Asked if he considers himself a "Donald Trump Republican", Scott told Politico that "I consider myself Rick Scott". Bill Nelson (D) in November's general election. Scott's "Let's Get to Work" mantra, used in two gubernatorial campaigns, will transfer to this race. He can't run for re-election because the end of his final term is coming up.
"Scott has been Florida's governor since 2010 and was urged by President Donald Trump to run for U.S. Senate". Bill Nelson in what is expected to be an extremely expensive race with plenty of national attention, according to the AP.
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Much of Scott's image, along with his chances for the winning the Senate seat, revolves around his economic record, though.
Anticipating Scott's entry into the race, Democrats have spent months readying their attacks on his two terms in Tallahassee.
"Washington is a disaster; there's [sic] a lot of old, exhausted thinking up there, [and] it's not heading in the right direction", Scott said.
Scott said he has added 1.5 million jobs in the state, and slashed regulations for small businesses as governor. During a tour of storm damage during Hurricane Irma in September, the president told reporters: "I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate".
Scott made no mention of Trump, or whether he backs the president's policies. "And if this race is inspiration versus operation, you've got to give the operational advantage to Rick Scott". "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".
Scott slashed environmental programs after taking office such as the land-buying program Florida Forever, as his administration focused on growth and development. 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". I think he'll do a good job as a senator.
CNBC reported that Scott has an A+ rating from the NRA, but signed into law new restrictions on gun purchasing and banned bump stocks after Nicholas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
He resigned in 1997 while the company faced federal fraud charges over Medicare billing practices. "He looked at the men and women who wake up every day and make Florida happen as his enemy", said AFSCME, which represents 100,000 Florida workers.