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All-Star Panel: Will Anthony Weiner stay in mayoral race?

This is a rush transcript from "Special Report," July 23, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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ANTHONY WEINER, D – NEW YORK MAYORAL CANDIDATE: I have said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have. As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through many challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress.

While some of the things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. I know that this was a very public thing that we had happen to us, but by no means does it change the fundamentals of my feelings here, and that is that I want to bring my vision to the people of the city of New York, I hope they're willing to still continue to give me a second chance.

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BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: Anthony Weiner talking about some new text message, new at least to the public, out and about, saying that he has apologized and saying that he will still run for the city, the mayor of New York. His wife this time speaking out as well.

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HUMA ABEDIN, ANTHONY WEINER'S WIFE: Anthony has made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress and after. But I do very strongly believe that it is between us and our marriage. We discussed all of this before Anthony decided he would run for mayor. So really what I want to say is I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him. And as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.

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BAIER: So to the people of New York, we're back with the panel.  Mara?

MARA LIASSON, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO: Well, I just don't see how he can survive this. This happened afterwards, it happened after he resigned, after he supposedly took responsibility for his actions and was remorseful and wasn't going to do it again. And to say this tortured construction the public thing that we had happen to us. Whoa, he did this. You know, it's kind of like "mistakes were made."

BAIER: Yeah, that's right – we didn't push send.

LIASSON: Yeah, we didn't push send. I think this has to be the end.  I just do. This -- now he is talking about this. He is he not talking about his vision for New York. And I know he is in the top two in the primary, but I would -- I hate to make predictions, but I predict his numbers will drop.

BAIER: Steve?

STEVE HAYES, SENIOR WRITER, THE WEEKLY STANDARD: I'm not sure New Yorkers want to see his vision for New York if it includes stuff like this. I think Mara makes the key point, this happened afterwards. And you think about the judgment involved. Let's say that you are not troubled by this on a moral basis. He knows that what he had done just cost him his job, nearly cost him his marriage, led to extraordinary public humiliation, and he kept doing it.

LIASSON: He did it again.

HAYES: For months and months and months he kept doing it. If nothing else, I think New Yorkers have to stop and say we can't possibly consider this guy on that basis alone.

BAIER: But will New Yorkers say that?

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: I think they probably will. But I would predict he stays in and loses. But I -- to be as analytic as you can here, number one rule, if you are going to reenter the arena, make sure you get everything out, all the information out. He shouldn't have a second surprise. So before he ran, he should have gotten it all out.

Comparing him with Spitzer and Sanford, the other comeback kids, one of the rules is wait a long time. Spitzer and Sanford waited almost half a decade. This is two years, which is short. And I think there is one other element. If you are going to come back -- seek a lesser position. The governor of New York, the governor of South Carolina are seeking smaller positions, comptroller of the city of New York. Sanford is going to be a congressman, whereas Wiener wanted to continue ascending after his scandal.  I think all of that bodes very evil for his campaign. I do think he will stay in. I do think he will lose.

BAIER: So you think he stays in but loses?

LIASSON: I agree.

HAYES: Probably right.

BAIER: You seem so enthused about this topic.

HAYES: Just yuck. Really, yuck. I hope we don't have to talk about him. It would be great if he got out so we didn't ever have to talk about this again.

BAIER: Did you want to do this panel about the royal baby?

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LIASSON: Yes, we prefer the royal baby to this.

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BAIER: By the way -- go ahead.

KRAUTHAMMER: That's why you have got to be analytic in all of this.  You stay out of the yuck and you stand back and observe it.

BAIER: And just to wrap up the royal baby, it would be the future king of United Kingdom not England. That's it for the panel, but stay tuned to see the Big Apple's latest step in fighting obesity.

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