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New Poll, Americans Against Action in Syria; Serena Williams wins U.S. Open; Interview with Serena Williams; Skeptics Question Historic Swim; Late Hit On Kaepernick, Fight Breaks Out

Aired September 9, 2013 - 06:30   ET


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: We have a lot of news for you this Monday morning. Let's get right to Michaela with it. Mick?

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right. Let's do it. Let look at the headlines. The House and Senate are back in session today after a month-long summer break. Topping the agenda of course, a resolution authorizing the president to use military force against Syria. The president is pulling out the stops. The Senate could vote on the measure by Wednesday.

At least a dozen kids were hurt after a carnival ride lost power at the Oyster Festival in Norwalk, Connecticut. Those children were injured Sunday when they slammed into the ground at the base of the swing ride. An 8-year-old boy remains in the hospital this morning with non-life-threatening injuries. The company that owns the ride says it was inspected by state officials on Friday.

A Thai Airways airbus veered off the runway at Bangkok's main airport after its nose gear collapsed. Fourteen people injures and sent to the hospital. The fight which originated in China was carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew members when it skidded Sunday night. Passengers evacuated the emergency slides. Thai Civil Aviation officials are now investigating.

An investigation ongoing at Yellowstone National Park after a 3-year- old girl was shot and killed over the weekend. Her mother says the little girl shot herself with a handgun. Park officials, rather, say they have not drawn conclusions yet, guns are legal in the park, but they cannot be discharged there. It's the first shooting death at Yellowstone since 1978.

A pair of shark attacks within a minute of each other in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. A man swimming in shallow water was apparently bitten on the shin. About a minute later and 100 yards away, a surfer was bitten on the foot. Authorities say both men will be okay. They believe the same shark bit them both. Bait fish swarming near the beach are apparently bringing the predators closer to shore. You'd think in that little water, you wouldn't have to worry about a shark.


CUOMO: I refuse to be intimidated. As we all know, there is only one risk where sharks are concerned. It's happened before in history. You don't know when it's going to happen. We all know what it is, it has one name, Sharknado. It's the only rise. Everything else is just nature.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: The only thing I can do to save us now is to move on to our political gut check.

CUOMO: Can't hide the truth, Kate.

BOLDUAN: And I am not trying to hide it. Just speaking the truth of power.

New this morning, we have CNN exclusive polls on Syria, as Congress returns to work. The headlines coming out of these polls are nearly six in ten Americans say Congress should not authorize military action against Syria. On top of that, roughly seven in ten say airstrikes against Syria would not achieve any significant goals for the United States. Important -- those are important number to look at. Let's dive deeper into them with CNN's chief national correspondent John King.

These are very telling numbers and they come out on an extremely important day for the president and for the American people. When you look at these polling numbers, 59 percent, John, say Congress should not approve a U.S. strike -- 59 percent say that. That what does that tell you the president is going to have to do on Tuesday to try to sway public opinion even if he can at this point?

JOHN KING, CNN CHIEF NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It tells you, Kate, that even as he works members of Congress one by one, or in small group settings, his biggest challence is the American public at large. And when you mention six in ten, 59 percent, six in ten Americans say don't do this, Mr. President, what is driving that is that other number you mentioned.

More than seven in ten Americans simply don't see it making any difference. They don't see it doing any good. They're very skeptical. Post-Iraq, even post-Libya and post-Egypt, if the United States can do something in a limited way in the Middle East and walk away with success. So the skepticism is driving it.

It's hard for the president to turn the nos into yes, when people are so doubtful, so doubtful he has the right plan and that maybe any president can have the right plan to do something in a limited way, in a quick way, without putting boots on the ground, and walk away and say success. The American people simply don't believe he can do that.

BOLDUAN: They simply do not, and it shows what a challenge that lawmakers have as they're heading back to Congress. They heard from their constituents when they were back home. This is why I find this next poll interesting. We know the American people don't want Congress to approve a strike - they don't want a strike with or without congressional approval. But it is interesting, a majority, 57 percent say the vote in Congress still does not have an impact on their vote in the mid-terms. Why?

KING: Well, most people vote for members of Congress. You see those numbers there. If somebody votes for action in Syria, 11 percent of Americans say they're more likely to vote for that person. Thirty-one percent say they're less likely. Essentially almost six if ten say it wouldn't affect their vote either way.

Most congressional elections are about taxes and spending. They're about health care, maybe they're about education policy, but they're about domestic issues here at home. They're about jobs and the economy. I will give you one cautionary note. On the one hand, that helps the president. He can lobby a member of Congress and say this isn't going to sway the vote next time. Cast a tough vote. Even if the people back home are against you, they're not going to punish you in the next election.

The president could make that case. He could cite that poll. But I will give you one word, Iraq. Heading into Iraq, people thought the same thing. But in 2006, in 2008 after Iraq went south, the voters did punish people. So what you see before military action isn't necessarily what you would get after. If there is a military strike, how this plays out will determine how it impacts 2014 and beyond.

BOLDUAN: And real quickly, John, when you look at the vote tally of where it stands and where lawmakers are leaning right now, you look at the public opinion, there is very little partisan divide at this point towards action, U.S. action in Syria. Does that surprise you?

KING: No, in the sense that the president has a problem across the country with all Americans and with all partisan perspectives if Congress. Independents are the most skeptical when you look at this. The president has to sell the middle of America, if you will, the middle of America politically on this, but you have an anti-war left. You have an increasingly isolationist movement on the right of the Republican party.

The president in an odd sense, it makes the challenge, I'm not going to say -- easy is the wrong word, but it's one challenge. He has to - it fits the rising tide, he has to convince everybody. There's not one little niche like he would have in the healthcare debate or in a budget debate. This is everybody. Again, it's that profound skepticism, Kate. Lock at our poll. The American people believe Assad is murdering his own people, using chemical weapons. They believe that. They don't doubt that at all. They doubt that their president can do something in a limited, effective way that will actually make a difference.

BOLDUAN: Fascinating numbers. So critical in this debate. John, great to see you. Thank you so much.

We also want to remind you to be sure to tune in to Wolf Blitzer's interview with President Obama. It's happening today. All of the tough questions on Syria, that interview will be airing tonight at 6:00 eastern right here on CNN.

CUOMO: And after that, don't miss the return of "CROSSFIRE." They'll be fighting about this presidential interview, that's for sure, tonight at 6:30 eastern.

We will take a quick break here. When we come back on NEW DAY, Apple ready to unveil the next generation of the iPhone. The tech giant keeping everything very tight-lipped about the new features, but we do have a clue for you. We'll tell you after the break. The new device is sure to "brighten" your day.

BOLDUAN: Also, Serena Williams rocking the U.S. Open. That's some excitement for you. At 31, she's captured the her 17th grand slam title. How does she keep doing it? Rachel Nichols goes one on one with the queen of the hard core.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back. Let's go around the world now. Starting in Egypt, where Syrian refugees are being met with hostility trying to flee their country's bloody civil war. Karl Penhaul reports from Cairo

KARL PENHAUL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Syrian refugees are rushing to register for asylum in Egypt. The United Nations refugee agency says it's processing 1,000 applications a day in Cairo. The Russia's (ph) parliament (ph) concerns of growing hostility towards Syrians following Egypt's military coup.

Looming U.S. air strikes also fueling anxiety among refugees to get their papers in order. Since July, the interim government has imposed stricter entrance rules for Syrians requiring a visa for the first time. The government estimates there are now 300,000 Syrians in Egypt looking for refugee status. Back to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: All right, thanks so much for that update. In Tokyo, it was hugs and cheers as they win the bid to host the 2020 summer Olympics. Here's Paula Hancocks with more.

PAULA HANCOCKS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Tokyo is thrilled that the Olympic games will be heading back here in 2020. Even th ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima could not derail this bid. So Tokyo beat Madrid and Istanbul. For Turkey, the ongoing instability in the Middle East and a raging civil war in neighboring Syria certainly hurt their chances. Back to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Paula, thank you so much. Scientists say a huge underwater volcano discovered about 1,000 miles off the coast of Japan is the biggest in world. CNN's Pauline Chu has more from Hong Kong.

PAULINE CHU, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Scientists are calling it the largest single volcano on Earth. At 400 miles wide, it has a footprint the size of New Mexico. So why did it take so long to discover? Tamu Massif lies about 1,000 miles east of Japan in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The researches who found it say it dwarfs the previous world record holder, Mauna Loa in Hawaii, and even rivals Olympus Mons on Mars, the largest volcano in the solar system. Luckily, the behemoth doesn't pose much of a three. It's been extinct for millions of years. Back to you, Kate.

BOLDUAN: Wow. That's one big volcano. Thanks so much, Pauline.

CUOMO: Absolutely. All right, Let's talk about Serena Williams. She did it again Sunday, winning the U.S. Open title for the fifth time, a signature leap after beating Victoria Azarenka in the third set. This is Williams' 17th grand slam. She is well on her way to becoming the winningest female tennis player of all time. Rachel Nichols sat down for a rare one on one interview with the tennis star after her victory.


RACHEL NICHOLS, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Seventeen grand slam titles. So, you're going to have to explain yourself, by the way, because you are 31 years old, and a lot of the people that you came into the game with are retired, playing legends games. How are you playing like a 20-year-old?

SERENA WILLIAMS, PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER: I feel like I go for broke now. I really am focused again on what I want to do and just goals, and I'm just having a lot of fun out there. Everyone is like, 31, like 31 is old. But that doesn't seem like me. It seems like, I don't act it either. So maybe that has something to do with it.

NICHOLS: Former President Clinton was at your final's match. You met him back when you were 17 years old. Is he like a groupie now, or what are we talking here?

WILLIAMS: Well, Former President Clinton is a great guy. He loves tennis. Every time. He wasn't there last year. I asked him, you weren't here last year? He said he was working.

NICHOLS: You told him to get his priorities straight.

WILLIAMS: Exactly. Stop working. Come to the U.S. Open.

NICHOLS: A lot of people out there might not realize that you might not have been at this tournament at all. You might not have been here at all. You had blood clots in your lungs. You had to be rushed into emergency surgery.

WILLIAMS: Being in an emergency room and being in the hospital for all that time and just not knowing if I would ever pick up a racket again and just not even caring, just wanting to be healthy. I think that was a tough time for me.

NICHOLS: And the footnote to that story seems to always be. and she spent 11 months recovering. But 11 months recovering is not a footnote.

WILLIAMS: It was the toughest thing I have been through in my life. One thing kept happening after another from the blood clots. I lost part of my lung. I had to retrain my lungs, I don't have two full lungs anymore. You go through the stage of why is all this happening to you? It was really 11 months of hell. I got through that. And now feel like, you know, now when I'm on that court and I'm facing opponents, I feel like I've faced so many tougher opponents, this is just fun now.


CUOMO: A lot of people forget that Serena overcame those health woes. She's a true champion because she does it even when it's not easy. Living in the time of a legend.

BOLDUAN: It's amazing to watch her play.

CUOMO: We all are literally living in the time of a legend. It will be a long time for someone better than she.

BOLDUAN: It's fun to watch.

CUOMO: All right. How about a little money time? We got Zain Asher here with all the business news that we need to know. What do you got, Zain?

ZAIN ASHER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hey, guys. Yes. One of the big stories this week, Apple and its even tomorrow in Cupertino, California whereas expected to unveil two new iPhones -- on the list, the iPhone 5S. It's the fastest phone with fingerprint recognition. Next up, the iPhone 5Z, it's a cheaper version of the iPhone and comes in a plastic case.

Another expected development, the release of updated operating software. We also expect some announcements about Apple TV, in particular, new programing. And maybe the most important strategic announcement will be about distribution deals with two Asian mobile carriers, China mobile and Japanese mobile carrier, NTT. Docomo.

Last week, China mobile has about 740 million subscribers. That's seven times bigger than the bigger carrier in the U.S. Verizon wireless.

BOLDUAN: Which means business is up.

ASHER: Exactly.


BOLDUAN: All right, Zain. We'll watch. I'm still at 4S, so it's time to upgrade, I think.

CUOMO: Cheaper was the word that grabbed me.

BOLDUAN: Yes, exactly.

ASHER: Half priced almost.

BOLDUAN: Thanks so much, Zain.

CUOMO: Thank you very much.

Coming up on NEW DAY, long distance swimmers are calling out Diana Nyad. What? They don't believe her inspiring Cuba to Florida swim was legit. They're focusing on one nine-hour stretch that they're calling suspicious. Nyad answering back.


BOLDUAN: Welcome back to NEW DAY. From inspiration to, it appears, accusations. Diana Nyad inspired the entire country with her historic Cuba to Florida swim. But now, some other marathon swimmers are taking a closer look at that feat and saying that it's maybe too good to be true. They're demanding answers this morning. And here's CNN's Miguel Marquez with more.


MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Diana Nyad's stunning achievement.

DIANA NYAD, ENDURANCE SWIMMER: We should never, ever give up.


MARQUEZ: The record breaking swim from Cuba to Key West, 110 miles, 53 hours in shark infested water, this morning questioned by some long distance swimmers. Among other things, they want to know, did she really swim all 110 miles unassisted? Did she rest on a boat, hold on to a canoe? Was she ever pulled along?

Skeptics speaking to National Geographic and blogging on the marathon swimmer's form point to one 9-hour stretch when Nyad sped up to more than twice her average speed. They want her GPS, surface current, weather, eating and drinking data released to verify her claim of conquering a swim once considered impossible. CNN reached out to Nyad's team who promised a point-by-point response.

And historic swim and life-long quest for Nyad, the fifth time the charm. Now 64, she's tried to conquer this stretch of ocean since she was 29-years-old. Barely able to move, she spoke to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta just hours after her record breaking feat.

NYAD: You know what is so great about it, Sanjay, is that it's all authentic. It's a great story.

MARQUEZ: A great story, its authenticity not called directly into question, but in the uber competitive world of long distance swimming and achievement of this magnitude is raising questions and demanding answers.

Miguel Marquez, CNN, Los Angeles.


BOLDUAN: Wow. You wouldn't think that would be happening after that amazing feat that she --

CUOMO: You never know. A lot of controversy always surrounds big records.

BOLDUAN: All right. We'll see.

CUOMO: Reserve judgment.

BOLDUAN: Reserving judgment. Coming up next on NEW DAY, an accident on a carnival ride in Norwalk, Connecticut, injured about a dozen children. It was inspected, if you can believe it, just two days before. So, what went wrong?

CUOMO: And we have a big new poll for you that defines most Americans against President Obama's plan for a strike in Syria. The president is looking for support, and he may get some today from his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton. We have the latest.


CUOMO: The first Sunday of the NFL season is in the books. Some good action dominating the headlines, of course, the J-E-T-S on path for a perfect season. Andy Scholes joins us now with a recap of all of yesterday's actions in this morning's "Bleacher's Report" like anything else matters than the Jets season.

BOLDUAN: Or maybe the Andrew Luck comeback.



CUOMO: Continue.

ANDY SCHOLES, BLEACHER REPORT: Plenty of great games to talk about. Yesterday, guys. And we're going to start off with the marquee matchup of the afternoon. It featured the two favorites to win the NFC this year, Packers and the 9ers. Now, Green Bay defense has been talking all week about how they were going to hit Colin Kaepernick.

Second quarter, Clay Matthews body slams the 49ers quarterbacks out of bounds. That Late hit anger the 9ers offense. A small fight broke out between the two teams. Kaepernick, though, unfazed by it all. He led San Fran to a 34-28 win.

Reigning MVP, Adrian Peterson, said he's going to break the NFL rushing record this year, and boy, did he get off to a good start. On his very first carry of the season, Peterson goes 78 yards for the touchdown. Now, despite this run, A.P. finished the day with just 93 yards of rushing. He did score three touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as Reggie Bush and the Lions beat the Vikings 34-24.

On the line-up section of today, you can read about the most surprising outcome from yesterday. That's right, Chris, the most surprising. The Jets were down two with under 15 (ph) seconds to go, Gino Smith gets hit out of bounce by Lavonte David. Now, this late hit puts the Jets in field goal range and Nick Folk drills it. What do you know? The J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets are 1-0 to start the season.


SCHOLES: And as you said, Chris, the perfect season is still intact.

BOLDUAN: Did i fall asleep during that or did you not talk about my Colts.

SCHOLES: You must have those opt (ph), but I did not mention the colts, hold on, to beat the Raiders. They should have probably ran away with that game, but they did at least get the win. And the Colts are also 1 and 0. And I'm holding out for my Texans tonight. They are the late game on Monday night football. I'll be up late watching them take on the Chargers.

BOLDUAN: All right. We'll talk about it then. Thank you, Andy.

CUOMO: All people just heard there was blah, blah, blah Jets, blah, blah, blah Jets.

BOLDUAN: Because you clearly think only two people watch this show.


CUOMO: Me and my mom.


BOLDUAN: Exactly. Hello, Mrs. Cuomo. All right. Thanks, Andy.

We are now very close to the top of the hour, everyone, which means it's time for the top news.


JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: This is not fantasy land. Bashar al- Assad has used chemical weapons.

CUOMO: Happening now, Congress returns to work this morning to face president who want to attack. And in exclusive new CNN poll showing voters want something else.

BOLDUAN: Washed away. Dangerous mudslides sweeping through neighborhoods across Utah, while the mid-west braces for a brutal late summer heat wave and another tropical storm has just formed this morning.

PEREIRA: Dangerous ride, an amusement park ride malfunctions. Children slamming into one another. Many of them injured. What went wrong? And, is there enough oversight of these rides?

CUOMO: Your NEW DAY starts right now.

ANNOUNCER: What you need to know --

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CUOMO: Good morning to you. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's Monday, September 9th, seven o'clock in the east.

Coming up this hour, a crucial week for President Obama. He's trying to convince Congress to authorize a military strike against Syria, but brand-new CNN poll numbers show the majority of Americans are not behind a strike. Take a look for yourself, 59 percent of Americans oppose Congress authorizing action in Syria.