Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


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?

MARLIN STUTZMAN: Well, I-- I'll definitely keep in touch with my family. I come from a farm family back home in Indiana. And-- my dad is always willing to share his opinion as well. And-- you know, it-- when I get home, go sit at the John Deere dealership, go to the coffee shops, and listen. I think that's the best way to keep in touch is-- is to listen to people. And-- my family, two brothers and-- and a sister, they're all involved in a farm. They hear things every day. And-- listening to them-- and talking to them every day and listening to them-- will help keep me in touch.

DIANE SAWYER: Well again we thank you so much.

MALE VOICE: Thank you, Diane.

MALE VOICE: Thank you.

MALE VOICE: Thank you.

DIANE SAWYER: It's going to be busy. It's going to be really busy. What are you most looking forward to?


DIANE SAWYER: Can you imagine what you're going to be thinking that opening gavel?

MO BROOKS: I'm going to be thankful we're no longer on the sidelines. Watching this lame duck session that just concluded. It was very difficult.

SCOTT TIPTON: I think having that opportunity to actually have a voice. You know, many of us probably-- yell at our TV in frustration over, you know, what-- what in the world are they thinking back there. And now you have an opportunity to actually have a voice, and to be able to articulate that message. And to be able to express those concerns. And hopefully bring some good ideas-- out of Washington.


I think they should get rid of the lame duck session.



MALE VOICE: Absolutely. A novel idea.

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