Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


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.

RAND PAUL: And appropriations need to go through committee. They've got to go through a committee process. It makes absolutely no sense to throw four trillion dollars worth of spending out there and not deliberate. It's supposed to be here in the committee. You go through it and you deliberate on these things. And then you vote on them. We should have a chance to introduce spending cuts.

DIANE SAWYER: But coming into-- pledging to cut $100 billion in the first year, it's comin' up in February and March. Is it gonna start there? And how much are you gonna hold out?

FRANK GUINTA: Well, I think that's just the start of where we need to reshape and retool the size and scope and cost of the federal government. You know, I think one principle that every American should agree with is that we will not spend more than we take in. Our families have to live by that.

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