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>> bob: thank you great to have you here. >> dana: next week we put greg in a wet suit. >> kimberly: yeah! >> eric: all right. that is it for "the five." thank you for watching. have a great weekend. debates. see you monday. >> kimberly: bye! captioned by closed captioning services, inc >> bret: the santorum surge hits new hampshire. but can he derail mitt romney? this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> bret: good evening. i'm bret baier. while republican front runner mitt romney is so confident of a victory in next week's new hampshire primary he is already campaigning in the next primary state, south carolina. the underdog campaign of rick santorum continues to pick up steam in the granite state. while others are working to make their mark. chief political correspondent carl cameron is following the action from manchester. >> thank you. how are you? >> reporter: buoyed by
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overflowing crowds at the campaign stop, rick santorum urged first in the nation primary voters to ignore polls and pundits and back his come from behind candidacy. >> new orleannew hampshire can'. they have to stand and be bold. we need a clear contrast. someone painting a different vision. >> populist message and plea for value voters on the faith, family and freedom tour, santorum is gaining on ron paul in new hampshire. but romney is still way ahead in the granite state where he has a vacation home. the real clear politics average of new hampshire polls also shows romney far out front. he spent the last two days in south carolina campaigning with popular governor nikki haley. and 2008 g.o.p. nominee john mccain. the latest palmetto state polls show romney pulling far away from pack. he has doubled his support and now has a huge lead, almost equal to what santorum and gingrich get in the polls combined. gingrich mocks romney's claim to be a conservative at every
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event now. branding him a massachusetts moderate. and today suggested that many bay staters move to new hampshire to escape romney. >> well, when you consider one of the taxes he raised was a commuter tax in new hampshire, you have an ability to a lot of people here understand thoroughly what it's like to have a massachusetts governor. because they came here to get away from it. >> reporter: in the get away city to massachusetts, ron paul returned to the trail after a couple of days off. he drew several hundred mostly young voters. a web video by new hampshire liberty for paul, which is not his campaign, attacks jon huntsman for serving as the obama administration ambassador to china and notes his adopted chinese daughter. paul denounced the video. >> i haven't looked at it but i understand it's an ugly ad. i'm pissed about it. it was way out of order for them to do that. >> reporter: huntsman is angry. >> i have a daughter from
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china abandoned two months of age and left in a vegetable market and now she is in my family and she is one of greatest human beings i know. >> reporter: back in the lakes region of the granite state, 15 miles away from mitt romney's vacation home. they will have a spaghetti dinner with supporters here. standing room only. this is the first event in new hampshire in the last couple of days. new u&h poll on top of other surveys showing romney over 40% and good 20 points ahead of ron paul here. bret? >> bret: we have seen some events where rick santorum has been catching heat for his stance on gay marriage in new hampshire. it's legal there. what can you tell us about all that? >> reporter: well, he has been very candid and very forth right and unwaiverring in his insistence that marriage should be between a man and woman. because in his view, every child has a birthright to two parents a man and a woman. a lot of the activists who have been throwing the questions at him are the young student types and it's well to know because same-sex marriage is legal in new hampshire and there are some conservatives
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who want to repeal that statute, the supporters of gay marriage are trying to block the repeal. they have been activating and organizing and trying to energize proponents of same-sex marriage to block the repeal. a lot of those folks are the people who are giving the noise to rick santorum. bret? >> bret: they're pretty boisous. carl, we'lcarl -- boisterous. we'll see you this weekend. jobs number indicate progress is being made. employers added net 200,000 jobs last month to bring the unemployment rate down to 8.5%. one job in particular, though, gets an unusually high degree of the president's attention. here is chief white house correspondent ed henry. >> welcome to the consumer financial protection bureau, the president of the united states. [ applause ] >> reporter: while his aides privately insist president obama will not be in full campaign mode until this summer -- >> more private sector jobs were created in 2011 than any year since 2005.
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>> reporter: that timetable seems to be moving up. as the president today reacted to positive jobs numbers by holding what sounded like a rally at a new federal agency that is helping to position him as a fighter for the middle class. >> we're moving in the right direction. i would urge congress to make sure they stay on top of their jobs to make sure that everybody else is able to enjoy hopefully an even more robust recovery in 2012. >> reporter: note the reference to recovery in the election year. reinforced when he then sat down with four campaign supporters who won a raffle for lunch with the president. throw in the fact that administration officials confirm mr. obama will propose a panth% pay increase for federal employees. after initially pushing a two-year pay freeze. republicans see a president already trying to line up votes. >> he is always in campaign mode. if there is one thing that he does well, it's raise money in campaign. >> white house aides see it as the president simply flexing his executive mulsals to help
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average people, such as bypassing republicans who install the new consumer cop to a so-called recess appointment. >> that american consumers have somebody who has got their back. you finally got a great director who is tailor-made to lead this agency. >> white house aides justify the power play by mocking republican claims the appointment was illegal because lawmakers were not in recess. >> only in washington would not being in the office, not even being in the town where you exist, qualify as being on the job. >> reporter: of course, the president is out of town a lot and the republicans charge another executive action, summer jobs plus was simply taking credit for programs that companies already had in place. >> unpaid internships and slightly paid internships isn't going to do a whole lot other than to in an attempt in a campaign year for obama to try to make himself look good. >> white house aides insist the program is new and will provide 70,000 jobs and
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internships that are paid this coming summer. as for the coming week, democratic official says the president will be back on the road doing some fundraising on wednesday in his home of chicago. bret? >> bret: ed, the energy department today announced it's not moving forward with a loan to russian-owned steel company for facility in michigan. what can you tell us about that? >> interesting because the company got a lot of scrutiny after the failure of solyndra. republicans like darrell issa raising questions about why it was going to be a $730 million loan to a russian steel company to help build a steel plant in michigan, build the next -- help build the next generation of automobile when the company is very wealthy. today, the energy department basically said that is true. they believe the program has merit. but it does not need u.s. taxpayer assistance. so they hope that the private funding that they have already raised will help move the program forward. of course, critics say they should have done it with solyndra in the first place. bret? >> bret: okay, ed. thank you. stocks ended the weeks mixed. the dow was down 56.
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the s&p 500 fell three. the nasdaq was up four. there was plenty of bad economic news in europe today. the euro fell to the weakest point since september of 2010. the interest rate on italy's bonds reached the same level that has forced smaller countries to seek bail-out. new data shows economic sentiment and retail sales are falling across europe. iranian officials are intensifying their crackdown on the internet. they are imposing strict regulations on internet cafes, blocking more websites and slowing connections. but the u.s. navy may have found a way to ease tensions with the islamic republic. if only briefly. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is here to tell us about a rescue at sea. good evening. >> thank you. this afternoon the navy released a short video clip of the rescue that shows the dow or fishing boat halftimeed by the pirates to use as mother ship on attacks in the arabian sea. you can see some of the men on deck, total of 13 i rainian fishermen and 15 pirates. some raising their arms to
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surrender to the uss kid, part of the uss stenis strike group as it approached. they released a shot of a fisherman embracing a sailor. it began with a distress call on thursday, under attack by the pirates. that call ultimately led the navy to the iranian fishing boat. well, the pirates are being detained for prosecution, they held the fishermen for six weeks. in a conference call for reporters the commander of the senate explained the american sendoff for the fishermen. >> once we released them toda today, they went on their way happily we might add, with uss kid navy ball caps. we believe they are headed back to iran to their home port. >> a short time ago this photo of defense secretary panetta congratulating admiral faller and his team was also released. the way and the speed of which this event played out strongly suggests the administration sees the rescue of the
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fishermen as a coo. >> it was obviously a humanitarian gesture on the part of the crew of the stenis to take them on board and feed them and to ensure that they were in good health before setting them off -- sending them off. >> earlier in week, iranians threatened the stenis not to return to the persian gulf and ironically the stenis strike group rescued the fishermen. it creates an opening and shows america is not always the aggressor and that undercuts the iranian regime propaganda. bret? >> bret: thank you. >> you're welcome. >> bret: republicans are not the only ones putting up a challenge to president obama. that is later in the grapevine. up next, the challenge for republicans. convince small business people in new hampshire they can fix the economy. [ male announcer ] cranberry juice? wake up!
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>> bret: now back to the new hampshire primary, and how the economy in general and small businesses in particular, fit in. here is correspondent molly line in manchester. >> reporter: the planet marshmallow cafe, nestled in a side street off the manchester main drag is among new hampshire's newest small businesses. heather cox and christie butler quit their full-time job last year to risk it all on their dream. >> very scary. i left a 12-year job with a great company that i loved. >> they create and sell gourmet marshmallows. >> coconut was the first flavor we did. >> last month they expanded,
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opening the cafe. while optimistic, both are concerned about the future. >> my concerns in the election are obviously business climate. and people's confidence in the economy. >> the unemployment rate in new hampshire is 5.2%. among the lowest in the nation. butler fears customers won't buy if they don't have money in their wallet. >> if you are not confident that you are going to have a job, you are not going to spend money on things that are not necessary to get by. >> a fear the g.o.p. white house hopefuls are working to address across the granite state. >> the future economy is unique but we are a small business economy. the average number of workers for each business is very low. probably under 10 in new hampshire. but the economy right now is the number one issue for candidates who are campaigning through new hampshire. it's jobs, jobs, jobs. >> butler, a republican, knows she wants to see one of the g.o.p. candidates win the white house. >> what needs to distinguish for me is someone that i feel can win. >> meanwhile, cox is struggling with her political
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identity. >> i voted obama. first, i'm a democrat. always been a democrat. the whole family is a democrat. >> now she is a registered independent, planning to vote on tuesday and in the general election. >> i'm not 100% sure where i am at right now. i am definitely leaning republican at this point. but we have to have a change. we need someone who understands business. >> reporter: the republican candidates understand that this election may be on won basd on the economy. governor mitt romney is constantly plugging his business background. rick santorum constantly plugging his working class roots. all of them understand that americans are thinking about their pocketbooks. bret? >> bret: molly lion live in manchester. thank you. one of the more remarkable stories of the campaign so far is rick santorum. the former pennsylvania senator was not considered a serious contender by many pundits. some who even sat at a panel at this table. chief congressional correspondent reports now
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people are paying attention to what santorum is all about. >> reporter: while former senator rick santorum's popularity on the campaign trail may be new, he remains a committed social conservative. when asked about gay rights today in new hampshire, santorum stayed true to his beliefs. >> marriage is a privilege. it is not a right. it's a privilege given by society, held up by society for purposes that it provides some societal good. i would make the argument some extraordinary societal good. it's not inalienable right. >> reporter: it was a trademark for his 16 years in congress when he tackled controversial issues such as partial abortion. >> this is not a debate on abortion. this is a debate on infanticide. >> reporter: he explained the passion for moral issues. >> people say "rick, you are so extreme. you want to value all human life. you want to recognize and value the life in the womb at the moment of conception." why? because it's a human life. that's somehow extreme.
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>> reporter: santorum also fought in the senate for conservative priorities including the bush tax cut in 2001. >> the fundamental question for every one of these amendments is do you want $1.6 trillion of tax reduction in the next ten years or do you want to increase government spending? >> the cato institute david boze is critical of santorum on spending issues during his time in the senate but says he also had his successes. >> while he was in the senate he did sponsor welfare reform. that was great accomplishment. he also sponsored social security reform, which did not succeed but that was certainly to his credit. on the other hand, in between those two efforts, he supported the biggest expansion of entitlements in the past 40 years. >> reporter: a former senate armed services committee aide says santorum also offers experience on security issues. >> he served for eight years on armed services, that is two more years than hillary clinton served when she became secretary of state. that's unassailable credential
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for national security goes. >> reporter: he also has a reputation for butting head with many members, senior members of his own party. described opinionated, passionate and ambitious. he is remembered for sometimes letting his mouth get the best of him when dealing with colleagues. >> bret: thank you. our coverage from new hampshire kicks in high gear on sunday. we have a special edition of "special report" live. 6:00 p.m. eastern from manchester. at 8:00, an america's election headquarters preview. megyn kelly joins me for that. our primary night coverage starts at 6:00 eastern tuesday. with "special report." still ahead, clearing the air on big rigs. but first, a different kind of deadly day for syria.
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>> bret: more than two dozen
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people were killed today in damascus, syria. but today's deaths were not a direct result of the government's nine-month crackdown on dissent. correspondent reena ninan shows us what happened. [ sirens ] >> reporter: it's the second suicide bombing to rock the heart of syria's capital, in exactly two weeks. syrian state tv reports at least 25 people have been killed. and 46 injured. the attacks have placed at a busy intersection near a school, two mosques and is syrian intelligence building. the neighborhood is an area where the anti-assad protest verse been growing in recent weeks. no one claimed responsibility for the i have a tacks. the syrian government was quick to blame the ro testers who opposed -- protesters who opposed the syrian president bashar assad calling them terrorists. "is it fair to do this to civilian and soldiers," he asks? "the scene makes you cry." but they say the syrian government launched the attack to get the syrian people to turn on the protesters. syrian state tv ran gory
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images of body parts and blood which flooded the scene. it also showed a person carrying the station's microphone and putting bags of fresh bread next to a pool of blood. antigovernment protesters claimed the channel was staging the scene to make it look more dramatic. the last suicide bombing attack in damascus two weeks ago killed 44 people. thousands of protesters took to the streets in various cities, calling for international intervention to stop the killing of civilians and chanting "if the world doesn't intervene, they will need god to do it." arab league monitors have been on the ground assessing the situation with little success. amateur videos show many of the protesters running away from heavy machine gun fire by assad security forces. the use of suicide bombers is a new tactic that opens up a new front in the battle between the syrian government and those looking for its downfall. it can only bring more bloodshed. in jerusalem, reena ninan, fox
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news. >> bret: six children who were rummaging through a trashy heap in southern afghanistan today were killed when something inside it exploded. four other kids were wounded. elsewhere in the south, five nato troops died in roadside bombings. while the u.s. scales back its troop commit in the afghanistan, president obama is making plans to scale back the u.s. military. national security correspondent jennifer griffin tells us it is a familiar reaction to years of war. >> reporter: few programs will be untouched by the defense cuts outlined by president obama. hardest hit will be the army and marines which are slated to lose about 100,000 troops. >> we can't afford to repeat the mistakes that have been made in the past. after world war ii, after vietnam, when our military was left ill-prepared for the future. as commander in chief, i will not let that happen again. >> reporter: after every war since world war ii, military historians explain presidents have cut the army hoping for quick savings and the ability
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to rely on superior air power. which often leads to the next ground war. "becomobama's plan does exactly that, it forgets the lesson of history," writes general bob scales. the chairman of the senate house services committee is concerned. >> time after time after time we found that that was the wrong strategy. starting world war ii, we had been going across africa with inadequate equipment, inadequate training, inadequate leadership and it cost us lots of lives. >> reporter: after world war ii, president truman cut the army from 8 million to 500,000. some argued that led to the korean war. after that conflict, president eisenhower tried to rely on b-52 bombers and nuclear weapons. after vietnam, the army was cut so much during the carter administration that it became hollow. k.t. mcfarland worked in the pentagon during the reagan administration. >> we were stunned by what we found. we had planes that couldn't fly, because the pilots didn't have enough hours of training
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to be qualified as pilots. we have had ships that couldn't sail because they didn't have fuel. >> reporter: others argue the new proposed troop cuts aren't that deep. >> i do not think it's a problem to cut the ground forces by 100,000 at this moment in history. that is about how much they grew after 9/11. >> president obama is not the first to want a leaner, more agile army. donald rumsfeld did at the start of the bush administration. the iraq war was supposed to be won with shock and awe. the pentagon has not said explicitly how deep the troop cuts would be. yesterday, the president outlined the strategy. in february the pentagon budget will provide specifics. at the pentagon, jennifer griffin, fox news. >> bret: judge in detroit postponed the sentencing of a man who tried to blow up an airplane by detonating explosives in his underwear. he will be sentenced to life in prison next month. today's delay is to allow him to review a mandtory presentence report. three cadets at the u.s. airport academy are
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facing sexual assault charges. the school says the alleged incident occurred in the past 15 months and are unrelated. the hearings are expected in coming weeks. hearing of sexual assault at the academy were up in the last academic year. if you think the controversy over president obama's birth certificate ended, think again. that's next in the grapevine. not everyone is happy to see the presidential candidates in new hampshire.  
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>> bret: and now some fresh pickings from the political grapevine. a state judge in georgia has denied a motion by the obama administration to dismiss a complaint challenging the president's eligibility to be on the ballot there. attorney tates filed the complaint back in november on behalf of a georgia resident, contending president obama is not a natural born citizen. and therefore should not be on the march presidential primary in georgia. you will remember last year the white house released the
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president's long form birth certificate. however, taitz, with many others in the scald birther movement is still not satisfied. some in that movement call at it fake. others say the real issue is he is not a natural born citizen. a hearing has now been set for january 26. the president's lawyer in atlanta says he is optimistic the judge will decide in the president's favor. the "new york times" is dealing with dissension within its ranks over a decision to freeze some employee pensions while awarding a hefty severance package to outgoing chief executive. union representing 1,000 active times employees sent an open letter with 580 signatures to the "new york times" publisher. one "forbes" contributor notes, "it's a classic american sca san antonio ga of top hats against hard hats. the 1%ers and the forgotten 99. somebody get the "new york times" on the story. wait a second, the "new york times" is the story. so never mind." and finally, one new hampshire
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eatery is fed up with presidential candidates coming in with their entourages and disrupting the real customers. so colby's breakfast and lunch in portsmouth posted a side that reads in patriotic red, white and blue, "no politicians. no exceptions." the owner says no one has broken the rule since the sign went up. the federal government wants to clear the air coming from big rigs. correspondent claudia cowen reports on new regulations. those who like them and those who do not. >> for the first time, the federal government is regulating big rigs, r.v.s and tractor-trailers in much the same way as it's held car make torres rigorous fuel efficiency standards for decades. circumventing congress, the environmental protection agency is ordering heavy trucks to reduce green house gas emissions by 20%. overhaul engine design starting with models built in
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2014. while operators will need to spend thousands to upgrade or buy new rigs the american trucking association is on board. >> the federal government did a fine job of working collaboratively with all the partners in this to come up with what we think is a reasonable and fair rule. >> but smaller owner of operators like robert mcclernan says the hules will be devastating. >> with the cost of the new equipment they are requiring and the oversight of the government and every part of my business, i can't afford to be in business. >> in a federal lawsuit he claims the epa never submitted the regulations to a blue ribbon panel called the science advisory board as is required by law. >> the government complies with the law just like to rest of us do. when epa violates the law like it did here, we are going to hold their feet to the fire. >> the epa argues it posted all relevant information online, allowing for scientific review. critics say that is not good enough and contend the rules are less about clean air, more about pushing smaller
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operators out of the way. >> this is using the government to be the bully pulpit to put me out of business so they can take over more market share. >> the rule is about being more fuel efficient. over the long haul this has to be positive for anyone in the trucking industry. >> while the legal fight unfolds the consumer could be hit hardest paying more for goods delivered by truck. claudia cowen, fox news. >> bret: rick santorum tryings to continue his surge. we'll talk about that and the rest of the news out of the new hampshire primary coming up tuesday when the fox all-stars join me after the break. an accident doesn't have to slow you down. with better car replacement, if your car is totaled, we give you the money for a car one model year newer. liberty mutual auto insurance. ♪
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of about half the papers in the state, we just got the endorsement of the "boston globe." we are moving forward. >> right now, the people who truly want change in this country, change for the better, by shrinking the size of the government, they are joining our campaign. >> yesterday, he announced a major program to reduce the capacity of our military, inexcusable and unthinkable and it must be reversed. >> i do think as a reagan conservative, i have a much greater likelihood of beating obama in the fall. as a reagan conservative, i can defeat obama. >> bret: countdown is on to the primary on tuesday. let's look at the real clear average of polls in new hampshire. this includes new polls out today. the average of all of the polls. you can see santorum making a move up. however, the big lead is still mitt romney. 40%. ron paul in second. gingrich slipping there. as you go to south carolina,
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which is the next battleground after that on the 21st, you see rasmussen has a new poll with a big surge for santorum. gingrich has followen in this one. the real clear politics average that includes other polls as well. if we go to the next one, the real clear average, you can see gingrich still holds on. some of the polls are a little bit older, though. you can see santorum still making a move in south carolina. so, with that as the backdrop, bring in the panel. steve hayes, senior writer for "weekly standard." a.b. stoddard associate editor of the hill. and syndicated columnist charles krauthammer. steve? >> well, i think it's been interesting to watch over the past couple of days, how much rick santorum has got an bump in places like south carolina, in places he has laid the groundwork for him to make a run. he has got an little bump in new hampshire. it's not a natural state for him. what is most interesting to see is how much he continues to emphasize social issues. we saw in the speech after the iowa caucuses that he said
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look, the national security is important. economy very important. but none of that matterles unless you have the values right. it's a peculiar argument for this time, this country, in this republican party. if you look at the cnn/times poll of new hampshire voters and how many people say the economy is extremely important or very important. 94% of voters say it's extremely important or very important. social issues, moral issues, extremely important or very important. only 34%. santorum as we have seen, has not backed away from talking about these things. happy tone gauge on gay marriage, don't ask, don't tell, abortion, because he believes in it. but i think that is both a blessing and a curse in this case as a candidate at this time. he is a conviction politician, conviction conservative and it's what gives him strength when he is talking to audiences. but if he ends up spending most of his time talking about issues that aren't the issues that the voters want to talk about, that can be a negative. >> bret: a.b., it's kind of a catch-22.
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he is asked about these things by the media, because the media has this perception that that is all he is about. they don't listen to his stump speech about manufacturerring and the economy. and so he gets in the q&a situations. he spends a lot of time talking about social issues in a place with an open primary and independents can vote. >> i don't think it matters. he is really on the run in south carolina. i think it will be a bloodbath there. he can write off new hampshire. he is totally setting himself up to exceed expectations in new hampshire. he can say ron paul was always strong there, mitt romney was always going to take it. just went there to take the fight to new hampshire. they're not my voters. he can go right to south carolina before january 21. enough time to build a head of steam. he is a real threat in south carolina. it's -- those issues make those voters happy anyway. he can absolutely say, i want iowa, pretty much tied it with romney and i'm going to win south carolina. it just tried to place in new hampshire. i think he is really going to do better than that. he can kind of tamp down
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expectations and just do better in south carolina. i think that he will always be asked about those issues because he is known for them. many college students are interested. but i don't think it damages him at all right now. >> bret: we should point out, charles, today was the filing deadline for illinois. rick santorum is on that ballot. closed at the beginning of this show. he is on the ballot. he also has filed and all but five of the congressional districts. in other words, the delegates. that is the important part of that. not to get in the weeds. but basically he has the organization, as does gingrich to get on the ballot with romney and paul. >> neneeds to show he is a -- he needs to show he is a national candidate, that helps in illinois. but it needs to show he is national candidate running reasonable well in the moderate northeast. it's not enough i think for him to wait for south carolina to say these are my people. the problem people have with santorum today as before iowa is can somebody who has been out of office for six years
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who lost in a landslide in 2006 win nationally? iowa has shown he can be strong. once you look at him, he can be extremely appealing. but i think he has to do reasonably well in new hampshire. i think he has to beat ron paul. i think if he comes in second, it will be an achievement and it will give him a ticket to show himself in south carolina where he can do well and could really surprise. >> bret: is there an expectations game for mitt romney here? obviously he is in a great position. he spent a couple of days in south carolina. he has got a huge lead heading in to tuesday. >> look, if we have to guess today about the expectations game in new hampshire next week, i think romney has to win by double digits. if it's less, i think santorum will have won. a moral victory. like clinton in '92 when he was the comeback kid. or gene mccarthy in '68. in south carolina, i think that is not a native country
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for mitt romney. i think he has got to run first or second. but i think the onus is on santorum, who has to show that iowa wasn't a fluke. >> bret: although, steve, he is apparently doing very well, according to the most recent polls in south carolina. talk about mitt romney here. who is outperforming what the conventional wisdom is. >> it's interesting. i think he has to do better than just double digits victory in new hampshire. he has been leading the polls by 20, 25 points pretty consistently. if the gap is ten points that is hard for mitt romney to explain. when he is playing on his own turf. okay, 11. >> i am talking about win of 15, 20. >> more in the ballpark. it was surprising today he was doing so well in the poll in south carolina, which a lot of people say is not his natural turf. and rick santorum has been organizing there. rick perry has been organizing there. he was in a poll that was out today down at 5% in south carolina. >> bret: a.b., newt gingrich is rying to make his mark. he is talk -- trying to make
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his mark. talking about the massachusetts moderate, he calls him, mitt romney. he has two debates in which an environment in which he has done very well up until now. this weekend. >> well, the thing is about newt gingrich, what is ironic, if he should do well in the debate, if he doesn't spend the entire time talking about mitt romney's super pac ad. if he elevated the policy debate right now, i think he would steal votes away from rick santorum. i think ironically what he is doing by just always talking about mitt romney's super pac ads is just giving votes to rick santorum, which ultimately does also hurt mitt romney but it hurts newt gingrich. >> bret: now he made, today he really hit on the contrast between who can run best against president obama. and that really wasn't about the super pac ads. it was more about the contrast between romney running against obama. and newt gingrich running against obama. >> but he is now attacking romney as well as rick santorum of the close of business today. he is really departed from what he said even a few days ago. i don't know that newt gingrich has a path back.
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i think that rick santorum is the candidate with all the energy behind him. he is really surging. i don't know that newt is really a threat to santorum in new hampshire or south carolina at this point. >> in south carolina, if you look at the poll today, you add santorum and gingrich, it equals the romney support. 38% split. then the others have it split. if newt stays in and he is strong in south carolina, and splits the vote, you get a landslide win by romney. so if you assume that newt is on the way down and the swing, he is on a negative 30-swing in south carolina. santorum rises and it could be a threat to the lead that mitt romney has today in south carolina. >> bret: about trending. i want to do one more thing before we go to the friday lightning round. that is this battle between jon huntsman, steve, and ron paul. an ad came out for ron paul, not from the campaign. attacking jon huntsman. take a look. ron paul's response.
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♪ ♪ >> i haven't looked at it but i understand it's an ugly ad. i'm pissed about it. it was way out of order for them to do that. >> bret: you can't tell there, but basically the ad points out that jon huntsman adopted a chinese girl. now part of his family. and the ad goes on to say what does he stand for? ron paul had to come out and address it. >> it's a disgusting, racist ad. i'm glad ron paul said it as forcefully as he had. he didn't do it early enough on the newsletter. maybe the news of the day with ron paul he was asked again late this afternoon about the potential he would run as a third party candidate and he said i will decide that later. leaving the door open. >> bret: here we go again. the friday lightning round is next. including iran and today's naval rescue. keep it here. [ male announcer ] to the 5:00 a.m. scholar.
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>> bret: as you look live at the white house, president obama today very exciting really about the unemployment figures, saying where there is more work to do but it's a good sign, he said, that it's headed in the right direction; the economy. there you see it, december unemployment. 8.5%. it's ticked down. lowest since february 2009. 200,000 net jobs added. 1.6 million jobs added in 2011. now the underemployment rate, this is the broadest measure of the economy, includes people who have given up looking or have take an part-time job, now stands at 15.2%. we're back with the panel. we're going to start there in the friday lightning round; the economy. charles? >> this is excellent news for
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obama. and for the american economy. these are real numbers. i think what is the most interesting is the number of hours per worker is increasing. it has for the last few months. that means that employers who are still hesitating to actually hire a new person with all of the liabilities, at a certain point are going to have to hire if they want more work. and at a certain point it translates to extra workers. so you can see a real increase in employment in mid-year. three caveats. europe, still shaky. the u.s. housing market still slow. lastly between now and election day, iran and spike in oil prices. >> bret: another caveat, seasonal jobs are in there. and often you see after this revisions. that is a possibility for this white house. but, now, they are enjoying the numbers. >> i was going to list the same concerns that charles did. and you were right. they revise the numbers frequentenly. and anything can happen to
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send the economic picture south once again and president obama knows that. but it's politically the metric that the public uses to take the temperature of the economic picture the unemployment number. this continues to brighten not darken. that is good for president obama. >> bret: steve? >> good news as a snapshot. still the case that the labor force participation rate is too low. you didn't see it budge. 46%. but you want it higher at 66%. it's lurking in the long-term but a snapshot on economy and politics, this is good news for the white house. >> bret: recess appointments won voting in the friday lightning round vote. richard codray appointed. how big a deal is this? obviously, the controversy is legal and constitutional one and whether the senate was really in recess. steve, how big a deal is this and will the republicans continue to hit on it? >> i don't think it's a huge -- the president done is outrageous. he can't just decide willy-nilly that the senate is
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in recess. if the senate is not in recess. i mean what is he going to do? if the senate leaves for a weekend will he decide to weekend appoint then? this isn't the president's prerogative, there is a constitutional precedent. but the context is the president wants to say congress is obstructionist and line up as many examples as he can give. this is going to be one of them. >> bret: a.b.? >> i think partisan on both sides. he knew it would. it makes democrats happy he did this and makes the republicans furious he did this. you call it illegal power grab. if you look at persuadable independent voters who see the congress as paralyzeed i don't know that he does too much damage to himself with the recess appointment. >> whether or not it becomes a big political issue, it is a big issue. if the president wants to breach the constitution to achieve something important, let's say he needs a secretary of defense and he can't have it. he says okay, i'll decide, the senate is in recess and i'll do it. that is one thing. but as reported in the "times" this morning this is time and
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aimed exactly at election day. this is not about the actual appointment but a way to provoke congress and to link republican presidential candidates with the unpopular congress. it's entirely about elections. that makes it a disgrace. >> bret: quickly, down the row. the u.s. navy rescued iranian fishermen being held hostage by apparently somali pirates. seemed like a good day for diplomacy. >> but it is only humanitarian. i'm not sure it has any implications. the real story i think out of iran today, the crackdown on the internet. the regime understands sanctions will bite. worried about unrest at home. >> i think what is so scary about the fact that the iranians are so scared of an actual war, they are scared of the prices rising and scared of the currency collapsing is that as the internet is restricted and police, we lose our ability also to know what is going on. as they lose their ability to coalesce and unify against the regime. >> bret: good to save the fishermen. >> yes. >> better that we did it that
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ask your rheumatologist how you can defend against and help stop further joint damage with humira. >> finally, what a week. mitt romney came out of the iowa caucuses as the winner by eight votes. eight votes. now he's trying to springboard to win the nomination and then the presidency. the late show had its own take. >> the iowa caucus has long been considered one of the most important events in our election process. congratulations to this year's victor, mitt romney, who joins previous winners, president huckabee, president perry, president dole, president gephardt and two-time winner, president uncommitted. mitt romney. >> no offense, iowa. don't forget, this sunday we will have a special edition of "special report" live, 6:00 p.m. eastern from

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