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:
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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