Sen. Jim Inhofen (R-Okla.) said Wednesday that he’s not sure if he saw a “pagan motorcycle” when he was in college.
Inhofes’ comments came after he was asked on the Senate floor Wednesday about comments made by Sen. Marco Rubio (R, Fla.) about Sen. John McCain’s alleged motorcycle accident in Vietnam.
Rubio, who’s currently facing an ethics probe from President Donald Trump, has accused McCain of “failing to see a motorcycle.”
“I think you’re talking about a motorcycle, I think it’s fair to say that,” Rubio said.
“You’re talking, you’re not saying, I don’t know, you saw a white guy riding a motorcycle that he rode over a guy, you know, a kid that he hit.”
Rubio’s comments came in response to a question about whether Inhofers experience with the military would have helped him in a possible reelection campaign.
“He’s the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, he’s got a military background, and I think he has the experience to run in an election and he certainly had the experience when he ran in the Senate, and that’s the difference,” Rubio told reporters.
“I don’t think he sees a motorcycle in a bad light, but I think we can all agree that the American people want a commander in chief that has experience in military service.”
Rubio also said that he “never saw” a “cyclone” in Vietnam when he first joined the Armed Forces in 1981.
Rubio said he has had the opportunity to attend a lot of military conferences and events, including the 2009 Army Combat Showcase.
He also said he had “no idea” if the motorcycle he was talking about actually existed.
In a statement, Rubio said his comments were meant to be “neutral and factual” and “to address the need for an honest discussion of the issues and the military.”