Sen. Roger Wicker likes idea of crossing the aisle for State of the Union

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Roger F. Wicker, R-Miss., thinks it’s a good idea to mingle with his colleagues from across the aisle at tonight’s State of the Union address, and will sit beside Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., he said Monday.

“I think it’s a good statement of bipartisanship and that’s important and, at the same time, I hope it results in less of this jumping up and down — what I’ve called ‘dueling ovations.’… It’s gotten out of hand.”

It’s merely symbolic, but the gesture of bipartisanship is partly a response to the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., at a meet-and-greet event in her district earlier this month.

Commercial Appeal