EXCLUSIVE – Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott His message to “transform” the Republican Party and stand up to what he called President Biden’s “dangerous agenda” is being embraced across the country.
Scott, who launched his first campaign against longtime Senate Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell late last year, is running a nationally televised ad in which he explains his failed bid to replace McConnell and warns that the GOP “can’t get the job done.” same old thing.”
Scott’s political team, which first shared the spot with Fox News on Wednesday, said they are spending seven figures to air the ad on national cable television. Scott’s advisers said the campaign, which is being rolled out by the senator’s re-election campaign, will begin on Friday.
“People told me not to run against Mitch McConnell for Republican leader. They told me I wasn’t going to win. I knew it was going to be tough. But we have to start somewhere,” said the former two-term governor and first term. – says the senator in the ad.
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Scott said, “We’re on the road to awakening socialism, and Republicans are just a speed bump. We can’t keep doing the same old thing. Republicans need to be bold, tell the truth, and stop disappearing. Help us. Change our party. Join us at RescueAmerica.com.”
Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee through the 2022 election cycle, has spoken with McConnell over the past year as Scott leads the Senate GOP’s campaign and promotes a plan detailing the Senate GOP’s agenda.
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Republicans are aiming to regain their majority in November’s midterm elections, and Scott has predicted his party will regain control of the House. But the GOP lost ground to Democrats as its 100-member House conference dwindled to 49 senators.
In the days following the November midterm elections, Scott challenged McConnell for Senate Minority Leader, but McConnell retained the position by a 37–10 vote. It was the first leadership challenge the longtime Kentucky senator has faced since taking office in 2007.
Although the odds are long, supporters of Scott’s move say it’s worth the upheaval among Senate Republicans. McConnell said he was not offended by Scott’s call, and his supporters said it was an opportunity for him to show his strong position at the Senate GOP conference.
“We had a good opportunity to discuss the differences, people had a chance to hear from both candidates, and I’m proud of the 37 to 10 vote,” McConnell said after the vote.
Shortly after the leadership vote, Scott and his conservative colleagues in the Senate opposed McConnell’s move to support a major, bipartisan, spending bill to fund the federal government for the next ten months.
News of Scott’s new promotion comes a day after McConnell marked his tenure as the longest-serving party leader in the chamber’s history in a speech on the Senate floor.
Scott is up for re-election in 2024 and has repeatedly said he intends to seek a second six-year term in the Senate. And he didn’t rule out another potential future bid for the Senate Republican leader.
“My goal is to make sure we change the direction of the Senate,” Scott said in an interview on Fox News in late November, when asked if he would turn to Senate GOP leadership again if he wins re-election in 2024.
Political prognosticators have long viewed Scott, the former health care administrator and the wealthiest member of the Senate, as a potential contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Although Scott has said he intends to run for re-election, he has said he will not run for the White House.