tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS February 18, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
>> pelley: now it's a holy war between trump and the pope. >> for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. >> pelley: also tonight, two days before the nevada caucus, a personal side of hillary clinton. >> my mother met me at the door, and she said, "there is no room for cowards in this house." >> pelley: a hospital pays ransom to hackers to get its computers back. and from football to footlights.
>> pelley: a former nfl star pulls off the play of a lifetime it may sound odd, but all i care about is love captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from las vegas. >> pelley: the odds-makers here at ceasar's palace never bet on this, but in a campaign that has seen just about everything, we now have donald trump feuding with the pope. it started when francis, on his flight home from mexico, said that if trump wants to build a wall on the mexican border, he is not a christian. then, all hell broke loose. major garrett is in south carolina. >> for a religious leader to question a person's faith is disgraceful. >> reporter: donald trump said mexico fed the holy father propaganda. >> so they met with the pope, and they, obviously, got to the pope, and they're telling him what a bad guy donald trump is.
>> reporter: and he added this warning: >> if and when the have the is attacked by isis, which, as everyone knows, is isis' ultimate trophy, i can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that donald trump would have been president. >> reporter: trump said no leader should question another's christian faith, forgetting this recent twitter post: no recent u.s. political figure has dared cross the papacy. trump supporters we met found it refreshing. >> i think it was direct. i think people need to know about what's going on in this world. >> i thought it was appropriate. i thought he needed to let people know, you know, why the pope was saying derogatory things about him and the reason behind it. >> reporter: trump has deified political conventions and manners before, insulting mexicans at his presidential announcement. >> they're bringing drugs.
they're rapists. >> reporter: and dishonoring vietnam prisoner of war and 2008 g.o.p. nominee ceasar's palace. >> he's not a war here pope i like people that weren't captured. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: the one constant-- trump drives the conversation and leaves his rivals, including ted cruz, veering in another direction. >> and that's between donald and the pope. i'm not going to get in the middle of that. >> reporter: south carolina's among the safest places for trump to pick even a small fight with the pope. >> pelley: major, thanks very much. the republican primary in south carolina is saturday. trump has a commanding lead nationally. in a new cbs news poll of republican voters out tonight. he leads his closest rival, ted
john kasich gets the most-improved award. he is at 11%, and that is up nine points since last month. there is a very emotional moment at a kasich campaign stop in clemson, south carolina, today. >> over a year ago, a man who was like my second dad, he killed himself. and then a few months later, my parents got a divorce, and then a few months later, my dad lost his job. and i was in a really dark place fair long time. i was pretty depressed. but i found hope, and i found in the lord and in my friends, and now i found it in my presidential candidate they support. and i'd really appreciate one of those hugs you've been talking about. ( applause )
you strength. i promise you, if you can ask him." on the democratic side, hillary clinton has an eight-point lead nationally on bernie sanders. here in nevada two days before the caucuses, they are neck and neck. >> we're going to convince people to caucus on saturday! >> reporter: nevada has suddenly become a crap-shoot for clinton, her double-digit lead evaporating after sanders won big in the granite state. >> we surprise them in new hampshire. we're going to surprise them here in nevada. >> reporter: clinton has spent the past year courting nevada's large latino population. >> well, we're going to get a path to citizenship, a path to citizenship. that's what we want, right? >> reporter: but vermont senator's message also plays well in the state hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis. >> you have lived through the greed and illegal behavior of wall street.
union, the culinary workers, has decided not to endorse either candidate after backing president obama in '08. >> obama! obama! >> reporter: geoconda arguello-kline is one of the union's top officers. >> the members all were asking, say, what's happening right now, would say, look, you have to listen at what's going on, and you need to participate. >> reporter: nationally, sanders still gets higher marks in the cbs poll for being honest and trusted worthy, but 41% of democrats say his proposals are not realistic compared to just 14% who say that about clinton's plans. she's also seep as the candidate most likely to get things done in washington by a wide 26-point margin. nevada is a notoriously hard state to poll. people move in and out of the state a lot, and democrats can register on caucus day. the bottom line, scott, is neither campaign has any idea who's going to win here on saturday. >> pelley: nancy cordes on the campaign for us.
for clinton, these are high stakes in nevada. after losing new hampshire in a landslide, and essentially tying in iowa. she's decided to stay right here through the caucus. we spoke to her in her las vegas campaign office today. what do you think donald trump and bernie sanders have tapped into? it's a powerful thing. >> look, i do think, scott, people are angry. people like, you know, their government's not working for them. the economy's not working. the political system is not working. so i think people are angry, but they're also hungry for solutions. but i also see in the eyes of the people i'm meeting with, okay, tell me something i can believe. don't over-promise. tell me what i can believe you will do for me and my family. and that's what i've tried to do. >> pelley: your resume checks almost every box in terms of experience, but that doesn't seem to be what the american people want in this election. >> you know, i think at the end of the day, voters understand
both president and commander in chief, and i'm proud of the experience that i have that will enable me on day one to do all aspects of the job. i think democrats are also beginning to really focus on who can actually beat the republicans. i know how to go after what republicans stand for and to defeat them because i believe with all my heart, everyone of the ones running on the republican side would be really bad for america. >> pelley: what's your tax plan? who gets a tax increase? who gets a tax cut? >> first, i am not raising taxes on the middle class, period. i'm going after incomes $5 million or more that i think have too many opportunities to game the system and escape paying the taxes that they should. i'm going after corporations that are gaming the system. i want to have a sensible corporate tax policy. >> pelley: senator sanders said that he would raise taxes on any family that made $250,000
is that your level, $250,000? >> i said i will not raise taxes on anybody 250 or below. but here's the problem with senator sander's plan-- his numbers don't add up. there is no way for him to fulfill the promises he is making without raising taxes on the middle class. >> pelley: the. >> pelley: you know in '76, jim carter famously said, "i will not lie to you." >> well, i will tell you, i have tried in every way i know how, literally from my years as a young lawyer, all the way through my time as secretary of people. >> pelley: you talk about leveling with the american people. have you always told the truth? >> i have always tried to, always, ald alzheimer's. >> pelley: some people are going to call that wiggle room that you just gave yourself "always tried to." jimmy carter said, "i will never lie to you." >> you're asking me to say, "have i ever?" i don't i ever have. i don't will believe i ever had of have. i don't believe i ever will. i am going to do the best i can to level with the american people. >> pelley: we'll be back a
broadcast with more of the interview with hillary clinton, including the advice she got from her mother. but right now, charlie rose is in new york with the rest of the day's news. charlie. >> interesting view from the campaign trail, thank you, scott. today, we learned the attack that shut down computers at a california hospital until a ransom was paid is far from an isolated case. hackers are hitting soft targets all over the country. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: the cyber criminals who collected the $17,000 ransom from the hollywood presbyterian medical center are part of an increasingly lucrative online crime wave. hackers break into a computer network, lock out other users, and demand a ransom, usually to be paid in the nearly untraceable digital currency bitcoins. is it the only option they have is paying the money? >> they can lose their data. in the most cases, yes. >> reporter: lillian ablon, a
rand corporation, has been following the growing use of ransomware. >> ransomware attacks tend to be on entities that are smaller that don't have security measures in place which is why we hear about ransomware attacks on hospitals, on fire stations, on schools, rather than the large companies. >> reporter: since january 2015, hackers have collected at least $325 million in ransom payments, according to a report by the cyber threat alliance. victims range from the hospital in hollywood to a sheriff's department in tennessee, to the city government of detroit. this month, even small-town school districts in mississippi, new jersey, and south carolina have been hit. in the south carolina schools, the director of technology charles hucks is trying to save the system without paying the $8.5,000 ransom. >> we're going server by server, backup by backup, to see exactly
takes to restore those backups. and it will be as about businessdecision. >> reporter: even individuals on home computers have been victims, charlie. the best protection-- keep antivirus software up to date, and never click on a link in an unsolicited e-mail. >> thank you, john. that natural gas leak in porter ranch, california, was declared permanently sealed today. for four months, a broken well spewed methane that made people sick and turned the l.a. suburb into a ghost town. some families returned today. monitors will stay in place to make sure the air is safe to breathe. president obama is making a historic trip to cuba next month. today, he vowed to raise human rights issues with president calvin coolidge. some republicans in congress worried the trip will legitimize the communist government. mr. obama will be the first sitting american president to travel to cuba since calvin coolidge in 1928. still ahead, what pregnant women in the u.s. need to know about
>> pope francis suggested today that catholics may use contraception to prevent the spread of zika virus, despite the church's long-standing ban. zika has been linked to birth defects in latin america, but scientists say more research is needed to confirm a connection. dr. jon lapook now on what expectant mothers need to know about zika. >> reporter: 30-year-old jessica reiner is expecting twins in april. today, she's getting a blood test for the zika virus, something she had never heard of a month ago. >> the zika virus definitely adds an element of anxiety. this being my first pregnancy, i feel very anxious about a lot of things. >> reporter: last month, she and her husband, drew, took a vacation to puerto rico, not
to a c.d.c. list of places with zika transmission. then a friend sent her this text message: in brazil, viefers has been linked with microcephaly, babies being born with an abnormally small head and brain. those who survive often have lifelong neurological problems. dr. stacey ehrenberg is a high-risk pregnancy expert at university hospital's case medical center in cleveland. she says some of her patients are panicked. >> i think a lot of patients are very concerned that they could contract zika virus here in the united states. we don't have any patients here in the continental united states who have actually contracted the virus here. >> reporter: zika virus remains in the blood of an infected person for an average of about a week. the c.d.c. says based on current evidence, a previous zika infection does not pose a risk of birth defect for a future pregnancy.
traveled to a country with a zika outbreak should abstain from sex or use condoms during sex with pregnant women. public health experts i have spoken to expect the viefers to eventually make its way into mosquitoes in the u.s., likely in the south. they say that's why it's so important to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds before the virus arrives. >> thank you, john. a camera captured a frightening scene today in honolulu as a helicopter plunged into the water. the chopper went down near the uss "arizona" memorial in pearl harbor. all five people on board were rescued. one is in critical condition. in a moment we go back to scott in las vegas for more of his interview with hillary clinton and she reveals she was bullied as a child. . and give her the strength and energy to stay healthy. who's with me?! yay! the complete balanced nutrition of great tasting ensure. with 9 grams of protein and 26 vitamins and minerals.
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opponent, bernie bernie sanders, to talk about what formed his character. well, today, we asked secretary clinton about the remarkable life of her mother, dorothy rodham, who ran away from an abusive home at the age of 14 and made her own way through the great depression. mrs. rodham died in 2011 at the age of 92. how much of what we're hearing is your mother? >> well-- >> pelley: which words are her word? >> well, a lot of it is. you know, i wish she were still here. she was in '08. she gave me so much support. and she was also a great, you know, mirror. >> pelley: tell me about a moment, if you would, with your mother, as a little girl, that was formative for you. >> you know, i was pretty shy. i was a kind of reserved little girl. >> pelley: really! >> yes. i would go outside to play, and, literally, i would get knocked
the little kids. and so the kids knocked me down, pushed me around. i ran back in crying. and my mother met me at the door, and she said, "there is no room for cowards in this house. you go right back out there and stand up for yourself." so i came back out, and i said, -- i-- i i'm not going to run inside the house. i'm here. i want to play." and literally, they formed a circle, and this one girl who had been so mean to me came over and she push meade and i just pushed her right back, and she was so surprised. and they all just looked at me, and they said, okay. and so i played that day and every day after that. but if my mother had not met me and had not given me that tough love that i think every kid needs at some point in his or her life, my life might have been very different. >> pelley: no room for cowards. >> no room for cowards in this house.
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football star eddie george is no stranger to the spotlight-- i don't care about expensive things cashmere coats, diamond rings >> reporter: it is a very different stage than where he first made his name 21 years ago winning the heisman trophy before a nine-year, all-pro nfl career. >> i didn't come to this earth just to say i played football for nine years. i won a heisman trophy and die. razzle-dazzle >> reporter: he caught the theater bug as his football career wound down and started from the ground up. how is your footwork? >> footwork is nice, man. i got good feet. >> reporter: drama classes, voice lessons, and shakespeare in his home town of nashville before auditioning for broadway. >> what was important for me was that the ensemble didn't look at me as a gimmick, this is some
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