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. much more ahead from here in charlotte, north carolina. stay with cnn. you didn't laeelect me to t you what you wanted to hear. you elected me to tell you the truth. and the truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. >> president obama closes the democratic national convention asking voters for four more years. but will they buy in? >> this mans has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart,
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and a spine of steel. >> vice president joe biden accepting his own nomination and calling his boss the defender of average americans for keeping general motors alive and making that osama bin laden call. good morning to you. welcome to "early start." >> i'm live at the midnight diner in charlotte, north carolina. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. >> would he head back to john in a moment, but first we begin with breaking news. a series of earthquakes hitting southwestern china killing at least 43 people. according to the u.s. geological survey urks the four quakes ranged from a magnitude 4.8 to 5.6. chinese media reports the quakes damaged more than 20,000 homes. we'll continue monitoring that situation for you and also overnight a 3.5 magnitude
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earthquake rattles west hollywood. it is the second this week that a quake hits southern california there. according to the u.s. geological survey, the epicenter was located two miles from west hollywood. damage has been reported a 3.2 magnitude earthquake shook beverly hills. that was on monday. so let's send it back to john. he is in charlotte at a diner this morning. and i understand with cheese fries in front of you, as well. >> yeah, these in fact are the cheese fries. we are live this morning at the midnight diner in charlotte because the convention, it's over. the hall is shut down. president obama made his case last night officially accepting his party's nomination. now, the faithful in the crowd loved it. the critics, may be less so. the reviews have been mixed, but his mission was clear, to frame the election as a choice, a choice between two very different visions of america's future. now, cnn's dana bash is with me here now and to me, it felt like
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a safe speech, almost reserved. >> that's right. you know, i agree. it's hard for him to take 234i chances right now. and the reason is he framed it at the beginning, he said you elected me to tell the truth. and sometimes the truth isn't easy. barack obama accepted his party's nomination with a kind of soaring rhetoric that got him elected four years ago, except hope and change were replaced by a reality check. >> i recognize that times have changed since i first spoke to this convention. times have changed and so have i. i'm no long eveer just a candid. i'm the president. >> reporter: yes, we can, now a plea for patience. >> i never said this journey would be easy and i won't promise that now. yes, our path is harder, but at
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least to a better place. yes, our road is longer, but we travel together. we don't turn back. we leave no one behind. >> reporter: the obama campaign ripped in to mitt romney for not offering enough specifics at his acceptance speech last week. the president took that a step further. >> they want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plan. and that's because all they have to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. have a surplus, try a tax cut. deficit too high? try another. feel a cold coming on? take two tax cuts, roll back some regular races and call us in the morning. >> reporter: he offered new promises for a second term. >> i'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country, goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit.
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>> reporter: some specifics, a vow to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs. cut growth of college tuition in half over the next ten years. and cut oil imports in half by 2020. vice president joe biden took on the role of eyewitness to the president while he made tough decisions. >> ladies and gentlemen, i'm here to tell you what i think you already know. but i watch it up close. bravery resides in the heart of barack obama and time and time again i witnessed him summon it. this man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart, and a spine of steel. >> reporter: and biden delivered the bumper sticker line he loves. >> we can now proudly say what you've heard me say the last six months. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. >> reporter: though the night belonged to the president, the democratic nominee from 2004
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offered one of the most memorable one liners of the night. >> ask osama bin laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago. >> reporter: and when it comes to the lasting images from this convention, it is this moment, former congresswoman gabby giffords shot through the head just last year and now walking without a cane on stage to recite the pledge of allegiance. >> liberty and justice for all. >> dan inna we're joined by mar cardona. you were in the hall last night. first of all, let me just ask, how did it go over will? >> i think it worked beautifully in the hall. i mean, obviously these are the faithful. but the reaction that you saw from them was they were reacting to a president who they knew wasn't going to be able to i think rise to the moment of 2008 and i don't think everybody was expecting him to do that. so what i call it was a proceed either tick pragmatism because
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it gave the faithful what they needed to hear. you could see it in the teary eyes and all of the reactions. he actually spoke to each of the members of the democratic coalition, he talked about immigrants, he talked about women, he talked about gays, he talked about labor p. i mean, everybody was included. >> it wasn't the 2004 speech in boston. this is probably not his top five, maybe not even top ten speeches. >> but i think that was strategically smart because again, 2008 was lightning in a bottle and he was not going to be able to recreate that. what he needed to do was reassure. and i thought that he made us take ownership of the hope and change. and asking us to what i call sort of the jerry mcguire moment. help me keep helping you. and that's exactly what he's asking the country to do as he asks them to reelect him for another four years. >> and you were surprised, we both were, there was a lot of foreign policy in there. >> there really was. it was shocking considering that that is so low on the priority
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list for voters right now. it is the economy, the economy, the economy. but he is running against somebody who is a former governor who has no experience on the foreign policy stage. and who just had a trip abroad which didn't go so well. so not only it they hit him on foreign policy, they had some fun with. >> but do you know who else became president with no foreign policy experience? a guy named barack obama. >> but he had a year in the senate. >> but that was interesting. the college students, the young kids who were so much a key part of 2008, did it they see something in this speech is that will excite them? >> i think they did see it. and again, i'll continue to say this, you can't compare to 2008 and i think that's what a lot of people do. y but the i think the young voter is a group of people that they're taking care of in the
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get out the vote effort. the way they're organizing on college campuses, the way they're using the faithful in the young voters to reach out to their own colleagues and their own peers i think is something that's incredibly powerful. you don't see it every day, but i think that is one of the secret weapons of the obama campaign right now. >> but i do think it was strategic to keep it kind of not that great. because a big rap on him particularly as things have not gotten as good as people wanted is that he's all talk and no substance. so the idea of keeping the soaring talk to a minimum is a way to try to answer that. >> and of course there's something so big that happens three hours from now which is the jobs report comes out. we may not even be talking about the convectintion speech at 8:3f it's a lousy jobs report. thanks for being here. share the cheese fries. we'll talk more about some other political news right now because whatever you thought of the speech, it really blew up twitter. it was new record for a
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political event, more than 9 million tweet s sent during president obama's address. by comparison, mitt romney topped out with a little more than 14,000 tweets per minute which actually sounds like a lot to me, also. the romney camp was quick to react to the president's speech. they responded with a theme we'll be hearing a lot. it says tonight president obama laid out the choice in this election, making the case for more of the same politics that have not worked for the past four years. he offered more promises, but he hasn't kept the promises he made four years ago. americans will hold president obama accountable for his record, they know they're not better off and that it's time to change direction. that from the romney campaign. romney's running mate congressman paul ryan is in southern california this morning. last night he headlined a $25,000 a couple fund-raiser at an exclusive beverly hills hotel. earlier in the day at a campaign stop in colorado, ryan called
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president obama the most partisan president he's ever seen. those were paul ryan's words. i'll save you some cheese fries, meanwhile back to you for more news in new york. >> it is like a party behind you. did everybody just stay up overnight and they're hanging out there this morning? >> i think in a word, yes. i mean, i think this is where the party moved. clearly to the med night diner. i think the convention parties ended 3:30, 4:00 and you come here for coffee and cheese fries. >> we're wrapping up here. it's been a whirlwind. what was your favorite moment? do you have a takeaway moment? >> my favorite moment is easy. i was in the arizona delegation last night when gabrielle giffords recited the pledge of allegiance and it was electric. a wave of emotion just swept over that hall, particularly where i was standing. i mean, floodgates opened. people started crying. and then the most amazing thing i saw was people in the arizona
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delegation giving each other high fives when she was doing the pledge. and i can't describe it. it was absolutely electric. >> that's wonderful. well, thanks for sharing that with us. some of us missed it, all those special moments. so we look forward to seeing them all today. it is 11 minutes past the hour. bermuda is bracing for hurricane leslie. category 1 storm could pass the eye wland this weekend. and people are being told to prepare for the worst. it is already bringing dangerous swells an currents to coastal areas of the island and here in the united states, the east coast is not out of play either. so let's get right to alexandra steel. she is at cnn hurricane headquarters. what can you tell us? >> it's not as bad as it could be for bermuda. bermuda sees hurricanes about three every ten years and it's moving farther east than we'd seen it before. this is the atlantic. we do have two hurricanes at play. there's leslie. here is michael. this is a category 2, it is
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small, tight, powerful. 105-mile-an-hour winds. good news, won't affect anyone, won't affect land. so with that, our attention turns to leslie. now, right now it's category 1, maximum sustained winds at 75 miles an hour. what's happened is it has sat over the same space, kind of the cold water for the last 18 hours or so. so we have not seen any intensification. so that is the good news. here is the projected path. now, you can see here is bermuda right now, it's about 430 miles south/southeast of bermuda, expected to make the past farther east than earlier thought sunday morning. so here are the impacts. this area east of haley fax cou halifax could seat biggest impacts. but it's a monster storm. winds at 185 miles an hour. and so we could see especially sunday morning, that's when kind of the biggest wind threat will be. we'll have more coming up. >> all right.
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17 past the hour. >> i'm in charlotte at the midnight diner where the convention party has movednd we' we're getting an early read on your local news. news from charlotte, here officials are warning of a max exodus out of the city. obviously after they leave the midnight diner. people getting out of town after the democratic convention and the hometown observer says security checkpoints at the airport opened at 3:30 eastern this morning as thousands of
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delegates, politicians and media types head for home. if you're in the airport watching us, hello to all of you. airport volunteers -- good morning. i'm sure you're happy there. volunteers are on hand to make sure everyone is in the right gates and right lines and travelers are advised to get to the airport three hours early. so be watching cnn there. we know you are. >> 18 past the hour. listen to this, john. a scorpion sting that cost $83,000. chandler regional medical center charged marcy edmonds 83 grand for two doses of anti-venom in the emergency room. her insurance company paid about $58,000 and she was on the line for about $25,000. the hospital apologized for any distress caused by the cost of her treatment, but they did not make that bill disappear. most poisonous scorpions in the u.s. can be found in arizona and
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in some cases, if a patient is not treated, hair condition can become life threatening. that is very expensive. >> the u.s. open in new york, new hope for american tip fuss was nearly benched because the usta says she needs to get in better shape. meet the 16-year-old tennis prodded giprod prodigy, reigning junior champion and yesterday she won two matches at the u.s. open. but the wall stre"wall street j says this morning she almost didn't make it there because the u.s. team coaches wouldn't pay her way until she slimmed down. her mother says she paid her daughter's expenses herself.ucht sta want to keep fitness as an important regiment, but if she's
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winning, she's winning. >> we pulled the full story trying to figure out what was going on here and i really believe there has to be more to it. they're saying her concern is the long term health and her long term development as a player. but she's 16 years old. and i'm a girl. i was 16 once. it's he hard to keep your weight in control when you're 16 years old. so it seems odd because she's the number one player in the world her mom says. so what's the deal. anyway, odd, odd. >> and she's winning. >> for an expanded look at all our top story, head to c cnn.com/earlysta cnn.com/earlystart. let's get you up-to-date. a man who lives in charlotte, north carolina, the site of the democratic national convention, accused of threatening to kill president obama on twitter. 21-year-old donte jamar simms made an initial court appearance yesterday, that's a picture of him. according to the criminal complaint, he sent five messages including, quote, the ser kret s secret service will be defense
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wls once i aim the rifle at about a rbarack obama's forehea. and new overnight, cnn confirming a pakistani judge has granted bail to a christian girl accused muof blasphemy. she was arrested after angry neighbors accused her of burning pages from the koran. her lawyer says she suffers from a learning disability. sgloo and lawyers for drew peterson still insisting their client did not kill his third wife even though a jury found him guilty of murder yesterday after 14 hours of cldeliberatio. his fourth wife has never been found and not declared dead either. now that peterson's been convicted, stacy's sister is hoping her family can find justice, as well. >> this is the first step.
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maybe somebody will come forward that maybe knows something about my sister and they feel safe now that they can come forward to talk since drew is put away. >> the ex-police sergeant face as maximum 60 year prison term when he is sentenced. that is scheduled november 26th. and boy band one direction almost spoiled rihanna's night at the mtv music video awards until -- >> vma, the video of the year award goes to rihanna! >> that's how you want to be a announced. she won the most coveted award of the night, video of the year for we found love. the night's other big winner, one direction with three awards including best new artist. rihanna's ex won two, nicki minaj three, also big winners. exciting night. let's head back to john. >> that announcement was like the craziest i've ever seen. >> i love it.
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isn't that the way you want to be announced? a lot of enthusiasm. >> that is. some day. some day we'll win our vmas. some day it will happen for us. we are here at charlotte, of course, for the democratic national con strength. and coming up, the single most important moment in this campaign might not have been the speeches last night. but comes in just a few hours. what is this critical game changing moment? it rhymes with jobs report. we'll tell you all about it. rolling hot dogs bag of ice anti-freeze wash and dry diesel self-serve fix a flat jumper cables 5% cashback signup for 5% cashback at gas stations through september. it pays to discover. 8% every 10 years.age 40, we can start losing muscle -- wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health. i've got revigor. what's revigor? it's the amino acid metabolite, hmb to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time. [ female announcer ] ensure muscle health has revigor
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after all, you don't call russia our number one enemy, not
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al qaeda, russia, unless you're still stuck in a cold war mind. >> turning the tables. the president once slammed for his inexperience accepts his nomination with a dead al qaeda leader on his resume and a message for mitt romney. hurricane leslie racing towards bermuda, crashing waves into the states. the latest on the storm's path is just ahead for you. welcome back to "early start." we're happy you're with us this morning. >> i'm john berman live in charlotte, north carolina at the midnight diner. turn out the lights, the party's over, the conventions are done, and the president's acceptance speech is the talk of the political world this morning. and with the november election less than two months away, everyone is glued to their seats to see if the president will get any kind of bounce. i'm joined here this morning by cnn senior congressional correspondent dana bash who is also a anyone gentleman. look what she did with the salt
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here. she has magical powers. also joining me and also with magical powers, former adviser to bill clinton and also our friend republican strategist. an marks i want to start with you because you are our resident republican this morning. and also because i read your twitter feed at night. and i read something you wrote last night, you said that this speech from the president was presidential. >> i thought so. >> explain. >> it was not the soaring rhetoric, it was not the 2004 candidate, it was not the 2008 candidate. it wasn't that memorable speech that just lit your hair on fire and you wanted to go out and follow barack obama down whatever path he led you. this was a much more somber tone, it was one where he admitted failures. it was one where we saw him with gray hair for the first time and departments on his fender as he likes to say. but it was presidential i thought. it was one where he tried to portray himself as firmly in control commander in chief and
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the firmly in control president. i think he did what he had to do. not the best speech i've ever heard from barack obama, but the most presidential speech i've ever heard from barack obama. >> you're smiling. >> she loved the speech. i don't have to say anything. i think it was very forceful, resolute president, very strategic. aimed at undecideds. aimed at the middle. i love that he said i admit my mistakes. we haven't been perfect. but i thought it was very hopeful. and it was pretty terrific. maybe not the best speech ever in the history of conventions, but i thought it was a really excellent speech and i think more importantly an amazing three days for the democrats. >> we've been talking about foreign policy. how much foreign policy and how much bragging about foreign policy was really in the speech.
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let's play the bite where he talks about the republican experience on foreign policy. >> my opponent and his running mate are new to foreign policy. but from all that we've seen and heard, they want to take us back to an era of blustering and blundering that cost america so takerly. after all, you don't call russia our number one enemy, not al qaeda, russia, unless you're still stuck in a cold war mind warp. >> now, polls show the president does have an advantage on leadership, but this election no one really thinks will is going to be about about foreign policy. why spend so much time on this? >> i honestly think it's because those were the areas where he could get some serious digs in to mitt romney. that was one. and talking about the fact that mitt romney went to great
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britain one of the united states' greatest allies and made them angry and had a big blunder there. so i think that he definitely did talk a lot about foreign policy and substance much more than we expected, but i think it really was a forum for him to tweak him. >> you mentioned specifics. i want to put up a full screen of the five goals the president laid out for the new term, among them create 1 million new manufacturing jobs, cut oil imports in half by 2020, cut growth of college tuition and two other goals here. these are goals. but this is not a very specific hyper state of the union presidential plan. is this impressive to you, anna? >> you know, again, it's not the most impressed i've of been by barack obama, but i'm also not unimpressed. i love a good political speech whether it's a republican, a democrat, a libertarian, a vegetarian or hungarian.
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i think mitt romney did what he had to do in his speech and i thought the foreign policy stuff was very interesting for two reasons. first of all, he tried to make it up on the israel. we'll all remember that the day before the awkward snafu when it came to amending the party platform on the issue of jerusalem being the capital of israel, something that the party platform had taken up and it was an embarrassing awkward moment where there were a lot of boos from the floor. but also everything in life is relative. and four years ago, he was on defense on foreign policy against a very experienced john mccain. four years later, he's on offense. but to quote your former bosses, bill clinton, it takes a lot of brass for barack obama to pick on foreign policy. >> richard, you're smiling. you're already happy because anna did your work for you this morning. >> it was a patriot triy thtrio.
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>> a lot of american flags last night. we'll move on here. we'll move on talking about more politics because it did not take long for the romney campaign to react to president obama's speech. it was a theme that we heard before and we'll keep hear. it says tonight president obama laid out the choice in this election making the case for more of the same policies that haven't worked for the past four years. he offered more promises, but he hasn't kept the promises he made four years ago. american will hold president obama accountable for his record. they know they're not better off and it's time to change direction. by at least one measure, the convention was a hit. former president bill clinton topped the nfl kickoff special. an estimated 25.1 million people watched the second night of the democratic convention, highlighted by bill clinton's
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nominating speech. the giants/cowboys game averaged 23.9 million viewers. so there you have it. zoraida, back to you. the salt shaker still stands. >> i want to figure that out, how she made that happen. so when we have more time, we'll chat about that or if she a could tweet out what her secret is. 38 past the hour. another hurricane is on its way, this time leslie is churning towards bermuda. take a look at her there. swimmers in the u.s. warned to proceed with caution. the latest next in a live report. i don't want healthy skin for a day. i want healthy skin for life. [ female announcer ] don't just moisturize, improve the health of your skin with aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. the natural oatmeal formula goes beyond 24-hour moisture. it's clinically proven to improve your skin's health in one day, with significant improvement in 2 weeks. for healthy, beautiful skin that lasts. i found a moisturizer for life. [ female announcer ] aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. also discover daily moisturizing body wash.
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areas of the island and here in the united states, parts of the east coast are already feeling some of the storm's effects, as well. so let's get right to alexandra steel at cnn hurricane headquarters. pretty menacing, right? >> yeah, it is a big storm. not that organized, but what we're seeing right now, 75-mile-an-hour sustained winds. so it's a category 1. the eye isn't that con send trach, but what we'll see is this wind field is so massive, so the question is, it will pass east of per nbermuda. won't made a direct here. from the center of the cone to bermuda is 190 miles. from the edge of the cone to bermuda is 45 miles. but we will see it pass especially on sunday morning. that's when it looks as though it will make its closest pass. but it is a big storm. and here are the potential impacts. we already have a tropical storm
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watch in effect. that means we'll see tropical storm conditions within the next 48 to 60 hours. tropical storm force winds are massive from the center, they send out 185 miles. hurricane force winds extend out 35 miles. so u.s. impacts, big waves and rip currents believe it or not, all the way from florida to cape cod. even in new jersey they're seeing three and four foot waves now. so really deadly rip currents the biggest issue with this. so east coasters, stay out of the water this weekend. >> she has a big footprint there. we'll check back in with you. thank you very much, alexandra. so let's head over to john in charlotte. >> president obama capped off two weeks of political drama last night. the conventions are over. and there are a lot of people who say the conventions don't matter anymore. but i submit there is always something you have never seen before here. always something. and i tried to find that something in the last two weeks and i documented it on twitter
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and instragram. seriously, two weeks ago, who would have thought to talk to a chair. that was my view of clint eastwood. i was standing just a few feet away when he was talking to the chair. extraordinary. two weeks ago, who would have thought that the two most taxful politicians were named ann and michelle. this is how i saw it when michelle obama first entered the arena. she took a look to see what it would look like from the stage. and two weeks ago, who would have thought that weather would threaten to completely disrupt these carefully laid plans. and of course it did. it canceled one night of the republican convention and forced the democratic convention inside. this is what topical isaac looked like from my hotel room. so as bill clinton said in 1988, in closing, if you need more proof that conventions still matter, they're still fun and are still fascinating, if you need more proof that you really
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can't touch this, i offer you this, mc hammer. see, conventions do matter. if you want to see more of these pictures, come visit our blog, cnn.com/earlystart. we have more pictures there. worth looking at. all right. moving back now, one of the most inspirational stories from this year's u.s. open, it isn't from a tennis player. it's from military vet who has overcome the oddsputee and is now a ball assist taptan to. an amazing story. go to cnn.com/tv. id you know that honey nut cheerios has oats that can help lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. what's the rush? chase scene netflix coming soon extra butter tickets swoon penguin journey junior mints movie phone evil prince bollywood 3d shark attack ned the head
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welcome back to early start. it is 49 past the hour. the largest sporting event in the united states wraps up this weaned and perhaps the most powerful and inspirational story from this year's u.s. open comes from 23-year-old rye apan mcint.
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he's a ball assistant, a military vet and an amputee. >> this is my running leg. this is u.s. army and my purple heart badge from afghanistan. >> ryan lost his leg two years ago in a land mine explosion while serving in afghanistan. his first tour of duty as an infantryman in the army. >> i remember my guys yelling ied. so i didn't know i was injured in the beginning. i was just kind of in shock. and so then they started screaming where's mac, where's mac. so i started kind of putting my hand up to see if they could find me and then i ended up crawling out of the ditch, grabbing my spot leader's hand and picking myself up and looking at my foot and realizing that my toes weren't there anymore. >> all ryan says he could think about after his injury was getting better for his son born just five months after that blast. >> that was probably the biggest thing running through my head
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that i was going to be a dad and it wasn't the same for me. >> ryan says it was his father that gave him the strength to pull through. >> one of my final surgeries that i went through, i was in excruciating pain because they just shaved my bone and i laid in the hospital bed screaming for about half an hour. i kicked everybody out of the room besides my dad because he's the only person that i really felt like i could be that, you know, vulnerable with. and so my dad held my hand and dealt with that with me. >> incredibly ryan was back up and walking in two months, running in three. playing sports like basketball, soccer and volleyball. in time, an army commander impressed with his athleticism told him he should try out to become a u.s. open ball person. it is a fiercely competitive process and ryan had never even played tennis. >> kind of like a ball person
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somewh? what is that? so i went to the tryout and they were like you can throw a tennis ball. and that's when i used the word, you know, i can throw -- i've thrown a hand grenade, so i think i can handle a tennis ball. >> now he assists tennis stars. off the court, ryan who is still in the army works as an adaptive sports coordinator helping other wounded vets getting a difference again. >> i want them to realize that life's not over and that you can still do a lot of things and overcome your injuries and move on and get through them because that's what life's about is getting through the hard times and getting to the better times. >> ryan continues to beat the odds. he is training to run in the 2012 pair wlim piralympicss in . this is an impressive young man and he's so proud to be a soldier, he wanted to go back to the front lines and continue to fight believe it or not. >> what a nice inspiring story.
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thank you so much. that was really, really cool. we have a lot more that's very cool coming up on early start in the next hour. looking ahead on the home stretch of the campaign trail, will president obama get a convention bounce some will today's huge jobs report deflate that bounce? we'll be joined by ryan lizza. he has answers. and lex harriss has answers. and congresswoman judy chu of california, she has spin and answers. more news, voters and swimmers warned as hurricane leslie kicks up angry waves along the east coast. bermuda now in the cross hairs and we have more news that every driver will want to see. we'll tell but the fastest highway in the country, we'll show you exactly where it is and just how fast you can go. do not change the channel or you will regret it forever. all coming up in the next hour of cnn. but first, an olympian's running
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well back to "early start." it is 57 after the hour. we're taking a look at what is trending on the web. playing video games for hours? >> twitch tv offering $5,000 scholarships to student gamers who were able to balance their
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playing skills and high game rankings with their gpa. don't you love this? one of them is not your typical video game nerd. she's a woman dominating all the news on the game halo. kelly done happunlap is a docto candidate in washington. p. >> and i've read all kinds of studies that say people who play video games end up being smarter than thee rest of us. >> i hope that's true. i have two kids that play a lot of them. a company says it developed a four legged robot called the cheetah for the u.s. military. this looks like something out of the movies. the cheetah ran about 28 miles an hour. a real cheetah can hit 60 miles an hour in short bursts. so the robot has a long way to
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go for that bisti stibut still cool. >> and i hear you have an atari in your office, is that true? >> i have an a it atar i-2600. >> are you dating yourself. i love that. it is back to the campaign trail now. but not before a few late night convention parting shots. >> the democratic national convention wrapped up tonight. there were a lot of speeches touting president obama's accomplishments since he took office and, yes, osama bin laden is dead now and the auto industry seems to have pulled through pretty well, but on the other hand, back in 2008, there was no snooki, no honey boo-boo and now there are both and someone has to be held accountable. >> i think it's clear who should be the next president of the united states. bill clinton. how about that?
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yeah. he was unbelievable. according to the democrat, he won the election for obama, he helped the cowboys beat the giants, even had time to go to hooters afterwards. what a night. >> last night monicahooters aft >> last night monica lewinsky's rabbi gave a -- which is why he started with the phrase, awkward. >> among the major networks, nbc was the only one to broadcast vice president biden speech's live. nbc is still considered a major network? >> that is wrong. that is so wrong. >> jay leno. he's getting back at them. >> that's my former network, i love them.
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let's move on. >> stay with us because the next hour of "early start" begins right now. but know this, america, our problems can be solved. our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> president obama accepts the nomination and makes the case for a second term of the will voters give him that chance for four more years? >> not a day has gone by in the last four years when i haven't been grateful as an american that barack obama is our president because he always has the courage to make the tough decision. >> vice president joe biden accepts his own nomination and calling his boss the defender of the average american.
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good morning to you, welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman live from the midnight diner in charlotte, north carolina. it is 6:00 a.m. in the east. we are following breaking news out of china this morning. a series of earthquakes killing 43 people. the four quakes in china, range from 4.8 to 5.6. china's state media reports the quakes damaged more than 20,000 homes as well. for the second time this week, southern california has been rattled by an earthquake, the 3.5 quake hit just after midnight and according to the u.s. geological survey, the epicenter was located two miles from west hollywood. no damage is reported. a 3.2 magnitude earthquake rattled beverly hills on monday, john. >> all right, zoraida, we're
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here in charlotte at the midnight diner because the conventions are over and the hall shut down. president obama made his case accepting his party's nomination. the faithful in the crowd loved it but critics maybe less so. the reviews have been mixed. the mission was to frame the election as a choice, a choice between two visions of america's future. i'm joinled by cnn's dana bash and a plate of cheese fries here at the dine rdiner. to me it seemed like a save reserve speech. >> it did and it was a speech given by someone who has changed dramatically, understandably so over the past four years when he was the candidate of hope and change. the message that he said and that he clearly wanted to get across was that he is somebody who will continue to work hard and tell people the truth. >> barack obama accepted his party's nomination with the kind of soaring rhetoric that got him
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elected four years ago, except hope and change were replaced by reality check. >> i recognize that times have changed since i first spoke to this convention. times have changed and so have i. i'm no longer just a candidate. i'm the president. >> yes, we can now a plea for patience. >> america, i never said this journey would be easy and i won't promise that now. yes, our path is harder but it leads to a better place. yes our road is longer but we travel it together. we don't turn back. we leave no one behind. >> but he still sprinkled in the familiar obama or tri. >> our problems can be solved and our challenges can be met and the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place and i'm asking you to choose that future.
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>> the obama campaign ripped into mitt romney for not offering enough specifics at his acceptance speech last week. the president took that a step further. >> they want your vote but they don't want you to know their plan. and that's because all they had to offer is the same prescriptions they've had for the last 30 years. have a surplus? try a tax cut. deficit too high? try another one. feel a cold coming on? take two tax cuts and roll back regulations and call us in the morning. >> reporter: he offered new promises for a second term. >> i'm asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country, goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security and the deficit. >> some specifics vowed to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs and cut growth of college tuition in half over the next ten years and
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oil imports in half by 2020. vice president joe biden took on the role of eyewitness to the president when he made tough decisions. >> i'm here to tell you what i think you already know, but i watch it up close, bravery resides in the heart of barack obama and time and time again i witnessed him summon it. this man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart and a spine of steel! >> and biden delivered the bumper sticker line he loves. >> we can now proud my say what you've heard me say the last six months. osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive! >> the night belonged to the president, the democratic nominee from 2004 offered one of the most memorable one-liners of the night. >> ask osama bin laden if he is better off now than he was four
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years ago. >> and when it comes to lasting images from this convention, it is this moment, former congresswoman gabby giffords shot through the head last year and now walking without a cane on stage to recite the pledge of allegiance. >> liberty and justice for all. >> dana and i are joined by cnn contributor and washington correspondent for the new yorker ryan lizza, sort of professorial in the tweed this morning. your reaction seemed to be what people were saying last night, which was, eh. >> i think critics watching for speeches two past two weeks have nothing to say. i thought he was trying to do a lot with this speech. he had a lot of very specific -- i thought frankly poll tested lines. you could almost see the strategists saying you need this policy for ohio, you've got to talk about wind in iowa,
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messaging for specific swing states and get in shots at romney, almost surprisingly, took on a negative attacking tone in a few places. at the end you had this long rif about citizenship and view of the role of government in society. so i didn't think it was the greatest speech obama speech in terms of a sweeping retore cal speech, nothing like his 2004 speech, but in terms of getting work done, i thought it accomplished something. if you were a voter who cared about what romney would do or obama would do going forward, o bam ma's speech had more for you as far as vision for america. >> aides were saying they were going to offer more specifics and that he was going to be more concrete in his proposals. i was not, not to be cynic, because we're not cynics, but he's running for a second term. if he doesn't accomplish these things at the end of the term,
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it's over. >> i think if you looked at mitt romney's reach, he gave the speech of his life, a speech that will stand up, obama's speech may be nor forgettable in the short term. but as you read his speech as an end of a trilology what the democrats were able to achieve may have a bigger impact in this election. if the they can make this a choice, maybe they succeeded here. >> i will say in terms of the two conventions which seems to have more oomph, the democrats, one it's better to bat second because they could respond to everything the republicans said so that helps. but i just felt like this convention came off a little bit better than tampa did. >> we were both on the floor at both and there was -- i think objectively speaking there was more energy in this at this convention. the question is, we're talking about preaching to the faithful
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at both -- >> i would still be surprised if there's a big bounce because you know the dynamics of this election are tiny vote of undecided voters. >> energy bounce remains to be seen. whatever you thought of the speech, whatever you thought of the energy, it certainly blew up twitter last night. more than 9 million tweets during his address, close to 53,000 tweets a min u by comparison, mitt romney topped out with 14,000 per minute which doesn't sound half bad to me. the romney campaign was quick to react to the president's speech with a theme we will be hearing a lot the next two months. here's part of their statement. tonight president obama laid out the choice in this election making the case for more of the same policy that's haven't worked for the past four years. he offered more promises but he hasn't kept the promises he's made four years ago. americans will hold president obama accountable for his record. they know they are not better off and it's time to change
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direction. paul ryan, mitt romney's running mate is waking up in southern california. he headlined a $25,000 a couple fundraiser at an exclusive beverly hills hotel. earlier in colorado he called president obama the most partisan president he's ever seen. something we'll be hearing in the next couple of weeks. beau biden, the son of vice president joe biden, he'll be live here at 8:00 a.m. eastern. he loves his dad. let's see what he thinks about his speech last night. back to zoraida. >> we have breaking news into the cnn newsroom. prince harry is now in afghanistan for his second tour of duty. the news confirmed by the ministry of defense. he'll serve for four months an apache pilot. this comes four and a half years after his last tour. prince harry is headed to afghanistan for his second tour of duty. this comes of course just weeks
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after naked pictures surfaced of him in las vegas. timing very interesting there. 11 minutes past the hour. bermuda is bracing for hurricane leslie. the category one storm could pass the island this sunday. it is bringing dangerous swells and current to coastal areas of the island. here in the united states, parts of the east coast are already feeling some of the storm's effects as well. let's head over to alexandra steele. what can you tell us? >> the u.s. impacts will be two-fold. we're going to see dangerous and deadly rip current and strong waves. here's hurricane leslie. the question is how close of a pass will it make to bermuda. right now it's moving north at 1 mile per hour, really stationary for the last 18 hours. max mimum sustained winds at 20 miles per hour. we'll watch the path stay east of bermuda. you can see well east now but the effects will be in bermuda
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very strong winds because the wind swath with this is quite big. we have tropical storm watches for bermuda and the worst of it will be on sunday morning. more on leslie coming up. let's head back to john in charlotte wrapping it all up for us. john? >> thanks, zoraida. folks at the convention went wild last night during the president's speech but how did the rest of the america react? especially those key undecided voters. we will tell you how undecided voters felt about the president's words coming up next. i don't have to use gas. i am probably going to the gas station about once a month. drive around town all the time doing errands and never ever have to fill up gas in the city. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. the last time i went to the gas station must have been about three months ago. i go to the gas station such a small amount that i forget how to put gas in my car.
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race. how well did the president do with everyone still on the fence? here's tom foreman. >> as our focus group sat here using the dial tested devices to record their moments about the speech, it was fascinating to see the reaction from all of you compared with people in the hall. i want to back up and have you first raise your hands if you come into tonight truly undecided. let's take a look at the group here. basically everyone is undecided. the question is, doid president obama make them more decided? look at the reaction when he said one of his signature lines, something they've been pushing about moving forward, not back. >> after all we've been through, i don't believe that rolling back regulations on wall street will help the small business woman expand or the laid off construction worker keep his home. we have been there and tried
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that and we're not going back. we are moving forward, america. >> the people in the hall just loved that. people here not so much. why do you think that whole idea of we're going to keep moving forward and not moving back didn't resonate more with the voters here? >> i'm not sure i believe all of the things he said about going forward and not going backward. i'm not convinced. >> you're not convinced. >> what did you think when you heard that? >> i was convinced. i believe him. >> you do believe him. you would have been one of the people pushing the dials up. why do you believe him when you don't? >> i think he's sincere and honest. >> reporter: let me ask the men. what did you think when you heard that? the men by and large seem more skeptical than the woman? >> i think he was sincere but i don't believe him. he wants to move forward but he still lives in the past. from everything i've heard they are still blaming bush and that was four years ago. >> one of the things i'm curious
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about here and want to ask over here about, when i watch your reactions, i couldn't help but wonder if some you felt you heard this before, good, bad or otherwise and people seem almost fatigued. did you like it? were you inspired? >> i am quite sleepy. the statement gets lost. perhaps it's not flashy or what not. i agree with the statement but there's so much else going on in the speech. >> let's take a look at one other quick section here. one of the biggest earliest spikes here came when he talked about energy independence. look what happened when he talked about gas prices. >> in the last year alone, we cut oil imports by 1 million barrels a day, more than any other administration in recent history. and today the united states of america is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades.
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>> reporter: he talked about less dependence on foreign oil as a group you liked it. who liked that statement? somebody had to -- what did you like about it? >> i like hearing how they are going to lower gas prices. americans are suffering with gas just under $4 a gallon and we keep -- we need to find other ways around that other than putting wind mills on every corner or forcing people to use mercury filled light bulbs in her house. >> there seemed to be focus on pocketbook issues, whenever he talked about actual practical pocketbook issues rkz people liked it better. were you one of those people? >> yes. >> reporter: why does that matter so much? >> we're all concerned about our pocketbook and where spending is at. >> the word from the undecided voters, that was cnn's tom foreman. in two hours the conventions might be an afterthought, an
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with the democratic national convention now behind him, president obama faces another pivotal test. this morning the jobs report for the month of august is set to be released. this is in about two hours, with the dow and s&p 500 closing at the highest points during the obama presidency on thursday, it could result in a boost for the president headed into the debates and joining me now to preview the jobs report is the
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managing editor rex harris. thanks for getting up early for us. you are forecasting what it's going to say. we're going to show it to viewers and i want you to explain whether this is good news or bad news for president obama on the heels of his speech. >> it is good news. the forecast from the economists we talked to is for 120,000 jobs added i've seen some up about 130,000, it's not great, but it continues to tell the story of slow, steady gains. unfortunately, it's not enough to bring the unemployment rate down. we're still going to stay at 8.3%. >> the good news heading into the s&p and dow, that is good news for president obama. >> absolutely. we've had now since i think the market hit bottom march of 2009. since then, it's basically doubled under president obama. it's a big story. >> but we were way down? >> we were, absolutely. but i think what president obama can say there, am i really that
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bad for business and strangling businesses as the republicans claim? if that were the case, why would the stock market have doubled over that time? i think it's an interesting story to tell. >> as the average american is watching the numbers come out, how does it affect them? >> it's very interesting, as the stock market has gone up, individual investors have pulled out of the market. they've been really they've been bitten before by it and just they don't want to get involved in the risks and don't trust the stock market right now. a lot of people just aren't participating in this market advance. but, the stock market is a real indicator and does present -- it shows you that there isn't as much anxiety in the economy. when it tanks is when people really get the panic. >> we're running out of time here but quickly because we're chatting about it earlier. you said there are some concerns for the obama administration coming forward. what are they? >> next week we have the federal reserve. now, part of the reason the stock market has been going up is because of the fed. if they disappoint, you could
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see some shakiness there. and europe is still not fixed. we had good news yesterday but it could turn around fast. >> lex harris, thanks for coming in. we appreciate it. breaking news, the uk's prince harry deployed to afghanistan. we have a live report coming up next. 8% every 10 years. wow. wow. but you can help fight muscle loss with exercise and ensure muscle health. i've got revigor. what's revigor? it's the amino acid metabolite, hmb to help rebuild muscle and strength naturally lost over time. [ female announcer ] ensure muscle health has revigor and protein to help protect, preserve, and promote muscle health. keeps you from getting soft. [ major nutrition ] ensure. nutrition in charge!
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serkd term on the final night of the democratic national convention. will voters listen? hurricane leslie making its way towards bermuda. the island now preparing for the worst. we'll have a live update from the cnn hurricane headquarters coming up. >> she looks menacing, john. welcome back, i'm zoraida sambolin in new york. >> and i'm john berman live at the midnight diner in charlotte, north carolina. it's about half half the hour right now. the convention wrapped up last night. president obama's acceptance speech marked the end of festivities there and the beginning of the homestretch of this campaign. i want to talk about that with my next guest, judy chew of california who addressed the crowd on wednesday night and co-chair of the 2012 obama campaign. you were in the hall last night, what did you think? >> i thought it was tremendous. he had to show his record of
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accomplishments and layout the vision for the future and fire up the crowd. >> he may have fired up the crowd and there are people saying overnight, and i agree, this is not the best speech he has ever given, not the 2004 convention speech or 2008. he has given better speeches than this, wouldn't you agree? >> i think his goal was different. in this case he had to do many tests. he had to combat the terrible commercials laid out by the super pacs and show that he is presidential, that he made very tough decisions. >> presidential is a word that people have used and he used. he went out of his way to tell you, i'm the president, as if people didn't know. he also talked about immigration a little bit. i want to play a sound bite from that. >> you're the reason a young immigrant who grew up here and went to school here and pledged alliance to our flag will no longer be deported from the only
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country she's ever called home. why selfless solders won't be kicked out. military because of who they love and families can say to those who served us so bravely, welcome home. welcome home. you did that. you did that! >> you did that. a very interesting use of language construction right there. is that in response to the republican's constant refrain of you built that? >> i think it was a way of showing that it was americans that resulted in these policies that he put forth. >> what does he need to do coming out of this convention to seem the deal, if you think he can do that? >> he needs to continue to layout the message that there are two stark choices, a stark choice for a candidate for the top 2% and a president who has shown that he is fighting for the lives of every average
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american. >> representative, i know you're friends with former congresswoman gabrielle giffords and i was in the arizona delegation last night when she recited the pledge of allegia e allegiance. what was it like for you to see that? >> i was so overwhelmed. i know the people around me gasped because it was so emotional to see her out there after all of her struggles to see her so committed to the democratic future of this country. >> some of her friends in the delegation told me she so badly want d to be at the convention but she was nervous. it was a big crowd and she's heavily involved with rehabilitation, she was nervous about doing something more -- the pledge was something she could handle. i think she knocked it out of the park last night. >> struggle to lift her arm but yet see her do it. >> the jobs report comes out this morning. if this number is not strong, if
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it is below expectations, doesn't that erase everything the democrats may have accomplished in this convention? isn't that then an indictment of the last four years? >> i thought bill clinton said it best, president obama inherited a mess and laid the floor so the economy didn't collapse but he was able to save it and we need more time. >> representative judy chu from california, thanks for coming in. we have cheese fries for you as a parting gift if you like. everyone leaves with cheese fries, zoraida. >> who eats cheese fries for breakfast, john, seriously? >> we do. we do. >> all right, john, thank you. >> bring me some. 35 minutes past the hour. bermuda is battening down the hatches getting ready for leslie. you may feel the ripple effect. the latest on the storm's path in a live report coming up next. ♪
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welcome back to "early start." bermuda is getting ready for hurricane leslie. the category 1 could pass the island this weekend. here's what it looks like from space, it is already bringing dangerous swells and currents to coastal areas of the island. here in the united states, parts of the east coast are feeling the storm effects as well. alexandra steele, what is she doing now? >> it is now -- you can still see still southeast of bermuda. but the u.s. will feel impact. there will be deadly and dangerous rip current and also some very high waves along the eastern seaboard. here's a look at the hurricane.
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again, leslie has been really just sitting where it is for the last 18 hours. last advisory as of 5:00 a.m. has it now moving north at 1 mile per hour. it is beginning to make a move. here's its track. it will pass and not make a direct hit to bermuda. it will pass east of bermuda. how close it will be is the question. the time for this because the swath of leslie is so big, the wind field with this is bo bohemith. just to give you perspective, there's a 45 mile radius here between bermuda and the edge of the cone. now tropical storm force winds with this thing extend out 185 miles from the center. regardless, we will see big time winds in bermuda this weekend. then we'll see it move northeast and actually new foundland we could see really big waves. hurricane leslie, bermuda
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impact, tropical storm watch in effect for the next 48 to 60 hours or so. tropical storm force winds extend out 185 miles from the center. hurricane force winds extend out 35. winds and high surf by sunday. that's the biggest threat and the biggest impacts will be sunday morning. big waves and rip current for us in the u.s. all the way from florida to cape cod, you'll see it even 3 and 4 foot waves now off the coast of new jersey. >> i know you'll be keeping an eye on this all day. thank you very much. breaking news right now related to the royal family in britain. just this hour we've learned prince harry has reported for duty in afghanistan. it is his second tour of military duty. cnn royal correspondent max foster joins us live from london. what have you learned? >> relief to talk about this at last. this has been an announcement made under very tight security.
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you'll remember the last tour of afghanistan prince harry had to be pulled out because there was a media blackout and that got broken by a u.s. publication. this time under a different system under tight security we've been get giving reporting access to him but only after he arrived. these are pictures ever him arriving a few hours ago. he is an apache pilot but will work in afghanistan sitting in the back seat of that attack helicopter. largely in a surveillance role but he will be expected to get involved in close combat as well. he's firing the guns in the back seat effectively. that's his role for the next four months. >> the timing is curious because we have been seeing pictures of him from las vegas that have been posted all over the place of him naked when he was attending a party. how long has this been in the works? >> well, it's been in the work for many, many months and certainly over the weekend when
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those pictures came out, everyone was fully aware of the deployment and it was all set up and he was to be going. all of the tabloid reporters say today once the news came out that this weekend this vegas was all a big blowout before he went to afghanistan for what his commander says is a different, dangerous job. i have to say, zoraida, there are different sides to prince harry, what he always tries to do is be himself in whatever role he's in. he's a 27-year-old out in las vegas, he's going to behave in that way and in the military, he's going to be very, very serious. he takes it very seriously that role. you'll certainly not see antics in afghanistan as far as he's concerned. >> we wish him well. max foster, thank you very much. 43 minutes past the hour. let's get you up to date on the top story, starting with a warning from the u.s. to iraq. don't let iran use iraqi air
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space to deliver weapons to forces loyal to syria's president. iraq is denying reports that it's allowing iran to do so. opposition groups say 30 people have been killed throughout syria and that number is today alone. here's a tip. pack your toothbrush, even in space. two space walking astronauts used a toothbrush to fix a power system on the international space station. this was on wednesday. nasa's curiosity rover took the first big whif of mars to send back home. so far we know the main component is carbon dioxide. i can't get over that, toothbrush, one of the astronauts said let's try it and it worked. the need for texas, the state transportation commission approved an 85-mile-per-hour speed limit for a highway
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between austin and san antonio. it is the highest speed limit in the country. can you believe that, john? >> 85 miles an hour, that seems fast to me. i may stay away. >> i want to go. >> soledad o'brien -- >> you're going to head there, i'm nervous and you want to be there right now. says something about both of us. soledad o'brien arrived at the midnight diner here and charlotte and will tell us what's ahead. >> we're going to continue to analyze president obama's speech from last night and look at the other speeches presented on the final day of the dnc, but also we're waiting breaking news on the economy, the closely watched jobs report will be announced at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. we'll cover that live for you when it happens. the dnc and rnc are now done. what happens in the campaign next, the president spoke about the middle class as he accepted the democratic nomination. will what he said sway voters? also, here's a look at who we're
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talking to. beau biden and steve israel and patt quinn and judddy chu will talk about gabby giffords emotional presentation last night and mario diaz-balart, we'll chat with him to get his reaction. >> i'll leave you a cheese fries and we'll have more -- i'm keeping them apparently. and we'll have more coming back from charlotte. ♪ [ sneezes ] [ male announcer ] you may be an allergy muddler. try zyrtec®. it gives you powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because zyrtec® starts working at hour 1 on the first day you take it.
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welcome back to "early start," we're live at the midnight diner in charlotte, north carolina, i'm joined by chief congressional correspondent dana bash and richa richard socarides. we want to play a game called high/low. your high point of the day and low point of the day. from the convention this past week, what was the high point and low point? >> definitely the high point was bill clinton's speech, i love a political comeback, he got beaten to a pulp in the 2008 primary and he was marginalized and hurt and he came back to the rescue of the man who
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marginalized him. >> low point? >> charlie crist for the love of god. >> i love charlie crist. >> you can have him, you can't give him back. really? charlie crist, looking -- first of all, the dnc provided him with a fan. charlie crist gives up on stage, i'm a friend of jeb bush. charlie crist, jeb bush is no friend of yours. >> i'm going to cheat a little and say i think it was the emotional connection that each of the closing speakers each night made. michelle obama, president clinton and president obama last night. i think they all connected well emotionally. and it think the low probably was the weather, cancellinging last night because of the weather was tough. and it rained here. the people here are lovely. the weather in early september, i'm not sure i would plan my vacation here. >> i'm going to just let them be political and i'm going to say for me the high was like front
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row seats to a james taylor concert and mary j. blige. that's not something we get to do every day, especially me walking around the halls of congress. >> doesn't sing carolina on my mind, right? >> or if he did it wouldn't be the same. >> orrin hatch sing. >> the low was the weather and it was the conventions and the bipartisan boogy man. >> let's not forget the lplatfom between jerusalem and god. >> we had no clint eastwood moment. a week ago we were talking about clint eastwood and the democrats survived without a clint eastwood moment. >> finish this sentence, president obama could lose this election dot dot dot, fill in the blank. >> i don't think he will lose. >> but if he could if -- >> he could lose if he doesn't
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understand that it's very close. if his advisers don't take the closely too seriously. i think the obama people don't think they can lose right now. coming out of this we'll see the democrats three or four points ahead. they need to always remember that this is a very close election and the president could lose. he could lose if he doesn't -- if the advisers don't remember he could lose. >> ana? >> he could lose this election if my candidate, mitt romney finally gets his act together with the hispanics and engages in the immigration issue and called him on his failed policy and promises on immigration and really goes out for the hispanic vote and able to make a dent on those numbers. >> none of that is going to happen. that is great news. >> you covered a lot of presidential elections, what's the next big thing? >> the next big thing is going
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to be getting out to those eight swing states for these candidates. running and gunning and having their marathon sprints and splinting up mitt romney and paul ryan and joe biden and president obama and it will be working in what they consider -- >> i got an e-mail, the romney campaign releasing 15 new ads in key swing states today. so they are spending some of that money he's been collecting like a fiend. they have a lot of money and starting to spend it. dana bash, so great to see you. >> great to be here. >> richard, see you back in new york. >> ana navarro always great to see you. we'll have some best advice from close to president obama. hi, i'm phil mickelson.
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good morning to you, new york, you're taking a look at the empire state building. john berman is wrapping up at the midnight diner and he is going to be back here sitting next to me on monday morning. i'm looking forward to that. we're going to wrap it up as always with best advice. today it comes from obama's senior campaign adviser and former white house press secretary, robert gibbs. >> look, i think the best advice is that i've ever received, don't cheat yourself. be true to yourself. secondly, never be afraid to do something for fear of failure. if you don't try, you'll never succeed. >> i would love to see on the other side of the tv set to see how many of you are saying, amen to you. that is it for us on "early start." a special edition of "starting
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point" with soledad o'brien live from charlotte, north carolina starts right now. welcome, everybody, you're watching "starting point." our startsing point this morning, the president says he's all in. >> but know this, america, our problems can be solved. our challenges can be met. the path we offer may be harder but it leads to a better place and i'm asking you to choose that future. >> that's the president accepting the democratic nomination and needs more time to fix the nation's problems. did his speech hit the mark and did he make the points he needed to? we'll look at that this morning. the friday jobs report is out and being called the most politically important jobs report in history. what will

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