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Edwards' Attendance
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I thought this was a fairly effective charge last night as well:

Cheney: And Senator, frankly, you have a record in the Senate that's not very distinguished. You've missed 33 out of 36 meetings in the Judiciary Committee, almost 70 percent of the meetings of the Intelligence Committee.

You've missed a lot of key votes: on tax policy, on energy, on Medicare reform.

Your hometown newspaper has taken to calling you "Senator Gone." You've got one of the worst attendance records in the United States Senate.

Edwards didn't deny it. Here was his response:

EDWARDS: That was a complete distortion of my record. I know that won't come as a shock.

The vice president, I'm surprised to hear him talk about records. When he was one of 435 members of the United States House, he was one of 10 to vote against Head Start, one of four to vote against banning plastic weapons that can pass through metal detectors.

He voted against the Department of Education. He voted against funding for Meals on Wheels for seniors. He voted against a holiday for Martin Luther King. He voted against a resolution calling for the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

It's amazing to hear him criticize either my record or John Kerry's.

So it was a complete distortion of his record, and he rebuts it by talking about Cheney's record. Nice.

It seems very telling to me that neither Kerry nor Edwards talk very much about their Senate records, especially Kerry, who has served for so long. You'd think this would be a selling point for a President, but it's almost as if he wants to ignore it.

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