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brooke baldwin. phone calls are going out today to israeli's prime minister after his call to action at the u.n. and yes there is also news in the search for jimmy hoffa. first, mitt romney is venturing out of the swing states today. romney is in pennsylvania trying to pluck that state from the grasp of president barack obama. 39 days until the election. pennsylvania is one of the states that is leaning toward the president, but romney is predicting an upset. >> i've got a little secret here, that is that obama campaign thinks that pennsylvania is in their pocket. they don't need to worry about it. and you're right and they're wrong. we're going to win pennsylvania, we're going to take the white house. >> well, wolf blitzer with us now. so, you know, from washington, wolf, we have seen romney confine his campaign to the nine battleground states. why is he now taking a shot at this state, pennsylvania, which clearly seems to be leaning obama? >> according to the public
polls, obama is doing really well in pennsylvania. maybe he's got some private polls that he's doing inside his campaign that shows some other trends developing in pennsylvania. i haven't seen any public polls that would indicate he's got a shot in pennsylvania. i also haven't seen any indication that the romney campaign is spending any campaign money advertising in pennsylvania. if they are, it is really not much. but as i say, maybe there is something that his campaign knows that we don't yet know because right now it looks like obama is doing really, really well in pennsylvania. and the surrounding states, new jersey, new york, or maryland for that matter. i think romney does have a shot obviously in some of the other states like ohio, not that far away, but pennsylvania looks like a long shot. he was doing some fund-raising there earlier today, had a rally in pennsylvania, but we'll see if this is serious, this notion that he potentially has a shot in pennsylvania. if he does, it would be a dramatic shift. >> wow, we heard, wolf, a lot of analysts say the real turning
point could come in the debates which begin wednesday in denver. now we also have received this memo from a romney senior adviser that makes it sound as though romney is the underdog. let me read a portion of it now. saying president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history. this will be the eighth one on one presidential debate of his political career. for mitt romney, it will be his first. so what is at the root here? is this a little reverse psychology? >> right, they're trying to lower expect takings for their respective candidate, making the other guy seem like he's lincoln or douglas or the greatest debaters in the history of the united states. so that if they don't do so well, the expectations game is a little lower. reminds me when al gore was debating george w. bush in 2000, al gore, the vice president of the united states, was seen as a great debate, george w. bush not so much. but then al gore, you know, had some fumbles and in terms of the sighing he did and a lot of
people were paying attention to that. and bush all of a sudden looked a whole lot better. these debates can be significant for relatively trivial things like that, if, for example, and you remember when the first president bush, george h.w. bush, you know, at one of the presidential debates started looking at his watch and it looked like he was ready to move on. let's get out of here, already. that hurt him, i think, in his re-election bid against bill clinton back in 1992. it is part of the game. it is what goes on. but i think these debates are going to be really, really important for that, 6%, 7%, 8% who are legitimately undecided or switchable, haven't completely made up their minds. they're going to be watching the three presidential debates, the one vice presidential debate in october. and they'll make up their minds. i think all the people who are voting now early, they basically have already made up their minds obviously. that's why they're voting early and they're not going to necessarily -- they don't think they'll be influenced by the debates.
maybe some of them will be. but it will be too late for them because they already will have voted. >> well, let's talk about some of the polls and whether they're indications of anything. particularly these polls that give us a glimpse of three of the nine swing states. it is an nbc news wall street journal marist poll showing romney trailing the president by 7 points in new hampshire. romney trailing obama by two points in north carolina, that's within the margin of error. and same in nevada, two-point spread for the president. that's within the margin of error. so none of those polls really urge shattering, but certainly showing that president obama is -- has an advantage in these swing states. >> yeah. you know, the one that is i little surprising to me is north carolina. i would have thought romney would be doing better. the president, he carried north carolina the last time, but by a tiny, tiny margin. so that's a little surprising that even though it is within the margin of error, 48/46, he's still ahead in north carolina right now. if romney can't win north
carolina, he's going to be in deep, deep trouble because that's a state, i assumed was going to be going for the republican candidate this time. maybe, you know, holding the democratic convention in charlotte energized that democratic base in north carolina. maybe that will rereally help them. i'm sort of surprised to a certain degree he's slightly ahead in north carolina right now according to that nbc poll. >> wolf blitzer, thanks so much. see you in 55 minutes from now. thanks so much. early voting already under way in the swing state of iowa. cnn's john king is there. >> we thank you you ever so much for coming. >> reporter: mind made up and ballot cast, 40 days early. this opening day line is in iowa city. >> here we go! >> reporter: this one in des moines. >> scan it under the red light for me, please. >> reporter: iowa's early voting part of an important and growing national trend. 35 states now allow some form of early in person voting, including seven of the nine
presidential battlegrounds cnn ranks as tossups. in iowa, the early numbers and early turnout suggest a big obama head start. so far, a nearly 5 to 1 democratic advantage state wide in requesting early mail-in ballots. >> i was wondering if the president will have your support this november? awesome. >> reporter: when it comes to early in person voting, there is added obama campaign emphasis on getting younger voters in the bank early. >> you may know in person early voting starts tomorrow in iowa. so basically for us here at the campaign, every day is going to be election day. >> yes, we can. >> reporter: johnson county, home to the university of iowa, led the state four years ago when 55% of ballots were cast early. >> the entire world is watching us. >> reporter: as president of the university democrats, catherine's job is getting her fellow students to vote now. >> fair to say not the most reliable if you just wait for one day? >> yeah, no.
things come up. you can have an exam. you can wait until election day and realize you don't know where your precinct is. with early voting, it gives us 40 more chances to catch people. >> reporter: president obama is ahead as september winds down and early voting opens. >> anybody that knows football knows that fourth quarter is where most of the action happens. october will be big and if romney has a good start to the month, we'll be fine. >> reporter: but grubs warns against making too much of the early rush. >> in 2010, democrats had an edge in early voting as well. i can't tell you exactly what the edge was, but significant. and republicans swept the state. it is a difference of strategy. you put your money in the last three weeks or put it in the early voting. >> reporter: the gop sent its first early vote mailing just this week. >> can mitt romney and paul ryan count on your support this november election? excellent. and would you be interested in voting early this election? >> reporter: karen smooth is credited with making the iowa
gop's 1 millionth voter call this cycle. >> i'm calling about issues that matter to iowa. >> reporter: she's doing her part now as republicans play early voting catch-up. >> we're working hard here. we're rolling up our sleeves and putting our boots on and we're going at it. so we still have time. >> reporter: john king, cnn, iowa city, iowa. and don't forget, catch the first presidential debate, denver, colorado, romney versus obama, next wednesday, 8:00 p.m. right here on cnn. all right, it is time the world draws a clear red line, a strong warning from israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu about iran. and at first elected to homecoming court only to find out it was an evil prank. how one teen is getting back at the bullies. in that time there've been some good days. and some difficult ones. but, through it all, we've persevered, supporting some of the biggest ideas in modern history.
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of bullying over the years. so you can imagine her shock when she was nominated to the homecoming court. it was all a joke and it crushed her. that's far from the end of the story. chris welch is in west branch, michigan. >> reporter: fred, let me tell you, i had a chance to spend some time with 16-year-old whitney croft and she really is a cool teenager. she's a teenager who has got a lot of guts. let nell you what happened. earlier this month, her class here at high school picked her to be the sophomore class representative and homecoming royalty court. she was shocked and she was shocked because as she says she's an outcast here at school, she's not one of the so-called popular kids. so she really couldn't believe it. when she got home, she found out from some friends that it was all a cruel joke that kids voted for her as a prank. she spent the night in tears, she was hurt, she even tells me she was suicidal. but the story has a happier ending. she's now deciding after some pushing from her friends and
family that she's going to go through with it. she's going to stand up there tall, proud of who she is she's going to be there at the homecoming coronation and the dance. she's got the support of a lot of people. she's got a facebook page that is 96,000 strong and growing. and she's got local businesses and community members donating her dresses, her hairdo, meals, everything. i sat down with her yesterday, here's a little bit of what she said about how she describes this experience. >> i'm just overwhelmed. i'm, like, so many people care. and they want this to end. i thought before, you know, no one cares about me. and i thought, you know, not even my own brother and sister care but they're proving they do care. the world is proving that they -- not really care about me, but they care about the situation. so, like, i'm happy. i'm really honored. >> reporter: the actual homecoming coronation will happen tonight at the football game and whitney tells me her dad will walk her out on the football field, she will be holding her head high and she will have more confidence than ever as the community and really the world, fred, watch.
>> how incredible. thanks so much, chris. read more about whitney's experience and leave your own comments on cnn.com. new poll numbers out in key battleground states on the presidential path. a look at who is in the lead where and why. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet.
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by 48 to 43 margin over mitt romney. that's in keeping with other polls we have seen recently both nationally and in swing states, you know this poll looks like a lot of others. obama has advantages over romney on the economy and a range of issues. one thing that stood out in the poll is that a lot of voters didn't like how obama's handling the situation in libya. and the romney campaign sort of sees that as well which is why you see them hitting obama so hard on this lately. but there is still a problem here for romney. this is why the debates are so important. romney wants to change the fundamental structure of this race with this debate coming up next wednesday. remember, over 50 million people watched the first presidential debate in 2008. this is going to be a big moment coming up next week, fred, for mitt romney. >> well, let's shift to the u.s. senate and how pivotal any race could be. the democrats have a six-seat majority, but they're defending 23 seats in the election, with republicans defending just 10.
so what would give the republicans a pretty good shot at seizing a 51-seat majority, but they also have a big problem and that is that race in missouri. >> yes. that race in missouri between todd akin, he of legitimate rape fame against democrat claire mccaskill, the senator from missouri. look, republicans thought about a year ago they had a chance to take back the senate, a lot of red state democrats were up this election. but look at the races, the senate races in montana, north dakota, indiana, these are much closer than expected. and with akin's comments about legitimate rape, really put that seat in trouble. now national republicans who said when akin made the comments originally they were not going to play in this race at all, we're going to pull out and not spend money on this guy, he's a lost cause, they're changing their tune. missouri senator kit bond endorsed him today, jim demint, all endorsing todd akin. and now the nrsc, the national
republican senatorial committee is opening the door to spending money there. but the chairman of the nrsc, texas senator john cornyn said yesterday, this, we have no plans to support akin. i just think that this is not a winnable race. so you're getting all these mixed messages from national republicans. are you going to play here, are you not going to play here? i'm watching karl rove, the founder of american crossroads who told me in tampa just a few weeks ago that todd akin was headed for a landslide defeat, one of the biggest defeats in modern senate history if he doesn't pull out of the race. he's only losing by five points. is american crossroads going to come in here and try to pull him over the finish line if it could mean a republican majority in the senate? that's a tough thing to pass up. we're still keeping an eye on this race. we'll see what republicans will do. >> this won't be the first time that missouri has a fascinating race for a lawmaker at stake. thanks so much, peter hamby, this one in the one to watch. thanks so much. catch the first presidential
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many questions remain, more than two weeks after an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, killing four americans including ambassador chris stevens. chief among them, what did the intelligence community know and when did it know it and when and how was the obama administration informed. just in to cnn, the national intelligence director is addressing both issues. let's get right to cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly in washington. >> this has been something of a political football thrown around for a couple of weeks now as people try to nail down what happened, when intelligence officials knew it, and this is
the fullest accounting yet we're getting now from the office of the director of national intelligence on exactly what they knew and when. i want to read to you from a statement by shawn turner, the director of public affairs for the odni's office. he said in the immediate aftermath there was information that led us to assess that the attack began spontaneously following protests earlier thie day at our embassy in cairo. we provided that initial assessment to executive branch officials and members of congress who use that information to discuss the attack publicly. now, the problem, of course, began when did people know that this was planned, when did they realize that this actually had nothing to do with a protest, a spontaneous protest, because as the intelligence community now believes they do think this was an intentional terrorist attack. and the words of shawn turn, a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists. what we're seeing is a lot of back and forth between members of congress, the white house and
now the intelligence community stepping back and saying, okay, this is what we knew and this is -- they're not giving it exact timeline of when they knew it, but a general sense of when we knew these details. you're seeing them trying to take some of the air out of the politicalness of this debate over what happened and when. >> is this very different from what we were hearing from the white house and we were also hearing from, you know, susan rice and her explanation when she took to the airwaves following sunday after the attack saying, well, it could be spontaneous, could be spontaneous and involved into something, a platform for those who were actually planning something. and almost sounds like they're saying the same things, right? >> right, it does, it does. this really -- that's the political nature and how the stories can become so frustrating and how you take details and try to use them from one side to the other. that's the growing frustration you see in the intelligence community and why you've seen a comprehensive statement like this one put out. we'll put this on our website too at cnn.com/security clearance. you should take two seconds to
read the whole thing. it is fascinating. susan rice was over the weekend talking about how the administration still believed even on sunday, a week and a half after the attack, this was something that grew out of a spontaneous protest. there were indications in the intelligence community that wasn't the case. and so that's been a point of debate. nailing down that timeline which the intelligence community didn't quite go that far, but nailing down that timeline is going to probably take a lot of air out of the politicalness of this. >> suzanne kelly, thanks so much in washington. >> pleasure. how about this? offering kids big cash for big hits? that's what the coach of a pee wee football team in california is accused of doing. yes, running his own bounty program. this was going on months before the scandal involving the new orleans saints program came to light. our casey wian has that story. >> reporter: the 2011 red cobras pop warner football team went
undefeated in the regular season. >> this was a team that knew it was on the verge of greatness, and indeed it went to the pop warner super bowl in florida, and because it knew that it had the players in place to get that far, it was probably willing to push the boundaries of what was acceptable and they got carried away. >> reporter: john, then an assistant coach for the team of 10 and 11-year-olds, now says other coaches on the team offered the boys $20 cash bounties for big hits on opposing players. he declined to speak on camera with cnn, but off camera confirmed details of the alleged bounty program. first reported by keith sharon and frank mikadite of the original county register. >> we have six parents and players saying that this happened, six out of a team of about 22 confirming that this happened. so there is a little doubt -- there is no doubt in my mind that this happened. >> reporter: we spoke with one player from the 2011 red cobras team whose parents did not want
him identified because they feared retaliation. the player told us coaches did discuss cash incentives for big hits and that after games, players would vote on which player would receive the money. he also said he saw a coach give a player cash. darren crawford, head coach of the cobras, calls those claims nonsense. did you ever suggest or pay for a player to hurt a player on another team? >> absolutely not. i think they're trumped up charges. i think john made these charges up in his head and wrote them down in paper and submitted them, i believe, to national pop warner. nothing like that ever happened on my team. >> i've been a team mom for him for two of those four years, so i'm not what you would consider a casual bystander on the sidelines, i was at practices, at the games and i've never once heard anything mentioned in the nature of any kind of bounty. >> reporter: the local conference initially investigated the claims and called them unfounded or
overstated. late thursday, the national pop warner organization suspended crawford and the tustin president saying, in light of new information and players coming forward who did not participate in the league investigation, pop warner will further investigate. crawford says the claims are the result of a vendetta stemming from long running disputes with the local pop warner conference. he has since left and formed his own team in another league. the cobras 2011 season ended with a loss in the national semifinals, a successful season tarnished by a bitter rift among the team's coaches, parents and players over allegations that players were paid to play hard. casey wian, cnn, tustin, california. how do problems with health care get solved? dr. sanjay gupta next. re've bee. and some difficult ones.
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only 39 days until the presidential election. next week, we'll see the first debate. health care likely to be a point of disagreement. our chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta zeros in on all that is at stake. >> reporter: since president obama's health care law was enacted, 3.1 million people under the age of 26 are now covered by their parents' plans. and preventive care is covered
100% by insurance companies. seniors in particular have benefited on prescription drugs. >> seniors who fall in the coverage gap known as the doughnut hole will start getting some help. they'll receive $250 to help pay for prescriptions and that will over time fill in the doughnut hole. >> reporter: 5.5 million seniors have saved a total of nearly $4.5 billion on prescription drugs since the law was enacted. according to the health and human services department. he also plans to slow spending on medicare. >> i have strengthened medicare. we have added years to the life of medicare. we did it by getting rid of taxpayer subsidies to insurance companies that weren't making people healthier. >> reporter: by 2014, the law requires everyone to have health insurance. whether they purchase it themselves or through their employers. and insurers can't deny you if you have a pre-existing condition or increase your rates. the law has become a cornerstone
of the obama campaign. >> i refuse to eliminate health insurance for millions of americans who are poor and elderly or disabled. also those with the most can pay less. >> reporter: but romney says the affordable care act is unaffordable. >> we know that health care is too expensive. obama care doesn't make it less expensive. >> reporter: he wants obama care gone. including the prescription drug benefit for seniors. but he does want to keep one of the most popular pieces of obama care, though he doesn't say exactly how his plan would work. >> we have to make sure that people who have pre-existing conditions are able to get insured and that folks that get sick don't get dropped by their insurance company. >> reporter: romney and his running mate paul ryan propose to cap malpractice insurance, cut medicaid by $810 billion over the next ten years, give states more control over their medicaid funds, overhaul medicare. the overhaul? people now yunger than 55, when
they reach retirement, would have the option of getting a voucher to purchase private insurance. or they could stake with traditional medicare. >> this financial support system is designed to guarantee that seniors can always afford medicare coverage, no exceptions. >> those are just some of the major differences between the candidates. but perhaps the biggest split is over medicaid. what most people consider to be a safety net for america's poorest. dr. sanjay gupta with us now. who qualifies for medicaid? why does it seem to be such a bone of contention, so complicated for so many? >> you think of obama care, they plan on covering so many more people by expanding medicaid. the way you do that you make people qualify at a higher rate of poverty. 133%, for example, of poverty. that brings more people into the fold. that was a big part of obama care. the states have the option, they can do this, expand or not expand. what the obama care plan will give more money, federal
dollars, but the states have to give more money as well. that was how they're entering more people. >> and, you know, romney/ryan's plans for medicaid differ in what way? >> they treat this more as sort of block grants. we're the federal government, we'll give the states this block grant of money. but then it is state-controlled money. they can decide what to do with that, how they want to execute the medicaid program, but over time, the federal government is going to be less and less involved and if you do the math, the math is hard to do here, but they say over time, ten years, for example, the federal government will spend $800 billion less on medicaid, putting more of that onus on the states in terms of what they want to do. >> this is not to be confused with medicare, another discussion as it relates to what ryan's plans have been in the past, and how they measure up being a partner of romney now. >> and look, medicare is for the elderly and medicaid is for people who are poor, disabled, but there are a lot of people who are what are called dually eligible. you can imagine the situation.
people who are elderly but have very little money. someone like that needs nursing home care, long-term care, they encounter disability, medicaid may be the organization helping fund their care in those situations. if medicaid drys up or is reduced even at the state level, those in a position, those are the people that would be hurt the most. the seniors dependent on nursing home care. they need medicaid. >> many ears will be listening and watching, especially come wednesday if those questions come up, which likely they will. all right, dr. sanjay gupta, thanks so much. appreciate that. for more on what is at stake for health care, watch dan jay gu -- sanjay gupta md this weekend. he'll show access to the largest cancer center of the world. that's 4:30 eastern time saturday and 7:30 eastern time on sunday. the search for jimmy hoffa. what crews pulled from under a
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all right. now one of this country's great mysteries, what happened to jimmy hoffa? the former teamsters boss last seen 37 years ago in the parking lot of a michigan restaurant where he was expected to meet with detroit mobster and a new jersey labor leader. well, according to urban legends, the one-time union tough guy is buried somewhere from giants stadium to the florida everglades, under gm headquarters or maybe in cement in freeways from new york to detroit. well, now the seemingly and never-ending search for hoffa is taking police to the driveway of an unassuming house in roseville, michigan, just outside of detroit. today they drilled through the pavement under a shed and took a soil sample to see if any human
remains are there. james berlin is the police chief. chief, what was found? >> today there was no discernible human remains in the samples we brought up. but we're going to have that tested by a forensic anthropologist at michigan state university to see if there are any evidence of human remains in the samples. >> okay. so what led you all to this driveway in the first place? what was it about a tipsters advice that seemed credible enough to you? >> well, we had an individual come forward who claimed he witnessed a body being enturned in this location 35 some odd years ago. he wasn't sure of the exact date. we felt it was credible because he wasn't embellishing the story. it was very matter of fact. could not say positively it was a body. he believes it to be a body. and other information to verify. he thinks it was jimmy hoffa because he thinks this occurred the day of or the day after mr. hoffa disappeared.
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