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Jan. 21 2011 1:45 PM

Sit By Me, When You're Not Strong...

The latest entry into the surprisingly popular bipartisan State of the Union seating craze:

In the spirit of bipartisanship, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that they will sit together during President Obama’s State of the Union address Jan. 25. Democrats and Republicans have typically sat in different sections of the House chamber during the speech.    

"The simple act of sitting together in a normally divided chamber will send an important signal that legislating shouldn't be about taking partisan sides," said Sen. Casey. "Sen. Toomey and I will sit together as public officials representing all the people of Pennsylvania. I look forward to working together and hope the bipartisan spirit will continue for all members of Congress."    

"I am proud to sit with my fellow colleague from Pennsylvania, Sen. Bob Casey," Sen. Toomey said. "There will be many opportunities for us to work together in the 112th Congress, and sitting next to each other is a small but important step toward setting a civil and cooperative tone for the challenging work ahead of us."

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Also sitting together: Kirsten Gillibrand and John Thune.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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