Senators try to beat the DC heat

A heat wave is taking over Washington, and lawmakers, just like the rest of us, are doing everything they can to escape the sizzling temps.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says the only way to avoid the hot spell is by “staying inside on some days and then staying out on the water on other days.” But here’s a real scorcher — Landrieu claims that between summers in Washington or her native Louisiana, it’s hotter on Capitol Hill, exclaiming, “Oh, it’s worse!”

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) credits his Texas upbringing for making him “used to the heat.” And unless he’s suffering from a bad case of heat stroke, he seems to be one of the few senators who actually like D.C.’s blazing conditions, telling ITK, “Where I grew up in Texas, you liked the direct sun over 100 degrees, because it would scare the mosquitoes away.”

Insects aside, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) takes a more Zen-like approach to Washington’s warmth, saying, “I basically try to take a deep breath.”

But Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) might have the most logical way of dealing with the record-high hotness: “Stay inside.”


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