PolitiFact: Rubio’s defense on missed Senate votes

TAMPA, Fla.- Florida’s Republican presidential candidates are making headlines after a major clash during Wednesday night’s debate on CNBC.

Ahead of the debate, an editorial in the Sun Sentinel called for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio to resign over missed votes in the Senate.

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), took the opportunity to lay into Rubio saying, “This was a six-year term and you should be showing up to work.”

“The Senate, what is it, like a French work week?” Bush asked. At one point, Bush also suggested Rubio resign.

Senator Rubio’s defense of his spotty attendance record got the attention of the WINK News investigative team.

In his rebuttal, he listed off other senators who missed time in the Senate while running presidential campaigns, and says the paper never called for their jobs.

According to our research partners at PolitiFact, Rubio is correct.

“Back in 2004, one of my predecessors to the Senate by the name of Bob Graham, a Democrat, ran for president missing over 30 percent of his votes. I don’t recall them calling for his resignation. … Later that year, in 2004, John Kerry ran for president missing close to 60 to 70 percent of his votes. In fact, the Sun Sentinel endorsed him. In 2008, Barack Obama missed 60 or 70 percent of his votes, and the same newspaper endorsed him again. So this is another example of the double standard that exists in this country between the mainstream media and the conservative movement,” Rubio said.

PolitiFact says Rubio’s numbers check out. They give the statement a TRUE rating on the Truth-o-Meter.

Right now, Senator Rubio has missed more votes than any of his competitors, about 34% or 99 votes since the start of the year.

Senate Votes Missed in 2015Marco Rubio (R-FL) 99
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)            79
Ted Cruz (R-TX)                          70
Rand Paul (R-KY)                        14
Bernie Sanders (D-VT)                10

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