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tonight on "world news," breaking news. a deadly shooting, a sunday morning shattered by gun fire. tonight, the trail level by the gunman. the desperate man hunt. our correspondent on the screen tonight. last chance. tomorrow's final debate. and this evening, a new poll. a race that's now a dead heat. why this last debate could decide the race. george stephanopoulos on the three things to watch for. and we're with the undecideds. what are they waiting for. hotel hackers. a new warning about the swipe cards. the locks meant to keep you safe. an abc news investigation. and, who won that debate between the first lady and ann romney? there was no debate. but try telling these folks. >> who do you think won the debate last night between ann romney and michelle obama? >> you won't believe their answers.
good evening on this sunday night from boca raton, florida, on the eve of the crucial third and final debate. tonight, a new poll showing just how pivotal this final debate will be. gts stephanopoulos standing by here in a moment, but first, the breaking news tonight from wisconsin. the shootings this sunday that left three people dead and four more injured. this is the scene tonight, outside a suburban spa near a crowded shoming mall. police flooding the area, putting the mall on lockdown. searching for the gunman all day. and tonight, the ap is now reporting the gunman was found dead inside the spa. abc's alex perez is on the scene tonight in brookfield, wisconsin. >> reporter: what started out like any other quiet sunday morning in suburban milwaukee, within minutes, turned deadly. 11:00 a.m., the azana spa had just opened for the day.
customers already filing in, when a man entered the store and began shooting. frantic spa customers, some in robes, others barefoot, scrambled to get out, running out the door, pounding on cars, screaming for help. >> we saw some woman cal out of the front door and roll down the hill. >> reporter: three people were killed. the suspected gunman. 45-year-old radcliffe haughton, found dead inside the spa. >> and then, a woom came running across and she had said her step-father was in there, trying to shoot as many people as he could. >> reporter: late this afternoon, a bomb squad surrounding haughton's home, after finding an explosive device inside the spa. brookfield, a town of just 38,000, has had to cope with this kind of tragedy before. in 2005, a shooting at a church service inside a hotel here left seven people dead and just 25 miles away, six people were killed in august after a gunman stormed the sikh temple in oak
creek, wisconsin. back in brookfield, this tiny community, now trying to make sense of another tragedy. and the bomb squad still here on the scene, trying to disarm that explosive device, but the details onhe big question, the motive, still remain unanswered. david? >> alex perez leading us off tonight. alex, thank you. we're going to turn now to the race for president and the high stakes final debate that will take place right here in this hall tomorrow night. we are here in boca raton, as i mentioned at the top of the broadcast, and it is in this auditorium, where president obama and governor romney will go face-to-face for the last time. the president in the chair to the right, governor romney on the left. tonight, a new poll shows just how important this debate will be. president obama with a five-point lead among registered voters, but among likely voters, most likely to cast their ballot, it is a dead heat tonight. our team weighing in on issues and the campaign that has just 16 days to go. we're going to begin with david
kerley at the white house tonight. david, good evening. >> reporter: taking a break from debate preparation, mitt romney flipped the coin for a football game with his staff and footbme. one republic called it an iranian ploy. >> and as to iran, they've got quadruple the amount of enriched uranium the to make a bomb they had before obama got in office. nothing is working. >> reporter: the white house denied a meeting is set, but added it is open to talks. but a source warned, the administration is cautious, because the iranians have used negotiations in the past as a stalling tactic. what is clear, this will be a debate point. >> we have iran, four years closer to a nuclear bomb. >> reporter: not just iran. republicans want to know if enough was done to protect u.s. diplomats during the benghazi, libya, attack.
abc news has learned a drone did arrive over that city as the attack was ending and dip low malts were being evacuated, which could allow romney to renew his attack. >> please proceed, governor. >> reporter: while the president has been out of site at camp david, we did get a hint of his plan. highlight the killing of bin laden, the end of the iraq war and question mitt romney's overseas trip as a presidential candidate, when he wondered about security at london's olympics. >> we all remember his dukes of hazzard tour of international destinations over the summer, where he not only, countries that are not as friendly to us, but our best ally, britain. >> reporter: now, this is a foreign policy debate, but both campaigns tell me that each of their candidates will figure out a way to make some points about the economy. arguing that a strong economy strengthens our national security. david? >> certainly trying to squeeze the economy in here tomorrow night. david kerley, thank you. no question the last debates
have made a real differences in this election. george stephanopoulos here now with the three things to watch for tomorrow night. >> reporter: david, the great thing about 0 minutes of live tv is anything can happen. here's what i expect. number one, fewer fireworks. coming off the last debate which might have turned off some undecided voters, especially women. i think it's a lot more likely than not that both men will take it down a notch. they will be sitting at a table. they're not going to be stalking each other and with the focus on foreign policy, it's possible you'll see more agreement on some subjects. mitt romney's been trying to strike a more moderate tone the last several days. and i wouldn't be surprised if he reaches out for a couple of areas where he can agree with and praise the president for example, for the killing of osama bin laden. but of course, there are going to be a lot of flashpoints, as well. no question that debate over the killing s at benghazi will continue. and though the president was able to score on that last week, i think you are going to see him pressed again on why there
wasn't enough security at that consulate and how and why requests for more security was denied. and today's new that iran might be open to direct talks opens up a new front in this debate, as well. you know, going forward, will president obama confirm the details and encourage iran to come to the table or will he tamp down the talk of direct talks? you saw some of that in the white house statement today. it puts mitt romney in a new position. is he fwob to grab the opportunity to say he's open to every avenue or is he going to tie himself more tightly to the israeli government who has said that iran should not be rewarded with direct talks, that's their word. so, a lot to watch for tomorrow night and as we've seen this year, these debates have really mattered. i expect tomorrow night will, as well. >> no question, george. see you tomorrow night. and tomorrow morning on "gma" for that matter. and with the race this close, so many observers noting how much the debate will matter this time. with the race a dead heat, just a half percentage in the polls
one way or another could really swing this race. and among those watching, the undecideds. we've been hearing them as we travel through the battlegrounds with 16 days to go. tonight here, undecided voters here in florida, and what they decide could shift the election. the big debate tomorrow night. how much can they shift opinion in these pomes with the last debate? >> well, the conventional wisdom that debates don't matter was shattered well. >> reporter: nate silver tracks it all in his blog for "the new york times." constantly running the numbers, averaging the polls. and with the national race now tied tonight, silver says right now you the president's numbers in the mid western battleground states give him a very slim only, which is why both candidates are concentrating on that last chance on the stage to reach the undecideds. how many undecideds in this final debate. >> only about 5% of voters who are still undecided. >> reporter: who are they?
who is undecided at this point? >> not a lot of people in the country think they have two terrific choices. the undecided are people that are not persuaded that romney are not a good alternative but disapprove with obama's p performance in the white house. >> reporter: here in florida, we went looking for the undecided voters. and they are not hard to find. watching the debate tomorrow night? >> absolutely, yes. >> reporter: two of the three have decided, but michelle, in the middle, has not. not convinced whose economic plan is most fair. >> they need to help people more. focus on the people falling through the cracks. >> reporter: you are voting obama, you are voting romney. you're going to be the decided vote. we'll check back in with you. >> reporter: frank, leaning obama, but he says romney in that first debate earned a second look. >> i would be for obama but mr. romney brought up a lot of good issues. >> reporter: so, you really are going to be watching closely? >> absolutely. i think a lot of people are. >> reporter: convincing the few undecided voters that remain could change the race. just ask nate. says tomorrow night the candidate that moves the needle
even a fraction could win. >> if if one candidate gets a half a point gain, because it's so close, that could swing the election. >> nate has a new book out, "is signal and the noise." half a point, he says, could make the difference. numbers are updated constantly. i'm cheque it right now, 68% chance of winning for president obama, he says, and that's because of where the numbers are in the battleground states. watch his poll closely and there's so many out there, of course. and a reminder that our coverage tomorrow night begins right here on abc. george and ediane anchoring fro new york. i'm be here in the hall with jake tapper. and one thing you know, this election could be one thing, the economy, and they will try to talk about it here in this porn policy debate tomorrow night. the housing boom, the building that's back and ground zero could be right here in florida. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: this mwoman needed
just one look. consider it the new american dream house, both downsized and supersized. you see, her new tiny three bedroom house is just 1,800 square feet. down 500 from their average house built before the recession. but it is a full house, populated by three generations, plus the dog. the price was right. $143,000. a movrj rtgage of just $1,200 a month. >> we've seen over a 20% increase in sales from year over year. >> reporter: and that, in one of the states hardest hit by the housing bust. much of the growth is fueled by record low mortgage rates and pent up demand for new homes. and, of course, the price. how much would that have been five years ago? >> five years ago, that home probably would have been in the high 200s. >> reporter: price the price. this woman sought a house to accommodate her parents. >> we are a united family and we
all cooperate. >> reporter: multigenerational homes are in such demand that lennar has rolled out next gen, a house designed for three generations. they've been selling these homes at a pace up to three times faster than just a couple of years ago. and that surge in housing stats are arguably the best economic news in years, david, but is it soon enough and big enough to help president obama win the biggest battleground prize of them all, florida? david? >> matt gutman on the housing picture tonight. matt, thank you. another pocketbook election issue, the price of gas. tonight, some reassuring news for americans. the average price of a gallon of gas is headed down at $3.68, that's down a dime, just in the last week. and some economists are predicting it could go down 30 cents or so before the end of november. as we sit in this debate hall tonight, we remember a political icon. george mcgovern. here, tonight, john donvan. >> reporter: when george mcgovern was running for the white house in 1972, at a
campaign stop in arkansas, the kid who met him at the airport, that's right, bill clinton, a good enough way to show how that '72 campaign, and the legacy of george mcgovern, impacts the democratic party even today. the son of a south dakota minister, a decorated pilot in world war ii, he was a liberal. he was the first u.s. senator to oppose the war in vietnam. >> i will hope the senseless bomb i bombing on inaugural day. >> reporter: the youth-powered, rule breaking, establish-blaming assault on the status quo. >> we're wasting money on the war that we ought to use on building up our own country. >> reporter: liberal was in fashion. but his campaign was a mess. his pick for vice president was dropped by mcgovern once it came out that he had been hospitalized for mental illness. >> there's not much cause for dancing in the streets of sioux falls, south dakota, tonight. >> reporter: on election day, he lost every state but massachusetts, and the democratic party lost once loyal
voters who would never return. so, by the time that kid who met him at the airport pulled the party to the middle, the word mcgovern-ite was a slur. as for the man, a kind of lasting respect came his way. as a senator and afterwards when he made a cause of fighting hunger. to the end, he stuck to his views, whether they were in fashion or not. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> our thanks to john tonight. and there is still much more ahead here on "world news" on a sunday night. are those electronic hotel door locks really keeping you safe or giving thieves easier access? why gemss are being warned tonight and "world news" is getting answers. in america today we're running out of a vital resource we need to compete on the global stage. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we could have 20 million jobs without enough college graduates to fill them.
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and finally tonight here on the eve of that final debate right here, we learned that some people are actually talking about who won a debate that didn't even happen. the first lady or ann romney? jimmy kimmel with a simple experiment and it caught our eye. >> we asked people what they thought about last night's first lady debate between michelle obama and ann romney. as you probably know, there's no such thing as a first lady
debate. >> reporter: but that didn't stop people from answering. >> who do you think won the debate between ann romney and michelle obama last night? >> i have to say michelle obama. she really did a lot better. >> who do you think won the debate between ann romney and michelle obama. >> >> definitely ann romney. i think she's a classy lady. >> anything she said during the debate in particular? >> no, i just like how she looks. >> who do you think won the debate last night between ann romney and michelle obama. >> michelle. >> why? >> i love her. >> was there anything in particular she said that spoke to you? >> no, in general, i just saw a little bit of it, to tell you honestly, i had something else going on, so i didn't see the whole debate. >> reporter: that's because there was no debate. but voters have seen and heard a lot from both wives who are the not so secret weapons for each campaign. >> we got to keep working to fix this. we've got so much more to do. >> i love you women! >> reporter: and just this week,
both willing to take on the unexpected. ann romney with the women of "the view." >> when he didn't think he was being heard, he said that he was not sure he wanted to come on with us because we are high risk and sharp tongued. >> no, he said sharp and young. >> reporter: and there was initial obama, braving the lightning round on "live with kelly and michael." >> for the president, do you prer boxers or briefs? >> oh. ah -- none of the above. no, just kidding. >> the first lady and ann romney, such huge parts of this campaign. their husbands, right here on this stage tomorrow night. we'll see you right here tomorrow night. from all of us here at abc news, have a good evening. good night from florida.