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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)102.7
Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.)4812.8
Ron Paul (R-Texas)5514.7
Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.)9324.9

By Paul Kane  |  May 22, 2007; 2:41 PM ET
 
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Dennis Kucinich has always been very concious of performing the duties he was elected to office to perform. In a sense, he is like Ron Paul on the republican side of the race, not afraid to speak his mind in the context of debates that have not been designed to actually promote debate. Thank goodness the democratic party is not trying to keep Dennis from participating. It's a real insight into where the republican party is nowadays when they are trying to keep Ron Paul off the stage because they don't like what he says. Why am I not surprised. The administration along with many of the republicans in congress seem totally averse to a fee discourse and free exchange of ideas.

Posted by: Lucretius | May 22, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Kucinich unstintingly voices the reasons why people like me voted as we did in the last election. For some reason---the same, I suppose, as the ones it's used in most presidential debates---the media pretends he doesn't even exist. They refuse to give him the time of day, as they start every item with the words Clinton and Obama. The press thinks it's decided, and limited the race to, the nominees it feels will or should succeed. (Or not) The people I know believe in Kucinich's message, in the appropriate reasoning of the man, and the reason we believe anyone but this man should not hold the office. Intrinsic honesty is no longer the measure of a candidate, it seems. There's nothing iffy about his always and present stance on the war, which is still the BIG REASON so many of us voted Democratic. It's a throw-the-Bums-OUT-time,which is not recognized by the corporate media.

Posted by: shirley@mich.com | May 22, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Kucinich has always been the terrorists best friend. This quasi populist is nothing but a front man for any radical group that comes along. Why anyone would pay any attention to this clown is amazing.

Posted by: Steve | May 23, 2007 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Dennis is the candidate with the most courage and integrity. He has my vote in the Presidential election.

Posted by: Ruth | May 23, 2007 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Kucinich has been consistently right about the war in Iraq. He is the only Presidential candidate who has had the guts to address anti-war rallies. Let's elect him!

Posted by: Bill | May 23, 2007 8:01 AM | Report abuse

LET US TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ELECT A PRESIDENT WHO HAS CHARACTER AND NOT ANOTHER MOVIESTAR.

Posted by: PAUL | May 23, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

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