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And We Should Vote For Them Why?

February 8, 2008 - Bill Speer
I hate to say this, but this morning I'm tempted to just skip November's presidential election. When are the presidential candidates going to get tuned into the mood across the country?

Poll after poll shows Americans are frustrated with the economy and something needs done to correct the situation. For the first time in a long time Republicans and Democrats actually came together between the administration and House and worked hard to pass an emergency economic stimulus bill that would assist most folks. Even the Senate, which dragged on negotiations for over a week, basically moved fast (for them) in approving the measure.

So, how did the three senators running for president vote on this important measure?

GOP hopeful John McCain skipped a difficult vote Wednesday on a $205 billion Democrat-backed alternative bill that would have forced him to choose between approving the measure aimed to assist seniors, or voting with Republican colleagues against the amended version. Instead, he didn't vote. Can't offend many folks that way. In fairness, his plane had just landed minutes before the vote was scheduled for.

Democrats failed in their bid Wednesday and after pressure from House Dems, reached a compromise Thursday on a measure that didn't go as far as they would have liked, but did contain assistance for seniors and disabled veterans.

McCain cast his first vote of the year in the Senate in favor of the measure. Prior to the votes Wednesday and Thursday, the Senate had eight roll-call votes and McCain was not present for any. After Democrat Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted Wednesday on the Democrat-backed version, they chose to skip the vote Thursday on the compromise measure.

I don't about you, but I thought that's why we had legislators - to represent us.

Evidently the presidential candidates from the Senate feel they are above that.


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