'This Week' Transcript: Jon Huntsman, David Axelrod

But I'm not sure that those independent voters in the middle, that people who will decide this election, who George talked about, in the northern suburbs, are going to at least have an open mind when it comes to that. So I think the president was sent out to the heartland, his own state of Illinois, to kind of refuel his tank, if you will, to kind of energize himself. But he was really hit with the stark reality of his approval rating polls that he has significant work to do in his own backyard.

TAPPER: We only have 10 seconds, George. You have a final word?

WILL: You referred to the Hoover Dam, great achievement of the '30s. You couldn't build the Hoover Dam today because they'd discover a snail darter in the Colorado River and would stop it.

TAPPER: All right. On that note, the roundtable continues in the green room on abcnews.com/thisweek, where later you'll also be able to find our fact checks, courtesy of PolitiFact. The funnies are next. Stick around.

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TAPPER: And now the Sunday funnies.

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COLBERT: Pawlenty made this announcement on ABC's "This Week" with Jake Tapper.

PAWLENTY: I'm announcing this morning on your show that I'm going to be ending my campaign for president. What I brought forward I thought was a rational, established, credible, strong record of results, but I think the audience, so to speak, was looking for something different.

COLBERT: Yes, they were not looking for rational. Rationality is the third rail of American politics.

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O'BRIEN: President Obama on a big bus tour last couple of days of the Midwest. He's talking about jobs. And apparently it came out today, the bus he's riding was made in Canada. So unpatriotic. If he was a real American, that bus would have been made in China, don't you think?

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KIMMEL: The Dow had its sixth-biggest point drop ever. And that's -- let me tell you something. If I had any understanding of any of this, I'd be very nervous right now. I really would. Fortunately, though, I don't. Today, the market bounced back and gained 430 points. So I guess we're rich again? Congratulations.

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TAPPER: We'll be right back.

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TAPPER: And now, "In Memoriam."

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(UNKNOWN): Roughly 10,000 of those prisoners died on the forced march to prison camps, the infamous Bataan death march.

(UNKNOWN): In this system, each Unimate has a welding gun mounted at its outer end.

VENARDOS: ... new president of the United States, it's something that the nation needs to know about, deserves to know about.

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TAPPER: This week, the Pentagon released the names of 14 soldiers and Marines killed in Afghanistan.

We'll be right back.

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TAPPER: That's our program this week. You can see the full interview with Jon Huntsman, including his comments on Afghanistan and his Mormon faith, at abcnews.com/thisweek. Be sure to watch "World News" with David Muir tonight for all the latest headlines. And for all of us here, thank you for watching. We'll see you next week.

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