Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


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?

RAND PAUL: The-- you know, you talked earlier about sort of the people getting-- consumed by the Potomac fever, you know, Washington taking over, and you becoming part of the system that you were railing against. I think what's important is not just-- I don't think we'll be corrupted by the system. But I think you can be corrupted by the minutia of the day that just drags you down and beats you down. What I want to do with my time here, and I don't plan on being here forever, is to-- think about the big ideas. Not be consumed by the minutia, but attached a balanced budget rule to the debt ceiling. Something big like that that we could all really believe and get behind.

But if we do it, and we cut $10 billion from it, can I go home and say, oh, we cut $10 billion. No, I want a rule. If we could pass some rules, I'll go home. If we could pass the balanced budget amendment and term limits, I'll go home next week. I mean, I want some rules in Washington, and I'll go back and be a doctor. So-- but I don't want to be consumed by minutia. I want to try to participate in a big way, in the big debate, in the big ideas that could change our country.

DIANE SAWYER: Forgive me for going back to it again. What's the hardest thing about living with your dad?

RAND PAUL: (LAUGHS) Well, he said he wasn't going to cook, and he thought that would be bad for me, but I think that's actually good that he's not going to be cooking for me. (LAUGHTER)

DIANE SAWYER: We're looking at a lot of takeout here?

RAND PAUL: Yeah. No. I think sometimes with family, even when you agree on a lot of things-- agreeing not to discuss certain things is good too, because you don't agree on everything.

DIANE SAWYER: That's true. Congressman?

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