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Honda, Mazda, Nissan Recall 3 Million Cars; Soccer Madness in Brazil; Hillary Attacked for Wealth Comment; U.S. Still in World Cup

Aired June 23, 2014 - 06:30   ET


ALISON KOSIK, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: Honda, Mazda and Nissan are recalling 3 million vehicles worldwide. The recall is related to defective air bags manufactured by a supplier Takata. Toyota already recalled 2 million vehicles for the same issue. The cars affected includes the 2000-2002 Honda Civic and CRV, the Mazda RX8 and the Nissan Infinity and Pathfinder.

And big shocker here -- get ready to dig deeper in your pockets and pay more for coffee at Starbucks. Starbucks announcing its raising prices for certain drinks beginning tomorrow. You're going to pay from 5 to 20 cents more for that latte. Not all drinks are going to be affected.

So, once again, a latte will go up about 20 cents. But the brewed coffee, that's going to stay the same, typical because I don't drink the brewed coffee. I drink the latte. We'll need more money.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Pay for what you get.


BOLDUAN: Thanks, Alison.

PEREIRA: To get you right in your wallet.

All right. Let's talk weather on this Monday. It was kind of the perfect weekend here in New York, not too hot, not too cold. Not talking porridge. We're talking whether -- I know, we shouldn't spook it.

Indra, please say more is expected across the country.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: You're totally nailing it. You're on the money, because what we typically see when you had a lot of variety in the weather, what looks like a rollercoaster in the weather pattern. This is just an example of what it would look like if that was the case. Hardly, the case.

What we're looking at, what we call zonal flow, straight across, that means the weather is exactly the way it is supposed to be this time of year. That is a pattern that will be staying there all week long. But notice, we're not saying no one is getting thunderstorms. I mean, it's typical, summertime, you get the humidity in there, you do get some afternoon thunderstorms.

The only hot spot really right around Colorado. Denver does have a threat for severe weather, including tornadoes today. Again, generally speaking, most of you seeing temperatures where they should be, which is beautiful. I mean, the northeast again for the next several days, we're talking about 70s and 80s. Yes, hot and muggy, still as you go down to the southeast, we're talking about some 80s and 90s down in towards the southeast.

But, keep in mind, it's not going to stay perfect all week long. Yes, a change has to happen at some point when that happens at least for the Northeast. Right around Tuesday night in through Wednesday, we'll start to see showers lasting through Thursday, which is light scattered showers there.

But overall, it was so good this weekend, actually Monday is actually a nice one. We can all be happy this Monday.

BOLDUAN: I love it. Thanks, Indra. Thank you so much.

Let's get back down to Brazil. Chris is down there.

Chris, I don't know if you can see this, "USA Today". This headline speaks volumes, as well as the picture, "Oh, so close." Tim Howard in disbelief the ball sailed past him.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Ah, the media is a bunch of haters, Kate. We got the tie. We're going to explain why that's good enough. And I'll tell you, when you're down here in Rio, everything is good enough. What a great trip this was.

We're going to bring you the latest from the World Cup. We're going to talk about how big it was, this U.S. match, take you inside this celebration of sport down here, as people from more countries that you can count descend upon Brazil, the soccer Mecca. This place is wild. I'll take you to it.


CUOMO: Welcome back. We are here in Brazil where Team USA is looking forward after a victory turned into a last-second draw against Portugal in the World Cup. What a match.

The four big matches today is well by the way, we got soccer fever sweeping the globe. Fans in Brazil preparing for the showdown with Cameroon. Now, the match is huge. You have to remember, soccer in Brazil is so much more than a game. It is a way of life.


CUOMO (voice-over): With all that Brazil could claim as the biggest and the best, what the people here want you to understand is that this is "o Pais do Futebol", the country of soccer. The game is played everywhere by young and old. Even volleyball here is played with the feet. But now, the country of football is the world headquarters of football

as players from 32 countries and fans from countless others flood beaches and sidewalks. Brazil has opened their doors to them and that has caused problems.

Some locals are none too pleased this country which boasts a gap between rich and poor almost as wide as the Amazon itself just shelled out $2 billion for a soccer tournament. That sentiment is nowhere to be found in the tournament's big swag shop right in the middle of Rio's famous beach.

(on camera): Every world cup has a mascot. This says World Cup for FIFA, Brazil 2014. This is this year's mascot. It's a -- I don't know, what do you think? An armadillo? It's a little soccer pattern here.

Maybe it's a fox? No one knows what I am. But he loves soccer like everybody else here.

(voice-over): The costumes, face paint and the antics from the fans are as varied as the countries they come from.

(on camera): Where is he from? Was the haircut just for the game?


CUOMO: What is this look?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, this is the ultimate American look. Tarzan.

CUOMO: So, you are Tarzan of the U.S. --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The American way.

CUOMO (voice-over): But especially now this may be the only place in the world where nations get together for something positive.

(on camera): The whole world is here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The whole world, yes.

CUOMO: Are you surprised how together everybody seems here?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's very nice, very nice, nice people.

CUOMO: Where so many different countries are actually getting along. With any luck, Brazil may play host to a month-long soccer slug-fest where the nations of the world bowed to beat each other and yet leave no real losers.


CUOMO: All right. Let's bring back CNN's Lara Baldesarra with more on the soccer frenzy here.

And the Brazilian flag is "ordem e progresso", right? Order and progress. Shouldn't they add football? It's everything here.


Let's put it this way, in this country, when Brazil plays in the World Cup, do you know what they do?

CUOMO: What do they do?

BALDESARRA: They get the day off. I'm not talking employers look the other way and say, hey, you don't have to come in to work today. I'm saying based on the time of kickoff, they're actually given the day off. It is basically a national holiday.

So, if the kickoff is around 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon, you're not going in that day. That's how much of religion this sport is here.

CUOMO: And it is justified, right? I mean, they've gotten the results as well. They're the top of the winner's list.

BALDESARRA: They are, especially in terms of the World Cup. They have five which is one more than Italy, who has four, which I'm going to have to make sure that I squeeze in there. But, yes, no, they are considered the best in the world in terms of the way that they play. It's more creative. It's more -- it's kind of -- it's fun to watch.

They've always been the interesting team with the interesting ball work. It's very entertaining soccer to watch.

CUOMO: It really is everywhere. I am fascinated with that volleyball soccer thing. I keep talking to Lara like, enough with the volleyball soccer.

BALDESARRA: The futebol.

CUOMO: Yes, the futebol.


CUOMO: It's really cool. And obviously, someone's -- in that environment, that atmosphere lends itself to what's going on here right now, because there are literally more countries than you can count. And it is about seeing your team advance. But it does seem there's also a kinship here. Don't you feel it?

BALDESARRA: Absolutely. This is actually a country and it's so unique to World Cup experiences. I've been to a lot of World Cups all around where it seems like here, no matter where you're from, no matter where you're from, who you're supporting, whatever game you're watching, if there is a goal scored, you're cheering for this.

No, I'm not doing that because I don't see Germany score a goal and I'm, you know, cheering by any stretch of the imagination, but the entire country is. It's just they love to see goals. All the people here from all the different countries, it seems like they're just completely on board with this. CUOMO: Now, I will say, when I was in the big FIFA toy tent, all

these jerseys from all over the world. Couldn't find U.S. swag there, had to go to this mall somewhere else to find it. What is that about?

BALDESARRA: I have no idea. What else you couldn't find, the official FIFA noise makers they got rid of. Do you remember the vuvuzelas from South Africa? Those things that just drove nuts. FIFA said nothing. We're not doing with that.

So, this little shaker thing, you shake it and it rattles and it's supposed to have your team country on it, I couldn't find an American one either.

CUOMO: What do you think it is? You think it's because Americans are taking ourselves too seriously. On the world stage of soccer, we don't really warrant that much attention?

BALDESARRA: No. Quite frankly, I think we got in there a little too late and there was a lot of American stuff and maybe we missed it. That's what I'm thinking, that's what I'm hoping, because, you know, in terms of ticket sales for the World Cup, the USA actually had the second most amount of ticket sales behind Brazil, 125,000 tickets were told to American people directly from FIFA.

So, there's a lot here, and FIFA knew there were a lot coming. So they should have had all the necessary products on hand. So, I'm going to go out there and say they probably did but we missed it.

CUOMO: And do you feel this World Cup so far warrants the hype that the level of play has been very high, the games have been unusually exciting. True?

BALDESARRA: Very, very true and very shocking. We've seen some very strange results. You know, even with Mexico drawing Brazil, holding them scoreless. We're talking about Mexico's keeper who was kind of a nobody who really made a name for himself, to hold Brazil off the score sheet, that's an impressive feat.

We're seeing all these upsets. This is the tournament of upsets. Spain is out, England is out. All these big name countries are out. And it's really coming down to the last match in a lot of groups like we're going to see with USA.

CUOMO: Hopefully that turns out the right way. I was getting tutoring from Lara as we're going through this. Appreciate you bringing us the "Bleacher Report" information. The World Cup is getting more important all the time.

If you want more, of course, you do. You go to for that.

Thank you for helping me through.

BALDESARRA: Of course.

CUOMO: All right. Kate, over to you. BOLDUAN: Chris, I don't know if our --we might be losing the shot

right now it's so hot in Brazil, it's frying the wires.

PEREIRA: He looks really good -- you were saying he looks like he could join them on the pitch.

BOLDUAN: Looks like he's having a lot of fun. We'll get back to Chris in just a minute.


BOLDUAN: I mean, Lara is talking about how, it's such entertaining soccer to watch. You can only imagine what it's like to be on the ground, in the mix.

PEREIRA: The country is very infectious. You feel apart of it. You get wrapped up in it. You sort of find yourself going with it. Also Caipirinha has helped, which I'm sure he had a few of those.

BOLDUAN: Yes, well, everyone's allowed. It's the national drink, isn't it?

Coming up next on NEW DAY, we're going to get back to -- obviously, we're going to get back to Brazil. But also this -- in his gut does President Obama think Iraqi leaders can make the changes necessary to bring that country back together? We're going to go one-on-one with the president coming up.

PEREIRA: Also, Hillary Clinton being slammed again, this time for her latest remarks about her family's money. Find out what she said. That's next.



BOLDUAN: Hillary Clinton fending off new attacks this morning after more controversial comments about her personal wealth. Speaking to "The Guardian" newspaper, the potential 2016 contenders says this: "They don't see me as part of the problem because we pay ordinary income tax unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names. And we've done it through dint of hart work."

This if course weeks after she told Diane Sawyer that she and President Clinton were dead broke, in her words, when they left the White House. Now Republicans are hot on her trail.

Let's discuss with John Avlon, "Daily Beast" executive editor and CNN contributor.

So what do you make of this explanation? Because she clearly -- she came out and tried to offer an explanation even afterwards. She knew it was a gaffe --

JOHN AVLON, "THE DAILY BEAST": Oh, sure she did.

BOLDUAN: -- after the first time.

AVLON: Yeah, because there's a narrative that Republicans are trying to push, knowing that hypocrisy is the unforgivable sin in politics, saying that the Clintons are out of touch, that they've become wealthy, that they want to keep the estate tax, but they want to avoid it themselves.

Look, you see the quote in full context. This is not the end of the world. What she's trying to say is she and Bill Clinton are self-made super rich. But it's the not truly well off that indicates that her medically sealed environment, when people run for president, they spend most of their time with billionaires who are raising the money. This is -- true on both sides of the aisle.

And Republicans are trying at the beginning of this book tour to just push, push, push any way she can to nudge her numbers down, to make her look vulnerable, and, in effect, make her -- influence her. And hope -- they hope to have her not run for president. That's their best --

BOLDUAN: And so, Republicans are jumping on it. Here's what one super PAC, one GOP conservative super PAC America Rising, they put out a statement and said this: "If Hillary is going to run for president, she might be advised to take -- to take a lengthy sabbatical from her $200,000 per pop speaking tour and private shopping sprees at Bergdorfs to try and reconnect with what's happening back here on Earth."

Despite the -- I'm just gonna say, stupid sexist remark on a shopping spree that has nothing to do with this or shouldn't have anything to do with this --

AVLON: I have to say, they went full Bergdorf there.

BOLDUAN: Well, we don't -- you don't have to take -- where does -- where does everybody else shop? Who knows? We don't care because we don't care when men are doing it.

AVLON: Right.

BOLDUAN: Is this a valid point the Republicans are making?

AVLON: It -- it's --

BOLDUAN: Or is it a valid political point that they're going to push?

AVLON: Opportunistic? Well, absolutely yes to the second point you just made, right? But what they're trying to do is a political judo, right? I mean, John McCain, Mitt Romney got hammered for not knowing how many houses they have.

We're still -- we're nations in recovery, but there's still this massive gap between the super rich and even the working wealthy, let alone the middle class.

And so what they're trying to do is take away credibility from Hillary Clinton when it comes to associating with her own past and the middle class. It's a -- it's a tactic you're going to see them continue to hammer away at. Whenever there's even a small gap that reinforces narrative, they're going to keep chipping away at it because that's -- that's the way they want to level the playing field, not they necessarily have a candidate or alternative better on these issues.

BOLDUAN: Is it too early to be having -- I mean, it seems --

AVLON: Oh dear God, yeah.

BOLDUAN: -- right now like they're fighting it out like we're in the heat of the campaign. You say one thing that we could jump on, we're gonna jump on and attack it -- hypocritical. Is it too early to be doing that, though?

AVLON: Yes, yes, it is. Because guess what? We're chasing bright shiny objects. There are primary elections in the United States tomorrow that have massive implications for this year's elections. And yet we naturally gravitate towards 2016 because they're the celebrities. They're the heavyweights, the top of the cart. We're ignoring what's right beneath our noses today and tomorrow.

BOLDUAN: How much of this is lessons learned maybe or still it hurts a little bit from the 2012 election where Mitt Romney really could not shake the image that was created for him by Democrats, that he was too wealthy, too out of touch -- didn't pay his taxes, didn't pay enough taxes?

AVLON: I mean, this is absolutely Republicans getting revenge for that, trying to tar Hillary with that particular brush. There's a smart way to have that conversation as a country, which is to say, let's focus on effective tax rates; let's focus on tax simplification; the lobbyists who larded up the tax code with loopholes so that the super rich can hire accountants to lower their effective rate to 14 percent like Mitt Romney --


BOLDUAN: Republicans and Democrats actually want to have this conversation. There was a healthy conversation going on Capitol Hill that has since fallen away, but it was actually happening at one point.

AVLON: Briefly, briefly. But every time you talk about lowering rates and closing loopholes, all the lobbyists get up in arms and they say, no, no, no, we worked real hard to put those loopholes in there. Don't you dare touch it. So we can have a smart conversation or we can play gotcha politics. I think we're gonna probably tend towards gotcha politics.

BOLDUAN: It's because -- well, because it's easier.

AVLON: Absolutely.

BOLDUAN: That's exactly right. I want to get your quick take on the situation unfolding in Iraq.

There seems to be at least some kind of a battle going on just within the Republican party on what to do, when to do, and what not to do.

Here's a little bit from two -- two folks on the Sunday talks shows.


SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KY: If we were to get rid of Assad, it would be a jihadist wonderland in Syria. It's now a jihadist wonderland in Iraq precisely because we got over-involved, not because we had too little involvement.

DICK CHENEY, FORMER U.S. VICE PRESIDENT: If we spent our time debating what happened 11 or 12 years ago, we're gonna miss the threat that is growing and that we do face. Rand Paul, with all due respect, is basically an isolationist. He doesn't believe we ought to be involved in that part of the world. I think it's absolutely essential.


BOLDUAN: What do you make of it?

AVLON: Dick Cheney drops the I bomb, isolationist. I mean, look, this is -- this is an old debate inside the GOP. This goes back more than 50 years, 1952 between Eisenhower and Robert Taft.

But this is a major ideological front inside the GOP civil war. You cannot get further apart in America's role in the world than Rand Paul and Dick Cheney. And the fact they're having it out like that is a really significant sign of just how deep the ideological divides are within the Republican party.

BOLDUAN: Real quick, why is Dick Cheney coming out so strong on this? Is this a legacy issue for him? Why is he making the rounds so strongly?

AVLON: I think a couple things. First of all, it is a legacy issue. This is something he deeply believes in, but also, not coincidentally, the day he wrote his "Wall Street Journal" op-ed with his daughter, they launched a super PAC. So follow the money, folks. Very often, you know, where you sit is a matter of where you stand, and pushing this is a matter of pumping up attention for his super PAC.

BOLDUAN: All about the money.

AVLON: It is.

BOLDUAN: John Avlon, thank you.

AVLON: Thank you.

BOLDUAN: Great to see you.

All right, we're following a lot of news this morning. Chris is in Brazil following that amazing U.S.-Portugal game last

night. Lots to discuss. Let's get to it.



UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That was so close, yet so far for the USA.

JOHN KERRY, U.S. SEC. OF STATE: No country is safe from that kind of spread of terror.

REP. MIKE ROGERS, R-MI: Baghdad's gonna be one big fight for them in a way they haven't seen yet.

BARACK OBAMA, U.S. PRESIDNET: This is a middle class issue and an American issue. We don't want people having to choose between family and work.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Pope Francis has told members of the mafia that they are excommunicated from the Catholic church.


BOLDUAN: Good morning and welcome back to NEW DAY. It is Monday, June 23rd. I'm Kate Bolduan here in New York.

The big news -- there are lots of big stories this morning, including that stunning World Cup finish between the Team USA and Portugal. The good news, the U.S. is still in it.

Enough said, Mr. Cuomo, in Brazil.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Oh, absolutely. I'm wearing the colors proudly this morning, Kate. And just what an amazing experience to be in Brazil. I mean it is the Mecca of soccer. It's hosting the World Cup, of course. And what a match between the U.S. and Portugal.

I'm going to focus on the positive because that's how I am. The USA made progress. Yes, they should have won. But what a match. So many twists and turns and, once again, a last-second goal. But this time the U.S. was victim to it as Portugal wound up forcing a tie, 2-all.

So here is what made the -- the match so dramatic, OK? So there's all this anticipation. And in just like five minutes in, Portugal strikes first, and it did so in really decisive fashion. The U.S. looked bad. They made mistakes on defense. People got nervous. You know, I made a bet with one of our producers here, and I was getting sideways looks. It was not looking good, right?

And then we had another first here. In the 39th minute, the heat was so bad, the heat index was over 90 degrees on the pitch, on the field, in the stadium. They had to call a water break time-out. That's how hot it was. Officials stopped the match for a while. And yet, they played on. So in the second half, we get a second win by the U.S., two goals they scored. The captain, Clint Dempsey, he's got a broken nose, but he was still all over the field last night.

And then of course, you know, the young star, Jermaine Jones put us on the board and tied up the game. And that was huge; it was such a momentum shift.

Now, what this match is being talked about today is really two big things. One, again, the U.S. got a point, gets even closer to making it out of the group of death into the round of 16. But less than a minute left -- I'm down there among all the U.S. supporters. People are going crazy. They're chanting, "We believe that we can win!"

And all of a sudden, this Cristiano Ronaldo, is like superman without a cape on, comes flying down the field. They say he has a bad knee. Please, he was the fastest guy on the pitch -- and puts the ball right on the head of one of his players. They head it in, tie the game right at the end. Good for Portugal because they needed it to stay alive. Not as good for the U.S.

But they still did what they needed to do. And most importantly, they gained confidence. They gained a point, the U.S., which helps them get out of the group, but they gained confidence. And that's really important as they go into a match with Germany. Germany largely rumored to be the best team in the group, not just by score, but by ability. And of course, a lot of history because the coach of the U.S. team played and coached Germany. And we have some cross-over players.

But you know what? The chant of, "We believe that we can win," is not just about the fans. It's about the men on the pitch. I spoke this morning with Jermaine Jones. He scored that first amazing goal that tied up the game. I asked what they're taking into this match with Germany. And he says, oh, yes, we believe that we can win. Take a listen.


JERMAINE JONES, U.S. SOCCER PLAYER: I think that the whole team after the game, straight after the game was upset. We know we have like 30 seconds to go. So we will be like one of the 16 teams in the next round. And yeah, so we give Portugal the chance to come back and they scored a goal. But I think we make two mistakes, and, yeah, they score.

CUOMO: Let's talk about your goal. It was so important because after Portugal scored early like that, everybody started to think, oh, no, you know, is tonight not the Americans' night? How did your goal happen?

JONES: The players were talking and saying we have to shoot more. And some players come to me and say, Jermaine, you always shoot in training; you score a lot of goals in training. Try to shoot. And so, yeah, I shoot, and -- and we celebrate.


CUOMO: So the match was amazing. Being in Brazil is amazing. Because, you know, just World Cup fever everywhere.

So what does this mean going forward for the U.S. and just the tournament in general?

Guess who I have with me? Fernando Fiore. He's the anchor of Univision's weekly sports show, "Republica Deportiva": Hey, great to see you.

FERNANDO FIORE, REPUBLICA DEPORTIVA: How you doing? Nice to meet you.

CUOMO: I like your shirt. It looks better on you.

FIORE: Oh, I got your memo very early. How are you?

CUOMO: Who is on the ball?

FIORE: Yesterday Maradona.

CUOMO: Diego Maradona.

FIORE: Diego Maradona, the one and only. Yesterday was the 16th anniversary of the best goal of the World Cup. The famous goal against England, not the one with the hand. The other one.