This from ABC News:
“Who are you going with?” has become the hottest question asked of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, one day before a joint session of Congress convenes for President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s simple and largely symbolic proposal for colleagues to cross the aisle and sit side-by-side Tuesday has cast the evening as something of a “date night,” with many members of Congress courting the perfect partner and some promising to go stag.
Republicans and Democrats have traditionally sat together en masse on their respective sides of the aisle. But in the wake of the Tucson, Ariz., shootings two weeks ago, many lawmakers have sought ways to project a greater sense of unity and civility before the U.S. public.
More than 50 lawmakers have so far signed on to Udall’s bipartisan seating plan, and several couples announced their pairings Sunday.
“Who’s your date?” ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour asked Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Sunday on “This Week.”
“I don’t have a date,” Hutchison replied.
“Kay, I’m available,” interjected North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad.
The two will now sit together.
Meanwhile, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he had successfully courted conservative Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn.
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