(CNN) - She's only asked for the job 14 times.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has represented her San Francisco district in the House since 1987. She's served as speaker and is currently the top Democrat in the House. But she told CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo in an interview that she is no fan of Congress.
"I would not be among the, what is it, 12%, who support Congress. Count me among the others," she said.
An emblem of Washington dysfunction, stalemate and partisan bickering, Congress has recently scored low approval ratings. A CNN/ORC International poll conducted last month found only 21% of Americans approved of how their Congress was handling its job. The last time at least three in 10 Americans approved of the legislative branch was in August 2009, according to Gallup.
Pelosi's party holds a 49-seat disadvantage in the lower chamber after picking up several seats in the 2012 election. In October 2011 - about 10 months after Republicans won control of the House - she told CNBC that she was "dissatisfied with Congress" and didn't "know who is in favor of how things have gone forth because you have seen a polarization."
She didn't indicate whether she thought Congress was in better shape when she led the chamber.
Pelosi also clarified her comments from an interview last weekend on Fox that "it is almost a false, wrong to say we [the federal government] have a spending problem."
"Well I think when we talk about the investments that we make it has to lead to jobs," she said. "I don't think that we have created enough jobs.
Pelosi repeated her belief that priorities are the issue, adding, "It isn't as if there isn't a recognition that we have a moral responsibility to reduce the deficit. We have to spending cuts, we have to have revenue and we have to invest in growth."
She also responded to House Speaker John Boehner's statement at a meeting with reporters on Tuesday that President Barack Obama hasn't the "guts" or "courage" for "heavy lifting" on pressing issues in tandem with Republicans.
"I don't understand that because he's a gentleman, the speaker is," Pelosi said. "But that remark was almost - he was projecting onto the president his lack of being able to pass any bill that created jobs since he became speaker."
- CNN's Jamie Crawford contributed to this report