Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellPanel to vote on Trump’s Transportation nominee Tuesday This week: Congressional Republicans prepare to huddle with Trump Trump to meet with congressional leaders Monday: report MORE (R-Ky.) does not have a Democratic colleague to sit with during Tuesday's State of the Union.
Asked on ”Fox News Sunday” whether he will sit at the Republican leadership table during President Obama's speech, he said, “I'm going to sit where I usually sit.”
"We don't have seating assignments for most of our members. They can sit anywhere they want to," he added.
“More important than the appearance of sitting together is what we do together. And the American people are more interested in actual accomplishments on a bipartisan basis here in the next six to nine months than they are with the seating arrangement at the State of the Union,” he said.
Instead of sitting by party, many Democrats and Republicans have been pairing this year to show a spirit of bipartisanship after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) two weeks ago.
Appearing on the same program, Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinJustice requires higher standard than Sessions Warren burns Mnuchin over failure to disclose assets Trump Treasury pick to defend foreclosure record MORE (D-Ill.) confirmed he will sit with Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkGOP senator: Don't link Planned Parenthood to ObamaCare repeal Republicans add three to Banking Committee Juan Williams: McConnell won big by blocking Obama MORE (R-Ill.) during the State of the Union.
On ABC's “This Week,” Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) said they did not have “dates” yet for the State of the Union.
On the program, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) asked Hutchison if she would like to sit next to him. Her response was not broadcast on the show.
On CBS' "Face the Nation," Sen. John McCainJohn McCainRubio to vote for Tillerson A closer look at McCain's proposed defense budget Top Dem comes out against Tillerson ahead of key vote MORE (R-Ariz.) said he's going to sit with Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallPaul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy Senate takes first step toward repealing ObamaCare Tillerson discloses assets worth up to 0M MORE (D-N.M.), while Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallLive coverage: Tillerson's hearing for State The rise and possible fall of the ‘Card’ in politics Gardner's chief of staff tapped for Senate GOP campaign director MORE (D-Colo.), who came up with the mixed-seating idea and circulated a pledge among his colleagues, sits in McCain's usual seat.
"The fact is it's a good thing to do," McCain said. "Why not?"
Later on Sunday, Sen. Charles GrassleyChuck GrassleyGOP senator: Trump budget chief could face confirmation 'problems' Jeff Sessions will protect life Justice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes MORE (R-IA) tweeted that his "date" to the State of the Union will be Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenHere comes Trump-o-nomics Lawmakers join women's marches in DC and nationwide Senate confirms first nominees of Trump era MORE (R-Ore.). Grassley noted that he was worked with Wyden to try to end the practice of secret Senate holds on nominations and legislation. "He invited," Grassley wrote.
Bridget Johnson contributed to this post. Post was updated at 2:27 pm.