Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says his opponents for the presidency shouldn't be missing votes in the Senate or they should "resign, you know."
"No, I'm really kind of saying the system itself is the problem," Bush told radio host Michael Medved when asked if his speech Monday on changing Washington was aimed at his presidential rivals who are currently in the Senate.
Bush, speaking in Florida on Monday, gave a broad speech how he would bring changes to what he termed "Mount Washington" if elected. Bush said he would push for a balanced budget, an "unequivocal six-year ban on lobbying...for ex-members of the House and Senate," and a line-item veto, among other items mentioned in the speech.
"They're all fine people, but if they're missing votes then they ought to change that, I mean c'mon, this is — the pay people get in public life is good," Bush added. "It's a sacrifice to be away from their families, I'd admit that, but if you're there for three days, you ought to be able to show up and vote — or resign, you know."
"That would be — and then go pursue your whatever your desires are, but showing up for work it's what's required of every American," Bush added. "It seems to me that Congress ought to feel a duty to do the same."
Several of Bush's presidential rivals, such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have sporadic and sometimes poor attendance records for Senate votes and committee hearings. Bush last served in elected office in 2007.
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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