Rick Scott kicks off US Senate campaign

Rick Scott kicks off US Senate campaign

Rick Scott kicks off US Senate campaign

Scott is leaving office because of term limits and has been urged to challenge Nelson by President Trump. "Anyone who ever spent time with Jeri knows what a terrific and selfless person she was". Both political parties share some of the blame.

"We have to all acknowledge: Washington's a disaster, it's dysfunctional", Scott added. "But I will not accept the idea that we can't change Washington".

Scott's long-awaited announcement ends months of speculation and sets up what is expected to be the costliest race of the cycle against Nelson, a three-term incumbent.

Scott also recounted Florida's recovery from the recession under his leadership, pointing to job creation, tax cuts, a reduction in state debt and a record numbers in tourism.

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"What I focused on when I got elected [governor] was getting 700,000 jobs over seven years and changing the direction of the state", he told Politico Sunday.

Scott's candidacy makes Florida a toss-up state in the battle to control Congress, according to national pundits. Bill Nelson (D) in November's general election. "We can change Washington, we must change Washington, we will change Washington together". Critics say one of his misses was environmental issues along with Medicaid.

Bustamante was the Florida governor's longtime press secretary and was slated to transition to Scott's Senate campaign team as the GOP millionaire prepares to challenge Democratic Sen. "His connection with Donald Trump can hurt him".

Scott, a Republican, announced Monday his intentions to unseat Democratic Sen.

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Mr. Scott, a multimillionaire, spent almost $100 million on his gubernatorial bids, including more than $60 million of his own money, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. She also highlights the deaths of 14 seniors in a nursing home during Hurricane Irma previous year as well as accused Scott of deflecting blame for the Parkland shooting in February and the Florida International University bridge collapse that killed six people in March.

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. "The Republicans are looking to Gov. Scott to be successful in Florida".

Ketha Otis, a Vocational Rehabilitation Technician and president of AFSCME Local 2862, said that she and her fellow state employees are not going to let the two-term governor "falsely portray his slash and burn record".

Campaigning as a Tea Party hardliner in 2010, Scott talked about slashing state spending and implementing tough new laws to crack down on immigration. Mike Rounds support Scott on CNN's "New Day" Monday morning, but didn't fully endorse him, saying: "Senator Nelson is a friend of mine".

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