"The Republican Party directs a lot of what the tea party does, but not everybody in the tea party takes direction from the Republican Party. And so there was a lot of, shall we say, astroturf, as opposed to grassroots," Pelosi told ABC's Elizabeth Vargas Sunday.
"We share some of the views of the tea partiers in terms of the role of special interests in Washington, D.C," Pelosi continued.
"So, common ground with Nancy Pelosi and tea party movement?" asked Vargas.
"Well, no, there are some. There are some because they, again, some of it is orchestrated from the Republican headquarters," she replied. "Some of it is hijacking the good intentions of lots of people who share some of our concerns that we have about the role of special interests."