This morning, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the protests on Wall Street are "justified" and that the status quo in Washington is "unacceptable."
"I think any criticism of the status quo and the establishment, it’s justified," Pelosi said to reporters at the Capitol. "I commend [Occupy Wall Street protesters] for being outspoken.
Pelosi said the message of Occupy Wall Street is clear: "The status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable for keeping a strong middle class, which is essential to our democracy."
Democrats, including Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, have attempted to align themselves with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. House Democratic party caucus chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) said this morning that the protests are "borne primarily out of the desire to see their government respond to the simple dignity that comes from a job."
Pelosi suggested that the protesters may not be aware of the legislative roadblocks Democrats face. "It’s hard to explain to the protesters that you need 60 votes to the Senate," Pelosi said. "That the majority is not enough, a majority in the House and a majority in the Senate."