Meet five new Democratic congresswomen ready to shake up Washington

"This Week" Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz sits down with five incoming House Democrats to discuss diversity, Democrats' priorities and Nancy Pelosi as speaker.
8:04 | 11/18/18

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I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be speaker of the house and certainly we have many, many people in our caucus who could serve in this capacity. I happen to think at this point I'm the best person for that. What do you make of Marcia fudge considering to challenge you? I say it to everybody. Come on it. The water is warm. The water may be warm, but Nancy Pelosi says she's confident she's the next speaker of the house. Here fate may be decided by the newest representatives on the hill, including the surge of women coming into the congress bringing the female house ranks from 84 up to more than 100 for the first time. To get a sense of what they bring to Washington, we spoke to five incoming democratic congress women. An air force veteran, a CIA officer, one of the first native American women in congress, the youngest African American woman ever elect and a former cabinet secretary. I started by asking that what it means to be joining the ranks of congress. It's a remarkable privilege to be part of this group. It really is an important step for congress to better represent the face of the nation. As you can see from our faces, I think we're a better representation of what's been missing in congress. Abigail, what do women bring to congress? I was a former CIA officer. We've got an engineer, a bevy of experience here. Part of who I am and part of how I view the world is the fact I'm a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife. In everything I'm looking at that perspective is valuable. I was walking across the capitol to take our freshman photograph, two young native girls from South Dakota ran up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder. Their mother came over and they were all crying. All of us were crying. To have a native American on the hill. Yes, for a group of folks in our country who have been here for thousands of years and being so under represented in congress, I think it means a tremendous amount for folks in those communities. Lauren, part of the diversity is age. You're the youngest African American member of the house. Ever. Ever. Our voices have not been heard in the halls of the congress for too long. Now we have not just one vote at the table, we have a caucus. We have a true millennial caucus now in the house of representatives. I think it's a significant step forward and an opportunity for progress. Do you think you view things differently? I think my approach to problem solving and the process with which we make decisions can be more transparent and inclusive. Our use of social media, taking a peek behind the veil of what congress is like. Donna, you're a newcomer to Washington, but not a newcomer to Washington. That's true, I'm a freshman, but not a rookie. It's been pretty exciting. People that walk through the halls and work hearsay welcome back. They remember when I was here as a cabinet officer. I know you're all optimistic. Be realistic here. There's still a Republican senate, a Republican president. How do you really make progress? Why not start with an issue, something that you can agree on? I feel like we need to find what those things are, what can we agree on. Let's make some friends and reach out. In the end it matters that we are representing our districts in the right way and they expect us to come here and do some work and not just start fights. As deb mentioned, there's an agenda we all agree on. In the 115th congress they wouldn't call a floor vote. One of the prime examples in my mind is paid family leave. Donald Trump campaigned on it. He deputized his daughter ivanka to go and be a shepherd in the caucus and she couldn't get it done because they wouldn't call a floor vote. When I think about opportunities for bipartisan action, there are many opportunities that now we can call a vote. There are many opportunities for bipartisan action. That creates a foundation we can build upon. We just went through hard elections. We flipped the house. We're tough enough, strong enough and focussed enough to get things done. I want to work on health care. That affects everybody. We won our election very much with health care as one of the major issues and you can't ignore that. Is that to you the one thing that Democrats have to make happen before 2020? Absolutely. Absolutely. It is the issue of my district. Is investigating president trump and his administration a priority for you? Of course we want to hold this administration accountable. At the same time we need to deal with the health issues. We need to deal with the environmental issues. Do you worry that any of your democratic colleagues might overplay the hand on investigating trump? I worry the media is overplaying that. There's a time and place that the oversight needs to happen, but the narrative of our congress needs to be what we're getting done for the people. In the democratic party there's more traditional, more Progressive. How do you square those and have a democratic message going into 2020? I think there's always going to be a spectrum. We're a big tent party. When we lead, we have to carry forward the voices of the people back home. We cannot fall down these rabbit holes about what kind of Democrat are you. Let me go down the row and ask you all the same question. Are you voting for Nancy Pelosi? I am. I've not made up my mind. Yes. No, I'm not. I haven't made up my mind. What will help you make up your mind? Her staff, everyone will say, look, she helped get you all elected. I have enormous respect for leader Pelosi. I want to understand what kind of reform can happen on the floor so young voices and new voices can be heard. Abigail, you've been firm that you will not vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker. Why not? If we're going to turn a page and bring civility back to the discussions, we need to change the people directing that conversation. I, like Chrissy said, have tremendous respect for everything that leader Pelosi has done. We're all sitting here in part because of the path she has blazed for us. I have been clear and honest about my intentions. She's the only person I believe we need in this tumultuous time with the president we have, to stay on track, to make sure we're fulfilling the promises to the American people. Donna, what would you say to Abigail about Nancy Pelosi? I would look at what the job is and it's a little bit of herding cats and keeping a democratic party that's full of lots of different points of view. I think Nancy has demonstrated that time and time again she has a backbone. She'll stand up to a president. This is not forever, but right now at this time, in this transition for the next two years, I'm with her. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Our thanks to them for that conversation. Welcome to Washington, the round

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