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their success, and he says before he was released, they also talked about an attack on another location that night, a safe house where the american staff took shelter. perhaps we'll never know exactly what happened that night, but it is a far cry from the dreams of so many libyans when they rose up last year. arwa damon, cnn, benghazi, libya. we continue on, hour two, i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. we begin with the big story, mitt romney, allowing open coverage today at the fund-raising event in salt lake, open coverage at a fund-raising event after the public disclosure of what he said last may. but american voters at a private fund-raiser in south florida. here is a remark that has all kinds of folks buzzing today, mitt romney again last may, the clip provided by the left wing publication mother jones. roll it. >> there are 47% of the people
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who will vote for the president no matter what. all right. there are 47% who are with him who are dependent upon the government who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it. but its an entitlement. and the government should give it to them. and they will vote for this president no matter what. >> so mitt romney said nearly half the country, 47% to be precise, you heard the words he used there, self-described victims, dependents of the state, here's more. >> i mean, my job is not to worry about those people, i'll never convince them, they should take special responsibility and care for their lives. what i have to is convince the five to ten percent that are thoughtful that look at voting. >> he won't be able to convince them to take personal responsibility for their own lives.
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he says basically, they're not going to vote for him. peter handy joins me from washington. hang with me. i want to show two notable reactions here to the mitt romney videos. these are both prominent conservatives, number one. look at this quote with me. bill kristol, weekly standard, he wrote in his magazine's blog, romney seems to have contempt, not just for the democrats who oppose him, but for tens of millions who intend to vote for him. i'm sure you read this op-ed, new york times, country club fantasy, from david brooks. what are other conservatives saying? is anyone about to jump ship? i'm thinking specifically we're talking about this today, you know, the publican members of congress who could be in tight races right now might have a tough time defending exactly what their guy had to say. >> yeah, brooke, we haven't heard a lot from people in tight races now. we have heard from two high profile republicans who are in competitive senate and house
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races. one, linda mcmann, the republican candidate for senate, running against chris murphy, that race is essentially tied. she's the first high profile republican to criticize romney saying she doesn't think 47% of the country view themselves as victims. she thinks they would rather get out of that situation in life. she broke with romney. and secondly, as alan west, he might be familiar to our viewers as a tea party figure from the miami-dade area, 18th district in florida, he also said that mitt romney has said, phrased his words, said they were clumsy. that's tough coming from alan west who said some pretty inflammatory things over the year. but you touched on kristol and david brooks. what you're seeing on the right right now is sort of two strands of thought here. one is sort of beltway, conservative elite, like those folks talking about romney sort of being arrogant and dismissive and contemptuous of half the country. you're seeing a lot of conservatives on the web, say,
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hey, mitt romney said something we believe in. he's talking about what they call a dependency society. it is about time people spoke bluntly about what barack obama is doing to this country. that's coming from the grassroots side of things. i think the problem for the romney campaign, as much as they like to say they don't care what people inside the beltway think, guess what, they really do. they really pay attention closely to what beltway political types are saying about the campaign. it has gotten under their skin in this campaign, frankly, in a way it hasn't for the obama campaign in chicago. >> so you touched on what the right is saying today, let me play what the white house is saying today, this is a portion from the daily briefing, press secretary jay carney, basically trying to draw a extinctidistin between the romney we see on the tapes and president obama. >> when you're president of the united states, you are president of all the people, not just the people who voted for you.
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you've heard the president say so many times, because he deeply believes it, that we're in this together, all of us. >> peter, do we have any idea where the obama campaign plans to take this? will the president take this issue with, you know, romney on the campaign trail? vice president joe biden is speaking around now. we're waiting toee if he makes any remarks. what do you think? >> biden said today he thinks the words stand for themselves. obama campaign manager sent out something about this last night. if this doesn't show up in a tv ad it probably malpractice. the best way to attack an opponent is to use his own words against him in a television ad. i've been talking to republicans in ohio and florida bracing for just that. the president himself has multiple opportunities to talk about this today. one, he's taping david letterman. should be taping it anytime now if david letterman doesn't ask
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him about this, i would be shocked. he has two fund-raisers in new york. one at the wall doordorf astori also has another fund-raiser at jay-z's 40/40 club with jay-z and beyonce and it might come up there, you know. reporters are allowed in to view the president's remarks at fund-raisers president obama is really, really good at this. he's really good at slipping in the latest sort of campaign news item into his stump speeches, into his fund-raisers, to really propel the story onward to another day. the minute that maybe the negative news is fading for romney, barack obama is likely to kind of push it forward into the next news cycle, brooke. >> you would presume they would want to remind the voters every day, all 49 remaining, that mitt romney has said this. peter handy, thank you very much. want to take you to nashville, nashville, tennessee. joining me is republican strategist chip saltsman,
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managed the mike huckaby presential campaign. nice to see you. >> good to be with you. >> how big a problem is this for mitt romney? >> it is not -- you know, well, because it is a problem in itself, but you tack it on to the last week, and then he's had not only a bad couple of days, he's had a bad couple of weeks and the campaign is really not only just kind of stopped, everybody is now instead of talking about a very close presidential election which we're at, they're talking about how mitt romney messed up the campaign and all this kind of stuff. and the really -- this campaign is completely off message. they haven't been on message in a couple of weeks. they're responding, they're defensive. and we need a little bit of a game changer here to kind of get us right back on message. >> if you were running the romney campaign, what do you do? and i hear you laughing, i know mitt romney is not laughing about this. >> no. >> what would you do to make this go away? >> you know, i might say, hey, let's everybody not talk for 24 hours. it seems like they're just kind of talking themselves into
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problems. this is a real challenge because you're talking about how earlier a few conservatives at the washington level and a couple of candidates have criticized and moved past this. well, these kind of things happen in tidal waves. and first of all, a couple of -- one or two people and then ten or 12 and then it is the whole caucus is jumping. they got a real challenge here to right this ship. they got time to do it. that's a good news, they got 49 days to do it. but they got to -- >> can they right this? this is -- >> stop the bleeding. >> it is a tsunami, if you add up the myriad of issues within the campaign, can they stop this within the next 49 days? >> yeah, i mean i think they can. but at some point you got to say today it stops. they haven't been able to do it. it has been since the convention, one after the other after the other, it is a video from several months ago, but still they dropped it, whoever dropped it knew exactly what they were doing. they were trying to see the romney campaign get back on their feet, they sent them another jab. they're off message yet another
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day. >> i want to break down, chip, this 46, 47% number that the country that mitt romney is talking about. according to the nonpartisan tax policy center, romney is right when they say they pay no taxes, no income taxes. 61% of these nontaxpayers actually do pay payroll tax. that means they have work, so contrary to romney's maintaining, they are assuming at least some degree, some degree of personal responsibility. 22, see the number 22% considered elderly. a lot of those could be retirees who pay taxes before. 15% earn so little that their tax liability is eaten away by deductions. here is my question to you. d despite what mitt romney says, a lot of those people may have been planning to vote for him, no? >> i think a lot of them were. a lost them still might. they also pay local and state taxes as well through sales
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taxes and property taxes for the homeowners. this is -- it is a challenge because the conservative base really does at the federal level feel like almost half the people don't pay taxes. that's an absolute fact. when mitt romney says it, how he says it builds into a greater narrative that he doesn't care about those, the middle class or the poor, which he clearly does, but he doesn't always have a great way to articulate it. that builds into the narrative, yet another challenge for the campaign. >> final question, just talking to peter handy about this, the other issues, down ballot if you will. if you're aampaign manager for a tight house race, a campaign manager for a republican house member, do you encourage him or her to stay mum right now? >> right. especially in these tossup states there is a lot of people right now campaign managers looking at the television saying let's hope this gets better in the next 24 hours so we don't have to make a decision. today, the local newspaper folks aren't asking the candidates what they think about their comments. if the story goes on another day or two, they'll ask them and have to see some guys take stances on it.
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>> we reached out to six house members in tight races, republicans, and they're out campaigning today. would love to talk to them. >> unavailable. >> chip saltsman, thank you very much. severe weather taking aim at the east coast with a significant risk for tornadoes in washington, d.c., philadelphia, new york. we'll talk to chad myer watching the latest from the weather center. chad, talk to me. what's going on. >> getting dark in d.c. and getting hammered in northern virginia. yeah, from manassas, fairfax, winds 50 miles per hour. couple of power lines are down. we already know that. washington, d.c. seeing -- here is a live shot of the nation's capital. this wasn't raining just about ten minutes ago. now it is pouring down rain. the other shot too we have of the washington monument, i can get that for you here in a second. the weather is moving right into d.c. right now. there is the nation's capital, that little square, part of a square, because virginia took it back. here you go back to baltimore, severe thunderstorm warning for you, all the way down toward fredericksburg. you will see that. that is a big line of weather headed your way.
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let's see if i can get to that, this other camera, there is the d.c. camera, the white house and then here, that was somewhere in there is the washington monument. i saw it a little bit ago. it is right there, barely see it. now that weather is in the city, a lot of concrete here, also flash flood warnings going on for d.c. proper due to the fact that you are going to have a lot of that concrete not soak into the ground, not soak into the water, just run it off. water in the streets in d.c. that's my live shot. i can see a bird fly through but -- >> waves of rain. >> somewhere through there is the monument. not that far away. that camera is less than a mile from the monument. >> chad, thank you. we'll keep an eye on that. and a lot more unfolding this hour. watch this. >> more than 100 inmates are on the run after an escape near the u.s. border. and now there are suspicions this could have been an inside job. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now.
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16 times its fiscal 2013 earnings estimates. look at amazon and facebook, they trade at much higher multiples than that. you know what that means, the stock has room to run. >> room to run. how high does wall street think it can go? >> here is what is funny. analysts say it is really hard keeping up with the price targets that we put out there because the targets keep on getting hit. look at some of this. hilliard lions is predicting that apple gets up to $700, $775 a share. topeka estimates they will get up to $1,111. not sure when that would happen. but that's what topeka is saying. if you're a shareholder, you can only hope. >> lucky, lucky. alison kosik, thank you. speaking of investments, many of you are asking us questions. we have the help desk to answer them. here is poppy harlow. >> today on the help desk, we're focusing on investing in mutual funds. it affects a lot of folks. joining me to talk about it, donna rosatto and ryan mack.
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>> every time you might not have to pay a commission, but you also have to pay a brokerage fee and know what you're investing in. you're not allowing yourself the average and stay within the funds for a longer period of time. >> i think it is a chance to be much lower cost and it will cover a lot -- probably the best bet. >> you can buy the entire market with one investment. >> yes. >> diamonds and what not. >> thank you, guys. appreciate it. if you have a question you want our experts to tackle, upload a 30 second video with your question to >>from the economy to war in afghanistan, a woman, a young woman drives a van loaded with explosives and moments later unleashes a brutal attack. this comes as the u.s. is making this dramatic move in the fight against insider attacks.
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muslim outrage, we're hearing may intensify tomorrow. this french satirical weekly called charlie ebdo says it is going to public cartoon drawings of muhammad. they're calling for a sense of responsibility from the publishers, but a reporter at the magazine told cnn and i'm quoting here, in france, we are allowed to publish anything we want and those who disagree with that can sue us. that's a direct quote. according to afp, more than 4 million muslims live in france. the fury over the mocking of a prophet muhammad is reportedly the reason for a bombing that killed 12 people in kabul, afghanistan, today. and in a part of the world where most women aren't even allowed to drive, a female bomber crashed a car carrying more than 600 pounds of explosives in this van, none of the victims was american. but a terrorist group claiming
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responsibility for the violence blames america for a video that ridicules and mocks islam's prophet. and all of this is happening as nato is restricting some of its operations with afghan security forces. let's go straight to kabul to cnn's anna coren there with us. just to hit this point home, using a woman, a young woman, 22, to carry out this attack, that's incredibly rare, is it not? >> reporter: i know. it is rare. and it is also very frightening. she was actually kabul's first suicide bomber. there have been other femaled is bombers throughout afghanistan but never in the capital. really quite frightening. 22 years old. and in direct response to this anti-islamic film, she was driving this car, with 300 kilograms of explosives, 600 pounds, ran into this mini bus, eight south africans on board. we were there on the scene, within an hour of the explosion. and the engine was at least 100
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meters away from where the crater was, from that blast site. nearby buildings, windows were absolutely shattered. just the power of this explosion, but, yes, i mean, women do not drive here in afghanistan, so the feeling is that perhaps she was allowed to get through the checkpoint without being stopped. >> you mentioned the eight south africans and make the point that this was in direct retaliation to that film, you know, made in the u.s. if south africans were the target, i don't even know if that were -- if they were in fact the target, but explain that. >> reporter: yeah, i know. it is a little bit confusing, but i think here, if you are white and look different, then you must be american. that's generally the consensus here. certainly what the enemy thinks, what the taliban thinks. so i'm sure they thought they were targeting americans and certainly when we first heard the report, this happens at 6:45
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this a.m. this morning, you can hear the blast, we're five, six kilometers awa from it, the reports were they were -- that the people who had been killed we americans, but as it turned out, they had actually targeted south africans. >> anna coren for us in kabul. anna, thank you very much. the very first female suicide bomber in the capital city. as we mentioned, chad myers was up with me a little while ago talking about the severe weather. he just told me there is now word of a tornado warning in d.c., inside the beltway. we'll talk to chad after this quick break.
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severe weather, we want to talk about this now, with chad myers as we have been talking about the significant risk for tornadoes. now you're telling me, as you're looking at your radar here on
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your ipad, so tornado warning, which, to be specific, that means someone is either spotted a tornado or indication on the radar. >> there is enough rotation on the radar for the weather service to pull the trigger. that means that the rotation around adelphi, two minutes ago, was significant enough to pop the warning out and say, yes, there could be a tornado on the ground. the reason we don't know is that it is raining so hard. these are not, like, your texas tornados where you see them ten miles away. they are wrapped inside of a rain shaft, you may not even know until it is on top of your home. now it is up towards beltsville and towards south laurel. this is where i used to live, just to the west of the bw parkway, through beltsville and northeast from there. next stop if it keeps on going, would be laurel and then columbia and maybe toward baltimore. a while yet, but that would still be -- this is still good. this warning will be for a while. d.c. has now been cleared. the beltway outside the beltway, you're still in the tornado warning. i just talked to one of the producers about which one is
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worse, warning or watch. nobody understands. warning is a longer word, it is more important. it is the bad one. watch, a shorter word, not as bad. we're in the warning. we're in the bad one. >> somebody tweeted me from the d.c. area, i thank you, somebody said my goodness it looks like armageddon outside. >> power lines are down, flooding going on right now too. >> pictures of the white house, you see the drop on the camera and the capital building. you can see the flag just flying, see it there as well, just crazy, crazy rain out there. keep us posted. we appreciate it. thank you very much. i want to move along to this. forget the 1%, all the talk is about the 47%. so where exactly does the 47% live? and what impact will they have on this upcoming election? no one knows it better than cnn's john king. he's standing by live next. wanted to provide better employee benefits while balancing the company's bottom line, their very first word was... [ to the tune of "lullaby and good night" ] ♪ af-lac ♪ aflac
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well, once again, the romney
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campaign is playing cleanup, and today the obama camp wasted no time jumping on that secretly taped video of mitt romney where he's talking about nearly half of american voters dissing them saying basically that they won't be voting for him. obama folks posted an ad on the internet, let's take a look at a portion of this. >> who believes the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, you name it. that's an entitlement, that the government should give it to them. and they will vote for this president no matter what. so my job is not to worry about those people, i'll never convince them. >> i felt sick to my stomach. >> i don't like it. >> it shows he's out of touch, he thinks half of the country is -- feeling like victims. >> that was fast. mitt romney, he held an impromptu news conference, trying to explain himself. take a listen. >> it is not elegantly stated.
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let me put it that way. i'm speaking off the cuff in response to a question, and i'm sure i could state it more clearly and in a more effective way than i did in a setting like that. >> want to bring in john king. good to see you, sir. let's begin with this -- this is, you know, quoting mitt romney, his less than elegant approach. what is your take? >> reporter: well, my take is this, i actually think he's talking about two different sets of numbers. then he gets a little mumbled and goes on to his controversial part about all the people are victims and dependent on the government. why do i think two sets of numbers. i'll show you somecharts. they mean nothing to you when i hold them up. they come from a republican polling firm, they shared with me, they knew i would use these, on air presentations a couple of months back, the same polling from the mitt romney pollster comes from. when you read the charts what the firm said for some time, they tried to figure out how in such a tough economy does president obama maintain a pretty rock solid coalition, hardly ever drops below 47% in a national poll.
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why is that? remember that 47%. that's the first number governor romney used. they go through the math here and say african-americans, he's retained support, latinos he's retained support, other minorities he's retained support and college educated white women, white women college graduates, the president maintained his support. roughly from 2008. they add that up and get 47%. so when romney was saying the president gets 47% almost no matter what, that's actually true. that's what his pollsters have told him. then he went off to the 48, 49%, presumably talking about the percentage of americans that don't have to pay income taxes at the end of the year, sweeping generalizations are always a path into political quick sand, brooke. so if you're saying all of the president's voters, all of them, that's what he's saying if you listen closely, don't pay taxes, he won 95% of the african-american vote, 66% of the latino vote, 52% of college educated white women, to say none of them pay taxes, all of them are victims, that's why
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he's got some explaining to do. >> and to take it a step farther, you look at the 47%, part of that could be, you know, elderly right now. right now maybe not paying, but take a look at this new gallup polls. ask voters over the age of 65 their choice of president, romney leads the poll. see the numbers, 52% to 43%. if the poll is taken, let's say tomorrow, on down the line, you think because of this those numbers will change? >> i do think they could change. the seniors also voted for john mccain. the senior vote has been trending republican for some time. if you're president obama, you're right. they're going to go into elderly communities and say governor romney says you're a deposenden a victim. they'll go to the veterans, might need vital medical treatment, they'll go to people who are maybe on food stamp because they got laid off, not because they feel entitled or want something from the government, because you have a family trying to feed their
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children while they're hoping to get another job. the president can use these words. again, governor romney will have to explain them. >> how does he explain them? let's be specific. he's doing this interview in 20 minutes. what does he say? how does he prevent this from having a lasting impact on november 6th? >> he has two choices. some conservatives at the grassroots level say double down, governor, and have a debate about government dependency. some conservatives wanted to do that. other republican strategists say, my god, please make this go away, because they're starting to see some evident, not just this controversy, because it just happened, but starting to see some evidence that governor romney is starting to hurt other republicans down ticket and want to get him back up on his feet. governor romney has a choice, does he say it is stupid, i didn't mean it and explain himself or say it was not so elegant, but then essentially double down on it. that's a tough choice when you're in a campaign like this. it is still a very, very close election. if you look at the course of the past ten days, it is moving by the day more in the president's favor. >> john king, thank you very
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it is reaction to the violence against the u.s. for that video that insults the prophet muhammad and to a series of assaults by afghan security forces on the nato troops training them, what are so-called green on blue attacks. defense secretary leon panetta says the insider attacks are a sign of the taliban's desperation. >> it is kind of a last gasp effort to be able to -- to not only target our forces, but to try to create chaos because they have been unable, unable to regain any of the territory that they have lost. >> now, all of this highlights the tough road ahead in afghanistan for the man who will be in the oval office next year and to help you decide who exactly it should be, cnn is going in depth on the issue of afghanistan. detailing the position of president obama and mitt romney each take on america's longest war. here now is pentagon correspondent chris lawrence.
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>> reporter: 70,000 american troops are still fighting in afghanistan. but whill election day affect them one way or the other? we see two candidates moving closer and closer to the point where there is not much space between them. >> our goal should be to complete a successful transition to afghan security forces by the end of 2014. >> next year after ganz will take the lead for their own security. 2014 the transition will be complete. >> reporter: there were real differences at the beginning of governor romney's campaign last summer, when he seemed to criticize president obama's decision to send 30,000 more troops to afghanistan. >> it is time for us to bring our troops home as soon as we possibly can. i also think we learned that our troops shouldn't go off and try to fight a war of independence for another nation. >> reporter: the governor's position evolved. by november, he opposed any plan to bring most of the troops home
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before 2014. >> i stand with the commanders in this regard and have no information that suggests pulling our troops out faster than that would do anything but put at great peril the extraordinary sacrifices that have been made. this is not time for america to cut and run. >> reporter: whomever sits in the oval office will have to decide how the u.s. hands over to the afghans, and that's where we see the biggest difference, when it comes to talking with the taliban. >> we're pursuing a negotiated peace, in coordination with the afghan government, my administration has been in direct discussions with the taliban. >> reporter: president obama makes a distinction between taliban and al qaeda, governor romney says he won't haggle with a group that has killed american troops. >> we don't negotiate with terrorists. i will not negotiate with the taliban. that's something for the afghans to decide how they're going to pursue their course in the future. >> reporter: there is negotiation versus no negotiation with the taliban. president obama announced an end date years in advance. governor romney opposed
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publicizing that date. the president ended the surge this month, during the fighting season. the governor would have kept additional troops there through december. analysts say neither man has spent much time talking about the war. but mark jacobson says that's partly because the big strategic issues like the surge in handover have been pretty much decided. >> what we're looking at now is execution of this strategy. and that doesn't require the same sort of political capital and time from washington, d.c. that was required two years ago. >> reporter: the two men don't exactly agree on how the fighting affects the nation's finances. >> because after two wars that have cost us thousands of lives, and over a trillion dollars, it is time to do some nation building right here at home. >> the return of our troops cannot and must not be used as an excuse to hollow out our military through devastating defense budget cuts.
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>> reporter: so the biggest difference on afghanistan may be how to spe the money when the war is over. chris lawrence, cnn, washington. >> chris lawrence, thank you. coming up, a lot of talk about mitt romney's comments about taxes and obama supporters. there is a certain something he mentioned in the speech that we have yet to get clarification on, that being what he said about hispanics. will his remarks impact the republicans' efforts to attract more latino voters. that's next. ♪ and the flowers and the trees all laugh when you walk by ♪ ♪ and the neighbors' kids... what does being true to yourself have to do with being healthy? everything. ♪ but you're not ♪ you're the one ♪ one, one, one, one, one ♪ the one ♪ one, one, one, one, one ♪ the one ♪ one, one, one...
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mitt romney's remarks about americans who are dependent on government have stolen the spotlight, but he's also seen and heard on that video talking about hispanics, specifically ana navarro is with me, a cnn contributor and republican strategist. ana, good to see you. welcome. >> thank you, brooke. >> before we talk, i want to play a little of this tape, this is the romney remarks. then we'll talk about them.
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this is when he's talking about his father. >> born of mexican parents, i have a better shot at winning this. but he was unfortunately born to americans living in moex koe and lived there for a number of years. i mean i say that jokingly but it would be help to be latino. >> ana, what do you make of this? do those remarks offend you at all? >> you know, they don't, brooke. yesterday when i first heard of this and i saw -- i read he'd made a latino joke, i tell you, i cringed. and i went and i saw the video and i read the transcript and i did not take offense to it. there are many latinos who are taking offense to it. i'm getting a lot of twitter feedback and social media feedback telling me that. i think it may be the context that bothers folks. interestingly enough back in january in miami during the florida primary, he said basically the same exact thing
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on an interview. and he said it in front of a hispanic audience. and that audience clapped. so i'd almost say i think we're responsible in miami for encouraging his -- >> we'll have to pull that interview. i'm curious, do you think he was just acknowledging that hispa c hispanics are a growing force in politics? you have marco rubio there in florida. and julian castro. is that how you see it, potentially? >> no. >> no. >> i think what happened was probably -- no. i don't. i think what happened probably was somebody asked him a question. brooke, i've been to enough republican and democrat fundraisers where i can tell you some odd questions come out at very high level donors. and,ou know, things get said. and i think he was just acknowledging what's his family history, his father's heritage. >> but, ana, i have to press you on that and say many people i
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think are offended because he's basically inferring had his parents been mexican, his chances for becoming the next president would have been much, much greater had he been minority and atrack more minority voters in the country. and that's offensive to some folks. >> that's offensive to some folks. it's not offensive to others. as i told you, brooke, he said the exac same thing on univision. didn't have an issue with it. smi smirked somewhat. more offensive to some than others. i think he might be right. i don't have a problem with somebody telling me he wishes he were latino. i'd have a problem if he said he'd glass he's not latino. now, i'll tell you, at the same time, i think that if he were latino, it would be helpful. it was helpful to brian sandoval, the governor of nevada. it was helpful to sus ana
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martinez. it would be helpful to romney if he could speak to the culture and the language. i don't take it as offensive. i can see where others do. as i said to you, i think it's probably the fact that he's kind of using it as country club humor in front of, you know, a bunch of rich white people having dinner and chuckles at it. that makes it more offensive to some folks. >> yeah. go ahead. >> my advice to romney is clarify that you didn't mean any offense. remind folks that you'd said this in public. and for the love of god, mitt, do not try to be funny. you are not funny. we're not going to vote for you because you're funny. we're going to vote for you because you're qualified. >> who knows if there's a mea culpa. who knows if that will fall on deaf ears on americans or not. ana, good to see you. thank you very much. >> good to see you, brooke.
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in mere minutes teachers union delegates will be meeting to talk about a possible settlement in the chicago teachers strike. seven days here these students are out of school as 26,000 teachers are out of the classroom right there on the picket lines. let's go to ted rowlands. he's been all over this outside where that meeting is set to start. what happens next? >> reporter: well, right now thousands of families, brooke, in chicago have their fingers crossed that the teachers will vote in the next few minutes here to end thetrike so their kids can get back into school tomorrow morning. i talked to karen lewis, head of the teachers union, a few hours ago and ask her point-blank, is this the end? what's your gut? >> i don't know. from what i'm hearing people are ready to go back to work. and feel more comfortable about
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that. so we're hoping that's what will happen. >> reporter: and from your perspective this is a good deal? >> well, it's a deal. it's the deal we have. i don't like overselling things because then it's like, oh, you promised and you said. so let's keep expectations where they need to be. >> reporter: but you're satisfied? >> i think it's the best deal we could get at this moment in time. >> reporter: 800 delegates, brooke, they're gathering now. they'll discuss this for a while. then they will vote to either continue or end the strike. kids could be back in school tomorrow morning. >> so to be clear, 30 seconds, ted, if they agree with those fingers crossed, if they agree to end the strike today, class is back on tomorrow? >> reporter: absolutely. and if they don't agree, then it's back to the drawing board. they figure out what it is they need to go back and talk about. and they'll do that meani kids will not be back. and parents will not be happy. >> okay. ted rowlands for us in chicago. we'll be watching as that develops over the course oe


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