“Asking for a friend,” Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) posed a question on Twitter, asking why media outlets were not reporting on the amount votes Democratic senators running for president in 2020 have missed since deciding to run for the presidency.
“Is the absence of incessant reporting about how many votes the Democratic senators running for president are missing just an unintentional oversight or evidence of a double standard,” asked Rubio.
Is the absence of incessant reporting about how many votes the Democratic senators running for president are missing just an unintentional oversight or evidence of a double standard?
Asking for a friend.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 13, 2019
There has been some reporting by The Hill and a few other outlets outlining the amount of votes 2020 Senate and Congressional presidential hopefuls have missed, but that’s the reporting we could find.
According to The Hill, which cites ProPublica as their source, “three Democratic 2020 presidential candidates” failed to show up and cast their vote on half of the Senate votes since January of this year.
Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders all had missed around 50 percent of votes. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar had missed more than a quarter of the votes taken.
The story was written and posted on October 10, 2019, so it does not reflect any senate votes missed since then.
But according to govtrack.gov, as of November 13, 2019, Sens. Booker, Harris, and Sanders, have all missed 60 percent of their votes, while Sen. Warren has missed 48 percent of her votes.
Here is a graphic that puts the missed votes into better perspective:
We need to point out that when Rubio ran for president in 2015, he only missed 35 percent of his votes. The 2020 Senate Democrats have the remainder of this month, December, and January to miss more votes so that 60 percent mark will be easily eclipsed.