I keep seeing reference to the 130 present votes cast by Barack Obama during his 8 years in the IL State Senate and while I addressed this in another thread IMO it deserves it's own thread so that people can get a full grasp of what Mr. Obama actually did while in the IL State Senate. Now on it's face it might seem voting present 130 times is a horrible voting record, until you realize it's 130 out of probably thousands of votes. Then the number doesn't seem quite so big. On it's face voting present might seem like a shirking of responsibility or an avoidance of a tough vote, until you do some research and learn that in the IL State Senate, unlike most states, the "present vote" is used for strategic purpose. I know it's not in most people's nature to actually RESEARCH something before continually repeating it but by doing so you avoid looking like a complete idiot: Illinois Senate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/16/opinion/16mikva.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Some have said that these 130 present votes shows that Barack Obama didn't take a leadership role while in the IL State Senate. His record would indicate otherwise: The New York Times > U.S. > Image > Obamas Record in the Illinois Senate While in the IL State Senate Barack Obama sponsored 823 Bills: 233 on healthcare and public health 125 on poverty and public assistance 122 on crime, corrections and the death penalty 97 on economy, business and finance 62 on education 60 on civil and human rights 35 on infrastructure and public works 21 on ethics 21 on adminstration 20 on environment 15 on gun control 15 on symbolic resolutions and memorial acts 6 on military and veterans affairs 1 on immigration Now I don't believe these FACTS will get in the way of the Cons continuing to spin this issue but it certainly makes it more obvious that they are indeed SPINNING.