Senators slow 
to come up with 
Valentine’s Day dates

Seems as if a lot of senators are scrambling to plan something special for their spouses this Valentine’s Day. As of just a few days ago, a lot of lawmakers didn’t exactly have the details on their romantic dates hashed out.

After asking which day of the week the love-filled holiday fell on, Sen. Carl Levin revealed what his Tuesday agenda included: “I’ll be in a [Leon] Panetta hearing.” How romantic.

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When ITK attempted to dig a little deeper to see if the Michigan Democrat was doing anything other than spending Feb. 14 with the secretary of Defense, Levin replied that he and his wife, Barbara, celebrate “every day of the 50 years-plus we’ve been married. Every day is Valentine’s Day.”

After reporters complimented his loving line, Levin seemed surprised that none of his colleagues were such smooth talkers, cracking, “Was I the first one to come up with that?”

ITK then approached Sen. Joe Lieberman about his big night with his wife, Hadassah. But when we asked the Connecticut Independent what he was doing for Valentine’s Day, he may have, um, taken it the wrong way. Lieberman said with a sly smile, “Are you inviting me to something?”

After reassuring him that he wasn’t being asked out on a date by this columnist, the senior senator said, “Oh, I’ll do something highly romantic with my wife. Although we don’t have the exact plans yet.”

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) also acknowledged that he still had to whip something up to set his wife’s heart aflutter: “I don’t have anything planned yet ... I better plan quickly.”

When it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts, Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) idea may not exactly take the heart-shaped cake.

The senator said he might try to woo his wife, Cindy, with a hot item: “Maybe, you know, we need a new barbecue. That would be something she would be attracted to.”

Somehow we think McCain’s the one who really has his heart set on the grilling machine. But the lawmaker said Valentine’s Day will include the usual flowers, cards and candy, and continued with a chuckle, “She likes to watch me barbecue. It’s very romantic.”


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