Senator Marco Rubio talks with News Channel 8

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Will Senator Marco Rubio improve his voting record if re-elected to the U.S. Senate? Rubio has one of the worst voting records to date. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid suggested Rubio should be sued to give back his pay during his time as Senator.

“When I was running for president I missed votes for the same reason Bernie Sanders missed virtually every vote since January, for the same reason Barack Obama missed every vote when he was running and Hillary Clinton alike,” Rubio said in a interview with News Channel Eight Wednesday morning. “I don’t recall Harry Reid saying the same things about them. This is just pure partisanship. Let’s remember I wasn’t on vacation or on a Caribbean cruise. I was working to become president because I wanted to change the direction of this country.

When pressed about whether he would miss voting again in 4 or 8 years if he decides to run for president again, Rubio replied:

“What I’ve stopped doing now is just talking about things of that nature and making these equivocal statements,” Rubio said. “I can tell you this, running for the U.S. senate again in this tough political environment with so much uncertainty isn’t what you do when you’re thinking about running for president in 4 years. It’s my intention to come back and work hard to serve a full 6 year term in the Senate on behalf of the people of Florida.”

The candidate added, it is Senator Reid who can take the blame for Florida not getting federal funds to fight Zika, after Senate Democrats blocked a Zika funding measure.

“Unfortunately it was blocked yesterday by Senate Democrats over issue they basically made up,” Rubio said. “It has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood, the words ‘Planned Parenthood’ does not appear in the bill. This bill does not take a penny away from anybody, including Planned Parenthood.”

“We need to get moving on this, and I’ve been talking about this for 3 months,” Rubio said. “I was the first Republican to basically come out and agree with the president’s initiative on it. I just think we are so close now, we are literately one vote away from being able to deliver 1.1 billion dollars to states, including Florida, to deal with Zika; and it’s being blocked because Harry Reid has decided he wants to play politics and score political points on Zika rather than solve the problem.”

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