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Sarah Palin for Senate?; Hillary 2016: Ready to Run?; "I Thought She Was Gone"; MLB Suspensions Looming

Aired July 10, 2013 - 06:30   ET


MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: The wreck and massive fire flattened part of the town of Lac-Megantic, 15 died, 35 others remain missing.

It is a family photo they'll forget. A family visiting Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina gathering on a second-story deck to take a picture on the deck when the deck suddenly collapsed. More than 20 people taken to area hospitals with broken bones and severe cuts. Thankfully, none of the injuries are considered life-threatening. And it's not clear at this hour what caused that deck to giveaway.

Here's the story, an Oregon toddler who likes playing with her dad's smartphone apparently has a taste for vintage autos. She bought a car on eBay. Oh, yes, 14-month-old Sorrella Stoute clicked the wrong buttons or the right buttons, depending on how you look at it now her dad is the owner of a 51-year-old Austin-Healey Sprite.


PAUL STOUTE, SORRELLA'S FATHER: She decided to open eBay app and started clicking around, one thing led to another, and we own a car.

Panic. Initial panic, just what do we do? I mean, we can't really afford it kind of thing but --


PEREIRA: Because those things you put some money into them. He has decided to keep the car. He's going to restore it. It cost him $225 to honor Sorrella's eBay's purchase. It's one of those good news/bad news situation. Bad news is fixer upper. Good news, it comes with two engines, both of them are in the backseat.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Both of them are seized up.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: But it's a car that's almost her size.

PEREIRA: Wouldn't that be cool if he took the next 16, 17 years, fixed it up and presented it to her as a graduation gift.

BOLDUAN: Then it will cost him way more than $225.

CUOMO: As a car-loving daddy, me thinks there may be a little conspiracy afoot here. Daddy wants the car.

BOLDUAN: I love that. CUOMO: Sorrella, beautiful name, means sister in Italian. She doesn't have a sister to blame it on. So, it all winds to come back to her. I wonder if daddy --

PEREIRA: This may warrant investigation.

CUOMO: It might. We might have to get him in the chair. Did he really push the button? Did she?

BOLDUAN: Can you pledge right now? All right. Let's talk about pledges to the political gut check.

CUOMO: Please?

BOLDUAN: All the stories you need to know coming straight out of Washington.

Two big political comebacks or as we like to say potential comebacks in the works.

CNN's chief national correspondent John King is here with more.

So, Sarah Palin back in the news. She never leaves the news. But the former Alaska governor now saying that she may run against the incumbent Democrat for the Alaska Senate seat. This isn't the first time that Sarah Palin has kind of suggested she may get back into public office.

But what do you think, do you think this time she's actually going to do it?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: You know, seeing is believing, right? Kate and Chris, you're dead.

You know, one of the things we know, Sarah Palin likes to be talked about. And if you go to your search engine, now that she told Sean Hannity she's thinking about this, both the left and right are buzzing. So, in the short term, she gets what she wants. People are talking about Sarah Palin.

The truth would be if she you actually did something about it. Does she hire a team? Does she start to raise money? There's zero evidence of that right now.

And, look, remember, when Governor Palin left office, she won a second term and then she left -- about halfway through that term, her popularity in Alaska went boom. So, this would be a big test for her. Also, one of her favorites the Tea Party candidate Joe Miller who ran for Senate and failed last time on the Republican side, he's in this race.

So, she's talking about replacing Mark Begich. But if they were to do this, she'd also have to go through the public and primary. Does she really want to get back into it? Well, we'll find out.

BOLDUAN: We will find out and we'll talk about it. All right. So, Hillary Clinton has not even jumped into the presidential race. She has another big endorsement that came out. This time, not a politician. But instead "Vogue" editor-in chief Anna Wintour, who is very involved in the political process.

In an event in Arkansas, Wintour said this introducing Clinton, "I can only hope that all of you here in Little Rock will be celebrating her come November 2016."

So, what is this all about? Is this about trying to push Hillary to get into the race or this about Anna Wintour knows how to get big donors to shell out money?

KING: I think number one, it is proof again of the mass disappointment there's going to be in the Democrat ranks if she decides not to run, if Senator/Secretary Clinton or since she was in Arkansas, Wintour was, first lady, Hillary, both of this state and the nation, decides not to run, it's going to be a massive case of Democratic disappointment.

But to pick up on Mr. Cuomo and his morning of conspiracy theories, here's what a lot of people are starting to say, you know, Hillary says, I don't think so. Or at least not now, I'm not going to talk about this right now.

But what do we see, Anna Wintour, you're right. She was a huge fund- raiser for President Obama, right? Well, the pro-Clinton super PAC has also signed up this group called 230 Strategies. The leaders of that group -- they were the guys who did the grassroots operation for President Obama.

So, the conspiracy theorists are saying, she's saying no, but all the chess pieces are there. You have to wonder, what does the vice president think about this, if team Obama is going towards Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden might be scratching his head a bit.

BOLDUAN: Has not even thought about that, John King. That's why we have you on. That's a very good question.

CUOMO: Did I hear conspiracy?

BOLDUAN: Yes, you did.

KING: You did, you did.

CUOMO: Back to student loans, I told we've got to stay on it every day, you've got the Senate, they're going to pass, we believe, their bill that says let's keep the rate where they are. The House wants to tie student loan rates to the 10-year treasury, just like home mortgages. But what are you hearing about pressure to do the right thing by students? By advantaging them, not just treating them like some other borrower, anything?

KING: Here's my first conspiracy theory. Mr. Cuomo is so hot on this issue because he's promised his daughter to spend a huge amount on a car. And so, he needs these huge interest rates on loans. (CROSSTALK)

KING: Look, this has now become part of a political game. The House has already passed its plan as we discussed yesterday. The Democrats don't like it. But the House says we passed a plan.

The process should work in Washington, now, the Senate controlled by Democrats should pass a plan and then, we'll meet and see if we can figure out the differences and try to strike a compromise. What the Senate is now looking at, the leadership says maybe a one-year extension.

Republicans are crying foul. They say what the Democrats want to do is pass a one year extension, keep the rates at 3.5 percent. And then, next year in 2014, use it again as a political wedge and hammer the Republicans, saying the Republicans are against keeping this rates low.

So, watch for the one-year extension plan at least in the short term to fail. Republicans will rally against it saying we can do a permanent extension. We don't need to do this.

So this very important issue caught up in that magic word -- politics.

BOLDUAN: Hmm. Shocking. Shocking. I know.

KING: Shocking.

BOLDUAN: Great. Happy Wednesday, John. Great to see you.

KING: Happy Wednesday.

BOLDUAN: Short-term kind of kick the can down the road fix that we talk about versus actually fixing it to help.

CUOMO: (INAUDIBLE) students.

You know what the representatives should do? Keep the ties to the 10- year treasury just like the home mortgage but make the interest deductible for the home mortgage. Show that it's a priority for the next generation. It's a big deal.

BOLDUAN: It is a big deal.

All right. We've got a lot. Coming up next on NEW DAY: Amanda Berry's grandmother. We know Amanda Berry and we've met her grandmother, but she's going to be speaking exclusively to NEW DAY and we're going to get her reaction to the three Cleveland kidnapping victims breaking their silence in a very public way.

CUOMO: And a must-see moment. Find out what happens when a man on a motorcycle decides to try to save a woman's coffee mug at 40 miles an hour. I said it fast because it's something that happens every day.

BOLDUAN: Just another day.


CUOMO: Welcome back, everybody.

Support keeps pouring in for the Cleveland three held for a decade in a house of horrors. After Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight publicly thanked the nation on YouTube, NEW DAY spoke exclusively with Berry's grandmother.

Pamela Brown is with us this morning with this.

Great to hear from her.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. We have obviously, a strong reaction from this video. Now we're hearing exclusively from Amanda Berry's grandmother who shares what she thinks about the women speaking out.



BROWN (voice-over): Amanda Berry's grandmother Fern Gentry sat down exclusively with CNN and watched this YouTube video for the first time, showing her granddaughter smiling and sending a powerful message.

AMANDA BERRY, KIDNAPPING VICTIM: I'm getting stronger each day.

GENTRY: Got to be strong. And I know she thanks everybody for everything they've done for her.

BROWN: Gentry joins the flood of well wishers expressing support for Berry, Michelle Knight, and Gina DeJesus, now breaking their silence for the first time since being rescued from captivity two months ago.

GENTRY: I thought Amanda had probably was gone, but I saw her walk through that door and she said, "It's me. I'm alive," that is the most important thing I ever heard in my life.

BROWN: Until now, these missing persons images were how the world knew them. Now this --

MICHELLE KNIGHT, KIDNAPPING VICTIM: I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.

BROWN: Young women in their 20s empowered and taking a stand.

CHRIS KELLY, PARTNER, JONES DAY LAW FIRM: The girls are incredibly grateful for everything that everyone has been doing for them. You know, the courage to go on and put on a video really telling you something about their resilience and character.

BROWN: Chris Kelly runs the women's Courage Fund now with more than $1 million from nearly 10,000 donors.

KELLY: This was the idea that they came up with. That video to be distributed to everyone would be an appropriate way to say thank you.


BROWN: Gentry says she hopes the video will serve as a reminder not to give up on other missing children.

GENTRY: There's a lot more children out there that's gone and missing. Just have hope.


BROWN: And Gina's parents told CNN through a family friend that they're happy the world now knows what their daughter looks like. That she's beautiful and continues to pull herself together.

The girls won't be doing any interviews anytime soon. Of course, it's only been two months since rescued. So, they still have a long road to recovery ahead.

But I spoke to an attorney for the young women and he said this was their message delivered the way they wanted.

BOLDUAN: They look so good. So good to hear even if just a brief moment.

CUOMO: I love the grandmother saying, "Have hope." There's so many families out there hoping for an ending like this.

BOLDUAN: Reminds you not only the girls went through obviously too much but what the families went through all these years as well.

Pamela, thanks so much.

BROWN: Thank you.

BERMAN: Coming up on NEW DAY: a mother of two is caught on camera laughing as she tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband. You remember this. The truth is: she's not alone? What is the motivation for these kinds of plots?

BOLDUAN: And we're going to show you what happened when a man on a motorcycle spotted, I don't know, a coffee mug on the bumper of a moving SUV. It is our must-see moment.

CUOMO: And then she pours it out. I risked my life --


PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. We're about to show you a daring motorcycle rescue of a cup of milk. No, seriously.



PEREIRA (voice-over): Let's go to the mountains of Utah nearby. The poor cup left stranded on the bumper. You can see it on that Ford Explorer. But a motorcyclist comes to the rescue. He bravely and safe (ph) lifts the cup to safety and hands it to the spaced out SUV driver. What does she do? You'd think she thanked him. No, she dumps it out on the side of the road.

CUOMO (voice-over): I can't cry over spilled milk.

PEREIRA: Oh, funny. I think she was probably thinking, I don't want an open container of liquid in my vehicle. The bumper is fine, but not inside the car.

BOLDUAN (voice-over): I think I heard her say, oh, my daughter.



PEREIRA: -- so he could do it safely.

BOLDUAN: And yet a camera on his head the entire way.

CUOMO: Good thing he was equipped with that go-pro on his helmet for just this occasion



CUOMO (on-camera): Was it really on the bumper?

BOLDUAN (on-camera): Is that three -- are we at three?


BOLDUAN: We'll see how many we can come up with today.

PEREIRA (on-camera): All right.

CUOMO: Conspiracies come in threes.

BOLDUAN: Conspiracy theorist Cuomo today.


BOLDUAN: All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY, we're learning more about the pilot of Asiana Airlines flight 214, and he didn't have as much experience as originally thought flying the Boeing 777s, and his instructor, that was his first time on the job. Was it pilot error or mechanical failure behind the crash? >

CUOMO: And, in a NEW DAY exclusive, we'll hear from three children and their father all survived the terrifying crash. Their incredible story. What a family reunion, coming up.



JIMMY KIMMEL, HOST, "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE": According to new report from the United Nations, the United States is no longer, we are no longer the fattest major country in the world.


KIMMEL: What happens? This is what happens when you take Paula Deen off the air.


JIMMY FALLON, HOST, "LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON": A new report found that Mexico has passed the U.S. as the most obese country in the world.


FALLON: But don't worry, Twinkies are coming back next week! So, we still got --



CUOMO: It is golden goodness.


PEREIRA: Do you love a Twinkie?

BOLDUAN: That was hilarious.

CUOMO: I love Twinkie. I love a box of Twinkies.

BOLDUAN: It's all about competition. I agree with Jimmy.

CUOMO: Jimmy wins. Good for him.

BOLDUAN: Yes, exactly.

CUOMO: Good for him.

All right, everybody. Welcome back. You heard this? ESPN this morning says Major League Baseball Preparing to suspend as many as 20 players for their use of performance-enhancing drugs. That would be big. Let's bring in Andy Scholes with the "Bleacher Report." Preparing to suspend, Andy. How real is this?

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Yes. It's very real. And I'm sure there's a lot of nervous players all around Major League Baseball. You know, the suspension stemmed from Major League Baseball investigation into Tony Bosch and a biogenesis clinic down in Miami. Now, according to ESPN, many other players involved including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez are expected to receive 100 games suspensions following next week's all-star game. Now, Braun reportedly interviewed with Major League Baseball on June 29th, and during the interview, he refused to answer questions about his connections to the Miami clinic. A-Rod, meanwhile, continues to rehab in Florida from his surgery, and he's reportedly scheduled to meet with investigators on Friday.

All right. U.S. men's soccer team taking on Belize last night, the opening round of the Gold Cup. And check it out, Chris Wondolowski in the right place at the right time here gets the U.S. on the board. But look at his jersey, "Wondolowski" is misspelled. There's an extra "W" in the middle of his name. He might consider keeping that jersey on, though, guys, because he scored a hat trick in the first half. The U.S. crushed Belize 6-1.

BOLDUAN: So what, it was an extra "W," right?

SCHOLES: Extra "W" there in the middle. Wondowlowski.


BOLDUAN: It's not like they misspelled smith or something, you know?


SCHOLES: All right. In our last story in the "Bleacher Report," guys, ESPN, the body magazine is going to hit newsstands on Friday. And check it out, 77-year-old golf legend, Gary Player, taking it all off for this year's issue. Mr. Fitness, as he was called on the Pga tour, he's the oldest person to pose nude for the magazine.

Guys, player still in great shape. He does 1,200 crunches every morning. Still squats 250 pounds.


SCHOLES: When I'm 77, I hope I can just get out of bed.


BOLDUAN: Oh, don't sell yourself so short. But those -- yes, those nude photos, they're art. That's what they tell us. It's art.

PEREIRA: I like it.

BOLDUAN: I think they're beautiful. Athletic bodies.

CUOMO: I think there's people get older and showing you can still be very -- still be vital. Good for him. if he was comfortable with it, I'm all right with it. Very clever leg positioning there. Very good.


BOLDUAN: If you heard the music, you know what it means, it is time for the "Rock Block," a quick round up of the stories you will be talking about today. First up, Michaela. PEREIRA: All right. Let's do this. First up in the papers from "The New York Times," pharmaceutical firms are racing to get approval for a new drug that may lower cholesterol. That drug mimics a mutated gene found in two women with abnormally low LDL cholesterol levels.

And from "The L.A. Times," a plan to renovate Yosemite National Park put on hold. The park service is trying to make it more natural. Critics, though, want to keep tourist actions like swimming pools and raft rentals.

And speaking of parks, in the "New York Daily News," two members of Congress proposing a new national park on the moon. The plan would designate artifacts of lunar landings as a national historic park.

CUOMO: Very nice.

PEREIRA: I kind of dig it.

CUOMO: Oh, sure.

PEREIRA: I kind of dig it.

CUOMO: Took a while to get there.


BOLDUAN: Exactly.

CUOMO: It's going to be a problem.

BOLDUAN: Details, details.


CUOMO: Christine Romans back looking great. Hope you enjoy --



CUOMO: A little business news put a smile on your face.

ROMANS: Stock futures right now lower. A brand-new poll this morning from CNNMoney finds the bull market is looking tired. So, beware there.

The chief of the Internal Revenue Service says he wants to stop big bonuses. That's right. Danny Werfel's statements follow an outcry over IRS' plans to award some $70 million in bonuses.

A commerce department agency spent nearly $3 million on a nonexistent malware infection. That's right. The agency went so far as to trash $170,000 worth of computers as an overreaction to a threat the government said it didn't understand.

(CROSSTALK) BOLDUAN: That is a problem, I would say.

All right. Let's get to Chad Myers at the weather center with what you need to know before you head out the door this morning.

CHAD MYERS, CNN METEOROLOGIST: A lot of air travelers today on a getaway Wednesday, I guess, getting out for the weekend. Rain showers into Pittsburgh right now slowing down some air travel. Other than that, the heat has pretty much gone away. I guess, it's hot, but it's still summer, though, but it's not 101 for the heat index across the east or across the west.

The hottest spot today in the country, at least, east of the Mississippi will be right at Memphis, and that's just east of the Mississippi. If you're flying out today, 2,200 airplanes already in the sky, heading to a number right around 6,000 by later on this afternoon.

BOLDUAN: That chart always scares me.

MYERS: Scares me, too.


MYERS: Luckily, they're not that big.

BOLDUAN: It's not that big. This is not to scale, everyone. Not to scale.

CUOMO: -- scares you but it looks like they're all flying into each other.

BOLDUAN: And they're all atop with each other. All right. Thanks so much, Chad.

We are now at the top of the hour which means it's time for the top news.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were all bouncing all over the place. I was freaking out.

CUOMO: Recipe for disaster. The pilot of flight 214 being trained by a brand-new instructor. And key equipment may have failed right before the crash.

BOLDUAN: Extreme weather barreling towards the east coast as tropical storm Chantal roars through the Caribbean. What you need to know about this powerful force of nature.

PEREIRA: Late night battle in the George Zimmerman case. Lawyers arguing over text Trayvon Martin sent before his death. Do they prove he was looking for a fight?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now. ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: At least seven million American college students twisting in the wind for the next ten years --

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From his return from a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan!


ANNOUNCER: This is NEW DAY with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan, and Michaela Pereira.


CUOMO: Good morning. Welcome to Wednesday, everybody. And welcome to NEW DAY. It is Wednesday, of course, July 10th. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: And I'm Kate Bolduan. Good morning, everyone. We're joined by news anchor, Michaela Pereira.

PEREIRA: Good morning.

BOLDUAN: Coming up at this hour, a NEW DAY exclusive. We're hearing from a survivor seriously injured from that terrifying Asiana Airlines crash. He's just got out of the hospital, and he will be joining us live along with his three young children who were also on the plane, who were also suffered some injuries, but they're all doing well and they're going to talk to us about, really, that horrific ordeal.

CUOMO: Plus, this morning, there's new and damning evidence against former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez. An alleged accomplice calls him the trigger man in the murder he stands accused of. We'll bring you the latest on that.

PEREIRA: And this video is c-razy. A powerhouse sports agent jumps in the water with a six-foot shark and starts wrestling. Is that game recognizing game? What was what Drew Rosenhaus thinking? We're going to talk to him live.