Photo: The new 'Three Amigos?'
February 13th, 2013
12:43 PM ET
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Photo: The new 'Three Amigos?'

(CNN) - In a show of bipartisanship, Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham sat with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

The seating arrangement raised the question: Could the trio be dubbed the next "Three Amigos?"

McCain, Graham and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman–all good friends–held the informal distinction before Lieberman retired in January. They frequently traveled together and lined up on the same side of some high-profile issues.

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash reported Tuesday night that Schumer sat with his two longtime Republican colleagues so they could stand together and applaud when the president talked about immigration reform.


All three are part of the "Gang of Eight" group of senators who outlined a bipartisan framework last month for an immigration plan to be further detailed in March.

Each of the three senators also wore a green ribbon on their lapel, a symbol worn by many lawmakers in the House Gallery Tuesday night in honor of the victims of the Connecticut elementary school massacre.

McCain tweeted Wednesday the above photo taken shortly before the speech–where it looks like they're spectators of a baseball game rather than the State of the Union.

"Having a little fun at #SOTU last night w/ @ChuckSchumer and @GrahamBlog," McCain wrote.

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. much thunder.little rain

    more like moe, larry and curley..

    February 13, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I still say that this "minority outreach" on the part of Republicans is as phony as it gets. Why are they only trying to reach out to Latinos and not Blacks? I see a divide and conquer strategy coming into focus. They've done it before under Bush.

    February 13, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Really Obama? You want to soak the Rich? Say it isn's so! Well that is going to fly like a Lead Balloon.

    February 13, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    James OD wrote:

    Chicago's murder rate has not "exploded" since the Supreme Court threw out Chicago's handgun ban. Chicago has had a high murder rate for decades, despite a ban on the mere possession of handguns since 1982.

    Carry of handguns is illegal in Chicago. In fact it is illegal through out the entire state of Illinois. Though the ban was just recently overturned and Illinois is currently appealing a judge's order to pass a concealed-carry permit law, this ban is still in effect at the present.

    So – despite Rudy NYC's lies to the contrary – there is no link between the NRA's part in the overturning of Chicago's handgun ban and the current high level of murders in Chicago.
    First of all, I have been referring to "violent crimes" and "gun violence". Never once have I used the word, "murder". Gun violence is not only up, but it is way up. Shooting and injuring someone is gun violence. Armed robbery at gun point is gun violence.

    Furthermore, you contradict yourself. In one breathe you say that it is illegal to carry handguns in Illinois and then point out that the law has in fact been overturned, which means that it really is legal to carry handguns. Furthermore, the NRA did lead the group that overturned Chicago's handgun ban. They claimed that visitors felt unsafe in Chicago. and that they wanted to carry their weapons because they could do so within their home cities, towns and states.

    February 13, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Name lynn

    Do you mean the three a fool gos that is what they look like, please give them a mirror an let them see how they look like stupid bing bag an a fig berry an a wizzard.

    February 13, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Larry L

    @Ray E. (Georgia)

    Really Obama? You want to soak the Rich? Say it isn's so! Well that is going to fly like a Lead Balloon.
    Your hero Ronald Reagan strongly believed in a progressive tax rate. Is he a "socialist" now?

    February 13, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Poor Sen. Schumer had to put up with those two clowns for the evening.

    February 13, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. ritmocojo

    More like one and two half-men. And Schumer isn't one of the halfs.

    February 13, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |