McConnell defends Rubio's voting record
© Francis Rivera
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday defended Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Energy: Critics pile on Trump plan to roll back major environmental law | Pick for Interior No. 2 official confirmed | JPMorgan Chase to stop loans for fossil fuel drilling in the Arctic MacGregor confirmed as Interior deputy chief GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman MORE's (R-Fla.) frequent Senate absences amid growing criticism of the GOP presidential candidate.
"I can't remember Democratic senators complaining about Senator Obama missing votes. I can't even recall them complaining about Senator McCain missing votes," he told reporters when asked whether he thought Rubio could still be an effective Senator.
"Senators running for president missing some votes is not terribly unusual," McConnell added.
"Why shouldn’t he [resign]?" Reid asked last week. "Why should the taxpayers of this country and people of Florida put up with having only one senator? Doesn’t seem fair to me.” 
The Florida Sun Sentinel editorial board also called on the Rubio to step down if he intended to continue to miss votes while running for president.
Rubio faced down former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, also a GOP presidential candidate, over Rubio's voting record during last week's Republican debate.
Bush told Rubio "when you signed up for this, this was a six-year term" and implored him to "resign and let someone else take the job" if he keeps missing votes.
“Marco doesn’t show up to the United States Senate, he is representing the people of Florida," Trump said. "The facts are on Bush’s side, and ultimately I think Marco is going to be hurt very badly."
Rubio, who attended a weekly party lunch Tuesday, missed 18 of 22 Senate roll call votes in October, according to GovTrack.
His office has defended his voting record, suggesting he will attend important votes or when his vote could be decisive.