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increasingly is the -- is the replacement of rotten programming by news and entertainment programming. >> will it be rotten news? >> so far, most of the news, information on the networks has been surprisingly good. at least to me. surprisingly good. the america of john mccain has no need to be made great again because america was always great. >> powerful eulogies for the great john mccain had the his daughter along with former presidents, i their not so subtle statements about the current commander and chief. plus, the trump administration ending aid for palestinian refugees. israel operations the united states, the eu urging it to reconsider. and in a rare move, the saudi coalition admits that mistakes were made in last month's deadly air strike rare strike killing dozens of children in yemen. more details on that story
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ahead. live from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. i'm george howell, the cnn "newsroom" starts right now. around the world good day to you at 4:01 on the u.s. east coast. four days of memorial services nund the late senator john mccain will be laid to rest in the coming hours. on saturday there were displays of unity, friends, family, colleagues, many people came together celebrating his life, his service, and impact around the world. two of mccain's once political rivals, george w. bush and barack obama spoke for him sending a message of bipartisan at a time when washington is deeply divided. our jeff zeleny has more. >> reporter: washington paid
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tribute and bid farewell to john mccain, an american patriot and politician. at the washington national cathedral, a tablo of history, assembly to say good buy to a war hero and veteran republican senator. mccain's daughter meghan over come with emotion throughout the week spoke passionately about her brother with a poignant message. >> we gather here to mourn the passing of american greatness. the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege. >> inside the cathedral, it was the first of preferenseveral re of president trump. >> john mccain has no need to be made great again because america was always great. >> reporter: the funeral unfolded as a parting lesson in
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cysty from mccain himself. to eulogize him he invited 2 men from the white house, george w. bush and barack obama. amid moments of humor. >> from trouble-making plebe to presidential canned zblat praise for mccain's core beliefs. >> at various points throughout his long career, john confronted policies and practices that he believed were unworthy of his can't. to the face of those in authority, john mccain would insist we are better than this. america is better than this. >> but the personal tributes came with a sharp critique of tribe balance contrast. >> insult and phony controversies, and manufactured outrage, it's the politics that pretends to be brave and tough but, in fact have born of fear.
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john called on us to be bigger than that. he called on us to be better than that. >> reporter: despite deep differences over politics and policy, and obama said there were many with mccain, he still fostered a sense of american unity. >> when all was said and done, we were on the same team. we never doubted we were on the same team. >> reporter: while trump's name was never spoken, his absence was an unmistakable undercurrent. mccain made clear he didn't want him there. the two men's strained relationship goes back to the 2016 campaign when trump insulted mccain's military service saying real american heroes aren't shot down. yet several of the president's advisers were on hand including his daughter ivanka, son-in-law jared kushner, chief of staff john kelly and defense secretary james mattis. the senator was sent out off in
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scripture and song with "danny boy" ♪ oh danny boy ♪ the pipes, the pipes are calling ♪ >> reporter: he'll be laid to rest sunday in a private ceremony, the u.s. naval academy in maryland. the senator's final resting place will be on a grassy hill on the u.s. military academy ceremony next to chuck larson, another veteran of the vietnam war. he sclekt selected this out of the way spot rather than in arlington national sem twraer his father and grandfather are both buried. jeff zeleny, cnn, washington. >> thank you. america may have lost a patriot, but the mccain family lost its patriarch. cindy tweeted this fogt toast family saluting the flag draped
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coffin. today we lost our friend we morning and together we go on to talk more about this indiana we have stevener linger with us. the cheap diplomatic correspondent in europe. steven, thank you for your time today this service looking back at it, it was focused on what john mccain was, a politician, american hero, man, father, husband, a son. it defer deviated from that focus while at the same time the message seemed indirect contrast to the current commander and chief calling him out without ever calling upon his name. >> i agree with that. the whole ceremony was designed by john mccain who spent quite a lot of time before he died arranging every minute of it and it was clearly a political rebuke to the man in the white house. the man in the house had, as jeff zeleny said, insulted john
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mccain's war experience which was horrible, as everyone knows. he was shot down, he was kept a prisoner of war for 5 1/2 years, he was tortured, he refused to be released early, earlier than others because i had father was a well-known admiral. those things are obvious. trump says i don't respect people who are captured. trump, of course, got out of draft citing bone spurs. so this offended mccain, his family, the american legion, so trump was deliberately not invited to what was meant to be a show of bipartisanship. but absolutely a political commentary on the trump presidency. >> it did seem that there was a focus on the fact that mccain, despite the fact that there are many people who did not agree with his politics perhaps on
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war, perhaps on votes that he took, people seem to focus in on his character. and that really -- the resounding tone coming from this service also important to point out that many people in attend tlan -- attendance there, we saw the president's daughter and son-in-law in the crowd. in your view, does this moment resonate so deeply as a painted of reflection for the republican party as a whole and national discourse here in the united states? >> well, i think it does resonate. i mean, one other thing one should say is that the vietnam war is still controversial too. john mccain's heroism, shouldn't be questioned. but many people did question the war and continued to and the discussion of the war seems to be much more about americans who fought in it than the vietnamese
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who actually won it. so that's part of the background. but this was old washington striking back at what any consider an interloper. and it was very nice of ivanka trump and her husband to come. also notice john bolton who agreed with john mccain on many issues, very conservative, the national security adviser also came. but this was, in a way, a moment for republicans to think what their values are and we'll see in the november elections what americans decide. but there is this great debate going on all over the world which is, is donald trump a simp t -- symptom of a new america or
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is he an interlude to the bipartisan nation reaching out to the world and an angry america first that is tired of -- tired of the burden of leading alliances? i mean, i think that's really the question, and it's a question for the whole republican party. it's not about style, it's about aims, it's about the idea of america and what it is to be an american. >> we heard during this service we heard from the former republican president, george w. bush, remembered the late senator mccain as a man who would never cater to dictator. the last democrat tohold the office, barack obama, he spoke against the politics of mean-spirited, petty inyou spults sults, meghan mccain saying the america of john mccain has no need to be great again because america was already great. and shortly after that the president posted this tweet. want to show the tweet if we
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have it with us, but again the tweet saying make america great again. apparently we don't have the tweet but a very short statement. you get the point there, there it is. steven, the question here, how does that play into this, the president chiming in apparently during his time at the golf course? >> well, his view of making -- of america is just very different. he believes that america has been taken advantage of by its allies, that in trade, in defense americans have paid too much compared to other. that we've been too generous, that we've been taken as chumps, he believes. mccain felt differently. mccain thought it was in america's enterprise, in its spirit, to help lead the western world, the world of democracies, the world of free trade.
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now, mccain was more conservative than many people. he was, you know, quite a big hawk. he and barack obama had terrible fights and he thought barack obama actually had a terrible foreign policy. his foreign policy, mccain's, would probably be closer to what trump has actually done as opposed to what trump has actually said. but you do have this make juror contrast here about what makes america great and what its enduring mission, if one can put it that way in the world out gh to be in this century, not in the last one. >> steven erlanger there live from brussels. of course we'll keep in touch with you. >> thanks, george. the u.s. president spent saturday playing golf and tweeting. mr. trump was spotted at one of his golf courses in the u.s.
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state of virginia and at the top of his mind, trade with one of the country's closest allies, canada. mr. trump saying this, quote, there is no political necessity to keep canada in the new nafta deal. if we don't make a fair deal for the u.s. after decades of abuse, canada will be out. congress should not interfere with these negotiations or i will simply terminate nafta entirely and we will be far better off. hours later he tweeted this. we shouldn't have to buy our friends with bad trade deals and free military protection. trade negotiations with canada resume wednesday. still, the cloud of the russia investigation looms large over this president, a convicted former trump campaign adviser now back in the news contradicting the attorney general of the united states. his sworn testimony before congress, our sara westwood explains. >> reporter: a former advisor to president trump's campaign is adding another wrinkle to the
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russia controversy by sharing new details about a proposed meeting between then candidate trump and russian president vladimir putin. george papadopoulos the former foreign policy adviser pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in october of last year. but on friday his legal team told the courts that during a march 2016 campaign meeting, papadopoulos suggested a summit between putin and trump and then candidate trump nodded his head approvingly at the idea and deferred to attorney general jeff session who's was at that time an alabama senator and powerful sur row game the for the trump campaign. and jeff session, contrary to what he has said publicly in the past, reacted favorably to that suggestion and suggested that perhaps they should look into the proposal. now, attorney general jeff sessions said in testimony to the house judiciary committee that he had pushed back on the proposed meeting between trump and putin when it was brought to his attention in march 2016. take a listen to what he had to
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say in november of last year about this proposal. >> i have no clear recollection of the details of what he said at that meeting. after reading his account and to the best of my recollection, i believe that i wanted to make clear to him that he was not authorized to represent the campaign with the russian government or any other foreign government for that matter. >> now, the department of justice is not commenting on papadopoulos's new revelations. they're directing reporters to sessions' testimony before the house judiciary commit teen in the is coming from the backdrop of tensions between president trump and jeff sessions. the two have been feuding for more than a year in our. president trump has said that attorney general jeff sessions is safe in his position at least until the nofr elections. sara westwood, cnn, at the white house. after nearly seven decades, the united states pulls the plug
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on a lifeline for many palestinian refugees. why critics say that is a dangerous move. also, the saudi-led coalition speaks out about it's bombing of the school bus in yemen. stay with us. what do harvard graduates know about cognitive performance? as you'd probably guess, a lot. that's why a new brain health supplement called forebrain from the harvard-educated experts at force factor is flying off the shelves at gnc. forebrain's key ingredients have been clinically shown to help enhance sharpness and clarity, improve memory, and promote learning ability. and now every man and woman in america can claim a complimentary bottle. just use your smartphone to text the keyword on the screen to 20-20-20. scientific research on cognigrape,
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explosions have reportedly rocked the syrian military airport in the city of da mamas. the news report say they hit the base on saturday. state media later denied that. they cited a military source saying an electrical -- hit an ammo dump. the source is unclear. in the past, state media have widely reported israeli air strikes against syrian military targets. the trump administration is ending aid to palestinian refugees. israel is praising that decision, but palestinian leaders, the european union, and reportedly some u.s. officials are criticizing the move. following the story, cnn correspondent ian lee live from
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jerusalem. clearly this adds insult to injury to palestinians after the u.s. decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. what reaction are you hearing? >> reporter: yeah, george, and it's likely to increase tensions. we've been following the situation in gaza that really this violence that sprung up in the spring and then into the summer in the was focusing around the united states declaration that jerusalem was the capital of israel and moving the embassy to jerusalem. and there was a lot of anger and so palestinians are saying that this is just adding to that anger. the head of the palestinian liberal organizations delegation to the united states says that this just reinforces that the u.s. does not have a place at the table, that the u.s. isn't peacemaker, according to the palestinians. he also said that this could add instability to that situation along the gaza/israel border.
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for the past few weeks we've seen relative calm has there are negotiations underway. u.n. and egypt working hard to maintain that calm. but an announcement like this where we're hearing from palestinians, it could inflame that fra gill situation. >> even though this is praised and celebrated in israel, is there an underlying concern about destabilizing the region from this move? >> yeah, kuz unli-- because unl the embassy move which was a decision by the united states which is symbolic, withholding money will be felt on the ground not only in gaza, but jordan, syria, lebanon.
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there's are areas there there's large palestinian communities and a lot of them rely on unra for healthcare. a lot of schools are run by unra. and these are schools that are in session spot there's going to be a lot of concern if they can keep this going. and if they can't, then that could create further instability. the israelis, though, have said that -- and we've heard from the prime minister earlier this year, he said that it was unra that perpetuates the conflict, not the conflict that per. he watts unra. -- perpetuates unra. >> i suggest a gradual conversion of all funds going to unra to other agencies that deal with the question of refugees and actually have criteria. this will not -- this will not have negative effects, it will
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positive effects because of the perpetuation of the dream of bringing the descend ants of refugees back to jafa is what sustains this conflict. >> reporter: there's this whole right of return between israelis and palestinians. when it comes to unra, this is a u.n. agency that's mandated by the u.n. general assembly. so even if the united states want today shut down in agency, it couldn't, that's up to the u.n. we also heard from unra spokesman chris gunus who renuts what the president is saying saying it's the conflict that perpetuates unra, not unra. basically saying unra is there to provide support for the palestinians because of the conflicts and he says that will continue until the conflict is solved. >> tell us more about the international response to this move. >> reporter: there's a lot of anger, frankly, from the
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international community, a close of confusion. this is a huge blow to unra because it cuts off over $300 million in aid, about a third of unra's budget. the next largest donator is the european union and they said the regrettable decision of the u.s. to no longer be part of this international and multilateral effort leaves a substantial gap and we hope the u.s. is reconsider their decision. the u.s. has always played and will continue to play an essential effort to achieve peace in the middle east. the eu will continue to engage with the u.s. and other regional and international partners to work towards that common goal. right now, george, the main effort is going to be by unra is to fill that gap. they're reaching out to other donors, hoping that they can raise that hundreds of millions of dollars that's needed to sustain the u.n. organization. >> cnn international correspondent ian lee live for
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us in jerusalem. the pop str who says he was tortured by the country's military has arrived in the united states. bobi wine left uganda on saturday. he says that he'll be getting medical care after being arrested last month. uganda dismisses the agency allegations that wine and others were tortured. bobi wine posted this figure of himself in the u.s. on social media. his lawyer says that he arrived in boston and will travel to washington, d.c. witnesses describe a direct hit on a school bus in yemen. it was done with a u.s. made laser-guided bomb. why the saudi-led coalition says mistakes were made. we'll explain. stay with us.
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. coast to coast across the united states and to our viewers around the world, you're watching cnn "newsroom" live from the atl. this hour, john mccain will be buried sunday at a private ceremony at the naval academy in indianapolis, maryland. family friends and colleagues said final good-byes saturday to this late u.s. senate during a memorial at the national cathedral in washington, d.c. a far right rally in earn germany ended up peacefully ending on saturday. riot police stopped some 6,000 anti-immigrant protesters marching. angry mobs and skin heads clashed with police over the weekend after a syrian and iraqi were identified as suspects in the killing of a german man. the rock band u-2 canceled
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it's tour on saturday after the lead singer lost his voice. sang a few songs before suffering a complete loss of voice. bono told the crowd the smoke machines on the stage may to be blame for it. the saudi-led coalition says mistakes were made in last month's air strike, a strike hating school bus in yemen. the officials in yemen say 51 people, 40 of them children, were killed. they say it was a direct hit and they learned the attack used a u.s.-supplied bomb. selma is in our london bureau. selma, what appears to be a targeting of a school bus with a precision weapon, how is the saudi-led coalition explaining this away as a mistake? >> reporter: george, this is a significant departure from what we heard earlier from saudi officials in the immediate aftermath of the strike.
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at the time they called it a legitimate military operation and it met their high standards for targeting. now we have the statement saying there was a mistake in the rules of engagement. that can mean anything from faul faulty intelligence to not following rules and proceeds yours. but they will hold those responsibility account able for those mistakes and that they'll compensate the victims. but remember, as you said, it's not just saudi arabia that's imexti implicated in this. these are some of the most horrible we've seen in the three-year civil war. little boys covered in blood with their backpacks on and it's caused an international outrage. it was a u.s.-supplied bomb after a cnn investigation. it was a u.s. bomb that was found to have been used in this air strike. so the implications of this air
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strike and this guilt could reach much fur they're. >> the saudi-led coalition has been accused by the international community and hume moon man rights groups of causing civilian deaths in the past. what's the difference this time and could we see a change with this? >> reporter: that's right. this body the joint incidents assessment team has in the past found the soud saudi-led coalition to be at fault. in stlixt was a funeral hall that was struck, 150 people were killed. it was found that was there faulty intelligence given that led to these civilian casualties. a year later, 2017, human rights watch publishes a statement accusing the joint incidents assessment team of not taking concrete steps to hold people accountable or to compensate the victims. so the question for the people on the ground in yemen who have suffered under this war for three years and for the international community at large is will these words turn into action? and for the americans and for
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the allies of saudi arabia who want to see the rules of engagement to be followed, international standards of war to be followed, the question will be is saudi arabia a reliable bartter reliable partner in this conflict? >> this particular attack on a school bus drew the attention of the world. it will be interesting to see how things move forward with the sawedly-l saudi-led coalition. we have new information to to share with you about the man that stand two people amsterdam. they say had he a terrorist motive when he stabbed two americans in the city's central train station. the 19-year-old afghan man in the hospital recovering after being shot by police. dutch officials are working with germany where the suspect has legal residency. now, what was the strongest storm of the year is now headed towards japan, but even though it's lose something strength, that doesn't mean the threat is over for japan.
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. japan is bracing for another powerful storm in a season that just hasn't let up in severe weather. now, typhoon jebi is on its way, the storm packing winds of 250 kilometers, and even though it's weakening it's going to hit parts of japan quite hard. darryn. >> unbelievable to think that this is the seventh typhoon to impact japan in the last two months. let's get right to the details. here's the threats for mainland, japan if the if you're located in honor shoe, -- hon shoe, it
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be heavy rainfall there, mudslides, this is a mountainous terrain across japan. we can't forget about the winds. this will be in a weakened state by the time it reaches japan. it's a formidable storm and we're concerned it could cause dwight a bit of damage. 205 sustained winds with the gusts near the center of circulation to 250. that's 150 miles per hour and that's equivalent to a strong category three atlantic hurricane. look at the track of the storm as it continues to move into a northwesterly direction. notice that sharp bend to the east and how quickly it picks up in forward momentum in the is good signs that there's a lot of upper level steering winds. hurricanes and typhoons just don't like that. so what we're noticing is this deterration in the storm or
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becoming less organized, i should say, and that means that a weakening trend is taking place with this typhoon. about 12 hours ago it was a super typhoon. it's been downgrade. this is a silver lining in our weather forecast. but we want people in hahn shoe and the surrounding areas to take this seriously by monday night and tuesday morning conditions will deter rate. it will about its peak intensity and then race ought over ha kide doe and back out to sea. i want to bring you into north america, this time across the western antilles. we have a 60% chance as this wave moves across florida and into the northern gulf of mexico. this is where we see tropical development through the month of september. we have warm waters across this region, so adding the fuel to the flame, per se, tropical
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development. whatever takes place here in the next five days is a tremendous amount of tropical moisture will spread easily 5 to 10 inches of rainfall across louisiana, parts of mississippi reason and into alabama. let's go to michigan, here's a tornado or what prompted authorities to issue tornado warnings in the is calla ma zoo, michigan, in western portions of the state. what an incredible sight to see. people say they did see a tornado drop from it but a team needs to come out and survey if there was any damage and they'll officially confirm whether or not it was a tornado. >> look at that thing. >> quite beautiful. >> or scary. >> fortunately it doesn't sound like there was any serious damage. >> derek van dam, thank you. >> all right. off to london now and it is revenge of the blifrps. ta -- blimps. this is the london mayor wearing a bikini if the flew over the british parliament on saturday. the mayor says yell slow not
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really his color. organizers say the balloon say statement on rising crime, i should say. and they also say that the stunt is in retaliation after the london mayor allowed protesters in july to fly this balloon depicting a baby donald trump. as the world mourns the loss of the u.s. senator john mccain, we remember his 2018 presidential run and why he was beloved by so many.
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as the united states and the world honor the life of the u.s. senator and war hero john mccain, we're also remembering the man had a sense of humor. just weeks before the 2008 presidential election mccain poked fun at his rival who would eventually be president of the united states. >> this campaign needed the common touch of a working man. after all, it began so long ago with a heralded arrival of a man known to oprah winfrey as the one. being a friend of barack, i just called him that one.
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my friends, he doesn't mind at all, in fact, he even has a pet name for me. george bush. >> that video from 2018, a charity function when senator john mccain and president obama were political rivals. although mccain didn't win the presidency, he could hardly believe that he came so close. our gloria has this. >> reporter: the 2018 republican presidential nominee should have been on top of the world. >> i could do the job. i was prepared to be commander and chief. >> reporter: but john mccain was running against history. >> and running for president of united states of america. >> reporter: barack obama had a clear shot at becoming america's
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first black president. >> the 200,000 plus crowd confirmed his rock star status. >> change has come to america. >> and i was picked up in north vietnamese. >> reporter: so you're a bona fide war hero, a former prisoner of war. >> mccain has leadership stuff. tell me a greater patriot than john mccain. >> reporter: but now you're facing a losing battle. what do you do? >> i got an idea. we can do something a little different. >> it would give us a shot. so what do you want? >> he's a gambler? he's a pilot, all right. they always gotta take the shot. >> reporter: take the shot. the perfect title for the story of john mccain's run for the white house. chapter one, pick a vice president. and he knew exactly who he
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wanted. >> you can actually see russia from land here in alaska. >> no, not her. him. >> john mccain, our next great president. >> reporter: mccain's first love was senator joe lieberman of connecticut, an independent. >> he's honest, he's decent, he lives his religion and we were very close and dear friends. >> so you did want him? >> of course. but it was going to cause a problem in the convention because joe lieberman was pro choice. >> reporter: so it was no to joe. quick, find someone fresh, someone new. >> they didn't manage the process well. mccain didn't manage it well. the clock ran out and they suddenly were left with limited choices and in sort of mccain fashion he threw deep.
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>> reporter: it was the hail mary pass. >> governor of the great state of alaska. >> reporter: so sara pal lin met america. >> i was just your average hockey mom in alaska. >> this is an outside the box bold pick. is it a bad snick a risky pick? for a while it looked great. it looked brilliant, for a few weeks. and then it went south. >> reporter: boy, did it ever. >> the level of ignorance is astounding. >> palin couldn't explain why north and south korea were separate nations. >> reporter: palin struggled with the national media. >> what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read specifically i'm curious. >> all of them. >> do you agree with the bush delaware county trin? >> in what respect, charlie. >> reporter: comedians like tina fey were relentless.
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>> you have alaska here and this right here is water and that's russia. i can see russia from my house. >> reporter: even now john mccain's answer to all of it, give me a break. good? >> she did get our base energized. she did hold her own against a 35-year member of the senate joe biden. >> nice to meet you. i can call you joe? >> you can call me joe. >> what i didn't get was how the media just skewered here. i thought that was terribly unfair. >> people, in my view, are not kind to sara palin. >> reporter: despite the media frenzy, the mccain/palin ticket was holding its own until five weeks before the election. >> we were according to polls running even or slight li ahead the day that the stock market
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went down 700 points. >> crisis on wall street, one of the biggest backing failures in u.s. history. >> reporter: september 29, 2008. >> the credit kriess i worse ebbed overnight. >> reporter: economic panic. >> this is stunning. >> reporter: big banks were failing. >> the house rejects the financial bailout plan. >> at the end of that day we were seven points down. as americans watched their 401(k)s disappear before their eyes. >> reporter: for the second time in his campaign, john mccain threw a hail mary. >> i'll succespend my campaign return to washington. i'm an old navy pilot and i know when a kriescrisis calls for al hands on deck. >> the market appears to be melting down threatening to bring john mccain's campaign with it. >> i would point out that barack obama came back to washington too. >> he didn't say he suspend --
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>> just didn't say it. >> reporter: after a series of tense meetings, nothing was resolved. >> we can't let that happen. >> reporter: but now mccain was losing ground. >> i knew we were in serious trouble. >> reporter: he had one last chance. the presidential debates. and he struggled against obama. >> now, my old buddy joe, joe the plumbers out there, if you don't get -- adopt the healthcare plan that senator obama mandates, he's going to fine you. >> i'm happy to talk to you, joe, if you're out there. here's your fine, zero. you won't pay a fine -- >> zero. >> zero, because as i said in our last debate and i'll repeat, john, i exempt small businesses. >> i was not on my game vand an have no real excuse for it. it was doubly inexcusable because i've been through so
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many debates before. >> do you you know when you mess up you get in the car and you're stuff is like. >> yes. >> and do you blame yourself? >> unfortunately that's one of my character flaws is that i do sometimes sit around and say oh my god, why i do that? >> reporter: mccain believes he understands what his biggest mistake was. there's a tug of war every candidate shares between being yourself and sticking to a carefully calibrated message. >> thank you. >> one more question. >> you can't become almost totally scripted so that there's no mistake and, as you know, my greatest strength is extemporaneous. >> we're scared of an obama presidency. >> reporter: but sometimes there's a moment. >> i will respect him and i want -- no, no. >> reporter: as there was during one town hall where we saw the real mccain. >> i can't trust obama. he's an arab. he is not --
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>> no ma'am, no ma'am. >> no. >> no ma'am. he's a decent family man, citizen that i just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about. thank you. >> reporter: the inevitable happen. >> an african american has broken the barrier as old as the republic. >> reporter: john mccain concede graciously. >> i call on all americans to not despair of our president difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of america. >> i've never heard a finer speech out of him ever. that told me in so many different levels, it told the world what this country was about. >> i loved it. i looked forward to it. i loved the campaigning. my second favorite state is new
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hampshire. the town hall meetings, the in people's living rooms, the interaction. >> the bus. >> yeah, the bus, riding around with jerks like you on the bus. >> yeah. >> i mean, to think, really, that you could be competitive for president of the united states, it's incredible that sometimes i would literally pinch myself. >> thank you. >>. and as the nation says good-bye to the late senator, here's a moment of bipartisanship from saturday's service that even john mccain couldn't have planned for. could call it a sweet moment. former president george w. bush sneaking a piece of candy over to michelle obama. they may seem an unlikely pair, but the special bond dates back years. the two are often seated next to each other at events and maybe this is why. that's this hour of news room, i'm george howell at the cnn
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