Capitol Report: Harry Reid and Jeb Bush agree on this about Marco Rubio
Harry Reid thinks it’s time for Marco Rubio to leave the Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Reid, of Nevada, told NBC News the Florida senator and presidential hopeful has “abandoned” the institution and should quit. Rubio has drawn criticism for missing a large chunk of Senate votes since announcing his presidential run. A longtime friend of Rubio’s also told the Washington Post the lawmaker “hates” the Senate. That was more than enough for Reid. “I think he has abandoned the Senate, and the state of Florida deserves two senators, not one senator,” Reid said.
Here’s what Rubio had to say in response:
Harry Reid & liberal media shamelessly attack me but gave Senator Barack Obama a pass. Stand up to the hypocrisy: https://t.co/FdU3ierI2Y
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 30, 2015
Reid’s comments echoed those made by Jeb Bush, one of Rubio’s challengers for the Republican presidential nomination. “You can campaign or just resign and let somebody else take the job,” Bush told Rubio at Wednesday night’s GOP debate.
Cash for Cruz: The Republican presidential debate turned into something of a cash cow for Ted Cruz. The Hill reports the Texas senator’s presidential campaign had raised $ 1.1 million since the Wednesday night debate. As the Hill writes, Cruz made waves early in the GOP candidates’ faceoff, leading the charge against questions posed by the CNBC moderators. Cruz became a top trending topic on Facebook following his criticism of the media.
Budget bill heads to White House: The Senate early Friday morning passed a two-year budget deal that also increases the U.S. debt limit. It now heads to President Barack Obama for signature. As The Wall Street Journal writes, the deal was a move to curb major fiscal fights until a new administration is in the White House.
Obama to hit road for Democrats: The White House is planning to aggressively deploy President Obama to rally Democrats for the 2016 election, Bloomberg writes, particularly minority and young voters who are his strongest supporters. His campaign work could be the difference between Democrats holding or losing the White House, Bloomberg says, since the broader electorate is closely divided. Either Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton or her main challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders, will need any extra margin those voters can provide, especially in crucial battleground states like Ohio, Virginia and Florida.
Clinton allies say Sanders sexist: Hillary Clinton’s allies are fuming at how Sanders is conducting his campaign, Politico writes, as the once-respectful Democratic presidential primary has devolved into a slugfest about gender. One instance that has ruffled Team Clinton: Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver joking in a Bloomberg Politics story that “we’re willing to consider her for vice president…we’ll even interview her.” “Seriously? The absurdity of that statement almost merits no response,” said Christine Quinn, a Clinton fundraiser and former New York City Council speaker. “How arrogant and sexist can you be?”