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we have the all-access pass, just moments away. the candidates stepping up their game. >> i almost want to just go in and pray. >> and stepping up the attacks. >> he's willing to break his word to the voters. >> just three days until new hampshire, voters weigh in, and the results could send some packing. the urgent new warning about one of the biggest scams in america. fake phone calls demanding back taxes, threatening arrest. why you're more vulnerable now than ever. and tonight, the health alert for women. do not drink alcohol. now, the growing backlash and the apology. and the other big showdown. super bowl 50. the game plan, the security preps and who is the new name added to the halftime show? good evening from new hampshire and thank you for joining us on one of the most
presidential race so far. tonight's republican debate could be a complete game-changer. the debate field now witled down to seven candidates. donald trump, right there in the mix after skipping that iowa debate. latest poll numbers just coming in showing he is still the clear front-runner. marco rubio and ted cruz, right there, tied for second place. and this is a live look at the debate hall, right now. the energy building across this state, but especially right here, where the candidates will soon face each other and the nation. our team is covering it all and abc's tom llamas starts us off. >> reporter: tonight, the stage is set. and candidates like senators ted cruz and marco rubio getting a feel for the stage that could change the direction of this race. rubio expected to take on the most fire tonight. his poll numbers rising, and so are the attacks against him. like, from cruz, who is reminding voters who really won in iowa. >> what did you think about the
finish of marco rubio? that's an odd collection of words, impressive, third place finish. >> reporter: rubio calling out cruz after suggesting dr. ben carson was dropping out of the race, which was not true. >> if you get a call on tuesday night saying that i dropped out, it isn't true, it's a lie. >> reporter: and donald trump, leading in the polls here, but the race is tightening, starting the fight early, tweeting today, "wow, jeb bush, whose campaign is a total disaster, had to at me. not nice." >> vote for jeb. >> reporter: but that tweet's not stopping 90-year-old barbara bush. >> he doesn't give many answers to how he would solve problems. he sort of makes faces and says insulting things. >> reporter: jeb, bringing in his famous mother to help lift his campaign off life support. today, an encouraging sign. a crowd of more than 600. bush says he's his own man, but won't run from his famous last name. >> people are just going to have
i am who i am, you know? establishment. >> reporter: bush, part of the pool of governors, hoping for a miracle in new hampshire. today, kasich getting a boost from another notable republican governor, arnold schwarzenegger, who compared him to that bullet proof robot that make him famous. ever. never give up. so, this is you. you are the terminator. >> and tom is right here with me inside the debate hall. tom, you're hearing one of the biggest fights tonight might actually be a rematch? right. get ready for jeb bush versus marco rubio, part two. hammering rubio. he's been relentless, saying rubio has no accomplishments. a top bush aide calling rubio a no-show lobbiest. the rubio campaign says that bush is desperate.
stage, they will be standing right next to each other. >> anything could happen. tom llamas covering the republican race every step of the way. tom, thank you. tonight's debate could shape the direction of this race. nearly half of all republican voters in new hampshire haven't yet made up their minds. so, what are they waiting to hear? here's abc's jon karl. >> reporter: as the candidates make the final push in new hampshire -- >> show time is over. it's game time. >> reporter: -- the republican race is tightening. donald trump still leads all the polls, but marco rubio is rising. and cruz, kasich and bush not far behind. it's just three days to go before the primary, and at the chez vachon diner, we found folks ready to pick a president. well, almost. clearly you've made up your mind now, right? >> well, we haven't. >> reporter: you haven't made up your mind? >> we haven't made up our mind. >> reporter: he's not alone. amazingly, more than 40% of likely republican voters in new hampshire say they still haven't made up their minds.
rubio or cruz. >> i think we're stuck on -- will we actually have the nerve to vote for trump? i mean, that's really where we're stuck. >> reporter: so, when you go in there, are you able to pull the lever for donald trump, is the question. >> a year ago, i couldn't imagine voting for trump. >> reporter: but there are two groups who seem totally decided. those who like the frontrunner -- >> donald trump. >> reporter: no matter what? >> no matter what. i heard him. i liked what he had to say. i'm voting for him 100%. no changing my mind. >> reporter: and those who don't. >> i definitely know i would not vote for trump. that's all i really know. >> reporter: but new hampshire voters have a long history of making up their minds late, and surprising everybody. after barack obama won the iowa caucuses eight years ago, he was way ahead in the polls here in new hampshire, but ended up losing to hillary clinton. this time, it's the republicans who seem most undecided. so, when will you make up your mind up, finally, totally make your mind up?
last debate. >> and so many people still waiting to make up their mind. jon joi me now inside the debate hall, too. jon, donald trump not at that last debate. he will be here tonight. what are you hearing from the campaigns about his strategy? >> reporter: well, cecilia, his campaign manager says if trump is attacked tonight, he will respond times ten. but the real question here is, which donald trump is going to show up tonight? over the past few days, we have seen him go nuclear on ted cruz, saying that he cheated in iowa, and we've also seen him show incredible restraint and say message. we'll see which one shows up. we shall see. jon, thank you. and abc political analyst matt dowd is here with me, too. debate. who wins, who has the most to lose tonight? >> it's a pivotal moment for all seven up there. i would focus on three of them. first, john kasich has put all of his chips on the table here and he has to figure out a way to get in second and third.
that from. jeb bush is another one who has the most to gain. he's spent more money than any other candidate in this race. if he doesn't get in the top four, his candidacy is on life support. and finally, donald trump has the most to lose. donald trump comes into this race with double-digit lead. he has led 70 straight polls since august in this state. and as we know, new hampshire voters are -- there's a ton of late deciders. he has to do well here to keep that lead going. >> all right, the whole team here following it all. that countdown is on for the democrat candidate, too. bernie sanders, the favorite son here. hillary clinton, the understood dog. she was out, going door to door herself today. he will have a national audience later tonight. abc's david wright on the trail. >> it's a beautiful day in manchester! >> reporter: hillary clinton may be down in the polls here in new hampshire, but don't count her out yet. >> well, i need your help on tuesday, convince some others to come along.
out pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, trying to make up ground against bernini sanders. >> i feel like a rock and roll star. >> reporter: sanders has accused clinton of being wall street's favorite democrat, not progressive enough. >> i have spent my entire adult life trying to knock down barriers. >> reporter: today, madeleine albright joined clinton, appealing to women, in particular. >> just remember, there's a special place in hell for women who don't help each other. >> reporter: but some of the people attending clinton's own event agree with sanders. >> probably for bernie sanders. >> i'm actually a bernie supporter. >> reporter: you are? but are you here at this event? >> i am. >> reporter: do you feel like you are behind enemy lines? >> kind of. >> reporter: today at a town hall at new england college, the first queueioner made a freudian clip. >> secretary sanders --
opponent's name -- >> young people support bernie sanders, but i support you even if you don't support me. >> reporter: tonight, >> reporter: the sanders surge here is clearly a nuisance for clinton. but it will be interesting to see how seriously the republicans take him. cecilia? >> i think that's safe to say. david, thank you. and, of course, the debate, you do not want to miss it. just moments away. david muir and martha raddatz moderating at 8:00 p.m. eastern, right here. but we do now move on to other news. that deadly crane accident in new york city. the move that went out of control, and the crane's sudden collapse, caught on camera. the cab of that crane landing upside down, its arm smashing onto cars below. one man killed, three others injured. and abc's phillip mena on the latest in the investigation tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a massive job. moving this collapsed crane, all 565 feet of it.
to tear it apart, after it came crashing down friday morning in new york city. killing one and injuring three, crushing cars and sending this counterweight into a building. you can see all that debris still on the road there. some of it came from the top of that damaged building, where part of the crane still lies. the unanswered question tonight, what triggered the collapse? officials looking closely at the wind and snow conditions. can figure out exactly what happened? >> you know, i think you're going to have to give us a couple of weeks at least while we do some calculations, go through the metal and how it failed. >> reporter: officials say the operator tested negative for drugs and alcohol, and has been cooperating with the investigation. this crane is so big, that workers are having to cut it into 35 pieces just to clear it from the street. cecilia? >> phillip, thank you. to a health alert now. the cdc apologizing tonight after a controversial
it says women should refrain from drinking alcohol, saying the ris to babies is too high. the reaction has been fierce, many women saying that advice goes way too far. here's abc's gloria riviera. >> reporter: women across the country, sounding off against the cd c's new alcohol guidelines. >> makes no sense to me. >> are you serious? is this really what you feel your sister, your daughter? >> reporter: while many women support the cd c's long-standing warning about the dangers of drinking while pregnant, the new guidelines hit a nerve, because they go further, telling health professionals to advise a woman to stop drinking if she is trying to get pregnant or not using birth control with sex. outrage exploding on social media. calling the advice patronizing and sexist. the women we spoke to, telling us they can be trusted to make smart, safe choices. >> i really do feel they are overstepping their boundary in
with their own body. >> this is, perhaps, the right intention, with a very wrong execution. >> reporter: the cdc points out, half of all pregnancies in the u.s. are unplanned. many women don't know they are pregnant for several weeks. possibly unintentionally putting their child at risk. today, the cdc telelng abc news, "we were sorry some people took offense at our communications." the cdc is standing by its advice, which, it says, was only intended to clearly explain the unborn child. cecilia? >> gloria, thank you. and the debate set to take place here in this hall is not the only showdown this weekend. the super bowl not less than 24 hours away. more than 100 million people will be watching. the stage is set in san francisco. and abc's ryan smith has the big ticket. >> reporter: super bowl frenzy in full effect. just 24 hours before super bowl
a clash of football's titans. all-time great peyton manning and the dazzling, dynamic cam newton -- >> you don't go 17-1 as a starting quarterback without being awesome. >> peyton manning will always be about all-time great. >> reporter: and to set the bar even higher, bruno mars confirming he will be apart of the highly anticipated super bowl halftime show. joining cold play and beyonce. security, not taking a backseat. we're standing here in one of the security operations centers for the super bowl. there are multiple ones so they can back each other up. and what are they looking for? well, they are looking on the streets, the stadium, the air space, to make sure that super bowl sunday is a safe one. safety is paramount. for players and fans alike, hoping the 50th super bowl is one for the ages. so, who will win the super bowl here at levi's stadium?
carolina panthers at 5.5-point favorites. most people here have the broncos as the sentimental choice, they are picking the panthers to win it all. cecilia? >> ryan smith right there on the ground, thank you. and still ahead on this special edition of "world news tonight", the threatening phone calls to watch out for. >> don't disregard this message and do return the call before we take any action against you. >> a tax scam warning. why you may soon be more at risk than ever before. >and, later, the president of a fraternity at an ivy league university under arrest. the allegations rocking that campus tonight.
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underneath those podiums -- we are in the athletic center. the candidates won't cross paths until they're ready to take the stage. take a look at this. this is one of the candidates' dressing rooms. maybe he wants to ride an exercise bike? long hallways. arrows telling the candidates where to go. this is a racket ball court, candidates will be this there. no candidates in there. here we go. the long walk to that stage. >> guys ready? >> reporter: and then, all those rivals standing there, waiting side-by-side until their name is called. >> donald trump. >> reporter: it's rehearsal time today. the fill-ins, students playing the role of a lifetime. as you can see, this is not the real jeb bush. i mean -- maybe. >> i'm -- >> you have a good one-liner? >> the kneeldown. i got it perfectly. i'm always staring at marco whenn he says something, too.
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