"Face the Nation" transcripts, October 28, 2012: McCain and Emanuel


(CBS News) Below is a transcript of "Face the Nation" on October 28, 2012, hosted by CBS News' Bob Schieffer. Guests include: Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. A roundtable includes Ruth Marcus with The Washington Post; Mark Lebovich with the New York Times Magazine; Bob Shrum, Democratic consultant contributor for the Daily Beast; John Fund with The National Review and CBS News' John Dickerson.

ANNOUNCER: From CBS news in Washington, Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer.

SCHIEFFER: And good morning again. Welcome to Face the Nation. And if there were not enough political and weather news, add this an earthquake that measures a magnitude of 7.7 has taken place off the coast of western Canada. No injuries or damage reported so far there. So we're going to start with the big storm up the east coast of the United States, Hurricane Sandy.

And for that, we go to chief meteorologist David Bernard from our Miami, Florida station WFOR -- Dave, tell us what you know.


Already the weather is starting to affect the mid-Atlantic states and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We can see Sandy's rain bands already spreading well inland. This is a massive storm and so the weather is going downhill today for the entire east coast.

Now, this is the wind field forecast. This is for 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. We'll have tropical storm-force winds overspreading almost all of the east coast of the United States. And the hurricane- force wind gusts will begin moving onshore during the day tomorrow, last through tomorrow night, and probably into Tuesday morning as well. You can just see how massive this storm actually is going to be. And that's why we're so worried about the storm surge danger. If you're being asked to evacuate, you definitely need to. This is going to bring a tremendous amount of water near and just north of wherever the storm eventually makes landfall. And besides up the coast, we could see heavy rains, parts of the area, a lot of Maryland under a flood watch now as well, 5 to 10 inches of rain locally could fall in some spots.

So we have all the ingredients of a terrible storm, Bob. We have the coastal flooding, the inland flooding, the power outages are going to be a huge problem and then of course in the mountains we could be talking about a lot of snow.

SCHIEFFER: All right. Well, thank you very much, Dave.

And now to CBS news national correspondent Chip Reid who is in Ocean City, Maryland. Chip, is it there yet?

CHIP REID, CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT: Well, not quite the full force of it yet, Bob, but we are certainly feeling stronger winds, and the surf is certainly riled up. The mayor here wants to make sure people don't get complacent, because a year ago, Hurricane Irene, they had all these dire warnings, and it really didn't do much to this city. He wants to make sure they understand that this time there really could be some severe flooding, a storm surge of 4to 8 feet which would mean where I'm standing will certainly be underwater. He's warning people in the low-lying parts of the island to prepare to evacuate. And he's saying power could be out for days. They need a disaster supply kit. It's very important that people don't get complacent based on what happened a year ago because this one could be much worse -- Bob.

SCHIEFFER: All right, thank you, my friend. Chip Reid in Maryland.

Let's go now to CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano. She is at Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey this morning. Elaine, what's the latest there?


Well, Governor Chris Christie has declared a statement of emergency here in new jersey. And he's also ordered the mandatory evacuation for residents who live on the barrier islands, that begin at 4:00 this afternoon.

Really, the big concern here is the water. Officials say the storm surge, combined with high tide, could send water levels much higher than normal, anywhere from 4 to 8 feet in some areas.

Another concern, of course, is downed power lines with the approaching winds here. Local power companies have been pre- positioning their trucks and their crews so that they can be ready to respond once this storm actually does pass. Now, to of to the north in New York City, officials have opened up emergency shelters for any residents who want to go ahead and take advantage of that. There is some worry about flooding, particularly in lower Manhattan. And mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging residents to stay inside as Hurricane Sandy approaches. Another big worry, of course, the mass transit. Officials will decide today if in fact they went to keep the mass transit system open -- Bob.

SCHIEFFER: Okay, thank you very much, Elaine.

And before we turn to politics, one other weather note. Governor Cuomo has announced that the New York Subway bus and train system will shut down at 7:00 p.m. tonight. There's also news this morning on the campaign front. Mitt Romney has won the endorsement of the Des Moines Register in battleground state Iowa. This has not gone to a republican presidential candidate since Richard Nixon.

So to get some reaction to that and other things, we go to our go-to guy in Arizona for news, weather, and sports, John McCain.

How's the weather out there, senator? And good morning to you.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, (R) ARIZONA: It's very nice and balmy. I think the storm may not reach Arizona. But, obviously, the disruption of the airline -- the whole nation, obviously. And our prayers and thoughts are with those who lie in the path of the storm. And we'll keep praying.

SCHIEFFER: All right.