Though he has yet to win a single primary or caucus, Republicans in the House and Senate have been flocking to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). But when asked about Rubio’s qualifications to be president on Wednesday, one of those recent endorsers, freshman Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV), drew a blank.
On MSNBC, host Thomas Roberts asked Hardy, “Is there one thing you can name, over the last year, you have seen firsthand on the Hill that he has done that demonstrates presidential character? To be able to get things done?”
Hardy responded, “On the Hill, I have not seen that. He’s been running for a presidential race most of this year.” Rubio has drawn heavy criticism for his record of absenteeism in his first Senate term, including mockery from former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) for adopting a “French work week.”
Next, Hardy noted that Rubio’s prior record was not all that much better. “As far as his policies in the past,” he continued, “I know he’s done some things that might even be a little frustrating for a individual like myself, at times.”
Finally, Hardy cited Rubio’s work to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill — which Hardy opposed — as the sole example he could point to of a Rubio accomplishment. “The Gang of Eight bill was a very good process, that he was trying to get as much in there for conservatives in this country, and was gonna to try to send it to the House for the final decision, and the House got to make that choice and I believe it was the right choice: it didn’t go through.”
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