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with a warning it our current president. >> we're going to stuff it down his throat and point out it is capitalism and freedom that makes america strong. >> all right. did mitt finally have a winning answer on his taxes? we're going to report and you're going to decide. >> i'm hoping gray works. president obama not letting the republicans have all the fun. >> ♪ i'm so in love with you >> wow. "fox & friends" starts right now. >> was that an audition for "american idol"? >> it was good. >> i don't know. i'm going to ask herman cain when he comes up 15 minutes from now. we know he has pipes. what does he think about obama's pipes? and oh, by the way, my husband sings like that to me every
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night before i go to bed. >> yeah, yeah, sweet nothings. >> it's a great story about who the president was doing an impersonation of that right here in new york city last night. we got a busy, man, we got so much to talk about regarding the debates. we'll start right now with some news about the marines. >> fox news alert for you. six u.s. marines have unfortunately been killed in a helicopter crash in southern afghanistan. the military rejeblthing the taliban's claim that it shot down the chopper saying there was no enemy activity in the area when the helicopter went down. cause of the crash, said to be technical failure. shocking new allegations about that italian cruise ship disaster. turns out while passengers were fighting for their lives, the ship's captain eating dinner. at least that is according to one of the ship's cooks. he claims the captain ordered dinner for himself and another nearly one hour after the ship ran aground. the two reportedly fled the ship shortly after that, an
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accusation that she now denies. >> i have heard in russian media that the captain left the ship first or among the first but this is not true. i'm a witness. > >> cemortan going as far to call him a hero. she was not working on this trip nor listed as a paying guest. in other news, a federal official plans to plead the fifth regarding a gunrunning scandal known as operation fast & furious. we've talked about it on show. the chief of the federal division was ordered to appear before the house oversight committee earlier this week to discuss his role in the operation that sent more than 2,000 u.s. guns to mexico. guns from the failed operation were found at the murder scene of a u.s. border patrol agent. showtime at the apollo has never quite looked like this. watch as president obama channels his inner soul singer. who knew? >> to know that reverend al
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green was here. ♪ i ♪ so in love with you >> those guys didn't think i would do it. i told you -- >> so that was president obama during a fundraiser at the historic apollo theater in harlem, new york last night. the real al green performed earlier in the evening. the whole event netting about $3 million for the president's re-election campaign. i bet if he sings like that, he'll earn a couple more million. >> it was over to spike lee's house for another fundraiser at his private bungalow. >> spike lee -- >> bungalow. that's when you're on the beach somewhere, not in new york. >> i'm thinking we should be. >> there in his brownstone. >> meanwhile, the debate last night, it was an interesting thing. yesterday was the busiest news day of the campaign. rick perry dropped out. rick santorum won iowa.
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and then newt gingrich's ex-wife mary anne dropped a bombshell that he had asked her to have an open marriage. >> remember, you were on the radio and we were asking, should that be a question on the debate? i never thought it would be the first question in the debate. >> no, it couldn't possibly be the first question. >> let's just say this. it couldn't have gone to a better candidate who might be able to zing right back out of the gate. watch this. >> she says you asked her, sir, to enter into an open marriage. would you like to take some time to respond to that? >> no, but i will. i think -- i think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public
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office and i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate with a topic like that. every person in here knows personal pain. every person in here has had someone close to them go through painful things. to take an ex-wife and make to two days before the primary a significant question of a president shall campaign is as close to despicable as anything i can imagine. >> it's hard to imagine him handling probably the roughest topic in his background and in his candidacy that strongly and reversing it so quickly. >> but for it to be the very first question. there are so many gigantic challenges that are facing us here in the united states right now. and for that to be cnn's first question and remember, they sit around in a room and they figure out should we start with this or
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this? no, let's start with this and try to get it. brilliantly, newt gingrich knew eventually somebody would ask something like that. he was able not only to hit it on of the park but hit it into the next county. >> and the second home run came as he continued. we couldn't play it all for you here this morning. we'll probably play it later. he did go on to say that when john king tried to say it was abc, not cnn, he said no, your executives sat around and made the decision to make it the first question tonight. by the way, one of my main missions is to make sure the mainstream media which newt gingrich believes serves the elite and president obama, that they will stop attacking republicans. it was a brilliant moment and after that, i'm not so sure that there was a high point like that for the next few hours. >> he won the first two minutes. after that, professor newt took over but nonetheless, it was a good first two minutes for him. >> the only thing i would add is juan williams and chris wallace can call up john king and say i know what it's like.
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newt gingrich ripped chris wallace first and juan williams' question is what newt gingrich was able to shine earlier in the debate this week and john king again. it's not as if it was scripted. he probably knew the topic was going to come up. >> absolutely. he knew the topic would come up as mitt romney undoubtedly knew the question of his income taxes was going to come up and he was ready and he responded he would go ahead and make them public as soon as he filed his income taxes in april as he has said in the past. but then john king had a gotcha question. he said did you know that your father when he was running for president said he would unveil 12 years worth of stuff? would you do that? and he had to waiver a little bit. >> he said maybe he would. he went on to talking about capitalism which i thought was a strong statement. listen to this. >> and i'm going to stand and defend capitalists across this country, throughout this campaign. i know we're going to hit it hard for president obama but we're going to sufficient it down his throat and point out it's capitalism and freedom that makes america strong.
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>> i'm not going to apologize for being successful. >> and that was made very well -- >> i think mitt romney obviously talked to some advisors after the last debate performance and he seemed to me to be much more forceful and aggressive in a good way. >> solid. >> solid in a way that he was answering the questions. but this morning, i'd love to know what the viewers think. did you care about the ex-wife interview? did you care about that? would that change your mind if you live -- or even if you do live in south carolina. does that change your mind and this whole issue about mitt romney's tax situation and when he worked at bain, does that factor into your mind as you go to the polls, pretend like you would. >> i will say this, i'm astounded when a team like the romney team that's been assembled and so well organized and the candidate through his own fault or team's fault has no good answer or an answer that would resonate successfully on are you going to release your taxes? i was astounded to say i don't know, maybe was his response. the crowd boos. this is three days after he blew
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it on tuesday. >> and i think he had a good answer. he said i'm going to file them, you know, i'm going to make them public in april but then for john king to have that gotcha question, your dad said 12 years. when was the last time somebody asked barack obama, hey, we'd like to see 12 years worth of your stuff or any other democrat on the other side. >> i think brian brings up a really interesting point that after three days and i think when you have -- >> and i think maybe it's a good answer. >> when you have your main encoarse endor endorser chris christie sitting on our couch yesterday reiterating that he should release his tax records now. he should do that now instead of waiting until april. >> newt gingrich has talked a lot about how he and ronald reagan hand and hand created millions and millions of jobs that led to a great economy that led to vast riches for people like mitt romney. well, last night, mitt romney wasn't going to bite for that anymore. >> i do think government can kill jobs and i do think
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government can create the environment where entrepreneurs create jobs. and the truth is you did very well under the rules that we created to make it easier for entrepreneurs to go out and do things. you would have been much poorer if jimmy carter had remained president. >> mr. speaker, you were a speaker for four years. >> right. >> i was in business 25 years. >> right. >> you're not going to get credit for my 25 years, number one. number two, i don't recall a single saying thank heavens washington is there for me. thank heavens -- >> he went on to say, too, he said ronald reagan's diaries were released, all of his intimate thoughts. >> if you worked so closely with him. >> he said since you talk about an intimate relationship, it wasn't there. there was one reference as a program that you brought up that he didn't think was worthy and newt didn't have a response to that. >> very interesting. rick santorum was on the stage. >> and he was good. >> and he took on mitt romney and newt gingrich over the issue of health care. >> he's going to have to run against a president who is going to say well, look, look what you
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did for massachusetts and you're the one criticizing me for what i've done. i used your model for it. and then -- then we have speaker gingrich who has been for an individual mandate will post $150,000 bond. these are two folks who don't present the clear contrast that i do, who is the author of health savings accounts. i've been fighting for health reform, private sector, bottoms up the way america works best for 20 years while these two guys were playing footsie with the left. >> rick santorum, a very good debater and something you don't see in a lot of politicians. you can tell a lot of his answers are really heartfelt. there was a fourth person on the stage. ron paul was there as well at the conclusion, the ron paul camp called the debate fair to mr. paul. to dr. paul. >> all right. 11 minutes after the hour. straight ahead, botox, facelift, you name it.
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public school teachers getting a nip and tuck on the taxpayers' dime. we'll explain and suck in. >> and he grabs -- that's different. and he grabbed the nation's attention with this unconventional presidential campaign. herman cain, you're about to do it again! good morning. we'll see you in a few minutes. >> good morning. >> thank you. i wouldn't do it any other way other than unconventional! >> except for your tie which is always the same. right back. wake up! that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition. could've had a v8.
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cain ran an unpresidential campaign and he matched that with an endorsment no one expected. >> here is my unconventional endorsement. not a candidate seeking the nomination. not someone that's not running. my unconventional endorsement is the people! we the people of this nation are still in charge. >> well, how does that work? joining us right now from the road in south carolina, we've got herman cain, the founder of cain solutions. good morning to you, mr. cain. >> good morning. how are you? happy to be here. >> great to have you as well. why not endorse one of the people still left on the stage rather than we the people and what does that mean? you're endorsing we the people? >> two reasons. number one, i wanted my supporters to still stay focused on the ultimate mission which is to defeat barack obama. the race for the nomination on the republican party is still so
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close i didn't necessarily want to get into that at this particular point but the second reason is i've heard too many people say their vote does not count. i've heard too many people say they've lost interest in this republican primary because of all of the negativity so i wanted to endorse the american people so they would feel empowered to stay involved, engaged and inspired. that's what that was all about. >> i totally get where you're coming from as far as the cain solutions but seriously, seriously mr. cain, why didn't you just say i'm behind rick santorum. i'm behind newt gingrich. i'm behind mitt romney. i'm behind ron paul. rick perry did it yesterday. >> because, gretchen, i am not like everybody else. >> ok. >> remember? i'm the unconventional candidate with the unconventional approach. i want to get people focused on real solutions to problems. this is what's missing from most of the debate dialogue and a lot of stuff coming out of the media. the american people are hungry for how we're going to fix
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things, not just what's wrong. >> i know. you set it up as an endorsement. and you said it before a couple of weeks ago you were ready to endorse somebody. i think that's why it was using that lingo of endorsement. >> gretchen, i also warned everybody that many people in the media won't like it because -- because it's not conventional. >> sure. >> but i said the american people will like it. i have received comments from people saying thank you for reminding me that i'm still in charge of this country. washington is broken. we are broke and the american people need to stay engaged and inspired. so it was unconventional and i didn't do it the way they did it because that's the way i am. >> it is and you got us talking about it this morning. last night, the big debate. what did you think of cnn starting with that gotcha question to newt gingrich about his ex-wife mary anne? >> i love newt gingrich's response because that's the same crap that they pulled on me.
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and that's what's wrong with politics. this is what's turning the american people off. what does something that happened 20 years ago relative to an ex-wife have to do with fixing america's problems today? nothing. so i loved it when newt gingrich shoved it back in their face and made them aware that the american people don't care about that stuff. so i loved it. >> what did you think about the rest of the debate? because the fireworks happened in the first two minutes. what did you think about substance when they actually got to those questions? >> well, i'm going to quote my wife after i talked to her. in the rare moment when she has watched a debate without me in it, she used the word "nasty." she said it just got downright nasty and it did. the parts that i was able to see. all of the direct attacks, this is what's turning people off. this is why i made my unconventional endorsement and this is why at cainconnections.com people can find real solutions to problems
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and not just more of the same political rhetoric so it was kind of nasty but it was int entertaining for a lot of people. >> a lot going on. thank you very much. have a great weekend. >> it's my pleasure and gretchen, i do have another tie. it's polka dot. but you just haven't seen it yet. >> all right. you keep surprising me with all that unconventional stuff. good to see you, mr. cain. see you soon. >> thank you. pleasure. >> all right. 20 minutes after the top of the hour. the republican candidates hoping for the support of our military veterans and they all made their case last night. up next, a group of vets tell us who they think gets their vote. and why. >> then we told you there was an investigation into whether washington leaked classified flfgs about the bin laden raid to hollywood? that was a big development. details coming up. i'm trading everywhere...
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>> 24 minutes after the top of the hour. couple of quick headlines for you. a senior al-qaida figure reportedly killed in a c.i.a. drone strike in pakistan. sources say he was a senior operative planning attacks on the west and an out of control brushfire forces thousands of people from their homes near reno, nevada. the fire was fueled by gusts of wind over 80 miles per hour. nearly 20 homes destroyed. luckily, no one was hurt. >> gretchen, crucial voting bloc in this year's election. the veterans of the u.s. military especially in south carolina by the way, this year all the g.o.p. candidates are trial to sway those voters. >> so i would say we ought to both have a transition process for veterans to enable them to have a real advantage at getting a job when they come home. >> it's absolutely wrong to balance the budget on the backs of our military.
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we need a strong military, so strong, no one in the world would ever think of testing it. >> where the veterans really deserve help, as a physician and congressman is the people who come back and aren't doing well healthwise and the president of the united states can't cut one penny out of the social welfare system and he wants to cut a trillion dollars out of our military and hit our veterans and that's disgusting! >> wow. so who were the vets voting for and why? joining us right now, three retired u.s. marines, jesse jane duff. good morning. mark and bobby dyer. all three veterans. who are you leaning for? >> i am auto supporting mitt romney. he's the only candidate to have a record in private and public government to create jobs. so i think he's the greatest strength for our military veterans that have as high as 30% unemployment rate between the 18 and 24-year-olds right now. he has a record that can get
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them employed. >> and you are going to be a delegate, correct? for mitt romney. >> yes, i am, thank you. >> mark, as a member of the marines, who are you leaning for? >> i'm leaning towards newt gingrich as a 9/11 survivor, as an iraq veteran, as somebody who left the marine corps and discovered that the american dream has been severely dissipated. i basically have a balancing approach to three factors. who is going to unlock this economy so veterans like myself can achieve the american dream? who is going to be honest? and forthright about the dangers of orthodox militant islam and third and most importantly, who is going to get on that debate stage every night during the general election and completely destroy barack obama and that's newt gingrich. >> all right. bobby dyer out of have beach, where do you weigh in? >> good morning from virginia beach. i'll tell you, i love rick santorum's passion and compassion and what i really enjoy about the guy is that he's a conservative and he has by
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far, i think, the best chance to win. with that being said, we got to realize we got to take it beyond the election. he is going to be the commander in chief. he's going to be leading this country and gracious knows, we need leadership these days. and i am scared to death -- i'm sorry. >> no, finish your thought. >> i'm scared to death about these military cuts. they want to cut the marines. my marine corps by 20,000. my goodness, we need leadership. >> it's interesting, jesse jane duff but congressman ron paul will bring up he gets more contributions from veterans than any other candidate. why are you not pushing for ron paul? >> oh, my goodness. i think he wants to play cards with the taliban. i would be very offended with him as a commander in chief. he doesn't even have a command presence. all the marines on the panel can agree, we need a commander in chief with command presence and i think he lacks that completely with his foreign policy so there's no possible way that i could support him and i find it very hard to believe that many
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veterans are behind him actively. >> if you talk to the president when he does give interviews, he talks about how he's strong on defense and he's been aggressive -- aggressive defending us. mark, why aren't you leaning towards the president? auto autoed we-- well, i don't e anybody who has enabled the muslim brotherhood than president obama. the camp david accords are about to go out the window and that's going to directly threaten israel and , you know, this is not a man who understands what's going to protect this nation. he's just not -- he's just not a strong leader when it comes to foreign policy. sure, there have been extensions of the bush doctrine that he's -- that he's benefited from but on his own, no, this is not a leader for -- >> finally, there are eight military bases in south carolina. over 400,000 men serving active and retired. what's your message to them come saturday? >> i think this is going to be one of the most important elections of our time.
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and i think santorum has the temperament. i think he has the passion. he served for eight years on the armed forces committee. you know, he's what we need. he's the man for the season. he's what we need right now. we need that strong, passionate leadership. >> well, i'll tell you what, you don't agree on who we support. we agree that we support you and your service. thanks so much for all of you for getting up and what you've done for the country. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. >> it was a privilege being here. >> all right. same here. all right. 31 minutes before the top of the hour. we move ahead with 2 1/2 hours left. next on the rundown, you just don't pay teachers' salaries, now you're footing the bill for their plastic surgery. this is unbelievable. it's true, though. and remember this guy, the fed ex deliveryman tossing a new computer over the fence. it happened again. and we have the video. but first, happy birthday to paul stanley. it was his idea to put the make-up on and as far as my reporting says, he still has it on today. he turns 60.
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mount rainier said he stayed alive by digging a snow tunnel and burning dollar bills for warmth. he had a bunch of $5 bills and $1 bills in his wallet, he burned them all to stay warm. burned them all. the good news, today he was offered a job as president obama's economic advisor. >> the guy is just lucky he didn't invest everything in gold. >> right. as you mentioned, steve, he's one of the few people in america who still walks around with cash. we have become a cashless society. >> i'm moving more to cash. >> what too you mean? >> i don't know why. i don't know. >> do you stuff it in your mattress? are you becoming somebody who is doubting our monetary system? >> i'm not exactly sure why i'm doing this. it's a phase i'm going through. >> are you giving people more tips? >> yes, it's from living in new york city all these years where you have to have a couple bucks on hand. let's go back to politics, shall we? >> it's 26 minutes before the
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top of the hour. the president was at the center of the attacks at the sou carol primary tomorrow. mike emanuel is live with the very latest. good morning to you, michael. >> good morning, steve. good morning, guys. these are the critical final hours before south carolina voters head to the polls. there is some jockeying going on before the final four republican candidates trying to distinguish themselves from one another and trying to win those final votes. the one thing that the final four seem to agree on is they believe, they argue it is critical to replace president obama. >> i'm going to be able to talk to president obama in a way that no one else can that's in the race right now about how the free economy works and make sure he understands this divisiveness and dividing americans between 99 and 1 is dangerous. we are one nation under god. >> the only one in this race that's ever defeated a democratic incumbent. i did it for the congress and
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did it for the senate. >> you can go to heal healthtransformation.net and you can see hundreds of ideas none of which resembles president obama's program. i would be glad to have a three hour debate with president obama. he can use a teleprompter. i'll rely on knowledge. we'll do fine. >> as for ron paul, his presence was certainly felt any time his supporters felt like he was being slighted in the debate, they spoke up. at one point, he noted that he was the only doctor on the stage and so he wanted to weigh in on pro life issues. it promises to be another very important day out on the campaign trail here in south carolina. a very busy day and obviously we'll be following the candidates every step of the way. guys? >> all right, mike emanuel running up his expense account. >> i'm jealous of you, you're not even wearing a coat at 6:30 in the morning, you're almost in our face because it's so cold here. it's almost -- you're almost challenging us with your climate. >> i am happy to rub it in, yes, that's true.
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thank you very much. >> thanks a lot, mike. >> beautiful to be here. >> all right, jersey boy. from mike to reince, reince priebus live in south carolina. he is the chair of the republican national committee, the rnc. good morning to you, mr. chairman. >> good morning. i hope kilmeade isn't going to bust my chops about the packers last week. that was -- >> i don't know. how did that game end? does anyone know? i don't even remember. >> oh, boy. it was -- it ended miserably, the same way it started. >> all right. sorry about that. i am actually wearing green but not in honor of the packers. >> do we have any highlights for the chairman? >> they're mainly lowlights, i don't think we need to see them. >> we have highlights from last night's debate, though. >> i think the highlight for me was the excellent call that the ref made that it was not a fumble. anyway, about the debate, i'm sorry, go ahead, gretchen. >> i want to know generally what your thoughts were. obviously, newt gingrich came out swinging. were there fireworks after that or what was your impression?
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>> you know, i thought it was a great debate. this week's debates were very good. the fox debate on monday was great and today's debate or last night's debate was pretty good, too. i thought they were focused in on obama which i think is important. i think in the end what matters is we're going to have a referendum on barack obama. it's going to be a job review of what he promised and what he delivered. and we want to make sure we have a candidate that's articulate and clear on the message and i think last night's debate got us there a little closer. >> i'm wondering what your thoughts are what newt said. in his attacks, he believes the media is trying to take down the republican candidate and not being nearly as hard on the president. do you think that's true in particular for abc to do a hit piece on mitt romney 24 hours before they do a hit piece with the ex-wife of newt gingrich. >> yeah. i mean, i think this is typical stuff from some of the mainstream media and i think it's unfortunate. but, you know, the candidates do have to deal with these things and i think they are. but, you know, the funny part about all this is, you know, i
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get hundreds of e-mails a day and i've got six different e-mail addresses. i have not received a single e-mail on either of these stories and i just don't think people are that worried or concerned about these issues but the media is fixated on it. we had a two-hour debate last night and i would say almost all of it was focused in on policy and barack obama and the direction that these candidates want to take america and you had a couple of minutes of jabs here and there. but that's expected. i mean, this isn't patty cake. this is for the presidency of the united states. >> we've heard so many times this isn't bean bag. now it's good to hear it's not patty cake. we've moved on. ok. >> that's right. >> how about, mr. chairman, this report that apparently democrats have received more money from bain capital, mr. romney's organization, former organization than from republicans. as you look over the last number of years, the democrats have contributed at bain $1.2 million to the democrats whereas bain
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executives and what not have credibili contributed less than half to republicans. what does that say to you? >> i don't care where bain's money is going or where wall street's money is going. what i do care about the fact that this president is an absolute hypocrite when it comes to the things that come out of his mouth and the reality, also as a president that rails on wall street all the time but he's taken more money from wall street than all the candidates combined, even the four that have dropped out, if you add them into the mix. this president has a record of constantly saying one thing and doing another and, you know, he's the speech of fire in chief. i think people are sick and tired of the pageantry and the words and all the garbage that he spews and that's why we need to make sure we make him a one term president and save this kunlt. >> he had three fundraisers in new york city and really loused up the traffic for hours. >> and at disney, too. >> that's right. thank you very much for starting your day really early after the
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big show last night down in south carolina. thank you, sir. >> good luck to the packers this weekend -- oh, i'm sorry. >> thanks, pal. >> i apologize. >> if we were there, we would take the knife out. >> should not be single elimination. they should be playing a series. now to the rest of the headlines. big development in whether washington leaked classified information about the bin laden raid to hollywood. a judicial watchdog group is suing the c.i.a. and the defense department to release all their communications. the group suspects that officials showed classified photos and videos of the raid to catherine bigelow who is making the movie. >> oh, boy. >> forget about apples. teachers in buffalo, new york getting botox? facelifts, even lipo? that would be ok but it's on the taxpayers' dime, apparently, that's because their union negotiated health care plan provides them with all the plastic surgery and skin treatments they want for free? all that nipping and tucking reportedly adding up to about $5 million in 2011 alone. that's the same year the district had to fire more than 100 teachers because of a budget
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shortfall. >> are they ironing -- >> i don't know, were those pictures of actual teachers? meanwhile, just a month after we showed you this video of a fed ex delivery guy chucking a computer monitor over a customer's fence, the same thing has happened again but this time it's a u.s. postal service mailman caught on camera. he can't operate the gate -- look at that. so he throws the package over the fence. inside the box an antique 1938 cuckoo clock from germany. look at that. the guy who ordered it was home when the mailman tossed it over the fence. the postal service says hey, look, we're sorry. and is paying to fix the busted clock. >> of course. >> talk about cuckoo. >> when something like that breaks, you lose the value of it, right? if it's an antique and it has to be fixed with super glue -- >> there's nothing wrong with fixing a cuckoo clock, it drives you nuts in the big picture.
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not to make excuses for bad behavior. the occupiers are out of money but not out of chutzpah. i almost said something else. you finish off, i'm worried. >> chutzpah. wait until you hear the stunt they're pulling today. >> someone with chutzpah is spike lee and has been critical of the president in the past. what happened when they met face to face last night? that's coming up. plus the president sings. confused by all the nutritional information out there?
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campaigns. oh, good. and a powerful winter storm leaving much of the northwest in a state of emergency this morning. flooding being blamed for at least two deaths in the state of oregon. we could see the same later today in washington state. the snow and ice there begins to melt. more than 50 flights have already been canceled up there for today. >> and i'm going to stand and defend capitalists across this country, throughout this campaign. i know we're going to hit it hard for president obama but we're going to stuff it down his throat and point out it is capitalism and freedom that makes america strong. >> i'm not going to apologize for being successful. and -- >> well, that was governor mitt romney standing strong for the right to make your own success at last night's debate. back here in new york, president obama was asking voters to give them some dough. watch this. >> if you will work harder this time than you did last time, change will come.
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if you keep on believing, we'll finish what we started in 2008. change will come. if you fight with me and press on with me, i promise you, change will come! >> wow, and there was nothing really new about what happened yesterday. sandra smith is here from the fox business network. nothing new, sandra, because the president came back to new york for three huge fundraisers. >> unfortunately, it sounds like a lot more of the same despite his talk about change. we're talking about two events at very fancy upper east side daniel restaurant, 160 attendees paying between $5,000 and $15,000 for a ticket there. the apollo theater filled up, 1400 people there, average ticket price about 100 people. that's where he ended the night but the big fancy event of the evening, the pricey ticket was actually at the private home on the upper east side of hollywood movie director spike lee. he had in attendance about 45 people.
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35,800 dollars a ticket each. ok? mariah carrey and her husband were in attendance. the fear that this is more of the same. despite the talk about change, we're talking about more bundlers stepping forward and actually the numbers show in large part, he's still paying -- he's getting the big bucks and these guys are paying to get some sort of role in the white house. >> if you pay $35,000, is it an open bar? >> i heard it was top shelf liquor. let's leave it at that. >> let's talk a little bit more about these bundlers because i mean, i think some people -- most people know that if you do raise money for the president, you might get a payback. how has that worked out? >> we're actually seeing some of the numbers coming out for the center of public integrity. we're talking 68 of the 350 bundlers for the 2012 election, 68 of the 350 of those bundlers has -- those bundlers have served in some form in the white house. they or their spouses. ok? that's a very large percentage.
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you want to hear another number? 200 of those 350 have been invited in some sort of way to some fancy event at the white house. so in large part, these folks are paying their way to get involved in the white house and from a business aspect, many of them are focused where their interest is for their business or their company and they're paying to have some sort of influence in washington. >> uh-huh. very interesting stuff. all right. thanks very much. we didn't get any invitations to these -- i can't find out about the open bar. get more on that. >> i came to work with $35,000. now i got to bring all that cash home. sandra smith, thanks so much. >> a new movie about september 11th not sitting well with victims' families. does it hit too close to home? we report, you decide. >> the president nixed the pipeline costing americans thousands of jobs. that's nothing. the real loss -- catastrophic. wake up!
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>> welcome back. after months of debate, president obama finally rejecting that controversial xl keystone pipeline. he and the state department deemed it not in the interest of the american people. but republicans on capitol hill say it should be built. it will create jobs. and they won't give up without a fight. >> the president's policies are making the american economy worse rather than better. this is not the end of the fight. republicans in congress will continue to push this because it's good for our country and it's good for our economy and it's good for the american people especially those who are looking for work. >> so any chance that the
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republicans can undo the president's decision? let's talk to this guy right here, fox news senior judicial analyst, judge andrew napolitano, host of "freedom watch" joins us live this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> so the state department, you know, we were waiting for approval. >> once the state department gave approval to the project, look at the pipeline, the blue is the proposed pipeline. from the top to the bottom are 56 different lawsuits intended to condemn property so that the pipeline can be built. those lawsuits cost millions of dollars in the people suing, the canadian utility and the people whose property they're trying to take. all that comes to a halt. one the state department approved this, thousands of pieces of pipe and equipment were ordered. >> 200 miles of pipe. >> correct. sitting in a warehouse. who is going to pay for that? not the federal government because when the federal government makes a mistake, when it changes its mind. when people rely on its decisions and then they lose money because of that reliance,
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the government has insulated itself from lawsuits so the only consequence to the president here will be a political consequence. does the american public really want this kind of on again, off again type of decision making. >> what can the republicans do to see that this thing eventually is built? >> vote him out of office because the statute gives the president absolute discretion to say yes or no. first he said yes and then he said no. >> they said yes before they said no. >> right. so the answer is political. could they change the statute? yes, but it would take 2/3 of each house of congress and they don't have that much support. interestingly, there are some democrats that have criticized the president. democrats running for re-election in states with high unemployment where the pipeline would bring work and fuel are as critical of the president as the republicans have been. >> i didn't realize how much exposure that utility had and the pipe maker. i never thought about that. >> $5 billion probably lost by that utility.
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>> oh, my gosh. judge andrew napolitano, we'll be watching you tonight on "freedom watch". >> pleasure. thank you, steve. earlier this week, newt gingrich said rick santorum should drop out of the race. guess what? santorum got his chance to fire back. you'll hear what he said and dick cheney is lambasted for his secret energy meeting. how come president obama isn't getting the same for his closed door meetings coming up? ♪ [ male announcer ] when kelley blue book's kbb.com gave the 2012 camry a best resale value award, we were delighted. ♪
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alyour important legal matters in just minutes. now it's quicker and easier for you to start your business... protect your family... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com, we put the law on your side. >> tgif, everyone. it's friday, january 20, 2012. i'm gretchen carlson. thanks for sharing your time. let me tell you what's happening right now. call him newt zingrich. his fiery first response setting the tone for the night. >> i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. >> well, the hits keep coming. but will they leave a lasting mark as south carolina voters head to the polls tomorrow? >> all right, he wasn't the only one tightening his stone.
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i'm talking about mitt romney accusing newt making up his ties to ronald reagan. >> i looked at the reagan diaries and you're mentioned once in ronald reagan's diary and in the diary, he says you had an -- >> mitt romney will join us live this hour. 24 hours from south carolina. >> and a new movie about september 11th not sitting well with victims' families. so does the movie hit too close to home? we are going to report and you are going to decide on this friday, live from new york, you're watching "fox & friends." >> do you think john king is actually black and blue today after newt gingrich beat the soup out of him last night. >> he wiped the floor, however you want to characterize it. we'll show you that exchange coming up after we get to some headlines. we have a fox news alert to tell you about. marines killed in a helicopter
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crash in southern afghanistan. they are rejecting the taliban's claims saying they shot down the chopper. there was no enemy activity in the area when the helicopter went down. early reports say technical failure caused the crash. shooking now allegations about that italian cruise ship disaster. it turns out while passengers were fighting for their lives, the ship's captain reportedly ordering and eating dinner. at least that's what one of the ship's cooks is saying right now. he claims the captain ordered dinner for himself and a 25-year-old. nearly one hour after the ship already had run aground. the two reportedly fled the ship shortly after that. an accusation that she denies. >> i have heard in russian media that the captain left the ship first or among the first but this is not true. i'm a witness. > >> dominica is reportedly her name. she went to far as to call him a
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hero. she did work for the cruise line at one point but she was not working on this trip nor was she listed as a paying guest. a federal official plans to plead the fifth today regarding a gunrunning scandal known as operation fast & furious. chief of the criminal division of the u.s. attorney's office in arizona patrick cunningham was ordered to appear before the house oversight committee earlier this week. he was supposed to discuss his role in the operation that put more than 2,000 u.s. guns in drug dealers' hands in mexico. guns from that failed operation were found at the murder scene of a u.s. border patrol agent. are ads for the new tom hanks movie incredibly insensitive? more and more september 11th families say absolutely, yes. subway ads for "extremely loud and incredibly close" are playing near yards from where the twin towers fell. the ads show the towers on fire and now relatives of victims who died in the attacks are infuriated. they're already upset the movie gives no warning of the graphic images and now they want the ads
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pulled. a warner brothers spokesperson says the movie company will do just that. wow. those are your headlines. i read in an editorial yesterday that said nowhere in the entire movie do they talk about terrorism or terrorists. they called it something else as we've seen the p.c. society at work maybe again. >> when you call the fort hood shooter an example of workplace violence, don't expect that to turn up from a hollywood movie. >> it sets the tone. ladies and gentlemen, i don't know if you watched the debate last my. if you didn't, let's start with this. this debate could have started with one of the most egregious examples of media bias ever. if you think cnn would ever start with a personal question of a democrat in a presidential campaign, i think you're crazy and i'd like to talk to you about buying some pipe land up in canada. the way john king started the debate was to ask that guy right there, the former speaker of the house newt gingrich about
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allegations from his ex-wife mary anne that he asked her for an open marriage. and it went uphill and then downhill from there. >> she says you asked her, sir, to enter into an open marriage. would you like to take some time to respond to that? no but i will. i think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for office and i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. every person in here knows personal pain. every person in here has had someone close to them go through
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painful things. to take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything i can imagine. >> well, if you were looking for some fireworks, you got it when you tuned in immediately to the debate. all i can say is wow. he really handled that question quite brilliantly. >> you talked to herman cain, you two guys did, about this experience and his take on the debate and that question. as you might recall, herman cain had a myriad of these events and accusations before he left the race. listen to his reaction. >> i loved newt gingrich's response because that's the same crap that they pulled on me and that's what's wrong with politics. this is what's turning the american people off. what does something that happened 20 years ago relative to an ex-wife have to do with
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fixing america's problems today? nothing. >> and it's abc who did the huge story and they made it a big story about mitt romney's off-shore investments in the cayman islands and the next day on "nightline" aired last night at 11:30 eastern time, they have this one-on-one interview, this exclusive with his ex-wife. >> i thought it was interesting, the reporter on that brian ross who does some very credible reporting, he said that his intention was not to interview the ex-wife to get her to say what she said allegedly about an open marriage, it was to talk about the ethics violations that newt gingrich had when he was speaker of the house. yeah, right. >> they were going to talk -- >> yeah, right. >> one other thing, right after john king asked newt gingrich about that, he turned to mitt romney and said how about you mr. romney, would you like to weigh in on this? keep in mind, it was just a week ago where newt gingrich was calling into question mitt romney's integrity about how he made all that money with bain capital. when given the chance, mr. romney simply said and this was
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a great line of the night. "john, let's get on to the real issues." >> he took the high road on that one. ok, there were other times when, of course, he was asked other questions and in this particular part of the debate, mitt romney went after newt gingrich about his ties to the reagan era and to the president himself. >> you asked me an entirely different question. but -- >> beats me. i don't know. where are we at, john? >> let me tell you, one of the things i find amusing is listening to how much credit is taken in washington for what goes on on main street. i mean, mr. speaker, it was -- you talk about all the things you did with ronald reagan and that reagan revolution and the jobs created during the reagan years and so forth. i mean, i looked at the reagan diary. you're mentioned once in ronald reagan's diary and in the diary, he says you had an idea in a
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meeting of young congressmen and it wasn't a very good idea and he dismissed it. that's the entire mention. >> i think mitt romney also said his own father was actually mentioned in the ronald reagan diaries at least once. "the washington post" this morning did a fact check on what mr. romney just said and said it's absolutely true. apparently, this happened -- this meeting with reagan and the young republicans 1983 where newt gingrich suggested freezing the federal budget at that point but ronald reagan at that point felt it would decimate the pentagon so he didn't take mr. gingrich up on the idea. >> let's talk about rick santorum because he had a great -- he had a great moment last night, i thought one of his strongest moments was when he was asked what would you do differently about your campaign if you could do it again? he said absolutely nothing. he said i can't believe i'm here in the final four and especially considering where i started, where i had town halls and no one was coming and i'm still standing. he went after newt gingrich who really started it, you might say that mitt romney started with newt. well, it was newt that started with santorum when he said basically drop out of the race.
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you're a junior senator from pennsylvania who got blown out in the last election. he went back at newt and his style of legislating. >> grand onesity has never been a problem with newt gingrich. he handles it very, very well and that's really one of the issues here, folks. a month ago, he was saying it's inevitable i'm going to win the election and i'm destined to do it. i don't want a nominee that i have to worry about going out and looking at the paper the incomes day and figuring out -- worrying about what he is going to say next. >> you're right, i think grandiose thoughts. this is a grandiose country of big people doing big things and we need leadership prepared to take on big projects. i will give newt gingrich his due on grandiose ideas and grandiose projects. i will not give him his due on executing those projects which is exactly what the president of the united states is supposed to do. >> there's an ad with a republican who talks, ripping
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his fellow republican colleague and that's newt gingrich just about the same thing that rick santorum brought up. >> come up on our -- >> i was going to say at one point, rick santorum came really close to essentially calling newt gingrich crazy. >> he did. >> came really close. >> another candidate has done that and i believe that candidate was mitt romney and he's going to be coming up at 7:50 a.m. eastern time on our show. lots of questions for him post debate. 1/3 approximate of -- of all voters in south carolina still undecided. that's why these debates are so important and it's totally an open field. i don't think anyone can say who is going to win. >> the word is zany. he called him zany. >> thank you. >> number two is we don't have any poll results that show if that interview with the ex-wife meant anything to the people of south carolina and we don't know if this obviously no poll on what just happened at the debate. >> exactly. who do you think won last night? send us an e-mail friends at foxnews.com. if you're in south carolina and
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>> all right. he's made it a fundamental issue of his presidency. president obama promising true transparency from his administration while he's in office. remember? >> one of the things i want to do as president is create more transparency and accountability in the system.
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>> we've also restored a sense of honesty and transparency to our budget and it calls for a new level of transparency. >> we've put in place higher standards of transparency. >> well, after closed door meeting, after closed door meetings between members of his administration and things like green energy companies like solyndra, among others, some are wondering where is that transparency that the president promiseed and why isn't the media picking up on it especially being fair to the previous administration. joining us right now, former state department official, fox news contributor and daughter of the former vice president of the united states, dick cheney, liz cheney. welcome back. >> thank you, brian. good to be with you. >> you find it somewhat -- you see a double standard between the way your dad was treated and the bush administration treated and this one. why? >> yeah, i think there's a level of hypocrisy that is pretty standard operating procedure at this point for the obama administration. things that they criticized the bush administration for, you know, but yet, they're given a pass. at the same time, though, it seems to me at the end of the day what really worries me is the policies that we're seeing
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come out of, you know, what turn out not to be such transparent processes. the most recent example would be in my view the defense cuts that were announced last week. where you've got a major shifted in policy. massive reductions in the size of our army and marine corps. very significant and damaging cuts in terms of new weapons systems which seem to have been done without any review whatsoever. no formal review, really just a speech. so you end up with very bad policy coming out of a pretty opaque process. >> i watched the whole thing even when the defense secretary panetta followed the president of the united states at the pentagon to announce these cuts. he basically said we haven't decided what we're cutting yet. we'll announce big cuts coming up. good jobs on the wars. you're saying that's not the way it's done. >> no, i mean, what they ought to be doing is saying what threats does the united states face and what do we need to be able to defend against those threats? instead what they're doing is refusing to deal with the real problem which is entitlements
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and cutting defense. it's totally driven by, you know, their refusal to cut in other areas. their sense that the defense budget is fair game and frankly, it makes us all less safe. it's a sense it's based on this rhetoric that the war is over and we're at peace and simply because president obama says that, you know, he seems to think it's true so we're launching into massive cuts here without real serious review at a time when the war goes on. >> and does it worry you at all that we're done with the war in iraq look i promised seems to be more important than to say in some speech than actually being successful in iraq and leaving the right way. >> absolutely, brian. i think if you look at what's going on in iraq in terms of the complete withdrawal of all american forces and the disintegration you've seen and the conditions on the ground since, if you look at what's going on in afghanistan with this announcement that we're going to bring the surge troops home by september, when the commanders on the ground wanted
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a second full fighting season to be able to take care particularly of what's going on in the eastern part of the country. it's very politics driven. it's very much targeted towards his base. and it's bad for the country. >> how is your dad doing? >> he's doing very well. thank you, brian, i appreciate you asking. he says hello. >> that's good. i know he's still out on the book tour and he seemed to have a lot of fun with it. >> he has. >> liz, i'm sure -- i hope he's watching now. he got to see his daughter talk on national television. liz cheney, always great to see you. >> thank you, brian. appreciate that. good to be with you. >> ok. 19 minutes after the hour. let's move ahead. "nightline" exposes the secrets of newt gingrich's second ex-wife two days before the south carolina primary. is this media bias or just news? we'll look at it and you'll decide about it. we'll ask pollster frank luntz next. plus one school scratched their mascot because it's too offensive to women. you've got -- it's actually older women who like younger guys. you've got to hear this. [ male announcer ] at scottrade,
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>> 23 minutes after the top of the hour. g.o.p. candidates trying to sway last minute voters in south carolina. a third of them still undecided before the primary tomorrow so how did the candidates do last night? >> here with some highlights and key moments in last night's g.o.p. debate is pollster and fox news contributor frank luntz. frank, i understand as you join us from baltimore today, you've got two big moments and it starts with something you've never seen in south carolina. >> yes. i saw people standing and the
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last time the people of south carolina stood, i think, was the war of northern aggression. the first one. and you're going to see -- >> two standing ovations. >> yes. and that doesn't happen. we had the first standing ovation since 1980 in the south carolina debate that fox news hosted. but this one last night, it was one of the toughest questions a candidate ever has to face, an attack from an ex-wife and newt gingrich handled it so well that the audience, it was just -- they erupted in applause including people who didn't support him. let's take a look. >> let me be quite clear. the story is false. every personal friend i have that knew us in that period says the story was false. we offered several of them to abc to prove it was false. they weren't interested because they would like to attack any republican. they're attacking the governor. they're attacking me. i'm sure they'll get around to senator santorum and congressman paul. i am tired of the elite media protecting barack obama by attacking the republicans.
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>> that's probably one of the reasons he gave him a standing ovation. not only is he right but felt exactly the same way. why is the mainstream media do that to support democrats? >> i'm going to stand on the side of abc in this way. if they have the information, they have the right and the responsibility to air it. one can question the timing of it two days before the most important primary but surely, a candidate's background is legitimate to talk about. however, the way that the former speaker handled it is -- is textbook. in terms of how to take a question, how to pivot and this is what mitt romney has always done well in pivoting against barack obama. it was very impressive in his condemnation of the way the media has been holding these debates and wh t the types of questions that the media is asked. now, you guys got a second clip which is just as good and this talks about health care once again, the speaker just unites an audience that's only 1/4 in
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favor of him because of his incredible language. let's take a look. >> why is president obama being allowed to stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26? because you can't get any jobs for them to go out and buy their own insurance. i have an offer -- i have an offer to the parents of america. elect us and your kids will be able to move out because they'll have work! >> classic. >> i mean, this is what people like about newt gingrich, right? he's unpredictable in what he's going to say. even if you don't support him, you might clap for him. >> yeah, he's been outraised 10-1. mitt romney has been running forever. and gingrich continues to do well in the polls simply because of his debate skills. >> right. let me ask you real quickly before you go, because you did want to comment about the tax question with mitt romney. what were your thoughts? >> either he has to release his
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returns or get a better answer. every time he answers it, he hems and he haws and he gets at a loss for words. it's not working for him. either release it or you got to go back and talk to your advisors because you heard people boo last night and they're going to boo every time that he says no that he won't release it until he gives a legitimate reason. make no mistake, he doesn't have to do it. there's nothing that says it's required. is -- it's the media pushing him. he has to be able to communicate that effectively. >> you've written books about words that work. >> words that win. >> that's right. two of them. >> have a great weekend. >> you, too. >> coming up on the show, did one school scrap their mascot because of women like courtney cox? i don't know if she was offended but we're talking about the corner canyon cougars! who don't want to offend women anymore. >> oh, my goodness. >> looking pretty good for a cougar. >> plus shocking new allegations in the italian cruise ship disaster. now word that captain coward
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not home. so -- and there's nobody at home right now until i get home, i won't get them. when i get home, i'll go get my taxes. >> that's a great response for the every man appeal, right? i mean, how many people can relate to that? tons. >> if mitt romney just said me, too. that would have probably have been better than maybe. >> but see, he could have turned it around, rick santorum and gone another five seconds to explain you should elect me president of the united states because i'm smart enough to figure out the tax code. i can do my own taxes. >> and hopefully change our tax system. >> there you go. >> i wonder if he's got turbo tax. >> that's what i hear. >> really easy. >> one guy that we know of that runs a big department in washington got in trouble for not putting something in on that. >> doesn't ring a bell. >> i'll write it during the commercial. >> some of the biggest applause lines at last night's debate coming at president obama's expense. >> mike emanuel live now in south carolina with the very latest. mike? >> brian, gretchen, steve, good
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morning. last night, mitt romney said that they expect that they were going to get hit hard by president obama last night. last night, the final four contenders were taking shots at one another trying to jockey for position with south carolina voters ahead of the critical primary tomorrow. the one area where the final four republicans seem to agree was they believe it is critical to replace president obama. >> i'm going to be able to talk to president obama in a way that no one else can that's in this race right now about how the free economy works and make sure he understands this divisiveness and dividing americans between 99 and 1 is dangerous. we are one nation under god. >> i'm the only one in this race that's ever defeated a democratic incumbent. i did it for the congress and i did it for the senate. >> you can go to heal
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healthtransformati healthtransformation.net and you'll see hundreds of ideas, none of which resemble president obama's program. i'd be happy to have a three hour debate with president obama. he can use a teleprompter and i'll rely on knowledge oochlt oots a medical subject and i'm a doctor! >> any time his supporters felt like he was getting slighted, the ron paul supporters made their voices heard in the auditorium. at one point, he noted that he was the only doctor on stage so he wanted to weigh in on pro life issues. today, we expect the candidates crisscrossing south carolina trying to win critical support ahead of that primary tomorrow. guys? >> it's amazing. 16 point swing. you have newt gingrich out in front in two major polls and he was trailing by double figures a short time ago. >> absolutely very volatile electorate and we also see santorum going after gingrich trying to get the social conservative vote and romney trying to hold them off and so fascinating dynamics here in the final hours before south carolina voters go to the polls. >> all right.
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mike emanuel, thanks so much for your update. see you again soon. >> thank you. >> all right, let's take a look at your headlines now. a senior al-qaida figure was reportedly killed in a c.i.a. drone strike last month in pakistan. sources say he was targeted at a compound in the border province of north waziristan. he's described as an operative planning attacks on the west and a significant figure in the remaining core leadership of al-qaida. pakistani officials have not confirmed that he has died in the attack. the strike was the first after nearly two month hiatus. >> meanwhile, mother nature making a bad situation even worse near reno, nevada. crews out there worked throughout the night to battle an out of control brushfire there after 80-mile-per-hour winds quickly spread the flames. look at that! thousands of people were forced to flee their houses. nearly 20 homes were destroyed. luckily, nobody was hurt. >> and an elementary schoolteacher from brooklyn getting blasted by students and parents for playing bathroom
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cop. the teacher enforcing a strict policy limiting bathroom breaks for fifth graders to three times per week? >> wow! >> or else? >> we could only go one by one and we could only go for three minutes and if we weren't back in three minutes, we would be in trouble. >> well, doctors say it's not only a bad idea. they say it's dangerous to stop kids from going to the rest room. so many people complained the department of ed forced the teacher to drop the policy. >> that's just dumb. >> a lot of kids don't want to stay in school. they'll sit in bathroom for an hour and lock themselves in the stall. don't pretend like it's not a problem, steve. hey, a high school in utah deciding not to use a cougar as its mascot because they don't want to offend another kind of cougar, you know, like this one. >> maybe what really drives you nuts is that you couldn't bag a young stud if you tried. >> don't think i could? hey, kid! >> ow! >> hey, if you watch "cougar
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town" you know courtney cox plays an older woman who dates younger men. students at the high school wanted to use the other kind of cougar, you know, the animal, the kind they might find in the mountains as their mascot. they're told some parents and school board members were uncomfortable with it and opted for the canyon corner chargers instead. >> are you kidding? >> it's true. >> come on! >> that's so ridiculous and i can say so with authority! >> so you are outraged? >> i'm a cougar. >> you're a cougar. >> i know casey is 29. this is something that -->> i just mean in age alone, not that i'm going to act on it. we have to move forward. new details in tragic cruise ship crash that went off the coast of italy and in new audio tapes, you can hear a crew member telling port officials they only had a blackout 30 minutes after the cruise ship hit the reef. >> good evening, costa concordia. do you have problems on board? >> yes, affirmative.
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we have a blackout on board. we are checking the situation. >> do you need assistance or for the moment are you only staying in the giglio area? >> yes, affirmative, we are staying here in the area to verify the blackout. >> what type of problem? only generators because they got a call from a relative a crew member who said during the dinner, everything fell on his head. >> no, negative. we have a blackout and we are verifying the conditions on board. >> yes. since the passengers said you made them put on life jackets, is this correct? >> i repeat, we are verifying the conditions of the blackout. >> so why -- so why aren't they asking for help? and can other crew members be held liable in this incident? >> joining us right now is the host of "justice with judge jeanine pirro" judge jeanine pirro. >> good morning. >> that's interesting. they knew, it was about a half-hour after they hit the reef and they're saying, our problem? we had a blackout. >> you know, it's not unusual for a lot of these vessels to actually lie to the passengers.
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we know that. >> but to the coast guard? >> but in terms of what they've done before. but to actually lie to the coast guard when the coast guard gets on the phone and says hey, we heard from a member of your crew that dishes are flying, people are getting hit in the head. so they're in this basic denial which, apparently, is standard operating procedure. >> what do you mean by that? >> well, we know it from the ecstasy, the tropical, the star princess, the royal princess, the splendor. they never tell people what's going on! and either what they're trying to do is cover up the problem because what we do know and what is unassailable is the fact that, so to speak, is the fact that this captain made a decision to go close to the port. once he made that maneuver, the alarms sounded and then when they hit the rock, the ship starts to list. they are still not telling the passengers to get their lifeboats. passengers instinctively are going to get their life vests and some of the crew members are lowering the lifeboats and the captain is on shore while hundreds of people are on the
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ship. >> how much trouble -- >> drinking with the young chick that he was with who wasn't on the manifest. that's another story. >> then he says he fell off into the lifeboat. he didn't want to leave the ship. >> then when they told him to get back on, why didn't they row right back? how much trouble is he in? >> he's in huge trouble. we're talking manslaughter and abandoning ship. it's over for this guy, as well it should be. >> we know you're going to be talking about this this weekend, right? >> i will on my show. >> see you tomorrow night at 9:00 clock p.m. here on the channel. >> see you then. >> democrats unleashed the attack on mitt romney for his time at bain capital. hold on, there's a new reports that show democrats got more money from bain executives than republicans did. congresswoman and dnc chair debbie wasserman schultz responds next. >> and then presidential candidate mitt romney joins us live from south carolina. stick around. [ female announcer ] when your child has a fever,
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>> hey, g.o.p. candidates squared off last night in south carolina. each making their case why president obama does not deserve another four years. >> joining us right now from charleston, south carolina with her reaction to the g.o.p. debate is florida congresswoman and dnc chairwoman debbie wasserman-schultz. good morning to you, madam chairman. >> good morning to you both. thank you. >> listen, i'd like to start with the very first question from cnn last night. there are a lot of people who feel it shows media bias because at a presidential debate, they would never start a debate out with democrats, for instance, talking about their personal life. do you think that question was over the line? >> you know, i think it's over the line to suggest that there is a partisan tilt to -- to a
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question from a network -- >> never had questions like that during democrat debates. >> like john edwards and all the rumors that were swirling around him. >> look, i think that the focus of that debate rightly ultimately was on the fact that mitt romney has hung his entire candidacy on his role in the private sector which was as a corporate raider. which was as someone whose job it was to outsource other people's jobs to other countries, to deliberately bankrupt companies, to dismantle -- >> i believe that was bain capital mantra, we are here to raid and bankrupt companies. no, and bain is so bad -- >> that's pretty much what it does. in the name of making money for their investors which is ok. but you know, mitt romney just needs to come clean and say that that's what he did. instead, he is masking what he did and trying to -- i mean, on any given day, he claims another
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number for the number of jobs he supposedly created. > >> i understand. >> no substantiation and nothing to back it up. >> i don't know if you've had a chance to watch all the debates, i know how busy you are. >> i have actually. >> mitt romney has gone at great lengths to describe all the steel companies that he's worked with to pizza hut, domino's pizza to staples to sports authority. i think it's important to bring up, is bain is so bad, why did the president choose someone from bain to be his new omb? >> look, i know that this is the apples and oranges network. but at the end of the day, mitt romney -- >> it's the bain -- what are you talking about? we're talking about bain. bain and bain. >> please let me answer the question. >> no apples and oranges. >> no, no, the omb director isn't hanging his record on his time at bain. >> he got a great job in an administration that condemns another guy. >> please, come on. you're going to ask me a question. please let me answer the
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question. >> go ahead. >> mitt romney has said that we should judge him by his role in the private sector, that he has 25 years of experience in the private sector. well, when looking closely at that experience, what his role at bain was was to -- as his partner specifically said that he never thought of their job as being job creators, their role was to make money for their investors. to dismantle -- which was done by dismantling companies, by deliberately bankrupting. >> do you understand that his investors -- >> right here in south carolina. right here in south carolina they did that. bain capital came in and devastated a community by forcing the company into bankruptcy and making sure they could make a profit. that's what he did and that's the contrast between president obama and what he's doing -- >> go ahead. >> well, there's more -- if there were just one, it wouldn't be enough. but there's -- >> 70% of his company that he took over, failing companies were successful.
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>> let me just ask you -- >> let's move on. >> i would think you would love bain because according to some of the stats we've seen, apparently bain employees, a lot of executives have actually given your party, the democrats, lots more money than they've given the republicans. they've given democrats 1.2 million and republicans about half a million. >> and what's the question? >> well, i would think that, you know, you could see right there that the people at bain feel positively about the democrats. >> so how do you -- >> remember when president obama first -- >> opening up their wallets. >> remember when president obama first ran for president? what he said -- he hung his candidacy and the reason that people should elect him is because he started his public life as a community organizer. both mitt romney and barack obama went to harvard. mitt romney decided to make sure that his life was spent making himself and other people a tremendous amount of money. and that's fine. but he just needs to be honest
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about that. >> all right. >> what barack obama did is spent his career fighting for the middle class. fighting for working families. and trying to help make other people's lives better. >> last night, congresswoman -- >> dramatic contrast between the two choices. >> he was asked that question last night and here's his answer. >> the challenge in america is not people who have been successful. the challenge in america and president obama doesn't want to talk about this is you got a president who has played 90 rounds of golf while 25 million of americans are out of work and you've got -- and while the price of gasoline has doubled, he said no to the keystone pipeline. and while we got $15 trillion in debt, he said look, i'm going to put another trillion in debt for obamacare. >> there are a lot of people who are disappointed he didn't green light the keystone pipeline regardless of whether it's 20,000 jobs or even if it's 1,000 jobs. we're talking about jobs and that's something we really need right now. >> president obama has taken an economy that was bleeding 750,000 jobs a month, thanks to
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republican policies, and for the last three years, he's brought us to the point where now we've had 22 straight months of job growth in the private sector. more than three million jobs created. a resurgence in the manufacturing industry and rescued the automobile industry while mitt romney would have let it go bankrupt. in fact, while mitt romney was investing in the caymans, president obama was investing in the american automobile industry and now g.m. is once again the largest automobile maker in the world. >> all right. >> that's the contrast. it will be a consistent contrast throughout this campaign. >> you've laid it out perfectly when you said it's going to be a community organizer against somebody who spent 25 years in the private sector. >> someone fighting for the middle class and working families. someone fighting to make other people more money who are already doing well. >> look forward to seeing you and talk to you again soon. >> thank you very much. >> me, too. thank you. >> all right. nine minutes before the top of the hour. that guy, mitt romney up next. [ male announcer ] what if you have potatoes? but you've got a meat and potatoes guy?
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>> breaking news right now, virginia governor bob mcdonald has just tweeted that he is endorsing mitt romney for the republican nominee for president of the united states. he will be joining us in just a few moments from now. in the meantime, you just heard debbie wasserman-schultz, the dnc chairwoman going on the attack against mitt romney so let's go down to south carolina where the governor is standing by and get his immediate reaction. governor? >> well, you know, it's interesting to listen to the democrats talk about how wonderful things are right now. but, you know, as i go across the country, i keep on hearing people talking about how difficult times things are. we're seeing a 9.9% unemployment here in south carolina. a lot of people are having a hard time making ends meet, gasoline is twice as expensive as when the president took office. we've lost 1.7 million jobs since the president took office. people are having a hard time,
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people coming home from war in afghanistan and iraq can't find jobs. look, we can do better. this president thinks things are great. if people think things are great, they ought to re-elect him. i think things aren't so great and we ought to have someone go to washington that understands how the economy works. not community organizer. >> the democrats believe you're going to be the nominee. even when she was set up for a question to respond on newt gingrich in the first question out of the debate about his ex-wife's interview, she went right to you and didn't answer that question. your response? >> you know, i think i'm going to be the nominee if i do a good job and people get behind me. there's a long road ahead and newt gingrich is obviously a feisty competitor and we'll have a contest that will take us, i'm sure down the road a ways but i hope i become the nominee and i think i can post up well against the president in part because she said it right. was a community organizer and a politician all his life. i've spent my life running things. i've learned from those experiences and i want to strengthen our economy fundamentally to make sure our
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kids have a brighter future. >> one of the things that you've been attacked on this past week is the whole idea of taxes, paying the 15% capital gains and then about releasing your tax returns. this was you last night during the debate. >> you know, i don't know how many years i'll release. we'll take a look at what our documents are. and i'll release multiple years. i don't know how many years but i'll be happy to do that. >> never a good thing to get boos from the audience, mr. governor. a lot of people including chris christie pegging you in an editorial saying you release them now. can you make news and say you'll release them before april 15th? >> i've said what my position is, i'll release them on april 15th. i want to beat barack obama. i don't want to give the president a nice present of having multiple releases. we'll have one release. by the way, it's what john mccain did. it's what george w. bush did,
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it's what people have done over time. when you become the nominee, you put your returns out. exactly what i'll be doing. >> by the way, i believe that your response to the newt gingrich question last night was a class act. you just wanted to move on to the issues. governor, always great to speak with you. we'll talk to you again soon. >> thanks, gretchen. good to be with you. >> still ahead, geraldo. he doesn't even need a last name. the best approach to food is tkeep it whole for better nutrition. that's what they do with great grains cereal. they steam and bake the actual whole grain while the otr guy's flake is more processed. mmm. great grains. the whole whole grain cereal. -three. -one. two. three. one. -two. -three. -one. -two. -three. [ male announcer ] with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card,
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>> gretchen: tgif. it is friday. it's january 20. thanks for sharing your time with us today. i'm gretchen carlson. did you see this last night? newt goes nuke on cnn. >> i am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that. [ cheers and applause ] >> gretchen: and newt zing rich didn't stop there. >> steve: move over, john king, rick santorum not giving newt a break either. >> it was an idea a minute. no discipline, no ability to be
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able to pull things together. >> steve: all of the highlights and the low lights and your full debate analysis on tap. >> brian: president obama can hold a tune. take a listen. ♪ i'm so in love with you >> brian: "fox & friends" starts right now. >> steve: was that on the teleprompter? >> brian: no. >> steve: it looked like he was singing off a teleprompter. >> gretchen: i never knew he had such a fantastic voice. >> brian: you don't understand what being an artist is. he's being in the mood, he's feeling the music. >> steve: it was a fund-raiser, he was feeling the mulah? what's next? >> gretchen: let's get to it. we begin with a fox news alert.
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senior u.s. defense official confirming six u.s. marines based out of hawaii have been killed in a helicopter crash in southern afghanistan. the military rejecting the taliban's claim that it shot down the chopper, saying there was no enemy activity in the area when the chopper went down. early reports say technical failure caused the crash. they may be out of money, but the occupy people not out of hutspa. >> brian: don't look at me. >> gretchen: demonstrators will be occupying courthouses across the country today. they'll be protesting a landmark u.s. supreme court decision that removed most limits on corporate and labor spending on political campaigns. a protest in new york city remains unclear after a judge ruled demonstrators don't have the right to protest in front of a manhattan courthouse. a federal official plans to plead the fifth regarding the gun running scandal that we've come to know as operation fast and furious. chief of the criminal division of the u.s. attorney's office in
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arizona, patrick cunningham, was order to do appear earlier this week. he was supposed to discuss his role in the operation that put more than 2,000 u.s. guns in drug dealers' hands in mexico. guns from the failed operation were found at the murder scene of a u.s. border agent. show time at the apollo has never looked like this. listen as president obama hits a high note. >> to know that reverend al green was here. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ i'm so in love with you those guys didn't think i would do it. >> gretchen: that was, of course, the president of the united states. we never knew he had that kind of a voice. during a fund-raiser in harlem last night, the real al green had performed earlier that night. those are your headlines. >> steve: now continuing with our al green medially, here is
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geraldo. >> good, i have a bit of a cold. i was on the harbor, new york harbor all night last night filming our special on the concordia disaster. it is quite alarming what we have discovered. >> steve: no kidding. we'll talk a little about that in a moment. there is a live picture, i believe, out of italy now. first let's talk about our top story and that is the debate last night. john king from cnn started with a question ripped from the headlines yesterday, although it was so personal in nature regarding something that newt gingrich's ex-wife hadle aged that he asked her for an open marriage. here is the play right here and then reaction from geraldo. >> let me be quite clear. this story is false. every personal friend i have who knew us and i pray says the story false, we offered several of them to abc to prove it was false. they weren't interested because they would like to attack any
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republican. they're attack the governor, they're attacking me. i'm sure they'll get around to senate santorum and congressman paul. i am tired of the elite media protecting barak obama by attacking republicans. [ cheers and applause ] >> i think that's a bogus defense. i'm sorry. >> steve: why? >> because you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. that definitely goes under the best defense as a good offense. you know, newt gingrich and i have had very similar backgrounds. i identify more with gingrich, we're the same age, we've had multiple marriages. we've had multiple divorces. >> brian: and you consulted for fannie and freddy. >> i don't have anything like that. i earn my money in the private sector. but the difference is, with all of my checkered past, you've never heard an ex-wife say anything bad about me. why is that? it's because you take care of people even though your marriage may break down and even though rush limbaugh yesterday had it
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exactly right, we are of a generation that extolled the virtue of sex and openness and infidelity was almost an afterthought in the generation of the '60s that we represent. so i definitely get that. but when you're running for president, you have to defend your character -- this is the difference, gretchen. i wrote a memoir about what i did and i o got a lot of heat for it. i never preached morality. newt gingrich, shortly after announcing this arrangement where he would have a mistress and a wife, then did a speech on the defense of american marriage. >> steve: the question was not about the double standard with morality. it was like, your ex-wife says this, what do you want to say about it? that was the first question. >> i refuse to make john king the issue. the issue is hypocrisy. the issue is if you are something, then you represent yourself to be that person. not to be a moral, upstanding
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citizen -- >> gretchen: argument well taken. >> bill clinton and monica lewinsky. >> gretchen: argument well taken, although that happened years ago, so some people wonder -- >> i have been redeemed also. >> gretchen: i want to bring you back to your analogy how your wives never said a bad word about you. >> they promise to do campaign for me when i was going to run for mayor of new york. i swear to god that's true. >> gretchen: up until now, you have not run for president of the united states. do you think it's different when -- do you think they might come out and say something different if certain sources -- i'm just saying that i'm not sure the analogy is the same. >> i'll grant you this much and the forger speaker this much: there is no doubt that the press hawks were all over, everyone in his personal resume and worked very hard to get these interviews and there is similarly no doubt that they timed it for maximum impact on the eve of a crucial primary
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where he has surged to the lead and where the whole field is now unsettled by santorum's surprise victory in iowa, where gingrich now has the money with his own super pac to fight back against romney. there is no doubt they slammed him strategically where it would get the highest ratings. i cop to that absolutely. but then that's what news people do. it's not just the elite media. they time stories for maximum impact. >> gretchen: on both sides? >> on both sides. >> brian: the other thing the network is factoring in, he already said he made snakes and he apologized. but he thought he could turn the page on that. i want to you hear rick santorum get more specific about the issues. this is his problem with the way newt leads. >> four years into a speakership, he was thrown out by the conservatives. it was a coup against him in 03. i served with him. i was there. i knew what the problems were going on in the house of representatives and newt gingrich was leading there.
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it was an idea a minute. no discipline. no ability to be able to pull things together. >> i think, first of all, we should have a split shot of rick santorum and brian kilmeade because i think they're brothers. don't you see the resemblance? and couldn't brian actually fill in for rick santorum in ma debate? i think he could. >> brian: i couldn't do as good a job. >> the fact is, here is rick santorum, like mitt romney, one wife, well raised children, like barak obama. a family man to the core. if family values and social conservativism is for a candidate, rick santorum is the poster boy for good character. >> gretchen: he was talk being his ability to lead. >> because newt gingrich has been -- i agree, again, but newt gingrich has been a volatile person. let's face it. when he shut down the government, most historians regard that as someone who did a
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public policy acting out for private peek. getting put to the back of air force one. as volatility and president, they don't go together. >> gretchen: why do people like him now? >> because he is absolutely charismatic, he is intelligent, he is glib. i would love to have him on the couch and have a joust with him. i think that he would measure up very well against barak obama in a be date. he's not a teleprompter kind of guy. he spikes the needle when people are watching. he zings the zingers. i think perhaps there is a place for newt gingrich in government. i'm not sure what it is, but i'm not sure that i want someone who spikes the needle in control of the big red button. >> brian: i know one thing, if we want to find out what happened with the cruise ship, you're the man. you're doing a special on this, on what happened. >> you know, couple of things we have discovered. one headline that i don't think most people have heard is that this was not the first time that
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the concordia has been taken perilously close to this particular point. this is the second time n. august 2011, we had the track from loads of london, i'm not sure if it was captain schettino at the helm at that time last summer, but it missed that rock by 100-meters, more or less, in august 2011. so this is the second time. what does that mean? that means that this company, carnival cruise line, had to know, because we know that that vessel veered off course and in an unauthorized fashion, came perilously close to that rock. second point, i have sailed those exact waters. i have the charts. we pulled out the charts. the rock that he hit is transparently visible. it is right there -- >> steve: everybody knows it's there. >> everybody knows it's there. and what he did, he was not looking at his chart. it apparently nobody on that bridge was look at the chart. they were looking to the shore. they were looking for this drive by, whatever was distracting,
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whether it was a -- >> brian: blond. >> wine, the 25-year-old, whatever was distracting him, clearly he's driving that like it's a ferrari to wave to the people ashore and put it on the rocks. the rocks were right there. this is wrecklessness. >> brian: what he did after is unbelievable! >> this is wrecklessness, gross imcompetence and then as brian suggest, this is a disgrace to the whole tradition, the captain is the last man off the vessel. women and children first. passengers saved them. get them to safety. then let me take care of my crew. i will be the last person to step off that sinking vessel and if you are like captain smith in the titanic, you go down with the ship. he has violated every maritime tradition. he has insulted all of us who sail the seven seas and he has slandered his nation. >> steve: listen, all of the details tomorrow night on geraldo rivera. >> i would do that -- >> gretchen: that was a fantastic key. >> i demand a debate.
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i want a lincoln-douglas debate. >> brian: monday all your ex wives are on. >> it will be a big curvy couch. >> gretchen: coming up, his is endorsement could make a big difference in south carolina. who will congressman ken scott support? he hasn't said yet, but he might next. >> steve: remember this guy, the delivery guy caught throwing a computer over the fence? it's happened again. guess where? we got new video. >> reverend al green was here. ♪ i'm so in love with you >> those guys didn't think i would do it that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. for half the calories plus veggie nutrition.
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vying for votes in south carolina last night. just ahead of the state's primary tomorrow. since 1980, the candidate who has won in south carolina has gone on to win the republican nomination. >> brian: so who has the upper hand right now, especially after last night's debate? joining us from charleston, south carolina, congressman tim scott. i saw you there last night and i'm just wondering since you're on the ground and that is your state, are the polls right? is newt gingrich indeed on a roll with a slight lead from which you can ascertain? >> it certainly looks that way, without any question, last night's debate reinforced the fact that newt finds himself in a very positive position and i think the first question of the debate last night actually said the theory of the audience against the media and also strengthened newt's position in south carolina. >> steve: i know you are -- you're looking at candidates, figuring out who to endorse, you want somebody who can take on the current sitting president of the united states. here is a montage of some of the things the candidate high school
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to say last night. >> i got to be able to talk to president obama in a way no one else can that's in this race right now about how the free economy works. what it takes to put americans back to work and make sure he understands that this divisiveness and dividing americans between 99 and one is dangerous. we are one nation under god. >> we need someone who not only says now they're going to stand up for conservative principles, the big issues, someone who has a track record of doing so and winning. the only one in this race whos has ever defeated a democrat. >> i would love to have a three hour barak obama. i'll let him use a teleprompter. i'll rely on knowledge. we'll do fine. >> steve: as long as the nominee concentrates on the president and his record, you're confident that person can win? >> i think of the three men we heard, there is no question they all have an opportunity to win. in my opinion, newt and romney find themselves both in strong
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positions to carry out the task of defeating president obama. >> brian: congressman, you're an up and coming star in the republican party. you have a lot of power in south carolina. who will you endorse? >> i would love to tell "fox & friends," one of my favorite shows on all the air, who i'm going to endorse. but the challenge is i have not chosen who i'm going to vote for yet. >> steve: you got 30 seconds. >> thank you very much. let me take 26 seconds to figure it out. >> steve: before the primary tomorrow, any endorsement, you think? >> it doesn't look good. i tell you what, the challenges is that we have two who represent two very different opportunities to defeat the president. i want to support the one who will do so. >> brian: it's more important that the party wins more than a particular person and you realize the power that you have. congressman tim scott, thane so much. the spotlight is on your place in 24 more hours. >> we'll take our 24 hours of fame. >> steve: you got it.
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straight ahead, nightline exposes the secrets of newt gingrich of his past through his second ex-wife, two days before the south carolina primary. is what she had to say and what she alleged about their failed marriage fair game? peter johnson, jr. shares his take coming up next. >> brian: then botox, the face lift, you name it, public school teacher is getting a nip and tuck all on the taxpayer dime. that's interesting extra help. >> steve: can i get lipo during recess? >> brian: during gym.
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>> steve: time for your news by the numbers. the final one for this friday. first, $3 million.
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that's how much president obama made during a campaign fundraising trip to the big apple yesterday. next, 9 million. that's how many vehicles general motors sold last year, helping that company regain its title as the top selling auto maker. finally, 52%. that's how much the price of chicken wings have gone up for processes, meaning your super bowl party is going to wind up costing you a whole lot more this year. gretch? >> gretchen: this morning we've been showing you how newt gingrich scolded cnn for opening the debate last night with a question about his ex-wife's tv interview as media bias. but was abc's choice to run the interview also biased? here is what marry ann gingrich had to say during that interview. >> i said to him, newt, we've been married a long time and he said, yes, but you want me all to yourself. calista doesn't care what i do.
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>> what was he saying to you? >> he was asking to have an open marriage and i refused. >> gretchen: i'm joined by peter johnson, jr. >> good morning, gretchen. >> gretchen: what do you make of the premise that was -- the two questions about is there any sort of bias here? >> the first issue is that moral authority, sanctity of marriage, family value, those are issues that newt gingrich has spoken about in the past. it's also known that he has been divorced in the past and that he had a relationship with his current wife apparently while he was married. that's all known. he's asked for forgiveness in the past. he's spoken about his redemption. he's spoken about his renewed faith. it's also known there is an unholy alliance between abc and cnn and msnbc and certain factions in the government. and so when this question was asked at the beginning of this
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debate, putting private conduct that was already well-known as front and center in an important debate, the people in that audience and i think the people across the country stood up literally and said, wait a second! what's this about? who were you trying to destroy? yes, competence, character and conscious are issues and those are personal issues for voters. but is it up to an anchor on cnn to engage in a moral debate with a candidate, to put a candidate front and center at the top of this debate? so i think a lot of americans say yes, character, conscience, competence are issues, but we are outraged that you would try and somehow out this man when you're not outing him. these are issues that are well-known to the american public. >> gretchen: he got a standing ovation. so we know the sentiment of how the people felt in that auditorium. but let me ask you this, would it have been okay in your mind for that question to come up any
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time during the debate? >> i think this is a way of asking it, especially if it's raised by the others. the others -- rick santorum is talking about in south carolina how he walks the walk, how he talks the talk of being a social values conservative. now, obviously that's a reference to this issue that arose yesterday during mitt romney's introduction, he talked about all his children, all his grandchildren, how long he had been married. ron paul talked about how long he had been married, more than 50 years. so obviously this is going to be an issue in the back of people's minds. but what it focused yesterday and last night was this overwhelming bias that is seen in the main stream media and a belief by a lot of americans that the main stream media first tried to destroy mitt romney and probably continues to try to do that as the white house continues to do that, but also said oh, oh, gingrich is now
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under attack, under that same plan. so i think you saw kind of a people's revolution in terms of what the media has been doing as of late and for some time last night. so i think it may have backfired on them in raising this issue. we'll see in a couple of days. we'll know what the answer is. >> gretchen: all right. have a great weekend. >> great to see you. >> gretchen: up next, a man who has been in the hot seated debates. chris wallace weighs in. because we've shown you this bad delivery man tossing this computer over the fence. another worker has been caught doing the same thing. that new video straight ahead [ male announcer ] the inspiring story
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>> i hadn't thought it through. i don't have an intention of doing it, but for a different reason, i'd president-elect obama be embarrassed to put my name against -- i don't want to be embarrassed because i don't have a greater income. >> steve: okay. there you got it. ron paul responding to the question about the taxes, of course, when was mitt romney going to reveal his? joining us from our nation's
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capitol to reveal his taxes, chris wallace. good morning to you, sir. >> that's one of many reasons, steve, that i am not running for president this year. >> gretchen: the debate is down to four people and it started off with a lot of fireworks when newt gingrich was asked this question and he came out firing. listen to this, chris. >> the story is false. every personal friend i have who knew us and i pray says the story was false, we offered several of them to abc to prove it was false. they weren't interested because they would like to attack any republican. they're attacking the governor, they're attacking me. i'm sure they'll get around to senator santorum and ron paul. i'm tired of the elite media attacking republicans. >> gretchen: does he have a point? do you agree with him? >> no. i don't agree with him at all. i got to sakes i was thinking to myself last night, that's how sad my life is. i sit there even in debates i'm
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not part of it and think, what would i do? i would have asked that as the first question. it's unpleasant. it's the news. it's the big development that's out there and look, we're judging a president. and how he answers and look, it got a terrific answer from him. our job isn't to be popular. our job is to ask what's on people's minds. we've asked about the economy and we've asked about foreign policy a million times. we're going to get to it in the course of a two-hour debate. i thought it was a legitimate first question to ask. as somebody once said, there is no such thing as an indiscreet question. there are only indiscreet answers. you give the question, he gives an answer. >> steve: clearly newt gingrich was prepared for that. if he wins tomorrow, people will be going, you know what? it was that first dumb question that john king asked him that he hit it out of the county on. >> well, you know. and that's part of it, too. i don't think that king was trying to help his campaign or hurt his campaign.
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he thought it was the big development since the last debate. so you ask it. it's up to the candidate to how he handles it. >> gretchen: there was a big development that rick perry dropped out of the race and endorsed newt gingrich. he could have started with that. >> oh, i think that's kind of inside baseball. really? what does it mean to you that rick perry dropped out of the race? i don't know. let me ask you, do you think this was more interesting debate than the perry question as a first question? >> brian: yeah. i just think -- i understand where he's coming from with newt gingrich being outraged. but they also know underlying this entire dialogue is the family values. south carolina is known for and rick santorum perhaps represents better and mitt romney and ron paul perhaps represent better. so the finesse portion of the follow-up to that question which i found interesting, here is rick santorum on the offensive taking on newt gingrich because he told him to get out of the race. >> grandiosity has never been a problem with newt gingrich.
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he handles it very, very well. that's really one of the issues here, folks. a month ago he was saying, oh, it's inevitable that i'm going to win the election and i'm destine to do do it. i don't want a nominee that i have to worry about look at the paper and figure out -- worry being what he's going to say next. >> you're right. i think grandiose thoughts. this is a grandiose country of big people doing big things and we need leadership to take on big projects. >> i will give newt gingrich his due on grandiose projects. i will not give him his due on executing those projects which is exactly what the president of the united states is supposed to do. >> steve: at one point, chris, last night, rick santorum came close to calling newt gingrich crazy. >> i actually thought that for all the talk -- and i know most of the focus has been on newt's reaction to the ex-wife's comments, i thought that was the key moment of the debate. i thought santorum had a great
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debate. i thought to the degree -- look, it's not a question who wins the debate. it's who helped themselves the most in the debate in terms of what's going to happen tomorrow. >> steve: and? >> i thought santorum helped himself the most and i thought that was a bad moment for gingrich 'cause, first of all, saying i think grandiose thoughts. i went back to my dictionary to make sure, 'cause i know newt is smarter than i was. it's not a good thing to say. i think grandiose thoughts. it means excessively grand and ambitious. it's not a compliment. and santorum makes a good point, which is what republicans want most of all is to beat obama and, you know, this gets back to that first question about the ex-wife. do you want a candidate -- this is the question santorum was raising -- who you'll have to worry about between now and november, is he going to blow up or is he going to say something that's going to get you in trouble and that was santorum's point. i will make obama the issue. i thought santorum had a very good night. >> gretchen: hopefully when you ask your questions of speaker
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john boehner who will be on your show, they won't be too inside baseball like you accused me of having. it's a good thing i actually understand baseball, though. >> yeah, you do. i know you do. but having said that, it's not inside baseball. we're running the country. and the fact is that there is a country to run over the next 11 months. the president is delivering a state of the union on tuesday. we'll be asking speaker boehner about the obama agenda and also about the republican agenda and i think we'll get into the keystone pipeline, which the president disapproved again, and boehner says that's just crazy. so that should be -- and also because we don't know what the results are going to be. we'll have the chief strategist for the romney campaign to react. is romney going to be able to close the deal in south carolina or is he going to be in a one on one race against either gingrich or santorum. >> brian: it will be great, chris. thank you for joining us. >> hey, and brian, you know the money, the $10 you owe me from last december? >> brian: i have to get it to you by thursday.
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or you no longer do the radio show. >> that's right. so i just want to say, everybody, can you imagine a guy as rich as brian who would not pay off a bet and it's been a month and a half. >> steve: brian said he will release his income tax forms by -- >> brian: i changed my mind. >> put $10 in the mail and send it to me. >> gretchen: have a good weekend. >> brian: let's do some headlines. chris wallace, now that you're gone. a big development into whether washington leaked classified information about the bin laden raid to hollywood. the conservative watchdog group suing the c.i.a. and defense department to release all of their communications. the group suspects officials showed classified photos and videos of the raid to katherine bigelow. >> steve: meanwhile, a severe weather alert in the pacific northwest. we're talking about oregon. got to see what's going on this morning. these are new pictures, as you can see, out of the area. entire neighborhoods literally under water and at least two people are reported dead. same storm system leaving parts
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of washington state covered in snow and ice. we're told more than 200,000 people don't have power. look at that weather. you would want power. also making a mess for travelers. more than 50 flights canceled and amtrak canceling some routes on this friday get away morning. >> gretchen: forget about apples. teach increase new york getting botox and it's all on the taxpayers' dime. that's because apparently their union negotiated health care plan provides them with all the plastic surgery and skin treatments they want for free. all that nipping and tucking adding up to $5 million in 2011 alone. that's the same year the district had to fire more than 100 teachers because of a budget shortfall. >> steve: i wonder if that will cover my lifestyle lift. >> brian: just a month after we showed you the video of the fed-ex delivery guy chuck ago computer monitor over the fence, this same thing happened again, but it's not fed-ex. this time it's the u.s. postal service worker. he can not open the gate. he only has one choice. so he hurls it over the fence and he's got other people to get
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it to. he throws it in. that turned out to be an antique 1938 coocoo clock from german. the man was home and he went cuckoo i imagine. the postal service says it's sorry and paying to fix the busted clock. >> how about not throwing it over the fence? >> but it comes out every hour. it's got to get under your nerves anyway. >> steve: it doesn't do it during the night. >> brian: right. it doesn't? >> steve: yeah, you can set it. >> brian: they were smart in germany in 1938. >> gretchen: coming up on our show, a debate analysis continues in just a moment. up next, ron paul poised to overtake santorum now in south carolina? that's what our next guest says. >> steve: let's toss it over to dave and clayton for a preview of what's coming up this weekend. good morning. >> good morning. >> big weekend coming up on the show. the movie "red tails" bringing the story of the airmen to the silver screen this weekend. so who better to tell us what really happened than lieutenant colonel ollie north. he's here tomorrow.
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>> steve: the republican candidates are off to the races. boy are they, with mitt romney leading and newt gingrich hot on his heels as they goal lop toward the primary in south carolina tomorrow. the big question, what happens now that rick perry has called it quits before the finish line? let's check with this week's political horse race. here with the very latest power rankings, jason wright. good morning to you. >> good morning.
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real quick, last time i was on, i called you bud, you remember that? i took a lot of heat from people. blew up my e-mail. i want everybody to know, you're not my buddy. i don't like you. i don't care much to even be around you. we're not bud, all right. >> steve: all right, pal. fine. nancy. let's take a look at the first tier in the political derby today. not surprising, romney followed by gingrich. after last night's debate performance, does gingrich in the last moments of the race nose ahead? >> boy, did he hit that first pitch a mile and a half last night at the debate. i thought it was a fantastic opening for newt. he had clearly been prepping for it. we acted all upset that that question came. trust me, folks, he and his handlers were thrilled that that was the first question of the night last night. and on mitt romney, this issue of the tax returns, listen, i think it's political malpractice that he was not better prepared for that question last night. if i went to my four-year-old
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who is probably watching right now and i said, look, here is the question, you give me an answer and i'm going to give you four days to give me a better answer, my four-year-old could be better prepared to deal with that same question four days later. i thought really, political malpractice that he was not better prepared on this tax return question. he has got to figure this out. >> steve: you have a four-year-old named bugsy? >> i do. >> steve: what goes on at your house? >> it's a dark time in my life four years ago, steve. >> steve: all right, fine. let's take a look at the next two. we have a second tier and first time we've had two in the second tier. oh, my goodness. bad news for rick santorum, yet he trails ron paul. >> yeah. i still think he's fading. he doesn't seem to be catching any momentum in south carolina. i know that he feels like this iowa win or tie or whatever we're calling it now, iowa is not actually certifying him a winner, although he did come out as we know with a few more
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votes. i think he feels like that's going to give him a little boost in south carolina. our composite doesn't see it. we see ron paul is probably going to finish third here. i just think that rick with the sweater vest and the sort of i'm the serious adult here, it doesn't seem to be playing well. i really think that people are gravitating in south carolina to newt. these republicans, because they just feel like there is something very ponzi from happy days. or dylan from beverly hills 90210. there is something leather jacket and unpredictable and kind of sexy about newt gingrich. you don't know what he's going to say. rick santorum talked about that last night. that we don't -- republicans don't want a nominee -- >> steve: he wasn't saying it was necessarily good thing. >> exactly. but i think republicans are being drawn to that kind of unpredictability with him. >> steve: we'll find out. it's all going to be over by tomorrow night at midnight. jason wright, political derby, thank you very much for joining us today. >> thank you, sir. >> steve: you bet.
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all right. 12 minutes before the top of the hour. up next, this man, virginia governor bob mcdonald endorsed mitt romney this morning. why? brian will ask him as they come on into the curvy couch. right now let's check in with martha mccallum for a preview of what happens in 11 minute. >> good morning, steve. coming up on "america's newsroom," south carolina is now a jump ball. what is going on after a game changing 24 hours? john sununu will answer questions that are arising about mitt romney's campaign and tell us what he believes must be asked of newt gingrich and it's not what you think. and teenage girls shaking and suffering from a mysterious disease. all that coming up at the top of the hour. bill and i will see you then aret from a legal settlement or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today.
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fox news alert for you right now. this morning, former massachusetts governor mitt romney picking up another key endorsement from the chair of the republican governor's association, virginia governor bob mcdonald. >> brian: i would love to talk to him. >> gretchen: here he is. >> brian: incredible. governor, 4:00 o'clock today you're going to appear with the former governor of massachusetts to say what? >> to say that this is clearly the best choice for the republican party to beat president obama. this is a results oriented conservative, the guy that has a proven record in the public and private sector of getting things done. it's only a couple of issues that matter next year. one is job creation, secondly is getting this crushing national debt under control. and three is leadership. this is clearly the best candidate for the cause. i'm delighted to endorse him. >> gretchen: last night during the debate, he defended something called capitalism. listen to this.
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>> and i'm going to stand and defend capitalists across this country, throughout this campaign. i know we're going to hit it hard for president obama, but we're going to stuff it down his throat examine point out it is capitalism and freedom that makes america strong. i'm not going to apologize for being successful. [ applause ] >> gretchen: this is a different mitt romney from the monday night debate. he seemed to be a little bit more aggressive. i don't know if that's exactly the right word. but a little bit more solid maybe. >> i was in a car and a plane for most of it. i did see the clip. but he's absolutely right. this is a country where the american dream is still alive where we should celebrate success. president obama is blaming wall street and blaming people that are successful for what's wrong with the country and wants to tax them more and have punitive policies toward them. that's exactly the wrong point. we should be celebrating people like steve jobs and bill gates and mitt romney, people that have taken risk, created jobs and helped other people achieve the american dream. i thought his defense was terrific. >> brian: i got to bring to you what's happening in the virginia
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ballot. a lot of controversy. if nut nut wins south carolina, you could argue he's the front runner. but when it comes to virginia, he's not going to be on the ballot. >> that case is pretty well decided. only two candidates, mitt romney and ron paul. unfortunately they were really clearly stated requirements on how to get on the ballot. i've made it twice. everybody else who has competed in statewide elections has and unfortunately, complaining after the fact that you don't like the requirements is not the way to go. that's what the judge said. we have two candidates. >> gretchen: all right. let's talk about the keystone pipeline. this has been a controversial issue leading up to this week before, but the president officially saying he's not going to go with it right now. >> that's just another terrible decision, gretchen. this is a president who talks about job, but his view of creating jobs is more stimulus, more money, more spending and more taxes. that's not the solution. mitt romney gets that. i think this pipeline decision is another attack on the energy industry. we talked about energy independence, but he's been hostile to coal, natural gas. no moving forward on yukk
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mountain to promote energy. he's torched us in virginia, president obama, by not allowing offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. now to say that we don't want tens of thousands of new jobs in a 1700-mile pipeline to achieve more american energy independence, exactly the wrong way to go. it's bad decision. >> brian: you're not the only one who thinks that. harry reid is upset about it and even the democratic former governor now turned senator says this: as our country has continued to need for oil, it only makes sense that we would buy from our friends in canada rather than continuing to buy it from countries around the world that seek to do us harm. i truly believe any issue surrounding the pipeline could have been resolved if we had chosen to work together. but instead, the administration has chosen a different path. >> that was joe manchin. he was used to president obama attacking his state. this is another capitulation to his left wing base, president obama's left wing base in putting that over the importance of american jobs.
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