'This Week' Transcript: Madeleine Albright, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Kent Conrad and David Cote


What I don't understand is how, in this day and age, when you need as many people as you can fighting these wars, when you have our allies who have open gays serving in the military, how it's still this issue here and why you don't think it's going to be taken up in the lame-duck session?

WILL: Well, you referred to a lot of former military people.

AMANPOUR: Well, right, but they have experience.

WILL: Well, check with the...

AMANPOUR: They've been there.

WILL: Check with the commandant of the Marine Corps, which is a small service...

AMANPOUR: Well, I know the commandant of the Marine Corps, but...

WILL: ... a small service that's specialty is small-unit combat, and that's where they think the issue matters most (ph).


AMANPOUR: But the review is meant to suggest that the military thinks that it won't have any impact.

WILL: Then the -- then the review is not representing a consensus of the military.

MARCUS: It's irrational. It's incoherent. It's going to end, but slowly.

AMANPOUR: Well, we're going to talk about this -- hopefully, you'll talk about more of this in the roundtable, because it is really fascinating. And if it won't come up for another two years, that's a long time down the road.

So -- and the roundtable does continue in the green room at abcnews.com/thisweek, where you can also find our fact-checks in conjunction with PolitiFact.

Still to come, "In Memoriam," the Sunday funnies, and the story of a politician who won an election and then had it taken away from him. You won't believe why.


AMANPOUR: The midterm election here in the United States was the most expensive and also one of the most negative campaigns in recent history. Many candidates simply misrepresented their opponent's positions with little consequence, but not so in Britain, where as ABC's Jim Sciutto reports, one politician learned a hard lesson in truth in advertising.


SCIUTTO (voice-over): For a country that's raised campaign mud-slinging to high art...

(UNKNOWN): Reid actually voted to use taxpayer dollars to pay for Viagra for convicted child molesters.

(UNKNOWN): Taliban Dan Webster.

SCIUTTO: ... British politics can sound pretty tame.

(UNKNOWN): The right honorable gentleman...

SCIUTTO: And they may just have gotten tamer. Philip Woolas, parliament member for Oldham, East and Saddleworth, was hustled out of office, his May election victory overturned for allegedly lying about his opponent.

STEWART: So, wait, in Britain, politicians can lose their seat for making false statements about their opponents? Wow, that's how our people get elected.

SCIUTTO: This was the offending flier, which accused his opponent of wooing Islamic extremists.

WOOLAS: I was devastated by the process.

SCIUTTO: The now-former M.P. spoke to ABC News exclusively.

(on-screen): It's an enormous price to pay. You won an election, and you've had that seat taken away from you.

WOOLAS: The case hinged around in the end three lines in a leaflet. I took responsibility for that leaflet, but my election team actually wrote it, because he's not a criminal. This is an election matter. It's about who said what to who when. To my mind, it's the stuff of politics.

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