Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Posted January 14, 2011 at 6:19am

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 Call’s @ prepares to take your questions in 3, 2, 1 …

 



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Welcome to Roll Call’s 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 — let’s 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. isn’t 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 — that’s the one. Last year’s 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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.@ Let’s turn impeachment question around — 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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.@ It’s pretty easy to talk to Member of Congress. Stake out their DC office. If u can’t 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 don’t expect any gun control to reach Obama’s 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 Call’s @ — Steve, do you think M. Udall’s 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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Thanks so much to @ for our debut Twitter Q&A — transcript to be posted later. See you next week for next installment. 




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