Gov. Rick Scott ended months of speculation and announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate Monday morning in a much anticipated showdown for the Senate seat held by Democrat Bill Nelson for the past 18 years.
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"There's a lot of old exhausted thinking up there", said Scott in his campaign's opening statement at an Orlando construction company. "This concept of career politicians has got to stop".
"We have to have term limits in Congress", he said.
He made his announcement during a speech in Orlando, touting his success at creating new jobs in the southeastern state. I mean the U.S. Senate is a place where you have to work well with people or you can't get anything done. His fundraising prowess, along with his personal wealth _ if he needs to use it _ sets up Nelson with a fierce challenge for re-election.
Along with his proper entry into the effort, Mr. Scott, sixty five, made Flo-Rida the part of their mid term elections, " featuring perhaps one of the absolute most expensive Senate races from the country and a open Senate's up and race to a half dozen aggressive House races.
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"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow - regardless of my opponent. I don't consider myself any type of anything", the governor told POLITICO in an exclusive interview Sunday when asked if he considers himself a "Donald Trump Republican".
Democrats have been gearing up for the campaign with the Democratic Senate Majority Super PAC releasing a video spot critical of Scott's record as governor and his actions in the business world prior to getting into politics.
"Just like the rest of the Tallahassee establishment, Rick Scott is only looking out for himself _ that's why he gave tax breaks to wealthy and powerful millionaires like himself while slashing education spending and refusing federal help for hundreds of thousands of Floridians without health insurance", said Winter Park businessman Chris King, a Democratic candidate for governor. Governor Scott has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, and while Florida's response to the Parkland tragedy this February was criticized by the NRA it is a near certainty that the association will be in Scott's corner for both voting and financial support. Scott came to prominence in the tea party wave of 2010, running against the party in the White House and Congress.
Republicans responded with a website, nomorenelson.org, paid for by the Republican Party of Florida, casting Nelson as a do-nothing career politician. Nelson's advantages include a moderate reputation; a longtime focus on issues of particular concern to Floridians; and what is expected to be a pro-Democratic breeze in a state that Trump narrowly carried in 2016; his average job approval ratio in Florida during 2017, according to Gallup, was 41/53. "I'm not going to fit into Washington either". "Together let's get Washington to work", he said.
Early polling-and keep in mind these polls were conducted before Scott's official announcement-has the race close to even.
"People are flocking to Florida, because this is where you can live the American dream", he said.