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good morning, america. and a new morning, it is. republicans ride a tidal wave of discontent, to gain control of the house. and john boehner becomes congress' new sheriff. >> at least a few of the president's men and women hold their ground. red dawn. >> i spent my whole life chasing the american dream. >> republicans win big all across the country. the balance of power, shaken by a tea party revolt. >> we've come to take our
government back. >> a second chance for republicans to be what they said they were going to be not so long ago. voters send veteran democrats home. >> the people of wisconsin have spoken. and i respect their decision. >> but a few defy the odds. >> today, you made possible what many called impossible. >> this morning, the triumph. the tears. >> i've never seen my brother cry. and we've been through a lot. >> the change. president obama confronts his greatest challenge yet. good morning, everyone. there's got to be a morning-after. after a landmark election, the political landscape has shifted dramatically. this morning, we are here with our entire political team to break down the results. >> one thing that is very clear, the voters have demanded change
in 2008. have chosen change again. republicans have won control of the house. we think they picked up about 60 seats. this would be the biggest midterm loss for the democrats since the 1930s. >> the -- where are you going? >> i'm going over here. >> barely, just 51 seats right now. three races have not been called. this election, a strong wake-up call for the president, with most voters saying his policies will hurt the country. we'll see how he responds when he addresses the nation later today. >> and, robin, i'm going to show you right now why i did change. this map shows how dramatically the country has changed politically in the last two years. this was the map from 2008. you see the pockets of blue, right here in the rocky mountain west. in the upper midwest, the southeast and the northeast. look what happened last night in the congressional elections. all that blue has turned to red.
dramatic political change in the country right now. we have our team, as you said, fanned out across the country to cover this, to analyze this morning. we're going to begin with jon karl in las vegas, nevada. jon? >> reporter: well, george, from losing the president's old senate seat in illinois, to suffering colossal losses in the house, it was a dreadful night for democrats. >> it's clear, tonight, who the winners really are. and that's the american people. >> reporter: a historic victory. so sweeping, ohio republican, john boehner, choked up as he recounted his path to becoming the likely new speaker of the house. >> i spent my whole life chasing the american dream. and i saw how out of touch washington has become with the core values of this great nation, i put my name forward and ran for office. >> reporter: boehner is about to
become leader of the house and third in line for the presidency, thanks to a republican tidal wave that swept democrats out of power from coast-to-coast. >> tonight, republicans will take control of the house. >> reporter: at least five senior democrats who had served over 25 each, knocked out. and in the senate races -- >> we've come to take our government back. >> reporter: big tea party victories in kentucky for republican rand paul. and in florida, for marco rubio. rubio issued a warning echoed by many of the tea party faithful. >> and we make a grave mistake that we believe tonight these results have somehow embraced the republican party. what they are is a second chance. >> reporter: but in nevada -- >> i'm not finished fighting. in fact, tonight, i'm more determined than ever. >> reporter: senate majority leader, harry reid, defied the national trend, to win a stunning victory over tea party candidate, sharron angle.
and reid will face a tough senate, after victories by candidates like joe manchin, in west virginia. >> this is my 11th victory. >> reporter: and barbara boxer in california. >> what a sweet one it is. >> reporter: it wasn't a good night for female executives. republicans meg whitman and linda mcmahon also lost. another tea party star that came up short, delaware republican christine o'donnell. o'donnell shared the moment with her brother, a democrat. >> i couldn't be prouder. she believes in what she does. and she wants -- she wants to affect everyone in a positive way. >> reporter: outgoing speaker, nancy pelosi did not speak last night. but she did put out a statement, praising democrats for taking courageous action over the last four years as they had the leadership. saying, george, the outcome of the election does not diminish
the work we have done for the american people. left unsaid, though, is what speaker pelosi will do now. she has not said. democrats i have spoken to, expect that she will not come back in the next congress. we'll have to wait and hear directly from her. >> we will. all right, jon. let me take it from here. there are three senate races still not called. in colorado, bennet and buck still neck and neck. we'll go to the other two races in washington and alaska, that have still not been called. let's go to neal karlinsky in alaska. >> reporter: this race is incredible. write-in is leading the way. for lisa murkowski, that is her. we won't know for 15 days. that's when they open up the ballots to see if murkowski has been spelled correctly or they can read the writing. but lisa murkowski says she
believes she got it. she is not claiming victory. the first time a candidate has won as a write-in since 1954, which, robin, was also the last time the giants won the world series. so, from a different city at that point. >> yeah, from new york. going to have to be a little patient to stick around and wait to see what happens in alaska. sharyn alfonsi is in washington state for us. good morning, sharyn. and tell us the latest from there. >> reporter: good morning, robin. there were no concession speeches. no celebrations here this morning because the race here is still too close to count. incumbent, patty murray, is ahead of her republican challenger, dino rossi. just a razor-thin margin, with a little more than half of the votes in. but the rest of the ballots are supposed to come in by mail. and that could take a few days. both campaigns are parading a glass is half-full scenario. saying what is out there looks good for them. but privately, both are preparing for counts and
recounts this morning. george? >> sharyn alfonsi. thank you very much. let's go the jake tapper at the white house. the president called the incoming speaker, john boehner, shortly after midnight. what did he say? >> reporter: he talked about working together with speaker-designate, john boehner. ways they could find compromise. that wasn't the only phone call the president made last night. the president made roughly 60 phone calls last night. most of them to members of congress. democrats who did not win, not all of them, of course. he called harry reid, with that surprise victory, and others. but he did make 60 different phone calls because of the huge losses. more losses than the white house had expected. they had expected to lose the house. but not necessarily by this many votes. one top democrat called last night a bloodbath, although they are taking some consolation that they held on to the senate. >> where does the white house go from here? we know the president is holding a press conference today at 1:00. we heard from republicans
already. john boehner saying the president must change course. haley barbour, the mississippi governor, saying it was a repudiation on the president. and evan bayh saying they have to fundamentally change course. do you get the sense that the president agrees? >> reporter: i get the sense that the white house feels that last night the election results were an admonition to focus on the economy. for washington to work in a more bipartisan fashion. i don't think president obama feels this was a huge repudiation of all of his policies. but there is going to be outreach to republicans, especially when it comes to the economy. they look at the exit poll numbers last night. and they say there is real economic anxiety that continues out there. and obviously, they are not getting -- the american people are not getting enough results out of this white house. or at least they don't see what they want to see. >> quickly, jake, just ten seconds. any sense that the president will change position on the
issue of the president's -- president bush's tax cuts? they've been holding the line on extending the tax cuts for the wealthy? >> reporter: i think you'll see their position will become more negotiable in the coming days. they have a republican congress to deal with, even if it doesn't officially take office until january. i think you'll see more give on that issue. >> okay. jake tapper, thanks very much. our dynamic duo from last night, diane sawyer and george. when you pick up the headlines this morning, pick up the papers, you keep seeing, a rebuke for obama. >> that's right. it's coming out. everything you saw on the exit polls last night bear that out. we have a few numbers. nine out of ten voters came to the election, saying they were unhappy with the economy. last night, they flipped. 55% backed republicans. and they also came out saying, they were going to send a strong message to the president last night. almost 40% of the voters who voted last night said they were
coming out specifically to oppose president obama. and a majority of the voters last night, said they were voting specifically because they believe the president's policies were going to do long-term harm to the country. >> let's break it down in key voting blocs. the independents came out so strongly for president obama two years ago. and the flip. >> two of the ten polls that the president counted on two years ago, independents and women, let's see. independent voters went republican. and went republican by 16 points. keep in mind, the president won them two years ago by eight points. and in some ways, more startling, even though overall, women were won by republicans, only by one percentage point, the president had won them by 13 2 years ago. if you look at white women specifically who turned out last night and all day yesterday, it was 17-point discrepancy there. now, again, if you look at women overall, a lot of women didn't come to the polls, who had
supported president obama before. so, this was a group that came to the polls, in some ways, to send a signal. >> we heard jon karl talking earlier about nancy pelosi. you'll have to leave here, like george did, run off the set, to get to washington to talk to nancy pelosi. >> that's right. i'm going down to talk to her on this day, this historic day, after her landmark and historic year after speaker of the house, after 200 of years in this country, finally there was a madam speaker. she's the one who did it. we want to know everything she is thinking and saying to herself. >> and what she plans on doing now. >> and what she is going to do now. and i have to say, having been up all night, i can't think of a better place to wander into, than with my old friends at "good morning america." >> and washington is the place to be this morning, too. appreciate that very much, diane. and the tea party. in a is something. that's the other huge headline. >> that's exactly right. thank you, diane. 41% of voters last night saying they were coming out as supporters of the tea party. they weren't saying specifically
they were voting to advance their policies. only 22% of voters said that. but our next guest was a victor last night. senator jim demint in south carolina. in some ways he's the paul revere of the tea party movement. i know you don't take credit of the tea party movement. but you are a champion of the tea party. what do you think voters were saying last night? and what are you going to do to advance their cause? >> well, the most exciting thing, i think, george, that came out of the election, is the realization by the american people, that the power here in america is really in their hands, if they want to stand up and take it. that's what is going to maybe realign politics in this country. force a national debate on the federal government, when we almost $14 trillion in debt. this does give the republicans a second chance. and i'm glad to see the determination from boehner and others in the house, that this time, we're going to do it the
right way. >> you say you're going to do it the right way. your republican leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell was quoted last week saying, the number one job is to make sure that president obama is not returned to the white house. is that your number one priority? >> no. i don't think he should be our focus at all. his policies were rebuked yesterday. in the government-centric rampage of spending was rejected by the american people. what i'm hopeful for is republicans in the house will show what they stand for. they will pass legislation and send it to the senate, that we can debate and say yes to, so we won't be in a position like we have been the last four years, on just saying no to really bad legislation. i hope by 2012, americans will know what republicans stand for. and my hope is, it's in alignment with the new idea, which is really an old idea, of constitutional limited government. >> start to flesh that out right
now. you talk about constitutional limited government. i think what's on the minds of most americans right now is the issue of jobs and how more jobs will be created in this country. about half the voters in the poll last night, thought that the government should do more to help create jobs. what would be your number one proposal to get that done? >> when they say do more, they're not necessarily meaning more government programs and more spending. but we need to do a lot, george, to clear up this quagmire of policies that the administration and the democrat majority have created. we don't know what our tax rate is going to be. the cost of health care is going to go up. the new financial regulations are making it harder for companies to get loans. what the country needs is some predictability, some certainty about our laws. republicans can help with that, if we can assure people that we're going to delay the implementation of this health care bill. if we can keep current tax rates the same, so that businesses can plan over the next two or three years. there's a lot we can do.
but that doesn't mean more federal government, more spending and more debt. >> so, you will move to repeal president obama's health care reform? >> oh, yeah. i think that's one of the most important things that we have to do because the legislation is clearly going to hurt the practice of medicine and the quality of health care in america. but i think it will also contribute to bankrupting our country. so, it's a big issue. and we can't really tweak it. it's built on a platform of government control. so, we really need to throw it out and replace it with the ideas that we talked about during the health care debate. >> okay. senator demint, thanks very much. now, george, the other side of the aisle. voters sent a clear message their unhappy with what's going on in congress. yet, senate majority leader, harry reid, is going back to washington. he defeated tea party-backed sharron angle, with voters
saying they disapprove of the job he is doing. senator reid, good enough to join us live this morning from las vegas. first of all, congratulations, sir on your victory. hard-fought victory last night. >> thank you very much. appreciate it. >> when you hear the numbers that people in nevada believe that you have been in washington too long. and they disapprove of the job that you're doing, over half of the people in nevada. what do you say to them this morning? >> well, i say thanks for voting for me. >> and how can -- >> one -- by nevada standards, i got 41,000 votes, more than my opponent. there was a choice to be made. the nevada people made the choice. i look forward going to washington and working together. i heard senator demint's presentation. i look forward to working with him. i'm going to call later today and see if i can speak to mitch mcconnell. i haven't been to bed yet tonight. we'll do that some time later
today. john boehner and i worked together for many years. i look forward to working with him. i think this is a time when we need to look at what happened. and what happened is that we now have a new house speaker, a new speaker. the founding fathers set up our country in a very unique way. we have the senate, which is based on one principle, the house another. but the one principle we can't avoid, is we cannot move this country forward unless we work together. and that's my goal. >> and people are thrilled to hear you say that this morning. and wonder what's going to be different this time? it hasn't been the case these last couple of years. so, what is going to be different this time to bring about true compromise and move forward? >> anytime you have a new president in a time of urgency, as president obama found himself at the beginning of the last congress, i should say this congress, we haven't finished
it. there's a lot we had to do. we found ourselves in a big hole, as a result of the prior eight years. and we worked to get out of that hole. but as has happened in all presidencies just like this one, the second congress of a presidency takes a different turn. and we're going to do that. i have spoken to president obama on several occasions yesterday. we all know that our majority is smaller than what it was. >> uh-huh. >> but i hope that the leader of the republicans, senator mcconnell, who is a veteran, will understand that we have to work together. just saying no doesn't do the trick. we can always say no. that's easy. we have to do constructive work together to move this country along. we have an economy in nevada, the worst economy in our country. we were at the top of the economic food chain for so long. when wall street collapsed, we fell further than any other state. we need to dig our way out of that, just like other states have to dig their way out of their economic problems.
i look forward to trying to do that. >> i have a quick, final question, very important to a lot of people. bush tax cuts, as we all know expire at the end of the year. can you work together to get something done? >> of course. you know, my number one goal is to make sure we have tax cuts for the middle-class. people making up to $250,000. but again, anything above that, we're going to have to do it together. i hope we can do that. we need the republican support to get the tax cuts for middle-class done. that's my goal. we have to take care of the middle-class. they've been hurt. wealthy americans are doing fine. it's the middle-class that's been hurt. >> yes, indeed. senator reid, again, congratulations on your hard-fought victory last night. >> thank you. let's get over to sam champion with the weather. sam? >> robin, there will be two weather headlines in the next half hour. the big heat in the southwest, and a soaking system in the deep south.
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wednesday, november 3. good morning, i am scott thuman with your local update. let's check on the morning commute with lisa baden. it started early. maryland state police are reporting that there was a fatal crash in bowie. we have video of the accident activity on central avenue, eastbound after church road but before 301. eastbound leaving the six flags port davidson bill, everything will be closed until further notice. we believe this video and go live to pictures thanks to geico. twin brook parkway is closed. in virginia going north on 395, everything is open but slowing to the 14th street bridge. here is a nice shot of the almost a sunrise over the district. we will have filtered sun sign this morning with clouds moving
west to east. a fair amount of sunshine this morning but increasing clouds and it is called again. quantico is 38 degrees. it will be becoming a mostly cloudy today, amid 50's today and tomorrow but areas of rain tonight through tomorrow. here are some results from the elections yesterday. martin o'malley defeated republican bob ehrlich to win a second term as governor. vincent gray is the next mayor of d.c. and the 11th district races too close to call. we will be back at 7:56. for continuous news coverage, tune in to tbd news on news for continuous news coverage, tune in to tbd news on news
e. to me, that's an earthquake. it is. it's a huge message sent. >> there's sarah palin reacting to election results last night. republicans win control of the house. she was not on the ballot last night. but she was in the thick of this campaign, endorsing more than 60 candidates. we're going to talk to one of the candidates who lost, christine o'donnell, in delaware last night. but a big night for sarah palin. we say good morning, america. i'm george stephanopoulos. >> i'm robin roberts. also this morning, we're going to take a closer look at the tea party's staying power. one of its favorites, the new
senator-elect, from kentucky, rand paul. he's going to join us this morning. a lot of election results still ahead. let's get to juju chang for the morning's news. >> there is nonpolitical news this morning. awaiting a big announcement today. the federal reserve is expected to give the economy another shot in the arm by buying billions of dollars in government bonds. the hope is that will lower interest rates and get consumers and businesses to spend more. there are new concerns about whether iraq is prepared for next year's pullout of american troops. tuesday was the deadliest day in baghdad since may. 76 people died in a series of attacks. 58 died sunday when a christian church was attacked there. and in his memoir out next week, former president bush defends the invasion of iraq. but admits, he still has a sickening feeling about not finding weapons of mass destruction. in a copy of "decision point" obtained by "the new york times," the former president says he considered an offer by
vice president cheney to drop off the 2004 ticket, saying cheney was seen as a dark and heartless person. but in the end, mr. bush says cheney had done his job and was a friend. so, he kept him on. finally, in news headlines, it looks like the typical happy meal will soon be illegal in san francisco. city supervisors have voted to ban restaurants from giving away toys with any meals unless those meals have reduced calories, sugar and fat. that's a quick look at the news headlines at 7:32. back to you. >> all right, juju. if there was any doubt about it, last night's actions showed the tea party and sarah palin as a figure. in the house, 21 of the 41 candidates she endorsed came out on top. with more than half a dozen still to be decided. and of the 11 governors she
backed in last night's vote, 6 will take office. there were some missteps on palin's part. and her future as a national candidate is anything but certain. claire shipman -- good to have you here with us, claire. >> reporter: i did. all eyes are on sarah palin right now. she showed her power last night. she is certainly claiming that she had a big impact. it's interesting. when you look at her preprimary endorsement, she was battle a little better. about 69% on average. but she does with the clout, that's the question. >> woo, nevada. >> reporter: you might call call it the palin effect. the new republican kingmaker, demonstrating her clout on election day. >> that's an earthquake. it is. it's a huge message sent. it is a shakeup. >> reporter: from the start, she pushed her candidates into the spotlight. >> we need people like sharron angle. joe miller. rand paul. tea party americans who are standing up and saying, enough is enough. nikki haley.
christine o'donnell. >> reporter: and many of palin's picks came out on top. tea party favorite, rand paul, in kentucky, where exit polls show a majority don't like the job the president's doing and want to repeal health care. >> tonight, there's a tea party tidal wave. and we're sending a message to them. >> reporter: and one of her momma grizzlies, now senator-elect, kelly ayoed in new hampshire. and governor rick perry in texas. not all of her picks paid off, of course. high-profile sharron angle in nevada, and christine o'donnell in delaware, both conceded. >> thank you, governor palin, for your endorsement. >> reporter: and joe miller, in alaska, is likely to remain in a long fight. but a big win for mavericky, as she calls him, marco rubio. >> a second chance for republicans to be what they said they were going to be, not so
long ago. >> reporter: many see the young cuban-american as a future party leader. and as for sarah palin, does she now turn her clout and her attention toward her own future in 2012? some would argue, robin, she's not doing exactly what she should be doing. if she's really looking at a run, she's not holding the right meetings, courting the right people. being a kingmaker, not so bad. but it has conflict with the republican establishment. everybody on the republican side, wants to shut down the idea, in the republican establishment, of a palin candidacy. she responded angrilangrily, to as you might imagine. >> some said they want the election behind them. then, they will discuss sarah palin going forward. we're joined by someone sarah palin supported. you heard about her. a tea party favorite, who lost last night in the delaware senate race to chris coons. christine o'donnell is joining us live from dover, delaware.
thank you for getting up with us. it was great to see the support of your family. we saw your brother, who was quite emotional last night. do you think sarah palin, if she had come to delaware, like she said she was going to do, but she never did, do you think that could have made a difference for you? >> well, you know, here in delaware, it was a straight ticket loss for delaware republicans. so, i don't take it personally. if it was about me or if there was anything we could have done differently, the margin would have been different, than the other state candidates who loss. i think the only thing that really would have made a difference is if the delaware gop had unified. unfortunately, that still hasn't happened. and in states like kentucky, where the party leadership immediately rallied behind the people, the person that the people chose to represent kentucky republicans on the ballot. if we had done that here in delaware, i think there would have been a drastically different outcome. you know, we spent the good four weeks after the campaign reaching out to many delaware
prominent republicans. by the time we had the support, we had about two weeks left. >> right. >> if there had been solidarity right off the bat, i think the outcome would have been different, for all the republicans on the ballot. it was all about turnout. and there's a lot of independents in delaware. and polling showed that those independents didn't want their taxes raised, either. even with the top 2% tax that harry reid was talking about raising taxes on the top 2%, they're the small business owners. they're the small business owners in delaware, who are registered independent, but who are with us. and if we had united as a party, we could have reached out to them. i think it could have been different. >> you say you don't take it personally. and i can certainly understand that. when karl rove, who was extremely vocal in not supporting you. and even last night, he said, it gives me no pleasure to say that she was unlikely to win. but this, again, provides a
lesson. what do you say to critics who say, someone like yourself, with some extreme stances, can win in the primary. but you are -- but you're not electable in the general election? >> the lesson to be learned is to unite. let the people have a voice in their party. again, polling shows that independents are with us on the issues. but there was so much infighting, we never were able to get our message out. and to transition into a general election, with the way that we had to, it was too heavy of a lift for one campaign to do by itself. you know, my opponent had his state party, the dnc, the democratic senatorial committee, the president, the white house, all pushing down on this election. so, given the pressure that it was our campaign against the whole democratic establishment, including the white house, the margin should have been a lot bigger. we should have lost by 30.
so, i'm very proud of our results. and it speaks to the potential that could have been there. and the only lesson that karl rove should take away from this is to let the people of the republican party decide who is going to be on the ballot. once they decide, use your influence to get behind them. he could have made a difference. >> something tells me we have not seen the last of christine o'donnell on the political scene. is that true? >> i'll tell you, i've met so many people on the campaign trail that i've just fallen in love with. their stories are powerful. they're concerned about the tax increases coming, even on the top 2% because those are the small business owners. they're the farmers. the death tax being reinstated on january 1st. that's something i wanted to try to take up this lame duck session. so, our fight to influence what happens in this lame duck session isn't over just because the election's over. now, we have a voice. we began to raise awareness
about what's going to happen, under the top 2% of income earners, are the small business owners, who have owned corner stores for years. even decades, like victor rodriguez. if you've seen the families on our 30-minute video, they're real people with real stories, with heavy pressures about what's going to happen this january. and i'd like to see what we can do to continue to be a voice for them. and see what we can to positively change the direction of our country. then, i'll figure out what to do next. >> all right. christine o'donnell, thank you very much for being with us this morning. >> thank you. >> it is 40 minutes after the hour. 7:40. we'll give you more time for the weather this time, sam. >> good morning, robin. we're going to start with the area of low pressure that will run the southeast and curve up. big rain totals in louisiana, southern alabama and mississippi. florida will get some rain. it will be above two inches in some locations. then, the system runs around the north atlantic.
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morning after the big election. so much to analyze. so much change to absorb. we're joined by two of my favorite analysts. matt dowd, "gma" contributor, and donna brazile, long-time contributor for abc. matthew, we'll start with you. three-straight elections. 2006, 2008, yesterday in 2010, where you have a political earthquake every time. >> yeah. it's interesting to me. if you take a few steps further back, i think this sort of began when we had a dead-even election in 2000. and then, the country divided. obviously, 9/11 happened. but ever since the divided election happen, every, single election keeps sending a different message. they're saying i'm dissatisfied. and the speed at which we want change, has gone along with our technology. we want it now. there's no longer a wait. we're not going to wait two years. we're not going to wait four years. we want it now. >> and you bring up an important point of a more-divided country.
you look at the republican party, more purists elected in the republican party. the democrats lost so many of the democrats who had crossed over and worked with the republicans in the past. so, we're going to face this question going into the next two years, can anything get done? and will the cycle we've seen over the last several years, get even worse? >> with interest in the country, we'd like to see both political parties come to the middle and figure out common-sense solutions. many of the moderates and centrists of both political parties have been purged. they've been voted out of office. the president today will face a major character test. on one hand, he has to say to the voters, i heard you. on the other hand, he has to reach out to republicans and say, look, i want to work with you. but the president must reaffirm his principles. go back to the basics, so voters who voted for him in 2008, will see president obama reassert his leadership on the economy, health care, and other things going forward. >> i wonder where it leaves all of the voters in the middle. we've seen the independent
voters swing, back and forth, on each one of these elections. the next election in 2012, they can lash out at a republican house or at a democratic house and senate. >> i think they send a message. i think it's to speaker-elect boehner and to barack obama, along with what donna said. we want you all to get along and work this out together. and i think, as speaker boehner's margin increased, the pressure on him and the pressure on barack obama is going to increase. the other thing i think that is interesting about this election is what barack obama did, what ronald reagan, george bush, and dwight eisenhower couldn't do, which is give the republicans a solid margin in the u.s. house of representatives. this will be the most solid margen in the u.s. house of representatives since 1947 that the republicans have. >> most solid margin. looking ahead to 2012. ronald reagan and bill clinton came back from big midterm defeats. the president will have to do it
with a much tougher economy right now. if you look at the map last night, he lost so many of the states that he'll have to win to get reelected. >> this was an electoral earthquake for president obama. if he can display the leadership that the american people voted for in 2008, bring both parties together, voters will give him a second chance. >> i wish we had more time. we don't. let's look at one more look at ed perlmutter doing those ca cartwheels in colorado last night. cartwheels in colorado last night. we'll be right back. ldren scream [growl] i met my husband here. i got to know my grandkids here. we've discovered so much here together. but my doctor told me that during that time my high cholesterol was contributing to plaque buildup in my arteries. that's why i'm fighting my cholesterol... with crestor. along with diet, crestor does more than help manage cholesterol,
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abc 7 news update. >> good morning, it is 7:56 on a wednesday, november 3. i am scott thuman with your local update. let's begin with a check on the roads. let's take a quick peek at traffic in maryland. in case you are going to take the beltway between 270 and 95, there was an accident on the inner loop. normally you don't see that back up from colesville road.
the top side of the screen moving from right to left is normal backup. 270 delays are germantown through gaithersburg and into rockville. quiet traffic is next at the pentagon. the main line and hov traffic looks good. we will wind down with our tour of traffic on 66. leaving us on the right, is westbound traffic. there is a plane approaching reagan national airport. high clouds overhead and that is why we have filtered sun shine. it is another cold morning, 28 degrees in brunswick. berkeley springs, west virginia is 24 degrees. arlington is 36 degrees. for today, increasing cloud cover and type temperatures in
the mid-50's. big changes coming tonight and into tomorrow morning. there will be periods of rain tomorrow morning and cooler saturday. are some results from the elections bring it appears montgomery county voters have rejected the proposed ambulance fees and anne arundel county voters approved paving the way for a slot casino near anne arundel mall. more news at 8:27.
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and good morning, america, on this morning-after, the landmark midterm elections. we'll talk to one of the stars of the night. that's kentucky's senator-elect, rand paul, who said in his acceptance speech, that the tea party has to take back the government. and also, something my girls is concerned about. why is demi lovato getting medical treatment right now? she quit the jonas brothers tour
for what's being called emotional and physical issues. we'll look at that ahead. and leann rimes, a star at the tender age of 14. her life has more drama than a country song. and on camera, she talks about the breakup of her marriage. >> that's part of your big special on the night, in the spotlight, "all-access nashville." also, the secret life that nearly kill ed portia de rossi. 82 pounds, and a much happier life with ellen degeneres. and another couple leaves the ballroom floor. rick fox and cheryl burke the latest to be ousted on "dancing with the stars." jon karl is in las vegas, nevada, with the latest from
there. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, robin. it's not a good morning for democrats. from losing the president's old senate seat in illinois, to suffering colossal losses, even historic losses in the house. it was a dreadful night for democrats. >> the american people have sent an unmistakable message to him tonight. and that message is, change course. >> reporter: meet the new party of change. >> i spent my whole life chasing the american dream. >> reporter: ohio republican, john boehner, is about to become speaker of the house, thanks to a republican tidal wave, that swept democrats out of power, from coast-to-coast. >> we've come to take our government back. >> reporter: big tea party victories in kentucky. the republican, rand paul. and in florida, for marco rubio. >> i know america's great.
not because i read about it in a book. because i've seen it with my eyes. >> reporter: one of the few, big, democratic celebrations, senate majority leader, harry reid. >> i'm not finished fighting. in fact, tonight, i'm more determined than ever. >> reporter: reid will still lead a democratic senate, with a slimmer majority, after tough victories by democrats like joe manchin, in west virginia. and democrat barbara boxer in california. one republican who came up short, tea party star, christine o'donnell. >> this is just the beginning. we've got a lot of work to do. >> reporter: we didn't hear from outgoing speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, at least not yet. but she did put out a written statement saying, quote, the outcome of the election does not diminish the work we have done for the american people. george? >> and she'll be talking to diane sawyer later today. one of the big winners of last night, we saw him in that piece, he wants to take our country back, the incoming
senator for kentucky, rand paul. i spoke with him moments ago. senator-elect paul, congratulations this morning. >> thank you, george. >> what's the number one thing you were elected to do? >> i think the number one thing from the tea party has been that we're concerned about the debt. we're also kind of a little bit annoyed or discontented that we have to balance our own individual family budgets. and congress doesn't seem to have any regard for balancing their budget. and the tea party wants them to step up and balance the budget. >> let's talk about how you're going to do that right now. the immediate question facing congress right now, is what to do about the tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of this year. president obama has said up until now, that he doesn't want to extend the tax cuts for people making more than $250,000. are you willing to go along with him on that? >> it's a spending problem. not a revenue problem. we bring in $2.4 trillion.
but we spend nearly $4 trillion. i think you can have a great depression on your hand and not a great recession if you raise taxes right now. >> will you come up with $700 billion in spending cuts to match that tax cut? >> if you're honest about how large this problem is, you have to look at the length and breadth and width of the entire budget. every program has to be looked at and evaluated. waste, fraud and abuse have to be cut from all segments of the budget. >> the waste and abuse is one of the oldest phrases in the political play book. the difficult job is when you get from the generalities of the spending cuts to the specifics of programs like social security, medicare, student loans. are you saying every one of those programs is on the table? >> you really have to look at everything. so many of the people who go to washington or who are in washington will say, oh, we're going to roll back discretionary spending to pre-obama levels. yeah. that will balance the budget in about 100 years. spending is way out of control.
and we have to do something about it. so, i don't look at this as a career opportunity for me. i look at this as a chance to go and fix what's broken. and maybe come back to my medical practice. that's what i would like to do. and i think we need more people like that. >> even if it means you're going to be a one-term senator, you're going to cut medicare and social security to balance the budget? >> let's figure out how to fund them. i don't think it's appropriate that we borrow money from china to pay for our social security. i don't think it's appropriate that we took money from the trust fund and put it in the general fund and spent it. those are things that fundamentally have to be fixed. >> the only way to get to the cuts you're talking about, is to have dramatic reform. and that means fewer benefits for people on social security and medicare. >> ultimately, young people are living longer. the life expectancy is much longer than the 1930s. we will have to look at changing the eligibility, ultimately. or we have to say we'll keep borrowing for the programs. i want to put them on a sound
foundation. the sooner we make the changes, the better. >> you also said we have to look at the question whether we will continue to borrow money from china, to pay for the programs. you're going to face that question when you go to the senate this spring. and you have to face the question of whether or not to raise the debt limit of the united states. so we can borrow more money from china and other nations. will you filibuster any attempt to raise the debt limit? >> i think exactly what tactics we'll use will have to be discussed. and i do plan on working with others to see what the best strategy is. i will tell you, though, that i don't think adding debt is a good idea. i think cutting spending is what we have to do. and you need some people with principle in washington who will stand up and say, enough is enough. >> if that means taking on your party's own leaders, are you going to do it? >> i think i'll fight for what's right. for the most part, it's not about individual personalities. i don't want to make it that way. i think i will find people that will reach across the aisle. like i say, i'm not afraid to
point out hypocrisy. but i'm also a pleasant guy. i'm willing to work with people. and i'm not as -- you know, as out there as people might say. i think most of the things that i'm for are very mainstream. >> if the president were to call you today before his press conference and say, what do you think i should talk about, what would you tell him? >> i would tell him that my kids would like to meet his kids. >> okay. >> as far as what i would tell him is, is that i think we can work together. but the compromise has to be where do you cut spending? it's not really raising taxes. the thing is, is that we're all interconnected in the economy. we work for rich people. we buy stuff from rich people. some people are rich newscasters, you know? we shouldn't say we want to punish one segment of the economy because that punishes the economy overall. >> senator-elect paul, congratulations. you have your work cut out for
you in washington. >> thanks, george. >> maybe in the new washington, the obama girls will meet. we'll hear from the president this afternoon, at 1:00 this afternoon. i'll be anchoring that on the network for a special report. now, let's get to juju chang for the rest of the news. >> good morning, everyone. supporters of a ballot measure to legalize marijuana in california are not celebrating. older voters were key in defeating the state's proposition, 54-46. the federal reserve is expected to announce new steps to jolt the economy today. the central bank is looking to low lower borrowing costs, making it easier to get a loan. overseas, indonesia's most active volcano is at it again, unleashing its biggest eruption since it began spewing ash last night. hot clouds were felt six miles away, forcing authorities to relocate refugee shelters. disappointing news in the fight against alzheimer's.
a new study has found fish oil supplements do not slow physical or mental decline in alzheimer's cases, as was previously hoped. and a rare birth at the zoo in atlanta. a 13-year-old giant panda gave birth just hours ago. and seems to be taking care of her newborn. that's live video right there. about this size. the cub is a product of artificial insemination. and in keeping with the chinese tradition, the cub will not be named for 100 days. that's the news at 8:10. time for sam champion and the weather. sam, it was the mother panda's third baby panda. >> third baby panda. say good morning to juju. it is a very large day after election day crowd. and you guys are from? >> milwaukee, wisconsin. >> milwaukee. it's you and i. and then, atlanta. there are so many people here from atlanta. that town must be completely no lights on today. just no one. no one's in town.
they're all here. let's get to the boards. one or two things we want to talk about this morning as you head out the door. we're going to start with the blast of colder air. this is an important cold front. not only will it leave some rain from the deep south to the mid-atlantic and maybe after that. but it will be a shot of cold air that gets in right after. from minneapolis, to chicago, well down to the atlanta area. you'll get rain and some cold air. here comes the heat in the southwest. when we see numbers this far above normal, in some cases 20 degrees above normal. los angeles goes to 93 degrees? yeah. palm filtered sunshine across the region this morning with high clouds moving from the west to the east and we are anticipating an increase in cloud cover today. chevy chase is that the freezing point along with bowie. berkeley springs is now 25 degrees and brunswick is still 28 degrees. with the increasing clouds, it will feel like yesterday with
ties in the mid-50's. tomorrow morning, we will there is a lot more coming from times square this morning. george? >> thank you, sam. so many of us were stunned by the news that demo lovato has left the tour with the jonas brothers to get medical treatment. she has had a blockbuster career so far. but was the pressure too much? andrea canning looks at this sudden departure from the spotlight. >> reporter: it is really sad. we're talking about a girl whose career skyrocketed at such a young age. there's been a lot of pressure. a breakup with joe jonas. and a history of problems that seems to have finally taken their toll. she's a disney princess. >> ready to be your queen. >> reporter: a movie star. >> camp rock, versus camp star,
the final jam. >> reporter: and a musician. the limelight for demi lovato has come to an abrupt fault. in a statement from her spokesperson, it was announced that lovato left her tour early this weekend, in order to seek treatment for emotional and physical issues she has dealt with some time. >> a disney star drops out of her concert tour. >> disney star, demi lovato, in treatment? >> reporter: the news has rocked the entertainment community. >> i give her great credit to go into rehab. >> reporter: and surprised fans. >> i feel with a girl that has all the money in the world, she should be happy and not mind what people are saying about her. >> reporter: it's cut short her international tour with ex-girlfriend, joe jonas, and the jonas brothers. something the teens had looked forward to. >> it's going to be amazing. >> reporter: a source close to lovato's family tells abc news,
that demi has a long history of being bullied in school. and has fought through eating disorders and struggled with cutting. something long rumored after the appearance of photos like this. that source also tells us a recent physical altercation with another member of her tour, pushed her into making a decision to take control by reaching out for help. >> demi lovato has been struggling for a while with these issues. from what i once, there was a fight. and that led her to realize that perhaps she needed to go seek help. >> reporter: the fact that lovato says she was a victim of bullying is hardly a secret. she spoke about it two years ago with ellen degeneres. >> so, here you were, popular. and getting bullied because you were popular? is that why? >> i never really understood why it was at the moment. until i came back. and i had a different lifestyle than everyone else. >> reporter: she says the verbal abuse from other kids in middle school was so bad, she decided to be home-schooled and has been a supporter of anti-bullying efforts. >> bullying prevention is my top
forum. anything i can do so ooh that it stops. >> reporter: in light of her decision to get treatment, it seems a megastar can have trouble putting haunting demons to rest. >> hope she gets better. >> i would buy her music. i still like her. >> i would want to see her. she has an amazing voice. >> reporter: lovato said in her statement, she regrets not being able to finish her tour. but looks forward to getting back to work in the future. no doubt she will be wowing crowds soon. >> thanks very much. we want to know what you think about all this. go to abcnews.com/gma and weigh in on our shoutout board. when we come back, leann rimes in the spotlight with robin. looks mighty fine ♪ [ women ] ♪ pop-tarts happy sunshine time! ♪ [ man ] ♪ grab a pop-tart and you might just start ♪ ♪ to sing songs like a meadow lark ♪ ♪ stretch and yawn ♪ blow a kiss to mom ♪ cause pop-tarts mornings are the bomb ♪
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>> reporter: this is a leann rimes who burst on the scene in the mid-'90s, singing the classic, "unchained melody." a little girl with a big voice and a bigger future. >> and the best new artist is, leann rimes. >> reporter: at age 14, she made music history, as the first country singer to win a grammy as best new artist. >> tomorrow, i definitely will sit back and let this sink in. i haven't had time to let anything sink in right now. it's just happened so fast. >> leann rimes. >> leann rimes. >> reporter: and there was no time for a childhood, either. a nonstop schedule of shows and recording dates would gradually wear her down. as would a chronic and severe skin disorder, that covered much of her body. >> i felt like, you know, kids would look at me strange. oddly enough, all of a sudden, i had to be in the public eye in front of millions of people at
13. >> reporter: you wrote so eloquently in your book, "what i cannot change." you wrote, there would be days when i would wake up and not want to put on a show for anyone. when i without put on a dress and get prettied up to sing. what i just wanted to be, when i wasn't doing a show, i didn't know what to do with myself. who was i? >> you're going to make me cry. yeah. yeah. really emotional today. i didn't sleep last night. >> reporter: oh. >> yeah. i'm learning to deal with it. that's the coolest thing about my life right now. that i have all of these incredible things happening. and i have a family. and i'm learning how to be okay without it. >> reporter: rimes could never have predicted when she signed
on to star in "northern lights" a made-for-tv movie last year. >> do you want to have sex? >> i'd appreciate it. >> reporter: it received more publicity for its offscreen drama than its on-screen plot. when rumors were that leann, was having an affair, with the actor, who was married. the tabloids caught word of the romance. and the scandal became a sensation. was there one story that you picked up and went -- oh. >> one? >> reporter: i know there were many. but was there one in particular that sent you over the edge? >> the biggest one, was the one that said i was a stalker. really? the fact that anyone would print that, actually even talking to my side, it was shocking. >> reporter: their divorces are
now final. eddie moved into leann's home in los angeles over the summer. this is the first time that eddie has spoken publicly about leann and their new lives. >> we are human beings. we make mistakes. and we learn from them. but we're human. we fell in love. >> you had two couples whose marriages didn't work, who really stumbled upon each other and fell in love. and never, ever was i thinking of hurting someone. >> boy, robin. i was really surprised by how emotional she got the. >> i was, too. especially at that point, when i was reading from her book. she's very open. really wanting this chapter of her life to move on. we talk about that and a whole host of things. but i really had the pleasure of talking to other country stars, like brad paisley, who will be here tomorrow performing.
but i went on tour with him. foxborough stadium, which is a huge football stadium. and you felt it. one of the nicest guys. very easy-going. he and his wife, kimberly. he'll be part of the special. and carrie underwood, which has exploded since "american idol" five years ago. she's newly married. went on tour with her. >> you have put so much work in this. it looks like it was a lot of fun, though. >> monday mornings, i would come in here with my tongue hanging because i was in nashville and other places so long. and miranda lambert, who has nine cma nominations, just terrific. i had a lot of fun. thanks for letting me do that. you can see it all tonight at 10:00, 9:00 central here on abc. looking forward to that. [ female announcer ] keurig has over 200 varieties
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the 14th street bridge. open is 95 and the baltimore- washington parkway. central avenue eastbound is closed after church road as police are documented a fatal crash that happened there. you mentioned the sunshine. it is mostly filtered sun shined now because we have high clouds overhead. nevertheless, that is a nice start to the dead but it is cold. brunswick is up to 29 degrees. berkeley springs is now 25 degrees. the forecast for today will have increasing clouds and high temperatures will be in the mid- 50's. tonight and through the morning commute to mark, off and on areas of rain and cooler on saturday. we have results from some key local elections for the maryland democratic governor martin o'malley defeated bob ehrlich to win a second term
♪ did you all see this last night? rick fox, cheryl burke, two of my all-time faves. they were terrific. his highest scores yet. but yet, he and cheryl voted off "dancing with the stars." oh. and they're so good to get up bright and early with us this morning. so, we'll talk to rick. and we'll talk to cheryl, coming up. also this morning, we're going to have a conversation with portia de rossi.
she is opening up about this medical disorder that almost cost her her life. she has written a brand-new book. and she wanted everyone to know that recovery is possible. we'll talk to her in a few minutes. >> i'm telling you, george, it is so raw. she truly opens up. we look forward to talking to her in a little bit. it's in stores right now. but this morning, on "gma" -- i was wondering why becky was doing this over here. supersoft connect. why is the next step in video game technology being called revolutionary? i saw her in the corner of my eye. i thought, what is she doing? >> i'm trying to get high score here. also, have you come up with the absolute best holiday recipe. we want to know about it. it's "good morning america's" 12 days of cooking. your holiday favorites recipe challenge. that's a mouthful. >> it is a mouthful. five, lucky winners will come
here to our studio. and they're going to cook for us, in our 12 days of cooking. >> send the recipe to abcnews.com/gma. >> i have no idea what we're going to do next. how about you? i have no excuse. you have an excuse. up all night with the election. sam champion, ladies and gentlemen. sam champion. >> i was thinking that the 12 days of cooking has to be followed by 12 days of cardio. you know, whatever. we'll work it out before we get there. good morning, everybody. by the way, every now and then, some signs are so wonderful. and you spend so much time getting the artwork exactly right. that is the best picture of me anyone has ever -- i knew immediately who that was. wait, wait -- that's it. who drew that? who is responsible for that? that's phenomenal. >> thank you. >> the picture. the expression. i love everything. let's get to the board. one or two things going on this
morning we want to talk about as you walk out the door. what about this storm, tomas? a lot of discussion about it in haiti. it shroud dolowed down a little, meaning the path will be more west than it was. we're looking at a very strong category 1 here. 10 to 15 inches of rain in the mountains there. and we have an awful lot of people who were in tent cities, still after that earthquake. this is going to be a real problem for those folks to 29 degrees in hagerstown and 32 in manassas. increasing clouds today and highs in the mid 50's, rain showers tonight and into tomorrow. all that weather was brought to you by allied bank. robin? >> okay, sam, thank you.
portia de rossi. you may know her from shows like "ally mcbeal." or you may know her as porsche degeneres. she took ellen degeneres' name. her memoir, "unbearable lightness," talks about the turmoil she went through. p po portia, it's great to see you. >> thank you, robin. >> i'm hard-pressed to remember a book that was just incredibly revealing. and feel it's going to impact many lives. and it goes back to the root of it. and you were a model, which i didn't realize, at a very young age, at 12. it's tough being 12 anyway. but being a model and 12? >> yeah. it was -- yes. a 12-year-old model. i mean, from that age, i learned
that what i looked like was more important than what i thought, what i did and who i was. i think when your self-esteem is based on how you look, you're always going to be insecure. there's always a fresher face, a thinner girl. while i was thin at 12, i still wasn't model thin. so, i had to diet to be professional, to make sure that i kept working. and that's the start of it. >> that is the root of it. so, when we see you, and the first time many of us got to know you, was on the beloved show in the late-'90s, "ally mcbeal." it was a pop culture sensation. and in the book, we find out that you were miserable at that time? >> yes. it should have been the time of my life. it's the dream job that actresses just pray to get. and yet, i was terrified of being exposed and gay. and i think that was really the
hardest part of all of a sudden, having some kind of celebrity. and being on a hit tv show. who i was completely unacceptable. so, i had to create a character of someone i thought that people could accept. it was hard. >> there was one paparazzi in particular, that was determined to out you. and she did. in hindsight, you were like, thanks a lot. it helped. >> yeah. well, she forced me to come out to my family. she forced me to live a more honest and more open life. so, how can you be angry at someone that makes you more honest? and ultimately, a lot happier. >> so, you had all these things that were going on in your life. and even ellen, at the time, did not realize that you had this problem, this eating disorder. but your family did know. and you wrote so eloquently about your brother. was it? who really thought you were going to die. >> yeah. it was actually when he saw me working out at the gym.
and he saw how emaciated i had become. and i had never seen him cry before. but he just broke down and said, you're going to die. and although i didn't immediately gain weight, it kind of punctured that obsessive mind, the anorexic thinking. and it made me try to get a little healthier. and eventually, i really do credit him with turning things around for me. >> because at one point, 300 calories? how do you eat just 300 calories? >> well, yeah. 300 calories for a long time. in fact, that was my diet, ever since i was 12 years old. i would starve myself daily. and then, binge after the job was over. and so, that was just the diet that i returned to every, single time i needed to lose weight. while i was in the depth of my illness, i would only eat 300 calories a day, and obsessively
workout. it was excruciating. it was very hard. >> how are you now, portia? >> well, it's funny. the classic shot of the anorexic looking into a mirror and seeing a heavy person reflected back at her, that never really happened to me. i always saw someone kind of emaciated. and now, i look in the mirror and i think, i am exactly what i'm supposed to be. i still don't think i'm perfect. but i accept the fact that i'm not perfect. and i will never be unhealthy like that again, just to achieve thinner thighs or a lower weight. >> and when you are able to look back and say that and believe that and think, why? and there's so many, as you know, so many people. >> yeah. >> who go through this. what is that switch, or is there a switch to be able to stop thinking that way? >> i think that it's very gradual. the recovery. but i think that it's important to not be so concerned with how
you look. with women, it's really important to be focused on things other than what's on the plate in front of you and get on with your life. and develop your mind and your career. and not be so obsessed with how you look or what you weigh. and i think if more people did that and tried to ignore all of the images of stick-thin models, that we're constantly force-fed, i think that women will be a lot healthier. and hopefully, stop this chronic dieting that we seem to be caught up in. >> it's good to hear that you're conscious and you're healthy. but you're not obsessive about working out anymore. >> no. >> you and ellen, you love your animals and dogs and everything. >> yeah. >> you just look at it a different way. >> yes. i believe in walking, stretching and breathing. >> okay. >> and i think if we all did something that just made us happy, just some kind of activity that was pleasurable, like walking the dog, for me, riding my horses, is something
that i really, really love. so, it's just more about doing something that makes you feel good mentally. >> uh-huh. >> and then, the physical benefits are just kind of, you know, an aside. you know? >> i'm sitting here thinking the two things that you, by your own admission, that you ran from, that you hid from, one being your eating disorder. and one being gay. you embrace it. you're like on the cover of "people" magazine. you have the book. how your life has changed, portia. >> it's really ironic. but it shows that if you live your life honestly and you can accept who you are, you will reap the rewards. i think that's the only message in this book for me. it's all about self-acceptance and being able to be comfortable in your own skin. it took me a really long time for me to get there. but i'm happy to say that i'm finally there and able to write
such a difficult book. >> you know what? i think you're going to help some other people get there, too. >> i hope so. >> i know you want to. i really think that you are. continued success and blessings in all that you do. >> thank you. >> appreciate your time this morning. give our best to ellen. and the horses. and the dogs. >> thank you. >> you can see more of portia's story tomorrow night on abc's "nightline." if you're suffering from an eating disorder or know machiso who is, go to abcnews.com/gma, for a full list of support and treatment. "dancing with the stars," [ female announcer ] why is travel these days about what you give up, and not what you get? like electricity for gadget power at your seat. room to stretch your legs, and your wingspan. food when you're hungry, and taking off your shoes only if you feel like it.
crazy an "dancing with the stars." sometimes they come out of nowhere, seemingly. the scores for the top couple. then, they're gone. rick fox and cheryl burke left the show. here's how it all went down. >> the couple with the lowest overall combined total and therefore leaving right now is -- rick and cheryl. >> it's been a transformational journey for me. it's been amazing. my relationship has transformed with my girlfriend. my daughter. it's the most enjoyable time having her here. and cheryl, as well. >> we all felt that. rick fox and cheryl burke are with us this morning. good morning to the two of you. >> hi. good morning. >> morning. >> i think everybody felt it. that shock and surprise, it was on everyone's face. rick, when you got choked up and said, this has been such a transformational journey with your girlfriend and your daughter, what did you mean by that last night? >> well, this experience as a whole is something you can't put
into words. when you begin, you have no expectations. you have no understanding fully of what will be asked of you. you know you're going to dance. you're going to meet a partner who is great at dancing. as i look out at the last seven weeks, i think about the relationship with my daughter that has grown. she loves the show. she's watched it since second grade. but she got to come to the show and see my dad dance, instead of me driving her to dance practice, for the first time in her life. and just as a partner, with my girlfriend, getting through this pressured situation. as supportive as she was, i got to see her be the loving partner that i know she is. >> rick, that's actually a beautiful gift to come away from a show with. robin has just sat down with me. i know she wouldn't miss it. >> hey, rick. hey, cheryl. >> your best performance. said you were full-throttle. we talked about this. we talked about this on the show. when you're in the top two of
the leaderboard, cheryl, do you ever really think, okay, you're going to go home? >> no. you never think that. you just -- you know, you hope for the best. you hope people are voting. i think we may have gotten lost in the pack. people may have thought we were going to be safe and maybe not voted for us that night. but that just shows you, you really need to vote. every vote counts. >> my mom voted for you guys. just so you know. mississippi. >> thanks, mom. >> how did you deal with the height differential? you had to wear like four-inch heels, cheryl? >> yeah. i wore four-inch heels. my feet. i'm actually wearing uggs right now. my feet are killing me. i had to do whatever i could do to get close to rick's height. >> you know, this is a big frame. so, i had to dance -- keep my posture. and cheryl promised she would dance up to my posture.
and she sure enough did that. of all of the dances we did, this is a fun one we did right here. rock week. my one disappointment is that we won't learn the fox trot, as a part of the show. maybe we'll learn it together outside of the show. >> yeah. the one thing we know about this show is, people who go away don't go away. so, we know you're going to come back. and we know we'll get a chance to see you dance again. >> we'll be back. >> what is going to happen? guys, it's been a wide-open season full of surprises, you two? >> yeah. i know. >> you may have a closer take on this. i know i have my enjoyment. in regards to watching the fellow contestants perform. they're all great. all warranted to be where they're at right now in this competition. i'm looking forward to seeing it go down to the wire. >> yeah. i think it's going to be close. that's what makes the season so exciting. there's no, clear front-runner. everyone just needs to vote for whoever you think should make the finals. >> or they may go home.
>> that's true. you're great sports. thanks for getting up early with us this morning. >> you're two of our favorites. sorry to see you go. those votes are important. coming up next, the future of video games. i don't know. there's something different. i don't know. there's something different. becky worley's bee
you know, every year, there's a hot holiday gift on everyone's list. we have an exclusive first look at connect for x-box 360. becky is trying it out. it takes playing games, watching tv, listening to music, literally out of your hands. it will be in stores tomorrow. we get to try it out first. let's get to becky worley, who is literally jumping up and down. it ee's hands-free, because the are sensors. >> you have no buttons to push. and it's more intuitive. >> but it's clearly microsoft's answer to wii.
>> it's been four years since the wii came out. they're hoping this is the next big play. it's an add-on to the x-box 360 console. there's a camera that tracks your movements in 3-d. and. >> it sees if you move. >> if i step out, watch this, it will go to a single-player game. you're running the show, juju. i'm getting out of the way. go, juju. go, juju. >> it's a little pricey, right? >> right. >> if you get the entire thing, it's 3,0 ee's $300. it has 17 games that come out between now and christmas. >> don't tell my boys. i think it's on the list. >> sam, come on. >> it's got yoga, guys. >> i want it really. >> i'll hold it. >> it's fine. it's on the ground. >> follow the instructor here. look. you did it right.
your arms turned green. she's saying, okay. a little better. see? you got green. it won't let you get away with being a lazy bum. >> okay. robin knows how to do this. robin, why aren't you here? >> you just follow it. >> look how big your abs are. >> my what is? >> this is really -- >> thank you, juju. >> it gives you a fitness test. and then, you say i want to work on toning, or strength, or cardio. it will tailor workouts for you. they are making a play for mom. >> thanks so much. becky worley. it's the x-box connect. >> that's right. it's the x-box connect. >> that's right. >> we'll be 0
>> good morning everybody. welcome back on this wednesday. i am alison starling with your local update. let's look at traffic and weather. it looks matter -- much better on the beltway. there is slow traffic but that is to be expected guarded the inner loop near springfield as delays near the robinson terminal. i was curious about traffic on 270. 270 at 118 is great. shady grove road, it looks like traffic is moving a little slow but not too bad. on the beltway, we will take you south of town and show you it is not moving badly on both sides of the belt way close to 270. here is a picture of springfield, virginia where things have settled down on both sides of 95. it is cool.
here is a look at some of the sunshine but the clouds are moving in from the west to the east. there will be increasing cloud cover and cool, 31 in leesburg and front royal. berkeley springs is at 30 degrees. frederick is at 33 degrees. we will have increasing clouds today, highs amid 50's and rain showers moving into night and off and on throughout tomorrow. it will cool by saturday, in the upper 40's. we have more election results. montgomery county voters have rejected a proposed ambulance fees and anne arundel county voters have approved an ordinance paving the way for a slot casino near arundel mills mall.