'This Week' Transcript: John Brennan, Sens. Cornyn and Menendez


HUFFINGTON: The rally was not against partisanship as such. It was against demonizing your opponents. He said specifically in his speech at the end, which I thought was absolutely magnificent, that, of course, we'll have animus. Of course we'll have disagreements, but we don't have to turn each other into enemies. And at a time when people are going through really hard times, you talked to people at the rally -- I talked to people at the rally. We brought 10,000 people from New York on buses. A lot of the people didn't have jobs, or graduated from college and could not get jobs. So this is a time when demonization and scapegoating can thrive. And this is really a--


ROBERTS: Everybody says they want the parties to get along, and my father used to say you could disagree without being disagreeable, and these days people agree and are disagreeable. But I think that the fact is that voters elect politicians who very specifically don't want to get along, and that's going to happen this election more than ever.

So, you know, they're saying two things at once. We want everybody to get along, but here's who we're going to elect. Someone who says I am going to stand up, I am not going to compromise, I am not going to cross the aisle.

AMANPOUR: And he actually did poke fun at the cable environment and the media environment in general for focusing on those extremes.

BRAZILE: For amplifying the negative and not giving people the information that they need to educate them about the important issues.

But you know, the word compromise is a dirty word now. It equals capitulation. If you don't follow the doctrine of the left or the right, you cannot seem to get along with those in the middle.

The middle right now is alienated. The right hasn't captured them. The left perhaps have lost them. So I think the rally yesterday was a way for people who believe in commonsense solutions, commonsense leaders, they came together yesterday to just basically show that they do care about this country.

ROBERTS: The middle is now -- more people are identifying themselves as independents than either political party. And that's of course why we're having these great swings back and forth.

AMANPOUR: Let me go to Dick Armey, who is joining us from New Orleans. Dick Armey, thank you for joining us. You obviously a big supporter and organizer of the Tea Party. Do you think that there's anything wrong with common sense and civility? Because a lot of people have said that the Tea Party is really helping the extreme end of the spectrum.

ARMEY: No, obviously we need civility. I agree with George Will. You don't be confused between having sharp and sincere differences of opinion and being civil with one another.

I thought yesterday was a fun day. I was quite amused at watching these very important national comics stand up and decry with such sincerity that which they do every day on their shows. And, you know, I said -- I thought it was so remarkable, I want you all in America to quit acting like we do on our show every night with our militant vilification of everybody with whom we have a disagreement.

HUFFINGTON: Actually, Dick, I don't know when was the last time you watched the show, but that's precisely what they are not doing. And I would highly recommend -- I'll send you a reel of their last good shows just to see how they don't do that.

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