Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


MALE VOICE: You said--

DIANE SAWYER: No, I was so sure someone was gonna-- was gonna say something provocative.

FRANK GUINTA: Well, it's where we just started. (LAUGHTER)

DIANE SAWYER: Go for it. A word?

TIM HUELSKAMP: Well, I'm-- I'm excited, there's an alternative media out there. And-- and that's what I want to see in Congress, is more transparency, and more openness. So you don't have to go through a filter of the media. And I-- I think that's where you'll see real changes.

DIANE SAWYER: Anybody else got one word?

MIKE LEE: Liberal.




MALE VOICE: Powerful.

MIKE LEE: It's expanding. The word media is plural. It was always intended to be plural, and it's becoming more plural. Never has it been so easy for so few people with so little money to communicate to so many so quickly. And that's changing America.

RAND PAUL: The Internet. The Internet has made y'all better I think because you now have to compete with hundreds of sources, and you see that there are other sides. And you see the success of some of the right wing-- opinions that are coming out when maybe the mainstream media might have been more to the leftwing. Now I think you're showing some-- I mean, even most-- most of the main networks now, you see both sides presented, but that's because of the Internet. Because there's an alternative out there.

MICHAEL GRIMM: There's also a double-edged sword, though, with the Internet. I mean, what I've seen. There was a certain amount of-- respect given to a journalist that checked his or her sources, and there was a standard that had to be met. And one of the problems with the Internet is anyone goes up and blogs, and puts whatever they want without checking a source, or without-- and it may even-- they may even do so knowingly falsely. And-- and that's-- one of the problems. And-- and don't get me wrong. The-- the Internet obviously expanding the venue, and-- and it is an overall benefit, but it is a double-edged sword in that regard.

DIANE SAWYER: So, a year from now, will you come back and sit down with me again, and tell me what was different from what you thought today?

MO BROOKS: Absolutely.

MICHAEL GRIMM: It depends on how the editing goes. (LAUGHTER)

MALE VOICE: It would be my pleasure.

DIANE SAWYER: And again, it's-- it's-- we-- we love the moment in America where we realize what it means to have everybody coming in from all walks of life. And we-- we understand that-- that the American democracy is a real and living thing. And that people don't just vote in November, but different people show up in January. And I just-- I-- I thank you again. And I hope for all of us a happy New Year.

VICKY HARTZLER: Well, I think-- calling home every day, and texting my daughter, and we've got Skype, and-- and so, staying very close to the-- your family, and going home as often as possible. Being there-- you know, in the district, having town hall meetings. Visiting with the people that you work for.

DIANE SAWYER: Hard to be away?

VICKY HARTZLER: It will be. Yeah. Absolutely. But this is a time of sacrifice in our country. Where we have to step up and do the hard things, not the easy things for the-- for the good of our country. And-- we're willing to do it.

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