Rubio turns the tables on Bush for his missed votes

October 29, 2015

Under fire for missing more votes than any other senator, presidential candidate and Florida senator Marco Rubio blamed liberal media for hyping the issue.

CNBC debate moderator Carl Quintanilla presented a Florida newspaper’s position this morning that called for Rubio to resign his Senate seat while seeking the presidency. Rubio called the editorial by the Sun Sentinel, “evidence of the bias that exists in the American media today.”

He noted that former Florida Senator Bob Graham and Secretary of State John Kerry missed Senate votes when they were seeking the presidency during the 2004 election, but the media did not call for their resignations.

And yet, Rubio’s chief rival for establishment support, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, glommed on.

Although he called Rubio a ‘gifted politician’, he also scolded him: “You should be showing up to work.”

Bush joked that the Senate does so little work as it is, saying senators only work three days a week, and derided that as a “French workweek.”

Rubio fought back, cutting into Bush for targeting him.

“Someone has convinced you that attacking me is going to help you,” he said, alluding to Bush’s flagging support, decision to cut back his staff and plans to mount a comeback in New Hampshire like Arizona Senator John McCain did in late 2007 when he was seeking the presidency.

Rubio then vowed that he would not attack his rivals for the Republican nomination.

Republican presidential candidate former Governor Jeb Bush speaks as Senator Marco Rubio (R) looks on at the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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