'This Week' Transcript: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

AMANPOUR: When the American people look in, they see this increasing dysfunction in this building, in this town. At the same time, congressional approval amongst people is at somewhere like 14 percent, the lowest since, anyway, we've been taking these polls.

PELOSI: I agree with that. Count me among those who are...

AMANPOUR: Among the 14 percent?

PELOSI: No, among the others who object to the way Congress is conducting itself.

AMANPOUR: People -- American people are now occupying Wall Street. They are spreading their protests to various other cities in the United States. They're expressing frustration. They're expressing fear of the joblessness. Do you support them?

PELOSI: Well, I support the message to the establishment, whether it's Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest, that change has to happen. We cannot continue in a way that does not -- that is not relevant to their lives. People are angry.

AMANPOUR: I just want to get your reaction to some comments by Eric Cantor today. He said, quote, "I'm increasingly concerned"...


CANTOR: ... concerned about the growing mobs occupying Wall Street and the other cities across the country. And believe it or not, some in this town have actually condoned the pitting of Americans against Americans.


PELOSI: I didn't hear him say anything when the Tea Party was out demonstrating, actually spitting on members of Congress right here in the Capitol, and he and his colleagues were putting signs in the windows encouraging them. But let's not get down to that. Let's not get...

AMANPOUR: But do you think it's pitting Americans against Americans?

PELOSI: But it's the American system. It's the democratic system. We don't all agree. We'd have a king if we were all of one mind. We don't. We have different views. And the -- part of the democracy of our country is the expression that people give, and the Constitution guarantees that.

AMANPOUR: The story seems now to be one of class warfare. Are you concerned and worried that that is going to be the story going into the elections?

PELOSI: Well, actually, that notion, which I don't like, is one that came from the other side. When we said everyone should pay their fair share, the other side said that's class warfare.

No, it's not. It's the most endearing American value, fairness. And it's about everyone paying their fair share. We all have a responsibility to grow our economy, reduce the deficit, keep us number one.

So the very idea that the disparity in income and the disparity of equity and ownership in our country has grown so great -- listen to Ronald Reagan, when he talked about how unfair it was for a bus driver to be paying at the same rate as a millionaire. Listen to Ronald Reagan talk about that; he speaks beautifully to the unfairness of that scenario.

AMANPOUR: Can I just ask you about a little local spat? There was a back-and-forth between Elizabeth Warren and between Senator Brown in Massachusetts.


(UNKNOWN): To help pay for his law school education, Scott Brown posed for Cosmo. How did you pay for your college education?


WARREN: I kept my clothes on.


(UNKNOWN): Have you officially responded to Elizabeth Warren's comment about how she didn't take her clothes off?

BROWN: Thank God.



AMANPOUR: What did you make of all of that?

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