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over 1-6th of the economy. you can't call yourself conservative. >> almost doubled the sport of romney, but if only one will drop out. >> i will not leave the field. >> if we go all the way to convention, we would signal our doom in terms of replacing president obama. >> now some are running against religion romney's religion. the governor of alabama. >> i think that's a very subtle issue that may be a problem in many states, not just in alabama. >> on the other hand, we've restored the vote, volar i.d. law in wisconsin gone. voter i.d. law in texas gone. limbaugh bailing water, his bosses suspend all national advertising on his show for two weeks. fortunately, he's using that time to try to make it up to
women. >> national organization for women, we affectately call them the nags. >> my note about the increasingly shrill effort to defend limbaugh by saying everybody does it. >> down goes rebekah brooks in the murdoch phone hacking difficulties. >> i wanted the money. >> good evening. this is tuesday, march 13, 239 days until the 2012 presidential election, primary day for voters in alabama mississippi and gop caucuses set for hawaii and american is a mow i can't and. breaking news that pushes those aside for the moment. it is uncertain he may have just mistakenly not been clear
enough, might have intended to say subsidies for planned parent hood but in missouri today, mitt romney listed a series of federal programs he would cut and said directly quoting "planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." >> what are the specifics what programs do you want to cut or drastically reduced. >> the programs so critical it's worth borrowing money from china to pay for it. you get rid of obama care, others planned parent hood we're going to get rid of that, the subs die for amtrak, i would eliminate that, the national endowment for the arts and humanities. >> the question was about deficit reductions and programs that romney would reduce as president. you heard he specifically referred to a subs defor amtrak. he did not say amtrak, we'll get
rid of that. he did not add such a qualifier to planned parenthood, calling for the elimination of not funding for planned parent hood, but "planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that." we're going to continue to cover that statement throughout the hour. the polls just closed in the southern states, alabama the candidates winning 20% tonight or winner takes owl if a district majority. 26 elected at large proportion anotherly unless a candidate wins a majority. plus those not bound to the winner. >> 37 delegates, 25 more elected at large, again awarded proportion nay with a 15%
threshold. add 3r.n.c. bound to the statewide winner. >> hawaii's caucus, state party leaders making up three super delegates. american samoa collecting six more. the can you cuss takes place tonight at the toa bar and grill. back on the states' mainland, making promises he hopes to keep. >> if i become president, my job is to make sure that you get great jobs. >> when asked if he wanted someone to his right on the ticket. >> that would preclude rick santorum, because i mean look at his record. i find it interesting that he continues to describe himself as the real conservative. rick son is not a person who is an economic conservative to my
right. >> santorum not buying that. >> i'm too liberal to be mitt romney's running mate? oh, my goodness. that just tells you how desperate he is. >> santorum getting two gifts from alabama's governor, bentley's vote in the primary and a waver of the religion card, bringing up the faith in a region dominated by evangelicals. >> i think that's a very subtle issue that probably may be a problem in many states, not just in alabama. >> santorum's red white and blue super pack spending nearly half a million dollars in ads including this one. >> mitt created romney care, the blueprint for obama care. he left massachusetts $1 billion in debt. who can win? rick santorum. >> romney apparently not liking what he saw. >> i'm afraid his conclusions are exactly wrong, but you know, senator santorum is at the
desperate end of his campaign and trying in some way to boost his prospects and frankly misrepresenting the truth is not a good way of doing that. >> misrepresenting the truth becoming a pattern in the rivalry between these two particular candidates, santorum using the worth statement: >> mitt romney's socialist versus rick santorum economic moderate. no wonder newt gingrich seems to think he still has a chance. >> i will not leave the field. >> gingrich and santorum both seeming eager for a primary season that will end without a winner forcing a brokered convention. >> if we go all the way to a convention, we would be signaling our doom in terms of replacing president obama. we need to select someone to become our nominee, get that
person nominated. >> santorum is not impressed. >> maybe he should start making the case why he should be elected instead of playing math and convention games. >> for the latest on the busy day and primaries and the news out of mitt romney in kirkwood missouri, let's go to david. >> good evening. >> "planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that," from a statement of things he is going to cut. he uses the term fund with amtrak, and doesn't use the term fund for planned parenthood. what was this quote all about. >> i think it was a slip up. i think you'll see him roll that back. i don't see how he could get rid of planned parenthood. while they are dependent on federal and state funding, they're a private entity and i don't think he could get rid of
planned parenthood, but as you noted, he has said he's wanted to defund planned parenthood before. on conservative radio he said that. in 1994, his wife anne gave money to planned parenthood and romney at the time said that was her donation and not his this is when he was pro choice, you might say. so, definitely an evolution on this. i think that will continue to this issue. broader point, similar point for the democrats to use as far as the argument they're putting forth on the war on women they've been trotting out for the past several weeks. >> i'm not going to play this 35 more times but it's worth listening to in context. here is romney again in st. louis this afternoon. >> what are some of of the specifics to lower the trillion dollars deficits, what programs did you want to cut or drastically reduce?
>> the program so critical it's worth borrowing money from china to pay for it. obama care, planned parenthood, we're going to get rid of that, the subsidy for amtrak, i would eliminate that, the national undocument for the arts and humanities. >> as he pushes to go further and further to the right, is it plausible that this is a mistake that he does not want to correct, that that's a good dog whistle even if it's practically impossible to eliminate planned parenthood. >> it's possible especially in the middle of a heated primary in two southern states where evangelicals care about the issue of abortion, but again this was an interview, he's talking quick. i don't know how he has a plan to get rid of planned parenthood. i still would think that if you follow up with the romney campaign tomorrow they put out a statement saying he's talking about funding, because that's something he said repeatedly.
i don't know the mechanism that he would have as president to get rid of planned parenthood. >> does he walk into his own buzz saw just correcting that, they be suddenly cantor rum can throw something at him saying why don't you want to get rid of planned parenthood? >> absolutely. that could be the most interesting part, how the romney campaign responds, do they clean it up, leave it as is. santorum might have a different approach to this and it might be an issue wedge for him to see look, here's another example why mitt romney is not conservative enough. >> david rolling with the breaking news on primary night. nothing has come in yet from the primary, just as well we spent the time. >> for more on the primaries and ugliness among the gop candidates obtained before that sound byte was recorded, i'm
jointly by ryan grimm. good evening. >> good evening, keith. is this no matter what romney intended to say here going to be a headline story tomorrow as he either pulls back or doesn't pull back fromle that and the other more conservative of his rivals goes after him for pulling back? >> it will be, and what this shows you is that the republicans are really playing with fire in this so-called war on women, because they're pushing it right up to the very, very, very edge of what they think is something that they can get away with mainstream. two years ago, you wouldn't have thought that even saying that you wanted to defund planned parenthood was something that you would get away with. it's something that an insane number of women have benefited by in their lives now they've gotten to the place where it's ok to say they want to defund it, putting them on the very edge, if they go a little bit
further to the right, they fall off that edge and romney kind of got too close to the cliff and because he's not comfortable out there, this is unfamiliar terrain for him. he's much more comfortable in a boardroom, and leaving the rest of the stuff to the rick santorum's of the world. he gets to the edge and slips and falls right off. how he cleans this up is going to be interesting to watch the next couple days. >> it's one of those edges those cliffs that has a cliff on both sides, because he's going to fall off in both directions simultaneously. >> and romney doesn't have the best balance as we've seen in the last few days. >> romney calling santorum too far to the left and santorum calling back and saying his plans were socialist. is that by itself an obama campaign dream come true? >> it's definitely a dream come true to see these guys still slugging at each other and gingrich today saying buckle up, we're going through june. the obama campaign couldn't have
gotten better news than that. they're loving that. this bizarre thing where they're accusing each other of being communist, i don't know exactly how that ends, because you know once this primary campaign ends, both romney and santorum or whoever wins, they're going to break their neck moving back to the middle no matter what they've said the last six months, so maybe they'll look back and love being called you a socialist so they can balance that out with the idea that they're going to take some kind of iron fist to planned parenthood and snuff it out. >> on the other hand i think they're buying that one piece of tape for the obama campaign in case that's necessary. >> no doubt. >> one thing conclusive tonight we are happens in alabama and mississippi, romney could easily finish with roughly half, more than that of the combined gingrich santorum vote and still
win each of these primaries. are we seeing the reality that unless gingrich and santorum combine under one banner that they are going to cancel each other out and hand romney the nomination? >> that's really well said and rick santorum can feel that coming. it seems that santorum while he would love to win one or both of these contests, in some ways, the best outcome for him instead is for romney to win them both. if newt gingrich wins one of those he la a driving reason to continue. if he loses them both after making his case that he is the southern candidate, that gives rick santorum that much more ammunition to say look, you've got to go, newt, it's time for us to combine like you said combine the opposition and beat romney going forward. >> ryan grimm, thanks for your time tonight and for the kind
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>> texas and wisconsin blocked from enforcing laws requiring americans to show government issued i.d.'s before they get to vote. the federal government intervenes in texas, a judge in wisconsin, voter i.d. laws hatched by republicans to keep poor and minorities away from the polls get voted off the island. it invites the constitutional right of every american to vote. governor scat walker signed it in may. yesterday, a permanent injunction was issued saying: >> the justice department blocked a similar law in texas saying texas's own data shows hispanic volares are at least 47%, at much as 120% more likely
to not have that valid i.d. than white voters. $106,000 voters with that impediment. in texas, a handgun permit is considered a valid i.d., a student i.d. is not. rick perry denying claims that he had gone invisible and manufactured voter laws saying: >> their denial is another example of the obama's administration. >> the justice department blocked a similar measure in south carolina. texas and south carolina are required by law before they change any election procedures. to go more in depth on this,
heather mcgee. good to talk to you. how big a week has this been for voting rights in this country? >> it's really kind of a psychological win for the hundreds of thousands of activists who have been working on this issue across the country. unfortunately we can't say that we can breathe a sigh of relief because these decisions aren't permanent and we're still going to have to fight this, not only in wisconsin and pennsylvania and virginia but anywhere where the alec funded conservative sort of juggernaut of laws is going to try to be taking place. >> you said they're not permanent, these two decisions in texas and wisconsin. >> in wisconsin i think actually the prospects look pretty good, because it's really based on the wisconsin the wisconsin state's own constitution was basically saying that you have a right to vote, and that the legislature
can't put restrictions beyond what the constitution says. even though the state is going to appeal to the state court in wisconsin, i think we've got a pretty good chance there. in texas, i think we've also got a pretty good chance, because it is a voting rights act protected state. the department of justice in a muscular move by the obama administration said these do not pass muster, these are disdiscriminatory law. texas is going to go to a panel. i would be cautiously optimistic that they would agree. >> there's a number in many cases, a 175-mile round trip to the nearest place to get that i.d. if you don't have it. what are the actual numbers on voter fraud, people voting illegally in this country that these laws were contrived to supposedly stop?
>> you know looking just at texas, the texas a.g. sort of bragged about the fact that there had been 50 cases of election fraud of any kind including some that didn't have anything to do with voter i.d., 50 cases over the past decade. compare that to the fact that of the rolls today in texas nearly 800,000 eligible registered voters don't have the i.d. so would be knocked out of their ability to vote, so 50 cases of fraud over a decade and for that you're going to kick 800 people out of democracy in your state? that's crazy. >> multiply that by the gas that they're going to use to get that i.d. to prevent that from happening. this is never open as long as there are alec or groups trying to stay in office against the democratic tide of reality. how are the voter restrictions going to play out in virginia.
>> in virginia another former jim crow state that has to go to the department of justice before it restricts its voting rights in the state. unfortunately, or fortunately, if it stays and virginia law is not quite as onerous you are allowed to bring in a paycheck or utility bill, but there are other parts of the bill that make it a lot more difficult and frankly just as unnecessary and expensive. the big headlines right now in virginia are about the budget deficit and this bill is going to cost the amount of money that it would actually take to give a thousand young virginia children health care. that's what they're going to do with this volar i.d. law. >> the one good vestige of what happened in the 1960's in what happened with jim crow is what happened with the voter laws. thank you for being with us. >> thank you, keith. >> the rupert murdoch sandal,
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others for allegedly conspiring to pervert the course of justice as part of the larger phone hacking investigation. also taken into custody her husband charlie, a race horse trainer and close friend of the prime minister. mr. cameron came under fire earlier this month following revelations that a metro police source led to rebekah brooks. the episode dubbed horse gate exemplifies a relationship, saying: >> so now this involves murdoch and the british prime minister and the horse he rode in on. also among the six international news security director mark hanna for attempting to pervert justice.
that charge is serious involving deliberately misleading or destroying evidence and a possibly life imprisonment. >> first, charlie brooks has been a friend of the prime minister for 30 years, never had anything to do with the murdochs. is this suddenly the david cameron british conservative party. >> you mentioned that the nexus of politicians and the press particularly as it inhabited news international, the british newspaper arm of mr. murdoch's news corps, also don't forget the police. the horse was actually a gift from scotland yard to mrs. brooks, a retired service horse and there were questions about whether it seemed that violated police policy as you suggest, a very minor episode suggestive of the way this goes.
the way the prime minister rode that very horse on the brooks' ground seems to be only too vivid an illustration of that coziness. >> british prime ministers can last for a decade or 30 years i was just watching a docudrama they can last forever or a stiff breeze can knock them out forever. is david cameron experiencing a stiff breeze or is this just going to do damage. >> if you think back to last summer when this first rereputed, whether this could fracture the coalition. david cameron formed a government in partnership with the liberal democrats a third party as a way of establishing a working majority in parliament. this is a reminder of the embarrassment of the politicians
being in bed with the murdoch to be lloyd press and personal ties of mr. cameron. after all, his director of communications had to resign. he, who had been earlier arrested in this very scandal. >> andy coulson the interchange like football announcers. >> i think the legal term not good applies here. as you suggested the allegation here arrest on that suspicion of perversion of justice, still to this day has not been formally criminally charged. it suggests she interfered with this investigation. in fact, there have been allegations as you may know that hundreds of thousands of emails that might pertain to this investigation have been destroyed. attempts to revive those have come up with allegations. this was developed by the
scotland yard's investigators themselves. >> even the police began to sit up and take notice. rebekah brooks arrested for a second time, the prime minister and the horse involved, as well. is it no longer a stretch to say we might see a james murdoch or rupert murdoch perp walk? >> members of parliament have been openly skeptical even disdainful. he's had to go fort and acknowledge substantive evidence proved things he said were wrong. his subordinates said they showed him things several years ago that he has sworn he did not know of. >> the horse will always give you away. talk about cleaning the stables. great pleasure to see you again, sir. >> thank you.
>> limbaugh declares victory in the sandra fluke fallout while his bosses suspend all nationally advertised barter deals associated with his show. an exit poll has romney up by two points on san toruloma and three on gingrich. in fact, romney had led in the first set of exit polls in mississippi by four points. it could be very, very close. details ahead. ttv