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>> reporter: instead of commercials featuring a nonpilot. >> not the pilot? >> i've never done this before. you be i did stay at holiday inn express last night. >> reporter: now holiday inn express can advertise using a noncommander in chief. >> at my holiday inn express. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn, new york. >> thanks so much for joining us, anderson is next. good evening, thanks for joining us, that chugging sound is the trump train. some gop leaders are reluctantly thinking they better climb aboard. a in your opinion of republicans in the house and senate are resigning to the fact that trump will be the nominee. they aren't jumping for joy. one from kentucky says with trump as nominee, many republicans will need counseling and better sign up for it now. that's tame considering the other commentary about his rival. former house speaker john boehner said ted cruz is, quote, lucifer in the flesh, and a
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miserable son of a b. cruz responded. we will have more on that in a moment. first, even if the gop establishment is warming to the inhe have itability of trump, unfavorables remain. favor ability with women. jason carroll has more. >> i said i don't want to be presidential, i want to win, i got to win, okay? >> reporter: with the promise to keep being himself, donald trump assured voters in indiana they could be the ones to help him secure the nomination. >> we don't have a long way if i can win in indiana. if i win, it is over. >> reporter: trump hold ago lead over ted cruz in indiana who needs a win in the herebier state to stop trump's momentum. trump hammered his choice of running mate. >> he now gets carly who left the race because she had no votes, she had nothing. and that's okay, she's a nice woman, but it is not going to
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help. it is not going to help. >> reporter: cruz brushing off trump's latest jab. >> donald doesn't get what he wants, he yells, curses, screams. start a game on which four donald will respond to any stimulus. >> reporter: cruz distances himself from the deal he and john kasich struck to clear a path for him in indiana. >> there is no alliance. kasich and i made a determination where to focus our energies, where to focus or assets. >> reporter: trump blasting the agreement as a slap in the face to indiana voters. >> so what happens is cruz called or kasich called or somebody called and because it's a rigged business and because it is a dishonest business, they say hey, listen, trump is beating us badly. we got to do something. we got to do something. and let's start with the people of indiana because they probably think you're stupid or foolish or something and boy do i know
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the opposite. >> reporter: trump is not limiting his fire to gop rivals, trump doubled down on criticism of hillary clinton who he has repeatedly accused of playing the woman card. >> i would say the primary thing that she has going is that she's a woman and she's playing that card like i have never seen anybody play it before. >> reporter: despite polls showing trump losing badly to clinton among women in a head to head matchup, trump is making the case that he is the better candidate for female voters. >> nobody cherishes, nobody respects women more than donald trump. nobody. i will be so much better to women than hillary clinton. >> jason carroll joins me from coast at that mesa, california. trump is kicking off his california campaign. what's the mood ahead of his arrival? >> reporter: i can tell you that republicans outnumber democrats in coast at that mesa and orange
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county. even before things got under way, heard a number of people chanting build the wall, build the wall. as you know, he has strong opinion stance on the issue of illegal immigration. there will be a number of people showing up here who will be supporting him when he talks about building that wall. anderson? >> jason, thanks very much. now to comments that john boehner made about ted cruz. he spoke at an event at stanford university and wide ranging discussion on stage with a history professor, covered ground. it is not on video. audio is getting a lot of attention. he was asked his thoughts on cruz. here is what he said. >> lucifer in the flesh. i have democratic friends and republican friends, i get along with everybody. but i've never worked with a more miserable son of a [bleep]. >> campaigning in indiana today, cruz said he only met boehner
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two or three times, never worked with him. he says boehner's anger is somehow aimed at the public. >> when john boehner calls me lucifer, he is not directing that at me, he's directing that at you. what boehner is angry for is not anything i've ever said to him, i haven't said much of anything. what boehner is angry with me for is standing with the american people, energizing and encouraging and honor the commitments we made. >> sunlen certificate fal ee joins me. >> reporter: senator cruz didn't shy away from the battle with john boehner today, numerous times during the day in indiana he brought this up, responded to boehner's comments. boehner doesn't know me, i don't know boehner, and trying to tie
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john boehner's comments to donald trump repeatedly, almost mocking john boehner sake that boehner today allowed his inner trump to come out and saying to voters here if you want a president like john boehner, then donald trump is your man. senator cruz clearly relishing in this moment to take on a familiar foe of his, biggest foe. saw him rail against the washington establishment, doubling down. a fundraising e-mail highlighting these words from john boehner. >> and carly fiorina was on the campaign trail. what's the path forward in indiana? >> reporter: they're very clear that this is a critical state, pivotal state, that's how they describe it. it is interesting to see everything that they're doing and saying really underscores that from rhetoric, ramping up the stakes in indiana to complete and total focus that they've put on the state this
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week, dispatching carly fiorina today with senator cruz, spending a lot of time between now and tuesday here. all of this circling tucson on the calendar, showing how important for their campaign. senator cruz for the first time today sent out a revealing fund-raising e-mail to supporters, ratcheting up the alarms of what could happen. said point blank, if donald trump wins the delegates in indiana, his nomination could be all but determined. those are strong words coming from senator cruz. >> sunlen, thanks. a lot to talk about. patrick heely, chief political analyst gloria borger, senator cruz former communications director, and tara so the meyer. i never heard one calling another lucifer in the flesh. >> where does that come from. a bit of a reach. you got the sense that john boehner was finally saying something that he wanted to say
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for many months about ted cruz. he doesn't necessarily love donald trump or love john kasich, but really dislikes ted cruz. you feel like ted cruz is a bloodied candidate walking through indiana, people are taking shots at the guy to see if they can lay limb out tuesday. >> gloria, cruz tries to say boehner is calling you the people lucifer, did that make sense to you? >> well, no. but good try. what he is trying to do is say john boehner is establishment the establishment hates me and therefore hates you because you don't like the establishment. z way talk to go a republican polster, and he said boehner has the conservatives, what he doesn't have -- >> you mean cruz. >> sorry, cruz, and that
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boehner's words today could actually help trump to a great degree because those moderates who may be deciding might not go for cruz when they hear john boehner calling names. >> i appreciate that, it shows what we are up against. i worked with ted cruz through the shutdown, it was so frustrating. when ted cruz talks about establishment is mad at you, what we were trying to do in the shutdown was send a message people don't want obamacare. it wasn't ted cruz being opportunistic. you see it play out with donald trump's candidacy, people saying we want change so bad we are going with a total outsider. ted cruz was an earlier messenger of that. they didn't listen to the message, they demonized cruz. john boehner still hates cruz, and now thech trump. they created a bigger monster,
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bigger lucifer. >> you have more and more congress people coming on board the trump train. >> they realize that "new york post" reports he may get the most votes of any gop candidate in history. he has created a movement. he won by 60% in many states last week. over the majority margin. tuesday was a definitive turning point. people on the hill stood up and said you know what, we need to get around this guy, we can't let hillary clinton win. >> they seem to be holding their nose while doing it in many cases. >> of course, they recognize how reckless donald trump has been as a candidate. he hasn't shown anything other than his ability to sort of read a teleprompter, the bar was set rather low for expectations concerning him turning presidential. we have seen how that's gone. i think that people are concerned as they should be because he flip flopped on so many issues. i find it funny that he
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continues to try to portray himself as an outsider when he cozied up to washington insiders, he has been funding this alleged corrupt insider special interest system for years giving money to harry reid, nancy pelosi, hillary clinton. he plays golf and texts john boehner as john boehner admitted to in that same speech. john boehner is the consumate insider. >> some of the republicans are flip flopping themselves, they have been criticizing, holding their noses at donald trump for so many months, now he is starting to win majorities. we are all going to start saying nice things, he is my texting buddy, he didn't say this is the voice of conservatism, the great policy thinker of our time, they're sort of trying to get there and angle forward i guess in hopes to save the party. >> find a way to nach gait if he becomes the nominee, support
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republicans but not trump. i am a ryan republican. maybe here's a cabinet secretary i can get behind, this is who i want nor defense secretary. >> these are politicians, can we say that, and they all looked at the 59 or 60% margin tuesday, you can't read it any other way than the fact that this guy is almost mathematically guaranteed to be the nominee, and they decided, they've woken up, said what am i going to do. am i going to fight the party's nominee the entire time or find a way to be with him. that's why you saw more and more republicans meet with paul manafort on the hill. >> the hill was reporting in the pags, there were a lot of empty seats between trump aides and republicans in the house. now according to hill, standing room only. >> seems like a lot of mainstream republicans are now willing to take those seats, they aren't necessarily going out as surrogates or campaigning
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for donald trump, but comfortable leaving it to lindsey graham to say things like you go with trump, you're going down like the titanic, these sort of doom and gloom statements that it is interesting, three months ago we were seeing the argument that the republican party was facing this giant split forever. >> governor kasich said in portland, oregon, let's listen. >> so i thought about should i keep going. should i carry on. what is this all about. and i thought deeply about it. and i thought about all of that yesterday and i made the determination that the people of this country deserve something. so i've decided to keep going. and there are going to be people who are going to criticize me for that. and it's not always an easy road. i'm going to do my very best. >> a reflective moment it seems
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from john kasich. >> look, what john kasich is saying is that he's getting a lot of heat from republicans saying to him why are you staying in the race, you effectively gave donald trump the nomination and you shouldn't be doing that, and the thing about kasich is you always get the sense when he's in these town halls, it is kind of personal therapy for him and for the people who are there, i think he's completely honest about his thought process. >> that's the thing, it is a lot of me, me, me, me, i am thinking about how i feel. it just reinforces there's not a lot of voters saying we want john kasich, this is it. >> he had a bernie sanders moment where any responsible candidate that wants betterment of their party and want their party to succeed, they step back, say is this the best thing. commend him for that. >> wait until you hear what republican women told randi kaye in indiana. and new details about the death of prince. according to a source he had
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on tuesday, indiana is next on the primary calendar. the cruz, kasich alliance that was supposed to be in place as we reported is not happening. today senator cruz said there never was a deal to begin with,
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presumably hoping naming carly fiorina as future running mate will win votes in the hoosier state. meanwhile, frontrunner donald trump is doubling down on accusations that hillary clinton is playing the woman card. some analysts think it is a risky belt. we asked randi kaye to see what republican women voting tuesday think about the gender war trump is waging. >> when i say donald trump, what's the first word that comes to mind. >> powerful. >> scary. >> surprising. >> dangerous. >> no way. >> divisive. >> six republican women from indiana weighing in on donald trump's comments about women and his suggestion that hillary clinton is playing the woman's card. >> frankly, if hillary clinton were a man, i don't think she'd get 5% of the vote. the only thing she's got going is the woman's card. of how you feel about hillary clinton to imply that her background as a u.s. senator and secretary of state give her zero
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qualifications, and trump's assertion that hillary would only have support of 5% of the population is ridiculous. who does he think the rest of her supporters would go for, him? >> i don't think these comments are helpful to him or to his campaign. however, i still believe he's still playing the theatrical card. >> i'm scared to death of a person setting that kind of tone. >> some of the women are willing to overlook trump's comments because they think he is strong on the economy and jobs. after calling megyn kelly crazy, making fun of carly fiorina's face, some are surprised trump is still on top. >> i thought when he made those derogatory remarks about carly fiorina's personal stature and her beauty, that would sink him. >> in fact, some in our group said they'd still support trump, even after comments he made to howard stern years ago. the men were talking about women in the beauty pageant trump once owned. >> first of all, she's
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unbelievably short and i'm a little bit surprised. i think that the boob job is terrible. you know, they look like two light posts coming out of a body. >> i call this cocktail talk. and he just doesn't know any better. >> he is talking about contestants in the pageant. it is another way to get people to watch the pageant. >> ladies, i can't believe you're excusing his behavior as the world of business or as good old boys network. those are the exact same justifications used for sexual harassment for years. to use the word boobs several times, that's not promoting the pageant. >> these comments would not prevent you from voting for donald trump. >> no, they will not. >> brenda is disgusted by all his comments about women, but is still considering him for president. >> is there anything he could do to win your vote? >> we're smart. i mean, we're really smart, we understand policy, we understand what's necessary for the country
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to move forward, we understand economic development. start speaking to us as partners. >> thank you, everybody. >> in the end, trump may drive some of these republican women to vote democratic. >> if donald trump is the nominee, would any of you consider voting for hillary clinton, voting democratic? >> no. >> molly says yes. >> yes. i am undecided what i will do in fall if trump is the nominee. >> you may actually vote for the other party? >> i may. >> in all, how many women in that republican group said they wouldn't vote for trump if he's the nominee? >> reporter: a few of them hedged, but in all, two said they will not vote for donald trump if he's the top of the ticket. doesn't mean they'll stay home election day, they'll likely vote for hillary clinton. i also asked them as republican women would you vote for hillary clinton just to see a woman elected as the first president, they said absolutely not, they're not voting gender, this
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race is policy and substance. they want a candidate with the same values and hopes for the country that they do. some of them may end up voting for hillary clinton, even if her values don't line up with theirs, but that's not their first choice. i have to tell you one woman, strongest trump supporters told me at her house she has a policy called the abc of politics, and that stands for anything but clinton, anderson. >> thanks. her report is not scientific but a sampling of what some republican women in indiana are saying. joining me, two more voices from the hoosier state, miriam weaver and amy joe lark, run the website chicks on the right and host a radio talk show by the same name. miriam, what do you make of what we saw in that piece. some republican women considering voting for secretary clinton if donald trump is the republican nominee. is that something you're hearing from listeners in indiana as well? >> we're hearing that a little on our website, not so much the listening audience, but we're
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kind of mortified by it because, you know, as troublesome as trump is to both of us and to many women across our state, we still believe he is a better alternative than hillary, absolutely. >> and amy jo, what are women listeners saying about the woman card comments, if anything at all? >> the woman card not so much. we don't hear that a lot. i think we get more feedback about hillary and women playing the woman card with hillary, i am going to vote for hillary because she's a woman and voting because of lady parts and what not. we are troubled a bit by comments that, you know, trump, he has stuff that's disconcerting to women, like today, for instance, yesterday, i'm sorry, he made a commented that he was happy he was supported by mike tyson. those are comments he didn't put research into doing that before
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he said that. women pay attention to those things. >> it makes a difference. >> it makes a big difference, especially to people in this state and in the city of indianapolis. >> but not a difference enough for you two that you would consider not supporting him if he's the head of the ticket? >> we've always, yeah, we've always said, always maintained that no matter who the candidate is, no matter of the three, we will vote republican. >> but not in the primary. so we are pretty anti-trump when it comes to indiana's primary because we've been honestly mortified by his behavior. >> but we've also said on the show a lot that if it is trump, if he is our guy, he is going to have a heck of a time in general defending a lot of the comments he made in the past six, nine months, especially about women. >> do you think as president he would have a different tone? that's something he talked about on the campaign trail and others asked him about. >> you know, what we hope is
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that he will accomplish at least one or two things of things he is promising he wants to do, and if he can do that, that's a better alternative to us than all of the things we know hillary will do. >> without question. >> over the course of the last couple months, i have spoken to many radio hosts and have been able to gauge how people feel about their choices next week. >> you know, people are not very enthusiastic, we are part of that group. the three people that we have, i know my horse is out of the race, her horse is out of the race, the people we have, we are not excited about it. i don't think that's a change from some elections past, but we were excited to hear about carly getting back in yesterday. >> listeners were, too. when we took calls on the show yesterday, enthusiasm about carly as a pick was very real. >> especially to women.
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that was kind of nice. i think we are ready to be excited about a candidate, and we haven't had that in a while. >> listen, i appreciate you both being on with us. amy jo clark and miriam weaver, thank you so much. up next, we take you to a county in indiana that's chosen the president all but twice in the last 128 years. quite a record. hear what voters there are thinking. and later, the disgrace of dennis hastert, sentenced to prison in a case involving molesting children. drew griffin looks into letters written on behalf of hastert, some from former congressmen asking the court for leniency for this guy.
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are thinking this time around. gary tuckman reports. >> reporter: when handicapping the republican presidential race, there is a reason to listen especially close to indiana voters from vego county, southwest of indianapolis. >> i am voting for trump. >> i like kasich, he is down to earth. >> you voted early? >> yes. >> who did you vote for. >> ted cruz. >> reporter: vigo has a big reputation when it comes to american politics, successfully picking 30 of the last 32 presidential elections dating back to 1888. >> citizens of vigo county are intelligent people and hometown people who have core values and understand politics. >> reporter: so what insight can these people with a voter's sixth sense give us. in the bridal store, nelly smith says she will vote for donald trump. >> well, i like a lot of his get go.
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some of the things i don't like about him, but there's a lot i do. i think he's the best running candidate now. >> reporter: inside the top guns gun shop, the owner receive ellis says he's leaning toward trump. but listen to this. >> i do not like him at all. >> why would you consider him? >> he is better than the alternative unfortunately. cruz is not a person i trust, and kasich isn't a person that can win the nomination. >> reporter: john harvey who said he likes cruz has the opposite take. >> tell me why you like cruz. >> not so much i like cruz, i am concerned about trump. >> it is a theme we heard in vigo county. they're inspired enough to vote but not overly inspired over the choices. one from the local bank. >> i am not impressed with any of them, say it off the bat. i think he is probably going to be most in position to help us create jobs, to help turn the economy around, which i think that's a big factor right now.
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>> thank you, everybody. >> reporter: as for predictions for the general election, we asked. >> who do you think wins? >> trump. >> what does this cruz supporter think. >> hillary. >> i think hillary will win. doesn't mean i want hillary to win. >> gary, what are the elections the county missed in the last 128 years? >> reporter: 1908, william howard taft, and picked william joins brian. last one was dwight ooit eisenhower. he defeated the governor and adlai stevenson, beat him by 35 votes, less than one-tenth of one percent. before you go, shoutout to election historian in county by county research, dave lee. we used some of his research.
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>> appreciate that, dave. and gary, thank you. a lot more happening. >> a grand jury indicted cardell haze for secondary murder for the death of will smith. smith's wife survived. the pentagon announced up to 16 members of the military will be disciplined for their role in the october air strike that killed as many as 42 people at a hospital in afghanistan. no one is expected to face criminal charges. uber is expanding in dubai, offering a party yacht, starting at $82, get a in our hour tour of the skyline with music, food, cocktails. at home, a frightening ride on a texas roller coaster for a six-year-old and his father when
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his seat belt came undone. take a look. >> here we go. >> i got you. you're fine. i promise. >> i gotcha. you're fine. one more big hill. >> there's no more big hills? >> no, there's no more. >> terrifying. >> thanks very much. just ahead, new details in the prince death investigation. a source telling cnn that prescription painkillers were found on the music icon at the death scene. and new information about the emergency landing the plane made in illinois to take him to a hospital. i take pictures of sunrises,
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new developments in the death investigation of prince, the 57-year-old music icon was found unresponsive in his minnesota home a week ago. tonight, prescription painkillers are linked to the scene and the d.a. is involved in the case. there's information about other calls they received from his
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estate. sarah sidner has the latest. >> reporter: prince's fiercely guarded private life and struggles are coming to life. they released call reports for the last five years from paisley park to local law enforcement. there were 47 calls in all, some for suspicious activity, others for harassing phone calls. but four for medical issues, including the day prince died. but there's no indication yet whether three other medical incidents involved prince himself. what a law enforcement source is telling cnn, when prince was found dead in the elevator at paisley park, prescription opioid medication was found in his possession, medication used to treat severe pain was also found in his home, the source said. and then there's this. investigators telling us that they have been unable to find any evidence that prince had a valid prescription for that medication. we now know prince may have been
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struggling with severe pain and using prescription painkillers six days before he was found dead. when his pilot called air traffic control to make an unscheduled landing. >> what's the nature of the emergency. >> unresponsive passenger. >> a male or female passenger? >> a male passenger. >> prince was unconscious, rushed to the hospital in mol even, illinois, where investigators say he was treated for potential overdose of pain medication. his publicist at the time said he was suffering from the flu. now the drug enforcement administration was called in to help investigate prince's death. a former dea agent says the dea's involvement may give us a clue the investigators may be looking into criminality involving the drugs. >> if i knew that you were drug dependent and i knew that you were in bad physical condition, that's not evenness, but if i gave you the pills anyway and
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you kwently di subsequently die homicide. >> reporter: as they pay tribute, they're awaiting toxicology reports which with the already completed aopsy are expected to reveal the only concrete scientific proof of exactly what killed prince. sarah sidner, chanhassen, minnesota. >> the medical examiner says results could take weeks. joining me, dr. drew pinski, new time slot at 7:00 p.m. eastern on hln. is this adding up to you at all? we talked about opioid prescription medication, misuse of it. >> yeah, anderson, as you know, i have been chanting about this for years. listen to this data. percocet, the opioid name that people are tossing around that
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they believe he may be involved with, 81% of percocet prescriptions on this planet or in this country, nearly 100% of vicodin prescriptions on administered to americans. nearly 90% of all opiate and opioid medications prescribed in the united states of america. >> why is that? >> do we have more pain here? more enlightened with prescribing pain? we have a system in place that has it that people come in, demand certain medication. it is a common treatment for chronic pain. there's no evidence it has real utility. it has gotten out of hand. most doctors are becoming aware there's a terrible problem with overprescribing. the problem is people then cut patients off and then they go to other things like heroin. this is a situation that's terribly common. i do not believe prince was an addict, i do not believe it. you don't hear a story of lifelong struggle with treatment, changing medications, friends and family being concerned about him. you hear the opposite. a relatively healthy, fastidious
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about his health, who gets into trouble with a medical misadventure, becomes potentially, theoretically, possibly dependent on opioid pain medication, most patients aren't away that pain medicine can make pain worse over time. if you then add in, sorry to say, anderson, one of your favorites, ambien or -- you know i give you grief, it is this area is no laughing matter. if you add those together, that's a lethal combination. few patients are aware and doctors are reckless with prescribing. >> so a percocet with a sleeping pill like ambien. >> with the opiate, becomes a dangerous combination. that dea agent was way out of line. these are common prescribing habits. all a doctor has to do is document what they're doing, if they met the patient face to face and use a standard of care.
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the problem is the culture in america where we are so grossly overprescribed, so prone to seek solutions to pain through a pill, it is us and on my profession for overprescribing and adding combinations that commonly -- my patients don't die of illicit medication, heroin, cocaine or anything else. they die of prescription with one of my peer's names often taken as prescribed. these are dangerous, dangerous substances. >> we talked about celebrities able to get celebrity medicine, different treatment. doctors seem less willing to be tough with them. >> the vip status is a recipe for sub standard care. listen, when a doctor is excited, turned on, using anything other than usual judgment, that's a recipe for trouble. when a patient has an entourage, can get what they want, it is a problem. >> good to talk to you. sorry under these circumstances.
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the national wrestling hall of fame is considering whether to remove dennis hastert from nominees when he admitted in federal court to abusing boys after denying allegations for months. the judge did not hold back, calling hastert a serial child molester. the abuse happened when he was a wrestling coach at an illinois high school in the '70s, decades before he moved to washington. prosecutors detail allegations from four base who are now adults. yesterday the judge sentenced hastert to 15 months in prison not for the abuse itself, he is protected by statute of limitations, he pled guilty to breaking banking laws paying hush money to a victim. the united states had a child molester two heart beats from
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running the country. a man that showed stunning arrogance, incredible hypocrisy, often supported tough laws against molesters, releasing statements like this one in 2006 saying, quote, we've all seen the disturbing headlines about sex offenders and crimes against children. these crimes cannot persist. three years earlier, it is equally important to stop the predators before they strike, to put repeat child molesters into jail for the rest of their lives. talking a different tune now. tough talk from a molester that escaped the law. several colleagues asked the judge for leniency. do they regret that support? joining me, senior investigative correspondent drew griffin. drew, given the now confessed allegations that he molested student athletes, boys, it is hard to believe he has any support in congress at all. >> anderson, the case is
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stunning. he not only molested boys while a coach, he was able to keep it secret for decades. the only reason he got caught is lying to the fbi over secret payments he made to one of the victims to keep the victim quiet. this former speaker of the house truly was leading a dual life, and he may have fooled five congressmen that wrote letters of support. that's because the reputation hastert had while in congress literally one guy referring in his letter to a federal judge, calling hastert mr. main street america. >> a lot of the secret life was known when the congressmen wrote letters of support, right? so what did they actually say? >> the five letters, all former congressmen, no current elected officials, were written in february, they were in a stack of 60 letters sent to the judge on behalf of hastert, basically asked for leniency. some passages stand out. porter gos, former director of the cia, said he was known as mr. main street america and that
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he was a rock solid guy with center of the country values. he went on to say how much better things were with him in congress. without his good influence, today's house of representatives appears diminished. perhaps the most stunning letter, anderson, from tom delay, former texas congressman who had his own issues in congress. delay never mentioned victims, lies, secret payoffs. he wrote this. he, hastert, has never disappointed me in any way. he is a man of strong faith that guides him and then adds this. we all have our flaws, but dennis hastert has very few. he doesn't deserve what he is going through. >> i mean, yeah. that boggles the mind, that he's never disappointed tom delay in any way? he molested children. these letters were written in february. now that hastert has essentially confessed, do any of the former congressmen wish they perhaps had said something different,
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especially tom delay, saying hastert doesn't deserve this. >> tom delay wouldn't comment on the letter he wrote, i guess he's sticking by it. anderson, we heard from porter goss, he called me directly to say he is stunned by this. former head of the cia doesn't apologize for the letter he wrote in february, he said he thought it was important for the sentencing judge to weigh the good and the bad in hastert's life, but concerning details that have now come out, he said this. i think everybody is recalculating their view of the speaker. he called hastert's actions inexcusable, not acceptable to any of the parties involved, and i would say he is mostly shocked that none of this came out while dennis hastert was in office in such a powerful speaker's position, and therefore would have been such a huge target. goss couldn't believe that secret could be kept secret that long. >> goss stepped up and called you back and answered, good for him. the other guys, it is
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