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Gov. Rick Scott Announces Bid to Unseat Florida's Democratic Senator

12 April, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Hannah Francis
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"And I think in this case a lot of the differences between the two of us are going to come out in the course of the campaign, so that's what I'd say at this point". It's time to shake that place up. We will change Washington. "It's full of politicians, and that's why it's broken".

President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested Scott should run for Senate.

"This goes to really be a great deal of entertaining", Mr. Scott, putting on his customary Navy base ball cap, " said in a statement on face book Live from Orlando earlier embarking on a yearlong excursion, the type that has been his touch over 8 years.

But Scott's connection to Trump could become a flashpoint in the battleground state.

Saying he had helped turn the state's economy around during his two terms in office, Mr. Scott said, "We have to keep looking forward and that's why today I'm announcing another mission.I have chose to run for the United States Senate".

He is expected to officially make a public announcement Monday afternoon.

In 2014, Scott not only continued his record of failing to win a majority but improved upon it, garnering 48.1 percent of the vote to Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist's 47.1. He's been viewed as the only Republican with a chance of seriously challenging Nelson.

Scott was introduced at the event at ODC Construction company by the lieutenant governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Rivera-Marin, who said the island would be "forever grateful" for Scott's help in recovering from a series of damaging hurricanes.

That line is nearly an understatement for Scott: The "jobs" message is the raison d'être for his political identity, born in 2010 when faith in the state and national economy were low and unemployment numbers were high.

Mr. Nelson has said that Mr. Scott hadn't gone far enough, with the increase in the purchase age representing only the "bare minimum".

After Scott's announcement, the non-partisan Cook Political report moved the race to "toss up", further putting the Democrats on the defensive. "Together, let's get Washington to work".

Reaction to Scott's candidacy played out across party lines.

Scott gained more of a nationwide profile recently due to the Parkland school shooting.

Although President Donald Trump won Florida in the 2016 presidential race, President Barack Obama won the state twice and twice it was Obama backlash that pushed Scott to narrowly win the governorship.

"Scott's self-serving political brand, his administration's failures and a hostile political environment will all cripple his campaign", Myers said.

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Nelson has been a senator for the Sunshine State since 2000. He is a hard worker. "We've got to take that same "can do" attitude, that it doesn't matter what the naysayers say; doesn't matter what the critics say". "I would welcome (Scott's) inclusion in the race".



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