WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and Republicans usually sit with fellow members of their parties during the State of the Union.

But with calls for more civility in Congress and less partisanship after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting, some lawmakers are pledging to break with tradition during President Barack Obama’s address this year.

That includes the No. 2 Senate Democrat, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois. He says he will sit with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk on Tuesday.

Durbin jokingly says he’ll bring the popcorn and Kirk will bring a soda with two straws.

However, the Senate’s Republican leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky tells “Fox News Sunday” that he’ll take a seat on the Republican side of the aisle, as usual.

Copyright Associated Press


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