• This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," October 5, 2006, that was edited for clarity.

    NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Well, House Speaker Dennis Hastert also questioning if Democrats knew about Foley's misconduct with pages, and then withdrew the information for just before the election — in an interview with The Chicago Tribune, Hastert saying — and I quote — "When the base finds out who is feeding this monster, they are not going to be happy. The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros."

    With us now, billionaire George Soros. His new book is entitled "The Age of Fallibility: Consequences of the War on Terror."

    Mr. Soros, good to have you.

    GEORGE SOROS, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE: Pleasure.

    CAVUTO: You timed it for this, didn't you?

    (LAUGHTER)

    SOROS: No, I didn't.

    (LAUGHTER)

    CAVUTO: All right.

    What do you make of that, that he is essentially charging you and other operatives behind some of these leaks.

    SOROS: Well, the implication that I had something to do with this scandal is so far off the mark, that it's really laughable. I mean, it's a feeble attempt to divert attention from him and his responsibility.

    He — he has done it before...

    (CROSSTALK)

    CAVUTO: In 2004, right?

    SOROS: To me. To me. But, this time, I don't think he can get away with it.

    CAVUTO: All right.

    But you're a busy man, right? You wouldn't necessarily know what some of the Democratic groups and the 527 plans you fund are up to, right?

    SOROS: That's — no, I don't.

    CAVUTO: OK. So, it's possible that they could be doing this sort of stuff?

    SOROS: It's possible.

    But I knew — I heard about it the first time when it appeared on — on television.

    CAVUTO: Let me ask you about a comment you made to the Council on Foreign Relations earlier this week, I believe, Mr. Soros, where you said: "I would very much like to get disengaged from politics. I'm interested in policy, and not politics."

    Does that mean you don't contribute anymore?

    SOROS: No. I think it's very important, actually, to reestablish checks and balances for the Democrats to capture at least one of the houses.

    But I think that we are really in very big trouble as a country. And I really need — we need to deal with the really dismal prospects that we are facing in the war on terror.

    CAVUTO: All right.

    I do want to focus on that war, but, if you will indulge me, sir, they're — I have gotten different reports on how much Soros Fund Management has donated this year to Democratic causes and/or campaigns. The figure is roughly $2.3 million, again, largely to 527-type groups, America Votes 2006, EMILY'S List Non Federal, New Democratic Network, Progressive Kick.

    These are groups that are also working aggressively to see the House and/or Senate turn.

    SOROS: Yes. It's not Soros Fund Management. It's me personally.

    CAVUTO: OK.

    SOROS: It's my personal money.

    CAVUTO: All right. So, this is $2.3 million of your money.

    SOROS: Yes.

    CAVUTO: OK.

    And that's an accurate figure?

    SOROS: Yes. Yes. And I think it is more, actually.

    CAVUTO: Oh, really? OK.

    SOROS: Yes.

    CAVUTO: Because it's 20 times what you gave four years ago, in the last midterm election.