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look into it and understand it's the cost of political free speech. >> i feel like we should be running music. what happened with your accent today? you sound like a texan today? >> really. >> must have been leddacy. i did not read it in the prompt. i knew it. celebrating this black history month, i'm going to have you love this by the end of the month. all right. that is it for us today. we've got "cnn newsroom" with kyra phillips beginning right now. i'll see you back here for "starting point" tomorrow "starting point" tomorrow morning. -- captions by vitac -- it is the top of the hour. good morning, everyone. we begin with mitt romney, the clear front-runner for the republican presidential no, ma'am nomination. newt gingrich was a distant second, 32%. rick santorum and ron paul way behind. in his victory speech, romney said he will oust president obama. >> three years ago this week a
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newly elected president obama faced the american people and i said, look, if i can't turn this economy around in three years, i'll be looking at a one-term proposition, and we are hae here to collect. >> romney's big win in florida definitely cat at that pults it into a hefty lead in the count. he now has an estimated 84 delegates, more than three times the number collected by gingrich. santorum and paul, once again, left in the dust. gingrich says it's a two-man race now. >> we are going to contest everyplace and we are going to win and we will be in tampa as the nominee in august. >> well, the candidates are now taking their campaigns west. but before boreding his plane romney took a few minutes to talk to us. cnn political editor paul steinhauser is in tampa. what did he say, paul? >> reporter: well, kyra, he said he realizes this still could be a long road ahead to winning the republican nomination on cnn's "starting point." soledad o'brien asked him about newt gingrich and what he thought. take a listen.
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>> i'll do it the way i think is best. so far my process is giving me a good start. i know we're going to go on. i'm feeling pretty good at this point, soledad. >> reporter: well, romney felt pretty good last night. right behind me there, that's the tampa bay convention center. that's where he had his victory party. he wants to move that victory west. take a look at the february calendar. we have nevada next up on saturday the krauks there. soon after next tuesday, colorado and minnesota. missouri with a nonbinding primary. a week from saturday on the 11th. that's maine and their caucuses. our cnn debate is on the 22nd in arizona. then the arizona and michigan primaries at 9 end of february on the 28th. you look at the february calendar it looks more favorable to romney than gingrich. gingrich looking for super tuesday on march 6th. >> what are you hearing from the other candidates this morning? >> there are two others, right? rick santorum and ron paul. santorum and paul both out of
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nevada. they moved ahead. they knew they weren't going to win delegates here. santorum said i came in a distant third. he thinks that gingrich's big loss here helps him. take a listen. >> newt gingrich had his chance. he had his shot. had a big boost and win out of south carolina and couldn't hold it. couldn't deliver in florida. i think they're going to be looking for a different conservative as an alternative to mitt romney now. >> we will spend our time in the caucus states because if you have an irate tireless minority, you do very well in the caucus state. >> reporter: santorum there speaking to dana bash. it's still a four-person race. nobody thinking about dropping out today. >> we'll keep tracking it. christine romans has been setting the exit polls of how people voted and why. christine, what's the top quality voters saying? >> it's electability. that's the number one thing here that folks were looking for. you look at the exit poll and
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you see mitt romney came by, across the board he was the guy that they were trying to vote for. you can see here top candidate quality, electsbility. ability to beat obama. 58% of people polled when they left said that it was mitt romney who could do that. only 33% said newt gingrich. let me show you about women because women went for mitt romney, 52%. gingrich really lagged here. that's pretty interesting overall when you look at up and down the income spectrum and the age spectrum, it was mitt romney they were going for. we also asked them what was the number one issue for them. guess what? it's the economy. 62 or 68% said it was for the economy. of those who said the economy was their top issue, kyra, it was mitt romney who won there by a promiscuous pretty decisive margin. on the deficit, people in florida concerned about the deficit. 41% who said the deficit was their top issue said it was mitt romney who was best positioned to try to fix that for them, kyra. >> all right. christine, thanks so much. we'll have more political news
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all morning and throughout the election season. of course, if you're away from your tv you can get your political fix at our website, 24/7 buying facebook. its ipo filing could come today. rumors are swirling how much it's worth. felecia taylor following that for us. >> yeah, kyra. the rumors started to come out over the last couple of days. really started to heat up in the early hours of this morning. several reports saying that facebook is seeking to raise about $5 billion in its initial offering. that's one of a number of things we might learn about the company if it does file today. we'd also possibly learn about its ticker symbol, which exchange. the most likely choice is the new york stock exchange but not a definite. most importantly, how much the company is actually making. that's been a big question mark. what it's worth. we'll have to wait until after it actually starts trading, which is typically a few months after the paperwork is filed. analysts estimate that facebook value is somewhere between 75
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and $100 billion. that means that it would be worth more than iconic companies such as walt disney and general motors. that company has only been around for the last seven years so it's quite an amazing story, kyra. >> felicia, think about apple and how many of us sit back and say among a group, we should have bought in to apple because look at it now. so what's the word now when everyone's talking about should we buy up facebook stock? >> well, should of, could of. you know, it depends on how talk to because i've talked to a couple of different traders out there and a couple of brokers. one person said to me, you know, it's interesting that they've chosen morgan stanley possibly to be the lead underwriter on this as opposed to goldman sachs. goldman sachs often does the sort of large ipos. none of this is definite. his theory was the reason they chose morgan stanley was because they wanted the average investor to be able to get stock in its initial offering, which is pretty interesting. if you think about it, morgan
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stanley has about 14,000 different brokers out there. clearly if you're a morgan stanley customer you'll have a better shot at it. his view is you would be able to get in on this in the beginning. they want people to be able to get in. usually though institutional investors are the ones that snap up the first offering. getting in close to the open obviously can pay off. if you remember, take google, for example, it debuted at $85 a share. quickly went above $100. if you bought it at $100 in 2004, today it's wrort over 500. yes, if you can get in, certainly sounds like a good thing to do. but it's not necessarily that easy. >> gotcha. felecia, thanks. nothing's ever easy, i guess. later this hour we'll talk with the author douglas rush koff will tell us why this isn't so good for facebook users. we're going to talk with him live 9:40 eastern time. now to a story about a u.s. ally and troubling claims its
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intelligence agency is actually helping terrorists. it's all coming from a leaked nato report. zain verjee joins us out of london. how valid and how serious is this, zain? >> reporter: hi, kyra. good morning. well, we're talking about something like 27,000 interviews, more than 4,000 of them have been done with taliban detainees, al qaeda detainees as well as foreign fighters and afghan civilians as well. this is a pretty unique report apparently because the two main things that are coming out of this is, number one, the taliban think that at the end of the day they are going to win, particularly when western troops pull out of afghanistan. the other really interesting thing here, kyra, is that they say that they depend on pakistan on its intelligence director and its intelligence agency, the isi for support and success. now the times of london reporter who has seen this leaked report, his name is jerome stocky, we
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asked him with this leak who wins and who loses. listen to how he put it. >> this is soenl likely to heighten tension between particularly u.s. relations with islamabad. it may also further the afghan government's appetite for peace. there's a sense in this document that peace negotiations aren't going very fast. >> reporter: apparently he says, too, that this document says that pakistani officials know exactly where all the senior taliban commanders are. that's something that has really made the united states annoyed in the past, and there have been so many suspicions over the years of pakistani intelligence leaks, certain parts of it, that prop up and support the taliban. nato has really downplayed this report, kyra. they say this is the taliban's view. this is their opinion. it doesn't bear out the reality on the ground. pakistan for its part has totally rejected it.
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they completely deny everything in this report and call it totally frivolous. kyra? >> we'll stay on the story. zain, thanks. say what you want about negative political cam pains. they work. the problem is with all that mud, is it going to come out or leave permanent stains? and suspense on the slopes. a boy dangling from a ski lift. we'll show you what happened next. all energy development comes with some risk, but proven technologies allow natural gas producers to supply affordable, cleaner energy, while protecting our environment. across america, these technologies protect air - by monitoring air quality and reducing emissions... ...protect water - through conservation and self-contained recycling systems... ... and protect land - by reducing our footprint and respecting wildlife. america's natural gas...
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let's head cross-country for some stories making news. in southern california a nuke plant shuts down a unit after a sensor found a possible leak of radioactive steam. so far that leak has not posed any threat to workers or the public. investigators are trying to figure out what went wrong. police at the dallas forth worth airport said a tsa agent is a thief. he was caught with eight ipads. he rifled through passenger's bags and swiped the tablets. take a look at these pictures out of wisconsin. a boy slipped off the ski lift chair and was dangling from it. another skier was actually holding on to him, holding on to his arm, and then a group of good samaritans down below, they gathered together, locked arms, and caught his fall. voters in florida can have their state back now, but it might take a while to clean up all that mud from the primary
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campaign. >> how can somebody run a campaign this dishonest and think he's going to have any credibility running for president? >> i'm not going to go find grandmothers and take them out of their homes and deport them. those are your words. >> this guy owns fannie mae and freddie mac stock. >> what the speaker did was to work as a spokesman to promote fannie mae and freddie mac to protect them from people that wanted to take them down. >> he's surrounded by fannie mae and freddie mac lobbyists and he runs ans ad? >> were you happy with the debates here? >> no. >> he said after the first debate that he didn't do well because the crowd was so quiet. >> you cannot debate somebody that's dishonest. >> the second debate he said he didn't do well because the crowd was so loud. >> i can't debate somebody who won't tell the truth. >> john avlon, that really puts things into perspective, doesn't it? you can say all you want how destructive and awful that is, but mud seems to be a great investment. the negativity works. >> reporter: it really does
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unfortunately. it ends up becoming a positive object lesson in some ways for political campaigns and consultants going forward. one thing we can say for sure about florida. mitt romney's money, that investment in ads, and over $15.3 million spent by the romney campaign and its associated pac in florida alone, that stopped newt gingrich's momentum out of south carolina cold. it unprecedented degree of negativity to this extent. sea mag which measures these things says that 92% of the tote call political ads in florida last week were negative. that's an unprecedented number. so in the mid of that after va lan of of negative ads, what happens? newt gingrich gets defined negatively. it depresses overall turnout and the romney camp is able to take that money and organizational advantage and ride to a big win in florida. that's the problem from a civics standpoint is that the ugly, negative attacks work. >> okay. so if it works, is it going to get worse?
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>> there's no reason to think it's going to get better. i mean, the season of the super pac has just begun. and that's a cautionary tale for all of us. newt gingrich has felt the brunt of this. back in iowa 45% of all ads running in iowa towards the end were negative against newt whampt did it do? it took them from first place in the polls around a month out to fourth place. so there's every sign that this is going to be a high dollar campaign with super pacs on both sides deploying a lot of negative attacks. the danger there, of course, is that it ends up just increasing voter and citizen disgust about politics seeing it as essentially dirty business. there are some consultants that says that's fine. lower the turnout if you need to. mining sure our guys show up at the polls more. >> apparently gingrich didn't call to congratulate romney. take a listen to what newt's daughters told our piers morgan frmgt little bit graceless, wouldn't you think? >> i'm not really sure i would say it was graceless. i think what that is is a
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reality that he's moved on and we're looking toward the next 46 states. >> john, does a call really matter to voters? does romney even care if he gets the call? he told our soledad o'brien this morning, you know, politics ain't bean bags. whatever that means. >> reporter: yeah. politics ain't bean bags. the old george washington plunk ket line. i don't think voters care at all about that. i think there is that great winston churchill line about being magnanimous in victory and defiant in defeat. maybe that's what newt gingrich is channelling. it's a little bit graceless. it's a nicety. it's not the end of the world. we've got the nevada caucus on saturday and the reality is in this delegate fight, mitt romney for all his wins is only 7% of the -- towards getting the number of delegates he needs to clinch the nomination. so we've got a lot of states ahead that are going to be heavily contested. many will be proportional. that's going to make this race really interesting going forward at least through super tuesday. >> you gave me a little presidential history there on
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politics ain't bean bags. good intel. thank you. i'm going to remember that line. >> reporter: there you go. >> thanks, john. one of the president's senior advisors and strategists david axlerod will talk to john king about what barack obama needs to do to get re-elected. that's on jonk king u.s.a. tonight at 6:00 p.m. just in the private sector adds 170,000 jobs. will that give a bounce to the markets? we'll head to wall street right after the break. these guys lost limbs fighting in afghanistan, but they find a sense of pride on the ice.
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well, when you see a story like this, you have no other
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choice but to be hum nled and inspired. wounded warriors, not just dogsledding, snowmobiling, downhill and cross-country singing, but now they're playing sledge hockey. of course zain is going to show us how they do it and tell us all about it. >> reporter: you're going to have to look at the video. it's really cool, kyra, but what's actually even cooler is that these are soldiers that have been injured so badly in places like afghanistan they've had major burns, they've had to have their limbs amputated. they have severe psychological injuries as well, and when you see this video, here they go. they're on sledges here on ice and they've just taken off their prostheses, their legs, limbs, arms. they're saying, you know what, we're going to get on ice and we're going to play no matter what. this is a program and the focus really is to try and work with them, show them winter sports to help them physically and psychologically recover. listen to how some of them put it, kyra.
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>> with me coming up here, i'm around my own brothers. we all went through an injury. we all can connect on the same basis pretty much. >> we kind of balance with each other in terms of rehabilitation and moving forward with our lives. it's good. >> reporter: they're forming strong bonds there, too, kyra the thing to note is in afghanistan the canadian and british soldiers never really fought alongside one another. they're making many more friends here. it is a sense of pride that they can get out and do this and they can feel okay. >> thanks for sharing that with us, zain. appreciate it. there's a lot going on on wall street today including the latest private job sectors. fae leash sha tailor, tell us more. >> the private sector added about 170,000 jobs in january. that's down from 292,000 added in december according to payroll services firm adp. this report is sometimes seen as a preview for friday's all important government report but not necessarily a good
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indicator. analysts do predict 135,000 total jobs were added last month. in recent months private sector gains have offset some of the government jobs that have been lost. adp report is often a mover for the market but it's definitely not being noticed today. it's definitely overshadowed by some of the other news out there. >> when are stocks set to open? >> we're looking at a very strong open. dow futures are up 100 points. the s&p is up strongly as well. about.25%. the adp number's in stride. upbeat manufacturing numbers overseas in china, trans, germany, and the u.k. we're also going to get some manufacturing numbers for the u.s. a little bit later today. there's still no deal on greek debt. that continues to hang over the market. should we see a deal out of greece, then you can see this market blowout. it will be a bull run for sure. we still are coming off the best month of january for the dow and the s&p since 1997 so -- you know, there's that old saying, as january goes, so goes the year. so could be a good year.
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>> thanks, felecia. florida's a wrap. now the republican presidential campaign turns west. we'll take a look at the road ahead. michelle obama takes the "tonight show" stage and reveals what life is really like at the white house. that's coming up. dad, why are you getting that? is there a prize in there? oh, there's a prize, all right. [ male announcer ] inside every box of cheerios are those great-tasting little o's made from carefully selected oats that can help lower cholesterol. is it a superhero? kinda. ♪
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let's check top stories. u.n. diplomats will try again today to reach some sort of agreement on syria. the security council has drafted a resolution calling for syrian president to step down. russia and china are opposing it. opposition activists say at least 43 people were killed across syria today. the search for survivors from the ship wrecked cruise liner "costa concordia" is now officially called off. 15 people are still missing, including a minnesota couple. and facebook's ipo filing
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could take place today. the company is looking to raise up to $5 billion, but author douglas rushkoff says this ipo is not good news. he's going to join me in about ten minutes to talk about this live. all right. mitt romney wakes up today the winner of florida and also the clear front-runner in the gop race for president. he's feeling pretty confident as the campaign heads west now. >> a competitive primary does not divide us, it prepares us, and we will win. >> okay. it's actually not the sound buy the that i was expecting, but he was talking about we have to stop dividing this country. but this has been such a divisive race. the back and forth cutting each other down. you see the rift that's forming between the establishment wing and the new wave like sarah palin. can it continue on without
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adding more danger to the candidates and the party? >> well, not only can it continue on, it is going to continue on. a couple things happened last night. newt gingrich's speech, when he lost, was not very congratulatory of mitt romney. >> does that matter? do voters really care if a call is made or a handshake is made? we notice it. >> we notice it. it's not necessarily that the voter at home is saying, oh, my god, he didn't make the telephone call. it shows that the bad blood between newt gingrich and mitt romney is very acidic, a word that we used yesterday explaining this whole race. this isn't new. we saw this happen in 2008. barack obama, hillary clinton, they went to the beginning of the summer. that was a pretty contentious race for the democratic nomination. >> let's look forward to nevada. this is where gingrich has probably his biggest supporter when it comes to super pac
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money, right? is that going to make a difference for him? >> no. well, sheldon who is the billionaire casino mogul has pumped at least $11 million into the super pac providing the air coverage for newt gingrich and all of these attack ads that newt gingrich is firing back at mitt romney. it's not going to help him in nevada necessarily. in fact, his money has helped him elsewhere in florida, what have you. problem for newt gingrich in nevada is that mitt romney has a very good organization in the state. there is a high mormon population. >> that's what i wanted to ask you about, all the mormons in nevada. is that going to trump any amount of money that might be backing gingrich? >> you know what it provides, it provides you with that base support that is going to go out and back you. that's what romney's going to see. in addition, romney has already been running television ads out there. he has an organization in place and none of these other candidates, with the exception of ron paul, has any kind of organization out there. >> okay. so once we -- well, i guess two questions if you don't mind.
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so what are you going to be paying attention to in nevada? are you going to even think about anything else but romney and gingrich? >> over the next week it's not necessarily nevada as well. we'll be looking ahead. some of these candidates will not be focusing on nevada. >> bypassed and moved on? >> in many ways, yes. rick santorum is talking about missouri, which is holding a contest next tuesday. we're also looking at min soet tarks colorado. we're holding contests next tuesday. what we started in january, we focus so much time on iowa, so much time on new hampshire, so much time on south carolina. what we're focusing on now is a national campaigns where candidates are trying to pick up support wherever we can. >> we'll talk obama next hit. saturday we did mention it's nevada's turn to help decide the republican presidential nominee. our coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. eastern with a special edition of the situation room with wolf blitzer.
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we'll have wolf, erin burnett, mark preston, candy crowley will all bring you the results and the analysis. let's talk about facebook. facebook's ipo could happen today. it could become one of the biggest in history. again, why it could also mean the end of the facebook revolution. and julianne moore as sarah palin. "game change" will be the movie. >> serving animal menus makes sense. >> every month 20 tons of paper are wasted in restaurants alone. by that rationale if you eight your menu that was made from organic local products, you could eliminate that paper waste. it looks like a sushi roll but it's your menu. this is an rc robotic claw.
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this just coming in to cnn. we're getting word that former soul train host done cornelius has died apparently from a gunshot wound. "showbiz tonight" host a.j. hammer joining us live from new york. a.j., i know this is just developing and we're just getting the news. what can you tell us about what may have happened here? >> well, we don't have any details on exactly what transpired. it's all just breaking. don cornelius, the legendary host of "soul train" he felt there was a gap in soul music. he was largely responsible for the early exposure of artists on
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a wide scale, like aretha franklin, james brown, michael jackson. we'll continue to follow this breaking story. as we know, he's dead at the age of 75. he was born in 1936. originally involved with politics. he would also close his show, love, peace, and soul. we wish him love, peace, and soul. >> we'll follow the story, a.j. let's switch gears, shall we. first lady michelle obama appearing on the "tonight show" last night. a little bit of everything. showing some moves, talking about the inside scoop at the white house. >> here's the thing. the first lady does not mess around, kyra, when it comes to staying fit. she was on "the today show" with al roker. they were talking about the president singing, they were talking about white house sleepovers that go on. she also talked about what she does to keep those arms of hers so toned. the "tonight show" took that clip. they ran with it. take a look at what happened.
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>> you got a little testy with al roker. >> are jumping jacks your exercise of choice. >> i do a little bit of everything, little bit of boxes. >> does the president have to worry about the booking. >> sometimes when he sees me punching he kind of -- >> oh! >> well, you are competitive. >> oh! i didn't mean to hit him that hard. >> i don't know what al roker did, kyra. judging from that right hook, i imagine our president is very well-behaved around his wife. wow. >> exactly. i think he knows who's really the boss, a.j. hey, look, we apparently -- we were just talking about don cornelius and the fact that we both got word that he has passed. alan duke has been working this
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for us, a.j., out of the l.a. bureau. you might have a question for him as well. he's on the phone. alan, what do we know about the cause of death? >> it was shooting. it was a gunshot wound. it happened about 4:00 this morning when the los angeles police received a 911 call to come to the 12,000 block of mull holland drive. this is just about the beverly hills area of los angeles. they found him shot. he suffered a gunshot wound. they took him to cedars sinai hospital where he was pronounced dead. no one is officially calling this a suicide, but there's every indication that it was a self-inflicted wound based on what they're doing with the investigation. the coroner's office is confirming that they picked up the body of don cornelius this morning at cedars sinai. they have that and they're going to do an autopsy. that's where we are right now. don cornelius, the founder of
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"soul train" dead. >> a.j., any questions? >> alan, obviously don and his show are synonymous. there may be many people of a later generation who aren't familiar with "soul train" but its influence, i'm sure you'll agree with me, cannot be understated. >> yeah, he was the dick clark of his time for african-americans, but not just for that. it wasn't just african-americans who watched his show because if you wanted to know what was hot and the dances and the styles, you would watch his show because that's where a lot of people white and black in america picked up on the styles and the dance moves of the time. so not only was he iconic but the show that he hosted, it really was a cultural touch stone for many americans especially in the 1970s.
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>> yeah. and, guys, if, indeed, we do find out he died by suicide, what a heart wrenching story to talk about as we find out what exactly he was struggling with. both of you point out what an influence he made for so many people for so many years. alan, thanks so much. a.j., thanks for weighing in and kind of rolling with that news. sure appreciate it. we'll see you next hour. alan, we'll continue to follow up on what happened exactly with don cornelius, now reporting his death by a gunshot wound in los angeles. this is just among you and me and about 800 million other people. we can see a very different facebook if the company goes through with its big ipo. we'll hear why in just a moment. and when i do find it, i share it with the world. you landed the u.s. tour ? done. this is fantastic ! music is my life and i want to make the most of it without missing a beat.
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facebook founder jeff zuckerberg is about to update his facebook status to filthy rich. his company is likely to go public and start trading shares. is that necessarily good news for all of its users. douglas writes about that. he's with me from west chester new york via skype. let me ask you this, are you going to buy? >> no. i don't buy these things. i'm invested enough in technology because of my job. i suppose if i bought the shares, too, i'd be bad diversification for me. >> all right. let me ask you about the story then in itself. the day after this goes public
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and you log into facebook, what's going to be so different? >> well, if anything, nothing will be different. i mean, in some sense the minute you go public, the minute you kind of sell your company, then you're kind of set in stone. in some ways i'm less worried about what changes rather than the fact that it might stay the same. this is the formula. their shareholders and investors are going to demand they keep this up. it's sort of like when a rock group has a big hit. the record company says, okay, do another one just like that. >> you actually point that out in your column. you say the more money a company takes in, the more it has to play by the, quote, rules of money. you actually use google as a good example. >> right. i mean, google, you know, was kind of wild, crazy, wonderful company started by stanford students. when you go public your job then, you have a fiduciary responsibility to your shareholders to show that you
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are being serious with their money and that you're taking their returns as your primary concern. so now a kid like jeff zuckerberg or mark zuckerberg has got to be less concerned with how is facebook going to change the world and how is facebook going to return dividends to its shareholders. google's case, they stopped talking about how they give every employee 20% of their time off to go pursue whatever they want to do. google keeps talking now about how they're focused. they got rid of google labs which was a fun place for people to go and employ with various, you know, projects, all sorts of weird little projects that employees were developing on top of google's applications. they're showing that they're a serious company. they're going to focus on what they do, which is their advertising. those are -- they're real rules. these are the rules of business. it just seemed to me that the possibility of the internet and the possibility of these kind of almost self-funded internet
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companies was to avoid the inexorable poll of the nasdaq stock exchange. >> stay tuned. zuckerberg definitely won't have as much fun and won't be as free to do what he wants to do. we'll have to see what changes do happen. douglas, thanks so much. i appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> you bet. you can read everything that douglas wrote about on the facebook ipo. go to ahead, all eyes onalaska as a volcano threatens to blow. the last time this mountain erupted, it was 2009. we'll take you there. y financia. and then, in one blinding blink of an eye, their tree had given its last. but with their raymond james financial advisor, they had prepared for even the unthinkable. and they danced.
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well, we are paying attention to a remote alaska
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volcano that actually could threaten international air travel. take a look at this nasa image of the ash cloud from mount cleveland. this was 2009 when it erupted. apparently there are signs that the volcano could erupt again. jacqui jeras has been following all that could threaten travel. what do we have? >> well, kyra, a new lava dome is building up here and the reason that is of concern is a lava dome creates when the lava gases build up and creates a lava vent, and that could cause a lava explosion like what happened potentially in 2009. let's show you where this is at, because it is in a remote area and off of the aleutian island chain. zoom into alaska and it is uninhabited island and nobody lives there, but the big concern
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is for air travel, because if this erupts look at how many flights move over this area, and many of to cargo planes in particular will take this flight from the u.s. to asia and about 20,000 people travel along the routes every single day, and that is the passenger planes that could be impacted by this as well. this has been detected by satellite, and we haven't seen any explosions, but we could potentially see the ashti. >> all right. keep us posted, jacqui. all right. we are following lots of developments in the next hour of cnn newshour. let's check in with zain verjee. >> thank you, kyra. a leaked nato reporter is giving us unique and astounding insights into the taltaliban. i will bring you more details in a few minutes. i'm paul steinhauser here in tampa, and mitt romney wins big, and newt gingrich does not call to congratulate him. details at the top of the hour.
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on the media. >> that is right. although if you blame us, blame us for having fun yesterday, because it is the up with day before the super bowl where everybody loosens up, and year after year, we see the craziness on the media day and on a scale of one to ten, it is a ten. and this year, they decided to turn it up to spinal tap 11. and 7,000 tickets were sold to the lower deck at lucas oil stadium in indianapolis, and the fans were close enough to say hi to the giants and the patriots players and here are the interviews and a look at the goofballs. >> i am going to flip. >> i am having an outer body experience. >> i have a sign for welker and i have too old to drop it like it is hot, so i do it like it is welker. >> and fans, i feel you. >> that is what it is like. >> that is the viewership. >> that is my favorite thing, spencer doing the what? >> the disco ball. >> well, that is excited as you are as well on sunday and the big game should be great,
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really. >> let's do high school basketball. mont g mont gom, alabama, not one, but two busser beaters from the same team. that is seth who takes pit length of the court, and he deserves hugs for that. and then his teammate c.j. duncan connects from halftime, and another great shot, but they did lose to the rivals st. jude. another kid making a highlight reel. this time for hockey. oliver wallstrom and look at the puck in a one-on-one mini tournament in boston and he picks it up on the skate, and lacrosse style and he skates in and scores. >> is that legit? >> i mean, he did it. you don't even see nhl players try that. is that -- i don't know if that is legal. that is pretty cool. >> let's investigate that. no matter what, he will get a big contract, right. >> look at that. i have no skills. >> and so casual about that. he has clearly practiced it
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1,000 times. no skills like that without practicing. >> thank you, jeff. it is almost the top of the hour, and the presidential candidates do a lot of talking on the campaign trail, but can they actually sing? jeanne moos reports on the hits and the misses. >> reporter: when a candidate sings -- ♪ america -- and the resulting headline is "mitt sings "america" and it ain't beautiful" and then the president who wowed the crowd singing the al green old -- >>. ♪ i am so in love with you >>. ♪ above the fruited plain >> and one snarky headline puts the word sings in quotes. it is a tricky thing for politicians to sing. >> bomb ba ran. >> from john cain to herman
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cain. ♪ imagine there's no pizza >> and reheat a slice of attorney general john ashcroft. ♪ let the eagle soar >> the late senator edward kennedy was known for letting loose in spanish. [ speaking foreign language ] >> it took a blackout in a town hall meeting to get rick santorum to sing sinatra. ♪ strangers in the night >> and as strange as it sounds, hillary clinton. ♪ and the land of the free >> used her own off-key singing caught in a humorous webcam video, and the president's al green routine has likewise turned into a web ad. the president's eight-second performance has been remixed into a virtual duet with al green. ♪ so in love with you >> the obama campaign has even
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turned the per for mformance in ring tone. as for mitt romney the first comedians poked fun of him for speaking the same lines. >> oh, beautiful for spacious skies -- >> t >> no, that is friday. >> oh, beautiful for spacious skies -- >> no, that is monday. i want today. >> a harsh critic might say this mitt sings worse than this mitt from the arby's restaurant promotion. ♪ amazing roast beef how sweet the sound ♪ >> if you can't take the heat, don't sing in the kitchen. ♪ above the fruited plain ♪ america america >> jeanne moos, cnn. and good morning, everyone,
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thanks for joining us, we begin with mitt romney not singing, but a clear front-runner for tr republican nominee for the presidential race. romney topped florida with 46% of the vote and gingrich with 32%, and rick santorum and ron paul way behind and in the victory speech last night, mitt romney said he will oust president obama. >> three years ago this week, a newly elected president obama faced the american people and he said, look, if i cannot turn this economy around in four years, i will be looking at a one-year proposition, and we are here to collect. >> and his victory in florida catapults him into a hefty lead in the delegate count. he has 84 notes, three times the amount of gingrich and ron paul and rick santorum left in the dust. newt gingrich says it is a two-man race now. >> we are going to contest every place and we are going to win, and we will be in tampa as the nominee in august.
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>> well, the candidates are now taking the campaigns west, but before boarding the plane, romney actually took a few minutes to talk with us. cnn political editor paul stiphousti steinhauser is in tampa, and what did he say? >> well, the number of delegates that romney needs to clinch, he said in the interview that he realizes a long ways to go for the nomination, but in the starting points our soledad o'brien asked about newt gingrich not calling to give romney the congratulatory call, and this is what he said. >> politics ain't beanbags, and we are batotology be the nominee, and he will do it the way he thinks is best and i will do it the way i think is best. my process has given me a good start and we will go on, but i am feeling pretty good at this point. >> and he felt pretty good last night, because behind me is the tampa bay convention center where romney had the big party
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last night and he hopes to have another one in nevada saturday. take a look at the calendar, nevada caucus up next and then three states tuesday, caucuses in minnesota, and missouri and colorado. and then in maine on the 11th, and then on the 28th, it is arizona and michigan. when you look at february it is going to be interesting. >> what are you hearing from the other candidates, paul? >> well, both santorum and paul were not here, and they moved ahead, because they knew they would not win here. they were in las vegas. and santorum feels that even though he is third here in florida, he feels that gingrich's big loss will help him. >> newt gingrich had the chance and the shot and a big boost out of south carolina, and he could not hold it and he could not deliver in florida. i think that they are looking for a different conservative as an alternative to mitt romney
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right now. >> we will spend the time in the caucus states, because if you have an irate tireless minority, you do very well in the caucus state. >> well, bripg on the caucus states, paul, and santorum already there, and romney and gingrich there, and kyra, we are packing t ining the bags to get there as well. >> and christine romans is studying the exit polls, and tell us what is the most important quality to the florida voters? >> well, it is once again electability. the voters who went to the polls want to make sure they beat barack obama in the fall, and the man who fits the bill is romney. 58% who said that the most important quality is defeating the president, 58% of them voted for romney and 33% for gingrich. and romney is lagging with conservative voters, because they tended to lean to gingrich. 41% for gingrich and 30% for
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mitt romney, and 22% for rick santorum. and for those who support the tea party, the conservatives went to gingrich with 45%. the most important issue, no question, it is the economy and we have seen it again and again in iowa, in new hampshire, and in south carolina, and for those who have said that the most important issue is the economy more than half of them voted for mitt romney. his business background for him in florida in a state that has been beaten down in the housing crisis, he kept it general for how to fix housing, and that played and worked. >> you have also been tracking the souper pacs, and how much money has been spent so far. >> and they say that money is the mother's milk in politic, and there is a lot of money. the sumper pacs are working on behalf of the candidates burk not in con jengs with them. we found more than $48 million
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in super pac spending to date. you look at who has the biggest one, and it is the super pac on behalf of mitt romney. not working with the candidate, and they can't talk to the campaign basically, $17 million spent. next up is gingrich and then you can see that rick perry over the past year, his "make us great again" pro perry, $4 million which has evaporated now, and ron paul, and the smallest sphere that you see there, that is stephen colbert. $1 million and he is poking fun at the whole thing and managing to raise $1 million, but you can see they bought direct mail campaigns and television advertisements and $12 million here or there for a tell prompter and buying the names and phone numbers of voters, and you can see how they are spending that money, $48 million, kyra. >> well, don't underestimate the power of steven colbert. we have learned that, haven't
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we? >> yes. >> and we have more political news throughout the election season and if you are away from the tv, you can get 24/7 news at and the ipo filing for facebook could come today and the rumors are swirling over what the network iing firm is worth. and let's hear from maggie lake. could we hear something today? >> we think so, kyra. so many news outlets are reporting set go g ing to come today and important it won't trade today, but it is the official filing to kick off the process of going public. we expect the shares to actually hit the market some time in the spring. the estimated value they want to raise is about $5 billion the money they want to raise, but that is conservative, because there is so much hype and anticipation about that, and the number is likely to go up. of course, we won't know exactly what they will trade per share, because that is negotiated over the coming weeks, but what we
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are going to do is to get a peek at the very private secretive company, and how much money do they actually make? we don't know that. how do they make their money? how much from advertising and games like zinga? that will feed into the stock and what it is worth. some people are putting the market value at $75 to $100 billion. certainly the biggest internet ipo ef, and with prices like that, lit surpass disney and general motors, so there is a huge amount of anticipation about the details coming up, kyra. >> well, this is the $50 million question, right? should we plan to buy up on facebook stock? i guess all we have are examples of other companies who have done extremely well when they have gone public. >> right. and other companies, especially internet companies with hype and left the investors with the bag. there is a lot of skepticism, and they are popular, but can they monetize it and make money, and if they do, will it bother
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us as users, more advertising and selling our personal information and a lot of people are skeptical and we remember google and a lot of people were skeptical and they priced them $85 and now at $500. nobody wants to nasz opportunitopportunit -- to miss that opportunity. money managers an insiders will get a first chance of it and then the stock will run up. so don't jump on that bandwagon when it happens, because you want to check out the price and give it a few days maybe, and see writ settles before we dive in, but, you know, we will hear now based on the financials, this is what the discussion is going to be, and can they keep that rapid growth and keep us as users to make money off of us as investors? we will have to see. >> stay tuned. maggie, thank you so much. now to a story of a u.s. ally, and it is troubling the claims that the intelligence agency is actually helping terrorists, and it a -- it is a story leaking from nato.
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how valid is this, zain? >> well, kyra, they are looking at 27,000 interviews with more than 4,000 detained taliban fighters, detained al qaeda fighters, foreign fighters, afghan civilians as well. and it is offering us a unique insight. a couple of major headlines here. the first is that the taliban apparently believed that they can absolutely win the west, beat the west, particularly when western troops pull out of afghanistan in a few years, and i believe 2014. also, what they are saying is that they are heavily relying on support for their success from pakistan. surprise, surprise, the finger is pointed this this leaked document to the pakistani intelligence agency known as the isi. a london report by the name of jerome starky has seen the leaked document and we asked him a short time ago who loses and
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who wins. let's listen. >> this is only likely to heighten the tension between particularly u.s. relations with islamabad, and also may further the afghan's appetite for peace. there is a sense in this document that peace negotiations aren't going very fast. >> he says that the document also says that senior pakistani official officials know exactly where all of the senior taliban command canners and the senior taliban leadership are exactly. this has been a really sore point with the united states, and part of the reason that the relationship with pakistan has been so bad, because the u.s. says that pakistan, you know, and they say, no we don't, and so that has been difficult for the relationship. nato has downplayed the report and saying it is the opinion of the taliban and it does not reflect reality on the ground, and pakistan says this is crazy and deny h it, and they say it frivolous.
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>> we will monitor it. thank you, zain. and now tensions growing inside of syria for the president to leave office. a live report is next. and millions off homeowners owe more than their home is worth. the president will speak at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. vacations are always wasn'ta good ideaa ♪ priceline negoti - - no time. out quickly. you're miles from your destination. you'll need a hotel tonight we don't have time to bid you don't have to bid. at priceline you can choose from thousands of hotels on sale every day. save yourself... some money it's what he would have wanted.on my jou, i've learned that when you ask someone in texas if they want "big" savings on car insurance,
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the entire world to see. on the streets of damascus this massive march. thousands of people reportedly chanting death rather than humiliation as bodies are carried overhead to a mass funeral. the opposition says that the government forces have reasserted their control over some damascus neighborhoods. other scenes are eerie, and this is from up with part of syria showing an armored carrier captured by government forces after clashes with rebels and those vehicles are blown up in protest. and finally another rare look inside of syria, and not the fighting, but of the aftermath. this burning building was allegedly hit by army artillery. cnn has not been able to independently verify any of the images that you have just seen, because access to the country is limited for us. well, the most deadly
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fighting continues in syria, and there is growing pressure from the outside for president bashar assad to step down. arwa damon joins us. chilling sights there from inside of syria, and yet, we have limited information to see what is actually happening there. >> it is, and that is what makes it incredibly difficult to get an accurate picture of just how the various front lines of the country are shifting, but it most likely seems that the fighting continues to be intense in that flashpoint city of ohms that you have seen there. and outside of the capital of damascus, over the weekend there was a big push of government forces to go into the damascus suburbs which momentarily seemed to be in the hands of the rebel fighting forces, and now the government has appeared to have exerted its control over those
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areas, but as i was saying that we are seeing the fighting shifting to the countryside as well. so it most certainly seems that the various battle lines are moving around at a fairly quick pace as the government forces and those who are now fighting al alongside the opposition continue the face-off, kyra. >> despite the arab and western support, the u.n. has not drafted the resolution calling for assad to resign, and any sign that he might cave? >> not it would seem unless russia and china change their stance, but especially russia. what gives the assad regime a lot of the power, and what gives them the confidence shall we say to continue along this current course is the knowledge that up until now russia has been a pretty unwavering international lie, and as long as the assad regime knows that russia is going to continue to block any kind of resolution as it most certainly up until now seems it
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is going to, the assad regime seems fairly confident it has significant international support. when it comes to the pillars holding up the regime insooide the country, they still remain fairly intact. defections still not on the scale that would shake the military, and the other various pillars such as the merchant middle class, they are so far staying largely silent. so that the government most certainly seems to be approaching this from what it would be perceived from its perspective at least a position of power, and many analysts and diplomats in syria will tell you that the first step of getting the assad regime from coming to the negotiating table or consider stepping aside is convincing the government that it is beginning to lose power and support. >> arwa damon out of beirut. thanks. and this morning we are learning about the death of "soul train" host don cornelius. we will talk about his life and the investigation into how he died next.
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we have gotten word that "soul train" creator and host don cornelius has been found dead in los angeles. police say that he died of a gunshot wound. there are reports that his death was a suicide, but officials are not confirming that. cornelius was 75 years old, and joining us on the phone now, cory murray, the entertainment director of "essence" and cory, thank you for calling in. of course, i want to talk about his life and what he did through music and through his journalism. but, have you received any word as you are pursuing the story with regard to the cause of death? are you able to confirm anything
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about the suicide report? >> kyra, i am not. i am basically reading what you are seeing is that the reports are mixed. it is either a suicide or perhaps unfortunately it could be a homicide, but right now i don't have any confirmation on either. >> well, let's talk about what a remarkable man this was on so many levels. a lot of people don't know that he was inspired by the civil rights movement as a journalist before even moving into the music world. >> yes. you think that like the afro and the catch phrase "love, peace, soul" but you don't think about the man behind the music, if you will, about why it was important for him to get african-americans seen in a different light, and larger light to whiter audiences which is the driving force for creating "soul train." >> what was nit his liit in his experiences and people he spent
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time that push himd ed him to d, cory? >> well, it is like any after can american coming up in that time that you felt like you were not valued enough or seen as if you were a whole person, and here it is that black folks contributed so much to music, and we were constantly either not seen on our own album covers or seen in the larger context like on the dick clark tv programs, so, we felt like, you know what, we are contributing so much to the society, and we need to be seen, and we need to have the spotlight shown on us. >> and it was not just african-americans, because that show drew such a wide audience. >> and teena marie and folks who came through there and it was not just african-americans. if you were making soul music and regardless of the color, you got on "soul train." >> well, he was a pretty amazing individual on so many levels,
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and we will continue to follow this investigation, cory, and it will be really sad to learn if he died by suicide and try to learn more about what he was struggling with. it is not easy to be a barrier breaker and living the life that he did. >> no, it wasn't. and you know something about don cornelius, he was in the households every saturday growing up for 35 years that "soul train" was on and i mean it was a staple in so many homes, and he was a part of the family, and that is what -- it is one of the times when the whole family sat down and watched tell, i have because we wanted to see who was on "soul train" that week. and we waited until the last when he closed out the show. regardless, he is gone, and he is a great, it is a great sadness that music lovers have right now. >> well, he was on in our household, too, for sure. cory murray, thank you so much for calling in. i appreciate it, and i am sure that "essence" will be lifting up his life with an incredible
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article. thank you, cory. >> yes. at the top of the hour, president obama is due to speak on the economy and specifically the housing crisis and one part of the plan is to help americans who owe more than the home is worth. dan lothian is at the white house, and the president had a housing program and participation was well below expectations unfortunately. >> that is right. >> and so what is going to be different this time around? >> well, you heard the president preview a little bit of that in the state tof the union address where he talked about cutting through some of the red tape that would allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, and take advantage of the low interest rates which are below 4%, so when the president unveils the new plan which he will do in less than an hour in a nearby community center in nearby virginia, the president will talk about the streamlining the process to allow those homeowners who are current on the mortgages to refinance and this white house believing that they could epd up saving an average of $3,000 a year.
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in addition the president will be proposing a sort of bill of rights which will protect homeowners in the transaction process making sure that fees or any other additional payments that have to be levied that they will understand this up front. and then finally for communities in states like florida and nevada that have been hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis, the president pushing a plan that will allow private investors the buy up some of the foreclosed properties and they would have to rent them out which is particularly important in the communities where the homes have been boarded up. this is one way to try to restore some of the value back to the ailing communities, kyra. >> dan lothian at the white house. thank you so much. once again the president's speech at the top of the hour, and we will have live coverage as soon as he steps up to the podium and starts to talk about the podium, 11:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. a big win for mitt romney
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checking the top stories now. the security council has failed to reach a resolution to call for bashar assad to step down. there are e ports that 56 people have been killed across syria today. >> and the rescue mission in "costa concordia" is officially called off. 15 people are still missing including the minnesota couple. and the ip of facebook going public could take place today. the company is looking to raise $5 billion. and the political buzz, looking at the rapid fire questions of the day can with 30 seconds on the clock. we are joined by our panelists.
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first question, guys, big win for mitt romney in florida last night, and if we crunch the numbers at this point, is the race basically over? maria? >> no, kyra. it is certainly not over yet. this is all about getting delegates, and at the end of the day, the winner has to reach the magic number which is 1,144 delegates and romney now is at 84, and gingrich with 27. so this is a long way off from being sealed. this is a long way off from being over. and both romney and gingrich have tanked with independent voters nationwide, and romney specifically has a lot to do to seal the deal with conservative voters in his own party which still do not like him and do not trust him. >> sam? >> i don't think that this race is over until newt gingrich has decided that he has sold enough books, frankliment i think that he is going to hang in there, and take this opportunity to take a vacation around the country with some of of the closest friends and family.
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i think that he'll do as long as he can convince some billionaires to lend him or give him a couple of million here or there. so, i think that as long as there are books to sell, this race will continue, but in the end, romney will probably come out battered and bruised, but he will be the dom knenominee. >> crystal? >> where to stop. romney's theme song should be "the empire strikes back." da, da, da. i mean he outspent newt in florida, and he outnegative-added him, and then the thing that he could not do thou though, he is not able to convince the conservative voters that he has the passion for the job. and as maria said, only 5% of the delegates have been accounted for this. is a horse race. newt needs to go back to the message that we saw in south carolina, and his concession speech in florida. that is what he needs to do. >> crystal, are you trying to
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outdo the president and the al green whipping out the "star wars" there? >> i am trying. i am trying. >> you and mitt romney, whew. >> i think that i can sing better than mitt. >> i do think so. >> i would probably agree. all right. women in florida, guys, voted for romney in even bigger numbers than the overall tally. why do you think that was? crystal? >> i think that, again, the negative ad. what we have learned and newt needs to e learn from this is that romney has a great organizational effort going on, and he is well funded. i think that newt needs to go back to the newt we saw in south carolina and needs to tell women, look, i have made amends with my personal life and i will not talk about this garbage and i will defend you at home and abroad. that is what a woman wants a strong man to depend on who has conservative values and these are the questions that newt needs to hammer on with respect to romney. >> and maria, why do the women love romney?
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>> when you outspend someone 7 to 1 the way that romney did, and when you have 1,300 ads to newt gingrich's 200 ads, it is easier to sway people, but they both have a problem there. was a poll that came out by the latino decisions and great website for latina mothers that said that with latina mothers a key group, 76% of the latina mothers found all of the candidates wanting. none of them were compelling for them, and 46% self-identified gop latina mothers none of the candidates were sufficient for them. >> sam, what do you think? >> why do i think that newt gingrich has a problem with women voters? seriously? it may have something to do with the history and the way he has treated the women closest to him. i would imagine that most women see a guy who is left has his wife while she is stricken with cancer to leave another wife, and wanted to sort of juggle
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both relationships at the same time, and i imagine they feel like this is a guy i probably cannot trust. so i think that has something to do with it, and then of course, mitt romney made sure that everybody knew that story with millions and millions of dollars. >> it is interesting that the two females didn't say anything about the cheating aspect. interesting. >> well, you know, remember, people liked clinton and we know that when he ran in 1992, he had a closet full of women, okay, and that didn't seem to bother the democrat women, did it? >> and maria, you want to weigh in on that? >> yeah, everybody forgets that. >> well, clinton spoke to women about the policies they cared about which is why he was elected and that is something that neither romney nor gingrich are doing. >> and what about that "60 minutes" interview, gennifer flowers, whoa! >> sam, see what you started here. third question, apparently the candidates have been buying ad time on the weather channel. here is coe nnan o'brien's take
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>> studies are showing that republican candidates are buying a lot of the time on the weather channel. they are like, wow. you can tell last night because the weather man blamed a cold front on immigration and gay marriage. >> okay. here is the question. what channel do you think that romney and gingrich should advertise on, and you can't say cnn or msnbc or fox. sam? >> well, for romney, if you want to hit his base, i would say probably is there a yachting channel? maybe bloomberg news or something, i guess. and for gingrich, i would say he should just go straight qvc and get both jobs done at the same time. >> crystal? >> romney should go to the personality channel, and there is not one and he does not have a personality, but that aside, i think that oprah winfrey's network would be a good one, lifestyle or lifetime rather, and going after the women vote, you know.
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>> and maria? >> romney should advertise on the i'm not really such a flip-flopp flip-flopper" channel, and the "you can trust me" channel, and "don't listen to my record and just listen to what i say today" channel, and that is what he has issues with. and gingrich should advertise on the "i'm not really such an angry man" channel. >> you made up channels, and i was looking for something saucey here. all right. thank you, guys. no job, no money and a family of five once thriving in a middle-class environment is now forced to live with a neighbor in a single bedroom. our poppy harlow is taking a look at the family that is living with long-term unemployment. >> reporter: one room now home to a family. mom and dad somehow manage to sleep together on the couch. >> most of the time, honestly i lay on top of him.
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eamon is the littlest one. >> reporter: if you think that you know what long-term unemployment can looks like, think again. >> you can't understand it until you lived it. >> reporter: he brought in $100,000 two years ago and by all measures middle-class until they were both laid off. frightening new numbers show that 50% of the unemployed in new jersey have been out of work for more than six months and similar story elsewhere. >> i was a technician for comcast. >> reporter: you had it made? >> yes, i had it made. >> i was a customer service representative for comcast. >> and what is something that people might not know? >> it is definitely not financial, but emotional. if you are not strong people, it can buckle you. >> break you, yes. >> reporter: the unemployment checks have run out, and they have exhausted the savings. >> the only benefits from the state right now that we get are
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assistance with the food. >> reporter: human services of morris county, new jersey, where the mobley's live have seen the caseload surge 57% since 2007. >> seeing the dual-unemployed families is unusual for us. >> reporter: so the bottom is falling out of the middle-class? >> i believe that. >> reporter: have you seen anything like this before? >> no, not like this, and i have been here since 1980. >> reporter: this is one of the wealthiest counties in america where the median household brings in over $90,000 a year, but when you can't find a job here, you can't get by. >> you send out a lot of resumes and pray to god somebody gets back to you. >> reporter: 500 resumes later, nobody has offered her a job. how long do you think that you can go on like this? >> honestly not much longer. >> what is up with you? >> how was work? >> reporter: and afternoons are spent with the grandmas and the three kids and then back to
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laura sullivan's house where they are living rent-free. she took them in after knowing them less than a year. >> people ask, like, why would you take someone in and you have no privacy? i am like, honestly, you want to compare my privacy to like a family without a home? is there any comparison? >> reporter: it is far from ideal, but when you have been out of work this long, there is no room for ideal. >> poppy is joining me live from new york. poppy, do adam and tallia have leads on a job yet? >> well, she has a lead. what is interesting, kyra, she went back to school, and when she lost her job she went to go into the health care as a trained technician, and people told her that is where the jobs are, so hee has a second-round interview and she is waiting to hear back on that. adam and his brother don't have leads so he and his brother
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started a t-shirt company together and they don't have the funding to get it off of the ground. the issue here is if you think of long-term unemployment, it won't stick to you until you see a family like that living in a room altogether and a family who never expected to be here a few years ago, keer can ra. >> and more families struggling in the exact same way. poppy, thank you so much. well, breaking news outside of detroit, and we are hearing that an amtrak train slammed into a heavy vehicle at the crossing there. a couple of train cars have flipped off of the rails, as you can see, and we are hearing that there are no life-threatening injuries at this point. the pick curs are coming in from our affiliate wdiv, and services across central michigan is being suspended. so right now a passenger train derailing. with e will bring you as much information as possible as it comes in to our newsroom. super bowl pressure is knotting to the the patriots'
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international flavor to the super bowl xlvi this jeer, and it is broadcast in 35 countries now and a player born in jamaica, and a player born in south korea, and we have even got the giants' defensive tackle whose granddad once upon a time was the president of uganda until edie amain had him executed. and you talk about remaining calm under pressure and calm under fire in games like this, well, he knows all about that given that he and the family are from romania, and they lived through the revolution there and the fall of communism, and he has quite a story to tell. >> i grew up in communism until i was 3 1/2 years old, and lived through a revolution while bullets were flying through our apartment on christmas eve, and after that, we had hyperinflation set in, so we could not buy anything with our money, even though my parents were engineers, they were earnb
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ing the equivalent of $100 a month each. >> just incredible. apparently they used to have to stuff pillows in the windows the keep the windows safe and try to stop the bullets from coming into the apartment. quite incredible, but he has made a real success of himself since he and the family moved to the u.s. they won the green card lottery when he was 12, and he became an instant hit when he became a really promising school and college athlete. soccer was his game, but he learned football by watching television, and since then he has learned five languages and look at him now, in the super bowl. >> all right. oh, my gosh. tell us how the giant's kicker got over here. >> well, he had an interesting story as well, and we are all big fans of him in britain, because he is scottish. his mom is scottish, and he was born in scotland because his father was a navy s.e.a.l. and he was stationed there at the time and he grew up as a soccer fan as well, and moved to the u.s. when he was 10, and since proven himself to be quite an adept kicker.
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remember, it was his kick that got to the giants to the super bowl. >> you have to love it. great, great stories. don, thank you so much. appreciate it. well, still ahead, a violent end to the "soul train" host don cornelius and we have the latest with our a.j. hammer coming up next. one. -two. -three. -one. -two. -three. [ male announcer ] with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card, earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. 2% back on groceries. and 3% back on gas. automatically. no hoops to jump through. -it's as easy as...1. -two. -three. [ male announcer ] 1, 2, 3 percent cash back for the things you buy most. the bankamericard cash rewards card. apply online or at a bank of america near you.
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this morning. don cornelius the creator and founder of "soul train" has been found dead. a.j. hammer is joining us once again from new york with as many details as we have tried to put together, and what do you know, a.j.? >> well, kyra, it is a breaking story and still developing, but here is what we do know. police responded to a call at 4:00 this morning in sherman oaks, california, and they found the body of don cornelius who had suffered a gownshot wound. don was taken to the hospital where he h was pronounced dead, and "showbiz tonight" has learned that the l.a. county coroner's office is investigating. he was an absolute legend in the music industry. he created "soul train," because he felt of a void in the way that soul music was represented in the united states. this is late in the 1960s. don hosted "soul train" for 22 years. the show started out in chicago and then moved to l.a. where it became a nationwide sensation. now cornelius was a private man and rarely gave interviews, but in what was perhaps the last interview that he gave to
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"time-out chicago" this is what he said. i felt like my mission to see to it that black talent had the opportunity to get national television exposure. we wanted to make each show evolv shocking moment, and he did do what he set out to do. he broke in so many artists into the national consciousness, and a legacy to be proud of and one that is respected. >> so many people are already responding to the death, a.j.? >> yes, obviously, twit ster is the place that celebrities go. hip-hop mogul russell simmons said, rip. and this one from quincy jones who knew cornelius well said, i am shocked and deeply sadden ed
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mark preston, we have been talking about mitt romney, the republican front-runner right now, and what is president obama up to? >> well, quietly, because we have not heard a lot from him necessarily cam paning, but they are doing a lot behind the scenes trying to organize in all of the states including florida and ohio and also raising money, and look at a couple of the bullet points from the e-mail that went out last night from jim me theeny who is the campaign manager for mitt romney. and 15 million is the number of money spent on backers in the state. and 13,000 were the percentage of adds that is negative is 92%. and the fact that republicans will do anything to try to win, and we should say democrats will try to do anything to win, and they are trying to raise money off of this. >> and i will tell you that michelle obama doing jay leno, the show. >> arguably, she is the president's best surrogate and talked about the rigors of being
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in the white house and out there talking about childhood obesity on the west coast, but also, she is raising money, because, you know, there was a number that was slipped in seven months ago that the obama campaign was looking at raising $1 billion for the campaign and they said that is not true, but they were close to it last time, and they will need every dollar to win re-election. >> thank you, mark. we will have the next political update in an hour. for the latest political news go the our website s. today, pfizer is recalling 1 million packs of birth control pills, because some may not prevent pregnancy, the company said some of the packages of may contain nonactive pills. and some of the pills may have been placed out of order which could leave women without contraceptive protection.
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all right. fast forward to stories that we will be following for you in the "cnn newsroom." at 11:00 p.m. eastern, president obama will be talk about the economy in falls church, virginia. he is expected to highlight the new housing plan. at 11:30 eastern, janet napolitano meets with nfl officials in indianapolis to talk about security plans for the super