'This Week' Transcript: Obama Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer; Two Powerhouse Roundtables

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you think you're going to get a deal?

PFEIFFER: Well the -- the -- if people are willing to compromise, yes. This is a -- an issue that has 90 percent support. What the president wants is to sign a strong bipartisan bill that has enforceable background checks. And we can get that done. One of the problems is that Senate Republicans -- some Senate Republicans are insisting on a filibuster. They're insisting on trying to make it harder to require 60 votes.

And if you remember during the State of the Union when -- with the families of Newtown in the audience, every member of Congress stood up and applauded when the president called for an up or down vote on these measures. Now that the cameras are off, and they're not forced to look the Newtown families in the face, now they want to make it harder, and filibuster it. We can't have -- if we have a simple up, or down vote, we can get this done.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You have a lot of Democrats though against the assault weapons ban, and other provisions. When you talk about enforceable background checks, the issue is record keeping. Whether records should be kept. The president wants a bill that keeps record for sales in gun stores, that's law right now. Expands it to gun shows. Does he also believe that it must include paper records for private sales between individuals?

PFEIFFER: Well look, I'm not going to negotiate the bill right here with you, George as fun as that might be. But he's going to -- we're working with both sides to try to get the strongest bill we can, that has enforceable background checks to ensure that you're going to get a background check whether you buy it at a gun store, or a gun show.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Would he sign a bill that didn't include that?

PFEIFFER: I'm going to -- I'm not going to make a -- I'm not going to make any predictions here, but we -- we're going to try to get the strongest bill we can. And there's no reason that we can't have one -- this is a 90 percent issue. You can't get 90 percent of Americans to agree on the weather.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But it has been difficult right now, and -- and a lot of gun -- gun control advocates are worried that you're waving the white flag when you say the president is simply going to sign the strongest bill he can.

PFEIFFER: What the -- what the president is trying to do, is actually make progress here. And we're -- he's going to push very hard. He's going to make the case. Every Republican, every Democrat, this is the right thing to do. There is nothing inconsistent between being a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and wanting a strong -- some of these measures like universal background checks.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But wouldn't it be an incredibly disappointing failure if in the end, a bill came to the president that didn't include universal background checks, didn't include an assault weapons ban? Didn't include a ban on large ammunition magazines?

PFEIFFER: Well, it's going to be disappointing to the American people, there's absolutely no question about that. They feel very strongly about this. The president was in Denver last week, meeting with some of the families who were victims in the Aurora shooting last year. And the people in the country will not understand why Congress would turn their back on a 90 percent issue.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But the president might sign the bill anyway?

PFEIFFER: The president is going -- is going to -- let's focus on trying to get the best bill we can out of the Senate right now, and that's his focus.

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