Diane Sawyer Speaks to Key Players in the Debt Debate Including Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Sawyer Reconvenes Her Panel of Freshman Republican Lawmakers for an Exclusive Discussion on the Debt Crisis
In addition, the Men and Women of Fort Wayne, Indiana "Tell Washington" What They Think of the Debt Debate
On Monday, August 1 Diane Sawyer will anchor a special edition of “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” from Washington, D.C. While the ABC News powerhouse political team continues to report on the "Countdown to Crisis," the broadcast will feature a number of special conversations about the ongoing debt debate.
With a framework for a deal to raise the debt ceiling on the table and party leaders trying to sell the deal to their members, Diane Sawyer caught up with several of the key players including Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to ask about the way forward.
Nearly seven months after their first conversation, Diane Sawyer reconvenes her panel of freshman Republican lawmakers for an exclusive discussion about the nation’s fiscal house. This group of lawmakers, elected less than a year ago, has been one of the most influential freshmen classes in recent memory. Sawyer specifically asked the group about the debt ceiling during their discussion in January and now she follows up with them as the debt debate peaks — has their position on the issue changed, what effect they think the Tea Party has had on the debate, and how they have dealt with the realities of governing since they last spoke. Members participating in the conversation include: Sen. Mike Lee (UT) Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05) Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-01) Rep. Michael Grimm (NY-13) Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01) Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03) Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03) Then, as negotiations over raising the debt ceiling raged on in Washington throughout the weekend, Diane Sawyer set out into the country listening to how Americans really feel about the ongoing d
ebate on Capitol Hill. The men and women of Fort Wayne, Indiana sound off. Viewers can "Tell Washington" by submitting a comment, video, or photo here.
Diane Sawyer’s initial interview with freshmen Republican lawmakers took place on the eve of the 112th Congress and aired on January 5, 2011. A transcript of that interview is available here; watch the full interview here.
Coverage will be posted on ABCNews.com and will appear across all ABC News platforms including ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW, and ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service.
"World News with Diane Sawyer” airs at 6:30 p.m. on the ABC Television Network. Jon Banner is the executive producer of the broadcast.