Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


DIANE SAWYER: And you were saying that-- that the-- that the parking lot costs more than--

MO BROOKS: Well, in shopping, my wife and I decided that we were going to live here-- in addition to sustain a home back in-- the Tennessee valley-- of Alabama. And we were surprised to discover that to buy a place where you can park your car cost more than our first house. That was remarkable.

DIANE SAWYER: So-- any of you run into-- to former Speaker Pelosi yet?

MARLIN STUTZMAN: I was actually sworn in November 16th because of a special election. And-- was sworn in on November 16th and met her then. And-- so, I was-- had the experience of serving through the lame duck session.

DIANE SAWYER: So, many of you campaigned against her. What's the first word going to be when you see her?

MO BROOKS: My first word will be, "Hi." (LAUGH) You know, we--

DIANE SAWYER: But what's your first thought gonna be after campaigning against her so hard?

MO BROOKS: Well, it's professional.

DIANE SAWYER: Which you really did.

MO BROOKS: It's-- it's not personal. She has a different ideology. It's not an ideology we share. It's not an ideology that we believe is in the best interest of America. But she's entitled to her ideological beliefs. But that's on a professional level. On a personal level, I'll be happy to go out with-- to lunch with her. Chat with her. But we're gonna fight pretty hard when it comes down to some of the basic beliefs that we have. Whether we're gonna be socialists, for example, or believe in the free enterprise system. Those are basic tenets. And I think everybody here who was elected and the Republican side, we have a common understanding of where we're coming from and where our country needs to go.


RAND PAUL: I was just gonna interject that-- that's-- I had one chance to speak with the President. And I told him that from one who is seen as being associated with the Tea Party, I want to make sure he knows that I want a civil discourse. Because sometimes in the media, they've portrayed 100,000 people at a crowd and one guy with a mean sign towards the President. That's not me holding that sign or any of these people. We want a polite discussion. And we disagree. And it can be very strong disagreement. And his response was, "Yeah, we can disagree and not be disagreeable." And I agree completely.

DIANE SAWYER: In fact, I read that your children would like to meet the Obama daughters?

RAND PAUL: We're still workin' on that. We would love to. Yes.

MARLIN STUTZMAN: I think that's one thing that, you know, we all need to remember is that, you know, politics, even though it's been really rough, is that we are all human beings first. And that it is more important for us to have civil dialogue. And you know what? I'm conservative, but I'm not mad about it. I-- I can do it with a smile on my face. And we can have civil discourse. And we can realize that there are some points, we are gonna just disagree upon. And that's-- that's okay, but hopefully--

DIANE SAWYER: But Senator, there was a sense that everybody had come to storm the place. I-- I mean--

MIKE LEE: I-- I couldn't disagree more. I could not disagree more. The-- the idea behind the Tea Party Movement is neither partisan nor is it angry. I think it's-- it's widely been misunderstood and in some cases, unfortunately, it's been deliberately misrepresented.

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