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Can Obama Get the Votes He Needs?; Around the World; Refugees Flee Syria; Shocking DUI Video Confession; Manning Makes History

Aired September 6, 2013 - 06:30   ET


JOHN KING, CNN HOST: And this is remarkable because it is completely bipartisan.

You're having liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans facing the same things back home and it's not just a visceral no. Well, if you talk to people, they thought this through. Part is Iraq and Afghanistan. People are tired after more than a decade of war. Part of it is more recent history. People say, look, at Egypt. Look at Libya.

We try to help in these places and what is happening, it's not working.

And part of it, to be frank, is some conservative Republicans who might be with the president on this one if he was in a higher standing, they don't see the reason for public opinion to back it back home and they're not going to be with the president simply because of the strange relationships.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: And If the Senate fails, the Senate looks like it's going to be first at some point next week, depending on the procedural rules that they set up.

If the Senate fails is there any chance the House is going to vote or even get a vote for it especially?

KING: Well, forget about it. If it fails in the Senate, it's over, because the one -- again, part of the president's hope is you get people back in town, you get a Senate vote and then you get a bit of a pause and a reset and a rethinking of it in the House for those people who are undecided, who could make the difference.

Now, we have all watched votes change. Sometimes votes change during votes, so, you know, it ain't over until it's over, but if the Senate votes this one down, you can forget about it in the House.

BOLDUAN: Well, it's a big weekend. We're going to see a lot of lobbying over the weekend. That's for sure.

All right, John, have a good weekend. We'll see you on Monday.

CUOMO: All right, coming up after the break, a stunning Internet confession: on Ohio man revealing online he killed a man while driving drunk. But why did he do it? You may think to yourself, well, to help himself. There are no charges yet and the video could help prosecutors. That's a question. So you're going to want to hear this story.


$200 million worth of iconic classic cars, ooh-la-la, on display in London. Some of them never seen in public before. If you're a car buff, you're in for a treat.

But first CNN's all new "CROSSFIRE" debuts on Monday, September 9th. That's coming up -- take a look back at one of its classic clips.


VAN JONES, CNN HOST: One of the great things about "CROSSFIRE," it's not just about politics. Back in 1986, Frank Zappa came on the show all cleaned up in a suit and tie to talk about dirty lyrics in music. Check this out.

JOHN LOFTON, "WASHINGTON TIMES": Think it's a good idea to write lyrics that says incest is good for you?

Does that make any sense?

FRANK ZAPPA, MUSICIAN: Well, it might sense to Prince. That's his business because that's mainly the song that they're talking about.

LOFTON: But don't you have an opinion on it?

ZAPPA: My opinion is he's got a right to sing it; he's got a right to say it and I got a right to not buy it.


LOFTON: But where does the right to advocate incest come from?

ZAPPA: The song does not advocate incest.

LOFTON: But there are songs that advocate incest.

ZAPPA: Tell me them. I haven't heard them.

LOFTON: You ought to get out more. And I don't think you're being candid with us. You know what the songs are. But you said there's a right to do this.

Where does the right come from? Your group was calls the Mothers of the Invention.

ZAPPA: Mothers of --

LOFTON: Mothers of Invention.

ZAPPA: You need to get out more. LOFTON: Yes. And you're a very inventive guy. You make up a lot of stuff, like what was in the mind of the Founding Fathers.

Would you look in the camera and tell them?

ZAPPA: What camera?

LOFTON: Any camera.


ZAPPA: Are you directing the show now?

LOFTON: Yes, yes. That's right.

Well, you certainly need some direction, Mr. Zappa.

ZAPPA: Will you back me here? Come on. What are you trying to do?

LOFTON: Oh, you're into that, too? No, I'm not into spanking.

ZAPPA: I love it when you froth like that.

LOFTON: Yes, I'm sure.



BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. Let's go around the world now, starting in Israel. The Syrian crisis has everyone on edge as Jews mark the second day of their new year. Here's Jim Clancy in Jerusalem.


JIM CLANCY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Israel's 6 million Jewish citizens marked Rosh Hashanah under spectacular blue skies, but the celebrations this year were under the shadow of conflict.

Israel is surrounded by turmoil in the Arab world. Syria and its allies have threatened the Jewish state with retaliation if the U.S. goes ahead with a punitive strike.

Government officials say that's extremely unlikely. But people here have stocked up on gas masks and almost half of the people in the country believe they will become a target.

Happy new year, well, that depends.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right, Jim, thank you so much.

Now to Brazil, where new and impressive images of the Olympic Park in Rio are stoking excitement for 2016. Shasta Darlington explains.


SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: New images have been unveiled showing Rio de Janeiro like you've never seen it before. That's because this is a mockup of what the Olympic Park will look like when the games kick off three years from now in 2016.

Now the park was designed by the same British architects who built the 2012 London park. But this time the flowing pathways are supposed to resemble the meandering Amazon River. It'll be lit up at night. Some of these lights look like the Olympic flag. Now, the park is currently under construction but according to organizers, everything is on schedule.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right, Shasta, thanks so much.

Now some of the most expensive classic cars in the world are on display this weekend, including one owned by an iconic movie star known for, what else, his fast driving. Nina dos Santos has more from London.


NINA DOS SANTOS, CNN HOST: (Inaudible) brings together the creme de la creme of classic cars. We're talking $200 million worth of some of the world's most iconic and valuable vehicles on show in London for four days only.

And a number of these cars have important historical connections like, for instance, a 1963 Ferrari once owned by Steve McQueen. The market for classic cars has soared ahead even if the economy has remained in neutral gear, and because of that, you'd expect to find a number of these cars in museums.

But really what their owners will tell you is that the priceless element of all of this is being able to fire up the engine and take them out onto the open road.

Back to you, Kate.


BOLDUAN: All right, Nina. Very fun. Thank you so much.

CUOMO: All right. We want to give you the human perspective on the crisis in Syria now.

In the last ,year up to more than 2 million people have become refugees of the civil war there. They're flooding across the borders in Syria. The number has exploded, mainly because of recent attacks; many are fleeing into Lebanon. Chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is with those refugees near the Syria-Lebanon border this morning. He's on the phone right now.

Sanjay, can you hear us?


I am literally walking distance from the border and, as you mentioned, here in Lebanon, there are some three-quarter million refugees that have come across the border and as you said, the numbers have just been increasing.

It's tense. There's a lot of -- the numbers are going up in part because of the nervousness about what's happening in Damascus, but it's also tense here just across the border because we have 750,000 refugees in a country that has about 3 million people, so there's tensions that develop here.

Let me just tell you really quick. And I know you've been reporting on this. We're in this makeshift hospital, where the sickest and the most injured of these refugees are coming.

And this particular makeshift hospital is a mosque that was essentially taken over by people who are sympathetic to the Syrian revolution; the doctors and nurses, everyone here are part of that revolution, as are all the patients. And it's fully -- they are at capacity right now and they're trying to figure out strategies in terms of what they'll do if more patients come in over the next couple of weeks, Chris.

CUOMO: Doc, what are you seeing in terms of injuries and what are you seeing in terms of the level of help versus the level of help available, the level of need versus the level of help available?

GUPTA: In terms of the injuries first, there are many patients who have had (inaudible) been through blasts or amputations, shrapnel injuries. And there are about 60 patients in this particular area where I am, many of them have also suffered gunshot wounds.

They are cared for and they tend to get their operations at the time of their injury and they're transferred here -- or certain patients, they have to have their operations where we are.

In terms of need versus supplies, demand and supply, they are equipped, but a lot of the organizations here, Red Cross, (inaudible), other NGOs, but, again, we are in Lebanon near an area that is (inaudible) Syrian revolution. But they don't want -- they're nervous about where they're located. They're nervous about them, they themselves becoming the subject of an attack.

So it's two different sort of things going on, trying to take care of these patients and trying not to become targets themselves. And it's a very delicate balance as the doctors here are telling me, Chris.

CUOMO: All right, Sanjay, thank you for the report from there. We're going to try and get your satellite up so we can have you back and have you on camera and keep telling us what you're seeing there. And be safe, my friend.

GUPTA: (Inaudible). OK, thanks, Chris.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Sanjay.

All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY, a shocking video online. A man confesses to driving drunk and killing someone.

Why did he do it? Why did he confess and what happens to him now? Details just ahead.

And on a lighter note we're going to show a pee wee footballer like you've never seen, looking very much like a pro on this run to daylight. It is our must-see moment on this Friday.



PEREIRA: Welcome back to NEW DAY. The video we're about to show you is truly gripping and remarkable. A 22-year-old man confesses to killing another man in a drunk driving accident this summer. He was never charged. He decided he felt the need to come clean anyway in the most public way possible.

Pamela Brown joins us now with more on this online confession that is everyone talking this morning. Maybe a sign of the times of the social world -- social media world we're living in.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes. You know, instead of making the confession in court, he did it online in a video that's gone viral and the man in that video is 22-year-old Matthew Cordle. Three months ago, he said he hit and killed 61-year-old Vincent Canzani (ph) in a wrong-way crash near Columbus, Ohio.

And Cordle says it happened after he spent all night drinking with friends. The three-minute long confession starts off with his face pixilated and then reveals his identity. Here's a clip. Let's take a look.


MATTHEW CORDLE, CONFESSED TO KILLING FELLOW DRIVER WHILE DRINKING AND DRIVING: I killed a man. I was out with some friends. We were all drinking really heavily. Just hopping from bar to bar. I was trying to have a good time and I lost control.

My name is Matthew Cordle. And on June 22nd, 2013, I hit and killed Vincent Canzani (ph). When I get charged, I will plead guilty and take full responsibility for everything I've done to Vincent and his family. I can't bring Mr. Canzani back and I can't erase what I've done, but you can still be saved. Your victims can still be saved.


BROWN: And at the end of the video appears the words make the promise to never drink and drive. A prosecutor says Cordle was a suspect in the deadly crash but hadn't been charged. He will ask a grand jury to indict Cordle for aggravated vehicular homicide. And if he's convicted, he will face a maximum of eight years in prison. Meanwhile, Cordle's attorney says a confession is a strong testament to his character and that he is cooperating with prosecutors.

PEREIRA: So, how did this all come about?

BROWN: You know, it's interesting. You look at the video. It looks like it was professionally produced.

PEREIRA: It does with --

BROWN: Yes. You notice that. I'm not sure exactly how this happened. You know, the crash happened in June. This just was released, came to the surface yesterday. But it's -- a lot of people -- I was reading the comments and a lot of people have mixed reaction to this. It's powerful. Definitely grabbed your attention, but you do you have any sympathy for him coming out --

BOLDUAN: Does he have any indication of why he's coming out now? Was it that it was weighing on him? That obviously he wasn't charged. He was a suspect, but it's been out there. Does he have any indication of why now?

BROWN: No. I mean, at this point, he's not saying why. I mean, you can assume it's because the guilt was building and also he wants to send a strong message to people to not drink and drive and use his horrible experience to help others. But like I said, there's been mixed reaction.

People saying, look, this guy needs to be put behind bars. Eight years in prison isn't enough. Others saying, he's taking full responsibility. He should be commended for that.

PEREIRA: Does it change?

CUOMO: No, the legal question is, one, is a big concern here which is it seems that he left the scene. If the prosecutors know where he was and he was a suspect, that's a big aggravating factor in these cases. There's a very high value on drinking and driving now, intoxication and use of a vehicle.

And, the problem is that you wind up getting people caught in these crimes that aren't usually habitual criminals. So, it does drive sympathy. This person has never done anything wrong before but now a life -- their life will be forever changed. So, there is sympathy. However, at the end of the day, it's about the victim and their family.

They weren't doing anything wrong either and they're gone. This will go to sentencing. Proof of your character in terms of leniency. Aggravated vehicle homicide is a big charge. Not uncommon. And you're going to have those mixed reactions, but it's not like it's going to get him out of trouble.


BROWN: Right. But -- you said it could lend some leniency the fact that he did this video --

CUOMO: In sentencing. In sentencing.

PEREIRA: It's from a website, because I said I would. You can see it on the bottom of the screen on the video. It's a website where people are trying to make a promise. Apparently, he caught (ph) it out online and was able to get this guy to come to his house and shoot the video. Interesting, though.


CUOMO: It's important message because -- people make this mistake way too often. So, it's a good message to have.

PEREIRA: Pamela Brown, thank you so much.

BROWN: Thank you.

PEREIRA: We'll change directions here. Something lighter for you. A must- see moment you can't go through them. Some people have this thought. Just go over them. I want to show you an 11-year-old pee wee football player like you never seen. Look at it.



CUOMO: Remember, 11.

PEREIRA: Oh, like a hurdler from the Olympics taking out the opposition and just heading for the goal line, just one defender to beat. That sixth grader elevating over the would-be tackler to take it all the way to the end.

CUOMO: One, good lesson to the kid in orange. Head up when you tackle, my brother. Head up when you tackle, because you never know when you got a hurdler.

BOLDUAN: And track coach is calling.

CUOMO: Yes. Second, my name is Chris Cuomo. I'm a licensed attorney. I can represent this child and their family for all the things certain to come because that kid --

PEREIRA: Good stuff.



BOLDUAN: All right. That was a good move, regardless.

All right. Coming up next on NEW DAY, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. So, we're asking an expert to break down the body language between these two men, President Obama, Vladimir Putin, what exactly is going on there nd what's going through their minds? You just wonder.

CUOMO: We'll do a little storytelling behind it.

Plus, Syria, hawk John McCain gets heckled at an Arizona town hall meeting over the push for the strike. We're going to show you how he responded and what was driving the passion.


CUOMO: So, as I suspect you know, this weekend will bring us our first Sunday football fun day. But the season officially started Thursday in a big way. It was the Broncos and the Ravens and two words, seven TDs. Andy Scholes joins us with how it went down in this morning's "Bleacher Report." Happy Friday, my friend.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Happy Friday to you guys, as well. You know what, Peyton Manning was off the chains last night. He threw seven touchdowns. That's an NFL record and fun fact, guys. He's on pace to throw 112 touchdowns this season. We know he's not going to do that. Last night's game by the future hall of famer definitely one for the ages.

Manning, he only had two touchdowns in the first half and Broncos actually trailing at the break, but in the second half, he was absolutely on fire. Count them, he threw five more touchdowns to lead Denver to the 49-27 win. Now, Manning, just the sixth quarterback to ever throw seven touchdowns in a game. He's first to do it since 1969.

Now, depending on what kind of fantasy football league you play and if you play fantasy football. Manning scored somewhere between 45 and 70 points. So, if you have him on your team, you're pretty much guaranteed a win this week. But, if you're playing against him, like me, you're likely going to start the season off with a loss.

Another fun fact for you, guys, is Kansas City Chiefs guys threw only eight touchdown passes all of last season.

BOLDUAN: Oh, wow!

SCHOLES: Peyton Manning threw seven in the very first game. Setting the bar pretty high for the rest of the quarterbacks in the league.

BOLDUAN: And for himself for the next game.

CUOMO: Playing against the Ravens, one of the most storied defenses in the league right now.

SCHOLES: Yes. Worst loss ever for a defending Super Bowl champion in the opening week.

BOLDUAN: And they were wondering if Peyton was going to be able to come back and be 100 percent -- CUOMO: True.

BOLDUAN: -- after the injury. Hello!

SCHOLES: Kate, how do you feel about that now that your Colts don't have him anymore?

BOLDUAN: I feel mixed emotions. I appreciate the question. I have been thinking about it a lot since I found out about this victory. I have a number 18 Colts jersey. I will still wear it, but Peyton Manning is still close in my heart. I may also now be a Broncos fan. I'm not sure.

CUOMO: Really? Where is your spine, woman?

BOLDUAN: I can be --


CUOMO: I mean, she just sank into the chair like the jelly that she was.

BOLDUAN: I'm not saying I'm more of a Peyton Manning fan. Please, everyone. Any Colts fan will agree with me. You still love Peyton Manning. Andy, why did you set this? This is like a marital spat now.

CUOMO: You got to stick with your team. I'm doing the universal sign for anchor distress. Shuffling the papers.


BOLDUAN: Andy Scholes, have a good weekend. I hope your team loses.


CUOMO: See. See.

BOLDUAN: Look at that sad face. Always grumpy cat face. We'll talk to you later, Andy.

CUOMO: Oh, Andy.


BOLDUAN: See you later. I'm making zero friends today.

CUOMO: I know. I'm taking it from you.

It's almost the top of the hour. We're going to give you your top news right now.


SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: There's no more important vote than a member of Congress will cast than this. CUOMO: Breaking overnight. Fears of retaliation. A new report that Iran is planning attacks on U.S. interests if there's a strike on Syria. While in Congress, many wondering if the president's plan is losing support. We're tracking it all.

BOLDUAN: Dangerous disease. Outbreaks of whooping cough across the U.S. In Texas alone, thousands sickened. Two infants dead. What you need to know?

PEREIRA: Under fire. The judge behind that controversial light sentence of the teacher who raped his student now says he's going to change it. Is it too late? Our reporter chases him down.

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: She's beautiful. Hopefully, he'll get justice.

ANNOUNCER: What you just have to see --

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


CUOMO: Good morning. Happy Friday. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It is September 6th, seven o'clock in the east. We're covering a lot this morning including breaking developments in the Syrian crisis.

Right now, President Obama is in Russia for the G20 summit lobbying world leaders to strike. But he is losing support at home. So, will he take his case directly to you, the American people?

Meanwhile, let's remember for a minute that this is all about the innocence on the ground and the pain there. That's what started this dialogue. We have Dr. Sanjay Gupta live on the ground with Syrian refugees looking at the very real consequences of that civil war.

BOLDUAN: Yes. Also this morning, we're looking at George Zimmerman back in the spotlight. His wife now filing for divorce just two months after he was acquitted in Trayvon Martin's murder. What drove them apart? And why does he keep on getting in trouble with the law ever since that acquittal?