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one person is in custody following reports of a gunman on campus. that is what we have from the school's twitter account. no shots were fired that we knew of. the shelter in place has been lifted. classes are canceled for the rest of the day. thank you so much for being with me on this monday. let's send things to jake tapper. "the lead" starts right now. in this case, some clear red flags were not ignored, yet the l.a.x. shooting happened anyway. jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. it came down to a matter of minutes, but it did not go the lapd's way. a police chief who warned the los angeles force from three time zones away about the l.a.x. suspect joins us in a matter of moments. the politics lead. a new book claims the obama/biden campaign was a taylor swift song waiting to happen. that's one of the juicy insider details from the election. obama and romney campaign officials dishing dirt and
settling scores. the sports lead. one nfl player is out and another suspended for what? late hit? helmet to helmet tackle? nope. allegedly it's for the same type of behavior we usually attribute to mean girls in high school. good afternoon. welcome to "the lead." i'm jack tapper. we begin with the national lead. moments ago, the head of the union representing officers with the transportation security administration issued a statement calling for some of those officers to be armed in the aftermath of friday's shooting at los angeles international airport. the statement reads in part quote, at this time, we feel a larger and more consistent armed presence in screening areas would be a positive step in improving security for both tsos and the flying public. the development of a new class of tsa officers with law enforcement status would be a logical approach to accomplishing this goal, end quote. security at airports across the nation will be reviewed on orders from attorney general eric holder in the wake of the l.a.x. shooting. a gunman killed one tsa officer
as you recall and wounded two other officers and a passenger. the suspect, 23-year-old paul ciancia, is still listed in critical condition at this hour. earlier, an attorney read a statement from his family in new jersey offering condolences to the victims and begging for privacy. >> paul is our son and brother. we will continue to love him and care for him. we will support him during the difficult times ahead. while we do not mean to minimize the grief and distress experienced by many other families, we hope that the public will understand that this is a very difficult time for our family, too. >> police say the gunman was specifically targeting the tsa, according to a note he had. working for the tsa seems like it's often a thankless task. much of the time you are an object of contempt for passengers as they watch you confiscate their toothpaste and if you blink too long, you risk letting something or someone dangerous through. but now, three days later, it's still unclear what the suspect's beef with tsa could have been.
as stephanie elam reports. >> we were up in security at the time of the shooting and we heard the initial gun shots. >> reporter: police say alleged gunman paul ciancia entered los angeles international airport's terminal three friday morning armed with an assault rifle and five magazines of ammunition. the fbi says it recovered a handwritten note on ciancia that made it clear he was out to kill multiple tsa officers. authorities say he shot tsa officer gerardo hernandez at point-blank range, sending passengers in the security screening area running for cover. investigators say then ciancia went up an escalator but after apparently spotting hernandez still moving on the floor, he doubled back to shoot him again, killing hernandez. >> there was a pause and so i looked down the escalator and i saw the gunman, he had his gun trained on the guy on the wall there and he shot him twice. >> reporter: in the end, two more tsa officers and a traveler were hit.
l.a.x. police shot ciancia several times in the face and neck. he's alive but in his condition, he remains unresponsive. earlier friday morning, ciancia sent his family in new jersey rambling text messages. a woman who says she knows him says ciancia said he was going to commit suicide. the family alerted authorities, who then asked lapd to do a welfare check. if only police had gotten to his place just 45 minutes earlier, they might have stopped the rampage. but ciancia was already gone. he demanded a ride to the airport from one of his roommates. cnn's miguel marquez spoke exclusively to the woman who knows ciancia and his roommates. she says the roommates were handcuffed and questioned. >> at that moment that they're seeing this on the tv, their third roommate comes back and says oh, i just dropped off paul at l.a.x. he had to go home. i think that you just dropped off paul to a shooting. >> reporter: describing ciancia as socially awkward, the woman says he expressed strong
feelings about the government. >> old findings that came out that he was very upset about it and felt tsa abused their power. >> reporter: in light of the shootings, some are asking whether tsa officers should be armed. >> the function of the tsa is to ensure that people can board planes safely, take flights safely. the responsibility for protecting airport security is not a tsa function but something that i think we need to certainly examine, given what happened in los angeles. >> reporter: with beefed-up security, officials are focused on how to avoid scenes like this from friday. passengers running for their lives. i can tell you now that they have beefed up their security here at l.a.x. and i also want to update for you, jake, the status of the people who were shot. we know that the two other tsa officers who were hit, that they have been treated at the hospital and released, and that the one civilian traveler who was shot in the leg, his status has been upgraded to -- from
fair to good today. so a slight bit of good news there. >> stephanie elam, thank you so much. as we just heard, ciancia's father called the local police chief, alan cummings, after getting troubling text messages from his son. cummings then called the lapd and asked them to check on ciancia. officers arrived but reportedly missed ciancia by less than an hour. joining us now, pennsville, new jersey police chief, alan cummings, the man who tipped off the lapd. chief, thanks so much for being here. what did paul ciancia's father say to you when he called you on friday? >> well, jake, i received the call about 12:30 on my cell phone, and he wanted to show me a text message that his younger son received from paul ciancia in california. so i responded to his residence and i was able to take a look at the text message, at what point i felt that it was pretty serious. it sounded as if paul ciancia in
california was thinking about harming himself, so obviously i knew i needed to make a phone call to the lapd and have a wellbeing check done there. >> obviously you don't want to tell us the content but it seemed suicidal in nature, the text message? >> well, obviously it's an fbi investigation, but the text message itself i believed was -- the context was that he was thinking about harming himself, yes. >> so you've known paul ciancia's father for some time now, i believe? >> yeah, about 20 years. >> okay. when did ciancia's father call? you said around 12:30 on friday? how much time between you coming by his house and reading the text message, how much time elapsed before you called lapd? >> i got to his house about 12:45. looked at the text message, made a decision and we contacted lapd, at which time i spoke to a lieutenant there who was very
helpful, of course. she explained to me that they were in the middle of a shooting at l.a.x. i told her i was aware of that. at this point, we weren't connecting the dots, of course. i asked her if she could conduct a wellbeing check at a residence for me. i received a message from a father in new jersey that is concerned about his son's health or wellbeing, i should say, and she said that they would make an attempt to go by and check the residence. >> i just want to make sure i understood, the text message from the suspect, it talked about harming himself, it did not say anything about harming anyone else, is that right? >> that's correct. yes. >> so you called them at around 12:45 or so and by then, the shooting was around 12:30 east coast time. at what point did you realize that the man you were trying to help find was the man who had been involved allegedly in the shooting 25 minutes or so before you made that phone call?
>> well, jake, i got back to my department after speaking to the lapd and obviously, the last conversation i had with the lieutenant there was -- she would contact me as soon as they made some contact with somebody at the residence. she did call me back and told me that they met with two roommates there and both roommates stated that he wasn't there today, he was there yesterday, at which point i contacted mr. ciancia back and told him that the lapd did make a wellbeing check and he's not home. i hung up the phone. probably about 20 minutes later, so we're talking maybe 1:30, i get a phone call from a reporter from the associated press and he wants to interview me in reference to the l.a.x. shooting involving a pennsville resident by the name of paul ciancia. so that was the first time i received the information. and i would say about -- i hung up from him because i needed to get our officers in position to
get some surveillance around his house here in pennsville. i knew the media was on their way there. at which point, paul called me and i'm talking about the father, paul ciancia, the father contacted me on the cell phone again and his comment to me is chief, is this what i'm seeing, my son, is the shooter at l.a.x.? my reply to him was i'm being told that, paul, but i haven't confirmed it, i'll check into it and let you know. he was very emotionally upset and then obviously, things started to roll along and the fbi came down to pennsville and we continued with the investigation there. >> obviously the investigation is ongoing. do you think -- i know you've heard of suicide by cop, where somebody does something hoping that the cops will kill him because he or she doesn't want -- wants to be dead but doesn't want to do it to him or herself. i know it's asking you to speculate. do you think that's possible here, if he was talking about harming himself, then goes and does this? >> that's possible. i mean, like you said, i'm speculating on that.
that's not part of my investigation. it could be anything. we were all wondering back in my department, you know, what was the beef with the tsa guy. i don't understand that. none of us really know. that's where we are right now. right now, i think in our town, we're trying to kind of get the community back together. obviously we're supporting the ciancia family. they're having a rough time with this. this is just like any normal family, you know, in your community and your son goes away and decides he wants to move on in his life and try to create a business or start something business-wise, and next thing you know, you get this phone call and this is what you hear. so it's shocking to everybody. >> and everybody did what they were supposed to do but just ultimately, the clock ran out. pennsville police chief allen cummings, thank you so much. we appreciate your time today. >> thank you, jake. so what's the next shoe to drop in the evolving story over the implementation of the affordable care act? or obama care?
well, cnn has obtained notes from one week ago from the obama administration's self-labeled war room, where officials focus on implementing the law and their concern is that once the healthcare.gov website glitches are worked out, some consumers will go online and be disappointed with high prices and limited choice. according to the notes from october 28th, quote, mike described a general concern of p.m. or project management, quote, getting to the point where the website is functioning properly and individuals begin to select plans, the media attention will follow individuals to plan selection and their ultimate choices and in some cases, there will be fewer options than would be desired to promote consumer choice and an ideal shopping experience. additionally, in some cases, there will be relatively high cost plans. project management is a reference to those individuals in the obama administration tasked with standing up the affordable health care law at the center for consumer information and insurance oversight. the discussion appeared to be in reference to an october 24th
story by the "new york times" titled quote, health care law fails to lower prices for rural areas, unquote, which states that while competition is intense in many populous regions, small towns have fewer carriers offering plans in the law's online exchanges. more than half or 58% of plans offered by just one or two insurance carriers and about 530 counties, only a single insurer is participating. the analysis suggests that the ambitions of the affordable care act to increase competition have unfolded unevenly at least in the early going and have not addressed many of the factors that contribute to high prices. other notes from that war room meeting describes specific problem plans, and a problem with the site that prevents certification perhaps due to a misspelling on the website. the obama administration has not yet responded to our request for comment. coming up next, what happened to the cone of silence? a new book tells us what really happened on the campaign trail
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welcome back to "the lead." the politics lead now. there are a truckload of juicy nuggets in "double down" about last year's presidential election. we have been hearing about them and talking about them and we will continue to do so, including tomorrow, when we speak to one of the authors but one of the most interesting subtext of the book has not yet received much notice. that is the motivations of the sources for the book, the folks in the obama and romney worlds who dished and dissed. when mitt romney was looking for a running mate, his top aide, stuart stevens, was bullish on governor chris christie. >> i had no conversations with governor romney about the vice presidency. we didn't talk about it. he didn't bring it up. >> reporter: romney of course
ultimately went with congressman paul ryan but romney continues to talk up the new jersey governor, just yesterday saying this. >> there's a long list of very capable people but chris christie stands out as one of the very strongest lights in the republican party. >> reporter: not everyone in the romney campaign was so enamored and stunningly, one aide leaked to the authors of "double down" personal vetting information, including concerns regarding christie's health. a shocking breach of protocol in what is supposed to be a very discreet process. >> i have a great relationship with the romneys and the campaign, and it's all just, you know, trying to make sure they sell as many books as possible. >> reporter: these are the kind of details that those in the political world are most surprised by, not whatever outstanding follow-up questions that the romney vetters may have had about christie but the fact that they would serve up those concerns as dish. perhaps even more surprising, the amount of leaks from s.s. obama. ones that portray senior
democrats, including the president, in not such a favorable light. when "game change" came out, lost in all the drama about the mccain/palin campaign was the fact that team obama did not dish all that much. there was a game change for the second book. when it came to leaks, the white house was a veritable colander. president obama is depicted struggling sadly with debate prep and his advisors are described losing their patience with him. i just don't know if i can do this, the president says at one point, according to the book. on abc's "this week" george stephanopoulos seemed stunned the president wasn't upset at the amount leaked about him by trusted aides. >> i can only imagine what he's thinking as he sees all these details in this book. >> well, look, we are not the first white house to deal with leaks. every white house has dealt with it. i think we have been more leak-free than most and where we find them, we try to stop them. >> is he angry about this? >> the president is always frustrated about leaks. i think anyone who leaks has to
pay a price. i don't know who leaked in that book. >> reporter: other senior democrats embarrassed including vice president joe biden. the book reveals that the obama team explored with focus groups in polling replacing him with hillary clinton. >> i know for a fact that president obama never considered this, never thought about it, never entertained it. >> reporter: in another scene, president obama, after golfing with president bill clinton, sneers to an aide i like him in doses. we'll pose many of the questions you're asking yourself to john heileman, one of the authors of the book. he joins us tomorrow. joining me now to talk about all of this, former chief speech writer for the president, john favreau, kate messera and bill kristol. john, let me start with you. i say this and i'm not happy about it, you never leaked me anything when you were on the inside. you really didn't.
>> he leaked to me all the time. he's a great source for the weekly standard. >> who does it possibly serve to have a story about president obama coming off the golf course, other than mark and john, obviously, coming off the golf course and obama disses president clinton? it makes obama and clinton look bad and whoever the aide who obama said it to. i'm stunned. you guys had a pretty good hold on these things. now it seems like an explosion. >> it's incredibly disloyal. it's not helpful. it's stupid. i have no idea. there's one, you know, there's a reason to talk to others to try to get, you know, give a broad story what happened in the campaign. but talking about what the president thought, what he said, making him look bad, making bill clinton look bad, joe biden, whoever it is, there's just no point to it. >> it's not policies really in a lot of ways. >> it's gossip. it's like high school. it's terrible. >> but we love it. >> we love it. can't get enough of it. i can't believe we're still
talking about biden and hillary clinton. this has been a rumor basically since president obama took office, right? people have big -- can't stop talking about it yet it comes up again and again and again and we can't stop talking about it now. >> i'm surprised, i have to say, about the vindictiveness of leaking the vetting document, the romney team leaking the vetting document about chris christie. i know there was tension between the camps but at the end of the day, christie campaigned for romney, romney said nice things about christie. somebody said i hate chris christie, here's all the stuff and it turns out they were right to -- the christie people were right to not answer the questions, the follow-up questions the romney people had because they can't keep a secret. >> good point. the christie thing is a little different because he's a guy who obviously is the leading possible presidential candidate for 2016. it's one thing if you're in the second term of an administration, you leak stuff about what president obama said last year, he's not on the ballot again and it doesn't really make much difference. some aides have left the white house or whatever. the christie thing is a little
more purposeful, maybe. you can call it vindictive. maybe an aide thinks he's doing the country a service. >> i shouldn't ascribe motive. maybe he's trying to help christie. get it out ahead of time. >> in terms of the obama white house, they want to continue being vindictive and leaks, it's email@example.com. i would be happy. next time, bill clinton and president obama play golf, whichever each one -- whatever they each say when they -- >> i don't think there will be a next time. but there is also a 2016 manifestation to this. a democrat said something, hillary is probably going to run and if she does, the tension between the obama and clinton camps is still there, you know. president obama and secretary clinton have managed to become friends and have a good working relationship, but president obama and president clinton having this anecdote, i can take him in doses, that's not helpful, john. i can only speak to what i experienced with him and president clinton, and i know that obviously when they first
got to the white house, you know, things could have been strained from the campaign but i saw them get along quite well and when they were working, you know, they consulted together on the speech he gave at the democratic convention, towards the end in the last stretch when bill clinton did all those events with us. >> the big hug. >> the president and bill clinton after events would hang out after all the events were over at the end of the day and he would give him advice and they would talk. i think it's a little overblown. i think they're still pretty good friends. >> bill clinton told me he liked john. >> he can only take president obama in doses but people like john -- >> by the way, in the book, described as dashing, by the way. >> fact check. >> who knows who his source was. kate, let's turn to tomorrow's election instead of last year's. is there anything, obviously governor's race in new jersey, in virginia, mayoral race in new york city. is there anything you're particularly looking at that you will be paying attention to? >> yeah. well, tomorrow we will be looking at chris christie probably going to win, probably going to win by a landslide.
i think that what a lot of people are looking towards to see if he can get that same momentum to go into 2016. if he can convince people, he said it i think the other day, this is a republican winning and winning by a lot in a very blue state and there are lessons to be learned. alternately, if we look at virginia, ken cuccinelli is probably more likely going to lose. >> according to polls. >> right, according to polls. very conservative candidate. so i think a lot of people will be watching and seeing what lessons they can take away. >> bill, do you think ideology is an important part of the virginia race? >> sure, but i think he didn't run a good campaign. he was very much hurt by the governor, who was very popular. it's made it hard for the campaign to raise ethics issues which are certainly there to be raised. cuccinelli has closed some and is now running on obama care, probably should have done that earlier.
he's been critical of it, he wants to limit the effect of it in virginia. terry mcauliffe embraced obama care. if this race closes down to five, four points, or possibly a tie or tiny victory tomorrow, that will show how potent obama care is. but i'm told by people, i talked to people close to the campaign, they do think the obama care thing is cutting in their favor. it may be a little too late but i think he has an outside shot to nip mcauliffe at the end. >> one quick last word on governor christie, think he's the best one the republicans could put up in 2016? >> i think he is. if he can get out of that primary. i just don't know if he can. tomorrow we'll find out if there's more christie republican ns t s in the party in 2016. >> guys, thanks so much. tomorrow i will be on the trail with christie for his final day of campaigning and we'll have an exclusive behind the scenes sit-down with the governor that will air here on "the lead" at 4:00 p.m. eastern. when we come back, they're
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might be praised more around the fireplaces in million dollar ski cabins in aspen. cnn's ana cabrera has more. >> reporter: welcome to northern colorado. some 60 miles outside of denver. no hustle and bustle of city life here. >> i saw the struggles that my grandparents, my parents went through to create what i believe is an oasis in the desert. i see that oasis in the desert threatened. >> reporter: county commissioner shawn conway is a third generation coloradon, raised on a ranch, fighting for his rural lifestyle and livelihood. >> we're tired of being ignored, tired of being politically disenfranchised. >> reporter: that's the message, fed up with new gun control laws, expanded oil and gas regulations and increased renewable energy standards recently enacted at the colorado capitol, conway is leading the charge to form a new state.
he's wrangled support from across hundreds of acres of farmland, at least 11 rural counties north of denver threatening to secede, all set to hold nonbinding secession votes on tuesday. >> if they don't see a way to actually move the state back into republican control, they figured maybe just leaving it is the only other option. >> reporter: political science professor seth maskit says the movement is an example of republicans who are the minority in this state taking desperate measures. in colorado, democrats have control of the senate, house and governor's office. while supporters of the referendum know there's no practical implication from the vote, they say it's a sure way to get attention for their cause. but not everyone agrees with this strategy. >> the best strategy for dealing with political issues is through the political system. >> reporter: the d.a., ken buck, a high profile colorado republican, is among those frustrated. he plans to vote against the 51st state initiative. >> i think what we need to do is make sure that we work doubly
hard to get the folks who aren't listening out of office and to make sure that our voices are heard. >> reporter: governor john hickenlooper welcomes more dialogue, saying quote, if this talk of a 51st state is about politics designed to divide us, it is destructive but if it is about sending a message, then i see our responsibility to lean in and do a better job of listening. >> if urban dominated legislatures don't begin to listen and address what i believe are the legitimate concerns of folks in rural areas of our country, i think this is going to be a wave of the future. >> reporter: ana cabrera, cnn, greeley, colorado. in case you didn't know, the odds are against the colorado secessionists but it has happened before. west virginia was the last state to do it, breaking from virginia during the civil war more than a dozen years before colorado was even admitted to the union. a quick programming note, tonight a special edition of "ac
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. time for the sports lead. he's a guy who could probably try me up like a pretzel around the goalpost but sometimes it's just more complicated than simply manning up. such is the case of 6'5," 315 pound nfl player jonathan martin, who left his team last week after reportedly suffering months and months of verbal abuse in the miami dolphins locker room. now there are new developments, the team suspended fellow lineman richie incognito for what management calls conduct detrimental to the team. this happened right after martin filed a formal complaint against the dolphins for alleged player misconduct. martin reportedly received text
messages and voice mails from incognito that used racial slurs according to espn and other media reports and also forced martin to pony up $15,000 for a player trip to vegas he wasn't even going to go on. on twitter, incognito denied any role in bullying his teammate. joining me is former dolphins running back, ricky williams, who left the dolphins at the height of his career before eventually returning to the nfl. ricky, thanks for being here. i appreciate it. how would you describe the locker room atmosphere with the dolphins? did you ever notice anything like this? >> no. i mean, i played football in the nfl for 11 years and i have never really heard anything quite like this occurring when i was in the nfl. >> tell us about your relationship with richie incognito. in an nfl.com piece, he talked about a conversation he had with you in 2010 when you guys were teammates in miami and he said that he wanted you to help him with his anger issues. tell us about that.
>> yeah. well, you know, richie came to miami in 2010 and i played a year with him, and he had a history behind him of getting in trouble on the field and off the field, usually something, you know, people attributed to his temper, his anger, and when he came to miami, you know, i kind of put his history aside and tried to get to know him as a person, and i like richie. he's a fiery guy and he loves to play football. he's a physical guy. but as far as seeing him do anything that was problematic or troublesome, in the year i spent with him, i never saw it. >> does it surprise you, this allegation from the team, suspended for being conduct detrimental to the team? >> not much surprises me in the things that go on in the nfl because a lot of what they do is really for public opinion. you know, i think these allegations come out and you know, and everything is kind of blamed on richie. it puts the dolphins in a difficult spot. this whole event is really a bit
of a black eye to the team, definitely to richie and i think also to the nfl. so it seems like they go into save face mode to try to quiet things down so they can focus on the game they have this week. >> how much is hazing part of the nfl culture? i know it's part of college football. i know it's part of high school football. how much of it shows itself in professional football? >> much less. much less than people would think. my rookie year, 1999, there had been an event in the previous year in new orleans and coach ditka at the time got up in front of the team and told us, he said there will be no hazing in this camp. he said if there's any hazing, the person that does the hazing and person who gets hazed are both out of here. that set the tone for me right away. really, i haven't seen very much hazing. there are certain traditions like when rookies come in, especially if they're high draft picks, that they will take their position group or the offense or defense out to dinner and foot the bill. that's more of a rite of passage. i wouldn't consider that hazing.
>> the idea that he was being made to pay $15,000 for a trip to vegas he didn't go on, that wouldn't surprise you so much, nor would you necessarily think it was all that rough a thing or all that abnormal? >> well, you know, playing in the nfl, the things that i've seen, none of it really surprises me. the one thing that jumps out at me is really, the nfl isn't for everyone. there are certain people and i was one of the people, you know, i had these ideas and expectations about what the nfl would be, then once i got there, i saw that it wasn't what i thought. so for me, i see this kid very intelligent kid, you know, his parents are attorneys, he went to stanford and this these expectations about what the nfl would be, and if you look at his career, he really hasn't had as much success as he wanted to have and things have been tough, and i'm sure things got out of hand with him and richie, and now we are where we are. >> i want to play for you some sound of the miami dolphins head coach, joe philbin, who had a press conference. listen to this.
>> if the review shows that this is not a safe atmosphere, i will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that it is. >> i know you think there's a lot of public relations going on here. what do you think the nfl and these coaches, what should they really be doing, forgetting how it looks to the media and the public? >> well, you know, it's one of these things where the nfl, it's really like a closed fraternity. it's one of the things that it's really not made for everyone. there are certain people that can play in the nfl and certain people that can't. once you sign that contract, there's a lot of rules, written and unwritten, that you're expected to follow. so for me, this is something that should be handled internally and i don't think the media, i don't think fans, i don't think anyone outside is really in a position to really fully understand what occurs inside of a locker room and inside of a football team. >> before you go, what occurs? you have been alluding to the nfl being something of a surprise from what you thought it was going to be and that's one of the reasons why you took
some time off, things going on behind the scenes. what are you talking about? >> well, actually, i wasn't talking about why i took time off. it's really, you know, you go through life and you're allowed to give excuses, allowed to wimp out of doing something, allowed to get away from doing your job, and once you get into the nfl, there are no excuses, there are no ways to wiggle out. it's preparing you for the game. you get in the game, it's the fourth quarter, you're tired, you got this big guy across the line from you who is trying to rip your head off and you have to be a man. you have to stand up and do your job. so you know, you can talk about bullying but for me, this whole idea of bullying, it makes someone a victim. what i found with victims, victims are just usually victimizing other people. so you can't really have a victim mentality and be successful in the nfl. it just doesn't happen. >> ricky williams, thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> thank you. still ahead in the money lead, google going off on the
welcome back to "the lead." time for the buried lead. usually the buried lead is a story we think has not gotten enough attention but that's partly the case for toronto mayor rob ford, who was accused of smoking crack. what is buried here is the video that purportedly shows him doing it. police told reporters last week they have recovered a video from a computer seized during a drug investigation that is quote, consistent with what news outlets have reported that mayor rob ford was caught on tape smoking a crack pipe. very few people have claimed to have seen the video and mayor ford is not one of them but he took time on a weekly radio show that he hosts with his brother to say that he is sorry for his behavior. >> i have made mistakes and all i can do right now is apologize for the mistakes. i sincerely, sincerely apologize. i want the police chief, bill blair, to release this video for every single person in the city
to see. >> he received some sympathy calls from voters during a radio call-in show he did this morning as well, such as this woman. >> i support you 100%, mayor. i don't know what's going on with the media and your council. i think i would be in trouble, too, if i had to deal with the council you do every day. >> but would you do hard drugs, madam? that's the real question. i want to bring in someone covering this investigation into the mayor. you have seen this alleged video. why would he call for it to be released? >> well, it's obviously an interesting tactic. the video is part of an extortion charge against the mayor's friend sandra who earlier last month was charged with drug offenses. he's recently been charged with extortion in connection to trying to get back the video after the media reported on it. that video is now part of his
court case, so i won't try to pretend what's going on in the chief's mind but i think it would be unlikely for the chief to release it given the fact that it is in the court system. >> the police have said that they can't charge the mayor with a crime based on what's on the video, right? >> right. you don't know -- as his lawyer said after we published the story, you can't know what is in that pipe that looks like a crack pipe. >> so what exactly did he apologize for today? >> over the last two days he's been doing a media blitz. at first there was speculation he was going to step aside or say he was going to get treatment in a rehab center, but he showed up to his radio show, he does a weekly radio show with his brother, doug ford, blaring "staying alive" out of his suv which gave us a pretty good indication of what he planned to do. he went on to say he's made mistakes, never claimed to be perfect, and apologized for a couple high profile incidents that have happened in this city.
one being he showed up drunk to a street festival in the east end of toronto called taste of the danforths so he apologized for being hammered there, apologized for text messaging while driving. he apologized for an incident in st. patrick's day two years ago where he was walking around the main floor of city hall with a half bottle of brandy, slurring, rambling. it was a security incident report that the star recently obtained. >> could he be forced out? >> there's nothing that city council can do to force out the mayor. there's not sort of any impeachment legislation. the only way that he can be removed is if he misses three consecutive council meetings, presumably if he's in jail. even if he's charged, they can't force him to leave. the one thing that is key, though, is in toronto, unlike, say, a city like new york, the mayor does not have a lot of power.
there's not the strong mayor system, they call it. the mayor doesn't have veto power. he really is just one vote in a council of 45. >> all right. an amazingly, there was a poll that showed his approval rating going up five points over the last week. thank you so much. we appreciate your time. >> thanks for having me. coming up next, forget selling phones. blackberry can't even sell itself. what's next for the beleaguered company? if yand you're talking toevere rheuyour rheumatologistike me, about trying or adding a biologic. this is humira, adalimumab. this is humira working to help relieve my pain. this is humira helping me through the twists and turns. this is humira helping to protect my joints
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. time for the money lead. it once was hard for people to give up their blackberrys. that was in 2006. now blackberry is giving up on a plan to sell itself, saying it will get a billion dollar investment from a financial holdings firm instead and try to reconnect with its former glory. its future will not include chief executive thorsten heins,
who is stepping down. apple, google and samsung have been cleaning blackberry's clock lately. the company reported a loss of $965 million in the second quarter. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. see you tomorrow from the garden state with an exclusive behind the scenes look at election day with governor chris christie. i now turn you over to wolf blitzer in "the situation room." happening now, we have new details on the deadly rampage at the los angeles international airport. police may have been just minutes away from preventing the shooting. should tsa officers now be armed? i will ask california senator dianne feinstein. also, are the 2016 battle lines being drawn? chris christie may be heading for a big win that could boost his white house chances as an influential center. it falls on hillary clinton to launch her own run. and four years after political opposition fueled his pl