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Rubio Leads the Field in This Category: Missing Votes

Like McCain, left, and others, Rubio is missing more and more votes as he runs for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For a presidential cycle known for upending conventional political wisdom, one thing certainly hasn't changed: It's hard to vote in the Senate if you're campaigning across the country.  

Like a young(er) John McCain from 2007, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who missed every vote last week, leads the Senate in truancy for the year to date, voting just 68.7 percent of the time, according to CQ Vote Watch .  

Bob Dole, Veterans Groups Push Disabilities Treaty

Former Senate Majority Leader Dole, R-Kan., speaks with Sen. Ayotte, R-N.H., after a news conference urging the Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Despite remaining short of the 67 votes needed to ratify the United Nation’s disability treaty, disabled veterans groups are pushing for a vote to identify the holdouts.  

Former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., at a press conference urging ratification, said the treaty is a no-brainer to help veterans.  

Dole, Harkin Renew Disability Treaty Push After SCOTUS Decision

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Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is making another push for ratification of the U.N. disabilities treaty.  

The Kansas Republican issued a statement late Monday saying that the Supreme Court's decision in Bond v. United States provided a path forward for the Senate to consent to ratification of the treaty, which stalled on the floor during the 2012 lame-duck session, with an ailing Dole present on the floor.  

McCain: Cruz's Criticism of Bob Dole Crossed a Line

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Sen. John McCain said Friday he told Sen. Ted Cruz that the Texas Republican's criticism of former Majority Leader Bob Dole in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference crossed a line.  

In an interview on MSNBC, McCain said he confronted Cruz on the Senate floor about the freshman's CPAC comments from Thursday, in which Cruz called out Dole, McCain and Mitt Romney — the party's last three unsuccessful presidential nominees.