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how can you lose like this? he really isn't even a democratdemocrat. she's losing new hampshire, which is sort of amazing. >> one white house veteran bristles at the socials label though and says -- struck a nerve with americans left behind. the vice president joe biden raises eyebrows by praising sanders seemingly at the expense of hillary clinton. biden says sanders is connecting on the campaign trail because of his deep concerns over americans squeezed by income inequality. >> there used to be a basic bargain. if you contributed to the profitability of enterprise you got to share in the profit. that's been broken. productivity is up. wages are stagnant. >> hillary is talking about that as well.
>> well, it is relatively new for hillary to talk about that. hillary's focus has been on other things up till now. and that's been bernie's. no one questions bernie's authenticity on those issues. >> more on the bind interview in just a minute. first we're joined from ames, iowa. >> sanders happy about the race tightening here in iowa. of course not so happy about the race tightening in new hampshire. and hillary clinton clearly concerned. you can tell just by the significant increase in attacks from her and her campaign. but at the same time i've hearing from sources that the campaign is confident in their ground game here in iowa. that their volunteers and their organizers are going to help deliver the iowa caucuses for hillary clinton. in a head-to-head
clinton/sanders match up, over two battle ground states the latest polls stay, say, it is anyone's race. last night in des moines the virtually tied democrats were pressed on hot button multi cultural issues. >> can you promise you won't deport children -- >> reporter: secretary clinton taking a new stance against dhs raids, not ruling out the deportation of children. >> what i don't like are the mass round ups and the raids and that should end. >> the neck and neck candidates spent monday facing off in the hawk eye state. >> think hard about the people who are presenting themselves to you. and particularly for those of us who are democrats, their electability. >> pointing to recent iowa and new hampshire polls showing him outperforming against trump and cruz. >> we are going a lot better than hill clinton does. in terms of electability i think democrats might want to look at
bernie sanders as the candidate. >> and boasting monday night that the clinton camp is running scared. >> have you noticed lately that she's been getting more aggressive with you? >> yes. >> why is that? >> i don't know. it could be -- you tell me. >> it could be that the inevitable candidate for the democratic nomination may not be so inevitable to date. >> secretary clinton admitting the 2016 election so far has been chock full of surprises. >> can you say bernie sanders cannot win the presidency is this. >> anybody can win. who would have thought donald trump would be leading in the polls? >> both candidates picking up key endorsements. hillary clinton with the brady group to prevent gun violence. and we just learned that mo
moveon.org, liberal edadvocacy group has just endorsed bernie sanders. >> see the complete interview tonight 7:00 eastern only on cnn. during cnn's one-on-one interview with violent joebd, he just didn't talk about the democratic race but the gop campaigns as well. including donald trump's bid for the white house. biden says the real estate mogul is not only incredibly divisive but lack -- >> he's the republican front runner right now. no doubt about it. let me ask you, is he qualified to be president of the united states and a leader on the world stage? >> anyone in the american public says they want to be president is qualified to be president. i know that sounds like i'm avoiding the question. and that is not my style. i want to make that clear at the
front end. i think that though he's an incredible divisive figure. the country has never done well when the leader of the the country appeals to people's fears as opposed to their hopes. that is what worries me about donald trump. if donald trump gets the nomination and wins the election, if he's as smart as i think he -- he's going to regret having said the things he said and done. the whole idea as we were talking before how to pull the country together for god sake, pull the politics together down here. how does donald trump do that. >> how deal with foreign leaders an awful lot. how would you see trump on the world stage? >> i would -- i would hope he'd have an extremely qualified staff with him. >> you're saying he's not substantive. >> no he's not. so far. doesn't mean he can't be. but he has no background in foreign policy. i don't know. maybe he's keeping it secret but
he hasn't spoken to any of the substance so far. none of the substance. i think he would be, most world leaders would hope that he had a couple of crash graduate courses before he started to try to exercise the role of president. >> now we see that bernie sanders and hillary clinton are actually running neck and neck. in iowa and in new hampshire. why do you think hillary clinton is struggling? >> well first of all, i've been of the view and i don't know that you and i talked about it. i don't want to say that for certain, but we may have. i thought for the last six months they were neck and neck. >> why is she having trouble? >> well i think that bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real and he has credibility on it. and that is the absolute enormous concentration of wealth in a small group of people with
the middle class now being able to be shown being left out. there used to be a basic bargain. if you contributed to the profitability of enterprise you got to share in the profit. that's been broken. productivity is up. wages are stagnant. >> but hillary is talking about that. >> well it is relatively new for hillary to talk about that. hillary's focus has been on other things up till now. and that's been bernie's, no one questions bernie's authenticity on those issues. >> and they questions hearse? >> we -- question hersed? >> well i they they question anybody who comes along. i think she's been thoughtful on the issue. it is the old thing everyone wants to be the favorite, no one wants to be the prohibitive favorite. so it is an awful high bar to meet that this was the absolute
prohibitive favorite. i never thought she was, never thought she thought she was the prohibitive favorite. everything's settling in. but it is not over. >> if hill clinton should lose iowa and new hampshire, is there any way that you would possibly take another look at that race. >> no. look -- >> the door's shut. >> first of all, even if hillary loses both -- i haven't thought this through, it is a long way too go to the anonymounominatio. it is one thing theoretically to win both of those. south carolina is going to be pretty rough sledding down there for bernie and for another guy who's in it, o'malley, he's a qualified guy. this guy a serious governor. >> but you're closing -- >> i don't think there is any door to open. >> cnn's chief political analyst gloria borjer joins me now.
also joined by cnn senior political analyst and former advisor david gergen. welcome both of you. gloria, mr. biden didn't exactly give hillary clinton a ringing endorsement. or aim reading that wrong? >> look, he thought about running against hillary clinton. and as you just said the door is shut on that. but i do believe that there is something about bernie sanders populism that appeals to joe biden. he did go out of his way to say that hillary clinton was doing other things and these are issues that not have been on their docket for as long as whereas something bernie sanders has spent a lifetime doing.
>> is it possible that hillary clinton could lose both iowa and new hampshire. >> one would not have thought say three weeks ago that she might lose both. and you must think -- and glo a gloria -- looked a little more vulnerable today than she did, maybe i could have taken this. he must be thinking this. >> he does, i think. >> he does. you think he does. >> well he's said it both ways. he has said he thought he could win and he thought he couldn't win. i don't think he goes there anymore. >> probably to protect himself emotionally. for everybody. we all know when somebody gets the fever to run for the white
house, it does not go away easily. >> and he did say he'll miss the perch. let's talk about how things are with joe biden. he could have a powerful voice neuromuscular coming election. isn't it important who he gets behind? whether it's bernie sanders or hillary clinton? >> i think it's important that he has a voice of reason right now. his conversation with gloria was very calm, very direct about what he thought about donald trump. i think he's going to be one of the more effective witnesses for the democratic nomine, probably still hillary. although it is a lot closer than we thought. if you look at the other people who will be out for her. one is bill clinton. and he's become more controversial since donald trump went after him. he'll be really good at rallying people like young people. i think barack obama will be
really good at rallying minorities and young people. but joe biden has a quality that makes him very popular in democratic circles. and he'll retell the obama story which is critical. i think joe biden does have a place in the next few months in the conversation. >> yeah -- >> -- do that gloria? >> yeah absolutely. you know, we spoke about his next great projects which is the mo moon shot on cancer. and we all know he's been through terrible trad tragedy in his life. but what i think he does is put a human face, soften the president a bit in the stories he tells and he can talk about what he and the president have accomplished on the campaign trail, which is what he wants to
co-. i don't think he's going to take a candidate in the primary. there is no point. he's going wait and see and then campaign like crazy for the democratic nominee. it is very important as he pointed out to me on issues like gun, healthcare, etc. that they worked very hard to get certain things done and they want someone in the white house not necessarily to be the third term of obama but to carry on some of the things that are very important to them and i think this is a man who's spent 43 years in elected office. the last seven of which have been at the white house with obama. and i think he's going to want to continue the work that he's put into his whole life. you know? so i think this is really important to biden. >> i have to leave it there. thanks both of you. >> if you are planning to watch
thursday, expect one less candidate. senator paul says he's skipping event after being bumped off the main stage. fox says only seven candidates qualify. that means paul and fiorina were both bumped to the undercard round. >> i think an artificial designation as being in the second tier is something that we don't want to accept that because it really points fingers and says well are you really going to be a contender. we are a contender. we think we have a national campaign that can contend for victory and we can't accept sort of an artificial designation by anybody. >> so you won't attend. you won't be in the undercard. >> absolutely. i won't participate in anything not the first tier. >> fox business did not release which polls were under consideration for the debate. cnn reached out but has not responded to.
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this morning's deadly blast in turkey has, quote, syrian roots. that is the word from turkey's president who says at least nine were killed in the terror attack targeting t targeting the city's most popular tourist area. i want to take you do turkey first. ar what damon. how do they know that a syrian is at fault here?
>>. >> reporter: well we don't know the specifics of it. we do know the president came out and said that the -- we do understand the authorities are investigating what ties the individual had to terrorist organizations although a lot of suspicion is pointing towards isis. any given time turkish authorities have people under surveillance and they conduct massive nationwide sweeps where they detain hundreds of people with ties to terrorism. an indication how vulnerable the country continues to be. we are not far from where the attack took place a few hundred feet away behind me. and it is the very core, the
center, of old historic istan l istanbul. and also, a main, if not the main, tourist attraction for people coming here. transact. we know a significant number of those who died were in fact foreign nationals. sadly this is no surprise as turkey is facing multiple terrorist threats from many different entities, including among those isis. isis has carried out two significant attacks here over the last eight months. one in ankara back in october. the other an attack in the town of -- along the border. but this is so phenomenally unspeakably difficult for the loved ones of those who died but also for the nation as a whole
because this is not just an attack on turkey, on potentially the psyche of the turkish population but also an attack on the very soul of this country's history and given that foreign tourists were among those who suffered the consequences of this, there are concerns how that is going to impact the tourism industry and the economy, carol. >> arwa, thank you. >> to berlin and atika shubt. early word. >> reporter: called angela americael and told her that that majority of the victims were german citizens. we don't know exactly the number
but the country is bracing itself for the possibility that perhaps all of the victims in that attack may have been german nationals. in a brief statement made at a press briefing, angela merkel did say that it appeared to be that one tour group was in the midst of this attack. it is not clear if the attacker specifically picked out this tour group or exactly what happened. but it appears that it was a german tour group that was near this area called the german fountain. and this arwa points out is right in the heart of istanbul. it is a very popular tourist area for germans and other nationals as well. so it is going to be a very difficult few days here. >> live from berlin. thank you. actor sean penn has a new message to critics. he has nothing to hide. after pictures surfaced of him arriving at a mexican airport
just before meeting with el chapo guzman. new pictures suggest that officials were closely monitoring penn. nick valencia is outside the prison while -- chapel remains behind bars. good morning nick. >> reporter: mexico attorney general saying the meeting penn had with el chapo's helped. of course the raid that eventually brought the kingpin down happened early morning friday. about 12 hoursing a one of our crews was able to get inside that home. i was speaking last night with an official who tells me el chapo tried to escape the raid using a secret passage that led to another tunnel that led to the storm drains.
last night the president of mexico praising the capture saying of course this capture doesn't necessarily stop the drug cartel problems in the country. meanwhile all of this while extradition looms for el chapo. at least seven states have charges against him. it is more likely he'll end up in a major city in a u.s. court, perhaps new york, san diego or even chicago where in recent years he was said to be enemy number one there for his role in supplying drugs to the city. >> nick valencia live from mexico. in my ways it will be a farewell speech. president obama just hours from his last state of the union. >> because there is no next thing. this is it. and never in our lives again will we have chance to do as
directly to the people. >> there is no doubt that politics and washington are so much more divided than the american people are. and part of what i want to do in this last address is to remind people, you know, we've got a lot of good things going for us. and if we can get our politics right, it turns out that we're not as divided on the ideological spectrum as people make us out to be. >> okay. let's bring in cnn white house correspondent michelle cos ski. good morning. >> reporter: just how different this address is going to be has been the question. we've been hearing from officials they are not sure they would use non traditional. this is after all still going to be a speech. it is not going to be a song or iambic pant mer or anything like that. but what we do know is it is going to be shorter and not
longer than usual. the president doesn't want to spend pages focuses on past achievements. of course he's going to mention them but he has said he wants to look into the future, to talk about the big things that are effecting americans, the economy, how changes are effecting the american worker. and we've seen the white house use only unusual methods surrounding the speech. they have already enlist eed amazon, google. genious, youtube, and even snap chat now. the white house tweeted this out. >> i want us to be able to say when we go out the door that we didn't shy away from a challenge because it was hard, that we weren't timid or got tired or somehow were thinking about the next thing. because there is no next thing.
this is it. and never in our lives again will we have the chance to do as much good as we do right now. i want to make sure that we maximize it. >> i'm not sure what anybody know what is to make of the orgen music there but it adden a little something extraan music a little something extra. >> the white house says look for the speech tone or the extremely optimistic. he's going to be talking about how americans shouldn't let cynicism change the way they approach problems. he might be fired up as he's talked about in the last couple of days and remember the white house is using this contrast between the president's optimism and the way that they view the republican presidential candidates. carol. >> michelle kosinski live from the white house, thank you. just a reminder, you can watch the president's final state of
the union here on cnn. special coverage begins tonight 7:00 p.m. eastern followed by the president's address at 9:00 p.m. eastern. so what were you doing back in 20 2003? ♪ got me lookin' so crazy right now ♪ ♪ your love's got me -- >> beyonce was crazy in love back in 2003. fifty cent was in the club and you were bypaying $1.75 per gas. get ready to go back to the future because gas prices the tanking. opec is now considering an emergency meeting to rethink their production levels because a glut of oil has sent prices down to $30. and that could go even lower. cnn's christine romans is here to tell us more. >> and we're seeing all these forecasts of $30, $20.
even $10 a barrel crude. back in '98 it was 12 dollars. and that was almost unheard of. but these crude prices keep falling, tumbling. and talk of emergency meetings from oil producers and that is what crude prices looked like. that is a crash. it is great for drivers. out there tweeting us pictures how cheep your gas is. a month ago it was 2.01. today 1.91. and there are a lot of places where you are below 1.75 now. south carolina, arkansas, you will see some of these places gas prices fall closer to 1.00 a gallon. especially if you get down to $20 or so in crude oil. there is a lot of supply. not much demand. china is slowing. that is factoring into it. very tough if you have a job
related to the energy industry. very great if you are a driver. >> interesting. christine romans, thank you very much. so yes, a buck a gallon for gas is possible. the final 2015 jobs report was pretty spectacular. so why do democrats, as the washington post points out sound ads gloomy as republicans. with me now to talk about that and more is cnn political analyst and editor and chief of the daily beast john avalon. i'm also joined by anna navarro. welcome both of you. >> good morning carol. >> good morning. >> i want to take you back to july of 2008. the price of gas was $4.11 a gallon. john mccain was running for president. he blamed barack obama for that who was also running for president. sarah palin came up with her signature line drill baby drill and then this. >> $4, $5. no end in sight because some in washington are still saying no to drilling in america.
no to independence from foreign oil. who can you thank for rising prices at the bump? one man knows we must now drill more in america and rescue our family budgets. don't hope for more energy. >> okay. so you get the drift there. so anna, how might republicans react to gas that is a dollar a gallon? >> you know, i think you are seeing both party, politicians and, you know, the folks running reacting the same way. which is having the pulse of the american people that the american people are feeling gloomy, despite what the numbers may be. there is more of a story here. you have 3/4 of the american people who think the country is going to wrong direction. you have the majority of american parent whose believe their children are not going to do as well as they did. you have the majority of
american children who believe they are not going to do as well as their parents did. i think what you are hearing on the campaign trail on both sides of the aisle is that reflection of gloominess from the people running. >> i i think anna is right john but that puts democrats in a really weird place doesn't it? >> it does to some extent. but let's have a couple of reality checks here. first the prediction ad from 2008 was wrong. that is a fail. anxiety to the future is american as apple pie. the future is inherently uncertain and what she's speaking to is the fact that the middle class is had a wage squeeze over two decades now. that is a problem. when democrats talk about it they caulk about the inequality. when republicans talk about i they don't have good answers so they default to tax cut catechism. speaker paul ryan takes poverty seriously. the forum this past weekend there were really interesting conversations but democrats need to figure how to both say that the president has both gotten
better under president obama, it has. while saying we haven't reached a fundamentally strong place for the middle class and that is where the anxiety comes from. i don't think it is gloom. it is about being able to say we've improved and we haven't gotten there yet. people can do that. >> i don't know if people are in to nuance this time around john. i really don't. >> what would make you think that carol? >> let me give you an example. donald trump is suggesting mass deportations and things to fix the economy. bernie sanders free tuition and tax increases. these are extreme yet being accepted by many voters. why do you think that is? >> and you know what is a fascinating phenomenon that ooze been coming out in the last few days is that there are people who attend donald trump rallies or bernie sanders rallies and say when they are interviewed by reporters that their second
choice is either donald trump or bernie sanders. people supporting bernie sanders tell you second choice is donald trump. people supporting trump say the second voice is bernie sanders. i this i the outsider voice that is banging the bars and saying we have a problem. what is donald trump saying? let's make america great again. that means that america is not great now. whether we like it or not, accept it or not, agree with it or not and i don't. i think there is a large swath of the american people who feel that way today and it is important to recognize that. >> it is not only that john. there is no nuance in their messages. it is wlak and white. we're going to do this and it is going to have this effect. >> yeah. look. that is the essence of populism. and what donald trump and bernie sanders both share is that with the polarization of the two parties you have an increase in populism.
conservative and liberal of an old school kind. they do feel getting left behind in america. they do feel anxious. so it makes sense the extremes echo each other. but because it is happening at a time when the parties are more polarized than the american people you can overindex that. you can take that too much in account. it is happening. it is serious. it is extension problem more the party. not for america yet. >> still to come cnn sits down with the sister of the man believed to be the mass killer in the latest isis propaganda videos. that's next lease a 2016 lincoln mkx for 399 a month
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new jihadi john. the man's identity remains unknown. but securities are focusing on a london londoner. cnn's clarissa ward talked with his sister. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. well to the outside world he's known as abu remesa. a became an outspoken radical islamist and about a year and a half traveled to syria with his wife and small children to join isis. to them to her he is simply known as sid, his big brother. >> who was he like as the brother? >> typical brother. just into, sort of. he liked playing his basketball. a lot which he was quite good
at, video games and films. and he liked to collect comic books as well. >> after converting to islam as a young man, things began to change. and in an interview wihe told m he was not able to love his mother or anyone in his family anymore. >> i don't love them but i desire them for to become muslim and embrace islam. >> she's your mother. >> she's my mother and she has rights over me so i have to take care of her. >> do you have love over her. >> love is a reaction of faith. >> what was your reaction to that? >> i was sad more than
supervisor supset. and e has stripped his personality. and i don't know where it's gone and where we've gone wrong but it a's been lost. >> do you blame yourself. >>y think yes there is an element of guilt. i feel why could i not stop it. are we that bad that you have to leave? >> reporter: she desperately wants to believe her brother is not the man in the new isis video. though she's conceded the voices are similar. unable to reconcile that kill we are the boy she grew up with. >> most would say anyone who joins isis on some level is evil, a psychopath, do you believe that to be true about your brother? >> i can only speak in regards to my brother. and i can definitely say that i don't agree with that. i see him as a compassionate sort of family person, caring individual. somebody sort of who doesn't
really engage in activities like -- >> even after he's joined isis? >> maybe i don't want to believe it. i don't know. >> do you believe that he's a killer? >> oh. god no. no absolutely not. no. >> she told us she has spoken to and been in touch with her brother several times but says he hasn't shown any remorse hr his actions and he has told her that he's quite happy where he is. >> clarissa ward, thank you. other top stories for you. today tonya couch will be released from jail. the so called affluenza teenagers's mom posted bond in texas after the judge lower bond from one million dollars to 75
thousand. once out she'll be confined to her home. she'll also undergo a mental evaluation. ethan couch remains in mexico pending deportation. new video this morning of abdeslam. traveling with associates. the 26-year-old is believed to have played a role in coordinating the terror attacks that killed 130 people. pope francis is out with a new book called "the name of god is mercy" the vatican says the pope reveal his vision of god's mercy. goes on sale today in 86 countries. i'll be right back. is always blue. and the kids always eat their vegetables.
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it's all in the family now. chelsea clinton hitting the campaign trail, hitting a roundtable in new hampshire where her mom could use a boost, to be frank. polls show hillary clinton trailing bernie sanders in that state. clinton, expecting her second child this summer s following in her father's foot steps, stepping out on her own to campaign for hillary. this is chelsea's first of three stops today in new hampshire. three games, that's how long the nfl is suspending cincinnati benga bengals burfict after a helmet-to-helmet hit. he will sit out the first three games of next year's season. the alabama crimson tide rolls again, bringing home their fourth college football national title trophy in only seven
years. this time winning in a shootout against the clemson tigers. coy wire is live from glendale, arizona, to tell us more. good morning. >>. >> good morning, carol. what a game. certainly an instant classic. undefeated number one clemson tigers against perennial power house, number two ranked bama. nick saban makes the play call of the game, onside kick and it works to perfection. alabama shifting momentw memente side of the tide. co co coker, and howard with two touchdowns in the game. icing on the cake for bama, it was senior kenyon drake making that hot line. look at him roll. high school track star, 95 yards on the kickoff for the score.
bama wins a wild one, 45-40. coach saban wins his fifth national title. o.j. howard was named mvp and he put his team's history-making moment in perspective. >> this is something we'll remember for the rest of our lives. i wouldn't want to win it with a bunch of guys we won it tonight. >> i wanted to do the best i could do for this team probably as much as any team i've ever coached because i really did want them to have the opportunity to win this game. >> reporter: nick saban, one title win away from tying alabama legend bear bryant with the most championships ever. we would be remiss if we didn't credit clemson. an incredible run, one win away from perfection. last night it belonged to the crimson tide. they are living it up in tuscaloosa, celebrating their
college national champs. >> nick saban is where he should have been all along. he shouldn't take that to nfl. he's a born college coach. >> reporter: i think he's loving life in college. collegiate football's highest paid coach, $6.9 million a year. i wouldn't be going anywhere if i were him. >> me either. thanks, coy wire. always fun. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break. ♪ ♪virgin islands nice ♪ ♪so nice ♪so nice, so nice ♪ spend a few days in the u.s. virgin islands and return with a lifetime of experiences. that's virgin islands nice. ♪so nice, so nice
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>> the inevitable candidate for the democratic nomination may not be so inevitable. >> and did the veep just give the underdog a helping hand. >> bernie is doing a heck of a job. bernie is speaking to a yearning that is deep and real. plus, one last address. president obama hours from delivering his final state of the union. and this one is different. let's talk, live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning. i'm carol skos stell low. thank you for joining me. security forces swarming istanbul's busiest tourist site. turkish officials say the unidentified bomber who was born in 1998 is syrian. so far, no terror group immediately claimed responsibility for this attack.
cnn's arwa damon is live in istanbul, turkey, with more on this. hi, arwa. >> reporter: hi. and turkey's prime minister still giving a press conference where he says authorities believe this was a member of isis. it seems that terrorist organization behind yet another deadly and devastating terror attack in this country. this attack happened a few hundred feet behind where we're standing right now, just outside the police cordoned in what is the heart of istanbul's tourist district and if not the favorite and main destination for tourists visiting this city. and we do know from earlier government statements that the vast majority, significant
number among the nine who did perish in this attack were foreign nationals. now, turkey for quite some time has been struggling in this battle against isis. the prime minister also saying in that press conference the country would remain resolute, making a promise to the families of those who died on this day, saying that the country would not forget them. it would not allow their memories to be forgotten. also calling for greater solidarity when it comes to the battle for isis and other terrorist groups, saying they would only be defeated if people stood together. turkey has for quite some time now been pushing for greater cooperation between it and various european nations when it comes to battling the various different dynamics and challenges that isis does pose, given the sheer volume of foreigners, who do tend to flow through turkey, trying to get to
that battlefield in syria. some of them now beginning to reverse flow back. and since pretty much am summer when isis was first blamed for one of the attacks that took place in the border town along the turkey/syria border and also for that horrific attack in ankara where twin suicide bombers targeted a rally and killed more than 100, that was the single deadliest attack in turkey's modern history. since then authorities have been cracking down, launching numerous, nationwide massive sweeps detaining hundreds of individuals with alleged ties to terrorism. again, turkey calling for and now reiterating its pledge it will battle terrorism, wanting to see greater cooperation. at the same time, today's tragic events an indication of how vulnerable this country continues to be. >> arwa damon reporting live from istanbul, turkey, this morning. here at home, 12 hours from
now, president obama delivers his final state of the union. he says, this one won't be like any of the others. we'll have more on that a little later this hour. first, though, it is a family affair now. first bill clinton hit the trail to stump for his wife and now chelsea clinton, pregnant with her second child s doing her part for mom. this morning she's in concord, new hampshire, speaking at a roundtable on early childhood education. expect to see more of her on the trail because, frankly, hillary clinton is getting a run for her money from one bernie sanders. vice president joe biden sat down for a candid one-on-one interview with gloria borger. he talked sanders, clinton and more. one of the more moving moments came when mr. biden talked about losing his son bo to brain cancer. >> reporter: how are you? >> i'm good. look, i miss him every day, for god's sake. i mean, he was my soul. hunter's my heart. he was my soul. and my daughter's my comfort.
i mean, it's interesting, you know, you have more than one child. you love them all equally but they all have a slightly different relationship. and bo was -- beau was my soul. beau was my conscience. beau was my -- beau was like a -- he was the little boy who when he was 6 years old, he was 30 years old. you know, and hunt is my heart with his passion, and my -- so, you know, i think about him all the time. but i try to focus on what we have. by the way, his -- my two grandchildren, his two children, are beautiful and smart. you'd expect a grandpa to say that. but, you know, i see them all the time. and so everybody's -- everybody's -- halle is like my daughter. so we're just focusing on the -- you know, beau's -- anyway,
we're -- i'm talking too much about beau. i apologize. >> reporter: no, that's all right. let me ask you about your next big thing, when is the moon shot, for cancer, as you call it. what did you learn as the parent of a cancer patient about how realistic and achievable this moon shot really is? >> i learned two things. first of all, when you have a son or daughter, husband, wife, someone you adore, you become as educated as you can, as quickly as you can, particularly when you know it's a very serious form, et cetera. so i learned a lot about -- for lab of a better phrase, the mechanics of cancer and the d r delivery system. and there are so many changes that are just on the cusp. then as i got into it more deeply after beau passed, i realized a lot of this is siloed.
i have met with over 200 oncologists and cancer research centers and philanthropists involved. and what everyone acknowledges privately, and they hope what i can do, i may be the convener. i may be able to bring them all together. >> reporter: let me ask you as we head into the state of the union. is there a moment you're going to remember with the president? >> well, yeah there is one. he may be embarrassed. my -- we were having lunch and it was pretty clear beau was having trouble with his speech. and he still had three months to go, four months to go as attorney general. and my son, beau biden was the most fastidious, guy. and i knew if my son thought he was losing his cognitive ability, he wouldn't stay on. he would resign. thank god he took all these tests. it was affecting his speech
center. i was having lunch with the president. he was the only other guy other than my family i confided all along on everything that was going on with beau because i felt a responsibility to do that, so that he knew where i was, my thinking. and and i said, you know, my concern is, if beau resigns, there's no -- nothing to fall back on. his salary. i said, but i worked it out. i said, but jill and i will sell the house. we'll be in good shape. he got up and he said, don't sell that house. promise me you won't sell the house. i thought, he's going to be mad at me saying this. he said, i'll give you the money. whatever you need, i'll give you the money. don't, joe, promise me, promise me. i said, i don't think we're going to have to anyway. he said, promise me. then i'll never forget the eulogy he delivered for beau. when beau had his stroke, he had a stroke and it turned out it was the beginning of the glee
y bl blastoma. he came running down the hall in his shirt sleeves and he said, is he okay? my love of family, my love of family. his two children and my granddaughters are best friends. his number two daughter, my number three granddaughter. they play on teams together, they sleep at each other's home all the time. it's personal. it's family. >> gloria borger joins me now, so does larry sabato, mark lamont hill, a cnn political commentator. gloria, i think we forget sometimes that politicians are people with real problems. that was so touching from mr. biden. tell us more. >> i think it tells you an awful lot about how his relationship with the president has evolved
over the last seven years. you know, they've had their tough times. remember when joe biden got out ahead of the president on the issue of gay marriage, for example. they've disagreed on iraq policy, on afghanistan. they've had their difference which, by the way, they talk about. but i think over the years -- you know, when you work down the hall from somebody every day, you get to know them pretty well. they're two very different people, right? i mean, biden is a hot politician. obama is a cool politician. but you can really sense from joe biden in this interview that after his son got sick, he had no better friend than the. . he confided in the president. i'm sure he confided in the president about whether he was going to run for the presidency. and, you know, the idea that the president would have said to him, don't sell your house. joe biden has spent the last 40 years in public service.
he's not a multi, multimillionaire. the president is quite wealthy. and the notion that he would say to joe bide, don't sell your house so you can help your son's family. i'll help you out, is sort of a personal moment that everybody, i think, can kind of understand a personal moment between friends, or as he said, between family. >> i find it curious, though, because i always heard that president obama kind of didn't want joe biden to run for president. is that not true, gloria? >> you know what, i don't know the answer to that, honestly, carol. i think it would have complicated his life tremendously if you had joe biden out there, whom he likes and respects, and hillary clinton out there, whom he likes and respects. i don't think he would have wanted to make a choice. by the way, i don't think he would have made a choice. but what i've always heard and reported is that what the president said to biden is, this is your decision to make.
let me know what you decide. i do not think the president tried to steer him in one direction or another. nor should he do that. biden's a big boy with a lot of political people around him who could help him make that decision. and nobody other than joe biden could make the decision about whether he was ready to run. he regrets not running, but he understands it wasn't the time for him. and he said to me, the door is closed. in fact, he said, there is no door. >> interesting. so, larry, what affect could joe biden have on the election coming up? >> well, gloria just identified an important one. you can already hear quietly the calls for joe biden to re-enter the race if hillary clinton loses both iowa and new hampshire to bernie sanders. and i think biden has anticipated that and basically said, as he admitted to gloria, the door is closed.
in other words, please don't come back to me. i've made my decision. >> interesting. so, mark, do you think -- know what politicians say and i think joe biden is sincere. but, let's face it, politicians often change their minds. >> yeah, they absolutely do. oftentimes they change them before primary season starts, though. joe biden made a calculation. it was partly he got into the race too late. as he said during that press conference, i can't win this thing. i simply don't think there's enough time. i think he miscalculated. i think he didn't appreciate the fact that maybe hillary clinton's numbers would dip more than they -- than he predicted they would. all that said, if joe biden didn't think he could win an election in october, when not one state had been in play, not one vote had been cast, even if bernie sanders wins iowa, wins new hampshire, competes in south carolina, winning is unlikely, i
still don't see joe biden jumping in and making a bigger mess of the democratic coalition than there would be if bernie sanders starts to win. >> you know, carol, i think really he has another big thing he wants to do, which he spoke about. which he calls the moon shot for cancer. clearly, he was so affected by what happened to beau and living through it and educating himself on cancer and how close in certain cancers they are to getting a cure or turning it into a chronic disease. and i think that in talking to him, you can feel that this will be the next part of his life's work and that he will use the platform he has. he won't be the vice president of the united states, but joe biden can still command an audience. he called himself as the convener, getting people together, to sit around a table so they can actually make a difference in what happens with
cancer. and i actually think that's something that he's going to miss the politics of everything, but as he said to me, there's a lot of politics in cancer. because institutions compete against each other. and what he wants to do is kind of take charge of that and make sure something happens on that front as a legacy to beau biden. >> i have to leave it there. thanks to all of you. republican front-runner donald trump doesn't seem too concerned who the democrats choose as their nominee. but he says a face-off between him and hillary clinton would drive crowds to the polls. >> if i win and she wins, it's going to be the largest voter turnout in the history of the country. that's a good thing because people don't vote that much in this country, so that would be an amazing thing. i'm beating her easily and substantially and i'm winning against hillary one-on-one. so, you know, look, and i haven't even started on her yet, although last week i did a little.
>> cnn's athena jones is in washington with more on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a little humor donald trump is having there at clinton's expense. we can expect more of that. those points, on the first point he's probably right, a face-off between clinton and trump would spark a whole lot of interest. could bring a whole lot of new voters to the poll in 2016. on whether he could beat her easily is unclear. the last poll shows a hypothetical general match-up. shows clinton ahead in iowa but about even in new hampshire. donald trump supremely confident. he said similar things about bernie sanders yesterday in new hampshire. he would love to run against him. the main thing is, he would like to be the dom knee. fox business network has announced who's going to be on the main stage in their debate on thursday night. i believe we have a graphic we can put up on the screen. you can see the seven candidates included in the prime time
debate. who is not on that stage? carly fiorina and rand paul. rand paul, both have been invited to the undercard debate. rand paul told our own wolf blitzer that he's not going to show up for any second-tier debate. he feels his campaign is a first-tear campaign. we'll show you what rand paul said and followed by ben carson and what he hopes to accomplish on thursday's main stage. >> we just announced we have 1,000 precinct chairs in iowa. we are think it's a rotten thing to do to designate which can days have a chance and which don't. we will not participate in anything not first-tier. >> you won't see me being quite as so polite as to never say anything unless somebody asks me something. i will insinuate myself where insinuation needs to be had. and i think you'll see a lot more energy behind the
responses. because, again, i don't have that weight on my shoulders now. i have a very vibrant organization that truly provides the kind of information and the help that is needed. >> so, there, ben carson raising expectations for his own performance on thursday night. what you have here are two can days not doing too well in polls. rand paul is hovering around 4% in new hampshire and iowa. ben carson is doing a little better in iowa, high single digits but low single dimgs in new hampshire, despite having been a front-runner for several months. we reached an inflexion point in these two races. we'll have to see on thursday night if ben carson lives up to his own high bar he set in that interview and if rand paul really does decide not to show up for that second-tier debate. >> we'll see. athena jones reporting live for us. thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," i've got nothing to hide. sean penn defending his secret
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government's ability to crack down on the terrible crimes by these narco traffickers are important. >> mr. obama's message comes out as sean penn writes to the associated press, i've got nothing to hide. pictures overnight show penn arriving at a mexican airport, just before secretly meeting with el chapo. cnn's nick valencia is outside the prison where el chapo remains to tell us more. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, carol. those new pictures emerging, reportedly taken by mexican intelligence team. they show among other things sean penn and mexican actress kate del castillo arriving at the gad la har ra airport before they met with el chapo. investigators said all along they want to question sean penn and del lo.castil whether they get that opportunity, is still unclear. in a brief e-mail exchange with the associated press, sean penn said, quote, he has nothing to hide.
mexican's attorney general gave a radio interview saying the meeting with penn and el chapo to set up their meeting in the mexican jungle helped them gain more intelligence as to where el chapo was. the extradition is looming for el chapo. it could take at least a year before it happens. it is likely he'll end up in a u.s. courtroom. seven states have leveled charges against the drug kingpin from new hampshire to west texas. it's more likely that the cartel leader will end up in one of three cities, including san diego, new york and, perhaps, chicago, where in recent years he was named public enemy number one. the first time that happened since al capone. he was named that because of the role he played in supplying methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana to the city. >> nick valencia reporting live from mexico, thank you. still to come in the "newsroom," president obama hours away from his last state of the union. >> there is no next thing. this is it.
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checking some top stories for you, 29 minutes past. tonya couch is now out of jail, according to our affiliate. the so-called affluenza teenager's mom was released after posting a $75,000 bond. she'll now wear an ankle monitor, be confined to her home and undergo a mental evaluation. she's charged with the apprehension of a felon, her son, ethan couch. he remains in mexico pending deportation. we're hearing from the victim of the alleged gang rape in brooklyn last week.
here's what the 18-year-old told wabc. >> put a gun in my face, told me to run. all of them had their way with her. >> do you hope this video gets these guys? >> absolutely. >> when your dad left you, what were you thinking? zifs just real scared. i didn't know what to do. i was in a panic mode. >> her father said five people pulled a gun on him, told him to leave a brooklyn playground, and then they took turns raping his daughter. fourteen agers have been charged as adults with rape. attorneys for bill cosby are asking a pennsylvania judge to dismiss sexual assault charges against the comedian, stemming from accusations made back in 2004 by a woman who claims to have been assaulted by cosby. cosby's lawyers say the district attorney promised more than a decade ago never to charge the comedian on those particular allegations. an overabundance of oil has already resulted in gas prices
plummets. they might go lower, according to morgan stanley. analysts there believe the strengthening of the u.s. dollar could cause the price oil to drop 20 bucks a barrel, compared to the $31 price per barrel right now. if that happens, you could fill up your car for as little as $1 a gallon. that's amazing. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. tonight president obama delivers what will be in many ways a farewell speech. hours from now mr. obama speaks directly to the american people during his last state of the union. instead of tasking congress with a laundry list of to-dos, he'll urge the country to approach future problems with a sense of optimism. >> there's no doubt that politics in washington are so much more divided than the american people are and part of
what i want to do in this last address is to remind people, you know what, we got a lot of good things going for us. if we can get our politics right, it turns out that we're not as divided on the ideological spectrum as people make us out to be. >> optimism. i'm trying to remember what that is, michelle kosinski. >> yeah, that's what they're going for. you know, because this is his last state of the union, because this is his one night a year where he gets this huge audience, so many eyes watching. you know, they want this to be something maybe a little different, something very memorable. that said, when the white house was first talking a few days ago about maybe this being something nontraditional, was the word they used, that immediately raised questions. what does that mean? are we talking is it not really going to be a beach? now senior administration officials are saying, maybe that's not exactly the word they would use. this is something to be a speech
in the way we think of it, so we can't expect a laser light show or anything like that, but we've seen the white house already surrounding the speech use some kind of, maybe you could say, nontraditional or new methods of getting their points across. they've already enlisted amazon. they're going to have the speech and other speeches available immediately after for free that people can download and look at. google, we're talking youtube, genius and now snapchat. and the white house tweeted out this preview. listen. >> i wanted us when we walk out this door say, we couldn't think of anything else we didn't try to do. that we didn't shy away from the challenge because it was hard. that we weren't tim mid or got tired or thinking about the next thing, because there is no next thing. this is it. and never in our lives again will we have the chance to do as much good as we do right now. i want to make sure that we
maximize it. >> reporter: i'm guessing that music is not going to be playing throughout the entirety of this speech. that was something a little different there, though. we do know this speech is expected to be not longer than usual. it's expected to be shorter. officials are telling us he didn't want to have pages and pages of kind of going through his accomplishments over the years, even though he is going to talk about that but he wanted to look ahead, maybe well into the future and focus on what he called the big things that are affecting americans. things like how a changing economy is affecting american workers. we know that's going to be a pretty big focus there. also we know that optimism, passion are the words we're hearing from the white house in terms of what the tone is going to be. we heard the president say in the last couple of weeks that he's already fired up. so, we could see a lot of energy coming through in this, carol. >> we'll just have to see.
michelle kosinski reporting live from the white house this morning. so, president obama actually is a game-changer when it comes to social media. he'll break ground again in that arena during his state of the union using the platform genius to amplify his words online. don't know what genius is? that's exactly my point. he's breaking ground with new media, too, just as he broke ground with new ways to communicate his message. >> the deadline for signing up for -- the deadline for signing up for health insurance is february -- is feb -- >> not like any other wednesday. >> that's not right. >> feb -- man -- >> wednesday. >> february 15th. february 15th. in many cases you can get health insurance for less than $100 a month. just go to -- >> remember that? with me now to talk about that presidential historian douglas brinkley and also a history professor at rice. welcome. >> thank you.
remember when barack obama was running for the first time and his opponents called him britney spears and he was only a hollywood movie star. >> he's a pioneer in all of this. remember the presidents early on blackberry seemed so remote now, but he was bringing new technology into politics the way he used has database to refine voters in 2008 and he's continued to do that all along, which is what any good president should be. the history of the american presidency is how you use the communication opportunities of the moment, whether it's fdr using radio or jfk using televised speeches. i think barack obama will be remembered for all this kind of new social media gadgeting that he did. >> even the way he raised money during the first go-round, his first campaign. most of his money came from small donors. bernie sanders is doing that. donald trump is using his own money. times have changed. >> and there's a downside. the downside is sometimes we
want -- when a president addresses the nation on a big issue, we want it to be like, oh, my gosh, the president is talk, to us about the war on terror but he uses the -- communicates daily in so many ways, you do lose a little bit of the big event kind of things. like, oh, the president is doing a media event yet again. that's the downside of being overexposed in a media culture. >> so i guess i want to center a little bit -- i want to center on obama's legacy. so, of course, he's the first african-american president. he was supposed to be this transformative figure. was he? >> look, any time you're a two-termer, win twice, you're a big deal. you've got eight years to evaluate. the the fact of the matter is he inherited the great recession. our country was in the doldrums by 2008 and by 2009 started digging us out of that hole. fy were going to be an organizer of the obama library, i would say if the economy holds up by his last second in office, that you can tell a story of the
great recession and how the president's economic policies helped dig us out of that. other than, that you've got obamacare and it's so controversial. a hot potato still. if someone like hillary clinton became president, obamacare gets deeper roots, it would be like a medicaid, medicare, a birthright in america and i think he'll get high marks for having the chu chutspa for going after congress. >> it's obama's last state of the union. this will shape his leg is he. do last speeches shape legacies? >> they do but they're usually the farewell address. most famously eisenhower's farewell address. tonight barack obama is delivering his farewell address as a state of the union instead of doing it days before you're leaving the white house because he's got two key policy issues he thinks he has to really keep
platforming upwards. climate change and the gun violence issue. those are two that are going to take, as he said at his cnn town hall, decades to kind of get at, but he wants to use his last year to be the spokesperson really on these two issues, to start further galvanizing grass roots activists around these causes. >> thanks for stopping by. still to come in the "newsroom," hear from the sister of a man believed to be an isis terrorist who may be the mass killer the terror group's latest propaganda videos. wfrom your cold & flu. you give them a case of the giggles. tylenol® cold helps relieve your worst cold & flu symptoms... you can give them everything you've got. tylenol® i'i like to think of myself as more of a control... enthusiast. mmm, a perfect 177-degrees.
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definitely say that i don't agree with that. i see him as a compassionate sort of family person, caring individual. somebody sort of who doesn't really engage in activities, like -- >> reporter: even after he's joined isis? >> maybe i don't want to believe it. i don't know. >> konica dhar told us she has spoken to her brother several times since he joined isis about a year and a half ago and that so far, carol, he has shown no signs of remorse and says that he is quite happy where he is. >> how did he become radicalized? >> reporter: well, it was a long process. seshtly some time after he converted, he became a follower of a man w was very well known here in the uk by the name of choudary, a british lawyer turned radical islamist preacher
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word is isis was responsible for this morning's terror attack at one of istanbul turkey's busiest tourist sites, who say the unidentified suicide bomber who carried out the deadly bombing was a member of the terror group from syria, born in 1988. we're learning all of those that lost their lives in this blast are foreigners. nine of them german. we're joined now with the middle
east programmer at woodrow wilson center. thank you, sir. >> thank you. >> this attack happened in the middle of a popular tourist center where many americans go for vacation, istanbul. what do you make of this? >> well, this is clearly an isis attack and the idea, of course, is to hit foreigners and kill europeans and americans. and in the process also create havoc in turkey, which already is in the middle of a lot of unrest and there is also a very large isis network in turkey. so, this is part of isis's strategy to make itself heard and make itself harmful to the rest of the world. >> we initially had word that german tourists were being targeted. does that make sense to you? >> i'm not sure that they distinguish between germans and americans and frenchmen. i think any foreigner in is fair game for isis. because this way they're hitting
two targets at the same time. they're hitting europeans and westerners and hitting at turkey as well. when you have a major terrorist event like this in a very busy tourist area, it's going to affect turkish tourism because people will start thinking turkey is not safe and, therefore, turkey, which relies on tourism a great deal, it has 35 million tourists come every year, so it is harmful. it's a one-off event, people will forget, but we don't know if this is the beginning of a concerted attack. >> well, let's talk about that. because turkey has at times been loathe to help in the war on isis. might this attack change things? >> well, turkey had started to change for a very long time the turks did very little in terms of fighting isis. in fact, in turkey itself there is this infrastructure that puts isis and other jihadist groups
in syria. in fact, we've seen other attacks by isis in the past. last year, for example, there were three bomb attacks targeted at turkish kurds in three different cities and the last one killed 102 people. and so isis -- this is not the first time isis is doing something in turkey except in turkey they targeted kurds until now. this is the first time they're targeting non-turks and n non-kurds. i.e., europeans and americans. so, isis is an existing problem. look, turkey is next to syria. there's a huge -- the civil war in syria is affecting turkey. have you sympathizers of isis based in turkey who run through the border, you know, provide arms and money to isis. these people are well ensconced in turkey and they can move easily within turkey and do these things. and the turk have started to target isis cells in turkey. in fact, this week there were a
number of raids in different parts of the country where they arrested isis sympathizers. but this is the only the tip of the iceberg. this is a really, really huge problem for turkey. and i'm not sure turkey intelligence and security services have been as focused on isis as they have on kurdish insurgents and the problem they have with the kurdish group, the pkk. >> i have to leave it there. thanks so much for joining me. i'll be right back. hey pal? you ready? can you pick me up at 6:30? ah... (boy) i'm here! i'm here! (cop) too late. i was gone for five minutes! ugh! move it. you're killing me. you know what, dad? i'm good. (dad) it may be quite a while before he's ready, but our subaru legacy will be waiting for him. (vo) the longest-lasting midsize sedan in its class. the twenty-sixteen subaru legacy. it's not just a sedan. it's a subaru.
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