Thursday, November 19, 2015

Prior Engagement

If you’re a U.S. senator, what’s more important: being briefed on security issues that might have an important bearing on the country’s safety, or raising money for your presidential campaign.

Trick question!

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee went behind closed doors for a briefing titled, “The Aftermath of Paris: America’s Role.” But Sen. Marco Rubio was not there. The Florida Republican is on his way to California for fundraising.

The absence illustrates how Rubio is not just missing floor votes but also key hearings on national security and foreign policy — issues he has presented as chief credentials of his presidential campaign.

I’m sure he will tell us that he doesn’t need to be in the room to get all the information he needs from the briefing — there’s gotta be a Power Point on it — and if you had the chance to take off for Newport Beach, what would you do?

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