Fla. Governor Rick Scott Announces Senate Run Against Senator Bill Nelson

Fla. Governor Rick Scott Announces Senate Run Against Senator Bill Nelson

In the least surprising political development of 2018 so far, two-term Florida governor Rick Scott confirmed today that he's running against Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in what is likely to be one of the midterm election's closest and most expensive contests.

Scott, whose eight-year run as governor will end this year due to term limits, has broken with Trump on a few issues recently, opposing both off-shore oil drilling in Florida waters and the president's proposal to arm teachers as a way to reduce gun violence in schools. Nelson said Scott has not done enough - he wants universal background checks and a ban on certain types of semi-automatic rifles.

Calling the federal government "dysfunctional", Scott declared: "We must change Washington". "There's a lot of old exhausted thinking up there".

Scott made no mention of President Donald Trump, although Scott has been a consistent supporter of the president.

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Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott running for Senate

On Monday, the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan political forecaster, changed its rating on the Florida Senate race to "toss-up" from "lean Democratic", reflecting Mr. Scott's entry into the race. "Anyone who ever spent time with Jeri knows what a terrific and selfless person she was". Nelson's also the only Democrat in Florida now in statewide office, although that could change in this midterm environment.

Scott ran as a Tea Party candidate in 2010, emphasizing his success as a businessman and promising job creation. Bill Nelson at an event for ODC Construction in Orlando.

Scott also repeatedly attacked "career politicians" without naming his opponent, Nelson, who has served in the Senate since 2001. "Floridians won't forget the damage Rick Scott's self-serving politics have done these last 7 years, no matter how he tries to change his spots and obscure his record".

"I didn't fit into Tallahassee.because I didn't play the insider games".

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"I think because Trump is so aggressive in his ideologies and the way he portrays them to the United States, I think that having somebody like Bill Nelson would really be good to connect and reach across that aisle and actually get some stuff done", said Heffner.

That included during a September visit by Trump to Florida to survey hurricane damage. We don't need another politician in Washington.

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

Rick Scott is running for U.S. Senate. "He's going to have access to a lot of money in the campaign, so this is going to be definitely Senator Nelson's toughest campaigns", she said.

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Scott last month publicly broke with his longtime allies at the National Rifle Association to sign new gun regulations into law.

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