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everyone makes mistakes. at least they didn't forget the l in the lbj. the problem is a computer spell check isn't going to catch a mistake when pubic is coming out as public. a billboard in indiana asked tous check out the 15 best thing about aur pubic school. if you study hard at pubic school, before you know it, you're in charge of a presidential candidates pubic schedule. it's the best proof there is that all it takes is one letter to change the world. we'll see you in an hour oar frth edition of 360. piers morgan starts now. >> tonight, mitt romney makes big promises, but can he keep them? i'll ask both sides. and we'll have say unique take
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on the news of the day. political junkie and funny lady, the irrepressible annie wentworth. plus a missing child, has the killer finally been found? >> the new york police department is announcing the arrest of pedro hernandez for the murder of etan patz. the last bizarre twist in a 33--year-old mystery. also countdown to the olympics. dara tor ez has won 12 medals and gunning for more in london. >> i love standing up on the blocks against the young whipper snappers and swimming against them. >> tonight i dare her to show me what she's really made of. and in america, a good deed gone very, very bad. this is "piers morgan tonight." >> good evening. our big story tonight, politics and promises. mitt romney rolls out a new ad today and makes big promise on
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the deficit, trade with china, the economy and jobs. let's take a look. >> what would a romney presidency be like? day one, president romney announces deficit reductions, ending the obama error of big government, helping secure our kids' futures. president romney stands up to china on trade and demands they play by the rules. president romney begins repealing job-killing regulations that are costing the economy billions. that's what a romney presidency will be like. >> i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >> all very exciting, but can he keep these promises? joining me now is gym talent, senior adviser to mitt romney and former senator to missouri. the promise land looks great, but how many of these will he actually do? >> well, we really think that he can do a lot of them. in contrast to the president, who's failed on promises like getting unemployment down below
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6%, but most of these ideas ought to have bipartisan support. the keystone pipeline, opening up offshore areas for exploration that the president's had under moratorium, lowering the corporate tax rate, repealing obama care. a lot of democrats voted against that in the first place. so this is an agenda that's doable. >> but on the specifics, like standing up to china on trade, what does that mean in reality? asall very well to say that, but what would president romney, day one, actually do or say to china to carry through that pledge? >> the pledge, or the proposal, is to have china listed as a currency manipulator because they're not allowing their currency to float. the overall message is just to say, look, if you want to be part of the international community, you have to be responsible like everybody else. >> i spoke to jack welsh last night about the whole raging fury over mitt romney's record
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at bain. he was interesting. when i pressed him about whether private equity companies and people that run them believe it's about job creation or making profit, he said no, it's about making money. not job creation. he wished that mitt romney hadn't tried to claim it was about job creation. what is your reaction to that? >> well, governor romney has always said, the point of going into business is to make the, successful which is defined at least in part, by the business being able to make a profit. the problem weave had in america the last few years under the president is not enough businesses have made any money. but in the course of doing that, when a business is -- when management is reformed which is what private equity companies do, that's how they become successful, then the businesses grow and they hire employees. so four companies alone that governor romney helped start have hired over a hundred thousand employees. so it's a win-win. >> david letterman had an interesting take on how president romney's day one might
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end up. let's look at this. >> day one. >> what would a romney presidency be like? >> day one, president romney immediately approves the keystone pipeline, introduces tax cuts and reforms and issues the order to begin replacing obama care. day two, mitt romney is reminded by his wife ann that he lost to president obama by a landslide. [ laughter ] >> i'm glad you can see the funny side. >> absolutely. >> the great thing about these ads, it may all be a figment of mitt romney's imagination. >> well, sure. you know, it's up to the american people. but we can't -- i mean, this is serious. we can't keep going on the way we've been going. the american people are suffering. i mentioned unemployment at four. median family income is down $4,3
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$4,300. more and more people are saying they're working harder and findsing it more difficult to make ends meet. we need a change. this is a man, mitt romney, whose experienced in doing that. he's turned around every organization of which which he's been a part. that's what the ads are intended to remind the voters of. >> when barack obama starts campaigning ferociously, he's going to say, i saved the car industry, helped bring unemployment down, not as far as i'd like to, but made a big inroad to where it was. he's going to say that i ordered the killing of osama bin laden. the actual list of things which are to his credit, which republicans never give him credit for, is actually quite impressive, if you highlight those pluses, isn't it? >> well, he's been saying those things already. and his poll numbers are not reflecting that the people believe he should be re-elected. they're going south on him, and it's in part -- and we do give
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credit. the killing of osama bin laden, sure, that was a good thing. but you know, when he says unemployment, for example, going down, the american people know that's a very hollow claim. as you know, if you consider the people who have quit working, it was the only reason unemployment has gone down at all is because so many people have left the workforce. they're so discouraged they're not even looking. the state of employment in the country is as bad as it was at the peak of the recession. so it's like our campaign says, it's about the economy and we're really not stupid. and i think the american people know that we need a change. >> jim, thanks. >> thank you, piers. >> a democrat called mitt romney a corporate buy-out specialist. so i can assume you're not overly impressed by the first day of romney presidency ad campaign.
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>> there's really not much to be impressed with, piers. the gentleman was in philadelphia today, making the outrageous and really not too bright claim that somehow larger class sizes with children and teachers was a good thing. i think every second-grader knows that that's not a good idea. and so whether it's the first day ads, whether it is the corporate buy-out specialists of mr. romney when he was at bain capital, putting companies out of business, putting people out of jobs, and bankrupting economies. that's not the kind of leadership that this country needs, and it is why, when you look at the real record, and you were getting at it with the gentleman you had on earlier, talking about the real record of president obama, leading this country through the worst recession since the great depression, which was handed to him on day one, after he took the oath of office.
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from the failed policies of the republicans before him. >> here's the problem, which is this. this is a very convincing, democrat, defensive position of the president and everything he's done. >> it's actually an firmative position, piers. >> then corey booker stands up and he appears to be completely at odds with the president over the one thing that president obama has decided to really go at mitt romney about, his record at bain, saying it's nauseating? >> i think that's old news. i respect mayor booker he's doing a great job in his city and is doing his hard work each and every day. there's only one person on the democrat side running for president. that's president barack obama and we're running a very aggressive, straightforward and truth-telling campaign about mitt romney's record. now, he has made his work, leading the corporate buy-out operation, bain capital as the
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centerpiece of his campaign, as the reason that he should be president of the united states of america. so that deserves close examination. he put people out of work. >> it will also come down to a matter of trust. although president obama has a good record in certain areas, the car industry and so on, and i think a lot of notable successes in foreign policy. if you look at gauuantanamo bayi was thrilled to hear president obama say one of his commitments would be the closure of guantanamo bay an institution that flies in the face of american justice. then he went back on his word. so how when he makes a series of further promises about what he will do in a second term, why should we believe him? >> we should believe him because of the things that he's done in
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the first term. president barack obama said he would bring health care to all americans. he did that. president obama said that he would straighten out our financial institution mess -- again, that was handed to him. he did that. he's been a champion for civil rights, brought people together, helped to uniify the country. >> i get all that, but what about the things he promised to do and didn't do? >> that's why we have elections and often you get a second term. i have to believe that president barack obama knows nine million percent more about the complexity of the guantanamo bay situation, no disrespect to you, than either you or i sitting here. i'm sure in the briefings he gets and the other information that's not available to us, might have led him to make a different decision. but i have to tell you, for the millions of americans who are out of work right now,ky tell you on the ground in philadelphia, none of them are walking up to me, asking me
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about guantanamo bay. what they're asking about is a job. what they're asking about is going to college. what they're asking about is, will my children be able to get a great education? so these are at-home issues on the ground in philadelphia and in cities all across the united states of america. that's what this election is about. >> thank you for joining me. i appreciate it. >> thank you, piers. >> i want to bling in a woman whose take on politics is intriguing. political junkie, wife, mother, actress. best-selling author, and she joins me now. quite a long list of descriptions of you. which one do you prefer? >> lingerie model. why are you laughing? >> i'm not. wish i had the pictures to prove it. now, this election is hotting up. >> yes. >> and you have an intriguing take on all this. what do you make of where we are? the choice between barack obama
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who has been okay, but a little disappointing to his own fan base, mitt romney who's never excited his own fan base, but who is now the nominee. what do you think of the battle wee about to face? >> it's much closer than than i expected it to be. i'm a democrat. so i put my money on that horse. but the neck and neck thing has been extraordinary and kind of exciting to watch. >> why is it closer than people expected, do you think? >> i love that i'm the authority of this. >> why shouldn't you be? >> well, no, people come to me for their political incites. i've overtaken george in that department. i think it's disappointment versus -- everybody likes a new guy. everybody puts all their hopes and dreams in, oh, he's going to change everything and make it a better place. that's historically how politics are. but i think it will be neck and
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neck for a long time. and there's always comedy to miami in the selection as well. >> i think the republican race was just beyond comedic joy from start to finish upon. >> i remember tweeting during one of the debates. i'm waiting for one of them to turn to the camera and say, live from new york, it's saturday night live. >> it was a wonderful cast of characters from herman cain to michelle bachman. >> want sound bites were great. >> one of these two people will become president. i love this invitation that's arrived. a big caricature of donald trump, i want you, dying with the donald and mitt. >> makes you buy a ticket and if you win the lottery, you get to have dinner with the two of them. desblld you see that as a huge lottery to win? >> i have spent over $10,000 on tickets so far. no, i would -- for me personally
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i would spend the $3 on a box of milk duds, but more power to the people if that's -- you know. >> the key thing mitt romney has, he's got a lot of people like donald trump lining up behind him, very rich, die-hard republicans, who are all driven by one thing. they want to get rid of barack obama. i don't think you can underestimate that. the republicans are saying, we've had our battle, now we'll unite and give him everything we got. and i think it's going to be a really tight race. >> the irony of the wealthy and mitt romney is in that ring, the wealthy of trying to overrun a president when our economy is the worse it's ever been, i find ridiculous. >> do you buy into mitt romney's argument that he is a proven track record businessman? >> i think he is a businessman. yes, i think he's probably a very good businessman.
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but there's more to being the president than being a good businessman. >> what do you want to see in your president? women, i think, will decide this election, and they seem to be in the polls fluctuating quite wildly at the moment. what do you want? >> well, first of all, i would like my vagina to be taken off the table. >> is it on the table? >> it's been on the table and it will be on your table if you -- >> wow! now we're talking. >> i think that i have a hard time with reproduction rights being in the political arena, but that's me. obviously the economy, jobs, all extremely important and i don't think it's a male-female thing to want our country and our economy to be full and ripe. so as far as being a woman, which i've been for almost close to ten years now, i do think that when it gets into the planned parenthood, all that kind of debate, i really have a
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hard time with men debating what's okay and what's not. >> you can see mitt romney desperately trying to make it all about the economy because that's his strong point as he sees it. >> let's take a break and talk about your husband and george stephanopoulos and gay marriage. but first let's look at something that you said about michelle obama. >> is michelle obama the secret weapon behind president barack obama? according to q research michelle obama's -- is what, john? 66% and president obama's 44%? do you think a strong woman behind the man is the secret weapon? >> yes, we got it on camera. momma is the secret sauce behind that burger we call george. [ rosa ] i'm rosa and i quit smoking with chantix.
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>> newsweek cover of president obama that says the first gay president and it's very risky for president obama to do this, right now, pre-election. >> it could play both ways. >> it could play both ways. >> as you did once in your youth. >> president obama stance on gay
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marriage and she's back with me now. let's talk gay marriage. >> let's talk it, happy about it. >> you were so ecstatic that you began kissing every woman that you could find. >> not that i could find. they have to be on the red carpet. i have photographic evidence of it. >> i was celebrating gay marriage. who would not want to kiss these girls? i didn't need gay marriage to be -- >> the statement to george, to the nation, what were you doing in those pictures? >> it's so adorable you think i was making a statement. i just had too much wine. no, that was the day obama endorsed gay marriage and i was on the red carpet and these are my friends and we call kissed on the lips. >> there is only one man in your life. >> yes. >> you and george, how does that work? you always seem savvy political types. do you wake up and head for black berries, getting the political news talk going? >> yes, we talk fiscal responsibility, that's our
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pillow talk. i'm so honored to be called all those things you call me, but i'm really not that political a person. i'm more of a comedian. >> i bet you are, though. i've seen your work. >> but george and i don't talk about it. >> really? >> yes. he's been talking about it all day. >> what do you and george talk about in bed? >> in bed? we're both reading. >> what do you read? >> i'm reading the history of islam and he's reading instyle magazine. you know, we're like any boring couple. we talk about our kids. we talk about, did you play the plumber? >> you talk about attachment parenting? >> i'm fascinating by that. >> what did you make of that extraordinary cover? >> first of all, it was an extraordinary cover because the boy was, if i'm not mistaken in camouflage pants. so doesn't that add a whole weird element to it. he looks a little military. >> i was amazed by how few
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people appeared to be disturbed by it. >> when the child can ask for milk, that's the cutoff. when they run over from the playground and tug at your shirt -- no. or even worse, when they come with their uva duffel and come back from spring break and say, mom -- no, it's not. i'm not a fan of attachment parenting because i think that it makes children a little weaker and i don't mean physically weaker. there are challenges in life that one has to endure. >> yes, let them loose for goodness sake. >> let them scrape their knee. >> even monkeys at six months get thrown off the breast. >> yes. >> it's ridiculous. >> yes. all animals. >> talking of animals and trees and fights and all that kind of thing, let's move to the breakfast show wars because your husband and gma are on top in the battle with "today." is this reflecting itself? is the glory coming your way?
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>> no. you mean, have i gotten a new pair of shoes? >> yeah, anything in it for you? >> no. but i think it's fantastic. it's nice to be on that side of the fence. but my husband is -- he doesn't fall prey to all that stuff as much as he's just a hard worker. >> he doesn't wake up and start beating his chest? >> no, he doesn't. >> doing his tarzan impression? >> i beat my chest for him. but, no, i think it's encouraging. i think it's a great chemistry on gma. i think they all just get along well and it's, as in anything, as in movies, the sparks that are happening tonight, chemistry is everything. so i think they really have it at gma. he's doing gma, he also does this week on sunday. and i'm hoping he'll get a role on private practice so that we don't miss him for that one hour, which is why i'm on j date because he's never around.
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>> you have two young daughters. >> yes, i do. >> mitt romney's great plan appears to be to have great class sizes. i think that's a load of posh. i think the bigger the class size, the less chance obviously that your child will get the same kind of attention. it does depend on the teacher, but what do you want for your kids? >> l i'm going to home-school them after this. but for the shy kid, for the underachiever, i mean, they get lost in the shuffle. i think it's not a -- i don't believe it. i don't think you can have one teacher and you fill up city field full of children and expect everybody to get the same thing. i think there's something to individual attention. you know, also we talk about bullying and those things kind of get hidden when there's a lot of kids. >> i agree. >> you can't find out what's going on socially and that's as
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>> the eyes of the world are on left-hand with the 2012 summer games just nine weeks away. one champion swimmer who plans to add to her collection of medals is dara torres, the proud possessor of a dozen medals. he's a perfect example of what i mean when i talk about keeping america great. welcome. >> thank you. >> you have restored my personal faith in my ability to win an olympic goal. i'm 47. everyone told me i was past it. you are living proof it's not over for me. the dream hasn't died. >> the dream hasn't died. you're lucky you don't have to worry about menopause. so i'm trying to get this olympics over as quick as i can. >> i see the ruthless streak in you? >> i try to hide it. >> i've been told about this,
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beneath the sunny smile, the yellow sweater, there's this little ice maiden wanting to crush younger models. >> this might be in there somewhere. >> how excited are you about london? >> i'm very excited. it's been rough. after the olympics i've had a couple surgeries, one big one in my knee. >> at this age, this is what happens to you. our bodies collapse. >> my knee surge obviously had to do with my training, but i got out of bed and my back's out right now. and it's not because of training, i'm just middle-aged. >> one of the reasons you're competing and this may not be the end of the journey, nothing can stop you. >> no, no. seerls i will be in menopause by rio. >> no one will believe you even if you say you won't do it in rio. who will believe you? the reason i think you're so determined to win in london is in beijing, you lost by a
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hundredth of a second. watch this little clip of what you said about this. >> i am so competitive, i can't not think about it. it's always going to bother me for the rest of my life. that's just the way i'm built. i'm upset that i lost by a hundredth of a second. >> watch, that's it. >> when you watch a video t looks like i won. like, what the heck? >> that's the picture there. you're on the right. you look like you're winning and what happened? did you just give up? >> no, i never give up. my coach what, he told me, i swam the perfect race, but maybe you just didn't touch the touch pad hard enough. so after that, i swam a relay 30 second later, i touched the wall and broke my thumb. peent don't know that but that's what happened. >> you broke your thumb hitting the wall? >> in the next race. >> because you were so full of rage? >> i couldn't believe that i lost by a touch. >> how hard are you hitting that
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wall to break your thumb? >> i didn't know i did it. i think it was just my coach in my head, telling me that i didn't touch it hard enough. so in the next race i tried to prove they could touch the wall hard enough. >> is there any experience in the world better than winning a gold medal? >> having my daughter. >> other than that? >> no. >> no man? >> that's a good question. i'm blushing. >> if i can say to you, you can have the best sex of your life all over again right now, or olympic gold in london? >> you're killing me with that question. >> which one are you going to take? >> the gold medal. >> do you mean that? >> i do. >> you're actually thinking about something completely different. your mind is racing back to -- where are we going? the beach?
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>> something like that. the thing is, i earned this myself, worked my whole entire life for. so that's what makes it so rewarding. >> i heard all the young athletes come up to you, and you think they want to ask you out. what's it like being on the podium and actually what really focuses their mind in the olympic arena when you're altogether is the multicolored condom allocation. >> i'm going to have to shut my mouth more. it's funny. i always thought, well, i could be a big influence for the kids. they can ask me questions with the olympics and what to expect. one day at the 2000 olympics i got a knock on my door. the teenagers come in and said, we want to ask you a question. we sit on my bed. they take out a magazine. i'm like what is that? they're like cos mo. they say they have rainbow
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condoms. >> i'm like, that's what you want to know about? okay, it's true. >> i always assumed that when you get to that stage of it, it's kind of relentless, like an explosion of rabbits in there. >> it is. but it really does happen after the competition. people are focused after they go. but you have to remember you're the best athletes in the world from every sport and when they're not competing the pressure is off, they want to have fun. >> so they're all magnificent physical specimens. >> yes, of course. why not? >> say you win gold. anyone on the american olympic squad that you think you might be the lucky recipient of my joy? >> i'm as old as their mothers. there's no way that's going to happen. maybe a coach. >> i don't think people are watching this thinking she's over the hill in any sense,
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dara. >> but most of them call me mom. >> reaching your peak. >> i am at my peak. >> i'm told that you have, i've never seen it, but i'm told that you have the greatest six-pack in the world. so after the break, i'm going to ask dara torres to show me the world's greatest six-pack live on air. 0@
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>> i'm back with olympic swimming champion dara torres. i left you on a cliffhanger. which is that i had been told dara had the greatest six-pack in the history of the female population and we are about to establish whether that is true in a live television experiment. dar a stand, please. >> are we going to stand side by side and do it together? >> no, i wouldn't inflict that on my viewers. but i would like to see the greatest six-pack in history. oh, my god. they weren't kidding. you have no stomach. it's gone. >> i do have a stomach. >> you're 45 years old and you've had children? >> i had one child.
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it is hidden in there, the loose skin. >> women are watching this, falling over, saying, how? how do you keep that six-pack looking like that? >> people have to remember i do this for a living. i work out every day. >> for how long? >> probably between four and six hours. >> you eat loads of ice cream, i was told. is that true? >> where do you get your information from? >> very thorough research job. >> i feel like you're big brother watching me. i like ice cream. i'm trying to be better about my eating because it's hard for me to recover right now. my problem is being able to swim three races to qualify or three races to win a medal. >> tell me about your psychic friend bernard. >> i spoke to him the other day. >> he predicted you'd win gold in beijing. so did you fire him? >> no. he -- he's great. he's been almost on with everything. just about. >> what has he said about
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london? >> i don't like to share that because i don't like to jinx anything. >> you can trust me, it will stay between us and hundreds of millions of people around the world. >> what has he got right? >> he's gotten a lot right about my personal life. >> like what? >> well, okay, i remember i was having problems conceiving, and it's been many years i tried. he was correct about having a daughter and being able to -- >> really? >> yeah, yeah. >> so you were having trouble conceiving and he predicted you would have a daughter? >> yeah. >> that's amazing. there's also stuff about my coach when he was sick. i don't know, it's just -- there's not a set schedule when i go to him. just when i nee reassurance about something. >> like a life coach? >> a little bit, but he's a medium. >> who does he talk to? >> well, what you do is, you go in there and he leaves the room and you take a card and you write down three questions that you want answered and you write
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down three people who have passed away. what he does, the people who have passed away that are on your card, he speaks to them. it's amazing because a lot of stuff he says, there's no way he would know. >> so which people that have passed away? >> well, my dad. >> and you have a conversation? >> i asked something and my dad came in and he started talking about how my dad only wants me to finish this last olympics. he's always wanted to see me with a family and have that come first. he's told me that since i was 21. exactly what my dad says is exactly what bernard said. there's stuff that he wouldn't know. >> that's gripping. tell me about your checkered romantic life because that's -- >> i didn't know it was checkered. >> you had two fairly quick marriages. >> i did.
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the first two didn't work out for various reasons. when i got together wlt father of my daughter, we were together for six years. but i don't know if i'll ever get married again, after two failed marriages, i don't want another failed one. so it has to be perfect -- >> can anyone who's driven as much as you are to win, can you ever really be in a long, long-term relationship, or is the first love really in that water, winning? until that's done in your life, do you think you have a chance of -- >> well, i guess i'll find out in a few months. >> what do you feel? >> i feel like i'm ready to move o be more family oriented and settle down. >> so one last gold in london? >> i actually would just like to make the olympic team that's my goal might now. >> you will, won't you? they couldn't leave you out. >> they don't have a choice. i have to get first or second. if i had one race and they say okay this is it, you get first or second and you go, i would be
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fine. it's being able to swim it two more times is where my issue is. >> you'll do it. >> thank you. >> i have every confidence. >> go ask bernard and see what he says. >> it's been a pleasure. >> thank you very much. >> dara torres, quite an inspiration to all of us oldies. coming up, the latest bizarre twist in a missing child mystery. has the killer of etan patz been found? dave, i've downloaded a virus. yeah. ♪ dave, where are we on the new laptop? it's so slow! i'm calling dave. [ telephone rings ] [ male announcer ] in a small business, technology is all you. that's why you've got us. at the staples pc savings event, for a limited time get up to $200 off select computers. staples. that was easy. for8% every 10 years.age 40, we can start losing muscle --
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>> this evening the new york city police department is announcing the arrest of pedro hernandez of mapleshade, new jersey, for the murder of etan pats. he has confessed to choking etan 33 years ago tomorrow. in the basement of a bod ega located at 448 west broadway in manhattan. >> etan patz was 6 when he vanished in manhattan. tonight a man has confessed to the killing. he's in custody. a stunning turn of events. susan candiotti has the latest. >> thanks, piers. this is stunning because we are learning from police that this man is confessing in a three and a half hour long videotaped
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confession, saying that he is responsible for the death of etan patz so many years ago. here's how the police commissioner described the alleged confession. hernandez described to the detectives how he lured young etan from the school bus stop at west broadway and prince street with the promise of a soda. he then led him into the basement of the bod eg a choked him there and disposed of the body by putting it into a plastic bag and placing it into the trash. >> after the basement was searched in etan patz' old
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neighborhood about a month ago. it is expected this man will be making a court appearance as early as friday and when he will be formally charged by the district attorney. back to you, piers. >> it's a stunning turn of events. the author of the book after etan. li lisa, an extraordinary development. what do you make of it? >> it's extraordinary because i never heard of this man before today. i spent four years researching this. i produced stories for 15, 20 years and never heard his name. >> there are suggestions that police were aware of him but never viewed him as a serious suspect. his name is petro hernandez, he worked in the area that etan went missing. you wrote a book about it, focusing on the family's nightmare. what do you think they'll be feeling tonight? >> well, i've said over and over again that over 30 years, 33
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years, they've just gone from one breaking case streent another breaking case event. over the years, they just thought it was over, then it wasn't. i think they've really gotten to a place where they are going to wait and make sure that this is going to be just one more of those times. >> one of the poster boys for missing children, if you like, with the milk cartons. he was the first -- he wasn't the first, but he became one of them. as a result of what happened to him, a lot of young children's lives, i guess have been saved because of that campaign. do you think that? >> i think that they have certainly gone very far down a road of being able to know how to track children. there were no systems in place when he went missing. no way for one state to know what another state was doing. so everything that has happened in the years since he went
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missing has helped to be able to understand what we need to do when a child goes missing, within an hour, within 24 hours. >> a fascinating case, certainly for anyone in new york, they will never forget and you hope for the family they get the closure they've been waiting for. thank you very much. >> thanks for having me. ing dust are creating jobs in boston... providing funding for the expansion of a local business serving a diverse seattle community... and lending to ensure a north texas hospital continues to deliver quality care. because the more we can do in local neighborhoods and communities, the more we can help make opportunity possible.
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america" what price charity? police officers do a wonderful job keeping the peace and enforcing the law. but in cleveland, one cop took leave of his senses. his common senses. his target was this man, john davis, and davis was in his car in the roadside and attracted his attention. >> as i was pulling up here at the intersection, there was a gentleman in the wheelchair holding a sign that love jesus, need help. something to that nature. >> this is a photograph of the paralyzed pan handler that mr. davis saw. he wanted to help him. so he pulled out a couple of dollars to make that man's day go a little better than it was. >> i rolled it up longwise the money so i could reach it to the gentleman. and he touched it, it hit the ground. at this point, he bent over and he picked it up. >> now, watching mr. davis's generosity was a police officer. you might think he'd thank him
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for the laudable exercise, but no, you'd be wrong. >> proceeds to tell me -- he's pulling me over for littering. are you serious? >> that's right. he was charged with littering because he tossed a couple of bucks at a needy, disabled man. a couple of bucks that might cost him a fine of $500. apparently, mr. davis violated 613.06 of cleveland's municipal codes which is littering from a motor vehicle. his offense was list as throwing paper out of a window. money to pan handler. serious crimes indeed. mr. davis understandably pretty unimpressed. >> i don't mean any disrespect toward the police department at all. we need them. but i just wish that i didn't have to pay this ticket. i'd like to do it again because i'm petrified i'll get a ticket. >> the cleveland police department is refusing to comment, so allow me to comment for them. this was a ridiculous incident
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that shames all decent police officers in america. as for mr. davis who now knows the full meaning of the phrase no good deed goes unpunished you keep donating your dollars and i'll pay your fines. next week i'll be taking some time off, but i bring you guest coasts. starting tuesday, regis philbin with late-night king david letterman. here's a preview. >> have you had a favorite guest over the years besides me? >> no, no. we have several. you, brian williams, tom brokaw, bill murray, tom hanks. people who really come and do a great job for us. but it's like handful of people who are really, really strong. really, really good. >> nice to hear i'm included. >> you would be at the top of the list. >> you know that brian williams wa y