TRANSCRIPT: Female Senators Sit Down With Diane Sawyer


Now, that doesn't mean that we think alike, and it doesn't mean that we don't span the ideological spectrum. And I always push back the idea that there are women's issues. Because every issue from war to taxes to education affect women in this country. And that's why the point of having women be represented on all committees and leading many of them is so important.

DIANE SAWYER: Go ahead--


SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL: Well, this is-- this is by nature a combative place because you-- it's-- in some ways it's like a team sport, red shirts and blue shirts. So the issue is can women get beyond the team mentality, us against them, and become problem solvers? I think by nature we are less confrontational and more collaborative. And having us in the room-- and I think-- you know, all of us, not only do we want to work in a bipartisan way, we do it. We actually work together, Republicans and Democrats-- and women-- to try to look at solving the problem rather than just going political points.

DIANE SAWYER: But are you really all r-- ready to say this-- next year is the year gridlock is broken?


FEMALE VOICE: --we have to be--

FEMALE VOICE: Yeah, that's-- that's a different question.

SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN: --we have to be in positions of power in order to make sure that gridlock is broken. But if you look at two really good examples from the last session, Senator Stabenow worked with her-- Republican colleague on agriculture to get an ag bill done. And it's being held up now in the House. Senator Boxer worked with her Republican colleague, Senator Inhofe, and they're about as far apart as-- ideologically I think--

FEMALE VOICE: As you can get.

SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN: --as any of us in the Senate. And they were able to get a transportation bill done. So I think there are really good examples that show when women are in those positions of power they can actually get things done in a way that-- has been difficult to date for--

SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU: Diane, I just want to say--

FEMALE VOICE: --some of the men.

SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU: --even more-- even more basic-- and I agree with everything that's been said. I mean, if you think about the way God created the earth and the world and the people he just didn't give all the brains to one half the population. And so what happens is when, you know, you've got half the population, women, sitting on the sidelines, you're running the world with half the brains, half the talent, half the skill and half the ability.

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