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of the visitors section on fire. fire crews eventually got control of the situation. and you know, really something else when you think about it. a lot of passion and hopefully nobody hurt in that incident. well thanks for watching "around the world." cnn news room starts now. right now, return to normal at los angeles international airport. three days after a fatal shooting. investigators there are looking for more clues in the attack and what led a lone gunman to target tsa officers. right now, the virginia and new jersey governors races, are making a final push for votes. we look at what tomorrow's elections could tell us about the 2016 presidential race. and right now, we're waiting for today's white house briefing to get under way. the press secretary jay carney likely to face more questions about obama care and the political tell-all book "double rap."
hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting from washington. more on the investigation into the fatal shooting over at the los angeles international airport. 23-year-old paul ciancia. police say he's the shooter. he remains in critical condition today, unable to speak with investigators. but we are starting to learn more about ciancia. and possibly some of his motives. we're also learning more about what happened just before the shooting, from someone who knew ciancia and his roommates. >> he asked one of the roommates if he could have a ride to the airport. >> why did he need a ride? >> he said he was going back home, either that his dad was kind of sick and he had to deal with family issues. >> did anyone ever see a ticket? >> no. he also didn't mention what day he had to leave. that morning yes, he doesn't knock, just opens the door and says, i need to leave. can you take me now? >> did he ever express any
hatred toward the government or toward the tsa? >> all nsa findings that came out this year that he was very upset about it and he also thought that tsa abused their power. >> well let's bring in stephanie elam, who is covering the story from los angeles. stephanie, were police actually close to stopping this before it happened? there are these suggestions they were pretty close. >> pretty close, wolf, indeed what we're understanding now is that at some point friday morning, paul anthony ciancia texted his family in new jersey, reportedly telling them that he planned to commit suicide. the father then reached out to the police chief in their town in new jersey, who then called out to los angeles police department, to make sure they would go do a welfare check. they got to the apartment some 45 minutes after ciancia had left for the airport with one roommate. at that point, they handcuffed the other roommate, questioned them and from what we can tell, they discerned so far, that they
believe ciancia had acted alone. if they had gotten there earlier, perhaps we'd be telling a very different story at this point. >> why was he supposedly aggress evly targeting tsa officers? what do we know about this part of the whole tragedy? >> well we know that he had a note on him, a handwritten note that reportedly, fbi agents recovered here at the airport after he was shot. where he was talking about the tsa, he was talking about the nsa. and that he said he wanted to instill fear in the tsa agents for the way they conduct themselves. now why he got to the point that he was so angry at the tsa, that's a question we still don't know. and we don't know if we'll ever get an answer, because at this point, ciancia is still unresponsive. if he does come to, he faces two felony charges on what he did do, wolf? >> thanks very much, stephanie elam. we're also learning more about the tsa officer killed in the
shooting. jirardo hernandez was what's being called a behavior determination officer at l.a.x. he had been at the airport for three years. hernandez leaves behind a wife and two children. and was a week away, only a week away from celebrating his 40th birthday. two other officers, james spear and tony griggsby were wounded. they've been released from the hospital. a local schoolteacher, brian ludber was also wounded, he's still in the hospital. there's some calling for all tsa officers to be armed at airports. coming up at the bottom of the hour, i'll speak with hln law enforcement analyst, mike brooks, about that option. is it serious, is it realistic and would it have prevented this attack. mike brooks joining me late they are hour. other news we're following. if you're thinking about applying for obama care notice middle of the night on the east coast, think again. a message on healthcare.gov says
the online application will not be valk from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. eastern every night. obviously central, rocky mountain, pacific time zones earlier. being taken down for repairs. the administration is working to fix problems that have plagued the site. officials have promised it will be functioning well for most users. the vast majority, they say by the end of the month. president obama goes on the road this week to make another pitch for the affordable care act. last week it was boston. this wednesday the president travels to dallas. eel thank local volunteers for helps consumers enroll in health care plans. and the president getting help from hollywood. elizabeth cohen has details. >> celebrities helping promote the affordable care act. on funnyordie.com. actress olivia wilde plays a game called obama care or shut up. >> if you're under 26 you can stay on your parents' insurance.
>> shut up. >> in jennifer hudson's parody, obama care solves everything. >> my company's health care, it doesn't cover mammograms. >> the aca covers presentative care for women's health. >> that's it. >> lady gaga wants you to get covered. the vampire diaries nina dobrov took her top off for obama care. the president is making a pitch on fusion, a network aimed at young latinos. >> if you're between 18-34, about half of the people can get high-quality health care for less than $50 a month. less than your cell phone bill. less than your cable bill. >> so there's one caveat with these $50 policies -- they tend to come with huge deductibles. let's say for example you live in seattle, washington. and you get sick. you would have to spend $5,000 of your own money before your insurance would kick in. so you're covered for a catastrophe, but for routine
care, you're pretty much on your own. now if some people aren't going to like that. they're going to say -- you know what? i'll pay the penalty instead. it's relatively small, only $95, or 1% of your income. it's way cheaper than signing up. those penalties get much steep anywhere following years, but still, if enough young people opt not to buy in, obama care simply won't work. >> hi, i'm elizabeth banks and if you need health insurance, can you find affordable coverage at the new health insurance market place at healthcare.gov. >> some young people might scoff at the pricetag. no matter how popular the celebrity. in matter how hilarious the video. >> elizabeth is joining us now. elizabeth, the president said about half of the uninsured single young adults would qualify for these $50 a month plans. what kind of income does someone need to qualify at that rate? and ha age are we talking about? >> well pretty low income.
and the exact income level would be dependant upon where you live. for example in seattle, if you're let's say around 25 years old. you of to earn $23,000 or less to qualify. so you can't earn too much money. if you do, then you'd be paying more. >> what about if they were not making that kind of money? what is the requirement to get free health insurance through medicaid? a lot of young people are discovering if they sign up for medicaid under these new pr a penny. >> that depends on what state you live in. half of the states have expanded medicaid and about half of them don't. for example in washington if you start earning less than $23,000, if you get less and less than that, you can qualify for the expanded medicaid and then just for the regular medicaid. but again, there are these in states that have expanded medicaid, there are these various levels. you can get medicaid, help from the government in terms of tax credits or you can get no help at all.
>> elizabeth cohen, good useful information that she always provides us, thank you. toomg is election day and two races for governor are getting a lot of national attention. generating some big-name support. take a closer look at ha these contests could mean for the 2016 presidential race. gloria borjer is standing by to join me live. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] more room in economy plus. more comfort, more of what you need. ♪
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>> it's time for a woman to be president. and so, tonight here in iowa, and i won't get this opportunity again, i am urging hillary clinton to run for president. and when she does, she will have my full and unwavering support. hillary clinton's office issued a statement saying mopping other things, saying senator schumer is an old colleague and even older friend and what he said about her is very flattering. ultimately, though, this is a very personal decision that she hasn't made. that statement coming from hillary clinton's office, the presidential race is three years away, but tomorrow's election day here in the united states and people will be voting in several key races. two races for governor are attracting national attention in new jersey, governor chris christie holds a sizeable lead over the democratic challenger, barbara buono. in virginia, the race between
democrat terry mcauliffe and republican ken cuche nelli is a whole lot closer. vice president biden campaigns for mcauliffe later today. yesterday it was president obama's turn in virginia. our chief political analyst, gloria gorger joins us now. chris christie seems to be campaigning as if this is a neck-and-neck race, he holds a commanding lead in the polls. but beyond winning tomorrow, he's clearly looking ahead. >> right. i mean he's clearly looking towards 2016. and he wants to get as big a margin as he can. just like george w. bush did when he ran for governor of texas. and then ran for the presidency. and i think if you look at the republican party, they're going to have to take a look at someone like chris christie. who is winning in a blue state, by appealing not just to the base of the republican party, but actually appealing to those independent voters. that have been so elusive to republicans in the past. so the party has to kind of make
a decision about that. because if you look at the state of virginia, which you were just talking about, the republican candidate who seems to be behind is a tea party candidate. and so, you know, these are the sort of two flip sides of the republican party, at some point they're going to have to make a choice about what they can win with in 2016. >> that virginia race is a whole lot closer, mcauliffe in the polls slightly ahead. but you know what, that race could wind up pretty tight. >> well, i think the race could wind up tight. look, terry mcauliffe has brought in every big gun in the democratic party there is. big and hillary clinton, old friends, he's a big funder of theirs, in the last week or so of this race, there's some estimates that he's outspent mr. cuche ne cuche ne cucinelli by about 25-1. but if you look at the state of virginia, it's an important
state for democrats to hang on to. it would be great for hillary clinton for example, if she were to win to have such a good friend as the governor of that state. you know, this is a state that president obama won twice. so it's really important for them. if they want to win again in 2016. to have a democratic governor there. >> now between the new jersey contest, virginia contest, whatever happens, we're going to be looking at the results tomorrow night. wondering, first of all -- what they mean potentially for mid-term elections in 2014. >> right. you know we always like to draw these big conclusions. sometimes for example, when i look at the state of new jersey on what it may portend, i'd have to say that chris christie is a very special candidate. and that most important thing we might be able to learn about chris christie, if he wins, as we expect he will win, is even though not so much politics, but the way he portrays himself as a candidate, wolf. he's a truth-teller, somebody
who says i'm just going to tell it like it is. and we have an american public right now, that is sort of sick and frustrated with washington. they're fed up. and you look at a guy like chris christie and the way he behaves as a candidate, whether you like him or you don't like him, the way he behaves as a candidate is one who says, i'm not like the rest of those guys in washington. i'm just going to tell you the truth. and that may be the most far-reaching thing we can learn from his candidacy. is how he behaves as a candidate. >> good point. all right, gloria, thank you very much. see you later in "the situation room" as well. bullying in the nfl. hard to imagine those big guys couldn't just stand up to it. what's going on? how serious is this problem? the miami dolphins, as you probably know, they have now suspended a player as the league investigates bullying among players. we're finding out that financial bullying is actually pretty common. people don't have to think about
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mplgt hard to imagine anybody bullying a big defensive lineman in the nfl. the miami dolphins has suspended fellow lineman richie incognito for what management calls conduct detrimental to the team. he denies bullying jonathan martin. it puts pro football in an entirely different light. mike freeman is joining us, the nfl lead writer for "the bleacher report."
mike, very often it's, it's something about money and it's called the rookie tax. a lot of folks, including nfl fans don't really know what we're talking about. what is going on here? >> well, basically it's really simple thing, where a good example is, a team like in chicago, their players, first-year rookie guys will come into the league and they'll buy dinner for the other players, they'll pay for dinner. or they'll make sure the doughnuts are all there for the players, they'll pay for that. it's usually very, very small things and very simple things. it's not bullying. players don't feel intimidated. it's a really simple thing. but then what the miami dolphins did, wolf, they some of those players just took it to an entirely new level and really took it to a place where it hasn't been in the nfl, in my opinion, in a long, long time. went way too far in my opinion. >> you hear a lot you know rookies, are hazed by some of the veterans when they go into the preseason and the training
and all of that. that's been going on, as long as i know. >> a long time. >> what you're saying is this is a whole lot worse because of this specific miami dolphin experience? >> yeah, what happened in miami was, instead of having the small, little dinners i talked about where a rookie would come in and pay say, $2,000 for dinner what happened in miami was that the rookies would pay a lot more, $15,000, $30,000 for dinner and i think it went on for a longer period of time. in addition to some of the other more serious allegations that are coming out now. one of the basic things that the dolphins players did to the rookies that to me and many others and the nfl is investigating is they took this stuff to a longer period. instead of a couple of months, a couple of incidents, it went on for an entire season and longer. so you, some of these rookies were accumulating bills for what i'm told, tens of thousands of
dollars. which to an nfl player may not seem a lot. but it's still a great deal of money. and the veterans on the team still went too far. >> is this unique to the dolphins locker room? or are other nfl teams involved in this kind of stuff as well? >> wolf, one of the things the nfl has done a good job of over the last decade or so, even a little longer is they've eradicated a lot of the harsher bullying. so in the nfl, a lot of this stuff that used to take place as you mentioned, 40, 50 years ago or sooner, is gone. so most of the nfl is pretty, it's some of the stuff still happens, but it's not as bad as it's been, in miami. in miami, it was worse. i don't think around the sport, i don't think what you see in miami is common at all. i think it happens very rarely. that's why the story has gotten so big. because this is something you just don't see all the time in the nfl at all. it harkens back to an era where
it did happen, and we thought it was gone. now it's here again. and it's some very ugly disturbing stuff is happening. >> yeah, you see two players, two players for the miami dolphins, one walks away because of the alleged bullying. the other forced to take a leave of absence because of the alleged bullying. that's something you don't hear every day. but i'm sure we're going to get to the bottom of it sooner rather than later. >> i think the nfl is going to come to a decision on this very quickly. they're investigating it. there are some really, really -- crazy things that are being alleged. so -- >> i don't want to start talking about some of the allegations. because we haven't confirmed them. but i've read all of those reports and you are absolutely right. let's leave it like that for now. mike freeman, thanks very much, from our "bleacher report." in the wake of the los angeles international airport shooting there are new security questions. for america's airports. should tsa officers, for example, be armed. we went out and asked people a simple question:
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right now twitter is raising the price range for its ipo next week. shares will go between $23-25 a share, instead of the $17-24 right now. and blackberry says it's dropping plans to sell off the troubled company and the company's ceo is resigning. we're also learning more about the shooter who killed one tsa officer at l.a.x. on friday. and wounded three other people. two of them also tsa officers, the shooter, paul ciancia had a note with him saying he wanted to kill tsa employees to quote instill fear into their traitorous minds. there have been calls over the weekend to arm tsa officers. here's how the former homeland security secretary, tom ridge, responded to that idea on cnn's "new day" earlier today. what i'm more concerned about right now is the predictable response right after i was on the virginia tech panel right after the virginia tech
tragedy people thought we should arm students and school room tragedies and they want to arm teachers and there's conversations about arming the tsa. we don't need to arm america, we don't need to arm the unarmed, we need to figure out why so many people go to violence to solve their problems or express their grievances. >> tom ridge earlier in the day. let's bring in hln law enfor enforcement analyst. mike brooks, is it a good idea arming tsa officers? could that have prevented this shooting? >> i don't think if they were armed, it would have been prevented. because he just came right up to that officer and put it at point-blank range and pulled the trigger. even if they were armed, this still would have happened. every airport has an armed law enforcement presence. this is not the tsa. they're there for a mission to check baggage. to make sure that nobody gets on to a plane with a weapon. leave the other gun-toting, to the law enforcement officers who
are there at the airport. >> some have suggested putting metal detectors outside as you get into the airport buildings, is that a good idea? >> we've talked about that before. right after 9/11, that that conversation came up again. i was with delta airlines security aviation security at the time and we talked about that. if you put metal detectors right at the front door of every airport, you're going to have people waiting for hours in line. to get on board the planes. so you know there's a happy medium somewhere along the way and maybe it has to do with placement of law enforcement, additional law enforcement inside and outside the airport. >> what about this idea, a lot of people saying it should be sort of mandatory, you have the unarmed tsa officers, at the screening facilities, but you also have a few, not many, but a few armed police officers there as well. sometimes there are no armed police officers at the screening areas. >> well usually you'll see an
officer on the secure side. after you go through the metal screeners and. we heard chief gannon from the l.a.x. airport police say he had redeployed the officers to the front. because he thinks there's a threat from the curb to the security checkpoint. there is. but i think you need officers on both sides. because had you had one in the old spot where the podium was, would that have stopped this gunman as he was coming through the checkpoint? possibly. i think you need law enforcement on either side, in uniform and also in plainclothes, wolf. >> so many of the incidents lately. a lone individual gets a gun. starts killing people. clearly there's a mental health issue under way right now. and how do you deal with people who have severe mental health problems, they have voices telling them to go out and kill people. what do you do in a situation like this? because that's clearly a major problem of the mass shootings. >> it is, wolf.
and you know, it's the access to firearms, also. you know and the mentally ill. being able to get firearms. because when you you fill out the form, the atf form to get your weapon, you can fill it out, you have a mental health issue? yes or no. and but i think it'slso yo know, whe we talk about mental health, people who are out of mental facilities, not on their medicine. these kind of things, i think it's also a law enforcement issue. because when you have people out there like this, you know, these things are bound to happen. and they're going to continue to happen. wolf, you walk around the streets of washington, d.c. and you see people all the time talking to themselves, hollering at people. you know. that's mental health issues. how do we solve this? that's a long discussion that is being addressed. but we still have not addressed it the way it needs to be, i don't think, wolf. >> i think we need to address it. you're absolutely right. it's a huge issue all over the country, dealing with these individuals who clearly have mental health problems.
mike brooks, thanks very much. so why did the romney campaign refer to the new jersey governor, chris christie, as puffer fish? we're going to tell you the story behind the name. other revelations from a new political tell-all, stand by. we've got more. farmer: hello, i'm an idaho potato farmer. and our giant idaho potato truck is still missing. so my dog and i we're going to go find it. it's out there somewhere spreading the good word about idaho potatoes and raising money for meals on wheels. but we'd really like our truck back, so if you see it, let us know, would you? thanks. what?
muscling over the idea of replacing joe biden with hillary clinton. i actually had heard about that from some of my own sources during the campaign. and i even asked hillary clinton about it. in april of 2012. >> all right. if the president of the united states says -- madam secretary, i need you on the ticket this year, in order to beat romney, are you ready to run as his vice presidential running mate? >> that is not going to happen. that's like saying if the olympic committee called you up and said, are you ready to run the marathon, would you accept? well, it's not going to happen. >> i disagree. >> oh, well -- >> i think it's possible. it's unlikely, i will say that. >> it's more than unlikely. >> if he sees in july this he's going down, he doesn't want to be a one-term president. >> but leon and i are in this awkward position. we've both been in politics and now we're into jobs that are out of politics for all the right reasons. so i don't comment on politics any more.
but i'm very confident about the outcome of this election. and as i've said many times. i think you know, joe biden, who is a dear friend of ours, has served our country and served the president very well. so 0 i'm out of politics, but i'm very supportive of the team that we have in the white house going forward. >> our cnn political reporter, peter hanby is joining us to talk about this and other insight. you wrote a major review about the book. it was never that realistic, although they did a focus group to see what difference it would make if hillary clinton would replace joe biden on the ticket. >> according to the authors, obama officials did a focus group on the idea of replacing biden with clinton. number of obama officials from jay carney to david axelrod to former white house chief of staff, billing daelgy said they were just doing due diligence.
the campaign, the obama world is famously data-driven. david axelrod said they did test it and it made no difference whatsoever. but they were just doing again their due diligence here. it was never a real possibility. and that it was never taken to president obama and obama officials say if they did take that to him, they would have been laughed out of the room, wolf. >> and you saw hillary clinton chuckle when i saw her about it. let's talk about another clinton, bill clinton. there's fascinating insight in the book as far as the supposed deal that the obama campaign, president obama made with bill clinton to campaign for him back in 2012. >> yeah, this was interesting. remember how much of an asset bill clinton was to the obama campaign. we all remember that speech in charlotte at the democratic national convention. the authors report there was an extended courtship effort behind the scenes from the obama campaign to get bill clinton involved in the race, to get out on the road and talk about the middle class issues that he's so
good at talking about on the stump. but according to the book, clinton aide doug band, issued an ultimatum to the obama campaign saying bill is only going to help you guys, if you pay off hillary clinton's campaign debt from 2008. now the number was actually kind of negligible, only about a quarter million dollars. but the act of just asking for him to pay off this debt, the quid pro quo apparently struck obama campaigns as sort of an offensive thing. but they eventually agreed to it. and as we saw during the campaign, clinton became a very strong asset for the president on the stump. >> and delivered a brilliant speech at the democratic convention, as we all remember. as well. the book also suggests that the romney campaign had some unusual sort of fish nicknames for the potential vice presidential running mates. how did they come up with those names? >> well the nickname, according to the book again of the vice presidential search in the romney campaign was project
goldfish. named after the snack food is apparently pretty popular at the romney headquarters. these were the five candidates who were actually vetted for the position. chris christie was pufferfish. tim paw lenti was lake fish. ryan from wisconsin was fish consin. the more vice presidential news out of this book, wolf, i think was that the romney campaign had some real concerns about what they found in chris christie's vetting file in the course of doing background research on him and his career and ultimately they decided not to pick him as a vice presidential nominee because of some concerns about a defamation lawsuit that was filed against him in the '90s. investigation from the justice department into his u.s. attorney term. so lots of questions that chris christie. who is probably going to win the governorship of nmg nj tomorrew going to of to start answering.
>> he was also involved with some securities organizations, bernie madoff was involved with. was theed leader of. and that raised back in 2012, a lot of red flags, they didn't want to have that kind of aggravation going into a race. paul ryan became a running mate of. the romney campaign, they were pretty upset with that clint eastwood performance at the republican convention, where he was talking for way too long to an empty chair. and the authors of the new book, they've got new insight into what happened after that. >> yeah, wolf, it's been reported that clint eastwood, they let him riff. the romney campaign was actually pretty diligent about scripting the entire convention. but they kind of gave clint eastwood free pass to do whatever he wanted on stage. we knew that. but the authors go behind the stage to tell us what romney campaign aides and romney himself were actually doing whey they were watching this total train wreck unfold in front of them. romney thought it was funny at first, but all of his advisers
freaked out. his campaign manager said you got to pull this, you got to cut it according to the book at least, one romney adviser actually vomited back stage, that he was so upset. it was a full-blown freak-out back stage at the convention in tampa. >> it wasn't just romney adviser, it was stewart stevens, his lead political aide, right? >> that's what the book says. >> that's a big deal. if it's true. mark halperin. senator rand paul is pushing back against accusations of plajerrism in some of his speeches, i'll tell you what he's saying in his defense, that's next. vo: two years of grad school.
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accusations of plagiarism have been mounted against republican sonoran sh rand paul. who is accused of lifting parts of the speech from the wikipedia website and not fully disclosing some parts of a research study verbatim. now the senator is answering those accusations. brian todd is joining us. tell our viewers what's going on. what he's accused of doing? >> he's accused of plagiarism on two fronts. one is the speech that you mentioned, we're going to play an excerpt of that in a second. and also he's accused of plagerizing one graph and actually we found a couple more that were very similar. from this 2012 book called government bullies that rand paul put out. one paragraph and several others are very similar from a 2003 sudd study by the heritage fountation. one graph was word for word, every bit the same as the
paragraph in the heritage foundation's study. but there are many other paragraphs that are very, very similar in this book. now, paul, as you mentioned, wolf, apparently lifted an entry from wikipedia from a speech he gave at liberty university. there he is going up to the podium. he referenced the 1997 movie "gattica" we pulled a bit from the speech. we'll see the excerpt >> in the the movie >> we reached out to the publish center street, about the book and the apparent plagiarism there. any response back for them on that, heritage foundation, which pout out the study that he apparently lifted the paragraphs did not get to us yet, but they
told buzzfeed, they don't care about this alleged plagiarism. >> what is he saying in his own defense? >> rand paul was not available to speak to us on camera. we have tried to do that today, but in an appearance with abc news, he said, quote, i take it as an insult and will not lay down and say people can call me dishonest or intentionally disleading. his staffer issued a statement regarding the speech part of all of this. quote, senator paul has always tried to accurately attribute any stories or facts in his speeches, 98% of his speeches are extemporaneous and none have been previously footnoted, in the future, our office plans on footnoting speeches. as for alleged plagiarism in the book, he said they're cited in end notes. you can't really match it up
with the paragraphs. they don't go specifically to the paragraphs. he said the longer quotes should have been indented and quoted, which it is not in the book. senator paul has tough questions to still answer about all this. >> when you say they're cited in end notes, you mean foot notes. he did mention the heritage study in the footnote, is that right? >> he mentioned it, but when he mentioned it in the appendix at the end of the book, he mentioned the heritage study, but he doesn't say it's mentioned on pay so-and-so of my book. when you so the paufograragraph didn't sight the study when he rights that paragraph. you can't put one together with the other if you're just reading the book and looking at it. >> thanks very much. you're working on the story and will have more in "the situation room." >> charlie crist enjoyed his job as governor of florida so much, guess what, he wants it back.
>> today, i announce i'm running for governor of florida. >> this is a different charlie crist. he served as governor of florida from 2007 to 2011. those days, he was a republican. but crist switched parties and with the 2014 election coming up, he now is running as a democrat. he could face the current governor, republican rick scott. crist is already taking aim. >> overnight, he went from taking on tallahassee to becoming the example of what's wrong with the place. the seat that you occupy, the people occupy at the table was replaced by a resolving door of special interests. each an taying up hundreds of thousands of dollars for the governor's re-election fund to insure their voice was heard and not yours. >> governor crist ran for senate as an independent in 2010. he lost that race to marco rubio, who is now the united states senator from florida.
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we all know what boston strong means to that city. but when almost 50,000 people ran the new york city marathon, it proved boston doesn't have the monopoly on the concept. new yorkers are survivors, too. superstorm sandy showed us their grit. tom foreman takes us on an american journey with one woman who just had to run that race. >> on the streets of baltimore, karina christensen spent months preparing for the new york marathon. adding up the miles and pushing down the memories of what happened to her hometown. >> i had cousins in long island with four feet of water in their house. >> last year, when sandy washed over the city, it swept away the great race. city officials tried valiantly
to try to run it as scheduled, but the human suffering proved too much. gr the best way to help new york city at this time is to say we will not be conducting the 2012 ing new york city marathon. >> now, its return is being heralded as symbol mic of the city itself, back are 48,000 runners pouring more than $300 million into the economy. >> important this year because of what happened last year. >> back are the elite athletes. in 2009, he became the first american to win new york in more than two decades, and he's brought some perspective. >> winning is not about first place, getting the best out of yourself. >> back, too, are the millions raised for charity. even with the cancellation last year, runners raised more than $thit million for groups like back on my feet, which helps the homeless. curoona is running for them. >> it shows the spirit of the marathon. it's incredible what people can overcome. >> in short, that's what the
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