November 3rd, 2007
08:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Where's Obama?

Watch Jessica Yellin's report on Sen. Obama's attendance record in the U.S. Senate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Since the U.S. Senate returned from its August receess, Sen. Barack Obama has missed more votes than another other Democrat running for the White House - nearly 80 percent since September. Congressional Correspondent Jessica Yellin has this report from Capitol Hill.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Chris Dodd • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • Senate
soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. swissdiver

    This nincompoop Obama is definitely a LOSER!!! He can't even perform his obligations as a Senator and this IDIOT wants to be President? He cannot set his priorities straight. This is an insult to the people of Illinois. This hyprocite's witch hunt of Hillary Clinton is a sign of his insecurity. He and John Edwards are so desperate but Hillary Clinton is too classy, intelligent and smart not to stoop down to their disgusting level of politicking. Obama is a low life shrinking parasite and he is only a legend in his own pretentious mind.

    November 4, 2007 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  2. Greg Peterman

    The article states "Sen. Barack Obama has missed more votes than ANOTHER OTHER Democrat running...." Is this supposed to read, more votes than ANY OTHER? Liberals sure can be confused and confusing.

    November 4, 2007 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  3. Matt, Pittsburgh

    He'll make a good VP, for sure.

    November 4, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  4. slimebo

    If Hillary’s years as first lady are irrelevant then so are B.O.
    years in the state legislature. He likes to talk a walk when
    tough issues are at hand.

    November 4, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. Barbara East L.A.

    Where's Obama Hiding out!!

    Where's Hillary"` In Rite Aid!!!
    people here in Calif.
    They have a talking Hillary Clinton doll its so adorable ,$14.99 its on sale, you ought to see the collectors out,Geez didnt know there were so many to collect Hillary.

    November 4, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  6. Ron Nebraska

    Really a no-win situation for Obama. If he left the campaign trail for every vote the ignorant masses would not know who he is since he didn't have Clintons name recognition and they are too stupid to gain any knowledge on their own. He misses votes in order to tell the dummies who he is, which is how you campaign, and the fools castigate him for missing votes. Actually, if he didn't have the qualities we need right now to turn around this mess he would be better off not trying to become the leader of a nation of morons.

    November 4, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. Alex Barrios

    I don't think the issue is whether or not it is fair for Obama to be criticized for missing 80% of votes since August. I think the real issue is whether Obama has paid his dues enough to even run for president . If Obama had been in the Senate at least one term, then we, the American people, would have an idea of what his voting record is and what he stands for. However, Obama chose to run for president when he was only one year into his first term. I'm guessing the voters in Illinois elected him to represent them in the Senate, not so he could just use the job title as a resume builder for his presidential run.

    Obama needs to do the job that he was elected to do (Senator) for at least one term before he goes off trying to pursue higher offices. It's only fair to the people of Illinois and the nation.

    December 30, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. Mike

    Obama is in 4th place missing 37.8% of votes – behind McCain and Biden. Hillary is not that far behind in 7th place with 23.6% of votes missed. I suspect it has something to do with campaigning every day. I don't think Hillary is right to criticize seeing the company he's in (all the other major presidential candidates that are senators) including herself.

    January 28, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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