Rand Paul found the perfect way to knock fellow GOP presidential rivals (and Senate colleagues) Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio on Monday morning, the day of the Iowa Caucus.
The candidates were both caught sending Iowa Republicans somewhat controversial get-out-the-vote mailers suggesting they didn’t have the best voting record in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses.
In response, the Kentucky Senator tweeted:
Hmmm… Looks like Ted Cruz may have received a voting violation as well. pic.twitter.com/05kcttPpOw
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 1, 2016
The grades Paul attributed to the three Senators were based upon their individual voting records in the U.S. Senate for the calendar year 2015. The percentages are taken from data that — unlike the scores given by the Cruz campaign — is easier to quantify.
This isn’t the first time that Cruz and Rubio have been criticized for their presence in Washington, D.C. — or lack thereof.
The Orlando Sun-Sentinel, one of Florida’s largest newspapers, demanded Rubio’s resignation from Congress last fall while accusing him of being more concerned with winning the presidency than representing the people of the Sunshine State.
In addition, Cruz has missed a number of roll call votes and committee hearings while trying to shape himself as an anti-establishment politician, effectively alienating himself from his colleagues and creating headaches for the GOP with his filibusters and threats to shut down the government.