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White House crashers looking to capitalize on escapade

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WASHINGTON. - They've canceled their appearance on "Larry King Live" and now the West Virginia couple accused of crashing President Obama's state dinner last week is now reportedly shopping networks for an offer.

An unidentified television executive says Michaele and Tareq Salahi are now offering to talk to broadcast networks about what happened during their White House escapade for a payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The couple was scheduled to go on "Larry King Live" on Monday, but CNN has confirmed their appearance was canceled.

According to the executive, the couple is looking for a payment in the mid-six figure range.

Network news divisions, including NBC news, don't pay for interviews.

Michaele Salahi, who was pictured at the dinner greeting both the president and Vice President Joe Biden, is a reality TV hopeful trying to get on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of D.C."

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Michaele Salahi was pictured at the dinner greeting the president


Senators: Take action against White House crashers

Two senators say authorities ought to pursue criminal charges against the Virginia couple who crashed last week's state dinner at the White House.
      
Democrat Evan Bayh of Indiana and Republican Jon Kyl of Arizona say such behavior should be strongly discouraged.
      
Authorities say Michaele and Tareq Salahi were allowed into the White House dinner Tuesday night even though they were not on the guest list.

The Secret Service has apologized for the breakdown in security and an investigation into possible criminal behavior is ongoing.
      
Bayh says it's no laughing matter that two people could get so close to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden without being cleared.
      
Bayh and Kyl appeared on "Fox News Sunday."

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