Rep. Bachmann, Rep. Paul juggle House votes, presidential campaigns
October 5th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
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Rep. Bachmann, Rep. Paul juggle House votes, presidential campaigns

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Michele Bachmann did not cast any votes in September and has missed all five votes in October, a byproduct of her bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Since announcing her campaign on June 13, Bachmann has voted 54 percent of the time.

Comparably, since announcing his candidacy on May 13, Texas Rep. Ron Paul has voted 84 percent of the time, according to numbers compiled by Congressional Quarterly.

Paul announced earlier this year that he would retire from the House in 2012, something Bachmann has not done. While she said she won't run for re-election to her seat while also running for president, Bachmann hasn't ruled out a House re-election bid should her presidential campaign end early in the primary season.

Bachmann’s congressional spokesperson told Minnesota Public Broadcasting, the first organization to report this story, that “by continuing to lead the fight against the president's job-destroying policies, Congresswoman Bachmann is serving not only her constituents, but countless more Americans."

It is not uncommon for presidential hopefuls who come from the Senate or House to miss votes.

According to data from the U.S. Congress Votes Database, then Illinois Senator Barack Obama missed nearly 80% of all votes in September and October 2007, compared to the 68% of all votes missed by Arizona Sen. John McCain during the same time frame.

Republican Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan boasted the best attendance record of House members who ran for the GOP nomination. Before he ended his presidential bid on September 22 of this year, McCotter had voted 86 percent of the time.

Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, Rick Santorum, former Senator from Pennsylvania, Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and Buddy Roemer, former governor of Louisiana are not currently in elected office.

Presidential hopeful and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the only contender other than Bachmann or Paul that currently holds elected office. Though legislation that is sent to the governor can be signed anywhere, Perry canceled campaign events in South Carolina and returned to Texas when his state was dealing with wildfires.

Also see:

State of the Race without Christie

Romney comes out swinging in Sunshine State

Longtime Illinois Rep. to step down in 2012

Romney picks up new backers

Perry brings in $17 million in third fundraising quarter

Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Michele Bachmann • Ron Paul
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. RINO Bil

    What? Campaign and do her job at the same time? You might as well ask this clown to walk and chew gum at the same time too. I am certain that after she drops out of the presidential race, Michelle Bachmann will need to relax. Perhaps she should take a vacation in another country ... like North Dakota.

    October 5, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. logic in LA

    But I'm sure Michelle asked for her check during that period. you know the additional government handout she gets added to the farm subsidies, fake church tax deductions and all the benefits fro being foster parents.
    Good thing she is for cutting waste. I say America start with her. A total waste.

    October 5, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. gary

    Any person who holds an elected office (governor, congressperson, senator, etc.) should be required to immediately resign their office as soon as they filed the paperwork to run for a higher government office. This would make people think twice about running a race they have no chance of winning if their personal goverment or state paychecks are eliminated and they would have to re-run in the next election to try to get their old jobs back.

    October 5, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  4. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Bachman should refund 46% of her salary to the taxpayers and Paul 16%, plain and simple!!!

    October 5, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Russ

    And with that, all the time she has spent on the road instead of doing her duty for the people she represents, she is still fallilng farther and farther behind. Good job Michelle. Talk about failing the people.

    October 5, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Buford

    All I have to say is that if you are going to run for another office other than the one you currently hold then you should resign your current position so that someone can continue the work of the people. It's only fair for the people. I mean if you dont show up for work just because your are trying out for another job then you should be fired. In my world if I was trying to get another job I would be doing it on my days off not while I was working.........Elected Officials set a very bad example for the rest of the country.

    October 5, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. george of the jungle

    oh gee I am so sad. Does any normal person see her as presidential material? Besidws she is making more money as a loud mouth.

    October 5, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. Kweg Yung

    Evidently corporate America thrives on socialism. Why else would they move to communist China, where socialized health care and socialized education are the norm? Actions speak louder than words. Louder than the nonsense emitted from the mouths of the G.O.P.

    October 5, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The question is would be what are were their voting rates prior to their presidential campaign. Why wasn't that mentioned in the entry?

    October 5, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. Slightly Left of Center

    In my perfect world, no politician would be able to run for president at the same time they are suppose to be 'serving' as a senator, congressman, governor, whatever. THey would have to complete the current term they were elected to, then they can run a campaign on their own time and on their own dime.....not the taxpayers. If their term is up but the next presidential election is another 2-4 years away....well too bad!!! They can't have it both ways and expect to collect a paycheck for doing nothing. Enough if enough.

    October 5, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Don't even start. Lets look at Obamas record as state and US Senator and see how many he vated on. Heck he was even there in Illinois and only voted "present". He didn't understand the issues then, just as he doesn't understand them now.

    Do you understand what you just wrote? Where are the stats? You're ONE and DUMB!!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 5, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. J.

    @Not Surprising. – Let's see, it could maybe due to the fact that Rep Ron Paul isn't a extremist and has a campaigns that target people in america. but hey, that is my guess. Like what some people say, Bachmann is another no vote.

    October 5, 2011 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  13. jim dollinger

    Ron Paul is the most qualified person to become President. his popularity is growing and his message becoming more clear.

    October 5, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Just a Minute

    Considering Bachmann and Paul are so low in the polls, there's little to worry about that they'll exert any major influence/meddling over national policy. Funny how when Paul slams Obama for taking out a known terrorist with a list of attacks (failed or otherwise) against America, his supporters are silent over how "smart" that decision was. But now that the attention has shifted away, the supporters are out complaining that their low-ranking "smart" candidate isn't getting front-runner attention.

    October 5, 2011 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Sorry Ron You're Done

    The media isn't paying attention to Ron Paul because he has yet to get the poll numbers to deserve any attention. Course, a guy who thinks Iran could have a nuke if they wanted, even though they already send weapons to the Taliban, has little chance of getting mainstream respect. And shutting down key departments of government? Say it sounds good all you want, but we're still not gonna turn the federal government into a glorified convenience store. Let's stick to working on solutions that are possible.

    October 5, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. John Locke

    Ron Paul is someone to check out! He really is not a republican so don't write him off. He would bring about real meaningful change for the average Joe. He predicted the 2008 crash years before, but was ignored. Well versed in economics, he could be just what America needs to get our economy going again. He's in great shape and exercises daily to those who say he is too old. Why should dicrimination based on age be allowed in this day anyway. We can't afford 4 years of Obama or the establishment republican candidates.

    October 5, 2011 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  17. Aaron

    The Bachmann idiot is doing the nation a favor by not voting. She's too mentally challenged to vote in the U.S. Congress or anywhere else.

    October 6, 2011 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  18. bigdowner

    Ron Paul exemplifies the kind of work ethic we need in the White House. I doubt if we'd see him vacationing like Obama and W.

    October 6, 2011 03:02 am at 3:02 am |
  19. Anonymous

    This story is lame. Do any of the congressmen vote 100% of the time? How many votes were missed so thay could go play golf? Paul did 84% and still ran for prez? That's awesome. He has my vote.

    October 6, 2011 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  20. Sandy

    "Don't even start. Lets look at Obamas record as state and US Senator and see how many he vated on. Heck he was even there in Illinois and only voted "present".

    Yeah, but Republicans complained about it then. So it's fair to criticize these two for the same thing, don't you think?

    October 6, 2011 06:46 am at 6:46 am |

    Bachmann's campaign is over and Ron Paul is constantly topped by the wingnut flavor of the week. Who cares?

    October 6, 2011 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
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