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Obama invites Republican senators out to dinner

President Obama is reaching out to Republicans. (AP)

Barack, party of 10?

In a rare move, President Obama has invited a group of Senate Republicans to dine with him Wednesday evening just up the street from the White House at the Jefferson Hotel, continuing a charm offensive aimed at striking a deal on fiscal issues with rank-and-file lawmakers instead of congressional leaders.

Senators and their aides confirmed that Wednesday's dinner list includes Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.), John McCain (Ariz.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Dan Coats (Ind.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), John Hoeven (N.D.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.).

“I have a dog sled ready to go to be able to get there because of these terrible weather conditions that we’re under," McCain told reporters, and he confirmed his attendance.

“If they’ll feed me, I’m looking forward to it," Coburn said.