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Sunday, 01 April, 2007

Playing Hookey

What's more important, doing the job that you were elected to do, or raising money for a presidential campaign? McCain skips third of votes in Senate.

Sen. John McCain's campaign for the White House has pulled him away from his day job more often than any other presidential candidate in the Senate. An Arizona Republic analysis of voting records found that McCain has missed 42 votes this session. That's 33 percent of the 126 roll-call votes that had been held before lawmakers left town Friday for a weeklong Easter recess.

That puts him in second place. Only one senator missed more votes: Tim Johnson, from South Dakota. But he has a good excuse:

Johnson, who is recovering from a brain hemorrhage last winter, has been absent for the entire session of Congress.