tv The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN January 19, 2011 5:00pm-7:00pm EST
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the system is breaking down. get this. every two minutes. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." right now, the new republican leaders of the house of representatives are about to face the first big test of their campaign promises. members are nearing a vote on undoing one of president obama's major accomplishments, health care reform. lots of questions about whether this debate is all for show and whether lawmakers are staying on the high ground. let's go to our senior congressional correspondent dana bash. dana, the vote was delayed a week because of what happened in tucson, but now momentarily they are getting ready for the roll call. >> reporter: that's right. we expect it to happen likely within the hour, wolf. all day long we've heard from republicans. we heard from them in the campaign trail, their reasons why they believe that this health care law is bad for the economy. there are philosophical reasons they think it's bad for the government and for the american people, and from democrats we've
been hearing them talk about things that we didn't hear very much on the campaign trail. they shied away from this for the most part defending the health care law. they did not today, and they also did something that many democrats admit they didn't do enough of which is make people understand why this matters to them in a personal way. democrat after democrat did that by telling some personal stories about friends or constituents, and i want to show you some parts of the debate to illustrate it, but starting with democrat debbie wasserman schultz. she did it by timing it to the tucson shooting, one of congresswoman giffords aides pat maitsch. >> she wanted to ask gab toe stand up to repeal health care reform. >> we want to protect people from the republican no care agenda, no care if you lose your job, no care if you or your
child has a pre-existing condition, no care if you're a senior in the doughnut hole. >> this law doesn't solve the problems in our health care solution. it's a solution to destroy the best health care system in the world and replace it with inefficiencies, government controls and lost of trillions of the taxpayer will fair. >> another ent time program financed through a disney fantasy of accounting, it will add to the current entitlement fiasco in washington, exploding the budget for many generations to come. >> dana, despite all the talk of a more civil, more polite tone in the aftermath of tucson, one democratic congressman didn't exactly have that, did he? >> reporter: certainly seemed to be a glaring exception. steve cohen, democrat from tennessee, speaking after the formal health care debate ended last night when pretty much everybody was gone, but he did talk about the republicans in very stark terms, effectively comparing them and what they have been saying to the health
care law to the nazi propagandist. >> they say it's a government takeover of health care, a big lie, just like grbels. you say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie. you repeat the lie and eventually people believe it. like blood likel. that's the same kind of thing. the germans said enough about the jews and the people believed it, and you had the holocaust. >> reporter: wolf, i spoke to congressman cohen by phone this afternoon to ask him about this. he says he doesn't take it back at all. he said he didn't think he was saying republicans are akin to nazis, but he does believe that it's important to point out when he says that people are lying, and he said that there's nothing wrong with making a comparison to somebody who he said was the biggest propagandist and from his perspective liar of the 20th century, but he also did say to me, wolf, that there are no nazis in congress. there are some liars, but no
nazis. >> you don't make comparisons with the holocaust with nazis. that's a little bit too far, but they keep on doing it and even only a week after what happened in tucson. all right, dana, stand by. tell us as soon as that roll call starts. we'll break in and let our viewers know. let's get to the pomp and the tension surrounding the chinese president's visit to the white house. after a formal welcoming ceremony this morning, guests are about to arrive for a posh state dinner. this is only the third of the obama presidency. even the president's daughter sasha played a small role in this very important diplomatic event earlier in the day. after private talks president obama told reporters he pressed president hu jintao on some of the key issues they disagree on, including trade, currency and human rights. >> i have been very candid with president hu about these issues. occasionally they are a source of tension between our two
governments, but what i believed is the same thing that i think seven previous presidents have believed which is that we can engage and discuss these issues in a frank and candid way, focus on those areas where we agree while acknowledging there are going to be areas where we disagree. >> embarrassing moments at the news conference between the u.s. and chinese presidents. tell our viewers what went wrong. i think you can put a headline, lost in translation. >> reporter: kind of lost in translation or maybe lost between translations, wolf, because it was a little unclear what was going on throughout the entire press conference. you know, there are two ways to do it. either translate, you know, simultaneously as they say things, or consecutively, after they say a bit and then it's translated, and it really got into a mess, and in fact at the
end the president himself, president obama, had to apologize for the technical problems. let's listen to what he said. >> all right. everybody, thank you so much for your patience due to the technical difficulties, president hu, once again we appreciate your visit. we appreciate the dialogue, and we are looking forward to having dinner with you later this evening. >> reporter: and on one of the big issues, human rights, that's where it really showed because a question was asked of both president obama and president hu about human rights. president obama answered that question, but president hu did not, and at that point it was unclear whether he'd actually heard it. they went on to another question, and it -- it was pretty confusing, so here's what president hu said. he was asked the question again, and this is what he said.
>> translator: first, i would like to clarify, because of the technical translation and interpretation problem i did not hear the question about the human rights. >> reporter: he eventually did answer that. you had these moments where both leaders were standing there, really kind of awkwardly, uncomfortably as there was a lot of translation in mandarin going on. in fact, it really felt like a lesson in the mandarin language, and then finally a chinese reporter got up and -- and basically said, hey, i want to make sure you're going to translate my statement correctly. here is what he said. >> translator: because of the on and off interpretation from the simultaneous booths i would like
to ask the chinese consecutive interpreter to interpret my two questions correctly and accurately. >> reporter: wolf, i guess at this point i know a little bit more than my very basic mandarin questions and -- and words that i know, so at least my vocabulary was increased by this experience. >> yeah. i know you speak russian fluently but you lived in hong kong for a while so you probably know a little chinese as well, right? >> reporter: yes, like niha. >> a little bit more than i know. thanks very, very much. just got a sneak peek of the glamorous setup for tonight's state dinner. 225 guests will see the tables adorned with bouquets of pink, purple and green flowers. the dinner being held in three rooms, the blue room, the red room and state dining room where president obama and president hu seated. the white house released the official guest list including designer vera wang and the entertainer and great singer
barbra streisand. another big milestone in the remarkable recovery of the tucson shooting victim gabrielle giffords. the congresswoman office confirms plans to move her to a rehab center in houston, texas, scheduled for friday, this friday. that would be just under two weeks after a bullet tore through her brain. congresswoman giffords is slated to work with a team of experts who specialize in brain injuries. her husband mark kelley says she's getting stronger every single day. he told our cnn affiliate ktrk about when he heard the false reports that his wife was dead. >> i just got up and walked into the bathroom. i just couldn't deal with it. you know, for 30 seconds or for a minute and i came out and gave the kids a big hug and my mom, you know, and lived with that for probably about 15 minutes. >> kelly is getting through the ordeal with help of family members, including his twin brother, fellow astronaut scott kelly on board the space shuttle
right now. >> i would prefer to be there with -- with gabby and my brother and other friends and family, but i don't get easily frustrated, and i recognize that, you know, the best thing i can do in my situation, which is here on the space station, is just continue to do my job, do it as best as i know how, and -- and then to support my brother in how i can support him from here. >> as you heard, he's actually aboard the international space station, not aboard a space shuttle. the suspect in the tucson shooting, jared loughner, is now set to make another court appearance this coming monday in phoenix. nasa has another astronaut staffing issue to tell you about. we'll tell you what's going on. a water pipeline breaks into this country, get this, every two minutes. we're investigating what, if
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let's get right to jack for the cafferty file. jack? >> forget the romance languages. if you really want your child to be ready for the future, you might want him to crack open some chinese language textbooks. as president obama meets with chinese president hu jintao at the white house this week, there are more and more reasons than ever to believe that china may hold the key to all of our futures. for starters, china owns a lot of us right now, or soon will as they continue to buy up u.s. treasury bonds. china is now the largest foreign
holder of u.s. debt, just under $900 billion worth. the chinese have a significant financial stake in many other countries around the world, too. it was reported this week that china has lent more money to developing countries in the last two years than the world bank. then there's their military expansion. chinese military spending up 12% over the last decade. a chinese developed stealth fighter jet recently took its first flight. they have created a long range missile that can hit u.s. ships in the pacific, and they are building their first aircraft carrier to launch missions far from china's coastline. there's more. beijing has become an integral player in every major international issue, whether it's standoffs with north korea and iran or global warming. in fact, one top nasa scientist says that china is the world's best hope in the fight against global warming. he says our democracy, including the lobbying money from the fossil fuel industry, makes it virtually impossible for the united states to confront the
issue of global warming. anyway, here's the question. if you were the patient of a small child, would you make him or her learn chinese? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile and post a comment on my blog. >> good question, jack. thank you. certainly looked like a massive blast in a war zone, but it actually was a deadly gas explosion in philadelphia, and it happened as utility workers were working on a gas main break. one worker was killed, five others hurt, some seriously. cnn's alison kosik has been reporting on the issue of crumbling infrastructure all across the united states and is joining us now live from new york with more. alison? >> reporter: hi, wolf, year after year water pipes across the country with bursting at alarming rates and now with city budgets being slashed, there's not enough money to do anything more than band-aid repairs, and a $10 billion from the obama administration stimulus package is just a drop in the bucket. not it's not a question of if their aging pipes will give out
but when. it's a common sight this winter. water mains bursting with the changing temperatures, but it's not just the freezing weather that's to blame. all across the country the network of pipes and pumps that bring water in and out of our homes and businesses is literally crumbling, falling apart. >> when all is said and done and the water gushing out, how high did the water get in this basement? >> it pretty much filled it. >> reporter: this summer we traveled to maryland to see what happened at anita kramer's house almost a year after a 72-inch water main broke open blasting millions of gallons of water on to the streets and right into the kramer's finished basement. before this flood, this was a finished kitchen, wasn't it? >> it was, it was. >> reporter: and now what is it? >> nothing. it's nothing. it's just a space now so it's start from square one. >> reporter: right here underneath this street where the six-foot water main broke
unleashing a flood of water. the pipe looked a lot like this. seems sturdy but over time it became very fragile. that's because a water pipe sitting underground have to hold up under extreme temperature changes and not to mention the constant flow of traffic running over it. the american waterworks association says every two minutes a water main breaks in the u.s. adding up to 300,000 breaks each year. >> a large part of this system was built in the decade or two following world war ii. now it's time to replace that system, and we eve got to make those investments or we'll suffer the consequences. >> and the consequences can be severe. just look at what happened in potomac, maryland. the flow of water from a broken pipe became so fierce people had to be rescued by helicopter. in philadelphia, a water main break filled streets with water and flooded cars and homes. los angeles, water from a broken pipe forced people out of their homes and flooded famous ventura boulevard. cities across the country with
failing infrastructure, it's about tough choices and the pressure is on in washington, d.c. where the average pipe is 77 years old. >> we absolutely have an infrastructure crisis. >> reporter: george hawkins, the head of d.c. water, talks to us from one of washington, d.c.'s five water pumping stations. he says it's not about just patching holes. many of the pipes should be replaced all together. >> we have aging systems. they are breaking down and we can't keep up with the repairs, and the disruptions that are caused when we have a problem are becoming more significant >> reporter: american waterworks association estimated that the cost to repair and replace the country's drinking water infrastructure over the next three decades will exceed $250 billion. the problem is that cities are burdened by debt and don't have the money to fix pipes, and president obama's proposal to pump 50 billion in federal dollars to fix infrastructure from a doesn't include water projects. >> you can't have jobs or businesses or hotels, homes, if
this infrastructure isn't in place. >> reporter: and epa says the country needs several hundred billion or the next few decades to truly repair our water infrastructure. the national resource defense council says the longer we put it off, the possibility increases that the quality of our water, of our drink water, could be jeopardized. wolf? >> good report. thanks very much, alison, for doing it. the house speaker john boehner makes a strong statement about americans' view of health care. we're going to tell you why he said and why he isn't at tonight's state dinner over at the white house for the chinese president and a former tax official convicted of corruption admits escaping from prison 68 times. this is a bizarre story. we'll have it for you next. it moves effortlessly, breathes easily. it flows with clean water. it makes its skyline greener and its population healthier. all to become the kind of city people want to live and work in. somewhere in america,
lisa sill vest sermon training some of the other stories in "the situation room" right now, including a new supreme court ruling on privacy rights. what's going on, lisa? >> hi there, wolf. today the court affirmed the government's right to conduct personal background checks on current and prospective employees. the justices unanimously rejected a lawsuit by a group of independent contract workers at a general propulsion lab in california. those employees claim the government background checks intruded into their personal lives, but the court ruled the forms consisted of, quote, reasonable job-related questions and nasa has announced a replacement for an astronaut who can no longer go on a space
shuttle mission. mission specialist steve bowen will replace astronaut tim corpra injured in a bike accident last weekend. liftoff is scheduled for february 24th. police filled the streets of tunisia's capital today demanding better living conditions and an end to government corruption, but unlike previous protests, today's rally was peaceful with no confrontation between demonstrators and police. weeks of violent protests forced the country's long-standing ruler to flee to saudi arabia, and the unity government is now in place. u.n. officials say more than 100 people have died in the unrest. well, escaping justice is something a former tax official in indonesia is very familiar with. the official who received a seven-year prison sentence today for corruption admits he previously escaped prison at least, get this, 68 times by bribing guards. his case drew national outrage while he was photographed in bali watching a tennis
tournament when he was supposed to be in custody. the former tax man told authorities he was vacationing in bali to relieve stress from prison. wolf? >> he's got chutzpah, as they say. >> pretty unbelievable. >> all right. >> taking it all in stride though, wolf. >> good for him. thanks very much. >> stand by for the former republican party chairman's reflections on why he was ousted. michael steele is here in "the situation room." we'll discuss. >> thanks for coming in. >> good to be with you. fo >> no it's a sale. nothing beats a sale! wrong move! you. you can save up to half off that sale when you name your own price on priceline. but this one's a deal...trust me. it's only pretending to be a deal. here, bid $79. got it. wow! you win this time good twin! there's no disguising the real deal. at a university with 20 years of experience
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michael steele may still be adjusting to his new reality as the former charmt of the republican national commity days after he was forced out. michael steele is here in "the situation room." michael, thanks very much for being here. >> good to be with you. >> what's the biggest single reason you believe why you were ousted? >> there was a lot of noise and grappling for control of the rnc. i think that i came in with a very clear mandate from the members to move the party in a different direction, to get it out of its doldrums and get us back in a fighting path and with that comes a lot of contracts and a whole lot of other things that people wanted to make sure that they were at the table with. that's part of it. i think also my style is very different, much more engaged on the streets of america, as you saw in the bus tour. i like to be out there with people, so it's just a different
approach and a different style. >> the new chairman reince priebus is a very different style. >> yeah. >> listen to what karl rove wrote this week. he said priebus has begun an extensive outreach to the gop's fund-raising poobahs to explain there's a new fiscal regime in place. in more bloated entourages, sweetheart deals, and lack of financial oversight. what an attack from karl rove on you. >> karl has been attacking me for years. >> why? >> i think you have to ask him. karl doesn't know what he was talking about. the fact is there were no entourages or bloated budgets. we ran a very lean machine. we took every dollar that came into the building and put it back on the streets. >> they say the rnc is 20 million in the hole. >> as is every other political committee in town and we're not the only ones. right in the middle of the pack in terms of where the demoatic party, is the republican senatorial committee as well as congressional committee. the members asked me to put the money to work and win elections.
spend the money to win. guess what. we won. amazing. >> why did they dump you? >> i've been trying to figure that out myself as well, and i think the reality of it is they wanted someone different in there. they wanted someone who probably had a different tone about them than i have, and so that's fine. i'm looking to move the party in a position -- into a position where we continue to engage with our activist community out there, that we go out and we build off of the successes of this past year. >> do you feel betrayed? >> not so much betrayed but disappointed. the only thing i've wanted to do is to do the job and that's all i've ever asked to do. went out and raised $92 million and did it differently because we did have 527s to contend with. we had a lot of folks out there saying don't give to the rnc, give to us, so we adapted. >> that was sort of a competition that was developed. >> sure. >> karl rove and ed gillespie setting up their group and dick armey, you're basically going after the same republicans to
get the money and instead of giving to the rnc they were giving to these other organizations. >> and the difference, if i've got $1 million i can give it to a 527 and do it than giving 30,000 but the rnc still needs that $30,000 to build its grootsz organizations around the country, and we got every dollar we could. the other thing that we did that a lot of establishment folks like karl and others don't get is that we not only took our volunteers and got them out there and engaged again, but they actually began to donate to the party, so a lot of small dollar donors came to the table as well. >> were you held to a different standard because you're a black man? >> you'd have to ask those who hold the standards. >> what do you think? >> i don't know. i think it's a hit or miss issue, hit or miss question. i didn't look at my job in those terms. i looked at my job in terms of what did the members expect me to do, raise money and win elections? i did. we won, and now i move on to other things. >> because as i pointed out, you get dumped even though you win special elections in virginia
and new jersey, even massachusetts. hawaii. >> you have a crushing landslide in november. >> yeah. >> you get dumped. the chairman of the democratic party tim kaine, a nice guy, but they do really badly and he gets to stay another two years. how do you explain that. >> >> i can't. there's no -- but that's politics. there's no logic to it. it's only political, and i think the people of in the party, particularly the establishment, are breathing a sigh of relief. they have control of the rnc and we'll see what they do with it. >> when you used to get spoofed on "the daily show" with jon stewart, i want you to react. watch this. >> what do you make of your successor reince priebus? >> reince priebus, his name makes no sense. it's jabibblris. i left the republican party $20 million in debt with virtually no accountability. i'd say it's time for me to head back to the street, wall street.
make it right, frazer crane. it's my birthday. >> he says he did the puppet thing because you didn't want to go on the show. >> i wanted to go on his show. i'd love to go on his show. folks a little nervous about my going on his show. >> you're the boss. could have gone on his show. >> realize the boss has bosses so, you know, at the end of the day you want to make sure that everybody is happy. >> would you have done well on that show. >> that show, yeah, absolutely. i mean, look, i love all that stuff. it was fun to watch and it's humorous because, guess what? people are talking about the party, and, you know, it's satire and comedy, but there's also the fact that people understood that there was a different sheriff in town and different way to do things. >> going to run for governor or senator? you were the lieutenant governor of maryland? >> loved being the lieutenant governor of maryland and heartbroken the day we re-inaugurated martin o'malley. i was hoping it would have been bob ehrlich so we'll see what's out for us down the road. >> leaving that option open? >> absolutely. >> thanks for coming in. >> good to be with you. >> come visit us often.
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the president and first lady will be walking out fairly soon to receive president hu jintao of china for a state visit. this is the state dinner that's going to be taking place, 225 guests. they are beginning to walk in as well. we'll have extensive coverage of the state dinner and what's going on. u.s./chinese relations. president obama has been waiting for this for some time. there are lots at take right now. both sides working hard to set aside at least some of their differences, at least on this date. let's bring in cnn's brian todd to give us some background. >> reporter: a lot of differences to address here, wolf. the chinese president is here at a time when economic tensions between u.s. and china is not higher on what many believe is a playing field tilted heavily in china's favor. at the white house, the dignified pageantry of a state visit for china's president hu jintao. but just under the surface
smouldering resentment towards the chinese in the halls of american government and business, accusations of currency manipulation. unfair barriers to american businesses in china, and american products being copied or ripped off. bootlegged dvds of the latest hollywood releases are sometimes available on chinese streets before they even open in american theaters. american companies developing electronics, prescription drugs and software have similar complaints. the chinese government even engages in some of this practice, right? >> the chinese government has laws that protect intellectual property, but in practice, enforcement is very lax, and in some cases chinese government agencies, including military agencies, will sometimes rip off the intellectual property themselves. >> reporter: fred brookston of the peterson institute says the chinese steal american intellectual property by reverse engineering, buying american products and figuring out how they are put together and make those parts themselves at a cheaper cost and then there's
complaints about china's trade rules. take a company like morillon steel products in baltimore where 20% of revenues comcome from exports. the company president drew gleanblatt would like to export to china but the chinese have a rule that many products sold to government agencies there or which get tax breaks have to be made completely in china. known as the indigenous innovation policy, it stacks the deck against american companies like marlon steel. >> what's happening is there's so many challenges that they make for american factories that it's very difficult to export to china. >> reporter: there's a direct impact, he says, on american jobs. >> for every million dollars in new exports i get, i'm going to hire about eight more people. >> reporter: chinese officials say their trade policies are not unfair, and they are stepping up enforcement of intellectual property laws, but the list of american complaints may prompt action from congress, especially newly empowered republican leaders in the house. >> reporter: what are you and other congressional leaders prepared to do to put more
pressure on china to level this playing field? >> we're going to continue to work looking at our trade law, what we have to enforce trade agreements. we're going to continue to really pressure chinese leaders, whether it's coming from congress or from the administration on this indigenous innovation policy and meeting their agreements under the wto, world trade organization agreements. >> reporter: taking action against china is not risk-free. fred brooks of the peterson institute says as the biggest economy in the world, the chinese have a lot of clout that they can and will retaliate. >> give me examples of how they will retaliate. >> reporter: block u.s. exports and stop investing so much in american securities. china is america's biggest banker in the world by far. they have a lot of leverage and rarely hesitant to use it and could retaliate in those ways if we take strong action against them. >> one of the reasons there's a huge state din sneer trying to smooth some of that over. >> brian, thanks very much.
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lisa sill vest sermon training some of the other top stories in "the situation room" right now including a political warning from a former president. what's going on? >> reporter: well, wolf, one of chicago's most well-known politicians says former president clinton hurt himself politically by campaigning for mayoral candidate rahm emanuel this weeks. congressman danny davis said african-americans have long regarded mr. clinton as an ally but clinton's support for emanuel's candidacy will cost himself support in the african-american community. an emanuel victory would benefit insiders and not african-americans and is urging
african-americans to vote former illinois senator carol moseley-braun who is black. secretary of state hillary clinton is suggesting she may leave her post after just one term. she was asked if she would remain secretary of state if president obama wins re-election. now she didn't give a direct yes or no answer but she did say she is looking forward to returning to private life. a new cnn opinion research corporation poll shows sarah palin's unfavorable rating at an all-time high. take a look at these numbers. 56% of americans now have an unfavorable view of the former alaska governor. 38% have a favorable view of her. now you compare that though to her numbers in october before the murder-term elections when 40% of americans gave her a favorable rating and only 49% had an unfavorable opinion of her. former vice president dick cheney, a longtime defender of gun rights, says he wouldn't be opposed to tighter controls when it comes to semi-automatic
weapons. his comments came in a news interview during a discussion about the arizona shootings. cheney insisted the tragedy was caused by a mentally disturbed individual, but he had this to say about the type of weapon the suspect used. >> whether or not there's some measure there limiting the size of the magazine that you can buy to go with a semi-automatic weapon, we've had that in place before. you know, maybe it's appropriate to re-establish that kind of thing, but -- i think you do have to be careful obviously. >> cheney has been a staunch ally of the national rifle association, and as you well know, he's a longtime hunter, too, wolf. >> great supporter of the second amendment to the constitution. thanks very much. top members of congress, in fact the two top members of congress, are refusing, get this, they are refusing to attend tonight's state dinner over at the white house. one of them goes so far as to call the chinese president a, quote, dictator.
have already got more than 218 so effectively in the house of representatives, as you can see, it has been repealed. they only need 218 votes, and 219 republicans alone, including what, four democrats, so they have got 222 and 4, and it has been repealed in the house of representatives. fairly important development. i think we can call that breaking news, in fact. let's bring our strategy session. democratic strategist donna brazile and republican strategist and cnn political contributor mary matalin. see what's going on. got the votes and even four democrats voting to repeal and maybe more in the time remaining. more than enough to go ahead and do it. won't go anywhere in the senate and certainly the president won't sign the repeal into law, but they have made a statement. they promised they would do it, and they did it. >> wolf, it's the wrong priority at the wrong time. the american people are concerned about job creation. they are concerned about the economic recovery. this repeal will make it even
harder if it passed in the senate and the president signed it for people with pre-existing conditions to get health insurance, so it's the wrong priority. i know the republicans felt like they had to do it. they used their political capital, this political grandstanding moment, but it is the wrong priority for the country. >> john boehner, the speaker of the house, said they willier today. listen to this. >> not only am i my number one e american people is the cost of health care, and yet what we see with obama care is an increase in cost to the american people. >> in the recent bloomberg poll, 50% said unemployment and jobs. 25% said the federal deficit and spending. 9% said health care. what is he referring to? >> it's all. health care is a staple. like food, we saw in all kinds of polls in the last election
have connected it to a decrease in jobs. employers can't afford it. taxpayers can't afford it. this health care reform, obama care is going to push up taxes because we have to pay for it some place along the line. people understand it rising debt connected to lower jobs. i'll say what we both said during the democratic control, these guys can walk and chew gum. they can do more than one thing. they will not only do this repeal and stay on this repeal, they will replace key things, key elements of it. and they'll work on other priorities. >> but the number one priority, republicans said last year, when they were running against democrats was to control the deficit. the cbo estimates this will increase the deficit by $145 billion. >> if they repeal health care. >> absolutely. so this is a bad priority for the country. hopefully it won't go anywhere. >> let me move on. i want to play another clip about the two top leaders in the
house and the senate. john boehner, the republican, harry reid in the senate. both were invited to the state dinner tonight for president hu jintao by president obama. both refused to go. both said i have other things going on. i'm not going. is that appropriate? >> well, our colleague did got reporting on boehner's position on that. we'll let her speak to it. i'm not sure it had anything to do with china, per se. harry reid, whom i don't usually agree with. he apologized. >> let me play the clip. >> here's what he said. later they had to fix it a little bit. but listen. >> i'm going to go back to washington tomorrow and meet with president of china. he is a dictator. he can do a lot of things. maybe i shouldn't say dictator. they have a different type of government than we have.
>> he said he's going to go back to washington and meet him on the hill. both made a decision. they didn't want to go to the state dinner honoring president hu. was that appropriate? >> i think so. >> mr. boehner doesn't like to go to state dinners. i don't know the reason why mr. reid decided not do go, but look, mr. reid had a bad choice of word. he corrected himself. the president of china will sit down with both men on thursday tomorrow. >> but it is a horrifically oppressive regime. they shouldn't be having a state dinner. president bush had a lunch. they are human rights violators. they are religious rights violato violators. they torture and imprison the best kind of people. we shouldn't make a statement different from a dinner. >> i agree with everything mary just said. we need them with iran, with north korea, on climate change. i'm glad the president is honoring the president of china. >> back to the breaking news on capitol hill.
dana bash is our senior correspondent. i take it it's official. health care reform, at least in the house of representatives, dana, is history. >> that's right. it has been repealed in the house of representatives, the republicans keeping that campaign promise shlgs which they said over and over was important for them to keep. four democrats voted with republicans on this. s the a proceed your vote a couple weeks alaska where four democrats voted the same way. four out of 13 democrats who are still in congress who voted against the health care law, i should say. but this is something that republicans say is incredibly important to make sure that their base and beyond their base, the people who voted for them and heard them campaign over and over again that this law needs to be repealed. what happens next? that's a different question. >> it won't be repealed in the
senate. if it were, the president would veto the appeal. the statement has been made in the house of representatives by the republican majority and four democrats. dana, standby. we're also keeping an eye on the arrivals at the white house for the state dinner for the chinese president. it begins in matter of minutes. [ male announcer ] when you eat kashi golean, you don't get 100% daily value of any vitamins. unless you do this. but total is the cereal that gives you 100% daily value of 11 essential vitamins and minerals and crunchy oat clusters. total. are you getting 100%?
question this hour. if you were the parent of a small child, would you make him or her learn chinese. i'm a parent of a 6-year-old who attends the 1st grade at a private school in new york. she and her fellow students six years old study mandarin five days a week. it's not optional. i'm thinking of taking the class myself just so i'll know what they're up to when they start chatting with each other in chinese. pete in georgia writes dream on, jack. the average american can't even speak english properly and you're asking these kids to
learn chinese. yeah, right. jeff in virginia, our 8-year-old is already fluent in chinese. his grandparents and great aunts and aun kls on his mother's side lives in china, and he talks with them regularly on skype. he attends chinese school on the weekends to learn to read and write the language. we'll hope it will help him succeed in the world. jay in pennsylvania says no need at all. most chinese kids learn english beginning in elementary school. they have studied overseas in western country. chinese people know i think lish. it's still the most widely spoken language in the world. american kids ought to devote their energy to improving in other subjects like math. if i were going to raise a child, i would encourage my child to learn chinese. our daughter learned german, spanish and latin, and she teaches all three. in the new world economy,
communication is key. jay writes when i watched the opening ceremony at the 2008 olympics, my then 6-year-old daughter better started learning mandarin. and i for one welcome children and adults learning it so hollywood will stop dubbing the martial arts film and we can enjoy them in the native tongue. if you want to read more, go to my blog, cnn.com/caffertyfile. >> will do, jack. to our viewers, you're in "the situation room." happening now, two big stories in washington this hour. first, over at the white house, the chinese president hu jintao arriving for a state dinner. we're taking you inside the negotiations. standby for that. and just minutes ago on capitol hill, the house votes to repeal health care reform. we'll have the latest on what it means for you. all that plus breaking news and piers morgan joins me live this
hour. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." this is live pictures at the white house. the guests are arriving as we speak in honor of the chinese president hu jintao. it's been 13 years since the last lavish dinner for a chinese leader. despite differences on trade and human rights and a growing security rivalry, the red carpet is out. the white house is pulling out all the stops to make this a successful visit. you see jackie chan, the actor there, he's among the official guests. the 225 of them, over at the white house. there are tough topics on the u.s. chinese agenda now. let's go to dan lothian. the to-do list for the visit is long, important. the stakes are enormous. >> that's right. enormous.
but some deals did take place. $45 billion worth of deals that president obama believes will create hundreds of thousands of job miss the u.s. but white house aides have been clear to point out that a few days of meetings here at the white house with the chinese president will not knock down barriers. that this is a relationship that will take time to develop. today the message was very clear. the u.s. and china see big opportunities, but also have to deal with big differences. >> in what felt like an unscripted moment, president obama and president hu jintao greeted onlookers at the white house. a warm welcoming ceremony that came with ha not so subtle rebuke on human rights. >> history shows that societies are harmonious, nations are more successful, and the world is more just when the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all people are upheld. >> in a joint news conference, the president repeated that message, then defended the
relationship despite china's well documented human rights abuses. >> frank and candid assessment on our part will continue. that doesn't prevent us from cooperating in the other critical areas. >> because of a translation glitch that led to massive confusion and an embarrassing moment. i apologize. i thought we had simultaneous translation, he never answered a human rights question posed to him until another reporter followed up. >> translator: though there are disagreements between china and the united states on the issue of human rights, china is willing to engage. >> but he said issues of human rights should be decided first. >> i don't think two countries who have very conflicting fundamental values can be friends for a long time.
>> as human rights protesters shouted outside the white house, inside the gates, a big embrace for relationship both sides said was mutually beneficial. ceos from u.s. and china met with the two leaders to talk about trade and job creation. china announced it plans to purchase 200 boeing airplanes, a $19 billion deal, and another $25 billion in contracts for u.s. companies. the white house says these deals will support 235,000 u.s. jobs. >> and i believe we've helped to lay the foundation for cooperation between the united states and china for decades to come. experts say increasing mutual trust is key to making any significant process with china, and that negotiations need to be handled delicately. >> not necessarily you have to do this for us, but point to areas where it's in china's interest to do the right thing on north korea currency or what have you. >> now, on that currency issue, president obama did touch on that saying that low currency is
costing u.s. jobs. so that's something the two leaders did talk about face to face, and answering a question as to whether or not the u.s. is concerned about china's increasing power, president obama says that a peaceful rise is good not only for the world, but certainly for the united states, because china can buy more u.s. goods, and it will raise the standard of living for the chinese people. >> dan, don't go away. i want you to stay with us. two live pictures we're bringing to you now. this is over at the white house. they're getting ready. the president and the first lady, we believe, will be walking out of the door momentarily. they'll wait for a minute or so as the motorcade arrives bringing the chinese president hu jintao. that's the driveway at the white house where we expect the limousine bringing president hu jintao to be going through the gate very, very shortly. that's the northwest gate of the
white house. the guests have been coming in for at least a half hour, maybe 45 minutes. 225 guests are there, including former presidents, movie stars, fashion designers, cabinet members. lots of chinese officials. lots of chinese americans as well being introduced. they're going through the reception over there. and then they will have a chance to go in. there will be three dining rooms for this dinner tonight. let's have a state dinner conversation of our own. dan lothian is still with us. also we're bringing in our chief business correspondent ali velshi and gloria borger and david gergin. you were at the news conference when they had the lost in translation, how awkward was it? >> it was pretty awkward. it appears it was the type of translation they used, but it
really made for a lot of confusion. when there was a question asked, president obama answered it and then president hu was supposed to answer it, and the didn't. then it turned out lasht another reporter came back and said, hey, you didn't answer the question, and president hu said, well, i didn't answer it because the confusion with the translation. and then he went onto answer it. it sounded like a mandarin lesson. they were waiting for huge sections in chinese of the translation. so it was a pretty strange thing. apparently, according to the white house, that's what the chinese wanted. the business part of this relationship, ali, is huge right now. hundreds of billions of dollars at stake. a lot of human rights activists are not happy the president is
hosting this dinner this hour for the chinese leader. but the business stakes are enormous. >> we have entirely skipped over the human rights issue because of the jobs issue. they signed deals worth $45 billion that the president says will create 265,000 jobs here in the united states. you saw that meeting with all the ceos. we're over the fact we lost all the jobs to china because of low manufacturing costs over the the last decade or so. america has a shrinking middle class. china has a growing middle class of consumer ls. if we can get access to the consumers, if we can get a fair and level playing field in china where american goods can be bought like chinese goods, we can get prosperity and jobs back in the u.s. one example, general motors sold 200,000 more cars in china than they sold in the united states. so business leaders are looking for opportunity in china.
that could result in jobs back here in the united states. >> but as you well know, china exports to the united states about three times as much as we export to china right now. so they need this market maybe more than we need their market. >> that's right. today's meetings represent progress. these new exports, 19 of it was already in the works before the summit. but our total trade deficit is $275 billion a year. so this is only worth two months of the total trade deficit. i think it's good news. but let's keep it in perspective. >> gloria, getting back to the human rights issue, a lot of activists see what's still
happening in china. it's better now than 10, 20, 30 years ago to be sure. but still pretty bad by all human rights organizations. aspects. they say it's one thing to receive the chinese president, have an official visit. give him all the honors. but a state dinner, they say that's going too far. >> well, you know, the chinese were clearly insulted by the bush administration, which did not do a state dinner. this is a hugely important bilateral relationship. and i think today you saw the president talk a little bit, bleakly, about human rights, and maybe we will see it again. here he is. the 2009 nobel peace prize winner and the 2010 winner is a political prisoner right now.
>> what are they saying at the white house about that? i'm sure they felt heat in terms of the reporter questions. >> definitely. yesterday he was doing the briefing. robert gibbs was peppered with questions about that. how they are rolling out the red carpet for a country with so many documents cased of human rights abuse ls. robert gibbs pointing out this is a partnership that will take time to develop. and there will be differences. you heard the president point that out today. there continues to be skrn among human rights activists. i was talking to one who says he welcomes the tough talk from the president. in the past meetings, he had tough negotiations with them in private. but he wants to see more of that in public. one saying that china only believes in tangible force of power. that they generally ignore,
quote, the undercurrent of conscious. he says the only way china will shift is if they can get pressure from the u.s. not only in private, but public. the president of china will emerge. he'll be received by the president of the united states, and we believe the first lady as well. that's the tradition we assume is going on. that will happen at the north portico at the white house. they'll briefly shake hands, pose for photos, walk inside and get ready for the dinner. there you see the honor guard getting ready with the u.s. flag and the chinese flag right there. jill doherty. we have covered the white house for a long time. we've seen the state dinners. when you think about the historic moment right now. a state dinner for the president of china, a communist nation
give tennessee history involved, it's a remarkable thing. he's one of the architects of this hoping to china dip ploemsy. you remember those days. i remember those days. our panel remembers those days. i expect our viewers do as well. this is a historic moment when you think about it. >> there's no question. this relationship that is being forged and you're seeing the two leaders of the countries tonight. they are going to define the relationship between the united states and china. china has eclipsed japan. it's the second biggest economy in the world after the united states. it is extremely important to the united states for business and many other reasons. they are now at the top of the
stairs. motorcade has gone through the gate. the limo bringing president hu jintao to the white house will be stopping. you see the chief of protocol walking down, gingerly walking down the stairs. she looks gorgeous. a lot of women spent a lot of time, as you know, getting ready for the state dinner tonight. the designers are out in full force. let's pause. we'll watch and listen as the chinese president gets ready to walk up the stairs and be received by the president and the first lady.
>> you can see a brief arrival ceremony. you can hear protesters on pennsylvania avenue. anti-chinese government protesters complaining about the human rights violations. they've been there all day trying to get their voice heard. you saw the president and the first lady received president hu jintao. you know, gloria, as you watch that, i guess nobody bothered to tell the chinese president. i'm just joking. i know they don't like to wear tuxedos. here's wearing a dark suit and a blue tie as opposed to a formal tuxedo like the president of the united states. that goes along with the
territory. he's at the mercy of a diverse ruling party. he has generals and corporate interests that in many ways have just as much clout as he does. he could also well be a lame duck. so we're talking so much about him today and during this visit, but we're not really sure, oops, we lost our picture. there it is. but we're not really sure about whether he's going to actually be replaced within the next couple of years. >> we'll see what happens. i want you all to standby. these are still arrivals that are going on over at the white house. but the president, first lady, and the chinese president hu jintao are all inside. they're ready for the dinner. they will sit down. 225 people. they will watch this unfold. the other big story we're watching this hour, the house of representatives votes to repeal health care reform. what zuz this mean for you?
anncr: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% omore on car insuranc for so many republicans, it was issue number one. now they've pushed ahead on the promise to repeal health care reform. the law in the house has been repealed after a sharp debate lawmakers have just voted. 245 to 189 to turn back the clock on one of the president's key achievements. you're looking at live pictures there from the house floor. congressman ron paul of texas is speaking. three democrats, by the way, voted with the republicans. the battle now moves to the senate. where it's unlikely to go anywhere. let's bring in our senior congressional kor responsibility dana bash along with gloria borger. walk us through what the house
of representatives has just done. >> what they've done from the republican point of view is keep a major campaign promise, which is vote to repeal the democrat's health care plan, which is the law of the land. but a reality check as we've been giving viewers as we started to talk about this is it's not going to go anywhere. the democrats still maintain control of the senate. they are vowing to block it. what's next in the house is interesting, wolf. that is tomorrow. house republicans are going to push a bill that will instruct five committees that have jurisdiction to figure out and start to debate and deliberate how to replace this health care law. you remember, the mantra was repeal and replace. we place will be next. but house speaker said earlier we don't want to set an artificial deadline on how long it's going to take. very interesting they rushed to have this repeal as the first major piece of legislation, but the second part, they're going to take longer. the big thing they're going to do as the words of eric cantore,
delay and defund. that's what they're ultimately going to try to get. david, 50% according to our new poll. 50% of the american public favors repealing all provisions in the health care reform law. 42% oppose it. should we just assume all the democrats in the senate, 53 of them, will be united and not join the republicans? >> it's bobble a couple will come over. there are three democrats who came over to the republican side of the house, as you know. but while the republicans won the vote today, i'm not sure they mounted much on an argue. there doesn't seem to be much mobilization. it's so quite partly because of tucson. partly because of china that the action is measure symbolic. i don't think it's made a big splash. they said 129 million americans
below the age of 65 may have conditions to preclude them from getting health care coverage if this bill is repealed. then there's also on the other side, the republican side, there's a new survey from reuters from doctors. over 2,000 doctors, 65% said they thought health care would deteriorate if this health care reform goes into place. there are some on both sides. i don't think it's gotten the traction as a national debate that the republicans hoped for a few months ago. >> it's interesting, wolf. i think in a way the democrats may have gotten their message across better post-election than they did before the election. because what they have been talking about are the things that you would lose if you lost your health care, this health care reform bill. one of those is coverage for preexisting conditions for children, which has already been enacted. coverage for your older children who can remain on your health care plan until the age of 26 now. they have gotten that message
out. and on the other side, everybody knows, as dana has been talking about, everybody knows that this is not going anywhere in the senate right now. so it's kind of anti-climactic. we knew it would happen in the house, but be stalled. >> now we'll see what happens. we have to move on. thanks to all of you once again. also, some members of congress are getting big visitors today. why nfl players are hoping to score a touchdown on capitol hill. also new information on the former haitian dictator. what does he plan to do next. nah. we have something else. but if you're hurt and miss work does it pay cash like aflac does? nah. or let you spend it in any way you want like for gas and groceries? nah. or help with everyday bills like aflac does? nah nah nah.
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there are new developments from haiti. the future of the former dictator duvalier. what's happening in haiti? >> hi, wolf. former haitian dictator duvalier plans to stay in haiti, even though he could face charges for corruption and human rights abuses. that's according to one of his lawyers who say he's even looking into refurbishing one of his old homes. he made a surprise return to haiti on sunday. thousands of people demonstrated against the former president. unlike previous protests, though, this one was peaceful with no police clashes. today the country's interim
president promised to sever links with the former regime, which held power for two decades. and the number of reports of lasers pointed at airplanes reached an all time high last year. more than 2,800 incidents. that is almost double from the year before. the lasers can even momentarily blind pilots. los angeles international airport had the most cases, 102, followed by chicago o'hare and phoenix. just keeping track. wolf. >> thanks for that. it's a hallucinoge herb. now john mccain is proposing a new job for joe lieberman in the obama administration. >> thank you. ♪
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another step forward in an an amazing recover by congresswoman gabrielle giffords. the arizona democrat will be moved to a rehabilitation facility in houston on friday. that's just under two weeks since she was shot in the head during a rampage that left six people dead. meanwhile, we're learning new details of the surveillance video that capture the shootings in chilling detail. richard was scheduled to join us this hour to talk about it.
at the last minute, the pima county sheriffs office canceled. until further notice, due to a controversy between the sheriff's department and the county attorney's office no further information referenced the january 8, 2011 shooting will be released. he did speak earlier in the day by telephone to cnn describing the new chilling video and the disturbing details it captured. >> there's a portion of the tape where you can see very clearly that jared, the suspect, comes out of one of the doors. he walks around a table, a collapsible, perhaps a six-foot table, and when he does so with very significant purpose, he walks up to the congresswoman, points a gun at her face and shoots. she is barely in the frame of that video. the suspect then turns to his left and actually kind of walks out of the the video ilts.
and we know from witnesses and others in and around the scene he fired from that point forward at people were seated in chairs. this would have been to the congresswoman's right. he then turns back to his right, and engaged the aid for the congresswoman, mr. barber. you can see she's shot up around the face and neck area. he is attempting to go to ground. perhaps to three. you can see he purposely put his arms on him, pushed him down on attempt to crawl under the table, that is an obstruction to the two of them for escaping. rests behind them. and it's my estimation that the judge really, i think offers
himself and helps a friend or colleague by pushing him under the table. in doing it, he exposes the back to the shooter. you can see before the tape finishes that they're starting to really retreat from the opposite side of the table. >> that's the sheriff department chief investigator in pima county. meanwhile, questions of drug use by the accused shooter, and one drug that's legal in many places. brian todd is working this part of the story. >> at the moment there's no evidence suggesting drug evidence is linked to the shooting specifically, but an assertion that jared loughner was using a strange hallucinogen. a former friend gives accounts of the friend's alleged drug use. he tells abc news he smoked pot, ingested mushrooms and used
something else. >> i know he used salvia. it's a natural hallucinogenic herb. we found out salvia is sold over the counter, but only in a few states. it's illegal in many states. it's not illegal here in maryland. i'm at a smoke shop in baltimore. can you show me where you sell it and get it off the shelf for us? >> sure. >> there it is. salvia revolution. standardized extracts. $70. why so expensive? >> this is all we have left for right now. it comes in different strengths. 60x is a higher strength. it starts anywhere from 5. it goes up to like 80x. but usually you want something around 20x. >> he says it's not a hot selling item in his store. >> thank you.
>> then we head to john hopkins university medical school where professor matthew johnson of the behavioral unit is wrapping up a yearlong study of the effects of salvia on healthy people. he said the drug took effect instantly. the high lasted only a few minutes. >> how much dpuz it give you? >> so we were really struck by the intensity of the experiences that people had. people reported at the higher doses being completely transported to another world. so they're not seeing the room. they're not seeing the study staff like myself. they're interacting with, you know, characters they may call extra dimensional beings or characters from the spirit world. >> now jared loughner wrote online about living in an alternative reality where he could control his dreams. i asked johnson if that's consistent with what his subjects reported in the study.
he said it sounded similar to some of the experiences people had in the study while they were on the drug. he says it's possible the drugs could consider psychotic episodes in people predisposed to mental illness. but he found no evidence that suggests it triggered violent behavior. >> can it cause brain damage? >> he says among his subjects, and from what he has found, he doesn't believe it's addictive. the people who tried nit the study say it's so bizarre and intense, they have no interest in using it again. there's no evidence as we suggest that it triggers violent behavior. they say it's stronger than lsd and mushrooms. not addictive. no evidence it causes permanent brain damage. >> you signed the credit card. you bought it. right? >> what are you going to do with it? >> probably throw it out. i don't want to be caught with anything. >> thank you very much. bill cnn for it. >> i will.
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nfl players pressing lawmakers on an issue that could impact every football fan, including me. what were these players going on the hill today? >> i know when you think football you think of me, of course. these are not your typical lobbyists, wolf. it's a high stakes game, and the fans, you guys, could end up the losers here. some of the nfl's finest are taking their muscle from the field to the halls of congress. >> nice to see you. >> good to see you. a labor dispute between the player's union and team owners threatens to cancel the upcoming season. so players like jeff saturday are lobbying lawmakers, arguing that would hurt more than just the high salary players. >> the hotel workers, the restauranters, all the things happening in your city that get impacted. it's a big deal. it doesn't just impact us.
>> the dispute comes do a fight over money and the number of games. owners want to cut salaries to pay for increased operating costs. at the same time, they want to add two more regular season games. the players, though, say the nfl is asking for too much. >> we just want to inform the members of congress where we stand. >> although unlikely congress could take away the trust exemption. >> you're not asking for legislative action. >> i think you have the owners who have been here lobbying for a long time. just letting, you know, both voices be heard. hearing both sides of the argument of what we need to get accomplished. >> the league calls the players' tactics and unnecessary distraction. >> the deal isn't going to get done in the halls of congress,
in hearing rooms, in press conferences. it's going to get done through hard work and negotiation and the league side is ready to engage in that. hopefully the players will as well. >> no matter who is keeping score, that's one thing both sides seem to agree on. >> we're willing to play. let's just get an agreement and move forward. >> it's not clear how well the lobbying will be received. just take a look at this one statement. this is from the chair of the house judiciary committee. lemar smith. he said the owners and players are literally and figuratively big boys and do not congress to referee every dispute for them. think about it, wolf. for most fans, a labor dispute between millionaire players and billionaire owners may be hard to handle these days. similar dispute could happen next year as well. >> we'll see. >> he's just announced he's
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unconstitutional because it mandates everyone purchase health insurance by 2014. now 26 states have joined to fight the health care reform law. these are the six states that have just been added to this, all having republican attorneys. iowa, ohio, kansas, wyoming, wisconsin, and maine. so 26 states now say they find this law unconstitutional because of the mandates that require everyone to purchase health insurance by 2014. we're watching this story. it comes on the day when the house of representatives has voted to repeal the health care reform law. it goes to the senate are it's unlikely to go anywhere in even if it did, the president would veto it. so that's where it stands on health care. lisa sylvester is here monitoring other news, including joe lieberman. made it official today. >> it's only been a few hours since independent senator joe
lieberman announced that he won't seek re-election next year. but one of his closest colleagues is already eyeing a new job for him. defense secretary. cnn asked republican senator john mccain about it, and he says he hopes president obama will consider it. lieberman backed mccain over mr. obama in the 2008 presidential race. and take a look at this. spectacular and deadly gas main explosion in philadelphia. utility workers were responding to a break of the main when it happened. one worker was killed, and five people were injured. some seriously. well, the next story gives the term pay phone a new meaning. starting today you can pay for your coffee and everything else with your mobile phone. a simple scan takes the bill right off of your starbucks card. but the company isn't alone in this new technology. one research firm is forecasting $633 billion in mobile payments annually by the year 2014. so that is the wave of the
premier week continuing with condoleezza rice perhaps as you've never seen her before piers is joining us now. you had a chance to speak with the former secretary of state. i want to play an exchange you had with her on the war, and then we'll discuss. listen to this. >> maybe that should have been the argument we used. i do regret that we used as a
fact that he had weapons of mass destruction, because he didn't. and because the intelligence was wrong. i would like to apologize to the american people for that. for the fact that the intelligence was just wrong. >> and the apology is that the intelligence was wrong. i think we've all said we regret that the intelligence was wrong. but i don't regret that we took the opportunity to get rid of a a cancer in the middle east who was an implacable enemy of the united states, who fired our aircraft every week who put 400,000 people in mass craze and continued to threaten his neighbors. iraq -- >> if you had your time again, and this is argument and i get it and with hindsight and all of the knowledge you have, you wouldn't have gone to war using wmd as a pretence. >> i think the mistake -- no, i think the mistake -- and this was a mistake -- was to put a spotlight simply on the weapons
of mass destruction. >> all right. piers, what do you think? how did she do? i found it quite fascinating. i never understood why more volunteers in the decision hadn't had the decency to raise their arms and say, you know what, we got it wrong on intelligence and we're sorry because it was a pretty catastrophic error regardless of whether you thought it was a good idea or not. if you choose something that's a pretext to war, it has to be true. i found it compelling because i thought it was imagined, that condoleezza rice would be this cold fish. i heard reports that she got up at 4:00 a.m. to do her daily workout. she's very driven. never got married, never had children, a complete workaholic.
she was gigry, flun, and dare i say rather flirty. >> flirty? >> what does that mean? >> well, you know. >> i know what it means but give me an example. >> to have levity, i said, for example, if i were to try to woo you, dr. rice, because you remain one of the most eligible bachelorettes, i thought she would clam up. in fact, she went into a detailed account of how i could woo her, it involved her cooking fried chicken and gum beau, which i wasn't familiar with. and we would apparently watch hour upon hour of football. unfortunately not the one i like but the one with helmets and padding. it wasn't the one i knew. she would cook for me all day and let me -- >> you like soccer.
we like football. let me get to the other exchange on alcohol. listen to this. >> did you drink alcohol when you were in business? >> well, occasionally. occasionally. >> when you're in your kind of job. >> yeah. >> can you ever actually get intoxicated? >> of course, now. >> never. >> no, no. i wouldn't want to get intoxicated anyway. >> unconventional. you're not in control. >> i'd rather be in control. you do have to remember you're always on. the phone call can come at 3:00 in the morning. you have toabsolutely alert if this phone call comes at 3:00 in the morning. >> she got sort of personal. you're telling us if we watch the show tonight we'll see a personal side to condoleezza rice that we've never seen before. >> certainly none that i'd ever seen before. i think she does open up in a very unique way for condoleezza rice. the one thing interesting about the alcohol is that tony blair
in his recent memoirs said he was borderline having an alcohol problem while prime minister and he'd regularly have a bottle of wine at night. it always struck me as fascinating to ask a world leader if they can do that because you never know when your country may befallsome where you may have to go out and address the nation. are you allowed to. in condoleezza rice's case, she never did. i saw that level of self-control there, which she is. >> it's his third show tonight. the veteran cnn talk show host, piers morgan, 9:00 p.m. eastern, "piers morgan tonight." how do you like it? >> i only have 6,997 shows to go before i get your show. >> we'll see how tonight's show goes. tomorrow night is ricky gervais
and friday who do you have? >> friday is george clooney. i have to say one word about ricky gervais, explosive. >> we'll watch. a different kind of winter sport. car sliding. cnn jeanne moos getting ready to take the a most unusual ride. ke. even a simple raindrop becomes a powerful force. the cadillac cts-v. every detail built for speed and performance, right down to the windshield wipers. we don't just make luxury cars, we make cadillacs. ♪ [ slap! slap! slap! slap! slap! ] [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium rich tums goes to work in seconds. nothing works faster.
cringe a bit but it's hard. cnn's jeanne moos takes a much usual look it's become almost a winter sport. no, not ice-skating. car sliding like this almost-choreographed ice dance down a hill in spokane, washington, or this pickup picking up speed, headed backwards in colorado springs. >> watch out, watch out. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: it's the pickup truck drivers who thing they can beat any hill no matter how icy, and now that everyone has a camera phone like liz smith, we're all able to see the carnage. >> this sucks, dude. look at your car. is this your car? >> yeah. >> look at your car. oh, my god. >> reporter: ian shot pyre-ups that damaged more than 20 vehicles. >> it was odd to see all the crashes. thank goodness nobody's gotten hurt. >> reporter: it's paid off for
ian for advertisers like auto insurance, ads a tire company might use in a commercial. what was the street called? >> south care-free and powers. >> reporter: care-free? >> yeah, care-free. >> reporter: oh, it's care-free, all right. we thought we'd hand out the medals for some of the most nerve-racking slide. for the best spin we award it to the drienger of this pickup in spokane. kind of reminds me of a spinning skater. for speed and elegance, we award the silver medal for this silver jeep. >> oh, here comes another one [ bleep ]. >> reporter: for dumbest attempt and for striking more than one vehicle, the gold goes to this