'This Week' Transcript: George Mitchell and King Abdullah II

WILL: There's something to watch. Here's someone to watch. Watch Senator DeMint of South Carolina. He's as close as the Republican Party has to a kingmaker. He supported -- in all important South Carolina last time, he supported Mitt Romney. This time, he has said, I would never consider re-supporting Mitt Romney unless he admits that what he did in Massachusetts in health care was a, quote, "colossal mistake." Now, he has -- instead of doing that, he has doubled down on that. So the fact that he raised impressively $10 million in one day... AMANPOUR: Which he did. It was sort of like a shot across the bow this week.

WILL: Which he did. That's right. And if money settled everything, Meg Whitman would be governor of California. Money doesn't determine everything.

AMANPOUR: What about then -- you mentioned Jon Huntsman. You've spoken to Jon Huntsman.

WILL: I have.

AMANPOUR: What about that? I mean, also, George Stephanopoulos spoke to him. Let's just run a little bit about what he said about his positions to George this week.


STEPHANOPOULOS: For a lot of Republican primary voters, the number-one question is, does he have a chance? He worked for Obama. What's the answer?

HUNTSMAN: I worked for the president of the United States. The president asked me, the president of all the people. And during a time of war, during a time of economic difficulty for our country, if I'm asked by my president to serve, I'll stand up and do it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you'd do it again?

HUNTSMAN: I'd do it again, of course.


AMANPOUR: Will that be enough to win over the skeptics?

DOWD: To me, this is his biggest problem, his biggest vulnerability. Even Roger Clemens went from the Red Sox and went to Canada for two years before he went to the Yankees. This guy is going directly from working for Barack Obama and trying to run for president against Barack Obama. At a time when the Republican Party wants passion and wants the vilification of the president, he is a moderate voice. I think it's going to be very, very difficult...


BRAZILE: ... percent of the -- the caucusgoers in Iowa are moderate Republicans, and somebody is going to have to get that vote. He may not win the Republican nomination, but he will have staying power.

WILL: He's not even going to Iowa, because he says...

KARL: He's skipping Iowa, yeah.

WILL: ... in fact, I detest subsidies, which means he doesn't worship at the church of ethanol, and therefore, he's not even going to...


AMANPOUR: ... from the Bush family. He's got an audience -- so there must be some who are hoping to put their money behind him.

KARL: Look, there is definitely space in this race for a moderate candidate. There's money out there for a moderate candidates (inaudible) there are glowing editorials to be written about the moderate candidate, and there's also a chance to come in fourth or fifth in the race. I mean, there really isn't a path to victory as the moderate, especially not this time.

BRAZILE: Look, he's flip-flopped on health care. He has a Romney problem on health care. He's flip-flopped on climate change. I mean, the problem with Huntsman is that he's going to have to, like Romney, run against himself for a couple of weeks.

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