Rubio asks followers to support Rick Scott

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Rick Scott is announcing Monday, April 9, 2018, that he is running for U.S. Senate.

In a midterm election in which many political observers believe President Donald Trump's presidency could be an issue that could impact political races, Scott doesn't expect it to be an issue for his candidacy - even though he has been a supporter of Trump and the president has urged Scott to run for Nelson's seat.

Some predict Scott, a multimillionaire who has self-funded past campaigns, will amass upwards of $100 million for his Senate bid, forcing Democrats to spend generous sums in Florida's 10 media markets.

Nelson is the only statewide elected Democrat and has held some form of elected or appointed office since 1972. "We together will win", Scott, 65, told a cheering crowd of supporters.

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.

In his remarks, Scott took credit for reversing the state's high unemployment rate since taking office during the recession.

"People are flocking to Florida because this is where you can live the dream of this country", he said.

He then took aim at "career politicians", although he did not mention Nelson by name during his speech. "This concept of career politicians has got to stop". That members of the United States Senate do not have term limits has been a point of contention before, and those who want change across the board in D.C. have suggested that imposing such limits will decrease worries about "politics as usual". "We'r e definitely going to be certain that Washington performs on people".

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Scott repeatedly talked up his "outsider" status.

"You know, I didn't fit into Tallahassee because I didn't play the insider games", Scott said. "We need to shake up Washington". 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. But the organization recently sued over Scott's signing of legislation raising the age limit to purchase rifles.

As the person Scott is challenging in the election has been a member of the Senate since the closing days of the Clinton Administration, a campaign centered around changing the Beltway is likely to catch the attention of many voters otherwise jaded by politics.

"Floridians will have the benefit of a clear-eyed view of a truly dismal record", Dan Gelber, a former state senator and Miami Beach mayor, told the Associated Press.

Rick Scott, in a button-down blue shirt and Navy ball cap, waded into a crowd of supporters Monday, with the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico by his side, and declared he wants to be Florida's next USA senator.

"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow _ regardless of my opponent", Nelson said in a statement.

But he's also got one potential weakness: Perhaps more than any other major Republican Senate candidate this cycle, Scott is uniquely tied to President Trump.

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