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different from president obama's? >> first, he said he would support israel's right to a preemptive strike to contain nuclear weapons. later, he and a senior aide stepped back from that a little, saying he respected israel's right for m i will triaction against iran for the same reasons. so you're seeing him back away a little bit from more hawkish points that he was making earlier. as you know, president obama and the obama administration has been sending people through here almost on a weekly basis, trying to calm the tension between israel and iran. and really trying to get israel to back away from the idea of a preemptive strike. the obama administration really wanting israel to let the measures that have been put in place, such as sanctions, and the diplomatic measures, to take their course before talking of anything that might mean a war that the united states has to get involved in. but romney certainly making very
clear that he stands by israel, that he believes the relationship between the united states and israel is of the utmost importance. >> and he was taking some strong stands, right? romney has also taken an unprecedented stance in the israeli-palestinian conflict over jerusalem. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: it's interesting because it has certainly angered the palestinians, but it isn't so unprecedented because many of the united states political candidates for president have come through here and said a similar thing, that jerusalem is the capital of israel, which is what the stance of israel is, but that has always angered the palestinians who have said, look, after the 1967 war, they believe that east jerusalem was occupied, as being occupied by israel, and they want east jerusalem as their capital in a two-state solution, and that has been a sticking point between the palestinians and the
israelis for all these years. we have to mention, though presidential candidates have come through saying the same thing, not one of them since 1967 has actually done something about it once they got in office. they have backed down from that stance. and as you know, the u.s., as well as many of the other u.n. country embassies, are located in tel aviv for that very reason. zoraida? >> why don't we talk about what romney has planned in poland today. >> reporter: he's going to be meeting with the prime minister in poland. a lot of people talking about, when you make these trips as a candidate, what exactly you're trying to do. of course, he is partly trying to get votes, correct? so in poland, which is a conservative catholic nation, there are a lot of polish who live in some of the swing states, like maryland, for example. so certainly, reaching out to those voters through this international tour -- and a lot of people are saying, look, the
analysts that look at this, this is kind of an audition for mitt rom inney to show how he operat and how he deals with foreign policy while on foreign land. >> i want to go back to the issue of jerusalem being the capital. apparently, romney talked to wolf blitzer. he had this to say. we're going to chat about it afterwards. >> do you consider jerusalem to be the capital of israel? >> yes, of course. a nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city, and jerusalem is israel's capital. >> if you became president of the united states, would you move the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem? >> i think it's long been the policy of our country to ultimately have our embassy in the nation's capital of jerusalem. the decision to make the move is one, if i were president, i would want to take in consultation with the leadership of the government which exists at that time. >> in consultation with the leadership. so not a promise to do so.
>> reporter: the leadership has always said they want the countries of the world to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. so the israeli leadership would most likely say yes, do it now. but you hear him, again, stepping back a little bit because, again, no presidents since 1967 has actually recognized jerusalem as the capital of israel. zoraida? >> sara sidner live for us. thank you. keep it right here on cnn. this afternoon wolf blitzer anchors the situation room from jerusalem, and you will see more with mitt romney and new interviews with shimon peres and defense minister ehud barak. bill clinton is going to be playing a major role at the democratic convention in charlotte. an obama campaign aide confirming the former president will deliver a key primetime speech on wednesday, september 5th. this will really be the key primetime speech that night. he will place president obama's
name into nomination. what this does is bumps vice president biden to the final night of the convention, september 7th. he will make a primetime speech before president obama accepts his nomination. now to syria and the ongoing battle for its largest city. rebels launching a major offensive at an army checkpoint in aleppo. this is a view from a suburb just north of aleppo. president bashar al assad's forces have been struggling like never before to maintain their grip on the country. u.s. defense secretary leon panetta says he believes this may be the beginning of the end for assad. >> i think, if they continue this kind of tragic attack on their own people in aleppo, i think it ultimately will be a nail in assad's coffin, that
he's just assuring the assad regime will come to an end by virtue of the kind of violence they're committing against their own people. >> opposition groups say violence claimed another 114 lives yesterday, at least 41 of them in the capital damascus and its suburbs as well. and you have to see this. caught on tape. some tense and scary moments on the streets of southern california. >> uh-oh. uh-oh. here we go. oh, he's going again. don't do it. don't do it. >> you see police with the guns and night sticks out, smashing the windows of that truck before the driver takes off and nearly takes a couple of officers with him.
a witness pulled out his phone and took this video which you're looking at now. officials say the driver was involved in a hit and run crash earlier. as you can see from this chopper video, the chase also ended in a wreck. a shot was reportedly fired. bad, bad stuff. no reports of anyone hurt. and the first weekend of the 2012 summer games is now in the books. i watched all weekend. and swimming's dream team, at least from the american perspective, falling. the american team led by michael phelps and ryan lochte fell to the french in the 4 by 100 relay. it was some measure of revenge for the french, who lost to the united states in 2008. when michael phelps let out that scream. it was ryan lochte who blew it in the final leg. dana vollmer set a world record. she became the first woman to swim the 100 meter butterfly in under 56 seconds. it was very fast. >> that was so fun to watch. >> i love the butterfly.
>> this an absolute shocker in women's gymnastics. she was supposed to be the it girl of 2012. jordyn wieber, the reigning world all around champion missed out on qualifying for the all around final, even though, even though she was the fourth best gymnast of the day. the reason, teammates ali raisman from needham, massachusetts, and gabby douglas passed her, and countries can only send two gymnasts to the all around finals. we had 3 of the top 4, but we can only send two, and there were more than 20 in the finals. >> that is so unfair. they should rethink that rule. >> right now. >> and one of those girls is from massachusetts? how about the other one? >> ali raisman is from needham, massachusetts. so a local girl. >> taking a look at the medal count after the first weekend. china is on top with overall meddle a.s with 6 golds and 12 total. u.s. in second with 11 medals, 3 gold.
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welcome back to "early start." 15 minutes past the hour. i'm zoraida sambolin. >> and i'm john berman. the man accused of the colorado theater massacre will face formal charges in court. james holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring many others. holmes appeared in court last week, where he didn't speak. jim joins us from colorado. last week a formality, this week also a formality, but he is expected to be charged for real this time. >> that's correct. we will not see james holmes in court today. the judge ruled no cameras in court for today's ruling. there will be a sketch artist, but we won't be able to see him live on video. we know the state plans to
charge him with 12 counts of first degree murder, numerous counts of attempted first degree murder, and other charges most likely stemming around all those explosives in his department. also, at some point the defense may request a competency hearing, determining whether he's mentally able to go forward with the trial. now, over the weekend, we got some bad news. ashley moser was in the movie theater with her 6-year-old daughter veronica. veronica, unfortunately, was killed in the attack. over the weekend, ashley, who was pregnant, miscarried and lost her baby. we checked in with some attorneys. there's sort of disagreement on whether that could be an additional charge added to this case. we're not sure about that. they do have the capability to add charges later down the road. they don't have to finalize every single charge here today, but we do expect the final counts of first degree murder and the other counts today. >> that is sad, jim. one of the things i understand about today's hearing is there is a piece of evidence that will be discussed.
that alleged notebook that holmes allegedly sent to a psychiatrist at the university of colorado. how is that going to factor into this case? >> reporter: a lot of really fascinating court filings about this. the defense says, look, we read news leaks about this notebook being sent to a psychiatrist. this is privileged material between a doctor and patient. we want that notebook. the state countered by saying, look, these news reports are not accurate, and we think they may have just made up sources. so there's a lot of sort of back and forth about that. also revealed in these documents, the d.a.'s office says they haven't examined this. they've sealed it so the judge can take a look at it. judge will determine that today as well. >> i thought it was interesting the prosecutor said they haven't even looked at the notebook yet. thanks a lot, jim. 17 minutes past the hour. romney is headed to poland this morning, the final stop on his foreign tour. he's scheduled to meet with the country's prime minister and former nobel laureate lec
boenza. earlier he voiced a reaction to keep iran from developing nuclear weapons. a tractor trailer slamming into a minivan in arizona and killed all seven people. the truck driver and his wife survived the crash. they're both listed in serious condition. at least 27 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage after a moving train caught fire. this was southern india. 26 survivors have been taken to hospitals. an electrical short circuit is being blamed for that fire, which consumed a passenger car near lahore. and we have an update on the condition of jesse jackson jr. the elder congressman is being treated for depression at the mayo clinic in minnesota and is suffering from gastrointestinal issues. he has not been on capitol hill
since late may. we're getting an early read on local news making national headlines. a little more trouble for a jet that is supposed to be a game changer. this comes from the "l.a. times." u.s. safety officials investigating engine problems on boeing's new 787 dream liner jets. why? they had a little mishap at charleston international airport during a preflight test. debris that fell from the plane sparked a grass fire. oh, my goodness, can you imagine that? it was a pretest flight. the spokesman for the charleston airport said the main runway at the airport was closed for more than an hour saturday. here's the deal. this 787 has been hit with several production glitches. it's a very popular airliner. so far boeing has taken 845 orders for the planes through june, making it one of the best selling jets ever. however, it's been having a lot of problems along the way. >> it is huge for boeing. this is supposed to be the next best thing in air travel, and they just can't get it out there
flying commercial yet. so it's a big deal. in rhode island, the end of an era. this in little compton. gray's is considered by many to be the oldest general store in the country. it's been in one family for six generations. the owner, grayton white passed away at the age of 59. his son jonah is in college now studying journalism. he doesn't want to take over the store. so he's just going to shut its doors. this place is known for its penny candy, which is 5 cents a pop, and a rhode island favorite, johnny cakes, which are cornmeal patties. so you've been watching the olympics. a lot of empty seats at the venues. british school kids are now getting hot tickets to the olympic games. you know who they have to thank? alert tv viewers like us. i don't understand how this happens, but you were saying that it's kind of when you go to a baseball game here and you see the same problems. a lot of corporations buy out
these tickets and don't fill the seats. >> it's the 1%. it's the corporations own all the seats or get a lot of the seats. they're the ones who actually pay for a the lot of these games. but they don't fannies in them is the problem. they remain empty. it looks bad on tv. >> i don't get it. it's the olympics. >> and sebastian coe, who's running the olympics for great britain is really up in arms. so they're filling the seats with the military and schoolchildren. >> send the tickets here. 21 minutes past the hour. hundreds of thousands of suvs and sedans are being recalled this morning because a feature meant to keep you safe might not work at all. find out if your car is on this list coming up. off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because it offers a superior level of protection,
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too weak for the white house. slamming mitt romney. >> dick cheney not holding back. what he now thinks about john mccain picking sarah palin in 2008. so they wanted a thrill. they got more than they bargained for. a roller coaster leaves riders stranded really high in the decide. >> you sound nervous just talking about it. >> this is my worst nightmare come true. this is where i think i would die on a l roller coaster. i feel terrible for them. >> someone needs to rescue zoraida. i'm john berman. it is half past the hour. we're going to start with
politics. hating the news stands this morning, you have to check out the latest cover of "newsweek." it is brutal. it's really more of an opinion piece than an article. it accuses romney of being insecure, whiny, cites his london olympics gaffe, and flip-flops to appease conservatives. cnn's peter hanby joins us live from the washington bureau. this was pretty brutal, and mitt romney didn't seem to like it when he was asked about it. >> and the article goes as far enough to ask whether romney is a wimp or a weenie? romney was asked about this yesterday on cbs news. on the spectrum of things he's been called on presidential campaigns, this is kind of nice, but this is how he brushed aside this "newsweek" cover when he was asked about it yesterday,
john. >> if i worried about what the media said, i wouldn't get much sleep, and i'm able to sleep pretty well. >> that's probably a pretty honest answer there. the media says a lot of things about mitt romney. in 1987, george h.w. bush, when he was vice president at the time, "newsweek" did the exact same thing. look at the article they did in 1987. they asked whether he was too wimpy to be president. this got under the bush family's skin. this is a different sort of media environment. back then, the cover of a news magazine having much impact in shaping a narrative in a presidential race in 1987 was probably much stronger than it is today, john. mitt romney will probably be same. >> george h.w. bush won, by the way. he may have been a wimp, but he won. >> also, the republicans succeeded in making michael dukakis the wimp in 1988, not george h.w. bush. so in the end, the wimp thing
didn't really matter. >> we have news on the democratic side. we're waking up to news that bill clinton is going to be speaking on wednesday night of convention week in charlotte, the primetime speech that wednesday night, nominating president obama. looking at the long complicated relationship between the clintons and obamas, this is a particularly big deal. >> yeah, in 2008 at the convention there, the issue was was the democratic family going to come together? bill clinton sort of gave a big speech to sort of ratify the clinton family's stamp of approval on barack obama at the time running for president. this time the question was will bill clinton be given a big speaking role because he's kind of gone off message from the white house a few times here and there over the last several months. at the end of the day, bill clinton's approval rating is about 66%, according to cnn/orc poll last month. he's popular. he's more popular than president barack obama. and a lot of democrats will tell you that bill clinton's frankly a better communicator when it
comes to talking about substantive issues and what they mean for voters than president is from time to time. the bottom line, they want a popular face in front of president's convention, who's not doing so well in the polls. 34 minutes past the hour. mitt romney is raising a lot of campaign cash and a few eyebrows while he travels abroad. romney picked up $2 million in london, is expected to rake in another $1 million at a fu fund-raiser in jerusalem. these overseas fund-raisers are unprecedented. however, he tells our cnn's wolf blitzer he fully supports campaign finance reform. >> a candidate is able to raise a maximum of $2,500 for his campaign, a federal candidate. but there can be a super pac on behalf of that candidate that takes millions of dollars. this doesn't make a lot of sense to me. i hope at some point we're able
to revisit our campaign finance laws and to have candidates responsible for the advertising of their own campaign. >> you can see more of that interview with mitt romney when wolf blitzer anchors the "the situation room" live from jerusalem. plus wolf will have new interviews with israeli president shimon peres and defense minister ehud barak. mccain's decision to choose sarah palin his running mate was a mistake? that's according to former vice president dick cheney. cheney is recovering from a heart transplant and says he feels better now than he has in years. in an interview with abc news, he talked about how critical it is to select a running mate based on their qualifications. >> i like governor palin. i've met her. i know her. she's an attractive candidate, but based on her background, she'd only been governor for two years. i don't think she passed that test.
>> being ready? >> of being ready to take over. >> cheney says he has spoken to mitt romney about potential vice presidential picks, but he would not discuss who they talked about. a mississippi couple set the date, mailed out the invitations, but charles and te'andrea say the day before their wedding, some members of the church they planned to get married at balked because of their race. >> he had people in the sanctuary that was pitching a fit about us being a black people. i mean, i didn't like it at all because i wasn't brought up to be racist. >> this had never been done here before. so it was setting a new precedence, and there were those who reacted to that because of that. >> had never been done here before. church members made it a point to say the voices of a few do not represent the whole church. that pastor ended up marrying the couple at another nearby church. >> we have some more
controversial marriage dues. same-sex marriage is not permitted in colorado, and a lakewood, colorado bakery is taking its own stand against gay marriage, refusing to bake a cake for a local couple's reception. the owner of the masterpiece cake shop says he takes every cake he bakes personally and won't bake a cake for an event he believes should not be taking place. dave and charlie are planning a wedding in provincetown, massachusetts, where it is legal, with a reception to be held in denver, but they were shown the door when they went shopping for a wedding cake in colorado. >> my first comment was we're getting married, and he kind of shut that down immediately. >> if it came to that point that we close down the bakery before we compromise our beliefs. and so that may be what it comes to. we'll have to see. >> residents in lakewood are protesting the baker's decision, and some are calling for a boycott of that bake shop, the masterpiece bake shop.
it is 37 minutes past the hour. heat warnings are in place for parts of the southern plains and the southwest today. so it continues. rob marciano has more for us. good morning. >> good morning, guys. we're just kind of shifting the heat around. everybody is taking a turn at it. the southern plains have really been getting a beating for the past month or so. eight states, nine states under heat advisories, even heat warnings for central oklahoma, getting in through the lower mississippi valley as well. temperatures at dangerous levels. heat indices could reach the 115 area. actual temperatures measured in the shade, not including humidity. joplin, missouri, 109. topeka, kansas, 107. northern texas seeing similar numbers. in places like oklahoma city, you may break the 110 degree mark. that's where the heat is going to be. parts of wisconsin, western great lakes, you've got a chance of seeing strong to severe thunderstorms. also, pop-up thunderstorms across the east coast today. temperatures there a little bit
cooler or at least more comfortable than they have been. humidity levels up in some spots. 89 degrees in d.c. 79 degrees in new york city. 90 degrees in chicago. >> thank you, rob. this is the story that has zoraida shaking all morning. a brand new roller coaster has been shut down for a safety inspection after leaving riders stuck high in the air. this happened at six flags discovery kingdom in northern california. they were stuck up there, there you can see them, for 90 minutes yesterday atop the superman ultimate flight roller coaster. no one was hurt luckily, but the new roller coaster, which is equipped with override safety systems, was debuted just over a month ago. >> what if you have to go to the bathroom? terrible, those poor folks. the u.s. men's swim team treading water this morning. a demoralizing loss with both michael phelps and ryan lochte in the pool. we're going to go live to london coming up. now you can apply suk
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bronze. after seeing michael phelps stumble and a world record performance from another u.s. swimmer, the olympics have had no shortage of drama. leading the medal count, china with 12 medals. united states is right behind them with 11 medals. italy is in third place. joining me live from london amanda davies. we saw the u.s. men's swim team blow a lead in the 4 by 100 meter relay. berman sitting next to me is shocked. what happened? >> reporter: zoraida, michael phelps still aiming for gold this year in london, isn't he? he kept up his end of the bargain, and he was swimming the second leg in the 4 by 100 freestyle relay, and his team were in the lead ahead of france when he handed over. but it was really the fourth leg that made the difference. yanni angel was swimming france's final leg up against ryan lochte, and frankly, angel blew lochte out of the water, so france getting revenge for
beijing four years ago. it is a medal for michael phelps. it's a silver medal. he's now just one behind the all time record. quite interestingly, all three of them -- phelps, lochte, and angel will line up later on today in 200 meters freestyle as well. that will definitely be one to watch. >> we'll definitely be watching. i say silver is not so bad. everyone here disagrees with me. the u.s. men's swim team may have come up a little bit short, but the u.s. women had a big day, including a world record. let's talk about that. >> reporter: it's all relative, isn't it, with michael phelps. we're so used to him winning gold, but silver frankly isn't good enough. he is getting to the end of his career. he said it was all about toppings on his sundae and all that. a silver's not so bad. we've got to talk about dana vollmer. she took gold in the 100 meters butterfly, and not just took gold, took a world record as well. it's a fantastic story because she won a team gold in athens in 2004, but this is her first individual gold. remember this is a lady who
underwent a heart operation back in 2003, and the other lady we've got to talk about is kim rhode because she claimed gold in a shooting event, the skeet, but not just any gold for her, it was her fifth individual gold in five olympic games. fifth individual medal in five olympic games. she's the first u.s. athlete ever to achieve that feat. so definitely a big thumbs up for her this morning as well. >> i'm sorry i missed that. i'm going to have to see that on the reruns. that is very cool. amanda davies, thank you so much. we appreciate it. and we're talking about the absolute shocker in women's gymnastics. she was supposed to be the it girl of 2010 with the whaeaties box, everything. jordyn wieber is the reigning all around champion. she missed out qualifying for the all around final even though she was the fourth best gymnast of the day. teammates ali raisman and gabby douglas passed her, and the rule
is countries can only send two gymnasts to the all around final event. even though she was fourth, she didn't get to go. there are 18 people going in. fair is fair, i suppose. >> she was really overcome. >> and i can understand why. mitt romney is heading to poland this morning on the final stop of his foreign tour. he's scheduled to meet with the country's prime minister and nobel laureate. romney was in israel today, where he called jerusalem israel's capital even though the status is still under dispute with palestinians. james holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others inside a colorado movie theater is due back in court today. he's expected to face formal charges in the case. no word on whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty. holmes is being held without bond at the arapaho county jail where he's being isolated from other inmates.
a missing 12-year-old girl has been found safe in tennessee. amber whitlow was found with her 33-year-old brother antonio whitlow in memphis. antonio is a suspect in amber's abduction as well as the murder of a man and woman in arkansas. police believe amber is daughter or granddaughter of the murdered couple, who are in their 60s. marco rubio has a very good excuse for not showing up at a mitt romney rally this weekend. he was on his way to des moines on saturday when his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in albuquerque. rubio delivered his planned speech by telephone. his plane is being investigated for an apparent electrical issue. mitt romney taking hits on his home turf by vice president joe biden. the vice president was addressing thousands of teachers at cobalt hall in detroit, where romney grew up, accusing republicans of slashing education so they can afford to give tax breaks to the wealthy. >> governor romney's plan for public education is
straightforward. he says let the states use all the title i for private schools, and basically the effect is to strip you of your voice. >> biden took his hits too. the start of his speech was interrupted by a crowd of protesters, who tried to march to the convention floor holding anti-obama signs. they were escorted out by police. republican senators john mccain, lindsay graham, and kelly ayot are teaming up to talk defense cuts. thinker holding meetings in battleground states to, in their words, sound the alarm on the looming cuts. the congressional budget office said the cuts would be tough to manage but the base budget in 2013 would still be larger than it was in 2006. so keep it right here. soledad o'brien will talk with senators john mccain and kelly ayot about those defense cuts at
7:30 on "starting point." she's not on the team, but she sure fooled a lot of people. this is one of the big stunners of the olympics so far. coming up, the mystery woman who somehow joined team india for the opening ceremony. if you're leaving the house right now, you can watch this any time on your desktop or mobile phone. go to cnn.com/tv. oh, you're good! hey, did you know that honey nut cheerios is... oh you too! ooh, hey america's favorite cereal is... honey nut cheerios ok then off to iceland! your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation.
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welcome back. 53 minutes past the hour. i'm john berman along with zoraida sambolin. >> the web is buzzing about that mystery woman at the opening ceremonies. let's take a look. did you see her at the opening ceremonies? >> she stuck out. >> that's the woman in the red sweater who crashed the indian delegation at the parade of nations. she wasn't an athlete. so she stuck out in a sea of yellow. you know how concerned they were
about security at the olympics. she happened to be able to get right down there with all of the athletes. the london organizing chairman says she was a member of the opening ceremony cast who got slightly overexcited. the indian paper id'd here as an indian grad student who had been living in and around london. >> they had no problem with it. there's a lady in red here. no problem. let's talk red, white, and blue, the subject of intimidation. this is one of the coolest things i've seen at the olympics. it's the face mask for the american fencers. it's just a flag. it's just this intimidating flag. they can see through that, of course. it looks like something captain america would wear. it's just very impressive. >> i would like one of those. >> how would you like that staring you in the face? our flag was still there. do you love the nasa images we get all the time? we have some more. the flags left on the moon during the apollo missions still standing, all but one.
the latest photographs of the moon taken by nasa's lunar reconnaissance orbiter camera. there were six flags. so we have five remaining 40 years after the last moon landing. apollo in 1972. the scientists say you can see the shadows that are cast from the flags. they deserved it at all different points during the day. the images also show the lunar landers, rovers, and scientific instruments that were left. >> the one they think was knocked down was the very first one planted by neil armstrong, buzz aldrin. it apparently fell over when they took off from the moon. so one is down, but the rest still standing. it's so cool. it's cool, right? i just said it was cool. we have a lot more. top stories straight ahead, including this cell phone video of a daring driver who made a run for it just when police thought they had him. not good at all. organic artichokes, organic lettuce, organic kale...
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mitt romney talking tough. he's overseas taking on iran and taking in campaign cash in israel. disaster on the rails. dozens are killed when a passenger train goes up in flames. taking a stand with some takeout. sarah palin telling the world how she feels about the chick-fil-a same sex marriage debate. good morning to you. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. it is 6:00 a.m. in the east. also coming up, former president ] is going to take a big role right in primetime during the democratic convention. >> makes sense. he's a popular guy. plus theguy.
>> a rule that -- >> i don't like it one bit. i'll start with politics. mitt romney is on a plane to poland. he left israel this morning where he gave a tough talking speech on iran. >> we must not delewd ourselves into thinking that containment is an option. we must lead the effort to prevent iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability and should employ any and all measures to dissuade the iran regime from the nuclear course. we recognize the right to defend itself and it is right for america to stand with you. >> sara, if you listen to mitt romney right there, his language is very carefully chosen. what kind of space is he trying to create with president obama with the issues on iran and israel. >> it appears he's trying to
look more hawkish than president obama. initially he was stronger in his statements in israel and iran saying he would support israel if it decideded to do a preem preemptive strike on iran. then later saying he would respect the decision if it decided to use military action against iran. as you know president obama and his administration have been trying to calm the tension between israel and iran, trying to get israel to back away from the idea of using a preemptive strike instead letting diplomatic relations as well as sanctions take their course. in so doing. obama administration has been sending through many people who have come through here over the past few weeks in what many are dubbing the don't bomb iran tour. >> i'm not going to comment on what political candidates say or don't say.
but with regards to where israel is right now, my view is that they have not made me decisions with regards to iran. my goal frankly is to strengthen that partnership so that we can -- we can be fully prepared to deal with any contingency that may happen. >> u.s. defense secretary leon panetta there, the latest in a strange of people from the obama administration who has come to israel and iran has come up each time he's expected here in the next day or so, john. >> mitt romney made clear he would not directly criticize president obama during this foreign tour. not criticizing a president overseas, what kind of subtle messages has he been sending about what he thinks about the
president's foreign policy. >> he did keep to his promise not to criticize the president openly while overseas. as you said that is really protocol for anyone -- a presidential kacandidate or anye in politics who comes overseas on the world stage if you will. but he did have an availed jab speaking about obama and saying he doesn't think anyone should openly criticize israel especially outside of the country. let's listen to what he said while he was here in the old city here in jerusalem. >> we can not stand silent as those who seek to undermine israel voice their criticisms. and we certainly should not join in that criticism. diplomatic distance in our public between our nations em boldens israel's adversaries.
>> you hear him say, we should not criticize our seek to criticize israel especially in a public way. he's referring to something obama said where he criticized israel's build gs of more than 1300 apartments in east jerusalem which many people consider occupied territory since israel got that territory in the 1967 six-day war. >> it was a clear message there from mitt romney. keep it here on cnn this afternoon. wolf blitzer anchors the situation room live from jerusalem, where you can see more of his interview with mitt romney and new interviews with peres. an obama campaign aide confirming the former president will deliver a key prime time speech and place president obama's name into nomination. on the final night of the convention, vice president biden
will make his prime time speech before president obama accepts the nomination. >> 27 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage after a moving train caught fire. 26 survivors have been taken to hospitals. an electrical short circuit is responsible. caught on tape, crazy footage. this is moments on the streets of southern california. >> here we go. oh, [ bleep ] he's going again. don't do it, don't do it. oh, [ bleep ]. >> the police with guns and night sticks smashing windows of the truck before the driver takes off peeling out and nearly taking a couple of officers with him. a witness had his cell phone and took this video apparently.
the local paper says the driver was involved in a hit-and-run crash earlier and there's helicopter footage. this ended in a wreck and there were no reports of anyone hurt. >> it amazes me people hang out with cell phones when they know there are guns nearby. the first weekend of the 2012 summer games in the books and swimming's dream team falling. the relay team fell to the french in the 400 meter freestyle, it was some measure of revenge for the french who lost to the u.s. in 2008 when michael phelps let out that legendary scream. vollmer became the first woman to swim the 100 meter butterfly in under 60 seconds. >> a shocker, she was supposed to be the it girl of 2010, all of the prom mows, the reigning
champ missed out on qualifying for the all-around final. here's the thing, she was still the fourth best gymnast in the day since teammates passed her and countries are only allowed to send two to the finals, jordyn wieber did not get to go. didn't sound fair, does it? >> no it does not sound fair. taking a look at the medal count, china on top in gold medals and overall medals, six golds and 12 total. u.s. in second. italy with seven total medals. another busy day on tap, ryan lochte tries to win the second gold and missy franklin tries to win her first gold in the 100 meter backstroke. and in gym that inas tithat is u.s. men's team will try to win. they look very good. >> when it comes to controversy,
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of the nbatman movie. cnn's jim spellman joins us from centennial, colorado. what can we expect today? >> reporter: five hours from now we won't see -- but james holmes will make his way from an underground tunnel into the courtroom. we won't get to see him in there like we saw him last week, this kind of dazed person like this orange-red hair. we expect him to be charged with 12 counts of first degree murder and numerous counts of attempted first degree murder and other charges around the explosives around the apartment. down the road later, the d a's office will decide whether to go tore the death penalty. ashley moeser was in the movies with her 6-year-old daughter. her daughter was killed in the attack and shot. over the weekend we found out that she miss carried and was pregnant and lost her baby. that could be another charge.
they can add that down the road, don't have to do that today. >> the laws here in colorado, i know are complicated when it comes to that. let's talk about that notebook that holmes mailed to his psychiatrist. a lot of people wondering that will fall under patient/doctor confidentiality and hippa laws. >> reporter: the defense is saying this is privileged communications between doctor and patient, we want that today. the judge will rule on that today as well at the hearing. that did tell us a lot in the filing, it told us for sure he was under the care of a psychiatrist. but there's still so many questions. we don't know why he was seeing a psychiatrist or how long he was seeing the psychiatrist. both of those could factor into issues around whether perhaps there should have been some notification from the psychiatrist to people. there's been reporting to that effect but we don't have the answers yet to know whether any of that will play into this case, zoraida. >> i'm sure we'll get more answers in the coming days. jim spellman, thank you for
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sparked a grass fire in south carolina. this happened at the charleston international airport during a pre-flight test. the 787 has been hit with several production glitches and boeing said the plane will fly faster and farther than earlier jets with better fuel efficiency. >> that's an impressive airplane. a mississippi couple set the day and mailed out the invitations but they say the day before their wedding, some members of the church they plan to get married at balked because of their race. >> we had people in the sanctuary that was pitching a fit about us being a black couple. i didn't like it at all because i wasn't brought up to be racist. >> this had never been done here before so it was setting a new precedence and there were those that reacted because of that. >> reacted and excluded them. church members made it a point
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"newsweek" taking a slam at mitt romney. a roller coaster malfunctions giving thrill seekers much more than they bargained for. olympic outrage, an american medal favorite won't get to go for gold because of an extremely unfortunate, unfair, i don't like it at all -- >> you got more? >> i don't like it at all rule. >> some people are saying the rules are the rules so get over it. >> welcome back to "early start." >> hitting newsstands this morning, check out the latest cover of "newsweek." it asks if mitt romney is too wimpy for the white house. and the accompanying opinion piece is brutal. accuses him of being insecure and whiney and citing his olympics gaffe and flip-flops on key positions to appease conservatives. peter hamby is live in d.c. peter, i got to read an excerpt
my jaw fell wide open. and they were speaking about ann's house and goes on to say, did you notice that she was the one driving the jet ski on the recent vacation when mitt rode on the back hanging on like a helpless pa poos. is he responding to this? >> he is, he's not letting it get under his skin. the article was tough and it calls him lame, mitt romney has been called a lot of things as a national political figure so he was asked about this on cbs yesterday morning. here's what his reaction to this was. >> if i worried about what the media said i wouldn't get much sleep. i'm able to sleep pretty well. >> zoraida, he also pointed out that "newsweek" did a similar cover in 1987 when george h.w. bush was vice president and running for president. that rhymed the bushies and got
under their skin. but romney has more pressing matters to deal with, the olympics gaffe. the obama campaign flooded the sunday shows and took aim at rommy about questioning whether the u.k. was ready for the games. listen to what tim romer had to say. >> quite candidly, he is equipped and prepared to be commander in chief. when he gets off on the first leg of the trip and goes to great britain and insults the prime minister and mayor of london both rebuke him. the question becomes, if he can't engage our allies on a simple topic like the olympics, how will he be tough enough to stand up to iran?
>> another called romney an embarrass. me ment to the united states. romney is currently on his way to poland, zoraida, for one more day overseas. >> did you think that was a fair comparison, the olympics to iran? >> that's not for me to say. >> i thought that was kind of tough. we're getting new details about the upcoming democratic convention. bill clinton playing a key role. he's hugely popular. >> a recent cnn poll has bill clinton's favorable rating at 66%, much higher than the president of the united states right now. the dnc will have him speak on september 5th, have a really high profile role. clinton they say has an ability to articulate the choice in this election, he's been around several decades on the national scene and he is frankly democrats say a good communicator and better communicator on matters of policy than president obama.
one thing to keep in mind september 5th is his speaking slot, the same night that the nfl kicks off, the cowboys and giants game that night. some eyeballs will probably be -- >> lost. >> on that instead of the convention that night. >> peter hamby live in d.c. thank you. >> turning to other sports, tears and world records all part of the story. leading the medal count, china, the u.s. is right behind with 11 and italy is in third place. joining us live from london. amanda davies, jordyn wieber missed out on qualifying for the all-around finals even though she came in fourth. help me explain to everyone how this is possible. >> reporter: the rules is the rules bluntly and that's what all of the gymnastics authorities and officials here are saying, that the rules state
you can only have two athletes from each country in the all-around final and sadly for jordyn, she finished third out of the team usa athletes. she finished behind her teammates gabby douglas and ally raisman. she doesn't get to compete for the gold medal she trained so hard and so long for. understandably the team afterwards were really upset of the they wanted to celebrate their success but felt because of jordyn that they couldn't and it was all very awkward. afterwards jordyn took to twitter and said thank you for your love and support. i'm so proud of our team today and can't wait for the team finals. she actually does have a shot at the floor exercise individual gold which is august the 7th. it's not the end of her olympic dream for this year but it certainly not the campaign she was hoping for. >> she will get to compete for
the u.s. team and team finals also on the floor which is the event she didn't do well enough to qualify for the individual finals. the u.s. did set big records yesterday. who came up big for us? >> reporter: there was the disappoint in the men's relay, they only got the silver in the 4 x 100 freestyle, vollmer fantastic swim for her, she set a new world record at the time which is a fantastic story for a swimmer who won a team gold in the pool in 2004. this is her first individual medal. then for kim rhode as well in the skeet, a sport we don't often hear about. that's the wouldn't der of the olympics, a shooting event. she took gold in that for usa and become the first u.s. athlete to win a gold medal in five consecutive olympic games.
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welcome back, i have to do this story because you're too scared to speak it out loud. a safety inspection has been ordered for a brand-new roller coaster that left riders sky high at six flags discovery kingdom in northern california. those people were stuck up there for 90 minutes. >> look at the way they take them down. >> carried out by a crane. >> they look much happier about it and calm than you would be. this is the superman ultimate flight roller coaster. no one was hurt. the new roller coaster is equipped with computerized safety systems just made its
debut. >> i guess those are thrill seekers. heat warnings are in place for the southern plains and southwest. rob marciano has your travel forecast. good morning to you. >> good morning. if it's hot and you're riding on a roller coaster, the wind chill would cool you off right there. >> it's great but you're stuck up there. you're stuck. >> you would be baking for a while, for sure. >> good morning, we have heat advisories out for a number of states across the southern plains and even heat warnings in the shaded pink areas where temperatures could feel like they are 110, 115 with the humidity levels, something we've been talking about for a good no and a half and although the numbers would be surprising last year, this year they are pretty regular. 109 actual temperature, no humidity measured in joplin and springfield seeing 106. these will last for the next three or four days.
extended heat wave for parts of the south. severe thunderstorms across dixie and across parts of wisconsin. pop-up thunderstorms across the northeast and that cloud cover will keep temperatures at least a little more comfortable than they've been. 79 expected in new york city. tropics, we have seen four named storms. we got off to a quick start but the past three or four weeks has been very quiet. el nino kicking in and knocking things down. we look towards the eastern atlantic, we have a little something developing here and couple models take us closer to it. we're getting to the more active part of hurricane season now that august is on our doorstep. >> thank you very much. >> soledad o'brien is here to tell us what's coming up on "starting point." >> we're going to continue the conversation about the "newsweek" cover story, is mitt romney a wimp. we'll talk to the guy who wrote that article, he asked the question if mitt romney is to
insecure to be president? my question is what do you mean by is he a wimp? mr. romney is on the final leg of his international tour to poland. he had a tough week. we'll see if he's able to find better footing. the co-chair of the national security committee was in the situation room during the osama bin laden raid. john mccain of arizona and kelly ahot. richa richard williamson will be our guest. reigning world champion united states gymnast jordyn wieber doesn't qualify because the only two rule. we'll talk about it with kerri strug. that's all ahead on "starting point." we'll see you at the top of the hour. >> used to be call the fab five.
the magnificent seven talking about the fab five. very cool. >> i'll bet our guests can beat up your guests this morning. kerri strug just had a baby and runs marathons maybe not. dominick cruz, and one ease mentoring chris weidman talk about ultimate fighting how it has become one of the hottest sports in the country.
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>> romney is heading to poland this morning scheduled to meet with the country's prime minister and former president and nobel laureate. in a controversial move he referred to the city as israel's capital. >> do you consider jerusalem to be the capital of israel? >> yes, of course, a nation has the capacity to choose its own capital city and jerusalem is israel's capital. >> if you become president of the united states, would you move the u.s. embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. >> it's long been the policy of our country to have the embassy in the capital, jerusalem. the decision to make the move is one if i were president i would want to take in consultation with the leadership of the government, which exists at that time. >> jerusalem's status is currently under compute with palestinians would want the city as their capital. >> governor romney is shrugging
off this "newsweek" cover story which suggests he's a wimp. it's more of an opinion piece, a tough opinion piece which questions whether romney is too insecure to be president. governor romney is responding by saying if i worried about what the media said i wouldn't get much sleep and i'm to sleep pretty well he says. >> james holmes is due back in court today. he is expected to face formal charges in the case and no word yet as to whether prosecutors will seek the death penalty. he's being held without bond where he's keeping isolated from other inmates. >> intense battle for control of syria's biggest city. rebels launching a major offensive in a checkpoint in aleppo, violence claimed 114 lives in syria yesterday. at least h41 of them in damascu
and the suburbs. protesting two deadly police involved shootings that happened last month. yesterday's protest was peaceful for the most part but some people tried to get things more agitated and two people were arrested there. >> it is now 50 minutes after the hour right now. it originates from the brutal full contact sport of valley -- >> i don't know about brutal. >> brutal is the problem, not the name. >> comes from brazil and the fastest growing sport organization in the world, not bad from a sport that home came in the u.s. in 1993. >> the ultimate fighting championship that skyrocketed in popularity and gathered a massive fan base. joining us now or chris weidman and dominick cruz. thank you for being with us this morning. we appreciate it. you know we were talking a little while ago about the olympics and what sports do you watch in particular because
maybe they are feeders for your sport. i was surprised when you said gymnastics. >> my thing is obviously it's the jude do and the wrestling. gymnastics, i'm shocked how well they move. the men, women, they move so well and fluently, that's huge for fighting also. >> you were both wrestler,s you were a college wrestler? >> yes and also tried out for the olympics in 2008. it didn't work out for me i was going to tryout for 2012 but got involved in the ufc and decided to go that route inside. definitely interested in what happens in wrestling. >> what other sport do you watch, that's similar to what i do? >> i was watching gymnastics too. they were incredible athletes, you can look up to what these guys are doing out there. a lot of that stuff i can't come close to doing. >> it's guys and girls. >> guys and girls, that's right.
>> we have an olympian kerri strug. do you think you could take her? >> i wouldn't try. she has traps bigger than me. >> do you think it should be an olympic sport? >> i think that sooner or later it will be and we deserve to have it if that's where it goes. it's definitely at that caliber it could be but at time it will be there -- if it happens. it's just a time thing. the sport is still brand-new, still a lot being shown in it. i think it will grow on people and become that. >> i was asking -- i want to know how long it takes to be a ufc fighter. i worked out with a mma guy in chicago and beat my butt and said i'm never working out with you again. this is a long process, isn't it? >> for the most part, i came from wrestling, we've been doing it since we were little kids. if you get into mixed martial arts with no base, it takes a long time because you're
building from nothing. >> judo also, another olympic sport that is a feeder for mma. >> a lot of guys who have done judo, wrestling. you could have a background in any sport, karate. there's so many different martial arts, if you come in with the background you get to see what you can do with it on the stage in front of the world. it's similar to the olympics because you can come from anywhere in the world and fight somebody and it reminds me of the olympics in that sense. >> i can't help but notice you look tough but have nice shaves. what's the deal with the team edge? >> chris weidman and bob doddson looking to have her face and mug on the edge of edge shaving can. you can vote up to five times a day and the winner of this competition, whoever gets the most votes, gets to be on font
of an edge shave can. there's millions going on. >> better than wheaties. >> and my little brother over here is being modest and hasn't said that he's actually already on these shaving cans. on about 2 million cans. i want to be able to follow in his footsteps. >> that is correct. all right. >> thank you so much for coming. it was great meeting you. go easy on kerri strug when you see her. >> oh, man, i don't want none of that. >> best advice from another olympian, jackie joyner kersey coming up.
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it is just a few minutes before the hour and soledad o'brien is on deck with quts starting point. >> today we hear from past olympian jackie joyner kersey. >> the best advice i ever received probably came from my high school coach when he said win when you can win. >> win when you can win. we've been talking about this. how do you interpret that? >> there are a couple interpretations to discuss, number one, if you have the opportunity, seize it, sort of like seize the day, if it's there, go for it. another interpretation is if you're in a baseball season and you have to beat the bad teams. don't miss the opportunity to win when that opportunity is available. beat the bad team.
by the way, she's won four olympic medals. >> she can, often. >> she can win a lot. i'm going to listen to her. >> that is it for "early start." >> "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. our starting point this morning, mitt romney getting aggressive on his international tour taking aim at iran. is he scoring points at home? >> questions over his sanity. james holmes, accused of open fire that movie theater will be in court this morning. prosecutors go for the death penalty. vollmer wins gold but jordyn wieber is knocked out before the finals. ker
kerri strug will join us this morning. "starting point" begins right now. >> welcome back, our starting point this morning, mitt romney on his way to poland after his welcome strip welcome trip to israel. here's what he said. >> we must not delude ourselves into thinking containment is an option. we must lead the effort to prevent iran from building and possessing nuclear weapons capability. we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the iranian regime from its nuclear course. no option should be excluded. we recognize israel's right to defend itself and that it is right for america to stand with you. >> mitt romney trailing in polls when they are asked which candidate would handle foreign policy better. it's a critical time for him to recover from what some say were
big gaffes made in britain. michelle is the co-chair of the obama campaign's national security committee and former defense secretary under president obama and in the situation room during the osama bin laden raid. nice to see you. thank you for talking us with this morning. do you see a big difference between mitt romney's foreign policy stance when it comes to iran and president obama's foreign policy stance when it comes to iran? they both talked about no option being off the table. >> there really isn't that much substaive difference, soledad. the president has made clear his policy is to prevent iran from gaining a nuclear weapon and that all options are on the table. right now we're focused on imposing the most crippling sanctions in the history of any country. those are tightening the screws on iran's economy and we hope it will change the catalyst with regard to the nuclear program. >> we want to read what mitt romney said about the arab spring and l