(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), criticized in recent days for missing so many Senate votes while campaigning, was asked about that at Wednesday's Republican debate.
"It's actually evidence of the bias that exists in the American media today," Rubio said.
CNBC debate moderator Carl Quintanilla mentioned an Oct 27th Sun-Sentinel editorial saying that Rubio "should resign, not rip us off." Quintanilla also quoted the editorial as saying that Floridians sent Rubio to Washington to do a job, yet he acts like he hates his job. "Do you?" Quintanilla asked Rubio.
"Let me say, I read that editorial today with a great amusement," Rubio responded. "It’s actually evidence of the bias that exists in the American media today."
"Well, do you hate your job?" Quintanilla asked.
"Let me--let me answer your question on the Sun-Sentinel editorial today. Back in 2004, one of my predecessors to the Senate by the name of Bob Graham, a Democrat, ran for president, missing over 30 percent of his votes. I don’t recall them calling for his resignation.
"Later that year, in 2004, John Kerry ran for president missing close to 60 to 70 percent of his votes. I don’t recall the Sun — in fact, the Sun-Sentinel endorsed him.
In 2008, Barack Obama missed 60 or 70 percent of his votes, and the same newspaper endorsed him again. So this is another example of the double standard that exists in this country between the mainstream media and the conservative movement."
Rubio was applauded for his answer.