Guess who's coming to dinner?

2013-03-06T15:50:00Z 2013-12-22T18:19:09Z Guess who's coming to dinner?By Doug Ross, (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357

Have you wondered which Republican senators President Barack Obama invited to tonight's high-profile but private dinner at the White House? One of them is a Hoosier.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., plans to attend tonight's dinner, according to his spokeswoman, Tara DiJulio.

She forwarded this statement from Coats:

"I welcome the invitation to meet with the president this evening to discuss the critical challenges facing our country. This outreach is long overdue, and if the White House is serious about addressing our fiscal crisis, growing the economy and helping Americans find jobs, then it must abandon campaign tactics and focus on working with Congress. I hope to discuss ways both sides can work together on a credible, long-term fiscal plan, and it starts with leadership by the president and a willingness to recognize that spending is the real problem."

Who else is attending? Hard to say, but DiJulio shared the names of the other senators invited:

  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
  • Bob Corker, Tennessee
  • Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire
  • John McCain of Arizona
  • Tom Coburn, Oklahoma
  • Richard Burr, North Carolina
  • Mike Johanns, Nebraska
  • Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania
  • Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
  • John Hoeven, North Dakota

Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross can be reached at (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357 or Follow him at and on Twitter @nwi_DougRoss. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's and not necessarily that of The Times.

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