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>> reporter: their initial response is concern, right? this is a dangerous area, these are americans. there are a number of groups who could be responsible. of course you would be concerned about groups operating in the area, they of course would have americans at the top of their list as people they would like to take prisoner. but we don't know at this point who the group is that took them. the state department says they're working closely with the iraqi authorities to locate and contact them. in these situations they work very quickly because they know time is of the essence. so great concern. they're going to work with the iraqis. of course you have more than 3,000 u.s. troops on the ground now, those are civilians, not soldiers. the iraqis would then have the lead on this in terms of trying to regain these americans, get them back to safety. back with me now, cnn intelligence and security
analyst bob bear. what can the state department do? >> if they were shia, we'll probably get them back pretty quickly. on the other hand if it's the islamic state or a criminal group that plans to sell them to the islamic state, that's different. baghdad is a chaotic place, it's possible to kidnap people, get them out of the city, even get them to the sunni isis areas. that's what should concern our government and us. the best we can do is offer the government in baghdad intelligence and see if we can do a rescue. >> how much are the hands tied here of the united states? >> there's not much we can do
without american troops on the ground. you know, we can't go house to house and search for these. we can only play a very secondary role. it's up to the government in baghdad. but again, it's a chaotic city. and you can get away with a lot of stuff there. >> bob baer, thank you very much. we're awaiting, obviously, the names of these three americans, finding out who they are. they've been missing for two days. we'll talk about this and the latest in iran, general, let me begin with you. a source is telling us the men were taken at gunpoint in a convoy. when you search as much as you can, what's the process you go through in trying to find these three men? >> some of my contacts have kind of narrowed the scope down a
little bit. they told me that this was done in a sunni neighborhood in baghdad, with a lot of gangs. surgic as you recall, that was the early stages of the war, where saddam hussein was thought to have been hiding out. this was an area that seems to have some connection with the old baathist regime. if that's the case, there will be policemen from that area who will have contacts. again, kidnapping in iraq, all over iraq but especially in baghdad, is ubiquitous. it's everywhere, for gangs as well as militias. >> i do want to switch gears here while i have you both and talk about iran and the historic day yesterday and the prisoner swap. we've just learned president obama did just call the families of those freed american prisoners, they're back out of iran, in you knoeurope, headingo the united states. when we look at what still
remains, you still, lieutenant colonel, have two americans believed to be held in iran, including bob levinson, who has been there it's believed for eight years. you still have some sanctions against iran, u.s. sanctions still in place for the ballistic missile programs, human rights violations, being a state sponsor of terror. how much leverage does the united states now have to get them home? >> if you believe the state department proc lamations of muh better relations with the iranians, it's positive. i don't think they really have them. if they did, he would be part of this equation. there's no use for them to keep holding him. there is one other american who is an intelligence asset that would be good to get back. i think the good will built up between secretary kerry and
foreign minister javad zarif is a good thing. i think we're giving some of our leverage away. if you replace that with goodwill, it probably will work out. there is nothing wrong with talking to the iranians. >> i want you both to listen to up with gop presidential candidates, marco rubio, slamming the deal. almost all of them are. let's roll it. >> this deal is a really problematic deal. and it reflects a pattern we've seen in the obama administration over and over again of negotiating with terrorists and making deals and trades that endanger safety and security. >> that was ted cruz there, one of the many critics, this morning on fox news. to both of you, to you, general, first, do they have a point? are you at all concerned about whether this deal will work in the long run? >> you're always concerned, poppy, when you start negotiating with countries who
have in the past been called irrational actors. you don't know what they're going to do next. and in this case, i think we're trusting, but we're attempting to verify, using that old cliche. not all of the deals have been this is specifically on the nuclear deal. i think they're still enough leverage over the heads of the iranians that they will continue to try and rejoin the community of nations. and i also believe that there is a moderate influence gaining in iran right now. if you look at the long history of iran, we've had times when we've had tomorrow ultimate with us -- tumultuous relations with that country, and times when we've had good relations with that country. i believe it's better to bring people to the table than shutting them out. for all the people claiming this is not a good deal, i haven't heard anyone suggest a better deal in terms of getting them back into the family of nations
and trying to prevent more war in the middle east. >> colonel, you said you're not convinced this deal will work. do you agree with the general that the moderate wing in iran is winning over right now, javad zarif convincing the government that this was something they should agree to, and they did? >> the moderates are on the rise. they certainly have been holding sway in a lot of the contentious issues inside of iran. if you look at what happened last week with the ten american sailors, they were released very quickly because the moderates are in sway. if they were held by the irc, they would still be in custody. back to the deal, i still think this deal has a lot of problems, talking about the nuclear deal, and the verifications will be very difficult.
i think we may have given away too much on the verification side. as the general said, this is probably the best deal we were going to get. right now i'm almost to the point where i'm willing to say, and the general and i disagree on this, but this deal is probably better than no deal. i'm not quite there yet. >> general, thank you, lieutenant colonel, thank you as well. this could be the night in politics, the night of the race for the democratic presidential nomination. three democrats facing off onstage in south carolina. what will they say, who will win, and will they attack the frontrunner for the gop nomination? surrogates from bernie sanders and hillary clinton will make their case. i'll speak with two of them about what they expect from their candidate. also ahead, the person who changed my life, that's my dad and me a long time ago.
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there's only one invokana®. ask your doctor about it by name. it could get personal tonight in the democratic presidential debate. this is the last time hillary clinton, bernie sanders, and martin o'malley will meet before the iowa caucuses. what a fun night to watch, no question. some recent polls show that
clinton is trailing in both new hampshire and iowa to bernie sanders. his camp told me yesterday, we're going to win those two states, the momentum is going to take us through to win in south carolina where she is leading. how does she respond, how does she tap dance around this and deal with this onstage tonight? >> certainly, poppy, she'll come out swinging. she'll try to bring into question bernie sanders's bona fides when it comes to liberal issues. she'll hit him hard on the gun issue, bernie sanders has not been as liberal as many progressives would like him to be on the gun issue, but he's coming to their side, in favor of legislation around guns that before he had not been. on healthcare, we've seen hillary clinton saying bernie sanders wants to steal, or rather take away healthcare as we know it, when in fact bernie sanders is talking about a single payer system which is actually being more embraced by
the democratic party. watch for her to come out swinging to take him down a few notches. >> we had former michigan governor jennifer granholm on in the last half hour. she said more bernie sanders supporters make $100,000, and more hillary clinton supporters make less. what do you make of that, does that matter? >> i think it's a hollow argument. in fact we saw the clinton campaign earlier or late last week argue that bernie sanders was being disingenuous because he had put out a negative ad about her, which in fact in the ad it didn't actually say hillary clinton's name, and if it was a negative ad about hillary clinton, it was very soft. and now you have surrogates from the clinton campaign coming out now and saying that in fact bernie sanders is being representative of folks who are making over $100,000.
bernie sanders is an avoid democratic socialist. whether he wins the democratic nomination, who knows, but the clinton campaign is clearly in a little bit of concern right now when it comes to whether they can win iowa, which is very progressive, then go into new hampshire. in new hampshire we've seen a poll, polippy, within the last week that shows bernie sanders up 14. as people told you yesterday, if he were to win iowa and then win new hampshire, this whole race takes on a whole new perspective. >> the only person to win in the general losing iowa and new hampshire is bill clinton. so it could happen, right? >> look, there's no doubt. even if bernie sanders wins iowa and new hampshire, it doesn't mean hillary clinton is lost, she is still the frontrunner. but tonight will frame the next a couple of weeks. >> mark preston, the governmelo off. we'll be watching. thanks so much. the candidates will explain their respective plans to win
the white house. next we'll hear from the sanders camp. simone sanders joins me on the strategy, ahead. in new york state, we believe tomorrow starts today. all across the state the economy is growing, with creative new business incentives, and the lowest taxes in decades, attracting the talent and companies of tomorrow. like in the hudson valley, with world class biotech. and on long island, where great universities are creating next generation technologies. let us help grow your company's tomorrow, today at business.ny.gov i have a resident named joyce, and i said "come to class,bout let's start walking together" and i said "and i bet you money you'll be able to do that senior walk". that day i said "ok it's me and you girl, me and you!" i said "if you need to stop, there's a bench we'll just hang out in the shade." she said "absolutely not! we are going to finish this race!"
the democratic caucuses is there tonight. clinton has 82 of the black vote in south carolina, sanders drawing 11%. that polling is a month old. sanders floated a goal of winning a third of the black vote there at least. sanders knows the importance of south carolina. he spent a lot of time in the state, kicking off a bus tour there this week of historically black colleges. the question that remains, can a democratic socialist from the second whitest state in the country win voters that actually look like the rest of the democratic party? simone sanders is with me, sanders' national press secretary. thank you for joining me this evening. >> thank you for having me, poppy, happy to be here. >> we had a surrogate from the sanders campaign with me, and i said, how are you going to win south carolina? he said, one word, momentum, we'll build off the momentum. simone, is that a risky bet?
>> you know, no, poppy, it's not a risky bet. look, we know and we think we have to do well in iowa and we have to do well in new hampshire. but we're not waiting until iowa and new hampshire happen to invest in states like south carolina. so we have a very robust ground game right here on the ground in south carolina, all throughout the state. and we are counting on momentum coupled with a solely ground game, and really connecting with voters where they are, meeting them in their communities, the barbershops, the beauty shops, and the bible studies. that's what we're counting on. >> the three b's. we heard hillary clinton call senator sanders, quote, a pretty reliable vote for the gun lobby. we will likely hear something similar on the debate stage tonight. i want you to listen to what she said earlier today to my colleague, jake tapper. >> i'm very pleased that he flip-flopped on the immunity legislation. now i hope he will flip-flop on what we call the charleston loophole and join legislation to
close that, because it's been a key argument of my campaign that we democrats, in fact americans need to stand up to the gun lobby and pass comprehensive, common sense gun measures that will make america safer. and that's what i intend to do. >> when she talks, simone, about the, quote unquote, charleston loophole, she's talking about sanders voting against establishing background checks. she has said if elected president, we would see executive action on gun control from her. would we see the same thing from senator sanders? >> yes, poppy. first, i would like to back down the notion that senator sanders is a reliable vote for the gun lobby. senator sanders has earned his zero rating from the nra. the fact of the matter is senator sanders definitely supports the executive actions
president obama just took on guns. he supports them, he's noted he would uphold them. he's in lockstep with president obama on that. he's not a flip-flopper. he made good on his promise to revisit the gun manufacturing bill. there was a new bill that was introduced. and he took a look and he's noted that he would most likely support that bill. so senator sanders believes in closing in gun show loopholes, he believes we need to make straw man purchases a felony, and he believes in comprehensive background checks. the idea that he's wavering, he's not. >> this 2005 vote on shielding gun manufacturers from liability, our jake tapper asked him about that this morning. let's play that. >> i resent very much the clinton camp saying i'm in the nra lobby. i have a d minus, that's a d like in david, d minus voting record from the nra. i likely lost an election, statewide election in 1988,
because i was the only candidate running for congress who said, you know what, military-style assault weapons should not be sold in america. i have always believed in a strong instant background check and doing away with the gun show loophole. >> but at the same time, here's what he said on cnn a year ago. let me read it for you. he said, "if somebody has a gun and it falls into the hands of a murderer and that murderer kills somebody with the gun, do you hold the gun manufacturer responsible? not any more than you would hold a hammer company responsible if somebody beats somebody over the head with a hammer. that's not what lawsuits should be about." and that's what hillary clinton is pointing to when she says he's flip-flopping. when you're going after the voters that you want, simone, where guns is a number one issue for them, how does he convince them he's turned the corner on this legislation? >> well, poppy, the senator has noted, again, since those
comments you recently referred to, that he was willing to revisit the notion of the bill, again, if a similar bill came up, and that's what he did. so he didn't flip-flop. he made good on his promise. in terms of winning voters where gun violence is a key issue, senator sanders is in lock stop with what president obama has said in terms of executive actions. we have to look at surrounding factors that contribute to gun violence in communities. low employment, education, communities that are living in poverty. so when we talk about creating jobs, when we talk about the real unemployment rate for african-american young men who have graduated high school at 51%, those are all factors that contribute to gun violence. so you just can't attack this issue from taking all the guns off the street. we have to do a holistic thing here. and so that is somewhat senator sanders is talking about. so again, he earned his d minus
rating from the nr amount. 99 who says otherwise is not telling the truth. and we are very confident that tonight, if that issue comes up, he will be able to speak to it. >> we'll be watching, simone sanders, we appreciate your time this evening. >> thank you, glad to be here. >> thank you very much. coming up, hillary clinton and the fight for south carolina. with sanders surging in iowa and new hampshire, will the state hosting tonight's democratic debate prove to be key for taking home this nomination?
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even with clinton in iowa. they caucus in two weeks, on february 1st. sanders is also opening up a commanding lead in new hampshire. that's why shoring up south carolina might be critical for clinton, something she hinted at last fight had. >> the primary in south carolina, the first in the south, is on february 27th. and i hope each of you will make the effort to be there to let your voices and your votes be counted, that you want a president, a president you can be proud of, a president you know will do all the parts of the job, from making the economy work for everybody, to keeping us safe and dealing with all the problems we face. >> joining me now is a cnn contributor, former state representative in south carolina. thank you for being with me. >> thank you for having me,
poppy. >> the charge linton camp says always knew this would be a tight race. i know you're a clinton supporter, correct? >> that's correct, yes, ma'am. >> how can you not be worried? >> i think one thing the clinton camp understands, and what i've always said, everybody around the country who is a clinton supporter needs to r-e-l-a-x. >> how can you relax in an election? >> i know it's really difficult to do. i'm firmly in the camp that we'll win iowa. new hampshire is very difficult, it's bernie sanders's backyard. in south carolina, and nevada, they reflect the demographics of the democratic party. i believe hillary clinton will do an amazing job in south carolina. bernie sanders will have some obstacles to overcome. politics is a contact sport. you can't hope to avoid the
other side the entire way. i believe they're engaging now. i look forward to a robust debate tonight. >> here's the thing. when you look back at 2008, and part of what really got president barack obama elected, is that enthusiasm, right? and when you look at the young, enthusiastic voters, there is a generational divide. you have young people seemingly more enthusiastic about bernie sanders than clinton. sanders leads clinton among voters under 50. he's also leading there among women. how do you turn that around? >> poppy, one of the things that we attempt to do, which i think is unfair to bernie sanders, but it's just outright incorrect, i'm going to say this throughout the night, bernie sanders is not barack obama. that's the fact of the matter. i was the co-shachair of break' steering committee for south carolina. the energy we felt there is unlike anything we'll feel
again. 2008, even the president couldn't replicate that in 2012, i think he would tell you that. so let's not call it that, because that's not what he is. bernie sanders is running a hell of a campaign. he's running a campaign that other people -- if i would have told you this a year ago, i would have been lying, but he's doing an amazing job. but he still has to come to south carolina, he still has to win iowa. hillary clinton understands that bernie sanders has to win both of those states. he can't slip up. i believe hillary clinton will do what she needs to do not just in south carolina but on super tuesday as well. >> she referred to south carolina democrats as, quote, her first line of defense in this race. do you think it comes down to it, is that where all the eggs lie? >> of course it does. i'm from south carolina. we're the most important state in the union. i might run statewide one day, that's important. no, i think that south carolina -- iowa just laid the groundwork for barack obama in 2008. south carolina propelled him to
super tuesday and other states. i think that this will do the same. i think hillary clinton has an amazing opportunity in south carolina. she's not taking it for granted. i was in charleston last night and this morning. the energy deficit that people are talking about is a little bit overexaggerated. she has work to do, but she's do it. tonight, poppy, tonight's debate is less than a quarter block away from emanuel a.m.e. church. bernie sanders keeps talking about the fact that he got a d minus from the nra. however that didn't include his vote in 2003 for the charleston loophole. >> the brady hill? >> correct. he actually voted for a one-day background period instead of the three-day period which it ended up being. i hope bernie sanders looks in the camera tonight like hillary clinton did on the iraq vote and simply apologizes. if he doesn't apologize to this country and to the voters of south carolina, i'm not sure he can make his way out of that hole. >> all right, we appreciate your time tonight, thank you. >> thank you, poppy.
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cancer. tonight i am announcing a new national effort to get it done. and because he's gone to the mat for all of us for the past 40 years, i'm putting joe in charge of mission control. for the loved ones we've all lost, for the families we can still save, let's make america the country that cures cancer once and for all. >> president obama putting vice president biden in charge of that fight against cancer. here is what the vice president told our gloria borger this week. >> i learned a lot about, for lack of a better phrase, the mechanics of cancer. and the delivery systems. there's so many, so many changes that are just on the cusp. then as i got into it more deeply after beau passed, i realized a lot of this is siloed. i've met with 200 oncologists
and cancer research centers and philanthropists involved. what everyone acknowledges, i may be the convener, i may be able to bring them all together. >> keep in mind, one in three american women, one in two american men will be diagnosed with cancer. this affects all of us. so is president's jfk man on the moon moment a realistic goal? who better to talk about this than the chief medical officer, executive vice president of the american cancer society. thank you for all that you do. >> thank you, ma'am. >> when you look at this, it's been a fight that this country, the world has been fighting for so long. president nixon signed the national cancer act into law 40 years ago. is it realistic that we can get this done? >> i do believe it's realistic. i've had the fortune of practicing medicine now for 30 years. i can tell you, things have gotten much better in cology,
much better at cancer. we've found if we can just organize ourselves a little bit better, we can go to that next level and have a lot more people who are cured, more effective treatme treatments, and more cancer prevention. >> prevention has been very useful at bringing down the number of cases. the vice president wrote this: "right now only 5% of cancer patients in the u.s. end up in a clinical trial. most aren't given access to their own data." that shocked me. what do you think needs to change on that front? >> yeah, if we could get more people in the clinical trials, we could actually advance treatment much faster, much, much faster. >> so what's holding it up? >> well, unfortunately, clinical trials are only available
frequently in certain hospitals. there's a lot of administrative hassles to get those clinical trials available to the patients who need them. and that's some of the stuff that the vice president can actually help us with. there's lawyers who are concerned about privacy issues in one hospital that are not privacy issues at another. we can get clarification of what the laws are. we can -- actually much of what needs to be done is logistical and not even new science. but when we get to new science, he can help us to streamline the system in which science is funded. >> a cure is one thing, and having a drug that is widely available and affordable for everyone that needs it, that's another thing, isn't it? >> that's right. you know, we have data to show that there's been a 40% decline in death rate from breast cancer throughout the united states. but there are states in the united states where there's been no decline at all, because unfortunately, some people don't
get to share in the fruits of research that we've already had. so dissemination of research findings is actually going to be incredibly important and making sure everybody can enjoy the fruits of this research. >> and the affordability, right? >> affordability is certainly an issue. distribution, even of cheaper drugs and cheaper techniques, is also a problem. but affordability -- unfortunately some of the newer drugs cost $10,000 a month. >> we also heard from the vice president, he talked about these silos that need to be broken down between universities doing research, big pharma doing r&d. do we need more coordination, sort of a central place where it all comes in? competition is good to keep you going, but at some point you all have to be on the same page. >> i'm a big fan of the command and control aspects. and indeed, i like the moonshot analogy because back in the
1960s we had a nasa administrator who said we need to invest in this because this is important, we need to decrease investment in something else because it's less important. what's happening now in cancer medicine is you'll have an investigator at one university who does an experiment, does not share the results with other investigators. five or six other people will repeat it. the government has paid for something six times it only needed to pay for once. >> that's absurd. that wouldn't happen in the private sector in terms of how to run a business efficiently. how can you actually fix that while letting these pharma companies be competitive? >> well, i actually do believe that someone like the vice preside president, as a logistician, as a manager, can actually do this. it's going to take a long, hard time to do it. by the way, i would hope that the vice president would continue being interested in this beyond his vice presidency.
this is a long term commitment that we need in medicine. >> there's no question, it means certainly quite a lot to him and so many americans. it's good for everyone that we're embarking on this even more. doctor, thank you. >> thank you, ma'am. this week on cnn, we're reeli revealing a little bit more about ourselves and the people who changed our lives. for me, that was this guy, my dad. we'll show you his story and what he taught me as a child that made me who i am today, next. in new york state, we believe tomorrow starts today. all across the state the economy is growing, with creative new business incentives, the lowest taxes in decades, and university partnerships, attracting the talent and companies of tomorrow. like in utica, where a new kind of workforce is being trained. and in albany, the nanotechnology capital of the world. let us help grow your company's tomorrow, today
starting tonight, we are beginning a special week-long series here on cnn. it's called "the person who changed my life." cnn journalists share the people who had such a profound impact on us that they affected the course of our lives. for me, that person was my father, jim harlow. here's our story. >> you were so central to his being. >> at trial he used to call home every night and read to you.
>> he adored you. he just adored you. >> i'm going to the childhood home where i grew up with my mom and dad in minneapolis. when i got this assignment, he just immediately came to my mind. of course, my dad. of course. who changed me. when i tell people my dad died at 49, they say, i'm so sorry, you were so young. i say to them, i had more of a dad in 15 years than a lot of kids ever get. >> he managed to pack a hundred years of living in 50 years. he was a wild man. he had lots of energy. >> what in him do you see in me? >> you are both dedicated workers. you were just -- you know, ever since you were a little girl, you were a hard driving little charger. it was a challenge, it is a challenge still, to pry you away
from your work. it was a challenge to pry dad away from his work too. >> my dad was a trial lawyer. and he loved it. the work was all-consuming. but he prioritized us, family, managed to hold on to the most important things in life. >> every morning he would wake up, drive me to skating practice, then he would go to work. it didn't matter what he had going on, how tired he was, he was always there for me. >> this is the picture of your third birthday party. >> he's still in his suit, like he just ran in the house. >> that's right. he ran across three airports. and he kept saying to the people who were with him, i've got to make it home for poppy's birth day. >> he took me to the office a lot. >> he did. that's a picture he made one morning at the office. he saw every piano recital you did, every skating show. he was a wonderful father. he was a model. you're your father's daughter, without a debt.
. >> this is columbia, where my dad went to school. i wanted to follow in his footsteps and be like him. i even found my college application essay that i wrote about him. i learned what nobility really means from watching learned fro watching my father struggle how har hard it is to live. in the end, my father taught me the answer to question i had never posed. how to die. my father died with dignity and love. knowing that he had left nothing undone. >> welcome back to st. paul. >> thanks. >> and minneapolis. >> you guys all look the same. >> of course we do. >> my dad's partners at the law firm were like a second family to us especially after he died. >> you say about everybody, well, there's no one like him. you can't even get anything close to jim. seriously. >> in those days you just sort of put your head down. jim was different, he actually made the time to make sure he was there for you. >> he knew when he was spending time with you, to devote 100% to
it and he knew when he was working to devote 100% to it. even though he was, you know, a well-respected partner high up in the organization, nothing was beneath jim. we were trying a case once and jim walked into the workroom, about 2:00 in the morning, he just picked up a stack of papers and started copying and the paralegal had to say, you know, go back to bed, jim, you need to be on your feet in the morning, but that's what he would do. i mean, nothing was above him and nothing was below him. >> hey, you. >> hey, you, too. >> your interviews are really a reflection of your dad, i think. >> really? >> i see some of the same things, you know, the persistence, the nuance, you catch things that other people wouldn't catch. watching you today, he would have been -- it would have been incessan incessant. he would have been in the offices, did you see poppy last night? >> we would have had ha ca cnn channel on in every room of the
office. he'd want you to enjoy life as much as he did. he would want yaw to find joy in everything every day. he lived 49 years, but my goodness, he had more fun than probably 100 people in 100 lifetimes. >> this is where i worked with your dad. i first started working with him before i went to law school right after i graduated from college. i wanted to tell you what your dad had done for me and the gift he gave me. i think there are some people who come into your life and help you learn how to be a human being, a better human being. i really think your dad was one of those people for me. >> do you see any of him in me? >> so much. you know, your dad, extraordinary listening, comes through in you. your dad let his heart be a part of his passion, and i think you do that, too. >> hi, everyone, thank you so much for being with me. i'm poppy harlow in new york. every day i want to make him proud because he did so much to me. his death spurred me to want to
do better. his death made me want to achieve. i remember going into my freshman year of high school nine days after he died and the school said, well, you don't need to come, you can take some time off, but i just wanted to dive in. >> does it feel smaller? >> it doesn't feel smaller. i feel a little bit older. frank was my high school college counselor. >> i have a copy for my recommendation i wrote to you when you applied for college. i said you have real inner strength, self-discipline, that you had overcome tragedy because, you know, your dad had just died. that's actually when we connected. can i give you a hug? >> i'll never forget the day that i found out i got into columbia. i jumped around my house and i was so thrilled. >> almost identical. yours in 2000, and dad's from
1965. yeah, you made your dad proud. >> i wanted to be a lawyer just like my dad. i was so set on being like him that i forgot for a while to be my version of him. >> girls who lose a father young tend to do extremely well, tend to be very ambitious because they're trying to offer this as a gift to their father who's gone. and you definitely did that and you're still working hard just like he did. >> what would he tell me at 33 years old? >> relax and enjoy life a little more. life is short and precious. >> to live in the moment. that may be the core lesson my dad has left behind for me and it's still one i'm trying to learn. i still live a lot for what i need to accomplish. it's a good reminder to me just to maybe focus me again on what
matters because he was only 16 years older than i am now when he died. >> quite a legacy, big guy. quite a legacy. we're so happy that he lives on in you. >> a total original. witty, honest, and kind. my dad was my cornerstone and the person who changed my life. >> thank you for everything, dad. you do not want to miss michaela ferrera's story on the person who changed her life tomorrow morning on "new day." i'll be there, you should watch it, 8:00 a.m. eastern. you can see all of our stories one week from today, next sunday night, january the 24th, at 8:00 p.m. eastern and we know that there must be someone who changed your life. we want to know who that is. tweet us with th the #mylifechangers. we will feature your responses on cnn.com/lifechangers. you can find a lot more of our
photos own videos and stories about who those people are for us right there. coming up next, three americans vanishing in iraq. now officials are trying to find out their fate. and in south carolina, a face-off in charleston tonight. the contenders for the democratic nomination debate how they would lead this country. we'll tell you what to watch out for. also, my conversation with abby wambach, soccer legend, on her new battle off the field. all straight ahead.
hi, everyone, 7:00 in charleston, south carolina. tonight where in just two hours the democrats face off in their final debate before the key race in iowa and new hampshire. we will have a live report on that in just a moment. but first we do begin this hour with breaking news. three american contractors have gone missing in iraq. and iraqi security official tells cnn they were taken by gunmen on friday. they were driven off in a convoy. we also now know two of them are dual iraqi-american citizens. the third is an american national. our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh spoke with us about this a little bit earlier. here's what we know. >> reporter: initial reports suggest some of them may hold dual nationality so american and perhaps iraqi as well. they are said to be contractors. now, among other information. that could mean a variety of potential tasks, anything from security to assisting communications logistics could be the kind of thiha