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the american people, and our blueprint is the constitution of the united states. we're going to build an america where hope is a new job with a paycheck, not a faded word and an old bumper sticker. >> so it wasn't that big of a surprise. all along it was thought he would win nevada, but a much different mood and story at newt gingrich's headquarters. instead of a cheering crowd, it was a quiet room and a q and a with reporters. very unusual. brianna keeler was there. she asked one question. i heard you. newt gingrich is still defiant, still vowing to fit on, and the question is, he said, oh, you know i wanted to be a more positive sort of campaign, but he had negative things to say about his opponent. >> reporter: that was the interesting distinction, don, because we've been hearing from some sources familiar with staff
meetings that newt gingrich had been having here in the last couple can of days as they talked about a strategy moving forward here for the next month. they were saying it was going to be a pivot to a more positive message, which certainly made a lot of people's eyebrows raise because it's not been a positive message lately. he has, as mitt romney has certainly heard on tv ad and mailings. >> can i jump in a second? we want to go to clark county where they're counting the late votes in this late caucus. let's listen in and get back to brianna. >> mitt romney, newt gingrich, ron paul, ron paul. mitt romney, mitt romney, mitt romney, newt gingrich, ron paul, ron paul, mitt romney, ron paul, ron paul, ron paul, ron paul, newt gingrich, ron paul, mitt romney, ron paul, ron paul, newt gingrich, ron paul, ron paul,
paul, ron paul, ron paul, newt gingrich, mitt romney. >> they're counting votes at a late caucus in clark county, nevada and that's for observant jews that couldn't vote earlier and they voted later. paul is standing by and will take us through in a moechlt. brianna i so rudely interrupted you. you were saying. pardon me. >> caller: oh, no. don, that is definitely okay. we've been talking about how we'd been hearing from some sources that newt gingrich was
going to make a pivot and try to have a more positive message. i'll let you be the judge. one of the things he said about mitt romney at his conference tonight, he said if there is -- if it's between barack obama and mitt romney, there is no choice. obviously, that is not positive. take a listen to some more of what gingrich said. >> let me start and say there's one story that came out today that i want to put to rest hopefully for the next few months. i am a candidate for president of the united states. i will be a candidate for president of the united states. we will go to tampa. we have over 160,000 donors, 97% of whom have given less than $250. we have an obligation to them to stand up for their values and concerns and the reason they got involved. we will leave on monday to go to denver, and then to minneapolis, and then we will go on to i
think four cities in ohio and we will continue the campaign all the way to tampa. i think actually this week several things have clarified themselves that are helpful. unlike governor romney, i care very deeply about helping the poorest americans. i believe the declaration of independence's agreement that our creator endowed us with the right to pursue happiness extends to the poorest of americans and i think one of the great challenges to conservatism is to turn the safety net into a trampoline to give people an opportunity to achieve real status earning a living, buying a house and having a decent future. i'm not comfortable as romney said he was with allowing people to languish in the safety net. that's a fundamental difference between the two of us. i believe that his proposal for indexing minimum wage is a bad idea, which will increase
unemployment. every evidence we have would increase unemployment, and if you're in a state like nevada which has some 32% teenage unemployment, if you're in a country which has 43% black teenage employment, maybe you shouldn't be, in fact, suggesting a capricious increase on an automatic basis to kill jobs. there are very big differences evolves in this campaign as we move forward. i also believe that the vast majority of republicans across the country want an alternative to a massachusetts moderate who has in his career been pro-abortion, pro-gun control, pro-tax increase and who ranked third from the bottom in creating jobs from the four years he was governor. i suspect this debate will continue for a long time. our commitment is to seek to find a series of victories which by the end of the texas primary will leave us about a parody
with governor romney and from that point forward to see if we can win the nomination. tonight he will do reasonably well. this is one of his best states and a very heavy mormon state and a state he carried in 2008. i think that we have early returns. we don't know yet how it will end up. the last time around ron paul was in second place. anytime we're in a caucus state, dr. paul has a substantial advantage. i think i will do better than john mccain did three years ago. we will get some delegates here. obviously, we'd like to get more, but we're very happy to be competing here, and we're going to move on to compete first in maine, minnesota, colorado. early voting has already begun in ohio and in arizona. we'll be competing later this
this month in arizona and in michigan, and we'll go on to super tuesday and then beyond that. i want to sort of set that so all of you could relax. what happens is every primary day or caucus day, the romney headquarters in boston sends out the rumor that they believe i will withdraw, which, of course, is their greatest fantasy. i'm not going to withdrawal. i'm pretty happy with where we are, and i think want contrast between governor romney and me will get wider and wider and clearer and clearer over the next few weeks. i look very much to opportunities to debate him and draw the contrast and opportunities to compete for votes. >> reporter: so, don, to boil some of that down for our viewers, when i did ask newt gingrich about what the positive message might be, what he said was he would give a number of positive speeches about america's future. i think it's pretty clear that this sort of negativity between
him and mitt romney is here to stay. you saw him, don, seizing over and over on a moment that actually played out on cnn this week when mitt romney was on with our soledad o'brien, and he said he wasn't concerned about the very poor. they have a safety net. if there are holes in it, he will fix it. you see newt gingrich really very much seizing on that. he's talking to independents when he says that unlike mitt romney he cares very much about the poor. but he's talking to conservatives when he mentions something else, and that is this idea that he said of letting the poor languish in a safety net. what he's trying to seize on is that mitt romney is not truly a conservative. that he doesn't speak the conservative vernacular, which is to not endorse, as you would hear newt gingrich call t-a welfare state, but to instead talk about lifting up the poor and the middle class, this idea that we heard him reiterate
tonight about a trampoline to kind of lift up all americans. he's trueing to use this example, and i think this will last for some time, the drawing this line between him and mitt romney and saying he's not truly a conservative, i am, don. >> brianna keeler. thank you very much. we appreciate you. romney is a winner, so what do his challengers do next? let's bring in wolf blitzer for some analysis on that. we heard one of his can challengers say he was going to do next. i'm going to be more positive about the message, but it didn't seem being so positive about romney. what are the other challengers do next? >> the other challenge is for mitt romney, newt gingrich, ron paul, rick santorum? which candidate sfefkally? they all have challenges down the road. >> and wolf, up next is colorado, minnesota and then missouri. >> right. they all have challenges coming up in the immediate future, but february does look like a pretty good month, a very good month for mitt romney. march, super tuesday march 6th
could be different, assuming everyone stays p in the contest by then. what we heard specifically tonight, obviously the winner of the nevada caucuses, mitt romney is not going anywhere. for all practical purposes, it's his to lose right now, at least given the delegate count so far. the other three candidates matd it abundantly clear they're staying in the race. i spoke to ron paul. he said if he were to leave, there would be a revolution or revolt among his supporters. ron paul is staying in. i asked rick santorum if if he's staying in. he's staying in. he's hoping that newt gingrich might drop out and he would be the so-called conservative alternative to mitt romney, but rick santorum says he's stay in and thinks he will do well this coming tuesday. you just heard, he's staying in until the convention at the end of august in tampa.
so this could be a contest that could go on and on and on and on as it did four years ago on the democratic side. you remember that hillary clinton and barack obama didn't wrap up their early primaries until june. i remember waiting for the puerto rico contest to come in in june. this could go on and on and on. we have a big debate coming up february 22nd in arizona, don. i think that's lively. >> as we look at the numbers there, 18% for ron paul. that's not so bad for him there. the battle in nevada was for second place. ron paul did better probably than he thought, than many thought coming in at 18%, wolf. >> these are not official numbers right now. we're still expecting clark county numbers to come in, so we will get the rest fairly soon. we're waiting for the special caucus to wrap up for observant jus and seventh day adventists. we have live pictures coming in. they're still counting the volts in that special caucus in clark county in las vegas. once they do that, we get all the numbers from clark county and 70% of the people that live
if in nevada live in clark county, that's henderson and las vegas right now. we should know pretty soon. i think there's a battle for second place, but mitt romney is the clear, decisive winner in this state. newt gingrich does make a good point. mitt romney won four years ago as well. john mccain eventually got the nomination. >> great analysis. appreciate it. the next two counties block, the u.n. from adopting a resolution against syria for killing thousands of protestors. we'll tell you who they are and why it has the u.s. and others outraged. >> we will not rest until you and your bravery achieve your basic, universal human rights to which all human beings are entitled. let's get back to nevada, specifically clark county. there was a late caucus held there. paul, we told our viewers this
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diamond heart pendant and godiva chocolate gems. i love you. you do ? let's get back to nevada, specifically clark county. there was a late caucus held there. paul, we told our viewers this is for observant jews and also for seventh day adventists who couldn't vote earlier in the day. we have some results. what do you think? >> we finally got the results, don. here's the final tally. 153 votes for ron paul, 49 for mitt romney, 42 for newt gingrich and 11 for rick santorum. the only people left here in the crowd at this theater at a school in northwest las vegas are ron paul supporters. when they did the vote total, there was a lot of applause in the room. this caucus is unique because it was for observant jews and seventh day adventists, people who couldn't take part earlier in the day.
it was quite a sight tonight. there are a lot of people here. people lined up -- 200 people lined up outside. that's why it took a while to get started. it's over now. the final caucus and we're done. don. >> paul, give me the numbers again will you. >> they're doing another count right again, but as of now it's 153 for ron fall, 49 for mitt romney, 42 for newt gingrich, and 11 for rick santorum. that's where the count stands right now. as you can see behind me right now, they're continuing to rekounlt. >> all right. paul stein hauser. he we appreciate you reporting. we're going to move on now to other news, at least 321 people killed in syria over the last two days. that's what an activist group is saying. you can hear gunfire in this youtube video of a mass funeral procession here. a draft resolution condemning the syrian government failed to
pass at the u.n. today. we'll break it down with what happened with the vote p in a moment. first, the latest round of bloodshed in syria. >> utter carnage and horror. that's how residents and activists in homs have described what went on there starting late friday and continuing into overnight hours into saturday. they say the syrian government committed a massacre, that at least 260 people were killed in homs, over 130 of those killed in the homs neighborhood. one civilian activists identified as danny told us of bodies in the streets. those tries to help people were shot at including ambulances. he said they were in dire need of assistance and medical supplies. >> these are not animals. these are human beings being bombed by mortar bombs and tank shells, and no one is doing anything about it. we're going to sit here and get
killed. there's one message i want to get out. the syrian people are not going to stop if they kill millions. we will remember no one did anything about it. >> later saturday opposition groups reported even more deaths saying tens had been killed if in different parts of syria. activists reported a funeral pro session that took place in homs. this video shows thousands gathered for that funeral procession. visible are coffins on the ground. the syrian government meanwhile denied the reports and blamed armed terrorist groups for violence in the country. >> mohammed, thank you very much. now to the u.n. vote. the security council try to condemn syria's government today. it didn't happen. russia and china used their veto power to block it. the american ambassador says the u.s. is disgusted that the council is being held hostage by a couple of members.
richard roth was at the united nations and spoke with ambassador rice. >> they're deeply disappointed, india's ambassador said he was surprised at the double-veto. i asked susan rice, why the dip see breakdown? >> at the 11th hour russia tried to introduce the amendments that would have gutted the texas. the one silver lining in this is that 13 members of this council supported the resolution, made strong statements in its favor. the countries that had originally not supported the resolution last time changed their position and voted in favor. >> so take us into the back rooms, if you can. do you feel russia was stalling all along? presenting a front to work foeg and sleeves are being rolled up. do you feel they intended to abstain or vote yes?
>> i can't speak for russia, richard. i think our colleague was negotiating in good faith. i also had think that at the end of the day the decisions were made in moscow, and moscow decided that it would rather stand with assad against the people of syria than do the right thing. >> despite last-minute talks in germany between clinton and the russian foreign minister. they vetoed like they did in october along with china. >> that was richard roth. president barack obama released a strongly worded statement toes. he urged the u.n. to stop the syrian leaders killing machine. here's what he said. any government that brutalizes and massacres its people does not deserve to govern. he added, the international must work to protect the syrian people from in ab hour rent brutality. a very direct sfamt from president obama. not enough to preefl china and
russia from splitting with other security council members on today's draft resolution. >> a big night tonight as we mention here. goldie taylor fired up and has a lot to say. she is next live in our studio. very big night in politics. want to bring in now my friend and political analyst, goldie taylor. she's the managing editor of the goldie project.com. we saw what happened there. before we talk about the victor, newt gingrich said he'll have a whole new strategy and he's pol. [ kyle ] nope, i've got... [ kyle with voice of dennis ] ...the allstate value plan. it's their most affordable car insurance -- and you still get an allstate agent. i too have...[ roger with voice of dennis ]...allstate. [ roger ] same agent and everything. [ kyle ] it's like we're connected.
very big night in politics. want to bring in now my friend and political analyst, goldie taylor. she's the managing editor of the goldie project.com. we saw what happened there. before we talk about the victor, newt gingrich said he'll have a whole new strategy and he's going to be positive, and as soon as he wants to be positive, nothing positive comes out. what's going on?
>> you know, this is like shuffling deck chairs on the titanic. newt gingrich can change his chief of staff and every volunteer. newt gingrich cannot change newt gingrich, and that's going to limit his pathway to victory to probably just one or two avenues. >> now to the person who actually won. let's go to mitt romney and listen to what he said to his supporters tonight after he won. >> sure. >> our mission is to increase the freedom and opportunity of the american people, and our blueprint is the constitution of the united states. we're going to -- we're going to build an american where hope is a new job with a paycheck, not a faded word on an old bumper sticker. >> so he is going after president obama, not even mentioning his opponent as we said, newt gingrich. >> absolutely. that's the job for mitt romney now, is to avoid, you know, missteps and focus his attention on president obama for this fall.
he's got to limit newt gingrich to everything beneath the mason-dixon line. he has to win the entire north and out west, which he can probably do and wrap this up by super tuesday. if he fails to do that, if he fails to contain newt gingrich to the three strong very southern states, georgia, south carolina, and tennessee is the other. if he fails to limit him there, there could be a real contest. that way the only way that newt gingrich is able to pull this off is he holds mitt romney to 1144 under that magic number and taking this to the convention where the party faithful will show up. the chances of that are going very, very nipple. >> i was going to ask you. i know you don't want to predict anything in politics. one never knows. it seems that newt gingrich, as time goes on and you listen up to him, there's always an excuse about this not happening, that not happening. my opponent on the stage said some very terrible things about
me that were inaccurate, but i don't have the time to respond to them. >> that's the story of newt gingrich's political career. he's making those same kinds of excuses as his career has worn on, and he's managed to sort of rebirth himself in a way. this year sed some terrible missteps in his campaign, some terrible strategy put forth and no real returns. the surges in the polls was the flavor of month. he was the only candidate to have the tenacity to hold on. if he were michele bachmann or herman cain, he may have stepped out by now. for newt gingrich he's the center of his own consolation. >> what gives here? he was even asked by a reporter in the press conference that he gave afterwards, he didn't give a speech or say congratulations to the winner or anything. here's how i'm changing hi
strategy. we were up on the stage. everything he said was false. i've never been confronted with anything like that. i was stunned. why not take the opportunity if you're the former speaker of the house and is known for speaking his mind, take the opportunity to turn and say you know what? goldie? you just said a big lie about me. why can't you do that on the debate stage? >> that's theish s interesting thing about newt gingrich, he sha ushgs away when it's put in his face. you know how bullies in the school yards are. that is newt gingrich, and soo i don't expect him to last beyond super tuesday. he won't have the money and certainly won't have the volunteers for the organization. what he has to rely on is earned media like tonight. he was able to call cameras together and hold us for 15 or 20 minutes pontificating p about everything under the sun. he has to draw cameras like that to stay in this race.
>> this was mitt romney with mormons having the higher percentage of the voting population in nevada as they do. ron paul was also a favorite there and rick santorum at the bottom. >> sure. ron paul has a very fervent organization. they are going to show up come hell or high water, especially in a caucus. this was not a primary. these are, you know, people who are very, very vested in the process. so ron paul tends to do better in a situation like that. rick santorum is a more retail politician. he likes to go door to door shaking hands, and you saw that in iowa and that's why he came away with a state like iowa. this works out p in ron paul's favorite when you have a caucus state. you have two more caucus states coming up february 7th, and i bet ron paul will do well. >> he has fervent supporters around there tonight. you heard him in the late, live caucus we had on cnn. we go back to our paul steinhauser getting results. finally. once this count is over, then we
get all the final votes in clark county 100% and report them. go ahead, paul. >> reporter: don, it is finally over. it took 2 1/2 hours. i'm hearing myself in my here. here's what happened, don. 183 for ron paul, 61 for mitt romney, 57 for newt gingrich and 16 for rick santorum. right now these are republican officials from clark county. the votes are right above the boxes. they take them downtown to the party hq and added to the county totals and added to the totals for the state. thank you. now i'm good with my ear. this is one crazy caucus. you know the back story here. this was for orthodox jews and seventh day adventists for those who can't take part because of sabbath. it was quite a time and it started late because of the
crowds coming in. irts finally over two and a half hours later, don. >> all right. thank you very much. coming up here on cnn, parents in one new york state community want answers about a medical emergency. listen to how this town hall meeting went today. >> i'm done listening to you. my child, my children all of them, i run a business in this town. it is not safe. why is it you need -- >> that's only part of it. you hear more from these parents coming up in two minutes. specialists, lots of doctors, lots of advice... and my hands were full. i couldn't sort through it all. with unitedhealthcare, it's different. we have access to great specialists, and our pediatrician gets all the information. everyone works as a team. and i only need to talk to one person about her care. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare.
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a community meeting in leroy, new york turned ugly today after officials told parents a local school was safe, despite a group of children developing involuntary twitches and gestures. doctors diagnosed most of the children as suffering from conversion disorder, a condition induced by stress. some parents suspect the problem is linked to a train derailment 42 years ago that spilled toxic chemicals. school officials defended science showing no environmental link, but enraged parents weren't satisfied. >> what i have to do as the superintendent is take the experts -- what the experts are telling me, and the experts are telling me and the data is showing me that there is no environmental cause here linked to this condition. >> you need to prove to us that it is safe to put our children in this school.
as a community we need to come together, we need to pull our children out. there's other places we can take them and give them the education they need. you are not doing your job. you are not doing your job at all. >> i'm not answering questions. >> stand up as parents to fight for the rights of our children. you're not. >> environmental activist erin brock co-vich is investigating. bishop eddie long is anointed king and wrapped in a jewish scroll by what appears to be a rabbi. it's an unusual ceremony you have to see. straight ahead we're going to talk about it with a real rabbi. . ...'scuse me... . ...or a big steak...
that issue was settled out of court, and then last year his wife filed for divorce. you think after all that maybe it's time to lay low a little bit, but i want you to take a good look at this video, which has gone viral. it is showing bishop eddie long in a ceremony presided over by what we're told is a rabbi. bishop long is raised up, wrapped in a torah scroll keying religious royalty here. he serves on the committee of jewish law and standards. rabbi, when you see this video, what's your reaction to it? is it insulting to you as a jew? >> thank you for doing this story, don. it's very offensive. a number of people have reached out to me and said how offensive they find it. for a few reasons, really. one is the reverence we show for the torah.
it's not something that's to be used or to utilize in some way and to pronounce some kind of coronation ceremony, which frankly doesn't really exist is pretty deeply offensive. >> so as a non-practicing jew, i say torah and you say torah. in the handling of this, in the handling of the torah, why is it so offensive? it's not handled that way in the jewish faith? >> that's correct. the torah does not belong to the jewish people. it comes through us, but belongs to the whole world. it's used in a very special way, and it's meant to be guidance and instruction and inspiration. it's not meant to be treated as a prop, and i felt like he was putting on a show and treating the torah as a prop. we don't do that. we treat it with the highest
reverence and wouldn't use it in that way. >> this notion of being anointed a king through a ceremony? >> look, i have to say it borders on the ridiculous. there's p no such thing in any judaism that i know of and there's not much they agree about. across the spectrum people are shocked at what they're he seeing. it doesn't reflect anything that anybody sdz in the jewish community. >> why do something like this? you say it looks like he's putting on a show. why? >> obviously, he's there to support bishop long, and i don't have an opinion about bishop long and what he did or didn't do. in my opinion this guy is not a rabbi.
he's not recognized by the jewish community as a rabbi, and i think he's trying to give authenticity to bishop long by suggesting that the ancient scripture of the jews, the scripture of jesus he's trying to cast bishop long in that kind of light. i understand why he's trying to do that, but he's making use in a fraudulent way basic jewish symbols that don't really teach the christian teachings he says they do. >> very interesting. just looking at the video is just -- >> remarkable. >> took the word right out of my mouth. thank you, rabbi. we appreciate it. >> thank you. it is official. mitt romney wins two in a row. the latest on the nevada caucus, on that vote. more on your top stories as well coming up next. [customer:] we need to protect the environment. [worker:] we could do both. is that possible? [announcer:] at conocophillips, we're helping power america's economy with cleaner, affordable natural gas. more jobs. less emissions. a good answer for everyone. well, if it's cleaner and affordable. as long as we keep these safe. there you go. thanks. [announcer:] conocophillips. but one is so clever that your skin looks better
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a gun-wielding grandpa that robbed more than a dozen banks in southern california is still on the run, but as corrine winter tells us he may not be as old as you think he is. >> this is a stick up. >> reporter: old men robbing banks looks comical in "going in style," but the fbi says this seemingly elderly serial bank robber dubbed the geezer bandit is no joke. >> this isn't funny. he's going out there and victimizing people, threatening that he's going to shoot these tellers if they don't give him money. >> reporter: on wanted posters he's described as 60 to 70 years old. eases hit 16 banks in california so r far making off with tens of thousands of dollars over the past two and a half years. the fbi says he's been hard to nab because of his non-threatening look and
discrete manner of putting bank tellers at gunpoint so he escapes before too many witnessness knowing what happened. these aren't the type of take-over robberies you see in movies or "the town's" elderly gun toting nuns. there may be one thing in common. the geezer bandit, too, may be a masked man. watch this surveillance tape closely as flees a bank two months ago. >> it doesn't appear to be consistent with someone who is 60 or 70 years old moving at that pace. >> reporter: clues led law enforcement authorities to this business on the outskirts of hollywood. could this be the face of geezer bandit? yes, says ruster, the man behind these masks. he creates these form-fitting silicon mask. >> you make it look absolutely real. >> he sells around the world for $600 and up. you can see how someone says this is so lifelike and maybe i can fool someone.
>> that was the idea originally. >> reporter: he cooperated with law enforcement agencies contacted him about the geezer bandit and asked about any buyers of the specific type of mask. when sluser puts it on, it transforms him. the same style was used by a young asian man that snuck on board a flight to canada to seek refugee status. this one was worn during a bank heist in ohio, and the robber was actually white. this mask dubbed the hand some guy was a disguise in a series of brazen texas bank robberies last year. but the mask maker says he's tired of seeing his creations on surveillance videos and prefers to see them on the big screen like in the movie "drive." >> these are not meant to commit crimes. they're meant for novelty use only and people have fun. >> one thing to do pranks and another thing to rob banks. this person is out there committing this crime with your masks. what deuce to nem? >> i say please do not your mask
to commit crimes. >> the fbi is offering a $20,000 reward for anyone who can help them unmask the geezer bandit. corrine winter, cnn, los angeles. new recordings from the moments after the jfk assassination hidden away for decades now offering a rare glimpse into the confusion na followed the president's murder. hear them for yourself next. two, three. just hold the bag. we need a portable x-ray, please! [ nurse ] i'm a nurse. i believe in the power of science and medicine. but i'm also human. and i believe in stacking the deck. [ female announcer ] to nurses everywhere, thank you, from johnson & johnson. [ male announcer ] red lobster's four course seafood feast is back. get soup, salad, cheddar bay biscuits, dessert and choose one of 7 entrees. four courses for only $15. offer ends soon.
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we are now getting a rare and intriguing glimpse inside one of the darkest days if in american history thanks to audiotapes hidden away for 50 years. brian todd reports. >> reporter: they were among the most anxious, gut-wrenching hours in american history. the chaos following president john f. kennedy's assassination. everyone, including top administration officials, was scrambling for accurate information. newly released audiotapes offer fascinating insight into the confusion and the government's response. listen to this phone call from white house physician admiral george berkeley in dallas to army surgeon general leonard heaton on where to take the president's body. >> in regards to the remain of president kennedy and we are planning on having the president taken directly to walter reed. probably mrs. kennedy will also be going out there.
but we will clarify that later. >> oh, all right. >> but it wasn't clarified. just minutes earlier secret service head called another official with the president in dallas saying the remains should be taken to another military hospital. >> arrangements have been made for a helicopter for the bethesda naval medical center. >> the president was taken to bethesda. for decades critics said his autopsy was incomplete, mishandled, maybe even part of a conspiracy. i listened to the tapes with a historian who has another take. >> government had no protocol for having an autopsy of a president. it was something no one ever thought would be necessary. they were completely unprepared. >> the tapes were discovered by the rab collection. they get them from the estate of general chester clifton, a top
aide to president kennedy and then donated them to the national archives. the recordings were made by the white house communications agency and include radio traffic from the president's plane air force one. part of the recordings are rivet when is a distraught lyndon johnson and his wife get on the phone to consult his mother. >> i wish to god there was something that i could do, and i wanted to tell you that we were grieving with us. >> yes, well, thank you very much. thank you very much. i know you loved jack, and he loved you. >> mrs. kennedy, we feel like just had. >> yes, all right. >> we are glad that the nation had your son as long as it did. >> yes, well thank you, lady bird. thank you very much. good-bye. >> it leaves us all wants to hear more, but some of these recordings we may never here. officials say at least two hours of the raw tape are still missing. brian todd, cnn, washington.
we're going to get you caught up on top stories before we get out of here tonight. a running back curtain martin headlines this class for the pro football hall of fame. the new york jets star was one of the six players announced tonight. martin said the honor was bittersweet since his former coach wasn't chosen. others going into the hall are chris dollman, cortez kennedy, willie roof and jack butler is going in as well. they'll be formally inducted on august 4th. friends and colleagues pay tribute it to don cornelius in harlem on saturday. the legendary host of soul train died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. he was joined by others to honor cornelius for changing music in america. this is new york's time squares. a flash mob broke out in times square in memory of the "soul train" founder.