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hearing across the state, drawing contrast between his philosophy and romney's. and again driving home this new attack on the romney/ryan medicare plan. he has unveiled new broad side critiquing the ryan plan, the newest ryan version of the budget unveiling a harvard study that he says shows that future and current seniors will pay more under their medicare plan. this budget we should point out, this analysis is conducted by somebody who used to be an obama campaign adviser and is a democrat. any day that we are focused on medicare is a time we are not focused on jobs and the economy so that is a plus for team obama. >> i wonder if the obama camp has reacted at all to earlier today mitt romney was heard and seen on "meet the press" saying
instead of repealing the president's health care plan that he would be willing to keep some of the elements and then just revise other elements and make it his own. >> reporter: the president has not addressed that himself but some of his aides have saying that immediately if obama care were repealed certain aspects of it would also go away such as the prep ventive care measures and mammograms. the truth is we can't know what would change because the whole package hasn't been implemented. if you were to roll it back who knows what would happen? it is a hypothetical debate. the obama team is dismissive of talk of repealing it saying it would be much more productive to talk about how to implement it or what changes republicans would like to make so there could be bipartisan negotiation.
republicans say it just needs to be repealed and taken away. at this point it is a political football. >> jessica yellin thanks so much. when the president does arrive we'll be coming back to you and that scene live in west palm. appreciate that. let's hear what those comments were all about with mitt romney on nbc's "meet the press" as it pertained to the obama health care plan. >> i'm not getting rid of all of health care reform. there are a number of things that i like in health care reform that i will put in place making sure those with preexisting conditions can get coverage and assure that the market place allows for individuals to have policies that can cover their family up to whatever age. i also want individuals to be able to buy health insurance on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax advantage basis through their company. >> joining me on the phone cnn
senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. is he saying he favors some of the measures? he is saying he favors some of the measures. what are the things that he wants to reform? >> it is interesting. we asked that question to him. we said, are you saying that you like what obama care did for people with preexisting conditions. would you do the same thing? we got a very clear no in an e-mail from a romney spokesperson. this spokesperson said romney's plan will deal with preexisting conditions but not in the same way that obama care does. just to remind everyone although many americans don't need reminding, for people who have preexisting conditions anything from heart disease to acne before health care reform they had an extremely difficult time getting health insurance because insurance companies don't like to ensure sick people.
>> did this statement from the romney camp or the response to your questions go any further as to explaining why or if romney is changing his position on what to do about this health care reform if he were elected? because for a very long time simply put he said it would be repealed under his watch. >> this e-mail was very clear. the spokesperson said he wants to repeal obama care and there are no changes. this spokesperson said we have been saying all along that we will reform health care but in a different way than barack obama has. for example, preexisting conditions. the romney -- governor romney's stance has been we will reform health care so that people with preexisting conditions will be able to get insurance but only if they had health care coverage up until that point. do they have to have had coverage for a year in the past
up until that point and they would not get specific. they wouldn't explain what continuous coverage meant. >> it is fascinating. i'm sure there will be a lot more dialogue about that language and those words in the next few days. elizabeth cohen, thanks so much. of course, you probably want to get to know the candidates a bit more. you can do so tonight find out what they are really like when we profile the republican presidential nominee followed at 9:30 p.m. by obama revealed, the man, the president right here on cnn. students at the third largest public school system in the country may not be able to go to school tomorrow. chicago teachers are threatening to go on strike in the morning if the school system does not agree to better pay and improved work conditions. the walkout would include students at 7,000 schools.
let's go live to cnn's ted rowlands outside one of the schools. what is the latest updates? >> reporter: there is no update. that is the latest news is that they are still hammering away at the negotiating table. we haven't been given an update in the last few hours. they are working hard to try to avert the strike. at this point both sides are telling folks get ready. get ready for a monday without school. you mentioned 400,000 students will not be able to go to school. the district is opening up 144 school sites that the students can go to. there will be no learning going on but they will be fed. they will be there for a few hours, about four hours. otherwise parents are going to have to come up with plan b. one of the biggest concerns from parents we talked to is safety.
safety because of course chicago is not the safest of cities. it has been -- it was a horrible summer with homicide rates up 30%. one parent said she is really concerned with the idea of 400,000 kids out on the street. >> if the kids are not in school they are out getting into some kind of trouble or something. they are out getting into something other than being in school when they should be in school learning other than being out being destructive. >> reporter: of course both sides are saying that they do not want this to take place but they are running out of time. midnight is the deadline when negotiations will stop and the strike will be official. >> this could be the first teacher strike in chicago in 25 years. what changed in this working relationship between the school system and the teachers' unien? >> reporter: one of the things the union brings up is what they perceive is an anti-union
sentiment that we have seen across the country in states like wisconsin and ohio as of late. they say that bled into the relationship and are very critical of the mayor saying he has aligned himself with the school board and they feel like they have been thrown under the bus. on the other side there is a sense that the teachers want to flex their muscle and strike to remind people about the power that teachers' unions do have and that power is only exhibited during a strike when they can literally affect the lives of 400,000 students and their families. so the bottom line here is wages is the biggest thing. that is what they are hammering at now along with job security, whether they can bridge the gap we have to wait and see. >> ted rowlands thanks so much in chicago. we are still awaiting some activity there in west palm, florida in the way of the
president of the united states. the crowd is set. a number of folks have spoken in advance of the president. the president hoping to garner more support. you can hear a little al green in the background, one of the president's favorite songs. we'll take his comments live as he arrives. it is still a mystery. authorities from france to the uk don't have the pieces in the execution style killings in the french alps. ♪ ♪ lord, you got no reason ♪ you got no right ♪ ♪ i find myself at the wrong place ♪ [ male announcer ] the ram 1500 express. ♪ it says a lot about you. ♪
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army general. the vp says he is being targeted because he is sunni muslim and accused prime minister of pushing the country towards a religious divide. a volcano in nicaragua is shooting gas and ash into the sky. authorities say the mix of rain, ash and gas could make people sick. in france now and britain authorities aren't saying much about their investigation into the execution-style killings of a family in the french alps. today the seven-year-old survivor came out of a coma and her four-year-old sister has returned home to england. their parents were shot in the head along with two others just four days ago. they were on a camping trip. it was supposed to be a holiday. and then something like this would happen. do investigators think it was
random or a planned attack? >> they still don't know what happened. they still have theories they are working on. one is it could be a robbery gone wrong or a family feud or inheritance and money between the man and his brother. but his brother has gone to police in the uk and said there wasn't any feud. authorities don't know. they are playing down that aspect and still looking at it. it could have been tied to his job. the man wasn iraqi born engineer and worked for the european space agency which is also a defense contractor. so they are looking at all sorts of possibilities but they still simply don't know, very few clues. there is a witness who said he saw a green 4 by 4 there but they don't know. >> there is a lot of hope resting on the seven and four year olds. they are witnesses to what
happened. are the investigators revealing what point they will try to get information from them? >> they tried to very delicately talk to the four-year-old who survived without injuries. she was hiding behind her mother's legs. she didn't usher a sound. eight hours she didn't move. her oldest sister, the seven-year-old was in a medicily induced coma up until a few hours ago. she is out of the coma. there is a lot of hope that once she is better they will be able to talk to her and she will be able to tell them and give them some clues as to what happened. for now that is all they know. >> this happening at a camp site there in the french alps. you wonder what this has done to those enjoying the alps and whether the investigation is standing in the way of family holiday plans for others.
>> what we know is that they have carved out a section of that place there, the road side and looking for clues there. basically this is just unheard of, this brutal execution style. they were shot in the head, each of the victims twice in the head. they are also looking into the couple's home trying to find clues. it is really shocking. >> it really is. that is the roadway where they found the car still running when a motorcyclist was passing by discovered the car and saw that there were people who were shot there. the windows were also shot. so they have collected a lot of casings and still looking for who could have done it. >> thanks so much and keep us posted on any new developments in this very mysterious murder mystery. back here at home there is the president in west palm
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cuts for folks who don't need them and weren't even asking for them. that's not who we are. that is now how we make progress in this country. i don't think rolling back regulations on wall street so we don't have another tax funded boilout is a smart idea. i don't think rolling back health care that is helping americans is a good idea. i don't want to go backwards. we have been there. we have done that. it didn't work. we're moving forward. that is why i'm running for a second term as president of the united states. forward.
now, i won't pretend that the path i'm offering is easy. i never have. these problems built up over decades. they will take more than a few years to solve. but we can move forward in the right direction. and i am confident we have what it takes. our opponents, they have been talking about how america is in decline. they are wrong. we got the best workers in the world, the best business people in the world. we have the best universities in the world, the best researchers in the world. we're a young nation. we're a diverse nation. we attract talent from every corner of the globe. so no matter how much the other side for political reasons tries
to paint things as bleak, don't believe them. there's not another nation on earth that wouldn't trade places with us. our problems can be solved. our challenges can be met. the path i offer is harder but it leads to a better place. i am asking you to choose that future. i am asking you to go forward with me. i am asking you to go forward with me. and let me tell you exactly -- let me repeat for those of you who didn't catch it thursday. we are going to put together a real achievable plan to build this economy on a stronger foundation. it starts with no longer shipping jobs overseas. let's export goods made here in
america. after a decade of decline we have now created half a million jobs just in manufacturing. we reinvented a dying auto industry that is back on top. so we can take mr. romney's advice and continue to give even more tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas or we can reward companies that are investing in new jobs and new workers and new factories here in the united states of america. that's what we are fighting for. i want to help american factories and small businesses export more. we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. you can make that happen. second part of our plan let's
control our own energy. after 30 years of action we raised fuel standards so by the middle of the next decade your cars and trucks will go twice as far on the same gallon of gas. that is good for your pocket book and that's good for the environment. >> you are listening to president obama west palm beach, florida. he has been sweeping through the state of florida for the past two days on his bus tour talking about everything under the sun from tax cuts to his health care plan and the economy of americans overall. we are going to be joined by a few people who have a few thoughts or two about the president's remarks. we will be joined by market analyst todd shumburger. how does he interpret the talks. and jessica yellin traveling with the president has some of the scripted and unscripted
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from the federal reserve. joining me now is the managing principal at the black bay group in new york. the federal reserve meeting this week you say is as big as it gets. investors want to see if it will pump more money into the economy. what are your predictions? >> that's right. they start a two-day meeting on wednesday and thursday they will release their information as far as what they intend to do. there are expectations on wall street especially following friday's jobs report that the fed will be doing some type of further accommodation. what that means is they would be pumping money into the economy. that is great for a short term boost to the economy but it remains to be seen whether there are long term benefits by doing this. >> short term boost. what if -- i mean, congress returning back to work this week. the clock is ticking on addressing this financial crisis
or this fiscal cliff that we're encountering regardless of who is in the white house come the first of the year would potentially could happen? >> congress needs to come to terms with this fiscal cliff mess. what americans will be looking at is if they do not come to terms starting january 1, 2013 their taxes will go up. it is the payroll tax and the dividend tax. you can be looking at an increase from 15% up to 43%. as you know you would see a tremendous sell off in the stock market so you are looking at a house hold balance sheet that would be hit. he would be a significt negative to the overall u.s. economy. >> and then more immediately let's talk about retail sales figures for september always highly anticipated particularly
with back to school shopping. the trend of back to school shopping was very different this year. >> in july we saw a great increase for retailers. for the month of august we are expecting that report card to also be an increase which will be sensational. going forward, what are the back to school shopping? were the sales there and great enough to have the moms go out and open up their pocket books? wall street is expecting a big number. this will be sensational for the overall economy. we are hoping for great things. i actually think we will see something over 1%. it remains to be seen. >> other ripple effects that could impact wall street, the highly anticipated apple iphone 5 expected out this week. how might that impact the markets? >> it is a game changer. starting on wednesday they will unveil the details of the iphone 5. it is expected to hit stores on
the 21st. you know you will have a ton of people waiting out all night. i'm sure cnn will be interviewing people waiting for the great product. since iphone was rolled out in 2007 they have sold over 240 million of these iphones around the world. the iphone 5 is expected to sell 200 million units just of the iphone 5 by the end of next year. they remain a category killer. it will be wonderful for apple stock. plus, for a number of cnn viewers and their 401 k units. there remains to be great benefits for everyone. >> thanks so much giving us a great view of the week in our pocket books and someone else's too. thanks so much. teachers at the the country's third largest school district could go on strike tomorrow.
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checking two stories, two frightening helmet to helmet collisions shake college football. this is one of the hits that took arkansas cornerback teven mitchell out of the game with a neck injury yesterday. hours before that collision tulane's devon walker fractured his spine. a tulane doctor says walker will have surgery in the next day or two. intense negotiations are happening right now to avoid a strike. chicago teachers are threatening to walk off the job tomorrow if school officials don't agree to
pay increases and better work conditions. the head of the teacher's union told cnn this morning teachers have been working to resolve problems for a while now. >> our union has put together a research based solution to solving some of the problems in chicago. those of us who do this work are tired of being told basically sit down and shut up. i don't think people understand we have had a revolving door of administrators. every time they come in they come in with a new idea that we are supposed to implement and no suort, no research. >> both sides say they made some progress during yesterday's talks but union reps say there are still major sticking points to work out. in the northeast cleanup today after severe weather barrelled across the region. a powerful cold front brought heavy rain and tornadoes.
one hit brooklyn and one touched down in queens. >> huge amount of debris. scared the hell out of me. i put it about 60 feet across. >> reporter: how did you stay out of the way? >> i stood still. the first instinct is people. you are thinking people might have got hurt. >> there was a super wind which is the only way i can describe it. i was in the basement and i had the windows slightly open. it felt like it was sucking you up. >> when i came out the back door flew open. i looked up and i saw pieces flying towards my house. >> new yorkers weren't the only ones cleaning up today. in virginia, maryland storms knocked out power for thousands of customers. it was a day that transformed the nation and the lives of thousands of first responders now fighting for medical help.
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sweet home alabama, "free bird" are among signature tunes for lynrd skynrd. now touring they are proud to boast they have evolved a lot in their lyrics, their style and image. face to face with vocalist johnny van zant and guitarist. how do you come up with this compilation? last of a dying breed, something to live for, kind of mellow. you have chorus in there but then you take a turn and you have life is twisted. >> well, we all write together. we get sometimes go writers that we know throughout our careers and get with them and write. we just kind of talk about the stories that we lived through or
happened to us. there is a lot of news out there. you're in the business. we just kind of write about what is going stuff here's, the dying breed part is because all southern rock 'n' roll and musicians, there's only a few bands left nowadays from all that. there used to be a really whole lot of them and it's kind of a dying breed because it's more pop stars and rap -- >> how do you all keep it pure, keep it i guess rooted in its original intent of what you have been known to be as the fathers of southern rock? ♪ sweet home alabama ♪ where the skies are smooth >> i think that gary, johnny and myself when we write, i think we try to write honest about what we feel in our heart and what maybe we believe in and life's experiences, you know, that we get next to that's really close
to us. and with this new cd, i think we wrote about stuff that's really important to us, ready to fly is a song in there about losing a loved one, losing your mother. you know, she was ready to go on and wanted to see her son one last time, and things that really touch us because we've lost our moms and real life things. you know? ♪ i want to see you again >> it must be exciting and feel good to be on tour. i talk to so many artists who say they feel most comfortable when on stage, that they really come alive. is that what it feels like for you? >> that's the easy part i think for us. yeah. you know what i mean? doing everything else is the hard part. >> just looking at the thousands of people that always turn out -- >> that's a gift that we've been given. i think the reason why this band's been around so many years is that we speak for our fans, we speak for ourselves.
>> you all very much underscore tradition. there are real mainstays in your music, in your look, in your sound. something that was associated with your band for a very long time, the confederate flag for your band covers or the backdrop. we don't see that anymore. when did you make the decision to lose that or what was the real evolution of that. >> well, it became such an issue about race and stuff where we just had it in the beginning as -- because we were southern. and that was our image back in the '70s. and late '60s, because they kind of branded us being from the south, so we showed that. but i think through the years, you know, people like the kkk and skinheads and people have kind of kidnapped the dixie or rebel flag from the southern tradition and the heritage of the soldiers, you know, that's what it was about, and they kind of made it look bad in certain ways. we didn't want that to go to our
fans or show the image like we agree with any of the race stuff or any of the bad things. >> if nothing else, we grew up loving old blues artists and ray charles and -- you know. >> yeah. yeah. what we -- we just didn't want to be associated with that particular thing. >> we love everyone. >> we love our country. we love people and we love music. we love all different kinds of music. i have a 10-year-old and she turns me on to a lot of different things. >> we want to show our american flag, made in america. >> gary rossington, the guitarist, gets inducted in the georgia music hall of fame next month, then lynyrd skynyrd continues to the uk to continue their tour. at 19 years old, sloane stephens is the youngest female ten tennis players ranked in the top 50.fi to manage my cash flow better.
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sends you tweets or text messages all the time. your family moved to florida, then you actually started attending a tennis academy. did you or is it your family kind of see in you right away that tennis was going to be your path? i mean how did you know that that was the right investment or how did your family know it was the right investment for you? >> well, moms know everything. so my mom, i think she kind of
helped me with that. and it was just -- i'm so thankful that my mom was so supportive and believed in me that i could do it because i just kind of was going with the flow and just seeing how things would work out and, i mean my mom's always believed in me so it's kind of -- it really helped me and i think she's been a big part of the tennis player that i am today. >> a lot of tennis watchers are already talking about your powerful serves and your percentage of getting on the mark in that first serve. people are kind of comparing you to the williams sisters, the power play of kim clijsters. do you like that? do you want to be compared to these other great players or do you kind of want to establish yourself as just sloane's style? >> i really don't mind. it's okay. it's just -- it's tough but i think somebody has to do it so you have to be compared to somebody. there has to be somebody before you, and there has to be somebody after you. i don't mind because those are
like the best players to ever play so it all works out. >> next big match, grand slam, australia, how do you prepare for that? >> a lot of practice, lot of days in the gym, only sundays off. i'll just be working hard until then and hopefully start off next year with a bang. >> sloane stephens, enjoy the ascension. we're all watching and having a good time seeing your game improve with every tournament. congratulations. >> thank you. >> thanks for joining us from los angeles. all the best. so sloane stephens' next shot at a grand sam tournament, january, australian open. from tennis to power lifting, no weights are really involved in this next feat? i don't know. president obama lifted literally off the ground today by a pizzeria owner in florida as he continues to swing through this state right there. the president walks in to the restaurant during a campaign