January 16, 2009 5:29 PM

Bunning's absence could impact his 2010 re-election plans

Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning, 77, has missed three cabinet confirmation hearings and a GOP strategy session. He's also missed critical votes on releasing the second portion of the $700 billion federal bailout on the nation's troubled financial sector -- a measure Bunning has staunchly opposed in the past. Bunning's staff won't say where he's been.

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