Skip to main content

tv   CNN Newsroom  CNN  April 1, 2012 8:00am-9:00am EDT

8:00 am
remember a chocolate bar contains hundreds of calories, and most of those calories are from saturates fats and sugars. all moderation. going to wrap things up for sgmd this morning. come back and see us right here next weekend. time for a check of your top stories in the cnn newsroom. from cnn center, this is cnn sunday morning. it's 8:00 a.m. in the east. 5:00 a.m. in the west. good morning. i'm randy kay. here's what's happening. secretary of state hillary clinton doubles the amount of money for the opposition in syria, adding an additional $12 million in aid. a live report from the region. an around the world yacht race interrupted by stormy weather, and a rescue operation under way 400 miles off the california coast. and the party is just starting. from sweet 16 to the final four, now the national college basketball championship. it is finally down to the final two.
8:01 am
hillary clinton and regional leaders are gathered in turkey right now trying to stop the killings of thousands of people just across the border in syria. the secretary of state says the syrian regime is leaving a trail of broken promises. cnn's joe dougherty has just interviewed secretary clinton in istanbul and joins us by phone. jill, good morning to you. can you tell us what the secretary of state had to say to you. >> reporter: well, randi, the schedule is changing, as you can imagine. it's pushed back a little bit, and we will be speaking with her in an hour and a half. she still has a news conference. it's a very, very busy conference. you'd have to say it's moving very quickly. the whole idea of this is to
8:02 am
bring these nations together. there are about 60 countries here. of course, the question is what are they going to do to help the syrian people and stop the violence? secretary clinton has been saying, number one, no time for excuses, time for seussexcuses over, and assad has to stop the violence. how do they do that? number one, more pressure on the regime, more support for the opposition, and more humanitarian aid. you mentioned that, randi. there are other things they're doing. one is they're going to be tracking who gives arms and money to the regime, and they're also going to be helping the syrians, train the syrians to collect data on human rights violations so that eventually, if they can go to trial and prosecute some of the people who carried out these atrocities, that would be good in the future. so it's an intense schedule, and right now the question is
8:03 am
exactly how they can help. >> and this friends of syria conference, do they truly believe that talk there can translate into action? >> you know, that's been a big criticism of all of this. in fact, some diplomats have told us they really feel that this talk fest approach is too much. the administration is saying, look, you have to find some type of structure, and one of the problems is the opposition is really a disparate group. they're very, very different. there are many of them. and they have different goals. so the most important thing is to unite them. actually, secretary clinton met a couple of hours ago with members of the opposition, and, in fact, one of them said, why isn't the international community doing more? and clinton, quite honestly, admitted that in the beginning it was hard to know initially how to help. but what the opposition is doing is they've drawn up, in essence, the concept, the idea of the
8:04 am
syria that they want to see. even if they can't get every single group aboard, they're hoping that they can get them at least united in a concept of what the future of syria should look like. >> and even with the promise of the ceasefire from bashar al assad, the killing continues, the fighting continues. what can they actually do? he's already agreed to a ceasefire, and he hasn't followed up on it. >> reporter: exactly. so i think you'd have to say that the mood is turning to, if he does not -- and it looks as if he is not following through on his promises -- what do you do? now, some here, especially, let's say, in this region, in the gulf region where we just came from with secretary clinton, they want to rmarm the opposition, and some of them already are. the u.s. isn't going that far. but there are things, like secretary clinton mentioned, communications equipment. the opposition right now can't even talk to each other inside
8:05 am
the country let alone with the outside world. so the u.s. is going to be providing some of the opposition groups communications equipment, things like that. so you have on the one hand the diplomatic pressure. you also have, let's say, some type of military aid, and then you also have helping the people who have fled and who are the victims. >> jill dougherty for us. jill, thank you very much. keep us up to date on your interview with the secretary of state. as we said, even as the talks continue in turkey, there's more bloodshed in neighboring syria. this amateur video shows explosions rocking the city of homs. the opposition stronghold has been under attack for months. the u.s. estimates more than 9,000 people have died since the unrest began just over a year
8:06 am
ago. any moment now, the coast guard is expected to reach a crippled yacht that is stranded in the pacific ocean. the yacht was on its way from china to san francisco as part of a race around the world when it ran into stormy weather off the california coast. several crew members were injured. several hours ago, i spoke with coast guard levi read about his agency and how they will rescue that crew. >> once the coast guard helicopter makes its way to the vessel, it will lower a rescue swimmer, just as any rescue closer to shore would. he is an emt trained person. he'll do medical evaluation, check the injuries, treat the injuries as much as he can, and make a decision on what he needs to do at that point. >> levi read says that yacht is still in rough waters with 9 to 15-foot seas. we'll keep you up to date on
8:07 am
that rescue operation. meanwhile, meteorologist reynolds wolf is joining me now. reynolds, you're actually taking a look at the weather the coast guard can expect as it attempts to rescue this yacht. >> it won't be easy, but i have to tell you the men and women of the u.s. coast guard are an elite group. they're certainly up to the task. they'll have no problem getting out there, but it's not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. first, you have to understand the climate along the golden state, normally for the first few months of the year, you have a dome of high pressure sitting off the coast. but this time of year, that high pressure is gone, and it basically opens up the storm track where you have storms that can drift right along the coast and make their way into the interior. that's the situation we had had yesterday. if you look at the weather map for today, you can see this frontal boundary, all this drifting from west to east. this was the primary ins ttigao of the weather that runs from north to south. you see the storm bringing
8:08 am
heavier rainfall in sparts of the san joaquin valley and sierra nevadas. you have very, very choppy conditions out there. along the coast of central california, we have a small craft advisory, where we have swells anywhere from four to eight feet. where the rescue operation is going to take place farther out in the pacific, some 400 miles away from san francisco, you can expect conditions out there to be considerably rougher. that's the latest we have, randi. back to you. the republican presidential candidates are focusing on wisconsin today with the primary coming up on tuesday. a confident mitt romney is predicting victory. campaigning in wisconsin this weekend, the former massachusetts governor said the campaign had had been an uphill battle just a few weeks ago, but he added a wisconsin win would put him on the path to the republican presidential nomination. both romney and rival rick santorum addressed the wisconsin faith and freedom coalition forum. >> it's fair to say that people have not given up on themselves, have not given up on each other,
8:09 am
have certainly not given up on america, but a lot of them have given up on this president for good reason. and they know that we have a sacred duty to restore to america the promise of america, the conviction that, if you're willing to work hard, get an education, you have the right kind of values, you're willing to take a risk, that you can strike out and achieve for greatness. >> that is what's at stake in this election. is it the economy? yes. is it unemployment? yes. is it the size of the deficit? yes. is it the obama administration feckless and not just feckless, but counterproductive and damaging foreign policy, yes. and all those things. but at the heart of it, even at the heart of our foreign policy is how we see ourselves. you see, we have a president who doesn't see us the way i just described.
8:10 am
>> be sure to tune in tuesday night to cnn for live coverage of the primary. maryland and the district of columbia are also voting on tuesday. our live coverage kicks off with erin burnett at 7:00 p.m. eastern, and then it's wolf blitzer and the rest of the team for the primary round-up. we may never know who 2 of the 3 millionaires are. kansas and maryland, where two winners bought, aren't required to come forward publicly. although we don't yet know the winners' names, we know they'll get $218 million apiece before taxes. pretty cool return on the dollar. coming up, people in new york, paris, and other cities across the world, seeing some of their city's most famous buildings go dark. we'll tell you what happened and why. also ahead, a documentary is taking us inside the lives of bullied children and their families. we're asking one of those mothers if she saw signs of her son being bullied. ♪
8:11 am
♪ ♪ wow... ♪ [ female announcer ] sometimes, all you need is the smooth, creamy taste of werther's original caramel to remind you that you're someone very special. ♪ werther's original caramels.
8:12 am
8:13 am
8:14 am
welcome back. i want to focus now on bullying. it's a topic i've reported quite a bit on. i've seen the pain in their mother's eyes when she didn't know how to help her son, and i've seen it in the children as well. now a new documentary about bullying is taking bullying education to a whole new level. it explores the lives of five kids from suburban and rural communities, giving us all a look at the curtain at the pain and emotional scars that bullying can leave behind. take a look at this clip. >> there's two people over here! >> sit down! >> yeah! >> they punch me in the jaw, strangle me, and knock things out of my hand, take things from me.
8:15 am
sit on me. >> that was alex libby only two years ago. this morning alex is joining me along with his parents, jackie and philip libby. also with us this morning is cynthia lowen. she's a producer on the film. welcome to all of you this morning. alex, i'd like to start with you. it's been two years since that clip we saw actually took place. what is it like for you to watch that? >> well, it just makes me think back to a time where kids were ignora ignorant, and like, back then, i was just stupid and took it.
8:16 am
>> i'm sure it was a painful time. just tell me how things are for you at school now. >> a lot better. i've gotten lots of friends and working on keeping my grades up. so great so far. >> jackie, you didn't know that your son alex was being bullied at school, and in many cases, parents don't know. looking back, were there signs? were there behavioral issues or anything like that? >> there were, but there had been for quite some time, and we thought it was -- he was becoming a preteen, and we just didn't know any better. >> let's bring in cynthia lowen.
8:17 am
she's a writer and producer on the bully film, as i mentioned. let's talk about the bullies. in my reporting, i found out it really turns out the kids doing the bullying have actually been bullied themselves. did you find out the same thing? >> i think that there's been -- there's a lot of fluidity between the kids who are bullying, often the kids who are by standers, the kids who are bullied. all of the kids that we followed in this film had been bullied for years and years and years, and our goal with this film is to really see a school year through their perspective. we did speak with some of the bullies. some of the kids you see on the bus, i think there were days where one kid -- they may be the sort of big fish one day, and then the high school kids get on the bus, and no longer are they necessarily the most powerful
8:18 am
one. so i think that these things can shift. i think that sometimes kids who are doing bullying in one situation may be bullied in others. i think that absolutely happens. >> what kind of impact do you think that the documentary can really have? do you think it can change lives? >> absolutely. we made this film feeling that every single person who sees this film can walk away from it feeling that they have the opportunity to make a difference. i think that, whether you are a parent, whether you are in middle school or high school, whether you're a teacher or administrator, you can see this film and say, there are ways in which i can intervene in my life to protect someone from bullying and also hopefully to save a life. >> i want to bring in alex's family again. philip, how did you feel about your son playing such a key part in this documentary and sharing his pain and your family's pain
8:19 am
really with everyone? >> well, at first it was kind of shocking to see the footage, but i'm thankful for the opportunity we had with lee and cynthia and the other families in the film to be a part of this. it's completely changed alex around, and it's made him who he was at one point previous in his life. >> you say it was shocking. was it hard for you to see what your son was going through? you had no idea, i take it. >> yeah, it was -- it was really hard. >> alex, your assistant principal knew that you were being bullied, and she actually confronted you for not doing enough on your own to handle it. i want to play this clip from the documentary. >> it's one thing that you need to start doing that you haven't
8:20 am
do done. tell someone to help you. >> yes. >> do you trust us that we'll do something when you tell us that someone's bothering you? >> well, in sixth grade, you did nothing about teddy sitting on my head. >> you really turned the tables around on her there, alex. did anyone ever stand up for you at school in the end? >> not that i know of. >> nobody? >> no. >> i have a question. we had asked for folks to tweet me some questions they might have for all of you. and travis rogers tweeted -- cynthia, this might be for you. travis rogers tweeted us this question. "is there help and support for the adult survivors of bullying?" he says that he survived it, and
8:21 am
now he has ptsd, panic attacks, and depression. do you know, cynthia? >> i'm here. can you hear me? >> yes. >> i think that this is one of the things that we've really learned in the process of making this film, that bullying affects 13 million kids every single year. if you extrapolate back generation after generation after generation, this is something that affected millions upon millions of people in this country and people around the world. and it doesn't end in high school, and the scars do not end once you graduate from high school. i think that what we're seeking to provide through our website, www.thebullyproject.com are great resources for parents, for adults who have gone through this, for teachers and administrators. i think that there are absolutely organizations out there, including our own, that are providing support to adults, including adults who are being bullied in the workplace. so i would absolutely invite
8:22 am
your viewers to please join us and contact us. if there are things that we could provide on our website, speaking specifically to that issue that could be increased, could be included, we would love to know that. >> cynthia lowen, appreciate that. i have checked out that website. it's a great resource as well. jackie, philip, alex, thanks so much to all of you. alex, you're a very brave young man for coming out and doing what you've done. best of luck to all of you. >> thank you. >> let's check in with reynolds and see what's going on in the land of weather. reynolds? we're keeping a sharp eye on quite a few things. the chance of severe weather across the ohio valley that will probably strike later this afternoon, scattered showers, thunderstorms, even the possibility of isolated tornadoes. then across the central plains, very dry and breezy conditions, same story for the four corners, and heavy snow for the mountains out west. c'mon dad!
8:23 am
8:24 am
i'm here to unleash my inner cowboy. instead i got heartburn. [ horse neighs ] hold up partner. prilosec isn't for fast relief. try alka-seltzer. it kills heartburn fast. yeehaw! welcome back. a fast moving storm did pretty good damage in san francisco's marin county. road crews walked away several acres of mud on the panoramic highway, which closed for several hours. that's pretty dramatic stuff there. >> it really is. how many times have we seen this play out from marin county, as
8:25 am
you mentioned, all the way down through the central coast of california, even in places like ventura, occasionally you'll have the heavy rainfall, it comes in and soaks the california coast. you see the beautiful panoramic hillsides slide down. gravity certainly takes its toll, and it's certainly a mess, no question about it. what we're going to see in terms of your forecast is going to be pretty interesting. most of the rain still in parts of california, the central valleys, but in the high elevations, the story is going to be snow for the sierra nevadas. for the central u.s., no rain at all. breezy conditions, low humidity, and we still have the fire threat that's going to be an issue for a good part of the day. for the ohio valley, all about the chance of severe storms. the storms we're going to see across parts of the ohio valley are going to be eventually severe. you can't rule out the chance of having tornadoes. it may indeed happen, especially through the late afternoon hours. another big story will be the temperatures. very, very mild in many spots. some places unseasonably warm, like kansas city, where your
8:26 am
expected high is going to be 87 degrees. with the high humidity, it's going to feel much warmer than that. atlanta, 83. washington, d.c., on the other side of the frontal boundary, 60s. 50s in new york and boston. in salt lake city, 48 degrees. let's talk about what we would normally have this time of year and what we can expect today. you see the numbers all in white, quite a few of them. chicago, 53 degrees, 53 detroit, that's what you normally get. today we expect the temperatures in the yellows. 63, ten degrees above normal in chicago. 88 in des moines. well above normal in places like omaha. even kansas city, up by kaufman stadium, 87 degrees. wind gusts all the way from 40 to 60 miles per hour. we're talking tropical storm force winds that can be anticipated. not good for parts of colorado, where they're still battling the blazes, where the firefighters need very damp conditions and
8:27 am
light winds. unfortunately, that's not going to be in the cards today. to wrap things up, you can expect snow in parts of the western mountains, even into the central rockies, out by yellowstone national park and even in the tetons. snow is going to be around for the day. so too will be the delays. in new york, chicago, miami, even salt lake city and las vegas, you can expect backups at each and every one of these locations. thankfully, for the time being, delays may be under an hour. it's not listed of yet. this afternoon, when severe weather pops up in places like cincinnati, you're going to be grounded for quite a bit. that's the latest we've got for you, randi. back to you. >> reynolds, thank you. they are some of the world's most famous landmarks, known for lighting up the local skylines. for one hour, they all went dark. the sydney opera house, the eiffel tower, and the empire state building dimming their lights during earth hour. it was part of an effort to boost awareness about energy use and climate change.
8:28 am
more than 147 countries committed to that event. john paul ii may be one of the most beloved popes of all time, and he seemed to be on the fast track to sainthood. find out why the vatican may be standing in his way.
8:29 am
it's about 30 minutes past the hour. welcome back. i'm randi kaye. thanks for staying with us. checking top stories now. a historic election in myanmar today. opposition leader aung san suu kyi is one of those vying for parliamentary seats in a country led by military for decades.
8:30 am
suu kyi spent years under house arrest following a landslide victory by her party in 1990. ♪ music pioneer earl scruggs will be laid to rest later this afternoon in nashville. scruggs, whose distinctive ban joe style can be heard on the theme song of "beverly hillbillies" is considered one of the creators of bluegrass. scruggs died wednesday of natural causes. he was 88. mitt romney and rick santorum are courting voters in wisconsin today. the state's presidential primary is tuesday. romney says a win in wisconsin would put him on the way to securing the nomination before the august convention. voters in maryland and d.c. will also go to the polls on tuesday. hillary clinton says the syrian regime will face serious consequences if it does not stop killing its own people. the secretary of state and regional leaders gathered in turkey for a crisis meeting in
8:31 am
syria. she also announced an additional $12 million in humanitarian aid to syria's people, bringing the american total to nearly $25 million. this morning in faces of faith, kind words for pope john paul ii. he seems to be on the fast track to becoming the saint. but as cnn correspondent drew griffin found out, there may be one obstacle standing in his way, the new pope. >> reporter: joanna doesn't need the catholic church to tell her who and who isn't a saint. she knows. >> i'm 100% sure, john paul is saint. >> reporter: this polish-american immigrant is absolutely 100% sure pope john paul ii is st. john paul.
8:32 am
her proof is sitting right next to her, her son christopher who today can see. >> unbelievable, the miracle or what. i don't know. you didn't lose no vision at all. >> reporter: five years ago, joanna got a phone call at work. there was an accident. a metal rod had bashed chris' right eye, the damage severe. >> most likely my vision is going to be lost in that eye. >> reporter: i saw john paul ii, please save his vision. please, i'm begging you. make miracle. do it for him, please. >> reporter: christopher doesn't necessarily believe in miracles, but three days after the accident that should have taken his eye, he could see. was it a miracle? not yet, according to the arcane rules of the catholic church. when it comes to john paul ii, millions pray to him. so critics say finding a miracle attributed to him may not be hard at all. ♪
8:33 am
business of making saints happens here in this building just off st. peter's square in rome. it's where father peter gumpel worked for four decades and saw the naming of saints explode during the era of john paul ii. >> the more you multiply the canonization, people are maybe less impressed by it. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi has literally slowed the sainthood train down, including the cause of his predecessor, pope john paul ii. critics say that's a good idea. back in chicago, joanna lucasic says it really doesn't matter. >> maybe nobody believe me, but i am 100% sure he did it for me. >> reporter: the man who she says healed her son is a saint, whether her church says so or not. drew griffin, cnn, chicago.
8:34 am
>> for more stories like this, go to our belief blog at cnn.com/belief. coming up next, newly unsealed court documents add more questions than answers to february's bizarre murder/suicide of josh powell and his two young sons. plus new york knicks sensation jeremy lin takes a seat, and you won't be seeing him back in the game any time soon. uncer ] that. right there -- reminds you why you fell in love with her in the first place. and why you still feel the same. but your erectile dysfunction -- that could be a question of blood flow. cialis for daily use helps you be ready anytime the moment's right. you can be more confident in your ability to be ready. and the same cialis is the only daily ed tablet approved to treat ed and symptoms of bph, like needing to go frequently or urgently. tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and medications, and ask if your heart is healthy enough for sexual activity. do not take cialis if you take nitrates for chest pain, as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. do not drink alcohol in excess with cialis. side effects may include headache, upset stomach,
8:35 am
delayed backache or muscle ache. to avoid long term injury, seek immediate medical help for an erection lasting more than four hours. if you have any sudden decrease or loss in hearing or vision, or if you have any allergic reactions such as rash, hives, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, or difficulty breathing or swallowing, stop taking cialis and get medical help right away. ask your doctor about cialis for daily use and a 30-tablet free trial. you're probably muddling through allergies. try zyrtec® for powerful allergy relief. and zyrtec® is different than claritin® because it starts working faster on the first day you take it. zyrtec®. love the air. my high school science teacher made me what i am today. our science teacher helped us build it. ♪ now i'm a geologist at chevron, and i get to help science teachers. it has four servo motors and a wireless microcontroller. over the last three years we've put nearly 100 million dollars into american education. that's thousands of kids learning to love science.
8:36 am
♪ isn't that cool? and that's pretty cool. ♪ your finances can't manage themselves. but that doesn't mean they won't try. bring all your finances together with the help of the one person who can. a certified financial planner professional. cfp. let's make a plan.
8:37 am
at meineke i have options... like oil changes starting at $19.95. my money. my choice. my meineke. there's newly released evidence in the 2009 disappearance of susan powell in utah. that information has her family asking why wasn't he arrested
8:38 am
sooner? the just unsealed court documents say investigators found susan's blood inside her family's home, along with a handwritten will saying she feared her husband would kill her. last month the husband josh powell snatched his two sons from a social worker and killed the children and himself minutes before the house exploded. joining me now is criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor holly hughes. this is amazing, this new information coming out. why wasn't he arrested? >> this is extremely tragic because now we have two dead children as well as a dead mother, and let's just call it what it is. she's been missing all these years. >> the body was never found. >> it's a homicide case now, and it's actually just been reclassified as a homicide case, which should have been done a long time ago, randi. your question to me is why didn't they arrest him? i can't think of a good answer, quite frankly, inity l itlight we're hearing now. there's more evidence released here -- i've seen other cases be
8:39 am
indicted, prosecuted, and convictions have been won on less evidence, circumstantial as it is, than what we see here. i just don't see any excuse for an arrest not having been effectua effectuated. >> you have a handwritten will locked away, blood in the house. and what about the statement from one of the sons that they had gone camping and mommy was dead? >> mommy was dead. mommy did not come back from the camping trip. and this was two weeks after she goes disappearing. let's also point out to the viewers that blood was tested. that blood they found in the living room of josh powell and susan powell's home was definitively hers. we find the blood in the living room. we know from the beginning, when they showed up, there were fans blowing on a wet spot. the carpet had obviously been scrubbed and washed in that area. >> at this point, we haven't found her. the rest of the family is dead. does any of this matter? >> it matters in that the family will want some type of closure. so the police department has said, well, we've reclassified it as a homicide, and it's still an active case. we're still going to go looking
8:40 am
because right after the explosion, another piece of evidence came out. they went to josh powell's storage unit, executed a search warrant there, and found a blanket that was bloody with susan's blood. my question is why would you not have done that before he had the opportunity to kill his children? >> it sounds so backwards. >> it is. >> i want to quickly ask you about the trayvon martin case. any progress in terms of the investigation? if there is this grand jury they're talking about, how will that work? >> what happens is the grand jury is a collection -- it's kind of a jury you see in trial. we call those petit juries. it's going to be made up of 12 to 23 members. the defendant isn't present and doesn't have a right, even if he requests to be there, to have a lawyer with him. he would go in completely unrepresented. it's sort of a preview where the state will call witnesses, and they'll present to that grand jury, this is the evidence we have. is there enough here to file an
8:41 am
indictment? is there enough to bring a charge against this person? and it's not beyond a reasonable doubt, which you know we need when we get to final trial, thank ybut it's to say is it more likely than not that a crime was committed? can we reach that threshold and file what they call a bill of indictment, which will be a document saying formally this is what they're charging you with, and those witnesses will be called in. the defendant isn't there, and even if he chooses to be, he's not represented, and the proceedings are secret. we never really know what happens in a grand jury. >> we might know at the end if we see charges eventually. >> we'll know the end result, but we won't know what happened. grand juries are secret. >> thanks so much for coming in. when we come back, candy crowley joins me live for a preview of cnn's "state of the union." ll be right back. they didn't take a dime.
8:42 am
how much in fees does your bank take to watch your money ? if your bank takes more money than a stranger, you need an ally. ally bank. no nonsense. just people sense. and it hasn't been going exactly as planned. [ director ] cut. cut! [ monica ] i thought we'd be on location for 3 days -- it's been 3 weeks. so i had to pick up some more things. good thing i've got the citi simplicity card. i don't get hit with a fee if i'm late with a payment... which is good because on this job, no! bigger! [ monica ] i may not be home for a while. [ male announcer ] the citi simplicity card. no late fees. no penalty rate. no worries. [ roger ] tell me you have good insurance. yup, i've got... [ kyle with voice of dennis ] ...allstate. 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.
8:43 am
i too have...[ roger with voice of dennis ]...allstate. [ 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.
8:44 am
the latest news from washington is coming up at the top of the hour. from cnn's "state of the union" let's bring in candy crowley. >> good morning. we have a jam packed show for you. >> you always do. let's talk about gas prices.
8:45 am
they're quickly becoming a big part of the campaign. do you think either side is gaining traction with voters? >> we have a poll that shows voters split evenly down the line who they blame. the president takes some blame. republicans take almost as much blame. oil companies get a huge share of the blame for the gas prices, but it's certainly in the political mix. it's something that republicans really want to have out there. look, the economy has begun to show some signs of real life that some of the economic figures are getting better. this is going to be, everyone agrees, unless something happens, overseas that's untoward, this is going to be about the economy. and the gas prices right now, in some polls, even supersede the jobless rate in the concerns of americans. they're concerned about the gas prices because, frankly, everyone is affected by it. so it's certainly now in the groundwater in this campaign.
8:46 am
>> another issue. wisconsin's paul ryan unveiling his plans for the nation's deficit. do you think it's dead on arrival in the senate, or does it have some legs? >> no legs. >> they've been cut off already? >> look, it came out, and the white house said, no, we don't really see anything we can work with, and the senate democrats said no. cincinnati senate, as you know, the republicans can block this -- they most surely will. i'm sorry. the democrats can block this, and they most surely will block it. it is what republicans believe. it is the budget they would like, but it was not a budget designed to bring in a whole lot of bipartisan support. >> and paul ryan, of course, as you know, among several big name republicans, throwing their support behind mitt romney this week. do you think that's going to change the shape of the race moving forward, especially looking at the primaries on tuesday? >> certainly looking -- as you know, paul ryan is from wisconsin. there's a wisconsin primary that mitt romney has said, if i win this, i think i'm really going to win this nomination before the convention, which had been a
8:47 am
concern previously. so it's a big, important race in wisconsin. other states, of course, maryland and the district of columbia, will be having their primaries as well. but wisconsin is where the action is at this point. paul ryan is a congressman, so represents a district there. certainly gives visibility to romney, gives visibility to ryan. in terms of what do these endorsements mean, i think the collection of the endorsements that mitt romney has gathered this week -- marco rubio is one of them, former president george h.w. bush is one of them -- here's the signal from it. here's what they want. hey, this thing is over. get on board. the train is leaving the station, and it's romney of the that's what the romney campaign is trying to create, that sort of it's over, it's over, it's over. that's what they think the endorsements help to do. >> i will let you get back to preparing for your jam packed show. we look forward to it, candy. thank you very much.
8:48 am
keep it here for "state of the union" with candy crowley at 9:00 a.m. eastern, 6:00 a.m. pacific on cnn. march madness time. it's down to the final two. stick around for highlights of yesterday's big games from the big east. ♪ ♪ ♪ wow... ♪ [ female announcer ] sometimes, all you need is the smooth, creamy taste
8:49 am
of werther's original caramel to remind you that you're someone very special. ♪ werther's original caramels. hi, i just switched jobs, and i want to roll over my old 401(k) into a fidelity ira. man: okay, no problem. it's easy to get started; i can help you with the paperwork. um...this green line just appeared on my floor. yeah, that's fidelity helping you reach your financial goals.
8:50 am
could you hold on a second? it's your money. roll over your old 401(k) into a fidelity ira and take control of your personal economy. this is goin to be helpful. call or come in today. fidelity investments. turn here. man: a boy born in joplin, missouri was fascinated by anything with wheels and a motor. the odds of him winning both the daytona 500 and the brickyard 400 in the same year? 1 in 195 million.
8:51 am
the odds of a child being diagnosed with autism? 1 in 110. i'm jamie mcmurray, and my niece has autism. learn more at autismspeaks.org./signs and then there were two. march madness is come to go an end. sports anchor joe carter is here to tell us all about it. >> i thought you were talking about us, and then there were two. we are down to two. you're absolutely right. kansas and kentucky. these are two perennial powerhouses in college basketball, two of the best college basketball players competing against each other monday night, anthony davis for kent -- and i forgot the other gay's name. >> the other guy. >> the other guy, he's good too. thomas robinson for kansas. it should be a good final on monday night. last night we saw two
8:52 am
interesting games, let's say that. the game between kentucky and louisville. kentucky now has the bragging rights, at least for the next year over louisville fans. this team louisville was down by double digits several times. i thought they showed a lot of grit in this game. they came back with nine minutes left and tied the game 49-49. then kentucky showed why they're the number one team in all of the tournament. they went on a 11-0 run that put louisville out of it for good. the game between ohio state and kansas, really strange ending. we'll get to that in a second. ohio state dominated the first half, up by as many as 13. in the second half, kansas rallied back, actually took a three-point lead. had a chance to win the game right here if they held onto the ball. they accidentally pass it away. gives ohio state basically another chance. they go to the free-throw line. they intentionally miss the free throw because they need two points instead of one point. they get what's called a lane violation. that pretty much ends all hopes
8:53 am
for ohio state, kansas goes on to win. 64-62 the final. kansas and kentucky meet monday night for all the marbles. the kansas-ohio state game ended kind of ugly. leave it to the pros to show us how it's done properly. chris paul plays for the l.a. clippers, very skilled basketball player. he's coming down the court here. you'll see, as he's on the break. he looks like he's going to pass it between his legs and goes to the hoop. totally fakes out the defender. >> such a cool move. >> the clippers are fun to watch, bottom line. >> and lynsanity over. >> linsanity is over for the regular season. he's got a torn meniscus. it's a six-week procedure. if the knicks do make the playoffs, he'd be able to come back, if the healing process goes according to plan. >> that sounds pretty serious. >> it's a tough way to end what was such a great story. you'll see. a lot of guys have this type of injury. it's a slight injury. he can recover and be back.
8:54 am
he'll be just fine. >> i know you'll be watching the game monday. a young soldier on duty makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a young child's life. people with a machine. 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.
8:55 am
i'm here to unleash my inner cowboy. instead i got heartburn. [ horse neighs ] hold up partner. prilosec isn't for fast relief. try alka-seltzer. it kills heartburn fast. yeehaw!
8:56 am
8:57 am
checking today's top story, the u.s. coast guard is in a rescue operation 400 miles off california's coast. the yacht was taking place in the clipper round of the world race when it was hit by a large wave. it never gets easier, but it's the sad reality of war. family and friends stood in the cold rain to meet the body of army sergeant dennis weichel. he wasn't killed fighting the enemy. he was killed saving a life. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the heroic soldier's story. >> daddy! >> reporter: three months ago specialist dennis weichel made a surprise visit home from his tour in afghanistan. now the flag flies at half staff over the rhode island state
8:58 am
capitol until the 29-year-old father of three is laid to rest. weichel was killed in eastern afghanistan saves the life of an afghan child. according to the army, when weichel's armored convoy came across afghan children in the road. he and others got out to move the children out of the way, but at the last minute, a little girl ran back to pick up some shell casings. weichel saw her in front of the trucks and pulled her to safety at the last minute, but he was hit accidentally by the truck and died a short time later. captain christopher john almeier, weichel's platoon leader during a previous tour in iraq was hit hard by his death. >> first, i was overcome by emotion. i deployed with him. he was one of my guys. but then i took a step back, and i realized he would have done that -- he would have really done that for anyone. that's the type of guy he was.
8:59 am
>> reporter: dennis, he says, always responded to children. >> we would roll into local communities and villages, and set up security, and you'd see children peeking out the windows. it was sergeant weichel's calm demeanor and the way he handled children that these kids, he welcomed them. these kids would come out, and he would ensure that every single child received something, whether it be the smallest thing as a pencil or a booklet to write in. >> reporter: during those days back home, everyone could see dennis weichel's own children meant everything to him. >> i'm excited because these are the most important things to me, my kids. i was glad to see them on the holidays. >> reporter: dennis weichel was promoted posthumously to sergeant. ba

108 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on