TRANSCRIPT: Female Senators Sit Down With Diane Sawyer


And so while we're very proud of 20 here today and we've already dis-- discussed how women leave the ego at the door and are more natural consensus builders, we have so much more to do. And if the major issue of our era right now is the stalemate of Congress, then the message to the American people should be elect more consensus builders to get the job done.

SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO: And that's women.

DIANE SAWYER: So Senator-elect, you have a question-- if they could-- they would tell you something at that dinner that they won't tell (LAUGHTER) (UNINTEL) even if they won't answer it what's the-- what would you really like to know about the real experience of trying to get something done here?

SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN: B-- before I jump into that I-- I just want to say that-- I agree so much with the leaving the ego at the door, but what we don't leave at the door is our life experience. It's not like you check it like a coat check before you walk into work. You bring it with you and it informs the debate.

And when there were just two those two had a powerful impact on the debates they were having, the conversations they were having with their colleagues. And as we have more and more we change the texture of those conversations and those debates also because we involve our own life experiences. I also want to say something about the prospect of-- a woman president and-- sort of tack onto what-- Senator Hagan said about being-- women needing to be asked oftentimes to consider.

I know that I wanted to make a difference. One of the most powerful moments for me in thinking about how I would make that difference was in the year that I graduated from college watching Geraldine Ferraro cross the stage at the Democratic National Convention and accept the nomination as vice president. And I was a newly minted double major in mathematics and political science.

And I said to myself, "I can do anything. The sky's the limit." I had to have no-- checks on my aspirations. And I think that's why we're a very different place and maybe why we all raised our hands when we thought about the prospect of seeing a woman president in our lifetimes and-- even in the near future is because we have now seen so many women who are well equipped at this moment to do that job-- that-- that it now seems so-- so much more possible.

SENATOR KELLY AYOTTE: I'd love to share my favorite story-- since I got elected which is-- and-- And Jeanne's heard this. But my daughter-- I have two children, I have a five-year-old little boy and an eight-year-old little girl, Kate. And she came home one day and she said to me, "Mom, I don't want you to run for president."

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