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we'll be back at 6:00. captioned by closed captioning services inc. this is "world news." and tonight, the straw poll showdown. the first test of the presidential race playing out right now in iowa. this evening, the results are in. michele bachmann wins. the question, who doesn't survive afterward? and the new face in the race today. it's official. he promises to be the multimillion-dollar guy. >> the scout's survival. the 12-year-old boy scout who vanished in the wilderness found. tonight, he tell us what he did to survive. to the rescue. after those devastating riots, tonight we're one-on-one with the top cop, now off to britain, police departments in new york, los angeles, we ask, is scotland yard next? rise and f fl. 50 years ago today, the order to build that wall. the images then and now from berlin and that moment peter jennings, our witness to
history. >> someone reached up and handed me a small piece of the wall. and her simple wish. that little girl turning 9 and her simple wish. so many of you heard her story and you won't believe what's happened now. good evening. as we come on the air across the west coast tonight, results are in in iowa. the republicans who want to be president facing their first major test of strength in the iowa straw poll. you are looking at the winner tonight. congresswoman michele bachmann. she put a lot of energy into winning iowa. congressman ron paul, a close second. former governor pawlenty a distant third. while all of this is going on in iowa, another republican is trying to steal the thunder. texas governor rick perry making it official today. we'll get to that headline in a moment. we do begin in iowa where abc's jake tapper has latest on results coming in tonight. jake, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, david. that's right. more than 16,000 iowans voted and the big winner with 28% of
the vote was congresswoman bachmann from neighboring minnesota. right behind her was congressman ron paul whose libertataan message has a big grassroots following. a disappointing third place for pawlenty, governor of minnesota. a triumphant congresswoman declared victory in the straw poll. >> thank you, everyone. we did this together. >> reporter: earlier, the line of voters outside her tent was dauntingly long. then a performance by country star randy t tvis. attendees at the concert had to >> photo i.d. and tickets. >> reporter: paid for by the bachmann campaign. $30 a vote. >> we got tickets through bachmann to get in the tent and eat and stuff so that's probably who i'll be voting for. >> reporter: is it possible that
she would pay for your ticket and then you would vote for someone else? >> i don't feel obligated. >> reporter: historically, the winner of the straw poll isn't necessarily the winner of the nomination or even the iowa caucus. but poor showings at this political carnival/state party fund-raiser often whittles the field. they spent the day running tent to tent. they could dunk a stand-in for federal reserve chair ben bernanke. herman cain bouncy castle. how many votes are you going to get because of the bouncy castle? >> i don't know. the thing is, we're more interested in the intensity and the enthusiasm of the people that you saw at that tent. >> reporter: barbecue and all of the fixins helped bring crowds to the tent for former minnesota governor tim pawlenty, a disappointing third place finisher tonight. and, of course, inside the iowa state hilton coliseum, candidates were given a platform. >> it's time we restored freedom
to america. >> i believe it's time we have an iowan in the white house. >> and jake is back with us now from iowa. we know who the winner is in michele bachmann. but the question is, who is the loser? because often these straw polls whittle down the race. >> well, the big loser is the third place finisher, the former governor of minnesota, pawlenty. both the first place winner and the second place winner got more than twice as many as votes than he did. pawlenty put a lot of energy into this state. and it was a fairly weak showing with the fourth place finisher, rick can tore rum santorum, former senator from pennsylvania, very close behind him. there's going to be a lot of questions for what pawlenty does going forward. >> i wanted to ask you about mitt romney. defending those comments this week that corporations are people. we learned about his work overnight. upwards of $250 million accord to some reports. p what do you make of his
defending of his words again? >> i don't think it's the kind of comment that will hurt him in a republican primary but it is something the democrats are trying to make a lot of hay out of, saying he's more pro-business than he is pro american. >> jake tapper on the reports of the straw poll. tomorrow morning, a special edition of "this week." jake will remain in iowa to host the program. he'll have the winner there, michele bachmann. more importantly, questions for pawlenty who came in distant third. tomorrow morning on "this week." and far from iowa, tonight, another republican with a lot of money is shaking up the presidential race this evening. texas governor rick perry making it official. he's proven that he can rarais money in a big way. abc's david kerley is in charleston, south carolina, this evening. david. >> reporter: good evening, david. not only can he raise money, his experience is changing the dynamics of this republican race. the signs were already printed. when he came here to the early primary state of south carolina
to announce his intentions in front of a conservative group. >> ameriri is not broken. washington, d.c. is broken. >> reporter: claiming that barack obama has prolonged the national misery with rudderless leadership, rick perry declared a new president can renew the country. >> it is time to get america working again and that's why with the support of my family and unwavering belief in the goodness of america, i declare to you today as a candidate for president of the united states. >> reporter: the 61-year-old perry joins the race, boasting that a third of the jobs created since the recession have been in texas. so, who is he? raised on a cotton farm, he flew in the air force. a conservative christian, he's texas' longest serving governor. a no-tax, cut regulation, small government republican. >> and i'll promise you this, i'll work every day to try to
make washington, d.c., as inconsequential in your life as i can. >> reporter: perry has been a successful fund-raisis. his team believes that he can raise up $10 million in just the next few weeks, including here in south carolina, where he stole the thunder of that iowa straw poll. >> i think his timing was brilliant. i think, to turn around, it let ususnow it's game-on time for all of the candidates. >> reporter: not only did perry dazzled the faithful, he has upended the republican race. >> i think it really complicates things. but i think it's going to come down to a two-man race between him and mitt romney. >> reporter: while perry is entering the race late, he is hitting the ground running. tonight he's in new hampshire, tomorrow, he starts a bus tour in iowa. chris krs kros crisscrossing the state, at exactly the same time that obama will be in iowa in his own bus.
david? >> david kerley tonight. our politics coverage tonight. we turn now to the american kidnapped in pakistan today, taken right out of his home there. his abduction comes 48 hours before he was to come home. abc's t.j. winick is in washington tonight. >> reporter: gunmen stormed this house in the eastern pakistani city of lahore friday night. their target, american warren weinstein. they persuaded the guards to open the gate by saying they wanted to give them food, an act of sharing common during ramadan. weinstein was snatched from his bedroom and thrown into a waiting car. no group has claimed responsibility. >> if a terrorist organization, extremists, can operate in such manner openly and plan very well and execute their plans very well, that's quite worrisome. >> reporter: for the past seven years, weinstein worked for j.e. austin associates, a virginia-based development contractor. weinstein was taken just as senator john
mccain landed in islamabad to meet with top pakistani officials. it's a time of great strain between the two allies. . >> pakistanis want fewer americans working in pakistan. this sort of attack clearly underscores that issue. >> reporter: in fact, this past week, the state department issueded travel warning sasang that american diplomats, aid workers and journalists have been facing increased harassment, david. >> t.j. winick in washington. thank you. > reporord here on "world news" last night that one of america's top cops, bill bratton, is now preparing to head to britain. prime minister cameron has asked the former police chief of new york and los angeles for help overseas after a week of violence in london. tonight, our one-on-one interview with bill bratton, as we asked could he one day be head of scotland yard. you got the call, honored to get it? >> honored, privileged. >> reporter: already a proven name in this country, in new york and boston, now, after a week of riots and revolt in
london, british prime minister david cameron has asked bratton to come to london for advice. if the prime minister said, we'd like you to run for scotland yard, would you be interested? >> it's a moot point. the british home secretary is purposely restricted that to british citizens. >> if they did clear the way, would you be interested? >> i never close any doors before it's opened. >> clearly intrigued by the role, bratton makes it clear that, for now, he's been asked about issues that he's tackled in this country, as well the images coming out of london, things that you learned in los angeles, new york, boston that you could take with you. >> unfortunately some of the disturbances that i have dealt with over the years, and the love i have for london -- very disturbing as you see them. >> serious crime dropped as a third in new york. under bratton's leadership. in los angeles, it was bratton who helped soothe simmering tensions long after rodney king. >> l.a. was so entrenched in the
old systems, the old style of policing, which they had been celebrated for ironically for much too long. a black community that had been at war with its police force for almost 50 years. now a majority of their population feels good about their cops. >> there's a race dynamic playing out in london now. >> oh, major race dynamic. race, ethnic, cultural issues. those are phenomenal challenges they're going to have to face. >> a lot of folks thought when you were done at the lapd that you were done. >> it's not over until it's over. isn't that what yogi said? >> that's what he said. >> former police chief bill bratton with us earlier today. we move on tonight, to incredible images of the german alps. a dramatic rescue of a gondola that got stuck hundreds of feet in the air. the passengers were rescued one by one. by emergency workers lowered from a helicopter. the rescued passengers ranged in age from 4 years old to 75.
now to another story of survival, deep in the utah wilderness. it involves a young boy scout, who did not forget that old boy scout slogan, be prepared. lost in a thick forest, his parents praying for his survival, when today we learned that he was found. tonight, he tells us how he survived. >> i think he is just a caring, tender kid. >> reporter: tender, but tough, with only the clothes on his back, 12-year-old jared ropelato vanished friday in utah's forest from his boy scout troop. >> i hoped that he was smart enough to think about the things that he's been taught. >> reporter: as his mom dawn prayed for his safety, jared did everything he was taught. when the temperature dropped to a bitter 45 degrees, the boy scout dug a hole, hunkered down and covered himself with dirt. we talked to him over the phone as he drove out of the back country with his family. >> when we went out to scout camp, they said that we would stay warm in it.
and you dig a hole, and then just like put the dirt back over you. >> reporter: meantime, a massive search and rescue effort wasas scouring the rugged terrain. then, 24 hours later, rescues spotted him walking. jared was found five miles away. near longs park canal. scared but okay, he couldn't hold back the tears for his mom. >> i started crying, because i love them. >> it was just the best feeling ever. seriously, that i've ever experienced, ever. >> reporter: and emotionally, now jared told me he just kept praying that the bears couldn't get him last night. david, he cannot wait to jump to his own bed tonight. >> his scout skills and a little bit of prayer. >> absolutely. >> meg oliver, thank you so much. we all survived a roller coaster of a week with this economy and the stock market. tonight, two stories here of truly unexpected fortune. we needed them after this week. the first headline comom from canada where a group of 18 factory workers had just found
out they had been laid off, their jobs gone, when then they learned they won the $7 million jackpot they'd all gone in together on. five years they have been buying the tickets together. >> this just has been nonstop craziness. >> $400,000 each. that's money to fund that job that they just lost for another 15 years. and just this weekend from minnesota, we learned who it was behind a $229 million lotto ticket there. a couple who had just joked with one another, after a sobering meeting with their financial adviser, telling each other that the only way we could retire if we won the lottery. >> he asked me to pinch him and i did. >> congratulations to all of them, well deserved. still ahead here as we continue on "world news" this saturday night -- the new test that reveals if it's a boy or girl far sooner than ever before. but does the test actually
reveal something else? that's the controversy tonight. and this -- >> someone actually reached up and handed me a small piece. >> tonight we mark what happened 50 years ago today. and later on the broadcast -- that simple birthday wish, from that little girl that touched so many of you. now, a wish being heard around the world. tonight, what so many of you have done. hoho: could switching to geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? host: do people use smartphones to do umb things? man 1: send, that is the weekend. app grapgic: yeah dawg! man 2: allow me to crack...the bubbly! man 1: don't mind if i doozy. man 3: is a gentleman with a brostache invited over to this party? man 1: only if he's ready to rock! ♪ sfx: guitar and trumpet jam vo: geico. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more on car insurance.
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finally tonight here, a wish granted. so many of you sent us messages on facebook and twitter of a stororright here on "world news." that little girl turning 9 and that simple wish. rachel had one wish for her 9th birthday, instead of gifts, rachel asked her parents, her grandparents for donations instead. >> she wanted to help 15 people get clean water. >> reporter: her simple wish to get clean drinking water to people who don't have it. she started out small, looking to help just 15 people. it would cost her $300. and she almost got there, raising $220. but weeks after she turned 9, rachel was killed in a car accident. ♪ he loves us
>> her heart was bigger than this room. >> reporter: and when people learned of that heart, they all began answering her call. last weekend when we first brought you her story, more than 22,000 people had already given hundreds of thousands of dollars and so many of you added, too. celisa sai bold said on facebook -- i donated in her name. i couldn't help but cry. they donated too. jana allen reed -- i am donating and telling my friends. remember, rachel wanted to raise just $300. as of tonight, she has raised well more than a million. her mother amazed by the generosity. >> she would be so happy. and just so amazed that she helped people. she's jumping up and down in heaven right now. >> way to go, rachel. i'll see you here tomorrow night.
>> we're live at the fundraiser to pay for a boy's funeral. >> i tell you what, it was really strong support. in fact there has been so many people out here, there's been traffic along the street for pretty much all of the day. right here is where the memorial is for the little boy who was actually gunned down here on monday, and a little further on down a few yards is where this barbecue and car wash is still going