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CBN NewsWatch: August 20, 2012

On Monday's CBN Newswatch: Democrats on defense over Medicare, how the world is responding to Iran's threat to Israel, the faith element in Whitney Houston's final film, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

MEDICARE AND THE ELECTION.

HOW THE ROMNEY-RYAN CAMPAIGN IS

FOCUSSING ON THE PROGRAM TO

APPEAL TO VOTERS.

PLUS THE THREAT OF WAR.

IS ISRAEL READY TO ATTACK IRAN?

LATEST ON THE GROWING TENSION IN

THE MIDDLE EAST. AND WHITNEY

HOUSTON'S NEW MOVIE, HOW FAITH

PLAYED A PART ON THE NEW MOVIE

"SPARKLE."

ALL OF THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH." GOOD EVENING

EVERYONE I AM LEE WEB. AND I

AM LORIE JOHNSON.

IN THE NINE DAYS SINCE MITT

ROMNEY CHOSE PAUL RYAN AS A

RUNNING MATE THE CLASH HAS MOVED

FRONT AND CENTER IN THE NATIONAL

CENTER.

REPUBLICANS ARE USED TO

LOSING ARGUMENTS WITH DEMOCRATS

OVER MEDICARE.

NOW THEY ARE ON OFFENSE. A

NEW STUDY MAY BACK SOME OF THEIR

CLAIMS.

REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL

CANDIDATE PAUL RYAN TOOK ON THE

MEDICARE ISSUE HEAD ON IN

FLORIDA APPEARING WITH HIS

MOTHER BEFORE A GROUP THAT MAY

HAVE THE MOST CONCERNS, SENIOR

CITIZENS. MY MOM HAS BEEN ON

MEDICARE FOR OVER 10 YEARS.

I AM GOING TO TELL YOU EXACTLY

HOW MANY OVER 10 YEARS.

THIS PUSH GRAMA OVER THE

CLIFF WOULD BALANCE THE BUDGET

ON THE BACKS OF SENIOR.

RYAN HAMMERED BACK IN FLORIDA

WITH HIS CHARGE THAT 'OBAMACARE'

WILL RAID MEDICARE TO THE TUNE

OF 750 BILLION DOLLARS.

MEDICARE SHOULDN'T BE USED AS

A PIGGY BANK FOR 'OBAMACARE.' IT

SHOULD BE THE PROMISE TO OUR

SENIORS PERIOD, END OF STORY.

OBAMA HASN'T SAID MUCH

PRESIDENT OBAMA: THEY THINK THE

BEST DEFENSE IS TO GO ON

OFFENSE. THAT IS A CENTRAL

QUESTION ON THE TABLE FOR THIS

ELECTION, HOW WE ARE GOING TO

STRENGTHEN MEDICARE, WHETHER WE

ARE GOING TO CARE FOR SENIORS

OR SHIFT THE COST.

THE ONE THING RYAN'S ECONOMIC

PLAN DOESN'T LACK IS SUBSTANCE.

A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE, A

VOUCHER-LIKE SYSTEM EMBRACED BY

RYAN AND DEMOCRATIC SENATE

COLLEAGUE RON WIDEN MAYBE A

BETTER WAY.

THE BIGGEST DOWN SIDE IS THAT

THE RYAN PLAN AS PROPOSED

WOULDN'T TAKE EFFECT UNTIL 2023.

THIS IS THE FIRST ELECTION

CYCLE I CAN REMEMBER WHEN

DEMOCRATS ARE ON THE DEFENSIVE

BECAUSE OF MEDICARE.

ROMNEY CAMP WON'T DWELL

EXCLUSIVELY ALL THE WAY TO

NOVEMBER BUT IS SURE TO GET ITS

SHARE OF PRESS.

JOHN WAAGE, CBN NEWS.

FOR MORE WE TURN TO CHIEF

POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT DAVID

BRODY.

IS IT PLAYING OUT HOW THEY

PLANNED?

THEY HAVE BEEN GIDDY EVER

SINCE PAUL RYAN WAS INTRODUCED

AS VP.

I DON'T THINK THE GIDDINESS IS

GOING AWAY.

QUESTION IS FOR THE ROMNEY-RYAN

CAMP.

CAN THEY SAY TO FOLKS, LOOK, WE

DON'T WANT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR

MEDICARE IF YOU ARE 55 OR OLDER.

IF YOU ARE UNDER 55, WE WANT A

FRANK DISCUSSION.

THEY ARE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION

THAT NEEDS TO BE HAD.

IT IS A VERY HEAVY LIFT IN

POLITICAL TERMS FOR SURE.

HOW DO THEY DO IT?

THAT IS THE BIG QUESTION.

IT IS HARD.

NOT TO TALK IN PLATITUDES AND

GENERIC LINES.

FOR EXAMPLE, A LOT OF TIMES WE

HEAR WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT ALL

OF THIS IS GOING TO EFFECT YOUR

GRANDCHILDREN OR FUTURE

GENERATIONS.

WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IS START

TALKING ABOUT HOW IS THIS GOING

TO EFFECT A FAMILY OF FOUR IF

THE FAMILY IS 50 YEARS OLD.

THEY NEED TO BE SPECIFIC, BUT

NOT TOO WONGISH AT THE SAME

TIME. TODAY, DAVID, TWO

ARTICLES HITTING THE OBAMA

CAMPAIGN.

NEWS WEEK, IT IS CALLED "HIT THE

ROAD BARACK" IS THERE A SHIFT IN

THE MEDIA COVERAGE OF THESE

CAMPAIGNS?

THERE IS A CLIMATE IN THIS

COUNTRY THAT IS EXTREMELY FRUS

TRAIT

FRUSTRATED.

THE WHOLE CONGLOMERATE, THEY

LOVE TO HAVE SHOCK AND AWES PART

OF THEIR REPERTOIRE.

A PERSON SUPPORTED JOHN

MCCAIN IN 2008.

THE EDITOR OF NEWS WEEK IS A

LIBERAL, TINA BROWN. THAT'S

RIGHT.

TINA BROWN IS KNOWN FOR DOING

CERTAIN THINGS LIKE THIS.

THIS IS A WAY TO SELL MORE

MAGAZINES.

IT IS SOMETHING TINA BROWN HAS

BEEN ACCUSTOMED TO IN THE PAST.

DAVID, MISSOURI SENATOR

CANDIDATE TODD AIKEN HAS COME

UNDER FIRE ABOUT COMMENTS ABOUT

RAPE AND PREGNANCY.

TALK ABOUT HOW HIS COMMENTS WILL

IMPACT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN

THIS ELECTION YEAR?

RIGHT NOW, IT WAS A SEED FOR

THE REPUBLICANS TO PICK UP IN

MISSOURI.

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

CLARA MCCASKILL HAS BEEN UNDER

FIRE IN MISSOURI.

DOWN FIVE TO SEVEN POINTS TO

AIKEN RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK.

WATCH THE POLL NUMBERS TO

TIGHTEN UP.

MCCASKILL UNDER A LOT OF FIRE.

AIKEN IS A SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE

REPUBLICAN WHO IS IN GOOD

TERRITORY IN MISSOURI.

THIS IS HIS WHEEL HOUSE.

IT IS THERE FOR THE TAKING.

HE GOT FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE.

ANY TIME YOU SAY THE WORDS

LEGITIMATE RAPE IN A SENTENCE.

THAT IS A PROBLEM.

IT GIVES THE DEMOCRATS ONE MORE

NUGGET IN THEIR WHOLE WAR ON

WOMEN NARRATIVE.

THIS IS GOING TO PLAY OUT.

YOU CAN BE SURE THIS IS GOING TO

PLAY OUT FOR MONTHS TO COME, I

BELIEVE. DAVID, THANKS FOR

BRINGING THIS TO US.

WE ARE GLAD YOU ARE BACK.

THANK YOU.

REPRESENT TODD AIKEN

APOLOGIZED.

HE SAID WOMEN'S BODIES ARE ABLE

TO PREVENT PREGNANCIES ON

LEGITIMATE ISSUES.

HE SAID HE USED THE WRONG WORDS

IN THE WRONG WAY.

SOME INCLUDING TOP REPUBLICANS

ARE CALLING ON AIKEN TO END HIS

BID FOR THE SENATE.

HE WILL CONTINUE HIS CAMPAIGN.

PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED HIS

REMARKS OFFENSIVE.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ROSE IN 44

STATES.

THAT IS THE MOST TO SHOW IN

THREE YEARS.

NINE OF THE STATES ARE

CONSIDERED SERIOUS BATTLEGROUNDS

IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

NEVADA SAW THE GREATEST INCREASE

WITH A JUMP FROM 11.6 PERCENT TO

12 PERCENT IN JULY.

NATIONWIDE HIRING IMPROVED

SLIGHTLY IN JULY FOLLOWING THREE

DISMAL MONTHS OF HIRING.

THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES HAVE

BEEN FORCED TO EVACUATE AS WILD

FIRES BURN IN EIGHT WESTERN

STATES.

IN OHIO MORE THAN 1,000

FIREFIGHTERS ARE BATTLING

FLAMES, 8,000 ACRES BURNED.

SOUTH OF SACRAMENTO, A FIRE IS

BURNING AND 3500 HOMES ARE

THREATENED AS THE FIRE CONTINUES

TO SPREAD.

RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN TOLD TO

EVACUATE, SOME BARELY MAKING IT

OUT.

FLAMES ON THE ROAD ON EITHER

SIDE.

I LOOKED UP, EVERYTHING WAS

BLACK.

I DROVE THROUGH IT.

I COULDN'T BREATHE.

IN WASHINGTON STATE, THE

WEATHER IS HELPING FIREFIGHTERS

GET CONTROL OF THE BLAZE THAT

DESTROYED HOMES EAST OF SEATTLE.

THE WEATHER ISN'T HELPING IN THE

FIGHT AGAINST WEST NILE VIRUS.

HOT, DRY TEMPERATURES ACROSS

MUCH OF THE U.S. OFFER A PERFECT

BREEDING GROUNDS FOR MOSQUITOS

AND .

CHARLENE ISRAEL REPORTS.

MUCH NEEDED RAINS ARE NOW

UNWELCOME.

THE STANDING WATER WILL ONLY

LEAD TO MORE MOSQUITOS AND MORE

CASES OF WEST NILE VIRUS.

TEXAS REMAINS GROUND ZERO

ACCOUNTING TO HALF OF THE TOTAL

CASES.

ANYWHERE YOU ARE GOING, THEY

ARE EVERYWHERE.

OFFICIALS ARE USING A

CONTROVERSIAL ARIAL SPRAY.

BAD WEATHER GROUNDED THE FLAMES.

WE HAVE PEOPLE DYING.

WE HAVE TO HAVE A SENSE OF

URGENCY NOW.

THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT

THING. CENTERS FOR DISEASE

CONTROL REPORTS 26 DEATHS SO FAR

AND 700 CONFIRMED CASES.

MORE THAN THREE TIMES THE

AVERAGE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.

I WENT TO BED AND NEXT

MORNING I WOKE UP BLIND. HAL

IS FIGHTING TO GET HIS LIFE BACK

TO NORMAL AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED

WITH WEST NILE VIRUS.

STARTED OFF LIKE THE FLU.

THEY SAY TO WEAR LONG SLEEVES,

USE MOSQUITO REPELLANT WHEN

GOING OUTSIDE AND GET RID OF ANY

STANDING WATER IN YOUR HOME.

MOST INFECTED WITH THE WEST NILE

VIRUS NEVER KNOW IT.

ONLY 20 PERCENT SUFFER FROM

SYMPTOMS WHICH INCLUDE HIGH

FEVER, HEADACHES, JOINT PAIN,

VOMITING AND DIARRHEA.

THE DISEASE ATTACKS THE

PATIENT'S BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD.

IT IS A VIRUS THAT NORMALLY ONLY

EFFECTS ELDERLY AND UNHEALTHY.

WE ARE STARTING TO SEE

YOUNGER PEOPLE GET NEUROINVASIVE

DISEASE.

THAT IS UNUSUAL.

CHARLENE ISRAEL, CBN NEWS.

A DEAD LLY SAL MA NEL LA OUT

BREAK LINKED TO CANTALOUPE.

HEALTH OFFICIALS BELIEVE THEY

FOUND THE SOURCE, A FARM IN

INDIANA.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAY

ANY CANTALOUPE COMING FROM

SOUTHWEST INDIANA SHOULD BE

THROWN AWAY.

COMING UP, RUMORS OF WAR,

TENSIONS HIGH BETWEEN ISRAEL AND

IRAN.

WILL ISRAEL ATTACK.

MILITARY'S TOP GENERAL IS IN

AFGHANISTAN DISCUSSING THE

RISING NUMBER OF ATTACKS BY

AFGHAN SOLDIERS AND POLICE.

GENERAL MARTIN DEFRP SI'S COMES

ONE DAY AFTERSHOCKS GOOD

AFTERNOON POLICE KILLED ONE

AMERICAN.

IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS, 10 U.S.

SOLDIERS HAVE DIED AT THE HANDS

OF AFGHAN SECURITY FORCES.

HAMID KARZAI IS CANNING CALLED

ON TO TO FIND A BETTER WAY OF

VETTING AFGHAN RECRUITS.

ONE SECURITY EXPERT SAYING

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN SO MUCH

TALK ABOUT WAR.

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYS IRAN IS

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE ISRAEL

FACES AT HOME.

SOME ISRAELI'S BELIEVE TALKING

IS WHAT IS GOING TO GET THE

WORLD INVOLVED.

CHRIS MITCHELL JOINS US.

SO GREAT TO SEE YOU IN PERSON.

NORMALLY YOU ARE IN JERUSALEM.

YOU LIVE THERE, HAVE FOR SO MANY

YEARS.

BECAUSE OF THAT, YOU HAVE A

GREAT IDEA OF WHAT THE ISRAELI

PEOPLE ARE THINKING AND FEELING.

ARE THEY FEARFUL OF AN ATTACK?

I THINK THEY ARE, LORI.

IN FACT, JUST AS LEE JUST SAID,

THE TALK OF WAR, IT IS NOT THE

FOREIGN MEDIA, BUT ISRAELI

MEDIA.

SHE HAS NEVER SEEN THE TALK OF

WAR THIS RATCHETED UP.

IRAN IS CALLING ISRAELI AN

INSULT TO HUMANITY.

WHETHER OR NOT ATTACK COMES

SOONER OR LATER, SEEMS LIKE WAR

IS INEVITABLE. WHAT IS THE

ISRAELI MILITARY DOING TO

PREPARE?

ISRAELI MILITARY HAS BEEN

PREPARING FOR YEARS.

THIS IS THEIR NO. 1 THREAT,

NUCLEAR IRAN.

NOT ONLY GETTING A NUCLEAR

WEAPON , BUT A BALLISTIC MISSILE

TO DELIVER.

ISRAELI IS A ONE-BOMB COUNTRY.

IN SIX MINUTES THEY COULD DO

WHAT TOOK HITLER SIX YEARS TO

DO.

MARTIN DEMPSEY SAID THE U.S.

DOESN'T VIEW THE IRAN SITUATION

WITH THE SAME URGENCY THAT

ISRAEL DOES.

HOW WOULD THE U.S. PLAY INTO ANY

ATTACK PLAN?

THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN.

SOME MAY SEE IT REVOLVE AROUND

THE CALENDAR, WILL ROMNEY GET

ELECTED?

NETANYAHU AND ROMNEY HAVE A

CLOSE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP BACK

TO THEIR COLLEGE DAYS.

THAT MIGHT MAKE IT EASIER FOR

ISRAEL TO FEEL LIKE THE U.S. HAS

THEIR BACK.

THEY ARE NOT ASSURED IF OBAMA IS

PRESENT AT THE TIME.

PRESIDENT OBAMA AND NETANYAHU

HAVE HAD TENSE MOMENTS.

THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS ROCKY.

NETANYAHU WANTS TO PLAY THIS

DOWN THE MIDDLE POLITICALLY.

PRIVATELY, A LOT OF ISRAELI

EXPERTS ARE LESS SURE OF AN

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THAN

POTENTIAL ROMNEY ADMINISTRATION.

THEY WANT THE U.S. SUPPORT.

THERE WAS A POLL THAT CAME OUT

60 PERCENT OF ISRAELIS IF ISRAEL

ATTACKS, THEY WANT IT IS U.S.

SUPPORT IN SOME MILITARY

CAPACITY.

IF THEY HAVE TO, THEY'LL GO IT

ALONE BECAUSE IT IS A LIFE OR

DEATH MATTER.

THEY WANT THE U.S. MILITARY IN

POLITICAL SUPPORT.

THEY SEEM DETERMINED AND

DON'T HAVE CHOICE.

FOR THEM IT IS 600 OR 700

MILES, IT IS A BALLISTIC

MISSILE.

IT IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND

DEATH.

THEY TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.

CHRIS MITCHELL, THANKS AS

ALWAYS. UP NEXT, HIS EYE IS

ON THE SPARROW.

HOW THAT HYMN TOUCHED LIVES ON

THE SET OF WHITNEY HOUSTON'S

FINAL FILM "SPARKLE."

WELL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN

ITS 80-YEAR HISTORY, THE AUGUSTA

NATIONAL IS ADMITTING FEMALE

MEMBERS.

CONDOLEEZA AND SOUTH CAROLINA

DARLA MOORE WILL BE INCLUDED.

UNTIL NOW WOMEN WERE ONLY

ALLOWED TO PLAY AS GUESTS.

AUGUSTA NATIONAL CHAIRMAN BILLY

PAIN SAYS IT WILL BE A PROUD

MOMENT WHEN CONDOLEEZA AND DARLA

RECEIVE THEIR GREEN JACK SETS.

WHITNEY HOUSTON FANS GET TO SEE

HER ONE MORE TIME IN HER FINAL

MOVIE, "SPARKLE."

IT DEBUTED THIS WEEKEND.

IT IS A REMAKE OF A 70'S

MOVIE.

WHAT ARE Y'ALL DOING IN

THERE?

MY BABIES, I KNOW Y'ALL DON'T

LOVE EACH OTHER THAT MUCH.

WHITNEY HOUSTON FANS FINALLY

WAITED TO SEE THE MOVIE.

THREE MONTHS BEFORE SHE DROWNED

ACCIDENTALLY WITH DRUGS IN HER

SYSTEM.

HOUSTON PLAYS THE ROLE OF THE

WISE MOTHER IN THE REMAKE OF THE

1976 MOVIE.

IT IS ABOUT THE RISE AND FALL OF

A TRIO OF SINGING SISTERS.

HOUSTON BEGAN WORKING TO BRING

THIS FILM TO THE BIG SCREEN MORE

THAN 20 YEARS AGO.

SHE WAS A PRODUCER ON THE

PROJECT ALONG WITH BISHOP TD

JAKES.

ON THE SET SHE WAS AN

EXCELLENT ACTRESS, VERY, VERY

EFFECTIVE AS A SINGER.

IT WAS A PASSION OF HERS TO

DO IT.

SHE WAS CALLING ME FROM THE SET.

SHE WAS SO PROUD OF JORDIN

SPARKS.

KYM LEE REMEMBERS.

WHITNEY WORKED HARD.

WHEN YOU SING ABOUT GOD, HE

EQUIPTS YOU.

SHE KNEW THAT.

WHY SHOULD I FEEL

DISCOURAGED.

WHITNEY PERSONALLY CHOSE TO

SING THE HYMN, "HIS EYE IS ON

THE SPARROW."

ARE YOU STILL GOING TO BE

PART OF THE GROUP?

THE PERFORMANCE CAST AND CREW

WILL NEVER FORGET.

I SAW HANDS LIFTED AND TEARS

STREAMING FROM EVERYONE IN THE

TRAILER. CELEBRITY MAKEUP

ARTIST KYM LEE WAS ON THE SET.

SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE

PICTURE PERFECT LOOKS OF THE

ACTORS.

SHE SANG IT FROM HER HEART.

SHE FELT IT AND TEARS STREAMING

FROM HER EYES.

EVERYONE IN THE ROOM WAS JUST

WORSHIPPING GOD.

IT WAS AMAZING.

LEE SAYS THERE WAS TEARFUL

WORSHIP FOR ALL 12 TAKES OF THE

SCENE.

IT CONTINUED OFF THE SET.

WORSHIP WAS HOW WHITNEY HOUSTON

STARTED EVERYDAY WHEN SHE

STARTED FOR HER THREE-HOUR

MAKEUP SESSION. SHE SAID

THIS IS HOW I START MY DAY.

WE STARTED OFF WITH WORSHIP.

SHE SET THE TONE.

IT ALLOWED LEE TO SHARE IT

WITH HOUSTON.

LEE CREDITS THE BIBLICAL

MESSAGES HELPING GUIDE THE TEEN

THROUGH TOUGH CHALLENGES.

IT WAS A FUN PRODUCTION.

IT WAS DIFFICULT.

THE ACTORS HAD LOT TO REMEMBER,

DANCE MOVES AND COSTUME CHANGES

AND WIG CHANGES AND MAKEUP

CHANGES THEY WEREN'T COMFORTABLE

WITH ALL THE TIME.

WE HAD TO MAKE MAGIC HAPPEN.

THE ANSWER TO THEIR PRAYER IS

IN THEATRES FOR THE WORLD TO

SEE.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS.

"SPARKLE" ROUNDED OUT THE TOP

FIVE DURING THE DEBUT PULLING IN

12 MILLION DOLLARS.

UP NEXT, THEY HAVE A

DANGEROUS OLD LADY.

A BURGLAR GETS MORE THAN HE

BARGAINED FOR FROM A GRANNY AND

HER KITCHEN WARE.

ONE TEXAS BURGLARER HAS MET

HIS MATCH. THIS WOMAN WAS

INTERRUPTED BY A HOME INTRUDER.

WE'LL LET HER TO THE REST OF THE

STORY.

I WAS GOING TO TAKE A NAP.

THE DOG KEPT RUNNING TO THE BACK

DOOR AND BACK TO ME.

I COULD SEE THE OUTSIDE.

THE BACK DOOR.

I SAW THE MAN.

I SAID I GOT TO GET ME A

STRATEGY.

I OPEN THE CABINET.

I FOUND THE SIZ SORS AND THE

DOG.

I OPEN THE DOOR AND PUSHED THAT

DOOR.

HE STOPPED THE DOOR AND CAME

OUT.

HE WAS PUSHING ME.

HE GOT TO RUNNING.

I GOT HIM, WHOP IN THE NECK.

HE GOING TO TELL HIS FRIENDS,

DON'T GO THERE.

THEY HAVE A CRAZY OLD LADY.

WOW!

IS THAT GREAT OR WHAT?

IT IS GREAT.

THE BURGLARER GOT AWAY.

HE IS WOUNDED.

YOU KNOW.

HE SHOWS UP AT A HOSPITAL.

THEY MAYBE ABLE TO PUT TWO AND

TWO TOGETHER.

ONLY IN TEXAS.

THAT IS ALL FOR THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

THANKS FOR JOINING

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