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

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson during a town hall meeting Friday in St. Petersburg

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson during a town hall meeting Friday in St. Petersburg

Everyone assumed it'd be about the Senate race.

During his speech, Scott called for term limits in Congress, and railed against "career politicians", whom he said, have made Washington a "disaster".

The Governor made the formal announcement live Monday on his social media accounts from a business in Orlando.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott interacts with people at a restaurant in Doral, Fla, last month.

Scott said it was time to "take this same mission to D.C.", calling the nation's capital "dysfunctional". "We can change Washington, we must change Washington, we will change Washington together". We must change Washington.

Rick Scott to run for Senate but Scott isn't sending as warm signs back. Governor Scott also championed Florida's response to helping Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, as well as Florida's growing job market. Ten of those seats - including Nelson's - are in states President Trump won in 2016. The ties between the two men run deep. During his last reelection in 2012, he raised $13.4 million.

While Scott and Trump have differed on guns, immigration and several others issues, they are widely seen as tightly aligned, as Scott has been a frequent guest at the White House and Mar-a-Lago, the president's estate in Palm Beach. "I always take things seriously, and I run like there's no tomorrow". "People ask me that a bunch of times, about 'Are you this or are you that?' No".

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Governor Rick Scott's longtime Press Secretary Jereima Bustamante died Sunday night after the boat she was in crashed in the Florida Keys. "I believe in jobs".

Scott also repeatedly attacked "career politicians" without naming his opponent, Nelson, who has served in the Senate since 2001. The race could be one of the most expensive and highly watched in all the midterm elections. "We have in most states term limits for governor". In a Quinnipiac University poll released in February, Mr. Scott had his highest ratings ever, with 49% approving of his performance and 40% disapproving-reversing a seven-year history of negative ratings. In the same survey, 42 percent of voters said they approved of Trump, while 54 percent said they disapprove.

The contest for the Florida Senate seat could decide which party controls the Senate. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they approved of Nelson, while 34 percent said they disapproved, according to the survey.

Scott's candidacy was immediately bashed by several Democrats and progressive groups.

She said Scott "is going to get his tail whipped".

Scott gained more of a nationwide profile recently due to the Parkland school shooting. The race between the two-term governor and three-term senator promises to be a test of the popularity of President Donald Trump.

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