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Thom Tillis Pays Bet, Praises Broncos on Floor

Tillis' Panthers lost in the Super Bowl on Sunday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner presiding over the Senate, North Carolina GOP Sen. Thom Tillis paid off their Super Bowl bet.  

Wearing a Denver Broncos orange tie, Tillis, the bet’s mastermind , paid his respects on the Senate floor on Thursday to the Super Bowl champs. “You and I, Mr. President, attended the Super Bowl on Sunday, and I’m sure you agree, it was quite a treat,” Tillis said. He commended the Super Bowl organizers in Santa Clara, Calif., for “making us feel welcome.” “I think it’s safe to say that there are thousands in Colorado on a 'Rocky Mountain High' this week, and I bet there’s even more that are really happy that the Broncos won the Super Bowl,” he said.  

Lawmakers Bet on the Super Bowl

Either Gardner, left, or Tillis, right, will have to pay off the bet. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

North Carolina GOP Sens. Thom Tillis and Richard Burr have challenged Colorado Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to a friendly Super Bowl wager ahead of Sunday’s game. On Sunday, the Denver Broncos, lead by quarterback Payton Manning, play the Carolina Panthers, lead by quarterback Cam Newton, in Super Bowl 50.  

What’s on the line? A Senate floor speech, similar to what Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gave on Monday  after the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Panthers in the NFC Championship. The freshman senator from the losing team's state is required to give the floor speech, which would be either Tillis or Gardner. The senator will have to give specific shout-outs to the Super Bowl champion’s head coach, quarterback, fan base and detail the greatness of the Super Bowl champion’s home state, according to a statement.