Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


But I really, wholeheartedly believe that ultimately they decide our future more than we do. And what we're here to do is-- is-- is the best we can openly, honestly, with the character and integrity that-- that the office should-- have bestowed-- you know, be-- have bestowed upon us.

DIANE SAWYER: We calculate-- to do a little presidential politics, 'cause we can't resist. We calculate four out of ten of you I believe were en-- endorsed by Sarah Palin. How many of you think she's the number one candidate for 2012?

FRANK GUINTA: I don't think anybody has a real idea of who the number one candidate is.

DIANE SAWYER: Is that-- is that a real idea?

PAUL GOSAR: I mean, you've got a lot of history to go forward in this next three months before it shapes up to where we see people getting into the race.

MALE VOICE: It's a wide-open race. Wide open.

DIANE SAWYER: And how much do you worry about what everyone says is the-- the almost irresistible-- what-- softening of the edges when you get to Washington, and the next thing you know, you're part of the establishment? You just are. You wake up one day, and you are the establishment.

TIM HUELSKAMP: Well, I think Republicans were-- were given a second chance, Diane, but I don't think we're going to be given a third chance. And-- and I'm worried what happens in the next two years if we don't get something done about $14 trillion--

DIANE SAWYER: Do you think there's a way to insulate yourself against what you think the worst will be?

PAUL GOSAR: Well, for the American people responding to that.

PAUL GOSAR: I-- I think-- I think that-- particularly our calendar, and the way that we've gone to the-- to a four-day workweek, and that we spend a time, like a week back home, dialoguing with people. This is about the American people. We've said it over and over. It's empowering the American people. Because-- freedoms aren't free. They come with a price. And that's being involved in the decision making of this country. And we just have to retool this all the way around. And I think that the-- the time spent at time, over a longer period of time, instead of a quick weekend here, spending more time, makes a valuable asset.

MICHAEL GRIMM: But it's also changing the stigma, and for good reason, what the establishment is. If we can change the culture, we should be proud to be a part of the establishment, because the establishment should be doing the prudent, and wise, and proper things. We should be acting responsibly as an establishment, as Congress as a whole. And-- and that's really I think one of the biggest challenges that we face, is changing the entire culture, and-- and getting away from-- personal agendas, and-- and political agendas, and doing the will of the people. And if we can do that, then it won't be such a bad thing to say I'm part of an establishment. An establishment that I'm proud of, and helped shape, and helped to rebuild.

FRANK GUINTA: Well, and setting the tone that the most important work you're doing is when you're back home, listening to your constituents, and then bringing what their positions are to Washington to reflect their views-- I think would be a welcomed change certainly in New Hampshire, and-- and a welcomed change in the country.

DIANE SAWYER: So, can I do just one more one-word thing. Give me one word for what you think of the media.

FRANK GUINTA: Hopefully honest. How come you're laughing.


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