Senate rivals spend a week on remote island for reality TV program to show value of cooperation


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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.

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