George Stephanopoulos

January 11, 2012 - George Stephanopoulos 01/11/2012 Views: 22,308

George Stephanopoulos considers the likelihood of Mitt Romney winning the GOP nomination and of Hillary Clinton becoming Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate. (6:03)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE NEW

ANCHOR OF ABC'S "THIS WEEK" WITH

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS.

THAT'S FUNNY.

THAT'S THE NAME OF THE OLD

ANCHOR.

PLEASE WELCOME GEORGE

STEPHANOPOULOS.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

THANKS SO MUCH.

HEY, GEORGE.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

HOW'S IT GOING?

ALL RIGHT, SIR.

THAT'S THE BIG NEWS.

WHAT IS THIS?

>> I HEARD YOU WERE RUNNING LOW.

>> Stephen: YOU WANT TO DO A

COUPLE SHOTS?

>> LET'S GO.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

LET'S DO IT.

OKAY.

YOU FIRST.

>> GO AHEAD.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: THERE YOU GO.

NOW, GEORGE, I IMAGINE YOU NEED

A HIT OF WHISKY AFTER THIS

DEBATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

>> THAT WAS FUN.

>> Stephen: WE'LL GET TO THAT

IN A MOMENT.

TALK ABOUT YOU'RE RETURNING TO

"THIS WEEK."

>> GOING BACK.

>> Stephen: GREAT SHOW.

YOU'RE GOING BACK.

BUT ISN'T THAT GREEDY BECAUSE

YOU'RE STAYING AT "GOOD MORNING

AMERICA."

WHAT'S NEXT?

ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE JIMMIE

KIMMEL SHOW?

>> I ASKED ABOUT, THAT BUT IT'S

IN L.A., SO I CAN'T DO IT.

>> IS IT GOING TO BE PERMANENT?

>> AT LEAST FOR THE ELECTION

YEAR.

>> Stephen: GOOD LUCK.

>> GOOD LUCK TO YOU IN THIS

ELECTION YEAR.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERY

MUCH.

WE WILL SEE.

WE WILL SEE.

NOW, YOU USED TO BE ONE OF THE

GUYS WHO GOES ON SHOWS LIKE

"THIS WEEK" WITH GEORGE

STEPHANOPOULOS, TRYING TO SPIN

THE LIBERAL PLANS OF YOUR GEORGE

SOROS MASTERS, THE CAP AND

TRADE.

DO YOU EVER WAKE UP SCREAMING

THINKING, I CAN'T GO BE THAT GUY

AGAIN WHO HAD TO FACE A GUY LIKE

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS?

>> NO, IT'S FUN.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

COULD GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS TAKE

APART THE OLD GEORGE

STEPHANOPOULOS WHEN HE TRIED TO

COME IN AND SPIN HIS PLAN?

>> NO QUESTION ABOUT IT.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH.

AND WHEN YOU ANNOUNCE YOU ARE

COMING ON.

>> Stephen: IF I ANNOUNCE,

GEORGE.

YOU HAVE TO GIVE ME SOME SPACE.

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT

DECISION, AN I'M ASKING YOU AND

THE REST OF THE MODA TO RESPECT

MY AND MY FAMILY'S PRIVACY.

>> GOOD CHOICE.

>> Stephen: CAN YOU TRY TO DO

THAT, BE ETHICAL FOR ONCE?

[LAUGHTER]

LET'S TALK TO THE DECLAIFERRED

CANDIDATES.

OKAY.

THE DEBATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT,

WHAT WAS THE VIBE IN THE ROOM?

WAS IT ELECTRIC?

WHAT'S IT LIKE AT ONE OF THOSE

DEBATES?

>> IN THE LAST DEBATE BACK IN

IOWA, THEY WERE REALLY READY TO

GO.

SATURDAY NIGHT NOT SO MUCH.

THEY WERE TRYING TO FEEL THEIR

WAY THROUGH.

>> Stephen: SO IS IT DIFFICULT

TO BE A MEMBER OF THE PRESS IN

FRONT OF A REPUBLICAN AUDIENCE?

I'LL GIVE YOU A SPECIFIC

EXAMPLE.

YOU GOT INTO A SECTION THERE

WHERE YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT

CONTRACEPTION.

YOU WERE ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT

CONTRACEPTION.

WHY WAS IT SO IMPORTANT?

WHY WERE YOU TALKING ABOUT

CONTRACEPTION SO MUCH?

DON'T GET ME WRONG, ANY GUY

SITTING NEXT TO DIE AN SAWYER

FOR THAT LONG AT LEAST THINKS

ABOUT IT, BUT WHY DID YOU MAKE

IT PART ABOUT THE DEBATE?

>> IT WAS ABOUT THE RIGHT THE

PRIVACY.

ONE CANDIDATE SAID HE BELIEVES

THE STATE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BAN

CONTRACEPTION.

>> Stephen: LET'S WATCH A

SNIPPET OF IT.

>> GOVERNOR ROMNEY, DO YOU WEAVE

THAT STATES HAVE THE RIGHT THE

BAN CONTRACEPTION OR IS THAT

TRUMPED BY A CONSTITUTIONAL

RIGHT THE PRIVACY.

>> THE IDEA OF YOU PUTTING

FORWARD THINGS THAT STATES MIGHT

WANT TO DO THAT NO STATE WANTS

TO DO AND ASKING ME WHETHER THEY

COULD DO I OR NOT IS KIND OF A

SILLY THING I THINK.

[APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: OKAY.

OKAY.

HE'S BASICALLY SAYING YOU'RE A

SILLY LITTLE CHILD.

AND THE AUDIENCE IS GOING, YES.

WHAT DID IT FEEL LIKE AT THAT

MOMENT?

>> AT THAT MOMENT, I'M THINKING,

I REALLY WANT TO WIN THIS BET.

>> Stephen: WHAT WAS THE BET?

>> DIE AN SAWYER BET ME THAT I

COULDN'T GET MITT ROMNEY TO SAY

CONTRACEPTIONS ARE WORKING JUST

FINE.

I WON.

>>

>> Stephen: FROM THE NUMBER OF

CHILDREN HE HAS, HE HAS NO IDEA

HOW THEY WORK.

OKAY.

IS IT INEVITABLE FOR ROMNEY NOW?

THAT'S THE TALKING POINT RIGHT

NOW, THAT .3% OF THE ELECTORATE

HAS SPOKEN.

IT'S ROMNEY.

>> YEAH, I MEAN, IF HE WINS

SOUTH CAROLINA, I SAW YOU MAYBE

FUN OF EVERYBODY, BUT HE'S GOING

TO BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO BEAT.

>>

>> Stephen: I'M NOT MAKING

FUN.

I'M CELEBRATING.

>> THERE IS ONE MAN WHO CAN BEAT

HIM IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

>> I KNOW, GEORGE.

I SHAVE HIM EVERY MORNING, AND

I'M NOT GOING TO REVEAL WHO THAT

MAN IS.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

THERE'S SOME TALK THAT JOE

BIDEN, VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN

AND SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY

CLINTON, THEY SWITCH JOBS AND

OBAMA GOES ON THE VICTORY

BECAUSE HE'S GOT FIRST FEMALE

VICE PRESIDENT.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

>> EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT

THAT.

>> Stephen: GREAT STORY.

>> ALMOST AS GOOD AS YOU

RUNNING.

BUT THERE ARE THREE PLACES IT'S

NOT BEING TALKED ABOUT.

HILLARY CLINTON'S OFFICE, JOE

BIDEN'S OFFENSE AND PRESIDENT

OBAMA'S OFFENSE.

>> Stephen: YOU THINK THEY'LL

STAY WHERE THEY ARE?

>>

STEEP

>> I'M PRETTY SURE.

>> Stephen: IT COULD STILL

CAUSE EXCITEMENT.

WHAT IF THEY STAY IN THEIR

PLACES BUT THEY HAVE SEXUAL

SURGERY AND WE STILL HAVE THE

FIRST FEMALE VICE PRESIDENT.

A JOHN TRAVOLTA "FACE-OFF"

SITUATION.

>> WE WOULD BE SAYING PRESIDENT

STEPHEN COLBERT.

>> Stephen: IT DOES HAVE A

RING.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS THANK YOU

SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST OF

ALMOST EVERYTHING ON ABC.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

[CHEER