'This Week' Transcript:Two Powerhouse Roundtables

MESSINA: ...look, I was there the first two years. I spent a lot of time sitting with him, talking to Republicans in both the House and the Senate. That's what he's done. That's where the record is. And that's what you've seen him doing the past few weeks. I agree with you that we are working across party lines. I think the Senate passing the budget is a good step. It's along the lines of the proposals the president has laid out, and I think it will move us forward.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, one of the things you're seeing, Donna Brazile, is as we head into this next phase, the president's poll numbers have been dropping. Now below 50 percent, basically even now with Republicans on the economy. Even though he had a very big advantage after the election.

BRAZILE: Well look, when you're in the business of trying to form a -- a compromise, get the other side to even come to the table with some common-sense ideas, I'm not surprised the president is -- is a little lower than 50 percent. But you know, we have a budget now. We have a moral document, a blueprint for the -- the policy debates that are going to take place this summer. One of the interesting things, I enjoyed watching this at 2:00 am, and I'm sure some other people were up as well, is that we got...

STEPHANOPOULOS: Don't know if they were watching CSPAN though.


BRAZILE: ...well, I don't get those other channels, George.


BRAZILE: But -- but we -- we -- they had an opportunity to talk about the Keystone Pipeline. They had an opportunity to talk about a biannual budget. They had an opportunity to talk about immigration. So this gave the Senators more than an opportunity to talk about big issues as well as the -- the budgetary matters.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Also Terry Moran, they managed to score a lot of political points with all those amendments.

MORAN: They did. And while this is a normal piece of legislative business, and that's very encouraging, no more cliff-diving, at least on this issue. One does wonder why they did it at 5:00 in the morning. You -- you know why -- it has to work in such a strange and dysfunction way at -- at the end of the day. But it is a good thing that they got it done.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're nodding your head?

NOONAN: Yeah. It -- it does seem a little strange that they work sometimes on The Hill in a slightly Banana Republican-esque kind of way, where they're making moves at 3:00 am while all of America is asleep. That having been said, somebody, I think you George, mentioned the president's numbers deflating a little bit in the past few weeks. I don't think we should forget this is not all just, quote "budget related", it is -- I think it tracks perfectly the sequester drama, in which I think a number of Americans started to think the White House is playing games on this.

And -- and I think it also tended to track a few other things, like a sense that the president may not get down in the middle of things, and get them going. Also there is Obamacare, which each day is being followed by some newspaper story saying, there's a new part of it that the Senate decided they had to vote out. And there's a new part that's going to cost you $1,000 more a year. All of this comes together, and I think is somewhat damaging...


STEPHANOPOULOS: One of the questions...


STEPHANOPOULOS: ...what effect it has on the president's...


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