'This Week' Transcript: Sens. Leahy and Hatch

LEAHY: On the Republican Party. But I will consult with the Republican leadership as well as the Democratic leadership. I will set a date for this, but I want to make sure everybody has a chance to see who the president's nominated and have a chance to see their background.

So, Orrin, tell me, who is going to be leading the Republicans?

STEPHANOPOULOS: Go for it, Senator.

HATCH: Let me just say one other thing. Yes, let me say one other thing...

(LAUGHTER)

LEAHY: It's a good question.

STEPHANOPOULOS: We're going to get an answer too.

HATCH: I'll try and answer that, but what is interesting here is that President Obama himself voted against both Roberts and Alito. Now, these are two of the best nominees I've seen in my whole time here, and I have had an influence on everybody except Stevens, and so has my friend Pat.

And that worries me a little bit. Pat voted for Roberts. He did vote against Alito, and they did want to filibuster Alito, no question about that, and it was along that vein.

Now, I suspect that Grassley has first choice to become the ranking member on Judiciary.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You actually have first choice if you seek the waiver. You're not going to seek the waiver?

HATCH: No, I do not -- well, no, of course not. But Grassley has first choice. Then Kyl if Grassley stays on Finance. And if Kyl stays in leadership, then Jeff Sessions. So any of those three could wind up being...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you expecting then Senator Sessions to be the ranking member?

HATCH: Well, I don't know. I know that he and Senator Grassley are trying to work out something, and we'll just have to see what happens. But I suspect any of those three will be just fine.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Terrific. Thank you both very much for your time this morning.

LEAHY: And I could work with -- I could work with any one of those -- any one of those senators. They're long-time friends. We'll work out things.

HATCH: Then why did you give me such a rough time, Pat, all those years?

(LAUGHTER)

STEPHANOPOULOS: You guys continue this off camera. We're out of time right now.

LEAHY: You and I worked out (inaudible).

(LAUGHTER)

STEPHANOPOULOS: And we are going to turn now to the swine flu. It continues to spread, but there are signs that the outbreak is smaller and less severe than first feared. Still, the government is warning against complacency.

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ANNE SCHUCHAT, CDC: In the media, we've been hearing a little bit about we're out of the woods, it looks like this is ending, and I want to say that while reports from Mexico are -- appear to be encouraging and some are cautiously optimistic, we can't afford to let down our vigilance.

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STEPHANOPOULOS: And with that, let me bring in the federal team in charge of this effort: the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius; Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; and the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Richard Besser.

And, Dr. Besser, let me begin with you. I know you guys don't want to take anything for granted, but a lot of scientists who have been looking at this say there are signs that this virus is less potent, less deadly than past pandemics, and that some, older Americans especially, may have developed an immunity to this.

What can you tell us right now, your latest analysis of this virus?

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