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

AMANPOUR: And yet in the article, and as we know, through all sorts of investigations, this does continue a lot in Peace Corps, in the military, everywhere.

S. ROBERTS: You're right. There have been a number of American institutions very slow to respond in the way that Cokie's talking about. Peace Corps, over a thousand complaints of rape, that women have been subjected to. And one women said the treatment by the Peace Corps was worse than the rape, because they were so disbelieving and so critical in the way they handled it. Military even worse. So, yes, I agree completely.

AMANPOUR: Let me move over to Arnold Schwarzenegger, which is a scandal, a sex scandal. But the point here is that there were people who wrote about some of his past history. He apologized in general before being elected governor, but he was nonetheless elected. And one of the reporters who did a lot of investigation said, but, look, we put this out there and you elected him anyway. So does it make a difference?

S. ROBERTS: Well, it happened -- you know, it's very interesting, because what happened was the Los Angeles Times did a big investigation of him when he was running for governor. And they tried very hard to make sure they knew what they were talking about, and they got affidavits from a number of women who swore that he had harassed them. On the eve of the election, it didn't make much difference, you're right. But he, in some ways, I think a lot of people said, well, that was Hollywood behavior. It was not political behavior. I think there's a different standard in terms of someone who wants the public trust.

C. ROBERTS: Also, it's just -- look, it's just different to have her be pregnant at the same time as his wife is pregnant, to be in the house -- I mean, Steven would be dead. You know, he would not be living here right now. You would not be interviewing him. He would be in the -- in the grave.

AMANPOUR: But even Newt Gingrich, who's had affairs and several marriages, is a legitimate candidate. So my question is, does it matter in today's political social culture?

C. ROBERTS: Well, different voters -- different voters have different responses to this. And some say, you know, what they do in their private lives doesn't matter. To me, it is a question of character. And when you're talking about president of the United States, every single thing about that person matters.

S. ROBERTS: And, look, what's happened with Newt Gingrich is that, when you run for president, even someone as experienced as Newt Gingrich, you have no idea how white-hot the intensity of scrutiny gets. And things that were accepted, things that were OK, things he said, things he did as a commentator on Fox, fine. You run for president, different standard. And I do think it will matter in his campaign. AMANPOUR: All right. Thank you very much, Steve and Cokie Roberts, Elaine Sciolino from Paris. Thank you so much for joining us.

And up next, "In Memoriam" and the Sunday funnies.


AMANPOUR: And now, "In Memoriam."


SAVAGE: Oh, yeah, dig it.


AMANPOUR: We remember all of those who died in war this week. The Pentagon released the names of nine soldiers and Marines killed in Afghanistan.

We'll be right back.


AMANPOUR: And now the Sunday funnies. No shortage of material this week.

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