Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott announces Senate campaign, says Washington is 'broken'

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Scott spent the bulk of his speech touting the economic recovery and growth of Florida over the past seven years he served as governor, foreshadowing the messaging of his Senate campaign. Bill Nelson Monday, he set off a race that experts say will likely become one of the most expensive campaigns in US history.

Scott formally announced his Senate bid on Monday in Orlando after months of speculation that the governor would run. A successful, multi-millionaire businessman, Scott chose to get into politics in 2010 when he entered the race for governor.

In a midterm election in which President Donald Trump's presidency is expected to be an issue, Scott has been a supporter of Trump and the president has urged Scott to run for Nelson's seat.

When asked whether he would ask Trump to campaign for him, Scott told Fox News he has not talked to the president recently about the race. Bill Nelson, setting up what could be one of the most highly-watched races in the country.


Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

Scott's close relationship with Trump was also highlighted in January, when the administration agreed to rule out oil and gas drilling off Florida's coast after Scott voiced strong opposition. Nelson said Scott has not done enough - he wants universal background checks and a ban on certain types of semi-automatic rifles. "That's not what I call jobs", said Lyte-Johnson, the president of the Democratic Women's Club of West Orange County.

"I admit that Washington is horribly dysfunctional", said Scott in scripted remarks made available ahead of his announcement in Orlando. He also did not mention the Republican majority that controls the U.S. House and Senate.

Nelson is expected to highlight Scott's ties to Trump in a state Trump only narrowly carried over Democrat Hillary Clinton. "Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville" It's not about Rick Scott.


Scott's comments did not directly attack Bill Nelson, but they did focus on career politicians.

Nelson began his political career in the era when Democrats controlled Florida government.

"Not only did Bill Nelson vote against the GOP tax cuts responsible for bigger paychecks, new job opportunities and higher wages, but Floridians now must worry about Nelson repealing their new economic benefits", National Republican Senate Committee communications director Katie Martin said.

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.


The race will take place fresh off the tragic shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 students and staff dead and kick-started a national student movement that's captured the attention of lawmakers from coast to coast.

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