TRANSCRIPT: Female Senators Sit Down With Diane Sawyer

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I mean, Susan's making a point. It's decided, let's move on, we have so much to do. And Elizabeth pointing out, but unfortunately it's not over, and it's always the men that bring these issues up. Honestly, even women here who agree with some of those men don't go to the floor and raise the issues. It's always the men who raise those issues.

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW: And this is concerning at this point which is why I think all of us-- having 20 women will make a difference. We are debating equal pay for equal work, which you would think would have been dealt with a long time ago and is in fact an economic issue. Women's health choices, but also domestic violence, you know, there were many of us-- back in the '70s-- I led a local county board of commissioners and developed the first domestic violence shelter back in the '70s when it was viewed as controversial at the time. Fast forward to today, usually funding domestic violence shelters is something done on a voice vote in the Senate. And yet after passing it in the Senate and everyone working on it, it's--

FEMALE VOICE: And everyone voted--

FEMALE VOICE: --held up in the House.

(OVERTALK)

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW: All the women-- all the women voted.

FEMALE VOICE: All the women voted for it--

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: Dianne and I serve on the judiciary committee (UNINTEL) tell you all 17 women voted for that bill, Democrats and Republicans--

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW: But who would have thought?

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: --and it's stuck over in the House right now.

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW: Who would have thought that-- that as we-- come into 2013 we would be debating something as basic as making sure a victim of domestic violence would be able to have the support and the tools and law enforcement would be able to have the tools they need to protect victims.

DIANE SAWYER: Okay, I want to hear from the senators and senators-elect we haven't heard from for sure, too. And time is-- can't stand it, it's already getting close. But just to talk about the presidency for a moment here. How many of you absolutely know America is ready to elect a female president?

(OVERTALK)

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW: Absolutely.

DIANE SAWYER: Easy. How many of you think there will be a nominee, a female nominee in 2016?

(OVERTALK -- MANY RAISE HANDS)

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW: Hope so. (LAUGH)

SENATOR KAY HAGAN: We hope so.

(OVERTALK)

SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN: Can we sign up for that, get it done? (UNINTEL).

DIANE SAWYER: Is there a president in this room? (LAUGH)

FEMALE VOICE: Maybe.

SENATOR BARBARA MIKULSKI: Oh yes--

(OVERTALK)

SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR: (UNINTEL) 20 of them.

VOICES: Twenty. Twenty.

DIANE SAWYER: Twenty of them?

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