• With: Frank Luntz

    This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," September 13, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And welcome to this special edition of "Hannity."

    Now, we have heard a lot of talk over the past few weeks about how the American people do not want the U.S. intervening in Syria. So, tonight for the full hour, we are giving the show up to you, the American people, to hear what the average citizen has to say.

    Now, pollster Frank Luntz assembled a bipartisan, focus group to debate the issue in Syria and much, much more. So, let's go out to Washington, D.C. and get right to the group and Frank.

    FRANK LUNTZ, POLLSTER: I have been doing testing on world leaders now for about two decades. And then all the time, I don't think I have ever had a score as bad as this. Let's take a look.


    CHARLIE ROSE, PBS ANCHOR: We are not sure that chemical weapons, even though you have seen the videotape, even though you've seen the bodies, even though your own officials have been there.

    PRES. BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SYRIAN PRESIDENT: I haven't finished. Our soldiers in another area were attacked chemically. Our soldiers. They went to the hospital as casualties because of chemical weapons. In the area where they say the government used chemical weapons, we only had video, and we had only pictures and allegations were not there. Our forces, our police, our institutions don't exist. How can you talk about what happened if you don't have evidence?


    LUNTZ: Do any of you trust him? Any of you?

    (focus group): No. No.

    LUNTZ: So, what should we do with him?

    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Treat him like the dictator that he is. He's killed hundred thousands of his own people. He got to marginalize him and somehow get a plan to get him out of there.

    LUNTZ: Do you want to kill him?


    LUNTZ: Who wants to kill him here? Raise your hands if you want to kill him. If you actually want to see him executed?


    LUNTZ: Why?

    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: He killed a hundred thousand of his own people. Why should he live?

    LUNTZ: Why it should be the U.S.'s decision who lives and who dies?

    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Well, we're doing that now. Obama has a hit list.

    UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Who is re placing him?


    CHRISTY: Seriously. Who takes his place? It could be worse.

    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: We are a constitutional republic, not a constitutional democracy. Assad isn't part of a constitutional republic. He doesn't matter. But he still controls a sovereign country. We don't have the right to go in and alter that sovereign country.

    LUNTZ: Do you guys agree with that?


    UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: We can't trust him.

    LUNTZ: Go ahead.

    HOLLY: If he's using chemicals of mass destruction against his own people, I suspect that he's a bit crazy. But if you -- we can't just go annihilate a dictator. And there has to be some sort of a diplomatic approach to it prior to -- diplomatic, and also yes, treating him with dignity and respect. We are never going to get anywhere if we tried to strong arm every dictator.

    ALEV: I just don't think that we do have an opportunity for diplomacy in this area of the country with these type people.

    UNIDENTIFIED MAN: The problem is though is that, how do you treat somebody with respect when they lie to your face? He sat there, and he talked to the reporter and he said, I can't confirm that we have weapons and, oh, and then just a what? A of couple days ago he says, oh, I'll give them all up.

    HOLLY: But I don't understand. If people think he's crazy and a dictator, then why don't we bomb him? Why does everyone disagree with using force?

    LUNTZ: Go ahead.

    MICHAEL S.: Right now. We have to worry about the splinter in our eye before we start worrying about the plank in someone else's eye.

    LUNTZ: What does that mean? I don't understand. I don't understand.

    MICHAEL S.: We have so many issues right now in this country.

    HOLLY: We are always going to have issues.

    MICHAEL S.: We are talking about right now taking vengeance. That's not a deal with our military.