Hill leaders niche players in national campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) - At the top of their roosts in Washington, leaders of Congress are turning out to be niche players on the national campaign stage.

The Senate's top two leaders, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are tending to home-state politics.

Not so in the House, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his Democratic counterpart, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California., are crisscrossing the country, siphoning every last dollar of campaign cash they can find to help win House seats.

More junior House and Senate leaders are out campaigning and raising money as well - not just to win this year's races, but to shore up support for when it's their turn to run for the top jobs on Capitol Hill.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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