Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


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.

PAUL GOSAR: I'm going to take time-- quality time to be taught. I sat chair side for 25 years. So, I know a lot about dentistry and about health care. I'm from a big district, the tenth largest in the United States. I don't want to go in just-- just glancing, and have a town hall meeting, and move away. I would like to spend two or three days, and I've made that commitment to go in to my district and spend those two or three days with each part of my district.

To be taught about agriculture, to be taught about mining, to be taught about water, to be taught about the Native Americans. That's what I think I should do. And I think that's what keeps me grounded. And that's why I'm happy to say I'm western through and through.

TIM HUELSKAMP: My faith's very important to me. And a lot-- of time prayer is important also in our district. There's 69 counties, and-- I plan on visiting every county every year, and a town hall. It's kind of hard to lose touch when-- when you face the voters every year, and get a chance to visit with them.

SCOTT TIPTON: I think you're hearing the same thing. A lot of us-- ties to our family-- and a commitment to-- to be able to get back into our district and to be able to reach out, and-- and to listen to the people who elected us. I think-- a very clear message-- came through that Washington wasn't listening. And so, it's incumbent on us to make sure that-- we're back and hearing the message that the people have to say.

DIANE SAWYER: The—Is there the one thing you think you'll do every day just to remind yourself that--

SCOTT TIPTON: You know, for-- for me personally, it's-- it's prayer. You know, you pray to do-- the right thing to the very best of your ability.

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