Rep. McCotter dismisses bipartisan 'date night'

McCotter's office did not immediately respond for comment. However, a large number of his colleagues have already signed up to repeat last year's new tradition of crossing the aisle to sit beside a member of the opposite party for the president’s annual speech. 

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has lined up her date for Tuesday night’s big event.

Pelosi tweeted: “I will be sitting again next to my friend and fellow Marylander Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) at #SOTU tonight.”

Pelosi and Bartlett were seatmates last year.

Other announced seatmates include Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio); Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.); Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.); Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.); Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.); Reps. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and Dave Reichert (R-Wash.); and Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

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