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>> pelley: republicans fight foria the christian right and prepare for our cbs debate. tempers flare between themp democrats. >> madame secretary, that is a low blow.t >> pelley: also tonight, a lowtoni blow of cold in much of america. the pope's pilgrimage to mexico. greyhound racing may be neither the end of its run. and steve hartman at a museum ofat love. b >> i built it for other people to see, but it's for me, too. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is our western edition. now, there are six. the winnowing of republican candidates continued today when dark horse jim gilmore headed for the barn. so a great deal is riding on
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can anyone catch trump? can an establishment republican break out? the stage is set for the contest hosted by cbs news in greenville, south carolina. today, the candidates put their faith in christian conservatives eight days before the primary in south carolina. and here's julianna goldman. >> i think that life is divinely inspired. >> reporter: in a state where faith is central to many voters, republican presidential candidates have proclaimed their beliefs on the stump-- >> i'm a christian and i converted to catholicism. >> i discovered my purpose by discovering the lord. >> reporter: on the airwaves. >> to use gifts we've been given. >> it's a faith and family forum. >> reporter: and at a religious forum where today jeb bush,ly marco rubio-- >> faith is the most important influence in my life. >> reporter: and ted cruze addressed the faithful. >> i am saved by grace and it has transformed my life and my family's life. >> reporter: can you talk a little bit about the role of faith in south carolina in this primary? >> there are there are a lot of faith value voters here's for sure. and we'll have chance to share
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has been important. >> reporter: self-described evangelicals are born-again christians make up 65% of southlica carolina republican primary voters four years ago.r while cruz won the evangelical vote in iowa, donald trump won it in new hampshire. that may explain why in a state known for its rough-and-tumble politics, trump and his conservative credentials haveia become a feeding frenzy. >> there is nothing conservative about donald trump. >> look past the boasting and you'll see right through him. >> reporter: on twitter, trump on turned the tables on his anti- establishment rival saying, "howis can ted cruz be an evangelical christian when he lies so much and is dishonest? in another tweet trump threatened to sue ted cruz because he wasn't born in the u.s. if he doesn't stop running attack ads.
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night. >> pelley: julianna goldman, thanks. and speaking of tomorrow night's debate, john dickerson will be the moderator, and he's joining us now. john, what are you expecting? >> reporter: well, i'm expecting the candidates to have a presidential demeanor on theil outside and on the inside, a roiling desire to do battle. usually on a debate stage, the candidates want to look presidential because they don't want to come across as tooos aggressive. on the other hand, the stakes are very high here in south carolina, and there are two different kinds of battles going on. there's donald trump's battle with ted cruz, which has gotten nasty and personal over who is more conservative, and overativ questions of faith. donald trump tweeted about cruz's christianity.hr then there is the battle between the mainstream alternatives, those three candidates -- bush,, kasich, and rubio. they are trading exchanging counter-charges almost by the hour over more substantiveve issues -- medicaid, and what's the right kind of experience to be president? so we hope when it's all said and done while there will be a lot of heat there might also be some light.. >> pelley: and with the
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the primaries and caucuses, there will just be six candidates now on the stage, a very consequential debate. and that debate will begin tomorrow evening at 9:00 eastern00 time, 8:00 central. that's 6:00 in the west, right here on cbs. and we invite you to tweet us your questions using the hashtag "gopdebate." democrats held their primary last night. >> he does not support the way i do building on the progress that the president has made. >> reporter: in rural south carolina today, hillary clinton portrayed bernie sanders as one dimensional, part of a new n strategy she unveiled at last night's debate. >> we both share the goal of universal health care coverage. >> reporter: she is embracingg his vision but panning his plans in detail. >> you need to level with people. every progressive economist who has analyzed that says the numbers don't add up.
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size of the federal government by about 40%. >> that is absolutely inaccurate. secretary clinton has been going around the country saying, "bernie sanders wants to dismantle the affordable care act. people are going to lose their medicaid." we're not going to dismantle anything. >> reporter: and with south carolina's minority-heavy primary looming, she is accusing sanders of the undermining the nation's first black president. >> in the past he's called him weak. he's called him a disappointment. the kind of criticisms we hear from bernie sanders about our ber president i expect from republicans. i do not expect from someone running for the democratice nomination to succeed him. >> madam secretary, that is ata low blow. i have worked with president obama for the last seven years. but you know what? last i heard, we lived in a democratic society. last i heard, a united states senator had the right to
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>> reporter: clinton supporter and former secretary of stateol madeleine albright apologized tonight for saying last week, "there's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women." she acknowledged in an op-ed in this context it offended some women who aren't voting for hillary clinton. >> pelley: nancy cordes, thanks very much. it looks chilly in southy in carolina where nancy is. and another big story tonight is the cold snap in the northeast. temperatures are expected to bottom out sunday morning, possibly hitting record lows in philadelphia, new york, and boston. in saranac lake, new york, wind w chills could drop below minus 40. michelle miller is chilling in stranton, pennsylvania. >> reporter: it was a striking image-- house after house encased in ice. at about 2:30 in the morning, the water main burst, shooting water 20 feet into the air and shutting down two blocks. then, within hours, the deep
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large icicles hung from street signs, trees and power lines. that worries homeowner oscar velez: >> i'm just concerned that people are going to slide and get hurt or get hit by those big icicles there hanging. >> reporter: from the midwest to the deep south, there was no escaping the arctic blast. today in greenville, south carolina, freezing temperatures turned this water fountain into a giant popsicle. temperatures are expected to plunge to two degrees in new york on sunday. pedro morales says he's invested in a cheap ski mask to stay warm. >> they're great. and for $5, that's a bargain in new york city. >> reporter: and here innd scranton, these houses areho likely to remain on ice for several more days, scott. that's because temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing here until tuesday. >> pelley: michelle miller, thanks very much, michelle. police are trying to figure out why a man armed with a machete
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restaurant in columbus, ohio. four people were hurt, one critically. jeff pegues is following this. >> reporter: police say the assault has the hallmarks of a terrorism-inspired attack.ir michael woods is deputy chief of the columbus police department: >> a lone individual with a machete going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know. those are the things that-- that give us concern. >> reporter: investigators say last night, 30-year-old muhammad barry went to this mediterranean restaurant and asked questions about the israeli owner and the food. he left and then returned half an hour later with a machete.al in 911 calls, witnesses described barry slashing diners. >> reporter: barry led police on a five-mile car chase before he was shot and killed after investigators say he lunged ater an officer.
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news that barry had been onbe their radar before, and that is why is columbus police quickly notified federal authorities after that attack. scott, we've also learned thatle he was here in the u.s. on a green card. >> pelley: jeff pegues, thanks. overnight, the u.s. and russia hammered out a deal to stop the fighting in syria's catastrophic civil war that has killed s million fleeing from their homes. this deal would be a breakthrough, except it isn't i immediate, it isn't permanent,t and it doesn't include all the hostile forces. holly williams is in turkey tonight. holly, tell us some more. >> reporter: well, scott, this would be the first cease-fire in syria's civil war, agreed to by all of the key outside countries involved in the conflict. and hopefully, it will allowho food and aid to get into places that are cut off right now because of fighting. but it's not clear whether the syrian regime will actuallyll
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cease-fire may not start for another week, which allows the regime to continue its offensive around the city of aleppo, whichy has already driven tens of thousands of people from their homes. there are fears that aleppo could soon be besieged by the regime, just like the town of madaya, where more than 40 people have already starved to death. those are the regime's tactics,me and in an interview released today, the syrian president, bashar al-assad, vowed to retakeowed the entire country. he also rejected allegations of war crimes. now, the regime's offensive is backed by russian airstrikes and russia says despite cease-fire it will continue those strikes against terrorist groups. and that's another problem because when russia has said that in the past, it's also targeted american-backed rebels. some of those rebels are very skeptical about the cease-fireas plan, and the agreement does not include isis and other extremist groups. >> pelley: not likely to be the end that the world's been hoping for. holly williams in turkey
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holly, thank you. on our southern border, we are now seeing a new wave of immigration from mexico, but what's notable is who is making the journey and why. we asked mark strassmann to look into this. >> reporter: every day, cubans cross this border bridge from mexico into laredo, texas. since 1966, the cuban adjustment act has guaranteed asylum to refugees fleeing the communist regime. they qualify for a green card after a year and a day, and citizenship five years later. but now they're afraid the thawing of diplomatic relations will end that special protection. jessenia acuna says, "how was i supposed to get here if they changed the law? it would have been impossible." most cuban refugees no longer try to reach miami on makeshift rafts in the florida straits. capture and the currents aree both risky. they now fly to a latin american
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months making a 2,000-mile trip on land through half a dozen other countries before reaching the texas border. 51,000 arrived here last year, 68% of them through laredo. >> it's a whole trans-national human smuggling operation. >> reporter: jorge duany studiesny cuban migration patterns at florida international university. well organized?? >> very well organized and it's o supposed to be the second most profitable illegal network after the illegal trade business. >> reporter: most head to miami. at this refugee resettlement office, we met andres hernandez. his trip here from cuba took eight months. he told us, "it was a lot ofof stress, a lot of days without eating," but worth it to him and other cubans, immigrants desperate to start fresh in st america and worried they may soon join the back of the line with everyone else.th
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miami. >> pelley: greyhound racing may be headed for the finish line. and the college president who compared freshmen to bunnies
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evening news" continues. >> pelley: greyhound racing has been on its last legs for decades. it's hanging on in florida, but david begnaud found even there the hounds could be near the end of their run. >> go! >> reporter: peter cyers has been taking his daughter and his grandchildren to the naples-ft. myers greyhound racing track for 20 years. >> whoa! >> reporter: on this day, the grandstands were nearly empty. >> i've seen a big decline in attendance. i remember the crowds really cheering. >> reporter: only 19 dog tracksnly remain in the u.s. 12 of them are in florida. isadore havenick owns two of
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>> to have 50 people come to a business that seats thousands,s, it's like going to a dolphins' game in december. it's an empty building. >> reporter: havenick says he loses $5 million a year running these races, but he says he hasha to in order to keep his more- profitable poker business open. florida law mandates it. >> we have to run 90% of the amount of racing we ran in 1996 in order to keep our poker room open. >> reporter: how many races do you have to run a year? >> thousands of dog races. >> reporter: havenick supports decoupling the two businesses so he can run his poker rooms without racing the dogs. carey theil is executive director of grey2k, an organization working to protect greyhounds. >> greyhound racing is cruel and inhumane. these dogs live in small cages for about 22 hours a day. the cages are barely large enough for the dog to stand up or turn around. >> if they don't want to run live greyhound racing, theyac could stop today, stop today. turn in your permit. >> reporter: jack cory lobbies
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he blames the audience decline on the track owners.er >> live greyhound racing is alive and well if the trackse wanted to promote it, if the tracks wanted to modernize it. mr. theil and the animal rights groups and the greyhound tracks all want to become slot casinos. >> reporter: here at the mardi gras casino in south florida, gr race number 7 is about to get under way. the future of florida's racing is buried in a bill before the legislators right now and those legislators may vote on that by the end of this month. >> pelley: david begnaud. david, thank you very much. today, the president of mount st. mayor's university in maryland reinstated two faculty members that he fired on monday. they had criticized president simon newman's plan to weed out struggling freshmen quickly to improve the school's standing.ng the school newspaper reported that newman compared those students to baby rabbits that
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in mexico, home to nearly more than 1 million catholics. manuel bojorquez is following the pilgrimage. >> reporter: at mexico city's main square, the zocalo, preparations are under way. tens of thousands of catholics will try to catch a glimpse of the man many revere as the people's pope.te different. >> reporter: jessenia acuna and he first stopped in cuba to meet s with the patriarch of the russian orthodox church which split with the vatican nearly
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aboard the plane, the pope emphasized his mission in mexico to try to heal a country, which has lost an estimated 100,000 people in a vicious drug war over the last decade and to highlight the plight of migrant by traveling from southern mexico, where many start their journey, and ending with a symbolic mass at the u.s.-mexico border. the pope's first mass here in mexico city will be tomorrow. scott, his visit is also meant to reinvigorate catholics here where it's estimated the number of people raised catholic and still practicing has dropped nearly 10%. >> pelley: manuel bojorquez inca the mexican capital for us. manuel, thank you.va
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next.xt >> p >> pelley: life's precious moments are stored in our minds, but that wasn't quite good enough for the unforgettable man that steve hartman met "on the road." >> reporter: around starkville, mississippi, retired mail carrier charles evans is known mostly for his questionable taste in lawn furnishings. but i came here for something undeniably beautiful. >> the man with the plan.t her, it shock. was like an electrical shock. >> reporter: really! >> i guess it's love. >> reporter: to charles, true love is so powerful, nothing can stop it. >> that's a big four-letter word. >> reporter: nothing. >> straighten it out.
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she died in 2011, after 60 years of marriage, he decided a grave marker wasn't enough, that theirt enough love deserved more than a monument. what their love needed was a museum. and so, in a little outbuilding behind his house, charles evans house, ch built just that. >> this is our memorabilia area. >> reporter: inside, he's gotnd he the shoe shine stand he was her. working at when he met her. he's got all the music they used to dance to. and he's got four walls packed solid with pictures, documenting every significant occasion. ou >> and this was where we went out to lunch. >> reporter: and most every insignificant occasion. >> this was her laughing with food in her mouth. >> reporter: needless to say, heeedles doesn't get a whole lot ofn't ge visitors, which is fine by charles. >> this is our last dance. >> reporter: in fact, you get the sense he almost enjoys hise time alone time more. on slow days, he slow dances
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>> i guess i'm trying to relive our life, would you think? >> reporter: maybe. >> i don't know. it's-- it's so hard to explain, you know. but it's not a suffering memory. it's a beautiful memory, you know. >> reporter: sometimes, people somet try to tell charles to move on,, but in his mind, why would you want to make a bunch of new memories when the old ones aren the still so good? >> >> yeah, she was lovely. >> reporter: steve hartman, "on the road," in starkville, mississippi. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, i'm scott pelley. remember, the republican debate tomorrow evening at 9:00 eastern he here on cbs and i'll see you sunday on "60 minutes."
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