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England's Royal Baby Born; New Sexting Scandal Emerges for Anthony Weiner; Plane Crash Lands at LaGuardia Airport; More Coverage of the New Prince of England

Aired July 24, 2013 - 07:00   ET



HUMA ABEDIN, WIFE OF ANTHONY WEINER: It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Standing by her man. Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma, comes to his defense in an unprecedented press conference after the mayoral candidate admitted to sexting another woman after his resignation from Congress. She has forgiven. Can the voters?

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: The heir is home. We're live in London with new photos of the royal baby. New details of his first day home and new insight into Kate's stunning tribute to Diana.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Inside a hard landing, dramatic new video from inside that southwest jet's nose landing at a New York airport. The NTSB now investigating what went wrong.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We will not default. We are the United States. We do not default.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Very emotional.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, very emotional, a special time.

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


CUOMO: Good morning, everybody. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Wednesday, July 24th, 7:00 in the East. I'm Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan looking good in London. Good morning.

BOLDUAN: Hi there, guys. Good morning. Good morning, everybody. I am coming to you live right from right in front of Buckingham Palace. Today is the royal baby's first full day at home with his elated, I'm sure, albeit a little tired parents. The new family settling in at Kensington Palace. We're going to give you a live look. You're going to get there.

His great grandmother, the queen, paid her first visit to see her great grandson. She just left moments ago. And while we finally got our first look at the little prince we still do not know his name. They said yesterday they're still working on it.

Take a look at those little fingers. He's already mastering the royal wave according to the headlines here. And coming up, we're going to take a look at the touching tribute that many people say Kate made to the late Princess Diana on their big moment on the steps in front of St. Mary's hospital yesterday that made her special day so familiar, Chris.

CUOMO: It was. And polka dots over there are a sign of good luck, they have a little tradition. That's great. Kate, we'll be back to you a little bit.

Back here Michaela and I are following major developing political stories. President Obama set to deliver an important economic address. We'll talk live with White House press secretary Jay Carney on what the president plans to say and how is he going to get Republicans on board.

PEREIRA: Another story we're following closely, the Massachusetts state cop who released startling, gritty photos of the Boston bombing suspect the night he was surrendering. That officer learning his punishment. We'll bring you reaction to the situation in his own words.

CUOMO: We'll start here with this headline, talk about standing by your man. Anthony Weiner is not alone as he tries to keep his political career afloat through yet another sexting scandal. His wife Huma Abedin was by his side as Weiner admitted he continued sending out explicit messages after resigning from Congress over the same problem. Pamela Brown following the story for us. Good morning. This is one to watch.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Absolutely. And in a surprise twist, Weiner's wife, long time Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, took an unprecedented stance at the podium, saying she has forgiven her husband, a very powerful assist from Weiner's wife who is seen as one of his biggest assets. But is it enough to save his campaign?


HUMA ABEDIN, ANTHONY WEINER'S WIFE: Anthony's made some horrible mistakes both before he resigned from Congress and after, but I do very strongly believe that that is between us and our marriage.

BROWN: Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, asked New Yorkers to forgive her husband like she has in a dramatic conference Tuesday.

ABEDIN: It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy.

BROWN: The disgraced congressman once again guilty of the same behavior that publicly humiliated his wife in 2011 while she was pregnant. Huma Abedin addressed the newly surfaced allegations and this time in a very public way.

ABEDIN: I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him, and, as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.

BROWN: Weiner admitting to online sex chats with women after resigning from Congress and undergoing therapy.

ANTHONY WEINER, (D) NEW YORK MAYORAL CANDIDATE: I have said that other texts and photos were likely come out. And today they have. While some are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong.

BROWN: Weiner's latest apology came after new pictures and text messages with a 22-year-old woman surfaced on the gossip website Weiner reportedly used a screen name "Carlos Danger" to carry on his sexually tinged relationship last summer.

WEINER: While some of the things are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong.

BROWN: Back in April, when Weiner announced candidacy for New York mayor, he said more allegations could emerge.

WEINER: If reporters want to try to find more, I can't say that they're not going to be able to find another picture.

BROWN: With the continued possibility of more texts there's no telling if Abedin's defense of her husband will help resurrect her political career.


BROWN: This morning the "New York Times" and "New York Daily News" are calling for Weiner to withdraw. Several other candidates in the race say he's unfit for office. But Weiner has made it clear that he has no plans of dropping out of this race. You may remember, Chris, in the beginning it was seen as a joke when he entered the race. Now the polls show he is a serious contender. We'll see if the new developments have impact on voters and the polls.

CUOMO: He had a high negative, about 37 percent, which raises the question, is this more provocative for us in the media or for voters? So let's get a take on that. Pamela, appreciate the reporting. For some analysis let's bring in CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger. Good morning, Gloria.


CUOMO: Thank you for joining us on NEW DAY.


CUOMO: You heard what I was talking to Pamela about. Do you think this hurts him with the voters because it's new and worse or just about us? BORGER: Yes, I do think it hurts him with the voters, and here's why. As Pamela was referring to, in April, in a way to inoculate himself before announced officially his candidacy, he said, yes, there are going to be some other things. I can't guarantee you there won't be. What he did not do is tell us the timing of them. I think voters assumed that after he resigned from Congress he was working on getting better. What they didn't assume is that a year after he resigned he was still having these kinds of relationships online with women. And I think that is going to be a big question of trust, a question of judgment. And that's an issue for voters.

CUOMO: Trust and judgment, you would think in this situation it would go specifically to his wife. And she says yes I knew about them, the behavior change was a process, took lots of therapy. And then she had that magic potential line, "I love him. I forgive him. I believe in him." You know with voters Gloria better than I do that when the wife is OK with it, maybe then you should be OK with it.

BORGER: Look, the wife is always the greatest character witness, right, Chris? You know that. It's really important. If Huma had not been standing next to him yesterday I think it would have been a very, very different story.

She made the point, look, you know, this took us a lot of therapy. I think the question is, is running for mayor part of your therapy? OK? That's a question voters are going to have to answer. I think voters are very willing to forgive you and give you a second chance. The big question I have is, are New Yorker voters going to want to give him a second, second chance, or are they going to feel like he was playing a little fast and loose with that timeline of just how he was coming out of his problems, and will they believe him when he says now that's all in the past? The jury is still out on that.

CUOMO: We're tracking it online pretty carefully. I'm hearing a lot of "you people need to get over this" from people to the media, you don't want to cover the real election. This is like candy for you guys. I'm worried about me as a voter. Let me know what we're going to do about me.

BORGER: That's the other problem for him, because we're not hearing a lot about that. There's a field of a bunch of candidates out there. And what he does not want to be talking about is his history of sexting. What he does want to be talking about is what he can do for New York City. And this of course is the ultimate thing that would take a candidate off message, right.

And so if the voters want to hear from him about what he wants to do for New York City he has to get through this. I don't think it's the media per see but of course you're going to ask questions about this, and people are going to say, are you the right person right now to handle the tough job of being the mayor of New York City when, in fact, you clearly have some issues in your personal life that you need to be spending an awful lot of time on?

CUOMO: What will be novel here is usually this happens when you're in office. If Anthony Weiner is able to win carrying this burden, that will be very impressive. And to be clear, Gloria, when I say "you, the media" I'm including myself. I was one of the first to report on this scandal when it first happened, so I'm in it as deep as you can be. But I appreciate the perspective.

BORGER: The bar gets higher for him, Chris, the bar just gets higher and higher and higher.

CUOMO: I take the point. I know everybody's polling now. So we'll see where the voters are on it. It's interesting to see Huma up there, I'm using the phrase, "did she humanize him?" Was her support enough to get him through it?

BORGER: It's important but we'll see if it's dispositive.

CUOMO: That's a good word, "dispositive." I'm going to look up that word and get back to you. Thank you very much, Gloria, thanks for being on NEW DAY.

Let's get back to London and Kate Bolduan. Kate?

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Chris. So the new royal prince getting his first visit from his great grandmother this morning. Queen Elizabeth just left Kensington Palace after a brief visit. Let's go straight to royal correspondent Max Foster live outside Kensington Palace. Hi, Max.

MAX FOSTER, CNN ROYAL CORRESPONDENT: A half-hour, brief visit indeed, and a priority visit for William, this was the first call he made while he was in hospital after the baby was born. He was desperate for the queen to meet her new heir, so her youngest heir, the third in line. So a moment for her as a queen but also a moment for her as a great grandmother.

What we're all waiting on of course is the name of this prince. And I suspect, you know, yesterday when he talked about not knowing the name and not quite there yet, I suspect he wanted to put it to the queen first. So Kate and William sitting in hospital, bouncing some names around, perhaps decided on one and today putting it to the queen. She doesn't have to officially approve it, but certainly because of their close relationship and the role the baby will play in the monarchy I think he would have put it past her first. Kate, fingers crossed for a baby name today.

BOLDUAN: Fingers crossed and I do like that little show of suspect. I do respect that as well. Great to see you of course, Max. We had some fun last night, great seeing you and working with you. I'll talk to you in a bit.

So the duke and duchess of Cambridge assured everyone they're still working on the name for their bundle of joy. The world got to see him for the first time Tuesday and it brought millions of royal watchers back to another moment in time in 1982.


BOLDUAN: The moment unforgettable and picture perfect, Prince William and Kate emerging from St. Mary's hospital to introduce Britain's future king.

PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE: He's a big boy, he's quite heavy. But we're still working on a name. So we'll have that as soon as we can.

BOLDUAN: William already a doting father.

PRINCE WILLIAM: He's got her looks thankfully.

BOLDUAN: A tender gesture welcomed by the hundreds of adoring fans waiting outside the private hospital wing.

PRINCE WILLIAM: I'll remind him of his tardiness when he's older. I know how long you've all sat out here.

BOLDUAN: It was a photo-op made for the history books, so much like Prince William's debut back in 1982. As the wait got longer and longer the anticipation grew and so did the crowds, the media all camped out, everyone trying to catch that first glimpse of the new prince.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everybody back behind the barriers, please.

BOLDUAN: Police monitored the excited public crammed on the sidewalks lining the hospital where prime viewing spots behind the barricades were a priceless commodity.

At this point you've been here so long you might as well stick it out.

RICHARD, ROYAL WATCHER: Absolutely. Even though I'm dying to go to the loo, but never mind.

BOLDUAN: And across the city, crowds still big at Buckingham Palace.

Why wait in line?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's part of being British. We don't shout very often about what we do or who we are. This is something that we are, to be proud of.

BOLDUAN: So the world watched as prince William carefully locked his new son's car seat for the first time. The proud dad driving his family to Kensington Palace where they enjoyed their first night together at home with the new prince.


BOLDUAN: And I got to tell you, Chris, I heard so many people saying that they could remember that picture, that video of Charles and Diana and William on the steps of St. Mary's hospital so vividly. And you can be sure that in years to come people will be saying the same of that image that we saw, that introduction to the world that we saw yesterday with Kate, William, and the little prince of Cambridge.

CUOMO: Yes, Kate, I am one of those people who remembered 31 years ago watching William be brought out there myself. And I understand in your smile that you are very happy because you're saying, "I wasn't even there then." Yes, I know. I saw it. I know that you didn't see it, but it was a big moment there.

BOLDUAN: I am not making any comment here.

CUOMO: It's OK. You're loving it. Enjoy it over there. I hope it's nice and cool and wet.


BOLDUAN: Take it away, you old man.

CUOMO: All right, all right. We're going to go to break here. Striking new video to show you this morning. It was taken inside that Southwest flight. It captures the moment the front gear landing collapses. The NTSB is now investigating it. So CNN's Rene Marsh will bring it to us from Washington. Rene, good morning.

RENE MARSH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Chris. The flight data and cockpit voice recorders from the plane are in the hands of federal investigators in Washington this morning, and the good news, there was no loss of life, but the damage was extensive.


MARSH: This is what it looked like on board Southwest Airlines flight 345 as the nose of the plane hit the runway at New York's LaGuardia airport on Monday. A passenger on the plane shot this video as the Boeing 737 crash landed and skidded for more than 2,000 feet. The National Transportation Safety Board says the front landing gear collapsed on impact, causing the nose of the plane to smash on the tarmac, sending sparks and flames shooting up from the bottom of the aircraft.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I thought it was just bounce, a terrible job with the pilot. I didn't realize what happened until I actually left the plane.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was like getting smashed in a car wreck.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Very chaotic, no one knew what was going on, flight attendants crying.

MARSH: And 150 people were on board the Boeing 737, nine of whom suffered non-life-threatening injuries. We spoke with an aviation expert who used to pilot a 737. Using cockpit and exterior diagrams he describes what could have gone wrong.

KEVIN HIATT, FLIGHT SAFETY FOUNDATION: You've got a strut that comes down to the wheels so perhaps something in here when the plane touched down and the forces that are on a plane when it touched down may have decided to fail at that particular time. The gear could have maybe failed backwards or it may have collapsed back up this way.

MARSH: The damage was extensive. The landing gear collapsed upwards into the fuselage damaging the electronics bay which houses avionics and other equipment. NTSB investigators already started examining the flight data and cockpit voice recorders. Southwest says the Boeing 737 was inspected just last week. The airline added that it is working with both the NTSB and Boeing in a preliminary investigation.


MARSH: We know this morning that Southwest actually e-mailed all of the passengers on board, apologizing and promising a refund as well as complimentary tickets for future travel, Chris?

CUOMO: Good first step there Rene. Appreciate the reporting this morning. A lot of other news to get to here as well, so let's head to Michaela, who's right next to me.

PERIERA: Yeah, you didn't have to head very far.

All right, making news this hour Chris, thanks so much, a fire is burning on a blown-out natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast guard officials say it was evacuated well before the explosion and fire. The exact cause at this point still not known. No injuries thankfully have been reported. That rig is located about 60 miles off the coast of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Air and sea traffic in the area has been diverted.

President Obama's refocusing attention on improvements in the U.S. economy, he is expected to pat his own back a bit as he delivers a major speech including the job market and healthier economy. He's scheduled to give as many as six speeches about the economy over the next two months. We'll talk more about this with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney he'll be here live on here on NEW DAY. He'll discuss the speeches and many more topics, coming up in about 15 minutes.

Former New England Patriot-turned murder suspect Aaron Hernandez back in court today for a probable cause hearing. Hernandez could soon be in deeper trouble. Prosecutors reportedly made a case to a Suffolk county grand jury that Hernandez should be charged in the shooting deaths of two men a year ago. Law enforcement officials telling the "Boston Globe: that investigators believe hernandez shot and killed Odin Lloyd because he was worried Lloyd had information about the double homicide and might talk.

The CEOs of Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean ready for a grilling on Capitol Hill this afternoon. They are expected to face tough questioning from a Senate committee. West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller heading up the committee. He's introducing a new bill that cracks down on the cruise industry following a string of fires, mechanical failures in recent months.

A fan attacks Beyonce, only in this case an electric fan, don't do that to my hair. The superstar's hair got caught in a stage fan during her show in Montreal Monday. The fan, not letting go. The fan was a super. Ever the pro, Beyonce kept on belting out her hit halo. After she was freed she instagramed some new lyrics for the song. It's really cute, actually, which included "my hair was yankin' from the fan that's always hatin'." And then she goes on. It's really cute, actually.

I have to say she has fallen on the stage, she's tripped, she just gets back right up and continues on the show. She is Sasha fierce, just saying.

CUOMO: I like the line and lyrics, the "ahhh" that was very good.

PERIERA: She's good at self-deprecation.

CUOMO: No, that was really good. Huge star and that was good. I'm glad she's okay, though.

Let's head over to Indra Petersons. Indra?


INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: No fans, thank you very much.

We're still following the same cold front moving through the southeast today. This is the same cold front that actually brought baseball- sized hail through Kansas yesterday. Now, today making its way farther to the south. Not looking for a risk area today. More rain and they're pretty much sick of the rain, one to two inches of rain in the forecast for them.

The other thing we're going to be looking is, yes the word cold front is good news. That is the northeast. These are the temperatures we saw last week, a high of 97 degrees. It felt like 110, and then we have this week, so much better talking about 80s today and notice behind you can see the cold front sliding through. There's even 70s in the forecast behind that so we love that.

We are going to continue to watch because we have tropical depression 4 is out there, if it is named it will be called Dory (ph) but you can see all the dry air in front of it so it's not expected to have a long cycle there, that's one piece of good news we have. This is an active hurricane season already. This is very early, you don't see a named storm usually until the end of August.

CUOMO: What would it be?


PERIERA: Do you know a Dorian?

CUOMO: No. Well, I guess I do now, the answer is yes I do.

We're going to take a break: Coming up on NEW DAY, he is a hero to so many for leaking the photos of the Boston bombing suspect but he is also in big trouble with his bosses. We'll tell you how they decided to punish police photographer Sean Murphy. First over to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: We'll have much more from London coming up, the royal family's blessed event as people over here remembering another momentous birth three decades ago, the new comparisons now between Kate and Princess Diana ahead. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY, everyone. Welcome back to NEW DAY from London for the moment. The royal baby is spending his first day in his new home at Kensington Palace. When the world met him for the first time Tuesday, it brought back memories of the past; 31 years ago Princess Diana And Prince Charles walked down the same steps and introduced their firstborn, Prince William, to the public.


BOLDUAN: The spotlight on Kate, stepping out of St. Mary's hospital, holding her little prince reminding many of a similar scene 31 years ago -- Diana introducing newborn Prince William.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In both instances we saw each parent embracing their new child and very much presenting a family unit.

BOLDUAN: Many saw the pale blue polka dot dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge as a touching tribute to Diana, who also wore polka dots when she left the hospital with her firstborn son. Also visible, Kate's sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to William's late mother. Then there was the royal handoff. When Prince Charles and Princess Diana first came out, Charles carried the future king before placing the baby gently into his wife's arms, this time Kate took the lead emerging with the baby before handing him over to first-time dad, William.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: In much the same way, they did do a nice smooth handover of the baby which is tricky to do with a newborn.

BOLDUAN: The exit strategy a bit more modern this time around. Charles had a chauffeured car driving off with Diana holding the baby, but this modern dad looked like so many new fathers smoothly clicking the baby's car seat into the car before getting behind the wheel himself.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It looked like William might have had car seat practice, maybe there's a royal car seat trainer that helps out in those situations so he doesn't muff it on the day.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think again it's just a sign of the times, it's a change in expectations and a sign of this modern world.


BOLDUAN: So let's talk more about those similarities and those two pictures, two images that everyone is comparing so much when Prince William came out and was introduced to the world and now with the new prince being introduced to the world. We bring in a close friend of Princess Diana's, Lana Marks joining me now. Good morning, Lana, so great to see you, thank you so much. First, when you see those two pictures --


BOLDUAN: -- of Charles and Diana, and William and Kate, what did you think when you first saw that image?

MARKS: I thought it was so poignant that here was the new prince and the new heir to the throne and it was really poignant that Diana wasn't here to experience this, but the beautiful thing was I remember her telling me she wanted William to be a king of the people, and when he walked up wearing his denim jeans and his casual clothes and Kate was carrying the baby and she handed over to William and William drove off with the car it reminded me of everything that Diana had told me she wanted William to do and here he was actually doing it. It was marvelous to see that and I know Diana would have been enormously proud of him.

BOLDUAN: How do you think, you kind of said it right there. As a close friend of Diana's how do you think she would have reacted to the happy news, to knowing that her son had brought another son into the world?

MARKS: Well first of all she would have said Will, you've done it right. Good job. He's brought a new heir to the throne and she would have been remarkably happy he did it in such an incredible way and she would have been proud, she would have been happy, she would have been besotted about the new baby, lots of hugs and kisses and tears, tons and tons of emotion, and she would just be beaming with pride.

BOLDUAN: And what do you think that William learned from Princess Diana in how she raised him and how he will now raise his son, because she loved him very much. That goes without saying but there were some very tumultuous times in William's childhood as well. What do you think Princess Diana instilled in William that he'll take to raising his son?

MARKS: She told me many times personally that she wanted William to do regular things and to know how everybody lived their lives, and to be able to live his life in a similar way. And with his beautiful bride Catherine, who is one of the people, together I think Diana would be happy that William is doing everything that Diana wanted him to do, and be regular and do things in a very regular way so that he could be in touch with his people as the next, as the King of England, and I think she would be enormously proud of him for that. And he's doing everything that she told me that she had told him.

And it's just remarkable that this tremendous closeness between them is now so evident and it's quite obvious that William will translate this into the new heir and the new prince as well when he's raising him and we'll remember all the words that Diana told him and mentored him on a daily basis with their close friendship and their close warmth between them and the mentoring and the love and I can just see that translating into the new prince and William will do it beautifully.

BOLDUAN: You can imagine that William has thought very much thought a lot about his mother during this very special time in his life, especially yesterday when he, when introducing his son to the world. Lana, thank you so much. Great to see you.

So coming up next on NEW DAY, he is only 2 days old that little prince we're talking about. His schedule is already jam packed. The new prince about to meet his extended family and Pippa, Uncle Harry, lots coming up, Chris.

CUOMO: It's going to be great and back here we got White House Spokesman Jay Carney joining us live, going to be talking about the president's new economic push and asking him what's going on in the world and about American mojo and how do you help the middle class. We'll try to get our questions answered this morning on NEW DAY.