WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - As Ron Johnson sees it, Tuesday night’s State of the Union address will determine if President Obama got the voters’ message last November.
The Wisconsin senator is among the Republicans who were swept into office last fall, vowing to reduce the size and scope of the federal government.
As a sign of bipartisanship, a number of Republicans and Democrats will sit together Tuesday night – as opposed to being on opposite sides of the room which is normally the case.
Johnson will sit with the Badger State’s other senator, Democrat Herb Kohl.
The idea came in the wake of the Arizona shootings that wounded House Democrat Gabrielle Giffords. Some Republicans slammed the idea of sitting with Democrats, calling it a ploy to silence them.
But Johnson says everyone needs to work together to get the economy moving, and he’s willing to align himself with anybody to get it done.
The state’s 2 new Republican House members, Reid Ribble of De Pere and Sean Duffy of Ashland, plan to sit with Democrats Tuesday night as well.
Janesville Republican Paul Ryan will deliver the party’s nationally-televised response immediately after the speech.
You can catch both President Obama's State of the Union address and Congressman Paul Ryan's GOP response live here on 97.5/1360 News Talk WTAQ beginning at 8 p.m.