Florida Gov. Rick Scott Announces Run for Senate

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

In an already contentious midterm election, this senate race could be one of most expensive and heavily watched.

Asked if he considers himself a "Donald Trump Republican", Scott told Politico that "I consider myself Rick Scott".

Scott came out swinging against Nelson, who's 75 and seeking his fourth term, saying he's a reason why Washington is "horribly dysfunctional".

Nelson began his political career in the era when Democrats controlled Florida government. "His connection with Donald Trump can hurt him". Thats one reason Scott wants to make term limits an issue in this race, besides the obvious populist appeal.

Scott, who has won two gubernatorial elections very narrowly in two strongly pro-Republican years, is term-limited.

Scott was introduced at the event at ODC Construction company by the lieutenant governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Rivera-Marin, who said the island would be "forever grateful" for Scott's help in recovering from a series of damaging hurricanes. "And I run like there's no tomorrow", Nelson told reporters in Orlando.

"I consider myself Rick Scott".

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Nelson, a former astronaut, is a political veteran, having also served for more than a decade in the U.S. House and as state treasurer, insurance commissioner and fire marshal in Florida.

Meanwhile, Sen. Nelson says he's ready for a fight. It's about whether Rick Scott can go be a consensus builder for the state of Florida, which Sen.

Democrats have been anticipating his move for months and have ramped up their criticism, noting that Scott had previously been forced out as chief executive of Columbia/HCA amid a federal fraud investigation. After praising Scott for doing an "incredible job" as governor, the president added: "I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate".

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. "Where jobs have been created, Scott's policies have ensured they expand our state's working poor, creating even greater demand for assistance even as his policies shred our public safety net", Otis said. Governor Scott has an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association, and while Florida's response to the Parkland tragedy this February was criticized by the NRA it is a near certainty that the association will be in Scott's corner for both voting and financial support.

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Campaigning as a Tea Party hardliner in 2010, Scott talked about slashing state spending and implementing tough new laws to crack down on immigration. By April 2006, her entire campaign had imploded, almost every major staffer had resigned, and she went on to lose to Nelson by more than 22 points.

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