tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS February 12, 2016 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
>> pelley: republicans fight for the christian right and prepare for our cbs debate. tempers flare between the democrats. >> madam secretary, that is a low blow. >> pelley: also tonight, a low blow of cold in much of america. the pope's pilgrimage to mexico. greyhound racing may be neither the end of its run. and steve hartman at a museum of love. >> i built it for other people to see, but it's for me, too. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
tomorrow's debate. can anyone catch trump? can an establishment republican break out? the stage is set for the contest hosted by cbs news in greenville, south carolina. today, the candidates put their faith in christian conservatives eight days before the primary in south carolina. and here's julianna goldman. >> i think that life is dwienl inspired. >> reporter: in a state where faith is central to many voters, republican presidential candidates have proclaimed their beliefs on the stump-- >> i'm a christian and i converted to catholicism. >> i discovered my purpose by discovering the lord. >> reporter: on the airwaves. >> to use gifts we've been given. >> it's a faith and family forum. >> reporter: and at a religious forum where today jeb bush, marco rubio-- >> faith is the most important influence in my life. >> reporter: and ted cruz addressed the faithful. >> i am saved by grace and it has transformed my life and my family's life. >> reporter: can you talk a little bit about the role of faith in south carolina in this primary? >> there
faith value voter here's for sure. and we'll i have chance to share my life journey and how faith has been important. >> reporter: self-described evangelicals are born-again christians make up 65% of south carolina republican primary voters four years ago. while cruz won the evangelical vote in iowa, donald trump won is in new hampshire. that may explain why in a state known for its rough-and-tumble politics, trump and his conservative credentials have become a feeding frenzy. >> there is nothing conservative about donald trump. >> look past the boasting and you'll see right through him. >> reporter: on twitter, trump turned the tables on his anti-establishment rival saying, "how can ted cruz be an evangelical christian when he lies so much and is disdis honest? donald trump has pulled down his negative tv ads here in south carolina. but, scott, now that he's getting hit from all sides you can expect him to try to make up for that on the debate stage tomo n
thanks. and speak of tomorrow night's debate, john dickerson will be the moderator, and he's joining us now. john, what are you expecting? >> reporter: well, i'm expecting the candidates to have a presidential demeanor on the outside and on the inside, a roiling desire to do battle. usually on a debate stage, the candidates want to look presidential because they don't want to come across as too aggressive. on the other hand, the stakes are very high here in south carolina, and there are two different kinds of battles gog. there's donald trump's battle with ted cruz, which has gotten nasty and personal over who is more conservative, and over questions of faith. donald trump tweeted about cruz's christianity. then there is the battle between the mainstream alternatives, those three candidates -- bush, kasich, and rubio. they are trading expharnlg counter-charge almost by the hour over more substantive issues -- medicaid, and what's the right kind of experience to be president? so we hope when it's all said and done while there will be a lot of heat
some light. >> pelley: and with the winnowing that's occurred with the primaries and caucuses, there will just be six candidates now on the stage, a very consequential debate. and that debate will begin tomorrow evening at 9:00 eastern time, 8:00 central. that's 6:00 in the west, right here on cbs. and we invite you to tweet us your questions using the hashtag goddebate. democrats held their primary last night. >> he does not support the way i do building on the progress that the president has made. >> reporter: in rural south carolina today, hillary clinton portrayed bernie sanders as one dimensional, part of a new strategy she unveiled at last night's debate. >> we both share the goal of universal health care coverage. >> reporter: she is embracing his vision but panning his plans in detail. >> you need to level with
every progressive economist who has analyzed that says the numbers don't add up. it would probably increase the size of the federal government by about 40%. >> that is absolutely inaccurate. secretary clinton has been going around the country saying, "bernie sanders wants to dismantle the affordable care act. people are going to lose their medicaid." we're not going to dismantle anything. >> reporter: and with south carolina's minority-heavy primary looming she is accusing sanders of the undermining the nation's first black president. >> in the past he's called him weak. he's called him a disappointment. the kind of criticisms we hear from bernie sanders about our president i expect from republicans. i do not expect from someone running for the democratic nomination to succeed him. >> madam secretary, that is a low blow. i have worked with president obama for the last seven years. but you know what, last i heard, we lived in a democratic society. last i heard,
disagree with the president. >> reporter: clinton supporter and former secretary of state madeline awl priet apologized tonight for saying, "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." she acknowledged in an op-ed in this context it offended some women who aren't voting for hillary clinton. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks very much. it looks chilly in south carolina where nancy is. and another big story tonight is the cold snap in the northeast. temperatures are expected to bottom out sunday morning, possibly hitting record lows in philadelphia, new york, and boston. in saranac lake, new york, wind chills could drop below minus 40. michelle miller is chilling in stranton, pennsylvania. >> reporter: it was a striking image-- house after house encased in ice. at about 2:30 in the morning, the water main burst, shooting water 20 feet into the air and
then, within hours, the deep freeze set in. large icicles hung from street signs, trees and power lines. that worries homeowner oscar velez. >> i'm just concerned that people are going to slide and get hurt or get hit by those big icicles there hanging. >> reporter: from the midwest to the deep south, there was no escaping the arctic blast. today in greenville, south carolina, freezing temperatures turned this water fountain into a giant popsicle. temperatures are expected to plunge to two degrees in new york on sunday. pedro morales says he's invested in a cheap ski mask to stay warm. >> they're great. and for $5, that's a bargain in new york city. >> reporter: and here in scranton, these houses are likely to remain on ice for several more days, scott. that's because temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing here until tuesday. >> pelley: michelle miller, thanks very much, michelle. police are trying to re
attacked people last night in a restaurant in columbus, ohio. four people were hurt, one critically. jeff pegues is following this. >> reporter: police say the assault has the hallmarkes of a terrorism-inspired attack. michael woods is deputy chief of the columbus police department. >> a lone individual, machete going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know. those are the things that-- that give us concern. >> reporter: investigators say last night, 30-year-old muhammad barry went to this mediterranean restaurant and asked questions about the israeli owner and the food. he left and then returned half an hour later with a machete. in 911 calls, witnesses described barry slashing diners. >> reporter: barry led police on a five-mile car chase before he was shot andki
investigators say he lunged at an officer. law enforcement sources tell cbs news that barry had been on their radar before, and that is why is columbus police quickly notified federal authorities after that attack. scott, we've also learned that he was here in the u.s. on a green card. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. overnight, the u.s. and russia hammered out a deal to stop the fighting in syria's catastrophic civil war that has killed 260,000 people and sent 12 million fleeing from their homes. this deal would be a breakthrough, except it isn't immediate, it isn't permanent, and it doesn't include all the hostile forces. holly williams is in turkey tonight. holly, tell us some more. >> reporter: well, scott, this would be the first cease-fire in syria's civil war, agreed to by all of the key outside countries involved in the conflict. and hopefully, it will allow food and aid to get into places that are cut off right now because of fighting.
syrian regime will actually comply, and this temporary cease-fire may not start for another week, which allows the regime to continue its offensive around the city of aleppo, which has already driven tens of thousands of people from their homes. there are fears that aleppo could soon be besieged by the regime, just like the town of madaya, where more than 40 people have already starved to death. those are the regime's tactics, and in an interview released today, the syrian president, bashar al-assad, vowed to retake the entire country. he also rejected allegations of war crimes. now, the regime's offensive is backed by russian airstrikes and russia says despite cease-fire it will continue those strikes against terrorist groups. and that's another problem because when russia has said that in the past, it's also targeted american-backed rebels. some of those rebels are very skeptical about the cease-fire plan, and the agreement does not include isis and other ex
hoping for. holly williams in turkey tonight. hole, thank you. on our southern border, we are now seeing a new wave of immigration from mexico, but what's notable is who is making the journey and why. we asked mark strassmann to look into this. >> reporter: every day, cubans cross this border bridge from mexico into laredo, texas. since 1966, the cuban adjustment act has guaranteed asylum from refugee of to refugees fleeing the communist regime. they qualify for a green card after a year and a day, and citizenship five years later. but now they're afraid the thawing the diplomatic relations will end that special protection. jessenia acuna says, "how was i supposed to get here if they changed the law? it would have been impossible." most cuban refugees no longer try to reach miami on makeshift rafts in
capture and the currents are both risky. they now fly to a latin american country like ecuador then spend months making a trip through land and a half dozen other countries before reaching the texas border. 51,000 arrived here last year, 68% of them through laredo. >> it's a whole transnational human smuggling operation. >> reporter: jorge duany studies cuban migration patterns at florida international university. well organized? >> very well organized and it's supposed to be the second most profitable illegal network after the illegal trade business. >> reporter: most head to miami. at this refugee resettlement office, we met an drass hernandez. his trip here from cuba took eight months. he told us, "it was a lot of stress air, lot of days without eating," but worth it to him and other cubans, immigrants desperate to start fresh in america andwo
>> pelley: greyhound racing has been on its last legs for a decade. it's hanging on in florida, but david begnaud found even there the hounds could be neither the end of their run. >> go! >> reporter: peter cyers has been taking his daughter and his grandchildren to the naples-ft. myers greyhound racing track for 20 years. >> whoa! >> reporter: on this day, the grandstands were nearly empty. >> i've seen a big decline in theitancy. i remember-- the attendance. i remember the crowds really
tracks remain in the u.s. 12 of them are in florida. isadore havenick owns two of them. >> to have 50 people come to a business that seats thousandses, it's like going to a dolphin's game in december. it's an empty building. >> reporter: havenick says he loses $5 million a year running these races, but he says he has to in order to keep his more-profitable poker business open. florida law mandates it. >> we have to run 90% of the amount of racing we ran in 1996 in order to keep our poker room open. >> reporter: how many races do you have to run a year? >> thousands of dog races. >> reporter: havenick supports decoupling the two businesses so he can run his poker rooms without racing the dogs. carey theil is executive director of grey2k, an organization working to protect grey hundreds of thousands. >> greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. these dogs live in small cages for about 22 hours a day. the cages are barely large enough for the dog to stand up or turn around. >> if they don't want to run
could stop today, stop today. turn in your permit. >> reporter: jack cory lobbies for the greyhound industry. he blames the audience decline on the track owners. >> live greyhound racing is alive and well if the tracks wanted to promote it, if the tracks wanted to modernize it. mr. theil and the animal rights groups and the greyhound tracks all want to become slot casinos. >> reporter: here at the mawrd gray casino in south florida, race number 17 is about to get under way. the future of florida's racing is buried in a bill before the legislators right now and those legislators may vote tho by the end of this month. >> pelley: david begnaud. david, thank you very much. today, the profit mount st. mayor's university in maryland reinstated two faculty members that he fired on monday. they had criticized president simon newman's plan to weed out struggling freshmen quickly to improve the school's
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>> pelley: tonight, pope francis arrives in mexico, home to nearly 100 million catholics. manuel bojorquez is following the pilgrimage. >> reporter: at mexico city's main square, the zocalo, preparations are under way. found of catholics will try to catch a glimpse of the man many reverals the people's pope. >> this pope is completely different. >> reporter: jessenia acuna and her friend bradley treasure came from west palm beach, florida. so he appeals to someone like you. >> yes. >> reporter: his message does. >> yes. >> reporter: what about it specifically? >> acceptance and love. ( applause )
russian orthodox church which split with the vatican nearly 1,000 years ago. aboard the plane, the pope emphasized his mission in mexico to try to heal a country, which has lost an estimated 100,000 people in a vicious drug war over the last decade and to highlight the plight of migrant by traveling from southern mexico, where many start their journey, and ending with a symbolic mass at the u.s.-mexico border. the pope's first mass here in mexico city will be tomorrow. scott, his visit is also meant to reinvigerate catholics here where it's estimated the number of people raised catholic and still practicing has dropped nearly 10%. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez in the mexicanical capital for us. manuel, thank you. a valentine from steve hartman next.
. >> pelley: life's precious moments are stored in our mind, but that wasn't quite good enough for the unforgettable man that steve hartman met "on the road." >> reporter: around starkville, mississippi, retired mail carrier charles evans is known most low for his questionable taste in lawn furnishings. but i came here for something undeniably beautiful. >> the man with the plan. >> reporter: charles met his wife, louise, back in 1949. >> when you looked at her, it was like an electrical shock. >> reporter: really! >> i guess it's love. >> reporter: to charles, true love is so powerful, nothing can stop it. >> that's a big four-lte
word. >> reporter: nothing. >> straighten it out. >> reporter: which is why after she died in 2011, after 60 years of marriage, he decided a grave marker wasn't enough, that their love deserved more than a monument. what they are love needed was a museum. and so, in a little outbuilding behind his house, charles evans built just that. >> this is our memorabilia area. >> reporter: inside, he's got the shoed shine stand he was work at when he met perhelp he's got all the music they used to dance to. and he's got four walls packed solid with pictures, documenting every significant occasion. >> and this was where we went out to lunch. >> reporter: and most every insignificant occasion. >> this was her laughing with food in her mouth. >> reporter: needless to say, he doesn't get a whole lot of visitors, which is fine by charles. >> this is our last dance. >> reporter: in fact, you get the sense he almost
alone time more. on slow days, he slow dances with louise. ♪ ♪ >> i guess i'm trying to relive our life, would you think? >> reporter: maybe. >> i don't know. it's-- it's so hard to explain, you know. but it's not a suffering memory. it's a beautiful memory, you know. >> reporter: sometimes, people try to tell charles to move on, but in his mind, why would you want to make a bunch of new memories when the old ones are still so good? >> yeah, she was lovely. >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road," in starkville, mississippi. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. remember, the republican debate tomorrow evening at 9:00 eastern here on cbs and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes." good night.
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