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your stocks are going down. >> retirement is not going anywhere. "early start" continues right now. the big time clash on debate stage. hillary clinton, bernie sanders, their final face-off before the first votes in iowa. who won? and happening now. three americans freed from iran in a prisoner exchange. they are on the way home after sanctions are lifted. live team coverage breaking down the developments. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is monday, january 18th. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. two weeks from today, the first actual votes of the 2016 presidential contest will be cast in iowa. overnight, the face-off with the democratic candidates. hillary clinton and bernie sanders and martin o'malley. hillary clinton is trying to
blunt a late surge from sanders. she went after sanders on guns, on health care and she really embraced president obama as closely and more firmly as she ever has. more from senior correspondent jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, a lively democratic debate on sunday night in charleston, south carolina. the final debate before democratic voters make their primary votes known. two weeks before the iowa caucuses and the new hampshire votes a week after that. bernie sanders trying to show he is in contention for the fight. no doubt he is locked in a close race with hillary clinton in iowa and new hampshire. he was on the defensive throughout the debate on health care and on guns. here are a couple of exchanges that caught my attention throughout the debate. senator sanders likes to point out he believes hillary clinton is too close to wall street. >> i don't take money from big banks. i don't get personal speaking
fees from goldman sachs. what i would do -- [ applause ] >> -- what i would do is understand that when you have three out of the four largest banks today bigger than they were when we bailed them out because they were too big to fail, when you have the six largest financial institutions having assets of 60% of the gdp of america. >> reporter: by pointing out that secretary clinton received speaking fees from goldman sachs, that is music to the ears of senator sanders. secretary clinton had an argument of her own. it was about president obama. she was trying to embrace the president tightly throughout the whole evening. the reason she is supporting her health care plan is to defend his legacy. she had strong words for bernie sanders about his questionable support for president obama. >> and president obama has led our country out of the great
recession. senator sanders called him weak, disappointing. he even in 2011 publicly sought someone to run in a primary against president obama. now, i personally believe that president obama's work to push through the dodd-frank bill and then to sign it was one of the most important regulatory schemes we had since the 1930s. >> reporter: secretary clinton is trying to keep some questions and concerns and doubts alive in the minds of voters. particularly in south carolina, particularly african-american voters by saying that bernie sanders did not support the president. that is one of the strongest things you can say. bernie sanders came back and said, of course, i supported this president. of course, i support president obama. those are a couple of exchange in the course of the two-hour debate. martin o'malley was on stage. he is struggling in the polls.
this is a tight race with bernie sanders and hillary clinton. they will campaign in iowa and new hampshire this week. two weeks before the voting begins. john and christine. >> thank you, jeff. let's break down the debate. who won and lost and why? cnn's eric bradner is live for news south carolina. we will go through the sound showing the differences. trying to show the differences on health care and guns and on, you know, support for the president. there is one thing that really caught my attention here. you remember way back when when bernie sanders would not be drawn into a debate about hillary clinton's e-mail. he said i'm sick and tired of hearing about her damn e-mail. he was asked about the personal life and personal misdeeds about the former president bill clinton. this is what bernie sanders said. >> i cannot walk down the street, secretary clinton knows this, without being told how much i have to attack secretary clinton.
want to get me on the front pages of the paper? i can make a vicious attack. we have been through this. his behavior was deplorable. have i ever said a word about that? no, i will not. i will debate secretary clinton and mr. o'malley. i will debate on the issues. not bill clinton's behavior. >> it is interesting. they debated on the legacy and guns and on health care. on that point, he would not say more than the word deplorable. >> absolutely. there's a reason for that. that is because bill clinton is really popular among democrats. sanders cannot help himself here by attacking bill clinton the way donald trump can with his supporters. sanders did take one real shot at clinton by hitting her for getting paid speeches by goldman sachs. that is more likely to resonate with his supporters because it is accusing her of being too cozy with wall street. it is tough in a democratic
primary because he doesn't want to risk alienating people who might be attracted to his sort of fire and brimstone message here. you do like hillary clinton personally. most democrats like both of the candidates personally. they also like bill clinton and they also like barack obama. that is why you see hillary clinton definitely trying to tie herself so strongly to president obama. >> it was interesting. you bring up a great point. they have high favorables. in iowa, she is at 86% and he is at 89%. they don't go after each other personally although they try to make the end-runs on the issue. hillary clinton tried to do it on health care. bernie sanders, two hours before the debate. put out details for his medicare for all plan. hillary clinton talked about it last night. listen. >> i have to say i'm not sure whether we're talking about the plan you just introduced tonight
or we're talking about the plan you introduced nine times in congress. the fact is we have the affordable care act. that is one of the greatest accomplishments of president obama, of the democratic party, and of our country. there are things we can do to improve it, but to tear it up and start over again, pushing our country back into that contentious debate is the wrong direction. >> you know, hillary clinton is portraying herself in a very interesting way. i'm the candidate of not change in some ways she is suggesting. it is what she has right now. she has the administration. she has the president. she was part of it. she is trying to drape herself in it. it comes with risks. >> that is right. dynamics are developing in the race where bernie sanders is the man of the moment of anger and dissatisfaction. we have known for a long time that donald trump represents that on the right. it exists on the left, too.
so hillary clinton is really running this pragmatist. this candidate who can get things done within a political environment that a lot of americans are eager to just scrap or break in any way they can. so, yeah, hillary clinton is cozying up to president obama because he's still popular with the democratic base. she is hoping that tying herself to obama and portraying an attack on her is an attack on president obama and will energize her supporters to help feel a sense of urgency knowing bernie sanders is generating the excitement on the campaign trail. >> he has a lot of excitement and support in south carolina and iowa. a poll with african-americans in south carolina, 82%, clinton. sanders, 11%.
is hillary clinton banking on moving through the first two states and then really that's where the difference with clinton and sanders comes to the floor? >> absolutely. she would love to win iowa, but if she doesn't, she is sort of eyeing south carolina as a fire wall. bernie sanders' support is concentrated among white liberal voters. the democratic electorate overall is much more stronger minority measures. south carolina is the first state you see that looks more like the broader democratic electorate. hillary clinton is talking about gun control. that is an issue that she sees as appealing to african-american voters, especially in charleston, we are a block away from the emanuel ame church where the racially motivated shooting took place last year.
hillary clinton is trying to reach a broader chunk of the democratic electorate than bernie sanders can win in iowa and new hampshire. no doubt about it. >> eric, thank you for that. talk to you soon. he has been up all night. >> hard to tell. >> you look great. thanks. happening now, three americans freed by iran in a prisoner exchange. they are on the way home as international sanctions are lifted giving iran new access to the world market. live team coverage breaking it all down. missing in iraq, believed to have been kidnapped. we are live with new information about their whereabouts next. ♪ (cell phone rings) where are you? well the squirrels are back in the attic. mom? your dad won't call an exterminator... can i call you back, mom? he says it's personal this time... if you're a mom, you call at the worst time. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more
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abedini. less is known about two other men iran released. nosratoliah khoshawi. his captivity had not previously been reported. then the student matthew trevithick. his release was not part of the original prisoner swap. for the latest, i want to bring in correspondent frederik pleitgen. he is live in germany for us. good morning, fred. what is the latest? >> reporter: good morning, christine. emotional times here at the landstuhl medical center. the world renowned medical center. this is where the men were taken and over the course of the next few hours, they will be reunited with their friends and loved ones. there were a lot of people in america, politicians and family members and friends who were keeping their cases in the public light and supporters coming here to then be with the three men. the other thing taking place at
landstuhl is there will be medical evaluation of all three men. you remember that in the case of jason rezaian, a lot of concern about how he was doing when he was there in the prison. amir hekmati, he was in custody for four years. unclear what state he would be in. that is going to be going on for a bit. it is unclear when they will be able to travel back to the u.s. what i can tell you, them making it here was an absolute odyssey that took the entire weekend. they were supposed to fly out of tehran late saturday. there was some mix up at the airport. the names of jason rezaian's wife and mother, were not on the flight manifest. it took a phone call from secretary of state kerry to his iranian counterpart mohammad javad zarif. he said listen, we have the deal to release these people. this has to work. zarif sent some of his aides to the airport and the swiss plane was able to takeoff for
switzerland and geneva. they then came here. it has now come to a very good end as the three americans are now here in the american facility and getting the attention they need. >> it is interesting. the treasury department late yesterday issued new sanctions against some corporations and companies that were doing business with iran. sanctions having to do with missile technology. interesting on the timing of that. the press release goes out after we know the americans are safely en route to where you are. >> reporter: absolutely. it was an interesting time, but it shows that there was this window of opportunity to get the prisoner swap going. the u.s. also released seven iranian-americans and iranians on their side of the equation. both sides making clear this doesn't mean these nations have
normal relations. there is a lot of tension. the president in the address said he still has huge issues with the iranians. for instance funding terrorism and with their ballistic missile program. one thing after the nuclear agreement, iran came out and said this doesn't mean we have better relations. the friction is still there. however, we are also seeing that now there are these channels. diplomatic channels with the u.s. and iran. it is something that certainly the administration says has paved dividends in getting the sailors released a couple days ago and the three americans released as well. >> it's hard. you cannot overstate how unbelievable it is to pick up the phone and fix something with the iranians quickly. that has not happened in a very long time. fred, thank you so much for that. secretary of state john kerry will be on cnn this morning. he will talk to john about the nuclear deal and freed prisoners on "new day."
three americans missing in iraq. there are unconfirmed reports they were kidnapped by gunmen from the baghdad neighborhood. it is believed they are contractors described as iraqis who became american citizens. the state department confirmed it is working with government authorities in baghdad to locate these individuals. i want to bring in senior correspondent nick paton walsh. >> reporter: john, as is the case because of safety and efforts to free individuals, there is little information available. the first 48 hours are the most sensitive to release those currently being held. we don't know if this is a kidnap or the detention of two iraqi-americans or one person who is fully fledged american citizen. they appear to have been taken from an apartment block in the southeastern area of baghdad.
it is not clear who they work for. they are described as contractors. they were taken away from that point friday afternoon. the news emerging only last night. statements from state department and embassy confirming they are working with iraqi authorities to try to liberate these three individuals. obviously the timing, gives some to perhaps think there is something going on with linkage with the united states and iran. this is an area of baghdad controlled by shi'a militia. they are close to iran. it is not clear who has these men. many wonder why this occurred at this specific time. behind the scenes in some degree of secrecy. that is why we cannot give you much information. officials working hard to get these back safe on the streets. john. >> nick, thank you so much. 20 minutes past the hour. time for an early start on your
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hillary clinton and bernie sanders ignore the republicans. save their attacks for each other in the final debate before early state voting begins. iran releasing three americans in a prisoner swap as sanctions are lifted and the country enters the world marketplace. we are live where the three americans are this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. the first actual votes of the 2016 contest will be cast in iowa in two weeks. overnight, the last head-to-head
face-off. hillary clinton and bernie sanders and martin o'malley. clinton is trying to blunt a late surge from sanders in the polls with her attacks on gun control and health care and embrace president obama's political legacy. more from senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny. >> reporter: john and christine, a lively debate on sunday night in charleston, south carolina. the final debate before democratic voters make choices in the primary race. two weeks from today, the iowa caucuses and new hampshire primary one week after that. bernie sanders was trying to show that he is in contention for the fight. there is no doubt he is locked in a close race with hillary clinton in iowa and new hampshire. he was on the defensive throughout the debate on health care and on guns. here are a couple of exchanges that caught my attention throughout the debate. senator sanders likes to point out that he believes hillary clinton is too close to wall street.
>> i don't take money from big banks. i don't get personal speaking fees from goldman sachs. what i would do -- [ applause ] >> -- what i would do is understand that when you have three out of the four largest banks today bigger than they were when we bailed them out because they were too big to fail, when you have the six largest financial institutions having assets 60% of the gdp of america. >> reporter: and pointing out that hillary clinton received speaking fees from goldman sachs. that is music to sanders' supporters. hillary clinton had an argument of her own. it was all about president obama. she was trying to embrace the president tightly throughout the evening. she is supporting her health care plan to defend his legacy. she had strong words for bernie sanders about his own questionable support for
president obama. >> and president obama has led our country out of the great recession. senator sanders called him weak, disappointing. he even in 2011 publicly sought someone to run in a primary against president obama. now, i personally believe that president obama's work to push through the dodd-frank bill and then to sign it was one of the most important regulatory schemes we had since the 1930s. >> reporter: of course, secretary clinton is trying to keep some questions and concerns and doubts alive in the minds of voters. particularly from south carolina, particularly african-american voters by saying bernie sanders did not support the president. that is one of the strongest things you can say. bernie sanders said, of course, i supported this president. of course, i support president obama. those are a couple of exchanges in the course of the two-hour
debate. of course, martin o'malley was on stage. he is struggling in the polls. this is a tight contest with sanders and hillary clinton. both campaigning in iowa this week. john and christine. >> jeff, thank you so much. let us discuss this event and who won. joining us now is cnn political reporter eric bradner. he is live from an undisclosed location in charleston, south carolina. eric, i think people want to know the answer to this question. who won the debate? is it easy to say? >> it's not easy to say. hillary clinton is great in debates. she always performs well in them, but bernie sanders, i guess you have to call bernie sanders a winner because clinton wasn't really able to stop his momentum. this is turning into a race where the dynamic is purity
versus pragmatism. sanders is rlivinrepresentativ things are done now.ate and how- people who are liberal and dissatisfied with the policy achievements of president obama who want a more progressive champion. sanders still looks strong. iowa and new hampshire are his best states. those are places where the electorate is whiter and more liber liberal. there are questions if he can expand more broadly. he definitely didn't do anything to lose the momentum we have seen him pick up in the polls. >> eric, we are showing some of the polls now. the democratic choice for nominee nationally, clinton and sanders. let's look at another poll. south carolina, african-americans, clinton, 82%. sanders, 11%. you know, there is early voting in a couple of weeks.
then, is hillary clinton looking beyond these first two states and looking at south carolina? >> absolutely. she is trying to build a firewall. south carolina would be that. iowa and new hampshire are whiter and more liberal. south carolina is the first state that will start to have the african-american population than the other states will have. nevada is another early voting state with a lot of latinos. hillary clinton's strategy is to definitely play up her connections with president obama who polls exceptionally well among minority voters. basically remind everyone in the democratic electorate of her time in the obama administration. that will innoculate her.
knowing the broader electorate does not really look like iowa and new hampshire. >> eric, i like your analysis of purity and pragmatism. it paints a picture of how hillary clinton is trying to thread this needle right now and seem interesting and exciting without painting contrast with sanders. in health care last night, after sanders released details for medicare for all plan, she essentially said the problem with the idea is it is not politically expedient. listen. >> i have to say i'm not sure we are talking about the plan you introduced tonight or we are talking about the plan you introduced nine times in congress. the fact is we have the affordable care act. that is one of the greatest accomplishments of president obama, of the democratic party, and of our country. there are things we can do to improve it, but to tear it up and start over again pushing our
country back into that kind of contentious debate, i think is the wrong direction. >> she is not flat out saying she is not supporting a single payer health care plan, because she essentially did. >> absolutely. she can't bash the idea of medicare for all. according to a kaiser family foundation poll from december, 81% of democrats like that idea. she is cloaking herself in president obama. saying look here is what we have been able to achieve. it's not possible to really go further than that. so, she is casting sanders as the pie in the sky liberal and saying that, you know, if obama couldn't get it done, what makes you think you could. it sort of plays into the strategy of connecting herself with president obama who is popular with democrats everywhere. including african-american
breaking overnight. three americans released as part of the prisoner swap with iran. they landed at the u.s. air base in germany putting them one step closer to home. among them, jason rezaian. he was held by iran for almost a year and a half. two washington post editors flew to germany to meet with rezaian. as that happened, we have brian stelter with the latest on the story. imagine putting a newspaper to bed with one of your reporters in a horrible place. >> it is a profound issue and risk every day. jason rezaian did not believe he he got married in 2013.ran. he was taken into custody in
2014. this is the day the washington post has been waiting for. every prisoner was there for a different reason. one was a pastor. this man was a journalist. they had different allies and supporters behind them. in jason case, it was the washington post. here is what they told me about what it was like to know that he was finally freed. >> i'm elated. i remember the morning a year and a half ago when a scratchy cell phone call told me jason and his wife were taken from their apartment the night before. we never could have believed this nightmare could go on so long. i'm overjoyed that it is about to be over. >> they have not been able to see him, but talk to him on the phone. there is a moment here where they finally maybe today or
tomorrow, once the medical is over, they will see him. >> there is little transparency in the legal process. they did not know what the charges. what were the charges? there was a guilty verdict, but no one knew what that meant or what the sentence would be. it is a profound culture clash. what journalists do is try to shed light on power and authority and ask questions that can be uncomfortable to totalitarian regimes. what we consider journalism, the iranians consider espionage. >> there was never any proof of the espionage. the so-called proof was nonsenseical. he was convicted in october and not told how long he would be in prison. we know the 14-month long secret prisoner swap talks were going on the whole time. and on the same day of the
implementation of the nuclear deal, these men would be released. of course, he did not know that sitting in the jail cell. the editors told me they were concerned this would take many years before he would be released. >> he has high blood pressure. >> he needed medication. times he was held in solitary confinement. the washington post was never able to visit him. this photo we have seen of him has been the first since he was detained. it seems they are walking on their own and able to get to the hospital in germany. they are making their first steps back into normal life. i think now the steps will be having private time with families before saying anything publicly. >> a lot of journalists say don't congratulation the iranians for taking them. it is a reminder we are elated that they are home, but also a reminder of the dangers of doing your job in iran. >> for jason rezaian, who was really enjoying his beat in iran, not sure if he will be back covering that story anytime
soon. this is a happy ending for the washington post. >> we will continue to watch the developments. thank you, brian. three americans have gone missing in iraq. there are unconfirmed reports they were kidnapped from gunmen in the baghdad neighborhood. it is believed they are contractors described as iraqis who became american citizens. the government is working with the governments in baghdad to locate the missing americans. let's bring in nick paton walsh with the latest. >> reporter: we are hearing of american citizens released by iran here, we have this story in baghdad. in this area, during friday afternoon, these three individuals, two being dual nationality went missing. some use the term kidnap. that is not what you hear from
u.s. officials. they are working hard to get these people back to freedom. iraqi security officials talk about how these men, these individuals were in an apartment block in the neighborhood in southeastern baghdad. unclear what they were doing there. they were said to be contractors. that could be a scope of things from the fact they work on security in the private capacity or involved in communications or even utility supply. they were taken away by a specific number of vehicles in a convoy by unknown armed individuals. that's as little as we know at this stage. the timing, of course, make some people think it is playing into the broader standoff with hard liners with iran and u.s. authorities or it could be a local dispute. in these first hours of kidnapping, minimal information is put out. it is the most sensitive time to negotiate release. that is what officials are doing with iraqi counterparts.
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flint, michigan is getting help from an unexpected source in the water crisis. cher is pitching in donating nearly 200,000 bottles of water to flint following the lead contamination in the drinking water. the michigan attorney general is investigating if it warrants criminal charges. we get more from cnn's sara ganim. >> reporter: the people of flint continue to demand answers for how this happened and why it took government officials so long to act. there was a rally here in flint on sunday where residents were
alongside the reverend jackson demanding more accountability and resignation of governor snyder. it was his administration who decided to switch over to the flint river in 2014. documents reveal that the lead levels were high in the water before they did anything about it. this had gone on two years before the national guard came in with bottled water and filters for the residents. on saturday, president obama declared flint's water situation a state of emergency. officials here are looking into something else. there's a possible link with a spike in legionnaires' cases, a water borne bacteria and rise of deaths in flint. the cases nearly quadrupled from the years before because of the water borne bacteria, experts
say this may happen and now they are investigating if it is linked to the water crisis. >> just a tragedy for the people in flint. 55 minutes past the hour. the coast guard search for 12 marines missing off the coast of hawaii is in the fourth day. they were on two transport helicopters last week which crashed. rescuers have searched around clock despite high surf. the choppers collided, but it may not be the case. a female suspect in custody with a shootout in one police officer killed by a gunman and another seriously wounded in utah. the gunman was also called. the woman police arrested matches description of someone who left the scene. time for a start on your money. stock markets are closed today in observance of martin luther king day. markets in europe are lower.
asian stocks are mixed. this comes as oil drops below $29 a barrel. the latest chapter in the space race has an explosive ending. a rocket launched successfully on sunday and carried a satellite in low orbit. the second goal did not happen. the rocket attempted to land on the platform in the pacific ocean, but then one of the four pillars did not catch. elon musk posted this video. it shows the rocket settling down softly and toppling over. this was thing fourth attempt by space-x to land a rocket at sea. both space-x and the competitor have successfully landed rockets on land. the national average for a gallon of regular is now $1.89.
this is the first time since the depth of the recession of 2009. down seven cents in the past week. drivers saved $550 in 2015 because of the gas prices. the states with the lowest averages, oklahoma at $1.60. missouri, alabama and arkansas seeing prices below $1.70. if you have iran pumping a lot of oil, you will see oil prices trekking down to $20 a barrel. hillary clinton and bernie sanders go head-to-head in the latest democratic debate before early voting begins. "new day" picks up that story now. >> we are having a vigorous debate about reining in wall street. >> we are ahead of hillary clinton. >> i'm the only candidate who said i will not raise taxes on the middle class. >> we're not going to tear up the affordable care act. i help write it. i think most people know
exactly what new york values are. >> i'm not sure he knows what he means. >> what on earth are new york values? i tell you people in the country know what that is. >> he's a nasty guy. nobody likes him. very nasty guy. three americans released as part of the prisoner swap with iran. they landed at the air base in germany. >> rezaian spent 445 days in jail. >> i never believed this nightmare would go on so long. >> this is "new "new day" with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. chris and alisyn are off. john berman and poppy harlow join me morning. bernie sanders and hillary clinton sharpening their tone before the iowa caucuses, clashing in charleston over gun control, health care and ties to wall street. clinton hitching her wagon to president obama, promising to
build on his successes. sanders with a lead in new hampshire and new pulling close in iowa. how close? just look at the latest cnn poll of polls there. doesn't really get any closer than actually tied. that was the backdrop as they took the stage last night. did anyone make or break their case? cnn's phil mattingly joins us now with his take. phil? >> for the three democratic candidates, last night was the closing argument of sorts. two weeks until the iowa caucuses. if you thought that shrinking calendar was going to change the dynamic of the race, at least in tone you were right. >> the gloves -- >> i think secretary clinton knows what she says are dis disingenuo disingenuous. >> reporter: are off. >> i'm not sure if we're talking about the plan you introduced tonight or the one you introduced nine times in congress. >> reporter: hillary clinton and bernie sanders putting an