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Clinton's team liked Jeb Bush's approach to knocking Marco Rubio's absenteeism

Clinton email


Clinton email



Hillary Clinton’s team schemed ways to play up Marco Rubio’s missed vote record, stolen emails reveal. And an advisor suggested Jeb Bush’s approach: Docking Rubio’s pay.

John Podesta had received an email from a California political candidate who faced his own questions about not showing up for work. “Many people smarter than me disagree but I would not want to run against Marco Rubio in a general election,” the man wrote in October 2015.

Podesta forwarded the email to Clinton advisors.

“Interesting,” he wrote.

An aide wondered if former Sen. Clinton was vulnerable on the issue.  

“We missed a lot of votes in 2008,” replied another advisor. “We did go after Obama on attendance though in 2008, but that was more on his chairing committee hearings. If we do this it should be through the dnc or without our fingerprints. I like where bush is going: docking pay. There should be a movement to get him to resign.”

Bush floated the proposal in July of that year during a speech in Tallahassee.

[Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2016 1:55pm]


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