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sustain a force of that nature and capability with its own resources. >> 15 to 20 years? plus, another 911 call from tiger woods' home. this time, it is his mother-in-law, who was rushed to the e.r. we'll bring you the latest. good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. with the president's war strategy on the line today, we bring in the chair of the senate intelligence committee, senator dianne feinstein.ç senator, thank you so much for join i joining us. >> you're welcome. >> duelling hearings today, ambassador eikenberry and general mccrystal. what we've seen so far is that president karzai just today, with secretary gates at his side, is saying that it could be 15 to 20 years before they can stand on their own. the american people aren't going to wait for 15 or 20 years.
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>> well, nobody is asking the american people to wait for 15 to 20 years. and nobody knows whether president karzai is right or wrong. i think the key is to stabilize the situation, provide some security, grow the afghani military, the afghani police and then, hopefully, if areas are secured, if the economy is building, if the taliban, the hakani network and others are driven from the place, so to speak, that you have a very different situation. >> that's a lot to hope for, of course, all at one time. this is what happened on the house side at that hearing today when representative loretta sanchez from california was questioning ambassador eikenberry about what the possible progress is with the karzai government. let's watch. >> have you seen anything in the
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last 18 months that would tell us that the karzai government is doing something about corruption? have you seen him, i don't know, arrest his brother, put people in jail, bring people to trial, stand up a court system that's actually going to take care of some of this corruption, ask him for the numbers to swiss bank accounts? what have you seen the karzai government, because he has been in for five years and he has just gotten another five years, and we know it's been completely and totally corrupt. >> what you're asking about right now, the need to improve the accountability of the afghan government, it is central to our success. but against that, we have to be clear, over the last seven years, starting from a very, very extraordinarily low baseline, there has been progress in afghanistan. >> secretary gates today, on his unannounced visit to afghanistan, seemed to be hugging up closer to president karzai. do you think that we were too tough on him, too much rhetoric
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coming from perhaps the vice president and perhaps from ambassador as well? do we have to show him more love? >> i don't think we've been too tough on him. i think what the united states has to do is see that he makes strong, positive, good appointments to critical ministries. i think what we have to do is tailor our aid with certain conditions. if they don't want it under those conditions, they don't have to accept it. and see that that aid is that's where it's needed and that it goes to responsible entities in those localities. i think that we need to see that the narcotic labs in the south are taken down. they are controlled by the taliban and i happen to believe that money from the narcotics trade, the poppy trade, the opium trade is investing in the
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taliban. that needs to be ended. what we have to do is drive the taliban from the country. i think the stakes, andrea, are very high. this is the safe haven. it has been for al qaeda. it is, to an extent, for the taliban. there is a metamorphosis among these groups. they are interacting, al qaeda is trading others, other than al qaeda, financing others, other than al qaeda. and i have no idea that if the taliban and its related network is able to take over afghanistan, they will also try to take over pakistan, and that, indeed, puts the area in serious jeopardy because of the large number of nuclear weapons. >> and on a related subject, a subject of terror for sure, the u.s. embassy in pakistan has now announced that fbi teams are going to go and pursue the
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investigation there of whatever can be learned about david headley, the chicago native of pakistani descent now charged with the mumbai bombings. what do we know about that? >> we know about that pretty much what's been in the paper this morning. mr. headley did go and survey various sites. those sites are earmarked in the newspaper. i have no reason to believe that that is not correct. additional charges have been filed against him. what it says to me is that the united states is, in fact, still in jeopardy. i happen to believe, based on current facts, at least, that major hassan is the quintessential lone wolf. i don't happen to believe that this was just strictly an act of vengeance. i happen to believe it really was an act of terror. and he wanted to kill as many people as he possibly could and
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make himself a martyr. we continually have to be on guard in this country. and that means keep our intelligence top notch. it means knowing before. a good example of that was najibulla zazi, according to the press reported to have some al qaeda connections. i don't know if he really does, but i've certainly read about that in open source material and had at least eight colleagues who were going to help him on aç undefined mission in new york city, which wasn't to build a building, it was most likely to destroy a building, a transit system, a tunnel. and, therefore, very serious. >> senator dianne feinstein, the chair of the senate intelligence committee, thank you very much. >> thank you. >> for being with us today. >> thank you, andrea. we now continue to talk about terrorism and afghanistan
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and all the rest of this with nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski and here with me in the studio, ron brownstein. first to you, mick. let's talk about the reach of what secretary gates is trying to explain there on the ground in afghanistan, because he's trying to persuade the people there, karzai included, that we're not pulling out. yet at the same time, they're sending the message to critics back here at home that there is an exit strategy. how do they get this balance right? >> you know, that was emphasized by general stan mccrystal today during the hearings before the house armed services committee, too, that general mccrystal, like secretary gates, does not consider that july 2011 timeframe an absolutely drop-dead date for withdrawal of forces but a benchmark of sorts to sort of assess what's going
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on, on the ground at the time. but he did acknowledge that while he was not in favor of imposing even that benchmark of 2011, july, he did acknowledge that it could be used by the enemy forces to sort of lay back for some period of time. but in the short term as a propaganda tool, to try to convince the afghan people that the united states was not committed to staying in afghanistan. and one other thing that came out of that hearing today in response to that remark from president karzai, that they would need help for another 15 to 20 years, ambassador carl eikenberry as much acknowledged that fact when he said that afghanistan was going to need large amounts of foreign assistance for some time to come. >> chuck todd, is there any second thinking or second guessing of themselves inside the white house, that they lean too much one way or the other way on this whole controversy over the exit strategy? >> reporter: not at all, andrea.
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in fact, they believe last week went a lot better than they thought in this one respect. they were very nervous that there would be a bigger gang of democrats that were going to kill this thing and make it so that getting a supplemental to do this surge would have been politically becoming more treacherous and more difficult. and i think that they might argue that the july 2011 deadline to begin reassessment, withdrawal, whatever you -- however you want to frame the argument, and the president himself seemed to say it's a deadline to begin the reassessment and start a pullback -- he never talks abouç an end date, they think was necessary to get the buy in from those that are very skeptical. andrea, i want to underscore something. i think it was a striking charge -- not charge or whatever that senator feinstein said when she said she was concluding that major hassan's attack on ft. hood was a terrorist attack.
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that is a significant thing for the chairman senate intelligence committee to say. >> in saying that it was -- she used the phrase lone wolf. >> lone wolf and a terrorist attack. it was a little contradictory. >> that's what i'm saying. >> reporter: she contradicted herself but seemed to be leaning toward the fact, this is the type of stuff we're still on the lookout for and why this country is still under threat. it was a striking -- as you said, it's a contradiction, but she obviously as chairman of the senate intelligence committee, i don't think she's throwing something out there. that might be what they're classifying this as, a terrorist attack. >> and certainly they feel that this is what justifies the afghanistan engagement. >> reporter: right. >> let's take a look at the poll numbers, all of you. when we look at the new quinnipiac poll today, it shows 60% of people approve the president's plan to withdraw troops by 2011, 32% disapprove,
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and 40% said that the president will be able to begin withdrawing those troops and 45% said they will not. 57% now think the president is doing the right thing in fighting in afghanistan, 35% think that we should be there. back in november, 48-41. >> these numbers, unlike the numbers that came out since the speech show the inherent strength of the president in these kind of decisions and potential long-term challenge to them. as i said before to you, i think the president has more leverage than usually is assumed to shape national opinion on questions of this sort. and all the polling shows a great deal of -- that he has, in fact, generated majority support for the plan, that he announced. and he also has a foundation here, andrea, in that americans to a greater extent than in iraq, i think, do see a fundamental national security interest in afghanistan that they correctly view as the locust of the 9/11 attacks. it provides a rationale for engagement than stronger in
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iraq. those numbers get to the weakness. they're wasting assets over time and you also need to sustain support, you need evidence of progress, both cause and effect, i guess. people have to see there being a national security interest in being there and some evidence of progress. although the numbers are quite good now, that will change over time, if people do not believe that the cost we are incurring, both in lives and in dollars, is producing results. he can generate progress and sustain support, people assume, in congress. >> i don't want to let you go without asking about the jobs speech, chuck todd. in a split screen mode today, watching the hearing and trying at the same time to watch the president give his big economic speech at brookings, he never gave any specific deficit numbers or costs for whatever is going to be spent now. not just taking money from the t.a.r.p. but how he's going to create jobs. there's no price tag.
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>> reporter: there's not. we're hearing a number from capitol hill in the range of $150 billion, $50 billion of it approximately on the infrastructure. again, because what the president called for needs some congressional approval, it seems as if he has put that -- not punted, but said the details have to be worked out in congress. we'll get these dollar figures, i think, from congress. the immediate number we're hearing is about $150 billion short term. >> okay. chuck todd, jim miklaszewski, we look forward to you reporting on all these military hearings tonight on nbc nightly news and ron brownstein, thank you so much. up next, president obama turns his focus to jump-starting job growth. how will his plan help millions of americans get back to work in this record-breaking unemployment? but only malibu has onstar. big deal. i'll just use my phone. let's say we crashed.
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small business, infrastructure, clean energy. these are areas in which we can put americans to work while putting our nation on a sturdy economic footing. >> president obama unveiled his new jobs program today, his strategy to get unemployed americans back to work. speaking this morning at the brookings institution here in washington. joining us now live from the white house is austin goolesby, part of the president's economic team. great to see you, austin. thank you very much. we were just talking, chuck todd and i, about what the cost is. the hill is talking $150 billion. is that ballpark? >> well, i'm not sure where he got that number. we got a firm-ish number on the infrastructure side on the size of that at around $50 billion.
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on most of these others, it depends both how you count it and how congress wants to do the details on how you count small business loans, for example, and things of that nature. the president wasn't trying to pick a number. he was trying to pick three key areas where he thought there was good bang for the buck and we could general be rate jobs in a way that the government is going to incentivize getting the private sector to stand up, and the infrastructure are the three big ones. >> john boehner has complained you should be using the unspent t.a.r.p. money for deficit reduction, not for the jobs -- the kind of jobs plan that the president outlined today. what's your response to that? >> iç would say two things. the first is let's take a step back and note because of sound management on the part of the administration, t.a.r.p. is coming in at a cost of $200 billion less than what it was
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expected to be, and that gives us a bit of running room to both reduce the deficit and to use resources targeted at generating jobs. the second thing i would say about that is everybody knows who has lived through this crisis, you can't start talking about reducing the deficit until you've got the economy growing again and turned around. so, i think it's a bit of a false choice between getting deficits down and stimulating jobs, because you really need to stimulate jobs before you can get the deficit down. >> what kind of timeframe? if you got everything that the president outlined today, eliminating capital gains and short term for small business owners, what kind of impact would that have on the unemployment rate? >> i don't know the exact -- i'm not going to make a forecast of the exact number because i would need to know what exactly the size of the policies was going to be.
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but certainly the president's goal is that you would start to see that impact in 2010 that we would start doing it right away, that we don't sit around and doddle and wait on those. >> now, john mccain had some complaints today about some of the stimulus spending. he said that there's been a lot wasted. he talked about money that's been spent for jet plane -- to get jet planes, corporate jets sponsored. he had a whole list of pork. have you gone back and looked at some of the stimulus spending and checked out some of the things he has been complaining about? >> we looked at it very, very thoroughly and the vice president's office has taken the lead on that. i think they've done an extremely responsible job of trying to get $800 billion out in the economy in a reasonable timeframe to help turn this situation around. the cea puts out quarterly
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reports, updating what the impact has been on the overall economy and the vice president's office puts out detailed reports of where the money is being spent. there were no earmarks in it. they've done a very reasonable job. look, everybody wants to get rid of inefficiency, of waste, fraud, abuse, et cetera. i think that we -- unless you come at it with a biased perspective, which some of the republicans in congress appear to have, if you come at it from an objective criteria, it's pretty hard to argue that the stimulus did not play a major role in turning the trajectory around and backing us off of the abyss. >> the president is talking about somehowç getting winter getting new jobs from winterization and some of these other projects. this is the way jon stewart's approach with the president was about to suggest today. >> what about you, mr. president? you must have brought some of your own ideas. >> not to tip our hand too much, but one of the things i would be
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surprised if we don't end up moving forward on is an aggressive agenda for energy efficiency and winterization. >> weatherization? that's the hand you don't want to tip? because if i recall, you've been playing that hand for like a year now. >> we're providing grants to states to help weatherize hundreds of thousands of homes. >> we're going to weatherize homes. >> we weatherize homes all across the country. >> by weatherizing 2 million homes. >> mr. president, i am not obviously a professional poker player, but that [ bleep ] seems to be your hand. >> how is someone whose unemployed that doesn't have enough money for basics have the money to lay out to get the
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incentives, if congress even passed them, to winterize their homes? it sounds like such a teeny amount of money and teeny impact on a major problem. >> well, i think that might be mixing the two sides. unemployed construction workers where the unemployment rate is, as i understand it, in the 30% range is that they would get the j jobs weatherizing the homes of people who would be paying for their weatherization. >> i see. >> it would be an incentive. so, it's not intended to give the incentive to the unemployed person. >> thank you for that clarification. >> to do the weatherization, if they didn't have the funds. i don't think it's a trivial matter at all. i talked with john door and a lot of leading business folks, who believe that this area of energy efficiency, retro fitting of homes can both generate a lot of jobs for unemployed construction workers, save the people who get the retro fits a lot of money on their utility
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bills and reduce our emissions. that's one idea. and the president laid out the small business and the infrastructure as other ideas, but, look, i love jon stewart. he has a very funny show. i think if you just pick one thing, it's taken one byte of your dinner and saying look, is that all you have to eat? i think that's a little bit misleading. >> in fairness to our viewers and to you and me, i wanted to itemize a couple of the john mccain items that our crack staff has just come up with. among them, a study of supersonic corporate jet travel, martha's vineyard green energy usage plant, replica railroad in nevada, fossil research at penn state and a couple of projects in arizona as well to study the genetic makeup ofç ants and an colonies all from stimulus money. >> look, it's an $800 billion
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program and it turned the trajectory around in the country. i don't know about this one particular grant. we can look and the vice president's office has looked in detail at what all the monies are being spent and what jobs have been created. taking a step back, the thing obviously has had an impact on the positive ledger for the economy. >> okay. fair enough. we both also agree on jon stewart. thanks so much, austan. great to see you. >> great to see you. coming up, senate so-called gang of ten may be ready to strike a compromise on the public option health care. politico's jim vandehei explains. tomorrow, join us for vice president al gore, here to talk about the challenges of climate change. if you have a question for the former vice president, send me your tweets at and follow the link to my twitter page. somewhere in america,
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two key issues in the senate health care debate are sparking int intrafighting amongst democrats today and a lot of progress, possible compromise being considered on the public option. a vote is expected on senator ben nelson's abortion amendment, stopping women from obtaining abortions under some health care plans. jim vandehei, executive director of politico and newly named member of the pulitzer board. >> thank you. >> very impressive, jim. congratulations. >> thank you very much. >> what is your reporting showing whether or not the gang of ten is inching toward something? first of all, the public option or expanding medicare to include people as young as 55? sow
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sounds to me as if that would be a hugely expensive change. >> that's what we're trying to figure out rye now. harry reid told this gang of ten, all democrats, to come up with a compromise by 7:00 tonight and to take a look at the issues you just mentioned, expanding those that may be eligible for medicaid, along people over the age of 55 to buy into medicare and sort of scrapping the public option as we've known it, as we've been discussing the past couple of months, and look instead at expanding the essentially health care plan that's available to federal employees and members of congress right now. it's not a government program. it's administered by the federal government. but it's basically run by private insurers. and they're trying to figure out if in there there's a mix of policies that would be attractive to moderate and liberal democrats. the big question is, what does the congressional budget office say about how much it will cost? once you allow more people inço medicare, there's a big cost. once you raise the eligibility
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co for medicare, there's a big cost there too. can this be done within a price frame that's appealing to those moderate conservative democrats that are worried about overall cost to the federal government and overall cost containment to the health care system more broadly. >> jim, it seems counter intuitive. everybody has been saying that the real problem with health care is medicare and the entitlement that's really, you know, too rich to be sustained in the future. and at the same time, expanding it to those 55 -- as young as 55 would seem to be a huge burden on the system. >> right. certainly, republicans, to a person, are very, very opposed to this idea because it would expand both programs, would expand costs. a lot of democrats don't mind take i taking on that additional cost. they're trying to achieve the other objective, which is making sure that people that don't have insurance can get insurance.
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those are two programs they feel have been successful. if they can push more people into them, at least you'll get people covered. at the end of the day, you're still talking about costs. it's confusing to some viewers about the different costs. there's cost as far as what is this program going to cost the federal government and then there's the costs that are cooked into the health care system. i think one of the things, there's not been enough discussion of and probably not enough in the bill itself is to address the overall costs of the health care system. if you can't bring down the amount of costs to have people go to a doctor and to get the medical assistance that they get, if that continues to sky rocket, it's a huge burden on medicare, medicaid and individuals and insurance companies and the whole lot. so, they're trying to figure out their perfect mix. one of the difficulties they're going to have is a lot of these are new ideas, not necessarily expanding eligibility into medicare, but looking at this program for federal employees and expanding that for the entire nation. it's been put on the table and they're trying to rush this through the next couple of days. i think people want to hit pause
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and think that one through too. >> what about the nelson amendment on abortion today? what's going to happen there? >> definitely it will be defeated. there's not enough support in the senate. the senate is a little different from the house. in the house there's actually a prolife working majority. if you take the number of republicans and pro life majority, you don't have that same dynamic in the senate. couple of republicans in the senate who tend to be pro choice and side with democrats on this issue. it will be a sticking point. ben nelson, one of the make or break moderates in this debate said he will not vote for a health care plan if he does not get theç so-called stupak language, embedded into his amendment in this final bill. that could be a make or break issue that they have to figure out how to rectify if they want to be able to get a deal. >> which is exactly why they think they'll have to cut a deal without ben nelson and need olympia snowe, collins or some other xings of 60.
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thank you, jim vandehei. president obama uses part of his speech to take aim at republicans. now republicanss are firing back. plus voters in massachusetts going to the polls to determine which candidates will be on the ballot, who is going to be in that race to permanently fill ted kennedy's seat, as though anyone really could.
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two big stories today, job creation, the president's speech and afghanistan, the general and ambassador on the hill. steve mcmann and republican strategist john fury joining us now. good to see you. john, first of all, how did you think the general and ambassador did on the hill? >> you know, i think they did fine, andrea. i think that these are really important questions that are being raised about the future of the conflict in afghanistan. the fact of the matter is that
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the president made the right decision in sending the additional troops into afghanistan. right now they have to focus on winning the war. a lot of the people on the left, i think, don't like this. but i think it's the right decision to make for the country. >> steve mcmann, what about the democrats, they were raising a lot of questions today. >> they are raising a lot of questions. nobody likes being in two wars at the same time. they had to figure out what to do about it. were they going to withdraw from iraq or afghanistan or put the troops where they might make more of a difference? afghanistan, whether or not we should be there to begin with and whether or not we should be withdrawing or adding. >> john, what about what secretary gates had to say about osama bin laden and the fact that they really don't know where bin laden is and this is what he had to say about bin laden operating on his own. >> the truth of the matter is,
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somebody who is smart and who is cautious can elude people for many years. look at the unibomber in the united states, 17 years or something that guy eluded the if fbi inside our own country. >> is that a fair comparison, john? >> i think in the mountains of afghanistan, it's hard to find every -- look in every cave and find out where this guy çis. i think that's a pretty fair comparison. the fact of the matter is that we had had bin laden on the run for quite a long time. he's going to stay on the run. we had to focus on other issues here, part in chief is the taliban insurgency and will it destabilize pakistan and afghanistan and will we allow that to happen? i think, once again, the president and secretary of defense have made the right decision on trying to win against the taliban insurgency, try to stabilize afghanistan and try to make sure that america is more secure because of that. >> let's talk about jobs and the president's speech on the
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economy. he is trying. he has spoken three times this week about jobs and unemployment. and how do you do that by prosecuting a war with generals parading up and down the hill? >> that's the challenge. the administration is now turning its full attention to it. i think there's a beautiful irony, though, about using the wall street bailout money starting to be returned and the return on investment so far has been about 20%, better than most people have done, certainly in the stock market. to use that money now to help free up credit markets for small business to do that and get some additional incentives for energy efficiency and people and make homes more energy elf sht, these are good for the environment, economy and good for the president's political standing around the country. >> john, does he have the tone right and the set of policies right? >> andrea, i would like to see from the president a long-term strategy to make america more
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competitive when it comes to jobs. what are we doing about trade? what are we doing about taxation? >> he talked about eliminating the capital gains tax for small business people. you can't do much better than that. >> there's also corporate taxes. corporate taxes are much higher than any of the -- french, for example. he didn't talk about that. >> the french. >> we need a long-term strategy. i think the democrats are showing more desperation and little bit less when it comes to long-term economic growth strategies. >> john, i think, is showing why the republican party's approval rating, to quote robert gibbs, is lower than the drinking age in the united states of america. the president comes out and offers tax cuts and they say no, we don't want tax cuts, it's not good enough, doesn't go far enough or deep enough. tlas a $12 trillion deficit and when you're president of the united states you have to try to balance tax cuts and job
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creation against a deficit that is out of control. >> steve, what the president is doing is taking money we don't have and putting it in jobs that won't help with long-term job growth of this country. we need a long-term strategy. i'm all in favor of small business tax cuts. i've been saying that for quite a long time. we do need a longer term strategy, dealing with trade, taxation and litigation. >> we have to leave it there. we are going to go on to massachusetts. voters are going to the polls today. this is the place for politics. they are goingç to the polls i massachusetts to temporary, teddy kennedy seat. let's talk to kelly o'donnell with the democratic primary there. it's the first time in 50 years there isn't a kennedy on the ballot. kelly? >> reporter: it really is, andrea. it is a change of the times for massachusetts. in the world of political campaigns, the messaging is always about the future. but today, in this race, there is very much a sense of history and the kennedy legacy is playing a very big part in how
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the candidates have run the race and how they have invoked ted kennedy and his image, his work and everyone wanting to sort of claim the kind of work that he did. four democrats competing, two republicans. because of the make-up of massachusetts there's a strong feeling that the democrat who wins today's primary will be the ultimate successor to edward kennedy. today we saw martha cokeley, the state attorney general voting and the other person often mentioned is a massachusetts congressman, michael capuano, representing the district that john f. kennedy once held. he really has a kennedy seat already and hopes to get another in moving up to the senate. there's been a lot of emotion here, spending some time in massachusetts over these last couple of days. i've had a chance to see all the tv ads in person. you really see almost a sense of tribute with the images and the music and the words that all evoke edward kennedy.
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and they're also all trying to say that they can carry on with some of the fights and some of the passions that he had. so, voters going to the polls today, big issue will be turnout. special election, andrea. they're thinking maybe 5,000 or 6,000 voters out of 4 million that are eligible. andrea? >> kelly o'donnell, bittersweet moment up there in massachusetts. the legend passes on. up next, the turmoil surrounding tiger woods. taking another strange twist today when his mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital overnight. is the golf star's life beginning to unravel? the latest next on andrea mitchell reports. take 2 extra strength tylenol every 4 to 6 hours?!? taking 8 pills a day... and if i take it for 10 days -- that's 80 pills. just 2 aleve can last all day. perfect. choose aleve and you can be taking four times... fewer pills than extra strength tylenol. just 2 aleve have the strength to relieve arthritis pain all day.
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condition. joining us now is deputy editor of with all the sadness for the family and for the legend that tiger woods is, what is the impact on the game, on him, his career, his endorsements? >> it's just an enormous question at this point, andrea. we're still finding out the facts, it seems, every day. something new breaks out. from his legend standpoint in the short run, i agree, he takes a big hit right now at this point. when you drive by a billboard that has tiger woods' imagery or walk through the airport and see the image of tiger woods on the wall, exactly what you think of that person is tremendously changed from where it would have been a month ago. differentç allegations that's coming out, things he is admitting to, seemingly endless drama that's been played out over the last two weeks is detracting as tiger woods as a brand and what he does, for example, on the golf course. it would be very interesting to see how much the pga tour
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starting in 2010 chooses to use tiger woods to promote themselves. when they want to do that, as well as the brands associated with tiger woods, nike, gatorade, making news now, and so on. >> gatorade claims it was a decision that actually came out before the controversy. >> right. >> and that they're not ending their connection to him, that it's only one product? >> correct. >> is that the proper context? >> yeah. it's interesting to sort of say. it seems like an awfully odd coincidence that's happening. at the same time, we don't know how successful the tiger woods' focus drink brand was. it's been laughingly for people who cover golf and sports you can find it in a lot of discount places pretty cheap. i don't know that they're selling a whole lot of it. maybe this will end up being the first crack in the armor, if you will, around tiger woods, so many endorsers and companies associated with him have put out statements saying we're with tiger. we're going to ride out this storm. obviously nike has done that,
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gatorade has made a statement. no one has backed away from tiger with tiger golf is a ment and physical game. you have to wonder about his ability to get out on the tour. >> i think the first time tiger woods comes back on tour -- we have been anticipating that will be at torrey pines the end of january, it is going to be a media circus. it will be like something the sport zpooshts in general have never seen before. we are used to having a crash of reporters and cameras following him but not tabloid media following him. there will be that. how he blocks that out, how he is able to focus and concentrate on the task apartment happened competing, i don't know how that happens. i wouldn't be surprised if it takes him a while to get back in a the groove of things. he has to go back out on the golf course because here's what he does best. >> david dusek, thank you for joining us today. what political story will be making headlines in the next 24 hours, that's next. ♪ haul out the holly
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take a look at this. 16 years old, elian gonzalez, celebrating his birthday. elegant gonzalez, happy birthday. remembering interviewing him eight years ago when he first returned home to havana. we are told by all reports he's a happy and well-adjusted young man for all he has been through. what political story will be making headlines in the next 24 hours? we have a lots to look at. the president goes to oslo to receive his peace prize. a war-time president receiving the peace prize. is there a conflict in that? >> the timing was inevitable. i don't know if the white house would have chosen it. given hay had to make thisç afghan decision and the speech he made and then the timing of the prize was always set in stone. the two things are going to come up against each other. the case that the white house and obama supporters would make
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is that this is a surge that will lead to peace he hopes to, obviously, as you said, get troops in their faster and get them out faster and at the end of the day, there will be a peaceful outcome. obviously, there's a conflict there and given the unhappiness of the liberals and democratic party not to mention somewhereyness, skeptics around the world, even though they contributed, it will be an interesting moment. >> thank you so much. the president heads to oslo. and this is a happy day for the mitchell family. just a personal note. 69 years of wedded bliss, cecile and sid, my parents. to the mitchells, happy anniversary. i'm andrea mitchell. join us tomorrow. al gore joining us. we talk about climate change and contessa brewer and melissa francis pick up our coverage next with "it's the economy." bu. i heard that from consumers digest. it offers better highway mileage than a comparable camry or accord.
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