Transcript: Sen. John McCain

ABC'S "THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS" DECEMBER 14, 2008 SPEAKERS: GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning and welcome to "This Week."

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MCCAIN: Fight for what's right for our country!

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STEPHANOPOULOS: He wanted to be president.

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MCCAIN: I don't want to talk about the bleeping campaign.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: How's he dealing with defeat?

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PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA: We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Can he work with the winner? And what's the future of his party?

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GOV. SARAH PALIN, R-ALASKA: That sounds like years away.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: In his first Sunday interview since the election, Senator John McCain is our exclusive headliner.

Then, will President Bush bail out the big three? Can the Illinois governor survive those tapes?

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GOV. ROD. R. BLAGOJEVICH, D-ILL.: If anybody wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: That, and all the week's politics on our roundtable, with George Will, Gwen Ifill of PBS, Gerry Seib of the Wall Street Journal, and fresh from receiving his Nobel Prize, Paul Krugman of the New York Times. Then, as always, the Sunday Funnies.

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STEPHEN COLBERT, HOST, "THE COLBERT REPORT": You've got to give the man credit. He prepared for the media attacks by wearing a helmet.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: Hello again. We begin today with a man who won more than 58 million votes for president. Senator John McCain, welcome back to "This Week."

MCCAIN: Thanks, George. Thanks for having me back.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Absolutely. And there's so much to talk to you about since the campaign, but let's begin with the news of the week. You saw that joke about Governor Blagojevich in Illinois. Fifty Democrats in the Senate have called on him to resign. Do you think he should resign?

MCCAIN: Oh, I'm sure that he should have. President-elect Obama also called for that. He should. You know, there's a lot of corruption amongst Republicans and Democrats, and this kind of thing doesn't help in these kinds of difficult economic times. So I would hope that he would resign, but we also look -- ought to look at systems that breed this kind of corruption, and unfortunately, it isn't confined to one city or one state.

STEPHANOPOULOS: The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President- elect Obama has dealt with this. He's had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they've had with Governor Blagojevich. He says that Obama's promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?

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