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educated at an english language school at switzerland. he was believed to be a noted fan of michael jordan and has some exposure to the western culture and english language. fox news has been following for 2 and a half years this succession process in north korea. we reported back in june of 2009 u.s. intelligence utilizing signal intelligence captured documents and other evidence of kim jong-il demanding that the military in north korea accept his youngest sons as hear leader distributing talking points emphasizing his military prowess and so forth. this has been a long time coming. this is make mow mistake about it an ethical helmet the idea that we should be -- kim jong-il
should be gone vastly effects the world order and you can be sure that president obama and his national security team are in close contact with china. >> james what are the odds the military will accept kim jong-il the young e son as the new leader? >> well it's the best most plausible scenario that we have to work with. the north koreans are trained to invest in this kind of predator remonarchy if you will. what is unclear is how china will treat the situation whether any one whether the u.s. or china regards this as a real or viable opportunity to pursue
regime change or whether the united states or china working closely and collaboratively might regard the best scenario as one in which there is a smooth transfer of power here and work could begin later to try to change the nature and character of the north korean regime. >> do you also have any indication of whether or not we might see an increase in any type of military activit activi anything like that since there could be this new successor his son to say is that something that is being talked about right now? >> i would image that both u.s. forces in southeast asia would be and through out asia would be on some sort of heightened alert. one would also be weary of any kind of action on the north korean regime because it isser radek because it is aggressive because it is armed with nuclear
devices which they have tested. this has to be -- the situation has to be treated with the greatest delicacy and i am sure that president obama if he hasn't already. his national security council would examine how best to treat the situation and what to expect from the north korean regime which of course is notably erratic. >> fox news chief correspondent james rose enthank you so much for that. we will keep our viewers informed of the information breaking news the leader kim jong-il has died. i am marianne rafferty. now back to huckabee. tim tebow is simply a very gracious, humble and disciplined young man who was raised to believe that he's personally accountable for his actions, both on and off the field. and it would appear that he's been pretty consistent in both orbits. sports writers, tv analysts and other football players
seem obsessed with opinions whether tebow ought to openly declare his allegiance to god after taking a knee and the controversy rages among fellow christians some of whom have amazingly been critical of his outward displays. personally i'm kind of refreshed to see a professional athlete to advertise something wholesome like prayer to god. i've seen of drug users, awe bus abusers, gun toting, general jerks, sure there's room for someone advertising love for mother and father, and their sport. as for openly declaring a love for jesus, some eat their soup louder than others and the soup tastes the same either way and for those who like the expressions of faith subdued so be it, but some people are
maybe naturally, maybe supernaturally expressive and i'm fine with that. most of all i rejoice to see a young person as a role model won't encourage my grandson to smoke dope, treat women disrespectfully, cheat, lie, get in drunken brawls, use profanity to cover a lack after decent vocabulary or start fights on the field. i'll buy a room full of posters of that kind of here he owe for my grandson. if the broncos lose, god is no less god and tim tebow will probably be a fine young man, but i hope tebow and the bronc keep winning and critics have something better to whine about than the fact that he prays. that's my view and contact me at mike huckabee.com with your view and facebook and twitter if you have something to say about that. this past week i was in des moines, iowa with four of the
presidential candidates and also with an overflow crowd and a magnificent theater to premier the movie "the gift of life" it's a stunning and i think very powerful portrayal of why every life has worth and dignity. i hope you'll get a copy and you can find out more about it at the gift of life movie.com. the gift of life movie.com or follow the link for mike huckabee.com. hey, we had a big moment from the huckabee show. full page ad in the wall street journal this week about the forum that you saw here a few weeks ago with the attorneys general and showed we were the first in the ratings, beat cnn, msnbc and headlines news with total viewers and wonderful reviewers from the new york times and daily beast who normally don't have that many wonderful things to say about me or fox news. [applause] >> and during thursday's republican presidential debate in sioux city, iowa most of the candidates aimed their
attacks at president obama, but minnesota congresswoman michele bachmann set her sights on those sharing the stage with her. >> i've never heard a more dangerous answer for american security than the one that we just heard from ron paul. we know that he cashed paychecks from freddie mac, that's the best evidence that you can have. over 1.6 million dollars and frankly, i am shocked listening to the former speaker of the house, because he's defending the continuing practice of freddie mac and fannie mae. >> mike: joining us from iowa, republican presidential candidate michele bachmann. congresswoman, it's good to have you with me again. thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you, governor. it's a pleasure to be with you. [applause] >> most of the analysts who i've seen who talked about the debate thought you had an exceptionally strong night and that you took your game straight to your fellow candidates. was that intentional strategy on your part or did it just rise up in you, there were things being said you had to
challenge? >> he will it was the latter, mike, i had no strategy to do that, it was based upon things that i heard and the first clip that you played was that of ron paul. and ron paul, i believe, would be a very dangerous president of the united states. and that's not personal. i'm not trying to be personal against him, but i think it's very clear, people across the world recognize iran is hell bent on obtaining a nuclear weapon and they've made it abundantly clear they'll use it against our ally israel and use it against the united states and we know that because the president of iran said he would as recently as august and also in september when he was here. this is a very serious situation and i come as someone who sits on the intelligence committee and we deal with the secrets and we have to take this threat on because it's real. >> mike: i agree that iran is a real threat and the only country i know of who not only want today develop the nuclear weapon and developing it with
the express purpose of using it. >> that's right. >> mike: yet, on the tonight show when ron paul was on this week, he made this comment i'd like your reaction to it after we listen to it. >> michele bachmann. >> she doesn't like muslims, he she hates muslims. she wants to go get them. >> mike: congresswoman you said it was not person, you to him, but it sounded a little personal from him to you and he made a pretty bold, i would go so far as to say an outrageous allegation that you hate muslims. i've never seen that in you. respond. >> no, no, you're exactly right. you never have because i never have said anything that foolish, what i believe is that i move the american people and i love this country, and i want this country to be safe, sovereign and free. the real hate that you hear is coming from the president of iran. he hates jews.
he hates jews in israel and he hates the american people and so do the mullahs in iran who have expressly stated that it is their goal to kill jews in israel and also to kill americans. that's a real threat and that's why as commander-in-chief this have nation i will stand up and make sure that iran never obtains a nuclear weapon, and i will stand with our ally israel. >> and let's address that specific allegation that you hate muslims and you want to go get them. do you hate muslims? >> of course not. i don't hate muslims and that's outrageous to say that, but i do recognize that we have a very real threat, just like when hitler was building up the threat prior to world war ii, all of the signs were there, ne were evident and people who want today bury their heads in the sand. we're living in a time when there's another madman and if there's anything mike, the last 100 years taught us. when a madman speaks we need to listen and take that threat
seriously. and i do, i'll stand with the american country that i love. >> mike: and you and i were together with several of the presidential candidates at an overflow event for the movie "the gift of life" and one of the things i think people are saying, these issues don't matter, the issues of the sanctity of life or marriage. it appeared to matter to some iowa voters the other night when they were there. would you react to whether or not the issues are asked of you as you campaign across iowa? >> well, mike, they were even today. i'm on a 99 county tour. every county in iowa we did ten stops yesterday, ten stops today and governor, i'll tell you, this morning, people brought up the issue of life and said this is the number one issue, and i know that you agree that life needs to be protected. we talked about that in the debates and for your viewers, i encourage them to stay tuned to fox, because fox will show the debate again, and the issue of life came up in the debate.
and i said very clearly that i believe that the life needs to be protected from conception until natural death and that's why i brought up that issue. because the former speaker of the house, newt gingrich. had a chance to defund planned parenthood. he didn't do it and even more shockingly, he reconfirmed again that he would be willing to support and campaign for republicans who support the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion. i could never do that. and that's why the very important question was asked by george will to the speaker. he said when is it ever a virtue to tolerate infantside? it's not. we need to be a party that stands for life, you do, i do, the republican party does and people across iowa want a champion to stand for life and i will. >> mike: congresswoman michele bachmann, it's always a pleasure to see you, have fun out there and good luck in iowa, and thank you very much for joining us today. >> it's always a pleasure to
be with you, governor, thank you. >> mike: thank you, merry christmas to you. when barack obama was campaigning for president, he condemned the war in iraq with you, but when announcing the end of the war in week he called it one of the most extraordinary chapters in the history of the american military. statesmanship or just plain old flip-flopping? we'll debate on the hot seat when we come back. (applause). while some fiber ads use super models, metamucil uses super hard working psyllium fiber, which gels to remove unsexy waste and reduce cholesterol. taking psyllium fiber won't make you a model but you should feel a little more super. metamucil. down with cholesterol.
[applause] >> the quar in (applause) >> with the war in iraq officially over and our troops headed home. president obama took a look the at the bright side. >> what's happening over the last several years has linked the united states and iraq in a way that is it potentially powerful and could end up benefitting not only america and iraq, but the entire region and the entire world. >> mike: but that sounds a lot different from the president's
old stance on america's mission in iraq. >> i don't oppose war in all circumstances and when i look out over this crowd today, i know there is no shortage of patriots or patriotism. what i do oppose is a dumb war. >> mike: why is the president changed his mind? i think it's time for the hot seat. my challengers today, news day columnist elliss henican and jehmu green, both are fox news contributors. good to have you here, welcome. jehmu, is this a flip-flop on the president's part? >> as a candidate, he opposed to the war. as, you know, i said that he was going to end the war and as a president he has after nine years, i don't think i have any more tears to cry, and the reunions and naers meeting their babies for the first time. i have a question for you, governor. >> mike: ask. >> given he's lived up to every promise he made with
iraq is he not the greatest command ner chief in modern day of presidents not the 21st century, but the 20th century. >> mike: aur audience doesn't think so. no, i don't think so. he always wants to talk about what he inherited. he inherited a war that turned because after surge that he opposed. he inherited incredible military that he had never been so fond of until he became commander-in-chief and realized these are the most remarkable americans that live. i'm grateful these americans are coming home. i'm grateful it's ending. i hope it works out well. but i don't see how i can see those two piece of videotape and say this is a president that had to change his view about the military and elliss, did his view on the mission change. >> no, he was against it dependent think it was good to go in, you can't erase history. he wanted us. >> mike: don't be so sure. i'm rarely. >> on this one, the power of
logic has overwhelmed you, governor, you know you want these guys to come home and you know you don't want another ten year occupation somewhere and let's get them out of afghanistan, too, right? >> i never want today see this thing go ten years. >> gooed. >> mike: i would rather see as america would typically go in as colin powell would say overwhelming force and make it it quick and decisive. the fact that it's lasted ten years, there have been a lot of people that didn't come home to their families and the pain of this war is unquestionable. my point goes back, this is a president it wasn't just the war, we all support the troops, the president supported the troops i'm the not going to question his patriotism nor his support for the troops. i'm talking about his support for the mission of the war. >> wasn't the libya model better, we got in, did a piece of business and got out of there and in fact support from our allies. >> and he knew how to do it from the start to the finish. >> mike: as far as libya i would remind you that the
president's original proposal was not in fact what we did, but i'm grateful it's turned out and i'll give him credit because he is the commander-in-chief and i'll give him credit for a number of good decisions. so i'm not dismissing everything he's done. i do think he made a major change, you know why? the reality of being president set in. it's easy to be a candidate and tougher to govern and we've got to go to another topic. does the media hold the g.o.p. field to a different standard than the democratic field. let's look at a tape and you can react to it. >> strategic advice over a long period of time. >> how much would you spend on a monthly basis doing at that kind of work, seems like a lot of money. >> as ceo of bayne capital romney made huge profits while bankrupting five companies. >> and (inaudible) >> now, there are tough questions there, candidates
running for president and tough questions, i've got no problems with that. are the questions specifically related to some of let's say financial information i found it especially interesting. you've got al sharpton who owes about half a million dollars in taxes and he's raising questions about the integrity and character of one of the candidates. am i overreacting? >> yes. >> i knew you were going to say that. >> and certainly what happens when you're a front runner and just weeks ago, newt gingrich said bring it on, he welcomed the heat and put up on his website, answering the questions and i think the media is treating this field differently because they've allowed-- republicans have allowed the media to turn this into a circus and reality show, as an american who wants the best nominee. >> mike: what do you mean reality show. >> i don't think the media is at fault for turning it into a reality show. >> how did they do that? >> allowed donald trump to control the the debate and they had allowed candidates like herman cain who clearly did not have the type of standing, i think, to be a
front runner. and all of the attention they put on him and i mean, some of the questions we've seen in the debate have really crossed the line, focusing on michele bachmann's migraines rg early on and it's out of line. >> mike: and that's my point. some of the questions the media asked are ridiculous, why on earth would they ask michele bachmann about a migraine and herman cain some things they've asked him. and that's my point. there's been unusual level of scrutiny and some of which haveening to do with president. aren't you sick. >> mike: and not today-- >> you were a presidential candidate, aren't you sick of whining candidates. when you run for president in our country you better expect some questions ab pit bulls. sadly this time around the republican candidates frankly have been suffer on each other, and nobody is tougher than michele bachmann and make woodward's and bernsteins-- >> and you can't forget mitt romney as a front runner for
the last year, he stayed away from sunday talk shows for what, 18 months, he stayed away from doing-- what is up with that? >> you know what, i don't blame him frankly you go on these things and ask obscure questions about something you said 20 years ago, unfortunately the hot seat is cooling down. we've got to go. elliss and jehmu, always great to visit with you. merry christmas to both of you, thank you. happy new year. all eyes are on iowa. coming up, salem sipped kated network host in iowa is going to break down why his home state is the police to be for politics over the next couple politics over the next couple
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the epicenter of the world. the iowa caucuses happen on january 3rd and kick off the primely season. joining us from iowa to explain why it's so important. nationally syndicated talk show host and author of the book, we won't be wrong again. my friend steve is from iowa, steve, welcome, good to have you here. [applause] >> everybody talks about the caucuses of iowa and they talk about them as if people really know what that means. walk us through a caucus night and tell us what happens when people go to a caucus as opposed to a primary election. >> totally different environment, mike. first of all, a caucus may take place at your kid's school, might take place at your own church and a lot of times you explain why you're voting for somebody or the candidates will have proxies that will speak on their behalf. let me give you analogy. let's say you're going in there looking at two or three candidates and you're not sure which you like the most, pat
tore of your church and somebody you respect stands up and gives a passionate speech for one of the candidates. they might tell you on the candidate right there at the caucus site and there's politicking and horse trading that goes on during the awe causes themselves so it's a totally different environment than a primary. >> one of the things that happens, steve, this is very public, it's not like you go in quietly and secretly mark a ballot. you have to take a stance in front of your neighbors that live in your neighborhood? >> that's right, this is particularly in iowa caucuses you see christian dominate. if you're a squishy voter and money type. if a primary you secretly vote for the squishy rhino type and nobody knows a difference. but caucus when you're with the your kids' teachers and parishioners, and own the candidate you're supporting it has its own enforcement
mechanism. >> and indicates why polls are unreliable in iowa. it may look like a candidate is doing well, but caucuses pulls out intensity of a voter support. do you see somebody surprising this coming january 3rd. somebody the media has overlooked that's going to be stronger than they expect? >> i definitely think there is a chance either michele bachmann and/or rick santorum will finish way above their polling numbers and the rick perry's ads and debate on thursday night he has a chance to substantially i am pror where he's add. in my opinion, michele bachmann and/or rick santorum will do better than showing. the oo aye poll, incredible straw poll voters had rick santorum at 2%, he got 10% of the straw poll vote. so i think it's impossible to gauge with an organic process
what the support is. polls in the caucuses measure mine share more and they might measure more who they're talking about and people are thinking about, but don't necessarily measure what the actual support of the person they're thinking about is. >> and few people in the country i know, keep up with the iowa scene better than you do, steve. thank you, and we look forward to seeing you soon. >> thanks, mike, appreciate it. >> and so we all have our list of best loved christmas songs, i kind of like oh little town of bethlehem. we have a lineup of musicians, toby keith and marshal tucker band playing our favorites. i wonder if they'll play yours? stay tuned, you'll find out. stay tuned, you'll find out. stay tuned, you'll find out. you want to save money on car insurance? no problem. you want to save money on rv insurance?
new york. the nation's leader kim jong-il has died. kim died saturday morning of a massive heart attack during a train ride. the white house is work to go confirm his death. the nation's military was put on high alert after the news of kim's death. it is believed the 69-year-old suffered a stroke back in 2008 but seemed to recover making recent visits to china and also russia. north korean central news agency says kim's funeral will be held on december 28th. joining us on the phone now is fox news washington correspondent james rosen. james back in 2010 he revealed his son to be his successor. any idea how that transition might unfold? >> well, behind closed doors for the most part. the united states has no diplomatic presence in north korea. we will be relying heavily on the south koreans and chinese to tell us what is going on.
if as the major u.s. intelligence agencies have been tracking for some time kim jong un the third son of kim jong-il does take power as belief will happen will be an extraordinary moment in u.s. doings with the kingdom and perhaps for the world. kim jong is believed to be 27 or 28 years old. he was educated at an english speaking school and he is believed to be a fan of michael jordan's. although very little is known about him. it is believed he will be taking over the helm. he has already invested prior to his father's death with the titles of generals with people's armed forces with the central military commission and so forth issued the kinds of titles with which his father was invested when he was a young man. >> james does it appear the military will accept the younger
kim jong un as their new leader? >> there is no reason as of right now to believe that they wouldn't. kim jong-il as the leader when his father kim jong-il's son the founder of north korea died in 1994. this is a major moment for the world and for the obama administration. the white house released a brief statement from press secretary saying the white house was posting reports that kim jong-il is dead. they have been notified. the united states is in close touch with the allies in japan. he says we remain committed to stability and to the freedom and security of our allies. >> kim jong-il used fear to maintain power over his people. is there any chance we could see something different out of kim jong un or are we expecting to see more of the same? >> most savvy analysts of north
korea would tell you that they expect to see more of the same. not simply because the situation in north korea but in any number of countries authoritarian regimes where we have seen a western educated son come to power because in some period of hope that that leader might somehow embrace western values. most savvy analysts do not expect some dramatic change in the character of the regime of north korea. still the united states has got to be in close tcontact with china. north korea is a friend of china. china is the payton saint of north korea. the chinese will have a large role in how this success unfolds. >> james i wanted to talk about south korea. their national security council called an emergency meeting of what do you think they are talking about right now and what do you think they are trying to get in place as far as this transition is concerned?
>> i think in the interest of south korea is instability. i am sure there are forces along the demilitarized zone are on a heightened state of alert. they are on a heightened state of alert the north korean regime is erratic it is belligerent. in the last couple of years it reacts with as we all know some infirmity to any kind of event it perceived in provocation it is possible that the north korean regime would do something untoward in south korea to establish the leadership being commanded to fall right now. things are very fluid. i would say that south koreans right now would be predominantly interested in maintaining stability and ensuring if this event passes without any hostilities. >> chief washington
correspondent james rosen thank you for that report. a funeral is scheduled for december 28th. we are also learning that mourners will be able to view his body for an entire week from december 20th until the 27th it appears. if you are just joining us major breaking news out of north korea the nation's leader kim jong-il has died. he died saturday morning of a massive heart attack. keep it on fox news channel. rum♪ ♪ then he smiled at me par rumpapumpum, me and my drum ♪ ♪ me and my drum ♪ me and my drum
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daimler-chrysl decades, and i asked him about his memories. >> what childhood memory do you have that stands out. >> just wanting more presents. (laughter) >> everything i could get and i knew what it was before i got t that is my memory, really. it was just, you know what, i say it's just family. it was knowing that everybody was getting together at the holidays. >> mike: yeah. >> and regardless of anything else, you always knew if you walked inside, and i wore a hat like this, i was in, baby. >> mike: what's the best christmas present you ever got? >> i think i just received it when we played in iraq, okay? (applaus (applause) >> it's going to be a lasting thing for us because we-- i was in vietnam and got to see bob hope come and perform, okay? and that was '69. that's my present this year. >> mike: that's a great present. [applause] >> we're going to do a
>> from the moment our children were born, well i think they were like 3 or 4 or 5 years old. i live in the boston area there's a group that celebrates christmas every year that is called the rebel. it is a group of people who sing and dance with children and adults, and what they do is celebrate christmas and the winter solstice from all different parts of the world. every year they will pick one place. sometimes it's england and mexico and sometimes it's canada. and it is so much fun, because there's a lot of singing that everybody participates in. one of the songs they sing is give us peace, which the whole audience sings. i had this idea one year to make songs of joy and peace is invite different friends to each contribute to a different
♪ >> at the top of the show i talked about tim tebow's pace and his amazing winning streak. the streak is over after denver lost to the new england patriots earlier today. but the broncos are still leading their division. let us know what you think comment on facebook.com/huckabee show. merry christmas from all of us at "huckabee."
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