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

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SANTORUM: That's -- well, it's better than it was before. I mean, if you look at every poll, we keep moving up, moving up slowly. But we're within the margin of error of both Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann, both of whom have had enormous attention by the national media, and have had money and resources.

Rick Perry is running literally million of dollars of ads in Iowa, and he is right next to me in the polls. So I'm actually encouraged that the people of Iowa, as they go down to the end here, start looking at all the candidates.

We think we're going to do very, very well. We have a very strong, consistent conservative message that matches up better with Iowans than anybody else. And we think we're going to surprise a lot of people.

AMANPOUR: You talk about a strong, consistent conservative message. And a lot of people do say, yes, he does, however, we are very concerned. He lost his election in Pennsylvania by a landslide, 20 points. He is not electable.

Everybody has had a bit of a boomlet, but not you.

SANTORUM: Well, that's a good thing. That's a great thing not to have had it. We still have almost -- we have a month to go before the election. And as you know, Christiane, that's a lifetime in politics.

So if you look at all of these little boomlets, they last about four to six weeks. Newt is in about week three. So we feel pretty good that, you know, come the middle of December and toward the end of December, as candidates are looking for a candidate they can trust, someone that is authentic, someone who knows what they believe in and why they believe it, and has a record to back up the rhetoric as to what they want to do to change this country, because we do need big changes, well, who has been doing that?

Who has been out there? Who has been, you know, fighting city hall, if you will, and having success at doing it? We've got the good track record and I think that's going to pay off in the end.

AMANPOUR: Where do you have to be after January 3rd? What is a good showing for you, a threshold?

SANTORUM: Well, given everybody is sitting here predicting me to finish last or next to last, obviously...

AMANPOUR: Yes, but to stay in the race?

SANTORUM: Well, I think we need a surprise. I mean, we need to finish ahead of several candidates. And, look, I think we have a very good chance of winning Iowa. I know people...

AMANPOUR: Really?

SANTORUM: Yes, I do. I really do. We...

AMANPOUR: Kind of, you would say that, wouldn't you, though?

SANTORUM: No. I believe it. I really do. I know when we -- we're doing all sorts of phone calls in our office, and what we're hearing is that, still, 60, 70 percent of the people in Iowa are still undecided.

You can read these polls, but that's who they're for in the moment, and...

AMANPOUR: The latest poll says 11 percent undecided.

SANTORUM: Yes, but if you talk to people and they say, you know, who -- are you really committed? And they say, well, no, I mean, we're still open to other candidates.

And, again, the calls we're making, we're still hearing a high percentage of undecideds, people still trying to find out more about the candidates. And remember, this is a caucus, not a primary.

You're talking about activists who are going to go out. And we've spent the time in the state, we've talked to the activists. We've got people lined up to be our caucus captains at all of these little caucus locations.

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