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good morning, america. this morning -- game on. it's the romney/ryan coming to a battle ground state near you. hope and change has now become attack and blame. brand-new details about the big announcement. how did ryan travel across the country in secret. gator attack. thor the fig moments caught on tape when this alligator attacked his trainer the man who almost lost an arm is speaking out this new york. the final sprint. that golden dive. >> he's done it! >> that lightning sprint. the u.s. heading into the last day of the games, leading in the medal count, can anyone catch
us. look at this, a just retired michael phelps on the beach. a true best friend. the heart warming photo that has gone viral. we take you along for their truly moving niektly ritual. this is truly busy news morning. if there's any doubt that the presidential campaign is now engaged. just hours after announcing congressman paul ryan, the romney campaign, they're ready. romney/ryan. overnight, the newly minted running mates met the press for the first time. >> very excited. we're going to win the campaign. >> he said that we're going to win this campaign.
team obama, of course, would beg to differ. they feel a lot of angles for attack in this vice presidential pick. more on that coming up. >> paul ryan is someone this administration knows pretty well. very interesting the next few months. remember those dramatic 9 # 1 calls that we played last week after these chimps escaped in las vegas. >> they are dangerous. bring shotguns. they are wild animals. >> believe it or not, one of those chimps have escaped again. >> seven times as strong as human. breaking news overnight, chad johnson, arrested on a domestic violence charge. miami dolphins receiver and contestant on "dancing with the stars" accused of head-butting his newly-wed wife. the presidential race is now officially game on. new battle lines have. >> brad: drawn after mitt to
romney chose paul ryan as his running mate this we'll. we'll get to george stephanopoulos in just a moment. jon karl, the details that you pieced together about how this was such a well-kept secret are incredible. >> reporter: it looked like mission impossible. with paul ryan onboard the romney campaign now blooefgs that this is a whole news race. >> the next president of the united states! >> the next president of the united states -- >> the next president of the united states -- mitt romney. >> reporter: with a running mate, a burst of energy. >> november 6th, we take our country back. >> campaigning across virginia, romney touted his big ideas. >> we're going to talk about issues and a vision for america and not drag down in the dirt like you're seeing from the obama campaign.
>> the message this is team with serious ideas for serious times. >> we won't duck the tough issues. we will lead. >> reporter: not just ideas. like almost all of vp candidates ryan took right to the role of attack dog. >> under president obama, unemployment has gone up. household incomes have gone down and for the first time in our nation's history or country's credit was downgrade zbld how did ryan get to virginia without anyone knowing that she was going to be romney's pick in. >> ryan snuck out the back door and escaped notice by going through a wooded ravine through his house. ryan talked to reporters about that last night. on romney's campaign plan. >> i know those woods like the back of my hand.
>> reporter: from there he was whisked to an airport in illinois. where he floo to elizabeth city, north carolina friday night and from there, drove unnoticed to the announcement in norfolk, virginia. with ryan now on the team, it's too two on two, instead of two on one. he added, dan, they know how somebody else to pick on. and democrats are already targeting paul ryan as an extremist. while team ryan says the pick is bold. team obama, says that e he is an extremist. abc's david kerley is covering that side of the story. >> reporter: you know, they're changing the playbook and this one is kind of strange pick, because romney is happy. conservative republicans are happy and so are the democrats.
they believe that this changes the story line from a referendum on the president to a choice election about big ideas. as soon as he stepped off the aircraft in chicago, president obama headed to his campaign headquarters for a meeting about the new political landscape and a pep talk. how are they feeling the obama website blared game on. the obama response is that the republicans are actually the go-back team. returning to bush-era policies. already a new obama ad on the web. the ad like the obama campaign, suggests that the ryan pick fits their narrative, that republicans want to give tax cuts to the rich while dismantling medicare and privateizing social security, hurting the middle class. some democrats seem lethal. harry reid claimed that the pick of ryan caters to the far right
rather than standing with the middle class. other calls ryan extreme. ryan, the author of disastrous budget. what exactly does the president think? we don't know. he didn't say anything as he left the white house yesterday. he's in chicago for fund-raisers all day today. tomorrow, he's back on the trial. i have a feeling that he's going have a lot to say about mr. romney's pick. let's bring in host of "this week" george stephanopoulos for more on the romney/ryan ticket. if their goal was to rally the conservative base, did they do that the. >> yes. romney was a better campaigner yesterday with paul ryan by his side. i think that could make a difference in his campaign. as david just pointed out, democrats are very energized by this pick as well. >> and he does comes with his own budget plans. with the unemployment stuck
above 8%, now the time that americans want to focus on fiscal policy. >> deficit and reduction is not as high as unemployment. their plans will be better for job creation in the long time. the democrats will target is that this idea of the deep cuts in entitlement programs that ryan and romney are calling for along with the deep cuts in the rest of government spending is actually going to cripple the economy. they're doing while helping wealthy millionaires with tax cuts. this is going to be their core of the argument. >> and the ryan plan very famous in washington and political circles. as far as the rest of the country, what are americans going to feel? >> pollings show they don't like it so far. one of the advantages of ryan is that he's probably the best proponent of his own plan, the most articulate spokesperson of
his own plan. that's why romney picked him going into this. paul ryan isn't particularly well known as a congressman. it will be interesting to see how he holds up on the national spotlight. >> quickly, you have tim pawlenty on your show. we got word last monday, he got the phone call from mitt romney that he wasn't going to be his pick? >> second-time runner-up. he thinks that ryan is a terrific choice. but there's got to be lot of disappointment. >> all right, george, thank you. join george later today for a special "this week" when he talks to obama senior aid have visor david axelrod as well as tim pawlenty. who is this man who would be veep. ryan is a father of three young
children. he leads colleagues in extreme p90x. paul ryan has never had a home in washington, d.c. instead he stays with relatives or in his office. we're learning more about his wife janna little. she's a graduate of wellesley and george washington law school. and while we knew that ryan is avid hunterman, he also -- also like any good wisconsinite, he makes his own polish sausage. let's get it over to ron claiborne with a look at the headlines overnight. firefighters in california are battling a wildfire that's
forced the evacuation of about 200 homes near fresno. crews are making progress containing the fire which has scorched 150 acres. officials say that the blaze was caused by a discarded cigarette. and the death toll is still rising from those two powerful earthquakes that rocked iran, at least 250 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured after the quake leveled villages no northwest iran. rescuers worked through the night to try to free people from the rubble. and the united states is stepping up plans for the possible of fall of syrian president assad. the u.s. and turkey has agreed to work together to provide aid to. and miami dolphins receiver and former "dancing with the stars" contestant chad johnson, is behind bars this morning,
johnson who recently changed his name back from ochocinco, was arrested saturday on domestic violence charge. he's accused of head-butting his wife in front of their home. johnson meanwhile will remain jailed until he faces a judge. finally, some unusual in-flight entertainment the vietnamese airline was fined for having these beauty queens, five of them bikinis dancing in the aisle with blaring music. the male passengers appeared to have enjoyed the show. the airline will have to pay 20 milli million in fines. a little less 1,000 bucks. they said they should have registered with us first. lesson learned. >> like a bachelor party up in the air. >> back to you guys.
>> thank you. we're going to turn, talk some olympics right now this morning. >> good luck with this segue. america's athletes are the best in the world, the united states well ahead in the medal count with a few big events left today. abc's jeffrey kofman has the latest from london. >> reporter: that's right, 16 days later and now just a few hours to go, and you're right, it's now safe to say that the u.s. is going to win the medal count at these games. for a while, china was on top. but not anymore. so, this is what gold looks like from 10 meters. america david boudia. the chinese were sure they grabbed gold here. but boudia was near-perfect. chinese settled for silver. and he was not happy.
these are proving to be golden games for team usa. the medal count already over 100. a gap too big for china to bridge. the usa women's basketball team did its part. beating france in its final game. collecting its fifth straight olympic good while in the 4x400 relay, team usa made it look easy, as they, too, claimed gold. okay, so the american man couldn't face that. facing the strides. the u.s. had to settle for silver, while bolt got his third gold of these games. >> who is it? >> it's me. >> reporter: and now, one guy, one olympian who will not be for the final festivities michael
phelps and his 22 medals, how's escaped. tmz found in maldives. with his friend. he's just having fun and apparently doing a little drink. one game to watch today, the gold medal basketball round, kobe bryant, going he says for a final gold. >> hard to argue that phelps hasn't earned a little time on the beach and maybe some moderate alcohol consumption, right, jeffery? >> you got that. >> thank you for your coverage throughout these games. shifting gears, back here at home, a neighborhood in las vegas terrorized by a chimp again. they're seven strongers than us and very unpredictable. abc's john muller is on the story. >> reporter: good morning, dan. the chimp owner doubts that it's
an accident. she may have powered her way out of her cage again. whatever the case the female chimp went alone this time. her male partner in crime was shot dead in the last breakout a few weeks ago. back behind bars and lucky to be alive in her second escape in about a month. >> and you said they're chimpanzees? >> i know these dangerous. >> reporter: and they were. one reached for a woman's car door handle. >> they're wandering down the street. they are dangerous. bring shotguns. i'm serious. they are wild animals. >> reporter: cops did bring guns and when bud canny the male veered toward onlookers, the cops opened fire.
c.j. escaped alone last night. knowing the drill, police set up a perimeter. they safely shot her with a tranquilizer. >> the chimp's owner can't believe it. she thinks that someone might have maliciously set her free. d.j. and buddy buddying their way out. three metal bars slightly bent. it's unclear a if the chimps bent to those bars themselves. >> lawmakers are calling for tougher measures. laws that will ban chimps from being kept in people's backyards and basements. amazingly, no hurt in either chimp escape. as you might expect, she was not returned to her owners this time. she's reportedly in a cage for
lions and tigers now. meantime, the investigation on her fate continues, guys. >> let's hope that it didn't happen again. time now for a check of the weather and ginger zee. i want to start with a individual yes out of phoenix. very hot but also dusty. monsoonal bowl. a big dust storm, haboob, it comes with all of that heat. excessive heat warning. they could get near 112. they could break a record tomorrow. 113. fresno up in the 100s. there is heat out in the southwest. you put that up against a cold front and you're going to get this. the isolated storms and some of them could be severe, from missouri southwest to dallas.
not quite the drought buster that we hoped for, every quarter of an inch will help. central and northern illinois get a little bit. into peoria. finally what's happening in the northeast, a very slow mover getting out of here by this weekend. look at this, boston up through maine, coastal rain showers will be heavier again today. that's the big picture for now. let's get a check a little closer to home.
visibility went down to less than 200 feet. i needed to show this photo from lisa, the haboob from lisa. this was south of phoenix. i had to put a double rainbow. i got such a beautiful one here from chris in orange. >> i sent her a double rainbow picture weeks ago, she won't use it. but people in the audience. great colleague, ginger zee. >> i love it, ginger. okay, thanks. we're into the high holy wedding season. this morning, we got a megawedding blowout to show you. five brothers and sisters tying the knot to different people, but together in a multiring, five in one ceremony with a reception to end all receptions.
talk about big wedding. not one. not two. but five siblings from one arizona family said their i dos yesterday in a megawedding to end all weddings. >> everything has been perfect. >> it's all good. it's all happy. >> all five got engaged within months of one another. sydney to doug. walker to julian. emily to william. bradford to megan and brooke to todd. one came up to the biggest proposal yet. a quinn up thele wedding. >> we all wanted to be together. >> with some convincing all five couples bought in. after many planning sessions and preparations. >> every man for himself. >> the megawedding day arrived. their joint reception was proceeded by five individual
ceremonies. one right after another. little sister andi a bridesmaid that meant she had to don four different bridesmaid dresses in a matter of few hours. gi giving always a bridesmaid never a bride a whole new mean. >> we're pretty happy. >> it played out perfectly. without a hitch. >> five wedding cakes. flower girls. a slew of teary mother of the brides. brides and groomsmen and one unforgettable feeling. >> you get all of that, dan? >> i got it all. >> it's hard to put together one wedding let alone coordinate five. thank technology. weekly skype meetings. coming up here on the
broadcast -- the alligator that tears into his trainer's arm and will not let go. the fight to free him all caught on tape. we'll hear from the man who survived this attack plus, high-voltage adventure. look at these amazing pictures. ginger is out storm-chasing this morning, racing across the country to crack the secrets of these storms. >> yet another scary assignment for our fearless ginger. and the story behind this picture. [ sniffs ] bacon?! gotta get that bacon! bacon?! bacon! smokey bacon, meaty bacon, tasty bacon! bacon? ohh, la, la... oh, i say, is that bacon?! oh, good heavens! bacon! bacon! bacon! bacon! who wants a beggin' strip? meee! i'd get it myself but i don't have thumbs! yum, yum, yum, yum, yum... it's bacon!!!
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hold on. >> this thing is harrowing every time you see it. the alligator attack caught on tape at a fair in ohio. the trainer's arm was in the wrong place at the wrong time. how did he manage get out of this situation unrelatively unscathed. we'll hear from him directly within moments. also, ahead, high-voltage adventure. look at these amazing pictures of nature's most destructive force, lightning. our ginger zee out chasing the storms trying to get the perfect pictures of those lightning bolts. >> we have tried to find the most dangerous, assignments for ginger zee the picture that we have
been talking about morning. it has gone viral. what this man does every night to help his aging dog fall asleep. but first, that amazing story out of ohio. man versus beast. struggle that almost an alligator trainer his arms. abc's job schiff ren is here with the details. >> any time a performers steps into inside a cage with a live animal, anything can happen. the show said that it has been performing this act for three daekds. until the other day. >> if you have a camera, go ahead. get them out. >> everything was going as according to plan, animal alligator was attempting to show the audience how quickly gators react once they detect something
in the gator's arms. dan pulls his hand away just before the gator chomps down. >> this is live takes. real alligators. >> reporter: when he increases the level of difficulty, cell phone cameras capture how things go horribly wrong. >> my arm was higher than it should have been and it ended up in the wrong place. >> it's like putting your arm in a vice. his partner, dropped the mike and rushes no to keep the gator from flipping over into what's called a death roll. to save his partner's arm, he must pry the gator's mouth apart. the a gator finally let go. >> everything's working. just got a few stitches. >> reporter: here's how the show
is supposed to go -- >> that's how you do it. >> dan wowing a crowd without the gator getting the upper hand. while he heals, dan will be hosting from outside the gator pit. >> i don't blame the alligator. you learn from your mistakes. it wasn't his fault. >> and believe it or not, dan said that he had so much adrenaline running that he didn't feel the alligator biting him. his skin had been pulled off the muscle. the good news is that doctors say that he'll be able to get back if the ring in six to eight weeks. does he anyone in his life questioning why he does this? his girlfriend works for the show. time for a check of the headlines again this morning, let's go back to ron. good morning, everyone. in the must, mitt romney and his
new running mate paul ryan kicked their campaign into high gear with rallies. it begins in north carolina and end the day in wisconsin with a homecoming for ryan. michelle obama made a surprise visit to aurora, colorado, that treated victims in last month's movie theater shooting. a man that went missing more than two weeks ago has been found 1,000 miles from where he disappeared, he hitchhiked and walked to north carolina. and finally, well, it's not a hole in one. what are the odds of this happening rory mcilroy stuck and got stuck in the trunk of a dead tree. after searching for the ball and couldn't find it. a member of the television crew told him where it was. he took a penalty shot. time now for the weather and ginger zee.
another soaker in miami. 3.53 inches. daily record rain fall yesterday. this morning, going to be another day -- rainy day overall. most of the state, florida, going to see showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. a all of this along the stationary front. spokane, warmer than ever. boise, too. seattle, even a little bit warmer. some warmth in the northeast. a fly across the nation. houston, has a heat advisory in effect for today. let that's the big picture. >> this weather report has been brought to you by las vegas. and that city, today n the 100s,
all through the beginning of the week. >> our sponsors are getting edgier. >> the entire city. >> thank you, ginger. coming up on the broadcast -- the amazing photos. look at these. lightning like you have never seen it before courtesy of our own ginger zee, chasing it down. she'll tell us what she learned on her latest adventure. the story behind this picture that has gone viral, why these water poses are part of a nightly ritual for an ailing dog and his owner. when it comes to toilet paper,
it's been a wild year for weather and nobody knows that better than our ginger zee who's been out in most of it. one of the features is lightning. >> it's the issue that one of my favorite meteorologist and respected scientist is doing, i got to go out with him as he tried to make history. check it out. chasing one of nature's most destructive and unpredictable forces. >> oh, look at that. >> reporter: he's a seasoned storm chaser and no stranger to
wild weather. >> most of the core, i believe, is right here. >> reporter: but today, he's focused on another nearly impossible mission. he's attempting to document the birth of a lightning strike. armed with a ult high-speed camera, he'll try to catch this moment as it has never been seen before oh, my gosh. >> his results so far have been impressive. this shots came from a high-speed camera called the phantom. in order to capture that fleeting moment when the lightning bolt is actually born, it will need something much faster. >> okay, we're going to go see the kahuna. >> taking one picture of the lightning and one microsecond step of time. >> reporter: it's the high-speed, high-resolution camera in the world. tim and i have looked at the forecast.
it looks like northern new mexico pops up a few thunderstorms and that is going to be our target. it's an arduous trip. covering four states, more than 800 miles and plenty of pop and drop disappointing storms. >> this storm kicked out several lightning strikes probably about five minutes apart. hardly worth firing the equipment over. but it's pretty. >> reporter: a bright beacon of hope started gleaming on the radar. this has to be the storm. the last line of storms. the problem is, it's 58 miles in the opposite direction and we only have an hour to get into position. but thankfully, just as dust settled in -- >> oh, my god. oh oh, my god. there it was. due north. a classic thunderstorm bursting with lightning. all right, it is happening. >> it's 12:00. >> and then we snagged one a
beautiful cloud to ground strike. or c.g. paydirt for tim. >> numerous branches. the first one hits the ground. >> reporter: it's a beautiful image. but it wasn't taken with a kahuna. see that bright flash, means the camera wasn't fast enough to capture the exact moment the bolt was born. maybe next time. not good enough. >> not good enough. >> reporter: kahuna or not, for those of us who live for storms, sometimes the chase alone is reason enough to sit back and just enjoy the show. >> i don't know how many storms that i have seen in my lifetime, every single one of them i still get pretty excited. the little boy in me just wants to come out here and watch and stair. >> we team one a national geographic, it was great to be out there.
>> more likely to walk out in the middle of it? >> you take more risks. >> i love watching how exciting you get. weather geek in the best possible sense of the word. coming up here on the broadcast -- the picture that we have been talking about all morning. it's undeniably cute. but wait until you hear the backstory. keep it here. [ music playing ]
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picture. he's 18 years old. blinded from cataracts. so, john has come one this nightly routine, he takes the dog to lake superior where they sit in the shallow water, lie down. buoyancy gives the dog a bit of pain relief. >> he's my life. the comfort for me is having him this close. i can only give me what i can. i know that it's taking the pain away. >> that dog looks really happy. millions of people have seen this picture. i'm on to more animals. we go to go to australia. what happens when you have a
lamb. dall mags has never had puppies. >> it might be confused. zbleter way, it's beautiful. >> that's sweet. now, apparently the new thing is to make a dramatic entrance into your wedding reception. check out what happened here. this guy has the brilliant idea of -- here they go. he's going to ride on the back of his new wife. look out! she's down for the count. >> she's in heels. >> what are they thinking? a good question. on the internet, they said it worked in practice. >> okay. >> it didn't work in reality. >> we didn't see that. >> i hope doesn't bode poorly for the rest of their marriage. >> prenup. good advice. my story once again takes me back to mother russia, a group of people working, sitting at their desk, they say, you know
what, we need a break, so check it out. ♪ >> they start dancing. this is what my family does at weddings. >> i was going say -- >> and they continue to do this. the question is, did they plan this ahead of time? right. >> the boss walked in. yelled something. but i couldn't make it out. they go back to work. nothing ever happened. >> all right. >> that's a good one. >> that's what you found for me. >> you're welcome. >> if ron failed us, if you want to send us an idea tweet us at "good morning america" or bianna golodryga, or at dan harris. we'll be right back.
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