In the interview, Long, who told the Joplin Tea Party audience that he was not very popular with House leadership is described as "developing a reputation as a straight talker and House leadership has taken a shine to him."
About the tea party, Long says, "I’m probably more tea party than the tea party. In southwest Missouri, we were tea party before tea party was cool. I don’t join caucuses unless I really feel like I have time to devote to them."
About whether he would vote to raise the debt ceiling:
"We are going to have to get some extreme, not extreme—we’re going to have to get some good-sized spending cuts before I’d even look at it. It’s going to be another negotiating thing."