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Udall: 2 others back State of Union show of unity

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Sen. Mark Udall says two other senators are backing his proposal to have Democrats and Republicans sit side-by-side in a show of unity during the State of the Union speech instead of dividing up by party.

Udall spokeswoman Jennifer Talhelm said this week that Sens. Jean Shaheen (jeen shuh-HEEN’) of New Hampshire and Ron Wyden of Oregon signed on to his proposal.

Udall, Shaheen and Wyden are all Democrats.

Talhelm says other senators have also expressed interest. She didn’t identify them.

Udall says the tradition of having the parties sit on opposite sides emphasizes differences and divisions.

President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union speech Jan. 25.


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