tv Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield CNN November 6, 2013 8:00am-9:01am PST
>> late night nail-biters and outright landslides. 2013's hottest racers, are they a precursor for 2014? and is one in particular a practice run for 2016? also ahead, so he had finally admitting to it, to smoking crack. but the mayor of north america's fourth largest city is not just refusing to resign, he's insisting, he'll run for re-election. and her story. the horrors that she endured in that house in cleveland will simply break your heart. more this hour from michelle knight about overcoming a decade of torment and outright torture. hello, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield much it is wednesday, november the 6th.
and welcome to "legal view." for a bunch of off-year races that went pretty much as expected, it feels like political forces have shifted. the three most prominent winners are two democrats and a republican. a republican whom a lot of democrats rather like. he's chris christie. he crushed his democratic challenger. athena jones has our report. >> reporter: christie put his audience on notice. >> how about this new jersey. >> reporter: and those listening in washington as well. >> i did not seek a second term to do small things. i sought a second term to finish the job. now watch me do it. >> reporter: christie defeated state senator bone yoe. >> and i want to promise you
tonight, i will not let anyone, anything, any particularly party, any governmental entity, or any force get in between me and the completion of my mission. >> reporter: making dleer his mission is to ensure that everyone in his state fully recovers from superstorm sandy. those critics also question will christie is conservative enough. christie says he has no plans to stop working across the aisle if it helps to meet the goals. >> we stand here tonight showing that it is possible to put doing your job first, to fight for what you believe in, and yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you. >> reporter: in the battleground state of virginia, a very different picture. democrats scoring a big victory.
terry mcauliffe beat ken cuccinelli by less than 60,000 votes. >> i know that has been a hard-fought race. i think every single person in virginia is glad in a the tv ads are now over. >> reporter: obama republican state in 200 and 2012. if hillary clinton decided to run, it will be a big ally for her. bill de blasio becomes the first democratic to lead new york city in more than two decades. >> make no mistake, the people of this city has chose a proceeding sift path. >> thank you for that. i did say the forces were shifting. but secession? that one is going to have to wait. voterness 11 counties in colorado are split on a
nonbinding measure to breakaway from the rest of that state. last we heard five of the counties leaning yes and six leaning no. and that final talley is not in yet. stay tuned. but i do have this for you out of colorado. that state proofed two new taxes on marijuana that they legalized last year. a 15% excise tax could be used to build schools. by the way, portland, maine and three cities voted to legalize recreational pot use. and voters in houston signed the death warrant for the once mighty astrodome. they voted down something to convert it to a convention center. so demolition almost certainly awaited. so what did the 2013 elections teach us? how about this?
a lot. our chief correspondent candy crowley does not sleep. you were up late last night and up early this morning. start with the biggest headline. i like to say it's just chris christie. is it the biggest headline? >> certainly for republicans it's the biggest headline. because 2016 for chris christie starts today. he has always been a headline guy. but now he's got the proof in the pudding. he's got -- he can point to the numbers of minorities that he drew to his side, hispanics, african-americans, women, which helped crush cuccinelli, the other republican running this one in virginia for governor. he lost. i do think the message is not quite as clear in virginia and then we have the alabama runoff where a more mainstream
establishment republican won against a tea partier. the last i looked at the numbers in virginia, cuccinelli turned out a good portion of his base. at one point last night he was winning more republican votes and independent votes that mitt romney did. >> so a lot of people are saying that critics of obama care are seizing on this. just as soon as all the disasters really started to get headlines in traction. should i read into that or should i see it for what it was in the last couple of weeks? >> i think it's going to be about two competing storylines. the democrats are all about what terry mcauliffe ran on. these people are extreme. they shut down the government. they are on the far, far right. and he sort of pinned the government shutdown on cuccinelli. which is very potent. so there's that storyline for democrats. the republicans are extreme and they shut down everything, all
they can say is no. you need a democraticic house. but if you're a republican, you're going, these people gave you obama care, so you might want to vote them out. >> but in the end what jake tapper got out of chris christie yesterday was the argument versus the election. you can win an argument or an elections. he's great at that. with everybody else out there, are they going to see that and say, you know what? it's time to get elected and time to stop just plating the arguments and it's time to get elected. >> true. but it almost always comes down to that. if you look back over republican nominees, a mitt romney, george w. bush, john mccain, these were not tea party types. they had a big choice with mitt romney. there were tea party typeness that race. but the republican party in the end went with mitt romney. and you're going to hear them say, see and it didn't work. but they say that most of the
time. in the end, i think republicans and democrats go for who can win. let's get him in the white house. >> i've got to be said, there is something to be said about pop uism. you are going to be very bez this weekend. so don't go anywhere. >> i won't. just home. >> that's the tease i want to make sure everybody sticks around and watches candy crowley. and it's how i start my morning and i force my kids to watch as well. >> i'm sorry. >> appearance great work. before we move on, i've got a word of advice from chris christie to president obama. the governor, as i mentioned spoke exclusively to jake tapper. it was a great ride, even better interview. have a listen. >> here's what my suggestion would be to him, don't be so cute. and when you make a mistake,
admit. it listen, if it was a mistake in 2009, if he was mistaken in 2009 and 2010 in his understanding of how the law would operate, then just admit it to people. >> just a quick break from the elections to government that's still going on right now. health and human services kathleen sebelius back on capitol hill. you might call this round two on obama care. this time she's answering the tough questions before the finance committee. is this as scathing and blistering as last yeek? that was nail biting three and a half hours of hearing last week. >> well, it start the out a little rough and i could say, yeah, this is a rugged appearance on the hot seat for kathleen sebelius. and when you mention the finance committee, you have to put the word powerful there.
senator orren hatch zeroing in on whether it's a huge issue right now. whether they've got the proper privacy controls. this is beginning to sound like a bit of a broken record. 30,000 foot question. whether the administration ought to have considered taking the whole website offline and making all the fixes. listen to this. >> many people think that the site should be shut down until it's totally fixed. and asked that question, why just keep limping along. why not shut it down until -- and put it together the way it should be put together. many have pointed out that your on off fixes tend to have unintended consequences down the road.
and people ask why hasn't that happened? pointing out also that every day when there's a story that swrun didn't get on and you get a blank page or there's a security problem, that's -- that's a bad media campaign. it's negative. it hurts him. it doesn't help you. why not have one bad story, you're shut down, and fix it all and then everything is working and beginning however long it takes, several weeks, a month, who knows, and then look back on that date it's up and running and working well? you indicated that delays health care for a lot of people and that's -- and i appreciate that. but one more time, why not just get it done right? i've got this little -- i have a series of ruleness my office. i won't go through them all. but one of them is do it now. and the second rule is do it right the first time. why not shut down and do it
right? >> well, mr. chairman, i'm relying on the advice of not only the inside team and contractors, but a lot of the outside experts who have come in to take a look at the system. and they did a number of things along the way. they did a series of diagnostics, looked at entire system, and determined at the outset that healthcare.gov is fixable. that it isn't fatally flawed. which was the initial report out of many people. secondly, we have asked that question a number of times, would it just be helpful to take the whole system down and max fixes along the way? we've been advised that that doesn't help. that it is better to do routine upgrades. some of which are hot patches which can be done while the system is fully running.
others are better to be done in the maintenance period between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. when the user experience is pretty low and we actually take it down for periods of time. but given the fact that the various fixes, particularly the functionality fixes, the codes, have to be written in batches, it's been advised that you don't gain much from just taking the whole system down -- >> sebelius also set the site is improving every day. she said a month ago viewing and filtering health plans took minutes. today it takes seconds. >> joe johns watching for us on capitol hill live. thank you, sir. there was a time when you may not have recognized the name giuliani. but when you become the mayor of new york, you become a household name. and the man on the screen who
new york's got a brand new mayor electric this morning, his name is bill de blasio. the man who quoted charles dickens in his campaign skeechs is the new face of the big apple. take a look at those numbers. how often do you see that? 73% to 24% against his republican opponent joe lhota. and equality was a big part of his campaign. take a listen. >> when we call among the wealthiest among us to pay just a little more in taxes to fund universal pre-k and afterschool programs -- [ cheers and applause ] -- we aren't threatening anyone's success. we are asking those who have done very well to ensure that every child has the same opportunity to do just as well
as they have. [ cheers and applause ] that's how we all rise together. >> i want to bring in national correspondent deborah feyerick who is live in new york. there was a real significant core of his campaign that featured his family. they are a biashl family. can you tell how that sort of played out? >> absolutely. what was so fascinating and what's so unique about this first family of new york city is the fact that they are biracial. you've got a white mayor, african-american wife, and biracial children. the turning point that many people will tell you that was the featuring of this ad of his son dawnty. and you realized that his father was actually running for mayor.
and as a matter of fact, that fro, as it were, launched a twitter hashtag called fromentum. and also the daughter, and the wife, she's a poet, she once identifieds lesbian. he's talked her up about being his soul mate and best friend. and undoubtedly she'll be his chief adviser. here is what she had to say about her husband last night. >> it's wonderful to see new yorker's getting to know that we love so much. bill is strong, strong enough to fight for what's right. but smart enough to listen and understand the point of view of others. he will lead this city with courage and empathy and vision. i know that because i know him.
[ cheers and applause ] >> and so you really see de blasio yitds himself through his family. they were a major asset on the campaign trail. but they gave him instant credibility on major policy issues like the controversial stop and frisk. >> i knew you were going to bring that up. and for those who don't know the significance of this controversy, the stop and frisk policy, that time-out its successes, those who say it's just racist, what is he going to do. >> reporter: he's going to get rid of it. one of his ads featured he and his wife about how they would prepare their son in the event that he were stopped by police officers for just walking down the treat is with this stop and
frisk policy. many seisay it's racist. here is what he had to say last night. >> public safety is a prerequisite for the things that create opportunity in this city. and so is respect for civil liberties. [ cheers and applause ] the two are not mutually ex-exclusive. in fact, we must have both. >> reporter: and so it's interesting, you know, new york city crime is down 75%. some worry that getting rid of stop and frisk possibly could leave to an uptick. but again, all of that to be determined. everybody getting use to the new mayor. >> mayor de blasio. not just in new york, but all across the nation.
i want to bring in jeffrey toobin. i just had a conversation with you last week about the merits of the court case moving through the apell yat process. there's not much use in us talking about that? >> right. because that's now going to end. and the lawsuit is basically moot at this point. one of the key plat formed of bill de blasio's run for mayor was he is going to end stop and frisk dark dash that's powerful. when his son donte, he said, are you going to stop my kid? >> and the thing about it is, how much is it just a form of harassment of african-americans. it was at least originally very much concentrated in minority communities. and how much is it responsible for the incredible decline of crime in new york city.
and we have had historic unprecedented declines in crime. and the great question is, if you get rid of this, will the crime come back up? >> and i've got to ask you, politically speaking, bill de blasio says income inequality has got to stop. i've going to tax the rich. i just heard mayor bloomberg saying those are our money bags. you tax those people, they're going to leave manhattan. you need to incentivize them here. >> that's right. and that's why in the excerpt we heard him saying that it was clear that he was going to win, is we're only going to increase taxes a little bit. so there will be no reason for people who are wealthy and buying these 10, 20, $50 million condos, they're not going to leave new york city because they
have to pay a tiny bit more in taxes. and that's his argument and he's got to make it in albany too. he's got to get the new york stay legislatulegislature. and they're not as liberal as he is. >> and jake tapper is going to be talking about this as well. you can hear from new york's current mayor michael bloomberg. he's going to join jake tapper on "the lead." almost wish i was talking about another mayor's election. one in toronto. toronto is one of the largest cities in north america. look at that banner, the mayor smoked crack. that's not an opinion anymore. he's admitted it. so he's not stepping down. no way. he's not just not step be down, he says, i hope y'all re-elect
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it's one of those stories i'm having a tough time actually telling. because after denying using the drug for weeks, toronto's mayor, rob ford, is now admitting that, yes, in fact, he did smoke crack cocaine. and yes, that is the country i'm from. so, there's that. he's insisting that he is not an addict and he is vowing to run for re-election next year. he's not stepping down. his confession is not drowning out the calls for him to do just
that, resign. here is what toronto city council member jaye robinson had to stay. >> i was on executive committee when he asked him to step aside and deal with his personal issues, i was removed from the committee. this is a terrific city to live, work, and play in. and we feel it's affecting our image internationally. >> more now on this story from cnn's paula newton. >> these allegations are ridiculous. >> reporter: after month's of bull-faced denials. >> i did not use crack cocaine. >> reporter: his confession was as riveting as it was blunt. >> yes, i have smoked crack cocaine. but no -- do i -- am i an addict? no. have i tried it? probably in one of my drunken stoopers about a year ago. >> and there it was the.
the truth that this mayor could no longer outrun. months of secret police surveillance was made public last week in connection with the arrest of his friend and part-time driver. he faces drug offenses as well as extortion charges, but the mayor has not been so far charged with anything. the police confirm that they have the video. the one that allegedly shows mayor ford smoking crack cocaine from the pipe. >> i want everyone in the city to see this tape. i would like to see the tape. i don't recall there being a tape and a video. >> reporter: now he says he's put it all out there. he's looking for forgiveness. >> i have nothing left to hide. i embarrassed everyone in this city. and i will be forever sorry. >> reporter: he had a lot to say except the words, i'm stepping
down. >> i was elected to do a job, and that's exactly what i'm going to continue doing. >> reporter: he intends to run for mayor again next fall. cnn, toronto. >> geez. okay. so here is this. rob ford is by no means the first politician to become embroiled in controversy and to survive it and then to get re-elected. just for your memory here, a few others. former washington, d.c. mayor marion berry vid he yoe tapes smoking crack in 1990 and actually served six months in prison for that and then he got out and was elected to the d.c. city council. and that is a position that he still holds today. take you back further. the career of the late democratic senator ted kennedy. that nearly ended in 1969 when he drove off a bridge in massachusetts. a passenger in his car, not his wife, died in that crash.
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translate into a national election for president or are there so many for layers to that story? >> i think it's both. there are a lot more layers to the 2016 story. but certainly a necessary precondition for him to be a serious canned dad for the presidency. he has to be able to tell a compelling story about having governed in a democratic state and won approval from the voters. he's going to be able to point to statics from yesterday's elections. if you look at some of the suburbs, that he won the kind of voters that you need in order to take the white house and make the case that he's the guy who make conservatism work in elections. >> now that he's going to be the chairman of the republican governor's association, is he going to get tarnished or is he
going to take all of his celebrity and good will and somehow fix that brand. >> that's sort of the question given how much money they raise for these elections. christie is going to have to go into states like florida, ohio, wisconsin and michigan and campaign with republicans governors who do not necessarily have his personal magny tichl and record of winning over the voters. and we have not seen that kind ofdown ballot, coat tails come penguin work too well in either party in the last couple of years. and if you look at the elections in both new jersey and virginia, neither of the candidates who won the governor's races took that many candidates with them down the ballot in state ledge lurs? >> it's a blast watching him on the trail. nice to see you. thank you. we know that champagne corks were popping and champagne was
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legalize possession of marijuana. >> ashleigh, you know what happened at the polls really mirrors public opinion on marijuana and it really raises a question is marijuana going mainstream? is portland, maine, it came the first east coast city to make it legal for adults, and we're talking up to 2.5 ounces. three michigan cities, including the state capital, votes to remove penalties for up to an ounce of marijuana. and in colorado, nearly 70% of the people there voted to tax it, it was already legal there. the measure means that they will impose a 15% excise tax for school construction and 10% sales tax for marnl related to law enforcement efforts. the opponents are arguing that the tax will make it so high that it will push people to the
black market. but the move will mean big bucks for the state. nonpartisan colorado legislative council, they're projecting that in colorado this tax will generate nearly $70 million in additional revenue next year. so you ask, what is the big picture here? we do expect that across the country we're going to see this issue come up on ballots in 2014 and 2016. but what it shows is that the public view on marijuana has changed. many, many people, the majority of the americans are for legalizing marijuana. 58% said yes, 39%, no. ashleigh? >> it keeps changing, too. and yet it's still a federal crime. a bit mystifying. thank you for that. coming up up just ahead, a young mother kidnapped and lured into a house with the promise of getting a puppy. it was just the start of a decade of torture for michelle knight. and she is telling a lot more
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comfortable. her words don't just tell us, they take us inside the torture rooms of a cleveland home. she's the first victim to talk in detail in the aftermath of a multiple kidnapping case that's horrified and spell bound the nation. >> he had a setup to where he could tie me to the -- i think it's like a clothes line. >> reporter: she was kidnapped by ariel castro in august of 2002 and wouldn't go free for 11 years. >> he tied me up to a pole with chains wrapped around it. the chains were so big. and he wrps it around my neck. he sits me down on the floor. and he says, this is whether you're going to stay until i can trust you. now, if i do it too tight and you don't make it, that means you wasn't meant to stay here. that means god wanted to take you. >> reporter: she was chained, starved and left naked in a
frigid dark basement for days. then came the sexual abuse. when she became pregnant, knight described how he beat with a barbell. he took the round part and he went like this. and he made it go up so it could hit the lower area of my stomach. i fell to the floor. >> knight says castro would show leniency, once giving her a puppy. a comfort that ended when the dog snapped at him and he killed it before her very eyes. >> picked him up, turned his neck. all i heard was a yelp and he was gone. >> the torture went on and on. and then wednesday day knight says she realized, she was no longer alone. meaning a girl who had gone missing who she recognized from the news. amanda berry.
>> she would cry. and i would tell her, everything will be okay. and then one day we'll get home. we just have to wait it out. >> it was just the beginning. martin savidge, cnn, atlanta. >> there is a way that you can reach out and you can help. the cleveland courage fund directly benefits michelle knight. but also gina dejesus and amanda berry. and amanda's young daughter. who she had in captivity. you can log on to cleveland courage.org. and i think the running tally right now is $1.4 million. you can certainly help. when we come back, a murder mystery in mississippi, a family's car crashed and burned. and then their bodies found in some woods nearby. a possible suspect is now in custody and a town is asking how
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mississippi family devastated and heartbroken because yesterday their worst fears were confirmed when the police found three missing members of their family and all of them, dad, mom and little son in the middle, had been shot to death. shot to death. the man now in custody after leading police to the bodies, is named timothy burns. our national correspondent, gary tuchman is live from galman, mississippi. this is so bizarre, gary, what do police think happened? >> it's so tragic and bizarre and still mysterious. what they tell us is the 7-year-old boy, his 30-year-old mom, her newlywed husband, found shot to death in an abandoned house right near where their suv was found four days earlier, upside-down and on fire. the man in the jail behind me, timothy burns, is under arrest for arson. the sheriff tells me he was driving the car, got into an
accident and set it on fire. the sheriff is blunt -- he says this man is his person of interest for the murders and charges could be filed as early as today. also bizarre, the man, the suspect according to the sheriff, told them where the bodies could be found. so why did this happen? the sheriff says he doesn't know at all right now. he's examining any possible relationship between this man in the jail and the family. that was killed. back to you, ashley. >> so strange, gary tuchman live for us, thank you. we encourage you to watch gary's reporting tonight on ac 360 at 8:00 p.m. eastern. ealing have further details on the story. don horton has parkinson's disease and his wife is doing something strange. she's using magnets to make daily chores a little bit easier for him. dr. sanjay gupta has our human factor.
>> good job right there. >> for more than three decades, don horton's life has been mostly football. >> division i, division ii, division iii and also a high school coach. all very rewarding experiences. >> in 2006, don became one of the 60 thousand americans diagnosed every year with parkinson's disease. >> perhaps the worst day came in 2009, that's when don found himself unable to button his own shirt. russell wilson, who is now a quarterback with the seattle seahawks, helped don with his buttons so their team could get back on the road. >> it's just a humbling experience to be helped with doing something. you can see it there, you did it before, it seems so easy for everybody else to do. >> there were so many challenges that he was going through i couldn't help with, but this was one change i could help. >> don's wife, moira, got to work, creating a line of magnetic clothing, free of buttons and zippers, that would
help her husband and others, regain their independence. >> so, it's a simple as lining it up. >> i wasn't sure what to think. but as it grew, the emails she got were incredible. how many people across the nation. >> the magna-ready magnets are strong enough to keep the shirts closed, but not so strong that the shirts are difficult to open. >> and you're dressed. >> dr. sanjay gupta, cnn, reporting. that's just awesome. i would like that for my kids, too. great invention. dr. sanjay gupta, thank you. and thank you, everyone, for watching. "around the world" with suzanne malveaux starts right now. a big win for republicans in a blue state, new jersey governor chris christie wins re-election. >> do you think of yourself as a conservative? do you think of yourself as a
moderate? >> i'm a conservative. and you know, i've governed as a conservative in this state and i think that's what's led to some people disagreeing with me. >> is he conservative enough to win over republicans in 2016? then pope francis, shaking things up once again, this time asking catholics what they think about gay marriage and divorce. the vatican survey on the modern family, coming up. plus, moments to live in, an extreme kayaker gets stuck under a waterfall and a daring rescue was caught on camera you're watching "around the world," the voters have spoken in key races around the knt and we're watching closely, ha does it mean for 2016 and the presidential race? the big winners are new jersey governor chris christie, a likely presidential hopeful. he beat his democratic challenger, in a mostly democratic state by a wide margin. we're talking 60% of the vote.