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

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AMANPOUR: Well, the White House has been very aggressive against Mitt Romney, thinking that he was going to be in. Maybe he still will be the nominee. Are they happy that Newt Gingrich is ascendant right now? Is that better for them?

BRAZILE: Oh, Newt Leroy, as many of us refer to him, the former speaker of the House, this is the best side show that you could have in politics. Three more nationally televised debates. Then, you have the Huckabee primary which is -- Huckabee is going to try to crown someone, Palin primary. Donald Trump now, he has a debate, he has a primary.

The White House is happy that Mitt Romney will likely emerge as the plausible nominee and you know...

HUFFINGTON: I wouldn't be so certain of that, because I feel that Newt Gingrich's main adversary at the moment is Newt Gingrich. I think Newt Gingrich is likely to defeat Romney simply because Romney addresses the nation as an accountant. In conversations with your accountant are never ones you are never looking for. And Newt Gingrich has the status, this kind of (inaudible) figure of who sings of himself, celebrates himself. He's large, contains magnitude. And in times of crisis, the nation is looking for what is called a hedge hog figure as opposed to a fox figure, who slices and dices and tries to find legal loop holes to explain his multiple flip flops.

You know Gingrich is embracing all of his flip flops. Yesterday he believed that with conviction. Today this with...

AMANPOUR: And to that point, it's really being quite frustrating for prominent people in Iowa. Look at what prominent Iowa pastor said, "Newt is famous for all being all over the board. He's admirable in many ways, but I don't back him. I don't trust him."

Can Newt Gingrich turn that around in time to win in Iowa?

WILL: Well, the problem is that once you get a reputation for being changeable, no one is going to believe that you won't change what you've just said about your changes. What's worrying a lot of Republicans, Christiane, is that they think they found their Tom Dewey in Mitt Romney.

WILL: The president is going to run as Truman against Congress, but that's not how Truman got elected. Truman was elected not because he was running against Congress, but because he was running against Tom Dewey, a chilly Eastern Republican governor that people didn't cotton to.

AMANPOUR: And still, if you look deeper down into this Des Moines Register poll, by rather large margins, when it comes to most presidential or most electable in a general election, Romney surpasses Gingrich. But when it comes to most experience, most knowledge about the world, best able to bring real change, Gingrich by a big margin surpasses Romney. Is that odd?

WILL: It's weird. The fact is, I would expect that Newt Gingrich could bring the two parties together as no one else could, but they'd be together against him.

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