Super Bowl Shindig Mixes Parties, Loyalties

11 Dems, 3 Republicans to attend White House party
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2009 7:26 AM CST
Super Bowl Shindig Mixes Parties, Loyalties
Barack Obama, left, accompanied by, from second from left, former Pittsburgh Steeler player Jerome Bettis, Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa. and former Steeler Franco Harris in Pittsburgh in March.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Obama’s Super Bowl party will be bipartisan on two fronts: Republicans and Democrats alike are invited, and so are both Arizona and Pittsburgh fans. Still, the list leans to the left, with 11 Dems and 3 Republicans invited. They include Pennsylvania Sens. Bob Casey and Arlen Specter and Arizona Reps. Trent Franks and Raul Grijalva, as well as Sens. Dick Durbin and Amy Klobuchar.

Obama has offered warm words to the Cardinals, but says he’ll be rooting for the Steelers. “I wish the Cardinals the best. You know, Kurt Warner is a great story, and he's closer to my age than anybody else on the field. But I am a longtime Steelers fan. Other than the Bears, the Steelers are probably the team that's closest to my heart,” he noted.
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