Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


DIANE SAWYER: So-- have you come here to storm the place? (LAUGH) Right word? What's the verb?

MARLIN STUTZMAN: You know, I was surprised that the Constitution had not been read in Congress for so long. And that this is really almost setting precedent. And I think it's about time. Because, you know, I-- I consider myself a constitutional conservative. Serving in the state legislature, I-- I have seen and experienced what the federal government does to the states. And they continue to tie our hands.

SCOTT TIPTON: I think a lot of the purpose actually is to bring really just restore some common sense back to Washington. You know, coming from rural Colorado, you see an overreach of government into our daily lives. And-- I think that-- you know, a lot of people will point to the Constitution-- the Constitution speaks to common sense. And that's what people expect to see out of government. They want the opportunity to be able to lead their lives and to be able to build for their futures without unnecessary interference coming out of Washington.

MICHAEL GRIMM: I also think it's an important to look at the framers point of view when they were drafting the Constitution. Yes, there was a tremendous amount of wisdom, but they also had something to look at. They looked at the way England was doing business and they said, "What's wrong? What's broken? And let's write a document so that our government doesn't make these mistakes." And they put in safeguards to prevent the United States from having the problems that almighty England had. And the irony of it is that we've gotten away from the Constitution. We stopped respecting the way we were founded and sure enough, we're having some of those exact problems.

DIANE SAWYER: A couple of questions-- again about this first experience. Some of you, not all of you for sure-- come in as Tea Party candidates. How many of you, in this moment, feel you're Tea Party first, Republican second?

FRANK GUINTA: I feel I'm American first. And that I'm here to reflect and represent New Hampshire. And to change the direction of the nation. And I'm proud that I've got so many supporters, whether they're Tea Party members or Republicans or independents as New Hampshire is so well known for. Sending me here to do a job and to be effective in doing that job.

DIANE SAWYER: And American first, Tea Party second?

VICKY HARTZLER: Well, I'm a member of the fourth district of Missouri. And we just believe it's common sense to have limited government and lower taxes. And-- we were maybe Tea Party before Tea Party was cool. We don't see a divide. It's just-- the common sense. It's the way that we're supposed to be.

DIANE SAWYER: And one more question about arriving. Have you found everything yet? (LAUGH) Bathrooms?

MALE VOICE: Certainly not.

DIANE SAWYER: Cafeteria?



VICKY HARTZLER: I need a map of the tunnels.

MICHAEL GRIMM: Yeah, the capital police are exceptionally good at-- pointing us in the right direction. So, they've been wonderful. Extremely gracious. And I'm always turned around. I have a bad sense of direction to begin with. But when I got here, the first thing I did was find one of the-- the men or women in blue and said, "Hey, where do I go-- for this?" And-- and they've been great. So, they-- they're a big help for us. Big help. (UNINTEL PHRASE).

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