyzed, as we saw over the debt ceiling route. and the victim in all that is america and its economy, as we saw. >> you've got to run the country at the end of the day. you've got to get out from our respective corners politically and you've got to make a deal. you've got to make the country function. i was the only candidate who stood up on the debt ceiling debate and said this country shouldn't default. we should cut a deal that allows us not to -- we're 25% of the world's gdp. >> so when you heard all the tea party candidates to a man and woman saying no compromise, presumably you think that is absolutely unacceptable. >> i thought it was the height of irresponsibility. the height of irresponsibility where 25% of the world's gdp. the united states of america that has never defaulted before. just let it go over a cliff. you can imagine what the marketplace would have done in response.
the marketplace is trashing everybody right now. i mean assets are under water, 401(k)s, retirement, you can only imagine what this country would look like today if we had defaulted. it was complete lunacy for people to even talk about that. >> do you have sympathy for barack obama, who's been a friend of yours personally, do you have sympathy for him in the position he found himself in where you have the republican party really just refusing to compromise? >> he appointed me and i stood up and took the appointment to serve my country. i love this country, you serve her. but in terms of any personal relationship, there's not a personal relationship. you know, you work for -- you work for your president when you're asked to serve. he had two and a half years to get this country right. he had two and a half years to do the most important thing demanded by the american people, fix the economy, create an environment that is conducive to job growth and he's failed us. he's a good man, he's earnest, but he has failed us on the most important issue of our day. >> but if you're the republican nominee, how are you going to control these tea party side of
the gop, because they are -- they have got their gander up, they have held the president to ransom successfully. they're thinking we've got them on the run here. >> i think they're going to say here's somebody who has a fiscally conservative world view who basically cut taxes historically in his state, who created the most business friendly environment and balanced his budgets and comes from the private sector. all of that i think they're going to like. ultimately the stamp of approval in 2012 is going to be around someone who can expand the economy, create jobs and get the country moving. >> when michele bachmann speaks in public, how many times do you find yourself shaking your head? where would you disagree with her? >> well, on the debt ceiling. let's just talk about the most fundamental of issues right there. is there an issue more important than meeting our obligations as a country. first and foremost, it's how we proceed in our responsibility as a country and meeting our obligations. >> the problem with running for
president is that people want to see a fully rounded picture of the character of the man or woman that's going to be in the white house. for argument sake, part of the issue of this show when i asked christine o'donnell about her view of gay marriage and she simply walks out. michele bachmann has pretty strong views on that. what is your view? >> on gay marriage? >> yeah. >> i believe in civil unions. i think we can do a better job in this country as it relates to equality and basic reciprocal beneficiary rights. i'm in favor of traditional marriage. i don't think you can redefine it without getting in trouble, but i think along with that we can have civil unions. i think this country has arrived at a point in time where we can show a little more equality and respect. leave it to the states, i think it's a state issue that ought to be driven by discussions in various states and you've got the defense of marriage act that is basically a safeguard that allows that to happen. >> what is your view of abortion? >> i am pro-life. i've got two little adopted girls who remind me every day
about the value of life. their mothers, for whatever reason, i'll never get to meet them, one from china, one from india, they chose life. they didn't have to. they lost their girls, they dropped them off, they were both born into extreme dire poverty circumstances. we now have them in our family and every day i look at the contributions they're making through their own lives and i appreciate that. >> do you think there are any circumstances where you would think an abortion is acceptable? >> rape, incest and life of the mother would be the exceptions that i could live with. >> when you see, again, intranigence by the tea party and the republican party, do you think it's bordering on bigotry? >> i don't have a lot of patience on a lot of the non-economic issues. people know where i am. i'm pro-life, i'm pro second amendment, but this country is collapsing economically and every minute we spend talking about non-economic issues is to
me something that is not a good use of our time. >> governor, when we come back, i want to talk to you about all the men and women who are now lining up against you on the republican field. whether you would ever consider being a running mate for one of them and who you might like as a running mate yourself from the pool. who need
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rick perry came out swinging last weekend. he said that the fed should show a few more teeth. he was attacking bernanke. he was giving them all full barrels. would you endorse what he said? >> no. you know, i don't think you can call the head of the fed treasonous and expect to be taken seriously. i don't think people who vote for a president are going to hear that segment and say that represents serious thinking on the part of a presidential candidate. now, you can fault the fed, they have only got so many tools with which to draw their policy options, but treasonous i think is a little bit beyond. but again, it gets to my point. we've got these, you know, political sideshows going on at a time when we've got to get serious about fixing our tax code, about this regulatory reign of terror that we've had, about energy independence, about fixing afghanistan. we've got some core issues we've got to get right or this country is going to continue to sink. >> the candidate i'm most curious about
do you like him? >> i don't know him that well. i got to know him as governor and my grandfather and his father knew each other a hundred years ago. but when it comes to going up against barack obama, in an election cycle that is going to be about expanding the economy and creating jobs, being number 47 as job creator ain't going to cut it. we were number one in job creation, i think that works. creating obama care before obama, can most despised and reviled health care legislation
in the history of this country doesn't cut it and i think that will be terribly problematic. >> you said it in a nice way but you're knifing him straight in the back, aren't you? >> i'm just pointing out the facts. >> you've just taken a large knife and gone straight down. >> it's on the record. it's discussed in every debate on every talk show. it's the reality of where we are. >> i'm not criticizing but i'm saying you have it in you? >> i'm glad to get your endorsement. >> let's not go that far, governor. it's a long way until the race. i think the interesting thing about the pair of you is that it may well come down to a choice between you and mitt romney. why should they choose you over mitt romney. >> how about first in job creation versus 47th? how about a free-market approach to health care reform as opposed to a heavy-handed obama-like mandate. experience overseas in a time of great uncertainty and trouble. intimate knowledge of our most significant economic relationship and the significant strategic challenge.
i think these are all reasons that will, in the minds of voters, be differentiators. they should be. >> could you ever imagine running as a running mate to someone like mitt romney? >> this would be too many jokes about that. no, i can't imagine that at all. >> what about to a tea party candidate? >> you know, anyone who is going to -- >> if michele bachmann is continues to get real traction and she came to you and said, you're the other part of the party. together we can create beautiful music. would you -- >> if you love this country you serve this country. every time i've been asked to serve over different administrations from regan to the two bushes to president obama, i have the same answer and that is -- if you love this country you serve her. and so if you're in a position to better the country, to bring whatever background you have to bear, whatever experiences to use in fine-tuning our future, i'll be the first person to sign
up, absolutely. >> that's an unusual admission. that's to your credit. that will get headlines. jon huntsman says i'd happily serve under michele bachmann. you're at least acknowledging that it could happen. you may not be the guy. >> this is a hypothetical conversation and i give you more or less, a hypothetical answer. that's okay. we're going to win and i have no doubt about that. i think we have the background and i think we have the temperament and we're right on the issues and i think we're at the center right of the political scale which is where this country is so i don't worry about that. >> if you win the way you may end up getting the nomination is if you said -- you know what? i would take someone like michele bachmann as my running mate because the tea party needs to be recognized for all the work they have done for this party in the last two or three years. >> the tea party has framed the issues. they framed it well.
>> shouldn't they be rewarded? >> everybody knows -- i think they're rewarded by people who they elect and put into congress. >> you wouldn't rule out michele bachmann? >> i'm not playing the name game at all. i'll do what's right for my country. >> you already said you might be hurt -- >> at the right time we'll have this conversation with, hopefully, a very strong list of potential candidates. i hope we're in that position to do the analysis. i think we will be. tomorrow night, jon huntsman on china and my conversation with the woman that knows him better than most. his wife, mary kay. and next, the latest breaking news from libya. [ male announcer ] this is what it's like
>> straight back to libya where senior international correspondent for cnn is live. he spoke to moammar gadhafi 's son, and he's free again. sief claims tripoli is under his family's control and says his father is safe and well. matthew joins us to bring us up to date. how dangerous is it where you are? we're hearing of gunfights outside the hotel et cetera. what is situation? >> the situation now is pretty calm. there have been some ferocious gun battles over the course of the past 24 hours around this hotel in the center of tripoli, a short distance away is colonel
gadhafi's compound. the ferocious battle between the rebels and the gadhafi loyalists as well. but as we speak now the situation has calmed somewhat. i think it shows that the government do have firm control, at least over this area of tripoli. just to pick up on something you said, one of the points that's safe gadhafi made is he was never in detention. he was never picked up by the rebels. that was what he called -- a lie put out by them. >> obviously we don't know who's really lying here, do we? all we know is what you've seen with your own eyes. he's clearly a free man and that in itself is a propaganda victory for the gadhafi family right now. >> it is. it's a huge coupe. but we know he's not in custody now. and if there is a suspicious