US Se­nate ri­vals sur­vive TV re­al­ity show

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AL­BU­QUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two fresh­men U.S. se­na­tors from op­po­site sides of the po­lit­i­cal aisle said Thurs­day they sur­vived and even co­op­er­ated while spend­ing a week ma­rooned to­gether on a re­mote is­land for a new re­al­ity show “Ri­val Sur­vival.”

New Mex­ico Demo­crat Martin Hein­rich and Ari­zona Repub­li­can Jeff Flake said they hope their ad­ven­ture, sched­uled to air Oct. 29 on Dis­cov­ery, in­spires their col­leagues in Wash­ing­ton to work to­gether.

“Both of us know just how frus­trated peo­ple are with Wash­ing­ton,” the two said in a joint state­ment. “We de­cided to do some­thing com­pletely out of the or­di­nary and frankly a lit­tle ex­treme to show the world and our col­leagues that even if you have se­ri­ous dif­fer­ences, if you want to sur­vive you have to work to­gether.”

Dis­cov­ery says the show was filmed on the is­land of Eru in the Mar­shall Is­lands while Congress was on its Au­gust break.

Dis­cov­ery de­scribes the is­land “as an ut­terly un­for­giv­ing de­serted des­ti­na­tion where the reefs alone are fraught with dan­gers that in­clude ven­omous stone­fish, li­on­fish and scor­pion fish.”

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