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. Larry L

    I feel Michelle Bachman should not get more than 54% of her paycheck based on her attendance only. Her performance would require her to pay a "stupid tax" of 100%.

    October 5, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Michele was a union worker, and ,missed work all of September along with the first week of October, she would have been fired. In the real world, you do not get coddled like senators and representatives.

    October 5, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. d

    So what? she would just be another no vote

    October 5, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  4. Not Surprising.

    Well, Ron Paul, working and campaigning, as he should. And this guy doesn't get any press attention, compared to Perry or Bachmann. Astounding. If this isn't proof that the media only cares about bad news, I don't know what else will prove it.

    October 5, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Hmm

    While they should balance their job and their campaign, 84% is pretty good compared to the norm when elected officials run. This is coupled with the fact that Ron Paul never voted to raise congressional salary, has refused to accept a government pension even after many years of service, etc.

    October 5, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Weren't these two worried that the republican war against American people may have failed without their vote against the American people?

    October 5, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Ken in MD

    If I didn't do my job for 6 weeks, I'd be fired. How do these people get away with this? Why aren't her Minnesota district's voters concerned that they aren't being represented in Congress? She's not going to be President, so she's just wasting time and lots of money.

    October 5, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Robert

    I remember back in 2007 & 2008 the following phrase, see if you remember it, and at "Batty" Bachmann's next rally, yell them out:


    Give it ago!!!

    October 5, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Most people work 50 weeks, 5 days a week (that is 250 days) and get a two week vacation. Even Ron Paul with his astounding 84% would have missed 40 work days, and that is without including his two week vacation.

    October 5, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. ja

    for what it is worth both need ot work on the elected job fulltime, ron is to old for the presidency with due respect america need to set an age limit for president, and bachman , need i say

    October 5, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  11. Huh with a captial H

    Since it cannot possibly be said enough – if any of us had skipped work for 6 weeks, we would be fired. And the killer is – we have to pay her!! Her salary comes from our taxes!!!

    October 5, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    Michele couldn't lead a one-woman parade.

    October 5, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. Ed DFWTX

    Bachmann and Paul are part of the worst Congress in history. Why bother even attending Congress. The GOP's only purpose until the next election is to obstruct our federal government and get Obama out in 2012.

    October 5, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. vet in texas

    Bachmann is a fraud, and anyone who can't see it..............voted for W twice!

    October 5, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. MTATL67

    According to congressional records, Bachmann, a third-term U.S. representative from Minnesota, has missed 58 percent of House roll call votes since July 1 and in September, according to The Hill, she missed all 60 votes. Why is she receiving a paycheck from the people of Minnesota again, oh yes to campaign.

    October 5, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Marie MD

    I don't know about "living in the past" paul, but I think the flake should go back and spend what's left of her time in congress actually working.

    October 5, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  17. Erick

    Ron Paul is the only candidate talking about the military industrial complex, the destruction of our currency through the illegal policies of the federal reserve, the dangerous unintended consequences of meddling in the internal affairs of other nations, and the dangers of cronyism.

    October 5, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Swamie

    The bad news is that she only voted 54% of the time. The good news is she didn't vote 46% of the time.

    October 5, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. Ethan

    Don't let the mainstream media tell you how to vote.
    Ron Paul 2012

    October 5, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  20. Mitt Who ?

    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.

    October 5, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |

    Whoop-de-do. Their votes would have been NO votes, so, who cares?

    October 5, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Mitt Who ?

    In the Illinois State Senate, Senator Obama voted 130 times 'present,'" Clinton said. "That's not 'yes.' That's not 'no.' That's 'maybe.'"

    Hillary Clinton – January 2008
    The actual count was 129

    October 5, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. witness

    to Swamie "The bad news is that she only voted 54% of the time. The good news is she didn't vote 46% of the time".
    Couldn't have said it better myself..excellent...

    October 5, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  24. Mitt Who ?

    Between July 2007 and June 2008 Obama only voted on only 34 percent of all the bills that came before the US Senate. On the other 66 percent, he cast no vote of any kind, either for or against the legislation in question.

    Now who is more derilict in their duties ?

    October 5, 2011 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. B

    Big surprise... what a fraud she is.

    October 5, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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