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Clinton, McCain No-Shows as Obama Returns to Senate

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) returned to the Senate floor today and got a hearty welcome from his colleagues before casting a "yea" vote for the fiscal 2009 budget resolution conference report.

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.

By Ben Pershing  |  June 4, 2008; 3:18 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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Comments

Wow. The fact that HRC no longer has a campaign and was in DC this morning will not even get her to do the job she actually was voted into. Instead, she is still trying to find ways to insinuate herself into Barack's future presidency. A class act that Hillary.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Was McCain "tied-up"?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

With the General Election now started, I'm sure that the candidates are viewing all of their options for their running mate. If you want to see what America thinks who should be the VP for either dems or reps, you should go to

http://www.votenic.com

They started a VP poll last week, and the results from that poll have just been posted. This poll is honest and represents all of America. Help your favorite candidate choose his/her running mate.

Posted by: hill | June 4, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

NOW WE CAN ALL UNDERSTAND WHY IT'S TAKING CLINTON SO LONG TO CONCEDE. YOU MUST SEE THIS uTube VIDEO OF HILLARY'S DOWN FALL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Ky1_pyn6Q

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

See video of Hillary meeting with her staff following defeat. Must see!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Ky1_pyn6Q

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Now all he needs to do is find a good VP. This site holds a Vice President Poll every week, so you can see what America thinks. Just visit:

http://www.votenic.com

and help your favorite candidate choose his/her running mate. They started a VP poll last week, and the results from that poll have just been posted. This poll is honest and represents all of America.

Posted by: votenic | June 5, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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