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detected things down lower. so we are in the process of trying to clear those areas out that the canines hit on. >> corporate brian gaskins, we wish you best of luck in the search. thank you so much from arkansas. >> just a couple of minutes ago, i spoke to a passenger aboard a jetblue plane who told me that sh she heard a commotion and heard the word bomb. jetblue said there was a medical situation involving the captain of this flight. l lizzie what happened here? >> i just got a fuller a account from a passenger who was sitting in the sixth road row. he added a little bit of a fuller picture. this is his account of what
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happened. he was sitting in the sixth row. he saw the captain leave the cockpit and then try to break into the bathroom. there was someone in there. he said the pilot was knocking on the bathroom door. then the flight attendants start started to pay attention there was a bit of commotion. the steward got on the phone and was talking to someone in the cockpit. then they changed the codes on the door. he overheard part of that conversati conversation. then they tried to take the captain to the back of the plane. he broke free and went to the front of the plane, banging on the door, threatening to blow up the plane. he started to asking for the security code. remember, cockpit doors are locked post 9/11. some pilots fly armed. but this gentleman was clearly trying to get into the cockpit according to the account of this passenger onboard. jet blue said there was a medical situation with the
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captain and another captain onboard was able to step into the cockpit and assist the first officer. this plane did land in amarillo. we should point out, jet ploou also said they're cooperating with local police and with the fbi, brooke. >> okay. so that is what you're hearing from this passenger and also from jet blue. stand by. we now have on the phone, a passenger who also worked in cnn. we also grew up on the same street. tell me what you saw. >> hi, brooke. it's great to talk to you. sorry it's under these circumstances. fist of all, i want to tell all of the viewers, everybody is just fine. we're all here at a lounge area in a gate area in amarillo, texas. we've all been given sandwiches and drinks and water and everybody is just fine. >> good. >> i want to praise the crew onboard this jetblue flight for doing exactly the right thing. for locating a deadhead offduty
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pilot to come in and thatting over and get this plane down and get it down safely. >> let me full in a few blanks if i could. just to echo what your aviation expert said, what i saw from my seat on the fourth row, i was very close to the front of the plane and saw everything. the pilot ran to the cockpit door, began banging on it and said something to the effect of we've got to pull the throttle back, we've got to get this plane down, we've got to get this plane down. >> at that point, a couple passengers heard the words afghanistan and israel coming ou of his mouth. it's not clear exactly what he said, but apparently those two words were heard, israel and afghanistan. now at that point, the two flight attendants tried to subdue him. and then seemingly out of nowhere about sick or seven large guys stormed to the front of the plane and wrestled the
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captain of the plane down and subdued him in a matter of moments. it was really something out of a movie. >> and here you all are going to vegas for a good time. little did you know you had to deal with -- i don't know how high here in the air. you hear this captain and again, you're right, jetblue is saying this was a medical situation. and so there just so happened to be, it sounds like, this other captain, as you mentioned, traveling offduty on this plane. and so what ended up happening? did you see this gentleman then able to enter the cockpit and help land? >> you know, at the time, i was looking down reading a magazine but i was able to talk to several passengers before i did the interview with you all. and they were telling me that indeed the pilot did try to get back into the cockpit, but they had already seen the deadhead pilot who had come from the middle of the plane. he had somehow gotten himself into the cockpit and they locked the door and barricaded themselves in so they could
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continue flying this plane safe safesaf safely. and by a stroke of good luck, we happened to have a former nypd officer onboard. we had a former corrections officer onboard. it was an extraordinary team effort to get the situation under control. and the flight attendants onboard were rather remarkable. they kept just making announcements saying we have the situation under control. if everybody could just please stay calm, we would appreciate it. and for the most part, brooke, people stayed calm. >> people were calm? >> it was remarkable. >> amazing. amazing. and, you know, as you mentioned, i guess you were there, kudos to the crew. and they were able to land the plane safely in amarillo. what kind of guidance do you have as far as another plane getting you all to vegas? >> well, you know, we were all making jokes about, well, we hope we get at least one free flight from jet blue out of this. what they are telling us is that they are flying a plane from long beach, california, to
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amarillo. i don't think it's too terribly long a flight. and as soon as it lands, then i think we're all going to have to go through security again. we will board the flight and eventually make our way to las vegas. but one detail i forgot to point out was that as soon as we landed, we had local law enforcement officials waiting for us at the gate and we were each individually interviewed and we gave written affidavits. so they're leaving no stone unturned here. and we've been told the fbi has now taken over investigation of this case. a. >> by the looks of the video that i was looking at, it looks like there was an e.m.s. crew and ambulance outside of that plane as well. obviously lots of questions about this particular captain, as you mentioned. y you heard the words -- or other passengers heard the words afghanistan and israel and this man was bang on the cockpit door, threatening to blow up the plate. nevertheless you're all safe and sound on the ground.
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we appreciate you calling in. i am sorry for the unfortunate nature of your plane diversion, but good to talk to you, friend. thank you. >> well, it's good to talk to you again, brooke. again, we are all just fine. thanks very much for the opportunity. >> good deal. as soon as we get more information from other passengers onboard this plane and from jet blue as well, we will bring that to you live on cnn. wow. also happening right now, a four rum on racial profiling and hate crimes, trayvon martin's parents are attending this forum right now in washington. we're keeping an eye out for that. but first this -- >> this was a train wreck for the obama administration. this law looks like it's going to be struck down. >> a train wreck. so says cnn senior legal analyst jeffrey tooben. he was in the supreme court hearing these oral arguments today saying president obama's health care law is in big, big trouble after what happened inside the supreme court today.
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he's going to join me live on why he says president obama's lawyer didn't do very well today. that's next. so what do you think? basic.
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needs health care at one point. but not everybody needs a heart transplant. you can define the market of food, everybody needs food sooner or later so you can make everybody buy broccoli. >> you're just back from the supreme court. you're seeing this individual mandate and oral arguments today. you're saying it niece quote, grave, grave trouble. why do you say that? because it really does look like there are five votes to strike it down. this is why it's gooded to cover the news instead of just naking predictions. a lot of us really thought this law would be upheld fairly easily. but there were five votes that really looked rock solid against this law. justice kennedy is who is so often the swing vote, every comment he made was critical of this law.
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indicating that he was going to vote against it. justice thomas didn't speak as he hasn't spoken in six years, but he's on record believing this kind of law is unconstitutional. the only conservative on the court who looked possibly like he might support the law was chief justice john robert, and even he had a lot of critical things to say about it as well. i think it just looks bad for this law. >> you have the four justices who are more liberal. here's ruth bader ginsburg. >> tell me if i'm wrong about this, but i thought a major, major point of your argument was that the people who don't participate in this market making it more expensive for the
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people who do. a good number of them will get services that they can't afford at a point when they need them and the result is that everyone else's premiums get raised. so it's not your free choice just to do something for yourself. what you do is going to affect others, affect them in a major way. >> so what do you hethink when u hear about that? what do you think about the justices who think this is overstepping. >> well, you know, it was very interesting. . you listen carefully who that she said there. she said i thought your argument was, she was talking to the solicitor general who was defending the law. and i think what you saw there was the frustration of the frustration of the liberal justices at the job he was doing defending the law. he wasn't as aggressive and outspoken as they wanted.
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and there was considerable frustration even among the justices who agreed with the solicitor general. i think that was a dynamic that was at work. the core argument, just to answer your question, as you heard from justice scalia, what this law does is it tells people to buy a commercial product. it doesn't regulate their activity. it tells them to engage in an activity. that, they argue, was beyond what laws usually do. it forced individuals to take an action that laws usually don't. what you heard from the liberals was there's no such sing as inaction in the private market for insurance. buzz the ambulance is going to take you to the hospital if you get hit by a car whether you have insurance or not. we're all going to have to pay for it, even if you don't have
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insurance. your choice not to get insurance is a choice that the government can regulate. that was the heart of the argument. >> jeff toobin, we alluded to this the last hour, we talked about the words severability. if these justices ultimately say okay, this individual mandate, saying you have to buy elt h insuran insurance, if that's deemed unconstitutional, what happens to the rest of this law? >> this is a 2,000-page law. the individual mandate is just part of it. other provisions are more popul popular, like kids can stay on their parents insurance until age 26. but many provisions in the law are dependent on including all these new customers forcing all these new customers into getting inshuns. the question is, if you get rid of the individual mandate, how do you pay for all the other
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stuff in the law? and tomorrow's argument is going to be about how you d i vied up the law if you find the individual mandate unconstitutional. and it's a tough call. that's a really tricky issue. >> okay, it's 7,000 pages, dr. sanjay gupta has read it i think twice. 30% of americans, they want the supreme court to overturn president obama's health care law. this is obviously something that affects you and many people want to know, they've been asking you, sir, a lot of these questions. the first question is, isn't preventive sdsh excuse me, preventive care supposed to be free. i received a bill last week after my yearly check-up. >> this is interesting. it is supposed to be free. the big issue is the co-pays and
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fees. as part of the affordable health care act, those would be waved. and it was to encourage people to get these storts of tests done. in this person's case, my guess is one of two things happened. this went into effect september of 2010. so if the health insurance plan has not been modified since then, it may still be grandfathered in, not offering those services. or, you know, when you go to the doctor's office you think you're going in for a preventive visit for some reason and the doctor may think you're going in for a sick visit. so you may want to check with a doctor's office to see how was that categorized. >> realistically, how will the individual mandate work with so many people unemployed? that's a good question. how would it control costs? >> how it would control costs is a separate issue. you could do an entire hour on that. the cost has been a vexing problem for all along. but for those people who are unemployed, if this law goes into effect, they would be able to buy insurance from some place
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other than their employer. they don't voo a job. so in would be a market exchange. if they need subsidies based on their income level or how high their premiums are, they could get subsidies to join that exchange as well. that was the idea. if you're unemployed, this would be another option. >> you're still covered? >> ukd still get your health care insurance. you wouldn't be discriminated against. there wouldn't be a cap. and depending on your income level, you could get subsidies. >> question number three, i had the flu last week and couldn't get to my family doctor. i ended up going to the e.r. how does the new law solve this problem? >> you already have a primary care doctor short naj this country, which is part of what causes the number of e.r. visits to go up. now you're going to add lots more people, potentially tens of millions more people here and you still have a primary care doctor shortage. 20,000 doctors short in the next three years.
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that problem will get worse. you need to obviously encourage more primary care doctors. also this idea of having community centers to you don't have to goo to the hospital, you can go to a community center for smaller problems. that's becoming more popular for minor ailments. i don't know exactly, but we've got a lot more patients here, but not as many doctors doing primary care work. >> it's tough to get into the doct doctor. >> even for you. >> trying to get rid of this cold this week. doctor, please see me. great yes questions, by the way. we're going through all of them. also developing this hour, after thousands of thousands of ill canning, there's word syria has agreed to a cease-fire and it comes as this scene played oit. . you're going to see what happens when the president visits a neighborhood in ruin. that's next.
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>> syria apparently accepts a deal to end the violence and the pope makes a big trip. time to play reporter roulette. >> i do want to begin with this cease-fire, apparently agreed upon for syria. accepted a plan from a u.n. envoy, that being, of course, kofi annan. and i want to bring in ben wedeman from beirut. why should the world believe this plan? >> this is a six-point plan that
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will begin a cessation of violence. and it calls upon the government to release the thousands of people who have been detained since the outbreak of this uprising a year ago. and also calls for the beginning of a dialogue between the opposition and the regime. but many people are skeptical because, in fact, syria accepted in november of last year an arab league action plan. very much along the same lines, wasted weeks dithering over the details all the while continuing with its crackdown on the uprising. >> we' been seeing through youtube, these little boys, screaming, whale, injured. and also the same town, president assad visiting. why? >> that's correct. there was a bombardment and
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there's been a lot of clashes, hiing a house where there were many civilians. many people in these cities send much of their time inside and sort of crowded together for safety. you're seeing these children in a field hospital being treated. and among the casualties was one young girl who was killed. many other children injured and obviously there's a shortage of medicine. these children are really stuck in the town of homs and can't get out if they need really critical medical care. i do want to go to the hope. we go to ha vap that. s. patrick, we know this island was atheist until the '90s. now it's considered a secular state. so how is the pope being received today?
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>> brook, we've seen aboutpouring of faith in a country prosecute thousands of people are going out to see the pope, wave to the pope. a little while ago, i went to the spot fwr the pope's mass that's going to take place tomorrow in havana's revolution square. this the scepter of the communist government here in cuba. and it's really quite striking. next to a huge mural of che chez guvara, there's a statue of mary. and at the altar tomorrow, the pope will deliver mass. >> you mentioned fidel castro. the pope was greeted by raul cast
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castro. is there any word we might have a fidel castro sighting during this visit? >> we're just trying to put together all the pieces of the puddle here. about three hours i time brook, we know the pope is scheduled to meet with raul castro. here's where it gets tricky. church officials have said that all of the family is invited to that meeting, including former president fidel castro. will he come? won't he show up? it's like reading the tea leaves when you try to understand what goes on in cuba's halls of power. >> we will be waiting and watching to see if you're able to capture a little video of him. good to see you, sir, and that is your reporter roulette here on this tuesday. meanti meantime, we are keeping a close eye here on this forum. it's a round table here on capitol hill where trayvon martin's parents are, in fact, in attendance. and panelists talking today about arable profiling, hate crimes. we are getting a very, very different account as to what happened the night trayvon martin was shot and killed.
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>> in case you're just joining us, we're following all these developments we're getting on this jet blue flight. it went from new york headed to las vegas. it ended up being diverted to texas. i spoke to one passenger who told me she saw a crew member run up to the locked cockpit door and passengers heard him say these two words, israel and afghanistan. another passenger said she heerd a commotion and at some point heard the word bomb. take a listen. >> we just heard a lot of commotion that we needed the code, he wanted to get back into the cockpit. they shut the cockpit door and he couldn't get back in. and people heard different things. we heard the word bomb. we didn't know exactly what was going on. he was shouting different things and in the confusion, they got
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him to the ground. >> she mentioned people onboard the plane got him on the ground. a captain who was trav traving this plane offduty took over the flight and landed in amarillo. listen to my conversation with two of the passengers onboard that flight. but first, happen right now, the parents of florida teenager trayvon martin are taking their case here to capitol hill. they're at this house round table on racial profiling and hate crimes. we still don't know the full stroir behind the shooting death of their son. tell me a little bit more about what you know about this round table. >> well, i understand that they were both allowed to come up
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there, the parents from trayvon martin. i don't think they were going to speak. however, it's possible that their attorney was going to actually address that commission. there was a moment that they recognized the parents were there and there was a moment in silence. sfrout outside the justice department, they were gathering people there and they were also asking that justice be done in most cases here, the drive is that they would like to see george zimmerman brought, at least under arrest while the investigation continues into the exact circumstances as to how their son, 17-year-old trayvon had been killed one month ago in a shooting on a rainy night. a lot of controversy about the different vantage points and stories that witnesses have, how they match or don't jibe with what george zimmer man said happened, what the circumstances were that police reported
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yesterday. meanwhile today, i had a chance to talk to george oliver, the man who's been speaking on his behalf and he said that zimmerman has not been the same mentally ever since this incident happened. here's what he told me. >> he's been receiving counseling for post traumatic stress syndrome. depression, insomnia, he hasn't been able to eat. in the days after the shooting, he couldn't stop crying. so i mean, it totally fits with the man that i know. although i know i won't know him the same ever again. >> george zimmerman has not spoken publicly to the media. he says that because of the ongoing investigation he simply cannot do that. brooke? >> we now tknow the fbi have -- okay now we're hearing the parents are addressing this hear right now. leer they are. >> othank you for the support. as i said before, and i'll say
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it again, trayvon was our son, but trayvon is your son. >> that's right. >> a lot of people can relate to our situation. and it breaks their heart, just like it breaks mine. thank you for everything. >> you're more than welcome. thank you so much for coming. >> also, i would like to say thank you to everyone who is supportive of our family. everyone who has helped us stand tall in this matter. everyone who is holding the legacy of trayvon and make sure that he did not indeed die in vain. just like to say thank you. he's sadly missed and we'll continue to fight for justice for him. >> council crump? >> thank you, mr. chairman.
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we are here today to discuss a matter that never should have happened. i think it's one of those matters that if we had a better understanding and more laws on racial profiling this never would have happened. we obviously believe that trayvon martin is dead today because he was racially profiled. and because of that to, this escalated and it led to the fatal altercation where george zimmerman neighborhood watch volunteer with a .9 millimeter gun killed trayvon benjamin martin, a 17-year-old, unarmed teen who only have a bag of skittle and an arizona iced tea request can, trying to get home from the 7-eleven.
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>> thank you so much. i'm going to go to you, sheila jackson-lee, but first, i'm going to call on the executive director -- >> so you listened briefly to as the mother sabrina fulton, trayvon's father, tracy martin, ben crump is the attorney here. what this is, it looks looic a packed house here. this was called -- this was a round table, so it was called upon by one of the congressmen. it involves profiling and hate krieps as well. as we continue to watch this, if i still have martin savidge standing by, still all kinds of questions here. we now know the fbi, martin has these 911 tapes. the department of justice investigating. an attorney now assigned by the governor from the state of florida rick scott look into this. we followed that. i want to go back to the original stanford police report.
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what more are we gleaning from that night? >> not much, other than the report that was leaked to the newspaper yesterday where we understand that there was an altercation. and according to that report, which has been verified from the sanford police, in other words, that the information is accurate, it portrays trayvon martin as the aggressor here. george zimmerman said stray von came up to him, punched him in the face, knocked him into the ground and began beating his head against the sidewalk in such a way that george zimmerman felt in danger of losing his life and that's when he called out screaming for help. also heard on a 911 call. and sometime shortly after that is when the fatal shot was fired. how it was fired, what the exact circumstances were, how close was the gun fired, where on the body was trayvon hit other than the general area of the chest, all of those specific question, which could give us a great deal of insight into the seriousness of the fight, we don't know.
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>> martin savidge a lot of questions there in sanford. i appreciate it. >> drown found on the floor, drowned in her own blood with a letter next to her head going back to your country, you terrorist. we're not the terrorists, you are. >> lateful note is found next to an iraqi woman, a mother of five who died after a vicious beating. but there's a new twist here to this story. police say they aren't calling it a hate crime yet because of other evidence. that's next. what ? customers didn't like it. so why do banks do it ? hello ? hello ?! if your bank doesn't let you talk to a real person 24/7, you need an ally. hello ? ally bank. no nonsense. just people sense. hanging over us.
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a southern california woman who was brutally beaten last week will be sent home for burial in iraq. a note found near her body proves it was a hate crime. more from miguel marquez. >> 32-year-old shaima aliwadi died a violent death. her daughter discovered her on the dining room floor. >> she's innocent. she hasn't heard anybody. she's the mother of five. why did you do it? i mean, i found her on the floor drowned in her own blood with a letter next to her head saying
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go back to your country, you terrorist. >> her 15-year-old brother mohammed said that wasn't the first threat threatening note the family received. two weeks prior -- >> what happened was, there was a note taped on the door saying this is my country, go back to yours, terrorist. >> the family says alawadi was hit with a tire iron. nothing stolen. the attack so vicious, she was left brain dead. life support had to be cut off. this is the white house where the attack occurred. the family had only been living here for about three months. the police insist this was an isolated incident, but the family says a killer is still on the loose. do you think someone is out there? >> i think to tell you the truth, like, you know, this world, it's not safe. like, you know, there's always going to be that one person out there that one lunatic that would do something like this. >> alawadi's husband of 21 years
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says he loves america, has had a great life here, but now just wants to bury his wife in najaf, iraq. >> even the iraqi government and the iraqi embassy is, you know, helping out. >> reporter: online, the case has taken on a life of its own, many calling it an anti-muslim hate crime. police say that's one possibility, but there are others. >> i want to stress, there's other evidence in this case that we are looking at. and the possibility of a hate crime is just one of the aspects of the this investigation. >> for now, the muslim community here on edge, waiting for police to catch a killer. '. >> mean tile, you just saw the woman's daughter, absolutely devastated. >> you took my mother away from me. you took my best friend away from me. why? why did you do it? that's all i want to know. answer me that.
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>> we're speechless, you know? she's such an innocent woman. i mean, i just -- why? why did you do that? she's a housewife. she's innocent. she hasn't hurt anybody. you know? she's the mother of fife. why why did you do it? i mean, i found her own the floor drowned in her own blood with a letter next to her head saying go back to your your country, you terrorist. we're not the terrorists, you are. whoever did it, we don't know what color you are, but we do know one thing, you are not christian. you are not muz and you're not jewish. you're someone without a religion because if you know god, you would know god would not accept that. you're an animal, whoever you are. you're not even an animal. >> daughter spoke with reporters before her mother died in the hospital. the local muslim community is planning a memorial service to be held later today.
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aca, the affordable care act will threaten my ability to maintain my own independent business. dave, i welcome you. you were n this courtroom today, you and about 400 other people. quick assessment, how did it go? >> well, i'm not an attorney or a judge, but it seemed to go really well. the arguments seem to stay within a certain realm and stay simple, which it really needed to do. and i was actually pleased with everything i heard in there. >> what was one thing that you heard that was particularly pleasing to you? >> well, there was a lot of am jis going on in there. and it just -- it just appears to me like there really wasn't a lot to stand on as far as upholding this law. >> why join? what move d you so much to join the lawsuit? >> well, i had a life plan that i've been working toward.
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and a lot of it wruz to work hard when i was younger to put myself in a position at my age that can i didn't have to who so hard. i could move into a rural area and i could just skal down. i still work 50 hours a week, but it's not like i used to work. and the population just won't sustain that sort of a cost add-on. >> so as we mentioned though, you know, currently you don't have insurance. so heaven forred by you get cancer, how do you handle that? how do you pay for that? >> well, i made provisions for that. i have emergency fund. i have family. i'm not left out there in the cold. and i do check-up, i go to the dentist. i just take my checkbook. i just choose to pay for it myself. i don't choose to take the
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gamble. >> so out of pocket costs you just pay for it and even if one day you have to pay a lot more than you may have, then what do you do then? >> well, i think that i'm pretty well situated that i can take care of just about anything that comes by. anything that comes by. >> okay. you say you had tried to get health insurance, but it is too expensive. one of the points of the affordable care act is to drive down the cost and this is the argument from a handful of ceos from the american heart association, american cancer society and they actually wrote something for a article and i want to quote part of it. we all know what a health care system without a requirement looks like. many americans opt not to buy health coverage until they are ill costs skyrocket as pools fill with people in urgent need of treatment and care. costs skyrocket. i know you said you have enough to take care of it, but what's your response to that?
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>> well, i -- i -- i've never proclaimed that something doesn't have to be done with health care, and i certainly don't claim to have the answers to it, but an unprecedented mandate like this just isn't the answer. you just can't have the federal government forcing people into private contracts. >> cldave klemencic, thank you, sir. we appreciate your perspective. >> thank you very much. would rick santorum consider being mitt romney's running mate? we'll play that sound bite next . years washington's been talking at us, but they never really listen...'s not just some line item on a budget; it's what i'll have to live on... i live on branson street, and i have something to say... [ male announcer ] aarp is bringing the conversation on medicare and social security out from behind closed doors in washington. because you've earned a say.
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[ roger ] tell me you have good insurance. yup, i've got... [ kyle with voice of dennis ] really? i was afraid you'd have some cut-rate policy. [ kyle ] nope, i've got... [ kyle with voice of dennis ] ...the allstate value plan. it's their most affordable car insurance -- and you still get an allstate agent. i too have...[ roger with voice of dennis ] [ roger ] same agent and everything. [ kyle ] it's like we're connected. no we're not. yeah, we are. no...we're not. ♪ the allstate value plan. dollar for dollar, nobody protects you like allstate. let's talk about rick santorum. he spent a fair amount of time convincing voters that mitt romney was a bad idea, bad candidate, but he has no problem becoming mitt romney's vice president. what santorum has said about mitt romney over the last couple of days. here's this.
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>> if we'll be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have overtaking the etch a sketch candidate for the future. >> he is the worst republican in the country to put up against barack obama. >> and now rick santorum yesterday. >> if he, for some reason, and you might laugh this off, but if he for some reason asked you to be the vice presidential candidate on his ticket, i know after it was all said and done, would you consider it? >> of course. i would do, in this race as i always say, this is the most important race in our country's history, so i will do everything i can. >> everything he can, wolf blitzer. i saw your quick reaction. you've got your show coming up in just a couple of minute. >> he's trying to show he's a team player, rick santorum. his many concern is that president obama would not be reelected and he would accept being on the vice presidential
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ticket of romney's running mate. i suspect that is almost not going to bet that that won't happen for the vice presidential nomination. stranger things have happened in politics. we'll wait and see what's coming up. we have a brand new poll on the republican race for the white house. we'll share it for the first time with our viewers right at the top of the hour. brooke, i know, you're interested in that. a lot more on the historic date at the u.s. supreme court. jeff toobin is standing by and kate bolduan is standing by and he was creating buzz about what happened inside his tweets. stand by for that, and we're also getting additional reaction. the russian president medvedev is really blasting mitt romney for what romney told us yesterday in "the situation room" about russia being the number one geopolitic foe.
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>> the jetblue fight diverted after this incident involving the captain of the plane. you'll hear from passengers onboard next. wer cholesterol. [ man 2 ] yummy. i got that wrong didn't i? [ male announcer ] want great taste and whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol? honey nut cheerios. i worked at the colorado springs mail processing plant for 22 years. we processed on a given day about a million pieces of mail. checks, newspapers, bills. a lot of people get their medications only through the mail. small businesses depend on this processing plant. they want to shut down 3000 post offices, cut 100,000 jobs. they're gonna be putting people out of work everywhere. the american people depend on the postal service.
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jetblue night from new york to vegas that was diverted to amarillo, texas. one passenger who i talked to said she heard a commotion and at one point heard the word bomb uttered and another passenger -- just listen. >> what i saw from my seat on the fourth floor. i was very close to the front of the plane and saw everything. the pilot ran to the cockpit door, began banging on it and said something to the effect of, we've got to pull the throttle back. we've got to get this plane down. we've got to get this plane down
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and at that point several other passengers heard the word afghanistan and israel coming out of his mouth. it's not clear exactly what he said, but apparently those two words were heard, israel and afghanistan. now, at that point the two flight attendants tried to subdue him and then seemingly out of nowhere about six or seven large guys stormed to the front of the game and wrestled the captain of the plane down to the ground and had him subdued in a matter of moments. it was really like something out of a movie. >> at the time i was actually looking down reading a magazine, but i was able to talk to several passengers before i did the interview with you all. indeed the pilot did try to get back into the cockpit, but they had seen the deadhead pilot who had come from the middle of the plane. he had somehow gotten himself into the cockpit and they had locked the door and barricaded themselves in so they