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taliban militants. this happened two weeks ago. for speaking out for girls rights. police say that the main suspect a 23-year-old chemist student from the swat district. she say they've made several arrests in the case. i want to go directly to the region there. reporter simon who has a sense of what is taking place right now. the main suspect has not yet been arrested. what do we know? >> reporter: yeah, suzanne. so far i've spoken to one of the senior police officials involved in the investigation. he tells me they have six people in custody, but they believe key facilitators around this attack, they all are local men from malala's hometown. they suspect that maybe some of them went to afghanistan where the plot was hatched and returned to pakistan where they carried out the attack. now, the main suspect, as you say, they have identified is a man called -- he went on to do a
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masters in chemistry. he is one of the main suspects involved in shooting this 15-year-old school girl all because she was fighting for an education. >> have they been able to actually talk to the main suspect about the motive behind this, because this was just horrific when we heard this young girl being attacked simply for encouraging people to go to school. >> althis stage they weren't able to share information about the process or what they may have found out from the suspects they have in custody, but we do know, of course, that when the taliban claims responsibility they first said they shot malala for the reprisal that she was fighting for a woman's right to
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be educated. >> shed said this was a part of the -- >> then the ttp changed their minds and they said, no, we are just attacking her for provoking western values in pakistan. >> real quick here, what is the condition of the little girl, the young girl? >> reporter: >> she is making progress. the laths reports from the doctors in the united kingdom is that she has managed to communicate freely. she's out of her coma. she is trying to communicate by justures and communicating by writing notes, and she's managed to stand up for the first time, so so far she's making good but steady and slow progress. >> all right. that's the good news. thank you so much. appreciate it.
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it's all coming down to a handful of swing states, and those undecided voters. presidential election just 13 days away. the race is dead even. both president obama and mitt romney, they're crisscrossing the country hitting those make or break states. the president just finished speaking at a rally in davenport, iowa, where he talked about his nonstop campaign sprint. >> this is the first stop on our 48-hour nonstop campaign extravaganza. we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. we're starting here in iowa. we're going to colorado. then we're going to go to nevada. then we're going to florida, virginia, ohio. i am going to stop in chicago to vote. >> he is calling it a 4846 hour extravaganza. we expect on to hear from vice president biden. he has a campaign stop in ohio.
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another key battleground state. in syria today rare note of optimism from diplomats trying to end the civil war there. the u.n.'s point man for peace in syria says the government there has agreed to stop fighting. at least for a four-day holiday that begins on friday. now, as encouraging as it sounds, there is a problem. every cease-fire that's been negotiated has failed. 19 months of fighting. an estimated 40,000 people killed, most of them civilians. we are joined from neighboring lebanon. you think it's dwnz. obviously, it's a very important holy holiday, but we've heard this before. none of the cease-fires have worked ever before. what makes us think this is going to be any more successful? >> that's the key question, suzanne. he has been traveling around the region the last couple of weeks meeting with key regional power players trying to make sure that everybody was pressing all sides
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from syria to try to get this cease-fire to take hold. now, earlier in the day lakdahr brahimi was meeting with jmy carter and the leader of the arab league. here's what he had to say about the syrian government agreeing to the cease-fire. >> i would just like to tell you that after this recent visit i made to damascus, there is an agreement from the syrian government on the cease-fire, and i believe they will be issuing a statement either today or tomorrow in that regard. the other parties involved inside syria, we spoke to some of them. those that we were able to reach, the commands of the armed factions, the majority agree on the principling of the cease-fire, and we hope if this humble initiative manages to succeed well, hope we can build upon that to have a longer, stronger more stable cease-fire, and this should be part of a comprehensive process. >> auz mentioned just a minute ago, we have been down this road
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before. earlier this year you had the previous u.n. arab league envoy to syria kofi annan. he went to syria with much fanfare, had a six-point peace plan. he announced that all the groups that were fighting were agreeing to it, and, yet, that never held. the concern is will this actually hold right now? nobody will know until the next few days. >> well, explain to us why in the first prays they've decided that they were going to recognize a cease-fire during this holy holiday season. >> well, this is one of the holiest times in the islamic calendar. it comes after -- it is a time of peaceful celebration for the muslim community. lafdahr brahimi has been trying to get the syrian sides that are fighting to agree to this. now, he seems to think that he has gotten these factions to dprae. the fact of the matter is we're hearing different things from different sides. the syrian government has yet to confirm that they have agreed to this. they say that they will issue a
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statement tomorrow that is still under review. they will make their announcement tomorrow. there are a lot of opposition groups, as you know, in syria. we spoke to the snc earlier today. >> right. >> they say they want to agree to this, but it's going to be up to the syrian government to show their intention if they're serious about it. suzanne. >> i just want to mention here to our viewers, 80 people killed today in syria. it is far from clear whether or not there really is any kind of cease-fire that is taking place inside of that country. mohammed, thank you so much for joining us there. now to a major sex abuse scandal involving one of great britain's biggest tv stars. thart. jimmy seville was like the british version of our dick clash. well, his bbc show, top of the pops, brought music to generations of young folks. well, he deed a year ago at the age of 84. now, hundreds of people, they're coming forward claiming he molested them when they were kids. the bbc is now investigating a possible cover-up. lawmakers are demanding answers from its chief. more from our dan rivers. >> reporter: he is not the first leader of a media organization to face this committee.
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this is where rupert merdock was so humiliated during the phone hacking scandal. now it was the director general of the bbc facing the music. this time over allegations of bbc staff, jimmy seville, abused schirn on bbc premises. >> this is a gravely serious matter, and one cannot look back at it with anything but horror, frankly, that his activities went on as long as they did undetected, and, of course, that is a matter of grave regret to me. >> he was a disk jockey, tv personality, fundraiser, and now it appears a predatory child abuser. the police say he preyed on more than 200 people. a shattering allegation made worse by victims' claims the bbc tried to cover up the affair after its own expose was axed. on monday a new bbc documentary finally aired the material previously thought not newsworthy enough to air. >> he wanted me to fondle him.
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he asked me for oral sex, and i didn't want to, and he promised me that if i gave him oral sex, that he would arrange for me and my friends to go to television central and be on his television show. >> reporter: the bbc's top executive, struggling to answer questions about the culture of sexual harassment at the bbc. >> we're looking at between five and ten serious allegations relating to are activities, but over the whole period and over the whole period in question, the saville period. >> what about people now at the bbc? >> well, i believe they're included. >> how about the mother? >> i don't know. >> you don't know. i suggest that that's unacceptable. >> reporter: meanwhile, a lawyer representing victims says they're lining up to sue once their story is finally accepted.
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>> at the moment we have dozens of claims, potential claims coming forward of victims. many of them are victims and, yet, in fact, we have witness that is weapons inspector take part in the process. >> dan rivers is joining us from london. so, dan, have you this case, and it's really quite extraordinary if it's true. alleged sex abuse anywhere from 1958 on the way to 2006. we do see this part of this documentary from the bbc speaking out. this is last year. why did it even take that long for this to all come out? >> i think that's the critical question that is yet to be answered. just sort of backing up and giving you the big picture here. the bbc were going to do an expose on jimmy saville, and it got axed. that was going to come out at the back end of last we're. it was axed. it's not kwleer why. there have been various kind of interrogations and inquiries into why that happened. it's still opaque at the moment.
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this now has also crossed the atlantic because the new incoming ceo of the "new york times" is mark thompson. he was the top man at the bbc when this expose was being put together. now, he is saying that he didn't know anything about this at the time, but it's awkward to say the least. he is just about to start his job about 12 days away from starting his job at the top of the "new york times". suddenly there are all these questions about, well, why did you let this ax his expose on jimmy saville when you had all this evidence? is this a coverup basically. >> we're looking at all these pictures of his performances there. were there any signs? was there anything, even whispers about the potential of sexual molestation and abuse of people, these young kids? >>. >> when he was alive. >> there were more than whispers. the police started looking into this in 2009, but they dropped the investigation because they said there was a lack of evidence. that decision is now being reviewed again in light of hundreds of people coming forward amid all this publicity
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saying they, too, were abused by jimmy saville. police are saying at the moment more than 200 people have come forward to claim they were abused by jimmy saville as children. so there were more than just whispers, although there were lots of rumors and whispers for years and years. the amazing thing is no one seemed to do anything about it. people in the bbc say they even saw jimmy saville, you know, doing untoward things with children, and no one spoke up. >> he has since died. do we know if during his lifetime, was there ever anything, any kind of reprecussions anything where he was held accountable for these allegations? >> there weren't. he was investigated while he was still alive. no further action was taken. on one occasion on a radio phone-in program in ireland he was asked directly by the host, you know, there are rumors about you being a child abuser. are they true, and he flatly denied it, and it was very difficult to prove, i suppose. if you haven't got people, victims, to come forward and
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take the stand and say they were victims, it's impossible to prove because it was so long ago. >> and, dan, finally you have these alleged victims coming forward. you say in the hundreds. is there anybody beside his lawyer who defend this guy that say, you know what, this is not true. >> there isn't. i mean, even the family jimmy saville's family are not protesting his innocence to the extent that they have removed his grave and had it destroyed partly because they're worried about it being attacked, but i think partly because there is an element of shame. that they feel that it's no longer appropriate to have this huge shrine saying what a wonderful man he was. the government is deeply concerned. the prime minister david cameron has promised there will be -- this will be looked into. the police are looking into it. again, it's getting bigger every day. >> all right. dan rivers, thank you, dan. appreciate it. >> this has been a contentious debate topic. we are talking about, of course, the attack on the consulate in
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benghazi. well, now emails obtained by cnn, they're prompting new questions on the timeline of the events. and the polls show in a close race, big question looming. could we see a repeat of the election that took weeks to decide back in 2000? and why else would prince charles turn out for a movie premier? to meet her magesty's secret service. that's bond, james bond. ps are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. boring. boring. [ jack ] after lauren broke up with me, i went to the citi private pass page and decided to be...not boring.
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goes on icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. so you're back to full speed. [ male announcer ] icy hot. power past pain. the new bbc finds that 20 out of 21 countries surveyed strongly prefer the president over mitt romney. check out the graphic here. president obama represented by the blue line. france shows the most support for the president with more than 70% preferring him over romney. only countries surveyed were the people who supported romney or the president is pakistan. choice for president among voters in swing state it is far less certain. the gap now narrowing. want to bring in wolf blitzer who is joining us from d.c. wolf, first of all, give you a couple of examples here because we've been watch this. in ohio according to an average of three polls, you have
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president obama had a 48% elected voters. just three points more than romney. earlier this month the president had a nine-point lead. virginia. president obama up by only one point. 48% to 47%. last month the president had a four-point lead. >> when look at the numbers here, why do you think this gap is narrowing in these key states just days away now from the election? >> i think the first debate that romney did really well on, the president did not do well on really -- if romney goes on to win this election, obviously we don't know if he will, but if he does, i think that first debate will prove to have been the game changer as far as his campaign is concerned because, as you remember, suzanne, going into that first debate, it looked like obama was going to walk away, that this thing moved the train and was leaving the station. he was doing really well in ohio and virginia and florida. you'll these key battleground states. they had significant leads.
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they have narrowed dramatically since that first debate, so i think that will be very, very significant. pollsters and political analysts have suggested this over the years that undecided voters in a presidential election when there's an incumbent president, someone who served for four years, the public knows that person well, undecideds, if they're still undecide at this late date, they usually break in bigger numbers for the challenger rather than the incumbent. that may be another factor. >> there's a growing consensus that we might wake up on election day and not even know who the next president is. is t could be that close, and we remember the days of hanging chads and bush v gore. do you think the american people can stomach that this go round? >> we stomached it. in 2000, you remember, i was -- part of our cnn coverage on the election that we were from the cnn center in atlanta, and we anchored it until 5:00 in the morning, and i was getting ready
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to walk across the street over to the omni hotel there at the cnn center, and one of their -- our executives said to me, you're on a 7:00 a.m. flight to tallahassee. this election is moving to tallahassee. didn't realize it was going to be a long time in tallahassee, and then it would wind up at the u.s. supreme court. >> this is going to be very, very close, by all accounts. one other scenario that's possible that could happen, you need 270 electoral votes to be elected. there are ways, scenarios, where each candidate winds up with 269. 269, 269. no one gets the required 270. the constitution does have a formula who would be the next president if it is a tie. >> yeah. that was a rough going for weeks or so hanging out. i was at west palm covering the chads, the hanging chads, and the painstaking effort of actually counting those ballots, but real quick here, wolf, i want to talk about breaking news
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story. the des moines register interviewed the president earlier in the month. it was previously established he was going to be off the record. well, today the president's team changed their mind, allowed the paper to go ahead and publish this. he laid out some of his plans for possible second term. why do you think the switch happened here? because he got a lot of criticism for actually off the record because normally it would be on the record, and now he is moving for it and says, okay, this is all right. what's the political calculus? >> it was strange to me that he wanted to have an off the record conversation with the editorial board of "the des moines register," a very important newspaper in iowa, battle ground state. romney spoke to them on the record. i didn't understand why it was going to background, as they say, or off the record, and then the newspaper has said, you know, we did speak to him, but we can't tell you what he said because it was off the record. it was on background. the campaign -- the president does go through some issues there. maybe he didn't want to make it public. he says he is confidented that imgrigs reform will be done if he is re-elected.
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maybe in the first year he says there will be a grand bargain in his words as far as the budget is concerned. he goes on to say he will push for infrastructure investment meeting more spending for bridges and roads, and he promises that that $4 trillion deficit reduction target will be met. he said if i am re-elected he said the latino vote will be critical. i don't think that's a surprise, but normally you don't hear a presidential candidacy i'm going to be re-elected because i'm going to do really well among latinos. >> i guess it was advisable that the campaign changed their mind and switch up a bit because the romney campaign was attacking him for being secretive and -- >> right. >> and not being open. >> what does he have to hide? why can't he talk to this newspaper publicly? there must be something he is embarrassed about. you know, all these allegations were coming forward, and in the end the campaign said, okay,
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it's all on the record. go ahead and release the transcript. which they've done, and which i've now read. there is some good stuff in there. >> all right. it is some good stuff. we'll be reading it further. thanks, wolf. good to see you, as always wrrn. >> thank you, suzanne. >> sure. now one journalist has talked to the libyan guards who were on duty that night. their chilling accounts of what actuallyr happened. oke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well.
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emails obtained by cnn, they're shedding new light on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. they are raising more questions about who knew what and when. the attack on 9/11 killed chris stevens and three other americans. the emails were sent to the fbi, the white house, other government agencies. one of them was sent while this attack was still underway. our reporter ellise is joining us live. talk a little about these emails, what they reveal. one of them including the claim of responsibility of the attack by an islamist group. >> that's right, suzanne. these are really the first communication we've seen from the u.s. embassy in tripoli. as they were reporting it real-time. now, the first e-mail was from
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about 4:00 p.m. eastern time which would be 10:00 p.m. in libya, and the subject is u.s. mission in benghazi under attack. the embassy in tripoli reports approximately 20 armed people fired shots, explosions have been heard as well. ambassador stevens, who was currently in benghazi and four other mission personnel are in the compound safe haven. now, a half hour later the embassy updates and says that the firing has stopped and the compound has been cleared and that a response team is on site of trying to locate the personnel, but, suzanne, as we know, that was not the case, and some of these armed gunmen had actually breached the walls and set some of those buildings on fire and that is where ambassador stevens and this other gentleman sean smith are believed to have died, and so it just goes to show you how frantic and chaotic it was that they didn't even know who was going on the compound and as you
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said, that third e-mail claiming responsibility was from that group answar al sariha known to have al qaeda and islamic -- this north african al qaeda affiliate ties. they later denied their claims. they had it on facebook, and then they denied it. it just goes to show you how chaotic it was in those initial hours. >> i imaged, too, the white house initially saying this had to do with the anti-islam video and that they did not understand that it was the work of a terrorist organization. how does that square with an e-mail two hours after the attack essentially from a group that says they're responsible? >> well, i think we have to be careful to note that these reports that come out of the state department or any agency are really what they call spot reports. they're like -- their initial assessments on the scene. of course, the intelligence community takes all this raw data. it could be an intelligence report. it could be a social media, and then gives the assessment. clearly the white house was notified in these emails about
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the possibility let's take a listening to what she said. >> no one wants to find out what happened more than i do. we are holding ourselves accountable to the american people. our experts deserve no less. the independent accountability review board is already hard at work looking at everything. not cherry picking, you know, one story here or one document there. but looking at everything which i highly recommend as the appropriate approach to something as complex as an attack like this. >> now, suzanne, i think a little bit of a dig there by secretary clinton at certain
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congressional committees that are, you know, kind of looking at these emails. i mean, clearly they don't really advance the story. we know about some of these things. it doesn't really show any smoking gun. it could have been a denial. the denial was then retracted, and facebook certainly doesn't say anything. it's another data point in the narrative that the administration was talking about and dent change its assessment until the middle of september. >> time magazine prying even more emails about the benghazi attack about interviews with the libyan guards that are on duty that night. reporter steven wrote the article the other -11 libyan guards recount. he joins me from libya. we have an article. we've read it. it's a fascinating, amazing firsthand count from these guards of twa wha actually took place here, and what is revealing is that these guys
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talk about initial blasts. they talk about rpg's. they talk about eight people busting into the consulate and then dozens and dozens of them following. what are we learning that's new here in terms of the force and the group that was responsible for this attack? >> can you hear me? >> hello. >> yes. it's suzanne. can you hear me? >> hey, suzanne. glad to be with you. >> thank you very much. tell me what we know. what are we learning here from your article? very, very detailed. it looks like these guys were heavily arm articled and that there were a lot of them. they had explosives for blast, and one had grenades. one person said he thought he saw someone wearing a suicide vest, but wasn't sure. it seemed like these people were
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well organized. it was a well orchestrated attack. they climbed over the front gate and then they led everyone in through the front gate, and then there was an attack from the rear grate as well. it came from both sides. it was clearly planned ahead of time. however -- >> go ahead. go ahead, steven. >> when -- they didn't really know the layout of the compounds. >> what did the guards tell you about this group? i understand that they describe them as wearing afghan garb and they didn't think they were libyans, and said you help the people that help allah. do we know if the guy did see the anti-islam movie and were motivated by that? why do you suppose they said that to the guard? >> we don't know if they were motivated by that, but it
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wouldn't surprise me if they saw tshg but i don't think that's what triggered the attack. these people were organized ahead of time. they had the weapons. they had a plan. they knew where the gates were. it was something that they were looking into for a long time. however, they went -- when they told most of the guards when they came across that they supported the enemies of islam, that they were against the prophet mohammed, so it's definitely something that they may have heard in advance. as far as what they were wearing and thinking if they were -- whether or not they were libyan or not. some people were wearing afghan garb that you don't see in this part of the country. they were speaking classical arab dialect tra that you get from koran scholars, so they're unsure where these people came from, but they believe some of them were not local. >> and these guys described to you how they were afraid for their lives. they've gone into hiding now, and they essentially feel abandoned by the american government. why do they feel that way? i mean, why do they still feel
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like they're under threat? >> well, some of these guards were flown out, and they weren't -- they didn't get any assurances. they wanted some sort of assurances from what i've been told about their security and they didn't get any. they didn't really know what to ask for. there's also, you know -- there's bomgard said people in his neighborhood started asking about him. he started getting phone calls, so his families are very scared, and it was really hard to get in touch with these guys because it took several weeks because they really didn't want to speak, and they were very hesitant to speak with each other. they didn't know what to say. they didn't know if anything would reveal their identities, and it really took a lot of patience because they are very scared. >> steven, excellent piece of journalism really. i mean, just a fascinating review, and an inside look at what actually took place there in benghazi. thank you very much, steven. really appreciate it. well, monday night's debate,
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third and final presidential debate. they focused on one topic, of course. it's america's foreign policy. if you were paying close attention, you might have heard mitt romney mention a certain landlocked african country several times. listen. >> mali has been taken over. the northern part of mali by al qaeda-type individuals. we want to make sure that we're seeing progress throughout the middle east. with mali now having north mali taken over by al qaeda. >> you got to be the mention of mali. first time it has come up in the election season. michael holmes is joining us from cnn international. we've been talking about mali for quite some time.
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>> for a long time. >> this is the first time we've heard it in the presidential campaign here. you would think it is an international terrorism hotspot the way romney was talking about it so much. tell us about mali. what is taking place in mali? >> i think the real thing is, it could be if it is left alone. now, as we've been covering this, what happened very briefly, the army had a coo in mali, and then islamists from the islamic -- came in. a whole bunch of other -- they took over the whole of the north of the country. places like goa, timbuktu, an area the size of france, and they have instituted shaara law, they are chopping off the hands of people and stoning women to death. they are rounding up unmarried pregnant women. it is a bad, bad scene up there. they are destroying centuries old tombs and shrines. not a good situation. this is going to be one of the biggest training grounds if it's left alone for al qaeda-type militants if nody does anything about it.
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>> could this be? you look at places like yemen and pakistan, and you know that there are terrorists, and it's a dangerous situation, and al qaeda is essentially a breeding ground in those countries. are we seeing the potential for a real security issue and possibly even a war in mali? >> that is the great fear. there are already training camps there. we know this already by spy plane overflights that there are training camps already in northern mali. this could be the afghanistan, if you like, the taliban in afghanistan, where you had these training grounds where terrorists are bread and trained and set outside of mali to do bad things. is it going to be a war? it looks like it. the u.s. has told the west african organization, get it together within 40 days. come up with a plan. got to go take these guys out. everyone from europeans to the americans to african nations agree these guys can't stay there. >> would the u.s. be involved in any way? what would be the u.s. role in this? are we talking about boots on the ground? >> absolutely not. i would imagine that what you would see is perhaps some drone
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activity there, at least aerial photography if not predator type drones. the europeans are already saying they're going to send trainers. they're going to send arms to the mali and military, which has been decimated itself. it's not terribly organized. there's a lot about the countries. from they want the nigerians involved. it's going to be a group of african nations doing the push with mali at the head, and europeans, and perhaps the americans supporting it. >> i wouldn't be surprised if by the end of the year or early next year. there's going to be a fight out there. >> all right. we'll be following it in mali. >> we will. >> thanks. >> good to see you. american company trying to stop its losses in europe. we're going to take a look at ford strategy to turn things around. across the united states.s the only time i've ever had a break is when i was on maternity leave. i have retired from doing this one thing that i loved. now, i'm going to be able to have the time to explore something different. it's like another chapter.
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it is a five-day religious homage. hajj is one of the five pillars of islam. all muslim that is are able to afford the trip and are physically able to must make the journey at least once in their lifetime. rituals you might have seen before they make a circular procession around the structure that is the most sacred shrine in islam. they throw stones at three pillars just outside the city. it represents stoning the devil. welcome back to "cnn newsroom." i'm suzanne malveaux. the presidential race just 13 days to go.
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president obama, mitt romney. -- the race showing dead even. the president is now on a swing through iowa, colorado, and nevada. today romney campaigns in nevada this afternoon. iowa tonight. this look, this hour we're looking at the role of the gender gap. whether news endorsements as well even matter. we're also going to have a report from ali velshi and john avland. they're on the road talking to voters in the battleground state of florida. abortion back in the headline today after a comment by republican senate candidate. today he is defending his remarks. here is what indiana senate candidate richard murdock said in the debate last night while explaining his position on abortion. >> i believehat li begins at concession. the only exception i have is in that case of the life of the mother. i struggle with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize life is a gift from god, and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape
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that it is something that god intended to happen. >> so in a news conference he accused political opponents of distorting what he said. >> for those who want to kind of twist the comments and to use them for part zan political gain, you know, i think that's what's wrong with washington these days. you know, i spoke from my heart. i spoke with my principle. i spoke from my faith. if others wish to try to turn those words and somehow use them against me, again, that's what's wrong with washington today. it is win at any cost. let's make up issues when we can't find real ones. let's twist. let's distort. let's deceive. i think that's a sad process. >> want to bring in dana bash here. dana, first of all, before we get to mitt romney, is there anything in the comments that he said today as opposed what he said previously that was different? does it sound like he is saying the same thing? >> yes in that he apologized. he said he was sorry. he said he regrets it. if the comments that he made were misconstrued by anybody to
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make it sound like he in any way thinks that rape is okay and that rape is something that would be condoned by god. he was urged to do that publicly and privately by top republican officials and did he that this morning. >> this is another controversial comment about rape and abortion. this is somebody that mitt romney endorsed. how do they respond today to this? >> oh, life is about timing, and this is not great timing for mitt romney. we are in 13 days away from election day. they are pushing so hard to get any undecided voters out there, and they tend to come more women to men to come his way, and when i say bad timing, it's also because romney just recently cut an ad for murdock, and i think you can see a little clip of it right here. let's listen. >> balance the budget and make government more accountable. as senator, richard will be the 51st vote to repeal and replace government run health care. richard will help stop the liberal reid-pelosi agenda. >> so that's airing in indiana right now where, actually, it's
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not even a contest on the presidential level. mitt romney is doing so well that his support could potentially help murdock. one of the things the democrats were pounding away at all night and morning is whether or not romney would ask the murdock campaign to pull that ad. the answer, we're told, is no, and he is also not pulling his support from murdock, but he is making very clear that he does not agree with murdock on the issue of abortion because romney has always said or at least in recent years that he doesn't approve of abortion, ut but does -- he is okay with exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. >> dana, this might not affect mitt romney and his campaign, but it might affect the balance of power if you look at the control of the senate. how important is murdock's race? >> every single race that is tight if you have last minute surprise or a hiccup or problem certainly it could affect it, and this particular race, suzanne, you know, was held -- this seat was held for 30 years by richard luger, and murdock unseated him in a primary in the spring, and so now he is running
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against a democratic -- a conservative democrat. it is neck and neck. republicans are hoping that this is one that they don't have to worry about, but it's been tough going for them, and so it's unclear whether or not this is going to shake this up in favor of the democrat or republican. murdock in his press conference this morning made the case that he thez that this could actually help him because the state of indiana is so conservative that if he talks about this and then, you know, doubles down on the fact that he very much supports -- very much is against abortion, even in the case of rape because that's his conviction and his faith, that that might help with voters. >> all right. dana, thank you for the big picture and the microand the macropicture, the small picture as well. appreciate it. issues like boeshs highlighting the role that this gender gap is playing in the presidential race, and it is a big gap. joining us to talk about that, republican strategist anna navarro and sandra fluke who made hldz in support of her testimony for contraception for
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women. let's take a look at the latest polls. this shows president obama leading among women by nine points. mitt romney among men by ten points. now, according to the "new york times", nick silver, as a matter of fact, the gender split is really historic when you look at this, so if only women voted, president obama, he would win by a landslide. if only men voted, romney would have a huge advantage. i want to start off with you, anna, first of all. social issues like abortion, when you hear murdock and you hear some of the folks talking about abortion, how does that play? how does that actually play into the campaign and specifically the kind of support that mitt romney is trying to generate from female voters? >> look, i think it plays both ways depending on your views. i think we can all agree that men and women have different views on social ishdz, including abortion. i've got to tell you, suzanne, when i first read that quote yesterday, and i read it, i cringed tremendously, and i thought i can't believe this is happening, and i can't believe
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this is happening again. today when i see it in context, when i hear his context and understand that what richard murdock was referring to was his strongly held belief that is shared by many americans that life begins -- that god gives life at inception. you know, i don't like his comments. i think they were incredibly poorly worded, but i do think that there are many americans that have that held belief that that is a gift from god, a life, any life is a gift from god, and you know, he could have worded it differently. i do think that, you know, we have to put this all in context. talk about every other issue. nonetheless, it's important. >> sandra, i want to bring you into the conversation because you and i had a chance to speak at the dnc, the convention there, and you have become -- you really have been thrust into the spotlight, if you will, because of your position on contraception and women having the right to freely use it and to have it be partially funded
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by the government. does it frustrate you at all? do you think that people are oversimplifying what concerns women? i mean, abortion, contraception, that's one thing, but there are a whole host of other issues. do you think the whole thing has been oversimplified? >> no, i don't think it has. i think president obama has been talking about a whole host of issues that women are concerned about from equal pay to violence against women to women's reproductive health, and that's -- those are issues that are important to women, so that's part of what they're concerned about. on these comments specifically, i want to underline that i still think that they're kru cringe-worthy, because regardless of the fact that many americans are differing views on their own personal decisions about abortion, 75% of the country believes that we should not be legislating that a woman who is a victim of rape cannot have access to the abortion care she needs. that's the position that's taken by mr. luger, that's been taken by many republican members of
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the house of representatives, including mr. rooen, and that mr. romney has endorsed in the past. >> explain to us here because both of you are agreeing when it comes to the cringe factor of some of these comments that people have made. how does this play out in terms of mitt romney being able to win support, the support that he does need to have from female voters less than two weeks away. >> well, i think -- >> i think it would be -- >> it shows female voters that when it comes to electing mr. romney, they're also endorsing his ability to nominate folks to the supreme court, and he has committed that he would nominate justices who would overturn roe v. wade. he has endorsed this republican senate candidate when the senate has been the one backstop, standing between the house and the president's desk on ledges lakes like this over the years. so that's something that women and men voters as well are seeing as a whole package, when we're seeing these extreme statements from candidates. >> anna, jump in here, if you will.
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>> look, i think part of what we're seeing, suzanne, is that the gap, that gender gap, that was such a great tool for barack obama has narrowed tremendously since the first debate. it used to be a double digits. now it's down to single digits. it's something that worries the obama campaign, and that's why i think you see this effort of trying to tie mitt romney to these controversial comments by richard murdock. they were not made by mitt romney. has romney has said from the get go that he does not support those comments, that he does not agree that they were poorly stated, but at the same time we all understand that we put him in context, and, you know, let's be clear about this. richard murdock was not saying that rape is what god intends. he was talking about the life that results of that. we can disagree with it, but they are two completely different concepts. i don't think this is going to play out as something that's going to affect governor romney, because, frankly, he didn't say it. there's 535 members of congress. if both barack obama and mitt
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romney were held responsible for every poorly worded thing that each one of them said, i'm telling you, we wouldn't elect anybody in this country. >> all right. we're going to have to leave it there, anna. sandra. good to see you both, and, of course, we'll continue this debate and this discussion at another time. clearly, women -- female vote could be historic when it comes to the gender gap. there's what we're working on for this hour. >> battleground, florida. the polls are neck and neck, and the stakes could not be higher. we'll show you which counties could turn the tables. then, the editorial boards are taking sides. but in the age of the internet, do newspaper endorsements even matter anymore? and tense smiles. wagging fingers. we'll take a look at the body language behind the debate. >> when we're talking about the president of the united states of america, that's when the smile should disappear and when that smirk stays there, it could potentially lose those undecided voters. [ owner ] i need to expand
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the federal government is going after bank of america for $1 billion. the government says that what the bank should pay for committing mortgage fraud against fannie mae and freddie mac. wow. the feds are now suing bank of america. what is the basis of their claims? what does this mean essentially? >> suzanne, the government is accusing bank of america of deliberately generating and then selling thousands of these defective home loans to investors. these are loans that later defaulted under fannie mae and freddie mac. what the government says is what all this led to were these countless foreclosures. this is how the government says all this happened. it says it began in 2007 under countrywide, which was known for its subprime mortgages, which actually bank of america acquired the following year. now, it happened under this mortgage program called the hustle, of all things. the goal of this program was for high speed and volume to keep these loans moving forward through this really fast approval process and to keep things moving fast, but countrywide did, the government
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alleges, is that countrywide threw out some steps in quality control -- threw those steps out of the window that could back up the process, including hiring inexperienced clerks. now, keep in mind it was up to countrywide, suzanne, to make sure that these loans met certain standards before passing them on to fannie and freddie. that didn't happen. the government says in some cases some of these applicants didn't even have critical pieces of paperwork but were approved anyway. suzanne. >> how is bang of america responding to all this? >> okay. this news just broke a moment ago. b of a wasn't immediately available for comment, but you know what, we've been hearing more and more about these lawsuits. wells fargo was hit with a similar suit three weeks ago, and i haven't forgotten about the robo-signing scandal of 2010, so all of this is really a big unknown for banks, so as they report their earnings, we certainly are learning some setting aside money for this litigation that is expected to continually come up, especially with the robo-signing scandal still in arrears. for bank of america's part, even though a lot of this happened
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before the bank bought countrywide, it's still responsible for what countrywide did. suzanne. or alleged to have done. >> thank you, alison, appreciate it. 13 days until the presidential election. president obama, mitt romney are on intense final sprints to the finish line. we're talking about the president kicking up -- even joked about not getting too much sleep earlier in davenport, iowa. >> this is the first stop on our 48-hour fly around campaign marathon extravaganza. we're going to pull an all-nighter. no sleep. we're starting here in iowa. we're going to colorado. then we're going to go to nevada. virginia, ohio. i am going to stop in chicago to vote. >> this point the election is more than just getting these swing states he is talking about.
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we are talking about getting counties 109 of those counties. ali velshi and john avland are hitting some of the counties on the cnn election express bus. take a look. >> we are in lakeland, florida. it's on the i-4 corridor between the west coast and east coast of florida. this is a particularly undecided batch of land. it's relatively evenly split, registered and in terms of their intent to vote. >> absolutely right. the i-4 corridor is the key swing district of florida. appropriately enough in the center of the state. it's from tampa bay over to orlando. right here in polk county in lakeland, florida, and this is where the election gets decided. >> this is where the ground game occurs. as you said, it's evenly split, and the folks we talked to, they are open to being persuaded. they are not informed undecided voters. they're -- >> they've been watching. it's a small slice of people left that are undecided, but they want answer that is they're want getting from the ads. they want answers that they didn't get from the debates.
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whoever they believe, they understand that they want different things, and they foresee different things. they want to know how they could achieve the goals that they set out. >> that's exactly right. this is not about slowingans. it's about solution. many frustration that undecideds have about hyper partisanship in washington. they want them to stop fighting and stop fixing the problems, and they don't want to have any more of this finger-pointing. they want to see how each guy after the election is going to start uniting the country and passing legislation. >> it seems simple that they should be able to -- the candidates should be able to pivot to this. say, look, there's a small slice of undecided voters. they all seem to be wanting the same thing. specifics as to how we're going to achieve the goal. they stand some danger in doing that. if the candidates pivot towards the middle, towards the independents too much, do they risk losing their message? >> ali, that's the danger, right? really since karl rove, both parties are under this illusion that it's all about playing to the base. they're invested in it. president obama very belatedly put out a new booklet of second term agenda.
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if you put it altogether -- i think you did it too late. the major weakness of president obama's campaign for me and many undecided voters is a lack of a second term jaebd. they took steps to remedy it and -- they feel that pressure. they know that's who is going to decide this election. >> with no debates left, it's interesting to find out how these undecided voters are going to come to their decision. many of them say they were undecided before that last debate. they remain undecided. we're going to be going through the country figuring out what they're thinking. it's going to be different stories. here is a lot of foreclosure and a lot of older citizens in florida. as we move further north, you're going to find industrial and manufacturing concerns. job concerns. when we get into virginia. it's going to be about government and then finally are, and ohio, it's a fascinating story. manufacturing is left there for decades. starting to come back to the local economy, in part because of the auto industry, but here's a state no republicans ever won the white house without ohio. >> check in with us tomorrow. back to you. >> got to love those guys. used to call it the power of the press. in the on-line world the
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president obama, mitt romney have a lot more to say in their final debate. it was what they didn't say that
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could sway voters. our gary tuckman is reaching out to a body language expert. >> this is barack obama and mitt romney's greeting. what does this tell you? >> we're looking for those pats here. when you say shake hands and you get that extra pat in, it's a pat of power. it says good boy, good boy, and we saw four with the president. i think three or four with mitt romney right there. >> during the debate one thing we kept noticing the entire hour and a half was mitt romney kept a perpetual smile on his face while barack obama was talking. when mitt romney was talking, president obama looked serious where i. >> we saw this same exact behavior in the first debate, and i have to say it's unbecoming. it doesn't really work. i'll tell you why. when we're talking about what's going in the middle east or we're talking about threats to the united states of america, that's when the smile should disappear. when that smirk stays there, it could potentially lose those undecided voters, hey, is this guy going to take this serious? >> isn't he just trying to be polite to his opponent by having this pleasant look on his face? >> lisp -- i'm an undecided
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voter so this is important for me. the president, his smile wills come and go and he will get serious. when you have a permanent smile on like we see right here, it comes across as fake and contrite. it will hurt your message. >> a very important part of your research is what you call baseline. what a person usually does. when barack obama was talking about libya, you say he did something different than his baseline. let's look at it for a second. >> let's keep the american people safe, and that's what we've done over the last four years. >> he is tilting -- >> he is tilting his head. i mean, look at the difference in white space over here versus over hooi here. we have all this white space. his head is tilted at this daigonal. this is important. why? when you give an important message, your head should be on straight. it should be in the middle of your shoulders. she or he has a good head on her shoulders. >> while both men were talking about russia, you noticed something about mitt romney's face. tell me. >> i want you to look at -- right there. his mows no esand his mouth. the nose just wrinkled. the nose and the lip wrinkled. this is called a micro-expression of disgust.
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it happened in 1/15th of a second. happiness, sadness, fear, surprise, anger, contempt, and disgust. when it comes to body language or meeting people, the only scientific belief and proven gestures are the seven universal emotions. doesn't matter if you are a man, a woman. doesn't matter if you are 77, 7. doesn't matter if you are born in russia or chicago. they will show up exactly on our face the same exact way. that is disgust. what we don't know is what does it mean? where is the catalyst? >> when mitt romney was talking about egypt, you feel that barack obama did something notable with his face. >> the president literally lifts his chin back up, which is his baseline move. throughout most of the debate -- we begins listening -- what's happening is mitt romney says i agreed with the president. boom. look at that chin. up it comes. this is the president's baseline. in this moment he is not a man running for president. he is the president. >> we've learned to watch the hellos and the good-byes very closely when it comes to body language in debates. something very interesting,
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though, happened at the end of this debate when it was all over. when they got up. barack obama made a hand motion. tell me about that. >> right here. there it is. that hand gesture is -- he is telling mitt romney i'll meet you up front. >> he pointed to up front. >> yeah, literally points to mitt romney and says i'll meet you up front. >> what does that mean? >> what this means is in sales, this is called leading. the president is saying i'm currently still the power position here. i'm the one calling the shots. i'll meet you up front. >> vice president joe biden out on the campaign trail. critical state of ohio. swing state. he is about to speak in marion. we'll listen in as well. and more... on what matters? maybe your bank account is taking too much time and maybe it's costing too much money. introducing bluebird by american express and walmart. your alternative to checking and debit. it's loaded with features, not fees. because we think your money should stay where it belongs. with you. the value you expect. the service you deserve. it feels good to bluebird.
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long, though. joining us from harrisburg, pennsylvania, sarah, a cnn contributor, reporter with "the patriot news" and pulitzer prize winner for breaking the sandusky story. sarah, thanks for joining us. want to remind our viewers, first of all, what this is all about. this is a former coach. he was convicted in june. sexually abusing ten boys while he was the assistant coach at penn state. he was sentenced to no less than 30 years behind bars. they're now evaluating him at this place to figure out where he is going to be placed permanently. what are they looking for? >> this is actually really standard procedure, and they'll say things into consideration like the things that he was convicted of, what kind of crimes they were. were they violent crimes, murders tend to go to different facilities. is he a security threat? what level of the security threat might he be? they'll take into consideration his age, and quite frankly, that might be the biggest factor in this decision because inmates in pennsylvania who are over 65, who are considered elderly,
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typically go to a certain facility with other elderly inmates. the idea being that they don't want someone who is 68, 69 years old and will be spending the rest of his life there into his 90s being in the same facility with a 25-year-old. >> and what has been a condition for him so far where he has stayed now? >> he is in the county jail. he has been in the county jail, actually, for several weeks -- for several months since his conviction, and he just recently this week transferred to the state facility where he is being evaluated. that's actually near here in harrisburg. it's just outside of harrisburg, pennsylvania, and that's where he will be for his evaluation before they determine which state facility he'll go to. >> and we know that child molesters certainly no love for them in prisons as well. is he in any danger? has he been given special treatment for protection or anything like that? do we know? >> the best guess i have on that, actually, comes from himself and his attorneys, and they say that he really didn't
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get any harassment or heckling when he was in county jail in center county, but we don't know. he is really only been in these state facilities for a very short amount of time, and i don't have any communication that he is being harassed there. >> all right. sarah, thank you so much. appreciate it. want to go directly to vice president biden who is in a critical swing state in ohio. >> well, we're led by vietnam veteran here. good to see you, man. welcome home. welcome, welcome home. took a long while, didn't it? took a long while. thank you for your service. look, folks, i -- you know, i think that there's no better -- decide the people of this great state. you know, the president has held his third debate with governor romney, and i had my one debate with congressman ryan.
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[ cheering ] my only regret is we didn't have three. folks, look, look, as the president pointed out and it's become clear after these four debates that the president has exposed that these debates have exposed that governor romney and paul ryan as the president said have a foreign policy throughout the 1980s. the cold war is over. social policy out of the 1950s, and the president said and economic policy out of the 1930 20s. look, folks, the difference in our policies now are profound and they're clearly differences.
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but they have a different value set. they come at this from a different direction than we do. governor romney is rushing to agree with president obama on iraq. afghanistan. syria. disavowing the foreign policy he has been running on for the past two years. literally, i don't know whether you saw john stewart. did you see john stewart's show? >> he was finishing his sentences. it is really amazing. you know, i don't know what happened we call that conversion where i come from, but, you know, beyond the last debate, i think they're getting the idea where the american people aren't much in sync with their ideas. the last debate governor romney even laid out how he was for rescuing the automobile industry. i bet you all didn't know that, did you? i didn't know that either. this is the same guy that let
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detroit go bankrupt, and he said you did exactly what i would have done, mr. president. i wonder what all those conservative folks are thinking about him right now. all those guys on the far right that were so happy that there was going to be a different kind of -- a different kind of campaign this time. half the time this last debate i didn't know whether or not governor romney was there to debate barack obama or endorse barack obama. serious. i'm serious. but governor, you can't run from the truth. you can't run -- you can't run from your policies. you can't run from your position, for example, on women's rights. romney and ryan have made it very clear. they made it very clear. they don't believe a woman has a right to control her body. they're willing to impose their private views on the public. they want -- on women's health, they want to give power back to the insurance companies. you get charged 50% more for the same policy a man gets charged
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for. the same policy. under the obama -- what we call obama care these days, they're not allowed to do that anymore, and right now you know, if a woman is pregnant, she goes to get insurance. pregnancy is "a preexisting condition." no. by the way, that's not a joke. that's -- that is not a joke. but we say you can't do that anymore. well, these guys want to turn around and give it back to the insurance companies. these guys, you know, folks, they -- you know, when romney talked about equal pay. remember he got asked that question the debate before last. do you support equal pay? he started talking about binders. >> he says he didn't support
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even the lilyledbetter law, and congressman ryan voted against the lillyled better law. you know, it's pretty amazing to me and now, you know, i want to make one thing clear to you so nobody misunderstands because we don't want to fly under any false flags here. barack obama and i from the day we joined forces, we are absolutely clear to everyone and you should be clear. we're going to make sure one of our central missions is to make sure my daughter, his daughters, my four grand daughters have every single opportunity my sons have. >> that's the vice president out of marion, ohio. he is talking about mitt romney's -- in an on-line world, to the newspapers, do they have any sway over the political process
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president obama today agreed to allow "the des moines register" a newspaper to publish an interview he gave to the editorial board. this came after the paper blasted him in an op ed blog post for trying to keep this conversation off the record. senator rick greene wrote, "what the president shared with us manner, the manor, depth, would have been well received not only by his bashgs but also undecideds. the newspaper is preparing to endorse a presidential candidate in the next couple of days. the president has already picked up a couple of big endorsements. we're talking about one in ohio. last week the influential paper, it was the cleveland lien dealer announced it would support the president. los angeles times, denver post, salt lake tribune also endorsing the president for mitt romney on his signed endorsement. the columbus dispatch, the pittsburgh tribune, and the orlando sentinel.
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do they even matter? the newspapers on the decline, circulation slipping dramatically. lowest level in decades. let's bring in howard kurtz to talk about it. news week, daily beast, washington bureau chief and host of ""reliable sources" "here on cnn. you have lots of accolades there, howie. let's first of all, start off with what happened in iowa, the controversy over the paper, and first, he says no, it's off the record, and got a lot of pushback. now he says okay. they published the interview. he was blasted by the romney campaign as well. why in the first place do you think he said no i want it off the record, and why did he change his mind? >> well, the second part is he changed his mind because the newspaper embarrassed the white house and the obama campaign into agreeing this had to be made public. why on earth he brought in issue-or yebted discussion, when which he said the same thing, should not be published. it was off the record.
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i think it's -- i can't figure it out. >> and one of the things that's going to happen is, of course, they're going to try to -- they're going to decide which one they're going to endorse. does it make any difference at all? are people actually listening, watching, leading what you have from this self-reported board and anonymous editorials? >> in local election newspaper endorsements matter a lot. in a primary or caucus, in the iowa caucuses, for example, the des moines register endorsement is worth its weight in gold. you have activists turning out and taking a lot of -- taking your accused from the newspaper that follows -- in a national general election, i don't think so. it's like chicken soup. it doesn't hurt. whoever gets the announcement will tout it. the endorsement, i should say, will tout it, will try to, you know, show a sense of momentum, but the endorsements in this country are going -- and newspapers are going to split pretty evenly, and i i don't think it carries that much weight. >> according to the washington
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post blogs here, you have newspapers endorsing obama. they've got three millioners. for romney it's 2 had the 1 million subscribers. does that tell us anything at all? >> well, what it tells us is that, you know, if you look 30 years ago when newspapers were the prime source of information for a lot of folks, then the endorsement matters more. now we're in an age where, you know, barack obama has i think 27 or it's up to 30 million followers or fans on facebook. romney has nine million or ten million. there are so many more ways for these campaigns to communicate on-line with their supporters trying to get their message out, trying to get voters registered and trying to get people to the polls, and a newspaper endorsement, frankly, seems a little old-fashioned. i understand yt papers do it. they editorialize every day of the year. they certainly don't want to duck the big decision every four years, but i don't think it packs much punch anymore. >> is there anything that the newspapers could be doing to be more influential in making those kinds of endorsements? >> well, i think when newspapers still have a lot of impact is in
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their news coverage. we sit here in new york or washington or atlanta and we have this sort of national view, but if you are in iowa, chances are you are not only watching local tv and seeing all those ads because you're in a swing state, you're reading the des moines register or some of the other papers, and then what stories get put on the front page, how romney and obama are covered, how controversies come up, how the debates are covered. i think that is actually influential and tends to influence -- there's a ripple effect that goes out to the blogs and cable television and the like. the one day when the -- as you say, the anonymous editors say here is our choice of the president of the united states, i think people will consider. i don't think it moves a lot of votes. >> howard, good to see you, as always. 11 new cases -- from a company that is outside of austin. we're going to get the latest. it's swanson flavor boost. concentrated broth to add delicious flavor to your skillet dish in just one stir. mmm! [ female announcer ] cook, meet compliments.
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lives. 308 people now have gotten sick from the medications produced at just one massachusetts compounding pharmacy. 11 additional cases were announced just yesterday. these were states where state health officials revealed new details about that pharmacy. want to bring in elizabeth cohen to talk about what do we know about this place and its practices. >> so these massachusetts regulators went into the pharmacy and found and went through the records and found they were shipping products before doing safety testing. you're supposed to do safety testing and then ship the products. they appeared to have skipped that step. and then they also found dirty lab equipment, they could see dirty lab equipment. and as we have reported before, earlier, the fda folks saw fungous growing in a vial this he could see something foreign in there, they put it under a microscope, it was fungous. >> is anybody being held accountable. >> necc has been shut down. it was announced yesterday that
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three of their chief pharmacists have lost their license to practice pharmacy. so at least those three people are being held accountable. >> are there other contaminated medications? we know this is for pain, for back pain. do we think this is a bigger problem? >> right, well, i spoke to the fda about that, they said they're now testing other drugs made by necc to see if there is fis fungus if those drugs too. the government is urging hospitals and clinics to call customers, some of them, not all of them, the patients, and tell the patients you got x and you need to watch out for signs of meningitis. they have already done that for the original drug. now they're doing it for even more drugs. and i want to show you, this is a list of all of necc's customers. these are the hospitals and clinics that necc shipped to. it is a long list. >> that's a lot of work. >> i asked them, how many people in this country have gotten necc drugs? they don't even know that big number.
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that's how big this is, they don't even know the scope of it yet. >> they have got a lot of work to do. >> they certainly do. they certainly do. if you go to, you can see if your hospital or doctor on this list and say i went there a couple of weeks ago or whatever and see if it is on the list. >> good. thank you very much, elizabeth, appreciate it. a lot of flack for his performance at the republican national convention, but hollywood star clint eastwood getting back into the political arena with a new ad for mitt romney. i'm going to show you right after this quick break. layaway's back, right? yep, you can pay a little at a time.
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all right, remember clint eastwood's final one sided conversation with the empty chair? yeah, dirty harry back on the political stage, this time no chair in sight. clint eastwood, he's starring in a new mitt romney support ad. launches today in seven swing
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states. take a look. >> we need someone who can turn it around fast and that man is mitt romney. there is not much time left and the future of our country is at stake. >> the group behind this ad, eastwood's message at the republican convention was lost in this negative press of the empty chair. late night comedians got their chance to weigh in on the presidential debate. we'll hear some of the punch lines next. medicare prescription drug plan. ♪ with a low national plan premium... ♪ ...and copays as low as one dollar... ♪ ...saving on your medicare prescriptions is easy. ♪ so you're free to focus on the things that really matter. call humana at 1-800-808-4003. or go to for details. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers!
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13 days and counting until election day. late night comedians still counting the jokes. >> today a poll found that president obama won last night's debate among a voting bloc known as walmart moms. that's true. and mitt romney won the debate according to the voting bloc, wouldn't be caught dead at walmart moms. >> "cnn newsroom" continues right now. all right, have a great day, suzanne.