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>> axelrod: tonight it, at last. aung san suu kyi of burma is finally honored at a ceremony in norway. scott pelley talks to the nobel peace prize winner about her long years of struggle for democracy. >> pelley: were there times when you thought of giving it up, thought of leaving burma? >> no, never. >> pelley: never. >> never. >> axelrod: under increasing fire, u.n. observers suspend their mission in syria. >> go get them, governor. >> axelrod: day two of the mitt romney road trip through six crucial swing states. bob schieffer tells us about his interview with the candidate. and silver star, david martin has the final chapter of the complicated story of cold war spy plane pilot francis gary powers. captioning sponsored by cbs
this is the "cbs evening news." >> axelrod: good evening, i'm jim axelrod. we begin tonight in oslo, norway, and a remarkable nobel peace prize ceremony for burma's aung san suu kyi, a ceremony delayed 21 years as the military dictatorship kept its human rights campaigner under arrest. she's won the prize in 1991, but chose not to go to oslo to accept, fearing she would not be allowed to return to bum a1 of asia's most isolate isolated and impoverished nations. in norway today, she sat down with scott pelley. >> pelley: aung san suu kyi spent most of the last 25 years in prison or confine bide the military to her home. she is the reveered leader of what has been a brutally repressed democracy movement in burma. in '91 she was in her second year of house arrest when the nobel prize brought world attention to a lonely struggle. were there times when you thought of giving it up, thought of leaving burma?
>> no, never. >> pelley: never. >> never. there were times, of course, when i felt rather tired physically, but never did i ever think that i would leave burma. >> pelley: she was always free to leave the country but she refused, even in 1997, when her english husband was dying of cancer in britain. you felt the country was more important than your personal feelings. >> i think the country should be more important to every one of us in than our own personal and private feels. >> pelley: coachee came to oslo now because of the improvements. she reminded the audience that burma has far to go. it's still holding political prisoners. >> there still remain such prisoners in burma. it is to be feared that because
the best-known detainees have been released, the remainder, the unknown ones, will be forgotten. i'm standing here because i was once a prisoner of conscious. as you look at me and listen to me, please remember the often-repeated truth, that one prisoner of conscience is one too many. >> pelley: she has assurances she will be allowed to return and she will need to, because in those recent elections she was elected a member of parliament. the military still runs things, but burma is opening to the world. suu kyi says the rulers have learned the power of the powerless. scott pelley, cbs news, oslo, norway. >> axelrod: we turn next to the escalating violence in syria that has now forced united nations observers to suspend their operations there. charlie d'agata has more on the deteriorating situation that has
all the hallmarks of a civil war. >> reporter: the u.n. mission in syria began badly nine weeks ago. and then got much worse. finally, the escalating and unpredictable violence over the last 10 days left the mission's head, major general robert mood, no choice but to suspend operation >> u.n. observers will not be conducting patrols and will stay in their locations until further notice. >> reporter: the 300 unarmed observers have gone to ground, down but not out, yet. the observers were sent into syria in april to monitor a cease-fire. the cease-fire never took hold, and the u.n. teams were often caught in the cross-fire. as cbs' elizabeth palmer found when she reached some hard-hit towns, they also ran into angry civilians. residents upset the monitors
could not do more to stop the violence. >> we need you to stay here. >> reporter: or rebels begging them to stay, fearing the government would resume its attacks as soon as the u.n. cars rolled out. but now what? the u.n. says it will monitor the situation day to day. the current mission is only approved until the middle of july. any new mandate will have to come from the security council where the united states and remain deeply divided on any resolution to a crisis that has killed over 10,000 syrians. for now tseems the only people to bear witness to the atrocities will be the syrians themselves. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> axelrod: to campaign 2012 now. it's an important tradition of presidential campaigns-- the small town bus tour. today, republican presidential contender mitt romney rolled into several towns in pennsylvania. romney took time to speak to our
chief washington correspondent and host of "face the nation" bob schieffer. good evening, bob. how was your conversation? >> schieffer: well, we started off talking about the announcement the president made yesterday about letting these young people who were brought into the country as children stay in this country. trying to pin governor romney down on whether if when he is elected -- if he is elected root would he allow the president's order to stand or would he take a different tack? he said he wants to work toward a longer and broader solution. but he-- i couldn't get him to say whether or not he would actually repeal it or just let it stand. one thing he was very clear on, though, and that was why he thinks the president did it. >> i think the timing is pretty clear. if he really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these kids or with illegal immigration in america, then this is something he would have taken up in his first three and a half years, not in the last few months. >> schieffer: so he did it for
politics. >> that's certainly a big part of the equation. >> schieffer: we also talked to governor romney a lot about the crumbling financial situation in europe. he basically seemed to be saying there's not much that we can do about it. he said for sure, we will not be sending any checks to europe or at least we won't be if he is elected. back to you, jim. >> axelrod: bob schieffer at the romney rally in pennsylvania. thank you. >> axelrod: and this program, note-- you can see all of bob's interview with mitt romney tomorrow morning on "face the nation." the economy, not immigration, was what audiences listening to mitt romney today in pennsylvania heard about at conservatism stops. no republican has carried pennsylvania in a presidential election since 1988. but romney is focusing on one issue in hopes of changing that. >> job one in this country is to create jobs for the american people, and i will. ( applause ) >> axelrod: these days, mitt romney's 20-minute stump speech
is all about the economy. >> this is about saving america, keeping us strong, putting us back to work. hi, how are you? >> axelrod: romney's five-day itenerary is taking him through small towns in rural settings. he told reporters that the metal casting factory in eastern pennsylvania that his long experience in the financial sector and his one term as massachusetts governor have prepared him to be the nation's chief executive. >> for mitt romney there is one argument in every battleground state-- that is the economy is bad, president obama doesn't have what it takes to turn things around. i'm a fix-it it, man. i can do it. >> axelrod: romney is in the curious position of raising the president's performance on the economy in battleground states where the unemployment rate is lower than the national average. it's 7.4% in pennsylvania, 5% in new hampshire where the bus tour began yesterday. but that's less important to him than trying to whip up a groundswell of support against the president. >> romney has a real chance to
run up the score with blue collar voters who just don't like president obama. >> axelrod: the slow pace of job growth nationally has emboldened romney in his main argument against the president. >> last time around, you will, his campaign slogan was hope and change. now i think he'd like to change it to hoping to change the subject. >> axelrod: tomorrow, the romney bus tour rolls into ohio, where unemployment is 7.3%, also lower than the national average. major banks in new york and london are on alert this weekend ahead of tomorrow's crucial elections in greece. crisis committees are stand buying for a possible leftist victory that would likely send shockwaves throughout the world's financial system. our clarissa ward in ethenes tonight and joins us now. clarissa, good evening. i'm wonder other why world governments and banks are so spook immediate the idea of the left party winning. >> reporter: well, jim, it's important to remember european
leaders have pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into greece with the understanding that greece would adhere to strict austerity measures and also make important structural reforms, and the fear is a victory for the leftist candidate would mean that greece very well might renege on that agreement and that has huge repercussions for greece's possible future and the european monetary union and that has financial markets really spooked. >> axelrod: so on the eve of the election, is there any sense of how the vote's going to go? >> reporter: there's no polling allowed in the two weeks leading up to the election. at this point, talking to people on the streets, it really feels like it could go either way, but we'll have to wait until the polling stations close at sundown and we start to see some of those first exit polls coming out. >> axelrod: clarissa ward in athens, thank you. the other international election in the spotlight this weekend is the runoff round for president
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or strongly in favor, 40% opposed or strongly opposed, 4% undecide. >> parenting is is one of the greatest joys any human being can experience. >> reporter: dr. kim bergman runs growing generations, matching same-sex parents with a surrogate, a woman who agrees to carry a child on their behalf. 80% of her clients are gay men, many in their 20s. >> they're assuming that they're going to get married and have babies just like everybody else. >> our dual routines, our lives, what we do with our kids is exactly what any other family would be like. >> caiola and mcgill have gone through surrogacy twice, for five-year-old maria and four-year-old twins william and adam. >> we are living our lives and very rarely do we take notice that we're two dad. >> having them has been the most joyful, fulfilling experience of my life, of our lives, i think. >> reporter: these dads say they look forward to every
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>> axelrod: mesh accomplished for the air force's new unmanned spacecraft. the x-37 b glided to a smooth touchdown early this morning at vandenberg air force base in california. after 15 months in orbit on a secret mission. it looks like nasa's now-retired space shuttle only much smaller and more advanced. and finally tonight, another tom-secret air mission was remembered this week more than
half a century after it first made headlines. national security correspondent david martin has the story of vindication by the pentagon and a son's devotion to his father. >> reporter: depending on what you've read, francis gary powers is one of the most famous or infamous pilots in american history. ever since his u2 spy plane was shot down over the soviet union on may day, 1960, this question, as put by walter cronkite, has hung over him. >> did francis gary powers, captured u2 pilot, conduct himself honorably as a man in the service of his country? >> reporter: his son, francis gary powers jr., has spent his life trying to answer that question beginning with the moment a so anti-aircraft missile knocked his farther's plane up on the of the sky. >> nose pitches forward, the wings break off. my father finds himself spinning down towards the ground in the wreckage. he falls from 70,000 feet to 30,000 feet before bailing out of the aircraft. >> reporter: the director of
the cia assured president eisenhower the pilot could not have survived so he told the world it was just a weather plane that strayed off course. two days later, save leader khrushchev gleefully announced that the pilot was alive and was being inferigated. >> it's the first time in american history that a president was caught lying. >> i realize i have committed a grave crime and i realize i must be punished for it purpose. >> reporter: powers spent 21 months in a so prison and then came home to a chorus of questions about his conduct. as a kid growing up all gary jr. wanted to know was how high was his father flying. >> after a few days questioning him he said, "gary, i wasn't flying high enough and now go to bed." >> reporter: he was killed in
a helicopter crash and the questions are still unanswered. oned from the air force chief of staff finally delivered the answer. >> today it is my honor to posthumously award captain francis gary powers the silver star for his action and his loyalty. >> it was presented to francis gary powers iii, perhaps the only generation of his generation who knows u2 is a spy plane not just a rock band. now he knows one more thing-- his granddad was a hero. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. >> axelrod: and a reminder, you can watch all of scott pelley's interview with aung san suu kyi on monday's cbs evening news. for all of us here at cbs news, i'm jim axelrod, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org,,,,,,,,