'This Week' Transcript: Two Powerhouse Roundtables

KARL: You know, the guy is doing just fine. Let's kind of give him a break. But I will say this. If he seriously takes on the issue of his own health and his weight the way -- remember, Mike Huckabee first became a national figure as governor of Arkansas when he dealt with his own weight, lost 100 pounds, became -- if he kind of turns this into a national version of "The Biggest Loser," a political version of "The Biggest Loser," you know, Christie can gather even more support. So many Americans relate to what he is dealing with. So many of us are overweight.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And I think a lot of them probably agreed with him in that press conference right there.

WALLACE: I know. But if you're going to run for president, my advice is to stop telling people to shut up. I mean, you know, he...


WALLACE: ... from New Jersey, and so I think that's New Jersey for, you know, "Give me a minute." But I think if he puts his weight on the table by bringing a doughnut on "Letterman," which was a very skillful political move, turning your own vulnerability or something you feel vulnerable about into something that you make fun of before anyone else does is political genius. But then it didn't take him 24 hours to reveal a rather thin-skinned side of the issue.

STEPHANOPOULOS: And that's what he's going to have -- we do have to take a break right now. We have a lot more roundtable coming up, the debate over drones, President Obama under pressure from both left and right. Plus, the New York Times says he's written the best book you'll read this year, and George Saunders is in our Sunday spotlight.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Lots more roundtable coming up. But first, Stephen Colbert, his sister is running for Congress. It's for real.


COLBERT: Quick advice for any of you Republicans out there who might end up in a debate with my big sister, this is how I used to win a lot of arguments with her when I was a kid. Right after she makes a good point, repeat it back to her in a dumb voice, like this. "Ooh, Social Security is a public trust to those who paid into it for their entire working lives." "Ooh. Stop -- stop copying me, Stephen, I'm telling Mom." Trust me, it works.




CHAMBLISS: Your view seems to be that even if we could save American lives by detaining more terrorists, it would be better to kill them with a drone or let them go free rather than detain them.

BRENNAN: Well, I respectfully disagree, Senator. I do -- I never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than to detain him.

CHAMBLISS: How many high-value targets have been arrested and detained and interrogated by the United States during your four years with the administration?

BRENNAN: I'll be happy to get that information to you, Senator.

CHAMBLISS: I submit to you the answer to that is one.


STEPHANOPOULOS: President Obama's pick for CIA director, John Brennan, faced some tough questions this week on the drone war. Let's talk about that on our roundtable right now. ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz replacing Jonathan Karl right now, because, of course, you spend so much time on this issue. And the drone war really has become kind of the signature characteristic of President Obama and the war on terror, dramatic expansion over the last four years, but this is the most scrutiny it's ever gotten.

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