Marco Rubio Returns To Senate Greeted By Thunderous Applause
— Alex Burgos (@BurgosGOP) March 17, 2016
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio ended his campaign less than 48 hours before he returned to the Senate. However, despite failing to win more than five electoral contests, he was greeted by the applause of his colleagues.
“A few minutes ago [Sen. Rubio] U.S. Senate staff welcomed him back to the office,” Alex Burgos, his communications director Tweeted.
The Hill reports:
Rubio ended his presidential campaign on Tuesday evening after losing the primary in his home state of Florida. He trailed in national polls behind businessman Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas), who have ridden voter frustration with Washington to the top of the GOP field.
Burgos told The Hill that Rubio participated in a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday and will be at the Senate’s vote later in the day on holding Backpage.com in contempt.
That would mark the fourth time Rubio has voted in the Senate this year, where he’s missed 34 of 37 roll call votes, according to GovTrack.
Rubio’s office repeatedly defended his voting record, which came under attack during the campaign, saying he returned to Washington for important votes or when his vote made a difference in the outcome.
Rubio isn’t the only presidential candidate who missed votes as the White House race hit high gear. Cruz has missed 35 of the Senate’s 37 roll call votes so far this year, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who’s running for the Democratic nomination, has missed 36.