Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


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.

MIKE LEE: I agree with that. And I also think-- constituent-- communication is very important. I have three constituents back home, that I intend to communicate with every day. My three children. If I can explain to them every day what I'm doing, what I'm most concerned about, and I can distill that to the point that-- that-- two teenagers and a ten year old can understand it-- I'll be in a better position to boil things down to their essence so that I can communicate to others and to make sure that I'm staying grounded.

DIANE SAWYER: And what about being here, what you get-- you're going to have temporary housing for a while. What about being away from your family? What that's going to be?

MIKE LEE: Skype's a beautiful thing.

DIANE SAWYER: Skype's not a hug. (LAUGHTER)

MIKE LEE: Don't mean to suggest that it replaces everything else, but it's-- it helps.

RAND PAUL: I'm going to be living with my dad here. You know, not sleeping in my office, but living with my dad. So, I'll get to see family.

DIANE SAWYER: What's that going to be like?

RAND PAUL: Well, I don't know. We'll see. (LAUGHTER) It's-- most people are ready to have their kids move out after college. I'm 47, and I'm moving back in, so.

DIANE SAWYER: Living like a reality show experiment.

RAND PAUL: (LAUGHTER) Yeah, I don't-- yeah, I don't think we're going to do the reality TV. (LAUGHTER) And I told Dad he didn't have to worry about late-night parties anymore. So, I think we're probably okay there. But--

DIANE SAWYER: Right. You'll check to see what time he gets home every night?

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