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using his fame to fight childhood obesity with a new mission and a new website. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it's 8:00. thanks for waking up with us. let's get you caught up on some morning headlines. president obama's support of same-sex marriage is paying off for his re-election hopes. a democratic source saying the president raised $2 million in the first 24 hours after making his remarks. that comes as a new usa today/gallup poll shows that a majority of americans, 51% of the approve of the president's position. let's bring in athena jones, where a law allowing same-sex marriage is taking effect next january but opponents hope to stop it from becoming reality. good morning to you. give us a little more about the voter reaction there to president obama's comments. what are you hearing? >> reporter: good morning,
randi. there's going to be a farmers market later today so we're hoping to be our stwoeinformal polling here but the first national poll since the president made his remarks on wednesday shows that 51% of people approve of the president's position on same-sex marriage, 45% disapprove so that's still fairly evenly divide e. but if you look at it by party, you'll find that 71% of democrats approve while only 23% of republicans approve. and independents are a little more evenly split at 53%. now, there's been a lot of discussion this week about whether this will impact the president politically, whether it will help him or hurt him. whether it will help romney or hurt romney, the fact that he is against same-sex marriage. the gallup people asked that question as well. they found when asked if the president's position on same-sex marriage makes people more likely to support him or less likely, just 13% said it made
them more likely to vote for president obama. 26% said less likely. but 60%, which is mat joethe ma said it would make no difference. governor o'malley signed a law in march that would legalize same-sex marriage in january but there are people trying to get a measure on the ballot to get people to vote down the law and keep it from taking effect. hopefully today we'll get a chance to talk to some people out and about and see how they feel. >> we know it's early but there's been a lot of talk about the impact of the president's decision on black voters and now several black leaders have sent this open letter to the president. have you had a chance to review that letter and what it said? >> reporter: i have. it's really interesting. this came from the reverend al sharpton and the president of the naacp and several others. they are really calling for unity in the black community. they understand this is an issue that many have said can cause division in the black community.
they said as leaders in today's civil rights movement, we stand behind the president -- between president obama's belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to join in civil marriages. but they also go on to say in this letter that people can disagree about this but we can still have a civil debate about this and still work together on other issues facing the black community, such as unemployment, education, those matters. interestingly enough, i interviewed a black couple yesterday for a story tomorrow who talked about the fact that there's a lot of talk about whether blacks will punish the president or abandon the president but they say that maybe it takes president obama himself, as the first black president, to be the one to voice this opinion and to maybe get more people in the black community to look at this more closely and to be able to understand so there won't be as much -- many people against it so he'll help to bring people together in the black community around this issue. we'll see what happens, randi. >> athena jones, thank you very much. mitt romney travels into the
heart of christian conservatism today. he's giving the commencement speech sat liberty university, that is the university founded by jerry falwell. the speech will focus on personal responsibility and hard work and the issue of same-sex marriage will come up. we'll bring you that speech live in our 10:00 hour here on cnn. newt gingrich will be among friends when he makes his first campaign pitch for mitt romney. the former candidate will speak on romney's behalf next week. gingrich was a long-time congressman from georgia and won the primary earlier this year. jpmorgan chase scrambling in the wake of a massive $2 million trading loss. they face a credit downgrade much like the one that this country got last year. the bank's ceo admitted it was a major mistake by the bank. shares for jpmorgan dropped around 10% but the market as a whole was pretty quiet,
actually. three more people have been taken into custody for allegedly helping adam mayes evade police. mayes killed himself in the woods near alpine, mississippi, this week as soon as police were starting to close in on him. next to him at the time were the two sisters he had kidnapped after killing their mother and older sister. authorities say the girls are still shaken. his wife has been charged with two counts of murder in the case as well. it's been a rough year for birds in south america. more than 7,000 birds, 7,000, have turned up dead in chile and peru. 5,000 alone in peru. at least 2300 along beaches. we're waiting for reynolds wolf, who's supposed to join me to talk a little bit about this. reynolds, are you coming? >> absolutely, i am here. kind of an unusual event to see. bird kills do happen. in fact there was a bird kill back in 2011 in arkansas. after they did some studies on the bodies of the birds, they found out many of them had died
from concussion. they believe concussion due to noise. still a big mystery as to how they may have perished along peru and the chilean coast. >> are the numbers going to keep going up? >> they're going to have to take the bodies of these birds. many of them show signs of death due to damage from net, which is kind of unusual. birds do often die in nets. the sea-faring birds eat some of the anchovy and it's not unusual to have them die. however, this number, this many, over 5,000, that's a little extreme so it's going to be interesting to see what pans out to get some results back on some of the autopsies they'll perform on these birds. but very unusual to say the least to see this madness. very unusual. >> and last year, i mean who knows if this is related, but 3,000 dead birds were found in arkansas. >> that's right. >> is there possibly -- could
there be a connection? >> the ones that died in arkansas many people believed, it got really crazy for a while. there were some people blaming ufos, perhaps thunderstorms. actually they think it was done by concussions due to fireworks. now, in this case kind of similar, the location is very different. but in terms of what the autopsies will show on these birds, who knows. i would say the number one thing to really check out is basically what they're eating. this is the time of the year where you have a lot of the fish that live and really flourish in those cold currents. they tend to leave the area. could there be some contamination there. that's something that remains to be seen for the time being. >> reynolds, thank you for the up date. appreciate it. some critics say president obama could lose support after his support for same-sex marriage, but could he actually gain some from the other side of the aisle? next iem talking to a gay republican for his take on the president's historic
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that number has now risen to 50%. the president's endorsement this week was historic, but some political experts say it is a huge gamble as well. they say it could cost him support from catholics and southern democrats. but here's a question, will it win him any support across party lines? clark cooper is the executive director of log cabin republicans, a group of republicans who support same-sex marriage. clark, good morning to you. >> good morning, randi. >> so you had a negative reaction to president obama's support of gay marriage calling it cold comfort, offensive and callous. mitt romney doesn't even support civil unions, much less marriage. is that not offensive to you as a gay man as well? >> oh, it certainly is an issue. by the way, the president did say the right thing. looking at context to when that rollout occurred was also on the heels of what happened in north carolina with the passage of amendment 1, the constitutional amendment that's going to take place down that that would
preclude any recognition of same-sex relationship in that state. there's also the factor, look what happened this week. was there a pink washing of the president's economic record? probably. you had stimulus and hollywood this week with the fund-raising that he did, but at the end of the day, yes, same-sex marriage is an issue that is moving forward. you showed those polling number. the trajectory shows regardless of people's party affiliation, some sort of official relationship recognition is being more and more accepted across party lines, be it civil unions, which governor chris christie supports in new jersey, all the way up to full marriage equality as what the president just came out for. so, yeah, it is an issue. of course we have advised republicans regardless if it's mitt romney running for president or a congressional candidate or gubernatorial candidate that running on marriage or running against marriage is probably not a wise strategy at this point. >> let me ask you about north carolina because you mentioned it. you say that obama's
announcement was calculated because it came of north carolina. but if he had endorsed gay marriage before the election last week, wouldn't republicans have then said that was calculated? >> possibly. we're looking at what's happening on the macro plane on politics right now. this wasn't an evolution in the sense that it's more of a flip-flop. he was for it, he's against it, now he's for it again. it is the right thing to say, by the way, so i'm not taking away this is the most senior voice we've had on this and for years the most senior voice we had on marriage equality was dick cheney. so it has raised the needle, it has turned up the dialogue and we're also in a place where if someone is running for office at this point, they do need to figure out where they lie on this. are they for same-sex marriage or freedom to marry? are they against it? because voters are going to look at that. but it's not what voters are going to the polls for. people are voting for the
economy. it is about having a j-o-b. >> i understand. i'll talk about those polls in a second but i want you to hear this, because andrew sullivan says that he too at first had the cynical view of obama's announcement but then he said this, he said, vote, and then i watched the interview and the tears flooded. there is something about hearing your president affirm your humanity that you don't know what effect it has until you hear it. i think of all the gay americans over the centuries who never heard that, never believed it could happen. i have to say i'm proud of this president for doing what he did. >> as i said at the top here, yes, he said the right thing to say. >> are you proud of him? >> of course. but again, this is only one issue. so if one is just going to look at the lens of the prism of marriage, and most americans don't vote on one issue. again, let's go back to the polling. it is about the economy. >> let's go back to the polling.
>> everybody needs a job, randi. i need a job. >> let me show you some recent polling. 65% of democrats support it, 22%, that's less than a quarter of republicans do. for the millions of gay americans who don't understand how you can be gay and vote republican, do me a favor here, help them understand. do you not feel isolated and ostracized even within your own party? >> not at all. remember, there are corollaries of importance for voters. if you're a conservative voter, regardless if you happen to be gay or straight, things like a balanced budget amendment may be important to you. things like reduction of the size of government spending may be important to you. national security, probably important to you. having the right to bear arms, probably important to you. private property rights. these are things that are corollaries for conservatives. there's a famous phrase that is very applicable for lgbt conservatives within the republican party and that's the reaganism of my 80% friend is not my 20% enemy.
if i can get a fellow republican, you know, like a paul ryan to say i support employment nondiscrimination protection, then i'm not going to walk away with him because he may not see eye to eye with me on the issue of marriage. same with don't ask, don't tell. there are a number of republicans that helped advance the bipartisan passage of repeal of don't ask, don't tell that don't support marriage equality either. >> let me jump in because i want to share with our viewers at home some of the applicators for the lgbt community that occurred under president obama. he repealed don't ask, don't tell. he signed the matthew shepherd hate crimes prevention act. he extended benefits to same-sex partners, extended domestic violence protection and his administration has stopped defending doma, the defense of marriage act. so would you see this kind of progress for the lgbt under the
romney administration or under administration for that matter? >> i do see there's progress advancing on both sides of the aisle. one thing that's been recognized not only by this president and by a number of republicans who have moved to a point on issues would be labeled as freedom issues or equality issues, yeah. there is no going backwards, regardless of who the next president is. so in that sense employment nondiscrimination probably a bigger issue that affects more americans than marriage. obviously i support marriage equality, but again it goes back to the economy and jobs. when it comes to the lgbt portfolio, more gay americans are affected by their concern or fear of losing their employment based on their orientation. so, you know, i think room to grow for someone like governor romney or any other republican candidate is just that. it's employment, workplace protections. that's something that falls square with the jobs agenda in the house leadership and the senate leadership for republicans and it falls
squarely within the economic platform as well. >> just very quickly, yes or no, does the president's now affirmation of gay marriage, does it change how you might vote? >> well, no. in the sense that everyone has to look at multiple issues. so on a personal level, there's more than one factor that plays in. marriage is not the only issue for me. it's not the only issue for many americans. again, he did the right thing by saying that marriage and the freedom to marry should be afforded to all americans. you know, as dick cheney said, freedom means freedom for everyone, not just some. so said the right thing. and has mitch daniels has said before, good man, good father, doesn't mean he's a good president. >> appreciate your time. thank you. catching a really, really big wave. we'll show you what probably looked to most people like a tidal wave crashing ashore, but for one guy, well, it just looked like pure fun.
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welcome back, everyone. two young girls are back with their dad this morning following a terrifying ordeal. two weeks after alexandria and kyliyah bain disappeared, police found them in mississippi where their kidnapper had them hiding in the woods. the rescue ended the nationwide manhunt of adam mayes.
he's accused of killing their mother and sister. mayes took his life as police closed in. >> mayes pulled a semiautomatic pistol from his waist band and shot himself in the head and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. other agents moved in to rescue kyliyah and alexandria who were lying on the ground nearby. the girls were hungry, thirsty and dehydrated. >> and criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, holly hughes, is here with us. so let's talk about this case. i want to talk about the john edwards case too with you in a moment. but you have mayes dead. you have his wife charged with two counts of fist-degree murder. his mother also charged, conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping. where does this go from here? does this even get to trial? >> i think that we'll probably see the wife, teresa, will take
a plea and the mother may force it all the way to trial. that's mary, the mother of the dead fellow here, because we know for a fact that the wife, teresa, is the one who gave statements to police. now that she's hired a lawyer, it's after the fact. she's already said what she said, so they're stuck with this confession, as it were, where she admits to participating in these crimes. >> she said she was actually in the garage when mayes killed mrs. bain and her oldest daughter. >> exactly. and the additional charges is she transports these dead bodies and the two little live girls who, thank god, we found alive. they all ride together in that vehicle. and it's important to note too, i think a lot of people think how do you kidnap a dead body? but if you force the mother and older daughter from the kitchen into the garage, that's where the kidnapping lies. if you move anybody the slightest distance against their will, that's the kidnapping. so that's why four kidnapping charges.
>> so what would be her defense, though? if she goes on trial, the wife in this case, because she has admitted to all of this. >> she has. >> she said she was there and helped. >> what she has said also is she was scared, she was in fear for her life. that adam mayes threatened her, threatened to kill her. >> he can't defend that, obviously. >> that's exactly right. we've also heard her sister, bobbi, had done an interview and perhaps intimated that perhaps she's a little mentally challenged, maybe she suffers from some kind of disability, so we might see like a diminished capacity offense as well as a fear. i was in fear, i was under duress because he threatened to kill me if i didn't help him. let's talk about john edwards, that's also getting a lot of attention this week. the prosecution rested. the defense is picking it up. edwards team is now asking the judge to dismiss the case against him, saying that the prosecution didn't prove anything. >> right. >> is that common? >> absolutely. >> will they have any luck with that? >> no. that's the bottom line right now. it happens in every criminal
trial. basically what you're saying to the judge is the prosecution always has the burden, proof beyond a reasonable doubt. so at that halfway point when the state says, okay, that's all we have, the state rests. that's when you go to the judge and say they didn't give enough to the jury to even have a question about reasonable doubt. so we're saying, judge, you just need to direct a verdict. you need to say not enough evidence. reasonable minds couldn't even differ about this. happens in every trial. it's almost denied in almost every trial. >> rielle hunter, we've talked about her, the mistress in this case. >> yes. >> there was a lot being made she was going to take the stand. the prosecution never called her. do you think that was a mistake? >> no, they don't need her. basically what they're alleging is that john edwards did something illegal with the campaign contributions that were given to him, i.e. instead of using them to finance his campaign, he used them to hide his pregnant mistress. they don't need her to testify to anything, because at this point it's all about the money
trail. and quite frankly, based on what we've seen and some of her behaviors of the past, she's a bit of a loose cannon and i don't think the prosecution wanted to take a chance. >> it might have been risky. >> it would have definitely been risky. >> so if you were heading up his defense team, come monday what was the best thing, strongest thing they can come out of the gate with? >> there's two things they need to do. they need to acknowledge my client might be a cad, he might have cheated on his wife when she was terminally ill. however, he did not knowingly participate in this scheme to defraud his investors, so to speak. so they're going to have to bring up witnesses who will say i -- you know, john edwards didn't know, he didn't participate and that may be edwards himself. he might take the stand and say, hey, you know what, i didn't deal with the money. i'm the guy in front of the cameras. i hire other people to do that. if they did something with it -- >> it's going to be a tough challenge because the prosecution had all those people saying that he did know, he was in the room and heard these
conversations. >> that's exactly right. yes, exactly. >> so it's going to be really interesting to see who the jury believes. >> a fine line about knowingly participating. >> all right. holly, thank you. >> great, thanks, randi. mitt romney takes his bid for president to one of the nation's largest christian universities this morning and it is causing some controversy. will students welcome him or will they walk out? a live report from the campus of liberty university. at aviva, we do things differently. we're bringing humanity back to life insurance. that's why only aviva rewards you with savings for getting a check-up. it's our wellness for life program, with online access to mayo clinic. see the difference at avivausa.com. the health of our cells plays a key role throughout our entire lives. ♪
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welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. thanks for starting your day with us. mitt romney's attempts to woo conservatives take him to liberty university where he will give the school's commencement speech in just a few hours, but the appearance is not without controversy. some argue that romney, who is a mormon, isn't the right person to speak at one of the nation's largest evangelical schools. shannon travis is on liberty's campus for us this morning. good morning, shannon. tell me, what can we expect to hear from romney today? will he go there, will he talk gay marriage, do you think? >> reporter: yeah, we expect for mitt romney to not be so political in this speech, the campaign is telling us, randi. a few thousand people have already filed in. we expect for romney to come up on stage and send these graduates off to the next phase in their lives. for many of them obviously the first phase of their careers. but the campaign yesterday, they put out some excerpts of what romney is expected to say. i just want to read a few quotes
to you and talk about them just a little bit. on the first one he's expected to say i'm not sure quite why, but lately i found myself thinking about my life in four-year stretches. and let's just say that not everybody has filled these past four years with as much achievement as you have. you'll notice another strain of that in these quotes. for you and so many young americans, our current troubles can be discouraging. you are ready for jobs that were supposed to be ready for you. millions wait on the day when there are jobs for everyone willing to work and opportunities to match your hopes and goals, but don't lose heart because that day is coming. now, you'll notice that there was no mention of his opponent, president obama, but they were subtle digs about the economy. the campaign telling us, again, they will not drill down on attacks, political attacks as much, but a lot of references
there. >> certainly not everybody is welcoming him to the campus there. i understand that the facebook page, the commencement facebook page actually had to be shut down, there were so many objections to him bowieing ther. are we expecting any protests there today, do you think? >> reporter: it's hard to tell whether there will actually be protests here at the commencement itself. we'll certainly be watching. but you remember, randi, just last month when this was announced that mitt romney would be the commencement speaker, a lot of the students were loudly protesting, posting on their facebook pages and taking their protests public, basically saying because mitt romney is a mormon that inviting him here to speech at this school goes against the school's own teachings. liberty university bills itself as the largest evangelical university in the country, and they teach that mormonism is not a part of christianity, so that's not making a lot of students here happy. we'll certainly look out for if some of them show their public
displeasure here today. >> well, if it's not going to be a big policy speech today, shannon, is this really then just about making a heart-to-heart connection with evangelicals? >> reporter: yeah, and that's really key what you're saying there, randi. he does need to make an even stronger connection with these people, with christian evangelicals. you know throughout the primaries, there was some consternation and some feelings about mitt romney among that group that i think it's fair to say are not quite resolved. so, yeah, he's definitely courting to these students here. one key thing, gay marriage that obviously a lot of evangelicals are against, the campaign is telling us that he won't really talk about today. one other key point, rick santorum just last night spoke to an arkansas tv station and he actually said that mitt romney needs to use the issue of gay marriage as a, quote, potent weapon. so basically rick santorum coming out, even though he's
endorsed romney, coming out and saying you need to talk about gay marriage more forcefully in this campaign. >> that is an interesting comment from him. shannon travis, nice to see you. thank you. celebrity food star and actor reed alexander is cooking up some recipes for healthier living. he's probably one of the busiest teenagers i know. but he's taking some time to join me live. but first, as cnn employees, we want to share some of the places that we like to hang out just in case you want to hang out at them. one of the members on my team tells us about one of her favorite places to eat. >> reporter: working in a 24-hour newsroom makes me want to eat at unconventional times. that's why i love coming here to the r. thomas deluxe grill in atlanta. it's a 24-hour restaurant that serves healthy, organic meals any time of day or night. customers come for a unique dining experience.
there's a mood-lit canopy and a wide range of organic, vegan and vegetarian dishes. free range meat options are also on the menu and breakfast is served at any time. at the heart is its owner and founder, richard thomas. he switched from managing fast-food restaurants 25 years ago. now his motto is let your food be your medicine. outside the restaurant is a matchup of his passions. heating and cooling inside is powered by a water sprinkler on the roof. there is a garden and a collection of artwork. these breaks, debris from the tornados in alabama, serve as a memorial to the victims. thomas has been collecting birds for over 60 years and gets a kick out of showing them off. the kitchen and wait staff aren't allowed to play with the birds. the smoothies are a hit on the menu. the chef cooks with fresh ingredients bought locally. here we have one of the healthy dishes served here at r. thomas grill.
health officials aren't exactly crazy about the numbers now, but america's obesity crisis is expected to get worse in just a few years. about 42% of americans will be obese by 2030. that's according to new numbers released this week at the cdc's weight of the nation conference. it's also the title of a four-part hbo documentary that premieres monday night exploring the problem. here's a clip. >> i'm 5'10" and 242 pounds. >> i always say this is the biggest i'm ever going to be and i said that 20 pounds ago.
>> a third of americans is obese, another third is overweight. >> obesity is the biggest threat to the health, welfare and furlt of this country. >> i have always within overweight. >> joining me is celebrity food star and actor reed alexander. you may recognize him from nickelodeon's popular tv show "icarly" or perhaps "will & grace." he's also the creator of kewlbites.com. reed, good morning to you. >> good morning, randi, hi. >> let me start with your personal battle with weight because that's something that i think a lot of kids who might be watching this morning at home with their parents might want to hear about. you said that you were a teen eating out of control. tell me about the moment, if there was one, when you actually realized, hey, i need to change something here. >> you got it. well, with poor eating habits, i was overweight, i was lethargic. i also have a family history of diabetes and heart disease so when a family relative passed away as a result of
complications, i realized i needed to grab the reins, turn things around for myself before medical issues could pop up that would be unavoidable. i love cooking. i realized there was nothing out there with solutions from a kid's point of view. so nutritious recipes, swapping out ingredients, at the same time making exercise less of a stranger. i lost 15 pounds, gained so much more confidence. while i was blogging to miefls and compiling strategies and tips and note, i realized that's what i wanted to share on kewlbites and it puts a fun spin on this serious top sglictopic. >> what kind of things do you eat now? you talk to kids about healthy eating and they lose interest. >> some of the things i love are apple pot pie, delicious and decadent. or homemade chicken nuggets that i sear in the pan and they're
delicious and crispy. in fact i have a recipe i thought i'd share with you. these are my crunch bars. it's like my homemade version of an energy bar. >> can you hold them up a little higher? >> totally, yeah. packed with dried fruits and nuts. i use almonds and nuts and they're easy to make in the oven. you know, it's just minus the store-bought wrapper. >> i love it. i love that you have wheat germ in a snack for teenagers. incredible. >> thank you. >> tell me a little bit about kewlbites.com. as we said teens can be pretty stubborn. eating healthy isn't always the first stop. how do you not only make it healthy, but cool too? >> i make it fun, i make it delicious. for me the fun comes in having friends and family over. we celebrate movie night or game night together. lots of healthy snacks on the table that don't sacrifice the yum factor.
kewlbites with more than 100 recipes, an expanding library and tips and information and blogs and constant communication on twitter and facebook and e-mail, it's a really exciting conversation and i think it was timely as well. >> do you hear a lot from orchids who might be obese and are struggling with their weight and don't know what to do? >> it's an issue i think a lot of people are grappling with. i hear from kids who are cooking with their younger siblings or asking what are easy exercises i can do. at the same time i hear a lot from moms and from teachers who are folding kewl bites into the curriculum and it really is a collective audience we need to talk to to mobilize adults and kids to understand the strategies and understand how to read a nutritional label, how to cook for themselves, how to have a well-balanced meal. >> i also know that you've teamed up with rachael ray and bill clinton, his foundation for the alliance for a healthier generation. >> yeah. >> what are you doing in terms
of your work with him and them? >> it's a big honor. you know, the president has founded the alliance through his clinton foundation in tandem with the american heart association. i've been traveling around the country, meeting hundreds of students, having a conversation about health and fitness, seeing amazing changes in the cafeteria. we've launched a great new campaign. a special set of my recipes through the clinton foundation and our alliance and our tools that we're providing are now available to more than 30 million students being cooked and served in more than 15,000 school cafeterias on a daily basis so we're really excited about this campaign. >> reed, it's great to have you on the show. you and i connected recently in an airport. we didn't have time for a meal, but maybe next time i'd like to see what you're eating for lunch. >> i'd love it. >> reed, great to have you on. it's kewlbites. reed alexander, thank you. waterbeds for cows. it may seem a bit strange, but reynolds wolf will tell us why we need them to help bring more milk to the table.
good morning, san francisco! what an amazing shot you have there, not too far from pier 39. it's going to be a nice day for you, a few scattered clouds but temperatures warming up in the 70s. should be a great day altogether. many of you might be waking up this morning and enjoying some juice, maybe coffee, perhaps even some cereal. believe it or not, some of the cows that produce some of the milk that goes in your cereal had a very nice night last night, they slept very well. this story will explain why. dean knows how to keep cows happy. he makes waterbeds for cows. >> i would imagine that in the
beginning you were met with a bit of skepticism. >> yeah, they thought i was crazy, literally. >> reporter: he brought the water wbeds to the u.s. in 1999 and redesigned them for comfort. >> cows are very, very important to the dairymen. it's their livelihood. the more comfort she has, the better health she has, the more she'll produce. >> reporter: cows lay down 12 to 14 hours a day. >> introduced the dual chamber waterbed. we put basically a pillow up in front. we're talking about a 1500-pound cow. it cushions her knees and her hips. >> reporter: wisconsin farmer craig had the waterbeds installed in his barn just last year. >> what changes have you seen, craig, since you've had these new waterbeds for cows? >> the comfort, the legs, the hocks, there's no swelling. >> reporter: farmers may still opt for the traditional sand or straw bedding. the idea is comfortable cows can
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we are very busy here tweeting all morning, so we've all been told that crime doesn't pay, but it's hard to get mad when little kids try to get away with it, of course. for them, it's not about big money targets, instead it's about gum balls and stuffed animals. here's jeanne moos. >> reporter: this 2-year-old wanted to chew some gum balls. instead the gum ball machine swallowed his hand, or as his dad put it -- >> i turned my back for one minute. they tried to get some gum out of the gum machine and his hand was stuck up in there completely. >> reporter: his cheeks were full of tears as the fire department came to the rescue. >> we were hoping that we would come in and it would be as simple as putting some oil or something on it and sliding it out. it wasn't that simple. >> reporter: turns out they had to break the plastic and disassemble the mechanism. you mean there were gum balls all over the floor? >> all over the floor. >> reporter: all over the floor,
not counting the ones in terrell's hand. at one point during the rescue, the kid got some gum balls in his fist but he refused to open his fist and give up the gum balls. firefighters had to coax him so they could get his hand out. >> open your fist. open your hand. >> let the gum ball go. >> reporter: which he finally did. >> there you go, buddy. >> reporter: no injuries to the hand. but the best kid stuck in a toy machine video efr features a girl who climbs head first into the door where the prize normally comes out in one of those claw machines, like the one in "toy story. ". >> i have been chosen. mayor well, my friends. so i go on to a better place. >> reporter: once the girl disappears up the hole, another kid tells mom. as mom goes for help, the little girl pops up amid all the toys. mom sent some time trying to retrieve her by the feet and knocking on the window but the girl keeps climbing the mound of
toys. whatever you do, mom, don't try to shake her out. actually, this isn't so uncommon. there are other photos of kids trapped in the belly of a toy machine. eventually this little girl came out exactly the way she went in, exiting feet first with a little help from her mom. it was as if the vending machine gave birth. did she leave without taking home a prize? the gum ball kid got to keep a few, to help him chew over the experience. jeanne moos, cnn, new york. copd makes it hard to breathe, so i wasn't playing much of a role in my own life,
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>> hi, randi. president obama announced his support for same-sex marriage. what will it mean in the fight for economic equality for same-sex couples. if you think willpower is the key to combatting obesity in america, a ground-breaking report says think again. and facebook set to go public. we'll tell you what you need to know before you even think of buying a share of facebook. that's all coming up at 9:30 a.m. eastern. randi. anyone that was directly involved with adam, pretty much lived in fear. >> that from the brother of adam mayes, the man suspected of kidnapping two girls and killing their mother and sister, who is now dead. new details in the dramatic conclusion to a massive manhunt. and today we put same-sex marriage in focus. what president obama's new stance on the issue means for his campaign and what critics are saying. and mitt romney admits to a
disturbing incident in his teen years. we ask our expert what is the line between hurtful prank and criminal bullying? good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. it is 9:00. thanks for waking up with us. let's get you caught up on the news. president obama giving his support to the issue of same-sex marriage and that support is giving a big boost to his fund-raising efforts. a democratic source telling cnn that the president raised $2 million in the first 24 hours after making his remarks. and that comes as a new usa today/gallup poll shows that a majority of americans, 51%, approve of the president's position. let's bring in athena jones this morning. she's in silver spring, maryland, for us. athena, what are folks telling you there? >> reporter: well, we talked to half a dozen people here and they have all been in support of president's move. we thought we'd talk to a few
more people on camera. i talked to chris earlier about what he thinks about the president's announcement on wednesday and what did you tell me? >> i basically was in support of it. i think it was about time that he came around and said it. >> reporter: does it change your -- the way you feel about the president? does it make you more likely to vote for him? does it not change anything? would you have supported him anyway? >> yeah, yeah, i would have supported him. he had sort of hinted around it long enough that i think it was time that he came out and took a stand on it. >> reporter: do you think he went far enough? he still said it should be up to the states to decide on this issue. >> i do think that for now he did go far enough because i think it's a baby step process in that, you know, if he were to come out and say that an amendment should be made to the constitution or something, i think that would really be drastic and might turn a lot of people off. but in this instance he just came out and said i'm in support of it and i think that was enough for now. >> reporter: you mentioned that you have a son who's about to be 2 years old. the president himself said this is a generational issue and
talked about his own daughters influencing his opinion on this, influencing his decision to come out. what do you think will be the case for your son's generation? will this be a nonissue in a few more years? >> i certainly hope so. i think that they'll look back on this in 20 years and say what was all the big deal about. >> reporter: that's just a sampling of some of what we've been hearing as we talk to people around here. in the state of maryland governor o'malley signed in march a law that would legalize same-sex marriage starting in january. but there are opponents of the law who are trying to get enough signatures to get this issue on the ballot, to allow voters here in maryland to block that new law from coming into effect. so far we're in a pretty liberal area, the d.c. suburbs. people largely support president obama's move. but there's no telling really what will happen if that ballot measure gets on the ballot. >> very true. athena jones, thank you very much. mitt romney travels into the heart of christian conservatism this morning. he's giving the commencement speech at liberty university. that is the school founded by
jerry falwell. romney's camp says the speech will focus on personal responsibility and hard work and, yes, the issue of same-sex marriage will come up. we'll bring you the speech live next hour. newt gingrich will be among friends when he makes his first campaign pitch for mitt romney. the former candidate will speak on romney's behalf at the georgia state gop convention next week. gingrich was a long-time congressman from georgia and won the primary earlier this year. north carolina's governor is upset with voters who passed controversial amendment 1 this week. amendment 1 bans same-sex marriage and civil unions. >> people around the country are watching us and they're really confused to have been such a progressive, forward-thinking, economically-driven state. they are saying what in the world is going on in north carolina. we look like mississippi. >> that last part didn't sit so well in mississippi's governor. he said he's disappointed with the comments and said apparently north carolina anz are more in
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just a few tweets there from celebrities weighing in on obama's speech about same-sex marriage. his evolution, if you want to call it that. you'll recall when president obama came out in support of it this week on abc news, he said his position had evolved over time. according to recent polling, the nation's views are evolving as well. in 1996, just 27% of americans supported gay marriage. that number has now risen to 50%. last hour we talked with the executive director of the log cabin republicans, a group that supports same-sex marriage but not president obama. but my next guest supports both. emily s emily sallers is a singer and songwriter and one-half of the
indigo girls. thanks for joining us this morning. i know this is an issue that is near and dear to your heart. you said back in 2009 that it would be, quote, political suicide for a president to come out in support of gay marriage. do you still feel that way or do you think that the nation has changed in just these last few years and the nation is ready for it? >> well, i think, obviously, it's not political suicide for obama or else he wouldn't have come out and publicly about it even if his heart was in the right place. politics is all about strategy, we all know that. i'm not row romanticizing that anymore. there have to be legislative and tactical changes obviously for us to get our full civil rights, but the fact that he has come out in support of same-sex marriage is huge. he's on the right side of history in my opinion. >> some people have said that
they'll always remember where they were when they heard the president approve of same-sex marriage and say that he supports it. do you remember where you were? what was your reaction when you heard this announcement? >> i was home in atlanta. we thought we heard an interview was coming. we ran home and started getting texts from our friends. i literally stood there, i was at my partner's desk, and we read the news. then i went online to look for snippets of the interview. you know, it's goosebumps, it's a sense of this is a moment in history, i'm thankful to be alive, i'm thankful for all the people who paved the road for us up to this point. just a tremendous moment, i'll never forget it. now we just need to see the rest of the changes being implemented. >> let's talk about some of the accomplishments for the lgbt community under president obama. he repealed don't ask, don't tell. he signed the matthew shepard hate crimes prevention act. he stemmeded benefits to
same-sex partners, he extended domestic violence protection and his administration has also stopped defending doma, the defense of marriage act. so the thing is, though, despite all those accomplishments as some might see them, there are some in the lgbt community that say the president hasn't done enough. do you feel the president should have gone a step further in his statement, perhaps saying that marriage for gays and lesbians is protected under the equal protection clause of the constitution, that it is more than just a state's issue, or was this enough? >> you know, for me it's enough for today. i understand politics, i understand that you can't shove change down people's throats. if you look at the history of civil rights and any particular movement in the united states, first there had to be the belief system, then came the implementation of the rights. you can't take this to a popular vote. if you ever did, we'd never get anywhere as far as the advancements of civil rights for people in the united states. so i'm very pleased and proud of
our president. you know, it's like i'm very thankful for him to come out and make this statement. and the fact that he doesn't want to have doma any more is huge. once doma is gone, then we can really move forward with federal receipts. i think it's very easy to be a naysayer about how far we haven't come, but i'm taking the tack this time, this is huge. we've come a long, long way. we have a lot of people we're to be grateful for. this is my president, president obama. i can't wait to get out there and vote for him, can't wait for work for his campaign. i feel very, very excited. >> let me ask you then about mitt romney. he doesn't support same-sex marriage or civil unions. do you have a message for him and maybe the gop on why you might think republicans should consider their stance? >> well, as we all know and as you've reported, attitudes are changing about same-sex marriage. we are in the midst of an evolution of beliefs. you know, i feel saddened for people who can't see the necessity for civil rights, for
gay people in the united states. i think there's a lot of political fear with christian conservative, other religious conservative groups that affect how republicans run their campaigns generally speaking. and all i can say is deep in my heart i believe that obama is on the right side of history and those who want to legislate oppression are on the wrong side of history. time will prove that to be true, that's what i believe. so i wish romney were for same-sex marriage. i'm sure years down the road he'll regret it. if he's still alive to tell. i don't mean that in a dark or twisted way, like ted nugent. >> i would never compare you to ted nugent, don't worry. >> thank you. thank you very much. i didn't mean anything weird about that. >> on a personal note, do you hope to one day get married? >> yes, i do. i'm speaking to you from toronto, ontario, canada. my partner is canadian. we haven't been able to get married for fear of immigration
repercussions. we will definitely be married by god's grace, and i look forward to that. i would love to be able to get married in my home country and i would love to not have to move to another country simply so that i can live my life out with my civil rights protected with the person that i love and have a family and have all the things that heterosexual couples are able to enjoy. >> emily salliers great to talk with you this morning. thank you so much. >> thank you so much. mitt romney apologizing for something he's accused of doing when he was a teenager. was it bullying? or a harmless high school prank?
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mitt romney's apologizing for what he insists was a high school prank that he doesn't even remember. witnesses say as a teen in the '60s the teen and a group of friends held down a student who was thought to be gay and cut off chunks of his blond hair. one classmate told "the washington post" he'll never forget the look in the victim's eyes. i want you to meade jody blanco, a bullying activist and the author of "polilease stop laugh at me." jody, with kids today is there a clear line between being a
prankster and being a bully? >> well, there's a difference between kids being kids and kids being cruel. what i always say as a survivor turned activist who travels to the nation's schools and speaks to student audiences all over the country is that too often the bully never remembers and the outcast never forgets. i think that's what happened in the case of mitt romney and it happens in schools all over the place today. and it's not just the intention of the bully. so often these bullies don't mean to be cruel. i'm sure mitt romney wasn't necessarily trying to damage his victim for life. but the sad reality is that it does damage them for life. >> and you've actually written some op-eds for our website, cnn.com, about your personal experiences. let me just read a bit of one here. you wrote i was threatened, beaten, dragged across parking lots, burned with lit cigarettes, teased, taunted and spat upon at lunch, mocked in gym, snickered at in class,
ambushed at sleepovers and spit balled on the school bus. my adolescence was a living hell. >> right. >> so what are the long-term ramifications? if you say that it stays with people into their adult life, what are the ramifications? >> well, first of all, the adult survivor of peer abuse is someone who was either bullied as i was as a kid or just felt invisible, and they carry those insecurities and doubts into their adult lives. it makes them either overachievers, because you're constantly trying to prove to yourself that you're worthy, or it can be the opposite. you can never achieve all that you're meant to achieve. and i can tell you from experience there are millions of adult survivors of peer abuse in this country, like a ghostly population, that are afraid and insecure and doubt themselves because of how they were treated in school. if any are listening to this interview right now, i encourage you, see a therapist, get some support and help because
otherwise your school years can haunt you deep into adulthood, as they have with mitt romney's victim from high school. >> so how do you recommend -- i mean for kids today, you got through it when you were younger. how about the kids, if they can't go to a therapist, is there anything that they can do? is there any advice or anything that you might have for them? >> absolutely. if you're talking about kids in school today, if you're a parent and your child is struggling to fit in or feels invisible at school, find them a brand new social outlet. completely separate from school, through a park district or a library or a dance studio, where they can make new friends with new faces. it will give them more confidence, it will diminish some of their desperation for friendship and it will help them through the lonely school days. and it can literally save a life, because the hardest thing about being bullied isn't necessarily the abuse you take, but the loneliness and the
isolation. so if there are parents watching, find your child a new social outlet. let them make friends outside of school. it can change their lives. >> that is really just change their environment, that is really great advice. let's talk about bullying. is bullying any worse today, do you think, than it was 30, 40, 50 years ago? i mean with social media and cyberbullying, or are we just hearing more about it? >> well, you know, it's funny, i get asked that question all over the country when i go into schools to speak. bullying is no worse today than it was 30 years ago. as we've seen in this story sweeping the nation about mitt romney. what's different is that the weaponry to achieve it is far more sophisticated. 30 years ago if someone wanted to start a rumor about you, they would write it on a piece of notebook paper and pass it around the class. today that same rumor can be uploaded to youtube or posted on a facebook wall for thousands and thousands to see. i mean imagine 30 years ago if
they had the internet or 40 years ago if they had the internet. i wonder if this kid would have had a lot more happen to him than just have his haircut off. >> yeah, jodee, i appreciate your time. i could talk to you for hours about this issue. >> oh, thank you. >> it's important to me and a lot of our viewers, so we hope to have you back. thank you very much. >> thank you for inviting me. >> if you'd like to sound off on stories about bullying, tweet me now or any time. just use the hash tag bullying stops here. you can find me on twitter. i'd love to hear from you. thanks for watching today. "your bottom line" starts right now. everything about our society is designed to make us fat. it's the conclusion of a ground-breaking and influential report on obesity in america. is it time for the government to step in and make us thinner? good morning, everyone. i'm christine romans. this report refutes