Fellow presidential hopefuls from both the GOP and the Democratic party including Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul were present to vote on a massive $1.8 trillion spending and tax package on Friday. GOP candidate Marco Rubio was absent; he is scheduled to campaign in Iowa and Missouri.
Paul really livid about Rubio’s absence and abdication of duty as a senator
Paul said: “It’s a trillion dollars in spending and I think earlier this week he talked about having some activity and then wasn’t here, so yeah I think it’s important to show up to your job. I think that really he ought to resign or quit accepting his pay if he’s not going to come to work.”
A spokesman for Rubio’s presidential campaign responded: “Votes like Friday’s are why Marco is running for president. Leaders in Washington crafted this trillion dollar spending bill in secret, and unveiled it during the debate on Tuesday night. Marco had barely 48 hours to review over 2,000 pages of spending. Marco has consistently voted against those sorts of bills, but the truth is that it’s not going to change until we elect a new preside nt. That’s why Marco is meeting voters in Iowa today.”
Paul has a much better attendance record than Rubio this year. The office of Rubio said the Florida senator would have voted against the spending and tax package. Rubio also attached Paul claiming he is running for two offices at once: His Senate seat and the presidency. Rubio said: “He’s the only person running who likes politics so much, he’s running for two offices at the same time. I mean he wants to be a senator and president, I’m not running for reelection to the Senate, because I want to be president.”
Rubio is against further huge spending as it grows national debt
“Washington’s leadership has created another massive spending bill in secret and rammed it through Congress, hoping that the American people don’t notice or have become numb to this kind of business as usual. This is what a broken Washington looks like under President Obama and what Congress reverts to without conservative presidential leadership. While stopping ObamaCare’s taxpayer-funded bailout of insurance companies is an important win, I strongly oppose this bill because it keeps spending money that we don’t have, grows our debt, and concedes far too many of President Obama’s and liberal Democrats’ big government spending priorities.”