Dozen GOP senators join Obama for dinner at White House

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 8:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steak, sautéed vegetables and conversation about the deficit, gun control and immigration.

That was the menu and agenda at a White House dinner meeting Wednesday night between President Barack Obama and a dozen Republican senators. A White House official says the discussions were constructive and wide ranging.

Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson compiled the invitations to the White House's Old Family Dining Room, at Obama's request. Those on the list were Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Arkansas' John Boozman, Maine's Susan Collins, Idaho's Mike Crapo (KRAY'-poh), Wyoming's Michael Enzi, Nebraska's Deb Fischer, Utah's Orrin Hatch, Kansas' Pat Roberts, Florida's Marco Rubio, South Dakota's John Thune and Mississippi's Roger Wicker.

Obama had a similar dinner last month with other Republican senators at a hotel near the White House.

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