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bush slammed rubio's voting record. and rubio scoring major points after fending off that attack. and the. >> this is not a cage match. and you look at the questions. donald trump, are you a comic book villain. ben carson, can you do math. john kasich. will you insult two people over here. jeb bush. why have your numbers fallen? how about talking about the substantive issues people care about. >> i never said is that. >> apologies i -- >> does that speak to your vetting process or judgment in any way? >> no it speaks to be the fact that -- >> [ boos ] >> wait a second. we have 19 trillion in debt. people out of work. isis and al qaeda attacking us and we're talking about fantasy
football? can we stop? >> ooh we're going to talk about that. but i will admit it's hard to talk about real issues with so many candidates on stage. ten to be in fact. even director of politics at the university of virginia says maybe there is a better format out there somewhere. we'll talk to him in a moment. first to cnn's john burman with a wrap up of all last night. >> we may have a seen a generational shift last night on that debate stage. some of the younger candidate, rubio, cruz, making gains and advances at the expense of -- yes -- the moderators but also jeb bush. one stage, ten candidates, a world of prickly squirm in your seat tension. >> folks wii got to wake up.
cannot elect somebody who doesn't know how to do the job. >> he was so nice, he was such a nice guy. then his poll numbers tanked. >> jeb bush swinging and perhaps missing at his friend and one time protege marco rubio on the senator's spotty attendance. >> this was a six year term. and you should be showing up to work. literally the senate, what is it like a french workweek and you get three days you have to show up. >> i don't remember you ever complaining about john mccain's voting record. the only. >> ben carson against what he calls political correctness. >> they shouldn't automatically assume that because you believe that marriage is between one man and one woman that you are a the homophobe. >> above all, way above all it was everyone hitting the media,
especially the debate moderators. >> we look back the board fired you. i wonder why we should hire you now. >> why not slow down, get a few things done first or at least finish what you start. >> is this a comic book version of the presidential campaign? >> no it is not. and it is not a very nicely asked question the way you say that. >> the questions asked so far in this debate illustrate why the american people don't trust the media. >> in new jersey what you are doing is called rude. >> the reince priebus agreed. >> one gotcha question, one personal low blow after the other. >> but the ambience perhaps a new trend in new faces. an opening for marco rubio. >> i'm against anything bad for my mother. >> and ted cruz who offered to patch things up with the moderators with some now legal
in colorado products. >> i'll buy you tequila or some famous colorado brownies. >> and much more central to the mix this time. again going after the moderators for the subject of their questions. >> wait a second. we have $19 trillion in debt. we have people out of work. we have isis and al qaeda attacking us and we're talking about fantasy football? can we stop? >> and on a night where many thought that jeb bush needed to break out, he spoke less than the other candidates. a performance that left some cold despite one hot offer. >> you find a democrat that's for cutting taxes -- cutting spending ten dollars, i'll give them a warm kiss. >> and at least governor mike huckabee left wearing something memorable. >> i love donald trump. he's a good man. i'm wearing a trump tie tonight. get over that one. >> we learned at the end of the debate as the debate was reaching an end, jeb bush's
campaign manager danny diaz was actually knocking on the door of the control room to complain that jeb bush they felt simply not getting enough time on that stage. >> how concerned but i'm not sure that was jeb bush's problem. he had plenty of time he just had to make that time matter and. >> you got to make that. you got to seize it. >> thanks to you. the big moment last night came at jeb bush's peril. a tweet, jeb bush could eat carbs now. as you may know bush went on a paleodiet to get into shape. but many agree he showed little stamina last night. >> you friend and ours said she's feeling glum tonight because of the performance that you had and. >> i'm running for president of the united states. i'm running for president of the united states. i'm running with heart. i'm not a performer. if they are looking for
entertainer in chief i'm probably the probably not the guy. but if they are looking for results, i'm their guy. >> with me now to talk about all of this, larry sambado from the university of virginia. and also i'm joined by cnn political director david challion. david i've heard it more than once. jeb bush does not have the heart to rupp fn for president. he doesn't have that mean streak. is he done? did this finish him? or should he live to fight another day? >> jeb bush is in a world of hurt this morning. no doubt about that. he had a rough debate last night and it came at a very tough time for him, carol. because as you know there were all these questions about him heading into the debate about nervous donors wondering if jeb bush is the right horse to right
all the way through here to go the distance here. and he clearly didn't deliver last night. but we are still three months from voting been cast and it would be immature to declare him dead. i think he has a major task ahead of him. because what were nervous donors are now going to be panicked and nervous supporters. and because rubio had good coverage monday night he's going to get some support from those folks looking for a established horse to ride. >> and i got to say rubio just made bush kind of look old and tired. >> i think you're right and i think david's right. it was a horrible night for jeb bush and it was exactly what his donors weren't looking for. they have been nervous enough as it is. and the horse that they decided to ride a long time ago has proven that he can't really get around the track. look, it's more fundamental than
whether jeb bush performs in debates well, because he doesn't. it's that the man doesn't meet the moment. republicans couldn't be more obvious about what they are looking for. they want an outsider. an antiestablishment candidate. and jeb bush is the ultimate establishment candidate. it is his last name. he's never going to get beyond that. >> interesting. so is marco rubio that outside the box candidate, david? because he serves in the senate. although he doesn't vote much these days. >> marco rubio may have that ability to sort of straddle the divide. he came into the senate on the tea party wave in 2010 and had a lot of gras roots support in florida. yet he is an establishment guy. former speaker of the house in florida. and part of the establishment wing in the party. if e can stradal that divide that will do him gu.
but rubio wakes up in a new world this morning. he had a very good performance last night. now comes a level of scrutiny nooefrs experienced before. and now we see how he holds up in the glare of that new spotlight. >> marco rubio actually appeared on "new day" earlier this morning. here is a bit of what he had to say. >> i don't like missing votes. i hate. it. we've canceled campaign events especially for those in which our vote would be decisive on the outcome. but we're going to continue to support the people of florida and we're going to run for president aggressively. >> here is what this exchange was all about. maybe it was my midwest work ethic but i believe when you are hired for a job you should perform the tasks and go to work. but that doesn't seem to be resonating and didn't resonate last night at all even when jeb bush tried to make it that. why is that? >> jeb bush did marco rubio an
enormous favor. i actually think this was a potentially dangerous problem for marco rubio that was he was amazing so on many votes and skipping out on the senate and bush gave him opportunity to put it behind him and i think that is what rubio did. it may come up in the general election if rubio is the nominee. but again, when you have a choice like that, the skills of the candidates really do shine. or not shine as the a case may be. and that little duo. that presentation by jeb bush versus marco rubio will be one of the defining elements of this debate. but rubio has to capitalize on it. carly fiorina won the last and she faded afterwards. she didn't capitalize. this is rubio's moment and we'll see whether he can capitalize. >> have to leave it there. larry, david, many thanks. lets head back to capitol hill right now. we're moments away from spoerk boehner's farewell aaerddresadd.
and the voter fellow paul ryan you see there on the floor. >> today is a ceremonial day. the house just gavelled into the session to begin that process of finding the successor to john boehner. boehner is going to address the house for the last time in his quarter century career on capitol hill about 9:40. we're expecting a very emotional john boehner to give a speech. he's a man who is not afraid to cry in public. and we're expecting that to happen o on the house floor. and certainly after that is when the votes will take place to skooed john boehner. and of course paul ryan is expected to get the votes.ecede. and of course paul ryan is expected to get the votes. the message is this is a new day for the house. a new generation of leadership.
he's been a member of congress for 19 years. but he's only 45 years old. the 2012 vice presidential nominee. and in the speakers box as a guest will be mitt romney and ann romney who are accompanying him with his family. but as soon as today ends ryan will celebrate at the library of congress tonight with a lot of friends and well-wishers and members of congress. hundreds of people are expected there i'm told. but then the real heart of legislating will occur. the budget deal past the house yesterday, now going to the send. the issue of figuring out the line by line spending is something he'll have to worry about in addition to figuring how to pay for highway programs and highway trust fund issues. today is a day of ceremony but in the hard work of legislating begins immediately after, carol. >> manu raju, thank you. still to come. a major change in china. it just scrapped that strict one
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a stunning change in china today. the government officially scrapping its highly unpopular one child policy, first put into place in the 1970s to prevent overpopulation. it may have worked too well. the official state news agency today announced that from now on couples will be allowed to have two children. it is a direct response to china's aging population, which is on track to be the oldest on earth by the year 2030 without enough younger people to take their place. cnn's covering this remarkable shift. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. and this is indeed a stunning change for the world's most populous country. china just a few hours ago announced an end to the one child policy, a policy that's been in place for the last three decades, since the 1970s.
that was when china was grappling with major population density and a backward economy. but today is a very din xinhua. different xinhua. charting the next five years to the country and according to xinhua which is that the party said. one couple, two children. that is the answer. why is it crappi iscrapping the child policy? because of the economy. it's become on aging population and a graying workforce. but that means a lot of questions remain about the end of this policy. one in particular. will it finally end the gender discrimination in china? horrifying accounts of the abortions and child abandonment.
as a result in china the men out number the women by some 34 million. back to you carol. >> thanks so much. another story we're following. i want to take you live to the house floor. in about 20 minutes the house speaker john boehner will deliver his farewell remark. after that the nomination for the new speaker. you see him there greeting his fellow congressman paul ryan. he'll assume the reigns after the day is done. we'll keep you posted. a run away military blimp will be recovered today from pennsylvania after breaking free nearly four hours. still unknown is how it got loose from the military installation\in maryland. it is part of an airborne early warning system to alert washington to missile attack. >> and the sheriff fired deputy
ben fields. disgraced former penn state football coach jerry sandusky back in court this morning. a new accuser. a 43-year-old boston man who claims sandusky sexual assaulted him in the 1980s. and cnbc ended up getting roasted. why some are calling the network the biggest loser last night. sticks with them. make sure the germs they bring home don't stick around. use clorox disinfecting products. because no one kills germs better than clorox.
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radiators actually came prepared. ralph wrote they got roasted. burke road tons of talent but prescripted questions sopathic. vicki, journalism 101. the rnc chair agrees. >> i was proud of our candidates for standing up to a pretty hostile environment. i was very disappointed in the moderators. i'm disappointed in cnbc. i thought maybe they would bring forward a pretty fair forum here tonight. but i think it was one gotcha question, one personal low blow after the other. >> with me now cnn senior media correspondent and host of reliable sources brian stelter. first question to be fair. are we being too tough on cnbc? >> well there is always some very personal competition that happens between television networks. but i have to say i think in
this case we're hearing really legitimate grievances, both from campaign, from the rnc and other journalists. what happens when a debate goes out of control. what happens when a debate is so chaotic is you have a lot of missed opportunities. there was a lot more we could have learned from the candidates and we could have seen the candidates challenged more if there had been more effective modera moderating. it is also on the producers and the folks behind the scenes but the moderators are the public faces and i think there are some sheepish maybe red faces there this morning. >> i'm thinking to myself, what is this a high school debate is this. >> it was a very different debate in many ways from cnn's and fox. the moderators were almost universally praised in august and september. they were also by far the most high rated debates in rimery history. the early ratings indicate this was significantly lower than the first two debates.
much higher still than the past primaries. donald trump is continuing to have a big influence on the ratings. but this is not nearly as well watched as the first two debates and a that might be because viewer decided to switch over to the world series. >> and it's great world series. don't get me wrong. i think the worst thing about this is some of the the questions gave credence to the fact that they say mainstream media asks gotcha questions. >> i was just saying what the american people are thinking. are you kidding me? fantasy football in a presidential debate? it's ridiculous. and i'll tell you it was another point last night tlusat least h i'm going to stand up against this bias. the people saw it and i was just pointing out. >> i was excited to watch this debate because cnbc is great at
news about the economy and business. and i really wanted to hear their thoughts about the economy. >> that's why i say missed opportunities. and you hear the candidates saying that this morning. there were missed opportunities for substantive conversations about the issues. and we're hearing from chris christie in the sound bite and we're going to hear in the days to come from the campaigns as well. our colleague is about to report there was going to be a conference call between the campaigns and the republican national committee. there will be a chance for the campaigns to really vent and express concerns about the next debates. the concerns are they don't want to hear so many gotcha questions. they don't want to see such unequal alotment of time. this conference call will be a chance for the campaigns to try to push the republican national committee to ensure that they feel confident and comfortable with future debates. at the end of the day the candidates have a lot of leverage. they can choose not to show up. they can make a very public fuss about the debates and that is what we're seeing.
>> any word on the ratings for this debate. >> doesn't look like they are lower than foxes and cnns. not way way lower. still a very big audience. probably more than ten million viewers. but fox and cnn's debate had over 20 million viewers each. donald trump has some influence on the ratings. they might be coming back down to earth somewhat. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. we're three debates in as republican s vie for the presidential nomination. as the stakes get higher some of the chumminess of the past debates is beginning to fall away. as candidates take to the stage last night in boulder. most of them shake hands or at least acknowledge each other. but you could cut the tension with a knife when marco rubio came face to face with jeb bush. let's watch that again. take a look at that death stare
that bush sends over to rubio. there it is not. grin. just a smirk. and certainly no handshake. and what about this moment that seemed to happen over and over again. donald trump grabbing ahold of his microphone. >> i think maybe my greatest weakness is that i trust people too much. i never file for bankruptcy. but many many people did. what happened with atlantic city is very, very disgraceful. he got lucky with fracking. believe me. that is why ohio is doing well. and that is important for you to know. >> okay. so let's talk about this. i'm joined by body language expert and author of "the power of body language" tonya rimen. welcome back. whether do you see when you watch mr. trump grab his microphone. >> at lo f times with him i think early on he was trying to control his movement because he is such a big gesticulator. so that's the displacement activity. he holds onto the microphone. it helps him stay focused and he
then doesn't have to make the big movements. >> interesting. so let's go back to jeb bush and rubio and what that moment where rubio responds. >> the only reason we're doing it now is we're running for the same position and someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you. here is the bottom line. my campaign is about the future of america. it is not going to be about attacking anyone else on this stage. >> what does bush's body language show to you. >> that was so great. rubio faces and as bush turns he does make eye contact contact but initially he closes up his body language and you see that little contempt use smile that he's becoming well known for now. he doesn't have a good poker face. and then he turns back. and bush starts to rub his hands together. so that hit a cord. he lost a little bit here. >> let's talk about ben carson.
he rubs his hands a lot. let's discuss a clip he talks about on gay marriage. >> i think also marriage is between one man and one woman. and there is no reason that you can't be perfectly fair to the gay community. they shouldn't automatically assume that because you believe that marriage is between one man and one woman that you are a homophobe. >> okay. so i know why i rub -- because i do the same thing sometimes. i know why i do it. why do both ben carson and i do that. >> >> a lot of people do it just to get rid of anxiety. release tension. we feel like we rub ourselves it makes us feel better. he is also a surgeon which i keep getting text messages but he's a surgeon. so is he imagining he's washing his hands 25 times? he does it way too often though. it is not about what the reason you are doing it for is. it is about how it's being perceived. so it doesn't matter i do it
because i'm a surgeon. t what matters is how i'm walking away and why are you going to be thinking why i did it. and also he keeps his eye clo closed. and people go that is a red flag but it is his baseline. so you have to realize it and get over it. >> marco rubio. he says he did the best in his closing statement. so let's watch a bit of that. >> america doesn't owe me anything. this isn't just the country i was born in. this is the nation that literally changed the history of my family. my parent wrgs able to give me a chance to do all the things they never did. we call that the american dream although it is built on a universal dream of a better life. >> he's good. >> he was good. >> and he was one of the few people who actually gave a closing statement that was a closing statement. the rest were giving ideas of the future. and i thought it was very powerful and very humble.
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eighth district at the end of this month. i leave with no regrets. no burdens. if anything i leave the way i started. just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job. that is what i'm most proud of. i'm still just me, the same guy who came here 25 years ago as the small businessman and spent all these 25 years trying to just be me. sometimes my staff thought i was too much like me. but it really is the thing i'm most proud of. i'm the same regular guy that came here to try to do a good job for my district and my country. but before i go, i want to express what an honor it's been to serve with all of you. and the peoples house is in my view the great embodiment of the american dream. everybody here comes from
somewhere. and everybody here is on some mission. you know, i come from a part of the world where we're used to working. as far as i can remember i was working. my staff was asking me the other day well, you know, on november 1st, you are not going to have a job. when was the last time you didn't have a job. and i thought about it and thought about it and it thought well i had to be eight or nine years old because i was throwing newspapers back then and working on my dad's bar. i used to work from 5:00 a.m. on saturday morning until 2:00 p.m. for $2. not 2 dollars on hour. two dollars. i never thought growing up as the easy way or the hard way. it was just the cincinnati way. and you know our city takes its name from a great roman general. a farmer who answered the call of his nation to lead and then
surrendered his power to go back to his plow. for me it wasn't a farm. it was a small business. and it wasn't so much a calling as it was a mission. a mission to strive for a smaller less costly and more accountable federal government here in washington. how did we do? here are some facts. for the first time in nearly 20 years we've made some real entitlement reforms. saving trillions of dollars over the long term. we've protected 99% of the american people in an increase in our taxes. we're on track to save taxpayers 2.1 trillion dollars over the next ten years. the most significant spending reductions in modern times. we band earmarks altogether. sorry. we've protected this institution. we've made it more open to the people. and every day in this capital city there are hundreds of kids
from the toughest neighborhoods who are finally getting the chance at a decent education. [ applause ] i'm proud of these things. but the mission is not complete. but the truth is it may never be. the one thing i came to realize over the years that i've been here is that this battle over the size and scope and cost of our government in washington has been going on for more than 200 years. and the forces of the status quo go through an awful lot of trouble to prevent change from happening. real change takes time. yes freedom makes all things possible. but patience is what makes all things real. so believe in the long, slow struggle. believe in this country's ability to meet our challenges
and to lead the world. and remember you can't do a big job alone. especially this one. so i'm grateful to my family. deb and my two girls. my two girls were three and one when i first ran for office. now they are a lot older. so they have been through a lot. you all know whether your families go through. it is one thing for us to take the bricks and the boards and everything that gets thrown at us. but it is another thing for our families. their skin isn't as thick as ours. i'm also grateful to my colleague, fellow leaders. mccarthy and many on my side of the aisle, our committee chairs, people i've worked with for a long time. just as grateful to others for all of work we've done together. and over the last five years
we've done an awful lot of work together. probably more work done across the aisle over the last five years than over the 25 years that i sernd served in this institution. now some of you still could learn to have dressed better. [ laughter ] you know who you are. [ applause ] and i saw one of the -- one of the culprits. one of the usual suspects who shows up here once in a while without a tie. but this morning -- he wasn't dressed very well. but he did have a tie on. i'm grateful to the people who work in this institution every day. and whether it's the reading clerks or -- [ applause ]
you know there are a lot of people. thousands of people that allow us to do our jobs. and to help make this institution what it is. and whether it is the people you see here today or the people in the cao's office or the capital police or counsel, there really are thousands who really allow us to do our job. i'm kbragrateful to my staff. now y'all know i'm a big believer in staff. none of us can be what we are without a good staff. and i certainly would never have gotten to this job without having built a great team. so i really am grateful to my staff. as they like to say to each other, once your part of
boehnerland, you are always part of boehnerland. and that certainly goes for me as well. i'm especially grateful to all of my constituents and volunteers over the years. that includes a student at miami university in oxford ohio in 1990. he was putting up campaign signs for me. his name was paul ryan. i don't think he could pronounce my name back in 1990. he was putting the signs up for me. but cincinattus understood there was a difference in being asked to do something and being called to do something. paul is being called. and i know he'll serve with grace and with energy. and i want to wish him and his family all the best. %-py
life as a chase for the american dream. and that chase began at the bottom of the hill just off the main drag in reading, ohio right outside of cincinnati. the top of the hill was a small house with a big family, a shining city in its own right. the hill has twists. the hill had turns. and even a few tears. nothing wrong with that. [ laughter ] but let me tell you. it was just perfect. never forget we're the luckiest people on the earth. in america you can do anything that you are willing to work for, willing to work hard at. and anything can happen if you are willing to make the necessary sacrifices in life. if you falter -- and you will -- you can just pick yourself up,
gener gentle lady from washington state, ms. mcmorris rodgers. >> mr. speaker. today in the peoples house, it gives me great honor to nominate the people's speaker. you don't need to look any further than the architecture of washington d.c. to see what our founders envisioned. it is not by mistake that the dome over the congress is the very center of the federal city. the white house and the supreme court are set about us. satellites to the supreme power of the people expressed in this legislative body. in the house we are eager for a fresh strt that will make us more effective to fulfill our obligation to reflect the will of the people and to reestablish the balance of power. and there is no better person to lead us in that calling than the
man i'm about to nominate. he was first elected to the house at the ripe old age of 28. and he served here now for almost 17 years. we all remember when he led the house budget committee. the visionary proposal, the lengthy debates. and who could forget those powerpoints? he's now the chairman ots house ways and means committee. but he's more than a chairman to us. he's more than a colleague. he's our friend. he's a leader. and threw it all he's never forgotten his roots. he lives in the same block he grew up in in jamesville wisconsin. he there is no place he would rather be than with his family. and in all candor he did not seek this office. the office sought him. as chair of the house republican conference i'm directed by that conference to present for
election for the office of speaker for 114th congress, the representative from the state of wisconsin, the man from jamesville, the honorable paul d. ryan. [ applause ] >> the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. becerra. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i offer my congratulations to my friend, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. ryan, on the
nomination by his colleagues. at this time as chairman of the democratic caucus of this house, i wish to place in nomination the name of a proven leader for the office of speaker of the house of representatives. a leader who has accomplished in this chamber and for this country what few can match. a leader who as speaker of this house secured passage of landmark economic recovery package legislation in 2009, which transformed a diving economy, losing 800,000 jobs each month to one which has now created more than 13 million jobs over the last 67 consecutive months of job growth. a leader who, as speaker, accomplished what 70 years of congresses could not. enactment of our life saving, health security law which has put 18 million more americans in
control of their and their children's health care. [ applause ] a leader who had the foresight in 2008 to fight for the biggest investment in our troops since world war ii with the passage of the post-9/11 gi bill and the largest investment in our veterans' health care and benefits in the 77-year history of the va. a leader who is not afraid to take on the challenge of fixing our broken immigration system and secured passage of the dream act in 2010. mr. speaker, leadership is about making the tough choices and getting things done.
it means knowing how to build the majority, not just with the members of your own political party, but with the 435 elected members of the house of representatives so we can get things done. this leader understands that and knows how to get things done. even while serving in the minority in this house. that's why less than 24 hours ago this leader succeeded in breaking through the gridlock in this house and secured the votes needed to avert a senseless government shutdown and a perilous default on the payment of america's bills. [ applause ] thanks to this leader 16.5 million seniors will not suffer a $55 increase in their premium and congress will not cut the benefits of disabled americans
by 20%. mr. speaker, that's leadership and that's what americans expect from those they elected. that is why it is my privilege as chairman of the house democratic caucus and as directed by the colleagues of the democratic caucus, i nominate for election to the office of speaker of the house of representatives, from the 12th district of the great state of california, the honorable nancy patricia pelosi. >> the names of the honorable paul d. ryan, representative from the state of wisconsin and the honorable nancy pelosi, a
representative from the state of california, have been placed in nomination. are there further nominations? there will be no further nominations. the chair appoints the following tellers. the gentleman from michigan, the gentleman from pennsylvania, the gentlewoman from ohio, the gentlewoman from florida. now, the tellers will come forward and take their seats at the desk in front of the speaker's rostrum.
>> all right. we think they're preparing for roll call right now to officially elect the speaker of the house, the new speaker of the house, paul ryan. there it is, the roll call will now be taken. during the roll call, let's check in with jeff zeleny, our political correspondent. i was expecting more tears from john boehner. still, his farewell address was touching. >> sure, carol. we saw him hold the box of clean ne kleenex there and saw him tear up a little bit. that's the hallmark of his speakership. he makes no apology for that. we're witnessing the changing of
a guard and passing of torch from one era of legislative leaders to another. john boehner came into office as speaker after republicans swept the majority of congress in 2010, right after president obama was elected. he went on to preside over the largest majority house in 90 years. there's a downside to that as well. that's one of his undoings because the house became so conservative, even more so than him, they did not allow him to work in a bipartisan fashion. that is why he is stepping down. he's resigned -- he's resigning his position. this has all been playing out here. so, it's interesting to step back and look at speaker boehner's time of leadership. he said his biggest day -- one of his biggest days here as speaker is when pope francis came to visit the u.s. capitol. he had been trying to get a pope to visit the u.s. capitol for so long. he's a catholic. he was an altar boy.
and shortly after the pope visited, the day after, he announced his resignation. that is one of the high points of his time. he said he's also changed earmarks. earmarks that used to those pet projects legislators had, used to spend the money. he outlawed those. that's one of his legacies. as he leaves this and passes this to a new torch of paul ryan, it's a new moment for this republican congressman. let's take a look at this picture. he tweeted something yesterday that caught my eye. he was stepping out on the speaker's balcony to take a look at the national mall. he said, one last look here from the speaker's balcony. this is a sentimental guy. he was out there with a few of us reporters the other day, talking about what this has meant to us. he is being run out, in a sense, by more conservative republicans. but the question now is, will this party be able to govern under the new leader, paul ryan? >> we'll delve into that in the next hour. jeff zeleny, many thanks.
good morning. carol costello. thank you for joining me. we begin this hour on capitol hill where the house of representatives is beginning for a new era. a voted now under way to elect paul ryan as speaker of the house. the man he's slated to replace, john boehner, gave an emotional speech just a short time ago, reflecting on his time as speaker and the first time he came to know a young man named paul ryan. >> i'm especially thankful to all my constituents and volunteers over the years. that includes a student at miami
university in oction foesxford, 1990. he was putting up campaign signs for me. that was paul ryan. i didn't think he could pronounce my name. there's a difference between being asked to do something and being called to do something. paul is being called i know he'll serve with grace and energy and i wish he and his family all the best. >> our senior political reporter, manu raju, and senior washington correspondent, jeff zeleny, both covering this bit of history in america. so, manu, john boehner's speech was short and it was emotional. we expected more tears. he had the kleenex nearby, but like i said, it was emotional and it was effective. what will he do now? >> reporter: he doesn't really know. as he noted, this is the first time he has not had a job since
he's been about 8 or 9 years old. this is a 65-year-old man. i had a chance to talk to him about it, too. he said, i don't know. i'm going to take some time off. he's an avid golfer. he's going to hit the links, that's for certain. republicans game him a parting gift as a golf cart, a bag of golf clubs. he'll certainly do that. today is really a ceremonial day. we're talking about a changing of the guard, a passing of the torch, if you will. paul ryan will get that vote, the 218 votes to become the next speaker of the house. what was interesting on the house floor just now, daniel webster, who is the conservative from that house freedom caucus who is backed by that conservative bloc, was not nominated to become the next speaker. he could have been nominated on the house floor, which would have really shown there was this contingent that was dissatisfied with mr. ryan, but they did not nominate him. so, it suggests this vote that's taking place right now will be
very strong in favor of paul ryan. he can actually present himself as sort of the unity candidate that he wanted to be when he put his hat in the ring for this job. but i should say, today is probably the best day for him in the speakership. it's going to get very, very hard, very soon, when he has to make key decisions as early as december to figure out how to spend money to keep the government spending money, things like replenishing the highway trust fund. big deals on capitol hill. the realities of governing here in congress where it's hard to get things through the senate and also having a democrat in the white house. things are going to get pretty choppy from here on out for mr. ryan. >> i wanted to ask you about that, jeff, as many americans -- as many viewers are watching this today, they're hoping that with paul ryan's election as speaker of the house, that things will change, that things will get done, that bills will pass, that there will be more cooperation among lawmakers. will that happen?
>> reporter: well, carol, i hate to sort of be a downer on this morning of pomp and circumstance here, but, no, the short answer is, no, it won't happen at least in the short term. the reality, as manu just said, there's a democrat in the white house, republicans now control congress, of course. so, in the short term, i don't expect a lot of bipartisan agreement. we're in the waning days of president obama's time in the white house. and do not expect any big deals, any big agreements to come in this final period. of course, this is happening in the middle of a raucous presidential candidate as we saw last night in the debate. paul ryan will have time to chart a course on his own. as the white house campaign works itself out here. i do think governing will be different. he's a very serious legislator. i do think he'll try and tackle some entitlement reforms. some of those things that really are breaking the budget here. so, he's a very, very serious legislator, 45 years old, the
54th house speaker. there will be some differences. he has a harder conservative edge than john boehner had. he is not going to be willing to sort of work across party lines nearly as much at the beginning. we had a chance to talk to speaker boehner a couple days ago about his biggest regrets. he said one of his biggest regrets is not being able to pass comprehensive immigration reform. he tried that, of course, when george w. bush was in the office, and when president obama was in office. paul ryan has said, he will not even consider comprehensive immigration reform until there's a new president in the white house. that's just one sign of things that things are not going to be all that harmonious between parties here in washington. >> manu raju, jeff zeleny reporting, thank you. let's talk about the big debate last night. republican rivals came out swinging, unleeshg a wave of attacks at each other. rubio shines while jeb bush falls flat. one of the biggest showdowns, when bush slammed rubio's voting record. rubio scoring major points after
fending off that attack. the gop's biggest target may have been the media. here are some of last night's highlights. >> just resign. >> the only reason you're doing it now is because we're running for the same position. someone convinced you that attacking me was going to help. >> you he was so nice. such a nice guy. he said, i'm never going to attack. then his poll numbers tanked. that's why he's on the end. >> the leading republican candidate, when you look at the average of national polls is donald trump. when you look at him, do you see someone with the moral authority to unite the country? the last one i have is to give him some more time. i love donald trump. he's a good man. i'm wearing a trump tie tonight. get over that one. >> to be fair, you were on the home page of their website with the logo over your shoulder. >> if somebody put me on their home page, they did that without my permission. >> does that not speak to your vetting process or judgment in any way? >> no.
it speaks to the fact that i don't know -- >> we have $19 trillion in debt. we have people out of work. we have isis and al qaeda attacking us and we're talking about fantasy football? >> this is not a cage match. and you look at the questions. donald trump, are you a comic book villain? ben carson, can you do math? john kasich, will you insult two people over here. marco rubio, why don't you resign. jeb bush, why have your fbz fallen? how about talking about the substantive issues people care about. >> as you heard there, senator ted cruz ripped into moderators for setting up what he described as a cage match. many pundits agree. senator marco rubio was the leader and jeb bush lacked stamina and seemed rusty. cnn's dana buash had a chance t ask bush about his debate. >> reporter: your friend, ana navarro said she's feeling glum
because of the performance you had and the performance -- >> running for president of the united states -- >> reporter: how do you win them back? >> i'm running for the president of the united states. i'm not inan entertainer. looking for someone with proven results, 3 years, and most conservative in the last 30 years in the country, i'm their guy. >> it was chilly from the start between bush and rubio. notice they did not shake hands before the debate. there they are coming out. just before the debate. and to think at one time bush mentored rubio. they were good friends. i guess politics -- politics ain't so good for friendship, right? with me now ana navarro, supporter of jeb bush, supporter of marco rubio. ana, i'll begin with you. what do you make of the relationship between the two men now and does it really matter in the big picture?
>> i don't know, carol. if there's anything i hate is psychoanalyzing the relationship between marco and jeb. i have known them for a long time, both of them. i've known them both to be friends. i've known marco to, you know, be a protogy of jeb's. they're now running for president. it's getting more tense, more awkward, more heated for all of us. frankly, you know, i have a degree in political science and a law degree. i don't have a degree in psychology. >> i hear you, ana, i do. esi, i'm wondering, rubio the mentee, bush the mentor, did the mechlt ntee dash the hopes of bush becoming the president of the united states? >> i wouldn't go that far. bush has a large war chest and can probably go longer in this race than people are
hyperventilating now. i think last night marco rubio not only revealed one of his biggest strengths but did it while pointing out one of jeb bush's biggest weaknesses. marco rubio last night showed no matter what the attacks, whether they were valid in some cases, valid criticisms or completely illegitimate criticisms, he's not only ready for them, prepared for them, he's going to win the point. jeb bush has shown over the course of this campaign occasionally that he's both unready for coming attacks, even things he should probably have been prepared for, you know, months if not years ago, and has a real difficult time winning the point. last night's sparring between marco rubio and jeb bush over rubio's voting record was a perfect example. marco rubio got the biggest applause line in the night defending his voting record against the moderators.
inexplicably jeb bush decided that was the moment to then go after him on it. i mean, it was just bad political timing and, frankly, jeb is just not great in the debates. he's much better on the campaign trail and much better at, frankly, governing. but these moments have to get better for him if he's going to go up in the polls and calm his voters -- his donors down. >> ana, you said last night you were glum after bush's performance in the debate. dana bash asked him about your comment. here's what he said. >> your friend and mine, ana navarro said on our air she's feeling glum tonight because of the performance that you had and the performance that marco -- >> i'm running for president of the united states. >> how do you win them back. >> i'm runninging for president of the united states. i have heart. i'm not a performer. if they're looking for entertainer in chief, i'm not the guy. if they're looking for someone with proven results, 32 years in the business sector and eight years in the most reform-oriented conservative in probably the last 30 years in the country, i'm their guy.
>> ana? >> well, first of all, he doesn't have to win me back. i am with jeb bush and i'm going to be with jeb bush. but i think we need both. yes, the guy i'm looking for is the guy i knew as governor. the guy who was a strong governor, who has the metal, backbone of steel, who wasn't afraid of changing tallahassee, taking on the unions, the teachers union. that's the guy i want to see on the debate. when i see the debate, that's not the man i've known for 25 years. so, yes, the process includes some performance. yes, the process includes some entertainment. so, you know what, jeb, we need to get through the process in order for you to actually get the nomination. so, let's just be like a tennis shoe. just do it. >> okay. s.e., i want to switch gears and i want you to take a look at what hillary clinton tweeted out during the debate. it's actually a giff of her
during the benghazi hearing. let's put that up on the screen. that's what she tweeted out. marco rubio was not happy about this. here's what he had to say on abc. >> first of all, i find it outrageous she's using video from a benghazi hearing, the loss of four lives, for her to brush something off her shoulder. that was a serious hearing about a serious issue. >> s.e., thoughts? >> i agree. look, you can't argue that hillary, you know, didn't have a good day that day. i thought the hearing revealed her to be a liar, but at the same time, she got through it pretty well. i found the spiking the football after what should be a hearing over a very serious issue to be really offensive. she didn't only do it there. she did it on the rachel maddow show, talking about how she went home, had indian food with her
family. it's not a little, it's a lot glib about the nature of that hearing. whether you think it was partisan in nature or not, at the root of the hearing is a very serious investigation about very serious charges and failures over which she was overseeing. so, if i were her, i would take the small win -- the smulall wi off the benghazi hearing and shut up about it because this kind of stuff is really turning more people off. sk of - >> all right. have i to leave it there. s.e. cupp, ana navarro, thank you. a shift in policy could lead to a baby boom in china. made with hydrogenated oil... ...but real joyful moments are shared over the real cream in reddi-wip. ♪
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now two children per couple. you have to apply for it. it's a very, very different social atmosphere in china than the rest of the world, even countries that need to get population growth under control. >> and you would think, christiane, that china would have realized that when you kind of artificially govern things, sometimes it doesn't work out right, which is why they're changing the policy. but they're still controlling it with couples only allowed to have two babies now. >> reporter: well, that's right. i think they're waiting to see the generational impact of what will happen on society and on the economy if couples now get two children, doubling the number of children, obviously, in the country. and, you know, they have realized that this is not been going well over the last several years because a lot of people just simply did not abide by the one-child policy. certainly, in the early days, despite the propaganda, and they had to be forcibly sterilized
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during last night's republican debate, several candidates made questionable claims, including donald trump, who denied attacking another candidate over his stance on immigration. cnn's tom foreman did a fact-check to see if he was telling the truth. >> what happened in this moment in this whole debate was that the -- trump issued a couple of denials of some statements made by becky quick, the moderator. she asked him specifically about his attacks on marco rubio over these special visas for immigrants to come in and work. and he denied ever attacking
rubio, not once, but twice. listen. >> you have been very critical of mark zuckerberg, of facebook, who has wanted to increase a number of these -- >> i was not at all critical of him. in fact, frankly, he's complaining about the fact that we're losing some of the most talented people. they go to harvard, they go to yale, they go to principle ton, they come from another country and they're immediately sent out. i am all in favor of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in silicon valley. >> so you're in favor of increasing -- >> i was not at all critical of him. >> where did i read this and come up with this that you were -- >> probably -- i don't know. you people write this stuff. >> you talked a little bit about marco rubio. i think you called him mark zuckerberg's personal senator because he was in favor of the h-1 -- >> i never said that. i never said that. >> this was an erroneous article the all the way around? >> he has another gentleman in florida -- >> my apologies. >> really doing some bad
fact-checking. >> twice here he's saying i didn't attack rubio, didn't attack zuckerberg, so why in the world did she get this idea? funny enough, she got it from donald trump's website. where he says mark zuckerberg's personal senator, marco rubio, has a bill to triple h-1bs, the visas we're talking about, that would decimate women and minorities. the bottom line is, trump tried to bluff her. he tried to do it twice. she called him on the bluff and she was right. his claim was false. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. it was a critical test for the republican presidential candidates. gop rivals facing off during the third debate in colorado. the candidates wasting no time taking swipes at one another. this morning many pundits agree senators rubio and ted cruz shined. others, though, left something to be desired. it was a relatively tame night for donald trump, but he tells
cnn he was happy with his performance. >> i was very happy with my performance and everybody seems to be very happy with what i did. i think it was much different than the hillary debate. they were all softballs. this was much different. i actually enjoyed it. i had a good time. it was tougher than probably the other debates in a certain way, but i loved it. >> as for ben carson, who's leading the pack, listen to how he responds when a reporter asks him about his favorite debate moment. >> what's your greatest moment of the night? >> when the debate was over. >> refreshingly honest. with me now, andy smith, director of the survey center at university of new hampshire. he's also an associate professor. welcome. >> good afternoon. good morning. >> good morning. and-n your mind, who won the debate? >> i'd have to agree with the conventional wisdom on this that the winners were cruz and marco
rubio, simply because they're getting the best press afterwards. even though a lot of people watch these debates, it's more the aftermath and how it's been perceived and how the press covers it that's what more important than what actually happens on the screen. >> you're probably right about that. let's talk specific skael about ben carson because he came into this debate as the front-runner. nobody threw any hard balls at him. nobody attacked him on stage. he sort of just sailed through. >> yeah, i think -- that's probably a good position for him to be in right now. because the reason that he got to the top of the pack isn't because of any policy proposal, specifically. it's more his demeanor and personality and the fact that he can, more than anybody, credibly claim he's outside of the washington and government circles. and the other thing about carson is that his personality is so different from everyone else on the stage that it really sets him apart. and i think it's a comforting thing for people who are viewing this and looking for something
other than attack politics to see somebody like carson speak the way he does. >> and he magnifies the role so well. his opening salvo he kind of told viewers that he was pushed into being president -- or wanting to become president. let's listen to that. >> probably in terms of applying for the job of president, weakness would be not really seeing myself in that position until hundreds of thousands of people began to tell me that i needed to do it. i do, however, believe in reagan's 11th commandment and will not be engaging in awful things about my compatriotees here and recognize that's so important in this election because we're talking about america for the people versus america for the government. >> okay. so, he says, oh, i was pushed into running for president because i didn't realize what a great man i actually am. >> well, that's a long tradition
in american politics. actually, prior to the 20th century, that was typically the way you went about it, at least you made yourself look like you were being called to serve in office. not that you were running for election. running for election was always seen as somehow demeaning, that it was craven. it was much better to be seen as having your fellow countrymen asking you, begging you to serve. >> the other thing is, i thought that the moderators, or the other people on stage, would push ben carson to talk about his economic plan or his tax plan. he did talk about it for a bit, but the answer he gave, he just threw a lot of figures out. you know, the average viewer was probably left going, well, that sounded really good, but what? >> well, you know, tax plans are actually something that -- first off, they're complicated in the sense that anybody who looks at those tax plans is going to have to make an enormous assumption to try to score them to figure out if they're going to work on paper or not. and it's also important to remember that any tax plan that
is proposed by a candidate is not going to end up the way they proposed it, once it gets through the sausage grinder of congress. that said, republicans love to hear about flat taxes and tax cuts. and the mere fact that you can say that you have a tax plan that will cut your taxes and leave it at that is going to be good enough for a lot of republicans. >> really? because i think carly fiorina said she wanted to -- you know, her tax code would be three pages long. i was wondering, come on, somebody say one page and probably somebody did and i just missed it. >> that was steve forbes a few years ago. he wanted you to mail it in on a postcard. >> exactly. in the end when all is said and done, did this debate help ben carson? will he remain at the top of the pack in some polls? >> i don't know if any particular debate will help or hurt him. he's got -- he's got a reservoir of goodwill that's been built up over years and years and years of writing books and giving
talks to evangelical christians across this country. and they're going to support him if he looks credible regardless of what he says in his debate. i think that they see him as a different person. they feel they know ben carson already. it's a matter for him of expanding that support. but in a nomination cycle, you don't have to expand it too far. so, if you're in iowa, which has a heavily evangelical christian republican electorate, he's in really good shape there. in new hampshire, much more difficult because we just don't have that religious electorate in new hampshire. so, he's got to look at the states after iowa and really decide where he wants to go. assuming that he keeps his position like he currently has. >> all right. andy smith, thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom" -- the latest diplomatic push to end the syrian civil war begins soon in vienna. can it succeed?
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let's head to the house of representatives right now because lawmakers have been for the past hour or so voting in a brand new speaker of the house. that would be wisconsin congressman paul ryan. you see the soon-to-be former house of speaker there standing up at the desk n front of the microphone. we're expecting him to announce at any moment that paul ryan is the new speaker of the house. let me listen to a little bit of what's going on. jeff zeleny, our political correspondent is going to pop in, too. they're still calling the roll, aren't they? >> reporter: yes, they are, carol, still calling the roll. paul ryan has surpassed the majority he needs to become the next house speaker.
it's extraordinary, carol. only a handful of republicans declined to vote for him here, so he is even winning over some tea party conservatives who did not vote for him yesterday, so he is getting nearly the full unanimous call of support from this house republican conference. >> i saw paul ryan earlier on the house floor before the vote began, before this roll call began, talking with some members of the freedom caucus, including congressman jordan from ohio. they appeared to be having a very fun conversation. >> reporter: no question. he's so popular among the rank and file on both sides, certainly republicans. even steve king, that firebrand conservative from iowa, who's such an outspoken critic of the establishment, he voted for paul ryan. a lot of tea party members are trying to get off on the right foot by voting for paul ryan. >> let's listen.
republicans. there are 247 republicans in the house conference. only nine republicans voted for someone other than paul ryan, so he really is winning the overwhelming majority here. they're doing some bookkeeping there, tallying everything up. this is a constitutional office. the speaker of the house is voted on by both sides. of course, democrats voted for nancy pelosi. that's very pro forma. they always put their own leader up. republicans almost unanimously, with the exception of nine, voted for paul ryan as speaker. they're almost finishing the paperwork here. he will be named speaker and speak, you know, coming up in the next several minutes here on the house floor. >> i know that mitt romney and his wife are in attendance today in support of paul ryan, as is his family. >> reporter: yes, they are. it's so interesting, carol. of course, paul ryan was introduced to the country here when he was named mitt romney's running mate in 2012.
mitt romney picked him for a lot of the same reasons house republicans are turning to paul ryan. he's been referred to as the intellectual core of this republican party. he's a fierce conservative, but also a deal-maker. he wants to reshape government programs and the budget and other things like that. so, he definitely is -- he's going to be the first generation "x" speaker as well, carol. he was born in the early 1970s. he's 45 years old. so, this is not only a changing of the guard, it's really a passing of the torch of a new era and age of leadership here on capitol hill. >> well, going back to mitt romney for just a second. i thought it was very interesting that he decided to be present today because i know he's there to support paul ryan, his friend and former running mate, right? but isn't it more than that? >> reporter: mitt romney cares deeply for paul ryan. he was viewed -- of course, mitt romney has plenty sons. he has a very big family. but he views paul ryan as close or nearly as close as one of his
many sons. he grew very close to both paul ryan, his wife janet and their children during that debate in 2012. and he -- he's one of the reasons that paul ryan decided to accept the call and accept the decision to run for speaker. paul ryan did not want to do this. he was not eager to do it. but mitt romney is one of the people a month or so ago who called him and said, this is your calling, you should accept this. so he's exceptionally close to mitt romney, carol. >> i wish i could read john boehner's mind, don't you? >> reporter: sure. i think he's so wistful. we know how emotional he is. we know he's taking all this in. he was elected in 1990. there are not many members who he's looking out at right now on the house floor who were here -- who have been here as long as he has. look, he's taken that seat during so many state of the union addresses. he is taking all this in at this
moment. but i can tell you who's also eager to be sort of finished with this chapter of his life. the republican conference is difficult to deal with, he says, on no -- you know, with no apology. and i think he's eager to move on here. but this -- at this moment, he's definitely soaking all this in here. he's a very emotional guy. but he could not be happier he's passing this on to paul ryan. >> all right. i just want to -- let's hear what john boehner has to say before i go to the next -- paperwork still being done, it appears. >> the teller as gree the votes cast is 243, of which paul d. ryan of the state of wisconsin has received 236. the honorable nancy pelosi of california has received 184, the honorable daniel webster of the state of florida has received 9,
>> the chair appoints the following committee to escort the speaker-elect to the chair. the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, gentleman woman from california, ms. pelosi, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise, the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer. the gentleman woman, ms. mcmorris rogers, mr. clyburn, gentleman from california, mr. becerra, gentleman from indiana, mr. messer, gentleman from new york, mr. crowley, gentlewoman from kansas, ms. jenkins, the gentleman from new york, gentlewoman from california,
ms. foxx, gentlewoman from missouri, miss wagner, gentlewoman from maryland, ms. edwards, gentleman from texas, mr. sessions, mr. van holland, mr. mchenry. and the members of the wisconsin delegation, mr. sensenbrenner, mr. kind, mr. moore, mr. duffy, mr. ruble. ms. mimi walters. the committee will retire from the chamber to escort the speaker-elect to the chair.
>> all right. i want to bring back jeff zeleny while we await these two minutes or so as paul ryan is escorted. i would suppose up to where john boehner is now, right, jeff? >> reporter: that's right. john boehner is still in his seat there, but the escort committee is a group of both sides who brings in the new speaker here. just like during the state of the union address, there's a committee of members who bring them in. so, it's just a bit of formality. i've been looking through some of the biography of paul ryan. i've covered him for a long time.
shortly after he was elected here. and i think i'm pretty safe in saying that he's the first speaker of the house to ever have worked at mcdonald's as a high school -- as a young man, at 16 years old. his father actually died when he was 16. he's from janesville, wisconsin, and he got a job working at mcdonald's. i think he's safe to say he's likely the first speaker of this u.s. house to ever work at mcdonald's. he also -- he was a waiter and bartender on capitol hill while i was working up here as a young staffer. even though he goes home every weekend, he's an active hunter and fisherman, he has come of age in washington. he was a protege of jack kemp and he's been around here for really more than two decades or so here. he has a new -- his work is cut out for him here. how is he going to corral, you know, all of these factions inside this republican party. but there's a dose of goodwill for him that i haven't seen in a fair while up here, carol.
>> you know, when he was deciding whether to run for the speaker of the house, paul ryan said one of the requirements was time with his family, because his children are young. he wants to watch them grow up. do you know if his fellow lawmakers agreed to give him that time? >> they did, carol. they told him they would take some fund-raising burden away from him. that's one thing john boehner spent a lot of time doing, traveling across the country, raising money for legislators. but they said they would take some of that burden from him. what he wants to do, what he really loves doing, is being the messenger of the policy, he wants to craft policy for this party. he can do that remotely. he does have a young family. again, he goes back to janesville, wisconsin, every weekend without fail. he's one of those legislators who actually lives in his office. there's a group of a couple dozen or so republican legislators, to save money, to show how conservative fiscally they are, live in their own offices here.
so, i'm not sure if that will change or not as house speaker, but he's very much a family man. and he said he's going to try and keep that up. so, it raises questions of work/life balance, of course, what policies he's supported. we debated this for the past cole of weeks on air. certainly, that is one of the things that makes him a new that he is a man and wants to spend time raising his family. >> manu raju is also covering this on capitol hill. manu, i know during the -- leading republicans were talking with paul ryan about whether he would be a great speaker of the house. i know that daniel webster also ran for speaker of the house and he did get these nine votes. how will that factor into things, do you think? >> reporter: it's interesting, actually, when webster was put up for speaker in january against john boehner, he got 12 votes. so, actually webster has lost three now, so some of those members of the house freedom caucus ultimately voted for paul
ryan just now. paul ryan, 236 votes. you needed 218 to be elected. that was -- even though it seems like a close margin, it's a relatively comfortable margin. one thing kevin mccarthy, the house majority leader, who was considering running for the speaker position right after mr. boehner announced his resignation, he did not want to run because he was worried he would only get 219, 220 votes. so the fact ryan was able to get some folks on the right to back him is significant. now, yesterday i had a chance to speak to one of those leaders of the house freedom caucus, labrador, who did vote for paul ryan today. he said, look, we're going to give him some space. we're going to let him legislate. we'll see how much space they actually give him when it comes time to cut deals. >> let's enjoy the moment, manu. [ applause ]