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Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Roll Call on Thursday did an inaugural Q & A session with staff writer Steven T. Dennis. Since it was on Twitter, of course, his answers were kept to under 140 characters.

A transcript follows.

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Roll Callís @ prepares to take your questions in 3, 2, 1 ...
 
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Welcome to Roll Callís first Twitter Q&A w/ @ ! He covers the Senate but covered the House for 3.5 years
 

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Thanks for all your questions ó letís get started! 

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RT @: @ What do you think will be the biggest issue of the 112th Congress?
 
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 .@ Spending, deficits to be biggest issues. Health care repeal will get attention but prob. isnít going anywhere -@

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Q2! RT @: @ When will you have an iPad app?

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.@ As 1st reporter to use an iPad to record a Senator in a press scrum, not soon enough! -@ (Ed. note: Stay tuned!)
 

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 Q3: MT @: Is this the same retreat that they invited the President to last year? 


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.@ Yup ó thatís the one. Last yearís was fascinating TV but I doubt GOP wanted repeat performance. -@ 

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Q4! RT @: @ will they have the guts to impeach obama?

 

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.@ Letís turn impeachment question around ó what for? Short answer: Not happening -@
 

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Q5! MT @ Can a regular person, such as myself, speak directly to Congress...Like Richard Simmons and Mr. Rogers did?

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.@ Itís pretty easy to talk to Member of Congress. Stake out their DC office. If u canít get meeting, try hallway.

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.@ Also asked re: immigration bill 4 gay couples. Short A: not going to happen. Other immig. tweaks possible -@

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Q6! RT @: @ What kind of anti gun legislation is expected to come out of congress, and how strong will it be?

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.@ I donít expect any gun control to reach Obamaís desk but bill banning big clips will get Dem push -@ 

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 Q7! MT @: @ Steven, what are the chances of secret holds ending? If not, who is holding it up?
 
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.@ I think secret holds are finally going way of the dodo. Very hard for Senators to justify secrecy. -@ 

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Final question from Roll Callís @ ó Steve, do you think M. Udallís bipartisan seating proposal has chance of happening for SOTU?
 

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.@ Not really. Members like their traditions. Some stake out seats hours in advance/get same ones year after year -@ (Ed. note: Dem support for idea gaining.)
 
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