Obama Dines With 12 Republican Senators

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March 6, 2013 4:40 p.m.

President Obama dined with 12 Republican senators at Jefferson Hotel in Washington on Wednesday night. In attendance, per the White House:

Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Bob Corker
Senator Kelly Ayotte
Senator John McCain
Senator Dan Coats
Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Mike Johanns
Senator Pat Toomey
Senator Ron Johnson
Senator John Hoeven
Senator Saxby Chambliss

“The President greatly enjoyed the dinner and had a good exchange of ideas with the Senators,” a senior administration official said, per a pool report. Obama also picked up the tab for the dinner, the White House said.

Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) joined a filibuster on the Senate floor of John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, shortly before the dinner took place. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is in the tenth hour of his filibuster of Brennan’s nomination, objecting to the administration’s policy on targeting killing.

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