McConnell defends Rubio's voting record
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday defended Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign Republicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth 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.