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Candidates took shots at media bias on Wednesday during the third GOP presidential primary debate, to the delight of conservative viewers.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got things rolling early when he was asked about his missed senate votes. CNBC debate moderator Carl Quintanilla asked Rubio to respond to a Sun Sentinel article suggesting the Florida senator resign for not voting and for "hating" his job. Rubio answered by saying the article was "actually evidence of the bias that exists in the American media today."

"Back in 2004, one of my predecessors to the Senate by the name of Bob Graham, a Democrat, ran for president missing over 30 percent of his votes. I don't recall them calling for his resignation," Rubio said, adding that secretary of state John Kerry and President Obama also missed high percentages of votes but were endorsed by the Sentinel.

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