Scott blasts Washington to begin Senate campaign

Gov. Rick Scott Seeks to Unseat Sen. Bill Nelson in Senate Race

"I never planned to fit in, and I won't fit in Washington either".

The Republican governor will formally announce his campaign to unseat Florida's only statewide-elected Democrat on Monday in Orlando. It is usually quite hard to unseat an incumbent-especially one who has been around for longer than one term-but Scott's name recognition (even greater than Nelson's per a recent poll) changes the dynamic considerably.

"There's a lot of old exhausted thinking up there", said Scott in his campaign's opening statement at an Orlando construction company.

Democrats are also spending significant time and resources to register displaced Puerto Ricans to vote in November, reminding them that the Trump administration chose to end humanitarian emergency aid to the island after a devastating hurricane when many Puerto Ricans felt recovery still had a long way to go. "It's full of politicians, and that's why it's broken".

Scott assumed office in 2011, and has been seen as a blue-chip Republican recruit to challenge Senator Bill Nelson in November.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has launched his long-anticipated run for U.S. Senate. "But, Nelson's going to have to run a good campaign".

"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow - regardless of my opponent", Nelson said in the statement.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested Scott should run for Senate.

The millionaire businessman turned two-term governor says he's running for the US Senate because career politicians have created gridlock in the federal government.

University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett said Scott rode a Tea-Party wave into office and will now try to surf a potential Democratic wave to the nation's capital.

Bill Nelson raised $3.2 million in the first quarter of 2018, his campaign announced Tuesday.

Scott first said he may challenge Nelson right after President Donald Trump was elected. Nelson is the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee. The Senate Majority PAC pushed out an ad this past weekend "as part of a six-figure campaign this week blasting Scott for cutting businesses' taxes while raising property taxes and slashing education funding".

Rick Scott is a walking conflict of interest and Floridians deserve to know how he became $46 million dollars richer during his time as governor.

Early polling has shown a competitive matchup between Nelson and Scott, whose national profile rose in the gun control debate that followed the shooting deaths of 17 people in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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