'This Week' Transcript: Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

AMANPOUR: You know, and, Peggy, I was stunned by your column this week, where you were talking about a group of Wall Street -- sorry, Wal-Mart moms, and you were talking about people who were taking extraordinary steps to save money, donating blood, collecting aluminum cans.

NOONAN: Yes. Yes. They're -- I think we can all sometimes miss what is really happening in America. America is in distress. It's in immediate distress, paying the bills, foreclosures, et cetera.

But another kind of distress it's under is Americans are smart and they can tell, this ain't going to get better for a while. So there is a certain -- bitterness is too strong a word, despair is too strong, but maybe very upset and not feeling so great about the future.

It seems to me the question about Occupy Wall Street is this: What is your plan? You going to spend the next six months blocking the Brooklyn Bridge? Or are you going to harness a movement into political action, which means getting together with each other in living rooms...


AMANPOUR: I'm going -- I'm going to have to ask Jesse that. Very quickly, did you hear that, Jesse? Are you still there?

LAGRECA: Yes, I'm still here. But can you repeat the question?

AMANPOUR: Are you going to harness this into a political movement or are you going to, you know, hang out for -- for months?

LAGRECA: What I find amusing is that now people are looking to us to solve the political problems, and they should. But I'm not going to support one party or the other. I'm not going to tell you who to vote for. But I will encourage you to be a voter.

I think we have succeeded tremendously in pushing the narrative that working-class people can no longer be ignored. And I think that it's very important that we have this conversation, because it's about the future of our country.

You know, right now, working-class people are being told to sacrifice. We're being told that our future is going to have to be put on hold in the name of austerity. And I can't name a single country that succeeded in solving their economic problems with austerity.

So I think the more important thing to do is to come out and speak to us. The town halls that you see are very top-heavy. Our political leaders come and try to sell us a message.


LAGRECA: They should be listening to us.

AMANPOUR: All right, Jesse, thank you very much, indeed.

And up next, religion leads to the forefront of the Republican race, as a prominent Rick Perry supporter labels Mitt Romney's Mormon faith a "cult." The roundtable gauges the fallout.

And Mississippi Governor and former RNC Chairman Haley Barbour joins us with his take. That's after a break.



JEFFRESS: We want a candidate who is a good, moral person, or do we want a candidate who is a born-again follower of the lord Jesus Christ?


Rick Perry is a true leader. He is a true conservative. And he is a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. Would you join me in welcoming the governor of the great state of Texas, Rick Perry.



AMANPOUR: That was Texas Pastor Robert Jeffress introducing Rick Perry at the Values Voter Conference on Friday. Shortly afterwards, Jeffress told reporters that he considered the Mormon Church a "cult."

Perry's chief rival, Mitt Romney, is, of course, Mormon, and Perry quickly distanced himself from the pastor's remarks. But the incident raises questions for both candidates.

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