Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


DIANE SAWYER: Favorite moment in it?

RAND PAUL: The filibuster. (LAUGHTER)

MALE VOICE: And Jimmy Stewart wins. (LAUGHTER) And the people win.

VICKY HARTZLER: This is about preserving and protecting our country. And it's about conviction, the Tea Party movement. It's about caring about our country, and the conviction to do the right thing. In other countries, they protest wanting more from their government. What other country do you have a group of patriots standing up and saying we want less from our government. Leave us alone, preserve and protect our country. And that's what we're here to do.

FRANK GUINTA: And it's bigger than any one of us. I mean, we're here for a finite period of time to represent what-- the people from our reflective-- respective states want us to do. And we're here to do that. We're here to serve. We're here to represent. We're not here to do anything for ourselves, but for the country.

DIANE SAWYER: What are some of the things your children have said to you about this? About this moment, about coming here, being a part of this?

MARLIN STUTZMAN: Our son Preston is four years old. Every time he sees a flag, he'll turn and he'll look at me. In fact, he said yesterday. He said, "Are we still running for America." And I think that's exactly right. It's-- it's about our country. This is not about a political party. It's-- it's-- we're in grave danger, and I believe that we need to be looking out for America first.

SCOTT TIPTON: You know, it's interesting to me during a campaign visit with a young man-- in Pueblo, Colorado. A mechanic. And his one admonition to me. We visited for 30 minutes or so. And his concern wasn't about his job, it wasn't about getting a pay increase. It was about his six-year-old daughter. And what type of country is she going to inherit.

And when we're talking about a cataclysm coming-- $14.3 trillion in debt. That is a looming cataclysm-- that's going to be-- unsustainable for our children, for our grandchildren. And-- and that's the children of this generation. Where we rise, will we make the sacrifices that are going to be necessary to get the fiscal house back in order-- to restrain-- the overreach of government. It's not-- any intent is bad. There was always a good thought behind it, but there needs to be limits. Because just like, you know, in our family lives-- there are limits to what-- not what we're capable of doing. There are just dollars not able to cover everything we would like to do. So-- that's-- that's the challenge of our time.

DIANE SAWYER: How many of you see yourselves still here in ten years? Really? Really? You look at this as came here, what, two years?

FRANK GUINTA: I don't think it's about us individually. It's-- it's about what needs to be changed for the country. And I think we all are very understanding of that. And-- it seems like the last two years have been more about individuals who are in Washington. We hope that the next two are more about the public.

MICHAEL GRIMM: It should be defined by those that put here in the first place. It-- if this election stands for anything, again, putting aside Tea Party, non-Tea Party, it's-- it's a unique point in our history where the average American got involved in the political process, which I think is extremely healthy. It's-- it's imperative for the future of our democracy.

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