Florida Gov. Rick Scott Announces Run for Senate

"He may have angered some hardcore Second Amendment supporters by giving in any way on the gun issue", said Nova Southeastern University political scientist Charles Zelden.

Scott, who because of term limits can not run for a third term as governor, is a close ally of Trump.

On Monday, the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan political forecaster, changed its rating on the Florida Senate race to "toss-up" from "lean Democratic", reflecting Mr. Scott's entry into the race. "What did the naysayers, the critics, immediately say?"

Nelson has lost only one contest since first appearing on a ballot in 1972 when he ran for the state House. 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. "If it's not good for Florida, I'm going to oppose". The Independent Party of Florida ran a candidate that year, Peter Allen, who picked up another 2.3 percent.

"If not for the Affordable Care Act I would not have access to quality health care", he said, adding, "we are not unaware that health care is hanging". He grew up in public housing and later enlisted with the Navy.

But he did not reveal that whether or not Trump would campaign for him.

Prior to her work in state politics, Bustamante was a communications specialist at the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser's Office and an associate producer at FOX affiliate WSVN in Miami. "She said work your butt off and anything is possible in this country", he said.

Rick Scott gives a speech in July 2014.

In his video he explains what he would want to do in Washington, saying: "I never planned to fit in, and I won't fit in in Washington, either". In Washington, he is considered a centrist Democrat while back home he has been a fixture on Florida ballots going back to 1972, serving as a Space Coast congressman and state insurance commissioner before winning the U.S. Senate seat.

"We must change Washington". He called for enacting term limits in Congress and discussed how he was raised in low income housing by a mother and stepfather who worked multiple jobs.

Scott, a Republican, announced Monday his intentions to unseat Democratic Sen. But in Florida, the third most expensive race that cycle after Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Rubio, who faced off against Patrick Murphy, had spent over $21 million, and Murphy had spent over $19 million.

In an interview with Politco on Sunday, Scott insists that while he supports the president, he is his own man.

Scott was a multi-millionaire businessman who had never run for office before he won the governor's seat in 2010. "I always take them seriously, and I run like there's no tomorrow". I've been very clear.

As Scott, 65, tries to navigate another candidacy - with his ties to Trump serving as risky ballast - the race against Nelson will put his eight years as Florida's chief executive in sharp focus. "I believe in jobs". Nelson released a statement Monday morning promising a tough battle.

Democrats in the state often struggle with turnout in midterm elections, but opinion polls and recent special elections suggest that opposition to Trump this year is galvanizing the party's base. Trump won Missouri by 18 points, but only just edged by Hillary Clinton in Florida by a little over a percentage point.

  • Leroy Wright