Transcript: 10 Freshmen Lawmakers Talk With Diane Sawyer


DIANE SAWYER: You're still doing it?

GOSAR: Yes, I am.

DIANE SAWYER: Really? After all these months?

GOSAR: It's not bad. When you grow up in a family of ten-- everything's easy. (LAUGH)

DIANE SAWYER: I want to go one by one, again, because the first time we got together seven months ago, I went one by one and said, "On this day, what's the word for how you feel about being here in this place?" And since we're-- since we're seven months down the road, if I could start with you, Congressman-- (OVERTALK)

MALE VOICE: Word for the day or words for the day?

DIANE SAWYER: The word for-- when you walked in, you each had a word for what it meant on that day, what it was like on that day. What's it like today?

HUELSKAMP: Well, I still think it's principles over compromise. You've got to identify what-- what you're about before you get here. You're not gonna learn that here. It's something you have to come in-- come in with. And-- so to me, it's about principles and-- focusing on what's most important.

DIANE SAWYER: So biggest lesson learned, seven months?

HUELSKAMP: There's-- a lot of work to do. I-- I always say, when I go home, folks say, "Is Washington everything you figured it would be?" I said, "Oh, yes, and worse." (LAUGH) There is a lot of work to go. The system is so fundamentally broken by-- we are so deep in debt, deep in the hole, there's just so much more to do. I was so surprised at how bad it really is.

DIANE SAWYER: Congressman Brooks. ' MO BROOKS: I've got a phrase. Concerned for my country. Concerned for America.

GRIMM: Frustrated. This is a very frustrating process. It is more systemically broken than even I imagined.

GOSAR: Dysfunctional. Totally dysfunctional.

TIPTON: I think what a great opportunity-- to have the privilege of being able to serve here at this time, at this point in American history. We have an opportunity to change the course of how we do business in America. For the first time-- we are seeing Congress truly take up the debt ceiling, rather than rubber-stamping it. We're playing, I think, a significant role. For the first time, we've seen government spend not a slower rate of increase, but actually reducing spending in Washington, D.C. And when we look at the debt that this nation faces, the deficit that we're going to add on to to top of that-- the message that we clearly hear from home is exactly what everyone talks about around their kitchen table at night. We have to be able to restain-- strain spending and to be able to live within the resources that we're allocated.

DIANE SAWYER: So your word is "opportunity"?


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