Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


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.

FRANK GUINTA: I think the only reason to be in Washington is for either a committee meeting or a vote. Otherwise-- I at least, being from New Hampshire, have the ability to get home every single weekend, and of course, during the district work periods. And that's what I plan on doing. And that's the commitment that I've made. And to the extent that we can all do that based on our geographic regions is going to be more important to our constituents.

MO BROOKS: There's a hymn or phrase that comes to mind, and it's what's guided me in my public life. It's do what is right, let the consequences follow. That's what I hope we'll do.

DIANE SAWYER: That's what you'll be saying every night you're lying awake sleepless, worrying about the decision the next day?

MO BROOKS: Do what is right, and let the consequences follow. If you do that, you can sleep peacefully. Do your job.

MICHAEL GRIMM: I-- I always-- keep some type of Marine Corps memorabilia. Like I-- I usually wear my pin-- from the Marine Corps. And it-- it-- and it's not just about Marines, but it reminds me that throughout the world, we have men and women in uniform in harm's way. And here I am sitting in a beautiful room-- on a cushy chair, and they're in a hole in a ground-- or in a Humvee, where-- away from their families, wondering if they're going to be alive tomorrow. And that keeps me grounded. And I-- I believe it always will. So, just remembering our-- our armed-- forces, our services that out there keeping us safe every day.

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