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Why did McCain skip on the vote to tax the oil companies?

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His vote essentially doomed the legislation, just last week. He had the chance to pass it along, and create taxes for the oil companies (which are making the biggest quarterly profits of any company in world history), and provide for that extra tax revenue to be funneled into alternative fuels, which would both stabalize the American economy, reduce our dependence on oil, and improve our national security.

So...what's the good excuse for missing the vote? I'm curious, because his campaign ads say he'll be "tough" on the oil "tough" in his view, synonymous with "give them huge tax breaks when they rape the American people"?