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. Jim Bremer

    That's because this guy is a fake and a poser. He won't take a stand on anything because then he would have to defend it. He thinks it's much safer to mouth vague platitudes that seem like they came out of New Age books.

    November 2, 2007 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. judd,chitown,chicago

    He is working hard for justice and for all Americans!!!

    November 2, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. Jerome, Opa Locka, Florida

    Why is Obama being signaled out? Hillary campaign is behind all of this. You have other candidates missing votes; but Obama is being scrutinized for missing votes. This is a pilitical thing. I dislike Hillary with a passion. I would never vote for her. If she wins the primary I will not vote for her. I am sick-and-tired and tired of being sick-and tired of Bush-clinton-bush-clinton. Please, can someone else lead the country?
    Please vote for ANYONE but hillary.

    November 2, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  4. berkeley

    how about you post the records of the other candidates? and the avg. vote per bill ration of all other members? Fair and balanced journalism please...

    November 2, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
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    November 2, 2007 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. Kim, Midland MI

    Well, I guess that's one strategy. Don't show up to vote, then hammer your opponent for their votes. Gee, how convenient.

    November 2, 2007 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  7. Jeremy

    This guy is clearly a clown and living a pipe dream. The American people sent him to the senate to take a stand, not running his mouth around the country. We couldn't give a hoots if he is running for president while neglecting his primary responsibility.

    November 3, 2007 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  8. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    If he can't do his present job in the Senate, why should he be given a really important one? Further evidence that this Harvard Law Review guy is not ready for prime time, assuming he could be elected, which he cannot.

    November 3, 2007 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. Ronnie.Irving,Texas

    Obama is a loser that is why he can not do his job as senator.

    November 3, 2007 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  10. David, Los Angeles

    Ha, oh the irony. Obama is big on criticizing other candidates for their votes, especially Hillary. At least they bother to show up and take a stand. Where does Obama stand? He is a blank slate, refuses to do or say anything even remotely bold or controversial, and yet he accuses Hillary of being evasive.

    I've always felt that had Obama been in the Senate when the Iraq resolution went through, he likely would have voted for it, just like Edwards and Clinton. Now when he has a chance to put his votes where his mouth is he's suddenly disappeared. It's easy for him to chastise Hillary for voting yes to have the Iranian Revolutionary Guard when he HE DIDN'T BOTHER TO VOTE HIMSELF.

    For the record, the question is not whether this resolution will give Bush authorization to attack Iran (it doesn't, and besides he doesn't have the troops to do it), the question is whether or not the IRG is actually a terrorist organization. Something Obama and Edwards aren't talking about, because they know it definitely is. But they wouldn't dare suggest Hillary actually did something right.

    More evidence that he is a fake leader at best, and an empty suit who has taken no chances. Not ready and not tough enough for prime time.

    November 3, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  11. Sian, LA, CA

    How sad...he can't even do his work.

    November 3, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  12. Loiousa New Orleans LA

    Why are you asking now ? Where have you been ? He has always been missing.

    November 3, 2007 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  13. Hans, Philadelphia, PA

    Wait, so he actually wants to *learn* about a bill before casting a vote one way or another?! Who does he think he is?!! Just do whatever the lobbyists tell you to do, like everyone else!

    November 3, 2007 01:28 am at 1:28 am |

    WOW, at least this way he can say he's against anything, or for anything. No track record. He's learning from Hillary I see!

    November 3, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  15. Liberal Chic

    People (used to) talk about how Clinton ran for US Senate from New York just to run for the Presidency, but at least she did her dang job.

    It just goes to show, Obama is all talk, no substance.

    November 3, 2007 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  16. ny, ny

    I can't believe CNN would go this low to deflect criticisms against Clinton on her flip-flop on the immigration issue as well as Iran, Social Security, etc...

    All CNN does is make sure they mention Hillary's name ... on a negative or positive story (negative only on sth trivial or trivialized story).
    This is all to reinforce Clinton's accusation of Obama not taking a stand on the Iran vote ... that he missed it as usual...

    November 3, 2007 04:29 am at 4:29 am |
  17. Moe, NY all action. Where is he when it comes to voting???? This is an ongoing situation with him. Why does this man not vote on issues/bills?
    Personally I think it is because he does not want American citizens to know which way he is going to vote on issues. Yet he has the gall to attack Hillary, who votes all the time, whether or not you agree with her vote. Nice try Obama...not going to pull the wool over American citizens eyes though.....this election is too important. You are running as a Democrat, but coming across as a Republican. VOTE ON ISSUES IF YOU WANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY! All action!

    November 3, 2007 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  18. alan St Louis MO

    Doing his job helping democracy.

    The real question?

    Oh Osama drinking margritas and counting his money. He is a good pupet to let lose to keep the republican sheep under the control of a radical facist right wing.

    I wonder what Ronald Regan thinks of his republican party. How the party been courrupted by loney toons. Ronald looking down at his party thinking where did i go wrong what happen??

    November 3, 2007 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  19. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    That is the problem of Obama being relatively young and inexperienced. He is scared to take a stand, and finds it easily to be the monday nite quraterback. That explains that his proposed changes to the DC politics are meaningless, wtihout experience and qualfifications to back them up.

    Withouht taking a stand, Obama can later criticize, complain and condemn later, and any fool can do that.

    Obama is no Joshua, JFK or Lincoln, for sure.

    November 3, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  20. Karen,ny

    As a Democrat I do not approve of Obama. He is the kind of person who likes to please everyone, yet pleases no one. I do not believe that Dems go along with the crowd as do the Republicans. We may flip flop on our candidates from time to time, but in the end we band together to get that one person elected.

    November 3, 2007 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  21. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Obama missed 80% of votes, what is his priority except Senator's job with that kind of paycheck. Reid should punish Obama or reduce his paycheck because he paid attention for himself instead of Democrats priority votes.
    I think he is naive and inexperienced so he actually didn't know what to do, if he knows he will open his mouth first. Obama is not qualified for Presidential candidate, Obama is no less a politician than Bush is. Our country will be worse than now if we put him in White House.

    November 3, 2007 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  22. JB Boston MA

    For all of you yahoos who aren't capable of reading anything other than the blurb above, let me cliff note the video for you:

    Biden and Dodd have missed the most votes in 08'

    Since the August break, Obama has missed 80% of the votes, Clinton 63% and everyone else somewhere in between.

    So, he missed 8 out of 10 votes since the break. She misses 6 out of 10.

    What the Clinton News Network didn't address is what are the averages of the two for 08'. I am willing to bet they are similar.

    The guy is running for President, expect him to miss many votes, that is common.

    November 3, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  23. Jay, Kenosha, WI

    Congress is a mess. If I were him I wouldn't show up either.

    November 3, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. Former Resident, Texas

    I think Bush should get rid of presidential term limits (use executive privilege), make it unconstitutional (and unpatriotic) for anyone to run against him, and seek another presidential term.

    We really need him to win the war against terror. Go Bush!!!

    November 3, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. Arshad, Newburgh, NY

    Are you upset that he missed jokes in Senate like discussing esolution on newspaper advertisement on a General by a political group? Ae you talking about jokes in Senate to vote in a resolution allowing Bush to deal with Iran using forces in Iraq and then writing a letter to Bush saying you can use army in Iraq to deal with Iran but you can't start a war? Yes Obama missed these jokes because he is running a campaign to end these jokes. The only important vote he missed was on IRG resolution but he was in Senate when the vote was originially scheduled. Since the vote was postponed indefinitely without any specific time decalared, he went to New Hampshire to attend pre-scheduled campaign event. This guy is running for the President and can't wait indefinitely to vote if he does not know if Reid has any plan to take the vote and when. You Clinton News Network know it. He declared his position within hours of missing this important vote and his vote was not going to change the outcome of the vote. So keep bringing old news and repackaging it as a new news tells the story, CNN, you are interested in kissing Clinton's ass and not in real news. It also says you and Clintons are scared of this down to earth, intelligent, Charismatic leader so much that you are going out of the way to find something to talk negatively about him. Come join us, support Obama, save some embarassment for you because Clinton WILL be defeated by Obama in the primary. People will know how disconnected CNN is from the pulse of the nation.

    November 3, 2007 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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