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

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About a third of the people that come to the caucuses come there undecided. That's what the polls have said. And we'll have people at those caucuses advocating for us because I've been in their county. They know my message. They know what I want to accomplish.

It has been strong message of pro-growth, family values, strong national security. And I think it's going to do well. AMANPOUR: Let me ask you about your family.

SANTORUM: Yes.

AMANPOUR: You are very public about your seven children. You've been very public and have been very emotional, of course, talking about your young daughter, Bella, you, you've said, has basically a life that's measured in days and weeks.

SANTORUM: Well, it certainly is according to the medical statistics. But we've been very blessed. I mean, she is three-and-a- half years of age, you know, I was with her last night, got a chance to spend some time with her.

SANTORUM: She's an absolute joy. She's really the center of our lives. And we feel so blessed to have her.

AMANPOUR: And as a mother, I just wonder how you can keep going and how you justify this with so much personal toll at home?

SANTORUM: Yeah, well, as we all know...

AMANPOUR: Given the polls.

SANTORUM: Yeah, no, I understand. Well, I don't worry about the -- again I don't worry about the polls, I worry about what I'm trying to do to be the best father and husband I can be. And obviously a big part of that is making sure that we have a country that respects her life and a country that is free and safe and prosperous for all of my children.

And I just felt like given this is really I believe the most critical election in the history of the country that I had to step up and make sacrifices, like everybody does, to make our country a better country.

AMANPOUR: You're obviously very committed to the conservative principals that you talk about, however it looks like -- you at who's at the top here, they're not the most conservative. The most conservatives are at the bottom in Iowa. Is there something different about this election cycle? I mean, these conservative issues are not gaining the kind of traction that one might expect.

SANTORUM: I think people are suaded more by people who is getting attention than necessarily the specific issues. I think people want someone who can beat Barack Obama. And that's the focus.

So when people talk about winnability, really you have to look at the other candidates. I mean, Newt Gingrich is always running a heavily Republican congressional district in Georgia and struggled at times to win that. So if you're looking for someone who can pull together people and still be a conservative, I've got the record to do that. AMANPOUR: So let me ask you about Newt Gingrich who is at the top, a breakaway, some 25 percent according to the Des Moines Register poll. But in terms of social issues, he, you know, has been married three times, he has two divorces. He's admitted to infidelity, should voters hold him against him? Is that relevant? SANTORUM: Oh, I think character is definitely an issue. You know, I think they have to make a decision based upon the person's entire record. And certainly character counts.

And I think they look at -- you know, I have been married 21 years. I have 7 children, that's a factor that people are going to look at and should look at when it comes to the person you're going to have to lead the country. This is not someone who just...

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