'This Week' Transcript: Tragedy in Tucson

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HERNANDEZ: We -- I had to lift up the congresswoman, because she was severely injured, and I wanted to make sure that she was able to breathe OK because there was so much blood. We had to grab whatever we could. And because we were outside of a grocery store, the employees from the grocery store brought out smocks that are used by the meat department that were clean, so that we may use them as bandages, because that was really the only clean cloth that we had.

I don't know how much time it took. It seemed like it took an eternity, but that's just because of the way that the events were unfolding, because I was trying to make sure that I was holding the congresswoman so that she could still breathe well, but also make sure that I was holding her wound so that she didn't -- so that she was in good enough condition to be able to be transported by ambulance to a hospital.

AMANPOUR: Daniel, was she -- was she conscious, in that was she able to communicate with you? Were you able to communicate with her?

HERNANDEZ: The congresswoman was alert and conscious. She was able to hold my hand when I asked her if she could hear me. I wasn't able to get any words from her. She may have been trying, but because of the way that I was having to hold her, it was a lot easier just to, "If you can hear me, Gabby, just grab my hand to let me know that you're OK." So it was just communication that she was doing by -- by grabbing my hand and acknowledging that -- that she could hear me.

AMANPOUR: Well, Daniel, thank you so much. It must have been an incredible day. And many people are saying that you really helped at that critical moment, so thank you for joining us today.

And when we return, could the tense political climate here in Arizona and across the country have played a role in the shooting?

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