'This Week' Transcript: David Plouffe and Rep. Michele Bachmann

STEPHANOPOULOS: What do you make of that?

PLOUFFE: Well, first of all, the president spoke out, I thought, very powerfully. And, in fact, there's been broad agreement, almost universal agreement, including the people running for president, that there ought to be a thorough investigation of this.

Those comments are reprehensible. And, you know, Speaker Gingrich is clearly in the last throes of his political career. And, you know, you can make a decision whether to go out with some shred of dignity or say these irresponsible, reckless things, and he's clearly chosen the latter path, and that's unfortunate for the country.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The president did say that we all need to go through some soul-searching right now. Do you and does he believe that the Stand Your Ground laws that are now in place in about 20 states should be revised?

PLOUFFE: Well, I think what he spoke to on Friday -- his focus is, first of all, obviously, on the tragedy of losing a young person, any young person, no matter the gender or the race. It's a tragedy for the country. And, obviously, to make sure a thorough investigation is done both at the local level and the federal level.

But there's going to be time -- as he said, we need to reflect on this incident. Looking at the laws will be part of that. But right now, our focus ought to be on sympathy for the family and then making sure an investigation is done thoroughly. And there seems to be, you know, agreement on that across the partisan divide. You have Democrats and Republicans, independents, everybody, saying let's look into this. And I think that's what's going to happen.

STEPHANOPOULOS: David Plouffe, thanks very much for your time this morning.

PLOUFFE: Thanks, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's get a Republican view now from former -- from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former presidential candidate. Thanks for coming on "This Week."

BACHMANN: Good morning. Good to talk to you, George.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning. Well, let's first get a response to what David Plouffe there had to say about Speaker Gingrich's comments on the Trayvon Martin case. What did you make of that?

BACHMANN: Well, I think what Newt Gingrich said is that race shouldn't be a factor. All human life is valuable. And it's interesting the second part of David Plouffe's answer, he said the same thing. All human life is valuable.

That should be the bottom line. I'm a mother, a mother of five biological children, but also a mother of 23 great foster children. And when you're a mother, of course, when something tragic like this happens, you want to know what the truth is, what's the result. That's why an investigation is so important. We have to get to the truth about what really happened, not imagine what happened, but actually get to the truth.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's talk about the presidential campaign. You've said that Republicans are getting campaign fatigue and that it's time for the party to unify. And I guess the question is, how and when will the GOP unify? The Romney campaign is arguing that this whole process is making it harder to beat President Obama. They put out a statement on Thursday that went on to say this. "Senator Santorum continues to drag out this already expensive, negative campaign. It is clear that he is becoming the most valuable player on President Obama's team."

Is that what you think?

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