Clinton, McCain No-Shows as Obama Returns to Senate
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) didn't show up for the vote, nor did Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), even though she had been expected to be present and was in the D.C. area this morning to appear at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.
While none of the three candidates has a sterling voting record, McCain continued to bolster his position as the No. 1 vote-misser in the Senate. His public calendar shows he has a town hall meeting in Baton Rouge, La., today and a fundraiser in St. Petersburg, Fla., this evening. (McCain was also off raising money on the day last month that he missed key votes on the Iraq supplemental package and the Farm Bill.)
By skipping today's session, McCain didn't just miss the budget vote. He's also missing a contentious Senate debate on climate change legislation, an issue that has been tricky for him given his past votes and positions.
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