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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  February 24, 2012 2:30am-3:00am PST

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catch the game courtside? it's "way too early" for this. good morning. i'm jonathan capehart in for willie geist and this is "way too early," the show whose south beach diet involves a whole lot of cosmos. i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail at or tweet me a @willie geist 1 and let me know why you're awake or do what miami's big three do and it text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this friday, february 24th. a lot going on today, including a new response from president obama to gop claims that gas prices would be $2.50 under a
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republican president. plus, stephen colbert pads his already impressive resume, performing a duet with one of the best opera singers alive. we'll break it down during the show. but first, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. there's a new dynamic unfolding in the republican race for president as mitt romney looks to undercut rick santorum's appeal with the conservative base. with the michigan and arizona primaries just four days away, romney is hammering santorum for admitting he supported bills in congress that went against his principles stemgs from wednesday's debate where the former pennsylvania senator said despite his reservations on the issue he voted in favor of educational reform to help president bush and the party. romney said it's another example of business as usual in washington. >> i hope you watched the debate last night. it was kind of fun. i enjoyed it. it was kind of an interesting
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night. i didn't expect what happened. what happened was, we saw in this case senator santorum explain most of the night why he did or voted for things he disagreed with. and he talked about this as being taking one for the team. i wonder which team he was taking it for. all right. my team is the american people. not the insiders in washington. and i'll fight for the people of america, not special interests. >> rick santorum is not shying away from his comments. looking to draw a distinction between congress and the white house. >> as you said in the debate last night, i'm going to take one for the team. how can we be sure you won't take one for the team again on something this bad? >> because i'll be the team leader not a team member. president of the united states is the team leader and when you're responsible for leading the team as the president is, i think you're clear you look at the agenda i put forward this is something the president of the united states ran on. george bush ran on, you know,
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reforming the education system. this was one of his signature issues in the campaign. >> with education front and center, santorum attacked president obama's push to send more young people to college. >> the bottom line is, if you look at 62% of kids who go into college with a faith commitment leave without it. i understand why barack obama wants to send every kid to college. they're indoctrination -- >> absolutely. >> and, you know, i've floated the idea and trying to figure out how we can make it work of somehow or another requiring, you know, colleges and universities who receive public dollars, to have intellectual diversity. >> and that super pacs continue to dominate this election cycle the pro romney group restore our future is coming under fire for an ad airing in michigan and arizona. this super pac ad is a word for word repeat of a 2007 romney campaign ad with a new tag at the end, a watch dug group says
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the ad violates campaign finance laws that prohibits a super pac from republishing campaign material. restore our future says the ad is legal saying in part, quote, we purchased the rights to the footage from its owner cold harbor films which did not entail interacting with the romney campaign. the group is run by several former romney campaign staffers and colleagues. in other political news, rising gas prices are quickly becoming a major issue in the 2012 campaign with president obama trading new attacks with the republicans over the economic implications. in a speech from miami yesterday, the president insisted there are, quote, no quick fixes to solving america's energy challenges. despite what his opponents are saying on the trail. >> only in politics do people root for bad news, do they greet bad news so enthusiastically.
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we may more, they're licking their chops. you can bet that since it's an election year they're already dusting off their three-point plan for $2 gas. anybody who tells you that we can drill our way out of this problem doesn't know what they're talking about or just isn't telling you the truth. that's the easiest thing in the world to make phony election year promises about gas prices. what's harder is to make a sustained commitment to tackle a program. we're not going to overnight solve the problem of world oil markets. there is no silver bullet. never has been. and part of the problem is, what politicians pretend there is, we put off making the tough choices to develop new energy sources and become more energy efficient. the president called for a, quote, all of the above response to rising gas prices including increasing oil production, developing aller in tative energy sources and enforcing stricter fuel efficiency standards. according to aaa gas prices have
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jumped another $3.3 cents bringing the average to $3.61 a gallon. the president's re-election team is airing this 30-second ad in michigan, painting president obama as a champion of the auto industry, while taking a jab at the candidates hoping to replace him. >> made in america, for generations of michigan auto workers, it's more than a slogan. it's a way of life. but when a million jobs were on the line, every republican candidate turned their back, even said, let detroit go bankrupt. not him. >> don't bet against the american auto industry. >> now, a retool, restructured industry is back, because of the grit and sacrifice of michigan workers. >> don't bet against the american worker. >> i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. >> that ad is airing in several michigan cities ahead of the republican primary on tuesday. turning overseas, afghan president hamid karzai is calling for restraint by protesters today following an apology from president obama
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over the burning of the muslim holy books at a u.s. air base. the incident triggered three days of violent demonstrations, including a protest yesterday where two american troops were killed by a man wearing an afghan army uniform. the taliban is urging protesters to attack international forces and even some members of parliament are encouraging jihad. in an effort to stop the violence, president obama wrote a letter to afghan president hamid karzai reading in part, quote, i wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident. i extend to you and the afghan people my sincere apologies. the error was inadvertentent. i assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence to include holding those accountable. the u.s. soldiers who burned the korans and other religious materials say they didn't realize the significance of what they were throwing away. the presidential candidate newt gingrich is slamming the white house's response to the incident. >> president obama surrendered
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twice today. i think it deserves to be brought to the country's attention. the more outrageous involves the killing of two young americans and wounding of four others in afghanistan. now, apparently there was an incident where an amount of radical islamist materials being burned apparently the koran was part of that, that has now been blown into a huge incident by various fanatics in afghanistan. the president apologized for the burning. but i haven't seen the president demand that government of afghanistan apologize for the killing of two young americans. he has consistently apologizing to people who do not deserve the apology of the president of the united states, period. >> nato is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the book burning. back here at home, maryland is set to become the eighth state to legalize gay marriage. governor martin o'malley is
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expected to sign the measure into law some time this week. it follows a close 25-22 vote in the state senate yesterday, after a similar bill died dell . washington state approved same-sex marriage joining massachusetts, connecticut, iowa, vermont, new hampshire, new york, and the district of columbia. in maryland, opponents of the measure are vowing to challenge it through a referendum in the november elections. still ahead on "way too early," the miami heat find a cure for lin sanity. highlights from the knicks road trip to south beach are just ahead. plus, you know jon stewart couldn't resist on weighing in on romney's botched "seinfeld" reference during the debate. that clip and a check of weather when "way too early" comes right back.
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60s yesterday with gorgeous sunshine, now snow on the ground in areas of connecticut, upstate new york, the hudson valley, po kip ski, down to northern new jersey, snow on the ground. colder air moved in yesterday, just enough for the snow this morning. be careful out there on the roads, especially in connecticut and now that's trying to push through areas of rhode island, may be getting some snowflakes on cape cod currently. a quick burst of about one to two inches that's fallen. you're not going to get much more than this. driving in between albany and boston, that will be slippery, especially early this morning. another spot getting a little snow, up through central michigan, around detroit. you've had a little bit, but the roads should be fine for now. we're still thinking around two to four inches later this morning. chicago, you've had about one to two inches of snow, a little less than was predicted. still got a batch of snow that has to go through during the heart of the morning rush hour. probably end up with maybe four inches total, five at most, just enough to cause you headaches early today. probably airport delays too. then later on today, another
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storm will crank up off the coast, northern new england is going to get a lot of snow tonight into tomorrow morning. especially areas like burlington, vermont, could end up with 6 to 12 inches of snow. all the mountains will get a good deal of snow too. if you have skiing plans this weekend you'll get fresh powder. otherwise, watch out, thunderstorms in the southeast. happy to say, jonathan, things calm down over the weekend. no big storms. it's colder, but it's going to be windy around here, even new york city could see 60-mile-per-hour winds tonight into tomorrow which will get everyone's attention. >> wow. washington, d.c., 76 degrees? >> they're going to be very warm, but then it's going to be colder tomorrow. >> i'm telling you, lobsters in a pot, bill. lobsters in a pot. >> i want to see that sou cow, i'm impressed. maybe a triple axle. >> thanks, bill. >> leave that one alone. in sports spring training is just getting under way but reigning national league mvp ryan braun got to celebrate an early "w" yesterday when he became the first major league baseball player to successfully
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appeal a suspension resulting from a positive drug test. a three-man panel voted 2-1 to uphold braun's appeal of the 50 game suspension after the outfielder tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. the package's lone holdout, executive vice president rob manfred had strong words for the arbitrator who cast the deciding vote in braun's favor. in a statement yesterday, manfred said while we have always respected that process, major league baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by the arbitrator. after the decision ryan braun released a statement, quote, i am very pleased and relieved by today's decision. it is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. we were able to get through this because i am innocent and the truth is on my side. according to sources close to the situation, however, braun's side didn't dispute the results of the tests. instead, he appealed the procedures that the mlb used to process the results. according to espn the test
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collector was, quote, supposed to take braun's sample to fedex kincos for shipping but thought it was closed because it was late on a saturday. as has occurred in other instances the collector took the sample home and kept it refrigerated. policy states that the sample is supposed to get to fedex as soon as possible. on twitter braun got some support from a fello sully the reputation of an innocent man. picked the wrong guy to mess with. truth will set you free. the ruling is good news for brewers fans. they lost other star slugger prince fielder to free agency. he signed with detroit. now, to the nba, knicks versus heat, lin sanity, attempting to sweep through south beach. the heat setting the tone on their first possession. dwyane wade hits lebron james for the alley oop. miami playing tough defense on jeremy lin. cole comes up with the steal and takes it for the breakaway dunk. look at that. later in the second quarter lin
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loses the ball again. lebron in transition goes in for the two-handed slam. take another look. those were two of lebron's 20 points on the night. spike lee not happy about that. fourth quarter, wade hits lebron again on the long pass, miami wins its eighth straight game, 102-88. lin had eight points and eight turnovers. the heat's big three, lebron, wade and bosh, all had at least 20 points each. with president obama in south florida yesterday, there was some speculation that he might show up at last night's game. but the president was not there. he did speak at the university of miami and chuck todd will appreciate this, the president did flash the u for hurricane fans during his speech. the president then flew up to orlando for a fund-raiser at the home of former orlando magic star vince carter. now the last time jimmy fallon sang on his show he
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morphed tim tebow and david bowie into the character. last night it was jeremy lin meets pearl jam. ♪ at home shooting free throws and three-point shots ♪ ♪ waiting for a job may not get a pun ♪ ♪ came out of nowhere like an asian tebow ♪ ♪ oh and before that no one really cared ♪ ♪ now jeremy is winning and the knicks don't suck ♪ ♪ jeremy lin sanity ♪ jeremy lin sanity
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>> interesting. coming up at the top of the hour, on "morning joe," rick santorum says there's no "i" in team when it comes to politics. we'll look into how that's playing with the republican party. and when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler to watch stephen colbert dust off his tuxedo for a rousing duet with opera star placido domingo. ♪ [ male announcer ] say goodbye to "ho-hum," and hello to "whoa, yum." use campbell's cream of chicken soup to make easy enchiladas, cheesy chicken & rice, and other chicken dishes
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rick santorum came under fire in wednesday's debate for supporting president bush's no child left behind legislation in 2001. forced to defend his position, santorum said he was, quote, taking one for the team by voting yes on the measure, but he was far from the only member of that team. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends no child left behind act passed the senate by a vote of 87-10. just three republicans, george voinovich, bob bennett and chuck hagel voted against the measure with six democrats and one independent. now enough with the real news. gather around the water cooler to watch stephen colbert and opera meister placido domingo
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hit high notes on last night's "colbert report." ♪ ♪ >> oh. and speaking of hitting those high notes, it's been just 24 hours since we've played you mitt romney's attempt to quote george costanza from "seinfeld." >> i want to restore america's promise and i'm going to do that -- [ applause ] >> that's good enough. as george costanza would say when they're applauding, stop, right. romney flubbed the quote which
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was actually said by jerry. no showmanship george. when you hit the high note say good night and walk off. >> all right. that's it for me. i'm gone, everybody. >> what was that? what was that? >> showmanship. george is trying to get out on a high note. >> jason alexander. the actor who famously played george costanza on "seinfeld" responded to romney on twitter. thrilled governor romney enjoys my old character. i enjoyed the character he used to be. if he'd embrace that again would be a great candidate. but the stewart show dug deep into his archives finding a quote by george he thinks applies to romney. >> without caveats or explanations please define yourself using one word and one word only, oh, man you so get us. we could have just done this one word [ bleep ] at the beginning of the whole shebang. saved ourselves a whole lot of
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time and money. >> i'm guessing romney pulled his adviserrs hired consultants, commissioned a focus group designed to as effectively the notion -- >> resolute. >> another costanza phrase that applies here -- >> i was a severely conservative republican governor. >> it's not a lie if you believe it. >> and here's some wild video of a brazilian fire department rescue helicopter only seconds after landing literally pulling itself into pieces. look at that. unbelievable. investigators believe the cause is a phenomenon called ground res sew nence which happens when the helicopter continues to turn while the aircraft is on the ground. the four people in the helicopter were able to walk away from the aircraft. i don't know about you, but
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that's one helicopter i would not want to be rescued in. still ahead on "way too early," why are you awake? you're already checked out for the weekend texts, tweets, e-mails are next and "morning joe" now just moments away. ok, guys-- what's next ? chocolate lemonade ? susie's lemonade... the movie. or... we make it pink ! with these 4g lte tablets, you can do business at lightning-fast speeds. we'll take all the strawberries, dave.
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