Transcript: Sens. Chris Dodd and Lindsey Graham

STEPHANOPOULOS: And the question would be, Bill, let me bring this back to you, because there's two other things going on. One is a power struggle, not only in the streets, but also at the top levels of Iranian society. You have the former president, Rafsanjani, probably the wealthiest man in Iran, seemingly to take on the supreme leader here. And we find out just this morning that his daughter has been detained. How much power does Rafsanjani have to actually -- does he actually have the power to pose some kind a real threat to Khamenei?

KELLER: Hard to say. Probably not very much. I mean, what's really happened here, I think, and I'm no expert on Iranian politics, but it's a system that has sort of two pillars. One of them, the dominant one, is the clergy. And it's sort of unanimity behind the rule of the Koran.

And the other is this Democratic, secondary leg, which is supposed to give some legitimacy to the whole thing and create an outlet for public pressure. Both of those pillars have been very badly shaken. They have seen that the power structure is now a bunch of veterans of the revolution, squabbling among themselves for power. And even the ayatollah has been tainted by that. And of course the elections haven't proven to be much of an outlet at all.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And that can make it very difficult for the United States to deal with, whoever comes out of this.

ROBERTS: And that is a serious problem and obviously that's something the president is trying to walk a fine line on. But he might be walking too fine a line. You know, the thing that is so interesting to all of us, of course, is how even in a very repressive regime, you can't repress the news in the modern world, that we are able to see on YouTube. YouTube is the main source of information.

REICH: That's really an interesting question here because China has managed to repress all of this technology. And it's kind of a race in many of these countries between the technology of opening a democracy, versus the technology of oppression.

STEPHANOPOULOS: That's true but the problem we've seen over the weekend is the government has been able to clamp down a lot more as the week has gone on. We're going to take a break right now right now. Come back, talk about health care and a lot of politics of the week.

And later, "The Sunday Funnies."


JIMMY FALLON, TALK SHOW HOST: I wouldn't mind a second opinion from the other supreme leaders. Burrito supreme, Taco supreme and of course, Diana Ross.




STEPHANOPOULOS: We will be right back with "The Roundtable" and "The Sunday Funnies."



SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: President Obama's love affair with the mainstream media continues.

OBAMA: I was up tossing and turning, trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn't get back to sleep, I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought.

MARK HALPERIN, TIME MAGAZINE: Barack Obama, with the help of the press corps who really likes that side of him, is able to pull it off. I think he's untouchable on things like this.

OBAMA: Why bother hanging out with celebrities when I can spend time with the people who made me one?

BILL MAHER, TALK SHOW HOST: You don't have to be on television every minute of every day. You're the president, not a rerun of "Law & Order."


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