CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota accused Sen. Marco Rubio of ignoring gun control debates despite the fact that he has been lobbying for and is a cosponsor of a Senate school safety bill.
During a Thursday morning interview with Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch, Camerota implied that Rubio was too focused on a Daylight Savings Time debate to pay attention to gun violence. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill yesterday to improve school safety measures.
“One of your colleagues in the Senate, Marco Rubio, who of course represents Florida, was there with you at our CNN town hall,” Camerota said. “He introduced a bill yesterday. It was about Daylight Savings Time.”
“Do you think that helps gun violence?” she asked rhetorically. “I just want you to explain why this would be a priority.”
Deutch laughed at the question and insisted that Rubio was trying to “distract” and “change the subject” from the gun debate.
What Camerota did not point out during the interview is that Rubio is a cosponsor on a bipartisan Senate bill, the STOP School Violence Act, that included many of the same measures as the House bill passed yesterday. The bill is sponsored by 11 Republicans and 11 Democrats and addresses security infrastructure and threat assessment.
Rubio has been advocating for the bill with Kyle Kashuv, a conservative student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.