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and in moore, oklahoma, we have continued coverage of the aftermath of the tornado, as well as major developing news around the world. "newsroom" starts right now. happening now in the "newsroom," from destruction to disbelief. >> of course, the closer i got to the school, the harder it was. >> in oklahoma, parents now coping with unanswered questions. >> living in oklahoma, tornado shelters should be in every school. >> this morning, the growing
chorus of calls to put our children first. >> do you think had there been an underground shelter, these lives could have been saved? >> oh, yeah. most xwedefinitely. >> cleaver attack in london. >> eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. >> a city on alert and on edge. plus, the hero mother. a cub scout leader who talked down one of the terrorists breaks down her silence. >> were you not scared? >> no. >> why not? >> live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning. thank you for joining us. >> i'm brooke baldwin in a wet, rainy, stormy moore, oklahoma. the cruel and staggering scope of monday's tornado coming more
fully into view. i don't know if you can hear the rain drops that have begun yet again. my producer and i were driving in. blasts of thunder and lightning as we were driving south on 35, just to get to where we are to broadcast live for you, and keep in mind, these storms raises concerns that are two fold. high winds that can turn the mountain of debris into absolute proje projectiles, and a lot of lightning. putting the army of crews working in the tornado zone at risk. let's look at the challenges that lie ahead today. with cnn meteorologist indra peterson in the weather center. the storms, they won't stop! >> unbelievable. talking about the strong winds out there. in fact, just in newcastle, where the actual tornado really started in newcastle. we reported a wind of 65 miles
per hour. that is the equivalent if there wasn't debris all over the ground. dealing with strong winds earlier, some heavy rain, heard reports of 1 to 3 inches of rain. more rain continues in the forecast. letting up here just a little bit. a little cell around you currently. and the next several hours, line after line of some cells moving around the area. the good news, and the most recent pattern, very slowly see the shift farther to the east. all of the lightning out there, serious danger, strong winds, heavy rain, and the flooding threat. definitely talking about the flooding threat as well. what we want to talk about is the moderate risk that is now out there today. keep in mind this is new. due to the inversion. like a lid on the atmosphere. more moderate threat in the texas panhandle and oklahoma. brand new news out there. the threat of tornadoes enhanced from what we saw just earlier this morning. tough situations out there,
please stay aware of the surroundings, just outside of the slight risk area. we have seen more importantly how quickly all this can happen. please keep in mind flood warnings, do not try to drive or walk through those areas. >> you can feel the beginnings of dihydroplaning on the interstates in moore, oklahoma. in moore, oklahoma, numbers, really tell only part of the story of monday's disastrous tornado, but they are jaw dropping, nevertheless. listen to this. oklahoma city mayor says in a matter of minutes, more than 12,000 area homes were damaged or destroyed. you see the aerial pictures, the wide swath of what happened. at least 33,000 people are affected. and then there are the immeasurables of the human toll, a heart-broken town braces for
the funerals of 24 neighbors, ten of them children. >> this is going to be a tough weekend for us as we bury children who die in the elementary school and the rest of our citizens who fought from the storm and just couldn't evade the terror. >> one of the child victims, 8-year-old kyle davis. kyle was inside the plaza towers elementary school when the tornado ripped apart the building and walls collapsed. his heartbroken mother is now questioning whether the school, children's death there, could have been prevented. and cnn sat down with the mother and has her plea. there were no storm shelters. >> and that's something that she is hoping have a discussion about, brooke. the reason why she wanted to talk to cnn is so we could honor her son's memory. but also so this discussion happens, not just at the state
level, but a larger level, a community level, a national level, so no other parent has to go through what she did. >> i was running out the door, and i like you, babe. and i love you too, mom. and he was laying in my bed, watching tv and that's the last time i seen him. >> reporter: what followed, a disaster few can fathom. a mother's nightmare that only the parents of the children at plaza towers elementary can truly understand. >> of course, the closer i got to the school, the harder it was. because of the houses were pretty much gone. and when i got to the school, i broke down really hard. >> in little girl survived by hiding in the girl's bathroom. she walked out, running into her
mother's arms, still missing, kyle. >> you don't know if he's safe, is he stuck under the rubble. where is he? being a mother, you know -- you have to know where your babies are. >> davis collapsed from the emotional strain at the school, rushed to the e.r. she spent the night curled up with this picture, praying until the morning. >> and then i got confirmation that they had him, but he didn't make it. and, you know, you cry and cry and cry and then you feel like you are crying and there are no tears going, but you feel like they are going. i just -- it was just something i never, ever thought in my life we would have to go through. >> reporter: davis wanted to meet here, at the soccer field her son loved. grew up on these fields, loved
being number 16, where they nicknamed him the wall for his size and ferocious defense. holding his favorite ball and wearing the soccer trinkets, she explained three generations of the family stopped by to meet us on the way to planning his funeral. are you angry at anything? just the overwhelming sadness you feel? >> i am angry to an extent. i know the schools did what they thought they could do. but with us living in oklahoma, tornado shelters should be in every school. it should be -- you know, there should be a place if this ever happened again during school, that kids can get to a safe place? we don't have to go through rubble and rubble and rubble. and may not ever find what we're looking for. >> and next month, brooke, was supposed to be such a happy
month. nikki is getting married again and it was kyle's burt dirthday. he was going to turn nine years old. now his family instead, gathering for his funeral. >> incredibly devastating for the family and community. thank you so much. we are live in moore, oklahoma, where this tornado leveled so many neighborhoods, including the one i'm standing in. and to give you the lay of the land, yesterday, coming to you live in front of the moore medical center, just about a mile and a half from where we are this morning, and you can see, the utter devastation and the pouring rain, severe storms, so many of us walking around the leveled homes with families yesterday. and one thing to be walking through and trying to find mementos and the high school year books, photos, wedding rings, but quite another when it's been soaked in inches of
rain and mud and muck. look at these people. trying to come through, and incredibly important to mention. dangerous to be in and around these boards. so many nails. i met a woman yesterday, she lost her home, stepped on a nail. the levels of difficult difficulty, challenges, the costs, could top $2 billion in the moore, oklahoma, area. john doak, oklahoma's insurance commissioner, he's joining me now. good morning, sir. nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. >> i hate the circumstances upon which we're meeting. in terms of the sheer numbers, somewhere between 12,000 to 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed. >> those are the numbers we're hearing as well. yet to be totally confirmed by ems, emergency management groups, we're seeing just yesterday alone, we know at the
insurance checkpoint command center, they processed 4,000 claims yesterday as well. >> are you a native okie? >> i am. born and raised in chrome, not the first time we've been through this. >> not the first time. help people understand who are not from oklahoma, the process that these people, these families have to go through. their homes are begun or destroyed and have to file these claims. >> right, u.s. a simple process, we have it down to a soons here. >> do you? >> the first ever national tornado center in oklahoma city. two months ago. partnered with the emergency management, national association of insurance commissioners sponsored this. and it helped us learn best practices how to prepare for this. >> operation, we're standing around the muck, mud, and debris, once someone loses their home, what is priority number one? >> take care of the person, make sure they are okay. get medication, put them back
together, and mind, spirit, body, lost a loved one. take care of the person. second, we can replace, homes, cars, and you take care of the property is secondary and the insurance industry is stepping up, search and rescue looks to be over and the insurance companies are lined up that come in from all over the world, stations at moore first baptist church. first thing we want to do is make sure oklahomans are getting additional living experience checks, get a hotel room, clothes, get their life back together and sit down, go through a claims process which is sometimes a very thoughtful process, to understand the contract language. but the insurance industry is here, stepping up and doing the right thing. >> let's say i live in this neighborhood. and my house is gone and i have insurance. >> correct. >> are you going to rebuild my house, no cost to me? >> the options are solely to the
consumer. they have the option to rebuild or potentially relocate. may want to go to another neighborhood. we think most people will rebuild in this area. >> everyone i've talked to wants to rebuild. >> they will select a contractor, work with the insurance company. get the additional living expenses up front, right now, where they can get clothes, get their lives back in order. kids in school and then begin the process of rebuilding their home, because the insurance companies have all the data on their homes. don't have to show up with the policy. it's in electronic databases, they will walk through with the consumer with specific limits on the policies. >> unfortunately, have you been through this before, but fortunately you have been through this before. so many towns affectsed will be able to rebuild. >> good to be with you. >> thank you very much. and nice to meet you. john doak, oklahoma's insurance
commissioner. carol, this is my first trip to oklahoma. just talking so many around here who lived through the '99 tornado and he rebuilt then and then losing their home again. they do not want to leave this is home, carol. >> i've been to oklahoma city. it's a terrific place to live and the surrounding suburbs are terrific too, because there is such a sense of family there. so i'm not surprised at all that people want to rebuild and state right where they are. brooke, back to you in a second. thanks so much. we also have new details in the horrific story out of london where a british soldier was killed after two men attacked him with meat cleavers. the shocking scene unfolded in broad daylight on a southeast london street. >> witnesses say the suspects first hit him with a car, hacked him to death and dumped his body in the road. one of the attackers, with blood still on his hands, walked up to a man filming the scene and said this. >> an eye for an eye, tooth for
a tooth. i apologize that women had to witness this today, but in our lands, our women have to see the same. >> reporter: witnesses say the second suspect went over to a bus, asking people to take photos of him as if he wanted to be on tv. authorities are still investigating the exact motive for the attack, and why it took police 30 minutes to arrive at the scene. both men are now in custody. and little is known so far about the victim. but a member of the parliament says he was in the british army. >> my understanding, he is a serving soldier and had been on duty in central london and was returning to baracks and appears to be the victim of a completely unprovoked attack. >> reporter: attack left people who live in woolich concerned. >>ith very tense and people were speechless that this happened in their local community. >> we have confirmed the victim was indeed a serving soldier. his family does not want his name released as of yet.
it took police 30 minutes to get to the scene, so a cub scout leader, a woman, she took charge. approached these vicious killers and asked them to stop. zain verje with that part of the story. >> totally brave. not scared at all. better here than a child. there were a few children around. they had just killed the guy, dragged the soldier into the street and ranting and making their political statements. she said she was -- she was in a bus and she thought this was the aftermath of a car accident and that those guys were trying to resuscitate the man when she got off, she realized what happened and one of the guys said hey, lady, i killed him, don't touch. and she said, listen, why are you doing this? give me your gun, give me your
weapons and she was -- seemed as cool as a cucumber in the way she described it. said she wasn't scared and the exchange they also had was that he said one of them, we want to start a war in london and she said, well, it's only you against a lot of people and so you are going to lose. just listen to what else she had to say. >> were you not scared for yourself in that situation? >> no. >> why not? >> better me than a child. because, unfortunately, there were mothers with children stopping around. and more important that i talk to him and ask him what he wanted. >> she was amazingly brave, carol. a couple of other women too on the scene confronting these guys as well. but this woman, ingrid lawyer kenett. and a school teacher, turned cub scout leader, turned terrorist
confronter. >> the other amazing part of the story, the passer by shooting a picture of this guy talking with blood on his hands. i don't know if i would have, you know, the courage to stand there and continue filming this guy talking into my phone camera, or the woman right behind him. >> reporter: i mean, i talked to a lot of eyewitnesss here this morning and they didn't really know what was happening. a lot of them thought this was some kind of an accident and there were kids coming out from school, people going shopping, people going to get groceries, so such a normal scene to happen and happened like right there. where that bunch of trees are, and the guy shooting on the amateur camera, i mean, he realized that this guy has done something terrible, this is a major moment to capture, his
political statements, but otherwise, these two guys, carol, were just totally at ease, they knew what was going to happen. and, in fact, they told passers by, why don't you call 999? that's the equivalent of 911 here. and everyone dialled 999. first, the police came, they weren't armed. okay? because in this country, not everybody is armed. and then the armed police came a few minute later. the whole big deal, why did it take the police so long? and the met police will vest fwat. it was a crazy scene. out of some kind of horror movie, these guys were stabbing away and reportedly trying to behead this soldier. >> just so unbelievable. we'll talk more about this next hour of "newsroom" and meet the guy who shot the film of the killer making his political statement. thank you, reporting live from
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another bizarre twist in the jodi arias death trial. i'm talking about the jury. it's deadlocked. jurors will meet again this morning after telling the judge they are struggling to reach a unanimous decision over whether arias should live or die. in the meantime, arias gave yet another jailhouse interview. this time, she talked to abc news about the death penalty and about how she feels about the jurors who are deciding her fate. >> i feel a little betrayed by them. i don't dislike them. i just was really hoping they would see things for what they are, and i don't think they did. >> this switch from i want to die to i want to live is just another lie from jodi arias is how a lot of people feel. >> well, i don't know what that means. was i lying when i said i want to die or when i said, please,
spare my life. whatever happens, i will just take it and deal with it many. >> you said today, you want to give travis' family closure. you know they want you dead. so why don't you give them that closure? >> well, what do you mean by that? why don't i kill myself, is that what you are asking? >> why don't you accept the fate of the death penalty if that's what they want, if you truly care about their closure? >> well, i've caused them a lot of pain, my family a lot of pain, by asking for death, i had only cause more pain to my family. >> if you were on that jury and you heard what they have heard, would you kill you? >> i don't believe in capital punishment, so the answer would be no. >> ted rowlands live in phoenix. just so strange. so, ted, if the jury cannot
decide if it deadlocks, what happens? >> well, at that point, carol, according to arizona law, they bring in a new jury, they retry the penalty phase, that will extend their stay. that is something people hope won't happen. and travis alexander's family broke down in tears when they were deciding whether jodi arias will live or die. >> ladies and gentlemen, i have received your note indicating you are unable to come to a unanimous delicious. >> reporter: jurors deliberating less than three hours when they sent a note asking if they couldn't agree. the judge told them to go back
and told them to keep trying. >> i'm merely trying to be responsive to your parent need for help. >> reporter: if jurors can't agree, a new jury would be brought in which could extend the nearly five months long trial that has been ratings gold for networks and stations across the country. the media's obsession with jodi arias has been fueled in part by jodi arias started when she held this news conference from jail proclaiming her innocence. since then, she has continued to do interviews. her story has changed, but willingness to talk about hasn't. asked this week by phoenix television station ksa sfwlnch. >> why are you talking to me? >> we're interested in what you have to say. >> at this point, i'm trying to utilize the mouth piece i have to bring awareness to domestic
violence. >> reporter: joe arpaio has come under fire for allowing arias to talk so freely from jail. some of you are mad about the jodi arias interviews. please understand, we can't step on her first amendment rights, we allowed them and now no more. he alsoed added, we did not buy jodi makeup. we wouldn't do that the media provided it to her. and, carol, after the judge talked to the jury and told them to go back and try, they spent the entire day yesterday deliberating, not coming to a conclusion, back at 10:00 local time to see if they can figure it out. clearly, having a difficult time figuring out what to do. >> the media prouded her makeup. >> apparently she wouldn't do an interview with cnn, so we didn't provide the makeup. but apparently, according to the sheriff's office, the media provided her makeup and that was
one of her conditions, she would only do the interviews if she had makeup and the cameras wouldn't show her jailhouse pants. able to wear a regular blouse, but she didn't want the cameras to show her pants or shackles. media brought some powder and a camera. >> it's mind boggling. facing the death penalty, worried about looking pretty for the cameras? >> the fact that basically somebody is holding court from a jail cell on a nightly basis, extraordinary. the access, and her willingness to talk about everything,eer throne her story changes every few years, she'll talk about it. a very bizarre case top to bottom. still ahead in the "newsroom," terrifying sounds from inside moore, oklahoma's briarwood elementary school. >> oh, no, oh, no.
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let's go back to moore, oklahoma and brooke baldwin. it's raining hard there. >> yeah. it is raining very, very hard. severe storms, lightning, 1,001, 1002, boom! many people in moore are calling a miracle at briarwood elementary school. i want you to take a look at video here. you will see monday's tornado effectively leveled that building. look at this. just rubble and muck and brick, but amazingly everyone survived. and now new sound of the terrifying moment that tornado hit on monday afternoon. recorded by a teacher's cell phone. take a listen.
>> get down, get down, you're okay, you're okay! you're okay. you're okay. you're okay. you're okay! we're okay! >> i tint kndidn't know what to them. i just kept telling them we're okay. my mind, i was praying. >> just father being prote, pro angels between us and the tornado. are you stronger than the tornado. some kids were praying, the teachers were praying, and we could hear a roar. >> reporter: brian todd speaking to those teachers. again, teachers the heroes, they managed to protect 25 students by huddling inside a bathroom and covering some of the children with their own bodies. just adhere in the cnn newsroom, one man rushes to
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a bizarre development in the boston bombing case. an acquaintance is now dead after a violent confrontation with the fbi. but before he died, he told him that the boston marathon bombing was not the only crime committed by tamerlan tsavraev. we are in orlando this morning. tell us this had to do with a terrible triple homicide that happened two years ago? >> yeah, two years ago, carol. that's right. and i fwnch bra fwn rnch ancra been in the sights, and he tsavraev were connected to this triple murder. sources tell cnn this man, ibragimed ed ted t todashev kn
tsavraev brothers and admitted to committing a brutal murder in massachusetts. todashev, also implicated tamerlan tsavraev. he is now dead. law enforcement sources told cnn, he had confessed to his role in the triple murder, then became violent and attacked the fbi agent. he was then shot and killed. a friend said todashev knew the bombing suspects, but that was all. >> he knew them back like two years ago, back when he used to live in boston, and he knew them, and he wasn't like real close friends with them, just happened to know him. and i guess that was his fault, mistake, but he had no idea that they were up to something like
that, thlike bombings and everybody. >> reporter: the fbi is now checking to see if they can match his and todashev's dna to the crime scene. other connections between the two men. sources tell cn thnch they came from the same region in chechnya. todashev lived in boston two years ago, both were in mixed martial arts at a studio in boston and on a mixed martial arts website. tamerlan's phone number, found in todashev's cell todashev was charged with battery after getting in a fight over a parking space at a local mall. his connection with the suspects may go no further than connection in a drug murder case and friendship. behind me, still an active crime scene. more than 24 hours after todashev was shot and killed.
clearly the fbi is coupling through t combing through the apartment looking for any link between him and the boston bombing suspects. carol. >> i'm wondering how this went down. so the fbi is questioning this man, and he lung es for a knife near him after he confessed? >> reporter: well, he apparently had confessed verbally, not written anything down and according to our sources, he was in the process, about to start writing this down, and became violent, became agitated suddenly, lunged at the fbi agent and in self-defense according to the fbi, that's when he was -- when todashev was shot and killed. >> john zarrella from orlando this morning. just ahead, we'll take you back to moore, oklahoma and tell you a story of survival inside one tiny shelter. how a family of 12 huddled together in a space no bigger
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welcome back to special live coverage on cnn of the aftermath of the tornado in moore, oklahoma, photos like these, who don't even belong to the property that they are on stand on thinks property. the loss of children is often the hardest to comprehend, nine children were killed in the aftermath of the tornado here in moore, including seven students at plaza towers elementary school, and cnn's pamela brown has the story of one of the men who rushed into the school. take a look. >> moore resident adam baker, giving the hand to a close friend flattened by monday's catastrophic tornado. helping him cope after he found himself helpless in the face of tragedy at plaza to ymraplaza t
elementary. >> utter devastation. don't known there is a way to describe it. >> reporter: he was one of many who rushed to plaza towers to find loved ones, and searched for his nephew and other survivors. you went there in hopes of rescuing people. >> yeah. and i didn't really get to i guess. i -- i tried, though. that's all i can do. >> reporter: instead, he encountered unspeakable horror. four children buried under massive debris of the collapsed school, suffocated by its sheer weight. >> they probably would have made it if they weren't pinned. >> reporter: how were they pinned? >> pinned by different debris. desks, 2 x 4s, pieces of metal. >> reporter: the students were not found in a basement as officials officially believed. do you think if there was an underground shelter, these lives could have been saved? >> oh, yeah, most definitely.
underground shelters are some of the best things to have in a tornado. >> reporter: there are not enough of them, even in tornado stricken oklahoma. schools aren't required to have underground shelters? the reason? the high cost and the poor soil. >> >> it's about the money and statistics. f-5 is very rare. 1% to 2%. the same reason they don't have safe rooms for earthquakes. they don't work all the time. >> a painful lesson for a mother who lost her son, kyle, in plaza towers. >> with us living in oklahoma, tornado shelters should be in every school. it should be -- you know, there should be a place that if this ever happened again during school, that kids can get to a safe place that we don't have to sit there and go through rubble and rubble and rubble and -- and may not ever find what we're looking for. >> reporter: a feeling that adam
baker knows all too well. >> i pulled him out, and basically just tried to put them in a row as respectfully as i could. >> reporter: what was that like >> it's terrible for me. u.s. my duty as an american. a hole in your heart to he see these little broken bodies. >> reporter: just to see those pictures there, brooke, and we've learned according to the national weather service, the school where the school was, plaza towers elementary, the only location they can confirm there were ef-5 strength winds, winds of 200 miles per hour or more. >> we've heard from the mayor of moore, from oklahoma lawmaker proposing mandatory requirement for shelters. >> well, ever since the '99 tornado we've been hearing so much work the schools rebuilt from that tornado, there was a requirement for them to have shelters, now in light of what happened, are you seeing state representatives saying we'll
propose legislation and make it a requirement. online petitions from residents saying we need to make this happen. here is the problem, we talked about the cost. >> it's not cheap. >> no. $600,000 and up according to oklahoma management office. and they said they've built 100 in schools so far, and new construction, very tough retro fitting schools already built and we talked about the poor soil, high water table, a lot of hurdles to get over to make she's she these shelters available in the schools. >> thank you very much. not just the schools, a lot of homeowners don't have them and it's costs. thank you so much. just ahead from us in moore, oklahoma, what u.s. liit's like the winds of moore, oklahoma, winds 200 miles per hour, that's next. we're here at nashvi
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and good morning and welcome back. you are watching special live coverage here in moore, oklahoma. and it's pretty tough to imagine the destructive power of a tornado, until you see the damage it leaves behind. 200-mile-an-hour winds can turn a piece of wood into a missile. and cnn's chris lawrence met larry tanner at texas tech's national wind institute to just get a look inside a tornado simulator. here's chris. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: tanner launches the most common type of debris, a 15-pound piece of wood, to see if a shelter can withstand the impact at 100 miles per hour. the wood splinters in the blink of an eye. but by slowing it down, you can see the incredible force and destructive power.
>> look at that. the simulator is designed to test storm shelters, 2 x 4s, flying around in a storm can really do some damage, punching a hole through plywood. plywood, keep in mind, is stronger than the siding on most houses here in moore, oklahoma. coming up, we're going to continue our coverage, looking at the federal response to the deadly tornado here in oklahoma, where some say things need to change. what needs to happen in the days ahead? we're going to look at that. special coverage continues from oklahoma after this quick break. ,á
56 minutes past the hour. time to check our top stories. the search resumes this morning for a fourth grader following a landslide. one child was killed and two more were hurt during a fossil hunting field trip at a park. >> they fell into what became a hole and the earth came on top of them. >> search dogs are being used to find the missing child. recent heavy rains are hindering their search efforts, though. the boy scout's long ban on gay members could end today. the national council will vote in just a few hours whether to eliminate the ban. if the policy change is approved, it would only allow gay scouts, not gay scout leaders. the results will be announced tonight. in los angeles, voters elect the city's first jewish mayor. eric garcetti will take the reins july 1st from antonio villaraigosa who could not run because of term limits. the 42-year-old garcetti has promised to pull l.a. out of a recession. he defeated city comptroller,
wendy greuel, who would have been the first female mayor. an 80-year-old japanese man is now the oldest person ever to reach the summit of mt. everest. he got to the top of the world's highest mountain with his son by his side. it was his third trip to the top of the world. he also climbed everest at the age of 70 and then he climbed it again at the age of 75. wow! the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after the break.
happening now in the newsroom, cleaver attack in london. the bloody killer confessing on camera. meet the man who recorded it all. >> that's very sad for me, to see someone die, you know, because he didn't do nothing. >> would you tape a terrorist with blood on his hands? also, $2 billion in damage and some 13,000 homes destroyed. will the feds pony up with storm aid or play politics? plus, all eyes on texas this morning as the boy scouts vote on whether to lift its ban on gay kids. and weiner roast. anthony weiner back on the trail, his first campaign event delivering pizzas to reporters. it's going to be one long,
strange race for mayor. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." and good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello in atlanta. >> and good morning. i'm brooke baldwin in a stormy, wet, and rainy moore, oklahoma, this morning, where the cruel and staggering scope of monday's tornado comes more fully into view. you know, just learning the stories, this morning, carol, we're grateful we're standing in the backyard of one man, where he was telling me across the street, one woman rode out the storm in her bathtub. and you see a lot of xs. a lot of people have been asking, what are the xs on the door. that means people have gone through, home by home, car by car, to see if there are any bodies, live or dead, as they're being very, very careful to see who has survived. thankfully, many, many people here in moore will share those
stories with you throughout the course of the hour. >> those xs were on the doors during katrina, too. it's erie, but it does mean that everybody's out of that house and hopefully safe and sound. brooke, we'll get back to you in just a moment. but first, we have to talk about this brutal attack on the streets of london, where officials are searching for answers and beefing up security after a soldier was hacked to death by two men wielding mache machetes. one of those men telling a shocked onlooker why he did it. >> we will never stop fighting! until you leave us alone! we must fight them as they fight us. an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. i apologize that women had to witness this today, but in our land, our women have to see the same. you people will never be safe. remove your government. they don't care about you. you think david cameron is going to get caught in the street when we start busting our guns? do you think the politicians are going to die? no, it's going to be the average guy like you. >> just unbelievable. paul davies spoke with the man
who shot that incredible video. the man talked about the moment he came face to face with a killer. >> reporter: the man with the bloodied hands is not talking to a professional cameraman. he has deliberately sought out a passerby who is filming with a phone camera. the man who filmed those dreadful scenes prefers not to be identified, but he told me about that unreal conversation. >> he came straight to me. he said, no, no, no, it's cool. i just want to talk to you. >> reporter: the amateur cameraman says what struck him most was that the bloodied man, and a second man, seemed to be waiting by the body for the police to arrive. >> why don't you run? because the time the police was taking to time, that was 30 minutes. and in 30 minutes, the guy he could have runned, taken the train, go away. >> reporter: instead, the two men talked to women, allegedly apologizing. and according to this witness,
charged towards the first police officers to arrive. >> when the police come, they run to the police. they run straight to the police and they start to change -- >> they didn't try to run at all away? >> no, no, no, they didn't try. >> reporter: with the two men injured and restrained on the ground, the police move the amateur cameraman away. >> move back, please! move back! >> he asks them why they'd taken so long to respond. it's not safe for you to remain here. please move back. >> look, the guy is dead now! you take 30 minutes to come. that british soldier is dead! >> the witness says he'd been on his way for a job interview when the world seemed to go mad. >> that's very sad for me.
i see someone die, you know, because he didn't do nothing to die today, you know? and for me, it was very sad and a strange day for me. very sad. >> just unbelievable. our thanks to itn's paul davies for that report. and this development from our colleague, jonathan wauld in london. he says, it's understood that these two suspects were known to britain's domestic security service. they'd been the subject of previous investigation, but they were not under surveillance. and the dead man was, indeed, a soldier. let's go back to brooke baldwin in moore, oklahoma. brooke, is it still raining? >> not at the moment here. i'm sure as i say that, the lange and thunder will resume. but just a glimmer of blue and
clear skies from the severe storms that we have really been knocked by for the last couple of hours. but the storms here in moore have raised two concerns. one, high winds that can turn the mountains of debris and projectiles -- think of the metal, the bricks, some of the wood still with the nails from building the house. so that could be projectiles coming at you. secondly, lightning. we've seen a lot of lightning this morning, putting at risk the army of crews. think of the families going through some of the rubble, that the red cross crews, et cetera. so that's dangerous as well. believe me, we here are keeping a close eye on the weather. we're also, carol, looking at the new numbers this morning. because the numbers, they do tell part of the story of monday's monstrous tornado and they are absolutely jaw-dropping. when you talk to oklahoma city mayor, this is what he says. in just a matter of minutes, more than 12,000 area homes were damaged or destroyed. keep in mind, those numbers could change.
at least 33,000 people here are affected. those are the hard numbers. then there are just the immeasurables, the human toll here in moore and other towns, in and around oklahoma city. a heartbroken town braces for the funerals of 24 neighbors, ten of them children. >> this is going to be a tough weekend for us, as we bury those children who died in the elementary school, and the rest of our citizens, who fought from the storm and just couldn't evade the terror. >> let's go to cnn's george howell. he joins me with the latest. george, good morning. >> reporter: brooke, good morning. and you know, here are a few more numbers for you. you know that 2,200 people have applied for fema assistance. we know that 353 people were injured in that. that's a number that has been updated. more people injured, so far, that we know of. we know that six people, there
were six people who were missing. they are all accounted for. and brooke, the last number, you know, here for the last two or three hours, it has been raining. and as you mentioned, you know, the rain subsiding now, but what that means for people, you know, going through this debris, you're going through it's nasty, it's muddy. you've got nails sticking up, it's a difficult situation for these families who are trying to go through and start their lives over. but we are hearing from officials. we're hearing from officials about the idea of more storm shelters, more underground storm shelters at schools and at homes. we are hearing from president obama -- and you hear that! [ thunder ] but aside from that, and we'll hear more of that in the next day or so, i think more storms in the forecast, but president obama saying that the administration will resort, will send all of its resources here, you know, divert resources here to help people as they start the process of picking up and starting over. take a listen to what he had to say. >> of course, as we gather
tonight to present this award, our thoughts and prayers remain with the wonderful people of oklahoma. they have suffered mightily this week and while the road ahead will be along, their country will be with them every single step of the way. that's who we are. and that's how we treat our family and friends and our neighbors, wherever they are in the country. so we're going to help them recover. we're going to help them rebuild, for as long as it takes. and eventually, life will go on and new memories will be made and new laughter will come, new songs will be sung. >> reporter: so, you know, a lot of people here, even after this rae devastating storm, people say that this is home, this is where they will stay. this is where they will rebuild. you know, brooke, i'm sure you heard that thunder a minute ago as well. you're not too far from me here. you know, this is home for people. they're used to these tornadoes.
they're used to that big thunder. >> they're used to it, our entire cnn crew, all sort of collectively did this. it was the loudest clap of thunder we have hear all morning. george howell, thank you. thank you so much. this is a hardened crowd, that the oakies, as they call themselves, carol costello, as you know, you've been out here to oklahoma. and i just want to point out -- i know, i know, i hear you laughing at our wussiness, if you will. but let me just -- if i can, make a quick point. we talk so much about projectile. this is something that just sort of came our way and you have the nails here and the board. and this is precise will what can get tossed and this is precisely what people need to be careful of. time is of the essence. they want to come through the mud and the muck to find those photographs. so they have to be very careful looking for this to avoid the nails and not slip. >> you don't want to step on a nail, because then you have to go get a tetanus shot. so you be careful out there too,
brooke. thank you so much. we'll get back to you in just a bit. thank you. it is the trial that will not end! the jury in the jodi arias trial is deadlocked, as in, they cannot agree as to whether arias should live or die. the judge has now ordered them to try again to work it out and ask any questions they need to. ashleigh banfield is outside the courthouse in phoenix. i just can't believe this latest development. it's crazy. >> reporter: you're laughing. you know, i got to say, i've covered a lot of cases in my day. i have never covered anything like this, carol. let me just give you where we're at today. 7-eleven is the order of the morning. they have been deliberating 7 hours and 11 minutes so far into this death phase. the most serious of cases that you can actually prosecute in the united states of america. and yet, this most serious case has become one of the most circus-like. and it's not because of just all of the media coverage, it's a little because of what the
defendant herself, the now-convicted felon, has been doing. she's gone on a veritable media tour, carol, giving interviews to locals and affiliates and tv shows. not once, but twice during the actual deliberation phases of this case. i don't know how else to explain this, other than it is very odd for a sheriff to facilitate it, even though this sheriff says he's done nothing wrong and that it's her first amendment right. i'm going to tell you right now, as a journalist, it's not your first amendment right to have a television camera in your jail cell or in your jail meeting room. you can speak on the phone, you can write letters in your first amendment, you know, exercise. but to have cameras go in to interview this woman and her thoughts on her process, before this process is finalized, is very, very disquieting, when you talk about the jurisprudence aspect of all of this. here is what she said in one of the myriad interviews that she conducted. this one was with ryan owens of abc news, who challenged her on
this whole notion of how she has held court, essentially, with the press over all of this. we believe let me just show you how that played out in the interview. take a look. >> you really are never going to tell the truth about what went down in that bathroom. >> i don't know what you mean by that. because i've told the truth. >> okay. >> i didn't know that you were a hater when you came to interview me. >> i'm not. >> oh, boy. so if someone challenges jodi arias, he's a hater. this is really what we've been finding all along. we have been learning about jodi's propensity to consume media while she's been very bored in a jail, awaiting trial. she knows everyone who's been covering this case and she does not like a lot of the coverage, more than likely because there's been a lot of focus on jodi being a habitual liar. that is not an assessment, carol costello, that is court record.
that is police interview record. >> she admits it! >> that is fox in arizona record -- >> she admits it! >> it's incredible, isn't it? >> let me throw you this way. the jury is deadlocked, they can't decide, though jodi arias seems so cold-hearted. as part of the requirement that allowed those journalists to interview jodi arias, she asked for makeup. they had to provide her makeup, so she would look good on camera. and during the course of the interview you just played, another part of it, she said she was really bummed out that the jury didn't seem to understand her and that she didn't really like the jury. >> she's very bummed out. i think she's very bummed out that many of us don't understand her. >> why is the jury deadlocked over this, because she seems co cold-hearted. >> it's a great issue, i'm so glad you brought it up, carol. because, yes, america is transfixed by the case of jodi arias and they're watching it on tv. 99%, 99.9% of the people who are following this case are watching
it through a very small lens. when you're in a courtroom, it's very different. and when you are the juror, playing god -- by the way, the seal over the judge is latin for "god enriches a." when you are that jury and you're playing god with someone's life, it's not like a tv show anymore. she just food five feet away from them with skin and bones. and as cold as she sounds, she's still a human being in front of them. and it is an odd and awkward decision to make. even though, and i will give this, they are death-qualified, carol. during the voir dire, months and months and months ago before they got to know who jodi arias is, they had to answer these attorneys that, yes, they are capable of rendering a death verdict if they need to or if they are asked to. it's a whole other kettle of fish when you face that woman or man or young person or old person in the courtroom, whose essentially asking for mercy in whatever fashion they're doing it, and the pictures of her
yesterday, by the way, sort of laughing and smiling with the bailiff raised a lot of ire from people who were watching. the jury is not always privy to some of these things. but when they are, it doesn't escape them. but, look, she's a person. she's a person, she's a person, she's a person, she's a person, period. >> i do understand that aspect of it. and i'm glad i'm not in their position. ashleigh banfield, reporting live from phoenix, thanks so much. federal taxpayers will be paying the tornado recovery cost in moore, oklahoma, for years and years. we're going to talk with an expert who says there may be a better way to spend that money. we'll be right back.
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financial help to rebuild? or are they so emotionally distraught right now, they haven't had time to think about it. >> i think they haven't had time to think about it. i think it's a perfectly valid question, but what was that, monday, and we're now on thursday, and i think they're still trying to find their yearbooks in their homes under the muck and the rubble. people i've talked to and homes i've walked through with them, they all have insurance. sadly, they've sort of been through this before and learned the lesson the hard way. but, so far, no one's really worrying about that, yet, carol. >> but of course they will. and juliette, you wrote an interesting op-ed about this very topic. the only reason that fema is not stressed about handing out financial resources is because fema already has money in the budget, because of hurricane sandy. >> that's exactly right. so, they have about $11 billion to deal with this, what happened in oklahoma. and of course, we're entering hurricane season. so as craig fugate rightfully said, we're little bit worried
as to what the pool looks like. we only have that money because sandy got its own, about $60 billion, in a separate piece of legislation. look, we're depleting these funds, since 2011, oh, about $200 billion has been spent on disaster relief. so there's a definite discussion. it's not partisan, but with people in the disaster relief world, about whether we can't begin to think about the distribution of these funds and a little bit more sophisticated way, including trying to give money to people who deserve it, but letting them build in a stronger way. we tend to, the way the law works is we give -- the u.s. government gives money out, but people have to build exactly the same. we saw that actually in oklahoma. >> let me ask brooke about that. because a lot of people don't have these tornado shelters, you know, built into their homes in some way. do they need extra resources to do that, because i would imagine that would be quite costly. >> well, it seems like the crux of the issue is precisely the that. it is the cost. i was out walking around in a neighborhood and talked to three
different families, none of whom had these shelters, these freighty holes, as sort of colloquially they're called here on the outskirts of oklahoma city. they have said, absolutely, when they plan to rebuild here in moore, they plan to have the shelters. they seem to -- i presume that by building the shelters, that they would the financial funding. but that is the issue, carol, it is the cost. they're not cheap. and especially not even in homes. but it's thousands and thousands of dollars for the schools here. when a lot of the homes were wrecked from the '99 tornado, there are these community or neighborhood shelters. but they're not everywhere. they're not. >> and juliette, can the government require private homeowners to build these shelters, or do they just have that power over public institutions? >> they definitely could. presently, under the law, it's very difficult to do, because the way the disaster relief works is, it's essentially, this was my damage, give me this money or the insurance covers it to rebuild exactly how i was. but one of the discussions that
we ought to have given the kind of damage we're seeing by all of this, all these natural disasters is, can we reserve some of that money to help people, like brooke was saying, build the shelters if and can we force through regulations or laws public institutions like schools that are holding hundreds of kids to have better plans for tornadoes, which even though, you know, this was bad, obviously, but it's not like it's unexpected. we know tornadoes are going to go through places like oklahoma. so, that's the kind of discussion that we ought to have, rather than the more political discussion about whether we should even be funding these things, disaster relief or not. we should just spend our money more wisely about building a stronger america, because we can anticipate these disasters anywhere. >> and you're talking about government spending, wisely? >> that may be true. maybe a disaster specialist, but i'm an optimist too. >> i'm glad. i'm glad for that. juliette kayyem and brooke
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and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining us. a friend of the boston bombing suspect is dead after implicating one of the brothers in a brutal triple homicide. this man you're looking at was killed after a violent confrontation with fbi agents in orlando. but not before he told the fbi that he and tamerlan tsarnaev were responsible for the deaths of three men in 2011. this man who was being questioned by the fbi has not been connected to the boston bombings, though, and we may never know, because, of course, he's dead. well, we do know the tsarnaev brothers are suspected of carrying out the boston bombings, there was initial suspicion about an saudi national. supposedly, he had burn marks on his hand, and according to one
report, he smelled of gun powder. but after intense scrutiny by the fbi, his name was cleared. and now abdul rahman ali al habri is speaking out about what really happened. alina joins us now by phone and she interviewed this young man. >> thanks for having me. >> thanks for being with us. take us through what happened to this young man, this saudi national. he's at the scene of the boston marathon and what happens? >> right, so he had come into the boston marathon, he was visiting -- studying from saudi arabia, decided, i want to see what this is all about, showed up, within ten minutes, he was in the periphery of the second blast and was thrown to the street. the way the media has described this is that somebody saw him, thought he had burn marks on his hands, that he was acting
suspiciously, and as a result of that, they tackled him and that's how the whole questioning and everything followed within the next 24 hours took place. but after we interviewed him, we learned that this was not necessarily true. we explained the story that once he landed on the street, covered in blood from himself and other people around him, he got up and he started walking as everyone else is trying to get out of the area, he said to a police officer, i need help, where do i go, the police officer directed him to where all the other ambulances were and he started walking there, a runner or a bystander saw him and offered to help him. and he understands this as, you know, an act of good samaritan, a person trying to help him out. by the time he got to the ambulance, though, there were three other police officers that jumped on the ambulance with him. and that's how everything else -- >> so then, you know, he's injured, he's in the ambulance, they take him to the hospital, he's lying in his hospital bed, and you write, he tells you about his hospital experience
saying, all the police officers and all the fbi and all the nurses and all the doctors were staring at me. i was looking at them like, is it because of the color of my skin or is it because of the name of my country? and what happened next? what did they say to him as he's lying in his hospital bed? >> this really points to two important aspects, right? so the first is racial profiling. i mean, unless there were three other police officers that jumped on the surveillance, would every other victim that went to the hospital, this is a case of racial profiling. fine, it's happening in america. it's likely going to continue to happen. addressing racial profiling is a larger issue. the other point is that, you know, the bombing happened at 2:50 p.m. by 4:28 p.m., a new report had come out, citing authorities saying that there was a saudi suspect in custody. so there's two problems to this. the first being that he was labeled a saudi. and the second, that he was labeled a suspect.
and, you know, the bigger issue is really what happened, how was his name released, you know, how was his address released, and why was this one description, within an hour and a half of the bombing taking place, mentioned to the media? >> because from what i remember, he was never considered a suspect. he was just a suspicious person. >> right, right. well, you know, again, we've contacted the fbi, and we wanted to know, and i think this would really help. facts are still coming out with regard to the bombing. and that's fine. this will take some time to fully understand. but we wanted to know from the fbi, well, what was his official status? was he ever officially detained? was he in custody? was he, you know, a person of question? was he ever labeled by the fbi as a suspect? and we just don't have the answers to that. but, you know, homeland security, during a congressional hearing, you know, said that he was never really a person of interest. on top of which, he was just someone at the wrong place, wrong time. >> so tell me where he is now.
like, is he back in saudi arabia? is he still in the united states? is he still -- >> no, he was not deported. you know, that's another story that's come out from the media. he's not deported. and again, we don't know. investigations are still happening, the entire bombing, in the entire bombing situation. but the biggest question really here is, he's here, he's in boston, he's trying to resume his normal life. that's not possible, those, because after he was discharged, he couldn't go back to his house since the full address was revealed. the names of his roommates were revealed. he changed the way he looks in public, especially given the fact that his photos from facebook were literally all over. his full name is all over the media. he's trying to pick up his life, you know, make it back to normal. he doesn't know, though, what he'll continue doing in america, but the bigger question, and the one that we're hoping to get answers to is where did -- where was the fault?
i mean, we know for a fact that if you were to thrown certain descriptors into the lion's den of media, certain conversations are going to ensue from that. was it necessary to mention he was saudi? i'm not sure. and the bigger takeaway from this. whatever emerges from the fbi investigation after this, the biggest takeaway is that the moral of the story doesn't change. and that's being that he cooperated with the fbi. i think anybody would, not just, you know, if they know themselves to be innocent, they're going to want to cooperate with the fbi. but on top of that, we're all trying to protect this country, we love this country. but he doesn't blame the fbi. but why was his name released and where does that fault happen? >> well, our best to him and thanks to you for sharing his story. amina chaudary, editor in chief of "islamic monthly" magazine. back to the newsroom, 13,000 homes damaged or destroyed in
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welcome back and good morning to you once again. i'm brooke baldwin with special coverage here in moore, oklahoma, of which you can see just the sheer devastation and damage from monday's ef-5 tornado. i can tell you now that the rain has picked up again. we've been seeing severe storms here in moore throughout the course of the morning. which just adds another layer of difficulty for people who are coming out, to try to find bits and pieces from their homes. let me just show you quickly here, beyond the radar, this one picture that this homeowner found in his backyard. not his child, not anyone in his family, it says, to daddy, tara and matthew at 6 months. first it's the mementos and next it's the rebuilding. according to folks out here, somewhere between 12 and 13,000 homes were either damaged or totally destroyed.
one of the questions we asked john doek this morning, the oklahoma insurance commissioner, is what these families have to go through, the steps they take to rebuild. here's what he told me. we talked first, just in terms of the sheer numbers. i'm seeing somewhere between 12,000 to 13,000 homes either damaged or destroyed. >> those are the numbers that we're hearing as well. that those are yet to be totally confirmed by ems emergency management groups, albert ashworth's group. we're seeing just yesterday alone, we know at the insurance checkpoint demand center, that they process opaled 4,000 claims yesterday alone. >> are you a native okke? >> i am. born and raised here in oklahoma and this is not the first time we've been through this. >> this is not the first time. help people understand, who are not from oklahoma, the process that these people, these families have to go through. their homes are gone or destroyed and they have to file these claims. >> right. well, it's, you know, it's a very simple process. we've got it down to a science
here. >> do you? >> in the last couple of years, we've had the first ever national tornado summit here in oklahoma city. >> two months ago, right? >> two months ago we partnered with emergency management. but it continues to help us learn best practices about how to prepare for tornadoes and major catastrophes like this. >> what about not even preparation? obviously, look, we're standing around the muck and the mud and the debris. once someone loses their home, what is priority number one for them? >> take care of the person, make sure they're okay, get medication, get them put back together, mind, spirit, body. make sure they're okay, if they've lost a loved one, those are the first priorities. the second is, you can replace the homes and the cars. you can't replace children. you take care -- the property exposures are secondary. now the insurance industry is starting to step up. search and rescue looks to be over. and now the insurance companies are lined up. they've come in from all over the world. they're stationed at moore first baptist church. and the first thing we want to
do is make sure that oklahomans are getting additional living space checks, they're able to get a hotel room, get clothes, start to get their life back together, and sit down and go through a claims process, which is sometimes a very thoughtful process to understand the contract language. but, again, the insurance industry is here. they're stepping up and doing the right thing. >> let's just say i live in this neighborhood and my house, gone. and i have insurance. >> correct. >> are you going to rebuild my house, no cost to you? >> the options are solely to the consumer. they have an option to rebuild or potentially relocate. they may want to go to another neighborhood -- we think that most people will rebuild in this area. >> everyone i've talked to wants to rebuild. >> they're very committed to the area. so, yes, they'll go in and select a contractor, get those additional living expenses right now so they can get clothes, their lives back to order, get kids in school, and then they begin the process of rebuilding their homes, because the
insurance companies have all the data on their homes. they don't have to show up with a policy. it's all in electronic databases. they're going to try to make it as easy as possible. but, again, they're going to walk through the consumer with specific limits on their policies. >> and that was john doak who joined me earlier here, oklahoma's insurance commissioner. we want to take a quick break, but as we do so, i want to show you some pictures of the homes behind me, the homes absolutely leveled, and look at this, a child's play kitchen, a stroller, the "x." many, many people going through, looking for bodies, dead or alive. these are the pictures throughout moore, oklahoma and the surrounding region. tough to look at. we'll be right back. what's today's dare?
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good morning and welcome back here. i'm brooke baldwin and you're watching special coverage of the tornado aftermath, the ef-5 tornado aftermath here in moore, oklahoma. it's just been under three days since that monstrous tornado hit moore in the surrounding area of oklahoma city. and folks that live here, they are just now facing the enormity of the challenges that lie ahead. i want you to listen to something. this is the oklahoma city mayor, just describing the scale of the tragedy. >> the numbers of this event are becoming even more staggering. 33,000 people affected, 12 to 13,000 homes impacted, property damages, $1.5 to $2 billion. obviously. this is a significant event and it's one that's going to take us a while to address. >> and the numbers, you heard
the mayor mentioning a few, they really reflect the heartbreak here. 24 people killed, ten of them children. and today, this heartbroken town steels itself for the funerals. >> this is going to be a tough weekend for us as we bury those children who died in the elementary school and the rest of our citizens who fought from the storm and just couldn't evade the terror. >> we have learned that president obama will be traveling to moore this coming sunday to tour, certainly visit with the families, see the devastation here. last night, the president vowed that the country will be with the residents' road to recovery each and every step of the way. much more from moore, oklahoma, coming up next. all business purchases.
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headlines. i want you to take a look at what weiner woke up to this morning. these are the types of headlines that anthony weiner does not want to see. also, a bit of some discouraging news coming in from new york's governor this morning. governor cuomo told a group of editors when cuomo was asked if the city should re-elect weiner, cuomo said, quote, shame on us if that happens. but weiner is moving ahead anyway. he kicked off his mayoral bid in harlem just a few hours ago, meeting and greeting voters out there on the street. as you can see, weiner answered questions and pushed his platform that he is the best candidate to support new york city's middle class. there was a crush of media there, as this was the former congressman's first public event, since announcing his run for mayor. a poll conducted last week shows most new yorkers don't want him to run. in fact, 49% saying he should not do it, versus 38% saying he should. he fared even worse, carroll, among women voters. 52% polled saying they don't want to see him as mayor.
and so when i was out there this morning, i asked weiner about that poll and how he hopes to rebuild the trust he lost after that sexting scandal. >> ultimately, this is day one or two of the campaign and one of the ways i do it is by seeing people, but, also, you know, i, frankly, have been encouraged by how many people say they're prepared to give me a second chance and just listen to my ideas. and look, there may be people who say they're not, and who they say they'll never vote for me. and i get that and i respect that and people have a right to have that view. but even for those people, i want them to hear about what i have to say. >> well, weiner posted a video declaring his run for mayor overnight on tuesday. his wife, huma, is in it. the two-minute shows is weiner, acknowledging his failures from the past. >> look, i made some big mistakes and i know i let a lot of people down, but i've also learned some tough lessons. >> so here's where we stand. right now polling shows weiner placing second in the eight-candidate field for mayor.
he has raised nearly $5 million. so far, no major endorsements, not from any unions, not from the clintons. you'll remember his wife worked for hillary clinton when he was secretary of state. weiner definitely has his work cut out for him, carol, the primary now less than four months away. >> so when do you think the new york tabloids will tire of weiner jokes? >> if you know anything about the new york tabloids, i don't think they're ever going to get tired of it. and that's one of the things that weiner -- just one of the small things that weiner is going to have to overcome. his major issue, it's trust. it's really rebuilding and getting the trust from the people that feel as though he abandoned them when he lied about that sexting scandal. >> all right. jason carroll, many thanks. and thank you for joining us today. i'm carol costello. "cnn newsroom" continues after a short break. nom, nom, nom.