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

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AMANPOUR: Is he a real conservative with the social values that...

SANTORUM: I think Newt has consistently put those in the back of the bus. He has never really been an advocate of pushing those issues. Newt is someone who likes to get issues that are 80 to 90 percent of the polls. And 80 percent of the polls are generally not necessarily conservative, strong conservative issues. But that's how Newt has always tried to govern. And I respect that, that's certainly a way to do so. I tend to take the position that it's important to lead with what you believe is right for America and try to bring the American public along instead of trying to find where everybody is and then try to do that. AMANPOUR: Let me ask you about Herman Cain who obviously has dropped out. And you hope to be the beneficiary, I'm sure all the candidates do. Was it inevitable, did he have to drop out after all these women came out of the woodwork?

SANTORUM: My heart went out -- goes out to all of the candidates for what they have to go through and Herman has gone through a very, very difficult time for himself and his family. And I think he made the right decision to leave for his family and for the country. It was clearly a distraction that was not going to go away. And again I feel bad for Herman, I really do and his family in particular. And I hope that they can get well.

AMANPOUR: Mitt Romney who is the putative front-runner, and certainly in polls, it shows that in a national election, he would have the most electability. And yet a lot of writers are saying that he's moved consistently conservative now. And on some issues, more than previous...

SANTORUM: No, no. There's no question that Mitt has moved. The question is, you know, what's the sincerity of the move and whether he can be trusted? And that's one of the reasons I talk so much about looking at the candidate's record in determining what the best indication of what someone is going to do in the future is what they've done in the past.

AMANPOUR: Senator Santorum, thank you very much for being here.

SANTORUM: Thank you, Christiane.

AMANPOUR: And we turn now to our roundtable. I'm joined by George Will, Arianna Huffington of AOL Huffington Post, National Journal's Major Garrett, and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile. Welcome all to This Week.

George, Rick Santorum hoping to get a boost from Herman Cain's supporters. Is that viable for him? Will he, do you think?

GEORGE WILL, COLUMNIST: Sure, he's playing the Iowa game by the traditional rules. And I think there's an interesting contrast between Santorum's fate and Cain's fate. We want a process that allows a dark horse like Santorum, someone who has been seriously engaged in national politics to gain traction if he has time, hence a small state like Iowa should lead this process.

I think, however, and I wonder if Donna agrees, that between now and 2016, both parties have to do some serious thought as to whether they can develop some filter to prevent this process, particularly with made proliferation of debates from being hijacked by charlatans, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial charlatans.

AMANPOUR: Who would you label as one of those?

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