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>> shannon: this is a fox news alert. i'm shannon bream in washington for bret baier. former president george h.w. bush officially endorsed romney moments ago. here is a listen. >> barbara and i are to enthusiastically endorse and support our old friend mitt romney. he is a good man. he will make a great president. we wish him well. we are delighted he is here. i do think it's time for the party to get behind governor romney. and he keeps reminding me, kenny rogers there's a time to hold them and time for fold them. there is a time for people to get behind this good man. >> coming from the president and first lady, i'm honored to have your endorsen't and your support. the president indicated that we have been friends for some time. my parents were also friends of the president and the first lady. and having your support means a great deal to me on a
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personal basis. family basis. and also on a national basis. >> shannon: that endorsement comes on the heel of two offers of support from marco rubio and former florida governor jeb bush as reports suggest that romney and cash strapped gingrich met over the weekend. chief washington correspondent james rose season here to follow the action. good evening. >> good evening. how much the big name endorsements matter to voters is difficult to pin down. as the 2012 cycle grinds on it seems clear the current round of them wasn't designed to influence the minds of voters as much those of the rival candidates. for mitt romney, tonight's endorsement by a former president adds another voice to swelling choir that grew to include rising star of the g.o.p. >> i have zero doubt in my mind of two things. mitt romney will govern as a conservative and number two, he will be head and shoulders better than the guy who is in the white house right now. >> but rick santorum is in the
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game. bowling for his political life ahead of wisconsin's primary tuesday. he has been stumping hard in badger state. the super pac that supports him recently doubled the purchase of tv time. >> romney is spending $3.5 to $4 million, we're not. we have a secret weapon. i'm hoping that the people who will not be fooled by slick ads from a moderate to portray himself as something he is not. >> three weeks later is wednesdapennsylvania where sants plummeting. he's tied among the state republicans a month after the same survey had him leading romney by 30 points. the real clear average has him ahead by nine points. romney contrasted himself with santorum. >> the fundamental difference is that i did not spend my life in washington.
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>> your generation is inheriting a dysfunctional country. >> today the dream team argued with unique logic, with a quick end would benefit the white house. >> that means that the administration would start to destroy mitt romney earlier, rather than later. at least right now they're not sure how things will go. >> it would provide them time not to be destroyed. >> two very different theories. >> oil companies hit the u.s. where it hurts. twice. that is a message from president obama today. this is the price of oil dropped $2.5 a barrel. gasoline added another penny. per gallon overnight. the 20th consecutive day it increased. the chief white house
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correspondent ed henry has more on the president's speech and the republican response. >> just weeks after vowing he would never support a policy that raises the gasoline prices in an election year, president obama did just that today. >> exxon pocketed nearly $4.7 million every hour. to demand that congress pass legislation ending $4 billion in tax breaks for oil and gas industry. >> what i can tell you is that the oil and gas company are making record profits now in 2012. >> even though the nonpartisan congressional research service says the move would make oil and natural gas expensive for u.s. consumers and increase for independents.
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>> every time gas prices go up by a penny, they pocket another $200 million in quarterly profits. meanwhile, they pay lower tax rate on the investment. >> the oil company disputes that. several democrats sided with the industry over the president and stopped the bill by joining forces with most senate republicans. >> somehow they thought that doing this would set up a political women for them. which i don't understand. i can't imagine anybody giving them high fives for not lowering the gas prices. >> the spokesman fired back there is no magic wand. >> if you were elected or only your plan was passed, suddenly the price of gas would drop. >> though four years ago
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candidate obama made the promises. >> i want to invest it in clean renewable energy forces like wind and solar power andp biofuel so we are not talking about high fuel prices next summer or the summer after that or after that. i want to sol tv problem not patch it up to get through election. >> aides note in 2005 senator obama supported the energy bill in part because it had money for alternative fuels. something he pushed for as president as well. >> shannon: ed henry live at the white house. thank you. jobless claims fell by 5,000 to the lowest level in four years. stocks were mixed today. the dow gained 20. s&p 500 lost 2. nasdaq finished ten behind. with time winding down, congress today found compromise on a short-term transportation bill. however, you wouldn't know anything has been agreed to for the political sniping. mike emanuel puts it in
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perspective. >> the chance of shutting down transit across the country risking 1.8 million construction jobs and loss of $110 million in a day in fuel taxes the house passed 90-day extension of the transportation bill. the march 31 deadline was rapidly approaching. the federal highway administration workers were at risk of immediate layoffs. >> making sure we extend the highway bill is the responsible way forward. >> many house democrats did not like the three-month deal and would have preferred voting on plan that passed the senate. >> we have bozos. >> it would fund transportation for two years at price tag of $109 billion.
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in morning they seemed aggravated that the house wasn't doing the right thing. >> we have the vote votes if the speaker would let its people go. >> the speaker pushed for five-year, $260 billion package he would like to pay for with oil production. >> we have a run down of the highway trust fund which is zero. to make it through the next year-and-a-half but it will cause a very big problem. when this has to be addressed again. >> this afternoon, the senate approved a 90-day extension, although democrats complained about being forced to accept the house plan. president obama is expected to sign it in to law before running, before funding runs out on saturday night. for now, transportation crisis has been averted. shannon? >> shannon: mike emanuel live on the hill. thank you, mike. also, we do have a question for mike if he is still there. we wanted to ask about the budget proposals today. there was a lot of activity on
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the hill about that today. what were the votes? >> the one that passed was congressman paul ryan, passed by 228-191 in the house. cut spending and medicare. the democrats and president obama are opposeded to it. but it shows the country what they would do if they ran washington. it was brought up for a vote in the house last night and rejected 414-nothing. two other alternatives were rejected today. shannon? >> shannon: all right. with the latest, mike on capitol hill. thanks. history comes alive for school children. that is later in the grapevine. up next, this video is raising serious questions about the story that george zimmerman told police. ok, guys-- what's next ?
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in the first tv interview. correspondent phil keating has details. >> the explosive surveillance tape shows handcuffed george zimmerman from the patrol car to the station for initial questioning by investigators. he was not under arrest, just in custody. about 45 minutes after the deadly shooting of unarmed 17-year-old trayvon martin. whom zimmerman claims was punching him over and over again to the face. >> it is clear that this police report claiming he had a broken nose and blood on the back of his head and his clothes messed up fabrication. i believe they will arrest george zimmerman after this evidence. >> according to the incident report, sanford police on the vene treated zimmerman there. >> trayvon martin walked up to him. asked him do you have a [bleep] problem? george said no, i don't have a
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problem. and started to reach for his cell phone. at that point, he was punched in the nose. his nose was broken and he was knocked to the concrete. >> in his first tv interview, the father of george zimmerman defends his son who remains in hiding. zimmerman claims self-defense under florida stand your ground law and has not been charged with a crime. spurred by the trayvon martin case, members of congress, naacp and urban league rallied in d.c., florida and two dozen other states roll back what they call a kill at will law. >> i can't see them, i don't want to go out there and i don't know what is going on. >> adamant that is the scream of his son george zimmerman, rob zimmerman says in this case the law works. >> he continued to beat george. and at some point, george rolled his pistol. and did what he did.
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>> but trayvon martin's parents believe just as adamantly the screams of help were from their son, not george zimmerman. as for the amount of time that took place between when trayvon martin was shot and when you see the videotape of george zimmerman arriving, the special prosecutor will not clarify exactly how many hours had passed, because it's an ongoing investigation. so truly, it could be anywhere between one and four hours later. >> shannon: new information every day. phil keating, thank you for the latest from florida. we're learning more about the jetblue away pilot that caused a scare on tuesday. captain clayton now facing criminal charges showed up unusually late for the flight. the plane was en route when he told the copilot they wouldn't make it there. he rambled on about religion, told air traffic controllers to be quiet about turned off the radios and dimmed the cockpit monitors. he also said things just don't matter. he encouraged his copilot to
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take lethal -- [ inaudible ] they subdued him until the plane landed in amarillo, texas. federal investigation is underway. two republican lawmakers investigating a fast and furious gun running scandal are demanding a former white house aide testify whether the scandal reached the administration upper echelon. the letter from california congressman darrell issa and iowa senator chuck grassley gives administration april 4 to respond. tonight, correspondent william la jeunesse looks at the personal impact of the case. >> ice agent was murdered a year ago by a drug cartel in mexico. the weapons used to kill him were purchased in texas. >> there for generations to keep on killing. >> they say the obama administration is less than forthcoming about their son's
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death. >> no one told us anything. >> but you know about the case? what happened to my son is what we know. >> zapatas hired former u.s. assistant attorney martinez to find out. >> the family would like answers and closure. >> a gun at the crime scene purchased near houston on behalf of accused drug dealer barba. the other by a dallas trafficking wing that included buyer osorio. police arrested carnet espinoza for killing zapat and wounding his partner avilla as they drove along a dangerous mexican highway. >> we understand there is a written directive for agents not to get on the road because it's dangerous. >> i'm shows the atf in dallas had evidence to bust the osillo ring three months before it purchased the murder weapon but didn't. >> we don't know if this is a gun walking operation, but there is indication, circumstancable evidence that indicate that. >> we want to know what happened, what really
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happened. >> atf in texas insists it did not walk guns. just because a person buys multiple weapons doesn't mean they have the evidence to arrest them. in houston, they say they didn't even know the identity until after the zapata gun was purchased. in dallas, they say they could have acted early but did not because of an ongoing dea investigation. in brownsville, texas, william la jeunesse, fox news. >> shannon: the white house said today president obama was pleased by the presentation made by his solicitor general before the supreme court this week on the healthcare law. and that he remains convinced it's constitutional. the ruling could come at any time but it's likely to emerge near the end of the court's term in late june. still ahead, religious organizations feel like their days are numbered at one college. first, some say it's about darn time. u.s. troops in afghanistan get guardian angels. we'll explain. [ kyle ] my bad.
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>> shannon: arab league members atend a summit in baghdad. number one issue is the crisis in syria. they expect to pass a resolution calling for a cease-fire. it shows result of constant government shelling, homes on fire and rubble. the muslim brotherhood led parliament draw up plans to press general to fire the military appointed government. the latest escalation in the infamous power struggle with the country's ruling general. facing a deourating for weeks. there is now a new policy in place aimed to keep service men and women safe while on tour in afghanistan. but not everyone is happy about it. national security correspondent jennifer griffin has details. >> when the top u.s. general in afghanistan was asked this week about the rise in attacks by afghan troops he indicated that he had ordered new measures to protect u.s. service members in the wake of the inadvertent quran
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burnings and the shooting spree by a u.s. army staff sergeant. >> we have taken steps necessary on our side to protect ourselves, with respect to, in fact, sleeping arrangements. internal defenses associated with those small bases in which we operate. the posture of our forces. to have someone always overwatching our forces. >> now the u.s. officials confirm that overwatch includes guardian angels assigned to watch american and nato service members while they sleep, eat, train or exercise. a job previously done by afghan forces. those u.s. service members working as advisors to afghan government ministries have been told to move their desks so their backs are not facing any doorways. 16 nato troops have been killed by the afghan partners since the beginning of the year. about 20% of coalition deaths. lieutenant colonel robert muchachi is one example.
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he was shot execution style with a bullet to the back of the head. seated at his desk in the interior ministry shortly after the quran burnings. general allen's new security measures raise some eyebrows. >> i think it's all very unfortunate. i think that it obviously is a division of manpower and woman power from other responsibilities. >> there are 9,000 of us. 140,000 coalition forces. we couldn't stay there one week if we were not appreciated by most people. overwhelming majority. because there are 35 million of us. >> general john allen authorized u.s. troops serving as advisors to carry weapons in to the government ministries where the afghan need to require that they be disarmed. at the pentagon, jennifer griffin, fox news. >> shannon: striking spanish workers are upset about the labor reforms as they see as too pro-business. the 24-hour work stoppage, however, did not bring the country to a stand still.
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the conservative government implemented the measure to calm the e.u. overseaers and jittery investors about the spain growing debt. there were demonstrations about the austerity measures in greece. 500 walked off the job slanting slogans like "free healthcare for all." the us atyer the measures for health cut to help avoid a default. a man walking around a school with a gun actually shouldn't have been cause for alarm. we will tell you why. and why a national ad campaign is case of false advertising in a particular city. "grey's anatomy" is next. city. the grapevine is next.
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>> shannon: fresh pickings from the political grapevine. last night we told you that bobby rush was escorted from the house floor for violating the dress code. he was wearing a hoodie in honor of trayvon martin. now they are asking that speaker john boehner enforce the dress code for everyone. cleaver mention that sometimes they wear jeans in late night vote. here is what speaker boehner said in response. >> i think the rules reason forced evenly. i have asked members on both sides of the aisle to leave the floor myself. >> another update. hollywood director spike lee issued an apology to the elderly florida couple whose address he retweeted as belonging to george zimmerman. last night he retweeted i deeply apologize for the mclane family for tweeting
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their address. leave them in peace. some fans may want to stash extra cash in san francisco. they have stopped offering a deal in that city. they ended a promotion because of the high cost of doing business. some say it's about the new minimum wage system of $10.24 that may contribute to the problem. finally two schools of southern virginia were on high alert after man with a fun was spotted nearby. we learned two wasn't a threat but a zil war reenactor. he was speaking to a history class that he brought a rifle as a problem. they continued with the normal scheduling when they discovered the man was doing a job. should religious group on campus open up the leadership rules to those who don't share their faith? that is the rule at vanderbilt and it could mean the end of the clubs. senior national correspondent explains. >> protest is growing louder.
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a religious student group at vanderbilt university says it has had enough. catholic organization vandy catholics says it can't sign on to the newly tightened discrimination policy that prohibits religious group to set faith-base requirement for leadership. >> we require our leaders be practicing catholics and the university's nondiscrimination policy made it clear there is no room in it for organization that has faith-based qualification. >> in protest, vandy catholic is leaving vanderbilt. ironically the group had been in compliance with the nondiscrimination policy requiring only that leadership candidates be undergraduate students at vanderbilt. but when the university forcefully stated a been a on faith-based criteria, in preparation for spring reregistration, the writing was on the wall. >> i was trying to, you know, withhold judgment about it. i felt kicked in the gut.
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i was afraid i could see where it was going. >> vanderbilt administration says it's disappointed that the vandy catholic's decision but sticking by the guns. in a statement to fox news saying -- >> several religious student groups including the christian legal society have been out of compliance with the nondiscrimination policy but continue to operate. vandy catholic says its hands were tied. >> we registered we would either compromise our integrity as an authentic catholic organization or lying to the administration. to the university as a whole about who we are. >> the other student groups plan to agree to vanderbilt discrimination policy. they may provoke a
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confrontation to see max exodus of religious groups from the university. in atlanta, john roberts, fox news. >> shannon: they are racing to contain wildfire in mountains outside of denver. it destroyed two dozen homes. elderly couple found dead at one of the homes. no cause of death released. so far, 900 people have been evacuated. president obama says oil companies are charging you twice every time you fill up. the fox all-stars weigh in on that next. ♪ there's another way to minimize litter box odor: purina tidy cats. ti cats premium line of litters now works harder to help neutralize odors in multiple-cat homes. and our improved formula also helps eliminate dust. so it's easier than ever to keep your house smelling just the way you want it. purina tidy cats. keep your home smelling like home.
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@=h ♪ when your chain of supply goes from here to shanghai, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ chips from here, boards from there track it all through the air, that's logistics. ♪ ♪ clearing customs like that hurry up no time flat that's logistics. ♪ ♪ all new technology ups brings to me, that's logistics. ♪ i'm time they got by without more help from taxpayers who have enough time filling up. it's curious folks in congress the first to belittle invest in the new sources of energy are the ones fighting the hardest to maintain the give-aways for the oil companies.
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>> the debate over energy. president giving a speech from the rose garden at the white house. talk about it with the panel. juan williams, columnist with the hill. mary kathryn ham of the daily caller and columnist charles krauthammer. welcome. good to see you. the president specifically addressed congress and the senate had an important vote. didn't go in the direction he would have liked it to go. >> it didn't. interesting thing with the energy votes more democrats cross them to the republican side than republicans did to the democrat side. are signal that the message is not working. they both had a chance to vote against the subsidy and the oil company subsidies a couple of weeks ago. the republicans voted to get away from those. the argument they are not against these at all is unfair. this is not antisubsidy bill.
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>> they have had to cut the subsidy. >> there is a difference. but the tax break intensifies oil production. oil companies think prices would go up without the incentive. nonetheless, the pocket comes out of my pong and your pact. white house calls at it subsidy. >> shannon: is it coming out of the oil company pocket? it's less money they pay in to the tax break. >> correct. >> but the largeer point the president was trying to make in the rose garden today he tied in the economy is doing better with the fact that the oil prices are now going up. and this is somewhat controversial, because i guess it opens up the charges that maybe he feels that gas prices should be going up.
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at this time. in fact, he says the pieces have oil companies asking in a manner to take advantage of americans. ben bernanke say at this point, the increasing gas tax, gas prices is not strength in the economy. for the most part, when you look at the gas prices, it's a reflection not of republicans proposal for more drilling or domestic production. but increase global demand for oil. >> shannon: as you expect, republicans had a response to this today. hear from republican members on the house side. >> the obama administration is out of touch with the main street americans when it comes to the energy and gas prices. >> the american people say not so fast. >> we pass numerous piece of legislation out of the natural resources committee. they pass the united states house of representatives and now reside in the abyss known
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as the united states senate under senator harry reed. >> that is no surprise. there is not a lot of legislation that passes in the house right now. >> look at what the president said in the rose guard on this. conclude as i did, staggering cynicism. when he was in the senate, obama supported the subsidy he was announcing today. when ed henry asked carney about that, he had no answer. and second, congressional research office in march of 2011, you will have any effect on the gas prices is it to increase the president pretending he is trying to lower the gas prices. lastly, a trivial effect. if you collected this subsidy,
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this tax for the next 100 years it wouldn't cover four month of deficit spending under the administration. he standing up for the sources of energy. this is three days after the epa overlooked the regulation. end of the coal industry. shut down the plant, the electricity and destroying the great natural resources ahead. of course, if you are obama, you have algae. >> shannon: all right. i will leave that topic there. allow mary kathryn to pick it up on the other end. the 90-day extension of the transportation funding. agree to it. but not happy about it.
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>> it's normal to have the fights but in the interim, people might get more moving forward. this one you can see an interesting shift where the democrats come back with the backs up against the wall and have to vote. democrats in the senate vote against something they were not excited about voting against. for conservatives in the house, they want to take a different tack on transportation. not having to chew on the senate bill, business as usual. >> shannon: boehner said past that point they will commit to doing something long-term. we'll see the agreement. in the meantime, the three days of arguments are done at the supreme court. get your reaction now that the arguments are over. your take?
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>> the temperature in washington it didn't go well for the obama administration. i am amused by the criticism of the solicitor general because it's harsh that he didn't have a good performanc performance. the consequence politically is what is being debated in washington. does it help president obama's re-election campaign if it's viewed unconstitutional. viewed as negative terms, not helping anyone. the president, he obviously would be viewed as having lost his signature piece of legislation in his time in office. for the republicans, question would be oh, so if americans don't fete a cure for the doughnut hole. they don't get as a result of the preexisting condition, if you can't keep your children on, what did you republicans have in mind?
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this is all in the negative. >> shannon: charles, his performance. he did a competent job. that is highlighted. but overall he carried out the argument to carry out. do you think it's setting up in case it doesn't go well. they didn't have their best foot forward? >> absolutely. he wasn't thrown under a bus. he was thrown under a tractor. the problem was not solicitor general. the problem is he didn't have a court -- if you have a court that accepts the premise, as a lot of liberals don't, we have a government with enumerated powers, there is no way to expand the powers to include the individual mandate. that is what the solicitor general has to argue. he made a case no one could have. blame him because you don't
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want to admit you had extremely difficult case. >> four of them appeared to be conventionm. see if he gets the magic number of five now. we wait. next up, endorsement hat-trick for mitt romney but will it change the state of the race? if at all. [ female announcer ] who'd have thought that the person you'd grow up to be -- how creative or confident or kind -- was shaped before you lost your first tooth? ♪ the first five years are forever. that's why pnc created grow up great, a $350 million, multi-year initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare kids from birth to age 5 for school and life. chocolate lemonade ? susie's lemonade... the movie. or... we make it pink ! with these 4g lte tablets,
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♪ ♪ barbara and i are very proud to fully and enthusiastically endorse and support our old friend mitt romney. he is a good man. he will make a great president. and we just wish him well, so we are delighted he is here. >> coming from the president and first lady, i'm honored to have your endorsement and your support. the president indicated that we have been friends for some
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time. my parents were also friends of the president and the first lady. having your support means a great deal to me on a personal basis, family basis and also on a national basis. >> shannon: another big-name endorsement for mitt romney. just before the start of "special report." let's talk about it with our panel. charles, how much impact does it have? >> well, i think sort of rush of endorsements president bush today, yesterday marco rubio. jeb bush, and just about everybody in the, quote/unquote, establishment is a message not for the voters but the candidates. it's over. they have admitted, the candidates admited santorum, they can't win themselves. and they admit their only objectsive to block romney and to have a contested tampa convention. which marco rubio explained last night. i think cojently, would be a
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disaster. for the party, what they are hearing from the elder statesman, up-and-comers and everybody in between, step out. do it for the party, and you're not going to win any way. help us win in november. i think it makes sense. >> shannon: we did hear from senator rubio last night and we have a little of what he had to say. >> there is no way that anyone can convince me that having a fight at the convention in tampa in august is a recipe for victory in november. on the contrary. it's a recipe for disaster. i am endorsing mitt romney. the reason why, not only is because he is the republican nominee and he offers a stark contrast to the president's record. >> shannon: do you think there is anything beyond this? a lot of people want to read into this endorsement that senator rubio. said he is not gunning for vice president. last night it was brought up and he didn't react in ways i have seen him react in the past. it was different. >> he is just a great communicator and a good advocate for conservatives for romney, which is what he
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needs. what i thought was interesting about the rubio timing, it came after the top mic with the russian president. he hinted that was part of the reason he saw the glimpse of the second-term obama and said this is too dangerous to deal with. i think it is a galvanizing moment for conservatives. it may take a while to come together. this is a signal have the other candidates help out with that. it means something to conservatives to go maybe romney is okay. >> shannon: the other candidates indicateed nay want to stay in this. we are hearing something about a meeting possibly, secret meeting between newt gingrich and mitt romney over the weekend. do you think gingrich is persuadable? he so many times said i'm not going away until august. i'm sticking around. >> it would be a matter of what is on the table. and the question would be whether or not there is a threat, so if there is an offering you can't refuse to the godfather terminology for newt gingrich. i can't imagine what that
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would be. what newt gingrich wants obviously is attention. he might be asking for some cabinet post. i can't imagine that he is asking for the vice presidential nomination. so the question is what does newt gingrich want? and what can mitt romney say to him in terms of the punishment for continuing this? the establishment endorsement is exactly what we're seeing here. you are seeing the daddy bush and the word coming around that the big money people now shame we are solidly behind mitt romney. that is what the establishment endorsements really mean. as far as the marco rubio piece, the potential is there for now a rubio vice presidential bid, which would tremendously help mitt romney with very important vote. hispanic vote. today, i was a meeting where the hoster said it won't help. the republicans because you know, rubio has problems on
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the immigration issue. immigration fight. fight over immigration policy, the democrats are too happy to take that fight right to the floor. >> shannon: all of you referred to as establishment set of endorsements in the last few days. but people who support folks like newt gingrich and rick santorum especiall especially ss what they want to derail. does it invite them to dig in their heels and fight against someone who is the establishment? >> if they haven't had a time to beat him in the establishment. they have been at it since iowa. three months in and romney has half the delegates he needs. others are trailing. they admit they don't have chance for the nomination on their own it's a blocking party. there is one other thing, which is i think if santorum
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has his, he has a race in wisconsin. that's going to be the make or break. if he loses it, i suspect he will get a message. you have to think of the future. probably will run against him in 2016. if the republicans lose. i think he has that in mind. i thousan think he might step af he doesn't win. >> shannon: it doesn't sound like the meeting to get in the race worked with gingrich. >> get him a spot at the convention against john king. what would be great fun for everybody. >> shannon: oh, boy. >> rubio is different from the other endorsements, in that he has potential to convince there. can be original tea party and establishment that matter. >> last night i talked to rubio in an interview for fox news. and i said given the fact that you don't just support the arizona, isn't at it problem? he said you know, this is not about me. i don't think the vice presidential ticket is going to make a difference in the
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republican vision for america's future, versus the obama's vision. he thinks that vision can sell the latinos and all americans. >> shannon: all right. thank you, panel. by the way, sat down the karen santorum and she opened up about her husband's campaign and why she was initially against him running and what she wishes people knew about him. you can see the full interview at noon eastern. here is a pr -- on sunday. here is a preview. >> we take it one step at a time, one primary at a time. we're in this for the long haul. make it to tampa. who knows? i think god has us on a path. i don't know what he has planned and how it will unfold. i really believe rick is the guy. i do. >> shannon: more of that on sunday. stay tuned for now. the first lady praised the president's smooth singing voice. what about his other smooth moves? [ male announcer ] any technology not moving forward
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>> shannon: finally tonight. after the president took his singing skills public, the first lady praised his smooth voice. but check out seoul, korea. >> did you see president obama in seoul. did you see him greet the president. very clever the way he did it. >> watch what he does. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> shannon: that was pretty good. thank you so much for joining us for special report tonight. have a great night.

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