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late-night drama. big stars up the ante. >> it's crunch time now. >> now, decision day. who will be america's next president? "gma" special election coverage of election day, 2012, starts right now. and good morning, america, from abc's election headquarters here in times square. our whole team will be out in force all day, all night long, as the votes come in. and i know robin is watching it all from home. she's going to vote today, as well. welcome back to elizabeth vargas. >> it's great to be here, on this historic morning, as america gets ready to vote. after all the campaigning, this is it. the first votes are already in. and it's already a tie. for the first time in history, in dixville notch,
new hampshire, there's a tie vote of 5-5. our election. >> that's so appropriate. this race has been deadlocked the whole way. let's look at voting going on. burke, virginia. polls already open. and so many americansave voted before election day. 30 million of them. mitt romney on the stump. heeds going to make stops in cleveland and pittsburgh. he knows he has to win one of those states, ohio or pennsylvania, to have a shot at the 270 electoral ves he needs. >> we'll be watching those states in particular. we have a huge storm looming right now, as a nor'easter is expected to slam into the hurricane sandy-ravaged areas, with cold and rain and snow. sam is here. how is this going to be? >> as it curves to the east, not only does it have the coastal effects, it will have a mixing of snow and some lasting snow.
some places without power, without good shelter. they don't need this. >> so many folks without homes yet. sam, thanks. >> already hit so hard here. our entire team has been on this campaign for the very start. today, it's "your voice, your vote." and for mitt romney, the campaigning is not over yet. he'll stop in ohio and pennsylvania, after voting from his hometown, belmont, massachusetts, this morning. that's where david muir is right now. good morning, david. >> reporter: hey, george. it's hard to believe the day has finally arrived. you see the line forming in belmont, massachusetts, the hometown of mitt romney. and he his wife, ann, will be here shortly to cast their votes. they were campaigning until the midnight hour. and we were beside the governor, as he was hugged by supporters, welcoming him home to new england. just before midnight, mitt romney, surrounded by thousands in new hampshire, back where it all began. capping a sprint to the finish overnight. he started in ohio, with a grand
entrance. shooti ining on my iphone, as t campaign plane pulled into columbus. >> we're going to do such an amazing thing on tuesday, aren't we? >> reporter: romney arguing he'll get staed on day one. >> i'm not going to waste any time complaining about my predecessor. >> reporter: back to the plane. we had to rally right before midnight tonight. and while we were inhe air with the governor, his interview on "monday night football." and a tough question. he's from michigan. but the governor is from massachusetts. line lions or patriots? >> it is patriots. >> reporter: 9:54, we landed in new hampshire. waiting for them, thousands. kid rock. >> election eve. one more concert from kid rock for mitt romney. then, their final pitch. >> i have loved hearing the
voices of the women that i've heard. >> your votes and your work right here in new hampshire, will help me become the next president of the united states. >> reporter: big hopes from the romneys. they'll be voting here a short time from now. the steady stream already headed in. so many voters glad the day is finally here. to put the ads and the debates behind them. now, it's up to them to decide this razor-thin election. >> they are happy to get the ads off the television. and the president was wrapping up his marathon campaigning, in the crucial state of iowa, where governor romney and president obama has spent so much time. it was a dramatic finish to his bid for re-election. and jake tapper joins us from chicago. you tell me the last couple days have been emotional ones for the president. >> reporter: they have been emotional. i'm standing in the arena, where likely this evening, president obama will either declare victory or concede defeat.
it's been emotional. president obama tearing up after seeing the former aides and advisers, joining him on the trail. one adviser comparing it to the lost episode of a tv series, when all of the characters join for that show. that's not to say they feel this is the end. they feel optimistic. they feel a little bit of wind at their back. the president and first lady arrived in chicago at around 1:00 this morning. spending the night in their hyde park house. their return to the windy city caps a whirlwind push on monday. it culminated in an emotional rally in front of 20,000 iowans, just a few yards away from his former campaign headquarrs in 2007-2008. >> to all of you who lived and breathe the hard work of change, i want to thank you. >> reporter: less than an hour before, the president appeared at halftime on "monday night football." >> you don't go to any place where folks don't talk about
some football. >> reporter: it's the swing state swing started in wisconsin just before noon, with the boss, bruce springsteen. ♪ let's vote for the man >> reporter: then, on to ohio. around 1:30 or so, the president spoke with chris christie about hurricane sandy recovery. then, he handed the phone over to bruce springsteen. christie is a huge fan. >> it was great to talk to the president. and even better to talk to bruce. >> reporter: at 3:40 in columbus, ohio, the boss began and was soon joined by jay-z. then, the president was joined by the first lady for the final rally in des moines, iowa. >> i love you. let's go vote. >> reporter: and in addition, of course, to doing radio and tv interviews to get out the vote, president obama will play the traditional game of election day basketball. it's become something of a superstition for the president. let's get more from matthew
dowd. and jake talked about the wind at the back of the president. our poll shows, ten days ago, coming out of the debates, mitt romney had a three-point lead over the president. over the last ten days, that's shifted. our final poll has the president at 50%, mitt romney, 47%. >> you and i talked a month ago that there was going to be an unexpected ent. and nobody would have known it would be a hurricane hitting the northeast to this country. it's had a slight electoral advantage for the president. that's changed in the last ten day, as you pointed out. it's gone from a slight electoral advantage for the president. but it's a national popular vote advantage for the president. a lot of votes still to be cast. and that's the shift that's happened. because of sandy and because of governor christie. >> let's look at the electoral college. the first polls to close in the state of virginia. that's a must-win state for governor romney. i want to put it in his column right there.
it's not even enough. he has to sweep the whole east coast, doesn't he, at the beginning of the night? florida, north carolina and new hampshire, as well? >> he has to sweep all the states that touch the atlantic ocean to have a chance in this race. and i think virginia will tell us a lot. it will tell us if this night ends early for mitt romney. or if we're in for a long night. virginia will tell us that. >> he still has to do well in the midwest. win either ohio or wisconsin. if we give that to president obama, where he's ahead. he's 5 votes short of the 270 electoral votes he needs. all that leaves is nevada, colorado or iowa. the president ahead or tied in all three of the states. >> that's the situation that mitt romney is in. he's got a very narrow path to an electoral college victory. he has to draw an inside straight in this campaign to win it today. he has to do all those things and the path is still narrow to win this. >> matthew dowd, we'll see you tonight. and this year, whether it's tweeting, facebooking or never
mind e-mailing, social media has shaped this campaign like never before. it's a new frontier for both candidates. and voters and campaigns are able to reach each other through the click of a house. josh is at the big board with what everybody is searching for. and what the final campaigns want to leave us with. >> google searches usually give us a less-varnished look of what people are hunting for before they vote today. they're telling pollsters or their family and friends. let's look at the most searched-for election-related trends on google. not surprisingly, the first, where do i vote? latest polls, perhaps. early voting results, perhaps to get a sense of where their candidate is going. the redskins rule. who is winning? and the number four, when the nfl team in washington wins its last home game before the election, the incumbent party usually stays in power come election day. for the record, washington actually dropped its last game,
21-13, to the carolina panthers. we'll see if that nuanced rule does, in fact, hold. we want to take a look, as voters were taking to the web, what they were seeing from their candidates. the final, personal push by candidates and their campaigns, into the personal worlds of the twitterverse. michelle obama tweeting this, four more years. that was at a campaign stop in davenport, iowa. and this, from mitt romney's body man. talking to overflow crowds in fairfax, virginia. and another from his body man. eric draper, take a look. so much more to see here on twitter. we'll look at it all morning, all day long here, george. >> that's a great shot. thank you. that was. that was fantastic. other photos coming in right now. vice president joe biden voting in the state of delaware. there he is, walking into the polling place with his wife,
dr. jill biden. and his son, dr. beau biden behind him. delaware a safe state for the president and joe biden. both candidates campaigning hard for women support. let's look at their prospects with our team of powerhouse women. nicolle wallace, donna brazile, who ran al gore's campaign, and cokie roberts. cokie, let me begin with you and put up other figures from our poll. it shows president obama leading among women, 53% to 45%. an eight-point lead right now. governor romney, winning with men. 50% to 45%. president obama's lead with women is bigger than governor romney's lead with women right now. >> that is key because there are more women voters. president obama won women by 13 points in 2008. and what we're going to be looking at tonight is married women. unmarried women are overwhelmingly for the president. 70% went for him last time. and it's running about 65% in
the polls. married women have not gone often the way married men have. they've gone off him, big-time. we need to know why that's true. whether it's an economic vote. married men and women are in the same place economically. or whether, for the first time, the social issues have mattered. they never have before. >> from the very beginning of this campaign, you heard democrats talk about the republican campaign war on women. governor romney trying to turn that back to the economy. >> the romney campaign made a big bet. they made a bet that women in this election, more than ever, care more about the economy than any other issue. they care more about the economy than national security issues. and the democrats made the big bet. they put sandra, a woman who went toe-to-toe with rush limbaugh ahead. the romney campaign has seen
their gender gap -- there's always a gender gap for republicans. romney has shrunk that gab that he could come out on top because of his success communicating with women who care about the economy. >> donna, one of the things we saw, that women voters f fell o of the president after the first debate. but slowly built back in the intervening debates. >> in the last six elections, democrats are 6-0. we've won the women vote in every election. that makes democrats competitive. the first act of president obama's tenure, is to sign the ledbetter act. women are voting for their paycheck, for their families. that's why this is an important day for women. >> thank you. we'll be checking with you all day long. >> an important day for women. thanks, ladies. it's not just the white house up for grabs. every house of representatives is up for today and the control
of the u.s. senate is at stake. and abc's jon karl is on the other side of our election studio with that. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. the story as far as congress goes today, is control of the senate. let's look where things stand. right now, the senate has 53 democrats, 47 republicans. today, at stake is one-third of the senate. 23 of those seats are democratic seats. only ten republicans are up for re-electi re-election. that's why this should look like a good opportunity for republicans. there's a lot of targets of opportunity. i'm going to watch three races early in the night that pose big problems for republicans. the first, massachusetts. scott brown, republican that won ted kennedy's seat. >> a very tight race now. >> reporter: he is trailing badly going into against elizabeth warren. and indiana, a seat republicans have controlled for 36 years was to be safe. but richard mourdock, controversial comments on rape. and todd akin, comments about
legitimate rape. >> you think claire mccaskill hangs on? >> she is leading going into election day. what does it mean if they lose those seats? take a look. i'm going to try to show you the possibilities. if you look at it now, if they lose those seats, they're also way behind in maine. this is all early in the night. the republicans would need a net gain of seven seats to get control. that means they have to win every competitive race in the country. and i don't hear republicans even think that's possible. >> we'll see as it develops throughout the day. thank you very much, jonathan karl. you can watch our team's coverage tonight, george stephanopoulos and diane sawyer here and our experts will be here, all night long. it could be a very long night. >> right into the morning, as well. >> tune in tonight starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern. now, let's go to josh elliott, who has made a nice entrance. thank you for getting here. >> indeed. >> with a look at the morning's headlines. >> we're going to begin with --
you can pick your expression. rubbing salt in the wound, adding insult to injury. millions of people struggling to recover from hurricane sandy. some homeless, many without power, are bracing for damaging winds, rains and snow from a storm barreling up the coast. sam will have the forecast coming up. but alex perez is in staten island, new york, with a look at how people are preparing. good morning, alex. >> reporter: good morning, josh. look at th scene. this is what many people are waking up to in staten island. there's 1.4 million people without power across the area here. fema has been on the ground, trying to help people, trying to make sure things are on their way to becoming back to normal. they've helped about 34,000 people get to hotels and motels across new york, new jersey and connecticut. but still, a long road ahead of recovery here. and of course, with this cold blast of air headed our way, many people are concerned. they have to find somewhere warm
to go. and for a lot of people without power, that means they have nothing to keep them warm in their homes. authorities, of course, warning people, telling them to get to a shelter or somewhere warm. josh? >> if they can. alex perez, in staten island. we have breaking news out of new hampshire. a reported explosio a fire at the durham regional hospital. one patient was killed in the blast, three others hurt. the fire is now out. there's no word on what caused it. and the major highway connecting southern california and las vegas, has reopened after being closed monday because of the intense wildfire you see here, raging on both sides of interstate 15. crews battling to keep the flames away from nearby homes. they hope to have the fire contained by tonight. finally, we want to say thank you to all of you who generously supported our day of giving for the victims of hurricane sandy monday. with your help, we raised nearly $16 million, as of early this
morning. and you can still donate. won't you, please? call 1-800-help-now, or redcross.org. and again, for a look at the weather, the nor'easter up the coast, here's sam. >> when we see nor'easters, if there's snow, there needs to be cold air in place. and there's plenty of cold air. let's show you the shots from killington, vermont, where the air was so cold, and windchills in the teens and 20s, they've started making some snow. bradford, 19. northern new york state, pennsylvania, teens and 20s for windchills. up comes the nor'easter. it pulls out of northern florida. curves along the coastline. it's inland areas that will see the mix of snow and rain. the icy mixing, as well. the majority of the bad weather will probably be from wednesday into early thursday morning.
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i would like to give a sincere thanks to president obama for how he handled the situation. on election day, i'm voting for mitt romney. but if i had to have one guy that would have my back in a crisis, it would be barack obama. he's been amazing. so kind. such a leader. a true inspiration. again, i'll be a good soldier. i'll vote for romney. but i'm going to hate it. >> we saw that "saturday night live" skit earlier in the week. new jersey governor, chris christie, a little parody there. some republicans grubbling after his work with president obama. >> there were rumors around. >> he was doing his job. all of the candidates, all year
long, have been targets for the comedi comedians. robin atat home today, recoveri. and elizabeth vargas here with us. it's a huge day for the entire country. we've been watching for months now. you're looking at, these are voters voting in tents over rockaway park, new york. this is how people in the midst of a crisis are still exercising what is basically, not just a right, but a privilege to vote. >> in new york, the governor ordered that anyone affected could vote anywhere. >> so many displaced. we have rescuers and first responders. how they will be able to vote. 24,000 people here from utility companies are not going to be able to vote in their home states because they're here. >> and new jersey voting by e-mail. and this death-defying rescue. the crew members of "the hms bounty." they're speaking out for the
first time about the harrowing moments. >> that was unbelievable in the midst of the storm. george, we showed you all, you did it, josh. you showed us the incredible collision caught on tape. it's a plane. talk about a close call. now, we have the dramatic 911 call that reveals what really happened. we couldn't stop looking at that video yesterday. >> unbelievable. so lucky to get out of that. it's hard not to think of another election day swinger, florida in 2000. it took a month to count the votes. there is a chance it could happen again. this time in the battleground state of ohio. where counting could extend into next week. a recount into next month. ron claiborne is in columbus, with all that. >> i'm outside of the franklin county board of elections. this is where some of the early votes are being held. 1.8 million of them cast statewide. what you're talking about, some
people are calling a nightmare scenario, in which voters' eligible is questioned. they will get provisional ballots, along with absentee ballots. they won't be count until the 17th of november. that count could take ten days. the result in ohio may not be known until december. it's a long shot. but it could happen. george? >> we will see. thanks, ron. now, to that abc news exclusive with the crew members of "the hms bounty." the ship that sank off the north carolina coast during hurricane sandy. the crew members are talking about their harrowing ordeal. and matt gutman joins us this morning. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. a terrifying ordeal. and some of the 14 survivors we met at this pier, where "the bounty" ha been docked are still in shock. they abandoned ship in chaos. the ship, falling on its side,
tossing many of them into the water. they wouldn't be alive were it not for teamwork and the heroism of the coast guard. they were some of the enduring images of hurricane sandy. the ship wreck crew of "the bounty," poking their heads out of a liferaft. the doomed ship, sinking. there must have been an element of fear when you thought, we have to leave this thing. >> i wasn't worried. >> i was never scared. >> reporter: this morning, the "hms bounty's" crew is speaking to abc news, talking about the first time about what happened that night, and the loss of their two crewmates, captain robin walbridge. >> going down giant slides. >> reporter: captain robin walbridge writing on facebook,
with hurricane sandy on the move, a ship is safer at sea than at port. three days into the voyage, they found themselves in the middle of the storm. the seas heaving three stories high. >> the weather was so bad and we had so little control. >> reporter: winds shooting at them at 70 miles per hour. >> it kept every ounce of my strength to focus through, to survive. >> reporter: and by the fourth day, the ship, constructed for the 1962 film "mutiny on the bounty" had been taken on water for 24 hours. >> we had to determine a safe time when we knew that the ship would still be stable that we could get everyone ondeck and change our focus from saving the ship to saving every life. >> reporter: was that a difficult decision to make? >> a very difficult decision to make. >> reporter: crew members had trained for this rough weather countless times.
>> i had been through two hurricanes with robin on "the bounty." the ship was in great shape. we were going to get up and launch a life raft. and she went over. >> reporter: as the ship began going under, the crew members put on these red survival suits, designed to help them float. >> at that moment, i can't be sure that i knew who any of the red suits were around me. >> reporter: within hours, they began to hear the beating rotors of the coast guard helicopters. >> everybody began hooting and hollering. >> reporter: but they were far from safe. a swimmer surged towards them. >> he was ready to get out of here. we were about to say -- and the raft just, the pressure displaced. and knocked him pretty good. >> i say they came from the sky to save us. >> they were a hero. a bunch of people here helping me get into the life raft.
>> reporter: john was one of the only survivors not in a raft. he swam to a beacon. >> i give my life to robin, his ingenuity, his leadership that i'm here today. >> reporter: those pulled out alive, had no idea who else had survived. >> we got up there, everybody cheered each time we saw a new face come into the helicopter. >> reporter: but not everyone made it home. claudene christian was one of "the bounty's" newest crew members and already part of their family. >> left her teddy bear at home because she wasn't sure if it would be safe for him. >> she was having the most fun ever on the best ride ever. she was so happy. >> reporter: christian's last text to her mother read, if i go down with the ship and the worst happens, just know that i'm truly, genuinely happy. the coast guard found her body but couldn't revive her. the body of captain walbridge has not been recovered.
and for the 14 who made it, survival is bittersweet. >> i'm going to miss them for the rest of my life. >> we all feel that way. >> reporter: today, they are mourning but grateful. >> you know, when you survive death, when you -- when you've experienced that and pulled through it, there's nothing else like it. >> i'm never going to have a bad day again in my life. >> reporter: nearly all those survivors managed to stuff some sort of memento into those big, red gumby suits. doug font had the "bounty" bear. but none of this stuff mattered at all. all they wanted was to see each other at the end of the day. the coast guard is investigating this. and the 14 survivors say they are all cooperating. elizabeth? >> all right. i'm never going to have a bad day for the rest of my life. >> powerful stuff. >> words to live by. let's check in with sam for the weather now. sam, what's up with that nor'easter? >> all day long, people are going to be focused on where the
good weather is for voting. we'll start with florida. we have an area of low pressure that's driving through. that means there will be active thunderstorms. particularly the first of the day. as that low pulls away, that's the low that becomes our nor'easter, rolling up the coastline. today, delivering thunderstorms in south georgia/north florida. the next couple of days, it rolls up the shoreline and brings the cold air and the wetness and the strong, gusty winds. here's a place where the temperurures are so great. dozens of record-high temperatures all over the west coast. you're slightly cooler today in l.a. 88 degrees. about ten degrees warmer than you should be. albuquerque at 70 degrees. oklahoma city, at 70, as well. one of the most a very chilly start here with effect forrning in area until 9:00 this morning. 34 degrees at reagan national will warm up into the
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back, now, with video that josh brought us yesterday. all of us shocked when we saw it. this is insane. a plane colliding with an suv, driving on a tarmac at a texas airport. now, just-released 911 call revealed what really happened in those harrowing few seconds. abc's rob nelson has the story. >> reporter: it was a routine landing that ended in a collision that no one saw coming. watch again as william davis tries to lapd his single-engine plane but clips this black suv. all of it taped by his wife. >> whatever that was that fell. >> that was the landing gary. you got hit by an airplane. >> reporter: you see here as the plane's fixed wheel hits the top of the car, nearly ripping off the roof. >> we couldn't see anything at all. and all of a sudden, equipment was falling into the car.
>> reporter: airport manager glen hyde raced over to the plane moments after the crash. >> anybody hurt? >> yeah, he's hurt. >> i've got first aid. >> reporter: what witnesses say the video doesn't show, are these stop signs painted there on the roadway. >> why did you pull out in front of an airplane? >> we didn't pull out. >> reporter: the signs are supposed to alert drivers to stop. but the driver of the suv missed them. >> i was shocked from the video that i saw. it looks like they just kept going. >> the video speaks for itself. they didn't stop at the stop painted on the road. >> reporter: this morning faa officials say they will examine if the private road is adequately marked and if the stop scenes are clear enough to understand, in an attempt to avoid another close call like this one. for "good morning america," rob nelson, abc news, new york. >> horrifying. but again, nobody was hurt. coming up, a special
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election "play of the day." love it. >> the trumpets ringing it in. we have a bipartisan preschool for you. kids getting competitive about the day. 4-year-old leslie, his 3-year-old brother, luke. take a listen. >> mitt romney wins. >> i'm mitt romney. >> no, no. you're president obama. you didn't win. >> hey. >> no. i win. >> i win. >> i win.
>> i win. >> mitt romney wins. >> i win. >> i win. >> oh. >> oh, no. >> hopefully not a preview of things to come this evening. remember abigael? it's almost over abi. take a look. >> because -- i'm crying because i'm tired of barack obama and mitt romney. >> that's why you're crying? oh. it will be over soon, abi. okay? the election will be over soon. okay? >> okay. >> oh. i'm doing my own sleep study.
good morning, it is election day and maryland voters will answer some key ballot questions today. they will decide whether to gambling, legalized same- marriage, and allow children pay ingal immigrants to tuition rates. we have more on our sister station, newschannel 8 in a couple of minutes that 8:00. all polls across the d.c. region until 7:00 tonight.
>> marc trains and metro rail vre are all on schedule. there's an accident at mill road. below that letter in some areas. it is great to see the sun there but it is cold this morning with the 34 degrees at and 25 inional manassas. warning is in effect the whole metro area and it only warm up to the upper 40's per our coastal storm arrives tomorrow but it looks brush forll be just a us. we will be back at 8:27. we had a good group of people. good group of employees out there. this was a booming place. and mitt romney and bain capital turned it in to junk yard.
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♪ i got a feeling [ cheers and applause ] and early crowds in times square, getting psyched for election day. got their vote buttons on. a big day for the country. a big day for all of us. the voting just starting right now. we're going to track it all day, all night long. so much at stake for so many today. going to cover it right up until the end. good morning, america. we know that robin is going to vote today, as she recovers from
her bone marrow transplant. >> we're listening to tonight is going to be a good night. people lining up to vote in arlington, virginia. polls open across the east coast already. polls opened at midnight in new hampshire, where there was a first-ever tie vote, 5-5. this campaign has produced a lot of laughs. and so did comedians poking fun at all of the laughs. >> we'll look at that coming up. also, ahead, lauren scruggs, remarkable recovery. a brand-new picture of the girl who lost an arm and an eye when she walked into the moving propeller of a plane. speaking out in a brand-new book. >> that's great news to hear from her. and also, we want you to look at these three women. different body shapes. all wearing the same style of dress. we'll introduce you to a new website that can make online
shopping a cinch, even if you don't look like the model in the picture. >> and who does? >> exactly. i'll share it with you coming up. and you remember when oprah sat right there, by the way, and made everything better on our broadcast. it's that time of year, now. and oprah's favorite things are right here. we have an exclusive sneak peek this morning. and if you're looking for gifts for friends or you want to know what lady o. has to say, right here this morning. don't miss it. >> can't wait for those boxes to come up. it is election day. it's "your voice, your vote." we want to go to david muir. he's in belmont, massachusetts. that's where mitt romney is going to vote and then campaign. >> you can see the poll behind me. the line forming since before "good morning america" this morning. they've been streaming in. and mitt romney and his wife, coming home to new england overnight. take a look at this powerful image. the governor, hugging one of his grandchildren. his family's been with him every step of the way. this was quite a homecoming.
a crowd that gathered for him overnight. the president, meanwhile, with the first lady in des moines, iowa, where they say it all began for them. and an emotional address to the crowd there. "the new york times" photographer capturing this image of the president, a tear coming down his cheek, as he said are you ready to go? are you fired up? that classic refrain from four years ago. and the campaign thinks they have a wind at their back. but here in belmont, the hometown of mitt romney, we thought we might get an exclusive this morning. some of his supporters bringing a cardboard cutout. at least he's smiling. we're awaiting the real thing just moments from now. >> thanks, david. our political team has fanned out across the country. all of the battleground states. cecilia vega in tampa, florida. good morning, cecilia. >> good morning. check this out. the rain has just started to
come down outside of tampa. i'm standing in one of the most hotly-contested counties here. this is where voters voted for president obama in 2008. today, all eyes are on access to the polls. over the weekend, we saw voters waiting up to eight hours. the fbi is investigating here in florida. voter intimidation, after dozens of letters wentut to voters, mainly republicans, questioning their eligibility to vote. also in the swing states of ohio and wisconsin, tensions brewing over billboards that went up, alleging voter fraud in mainly minority communities. and phony phone calls in other swing states that went out to predominantly african-american voters, giving them fake information about polls. a lot of this leads to legal challenges in courts that may extend past election day. >> the lawyers out.
cecilia, thanks very much. and voting scrambled by hurricane sandy, josh. >> election officials in the storm zone, making sure that voters displaced by the storm are able to cast their boallots today. shuttle buses carrying voters to alternate sites. and people in the hardest-hit areas are being allowed to vote at any polling location in their state. some people in new jersey can also vote by e-mail. although, they have to send in a paper ballot as a backup because of security concerns. and this, as a new storm approaches, with the threat of bitter cold, heavy winds. more than 1 million homes, businesses still without power this morning. fema has spent nearly $200 million on emergency housing assistance, including hotel rooms for some 34,000 people. you can tell by these pictures, officials still need to find more long-term housing for so many victims of sandy. meanwhile, in other news, an
important clue in the battle against alzheimer's. a new study finds that signs of the disease can be detected in the brain more than two decades before symptoms usually appear. doctors say that preventative drugs taken at that early stage could prove to be more effective. a desperate scene to bring you off northern california. seven people, four of them children, tossed into the surf when their boat capsized. a rescue team managed to pull the victims to safety. but realized two children were still trapped inside the cabin of the boat. they towed the boat to calmer waters so they could cut the hull open and free them. everyone is okay. you may remember a viral video we showed you a few weeks back. a woman in cleveland caught in a sting. she was in such a rush, and refused to wait for a school bus. drove up on the sidewalk to get around it. now, in addition to the fine she received for being pulled over
for doing that, a judge is making her wear a sign, and i quote, only an idiot would drive on a sidewalk to avoid a school bus. she had to wear it while standing at that intersection for two hours next week. who can argue with such wisdom from that judge? >> shame justice. >> it is. well, no shame in these "pop news" stories. good morning, everybody. it is election day. we have a little political spin, starting at the top, with etsy, the handmade market, is getting into the spin. first, those are baracas, so the president supporters can shake what obama gave you. >> i like it. >> or this picture of the president, with a lion and a light saber, just in case you need. if you are leaning republican, there's an oven mitt romney.
>> sam, you're easily impressed. >> or a portrait that the artist describes as bark obama and kit romney. all those available right now on etsy. most polls show the presidential race is going down to the wire. david letterman and his team did a little polling on their own based on the handling of the hurricane. they asked who deserves to be running our country? 30% went to president barack obama. 30% went to governor mitt romney. and 40% went to handsome weatherman sam champion. >> hey. >> our sam. >> as sam champion would say, just saying. just saying. >> look at you. look at you. >> sam champion for president. >> just because sam was out of voting, it had no bearing. >> you're so quick to dial that
phone. >> your platform would be incredible. also in "pop news" today, it turns out our moms were on to something telling us not to slouch. you always make fun of me. according to a new study out of san francisco state university, slouching makes you sad. research shows a slouched body posture can lead to feelings of depression. and energy levels do increase by simply changing the body to an upright position. also, now known, slouching has been linked to career problems. those who walk slouched are perceived as not being vital. i'm going to sound like a nag. but sit up straight, champion. >> i'm sam champion and i'm running for president. >> honestly. she is like upright, shoulders back, all the time. >> because i knew for all those years it was vital. i'm a vital woman. and finally, the force may be with "star wars" fans who
have dreamed of seeing han solo back in the millennium falcon. harrison ford never really liked the role. now, he's okayed another with script approval. carrie fisher and mark hamil have signed on for the project in 2015. >> why didn't he like that role? >> he said it wasn't a role that really moved him. in fact, in "return of the jedi" his character was supposed to be killed off. and he was down with it. but he wasn't killed off because han solo was the most popular action figure. >> of all-time. i hate those billion-dollar iconic characters i have to play. let's get the weather from sam. >> folks shivering out here. and go ahead. you're leaving on a vacation. where are you going? >> bahamas.
>> can we all go to the bahamas? it's just a little chilly this morning. let's get to the boards. one or two things happening this morning. one of them is the big nor'easter. you saw in our live shots and the polling places, all of the rain that's already in north florida and central florida. that's will move up the coastline. we feel like this thing will hang off the shoreline a little bit. that puts a snowy band into it. it's wind, it's coastal surge, it's a little bit of coastal rain, as well. and it's got some snow mixed in. get prepared for that. stay up with your local abc stations. here comes the cooldown in the west coast, as well. those temperat >> we will have to hold up for and that will wait until the weekend. starting out joe witte 36 degrees at reagan national and across parts of the west. partly cloudy today with 45-50
degrees, a coastal storm should late tomorrow into with some light rain/snow makes. the warm-up is by the weekend. >> we are live in times square. jordan has his hands up. wave. give a big wave. where are we going now? >> lara. >> going inside to lara. >> thank you, sam. and here's a look at what's coming up on our "gma morning menu." the political punch lines that have kept us laughing right down to the final vote. plus, lauren scruggs. her remarkable recovery in her own words. and a new website that could finally have the answer to truly shopping your size. all that and more coming up on "good morning america," live in times square.
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plus free shipping at target.com. with your red card get an extra 5% off our everyday low prices... plus free shipping. it is 8:17. we're back, now, with a look at the political punch lines that have had all of us laughing this election season. this long, election season. there's been plenty to joke about during the campaign. so, did comedy change how we think about the candidates? abc's chris connelly gets serious about the jabs and the jokes. >> reporter: this election could wipe the smile off of anyone's face. well, except his. but america's comedy elite, the 1% of political humor, has kept its campaign promise, to keep laughing with everyone, all the way to the end. >> i'll be a good soldier. i'll vote for romney.
but i'm going to hate it. >> this is not mitch romney's father's republican party. >> joe biden's been drinking robitussin again. >> if you have a single working-class suburban undecided voter in your home, cover her with plywood. >> some of their jokes can be sharp-edge. but for the most part, they're a breath of fresh air. >> reporter: the late-night skits and the jabs, can mold public perception of a candidate's personality for performance. >> governor romney just said he killed osama bin laden. would you care to respond? >> no. you two go ahead. >> reporter: take "jimmy kimmel live," offering an off-the-wall appeal friday night from chris rock. >> you need a man you can trust.
that man's name is president barack obama. >> reporter: a skid that didn't make this weekend, saw jay farrow serve up an obama eager to please a swing state in the wake of hurricane sandy. >> i want to open up my support to each and every person who is affected by this calamity. but most of all, to the people of ohio. >> reporter: also on "snl," jason has been rocking his mitt romney impression in sketches all year long. ♪ poor people need a job >> we need to reflect on the important moments in this election cycle. >> which do you think are important to focus on? >> the first of the three presidential debates. >> reporter: for those in the comedy business, it's been a gold man. >> this is like donald trump watching a hockey fight. i know it has to end. i just don't want it to. >> reporter: for "good morning america," chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> there have been great
moments. george and diane sawyer will anchor our election coverage all night, right through the final result. and we thank you for keeping us up to date. >> will you deliver punchlines? >> we got all of the best ones. we're going to look at brand-new pictures of lauren scruggs. she's inspired so many with her remarkable recovery after the propeller accident took her left arm and her left eye. and this morning, we're learning more about her comeback from her upcoming memoirs due out next week. ryan owens has a preview. >> a girl walked into an airplane prop. >> reporter: nearly a year after lauren scruggs walks off an airplane and into a spinning propeller, she says she still can't explain how it happened. the 24-year-old writes, i remember the sky was black. we were on the dark side of the plane. it was december 3rd, 2011. and after that split-second, i remember absolutely nothing. she'd been looking at christmas
lights from the air north of dallas last year, when she got out of her friend's plane and inexplicably walked to the front of it. days after the accident, her mother told "gma" about that harrowing night. >> i was there to hold her. and it's the toughest part of it all. just seeing her laying there. and waiting for the help. >> reporter: she lost her left eye and part of her left arm. her memoir due out next week, is entitled "still lolo." that's her nickname. lauren focuses on her recovery, the awkward fitting and painting of her left eye. her self-consciousness of her prosthetic left arm. she writes, i don't know why this is so hard, i said. soldiers are dying in afghanistan right now. and i'm too chicken to do this one thing. the former model believes her encounter with that propeller blade may have made her a better
person. she writes, i came to see how there was so much more to my life than being worried about how i looked. for "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, dallas. >> what a great perspective. speaking about how you look, there's a revolutionary way to shop for clothing online. clothing that fits you to a tee. a new website called rent the runway is taking the guesswork out of how something will really fit out of the equation. it uses real women to show off the clothing. >> reporter: for nicole madison, what happened in vegas didn't exactly stay there. she was so happy with the way she looked in this dress she dubbed, a show-stopper, she sent a picture of herself wearing it where she got it. rent the runway is known for affording women the opportunity to rent designer clothing instead of buying it. >> i wanted other women my size and my height to see what i
looked like in a dress. hopefully, it would inspire them. >> reporter: the founders of the website say customers like madison inspired them to try something new on for size. launching a new section of the site called ourrunway.com. where women can shop by looking at photos of real women. >> we think that everyday women should look and feel like models. >> come to the site. enter your own height, your own weight, your chest size, and see thousands of women exactly like you and find the dress that you think will look the best on you. >> reporter: forget relying on flawless-looking, skinny models who don't have your curves or trouble spots. our runway is intended to help the shopper know the dress they love will look just as good on them. and it takes being a size 8, 10 or 12 on real women. is this an antidote for women looking at online shopping, saying i don't know how this is going to look on me. >> it's not will the dress fit?
will it look good on me. >> our business is having cinderella moments in fashion. this is the way to take the risk out of trying a new brand. >> reporter: more than 15,000 customers have posted new pictures, wanting to show off shapes in their designer duds. the website doesn't make just the models but stylists. >> you can ask those women questions about how they accessorized the look, what kind of shoes they wore. >> reporter: just ask madison. she calls her beyonce dress. and it fit like a glove. >> i just felt so beautiful that night. and so glamorous. >> reporter: the most popular feature on the website is the compliment feature that allows you to like her look. people can post a comment about how great someone looks in a particular dress. it's very empowering. and it helps shoppers to imagine
how you would look in the dress. >> it's like stepping out of the dressing room and having ladies say you look good in that. we're here with three, beautiful models. all different ages, shapes and sizes. and all wearing the same gorgeous dress. let's talk about our first model, alexandra. alexandra normally wears a size 0. what issues does she have? >> she's barely 5'1". she has a lot of issues with length. she'll pick out a dress online and when it comes home, it's much longer on her than she would expect. and she was able to see it on women who are her same height and size. as you can see, it hits perfectly at the knee. for petite women is an important length. no alterations in this dress whatsoever. anything longer than that would shorten her. but it gives her great length. >> next, we have brandy, a 30-something, and a size 4.
more of an athletic build. >> she works hard for it. and she looks amazing. she typically wears a strapless dress. she would never think of a dress like this. when she saw it on another woman with a similar body, she could see how important that low "v" does. it shows off her arms, and her chest. her favorite part about herself. >> and she's wearing a size 4? >> a size 4. that's how it fits. >> finally, we have tina in her 40s, with the classic hour glass shape. and most models don't have this look, which i like. >> she loves her curves. she loves to show them off. one thing she learned from this dress is pleats can be her friend. she usually runs from pleats. but they look beautiful on her. >> ladies, you look beautiful. we'll have more from oprah's great favorite things, coming up in a moment.
>> live, and in hd, this is an abc 7 news update. n atood morning once agai election day. after a long campaign, the day here for americans to cast their ballots. polling places are open across area and in virginia will close earlier than maryland and d.c.. we will have the results at 7:00 right here on abc 7. let's check on traffic. with the commuters heading to thanolls, we have lighter normal traffic in some areas.
no problems to report but this montgomery county on mill road to bundle up this is only 36ause it degrees and we have plenty of 20's in our western counties. our temperatures will rise this to the mid to upper 40's. we will watch the potential for coastal storm for tomorrow. >> we will be back at 8:56.
♪ crowd building here in times square for our election day coverage. the crossroads of america. we're going to have all of our coverage here tonight. josh will be out there in times square, as the crowd builds. >> in balmy 29-degree weather. >> that's so important. >> i'm so honored, george, to be a part of it all. i'm so honored to be, to freeze the ears off. it will be a historic night. i can't wait for it. >> it is a great place for it, too. in times square, you have all of the banners.
a real exciting location. >> and sam's going to come down. >> yep. coming up in this half hour, we have an exclusive sneak peek at oprah's favorite things. we'll reveal her top five favorites. all of them cost under $100. these always make my christmas list. or my personal i have to get it for myself list. and we'll see what made the cut. >> i took a peek. really nice stuff. i'm excited. and the workout, that has -- the hot way to whip yourself and your dog into shape together. cameron mathison and doggy friends hit the workout circuit. we'll get to witness it. >> he's doing all of the work. >> the dogs aren't doing the lifting. >> the dog was like, why are you planking? okay. we're excited this morning.
jared martinez is here. he's got a brand-new baby, a brand-new book and a different life since that night. we're going to check in with j.r. that > >> that's great. it's a wonderful thing to be part of the election. also part of the day of giving. millions raised by so many for hurricane sandy. the day-long event here. and what a day it turned out to be. what support, from all of you. look at the final tally. nearly $17 million. almost $17 million going right to the red cross. and right to the millions ravaged by that storm. an unprecedented response. and on behalf of everybody here at abc, we're so deeply thankful and grateful to all of you. thank you. you continue to vote. >> donate.
>> you can still donate, as well. >> vote. >> a lot of voting today. it's a very, very, very busy day. for more on the busy day, let's get it to lara. >> you can also shop today. vote, donate and shop. time for oprah's favorite things. an exclusive sneak peek of her top-five favorites, all of them under $100. the whole list is in "o," magazine. and it's oprah's favorite thing. the special will be on own november 18th. adam glassman is here, the director of "o," magazine. how long does it take? >> we've been working on this list since may. it takes many months. hundreds and hundreds of products. >> cureating, cultivating. >> we've been working on this for months. >> we have a clip of oprah. take a look. >> can i have all of these? >> i want to do a truffle
extravaganza. >> the cheese is amazing. truffle butter. >> truffle honey is nice, too. she loved it. loved it. >> these are all my favorite truffle books. >> now, we have to figure out which truffle items we're going to include. oprah wants to try everything. >> all things truffle, i could just lose my mind. >> i was just saying, what a cool job adam has. >> it's the best job. >> a great job. here's why. you get to try and share with us, things like this. number one, ready, gang? ta-da. >> very excited. this is a blue velvet cake. we've all heard of a red velvet cake. i commissioned a blue velvet one. great for hanukkah. only $34. >> is this -- we get a special discount. we can go to our website, goodmorningamerica.com to get the special discount codes. you might like this, if you're
not into cake, how about? >> what's great about this, oprah did a movie called "the butler." and she experimented for the first time with nail color. >> she picked these colors? >> curated by oprah. >> great gift idea. >> a great gift. >> i love that. love the color choices. all right. ready? ta-da. now, you're talking. >> you know what this is? >> let's get the party started. >> we love a gadget. oprah loves a gadget. you keep this in your freezer. and you pop it into -- >> it's an ice stick. >> that's fantastic. >> you keep it cool. and it's only $25. >> i love it. >> this is supercool. >> that's another great idea. with the discount, $25. we have the code. go to the website.
i love this. sam, get in here. ta-da. >> ta-da. $31 only from bougainvillea. they reminded her of her trip to india. they will update your outfit. >> they're heavy. they're beautiful. and isn't the cake good? i wanted that piece. thanks a lot. >> you can have a little bit. >> and you get a lot of bang for your buck with this bracelet. >> sam, just saying. all of these great gift ideas. >> for lara. >> for all of the people in your life. and the last oprah favorite thing under $100 is -- >> ooh. we're always entertaining during the holidays. this is the perfect hostess gift. and all of the truffles. you can put almonds, sauces. >> adam, thank you for sharing these. if you want to take part in
oprah's favorite things, go to our website for the special discount codes, goodmorningamerica.com on yahoo! starts the holiday shopping. sam, put down the cake, now, and do weather. >> we were so busy with pre-election coverage this morning i didn't get time for breakfast. thanks, oprah. now, my tongue is probably blue. let's get to the boards. here's the things going on this morning. i'm not going to show you the blue tongue. no, josh. we're not going to -- don't. here's what florida looks like this morning. a gorgeous shot. and north -- really? >> you took it from me. >> fine. a little shot of michigan. it really is good cake. and to the boards. this has been the last holdout of warm air on the board except for the deep south. now, we drop the temperatures. l.a. goes from 88 to 60 on thursday. reno, you're dropping into the 30s, as well. get used to the shot of cold air. now, we're shipping that season into the northeast and the
mid-atlantic. we watch the nor'easter come up wednesday, to wednesday night, early thursday morning. probably the time periods we're most concerned about. the coastal surge and the gusty winds. and the snowy line will bring some accumulating on our20 minutes to go freeze warning but it is still very chilly with 34 degrees at dulles and are hig >> all that weather was brought to you by target. josh? >> yes, sam. some cake issues? >> uh-huh. >> shocking. >> josh, take it away, please. we were so happy to have among the many stars pitching in yesterday, anna gasteyer, the hit of "suburgatory."
i had a chance to talk to her about what her experience was with the hurricane that devastated her hometown. but also, that role on that smash sitcom. great to have you here. we had jane levy. talked to her about it when the show was beginning. >> she plays the normal person. >> jeremy is her father. you are fair to say, one of the quirky neighbors. >> i'm the most normal person in the world. and my character's terribly judgemental about people who do not meet her standards. i'm the nightmare neighbor. >> i've been told by the davenports that amanda got her first period today. >> how different is it, from the days of "saturday night live"? the rollicking thrill ride of live comedy to shooting a half-hour. >> the writer and creator of "suburgatory" has a great sense of satire. and she has an eye for the wacky. i love the show.
i think it balances -- it's my favorite kind of comedy. it balances a realism where the insane hilarity of "snl." >> and she wasn't uncomfortable with him watching? >> they do -- >> get it stuck a little bit. >> and we all just kind of go for it. every week, we can't believe how crazy it gets. >> is it woven in? do you bring it to the set? >> very much so. chris parnell and i were on "saturday night live" together. people from "snl" have a mutant kind of speak. when amy poehler and maya rudolph and i had dinner, we were laughing. later, you realize you have webbed feet or something. it's this private, weird theme thing you have in common. >> you can check it out. "suburgatory" airs on abc,
wednesday nights. check it out. >> thank you, josh. that will be a great show to watch. right now, we're going to a shot from belmont, massachusetts. the polling station there. mitt romney is going there, undoubtedly to vote for himself. just a wild guess. seven years of work culminating and going to the polling booth this morning. and casting his vote for himself. he then has a long day of campaigning ahead. he decided to spend this election day on the road, going out to the last-minute votes. mitt romney going to the polling station in belmont, massachusetts. station in belmont, [ mitt romney ] we have to work on a collaborative basis. look, the reason i'm in this race is there are people that are really hurting today in this country.
and we face this deficit -- could crush the future generations. and republicans and democrats both love america but we need to have leadership -- leadership in washington that will actually bring people together and get the job done and could not care less if it's a republican or a democrat. i've done it before, i'll do it again. i'm mitt romney, and i approve this message. but to me, it's money that i earned. i'm mitt romney, man: to some people, social security is just a number. i count on social security.
and i don't want washington politicians like george allen... privatizing it. if george allen wants to risk his own money on wall street... that's fine. but i don't want him risking mine. george allen just isn't watching out for us. anncr: the democratic senatorial campaign cmittee is... responsible for the content of this advertising.
now, to a brand-new trend in exercise that's giving downward dog a whole, new meaning. working out with your pooch is taking off right now. there's doggy boot camp, doggy yoga, and so much more. cameron mathison has all of the details. >> reporter: 6:00 a.m., while much of the nation is still in bed, a few brave souls are starting the day, boot camp style. some with two legs. and many with more. >> we have aggressive dogs. we have overweight dogs. we have little dogs. we have dogs with three legs. >> reporter: this is spank dog boot camp. a training program that's gone to the dogs.
the nationwide program, with cities ranging from boston, to chicago, to l.a., provides one of a kind fitness training, allowing dogs and their owners to workout alongside each other for an hour-long stretch. this is going to be my workout partner. i should mention that quinn is almost 70 years old in human years. together, quinn and i stretched. we flexed. i'm being humbled right now. sprinted. after an arduous hour, quinn was ready for more. and quinn wasn't the only one. dog owners we talk with swear by the program. >> i'm older than the average age. and i'm able to jog a couple laps around now. >> great to be outside in the park, rather than in the gym. your dog gets you up and ready to go. >> reporter: never will find a better workout partner, right? and at the break of dawn, if it's not your speed, there's
other workout programs available. take yoga, for example. that's what insiders call doggy yoga. let me tell you, this gives a new meaning to downward dog. >> the dogs can teach us a lot about yoga. dogs live in the moment. >> reporter: and dog owners we spoke with say they saw firsthand the positive effects yoga has on their four-legged friend. >> she's alone with me. i'm one-on-one. >> great for him to be with other dogs, be with me. and he usually falls asleep in the first 20 minutes. >> reporter: for animal lovers, working out with their furry companions is a win-win situation. and i have to agree, letting your fitness regime go to the dogs has everyone begs for more. for "good morning america," cameron mathison, abc news, los angeles. >> there's a dog love.
the thank dog boot camp knows there's dog owners that want to work out with a dog but don't have one. if you don't have one, they will provide you with a dog. cue sam and the dog. >> we are not working out this morning. >> guess what? that dog that cameron mathison was working out with, is a dog they provided. there's a thank dog app, lara, available. >> i have dogs. >> after you workout with your dog, be sure you take a shower. >> yeah. >> he's perfumed. >> does the dog know he's doing yoga? >> i don't think so. >> and rose is great. by the way, you can adopt rosie, i believe. >> no. rosie has an owner. right here. >> sorry. >> normally, we do. but this morning -- >> rosie wants out.
>> rosie's like, i'm tired. >> rosie wants to do down dog. you know him from his winning turn on "dancing with the stars." what's next for j.r. martinez? the stars." what's next for j.r. martinez? he's live in our studio next. it's my coff when i want it. you press a button, you have great dunkin' coffee. i got my coffee for the morning, i got my dunkin' k-cup packs for the rest othe day. only available at dunkin' donuts restaurants. america runs on dunkin' coffee.
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woman right over there. your mom. you say it's as much her story as it is yours. >> it is. i think what's important is what she's been through in her life. and i saw that growing up, as her son. as a single mother, raising me to be the man that i am today, she always found ways to smile. you know? and that, to me, that's where i get my smile from. you can tell. >> yes. >> you know, it -- she always smiles. and she taught me a lot about scars on the inside. you know, this book is important to be able to highlight her story, as well. >> but you talk about the first time you saw the scars on the outside. the first time you actually saw your face after the bombing in iraq. you said you looked like freddy krueger. >> yeah. that's a term that i use because growing up as a kid, that's kind of what i saw, the character that i saw. the character i was afraid of. and i thought to myself, now, kids will see me this way. adults will see me this way. i can't go to a convenient store and pick up a basic necessity,
without dealing with stares. without answering the questions of what happened to me. and i felt like my life was over. >> but that wasn't your lowest point. >> it wasn't. honestly, my lowest point was a few years after that. once i got out of the hospital, trying to become this motivational speaker. trying to figure out the path, my journey. there was a lot of anger. you know, there was a lot of frustration. a lot of things that i needed to work through. there were a lot of points when i thought, i'm going to give up. what am i going to do with my life? it's a true crossroads. seeing my face and my body for the first time was difficult. >> can you pinpoint a moment when it turned around and you started to back up? >> honestly, it -- i would say probably the biggest moment that really kind of changed me and kind of led me to be where i am today, is when i got an e-mail from a friend of mine to audition for the role on "all my children." i was kind of in a better place. and i was starting to figure
things out. there's a lot of things i had to learn. when i got that e-mail to audition for the role, it kind of gave me a new sense of rejuvenation. and i thought to myself, okay. this is what i'm supposed to be doing. when i got the role, it just really gave me that purpose and gave me the drive and the work that i needed. >> it is clear you're full of life right now. the book is called "full of heart." thank you for coming in. >> thank you. we'll be right back. you're on timeout leo! some things won't last 25 years. ah! woof! some things will. save up to 15% on an ikea kitchen.
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