'This Week' Transcript: Allen, Kerry and Cornyn

KERRY: Look, again, as I said, let the voters at the local level sort this out. I think all of us who served have witnessed over the last 30 or 40 years strange aftermaths surrounding Vietnam, as I think Rich Armitage said a couple of years ago when I was involved in the race for presidency, Vietnam seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. So we all have to sort of work our way through whatever it is that surfaces about it. But the voters in those states, you know, Dick Blumenthal has a long and distinguished record. He's been a terrific attorney general. I think the people in that state respect him. He stepped over a line. He's apologized for it, and it's time to move on.

TAPPER: All right, Senator Kerry, Senator Cornyn, thank you so much for coming with us -- coming onto our show today. We really appreciate it.

Our roundtable is next. George Will, Arianna Huffington, Liz Cheney and Markos Moulitsas provide their analysis of the week's news. And later, the Sunday Funnies.

TAPPER: Scenes from the perfect game that wasn't -- one of many topics we will tackle today on our roundtable with George Will, Liz Cheney from Keep America Safe, Markos Moulitsas from DailyKos and Arianna Huffington from The Huffington Post.

Guys, I'm going to start with the oil spill. We'll get to the baseball game in a second. Here is BP CEO Tony Hayward one week ago today.

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TONY HAYWARD, CEO, BRITISH PETROLEUM: There's no one who wants this thing over more than I do. You know, I'd like my life back.

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TAPPER: I'd like my life back? Well, $50 million of advertising later, here is Tony Hayward today.

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HAYWARD: For those affected and your families, I am deeply sorry. The Gulf is home to thousands of BP employees, and we all feel the impact. We know it is our responsibility to keep you informed and do everything we can so this never happens again.

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TAPPER: George, President Obama expressed some dismay about this ad campaign. What do you think?

GEORGE WILL, COLUMNIST: Well, BP has a fiduciary responsibility to its shareholders, and it's trying to preserver value when the value is leaking away as fast as the oil is leaking out of the bottom of the Gulf. This week, this crisis became a competitive display of emotions.

It was reliability reported from the White House Press Room by Mr. Gibbs that the presidential jaw clenched this week. Now, we live in a therapeutic society, and the president is supposed to be therapist in chief, but this is somewhat ridiculous.

We have a terrible technological problem, and getting the president feelings shared appropriately is not high on the list.

TAPPER: Liz, I'll get to the president's emotions in one second, but what do you think about this ad campaign, is it appropriate?

LIZ CHENEY, BOARD MEMBER, KEEP AMERICA SAFE: You know, I don't think so. I think that at a time when you've got the state of Louisiana waiting for money from BP to build berms, frankly, it doesn't accomplish what BP is trying to accomplish here, by preserving shareholder value -- which is a completely legitimate thing to do, as George points out.

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