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economy of the future where the only people who do well are the investors and everybody else pays the price. >> plus, shut out. eleanor holmes norton speaks about being blocked from the house hearing on restricting abortions in her own district. and death of a disco queen. five-time grammy winner donna summer dies after a long battle with cancer. ♪ i love music >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. in a political bombshell "the new york times" broke the news that a republican super pac was considering a $10 million willy horton style ad campaign linking president obama to jafr maya wright. the proposal called the defeat of barack hussein obama, the plan to end his spending for good. but moments ago the super pac released a statement on behalf of the funder joe rikts,
rejecting the approach and saying it's all a big mistake. the proposal was just, quote, a suggestion for a direction to take. mitt romney has also now repudiated it. this is a trial balloon? this is not just some side show, this came from fred davis, well known, did the big celebrity ad against barack obama for john mccain's campaign. the firm had spent a lot of money, the proposal included a tv ad, print ad, so now we're told never mind? >> well, i think what this was, andrea, was something that was not meant if fred davis and excuse me, joe rick ets had their way would have seen the light of day and not in the new york times. now these things work in mysterious ways. >> the times was out front, chris. the times said that a republican
clearly a republican, perhaps a romney person, who thought this was a really bad idea, leaked it to the times. that's what the sourcing was. >> exactly. i think you know, i talk to a lot of republican strategists in the wake of this, the vast majority said look, this is a bad, bad idea. people like president obama personally, this looks like the politics of the past, not the politics of the future. i would remind you you mentioned fred davis was john mccain's lead media strategist in 2008. they produced an ad that never ran, but they produced an ad called character matters. you can look it up on google. in that ad, the contest between john mccain who did not leave the p.o.w. camp early, and barack obama, there is a clip of jeremiah wright in there, in that ad which did never run, it's worth looking up because i think this is something that fred davis has long advocated for. we know john mccain nixed the
idea. i think this was fred davis' way of trying to get it back in the mainstream again. >> and you can get something into the mainstream in the media without running it by just having this kind of thing come out. apparently it was supposed to come out shortly before the convention or around the time of the convention where it might have been difficult for the obama team to rebut it. interestingly, john mccain's spokesperson put out a statement saying senator mccain is very proud of the campaign he ran in 2 2008. he stands by the decisions and would make them again today if he had to the do over. it's clear from game change and the reporting from the campaign that mccain rejected attempts to inject race into this. >> andrea, i think the other thing, i did talk to some people who say look, maybe four years ago this might have worked as a political tactic in that barack obama was significantly less well known. he was introduced to the american public four years ago
and maybe some of the reverend wright stuff would give people pause. i tend to think now we're four or 3 1/2 years down the road, president obama is very well defined. and the one thing that has been consistently positive, go back and look at the polling, people like him. they may not like his policies, may not like his handling of the economy. they like him personally. it looks like this isn't going to happen but if they went down a reverend wright what i think is a political cul-de-sac, you wind up bringing personal stuff. that's where barack obama is strongest. i talked to ed rogers, he said reverend wright is a good irritant but the economy -- i think that's the main stream bants to focus on the economy. do not spend times on things like this. >> chris, thank you very much. good to see you. and now joining me former minnesota governor and former presidential candidate tim pawlenty now national co-chair
of the romney campaign. great to see you again. first, this may be very short lived but it was out there and it clearly was a well-formed strategy by fred davis, submitted to the rickets folks 18 super pac. that's one of the problems, super pacs can do things and say it's not coordinated with a campaign. as a person connected to the romney campaign would have have been comfortable with this approach? >> good afternoon to you. thanks for having me on the show. mitt romney almost immediately disclaimed this effort as soon as he heard about it. obviously these third party groups can think of things or do things that the romney campaign doesn't direct or influence, in fact can't. as to mitt romney and his campaign he thinks we should stay focused on the economy, getting jobs going again in this country and providing opportunity for people, not this issue that's been raised by "the new york times." and also focusing on barack obama's dismal record of 8 plus
percent unemployment. >> do you think there is a legitimate line of attack looking at jeremiah wright and his past connection for those who say president obama was in that church, was part of that church, does this have relevance to people now in this campaign? >> governor romney believes that's not what we should be focused on. we should be focused on the economy and issues that are the bread and butter issues facing the voters and their concerns. that's jobs, the economy, and mitt is well suited for this moment in history having spent not the bulk of his whole life in government sector like vice president biden has and before him president obama, more or less as a political activist but we should be focused on jobs and the economy as governor romney said as he disclaimed this effort by this third party group. >> joe biden is out there, in ohio for the second day. he is focusing on jobs and the economy. this is joe biden yesterday in youngstown, ohio. >> my mother and father believed
that if my brother or sister wanted to be a millionaire they could be a millionaire. my mother and father dreamed as much as any rich guy dreams. they don't get us. they don't get who we are. >> what about the argument that they, mitt romney, doesn't get us? doesn't get working class or middle class america? >> i think we get joe biden and barack obama very well. vice president biden hasn't been in the private sector since gerald ford was president. he has spent his entire adult life in government. he said the other day 18 speech he's glad he hasn't been in the private sector because then he would have to be accountable. this is the person the president dubbed the shera of spending which turned out to be a joke. we have a president who called his predecessor george bush unpatriotic and irresponsible for a deficit and debt level he
left, now barack obama has made that exponentially worse. that's hypocrisy. this president wasn't ready to be president, he failed in getting this economy turned around, hald his chance. we need mitt romney as president. you look what he did as governor, increased employment, reduced spending, got the economy of massachusetts moving in a better direction. reformed government and much more, andrea. this is going to be a debate about the economy and to look to joe biden for that, somebody who has never, not been in government, basically a professional bureaucrat, give me a break. i come from a blue collar background. i understand what jobs mean and joe biden doesn't have a clue. >> governor, to that point, joe biden isn't, quote a bureaucrat, joe biden, not to demean bureaucrat, joe biden han a senator representing the people of delaware since he was in his late 20s. you would demean that as that level of public service? >> well, of course he's been a public servant in government.
the point is this. when you look to figure out how to grow the economy, how to start businesses, invest in business, getting businesses to grow, expand and provide jobs you should look to people who have done that, have some knowledge about it, some understanding about it. have been in touch with reality about it. for joe biden who has been again in government as an electsed official since gerald ford was president, to stand up and lecture mitt romney or anybody else on whether they get it or not is laughable. i mean give me a break. the guy hasn't seen the private sector, private investment or job growth in a meaningful or direct way in 40 years. >> do you think that mitt romney as the head of bain capital gets it? what about all of the attacks on bain? you think that mitt romney who is not growing a small business but working in venture capital, does that connect to the middle class or the working class? >> well actually, andrea, he wasn't a venture capitalist, not to get in the details but it's
private equity. his companies that he invested in were small and medium size businesses. there are 6 million or so businesses in the united states, 5.9 million of those have 500 employees or fewer, setting aside the partisan rhetoric here, just go ask the people in the 5.9 million businesses who start them, work in them, what does it take to get these businesses going and growing and providing jobs. most of them will tell you they agree with mitt romney's approach, not barack obama or joe biden's approach. they never have been in the private sector. they don't understand it. they don't respect it. they don't know how to get this economy moving again. mitt romney does. >> you said that we in journalism should take your name off the list for vice president. why? you've got a working class background, from the middle of the country, you ran for president. you were a governor. you haven't been as you would put it a bureaucrat since gerald ford was president. why wouldn't you be a good choice for mitt romney?
>> well, i'm going to do whatever i can to help mitt romney defeat barack obama because i think the future of the country is at stake and i think mitt romney is going to be a fantastic president for our country. i'll do whatever i can do to help him. he's going to have a lot of great people to pick from. obviously any one would be honored to serve if asked. i've been telling people look, i think i can help in other ways but obviously anybody would be honored to serve if asked. >> have you heard from boston, from beth meyers in the campaign asking for your background information? >> the romney campaign has a policy, that we don't talk about the vice presidential policy in terms of timing whether it relates to me or any one else or the aspects ever that so that's something that we're going to leave for another day and time. and not because i'm trying to be coy. that's the campaign policy. we don't discuss the details of that process. >> you and i actually went through this together four years ago. you were on the short list and you had to put all of your
information out there and the mccain people went for sarah palin. there had been reports you have told the romney campaign you don't want to go through that again if you're not going to be asked. >> well, again i don't talk about the vice president's selection process. as a matter of policy in the campaign. i'll help mitt romney do whatever i -- i want to do whatever i can to help him. i think he's the right person for the job. i think he's going to abfantastic president. what i tried to project, he's going to have a lot of great people to pick from. i think i can help in other ways. i'll do whatever i can to help him defeat barack obama. >> thank you very much, governor. good to see you again. >> thank you. >> a sad loss, the world of disco has lost its queen, donna summer has died in florida. she was 63 years old. talk about her importance, her role, disco and what she meant to people with all of her
grammys and her incredible sales. >> donna summer had a big lush beautiful voice, she was there at the beginning of disco, one of the people who helped disco rise into prominence. sort of a new york and philadelphia thing that became a global phenomenon. and you know, she had an incredible song called "love to love you baby" which played for 17 minutes in the real true long version they played in the clubs, and she approached it as if she said, what would marilyn monroe do with this vocal. and she cooed and sort of moaned and in some clubs, some stations they were afraid to play it because it's too suggestive and sexual. but that was the nature of disco, the nature of the times. and it sort of is interesting to approach this story at this moment in politics because of course she's the queen of disco, and disco was all about gay exuberance and joy and having
this culture sort of centered around that sort of cultural energy that they were all about. and you know, i have never seen a movement in america to crush a musical genre in the way the almost organized anti-disco movement rose up. and people wearing death to disco t-shirts and attack on what donna summer and others were doing. and it was almost like you know, get back in the closet, you can't have something for yourself. it was -- it reminds me of the discussion around marriage equality that you can't have this for yourself, you can't have equality, you can't be out and normalized in the public. you must be quiet about what you love. >> you think that disco ended because of sort of a political reaction within the music industry than an evolution into hip-hop and rap and the other that succeeded it. >> i think that's right. there was a homophobic and racist response against disco,
harnlgly not just from the music industry but from large group of fans who wanted to proclaim the resurgence of white male power, of rock 'n roll and punk, almost again sort of a systematic like we're going to attack disco and push it back in the closet. what hip-hop did, it just started to rise up in the wake of disco, and wouldn't become a national phenomenon for several years later. it was sort of like let's return the power to the white men behind rock 'n roll sort of thing. >> who did she influence most greatly? which singers male or female? >> when i think about with it, so many of the r and b singers who came after her. there's definitely a debt to donna summer. we all listened to the records and that lush way of singing that big voice operatic almost.
not just love to love you baby but mcarthur park and heaven knows, some of the other things, i mean just a really extraordinary voice. >> she has lost that battle with cancer but thank you for helping us remember her. thank you, toure. and coming up, the fight for voting rights with civil rights b pioneer george lewis. breaking barriers. and tomorrow don't miss our g-8 special with an interview, we have bono here to headline a world food summit. he is in town along with president obama and hillary clinton. here on "andrea mitchell reports." ur suppliers... you know, those farmers, those foragers, those fishermen... for me, it's really about building this extraordinary community. american express is passionate about the same thing. they're one of those partners that i would really rely on whether it's finding new customers, or, a new location for my next restaurant.
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prohibit any funds in this underlying bill from being used to carry out the voting rights act of 1965. >> it's shameful that you would come here tonight and said to the department of justice you must not use one penny, one cent, one dime, one dollar, to carry out the mandate. people died for the right to vote. colleagues of mine. >> apologize for my dear friend from georgia if he's gotten angry with this amendment. it's never my intent to do so and i'm going to ask unanimous consent to withdraw the amendment. >> of course that was civil rights icon georgia congressman john lewis still on the front lines shaming a republican colleague into with drawing attack on the voting rights act. but voting rights remain under attack. georgia's democratic congressman john lewis joins me now. good to see you. >> good to see you.
>> you manage to get congressman brown to back down. 22 laws have been passed since the start of 2011 alone. 17 states in some ways restricting access to voting. what do you think is going on here? and what are your concerns going forward as we head toward election day? >> in many parts of our country it is sad and unbelievable that many states, governors, legislatures, have introduced legislation to make it almost impossible for the average person to participate 18 democratic process. there's a systematic deliberate effort to keep people from participating. i've said over and over again that the vote is the most powerful, non-violent tool that we have in a democratic society. the vote is the soul and the heart of a democratic society such as ours. and people want to take us back.
they want to make it almost impossible for low income people, minorities, seniors, students to vote. more than 3 million people in the last election showed up at the polls and they were denied the right to cast a vote. that cannot continue to happen. >> there are efforts to roll back access including early voting. what is the significance of early voting and of not having to have a driver's license? >> well, early voting would give an opportunity to provide an opportunity for people who would like to vote early, sometimes a month before the election, sometimes ten days, three days, 15 days. to go down to a polling place and cast a vote. and people are limiting early voting in many of the states.
you may have one type of voter i.d. in the state of texas, if you're a student, you cannot show your -- present your student i.d., but if you have a gun registration, that's okay. not a student i.d., and many citizens, elderly citizens, that are 80 and 90 years old, they don't have i.d., they don't have a driving license. they don't have a social security card. >> congressman, the other point in this is the gay rights argument, there are a lot of african-american leaders including many ministers who are very upset with the president and what he did about gay rights. you have spoken out in favor of gay rights. tell me where you're coming from. i know you had a background in the ministry, you thought of becoming a minister, you marched of course with dr. king. so tell me why there is such a disconnect between many african-americans and where the president is on gay marriage.
>> i think it's important for us to educate and inform and sensitize people. dr. king took a simple position. when people would ask him about interracial marriage, he would simply say races don't fall in love and get married, individuals fall in love and get married. so if two men or two women want to fall in love and get married it's their business. no government, state, federal or local, should tell a person they can fall in love with and get married. my position is very, very simple. that i fought too long and too hard against discrimination based on race and color, not to stand up and fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation. if you're going to provide civil rights and equality for everybody, you cannot draw a line, you cannot build a wall.
we must respect the dignity and the worth of every human being whether they are gay or straight. >> also i wanted to ask you about "the new york times" floating the story today that there had been serious consideration clearly very well organized consideration by a romney super pac to take a willy horton style ad campaign against the president. now mitt romney has repudiated it and the head of the super pac says he never seriously considered it. do you think that puts that issue to rest for this campaign cycle? >> well, it is my hope and my prayer that this issue is put to rest. but for people even to consider, even to think about something like that, it is gutter politics, it is sleazy, it is dirty, it is nasty, and it doesn't have any room in american politic. it lower our discussion, our debate in a democratic society. it's not right.
it's not fair. >> and i wanted to congratulate you in advance, i know shortly we're going to interview you when your new book is published "across the bridge." we're talking about the petis bridge and what happened in that confrontation. thank you. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. >> and congratulations also on your latest in a series of honorary degrees from the university of pennsylvania this past monday. >> i was very pleased to be honored by the university of pennsylvania with honorary degree. >> the honor was all theirs. >> thank you. >> coming up next, the dc abortion battle with'll more hom homes.
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committee chairman will not let the congresswoman t delegate who represents the district testify about it. nancy pelosi is asking why. >> what are they afraid of? the facts? the impact on the district of columbia? the persuasiveness of the congresswoman to represent her people? they prevented her having a vote on the floor. now they don't want her to have a voice on the committee on a subject of concern to her district. i think it's wrong. >> joining me is eleanor holmes norton. i was watching you last night and it struck me as incredible. they are doing this again, closing not witnesses but a member of congress without a vote, that's another issue, speaking on a subject that affects the people of the district of columbia. >> that's the least ever it. imagine focusing a bill exclusively on the district of columbia that would take the district out of the constitution
of the united states, reproductive rights available in roe vs. wade would not be available in the district of columbia if this bill were to pass. then to pile on even more, don't let the member, the only member in the house or senate, elected to speak for those residents, speak at the hearing. >> so, what are your recourses? >> my recourses are none. they claim that the democrats are entitled to only one witness, and obviously we want the witness to be someone who is experienced this tragedy a woman who had to have an abortion after 21 weeks. but that is not what the congressional tradition has been. even when a bill does not target a member's district, members always get to say a few words first so this is an absence of comety, of civility that has been emblematic of the
republicans in the 112th congress. >> what is the justification for further restricting abortion rights in the district of columbia, we're not talking about anything paid for by the federal government. talking local money, local issue. >> well, remember, they have done it twice. first their first bill was to keep us from spending our own local money permanently on abortions for poor women. they were able to get a rider in that said on an annual bases may renew it annually we can't spend our own local money on abortions for poor women. now comes the escalation from poor women to all women in the district of columbia. and, their rationale is, because we can. they cite the congressional jurisdiction over the congress. of course, congress gave up that jurisdiction almost 40 years ago when they delegated the responsibility for local affairs to a d.c. government with only a
few enumerated exceptions and andrea, reproductive choice was not among those exceptions. >> well, never know. it's a moving target. thank you very much. we'll keep on this. thanks for bringing the issue up. up next, the same-sex marriage endorsement, what it could mean for joe biden in 2016 with mark halper halperin. the 17-year-old said to be an olympian. our interview with bono ahead of the g-8 summit. ugh! all work and no food is making lorenzo very snippy. oh! seriously?! ♪ [ male announcer ] hunger getting to you? oh... [ male announcer ] grab a ritz crackerfuls. made with real peanut butter and whole grain. mmmm [ male announcer ] get hunger before it gets you. mine hurt more! mine stopped hurting faster... [ female announcer ] neosporin® plus pain relief
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magazine. what about gay marriage, how it's cutting in the election and all of that trashing of joe biden, frankly, from white house staff. >> look, there was a lot of instant analysis will this help, will this hurt the president. the fact is nobody knows. this is not the kind of thing you can track clearly. there are arguments on both sides. i think it's pretty clear if the president loses this election there will be people including some who say this could have cost us the election. in that sense it's a risk. i think the clearest sign of where the wins are going, is that after the first day, you didn't hear any republican raise it themselves, most of them when they were asked about with it would say we want to talk about the economy. imagine five years ago, if a democratic president came out in favor of same-sex marriage. you would have heard republicans talk about it for a week. they don't want to play on this. democrats don't want to. make no mistake both sides will micro target and direct mails to try to make it an issue. for the vice president, he's in the dog house.
you don't -- >> still. >> in the obama world you don't put podis in the corner. you don't force the president's hand. there is no doubt the timing of his announcement, not the outcome, but the timing is based on what the vice president did with david gregory. >> the vice president was playing golf with the president this weekend. that saturday golf outing was that in attempt to sort of project solidarity after days of back stabbing from white house aides. >> he's in the dog house, not in the out house. he's still the vice president, out campaigning. >> never more effectively. >> my sense is that the president, while he's not happy about what happened, is more forgiving in the short-term than some of the people around the president who are so protective of the obama brand. so protective and say if the president is going to have a political problem or stumble, then let's let the president do
that, let's not have it forced upon him. and there's no question again that the vice president while still a member in good standing and possibly has enhanced his own political prospects in the party, no question that they were not happy about what happened despite the president's graciousness on the symbolism of the golf game. >> we spend all of this time in the media talking about hillary clinton in 2016 and i'm guilt of that. joe biden clearly believes he can run for president in 2016. >> i believe it's pretty clear that if joe biden, if they win re-election and joe biden wants to run, i think there is ambivalence in hillary clinton, that may stop her from moving forward. they are such good friends. anybody in politics will run against their mother if they want a job. i firmly believe if they win rere-election and joe biden runs that will block her from running. >> mark, we have to talk. in the break. i think we could debate that. thank you very much. >> thanks.
>> and the olympic games in london this summer are going to be historic but for this arab nation, three teens a swimmer, sprinter and air rifle shooter are the first women ever to represent their nation on an olympic team. and one of those athletes will be competing in the 50 meter free style all three women are helping the evolving democracy take a major step forward in women's athletics and social progress. she joins me now. thank you for being with us. let's talk about how you started swimming and how you had the dream, the vision you could be an olympian coming from a country that is only you know, in recent years moving toward greater equality for women athletes, women scholars, women in business. >> hello, andrea. how is everything? >> everything is great here. we're excited for you. >> hello. thank you. thank you so much for your support. well, i started at the age of
nine. i started at a small club and at first i just took it as a fitness level but i don't know. there is something about the water that i really like about it and i enjoy swimming, so i decided to take to a whole new level and that's when i wanted to train to compete. >> there has been great progress in your country, there are so many women now in terms of women in university, women who have been fully educated, women in business. there are still steps to go but how do you see yourself as an athlete, you and your colleagues, going to hun done and this other breakthrough, women in sports. >> definitely i mean it gives me such great pride and honor to be representing my country and this is such a great opportunity for me and i'm very, very happy. and especially that i'm going to be the first female swimmer to be representing my country, so
hopefully after the olympics it will encourage other girls to take up the sport that they want to do, especially swimming. >> what is the message you think to other gulf nations about the need for progress and for greater equality for women? >> i feel like sports is just very popular around the world, and i'm sure that after like a lot of support and from people and from countries i feel like many people are going to become like attracted to the sports. >> i know, we apologize for the satellite delay because that's the reality of the way we have to do television, but i know that your country is also hoping at least to be qualified to compete for the 2020 olympics. >> yeah, definitely. i'm very excited to hear about
that soon, actually, after a couple of days you know, just also being part of the olympic committee and the qatar delegation team is great. if qatar wins the bid it would be great and a big deal especially in the gulf because it's going to be the first arab country to be hosting such a big game. so i hope all the best for qatar and i think it's more than capable to host the games especially that we have 2022 as well to focus on. so i think it's ready. >> well, it's great to see you. good luck in london. we'll keep track of you of course and we wish you all the best. congratulations and lots of luck. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. thank you for your support. >> you bet. and up next, behind the ball, the untold history behind our favorite games. first, we remember donna summer.
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why do we play ball anyway? his father john fox sought the answer through a global journey discovering the origins of the games we play and how the ball has become a major part of global culture. joining me is john fox. >> great to be here. >> it's great to talk to you about the book which is "the ball." well named. >> simple. >> this took you around the world to 1600, the first tennis course. >> it's a chateau south of paris and a fantastic place. and it was a palace of the french kings. in there is one of the oldest tennis courts in the world where eight french kings played. so i got to play on a court where eight french kings played before. >> pretty cool. >> very cool. >> what is it about the ball itself, this sphere, that is just so perfect for all of our
games? >> it's a great question. i think it was something very universal about the ball. a lot of the studies i did showed that when you think about it the most an i mat of inanimate of inat mat objects. it has this ability to roll, to spin, it is unpredictable. but in the hands of a knuckleball pitcher, you can do extraordinary things with it. i think it captivates people physically and mentally. >> of all the games that you've studied, which grabs at your heart and soul the most? >> well, there's this extraordinary game played in mexico. it is the oldest continuous sport in the world. and it is played with a solid rubber ball. it has been played for 3,000 years. the ancient mayans and aztecs. and there are ball courts in mexico today that are, you can see where it is played in ancient times. it was an extraordinary game.
they had to knock a ball with their hip through this high hoop to score. the losers back then were sacrificed. but today they don't sacrifice them anymore. >> i don't know. you don't know philly fans. they haven't lost that much. there have been some pretty rough sports. >> pretty close, too. >> can you explain "morning joe"'s fascination with soccer? >> it is the global game. it is the people's game. interestingly it started around 1300. it was a game played in england by two mobs of people. like there was one game played by 600 people at once. so it was a game where everybody could play. men, women, children. and so i think it has always been this people's game. a game where everyone could join in. it cuts across every language, every culture, every nation. >> you realize you have validated joe scarborough. henry kissinger, there are some great soccer fans. the book is "the ball."
discovering the object of the game. john fox is the author. let us know next time your son asks you a question. >> i will indeed. >> what political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? that's next right here. i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions i felt lost. unitedhealthcare offered us a specially trained rn who helped us weigh and understand all our options. for me cancer was as scary as a fastball is to some of these kids. but my coach had hit that pitch before. turning data into useful answers. we're 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. make that new stouffer's steam meal so tasty. actually, the milk from my farm makes it so creamy, right dad. dad can see... boys! don't you think stouffer's steam perfect bag should get some credit? my carrots. my milk. [ female announcer ] new from stouffer's. farmers' harvest steam meals taste so good we'll bet the farm on it. ♪
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which political story will make headlines in the next 24 hours? we'll talk about the g-8. they're all coming. they're coming to camp david. we have some big interviews tomorrow to talk about global hunger and the efforts to try to combat that. the president, hillary clinton are going to be having a conference here. we'll have bono and the president of tanzania. >> president obama speaking to the g-8 leaders at camp david is one thing. andrea mitchell with bono is my headline for the next 24 hours. my wife will be very, very jealous of you. >> well, i will say i'm jealous of myself. i'm so excited about doing the
interview with bono. we know how much he has done for world poverty, for africa, and this continues right here. >> i look forward to it. >> thank you for watching this edition of andrea mitchell reports. my colleague tamron hall has a big show today. a lot of news the next hour. any minute now, we're expecting to hear from white house press secretary jay carney. we'll see if he will answer questions regarding the report that details a vicious attack by a republican super pac to paint president obama as a quote, metro sexual black abe lincoln and resurrect jeremiah wright in hope of helping mitt romney win in november. how the romney camp is responding. plus we'll dig deeper into conservative billionaire and chicago club owner joe ricketts. he is the man supposedly behind this plan. we'll look into his background and tell you what he is saying today. but they haven't experienced extra strength bayer advanced aspirin. in fact, in a recent survey,
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