Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


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.

DIANE SAWYER: But are you gonna disappoint a lot of people out there who wanted you to be angry?

MIKE LEE: No, they don't want us to be angry, Diane. What they want--

DIANE SAWYER: Righteously--

MIKE LEE: --is for us to stand for the proposition--

DIANE SAWYER: --in their view.

MIKE LEE: --that the federal government is too big and it's too expensive. Because it's trying to do too many things. It's trying to tell us where to go to the doctor and how to pay for it. It's not supposed to do that. They want that problem fixed. It's that simple. It's that free of emotion. Except to the extent that they want something done.

RAND PAUL: And I would call it concern not anger. We're concerned about the debt. We're worried about the debt. But we're not angry about anything.

MICHAEL GRIMM: I don't think we're angry, but I-- I do think that the people of the United States have been angry. And for the right reasons. The bottom line is our government hasn't listened. Our government hasn't followed through on the promises that they made. We haven't done the things we were supposed to do. We didn't act responsibly or prudently. And the people were angry-- angry. But what-- they're not looking for anger now. I think one of the mandates that the people of the United States-- and it's much bigger than the Tea Party. The Tea Party seems to be the face of what I would say the average American that's not usually involved in politics. And that's what you see in my grassroots campaign. They want us to work together. A one party system doesn't work. We've just seen that.

DIANE SAWYER: Let's talk -

MICHAEL GRIMM: They want us to work together and we have to.

DIANE SAWYER: Okay, let's talk substantively about what's gonna be awaiting you very soon. You've got two big votes on the economy. You've got the continuing resolution on the budget. And then you've got the debt ceiling. Can I just ask again for a show of hands, this is so important to people, how many of you are gonna vote in favor of the continuing resolution on the budget?

SCOTT TIPTON: No, I think we're gonna first of all have to actually--


SCOTT TIPTON: --see what leadership is going to do. We weren't here to do business as usual. We're going to have to stand up. We want to see real changes. That-- we're going to be reducing the size of government. Reducing spending in Washington. And-- can't speak for anyone else, but you will not be a rubber stamp for business as usual in Washington, because that is not the message that was sent in this last election.

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