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tonight, right here, the bombshell endorsement. the presidential race turning personal. the new attacks leveled tonight. rubio going after trump. and chris christie tonight, now saying it's time for president trump. breaking news, the motive in the deadly rampage. the video now discovered, and the notice the gunman got 90 minutes before the shootings. the new head line about the zika outbreak, and pregnant women in the u.s. the miscarriages as well. and the sudden explosion. the little girl grabbing her bag when a hoverboard ignites. the home catching fire.
and the countdown is on. the oscars. is this matt damon's year for the oscar? he's right here tonight. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a friday night. we have breaking developments in the workplace rampage. a possible motive, and a major turn in the race for president tonight. marco rubio and donald trump unleashing blistering new attacks. worse than last night, if that's possible to imagine. and donald trump unveiling his newest weapon, chris christie, and the surprise endorsement. trump taking incoming fire from both sides. but ahead in nearly every state on super tuesday. here's jonathan karl with the new fight playing out tonight.
>> reporter: his biggest endorsement yet. chris christie. >> i can guarantee you the one person that hillary and bill clinton do not want to see on the stage come next september is donald trump. they know how to run the standard political playbook against junior senators and run them around the block. they do not know the playbook with donald trump because he is rewriting the playbook. >> reporter: christie is also the guy who pummeled marco rubio in the abc news new hampshire debate and today he called rubio's new tough tone desperate. >> desperate people in campaigns do desperate things, flailing punches in the last days of a losing campaign. there is no better fighter than donald trump. >> reporter: but it sure looked like rubio had trump on the ropes last night, mocking him for repeating simple talking points on health care. >> we should have gotten rid of the lines. we should have gotten rid of the lines around the states. we have to get rid of the lines around the states.
>> now he's repeating himself. >> no, no, no, no. i watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago -- >> reporter: and today rubio sounded like an entirely new candidate, launching trumplike attacks against trump. >> last night in the debate during one of the breaks, two of the breaks, he went backstage, he was having a meltdown. first, he had this little makeup thing applying, like makeup around his mustache, because he had one of those sweat mustaches. then, then he asked for a full-length mirror. i don't know why because the podium goes up to here, but he wanted a full-length mirror. maybe to make sure his pants weren't wet. i don't know. >> reporter: we asked trump about that. he actually suggested you were sweating backstage, that you seemed -- >> i'll tell you about backstage if you would like. i walked back there. he is with a pile of makeup, putting it on his face. i said, marco, easy with the makeup. you don't need that much. i heard he had some nasty personal comments. he was putting it on with a trowel.
>> reporter: later, trump performed an odd impression of that infamous moment when rubio reached for his water bottle on national television. >> it's rubio! >> reporter: rubio clearly incurred the wrath of trump after ripping into him on that debate stage. >> you're only person on this stage that's ever been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally. you hired some workers from poland. >> no, i'm the only one at this stage that's hired people. you haven't hired anybody. in fact, some of the people -- >> and by the way -- i've hired -- >> and by the way -- i've hired tens of thousands of people over my job. you've hired nobody. you've had nothing but problems with your credit cards, et cetera. >> reporter: ted cruz chimed in too. >> when i was leading the fight against the gang of eight amnesty bill, where was donald? he was firing dennis rodman on "celebrity apprentice." >> reporter: prompting dennis rodman to tweet, "yes, ted cruz. donald trump did fire me on 'celebrity apprentice.'
he's about to fire your [ blank } too." cruz got under trump's skin. >> relax. >> i'm relaxed. >> you're the basket case. >> go ahead. >> donald there's nothing about you that makes anyone nervous. >> reporter: but tonight it's clear. the race is now a battle between donald trump and a newly aggressive marco rubio. >> it's time to pull his mask off so that people can see what we're dealing with here. what we're dealing with here, my friends, is a con artist. >> the whiplash today, jon with us live from texas. you heard what we said at the top, where were the attacks months ago? is the 11th hour, right before super tuesday, too late? >> that's one of the biggest questions for the entire campaign. for months, rubio didn't lay a glove on trump. with super tuesday four days
away, it may be too late. and now to the democratic side, four days until super tuesday. and south carolina tomorrow. hillary clinton there today, bernie sanders returning tomorrow. sanders team aware, showing clinton with a near-30-point gain. here's what they said. >> reporter: in their final push in south carolina -- tonight, bernie sanders and hillary clinton nearly coming face-to-face. >> hello, south carolina state! >> reporter: both visiting historically black colleges right next to each other. this is the line for people waiting to see hillary clinton. on these campuses, many young
voters are split. there's a big line waiting here to see bernie sanders, too. what is it about bernie sanders? >> he's consistent. >> reporter: hillary is not? >> no. >> reporter: clinton hoping a momentum from a big win in south carolina will carry her into super tuesday. making 22 campaign stops here this week. while sanders is looking ahead, visiting eight other states for super tuesday and beyond. this morning in minnesota, sanders turning up the attacks. >> because maybe what you said behind closed doors is a little bit than what you're saying to the american people. i would hope she would do that. >> how are you? >> reporter: but clinton, pouring on the southern charm. unexpectedly crashing this bachelor party.
>> cecilia vega with us. after that republican brawl last night, hillary clinton saying she thinks it's going to be trump? >> she sure did, and already fund raising off of a possible trump nomination. saying she'll fight to make sure he won't become president. she says he's no joke. >> thank you. and super tuesday, special editions of "good morning america," and we'll be on the air beginning 10:00 p.m. eastern, super tuesday. and to the other developing story this friday night, the workplace shooting in kansas. the gunman's own video on his facebook page, showing an automatic weapon. the terror at the factory, three killed, more than a dozen hurt. and that could have been much
higher if not for a hero police officer, the first on the scene. here's clayton sandell. >> reporter: in this clip posted to facebook last september, 38-year-old cedric ford is firing an ak-style rifle. the same type sources say he used to gun down his co-workers late yesterday at this kansas lawnmower factory. it began at 4:57 p.m. police getting calls about a gunman randomly shootibg a driver in the shoulder. not far away, shooting another, stealing his car. by 5:04 p.m. he is pulling onto the excel lot six miles away, shooting one person outside. inside, fourteen more. >> people are getting pushed, trampled. it was just, everyone was trying to get out of the shooting, >> reporter: three excel employees are killed. renee benjamin, brian sadowsky and josh higbee. at 5:06, the first help arrives. it is heston's police chief doug schroeder, racing inside to confront ford in a one-on-one
gun battle. by 5:24, the shootout is over. ford is dead. sergeant chris carter says what his boss did saved a lot of lives. >> if there's gunfire, we go to the gunfire. if you're by yourself, you're by yourself. >> reporter: run towards the gunfire? >> we will run towards it. >> reporter: police say just 90 minutes before the rampage, ford was served at work with a court order to stay away from an ex-girlfriend who alleges he was violently abusive. she wrote, "he is in desperate need of medical and psychological help." >> reporter: today, the president made yet another call to a mourning community. >> the real tragedy is the degree to which this has become routine. >> reporter: night -- right now, the factory is still shut down for the investigation.
and saying the police chief is a hero. >> clayton, thank you. now to breaking developments overseas tonight. a cease fire in syria, brokered by the u.s. and russia, taking effect just a short time ago. but a fierce round of air strikes in the hours before. alex marquardt, from damascus. >> reporter: bombs pounded rebel areas today, just hours before the ceasefire agreement went into effect. here in syria, there is little hope it will succeed. are you optimistic? >> not really. >> reporter: everyone agrees isis and al qaeda will still be targets for all sides. but here's the problem. the syrian regime and their russian backers see almost all rebels see as terrorists. meaning that only tiny pockets of syrian that could be spared more bombing. caught in the middle, civilians. aid agencies hoping some peace will let them deliver much-needed aid to besieged areas.
david, these next few days are a critical test after five years of war. this temporary ceasefire, if it can hold, could pave the way for new peace talks in the next two weeks. david? >> alex, thank you. next, back here at home, to the new headline this evening on the zika virus and pregnant american women. the cdc revealing what's happened to nine women infected overseas. it's sobering. two with miscarriages, two chose abortions due to severe damage. and two have been born healthy. and dr. besser with much more. this report was concerning. >> it is. and adds more evidence that zika may be causing these problems. these were all women who had symptoms of zika.
it doesn't tell us what part of pregnancy could be the most dangerous. >> and a new focus on the olympics? >> yes, they have to try to avoid sexual transmission for the entire pregnancy. next to the alarming headline from michigan, the stunning allegations in flint. the water crisis there. showing lawyers urged them to stop using the water months. one of them calling the river downright scary. it was not switched for another year. next to the lawsuit over invasion of privacy brought by erin andrews. suing a stalker and the hotel
who booked him in a room next to hers. the video seen nearly 17 million times. here's linsey davis. >> reporter: all eyes will be on erin andrews monday as the sportscaster and "dancing with the stars" co-host is expected to take the witness stand in her $75 million civil trial against a nashville marriott hotel. her testimony comes after the videos at the center of this case were played for the jury. videos taken by her stalker, michael david barrett, who used his cell phone to record her in her hotel room while she was changing through an altered peephole. an emotional andrews left the courtroom as jurors watched the video, which is estimated to have been viewed nearly 17 million times. >> i know of no way to get it off. and doing continued research, people are still posting the video online. >> reporter: andrews is now suing him and the owners and managers of this nashville marriott claiming the hotel intentionally placed barrett next door to the tv star and failed to notice he removed and
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