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tv   Andrea Mitchell Reports  MSNBC  July 26, 2013 10:00am-11:01am PDT

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>> george zimmerman got away with murder. but you can't get away from god, and at the end of the day he's going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with. >> found innocent under the law, one woman on the jury though now speaks out about george zimmerman prompting new outrage today. like father, like son. edward snowden's father defends his son in a "today" show exclusive with matt lauer. >> i believe that my son when he takes his final breath, whether it's today or 100 years from now, he will be comfortable with what he did because he did what he knew was right. he shared the truth with the american people. the circus is in town. the press has a field day with anthony weiner's latest admissions. i'll talk to the woman now leading the polls, mayoral candidate, new york city council speaker christine quinn. flash point egypt. violent clashes in cairo today after the court orders the arrest of former president morsi
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accused of conspiring with hamas. an air force airman wows the crowd and the nba all-star standing on the sidelines last night. that's a slam dunk worthy of the highlight reel. give that man a contract. good day, i'm andrea mitchell in washington. despite slumping poll numbers, intense media scrutiny and life as a national punch line, anthony weiner is heading back out on the trail this afternoon as he tries to put a politically toxic scandal behind him. joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza, managing editor of, "new york" magazine senior editor diana mira. what is it about men in politics who think that they can break a lot of rules, cheat on their spouses, and get away with it? chris? you were talking about that with your wife. >> i was. we were talking this morning. i said to my wife, what do you
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think is going on here? she said, why, i think is he a narcissist. she said, as a politics he's a guy who's always seeking a lot of attention. he has put himself back into the spotlight after a short time out of it before he ran into that scandal. now his wife is sticking by him. what was so interesting about her sticking by him, that doesn't seem to play with new york city voters. they were polled and 73% said it doesn't make a difference what they see her doing. it doesn't change how they think about him. so even the stand by your man move may not have helped wiener too much. >> dan, you're in new york and have been watching all of this and reporting on it. what is it about new york politicians? eliot spitzer in the past? mayor giuliani in the mansion having relationships and firing his wife at a news conference. what is it about these guys who think that they can get away with it and they do, at times, get away with it?
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>> well, i would point out that it is not all new york politicians. you've got mark sanford down in south carolina. he got away with it. you got david vitter. he got away with it. it's really on the voters. if they're not going to penalize people for this behavior, they'll get away with it. yeah, it does happen in new york a lot more than other places but maybe it is just the outsized egos that are created here in this city. >> i wanted to play a little bit of nancy pelosi who was asked by our own luke russert about this at her briefing yesterday. >> let me be very clear. the conduct of some of these people that we are talking about here is reprehensible. it is so disrespectful of women. and what's really stunning about it is they don't even realize it. you know? they don't have a clue. and it is really -- if they're clueless, get a clue. if they need therapy, do it in private.
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>> chris cillizza, the san diego mayor bob filner, today debbie wasserman schultz has called on him to step down as more women have gone on the record claiming he made unwanted sexual advances and that's a whole different category than what we are talking about with some of these other politicians. >> right. in some ways, andrea, just to pick up on the mention of bob filner, he is the sitting mayor of san diego, the second-most populous city in the biggest state by population in this country. is e his ex-fiance, women who worked with him, now more women saying he created an unsafe, disrespectful work environment. he continues to stay in office. i don't know how much longer he can do so. but it is sort of a bicoastal problem at the moment. bob filner a mayor, anthony weiner wanting to be a mayor.
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i guess chris' wife's point -- the blind narcissism here is to me the most striking thing. i was convinced anthony weiner was going to get up on tuesday and say, you know what? i didn't tell you the whole truth. i really need to focus on my family, as has become apparent, and i'm going to get out of this race. running for public office in the media capital of the world, this might not be the best choice for my wife. don't forget my young son. he didn't do that. i just as a father and husband. i find that -- forget political reporter -- i just find that stunning. >> before i get a lot of tweets and all sorts of calls from men, angry that we're not talking about women politicians behaving badly, we haven't found very many examples. >> they don't do it. >> frankly, women in high-profile jobs that are actually risk takers in way in terms of their personal behavior. at least not that we've seen publicly. this is an interview with ronnie
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froman in san diego talking about a woman with a military background from the san diego navy yard talking about the approach she claims from the mayor, mayor filner. >> all the guys left. i was the last one in the room. and bob stepped between me and the doorway and he stopped me and he got very close to me and he ran his finger up my cheek like this and he whispered to me, do you have a man in your life? i jumped back. i was very, very startled. and i said, yes, i have a man in my life. >> so we don't know where this is going and whether or not he's going to be forced to resign but want to move on to the snowden story, because lon snowden, edward snowden's father, spoke to matt lauer exclusively today and had a very interesting take from his perspective about his son. >> he did what he knew was right. he shared the truth with the american people. what we choose to do with it is up to us as a people. are we going to listen to folks
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like mike rogers and dianne feinstein who say trust us when we still have someone like james clapper who lied to congress? he's still being paid. he's still serving this country. he works directly for the president of the united states. >> the attorney general has written a letter to the russians saying that the united states would not seek the death penalty against snowden trying to seek extradition but there is still no treaty and no movement on that front. chris, we saw an extraordinary vote on the house side which was a very close vote, closer than anyone expected it would be. snowden has changed the debate about the fisa court and about the surveillance programs. >> snowden has won here, andrea. his whole movement it was to get americans talking about what was happening and he has really done that. we saw on the house floor, you split a lot of republicans who had been national security republicans. the more libertarian wing was almost able to defund that entire program which would have shut it down. that was pretty amazing.
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then you had the spat between chris christie and rand paul just yesterday where governor christy said that that was a stupid idea to defun this and that if you have to look new jersey families in the eye who lost members of their family on 9/11, you would never, ever defund something like this. you had rand paul shoot back and say that we're taking a very -- we need to be talking about civil liberties and privacy and that we've overstepped making a bet that people are tired of the security state, tired of all these wars. are you starting to see a 2016 split where these two potential republican candidates are really staking out different ground and snowden has achieved that by putting this issue front and center. >> thank you so much. a second juror from the george zimmerman trial is speaking out. juror b29 known only by her first name, mattie. she's saying that although zimmerman was found not guilty of second degree murder, she believe that the evidence demonstrates he's guilty of
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murdering trayvon martin. but she says florida law precluded her an her fellow jurors from convicting him. >> i stand by the decision because of the law. if i stand by the decision because of my heart, he would have been guilty. george zimmerman got away with murder. but you can't get away from god. and at the end of the day, he's going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with. >> joining me now, melissa harris perry, host of the melissa hairy perry show. thanks so much for being with us today. >> absolutely. >> so what do you think is going on here? was this a case where they did not understand the judge's instructions or whether the judge didn't give good instructions or that the jury sort of went in a different direction? >> i mean i think now we have two pieces of evidence. we have two jurors who seem to be telling us very different stories about how they came to their final conclusion. the first juror who spoke out
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really told us that basically what she was experiencing was a sense of connection with george, or george, she often called him by his first name, a sense of understanding that he could be scared and afraid and stand his ground. now we have a juror who's saying, hey, i just think that he killed trayvon martin, that he is guilty of murder but i was constrained by the law. you start to get a sense of what was going on in this jury room was that some folks were coming to this conclusion based on their sense of believing in mr. zimmerman and others felt constrained by florida law. more than anything i think what we learned from this is that the six-person jury is itself a deep structural problem in the state of florida. the fact that we can have two different narratives just says you want more people sitting on this panel having that conversation. the other thing, when we go back and look at the instructions from the judge, those instructions were lifted from the language of stand your ground and this kind of mean has
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emerged that because the defense itself did not pursue a stand your ground defense that it was irrelevant but it was absolutely not. it was part of the position of the judge as she gave instructions to this jury and clearly, this one juror felt very constrained by that. >> when the jury asked during deliberations on that saturday afternoon going into the evening, they asked for further explanation of misdemeanor, and then before -- she sent them back to start talking about it rather than giving them at that moment the further instruction, the clarification. then they never came back and they never got it. so there was something else going on there towards the last couple of hours. sybrina fulton of course trayvon martin's mother, had reacted to this. she said, it is devastating for my family to hear the comments from juror b29, comments which we already knew in our hearts to be true, that george zimmerman literally got away with murder. this new information challenges our nation once again to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens to
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another child. >> sybrina fulton has been crystal clear that her son was already gone so this verdict couldn't have changed the fundamental outcome for her. so the issue she convicts all of us to keep asking is, in both the decisions made by mr. zimmerman up to this point that ended up taking trayvon martin's life, and in the question of then how the jury felt constrained or capable of bringing some justice to this family whose son was killed, that the law and changing those laws can in fact make a difference. i think we at least again have some more evidence from this juror that we need to fundamentally revisit these particular gun laws in states that encourage a sort of vigilantism on the part of ordinary citizens. >> hey, melissa, while i have you here, could i take advantage of your long experience in academics and in other worlds. we've been having a big argument behind the scenes on and off
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camera about anthony weiner and why men seem to feel that they can -- whether they are narcissists or not, i don't know whether the psychological drama going on, but why do they feel they can run for office and cheat and lie about it and get away with it often? and are men and women different in some fundamental way when they reach these levels of power? >> we certainly know that men and women are different when they make a decision about running for office. it is one of the things. i teach women in politics class. one of the sort of durable findings in political science is that women tend to think they have to be about 300 times as good as they actually have to be, that they need to know much more than they would actually need to know. women are so much more reticent to run for office that the group of women who end up running are often extraordinarily overqualified for their positions. not only in terms of their policy knowledge but also often in terms of their own sort of personal background, moral and ethical positions. again, whether they are on the left or on the right, just their sort of sense of personal
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demeanor. it's quite different for how men often make this decision. the boys who we begin telling as very young boys, you know what? you're smart. you ought to run for office, or the same boys that we often also encourage with a variety of like, you know, you're special, you're different than everybody else, you're better, and by the way, you sort you have your pick of multiple partners, romantic partners, sexual partners, and so in many ways the things that reinforce the likelihood of a boy turning into a man who runs for office are very, very different than the structure and kinds of things that we see in girls and reward in order for them to run for office. so i think part of that is seen here. i don't want to overanalyze wiener as indicative of all men on this, but certainly there are some real differences between men and women on this question. >> so men are taught as little boys, you can break the rules, you are special, you can be anything. and for generations, at least, girls are not taught that. girls are taught you have to obey the rules an get your
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homework in and be better than everybody else. >> exactly. we reward girls who are rule followers. we tend to reward boys who are rule breakers. and so come presidential time or mayoral time or anything else, we see rule breaking boys and rule following girls. it is true on both the left and the right. >> thank you so much. glad i asked. melissa harris-perry. vandals -- this is horrific -- vabdl lvandals stru lincoln memorial last night splattering green paint on the base of the statue of our nation's 16th president. memorial is closed until the statue is cleaned. police are looking at the surveillance tape. the crime sparked online outrage on twitter. understandably. this is the iconic statue, probably the most important memorial in washington. fortunately, it does not appear to have suffered permanent damage. [ male announcer ] here at optionsxpress, our clients really seem
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thousands of protesters are rallying both in support of ousted president mohamed morsi and against him. the rallies came hours after egypt's prosecutors accused morsi of conspiring with hamas and ordered an investigation at least. nbc's ayman muhyeldin joins me now from cairo. there is a lot of confusion as to the legal status but no confusion as to what's happening on the streets. it is a mess out there. >> reporter: it is. it is a mess that's complicated every day by decisions that are coming out from both the military and the prosecutor. those two are playing out today. one, former president mohamed morsi is now officially a suspect in a crime. this is after the fact that a country's prosecutor has ordered him to remain in custody for the next 15 days while charges are possibly prepared that he conspired with a foreign organization, in this case
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hamas, to carry out violence in egypt. why this is important is because for the past several weeks he's been held in commucommunicado. what's unfolding on the streets, more importantly, are very tense developments between supporters of the ousted president who are continuing their protests in various parts of the country and now the military. the military called for nationwide protests for supporters of the military to come out and give the military a green light so to speak for them to crack down on the lawlessness and violence that's taking place across the country and many people here are afraid that is going to give the military the license to go ahead and try and break up the sit-in that's been taking place where the pro-morsi supporters have been for the past several days and this really raises anxiety levels and the fear violence could break out in the coming days or even perhaps later tonight. we've already seen one person killed and more than 80 injured in these clashes so far throughout course of the day,
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andrea. >> the crowds are just enormous. is it all over egypt? it's alexandria, it's other big cities? >> we're getting several reports. right now by our estimates, people are fasting, it is ramadan, it is very hot in the day. in tahrir square we already have several tens of thousands out there to support the military in what they are doing but we are also seeing supporters of the ousted president in alexandria and in other cities and that's where we are beginning to see some of these frictions. so far not much in cairo but in the coming hours as we crowds from both camps grow that's going to be the real challenge. the military has deployed in significantly large numbers but more important they are concentrated in the area around tahrir square to try to avoid any type of confrontation like the ones we've seen over the past several weeks. >> one of the things that's happening here is that the administration has told congress and now the state department spokeswoman has just reiterated that the administration does not
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think it is in our interest -- the administration's interests -- to determine whether it was a coup or not a coup. clearly they don't want to face the automatic cut-off of military aid to egypt which would be triggered automatically if they determined it was a coup. is there reaction to that in egypt? do they feel it matters, the protesters, one way or the other whether the u.s. says it is a coup? >> reporter: it matters very much so from a lot of different points. one, symbolically speaking, those who believe what happened here was a second revolution are welcome being the news that the united states is not describing it as a coup. they say that this is a good sign from the u.s. administration to right the wrongs of the past year and to continue its support to the military and to try to get egypt back to a democratic government. but more importantly, the muslim brotherhood and their supporters are saying this is a disgrace by the u.s., that they are not calling this a coup, and more importantly, it is adding fuel to their argument that there was an international conspiracy. it is some kind of conspiracy to
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try and topple the first democratically elected president of the united states. depending on which side of the table you ask here on the streets of egypt at least, you're going to get that argument from both different sides. some are welcoming it, some are saying it is a disgrace depending on who you ask. >> of course the gulf states are providing some $12 billion in new aid to egypt which is far outdistancing anything that the united states is providing. ayman muhyeldin, thank you very much. stay safe. and in spain today, police are questioning the driver and looking at the black boxes to determine how fast that train was going before it jumped the tracks causing europe's worst train disaster in decades. at least 78 people were killed after the train derailed while going around that sharp bend at very high speed. some said twice the speed it should have been. today investigators are working to remove the wreckage and a moment of silence was held to remember the victims. one survivor, robert franzen, described the aftermath and rescue efforts to safe his wife who was badly injured in the
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sharpshooters on the roof overlooking the pope's speech at a soccer field. pope francis shows no indication he's worried about security. confidently walking through one of rio's most dangerous slums, right at home among the poorest of the poor. an advocate for social justice, the pope called for the wealthy of brazil to do more for those who have so little. >> pope francis has another jam-packed schedule today in brazil meeting with youth, conducting confessions, leading prayers as he continues his mission to embrace the poorest in society. nbc's anne thompson joins me now from rio de janeiro and has been traveling with the pope. ann, pictures have been amazing. the security issue, terrifying. but with a was most compelling really was the pictures of him with people in the villas. talk about that. >> oh, andrea, i mean he has put a new face on the catholic church with his personal style. the outreach. this is a man who walked through
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truly one of rio's worst places, a place where people live on as little as $1.30 a day, where gangs and crime are rampant and he walked through there like he was walking down 5th avenue in new york city. he's very confident. he reaches out to babies. i swear to god, there is not -- or he reaches out to people. i swear to god there's not a baby he hasn't kissed here in rio on this trip. he stops constantly. today while he was on his way to the archbishop's palace we saw him stop for a little boy who just didn't want to let go of him. he kept hugging the pope and hugging the pope and finally when the little boy was brought down by the security guards, he just burst into tears. but this has energized the catholic church and really energized world youth day because they feel, at last, the young people we've been talking to, that they have a pope who is connecting were them on their level and he talks a lot about that. he wants to meet people where they are.
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that's why he went to this beach last night, it's why he is going to come here again tonight, it is why there is a big social media presence. it really is a big shift within the hierarchy of the catholic church. >> it's really extraordinary, ann. we had a bit of tape we just saw a glimpse of it. i wanted to roll it of you on the plane flying over where he talked individually to all of you. he commented on your medal. what did it feel like? the emotion of that for you? i think it is your notre dame medal. there is a lot associated with that. >> you know, andrea, it was funny because i actually -- this is where my personal life and my professional life intersects. i was a little afraid going to meet him because i thought, am i going to get so emotional that i might get teary and i didn't. first of all, he's very easy to talk to. he has a very soothing presence,
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that humility that everybody speaks about comes right through, but he also has a great sense of humor. when i said to him that everybody -- people in the united states are really excited about his papacy, he just started to laugh and he smiled and then, of course, then he asked me to pray for him and i'm thinking, me pray for you? you need to pray for me. and then i asked him, i told him because anybody who goes to notre dame, in the first 30 seconds you meet him they tell you they went to notre dame. i asked him to bless my medal from notre dame and he will. it was a lovely moment, one that i will never forget. >> after all of your work and covering all of these popes, anne thompson, that was just extraordinary. i was really feeling it with you. thank you very much for sharing. >> thanks. we want to go to philadelphia where sbrybrina fulton is now speak being at the national urban league convention.
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>> we will define his legacy. we will define who he is and what he was all about. i can't do it alone. i can't do it with just my family. so not only am i asking the urban league family, i'm asking your individual families to take a look at our website, to get involved and stand up for something. please. because we need your help, your support, and more importantly, your voice, so that there are no trayvon martins again. i want to say thank you to the national urban league, thank you
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to my attorneys, because without them, we would be lost. thank you to everybody that supported me and my family. thank you for your prayers and your well wishes. and god bless you all. thank you.
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anthony weiner keeps saying that the mayoral race in new york is about the people of new york, not of him. it is sure turning out to be all about him, turning the race to replace michael bloom beberg ina circus. his opponent christine quinn joins me now from 30 rock. polls show you've pulled ahead
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since this has all taken place but we still have a plu rralityf people saying he should not drop out. so even though you are ahead in the polls, more people are telling us he should not drop out of the race. do you think he should drop out? >> i said when he was decided whether or not he should get into the race. this is a decision for him to make. now i think the voters are saying, it is a decision for them to make about who the next mayor is. one thing i know, this is the greatest city in the world and it deserves a mayor who is serious, has a real record, has a vision for the future, someone who is responsible and mature. and all we've seen from former congressman weiner is a pattern of reckless behavior, a lack of responsibility and maturity, difficulty with the truth and he's brought really a circus to what should be a discussion about the future of middle class new yorkers. and in the 46 or 47 days we have left until the primary, we need to get back to the conversation
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about new yorkers and how to grow and strengthen new york's middle class. >> for all the reasons you've just cited, it's not going to be possible to get back to that conversation given what's happened. >> oh, absolutely. >> so shouldn't he get out? >> it absolutely is possible to have that conversation because that's the conversation i'm having out there with new yorkers every day. i was just at a senior center in forest hills, queens, where new yorkers wanted to talk about my plans for building more middle class housing and what we were going to do to improve dilapidated housing. when i was earlier today at a subway stop, people wanted to talk about what we can do to make transportation between the bronx and queens and brooklyn easier. or i on monday took an hour and a half commute with a woman who fli lives in staten island, works in midtown manhattan. we can fix those things. that's the conversation new
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yorkers are having with me an that's what i'm going to keep talking about between now around the primary. >> while you are up in the polls now, there is the whole tlesh hoef threshold of 40%. it might be harder for you in a runoff. >> i absolutely mathematically think there is going to be a runoff. i'm very confident i'm going to be in the runoff and i'm also very confident i'm going to win that runoff. what new yorkers want is a mayor who can get things done. no one else in the race has a record of passing eight balanced budgets on time, having prevented the layoff of 4,100 schoolteachers. kept every firehouse open during the recession, while at the same time expanding good middle class high-tech and manufacturing jobs in the city. new yorkers know we need our mayor to be somebody who can help build new york's middle class. i've done that while other folks have just talked about it. >> wanted to play a little bit of "morning joe," mika
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brzezinski talking about the stop and frisk policy. >> okay. >> do you think the stop and frisk policy is bringing crime down? >> well, it's a component but people want to make it out as a program. it's not a program. it is a practice that is essential to policing. police use it throughout america. as a matter of fact, you can't police without doing it. so i think it's been overblown. >> that is been overblown? and if were you elected mayor would you get rid of it? >> i would not get rid of stop and frisk but i think it has been tremendously, tremendously overused. when you overuse it, what happens at its peak, you stop 700,000 new yorkers. over 95% of those stops led to no arrests, no seizures of weapon or contraband. so it is tremendous intrusion in innocent people's lives. that creates a real rift between police and communities in this
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city and that's a danger. when i'm mayor, we're going to do stop and frisk in a way where we're focused on the quality of the stop, not the quantity. we're going to do it in a constitutionally sound way and you'll see the numbers i think be much, much lower. because 700,000 when over 95% didn't yield an arrest? those are not constitutional, not sound stops. and it is interesting, andrea, in the past two quarters of this calendar year, the number of stops in the city have gone down by the hundreds of thousands. but you know what else has gone down? murder and crime in this city. so the assertion that they have to stay at unacceptably high levels to keep our city safe, the facts don't bear that out, at all. >> what about the whole acquisition that mike bloomberg has run a nanny state? you've proposed nutritional guidelines for chain restaurants. are you in the bloomberg mode as far as other kinds of health issues, big gulps and other
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regulations and laws? >> i'm very proud of the record i have on public health issues. i was actually health committee chair before i was speaker and in that role i led the effort to pass the antismoking legislation in this city and i think that law is a big part of why new yorkers are now living longer. so i'm going to do everything i can to try to promote good public health in new york and dealing with obesity is one of our biggest health challenges. we're going to do that by giving folks more information, by making restaurants be honest about the food they're serving our children. that's what the children meal initiative is about. but we're also going to expand access to healthy quality food in neighborhoods all across the city and i've already done that as speaker. we've expanded green markets and green vendors in low-income neighborhoods and we're going to continue to do more of that when i'm mayor. >> getting back to mr. wiener, "the new yorker" cover that's coming out for the upcoming issue indicates that getting away from the so-called media circus over anthony weiner is not going to be as easy as you
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might think. that's a pretty interesting graphic depiction of anthony weiner, sort of the king kong mode. but this is going to keep going on and on. just last night at an event he was asked well, how many incidents were there. he said well there weren't dozens and dozens, maybe six to ten but he doesn't know how you want to define inappropriate behavior, perhaps really only three were sexual in nature. where does it end? as long as this keeps going on, how do you get away from this issue? >> you know, you get away from this issue by talking directly to new yorkers. by focusing on the issues that new yorkers care about. last saturday night i spent a night, as did other candidates, in public housing in new york. there i saw conditions that were unacceptable. and this week we saw a woman in front of the very building i slept in that night murdered. you get beyond this by focusing on the issues that matter, by talking to new yorkers about the
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issues that matter. today we saw in the press the first post-hurricane sandy baby was born. this race should be about that child and what their future's going to be, not get misdeeds of adults. i'm committed to focusing on that and i'm committed to having that conversation with new yorkers because that's what they deserve in this race and that's really what they deserve in a mayor. someone with a record, a vision, who's serious, responsible and able to tell the truth. >> but new yorkers don't seem to care about personal misbehavior. >> oh, that is absolutely not true. let me tell you, new yorkers -- polls go up, polls go down but i'm out there every day talking to new yorkers on the street and they are talking to me about the questions they care about. why are rents so high? why did my child graduate from school and still can't find a job even though he did well? why does it take me a half-an-hour to get to work becaubut
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because the bus schedule isn't good but over an hour at night. don't mean this disrespectfully to the media, but new yorkers out there are having conversations about the issues that affect their lives and they're desperate to make sure the next mayor is someone who's going to address those. that's the conversation i'm going to continue to have with new yorkers all the way to the primary and all the way through the runoff. >> all right, christine quinn, thanks so much. good luck out there on the campaign trail. >> thank you. thanks. and we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] this is kevin. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for him, he's agreed to give it up.
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my 89-year-old grandfather's always inspired me but this time it is a group of secret service agents and a young boy that's inspiring him. i started off by asking him why the new haircut. >> little patrick has leukemia. a lot of the agents shaved their heads. i say well why not me? it was the right thing to do. >> reporter: patrick is the son of a secret service agent, assigned to my grandfather's protective detail. when the other agents heard of his cancer diagnosis, like a band of brothers, they rallied around their own. >> what a wonderful group of people. they're like family with us. >> reporter: and so, just two days ago, after more than 20 secret service men shaved their heads, it was my grandfather's turn. one of the reasons you shaved your head, because you just wanted to see that little boy smile? >> yeah. just kind of identify with him. but hope it brought him a little happiness. >> reporter: when you held that little boy on your lap? >> that was fun.
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cute little guy. >> he's very cute. >> reporter: do you think he knew you were once the president of the united states? >> no. >> do you think he cared? >> i don't think so. he's so young. >> reporter: though patrick saw him as just another bald comrade, his parents saw something more. and i heard that his wife, john's wife, when she pulled in, she started crying. >> weeping. but there she stood. she hadn't seen them. there were 20 or so people. i mean, everybody practically had shaved their heads. i mean, she was really touched. >> reporter: in a statement released by patrick's parents john and alexandra, they say, we are humbled and honored by the support and generosity that president and mrs. bush and ore secret service family have shown towards our son. we're so very grateful for the outpouring of love and support from all over the country. the nature of their jobs prevents the secret service from speaking publicly, but their actions speak volumes,
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encouraging even my grandfather's staff to pick up their razors. what does this prove to you about how these men are? >> they're all very supportive group amongst each other. they go above and beyond the call of duty. they're not just there to protect. >> reporter: so how is this look with the ladies? >> still good. >> reporter: still working out? >> it's good character building getting shot down more often. >> reporter: you're getting shot down? >> not me. >> reporter: my grandmother seems to like it. so what did you think about this haircut? >> i was shocked, surprised, and thrilled, but i think he looks beautiful and looks younger. >> reporter: but this is more than a haircut, and it is deeply personal for my grandparents who lost a child to leukemia. robin was just 3 when she died almost 60 years ago. what did robin used to say to you? >> a lot of things. the thing i remember, i love you more than time can tell.
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>> reporter: and you loved it when she would say that. >> yeah. >> he always answered, i love you more. >> reporter: it makes you think about her now when you say it even. >> absolutely. >> reporter: i may be biased, but i agree with robin. >> you're the cutest. >> reporter: and these groups of agents are trying to raise awareness and funds for little patrick through a fund called patrick's pals. andrea? >> thanks so much for that lovely report. another note about george herbert walker bush. in march of 1990, supporters of the americans with disabilities act climbed the steps of the capitol without their walkers, without their wheelchairs. it led to the passage of a law that eliminated discrimination against people with disabilities. it granted them public accommodation and transportation. we celebrate iowa senator tom harkin and president george h.w. bush who signed it into law 23 years ago today. the same again!
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chris is back with us to wrap up the week. chris, you tweeted earlier today, what has a better chance of ending well, a-rod's career or anthony weiner's political career? what's your answer? >> golly, i mean, a lot of people responded to that, andrea. most people said a-rod just because he's a multimillionaire. i guess that's true. the truth of the matter is neither of them, i think, are going to end well. i think anthony weiner lost any chance at a redemption story this week. i can't believe i'm saying this. i guess i take a-rod. >> well, i don't know. it's a close call, indeed. thank you very much. i'm not going to say which way i'm going. that does it for us. thank you, chris. that does it for this edition and this week of "andrea mitchell reports." follow the show online. alex witt is up next on "news nation." [ male announcer ] this is kevin.
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i'm alex witt in for tamron hall. the news nation is following developing news. emotional words from trayvon martin's mother sybrina fulton, this at the national urban league conference. >> i'm just asking you to wrap your mind around that. wrap your mind around no prom for trayvon. no high school graduation for trayvon. no college for trayvon. no grand kids coming from trayvon. all because of a law. a law that has prevented the person who shot and killed my son to be held