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paul ryan's speech a little later this evening. we will also take speeches all throughout the evening. this is a big night. they are jam packing a lot of speeches in the schedule you got the prime time. thanks for inviting us into your home. fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight live from new orleans. tropical storm isaac now but, still, bringry misery to the gulf south. the levees here are holding at least in new orleans. outside the storm walls, disaster. people are trapped and rescues now underway. the storm has already knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people. homes are flooded. >> this used to be washington avenue in ocean springs, mississippi. >> you can't get in and you can't get out right now.
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>> shepard: and still the rain keeps falling. we have not seen anything like this. not even katrina. >> trying to survive 36 hours of a monster storm. plus, mitt romney's running mate set to take the stage at the g.o.p. convention. now paul ryan looks to rally republicans as he becomes the official vice presidential nominee. but first from fox this wednesday night, nobody thought this storm could cause this much trouble. tonight, we have reports of a nursing home evacuated. hundreds upon hundreds of homes damaged and very serious flooding. good evening to you and yours new orleans. a city holding up very well under an on slot from a monster storm. but to the south of us and to the east of us in mississippi, plaquemines parish is is a very different story much the president of that parish in louisiana said today that the
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flooding there is worse than he saw during katrina. he said some folks have 12 feet of water in their homes right now. dozens of people there who ignored the warning, mandatory warnings to leave found themselves waiting for rescuers today. first responders who risked their own lives to save others from the floods. and just minutes ago. officials here in louisiana confirmed teams will blow a hole in that levee on the east side of plaquemines parish to let the water drain out to prevent the whole thing from failing. the a spokesman from the power company here in reports across this state 655,000 customers in the dark. about half of those in jefferson and new orleans parishes alone. that spokesman says the number will likely grow because the storms are coming some people will have no paw for a week or more. here in new orleans ever since katrina drowned the city seven years ago on this day. officials have been preparing
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for another storm. 100 year storm. this was not that there is clear evidence that their efforts have paid off. we saw homes collapsed in the wind and the rain but the pumps that are protecting this city are humming as fox reports tonight. the levees that protect the city are holding new orleans has a flood protection system that includes 133 miles of levees and flood walls. it also has the largest pumping station on the planet. one that can suck up 150,000 gallons of flood water per second. enough to fill one olympic size pool every four seconds. the long and short of it all here is. the barriers and sensors and pumps and gates seem to be doing their jobs. >> the flood protection system in and around new orleans is holding strong. it's operating as it was designed. we have no reason to believe that that system will be compromised. >> shepard: but city officials have still instituted a curfew
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from dusk to dawn here in new orleans to keep people out of harm's way to deter potential looters. many hours before anyone in the big easy can risk easy. louisiana is not the only state in trouble. far from it all along the coast in the state of mississippi and alabama, this storm is hammering with people with wind and rain even still. that will not change any time soon because right now isaac is still sitting right over the gulf coast barely moving. 5 or 6 miles per hour. technically bare lay hurricane. maximum sustained 74 miles per hour. rain is still coming down in fits and starts. some areas have already gotten a foot of rain. one town has gotten 23 inches of rain. forecasters say parts of louisiana could see 30 inches of rain before this is over. casey stegall live in bell chase, louisiana in plaquemines parish maybe the worst of it all.
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casey, workers have been evacuating a nursing home there, right? >> yes, shepard. the river bend nursing home is a 15-minute drive from where i am standing now. we are just on the western side. the western banks of the mississippi river. the governor of this state, bobby jindal stopped by that nursing home a little bit earlier as those residents were being taken out. about 120 residents. they were sitting in wheelchairs some hooked up to oxygen tanks. they were being transported with the help of the louisiana national guard to a nearby naval station where they could be cared for and where they can be kept dry because, shepard, it feels like isaac is sitting right over my head at the moment. the wind is blowing. a gust of up to 40 miles per hour here on the banks the rain is literally blowing sideways. a very very dire situation as the president of plaquemines parish is putting it tonight.
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es shepard. >> shepard: casey only a few thousand residents in plaquemines parish. significant damage according to the governor to 800 homes yeah, the majority of them are over across the river on the eastern side of the mississippi. you see that tower back there? that's the community of braids weight. that's where some very dramatic rescues have been happening. a lot of boats called in there really the only way to reach it now by boat at this point. the water rose so quickly when the levee breached over there on the eastern side that people couldn't really grab their belongings. one man says that he had to race all the way up to the attic with his family. he grabbed a chainsaw. that's all he had time to get. had to cut a hole in the roof of his home they climbed out on to the roof and waited for the first responders. the governor says that about 35 people in that community had to be rescued. a number of boats are out
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there. again the national guard assisting. some of the rescues had to be called off because the conditions are so extreme and difficult to navigate the boats through the waterways there, shepard. >> incredible day and night before and night tonight. casey stegall plaquemines parish, louisiana tonight. emergency management officials report severe flooding across a 20-mile stretch of coast line from long beach to biloxi. officials report a storm surge of up to 10 feet a significant danger but still less than the 19-foot surge in that area during katrina. a live look long beach, mississippi. we don't have control over this camera. it's a shot from a storm chaser in the region. we do know that he is just off highway 90 which runs along the coast. steve harrigan is about 20 minutes east of there in ocean springs, mississippi outside biloxi. steve, how is the flooding there? >> shepard, this is the worst situation we have seen over the last 24 hours here. the rain is coming down harder
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than ever before. windy also. i want to try to show you the different levels of destruction here you can see the pier behind me is gone. some roads we have 4 feet or 5 feet of water that's made it very difficult for rescuers. at least 30 rescues today carried out by boat. shepard, back to you. >> shepard: steve, word that a gas station owner faces charges of price gouging. more interesting to me at the moment is this water is still rising. this has been going on for 20 hours. it has. it's been steady for 24 hours. this is the first time this really felt like a hurricane here in mississippi. we have got large pieces of wood breaking up and flying by. the biggest gusts so far and people are still out still walking around.
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it's been really challenging for the national guard. we have seen them going around in their humvees but the humvees just won't go to all the places they need to go. there are hundreds of homes near that louisiana mississippi border which are under water right now and very hard to get to those people i have bon wondering about the people in waveland and pass christian. i have heard highway 90 is washed out in one place to waveland mississippi is out. it's like katrina revisited for that little area. >> 90 was out this morning it's been raining steadily since then. 23 which goes to waveland has been cut as well too. real concerns about how people are getting along in hancock county one of the lowest lying counties and the mayor of pass christian i don't nature not beg very forgiving to mississippi
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now, shepard. >> shepard: no, it is not. steve harrigan on the south shore of the home state. man, this has just been an incredible economic blow to mississippi. they have closed down all of the casinos on the whole coast one representative from the tourism department at least on the coast tourism industry is dead with labor day weekend coming up couldn't be a worse case scenario for people who have been fly so much. rick reichmuth is in the extreme weather center. when you were talking about this a day and a half ago about a day and a half of rain it just didn't seem real. now it's nightmare irish. >> a lot of people think -- each one has its own identity and does different thing. images you are seeing of steve he has these bands continuing to move up and train over the same spot. it's been causing a world of hurt today especially across mississippi but especially back towards mobile. take a look the entire system moving off towards the
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northwest eventually. that's the center, shep. look at all of this that is still going to wind through and wind through the new orleans area. you have at least another 18 hours in new orleans. probably another 12 hours still across parts of mississippi. take a look at this future radar. here is the time stamp 7:00 tonight, right about now. and these yellows and oranges are the heavy showers. it continues all overnight tonight through all of tomorrow morning. it's not until after noon tomorrow that this finally begins to lift from there. because of that, in addition to all the rain that has fallen, right there, we're going to see some areas probably with another 10 to 12 inches of rain here, shep. so a lot of trees that have maybe been withstanding so far all of the rain and the wind are going to begin to give way. that means if you still have power likely you are not going to have power eventually. a lot of damage is yet to be done even though the storm has already made landfall, shep, because you still have a long ways to go. and things are fatigued. trees and buildings are fatigued. that's all going to give way,
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shep. >> shepard: the people have very much fatigued. rick reichmuth in the extreme weather center in new york tonight. there is so much ahead. we will talk to but where this is going to go who needs to be prepared for what and sort of add up all the damage from the category 1 storm that really did unthinkable damage and continues to do so all across the gulf south. bourbon street almost completely empty tonight. the stores are closed. last night a moment of historical significance. for the first time in modern history there wasn't a daiquiri store open in the french quarter. i thought maybe the pigs would start to fly. our political coverage begins now. we'll be back with more from the coast in a moment. harris faulkner in new york. harris to you. >> harris: all right shep thank you. second big night at the republic national convention we want to get to. senator majority leader mitch mcconnell is about to speak at the convention. g.o.p. leaders trying to take back the senate in november. they need a net gain of four seats if president obama were to win a second term. three, if it is governor
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romney to enter the white house. let's listen in. >> in our nation is in desperate need of leadership we believe mitt romney is the man for this moment. [cheers] >> that's the hopeful message coming from tampa this week after four long years help is on the way. [cheers] >> america is about to turn the page on barack obama's four year experiment in big government. and it starts by renewing our belief that we are called to do something better. over the past four years, americans have been led to believe we are just like everybody else. that america really isn't
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unique. but it's not true. [cheers] >> we are different. not because of where we were born but because of who we are as a people. because of what we have in here. the president scoffs at this idea. to him, this kind of thinking is the problem not the dissolution that's why he spent the last four years lowering americans' expectations instead of raising them. that's why he has been missing in action on the greatest challenges of our day. what this administration has in mind for america isn't a renewal it's a great leveling out.
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it wants the kind of government imposed equality that in a single generation transformed western europe from a place where for centuries high achievement and discovery and innovation were celebrated and prized to a place where they have elections about whether people should have to work where they make promises they can't keep and write checks they can't cash. but that's not who we are. it doesn't even occur to an american that some one else will solve their problems. americans take pride in solving problems for themselves. and if we fail, we get back up and try again.
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it's what we do. [ applause ] it's who we are. now the president may want to give up on the problems we face and simply manage the decline. but the american people don't. and that's why this election is so very important. it's a choice about who we are. are we still a country that takes risk that inknow investigates, that believes anything is possible? or are we a country that has s. resigned to whatever liberty the government decides to dish out? i tell students all the time the only way to fail in america is is to quit. and i truly believe that that's the case and i know
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mitt romney does, too. for four long years barack obama has been running from the nation's problems. he hasn't been working to earn re-election. he has been working to earn a spot on the pga tour. [ laughter ] mitt romney has spent his entire life finding ways to solve problems. mitt romney has never been resigned to what somebody else said was possible. he shut -- cut his own path. that's why he believes in his heart that america has a future full of opportunity and hope. and that's why when mitt romney looks down the road, he sees a country that is ready
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for a come back. [ applause ] and i believe firmly that he is the man to lead that come back. [cheers] as we meet here tonight. america is suffering through an economic calamity of truly historic dimensions. some are calling it the slowest recovery in our nation's entire 236 year history. my friend to call this a recovery is an insult to recoveries. [ applause ] this is not the result of forces that are beyond our control. it is not the result of some sinister political plot. as some of the more
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inhabitants of the left wing feverish swamps would have you believe. it is a result of the policies that barack obama and his democratic allies in congress spent two full years carefully putting into place which they are determined to continue if they win again. these are policies that are meant to gently, gently lull us into a state of lower expectations and diminished dreams. we have gotten a preview of the future over the past few years. we hear the stories every day now. the father who puts on a suit every morning and leaves the house so his daughter doesn't know he lost his job. the recent college grad facing up to the painful reality that the only door that's open to
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her after four years of study and a pile of debt is her parents' door. these are the faces of the obama's economy. this is america's future if we don't do something to change the course this president seems perfectly content to leave us on. [ applause ] so think about it on the same day we learned that unemployment went up in 34 out of 50 states last month, the president of the united states took the airways to tell the people of albuquerque that he enjoys green chili but prefers red. we know what the president's got on his ipod. but we don't know what he plans to do about the looming tax hike that could trigger get another serious recession that would result in even more
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americans losing their jobs. so ladies and gentlemen, america cannot afford another four years of this. [ applause ] for four years americans have waited for the faintest light to flicker at the end of the tunnel. and this president has let them down again and again and again. it's time to move on. it's time for a leader who will lead. that leader is mitt romney. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> harris: we have just been watching the leader of the republicans in the senate mitch mcconnell. some wondering tonight on whether he was focused on
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picking up seats at a time when congress is not very popular with the american public or if he would focus on the presidential nominee or if he would even utter the word president obama's name, something we didn't see from governor christie from new jersey last night or ann romney. i want to bring in "fox news sunday" anchor chris wallace now. chris, no doubt you just heard what i said. some people wondering and he seemed to do all three. >> absolutely, harris a point we should make. single biggest thing that congress could achieve is to ensure that barack obama is a one-term president. don't expect him to be taking the fight to barack obama as he has over the four years since he was elected. and also because of his amazing skill parliamentary leader as a senate minority leader. he has been very successful certainly last two years in
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trying to thwart. he quite frankly disagrees with the policies. you certainly heard it. trying to make the case that barack obama has failed as a president and it will be a very different country if mitt romney is the president. >> chris wallace you are going to stick with us here on fox report because we have much more coming up from the republic national convention and i'm just being told that i have a few more seconds with you. we have coming up congressman rand paul, the junior senator or the junior congressman from kentucky. chris, just give us kind of a play by play of where you are. how that speech might be different from what we have just seen. >> well, it will be and he is the junior senator. you were right the first time. it will be very interesting because rand paul first of all is in a very different position. is he one of the tea party favorites, one of the people who led the revolution in 2010 against not only the democrats did you republic
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establishment. mitch mcconnell some of the democrats in the senate. and of course he is the son of ron paul who ran against mitt romney. now, it's very interesting. they had a few minutes ago, harris, a profile of ron paul but they separated it from rand paul's speech. my guess they don't want the ron or rand paul fever to get too heated on the floor tonight. remember this is convention. >> harris: when we come back i do want to ask you about some words that senator rand paul had to say about the vice presidential nominee's budget plans. very interesting on the heels of his speech. we'll do that coming up with chris wallace of "fox news sunday." for now we want to go back down to new orleans where i'm just reading there have been many more rescues, shep, are going on in the areas where those levees are now either being breached on purpose or they are giving way. >> yeah, and they found out about a number of people trapped laplas, louisiana not far from here at all.
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where numerous people are said to be trapped in their homes, in their attics, waiting for people to come rescue them but frank there is too dangerous for rescuers to be out and about. after all the evacuations there were mandatory. as the national guard streams by below us on the corner of bourbon in the french quarter the search and rescue does continue in the storm zone. coming up we will hear from one rescuers who pulled men women and children from their houses inside the hard hit plaquemines parish. a place which has gotten well over a foot of rain in the last day. and take a look at isaac from nasa. the international space station high above the gulf. this is an enormous storm that from the air seems almost peaceful. it certainly is not. with projections that some areas could get 30 inches of rain. and that tropical storm force winds will continue for another day. our coverage continues as we approach the bottom of the hour and the top of the news live from new orleans, tampa and across the nation. we're sitting on a bunch of shale gas.
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along the area. we will will get to all of that as our coverage continues in meement. but, first, politics on schedule. harris faulkner in new york. hello, harris. >> hello, shep. thank you very much. kentucky senator rand paul about to take the stage now and speak at the republic national convention. he, of course, is the son of texas congressman ron paul who ran against governor romney during the primaries. he is just starting. let's watch. [cheers] >> thank you. thank you, kentucky, thank you. thank you. [cheers and applause] you know, when the supreme court upheld obama care, the first words out of my mouth were "i still think it's unconstitutional." [cheers]
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the left wing blogs were merciless, each my wife said can't you please just count to 10 before you speak? [ laughter ] so i have had time to count to 10 and you know what? i still think it's unconstitutional. [cheers] do you think justice scalia and justice thomas have changed their mind? >> no. >> i think if james madison himself, the father of the constitution were here today, he would agree with me. the whole damn thing is still unconstitutional. [cheers] this debate is not new and it's not over. hamilton and madison fought from the beginning about how
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the government would be limited by the enumerated powers. madison was unequivocal, the powers of the federal government are few and defined. [cheers] the power to tax and spend is restricted by the enumerated powers. how do we fix this travesty of justice? there is only one option left, we have to have a new president. [cheers] when i heard the current president say "you didn't build that." i was first insulted. then i was angered. and then i was saddened that anyone in our country, much
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less the president of the united states believes that roads create business success and not the other way around. [ applause ] anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands uniqueness is so unqualified to lead this great nation. [ applause ] the great and abiding lesson of american history, particularly the cold war, is that the engine of capitalism the individual is mightier than any collective. [ applause ] american ininventiveness
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desire to develop because we were guaranteed a right to own success. for most of our history no one dared tell americans you didn't build that. in bowling green, kentucky, the tang family owns the great american doughnut shop. their family fled war-torn cambodia to come to this country. my kids and i love to eat doughnuts so we go there frequently. the tangs work long hours. mrs. tang told us that the family works through the night to make donuts. the tang family have become valedictorians and national merit scholars. the tangs from cambodia are an american success story. so, mr. president, don't you go telling the tang family that they didn't build that. [ applause ] when you say they didn't build
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it, you insult each and every american who ever got up at the crack of dawn. you insult any american who ever put on overhauls or a suit. you insult any american who ever studied late into the night to become a doctor or a lawyer. you insult the dishwasher, the cook, the waitress, you insult anyone who has ever dragged themselves out of bed to strive for something better for themselves and their children. my great grandfather, like many, came to this country in search of the american dream. no sooner had he stepped off the boat than his father died, he arrived in pittsburgh as a teenager with nothing. not a penny. he found the american dream. not great wealth, but a bit of property in a new land that gave him hope for his children. in america as opposed old country success was based on
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merit. probably america's greatest asset was for the first time success was not based on who you were but what you did. [ applause ] my grandfather had lived to see his children become doctors and ministers, accountants and professors. he would even live to see one of his sons, a certain congressman from texas. [cheers] -- a certain congressman from texas n for the presidency of the united states. [cheers] immigrants have flocked to our shores seeking freedom. our forebearers came full of hopes and dreams. so consistent and prevalent
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were these aspirations that they crystallized into a national yearning. we call the american dream. no other country has a dream so inextrickably associated with the spirit of its people. in 1982, an american sailor john mooney wrote a letter to his parents that captures the essence of the american dream. he wrote dear mom and dad, today we spotted a boat in the water and we rendered assistance. we picked up 6 a vietnam me refugees. as they approached the ship they were all waving and trying as best as they could hello american sailor, hello freedom man. it's hard to see a boat full of people like that and not get a lump somewhere between chin and belly button. it really makes one proud and glad to be an american. it reminds us of all, what america has been, a place a man or a woman can come to for
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freedom. hung and twon are brothers and friends of mine. they came to america on one of those leaky boats. they were attacked at sea by pirates. their families' wealth was stolen. twan spent a year on a south pacific island existing on a cup of rice and water until he was allowed to come to america. now both of these men and their family are proud americans, hung owes his own business and twon manages a company. they are the american dream. so, mr. president, don't go telling the trin family you didn't build that when the president says you didn't build that he is flat out
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wrong. businessmen and women did build that businessmen and women did earn their success. without the success of american business, we wouldn't have any roads, bridges or schools. mr. president, you say the rich must pay their fair share. but, when you seek to punish the rich, the jobs that are lost of those of the poor and the middle class. [ applause ] when you seek to punish mr. exxon mobil. you punish the secretary who owns exxon mobil stock. when you block the keystone pipeline, you punish the welder who works on the pipeline. [ applause ] our nation faces a crisis. america waivers. unfortunately we are one of a select group of countries
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whose debt now equals their gross domestic product. the republic of washington and jefferson is now in danger of becoming the democracy of debt and despair. our great nation is coming apart at the seams and the president just seems to point fingers and blame others. president obama's administration will add nearly $6 trillion to our national debt in just one term. [boos] and i'm hoping it's just one term. [cheers and applause] this explosion of death is unconscionable and unexplainable. mr. president we will not let you bankrupt this great
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nation. [cheers] republicans and democrats alike though must slay their sacred cows. republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent. [cheers] democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed. [cheers] republicans and democrats must replace fear with confidence. confidence that no terrorist and no country will ever conquer us if we remain stead
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fast to the principles of our founding documents. [cheers] we have nothing to fear except our own unwillingness to defend what is ours, our god given rights. [ applause ] we have nothing to fear that should cause us to forget or relinquish our rights as free men and women. [ applause ] to thrive we must believe in ourselves again and we must never never trade our liberty
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for a fleeting promise of security. [cheers] >> author paul kinger writes of a brisk evening in a in a small town of illinois. rushing home from a basketball game at the ymca, an 11-year-old boy is stunned by the sight of his father sprawled out in the snow on his front porch. he was drunk his son would later remember, dead to the world, crucified. the dad's hair was soaked with melted snow, matted against his reddened face. the boy stood over his father for a minute or two.
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he simply wanted to let himself in the door and pretend his dad wasn't there instead, he grabbed a fist full of overcoat and he heaved his dad into the bedroom away from the weather's harm and the neighbor's attention. this young boy would become the man ronald reagan. [ applause ] the man we know as ronald reagan whose sunny optimism and charisma shown so brightly it cured the malaise of the 1970s. a confidence that beamed so broadly that it pulled us through a serious recession. and a faith that tugged so happenly at the hearts of all that a generation of democrats became republicans. [cheers] the american dream is that any
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among us could become the next thomas edison. the next henry ford. the next ronald reagan. but to lead us forward away from this looming debt crisis it will take someone who believes in america's greatness. who believes in and can articulate the american dream. someone who has created jobs, someone who understands and appreciates what makes america great. someone who will lead our party and our nation forward, i believe that someone is our nominee governor mitt romney. [ applause ] as reagan said. our freedom is never more than a generation away from
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extension. if our freedom is taken, the american dream will wither and die. to lead, we must transform the coldness of austerity into the warm vibrant embrace of prosperity. to overcome the current crisis, we must appreciate and applaud american success. we must step forward, unabarbedly and proclaim did you build that you earned that you worked hard. you studied you labored. you did build that. [ applause ] and you deserve america's undying gratitude for you, the
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individual are the engine of america's greatness. thank you. >> harris: wrapping up the second prime time speech of the night at the republic national convention, some traditional and familiar tea party themes tonight. there had been some question about how front and center the tea party would be. and actually we will go right to this individual know now. >> i had a guest and that was 41. >> i was in the bathtub at the white house residents and ramsey a guy that worked there came in and said get out of the bathtub your son is over in the oval office. >> as i recall the conversation went something like, this welcome, mr. president, it's good to see you, mr. president. and that's all we said. >> it was fun just walking in and seeing your own son be the president of the united states. >> and i remember visiting dad in the oval office when he was president and how much
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reverence he treated to do the office. i tried to do the same thing. the oval office is where you make decisions and welcome dignitaries and welcome some friends. it's a place that always has to be treated with respect and dignity. >> the visit to the white house, we had sort of been involved with him in poland and gotten to know him and he came to the white house and he really spoke no english but he mentioned freedom and stooped down as he was getting award a president can give the foreigner and kissed the ground. i must say that was very emotional. >> the first time vladimir putin came to visit washington and the son was pouring through the windows, i mean, the oval office just sparked. and the door opened up and in
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came president putin and his first words were my god. when dad was president he kindly would invite all of us up to the white house. he actually invited me to the state dinner with the queen. he took a huge risk. a diplomatic gamble it worked out okay. >> something about black sheep. of course mother said well, you looking at him. that would be me. we moved him afar away as possible for the lunchen. >> i'm going to do it. it wouldn't be prudent. dana carvy. we were coming into the speech room said ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, and in walked dana carvy. >> first thing i noticed is podium for the other guy over there would love to be up here but i'm down here. [ laughter ] >> so we didn't really have any issues with family, but our dog did bite a reporter. [ laughter ] but right after that i got a big sack of correspondence to
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sign and go through anded in the correspondence was a letter from barney. and he wrote and said he was so embarrassed, he was really sorry he had made a mistake. he thought that reporter was with the "new york times." [ laughter ] >> i hope people will remember george and i think they will for having the determination and the toughness and the persistence to be able to see us through in our country through such a very difficult time. after the terrorist attack, i'm so proud of george. >> integrity, honesty, never a taint of scandal around his presidency. i think we forget the importance of that. they will remember him for being a good, honest president who got a lot of things done. i think the thick i take pride in is integrity. history will remember him as a great president.
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not only was he well-prepared for the job but when the unexpected took place, he handled it with vision, a clear strategy, and calm nerves. >> he is the most decent, honorable, wonderful -- nobody has ever been as lucky as i have been. i want people to remember him as courageous. i want them to remember him as he is. >> both know what it takes to be president. there is no doubt that mitt romney will be a great president. >> is he a good man. >> and i hope that all the people at the convention work really really hard because i think the romneys are prepared. i think ann romney will be great. and i think mitt romney will do a fabulous job. >> give me a chance to thank everybody gathered in tampa
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and send our very best wishes to everybody at the convention. we have been to lots of conventions in the past. we want to thank everyone there for their very very strong support for all of our republic candidates. >> absolutely. >> your local ones, to our candidate for president, mitt romney. [cheers and applause] >> away very quickly from a wrap up of the kentucky senator rand paul's speech earlier to bring that video. now you heard from george w. bush and the two first ladies not only talking about their times in the white house but also endorsing mitt romney and that is something that played live there from the republic national convention. we wanted to bring that to you as well as the speeches we have covered. coming up later in prime time. bret baier, megyn kelly will bring you the late night speeches. on the bill tonight is the vice presidential nominee paul ryan. stay tuned to fox news channel for that go back to new
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my god. >> got to find somewhere to get some food. >> you can't swim so this is especially scary for you, right? >> if it hadn't been for her pushing the car to the edge and then my sister had to pull me out. i wouldn't have even made it. >> shepard: while the reporter was talking to the family, they spotted another car headed right toward that water. they raced to warn the driver, here look at this. >> here is another car coming -- oh, oh, god. >> well, they got that other driver to stop in time. she says she was so grateful for the heads up that she gave the family a ride home and to safety. east of here in alabama, folks say they are relieved that they managed to avoid a direct hit from isaac. they didn't avoid the relentless rain and the storm surge. our rick leventhal has been monitoring dolphin island since the storm began about an hour outside of mobile. are the lights back on yet,
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rick? >> yeah, they were told they might not come back on until friday. 90 minutes ago the power was restored here on dolphin island. still raining for 30 straight hours. at least the waters have receded about 3 feet lower than they were this morning. some of the damages we're seeing include docks that have been ripped up. for the most part. the island did pretty well in this storm, shepard. >> shepard: and the bridge still closed though. that's an important bridge, rick. >> it is. it's 00 only way on and off the island. can you see the causeway and the bridge right there. and the state has shut it down because there is debris and water on the road on the other side of the bay. we have also seen a lot of water on the roads here on the west end of dolphin island, 2 and a half to three feet on the west end. they had to shut that down also on the east end where the ferry is had to shut that down as well. they are hoping that will recede overnight and maybe this place can start getting back to normal, shepard. >> shepard: we can hope so. rick leventhal on dolphin island in lower alabama.
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rick, the national hurricane center set to release a brand new advisory on what was hurricane and is now tropical storm isaac. just moments ago. the key is how slowly is this thing still moving? continuing coverage on the rescue efforts through the louisiana and update on isaac's path. that's coming up when we continue in just 30 seconds. >> shepard: continuing coverage of the storm heading north to baton rouge. rains will continue to fall on
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the southeastern united states to the next 48 to 56 hours. and on this day in the year 2005, hurricane katrina slammed into the mississippi coast on its way to becoming the most destructive storm in american history. katrina had already caused deaths in south florida. but when katrina crossed over the warm waters of the gulf of mexico, it strengthened to a massive category a. winds higher than 120 miles per hour. some parts of mississippi, the storm surge washed up 12 miles inland. wiping entire towns off the map. here in new orleans, when the floodwaters breached the levees 80% of the big easy was under water. what followed unthinkable humanitarian tarren nightmare. in the end killed 2,000. displaced a million and caused estimated $150 billion in damage. but a hurricane changed our gulf coast forever seven years ago today.


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