Florida Gov. Rick Scott Is Running for US Senate

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Is Running for US Senate

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Is Running for US Senate

He has been urged to challenge the state's incumbent Democratic senator, Bill Nelson, by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Republicans responded with a website, nomorenelson.org, paid for by the Republican Party of Florida, casting Nelson as a do-nothing career politician. Both political parties share some of the blame.

"We have to all acknowledge that Washington is a disaster. Here's what we shouldn't be doing-we shouldn't be sending the same types of people to Washington", Scott told supporters at his campaign launch in Orlando.

The contest between Nelson and Scott alone is expected to cost $100 million, or even much more, chiefly from spending on television advertising across Florida's 10 broadcast media markets. "And the business community has really shown up".

Rick Scott speaks after the end of the legislative session at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla., Sunday, March 11, 2018. The Senate Majority PAC pushed out an ad this past weekend "as part of a six-figure campaign this week blasting Scott for cutting businesses' taxes while raising property taxes and slashing education funding".

During an appearance last month in Florida, Nelson said he was ready for a challenge by Scott. That's at least one change that hasn't come to Washington. Critics say one of his misses was environmental issues along with Medicaid.

- Florida Governor Rick Scott teased a "major announcement" for Monday morning which many political experts believe will be the start of his campaign for Senate.


Scott also repeatedly attacked "career politicians" without naming his opponent, Nelson, who has served in the Senate since 2001.

Democrats have been anticipating his move for months and have ramped up their criticism, noting that Scott had been forced out as chief executive of Columbia/HCA amid a federal fraud investigation.

Scott, a Republican, announced Monday his intentions to unseat Democratic Sen.

"There's a lot of old exhausted thinking up there", said Scott in his campaign's opening statement at an Orlando construction company.

Scott's record on gun laws has earned him an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association before the killings of 17 people at a Florida high school this year.

One emerging complication for Scott is his relationship with Sen. She traveled with Scott on his South Florida trips and was particularly visible in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and was at his side after the deadly shootings at Pulse and Parkland. That members of the United States Senate do not have term limits has been a point of contention before, and those who want change across the board in D.C. have suggested that imposing such limits will decrease worries about "politics as usual".

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