The Chatter: Paul asks "Where in the world is Marco Rubio?" in new ad

12/22/2015 10:36 AM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is taking a shot at U.S. Senate colleague and fellow presidential candidate Marco Rubio in an ad released this week.

The minute-long spot hits Rubio for his failure to show up for Senate votes.

It highlights the information about the $1.8 trillion spending bill Senate took a vote on last week. Rubio was just one of two senators who was nowhere to be seen at vote time, and the only one running for president.

It isn’t just Paul coming after Rubio for missing the vote. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid also took a shot at Rubio for his absence.

Politico reports that when Rubio was asked about not voting for the bill, the Florida Republican said that not voting for a bill was the same as voting against it.

According to Rubio has missed 58 percent of Senate votes from October through December, and Paul’s latest ad draws attention to this by playing off the theme song of video game villain Carmen Sandiego titled “Where in the World is Marco Rubio?”

The ad then goes on to show footage of CNN’s Jake Tapper talking about the Florida Sun Sentinel, which had called on Rubio to resign due to his failure to show up for Senate votes.

The latest Quinnipiac poll puts Paul at just 2 percent and Rubio with at 10 percent lead over at him at 12 percent. RealClear Politics has Paul polling at 2.4 percent and Rubio at 12.3 percent in recent polling.

You can watch the entire ad below.

Madeline Janicki

Madeline is a producer for Spectrum News. You can watch her work on Pure Politics, the only statewide nightly show dedicated solely to Kentucky Politics. Madeline is an Indiana native and received her degree in Communications from Indiana University. Her background is as a news producer but her passion for civic engagement and drive to bring voters information on issues that impact their lives brought her to Pure Politics. Here she gets to work on projects like her multi-part digital series on how the national group Teach For America is working in Eastern Kentucky Schools. If you have a story idea, email her at


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