Florida Gov. Rick Scott Has Finally Announced He's 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

Addressing a crowd in Orlando, Scott also called Florida the "melting pot of the world" and touted his accomplishments as governor.

Scott is leaving office because of term limits and has been urged to challenge Nelson by President Trump. He kicked off his campaign by taking direct aim at Nelson, who was first elected to Senate in 2000, by calling for term limits for members of Congress. We will change Washington. Florida being one of the country's most notable battleground states, the election between Scott and Nelson looks to be one of the most contentious in 2018. "I always take things seriously, and I run like there's no tomorrow".

Gov. Rick Scott will challenge incumbent Sen.

Scott shocked the GOP establishment and many political observers by winning the governorship in 2010 and going on to win re-election in 2014. Nelson said Scott has not done enough - he wants universal background checks and a ban on certain types of semi-automatic rifles. "Well that's true. And I never planned to fit in". "I mean the list just goes on and on and on".

The Sun-Sentinel of Florida's Broward County has published an editorial criticizing the Trump administration and Gov. Rick Scott for walking back on a promise not to drill for oil near the Sunshine State's coastline. "At the same time we need votes", he said. He grew up in public housing and later enlisted with the Navy. He credited his late mother and the opportunities provided by living in the United States for his rise as a lawyer who founded the Columbia/HCA health conglomerate.

WTXL ABC 27 spoke with our political contributor Dr. Richard Murgo who says, "He's got a very good shot".

Despite serving eight years as Florida's chief executive, Scott is painting himself as the outsider candidate - like Trump, a distinction still popular among Republican activists. We must change Washington. "Let's stop sending talkers to Washington, let's send some doers".

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There was no evidence of that Scott on Monday, though.

Before that, Scott was considered a reliable supporter of the pro-gun National Rifle Association.

Scott is expected to win what is becoming a crowded Republican primary this August.

Scott also made a few concluding remarks in Spanish. The contest among Mr. Nelson and Mr. Scott alone is expected to cost a lot more than $100 million as well as perhaps as much as $150 million, mostly to buy television advertisements over Flo-Rida's10 broadcast networking markets. He won reelection four years later against former governor Charlie Crist. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they approved of Nelson, while 34 percent said they disapproved, according to the survey.

The governor is launching his long-anticipated run for U.S. Senate. While Trump carried the state, Democrats and even some Republican believe that his closeness to Trump could be a liability if the president's approval numbers don't improve. He is running against incumbent Sen. Paula Hawkins, a Republican, in the 1986 Senate race.

"I don't care who is an opponent", Mr. Nelson told reporters on Capitol Hill.

A two-time cancer survivor whose Hodgkin lymphoma has been in remission for five years, Hodge held a sign that read "healthcare is not a luxury". "We were right", the paper's editorial board said Monday. You can view the Terms of Use on our website.

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