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New Bush super PAC ad rips Rubio for missing votes, national security briefings

Jeb Bush, left, and Marco Rubio.

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Jeb Bush, left, and Marco Rubio.



A new ad from the Jeb Bush super PAC hits Marco Rubio for missing votes and key national security meetings in Washington. "Politics first, that's the Rubio way," a narrator says.

The ad will run in Iowa for the next two weeks at a cost of $1.4 million, according to Right to Rise. The ad is the hardest-hitting yet from Right to Rise and is bound to stir new tension between the opposing camps. Rubio has one of the worst attendance records of any current senator.

This month he talked about holding up a massive spending bill but the next day never showed up for the vote. "In essence, not voting for it is a vote against it," Rubio told CBS News in Iowa. He has said that votes he has missed would not have changed the outcome and that he makes sure to get briefings from staff when he misses hearings or closed-door sessions.

The ad references a classified hearing on the Paris attacks that Rubio missed in November due to a fundraising trip to California. Rubio's office, however, said he had attended a briefing the day before and today, his campaign tweeted a link to a report in which Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley defended Rubio.

Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said: “Bush's team dishonestly omits that Marco is on the Senate's Intelligence Committee, where he attended the highest level briefings on the Paris attacks. No other candidate for president has received more classified Intelligence briefings or better understands the threats facing our nation today than Marco. It's sad to see Jeb's ‘joyful’ campaign reduced to such intellectual dishonesty."

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 10:14am]


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