CNN’s final GOP debate of the year had fireworks throughout its 2-hour time slot on Tuesday evening. One of those sparks were between Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. Both young, Cuban-Americans and both vying for the GOP presidential nomination but with very different views. Marco Rubio has a more liberal agenda while Ted Cruz has earned his conservative credentials.
While Ted Cruz has soared in recent polls, Marco Rubio has suffered a slight drop as of late. Why? Because the American people now know that he has been cheating taxpayers by purposely skipping out on his day job. Potential voters find it hypocritical of Senator Rubio to question Senator Cruz’s voting record when he himself has not shown up to do what he was hired to do: represent the people of Florida. At least Senator Ted Cruz has a record.
Florida’s Sun Sentinel wrote an interesting piece detailing Marco Rubio’s voting record in the Senate this year:
“…Rubio’s voting record continues to get worse with every passing quarter. Between July and September, he missed 28 of 52 votes, or 54 percent. So far this quarter, he has missed 30 of 37 votes, or 81 percent. No matter how you look at it, his on-the-job performance is terrible.”
Marco Rubio hasn’t shown up to his Senate job because he claims to have become disenchanted with the process. Or perhaps he has a much more sinister plan? In avoiding a voting record in the Senate, he is avoiding criticism that will most likely come his way for being too liberal during the GOP vetting process. After all, he was one of the Senators in the Gang of Eight, supporting the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill.
Last month, Rubio failed to show up to vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Perhaps avoiding to compromise his position as a conservative Republican or as an “electable” candidate for the general election, depending on how he would have voted. Now, we will never know because Senator Rubio did not show up to work on that crucial day.
For Republicans, Marco Rubio is a political liability. By skipping votes and not showing up to work, Rubio is showing the American people how he plans to lead should he become president: from behind. If Senator Rubio stopped going to work because he felt disenchanted with the whole process, as he himself stated, what can Americans expect from him when he becomes disenchanted as President?
Much criticism has been darted toward Ted Cruz regarding his ambitions to run for the US presidency while still a rookie Senator. Yet the same thing should be said about Marco Rubio. Rubio has turned against the people who supported him when nobody knew or cared to know who he was. He has betrayed his friends as well as his constituents.
In addition to that, Mr. Rubio’s reckless spending habits are of grave concern. Spending taxpayer dollars because he cannot control his own spending, speaks volumes as to how well he will be able to manage the country’s expenses. If he himself lives above his means, how can Americans trust him to curb the country’s spending habits? A tell-tale sign is the $1.5 trillion dollar Child welfare tax credit that Rubio proposed with no means to pay for it. He obviously expects the American people to flip the bill like he did with the GOP credit card he indebted himself with.
Marco Rubio talks a good talk but has yet to deliver as Senator of Florida. Americans do not need another Obama Presidency and given Senator Rubio’s record, the American people can expect exactly that if he ever gets into the White House.