'This Week' Transcript: Sen. Jim DeMint

It's also that the ideas that we're hearing from the Republican side -- cut the corporate tax rate and close the doors of the EPA -- are demonstrably ineffective.

Right now, let me give you a number that I think is extremely compelling. The corporate profits as a share of the economy were higher in the last quarter, 2011 second quarter, than at any other quarter in the history of the data, after tax, after-tax profits, going back to 1947.

So if you're going to tell me that these corporations, who are profitable by not selling into this country, selling into other emerging economies, just need another tax break to get ahead, or that deregulation, which, you know, it's the deregulatory zeal that got us into this mess, is somehow going to get us out, it's -- that's just wrong.

AMANPOUR: Well, let me ask Carol on that in the last 30 seconds. This business of walking away from the EPA regulations, I mean, is that a vision for the future? Or is that just a one-off?

LEE: I think you're very likely to see more of these. The White House is -- the Republicans have been very effective at tagging the president as being very pro-regulation. This was clearly a move -- business welcomed it. The Republicans welcomed it. And if you talk to people in the White House, they say there's more of these to come.

AMANPOUR: And on that note, up next, a "This Week" exclusive. The family of Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan breaks its silence nearly two years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. Stay with us.


AMANPOUR: It's been nearly two years since Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire on the Fort Hood military base, killing 13 people. It was the biggest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, and it left Hasan's family searching for answers.

A new Pew study shows that nearly half of American Muslims think that Muslim leaders in the United States haven't done enough to speak out against Islamic extremists. It's one of the reasons that Hasan's family is now breaking its silence.

And ABC's Bob Woodruff spoke exclusively with them, and he joins me now. Fascinating, Bob.

WOODRUFF: It's very fascinating, Christiane. And so Nader (ph) actually decided to talk about his cousin, Nidal, because he deeply believes the influence of extremists turned him into a different person. Nader never imagined his cousin would be accused of murder. And Nader is doing all he can to make sure something like this never happens again.


WOODRUFF: What's been the impact on your family and you?

NADER HASAN: Devastation. I mean, clearly, condemnation. I mean, from the beginning, I think the shock, the pause, you're just unable to believe -- you still have to keep asking yourself and pinching yourself, is this really what happened?

WOODRUFF (voice-over): On a sunny afternoon in November 2009, Nader's cousin, Major Nidal Hasan, opened fire on his Fort Hood Army colleagues who were preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan, over 100 shots fired in 10 minutes.

SMITH: On the phone with us, Nader Hasan, who is a cousin of the shooting suspect.

NADER HASAN: And as I'm on the phone, I'm staring at the TV and I was seeing some of these images come up. And just I think more than anything, I was just talking to myself saying, wait, this can't be him. He was the last person any of us would have thought. He was never violent, ever. He wouldn't kill a bug in the house.

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