'This Week' Transcript: Napolitano, Gibbs, McConnell

JAKE TAPPER, GUEST HOST: Good morning and welcome to THIS WEEK.


TAPPER (voice-over): Terror in the skies.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This, if nothing else, is a wake-up call.

TAPPER: How did the attempted airline bomber slip through security? We'll ask the top cabinet official in charge of homeland security, Janet Napolitano.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The patient protection and affordable care act is passed.

TAPPER: Finish line.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Let's make 2010 the year we finally reform health care.

TAPPER: What hurdles remain for Democrats to arrive at a final health care bill? Can Republicans still stop it? Those questions for our headliners, the president press secretary, Robert Gibbs, and the top Republican leader in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, only on THIS WEEK.

Plus, more debate and analysis and predictions for 2010 with our "Roundtable.": Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman; former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd; David Brooks of The New York Times; and Ruth Marcus from The Washington Post.

And as always, "The Sunday Funnies."

JAY LENO, HOST, "THE JAY LENO SHOW": Meteorologists are calling this a record blizzard, which makes sense if you think about it. I mean, Republicans always said the Senate would pass health care when hell freezes over. And apparently…


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ANNOUNCER: From the heart of the nation's capital, THIS WEEK WITH GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, live from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, filling in this morning, ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper.


TAPPER: Good morning.

We're learning more about the 23-year-old Nigerian man the U.S. government has charged with trying to blow up that Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day. He told investigators that the explosive material had been sown into his underwear and his name was known to U.S. officials but it never made it onto a no-fly list. Now air travelers will face stepped-up security measures

Joining us this morning from San Francisco, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Madam Secretary, thanks for joining us.


TAPPER: I want to get your reaction to a comment from the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who said in a statement: "I am troubled by several aspects of this case, including how the suspect escaped the attention of the State Department and law enforcers when his father apparently reported concerns about his son's extremist behavior to the U.S. embassy in Lagos, how the suspect managed to retain a U.S. visa after such complaints, and why he was not recognized as someone who reportedly was named in the terrorist database."

Madam Secretary, how do you answer Senator Lieberman's questions?

NAPOLITANO: Well, I think, first of all, we are investigating, as always, going backwards to see what happened and when, who knew what and when. But here -- I think it's important for the public to know, there are different types of databases.

And there were simply, throughout the law enforcement community, never information that would put this individual on a no-fly list or a selectee list. So that's number one.

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