tv Way Too Early With Willie Geist MSNBC March 5, 2012 5:30am-6:00am EST
yes. yes, he d. it's way too early for this. good morning. i'm willie geist. this is way too early, the show that tears up every time the alarm clock goes off on a weekday. glad you're up watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail or tweet me and let me know what you're doing up at this hour. or text awake to 622639. we'll read the responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this monday, march 5th. a lot to tell you about, including rush limbaugh's apology for comments he made on the air about a georgetown university law school student. plus, snl's mitt romney spins his narrow victory in michigan with a little help from his fake sons. that clip a little bit later in the show. first, though, let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at
"30 rock" in new york city. the presidential candidates spread out across the country today, one day ahead of super tuesday. 10 states will be in play tomorrow with 400 delegates at stake. the contest could bolster front-runner mitt romney. he added to his campaign momentum on saturday, winning washington state. those caucuses brought him 38% support, a double digit lead over ron paul and rick santorum. all eyes certainly will be on the state of ohio where romney and rick santorum in a statistical tie according to the latest nbc news/marist poll. on now two ohio's largest newspapers. cleveland plain dealer and the cincinnati enquirer putting their support behind mitt romneyment the former governor locked up the endorsements of two key conservatives. tomko burn and house majority
leader eric cantor. they are hoping it will give their candidate a boost for conservative voters. >> mitt romney is the only candidate who has put forward a bold pro growth, pro jobs plan for the future. you know, a lot of things that he's talking about in his plan we're working on in the house of representatives. and that's why i look to super tuesday. i look to mitt romney winning all of virginia's delegates. in fact, i cast my vote already. >> a new nbc/wall street journal poll just released this morning shows romney leading the republican field by six points. this is a nationwide matchup. rick santorum in close second at 32% support. when matched up against president obama, all four of the contenders fall short. mitt romney the closest, six points behind. santorum trails by 14 points. he maintains, though, he has the
best shot to win in november. here is santorum on saturday out on the trail. >> i ask you to give the republican party the best chance to win this election. not according to what independents say. pundits say nominate a moderate. that's our best chance of winning. always nominate the moderate. folks like jerry ford, bob doll, john mccain, not folks like george w. bush and ronald reagan. no, nominate the moderate. as we have seen, moderates do not have the best chance of winning. they're almost certain not to win. because they don't inspire with conviction. >> to that point, that new nbc news/wall street journal poll shows 28% americans have a favorable view of mitt romney. 39% unfavorable. at this point in the presidential race, sit worse
than the last four nominees. mitt romney is facing a new round of attacks from conservatives over 2009 op ed where he called on president obama to adopt an individual health care mandate. he suggested the president could learn from the plan he enacted as governor of massachusetts. romney writing in part, first, we established incentives for those who were uninsured to buy insurance using tax penalties, as we did. that is a 2009 op ed written by mitt romney. he urged his rival to make a public apology for the massachusetts health care plan. later today, president obama will meet with benjamin netanyahu. yesterday president obama spoke
to the pro-israel lobbying group defending his policies and america's commitment to the state of israel. >> you don't just have to count on my words. you can look at my deeds. because over the last three years as president of the united states i have kept my commitments to the state of israel. at every crucial juncture, at every fork in the road, we have been there for israel every single time. >> president's stpaoefp quickly did turn to iran and the possibility of another war in the middle east, prompting the field of republican presidential candidates to attack president obama for not being tough enough against iran. >> leaders should understand that i do not have a policy of containment, i have a policy to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. and as i have made clear time and again during the course of my presidency, i will not
hesitate to use force when it is necessary to defend the united states and its interests. moving forward, i would ask that we all remember the weightiness of these issues. the stakes involved for israel, for america, and for the world. already there's too much loose talk of war. >> loose talk of republicans? the best thing that could happen in the world markets is in iran without a nuclear weapon and a new iranian regime. neither of which he is doing too much to make happen. >> i will have those military options. i will take those crippling sanctions and put them in place, and i will speak out to the iranian people about the peril of them becoming nuclear. it's pretty straightforward in my view. if barack obama gets re-elected iran will have a nuclear weapon and the world will change if that's the case.
>> prime minister netanyahu will address that today after his visit to the white house. rush limbaugh apologize fog or the controversial remarks he made regarding sandra fluke who is in favor of birth control being part of her employer's health care plan. >> what would you call someone who wants us to pay for her to have sex? what would you call that woman? you would call them slut, prostitute. if we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it. and i'll tell you what it is. we want you to post the videos online so we can all watch. >> all right. that was limbaugh last week after drawing fire from democrats and watching several sponsors pull their ads from his radio program, he released this statement. for over 20 years, i have illustrated with the absurd with
absurd i did, three hours a day, five days a week. in this substance i chose the wrong words in my apology of the situation. i did not mean a personal attack on ms. fluke. that statement from rush limbaugh. some saw it a lingering issue for the republican party. yesterday "washington post" columnist george will suggests republican leaders are afraid of limbaugh. >> mr. boehner comes out and says rush's language was inappropriate, using the solid fork for ouren tray. that's inappropriate. the liberals unfailingly fail to police the excesses on their own side. it was depressing because what it indicates is the republican leaders are afraid of rush limbaugh. they want to bomb iran but they're afraid of rush limbaugh. >> rick santorum called the remarks absurd, while newt gingrich said it's silly to
think he speaks fort republican party. mitt romney for his part saying those are not the words i would have used. turning away from politics, residents in the midwest as deadly tornados blanketed much of the middle of the country on friday. as many as 30 tornados carved a path from towns in seven states, kentucky, indiana, and ohio baring the brunt. video footage taken from a home in tennessee. 165-mile-per-hour winds from one of the tornados ripping down trees and tossing debris. in all, 39 people died in friday's storms, bringing the death toll just the past week to 52. one of the deceased, 15-month-old toddler angel babcock. she was found alive in a field about 10 miles from her home by first responders. she became a symbol of hope. it was discovered her parents and two siblings had been killed in the storm. yesterday we hate to pass along angel passed away from her injuries. there is some controversy in the state of ohio where the storms claimed three lives.
republican governor john kasich turning down disaster aid saying the state can handle its own relief. local democrats disagree. one county chairman said, quote, i question his judgment. it would appear at first blush he's probably playing politics. governors of the two hardest hit state, indiana and kentucky, both accepted the federal aid from the government. mass demonstrations in moscow to protest vladimir putin in the election. despite allegations of widespread voting fraud. he appeared emotional while addressing thousands of supporters outside the kremlin walls declaring his win an open and honest struggle. he later clarified, and he wanted to be very clear about this, those were not tears streaming down his face.
he said the icy wind was to blame. it's the front page of the wall street journal. tears or icy wind in the eyes of vladimir putin who will now take a third term as president of russia >> tiger woods shoots the best pga tour of his career breathes down the neck of the leaders. highlights of a guy who is starting to show flashes of the former best player on the planet. highlights ahead in sports. plus, snl's bill hader brings back his serpentine. that and a check of weather when we come back. later los angeles police said he appeared to have died of natural
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5:45 in the morning. a beautiful live picture of new york city. a check of weather from bill karins. >> good morning, willie. still cleaning up. the big one on friday. it's a surreal scene out there in the area this morning. when the sun comes up, we'll show you some of the pictures on "morning joe". they had two inches of snow in this area devastated by tornados. you're looking at this tranquil
snowfall and the devastation behind it. in all, 79 tornados it looks like. these are the numbers from dr. greg forbes, the severe weather expert. he's been going through all weekend. the national weather service sends people out in the field. they're trying to figure out how many exact tornados there were. how strong they were. how long they were on the ground and how wide they were. it was such a huge event. especially on the tornados that sliced through the louisville area, just north of there, especially across the ohio river valley. snow came down last night. one to two inches along the ohio river. light snow in virginia. then it will be done with. it's a cold morning. new england, great lakes. it's a chilly day especially with the wind chill. bundle yourself and the kids up. we don't have any severe storms out there. i actually don't think we will have any tornado outbreaks. we will have a beautiful spring warm weather pattern returning throughout the midwest on
tuesday. all that warm air arrives on the east coast. last time we had the warm air and the tornado outbreaks. this time we're not going to do that. >> bill, thanks so much. let's turn to sports. two of the best players in basketball. three of them actually on the court yesterday. lebron james, dwyane wade and the heat taking on kobe bryant and the lakers in l.a. still sporting the mask after he broke his nose. lebron cannot get the shot to go. before time expires, frustration boils over. gets into a shoving match with some of the lakers. ron artest in there. bowing out, kobe takes over hitting a long two-pointer over shane battier. lakers at home beat the heat. jeremy lin and the knicks. boston playing the celtics. highly anticipated game. fourth quarter knicks down six. lose the ball. makes up for it with a steal of his own. makes a layup for himself. 14 points.
six turnovers. and he was dominated by his opponent. lin draws it. carmelo, 25 points. knicks up three. but paul pierce look at this shot from behind the arc. amazing. with four seconds left. ties the game. it goes to overtime. celtics take over. and here's the man of the hour. rajon rondo going to get the loose ball. listen to the stat line. 18 points. 20 assists. 17 rebounds. 18, 20, 17 for rondo. lin and the knicks cannot keep up in overtime. celtics win 115, 111. tiger woods entered nine shots behind the leader rory mcilroy. 11 birdies. par 4, within four strokes of mcelroy. on 17, tiger hits a long putt toward the water for birdie. there's 17.
then on 18, his second shot on the par 5 is a beauty. eagle putt. he hits that. tiger at 10 under. finished the day with a 62. that's the best final round on the pga tour of his career. with tiger done for the day, the pressure was on the kid. 17 on the sand. nice save here setting up a par putt. he goes to 18 with a two-stroke leads and wraps it up. the 22-year-old from northern ireland holds to to win the honda classic. the win makes him the number one ranked player in the world. tiger finished two strokes back tied for second place. coming up, romney and santorum in a horse race ahead of super tuesday. the eyes on ohio tomorrow. we'll break all that down with our crew when we come back here we'll huddle up to watch snl get a little creepy with mitt romney's sons. we'll be right back. progresso. it fits!
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paul are the only candidates on the ballot. the republican candidate who carried virginia has also won ohio. in each case they have gone to to win the party's nomination. the last to win virginia without also taking ohio, ronald reagan in his unsuccessful 1976 bid to snatch the nomination from gerald ford. snl upstairs a couple nights ago. jason doing his mitt romney. and kristin wig as ann romney with a little help from their adult sons. >> how do you feel about the michigan win? >> well, we feel great. michigan was just another case of voters taking a look at mitt romney and saying, uh, i guess. i'm focusing on the victories. and as we say in the romney house, i'm happier than a poor man eating a can of beans from the dumpster. yum, yum, yum.
>> shoes must be made out of chocolate because you keep putting your foot in your mouth. >> no, they're made of a fine italian leather and they were $1,200 apiece. they cost more than most americans make in a month. uh-oh. i'm doing it again. >> ann romney, people are saying you're the spark plug of this campaign. >> i am. >> you keep the energy up. >> i do. >> and you're finding stories about mitt on the campaign trail. >> so mitt romney's five adult sons. why should people not be terrified of your presence on the campaign trail? >> well, we connect with the younger voter. our average age is 36. our median age is 35. we like sport, cinema and duwop. see? we're just like you, america.
>> thanks to steven king for creating those boys. >> bill hader, also providing his james carver impersonation. here he is joining seth meyers on weekend update talking limbaugh and romney. >> do you think limbaugh will be canceled because of these comments? >> no. rush will always be around. he's sort of like that tv show "cops." you don't realize they're still on the air. then one start you're getting dressed and you hear ♪ bad boys, bad boys, what you going to do ♪ and you're like they're still doing that thing? >> what do you think of the republican candidates? >> oh, i think plenty about them. and i laugh. i laugh. look at the front-runner mitt romney. i know romney looks like a president. but we don't always get the job we look like for. if we did, i'd be the king of the snakes.
>> oh, bill hader on saturday night. out on the campaign trail the real campaign trail. he didn't sing "america the beautiful". but he cited davy crockett word for word. >> this place always has a special feeling in my heart. because when i grew up i was thinking about davy crockett, all right. remember the song, born in a mountaintop of tennessee. greenest state in the land of the free. raised in the woods so he knew every tree and he killed himself a bear when he was only 3. davy, davy crockett. >> there you go. mitt romney went back to i love lucy a few months ago. 1950s. very memorable. especially to mitt romney.
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