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tonight, major developments moments ago in the race for president. ted cruz and a political hail mary? suddenly bringing back carly fiorina. and donald trump with this about hillary clinton. >> if hillary clinton were a n man, i don't think she'd get 5% of the vote. >> clinton's response. and tonight, rare words from george clooney's wife, amal clooney. the warnings at this hour. ten tornadoes already. a family rescued. and in houston, falling trees turning deadly. also tonight, the plane crash. the woman running for help. and then suddenly, the plane erupts. and the other scare, authorities say the pilot who was flying drunk had just flown two flights across america. judgment day. once one of the most powerful men in washington, the judge giving him more prison time than prosecutors even asked for.
and, america strong tonight. would you do this for your brother? good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and just as voters across this country begin to acknowledge it could be donald trump versus hillary clinton this november, one candidate with what's being called a hail mary tonight. what ted cruz has done, just as donald trump stands by what he said about hillary clinton, that, quote, women don't like her. hillary clinton signaling, bring it on after getting much closer to clinching the nomination overnight. and this evening, rare words from amal clooney, after all this talk about women this election. abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump laying out a fierce vision for america's role in the world. >> i will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and i mean absolutely necessary. and will only do so if we have a
plan for victory with a capital "v." >> reporter: in a rare move, trump's team even setting up a teleprompter. but today, it's not trump's world view shaking up the race. it's his view of hillary clinton. >> well, i think the only card she has is the woman's card. she's got nothing else going. frankly, if hillary clinton were a man, i don't think she would get 5% of the vote. >> reporter: standing behind trump, new jersey governor chris christie, and his wife, mary pat. look at her reaction as trump attacks clinton. >> the only thing she has got going is the woman's card. the beautiful thing is, women don't like her, okay? >> reporter: critics swiftly blasting trump's comments as sexist. on "gma," the gop front-runner defending himself. >> it's not sexist, it's true. it's just a very, very true statement. if she were a man, she'd get 5%. >> reporter: hillary clinton quickly turning the tables. >> mr. trump accused me of
playing, the, quote, woman card. well, if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in. >> reporter: but trump saying clinton needs to turn down the volume. >> well, i haven't quite recovered, it's early in the morning, from her shouting that message. and i know a lot of people would say that you can't say that about a woman. >> reporter: polls show 69% of female voters have an unfavorable opinion of trump. clinton supporters like amal clooney predicting his comments on women will be his downfall. >> if at the end of all of this, he gets beaten by the person who becomes the first female president of the united states, then i think that would send a very positive message. >> and tom llamas with us live from washington tonight. and tom, we heard trump say if clinton was a man, she would have 5% of the vote. tonight, he's standing by it and it would seem clinton's team is
signaling, go ahead and say it. >> reporter: david, the democrats are convinced those comments will come back to haunt trump, and right now, hillary clinton is fund-raising off trump's comments, calling the rhetoric dangerous, unpredictable and that he's creating a volatile atmosphere in the race for president. david? >> tom llamas, thank you. and as we came on this evening, we told you about ted cruz and a new move from him. choosing a vp candidate, even though he hasn't secured the nomination, and won no primaries last night. late today, naming his pick for vice president, carly fiorina. but we remember what she said about cruz, while running against him. >> ted cruz is just like any other politician. he says one thing in manhattan, he says another thing in iowa. he says whatever he needs to say to get elected. >> we sat down with carly fiorina just moments ago and asked her about what she said, what's changed her mind. and here tonight, abc's david wright now. >> carly! carly! >> reporter: it's his last ditch effort to stop donald trump and
save his campaign. >> my friend, and the next vice president of the united states, carly fiorina. >> reporter: an extraordinarily rare move. ted cruz picked a running mate before he's even won the nomination. the former ceo of hewlett-packard, carly fiorina. >> he is a principle fighter. he is a man of character and conviction. >> reporter: but she and cruz haven't always seen eye to eye. just a few months ago, you said, "ted cruz is just another politician. he sails whatever he needs to say to get elected." what's changed? >> we're in the hoosier state. and in a heated basketball game, sometimes players foul each other. it was in the heat of a political campaign. this is a man i've gotten to know who will do what he says, who sails what he means and who keeps his promises. >> reporter: fiorina has already been out there campaigning for cruz, and now, you can expect a lot more of that. a strong woman, willing to take on donald trump.
david? >> david wright tonight. david, thank you. we turn now to the severe weather at this hour. ten tornadoes already, and tonight, millions warned, more are coming. a tornado watch now in the center of the country. and look at this. a truck driver shot this image north of dallas. that twister later slammed right into his truck. he did survive it. strong wind and rain, too. dangerous driving in oklahoma. and flash floods, trapping a family of nine in kansas. ginger is standing by tonight. abc's fill limb mephillip mena, texas. >> tornado on the ground! >> reporter: tonight, the threat is far from over after a deadly night. northwest of houston, a 62-year-old woman killed when this tree fell on her house before dawn. gilbert hill lives next door. >> just heard a big boom, and all of a sudden, all the lights went out and that was it. >> reporter: by daybreak, choppers revealing a tangled mess of downed power lines and mangled homes. >> it is getting super nasty here. >> reporter: the death comes
after an intense 24 hours across 11 states. >> we are getting 70 to 80-mile-an-hour west winds, guys. >> reporter: at least four injured north of dallas, all in vehicles. trucker gene marshall catching this flash of a funnel cloud, coming right at him. winds blowing his truck over. firefighters rushing to cut him out. here in howe, officials say it was an ef-1 tornado, winds up to 100 miles per hour, cutting through this neighborhood. in nearby whitesboro, this medical center taking a direct hit. >> just total devastation, within seconds. everything is just gone. >> reporter: and in kansas, tornado sirens giving way to record rainfall. >> if i was stuck, i would want somebody to come help me. >> reporter: swift water teams outside topeka forming a human chain, ferrying a family of nine to safety. a tug of war with dangerous currents. david, the family living in this home says they are thankful they were able to make it to a
protected room, seconds before the tornado hit. and more severe weather is expected here tomorrow night. david? >> absolutely right, phillip. let's get right to ginger zee, tracking it all for us. >> reporter: already six reported tornadoes on the map tonight. you can see in the watch regions from parts of iowa and into missouri and illinois. we have the tornado watches for the next few hours. you can see the low pressure system circulating before we put it on the map. there it is. along the cold front, strong to severe storms tonight. the primary threat in the tornado watch. but damaging wind and hail also big. then, a new storm comes in. that's what phillip was talking about there. that low, that very active jet stream. thursday and friday. >> all right, ginger, we'll see you in the morning. in the meantime, next tonight, to a stunning fall from grace to a man that was once one of the most powerful politicians in america. tonight, going to prison, after authorities say he paid hush money to cover up his sexual abuse of boys as he coached them.
former speaker of the house dennis hastert arriving for sentencing in a wheelchair. inside, confronted by one of his victims. and the judge, handing down a longer sentence than prosecutors had even asked for. calling hastert a, quote, serial child molester. abc's chief investigative reporter, brian ross, in chicago tonight. >> reporter: frail and in a wheelchair because of a recent stroke, the 74-year-old hastert came to court today, forced to face his victims for the first time. >> mr. hastert hurt his victims many decades ago, but today they struck back. >> reporter: hastert was once a beloved wrestling coach, but today, one of his star athletes, scott cross, broke three decades of silence to describe how hastert abused him in the locker room at the age of 17. now a chicago banking executive and a married father of two, cross, through tears, said, "it was my darkest secret," especially, he said, as hastert grew more powerful. also testifying today,
jolene burge, whose late brother steve was another one of hastert's victims. she first revealed his story in an interview with abc news last year, describing how her brother confided his secret of being molested by his coach. >> i said, why didn't you ever tell anybody, stevie? i mean, he was your teacher. why didn't you ever tell anymore? and he just looked at me and said, who is ever going to believe me? >> reporter: today, outside court, she told me she's waited 25 years for this day. that no matter your power, or your position, you can't get away with things like this, especially in the molestation of a child. >> reporter: hastert also has his supporters. former cia director porter goss said hastert was a loyal american who stood for center of the country values. but today, the former wrestling coach, the former speaker of the house, finally admitted what he had tried to hide for so long. that he molested those boys. >> and brian ross, who has been covering this story for some
time, live tonight in chicago. and brian, the judge today imposing a tougher sentence than prosecutors had asked for? >> reporter: that's right, david. 15 months. of course, this happened so long ago that hastert can only be prosecuted for failing to report all the cash he took out of the bank, more than a million dollars worth, to pay off one of his victims to keep quiet. the judge said today, had hastert been caught molesting children when it happened, he might still be in state prison today. david? >> our chief investigative correspondent brian ross tonight. next, this evening, to an air scare. authorities say a pilot driving drunk. that pilot now facing charges for getting behind the controls, twice in one day. authorities say two flights across the country. abc's david kerley, outside the courtroom. >> reporter: former jet blue pilot dennis murphy wasn't talking as he left federal court, charged with operating a passenger jetliner under the influence. did you put 270 passengers at risk? >> no comment. >> reporter: murphy allegedly failing a random breathalyzer test with a level of .11. that's higher than the driving
limit of .08, and nearly three times the limit for pilots. while it is unclear who was on the radio. >> hey, tower, jet blue a 583, did we check in, i can't remember. >> clear to left. >> reporter: court documents allege murphy was at the controls on a flight from new york to orlando. a total of 270 passengers. but before and during both flights, the other pilot told federal agents he saw murphy drinking an unknown beverage from a cup. >> pilots know that if they're going to consume alcohol in an airplane or be drunk in an airplane, they're endangering themselves and their passengers. >> reporter: just last month in detroit, a pilot, allegedly under the influence, was arrested on the tarmac, as passengers in his jetliner watched. in fact, nearly once every month, 11 times a year, a pilot violating the drug and alcohol policy. murphy, who resigned after this incident a year ago, faces up to 15-year-olds in prison. david? >> david kerley was us tonight. david, thank you.
next, this evening, to an abc news exclusive. our team traveling to africa, tracking the terror throat, the gee m jihadi group. the children who have escaped are now revealing a portrait of the horror. some children turned into suicide bombers, have no idea they were carrying bombs. "nightline" anchor juju chang takes us overseas to meet the children. >> reporter: we're traveling to the danger zone with the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., samantha power. it's been two years since boko haram kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls. 219 of them still missing. the terror group now using kidnapped children as weapons in their war, turning them into suicide bombers. 1 in 5 sue sigh attacks in the last year there was carried out by a child. they tell us many of those children are drugged. >> many of them don't even know what they are carrying, some that know they are already drugged. >> reporter: these children escaped the horror, carried
through the forest on a days-long trek. >> t-w-o, two. >> t-w-o, two. >> reporter: this 14-year-old girl told ambassador power, she still fears for her life. for the children here, going to scho school, an act of defiance. we're told those child suicide bombers are either coerced or detonated remotely or brainwashed into thinking this is a direct path to god. so, the double tragedy is that when the children are rescued, they are sometimes seen not as innocent victims, david, but as a potential security threat. >> just incredible, drugged with what? >> reporter: opioids. >> i know you're going to follow this tonight on "nightline." incredible reporting. again, a special edition of "nightline." much more of juju's reporting from "nightline" later tonight. we'll see you then. in the meantime this evening, to a milestone for women and the u.s. military. captain christian grice has become the nation's first female
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sometimes it feels more natural to have him on my back than it does to have him off. >> reporter: checking in every day with their supporters. >> going to be 18 miles today. >> reporter: there were so many cheers along the route. and 110 miles in, braden gets down. and walks the final half mile himself. >> hi, david. >> reporter: tonight, the brothers checking in with us. >> we're so thankful for all the support. >> reporter: and it turns out, it's little braden who tonight is proud of his big brother. >> he's made a lot of change in the world, so, if everyone could be like that, then, the world would be a great place. >> he's got a point. hunter and braden, america strong. thank you for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then, from all of
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