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Feb052011

Diplomacy In Action: Senators Pick The Super Bowl

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off Sunday in Dallas in Super Bowl 45. We asked some of America’s lawmakers who they’re picking for the big game.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, predicted that the Packers will cover the three-point spread in a high-scoring affair that will exceed the over/under of 45 points.

Across the aisle Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, told said he likes the Steelers and the under, while making the predictions in very diplomatic terms.

“I think the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to win,” Hatch said. “They’re a tough team. They’ve got a great quarterback. I think Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback, too. But the Steelers have what it takes defensively to win this game.”

Some senators have a real rooting interest in Sunday’s game in Big D. Take Wisconsin’s new senator, Republican Ron Johnson.

“Packers fans can take great pride in the team’s tremendous run over the last few months. They’ve earned their spot in the Super Bowl by performing superbly down the stretch and winning tough games on the road,” Johnson said in a statement this week. “The Steelers are a worthy opponent, but I’m confident that on Sunday evening, the Packers will bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be Capitol Hill if everyone just played along, so fittingly one senator declined to pick the game, opting instead to make a political point.

“If we were any good at predictions, we wouldn’t have a $14 trillion debt,” quipped Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK.

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