Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) clashed early on in Wednesday’s primetime Republican candidate debate following a question on Rubio’s missed Senate votes.
“Marco, when you signed up for this, this was a six-year term, and you should be showing up to work,” Bush said. “What is this, like a French work week? You can campaign, or just resign and let someone else take the job”
Rubio shot back by noting that Bush had been saying at campaign stops that he was modeling his “furious comeback” after the party’s 2008 nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
“I don’t remember you ever complaining about John McCain’s vote record,” Rubio said. “The only reason you’re doing it now is ’cause we’re running for the same position, and someone has convinced you that attacking me is gonna help you.”
The discussion was prompted by an editorial in the Florida Sun-Sentinel calling on Rubio to resign for missing more votes this year than any member of the Senate. Rubio said he read the editorial “with great amusement” and said that the newspaper endorsed both Barack Obama and John Kerry’s presidential campaigns despite them missing several votes.
“This is another example of the double standard that exists in this country between the mainstream media and the conservative movement,” Rubio said.
Watch the argument, as aired on Wednesday, below.
Ben Stein: Black people have a ‘very deep attachment’ to feeling like ‘they’ve been victimized’
On Monday's edition of Fox Business' "Trish Regan Primetime," conservative writer and actor Ben Stein complained about how African-Americans refuse to be grateful for what President Donald Trump is doing for them because they have an "attachment" to feeling like "they've been victimized."
"Let me ask you, though, Ben, in this environment, we're now looking at the lowest unemployment rate for black Americans in the history of the United States of America under none other than President Trump," said Regan. "Is any of that loyalty starting to shift? I mean, are traditional black Democrats saying, hey, maybe the Democratic Party has failed me? Maybe I need to rethink this?"
‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission
On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.
"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."
"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."
US foes are goading Trump because they know he’s a ‘blow-hard and full of bluster’: CNN analyst
President Donald Trump walked back from the brink of atrocities last week, from calling off a military strike against Iran to pushing back planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major American cities.
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer how foreign adversaries have been emboldened to challenge Trump — because for all his bombast, they know they are calling a bluff.
"I think Donald Trump is pretty well a known quantity at this point," said Toobin. "I mean, I think people around the world know he's a blowhard, knows he's full of bluster. But that's no reason to get into a war."