'This Week' Transcript: Saif al-Islam and Saadi Gadhafi


WALSH: Leadership is every bit as conservative as this freshman class is.

KERLEY: After a career in education reform, he failed at raising capital for startup ventures. Financially strained, his house was foreclosed, and the libertarian ran for Congress.

WALSH: Look. I don't hide anything. I don't like what the president's been doing the last two years. Duh. That's why I ran. I think we're spending too much money. I want to stop it.

KERLEY: To high school students and CEOs, the message is the same.

WALSH: This country that we love, feel it, we're going through a revolution right now. It is wonderful!

KERLEY: Walsh joined that revolution by just a couple hundred votes.

WALSH: I'm Joe Walsh from Illinois.

KERLEY: He sleeps in his Washington office. He refused the federal health care plan. Now he's the subject of "Time" magazine photo shoots and tells reporters he's truly surprised with the freshmen's power.

WALSH: Based on what I have seen, in general, we have held together very, very strongly.

KERLEY: Walsh's energetic --

WALSH: You rock!

KERLEY: And impatient style --

WALSH: So let's be mobile. Give me quick answers. What do you want your government doing right now to address this problem? Go! KERLEY: Only seems to endear him to his base, Tea Party members and small business.

WALSH: Should your congressman and other freshmen, at some point, compromise with the other side to keep the government running?



UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The whole point --

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: That's why you were voted in.

WALSH: If everybody else has to cut and live within our means, why shouldn't the government?

KERLEY: Walsh says he may sign on to that compromise to fund the government for just two weeks. A short reprieve, he says, from the bigger battle, which he won't shrink from.

Are you going to be a one-hit wonder? One term?

WALSH: Possibly. And here's why I say that. Every decision I make these next two years is going to be to do what I think is right to help save this country, fiscally. And if that doesn't get me reelected, so be it.

KERLEY: For "This Week" I'm David Kerley, in Fox Lake, Illinois.


TAPPER: So you heard the congressman, Governor Brewer, say that he was willing to shut down the government over this fight, this showdown with the White House and with Democrats over spending cuts. The White House says they will not abide $61 billion in spending cuts in the House Republican bill. Should Republicans be willing to shut down the government?

BREWER: No, I don't believe so. I think that government is a necessary evil, but we need to continue.

TAPPER: You don't mean evil.

BREWER: I do. Well -- it's necessary. Government is necessary to provide certain services. And they should be able to come to some solution. Bottom line is, they need to trim the budget. They need to move on and they need to get out of our lives as governors in our states. They need to take care of the federal government's responsibilities and let us -- and give us the flexibility that we need so that we can take care of the people within our states.

TAPPER: Should they risk a shutdown?

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