Gov. Rick Scott announces run for US Senate

Gov. Rick Scott announces run for US Senate

He says Washington is a "disaster" and is calling for congressional term limits. He has been urged to challenge the state's incumbent Democratic senator, Bill Nelson, by U.S. President Donald Trump. He flew on a space shuttle as a member of Congress, and was elected as Florida's insurance commissioner before running for the Senate. "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".

Nelson, 75, who is the only Florida Democrat holding statewide office, said he is ready to face Scott, 65.

Governor Rick Scott's longtime Press Secretary Jereima Bustamante died Sunday night in a boating accident in the Florida Keys. A successful, multi-millionaire businessman, Scott chose to get into politics as a novice in 2010 when he entered the race for governor. But he was forced to scale back his plans amid opposition from the GOP-controlled Legislature.

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The governor's race, contests for the three state-wide cabinet positions and potentially more than a dozen proposed constitutional amendments will also be on the ballot this November.

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

Scott most notably was chief executive officer at Columbia/HCA, once the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S. 10News is looking at Rick Scott and Bill Nelson's record on issues you care about. When asked if he considers himself to be a "Donald Trump Republican", he told Politico that he considers himself to be Rick Scott and that he doesn't consider himself as any type of anything, even though he is notoriously conservative and known for his admiration of the president. "(Scott) wholeheartedly supports President Trump's anti-women, anti-immigrant and anti-equality agenda". Let's Get to Work!

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Scott was first elected governor in 2010 but he can not run again because of term limits. Mr. Scott last month bucked the National Rifle Association and lobbied for and then signed into law legislation raising the age to purchase rifles to 21 from 18.

Scott announced his entry into the race in interviews and a video posted on his social media accounts reviewing his two terms as governor. Mike Rounds support Scott on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning, but didn't fully endorse him, saying: "Senator Nelson is a friend of mine".

Assuming he fends off other Republican challengers during an August primary, Scott will take on Nelson, who's held the seat since 2000.

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