So why doesn’t Florida Sen. Marco Rubio heed his critics — including his one-time mentor, former Florida governor Jeb Bush — and leave the Senate so he can pursue the presidency full time?
Rubio’s campaign won’t give a direct response, referring only to the senator’s previous statements.
Rubio has said that he shows up for votes when they matter and that his office continues to help constituents and provide other services. He notes that plenty of other senators who ran for the White House also had high absentee rates, and none quit the Senate.
“A lot of these votes won’t mean anything,” he told CNN. “They’re not going to pass. And even if they if they did, the president would veto it.”