Kucinich: present and accounted for
While Capitol Briefing has monitored the voting patterns of the more well known senators running for the White House, let's take a look today at the House members whose presidential campaigns are, well, slightly longer shots.
Four House members have joined a half dozen senators as declared candidates for president, stumping in the early battleground states and sometimes missing votes. As a group, they've been more attentive to their congressional voting duties, as a percentage of total votes. [As of close of business yesterday, the House had conducted 385 votes and the Senate 173.]
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) has the best attendance record of any presidential candidate running from the House, having missed roll-call votes on just two days so far in the 110th Congress.
Kucinich has missed just 2.7 percent of the votes held in the House this year, a total of 10 roll calls he wasn't present and accounted for; that's far and away the lowest percentage of absenteeism of House members who've launched presidential bids.
All 10 of those missed votes occurred over two days in mid-March. [Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) continues to be the most attentive presidential candidate from either end of the Capitol, even after missing yesterday's first vote on the immigration reform plan while campaigning in Florida. She's missed just four Senate roll calls, 2.3 percent of all votes this year.]
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), having missed 93 votes, 24.9 percent, is the most chronically absent presidential candidate from the House. Yesterday, for example, Hunter attended a campaign event at the Beacon Drive-in in Spartanburg, S.C., according the washingtonpost.com's campaign tracker. His missed-vote percentage is sure to rise, as the House is slated to hold more than a dozen votes today and Hunter is still in the Palmetto State, for a pair of fund-raising events and a pair of campaign events.
Still, Hunter's missing one of every four votes is better than Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who's missed half of the roll calls held in the Senate this year.
Here's a breakdown of all four House members running for president:
|TOTAL VOTES MISSED||%|
|Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)||10||2.7|
|Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)||48||12.8|
|Ron Paul (R-Texas)||55||14.7|
|Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)||93||24.9|
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