Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


MARLIN STUTZMAN: Well, I think this is also--

RAND PAUL: That should be our leverage. We should negotiate.

MARLIN STUTZMAN: The-- the mentality in Washington is not what John F. Kennedy used to-- what he said was, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." The mentality in Washington is look what our government-- what our government can do for the American people. We've got to get away from that mentality, and realize it's too expensive. We can't afford it.

DIANE SAWYER: How many of you--

MIKE LEE: This will be the legacy of the Tea Party movement. Not protesting, problem solving. Sorry. It's what the Tea Party movement is about and that's why we're here.

DIANE SAWYER: How-- how many of you have seen Mister Smith Goes to Washington? (LAUGHTER) Or Mrs. Smith? You've all seen it? Every one of you?

MO BROOKS: I've seen it many times.

DIANE SAWYER: Watch it again before you came?



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.

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