tv Early Today NBC February 17, 2016 4:00am-4:30am MST
it's wednesday, february 17th, coming up on "early today," the republicans are feeling the pressure as the clock winds closer to the south carolina show down. and president obama lays out a bold plan to nominate his successor to the supreme court while taking direct aim at donald trump. a rare moment of pope francis losing his cool and the reason why as he greets the faithful. plus incredible images of a driver going straight into a wicked tornado.
shares her darkest hour. and meet c.j. he beat out more than 3,000 dog fweez name s it be named best in show. "early today" starts right now. closing in on the south carolina primary, republicans push back against critics. in the latest poll, the donald has a 12 point lead over sep nator ted cruz and jeb in a disappointing fourth place trailing marco rubio. president obama weighed in on the race and a direct shot at the frontrunner, donald trump. >> being president is a serious job. it's not hosting a talk show. or a reality show. it's not promotion, it's not marketing. it's hard. >> and this is what mr. trump
the president's remarks. >> reality show is not promotion, is not marketing, it's hard. that's from president obama. [ crowd boos] >> this man has done such a bad great compliment. your arer lucky i didn't run last time when romney ran because you would have been a one-term president. >> but he soon turned his attention to fellow republican, ted cruz. >> ted cruz who i think is totally unfit be to president, but these are minor details. meanwhile in columbia, south carolina, cruz had his own take on the job. >> you know, people will be forgiven this election season for thinking at times it seems like a bit of a circus.
we need a leader who's prepared to be commander in chief. [ applause ] when radical islamic terrorists wage jihad on the united states of america, the answer is not to tweet insults at them. >> and cruz picked up two big indorsements, kansas congressman tim, the medal of honor recipient recipient. veterans makeup over 12% of the population there. and for the democrats, both are fighting hard for the african-american vote. hillary clinton is ahead of vermont sanders by 18 points, numbers clinton is hoping to keep security. on tuesday, she met with the leaders of the national urban league and al sharpton said his
wraps. >> she's trying to ask whether i'm endorsing and i said only you know and i'm not telling. >> later during a speech in harlem, clinton hit sanders again with a charge of being a single-issue candidate. >> it's not enough for your economic plan to be break up the banks. you also need a serious planning to create jobs, especially in places where unemployment remains doubly high. [ applause ] >> but there are signs of trouble in clinton's push as a top african american democrat in georgia said he would switch from clinton to sanders. siting the minimum wage and health care as reasons for the shift. daughter of eric garner, who died by being put into a choke
the late supreme court justice, ant nn onin scalia's funeral. and senate judiciary who's in charge of any confirmation hearing said in part quote i would wait until the nominee was made before i made any decisions but he's not open to a confirmation hearing. yesterday president obama charged them to rise above day to day politics. >> this will be the opportunity for senators to do their job. your job doesn't stop until you're voted out or until your term expires. i intend to do my job between now and january 20th of 2017, i expect them to do their job as well.
washington as well. now we have president obama taking direct aim at the republicans. >> reporter: exactly. sometimes we forget that he taught constitutional law. his argument that this is not a partisan issue, it's a constitutional issue. listen to his response to republicans arguing that a late-term president in his final year should not be nominating a justice to the u.s. supreme court. >> there's no unwritten law that says that it can only be done on off years. that's not in the constitutional text. i'm amused when i hear people who claim to be strict interpreterase of the constitution reading in things that aren't there. >> reporter: republicans here and on the campaign trail have
hearings. you heard what chuck said just a few moments ago, that sound that you ran from him. although, he walked that back a bit. also, president obama saying that he will nominate someone who sticks to the law, even if that person disagrees with his politics. >> thank you so much for that. and happening overseas, tensions continue to mount in regards to north korea's missile ambitions. the u.s. flew over south korea today after north korea tested ballistic missile technology. this comes in response to their latest missile launch. defiance of the sanctions, pyongyang firing a long-range rocket with a earth observation satellite. they won't say how long the
s s will be deployed in a region. and apple plans to fight. court papers reveal that they failed to provide voluntary assistance to unlock the cell phone of syed farook. investigators are trying to find out who the shooters were communicating with and who may have helped plan and carry out the massacre. a rare moment of anger from pope francis during his visit to mexico tuesday. he lost his cool after a member of the crowd caused him to lose balance and fall on a man in the wheelchair. he said in spanish "don't be selfish." and he will hold a mass today in the violent border city of juarez juare juarez.
the same message that's been consistent throughout his tour of mexico. this the fifth and final day. one of help for immigrants along the boarder. there's going to be an interesting mix of theology and technology here later today. the pope will be able to hear and see the thousands as they watch and listen to his mass, which will be just a few miles away, across the boarder. still, for many this is as close as they can get to the pontiff. >> reporter: pope francis ends his tour in mexico with a mass later today in juarez. the five-day journey of hope in a country where it's desperately needed. >> he's reforming the church and i think he's absolutely wonderful. >> reporter: his message to hundreds of thousands who spilled into the streets, fields
focussed on compassion to immigrants and a challenge to eliminate the crime, conditions effecting those along the boarder. >> i hear a lot -- [ speaking spanish] if the pope goes, things are going to change. and i remind him the pope is not good and he's not going to over time. >> reporter: he's going to preach his message to mill yngz of yngz -- millions in juarez and in sun bowl stadium. a pontiff's historic visit. >> close to city mexico is very emotional, being here. >> reporter: emotions effecting so many in separate countries but from a single faith.
gather hours before the mass here at the sun bowl for songs and prayer celebrating the papal visit. and here in el paso, i'm jay gray. back to you. well, from incredible video out of florida. a dash cam was rolling as a man ran straight into the path of a tornado. you can see the sheer force of the twister as tree limbs go flying through the air. and in rochester, new york, hundreds of drivers got stuck on highways and local roads. nearly two feet of snow fell in some parts. raphael. crazy weather. yeah, we had everything from that same storm system, the severe weather across the south and florida. much quitter today. we look at the satellite and radar picture, our storm is gone and finally high pressure settling in across the east.
boston to d.c. lots of sunshine, also quiet in chicago, 29 and sunny there. and near 80 in miami. out west, 91 in phoenix. 74 in l.a. and we're tracking rain and mountain snow from the pacific northwest down to central california. so it has been quiet, stormy at times return to the west tomorrow as well and we're chilly but dry in the northeast for your thursday. that's a look at your national weather, now here's a closer look at your day ahead. finally catching a break today in new york city, 42 sunshine, boston looking good as well, light snow showers across the great lakes down in the southeast, temperatures in the 60s and 70s. a beautiful day in florida, 78 in miami. back to you, dara. >> thank you. one of the most bazar slow-speed chases ever.
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