Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


DIANE SAWYER: Premiums have--

VICKY HUNTZLER: Laid people off.

PAUL GOSAR: And-- and-- and the body of-- we didn't even talk about. And where-- where is the tort reform. Where is the-- the oversight there. Where was the creativity in the insurance industry to market individual plans. Where was that-- that-- that aspect?

DIANE SAWYER: And again, forgive me for switching topics here, but Afghanistan. I want to make sure that we talk about it, because there will be votes coming up to continue funding the war in Afghanistan. I know, Senator, you've-- you've expressed reservation. Any of you thinking it is time -- whether it is-- $5 billion every month. $5 billion a month for the war in Afghanistan. Are you all going to continue funding the war at the current level?

MARLIN STUTZMAN: You know, I've had three deaths in my district just in the past couple of months, and I've attended two of those funerals. And I tell you, it's tough. But I-- I tell you the-- walking away from them, I hear the family say, but you know what, just don't let 'em die for-- for naught.

And I-- I-- I've not been to Afghanistan. I've not had full briefings, but I do think that we do need to take a real valu-- evaluation, have the adult conversation, and say, you know, are we being-- are we successful here or not. Or do we have to step back and-- and reevaluate. And I think that's-- that time for that conversation.

MICHAEL GRIMM: And for the mission. The reality is, what is the overall mission? I personally feel-- as someone that has served in combat in the Middle East that if we're going to stick to certain timelines, as the President has put forward-- then we should bring our boys home now, because they cannot succeed under those conditions. The reality because of a myriad of-- of challenges in Afghanistan from the terrain to the corruption of the government, and the lack of infrastructure and so on, that's nation building.

If we really want to make a long-term difference in Afghanistan, and give the people of Afghanistan a difference rather to work for a warlord and grow poppy, or to have a life-- independent of that, then we have to do nation building. And for that, we need an international force that's bigger than what the United States can do. And if we're not committed to doing that, then we should bring our boys home.

MO BROOKS: Let's also talk about in the context of the role of Congress versus the role of the White House. In the White House you have the commander in chief. As long as he is going to have our troops in Afghanistan, our role in Congress is to make sure that they are adequately funded, that they have the right weapons, they have the right—defensive capabilities. That's our job as Congressmen, and that's what I'm committed to do.

DIANE SAWYER: Just one more question. And forgive me for going back about the debt ceiling. Let's say the Senate, let's say the White House will not budge on what you think is adequate compromise on starting spending cuts. Go right up to the wire. They-- instead of playing chicken, but going right up to the wire. Will you let it all go down?

FRANK GUINTA: Well, they're letting down the American--

DIANE SAWYER: But what-- what-- what would you all do if they just say, let's just call the bluff? Let's go right to the wire?

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