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has. >> you have to make your case to every single voter. we don't count anybody out and we sure don't make a habit of presuming anyone's support. support is asked for, and earned and that's why i'm here today. if you understood who i truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what i believe is in the real enduring best interest of african-american families, you would vote for me for president. >> if i'm president, job one for me will be creating jobs. let me say that again. my agenda is not to put in place a series of policies that get me a lot of attention and applause. my policy will be number one, create jobs for the american people. i do not have a hidden agenda. and i submit to you this -- if you want a president who will make things better in the african-american community, you are looking at him.
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you take a look. >> democrats have overwhelmingly won the support of african-american voters in the last two presidential elections. president obama received 95% of the vote against john mccain, and even in defeat, john kerry earned 88% of the african-american vote against george w. bush. still, some members of the audience gave romney credit for simply taking the time to address the convention. but that doesn't mean the audience agreed with what he was saying. >> i'm going to eliminate every nonessential expensive program i can find. that includes obama care, and i'm going to work to reform and save -- [ crowd booing ] >> romney said he anticipated a tough response from the crowd and following the speech, he told a group of donors quote, your friends who like obama care, you remind them of this -- if they want more stuff from the government, tell them to go vote for the other guy.
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more free stuff. but don't forget, nothing is really free. it has to be paid for by people in the private sector creating goods and services, end quote. the obama campaign said in statement at the naacp leaders in the african-american community recognize the devastating impact mitt romney's policies would have on working families. a new campaign ad from the obama campaign accuses romney of supporting tax breaks for special interests over the needs of the middle class. >> the choice on taxes, mitt romney's plan, a 25% tax cut for millionaires. tax breaks for oil companies and corporations that ship jobs overseas. but a tax hike for 18 million working families. president obama's plan -- ask the wealthy it pay a little more so the middle class pays less, eliminate oil subsidies and tax breaks for companies that outsource. two plans, your choice. >> vice president biden
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addresses the naacp convention later this morning. in washington, house republicans are looking to rally the conservative base ahead of this year's election with what's becoming a largely symbolic stand against president obama's health care law. the house voted again yesterday to repeal the affordable care act. it's the 33rd time that members have tried to dismantle all or part of the law. the vote was 244-185, with five democrats joining their republican colleagues in supporting repeal. two of the five are facing tough re-election fights this year. while the other three all voted against the law in 2011. the bill goes to the democrat-controlled senate where it stands no chance of passing. it sparked more partisan bickering on capitol hill. >> this law continues to make our economy worse. and there's even more resolve to see that it is fully repealed. >> what a valentine to the health insurance industry. >> obama care also has disastrous implications for the
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moral fabric of our nation. >> they're voting for wealth care for the most profitable industries in the history of the united states of america. >> welcome to groundhog day in the house of representatives. >> yesterday's vote was the first time the house has voted to repeal the affordable care act since the supreme court ruled it constitutional less than two weeks ago. one congressman who missed the vote yesterday is illinois democrat, jesse jackson junior. it's been more than a month since the 47-year-old took a medical leave of absence from congress. but it's unclear what the problem is his office first said exhaustion was to blame. but then cited physical and emotional ailments. just yesterday his spokesman put out a statement reading quote, the congressman is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment for a mood disorder. he's expected to make a full recovery. but as nbc's andrea mitchell
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reports, the brief statements and lack of details seem to be raising more questions. >> his name, say friends, is both a blessing and a curse. jesse jackson junior. >> he is my father and my friend, i now present to you, the reverend jesse jackson. >> born at the height of the civil rights movement, raised in national politics by a famous father. himself once a rising star. now missing in action. not seen in congress since early june. while battling a house ethics investigation, reported marital problems and his parents say, significant physical and emotional pain. >> we hope that he'll be fully restored to his health. right now he's going through a tremendous challenge. >> friends and colleagues say the congressman was far from chicago's south side. being treated for alcoholism at a facility in arizona. and there are legal issues, the younger jackson has denied he tried to get convicted former illinois governor, rod
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blagojevich to appoint him to president obama's senate seat in exchange for money raised by a one-time fundraiser. >> everyone is going to be amazed at just how innocent i am. >> last month, nyack was indicted by federal prosecutors on unrelated charges. democratic leaders signaled time and their patience could be running out. >> i think congressman jackson and his office and his family would be well advised to advise the constituents of his condition. he's obviously facing a health problem. >> at shawn's fadz 4 days barber shock, people are asking questions. >> i need to know more about what his illness is. mental, physical. >> even his fellow democrats on capitol hill are getting impatie impatient. it's been a month since he's been seen and there's business to be done. >> family and friends suggest jackson is suffering from depression and a drinking problem. his office says those reports about substance abuse are
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untrue. now to business -- spain's prime minister is pushing new austerity measures to cut the country's budget deficit by $80 billion over the next three years. the plan includes a tax increase of 3%, and pay cuts to government workers. let's take an early look at the markets as we get all up in your business this morning. cnbc's geoff cutmore is live in london for us. geoff? >> good morning to you. the trouble is, mariano rahoy has protests on the street of spain as a result of this. as you've pointed out, these cuts meant to get public spending deficits down below 3%. by at least 2014. at least 200 minors took to the streets yesterday, to show their contempt for the reduction in subsidies for spanish mines in the north. these miners have a track record of forcing governments out. so something the prime minister has to take note of.
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that's one story the markets focused on. the other big news is i guess no news from the fed. as far as the ufomc was concerned in its minutes, the balanced in terms of further help, nothing immediately for the markets, they did leave the option on the table for now that was some small crumb of comfort to take away for these very jittery investors right now. back to you. >> geoff, thanks. still ahead on "way too early," quarterback tim tebow lends a hand at last night's espy awards. we'll show you what got his jets teammate mark sanchez laughing. and jimmy kimmel breaks down joe biden's greatest gaffes. even suggesting he may have a comedy career in his future. the best bidenisms when "way too early" comes back.
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when the heat came in it's been dry ever since. the areas getting the rainfall is down around in texas. heavy rain this morning with thunderstorms outside of houston and into central portions of louisiana. from there all the way through mississippi, alabama and georgia, that's where the rain is going to be today. that's where the humidity is. if you've noticed in the northeast lately, mid-atlantic, great lakes, ohio valley, it hasn't been that humid latedy. we need the humidity to get the thunderstorms in the afternoon and we desperately need some wet weather. but for today into tomorrow, most wet weather is down here in the southeast. we're not going to get it to the areas that need it, including new england, another dry warm day. temperatures in the 90s from albany to hartford, the humidity levels are very low, it won't be the oppressive heat and humidity. d.c. and philadelphia, another day in the 90s for you. still in the 90s from chicago to kansas city. the heavy rain threats in the southeast. still very warm in the west. it was 103 in salt lake city, utah yesterday and in death valley, california, ever heard of death valley national park,
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jonathan? >> i've heard of it. >> it was 128 degrees yesterday. >> a dry heat. >> one of the hottest spots on the planet. >> have you ever been there? >> no, but it's on my short list. >> i bet. >> no, as a weather person, you want to experience it at least once. >> once. >> once. >> thanks, bill. you know what yesterday was bill, for me? >> what? >> sort of like christmas. there was absolutely no sports happening anywhere. but thank goodness espn staged the sports equivalent of the oscars. comedian rob wrigle did the hosting honors and after some difficulty congratulating the national champion kentucky basketball team. he enlisted his favorite back-up quarterback to lend a hand. >> tim! tim tebow, everybody. >> you really didn't yell at me,
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i'm good. i got this, coach calipari, kentucky wildcats, on winning a national championship. you'll remember it the rest of your lives, congratulations. >> thanks, tim tebow. >> do you need anything else? >> no, i'm good, thank you very much. >> i'm here. >> no, i appreciate it. just head on out. >> cool. >> thanks, someone will show you where to go. that guy has been shadowing me all week. hey, sanchez, good luck with that all season. >> wrigle didn't stop there, taking aim at some of sport's brightest stars and targets. including unibrow sensation, anthony davis and harvard's own jeremy lin. >> look at that thing -- it looks like -- two caterpillars just making sweet love on your
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forehead. anthony, i got to ask you this, is that like -- one of those mr. potato head eyebrows that you just pop on and off. you were picked number one in the nba draft, you should put on your happy eyebrows, okay? what a heart-warming story. it's so refreshing to see a young, asian kid graduate from harvard, move to new york and make a ton of money. $28 million, cha-ching. or as his harvard classmates call it, a good start. >> i still can't get over those eyebrows. lebron james who skipped the awards show in favor of preparing for the olympics with his teammates in las vegas took home three awards, including male athlete of the year. wrigle urged american to dial down the criticism of lebron, but embraced newly-minted
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championship. but made an exception for one jilted midwestern city. >> the only exception of that, chilling on lebron might be cleveland. okay? i get it, you guys get screwed nonstop. i mean look how many great players have left your town to go on and win elsewhere. manny ramirez, cliff lee, cc sabathia. your entire nfl franchise. and they went to baltimore because they thought it was nicer. baltimore. baltimore where they filmed "the wire." >> lebron's miami heat also won team of the year, beating out the new york giants and university of alabama football team among others. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," mitt romney tells the naacp that he can do more for african-americans than the african-american president can. we'll discuss that assertion and
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the obama team's response, with our morning joe crew. and when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water cooler to watch a united states congressman call in the props department in his argument supporting health care reform. "way too early" is back in a moment. [ female announcer ] the power of green coffee extract is now in our new starbucks refreshers™ -- a breakthrough in natural energy. made with real fruit, starbucks refreshers™ are delicious low calorie drinks you can feel good about. ♪ rethink how you re-energize. ♪ get a boost of natural energy with a new starbucks refreshers™, in three re-energizing ways.
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. we told you at the top of the show that mitt romney visited the naacp convention in houston yesterday to state his case as the best alternative for african-american voters. but romney faces an uphill battle, winning the support of the historically democrat-backing community. if you want to sound really smart today, tell your friends that the 39% of the african-american vote garnered by dwight eisenhower in 1956 marks the most for a republican presidential candidate since 1936. since 1964, no republican presidential candidate has received more than 15% of the black vote. now, enough with the real news, let's gather around the water cooler to watch democratic congressman from new york, joe crowley, compare the gop's health care alternative to campbell's soup? here he is on the house floor yesterday. >> i think i figured out what the gop wants to replace the affordable care act with.
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hmmmm. here is what i i assume must be the republican plan for health care in our country. chicken noodle soup. been diagnosed with a serious disease and can't afford the prescription drugs you need to treat it? have some chicken noodle soup. the truth is, chicken noodle soup might be mmm-mmm, good for lunch but as a health care policy it is mmm-mmm bad. >> mmm-mmmm this comes only weeks after illinois representative luis gutierrez made his point on the house floor with help from the bieber and selena gomez and we can't forget washington jim mcdermott who shoved coal into a christmas stocking last december and chuck grassley got creative in 2009 with his debt and deficit dragon
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to prove his point on the cost of health care reform. during that same health care debate, arizona congressman john shattuck brought in a 7-month-old baby named maddie. who according to baby speak didn't want government taking over health care. this was his attempt to persuade legitimators from voting for the health care bill. and jimmy kimmel put together a sketch for joe biden's dvd set. >> this summer, don't miss your chance to see america's funniest number two. joe biden, vp of comedy. >> those walls are awful thin, i wonder how the hell my parents did it but that's a different story. >> every laugh -- >> as barack says, a three-letter word, j-o-b-s, jobs. >> every gaffe -- >> god rest her soul, although she's right here -- your mom's still alive. it's your dad who passed. god bless her soul.
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>> the joe biden vp of comedy tour. you'll vp your pants laughing. >> i promise you the president has a big stick. >> i'm mitt romney and i approved this message. >> and a big surprise was caught on camera for a group of myrtle beach vacationers who were fishing off their back deck. >> you got the line. oh, oh [ bleep ]! oh, jesus christ! >> what he said! >> sara was pulling in her catch when a six to seven-foot bull shark snatched her fish, as it turns out, bull sharks are fairly common in south carolina waters, that's a nice way to start off your vacation. that's amazing. still ahead on "way too early"?
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at the top of the show, we asked you, why are you awake. producer john tower has answers. >> we've got a john? alabama, my cat got me up to change her water bowl with her two cubes of ice. >> that's one pampered cat. >> wonder if patrick gavin does the same thing for his cats. >> don't want to know. >> we have another one. joe writes, my girlfriend is shaving my feet. >> okay. joe, that's disgusting. that's really disgusting. thanks, john. "morning joe" starts right now. if i'm president, job one for me will be creating jobs. let me say that again. my agenda is not to put in place a series of policies that get me
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a lot of attention and applause. my policy will be number one, create jobs for the american people. i do not have a hidden agenda. and i submit to you this, if you want a president who will make things better in the african-american community you are looking at him. you take a look. yes, take a look. good morning. thursday, july 12th. mitt romney, staring at the naacp convention. with us former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. the executive editor of bloomberg news, al hunt and rounding out our michael bloomberg hour morning, columnist for bloomberg, margaret carlson. in new york, a man whose company i'm sure will be owned by michael bloomberg, executive editor at random house,

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