Monday, 23 July, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott running for Senate

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson speaks at a twn hall meeting held Friday at the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority headquarters in St. Petersburg Rick Scott to announce Senate run at 10 am Monday
Gerardo Duncan | 11 April, 2018, 17:10

The large influx of Puerto Ricans to Florida after the hurricane makes them a potentially pivotal voting group this year.

This story originally aired on April 9, 2018. Everyone assumed it'd be about the Senate race.

"Washington is a disaster", said Scott, who called for congressional term limits during his brief campaign kickoff at an Orlando construction company.

While most everything about the upcoming race is up in the air at this point, Nova Southeastern's Charles Zelden says two things are for sure. "But I will not accept the idea that we can't change Washington", he said. "We have to have term limits on Congress".

President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested Scott should run for Senate. "Picking up Florida goes a long way to maintaining their majority". The ties between the two men run deep. Trump has urged Scott to run.

"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. "I've been very clear", he said. "I couldn't ask for a better partner, especially from the other party, but come election time I want my party to win, just like he wants his party to win".

Governor Rick Scott's longtime Press Secretary Jereima Bustamante died Sunday night after the boat she was in crashed in the Florida Keys. "I believe in jobs". We're going to turn around the national economy. "Jobs, jobs, jobs" was Scott's mantra in English and, during phone-banking campaign stops in Miami in 2010 and 2014, in Spanish: "trabajo, trabajo, trabajo". "And the business community has really shown up".

Most polls predict a Scott-Nelson race to be close, although according to the realclearpolitics.com average, Nelson holds a lead in most. Weeks after the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school in February, Scott signed new gun regulations into law, defying the National Rifle Association.

When the speech was finished, Scott's wife, Ann, placed her hands on his waist, guiding him through the crowd, helping negotiate an exit and avoiding reporters.

In his last election in 2012, Nelson earned 55 percent of the vote, outperforming Democratic then-President Barack Obama in Florida.

Myers said Scott's actions as governor have made him $46 million richer.

Scott, a friend and ally of President Donald Trump who is being term-limited out of office after eight years as governor, said he's now aiming for the Senate because "career politicians" have created gridlock and dysfunction in the federal government.

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