This program is 29 minutes long
(North Charleston, South Carolina: Ron Mott) The surge for Newt Gingrich in South Carolina with an endorsement from Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ended his own campaign, and questions about his marital record featured; scenes shown of Mitt Romney responding to a question about being wealthy. [From ABC’s "Nightline," ex-wife Marianne GINGRICH - says Newt wanted an open marriage.] [Voter Will McCULLOUGH- comments on questioning Gingrich about his past.] [From “Today,” GINGRICH – responds to Marianne.] [Voters David and Ann CARGILE - support Gingrich.] [ROMNEY – speaks against those who try to divide this nation.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) Gingrich’s momentum in South Carolina while it appears Romney will win Florida and concern among Republican Party leaders, including Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, about Gingrich featured. Mike Huckabee’s denial that he endorsed Gingrich this year noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams; Washington: David Gregory) The crack in the air of inevitability for Romney and the change in the Iowa caucus result discussed.
(Studio: Brian Williams)
(Orlando: Chuck Todd) President Obama’s appearance in Orlando, Florida reviewed; details given about his ad defending the Solyndra issue.
(Giglio Island, Italy: Michelle Kosinski) The Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy updated; scenes shown of rescue workers, the divers underwater, a prayer service for missing Americans Jerry and Barbara Heil, recovered victim Sándor Fehér, who went back to retrieve his violin; photos shown of the missing, including Susy Albertini’s daughter Dayana Arlotti and the Heils; video shown from inside the ship. [Italian Coast Guard Commander Cosimo NICASTRO- comments on the difficult diving conditions.] [Son Aaron HEIL- thanks the rescue workers.]
(Daraa and Damascus, Syria: Ayman Mohyeldin) The unrest in Daraa, Syria 10 months after the uprising against the regime began featured; details given about the government’s claim the city is being attacked by extremists, criminals and foreign fighters while the citizens claim they are being attacked by security forces; scenes shown of blockades, damaged buildings, the protests last March, a man with gunshot wounds.
(South Carolina: Tom Brokaw) What matters to South Carolina voters and political leaders and who is best to lead the country featured; campaign ads shown; details given about the evangelical presence and the unemployment rate and how Newt Gingrich must divide the anti-Mitt Romney vote with Rick Santorum and Ron Paul. [Senator Lindsey GRAHAM- says we’re going to vote on who’s most conservative that can win.] [Governor Nikki HALEY- cites the issues: jobs, spending and the economy.] [Conservative voter Lisa VAN RIPER- comments on Romney’s pro-life position.] [Spartanburg Tea Party Karen MARTIN- expresses concern about Romney.] [Voter Brian FRANK- supports Paul.]
(No location given: Anne Thompson) Burke’s skiing career reviewed; scenes shown of her in competition on the halfpipe.
(Washington: Tom Costello) The gift from philanthropist David Rubenstein to repair the Monument featured; scenes shown of the damage assessment team; details given about Rubenstein’s career with the Carlyle Group and his other philanthropic gifts. [RUBENSTEIN – says he has had the good fortune to be able to help.] [National Park Service director Jonathan JARVIS- comments on Rubenstein’s offer.] [Washington TOURIST – reacts.]