'This Week' Web Extra: Olympia Snowe

The former Maine senator answers viewer questions.
3:00 | 05/12/13

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Transcript for 'This Week' Web Extra: Olympia Snowe
Hello I'm Martha Raddatz ABC news chief global affairs correspondent -- am joined today by former Maine senator Olympia Snowe. Welcome and thank you for joining us this morning and because we believe all politics is social. At this week we're going to ask senator -- some questions submitted on FaceBook the first question comes from Carolyn Powell Nugent. Are you happier since she left the senate and what can we the people do to really have our representatives paying heed. To what we expect them to do while in office. But on handed but the direction and I'm taking which is to fight outside the -- -- to encourage people. To demand bipartisanship. On the part of their elected officials and to a firm you know. What's happening in congress and that they can do about it personally -- means. Providing a political reward at the ballot box for those who willing to work across try to clients and a political penalty for those who don't. The next question comes from Margie niece and she asked what are your plans now I should say you have just written -- book fighting for a common ground how we can fix the stalemate in congress. So what are your plans now that the book is that that's correct. And I would be talking about -- have been speaking across the country and in college campuses and -- Of the bypass and policy center here in Washington and was co founded. Four former majority leaders senate senate Daschle senator -- listen Tomasson -- And we've launched this project -- common ground project. With the citizens for political reform because we want to galvanizing national movement to get involved. And be able to use social media and technology online. To demand accountability and bipartisanship and -- -- the elected officials and real time come up with common ground solutions to the issues that are pending in the congress. In what the options in bringing both sides together to forge those solutions we have to put a premium -- bipartisanship. Minutes. Frankly it takes -- -- to be part of the solution. -- it does indeed. Adrian Davis asked what -- fair criticisms of the Democrats and president Barack Obama. And what are fair criticisms of the GOP what if anything can be done to bridge these gaps. Or is the political -- -- I think did both sides frankly. Have failed to understand their respective roles and majority -- that this is a divided government. And as a result they have to work together the Democrats have -- majority Nancy -- that they don't understand -- to work with Minardi -- -- has with the majority. In the same is true in the house representatives the majority has to -- -- -- the president has to work -- -- -- kind of a similar question here Dan Lafferty -- -- she feel about what's happened to her party. And their obstruction. Well they have -- to -- that there has to be the united tolerance and diversity in views in that you can't solve problems without talking to those with whom you disagree. And that they don't have a monopoly -- all the good ideas and have to accept it and yet less than 100%. Never known any sphere like we get a 100% of what you want so they have to work together. I mean after all otherwise -- -- down perpetuating -- -- the status quo. -- right now it's time for our lightning round first up. Your favorite movie. -- a blanket. Love that movie see a lot of -- he would -- did -- comfort food. Greek food I have to say -- -- and that there right now that's my ethnicity and Diane -- and met marvelous cuts I discipline Greek food. First concert. It is in college Simon and Garfunkel. And they Disney probably minus -- special how it. Good instincts. Good into the king thinks -- is -- instinctive. Now rely a lot of main thing networks -- -- thank you for talking to lessen answering our viewer questions through FaceBook thanks very much. Former senator Olympia think human. You can read an excerpt of senator -- new book at abcnews.com. Slash this week. And be sure to follow this week on Twitter at this week. ABC and like us on FaceBook at FaceBook dot com crash this week ABC have a good day.

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