Environmentalists React With Dismay To Gov. Scott Senate Run

Florida Gov. Rick Scott running for Senate

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Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) that has major implications for control of the Senate next year.

Scott formally announced his Senate bid on Monday in Orlando after months of speculation that the governor would run. "We will change Washington", he said. Washington is exhausted. And the truth is, both political parties share some of the blame.

The Scott-Nelson congressional race is expected to be one of the most expensive in the country, considering Scott reportedly poured $90 million into his two gubernatorial races.

Scott has never shied away from his friendship with Trump - who has repeatedly urged him to run against Nelson, Florida's only statewide elected Democrat.

"They (said) governor you just don't fit into Tallahassee".

Rubio noted in the tweet that he will be "contributing to, voting for & supporting" Scott's candidacy, seemingly forgetting a long-ago promise he made not to do so way back on March 27.

Democrats are defending 10 seats in states Trump won in 2016, including Florida.

As governor, Scott has flipped on Medicaid, supporting the program's expansion in his state under Obamacare in 2013, the year before he won a tight reelection. Bustamante was shown on a viral video across social media as she unsuccessfully but enthusiastically tried to come to Scott's defense.

"You know we shouldn't be sending the same type of people to Washington", he said.

Scott and Nelson have already attacked each other's records on guns.

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The millionaire businessman turned two-term governor says he's running for the US Senate because career politicians have created gridlock in the federal government.

Jereima "Jeri" Bustamante died Sunday night, the evening before Scott announced he is running for US Senate. During a tour of storm damage during Hurricane Irma in September, the president told reporters: "I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate".

"I will bust my butt to win this election", Scott, 65, told a cheering crowd of supporters.

Rick Scott gives a speech in July 2014.

"I think the important question is watch Rick Scott, he's not mentioning Trump at all", Nelson said on Fox News.

"You've got a sitting governor going against a [sic] incumbent senator from a very large state", said Zelden.

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. "I believe in jobs".

The Florida Senate battle will be a microcosm of domestic Republicans' struggle to maintain command of Congress under President Trump, whose demeanor and policies consumed invigorated Democratic voters.

"There's a confluence of issues that may work against Republicans this year", said Jewett.

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