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McCain is Most Mentioned Senator

July 2, 2012

He's no longer a presidential candidate, nor does he hold a leadership position in the upper chamber, but Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was the most mentioned member of the Senate in national radio/TV news reports during the first six months of the year, according to a review by the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics:

Smart Politics review of broadcast media transcripts by ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, NBC, and NPR for the first six months of 2012 finds that Republican U.S. Senators have been mentioned in more than twice as many news stories as their Democratic counterparts with John McCain leading the field at more than 10 stories per day.


McCain, who does not hold a GOP leadership position, was mentioned in 1,958 news stories during the first 182 days of the year - or an average of 10.8 stories per day.

No other senator from either party received even half this amount of attention.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who has been surrounded by VP buzz, is second, while the only two Democrats in the top ten -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts -- placed third and fourth. Rounding out the top ten starting with #5: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass.

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