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Report: Obama did not discuss Rand Paul filibuster at dinner with GOP senators

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

President Obama and the Republican senators he hosted for dinner tonight reportedly did not discuss the ongoing filibuster led by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., although two of the attendees participated in the filibuster earlier today.

“I am told the Obama-GOP senators dinner did not include any discussion of @SenRandPaul filibuster or drone policy,” NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell tweeted.

Two of the twelve senators at the dinner — Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., — aided Paul in the filibuster by asking “questions” that allowed him to take a rest from speaking.

“The President greatly enjoyed the dinner and had a good exchange of ideas with the Senators,” the White House pool report quotes a senior administration official as saying.

Here’s the list of attendees:

Senator Lindsey Graham
Senator Bob Corker
Senator Kelly Ayotte
Senator John McCain
Senator Dan Coats
Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Mike Johanns
Senator Pat Toomey
Senator Ron Johnson
Senator John Hoeven
Senator Saxby Chambliss

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