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The -- for the state of the union is not a sign to but it's usually split right down party lines.
Now one democratic senator wants to change all that and he's getting a lot of support from across the out.
Several congressmen and women have joined senator Mark Udall pushed for a state of the union -- swap.
I sent out earlier with senator -- find out more about his plan.
Consider -- you so much for your time -- joining us today I know that it's a very busy schedule when bad things planned an unexpected this week.
Let me ask you the events of last Saturday the -- the president's speech since then.
How do you think it sets the table now for political dialogue and discourse for Americans.
-- -- Shannon.
Those of us in both political parties have been having some quite conversations this last week.
Acknowledging each other that the rhetoric really gone over the top the last couple years.
And it struck me that we had a chance in the state of the union.
He is heard -- -- about ten days for us to change that tanner.
And just sit together on the floor of the house -- presented to show the country there were really focused on solving problems and grabbing opportunity.
And if it's anything were to come out of this terrible set of events in Arizona.
To move the country forward.
This would be one way to do it I come from a family that -- -- you've also got Democrats Republicans.
Of all stripes we're one big family.
And I think that's of the American people want to hear about those of us who work in the congress.
This isn't war.
This is politics this is covering this is the process of running our government.
And I think go in in keeping faith with -- respecting those who lost their lives.
In Arizona without point fingers we've all been.
We've all been responsible for the heated rhetoric but let's turn that page and -- a really symbolic way to do that -- import way to do that would be to sit together to State of the Union Address in about ten days.
It is a very unique proposition and they sent a letter out to congressional leaders try to get folks on -- fitness.
I also heard this come up that the White House briefing this week guys here's a bit of what press secretary Robert Gibbs had to say on that idea.
It's uninteresting idea.
Well I think says.
Look again we're not to remove the disagreement and politics.
We're gonna have debates and soon.
You know maybe.
Maybe not having.
A physical -- separate -- he is.
Would be a good thing is we talk about.
The state of our union.
So senator the letters out there the White House is on board it sounds like put this out what kind of response are you getting is -- coming in yet for your from your colleagues.
I've heard from an -- my colleagues it either publicly or privately and I'm pleased to tell you that this senator Shaheen.
And widen and in my party -- on board and I've gotten indications as senator Murkowski and Senator McCain also think it's a good idea.
From the Republican point of view I can tell you whatever happens when I walk down that center island house I served in the house for ten years I know the chamber well.
I'll take a right turn and go sit on the Republican side.
Of the -- for the state of the union because we are after all there to hear about the state of our unions.
In the state of America and as for me in the end we're Americans and that's really what we've been sent to do is -- to do Washington which is to look out after our country.
Make some tough decisions and is secretary has said -- Gibbs said.
We can disagree without being disagreeable that's certainly been one of the Credo is in my public life.
And one of the tasks of south that idea is really going to be coming up in the next few days with word that the house plans to take back up.
The bill that would essentially repeal the health care law it's going to be a tough today -- Robert Gibbs talked about and that same sound -- that at some point you have to -- back to business.
That what are your thoughts on that do you think that we are ready to get back into that into the big -- with political debate on that particular topic.
Hi -- let's let's have -- the debate I I have to remember back to the Medicare prescription drug but we had in the house it was a very contentious vote.
It's 6 AM in the morning by by one vote I believe initially and then one or two people switch their votes so it was us but it's still very small margin.
I was disappointed I was even felt some some anger in the short term because I didn't think it was the right way in which provided.
Prescription drug benefit to seniors.
Who wants it was passed into law my attitude was let's make it better let's fix it -- flawed.
And let's add to -- were really makes sense I would hope after this initial debate about that portable health care act.
The Republicans have their say and they make their case that we -- that we would then come together as Americans say -- a lot of good provisions in this bill 85% of -- there was Republican support for.
The core principles were actually Republican generated early on let's now go back to work on how we improve it discard those -- those provisions it don't work.
That would be the spirit in which I hope we would work they're going forward and then we have other big challenges in front of us whether it's immigration policy reformer the need for national energy policy.
And a cause and I think.
Could but could bring great bipartisan support that's how do we drive down our national debt.
And set the stage for real true -- Comic recovery.
It's gonna recover require a lot of hard work from all of you we know will be watching we've left -- and that will ask.
Talk about your progress with us again senator Mark Udall thank you so much for your time.
Kate -- -- I think that's job one is to focus on jobs everything we do ought to be focused on job creation.
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