Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been on a whirlwind circuit of television news shows in the past 48 hours, talking about her friendship with Gabrielle Giffords and what it was like to be in her hospital room when the Arizona congresswoman opened her eyes for the first time.
This morning Gillibrand was on Morning Joe, and the hosts asked her to talk about Giffords as a person.
“She’s the most non-partisan person I’ve ever met,” Gillibrand said. “She’s the vision of hope for this country right now. She embodies everything that President Obama was trying to say, that we have to be better than we are.”
Gillibrand said she wasn’t sure if the plan to mix the parties at the State of the Union–floated by Colorado Senator Mark Udall–would get sufficient traction from her colleagues, but embraced a challenge from one of the hosts that she and others should do it regardless.
“You can sit anywhere you want,” Gillibrand said. “Literally, you can sit anywhere you want. So I think your suggestion is a good one, that a bunch of us can just say, ‘Come on, let’s sit on each other’s [side].'”