DFL Rep. Tim Walz has invited GOP state Sen. Julie Rosen to President Obama’s State of the Union address. Walz released a statement through his office saying he was inviting the Republican to highlight the need for “civility.” in politics.
“While Julie and I don’t always agree on everything, I have tremendous respect for her as a public servant. We do not have to be members of the same party to have productive conversations to move our country forward,” Walz said in a statement. “We may never know why the horrific violence in Tucson unfolded, but we don’t need a tragedy to tell us our politics have become too divisive, our words too harsh and our debate too disrespectful”
Rosen also released a statement thanking him for the invitation.
“Our record of working together for southern Minnesota has brought successes of all types, and I hope the amiability, respect, and dedication that Congressman Walz and I share will continue in the future.”
The State of the Union will be held a week from today.