tv Early Start With John Berman and Christine Romans CNN September 25, 2015 1:00am-2:01am PDT
pope francis waking up in new york. set to speak before the united nations this morning. just the beginning of the day that brings him all over the city. and china's president wakes up in washington. a key meeting with president obama. a big announcement on climate change and that will keep tensions high. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it's friday, september 25th. 4:00 a.m. in the east.
let's begin with the pope. pope francis wakes up in new york city set to address the united nations general assembly. he is expected to wade into political and diplomatic issues as he did thursday in an historic address to the joint session of congress. the speech on climate change and the death penalty. he says the speech to the u.n. will focus on climate change. the pope's arrival gripped the city last night. huge crowds gathered. john, you were there on fifth avenue. >> they threw open the doors of st. patrick's cathedral. it was extraordinary. >> cnn's alexandra field was there. she filed this report. >> reporter: christine, john, thousands of people lined fifth
avenue trying to catch a glimpse of the pope as he made the way for the prayer service and riding along fifth avenue. so many who turned out to see him will follow him through the city. the day starts with the address in english to the u.n. then on to ground zero. after that, the pope stops at a school in harlem. from there, a procession through central park. before he makes his way to madison square garden for a mass before thousands. many of them waiting to see the pope in person. many of them wanting to hear pope francis as he addresses them. the next trip is to philadelphia for the pope. christine and john. >> thank you. the evening prayer service at st. patrick's cathedral. beautifully restored. the pope led the prayers in
english, but homily in spanish. he started with a moment of silence for the victims of hajj. more than 2,000 people, mostly clergy, inside st. patrick's for the service. thousands more stood outside the cathedral. we were there for hours with them waiting to catch a glimpse of the holy father. cnn's jason carroll was there. >> reporter: christine and john. this is what the faithful and dedicated looked like. they have been out here since early thursday morning waiting hours to get a glimpse of the pope. they did not have tickets, but wanted to get a quick look on fifth avenue. one is heather and christopher. her brother is a jesuit priest. you said you wanted to come out here and feel the energy. >> it was amazing.
my heart was pounding. i didn't expect i would see him in the motorcade. i was in the right place at the right time and see him wave. i got a great shot. i'm still shaking. >> reporter: this is a pope that seemed to speak to so many people. why do you think that is? >> it is not every day you see a man in this position of power. it is so humble. that is what we need to take away. we need to stop judging each other and embrace each other. >> he is bringing something to the world that the world needs right now. what did this man say about gay marriage? he said who am i to judge. global warming is controversial. he said we need to take care of our common home. this man, i heard him in congress today, he has the ability to unite. i feel like i'm catholic, but i feel he is transcending the religion. he is uniting people across
ideological divides. >> i have been waiting since the day it was announced. i'm happy and grateful to be here. >> reporter: very good. at one point, christine and john, he was able to reach out and physically able to touch folks on fifth avenue. there were thousands of people who came out here. obviously he wasn't able to touch them all. he is touching them in other ways. christine, john. >> jason, thank you for that report. breaking news overnight. china will reveal a new cap and trade program to limit carbon emissions. the announcement will come at the white house with the visit of xi jinping. this is a big step forward in the battle against climate change. for the first time, the chinese companies will bear a cost for emitting carbons in the
environment. the president and president xi will discuss a host of topics like military advances and cyber hacking. a big problem for both of the u.s. government and companies in the united states. let's get the latest from senior white house correspondent jim acosta. >> reporter: john and christine, it may not be on the same level as the pomp and circumstance as the pope francis visit. the white house will hold an official visit with president xi later this morning. a state dinner in xi's honor. we hear lobster will be served. last night, president obama and president xi had a private contin dinner across the street from the white house. the obama administration has not publicly blamed beijing for the hacking of data belonging to millions of federal employees,
chinese entities are considered primesuspects. the white house is holding off on new sanctions until after xi's visit is over. both presidents are expected to work on some cyber agreement and discuss the military build up in the south china sea. president obama has his hands full this week. in addition to the visit from pope francis, he is gearing up with a visit with vladimir putin on the crises in syria and ukraine. john and christine. >> jim, thanks. u.s. officials are claiming russian jets are flying in syrian air space. they say u.s. satellites are picking their activity. no isis targets in the area. there are questions about the motives behind the russian
military build up. >> maybe it will come up when president obama and president vladimir putin meet on monday. republican leaders moving ahead with a series of bills to prevent a shutdown. the procedure vote is expected monday. this issue is for all federal funding to be extended through december 11th, including planned parenthood. house speaker john boehner is not indicating if he is willing to hold a vote on the spending bill that does not defund planned parenthood. time for an early start on your money. european and asian shares are mostly higher. could be a good end to a tough week for stocks. in part, because of the federal reserve warning of slowing global growth. that is the under current of the market. the fed janet yellen made the right call not raising interest
rates. they gave a speech indicating that. she indicated a rate hike may come later this year. she was briefly hospitalized after a speech when she fell ill. apple enthusiasts. iphone 6s is here. they feature a different touch screen that can sense how long and hard someone is pressing and a stronger body and faster processor and better camera. >> a 6 plus s. >> it sounds like success. i wonder if that is the plan. some people who ordered them will not get them today because of the pope. >> blame the pope. take it up with francis. republicans are running for president firing back at donald
trump. hillary clinton surging past bernie sanders in a key state. we have that next. ♪ ♪ it's the final countdown! ♪ ♪ the final countdown! if you're the band europe, you love a final countdown. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do.
a big moment for republican candidates in washington. donald trump, seven other gop contenders among the speakers. this as trump continues to lead in the cnn poll in new hampshire. on top with 26%. there is also news in the second tier. look who is there. carly fiorina now in second place in new hampshire at 16%. followed by marco rubio and then ben carson. he had been second in other polls. jeb bush is in fifth place in new hampshire. this reflecting the carly
fiorina debate surge. she is in iowa today after a swing through south carolina. cnn's sunlen serfaty was with the candidates. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. carly fiorina has wrapped up her three--day tour in south carolina where on thursday, she visited a pregnancy center which advocates for finding alternatives to abortion. she pushed her anti-abortion message that she has been highlighting since her debate. and while donald trump's feud continues to swirl, carly fiorina trying to capitalize on the moment. she went out of her way to address the public spat here in south carolina. >> mr. trump decided he would not appear on fox news because a commentator said i managed to snip off his -- with precision
during the debate. now you know, if i quit talking to all the people who attack me, i would have crawled under a rock long ago. that's part of it. it's part of what it takes to be in the arena. you have to be able to take criticism. >> reporter: trump has been really zoning in on senator marco rubio calling him a kid. characterizing him as someone who sits behind a desk, but doesn't get work done in congress. marco rubio is sitting back and saying he believes trump is bing exposed more and that is a reason he is becoming a lot more touchy these days. this does follow a pattern we are seeing from many of the republican candidates really more aggressively now going after donald trump. >> thanks so much. on the democratic side, they are
feeling the bern in new hampshire. bernie sanders leading hillary clinton by 16 points in the cnn poll. joe biden, who has not entered the race, has 14%. those surveyed favor clinton over sanders. a team of investigators is set to arrive if seattle following the deadly crash of the duck boat tour vehicle and charter bus on a bridge thursday. just a terrible scene. four international students who attended north seattle college were killed on the bus. 14 people suffered injuries. 51 were taken to the hospital. the mayor calls it a dark day for seattle. >> a terrible tragedy. a terrible loss of life and injuries. our thoughts, the thoughts and prayers of the city, go out to everyone. to the families and to those impacted. >> police officials say it is still not clear what caused the accident.
the witnesses say the duck boat appeared to swerve and slam into a bus carrying 15 people flipped and killed 7 and injured two others. the vehicle was packed with undocumented immigrants. police tried to stop the bus, but the driver sped off and led the officer on the chase. police in delaware said they had no choice but to use armed force for a man if a wheelchair. police investigating the death of jeremy mcdole. officers responded to a call of a man who shot himself. the fatal encounter caught on the disturb be video. >> he's bleeding. he's bleeding. >> hands up!
get your hands up! [ gunshots ] >> i assure you that not one of those officers intended to take anyone's life that day. we are sorry to the family that this ended with the loss of your loved one. >> this is unjust. he was in a wheelchair. >> police say a.38-caliber gun was next to his body. new trouble for bill cosby. fordham university and a school in milwaukee have rescinded h
honorary degrees. fordham's president calls the actions quote beyond the pale. more than 41 women claim they were victims of sexual misconduct. a kremlin spokesman says vladimir putin called the singer after it was revealed a prank happened against elton john. >> hey, elton, it's me, vlad. i have a call coming in. i'm sorry. 19 minutes after the hour. the death toll rising dramatically in the stampede near mecca. a new investigation has been
correspondent arwa damon. arwa, the saudi officials have worked for years at crowd control just to prevent this kind of tragedy. what went wrong here? >> reporter: that's what they're trying to figure out at this stage. some sort of surge caused this stampede to take place at one of the intersections of two of the narrower roads inside the city of mena. that is not too far away from the stoning of the devil takes place. this particular ritual is one of the last rituals of the pilgrimage of the hajj where pilgrims throw rocks or stones at the pillar symbolizing the rejection of the devil and evil. according to eyewitnesses who managed to survive, two crowds
came at each other and met at an intersection and pushing and shoving. that resulted in this horrific incident that left upward of 700 people dead. saudi officials trying to figure out if one of the leaders of the groups of pilgrims took a wrong turn or if pilgrims were trying to take a short cut on their own or the saudi security apparatus was at fault. since the last stampede in 2006 that killed more than 350 people, saudi arabia has spent upwards of $1.2 billion trying to expand the sites where the rituals take place. that has traditionally where the stampedes have occurred in the past history. they expanded and created different levels and overpasses that pilgrims can use to try to prevent this from taking place.
it is beyond tragic for so many who lost their lives there. pilgrims, many of them from all remote stretches of the earth. all types of backgrounds. for some, they would have saved their entire lives just to go on this one journey. the journey is one of the pillars of islam, but for many, the climax of their spiritual lives. for 700, it has ended in death. >> arwa damon, thanks for that update. authorities are to figure out what went wrong. john, pope francis mentioned this at the beginning of his address. the pope will be all over new york city today. in central park and a prayer service at the 9/11 memorial and museum. and a big speech before the united nations in a few hours from now.
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pope francis wakes up in new york city just hours from now with a highly anticipated speech before the united nations. just the beginning of a packed day that takes him all over the city. how is this for conversation. tensions high at the white house. chinese president meeting with president obama. on the agenda, cyber attacks and military aggression. high stakes dinner conversation. >> an evening stroll. welcome back to "early start."
i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. pope francis wakes up in the city that never sleeps. in a few hours, he delivered that highly anticipated message to the u.n. a speech yesterday touched on climate change and the death penalty. vat kican officials say he will focus on climate change and social injustice. the pontiff's arrival in new york gripped the city. he arrived in the popemobile. i was in front of st. patrick's cathedral. it was very moving. they threw open the 9,000 pound doors. the chair was singing. he got out of the popemobile. it was moving. cnn's alexandra field was there. she has more on the pope's day ahead. >> reporter: christine and john, thousands of people lined fifth
avenue trying to catch a glimpse of the pope as he made his way to the cathedral for a prayer service and riding alonging fifth avenue. so many who turned out to see him, will follow him along the city. the day starts in an address in english before the united nations. then on to ground zero. after that, the pope will make a stop at a school in harlem. from there, a procession through central park. before he makes his way to madison square garden for a mass before thousands of people who have been waiting for this moment. many waiting for a lifetime to see a pope in person. many wanting to hear pope francis as he makes address. the next is a visit to philadelphia. the event for the pope was an evening prayer service at st. patrick's cathedral. the sanctuary restored beautifully. francis led prayers in english,
but delivered the homily in spanish. he delivered the prayer for the hundreds in the stampede in mecca. more than 2,000 people saw the pope lead the service inside st. patrick's. listen to the choir. thousands more stood outside the cathedral hoping to glimpse the holy father. our jason carroll was there. >> reporter: christine and john, this is what the faithful and dedicated look like. this is what some of the people who have been out here very early on thursday morning waiting hours just to get a glimpse of the pope. these are the folks who did not have tickets, but wanted to come to fifth avenue to get a quick look. one of the people heather and christopher. her brother is a jesuit priest. he was inside for the service. you were here outside. you were saying you wanted to come out here and feel the energy. what was it like for you? >> it was amazing.
i got to be in the right place at the right time and see him wave and i got a great shot of it. i'm still shaking. >> reporter: this is a pope that speaks to so many. why do you think that is? >> it is not every day you see a man in this position of power that is so humble. that is what we need to take away from this. we need to stop judging each other and embrace each other. >> there is so much controversy. let's say gay marriage. he said who am i to judge. and global warming, he says we need to take care of our common home. we have to take care. this man, i heard him in congress today on tv, he has the ability, unique ability to unite. i feel like i'm catholic, but i feel he is transcending the religion. he is uniting people across ideological divides. >> i have been waiting a long time ever since the day was
announced he was coming to new york, i had it marked on my calendar. i'm happy and grateful to be here. >> reporter: very good. i know the pope came out and one point, christine and john, he was able to reach out and physically touch some folks who came out to line up on fifth avenue. there were thousands of people who came out here. obviously he wasn't able to physically able to touch them all. he is touching them in many other ways. >> thanks, jason. every time the pope gets near children, he lights up. breaking overnight. word that china will unavailable a cap and trade program to limit carbon emissions. this announcement will come today at the white house during the visit with president obama and president xi jinping. for the first time, chinese companies will bear a cost for emitting carbon into the environment. the chinese and u.s. presidents are expecting to discuss chinese
military operations and advances in the south china sea and cyber hacking. let's get the latest from the white house correspondent jim acos acosta. >> reporter: it may not be on the same level of pomp and circumstance, but the white house is planning a warm welcome for xi jinping. the white house will have a ceremony for xi later on this morning. in the evening, a state dinner in xi's honor. last night, president obama and president xi held a private dinner across street from the white house at the blair house. officials at the white house are alarmed over what the chinese are doing in cyberspace. the obama administration is not publicly blaming beijing for the hacking of the federal employees, chinese entities are considered prime suspects. the white house is holding off
on sanctions until the visit is finished. the presidents will discuss u.s. concerns about the chinese military build up in the south china sea. president obama has his hands full in addition of the visit with pope francis, the president is gearing up with a meeting on monday with president vladimir putin. something they have not had in a couple of years with the crises in syria and ukraine. thank you. more diplomatic news. we learned that president obama and vladimir putin will meet face-to-face monday at the united nations. the two leaders have not seen each other in nearly a year. they have not met formally in two years. the white house says it was putin who sought the meeting claiming he was quote desperate for a sit down. interesting. the two sides disagree on monday's agenda. the white house says it will be on the russian incursion in eastern ukraine. russia says the crisis in syria
is the topic. even on the agenda. >> peculiar how much the white house wanted to stress it was putin who wanted the meeting. they went out of the way. russian jets are flying in syria and turning off transponders. the white house says with no isis targets in the area, there are serious question s about th military build up. friday could be a good end to the tough week for stocks. european and asian shares are up. apple enthusiasts, it is official. iphone 6s is here. features a different touch
screen that can sense how long and hard someone is pressing and a stronger body and faster processor and better camera. apple says pre-order numbers are strong. on pace to beat the iphones from last year. if you live in philly or new york, you may have gotten a note from apple that your pre-order is not available because of the pope's visit. >> it makes more sense if it was the 6 plus s. breaking news this morning. an nyu student detained in north korea is speaking to the media with a new message for his family. we are live next.
a big moments for republican candidates today at the value voters summit in washington. donald trump and several others are speakers. this as trump continues to lead in the cnn new hampshire poll. trump is on top with 26%. this is also news in the second tier. carly fiorina with 16%. she is followed by marco rubio and then ben carson. he slips to fourth here. the cnn poll reflects fiorina's post debate surge in the gop race. she campaigns in iowa after getting up close and personal with voters in south carolina. cnn's sunlen serfaty was with the candidate. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine.
carly fiorina has wrapped up her three-day tour in south carolina. on thursday, she visited a pregnancy center which advocates for finding alternatives to abortion. she watched an ultrasound performed. meanwhile as donald trump's feud with fox news continues to swirl, carly fiorina trying to capitalize on that moment. here's how she went out of her way to address the very public spat here in south carolina. >> mr. trump decided he would not appear on fox news because a commentator said i managed and i'm quoting here to snip off his -- with precision during the debate. now you know if i quit talking
to all the people who attack me, i would have crawled under a rock long ago. that's part of it. it's part of what it takes to be in the arena. you have to be able to take criticism. >> reporter: trump has been really zoning in on senator marco rubio calling him a kid and characterizing him as someone who sits behind a desk and doesn't get work done in congress. rubio is hitting back. he says he believes trump is being exposed more and that's in his words a reason why he is becoming a lot more touchy these days. >> first of all, he picks on anybody that gets close to him in terms of a poll. anytime he hits a rough spot, that's what he does. he had a bad performance last week. he not well informed about the issues. he cannot have more than a ten second sound bite. he is exposed and he is a touchy and insecure guy. people can see through it.
>> reporter: this follows a pattern that we are seeing with the republican candidates. more aggressively now going after donald trump. john and christine. >> thank you for that. on the democratic side, they are feeling the bern in new hampshire. vermont senator bernie sanders is leading hillary clinton by 16 points in the cnn poll. biden who has not entered the race. he has 14%. according to the poll, biden supporters in new hampshire favor clinton over sanders if the vice president does not decide to run. we have breaking news this morning. a student at new york university detained after entering north korea was presented before the media. it happened in pyongyang news conference. 21-year-old joo won-moon says he wants his family to know he is healthy. you can see him being interviewed right there by our
own will ripley some months ago. i want to bring in will ripley who said he was allowed to talk to the young man. will joins us on the phone. will, do you have a sense of what this means that we are seeing him in a news conference? >> reporter: the timing, john, is interesting. we have been reporting here from pyongyang, north korea. the country is getting ready for a national celebration on october 10th. the anniversary of the ruling party led by kim jong-un. north korea has been known to grant amnesty to its own inmates. they did it earlier this year in august around another holiday. they let an inmate go. there has been no official statement saying amnesty will be granted to joo won-moon.
after we got the interview with him in may, it has been complete silen silence. i asked officials here a couple of days ago, they said they had no information. just within the past few hours, this press conference surfaces. some of the things he said in the press conference, quote, i had not had the opportunity to contact my family. i hope to tell my family and loved ones i am well and healthy and hope to be home soon. john, he mentioned he has been taken around to speak to north korean college students here in pyongyang. he says the college students told him he was no enemy to them. when you listen to that language and you listen to him saying he hopes to be home soon, his family in the united states, may be very hopeful this means release to him. in the past, prisoners paraded in front of the cameras mean they are about to go on trial.
the death toll in saudi arabia is rising this morning. more than 700 people killed in a stampede during the hajj. nearly 900 others injured in the crush. king salm salomon demanding new protocol into the mecca. we have cnn's arwa damon with more on the story. >> reporter: good morning. here is what we know, apparently the stampede took place when two smaller roads used by pilgrims meet at intersections. according to eyewitnesses, one group from one direction and the other group from the other direction and pushing and shoving began. this build up of humanity that led to the tragic and horrific
stampede. saudi officials trying to figure out exactly why this happened. was it because the people leading the pilgrims took a wrong route? failure on part of the security apparatus? since the last stampede in 2006 that killed around 350 people, saudi officials and the government poured over $1.2 billion into expanding various different key areas to the rituals of hajj. especially those that are around this particular area. the city of mena and route leading to an area known as the ritual of the stoning of the devil takes place. this is where pilgrims throw small rocks at three pillars symbolizing rejection of evil and trying to put in measures to prevent these stampedes. this mass build up from taking place.
saudi officials expanded this area. they built overpasses. they built multiple lanes to divert the human traffic as it does go through. a lot of questions asked right now as to what will take place to prevent this from happening again. such a catastrophic tragedy for those who did lose their lives. for so many, john, this pilgrimage is the climax of the spiritual journey. many people who did go would have saved their entire lives to take part in the hajj. >> it has a horrifying political mention with iran blaming the saudi government with the lapse in security. arwa damon, thank you so much. 55 minutes past the hour. the pope putting controversial issues in the spotlight here in the u.s. he is also getting a lot of attention for a guy critical of capitalism. >> a good endorsement. >> some marketing of some companies. we have that next.
let's get an early start on your money. pope francis has been a critic of capitalism and greed. he is giving two brands a marketing boost. fiat chrysler and american airlines. he has been getting around in a fiat 500 l and a modified jeep. he is using a plane that american airlines dubbed shepherd i. the ad space would be worth millions of dollars. >> especially the fiat. >> the word fiat has been said more in the american media than ever. "early start" continues right now. >> pope francis waking up any minute now here in new york city. set to speak before the united nations in a few hours. the beginning of a jam packed day in the big apple. china's president wakes up in washington.