Rubio Skips Votes Because He’s ‘Frustrated’ With Pace Of Senate

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., waves to the crowd after speaking at Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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As Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) continued to defend his tendency to skip votes in the Senate on Sunday, he revealed that he is simply sick of trying to get anything done in the Senate.

“I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word,” Rubio told the Washington Post in an interview published on Sunday evening. “I’m frustrated.”

A friend of Rubio went further, however, telling the Post that Rubio “hates” the Senate.

When asked by the Post if he would run for the Senate again if he loses the presidential race, Rubio said he didn’t know. He then explained that his time in the Senate has been consumed by a waiting game. He said that since he was elected, Republicans have been hoping that each new election will allow them to successfully push a conservative agenda.

“For two years, we just tried to slow-dance and wait for the 2012 election,” Rubio said. “And then, when that didn’t work out, we spent two years trying to position ourselves for ’14.”

“Now it’s [2015], and the argument is, ‘We’ve gotta wait to elect the president,'” he continued.

Although Rubio is frustrated with gridlock in Congress, he said earlier on Sunday that he still works for his constituents in Florida.

“Voting is not the only part of the Senate job,” Rubio said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I mean, the most important thing a senator does is constituent service. We’re still involved in looking out for Florida’s issues.”

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