After Hammering McCain for Skipping A Stimulus Vote, Clinton Skips A Stimulus Vote

By Jennifer Parker

Feb 7, 2008 5:23pm

Last night through a spokesman and this morning in an interview with ABC News, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, assailed Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for skipping a vote on the economic stimulus package Wednesday afternoon.

"I feel a real sense of urgency to do something," she said. "Unfortunately the Republicans, including Senator McCain, don’t share that view…Senator McCain failed to vote and I think that’s wrong…

"I think we need to do something to deliver solutions to the people who need it most. That’s why I was the first candidate to come out with a detailed and comprehensive economic stimulus package. And it’s why I left the campaign trail to go back to the Senate to vote on a proposal aimed at jump starting the economy….this was a vote that is so clearly directed at what we have to do. There’s no disagreement for the need for a stimulus and it has to be timely, which is why we’re working so hard to get it done."

BUT…

This afternoon Sen. Clinton missed a vote on an amendment to the economic stimulus package, to add seniors and disabled veterans to the list of those getting rebates, which passed 91-6.

And she missed the vote on final passage of the bill, which passed 81-16.

As with McCain’s failure to vote Wednesday, her absence made no difference factually in terms of what happened.

But it would seem to undercut some of her forceful rhetoric against McCain’s absence.

- jpt

UPDATE: I had put in the earlier post, linked to above, that while the amendment McCain failed to vote for was defeated narrowly, McCain said he would have voted against it, meaning his absence had no impact on whether the bill would have passed or failed. As with the votes Clinton skipped Thursday.

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