'This Week' Transcript: GOP Candidate Rick Santorum and Rep. Barney Frank

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KARL: Not true. Romney has had only six press availabilities over the past two months. He has refused interviews with TIME magazine and The New York Times, and hasn't done a Sunday show in almost two years. He has even spent less time on FOX News than any of the others.

ROMNEY: You're wrong, Bret.

BRET BAIER, FOX ANCHOR: No, no, I mean, there are statements...

ROMNEY: No, Bret, Bret, no...

KARL: When he finally sat down with FOX's Bret Baier on Wednesday, it got ugly.

BAIER: Your critics charge that you make decisions based on political expediency and not core conviction. How can voters trust what they hear from you today is what you believe if you win the White House?

ROMNEY: Well, Bret, your list is just not accurate. So, one, we're going to have to be better informed about my views on issues. KARL: Romney grew and grew more irritated.

ROMNEY: This is an unusual interview. All right. Let's do it again.

KARL: But a much more confident Newt Gingrich feeling like a celebrity.

GINGRICH: I did no lobbying of any kind, period. For a practical reason, I was charging $60,000 a speech. And the number of speeches was going up, not down. Normally celebrities leave and they gradually sell fewer speeches every year. We were selling more.

KARL: But this week Ron Paul said it is Newt who is the biggest flip-flopper of all, hitting him with a brutal Web video.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're an embarrassment to our party.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He has flipped and flopped based on who is paying him.

KARL: And this was the week the once high-flying Herman Cain called it quits.

CAIN: I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distraction.

KARL: The latest allegations, this time a 13-year affair proved to be too much. But the wheels had already been coming off. Cain plummeting from a front-running 23 points in Iowa in October, to single digits.

As for President Obama, he enjoyed something unusual of late, good economic news. That brings us to "Trending." Up, retail sales and the stock market. Down, the unemployment rate. But in part because more than 200,000 people stopped looking for work.

Down, Rick Perry, again.

GOV. RICK PERRY (R-TX), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Oops.

KARL: Doesn't seem to know the voting age or the Election Day.

PERRY: Those of you that are -- will be 21...

(BUZZER)

PERRY: ... by November the 12th...

(BUZZER)

PERRY: ... I ask for your support and your vote.

KARL: Up, Ron Paul, gaining ground in Iowa and emerging as Newt's toughest critic. Down and out, Herman Cain meets with his wife and calls it quits. CAIN: God bless you and thank you.

KARL: With "THIS WEEK in Politics," I'm Jonathan Karl -- Christiane.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

AMANPOUR: Thank you, Jon.

And a big question this morning, where will all those Herman Cain voters go? Our headliner today hopes they flock straight to him. He's former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. He has spent more time in Iowa than any other candidate, visiting all 99 counties. And he joins me now.

Senator, thank you for being here.

RICK SANTORUM (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Thank you, Christiane.

AMANPOUR: Talking about Iowa, you're staking your campaign on that. But you must have seen the latest, The Des Moines Register poll. It's not encouraging, 6 percent. Tied for last.

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