He may be the Tea Party's kingmaker in the crucial primary state of South Carolina. On the eve of hosting the top Republican contenders at his Palmetto Freedom Forum, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint comes to "This Week" and talks with Christiane Amanpour about what he needs to see Monday for a candidate to win his key endorsement. And as President Obama prepares to address the nation on jobs, DeMint says he wants to see a plan, not "talking points off a TelePrompTer." But what is the Tea Party's vision for getting America back to work?
Plus, partisan politics over picking a night for the presidential address brings Washington bickering to a new low. Our political roundtable with ABC News senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl, conservative radio host Dana Loesch, The Washington Post's Michael Gerson, and the Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page looks at whether the White House and Congress can get past the gridlock that has consumed the capital. And as Sarah Palin is set to deliver a major speech in Iowa this weekend, is the window of opportunity to get into the White House race closing? That and all the week's politics on our roundtable.
As Congress returns after its August recess, the economy is in serious need of repair, with the latest report showing no jobs growth last month. Will the president's jobs address provide a clear plan forward? Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, former economic adviser to Vice President Biden, Jared Bernstein, former director of the Congressional Budget Office Doug Holtz-Eakin, and Wall Street Journal White House Correspondent Carol Lee join Christiane to debate what's the best course on the rocky road to recovery.
Then, in a "This Week" exclusive, nearly two years after the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, the family of Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hasan breaks its silence. ABC's Bob Woodruff talks with Nader Hasan about how his cousin went from having an all-American upbringing to killing his fellow soldiers. Maj. Nidal Hasan has not shown remorse, but Nader wants to make sure something like this never happens again. Bob Woodruff finds out what Hasan's family is doing to move from this act of murderous rage to promote a movement for non-violence and a patriotic commitment to America.
And remembering Sept. 11, 10 years later. Christiane takes an emotional tour of some of the artifacts from the World Trade Center with Christine Ferer, whose husband, Neil Levin, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was killed in the attack. Ferer, who now serves on the 9/11 Memorial board, talks about the importance of the 9/11 Memorial, which will be dedicated next week.