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George Santos Gets Into Fight With Mitt Romney at State of the Union Debut

  • Romney tells embattled Republican he doesn’t belong there
  • Santos had scouted out coveted aisle seat for Biden’s speech
George Santos at the US Capitol on Feb. 7.
George Santos at the US Capitol on Feb. 7.Photographer: Jacquelyn Martin/AP/Bloomberg
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Embattled GOP Representative George Santos showed up early to claim a coveted aisle seat that was well-placed for a chance to shake President Joe Biden’s hand at the State of the Union address, but instead he ended up sparring with Republican Senator Mitt Romney. 

Lawmakers typically jostle to shake the president’s hand as he enters and leaves down the center aisle of the chamber. Santos’s perch could have allowed the New York Republican who has become infamous for fabricating his resume, to come face-to-face with Biden. The glad-handing president ultimately bypassed him.