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A Long Way: McMorris Rodgers' Log Cabin Roots

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress. But for this strong woman and mother of three, it's not about power and clout. It's about her faith that has led her. Read Transcript


I LOVE YOU, BABE.

David: THIS IS CATHY

McMORRIS ROGERS AT HOME IN

WASHINGTON, D.C.

AND THIS IS CATHY McMORRIS

ROGERS IN SPOKAN,

WASHINGTON.

OH, MY GOODNESS, YOU'VE

GOT A CANDY.

David: IT IS A TALE OF

TWO WASHINGTONS.

IN WASHINGTON, D.C., SHE IS

THE HOUSE REPUBLIBQN

CONFERENCE, CHARGED WITH

EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATING

THE G.O.P. MESSAGE, AND

GIVING THE G.O.P. STATE OF

THE UNION ADDRESS.

WHAT AN HONOR IT IS FOR

ME TO BE WITH YOU AFTER THE

PRESIDENT'S STATE OF THE

UNION.

David: BUT BACK IN

SPOKAN, THAT OTHER

WASHINGTON, SHE IS JUST

PLAIN OLD CATHY.

I'M CATHY McMORRIS

ROGERS.

I SEE MYSELF AS A TYPICAL

KID

AND HAS BEEN GIVEN SOME

TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES.

David: IF CATHY HAD TO

CHOOSE BETWEEN THESE TWO

WASHINGTONS, THERE IS NO

DOUBT SHE WOULD CHOOSE RIGHT

HERE IN SPOKAN.

IT IS IN EASTERN WASHINGTON,

AND IT'S VERY RURAL, VERY

CONSERVATIVE, AND EXACTLY

WHERE SHE GOT HER HUMBLE

ROOTS.

SO HUMBLE, IN FACT, SHE

SPENT A COUPLE OF YEARS OF

HER CHILDHOOD GROWING UP IN

THE REMOTE AREA OF NORTHERN

BRITISH COLUMBIA, IN

CANADA.

WE LIVED IN A CABIN

WITHOUT ELECTRICITY, WITHOUT

RUNNING WATER.

g gLIKE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE

PRAIRIE.

THAT IS A FAVORITE OF

MINE.

David: AND SHE

CONTINUED TO EMBARK ON NEW

CHALLENGES, LIKE JUNE THE

4-H YOUTH ORGANIZATION, AND

SHE LIVED ON A FARM, WHICH

TAUCá HER THE VALUE OF HARD

WORK.

FOR YEARS SHE PUT IN LONG

HOURS AT THE FAMILY'S FRUIT

STAND.

YOU HAVE TO PRUNE THE

TREES, AND YOU HAVE TO THIN

THE TREES.

EVEN WHEN IT COMES TIME TO

PICK THE FRUIT, YOU GO

AROUND AND YOU JUST PICK

WHAT IS RIPE.

SO YOU REALLY GET TO KNOWS

THOSE TREES THROUGH THE

YEARS.

David: IT WAS THEN OFF

TO PENSACOLA CHRISTIAN

COLLEGE, WORKING AT

McDONALD'S TO PUT HERSELF

THROUGH SCHOOL.

SHE BECAME THE FIRST IN HER

FAMILY TO GRADUATE COLLEGE.

AND SHE EVENTUALLY GOT INTO

LOCAL POLITICS.

AND ROUGHLY 15 YEARS LATER,

HERE SHE IS, THE 200th

WOMEN ELECTED TO CONGRESS,

AND ONE OF THE MOST

INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN

POLITICS.

SHE BELIEVES GOD IS LEADING

HER STEPS.

IF YOU WOULD HAVE TOLD

ME, MAYBE WHEN I WAS IN HIGH

SCHOOL, THAT THIS IS WHERE IT-WOULD BE TODAY, OR T@AU I

WOULD BE GIVING THE

REPUBLICAN ADDRESS FOLLOWING

THE PRESIDENT'S STATE OF THE

UNION, I MIGHT HAVE BEEN

OVERWHELMED.

AND YET AS GOD LEADS, AND

ONE STEP AT A TIME HE

PREPARES AND HE EQUIPS YOU

FOR WHAT IS NEXT.

David: AND RIGHT NOW,

WHAT IS NEXT FOR THE

CONGRESSWOMAN IS MAKING SURE

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S

MESSAGE REACHES OUT TO ALL

AMERICANS.

THE OLD ADAGE THAT PEPEE

DON'T CARE WHAT YOU KNOW

UNTIL YOU KNOW THAT YOU CARE

I THINK IS IMPORTANT, AND WE

HAVE TO BE LETTING PEOPLE

KNOW THAT WE CARE, AND THAT

WE UNDERSTAND, AND THAT WE

REFLECT WHO THEY ARE AND

THEIR EXPERIENCES.

David: AS A WOMAN WITH

AN INFLUENTIAL MEGA PHONE,

SHE IS FIGHTING BACK ON THE

DEMOCRAT'S CHARGE THAT THE

G.O.P. IS NOT ON THE PAGE

WITH EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN.

CITING HOW THE PARTY BACKED

THE EQUAL PAY ACT AS FAR

BACK AS 1963.

DO YOU THINK THIS IS

DECEITFUL ON THEIR PART?

YES, IT IS.

David: DEMOCRATS SAY

WOMEN MAKE 77 CENTS FOR

EVERY DOLLAR A MAN MAKES.

IT IS NOT AN ACCURATE

REFLECTION OF WHAT IS GOING

ON.

IT DOESN'T TAKE IN

CONSIDERATION THE CHOICES

THAT WOMEN MAKE, AND THE

EDUCATION AND THE JOB FIELDS

THAT WOMEN ENTER.

David: AND THE OTHER

ISSUE ON HER PLATE,

OBAMACARE.

DESPITE A RECENT FLAP OVER

HER REMARKS THAT OBAMACARE

IS PROBABLY HERE TO STAY,

SHE HAS REPEATED TRIED TO

REPEAL IT.

IT'S A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL,

GOVERNMENT KNOWS BEST,

SOLUTION FOR HEALTH CARE.

David: WHY IT IS AN

IMPORTANT ISSUE TO HER IS

BECAUSE HER SON, COLE WAS

BORN WITH DOWN SYNDROME.

YOU DON'T EXPECT THAT TO

HAPPEN TO YOU.

HE IS EXCEEDING ALL

EXPECTATIONS.

I'VE TOLD MYSELF, DON'T PUT

ANY LIMITS ON COLE.

David: COLE IS ONE OF

THREE CHILDREN FOR HER AND

HER HUSBAND, BRIAN, WHO MET

SIX YEARS AGO.

I WAS 36 BEFORE I MET

BRIAN ROGERS.

I WAS WONDERING, AM I GOING

TO BE SINGLE FOR THE REST OF

MY LIFE?

AND HERE WAS THIS WONDERFUL

MAN, WHO HAD NEVER BEEN

MARRIED, NEVER HAD KIDS,

JUST WAITING FOR ME.

David: AND NOW BRIAN,

A RETIRED NAVY COMMANDER,

STAYS HOME WITH THE KIDS

WHILE THE CONGRESSWOMAN

HEADS OFF TO WORK.

I HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO

DO THINGS FEW MEN HAVE THE

OPPORTUNITY TO DO.

I AM THRILLED IN SUPPORTING

MY WIFE AS SHE MOVES FORWARD

WITH HER CONGRESSIONAL

CAREER.

David: AND THAT

CONGRESSIONAL CAREER IS NOW

ALSO ONE FOR THE HISTORY

BOOKS.

McMORRIS ROGERS IS THE

FIRST WOMAN IN CONGRESS TO

EVER GIVE BIRTH THREE TIMES

WHILE IN OFFICE.

David: YOU'RE NOT ONLY

A MOM, YOU ARE TECHNICALLY

AN HISTORIC MOTHER.

[LAUGHTER]

OH, BOY.

MY JUGGLING ACT, I DON'T

THINK IS THAT DIFFERENT FROM

MILLIONS OF OTHER WORKING

MOMS IN THIS COUNTRY.

AND SOME DAYS IT GOES BETTER

THAN OTHER DAYS.

SOME DAYS I THINK, OKAY, WE

HAVE THIS FIGURED OUT.

AND OTHER DAYS IT FEELS LIKE

IT IS ALL FALLING APART.

David: BUT SHE HAS ITA&C @&Cú

TOGETHER IN D.C., A STRONG

WOMAN IN A PLACE DOMINATED

BY MEN.

BUT FOR CATHY McMORRIS

ROGERS, ALL OF THIS IS NOT

ABOUT POWER AND CLOUT.

FOR HER, IT IS ABOUT HER

FAITH IN GOD, THAT LED HER

TO WHERE SHE IS AT TODAY.

I HAVE RECOGNIZED THAT

GOD'S WILL IS NOT THE

DESTINATION.

AND IT IS NOT A TITLE.

IT IS NOT A POSITION.

GOD'S WILL IS DAY IN AND DAY

OUT BEING THE PERSON HE

WANTS YOU TO BE.

I DON'T WANT THEM EVER TO

SAY, LOOK AT HER, SHE SAYS

SHE IS A CHRISTIAN AND LOOK

WHAT SHE DID.

I WANT MY TESTIMONY TO BE

ONE THAT IS PLEASING OF

JESUS CHRIST, MY LORD AND MY

SAVIOR.

WE PRAY THESE THINGS IN

YOUR NAME, AMEN.

David: DAVID BRODY,

CBN NEWS, IN SPOKAN,

WASHINGTON.

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