Rick Scott claims GOP divisions ‘on TV’ don’t exist among voters
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Are Republicans unified? Rick Scott says yes, even if TV says no.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott appeared on Fox News Sunday this week, and he continued to make the case that “the Republican Civil War is canceled.”

As has been the case during most of his appearances in recent days pushing the party unity line, he encountered skepticism yet again from an interviewer.

Host Chris Wallace asked the first-term Republican and head of the Senate campaign arm in the 2022 cycle about the absence of key Republicans from this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, including former Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Scott acknowledged that “if you look at what’s on TV, you’d say ‘yeah, right, there’s division’.” However, Scott contends that voters are “focused on what the Biden administration is doing.”

Scott said job growth, supporting law enforcement, and school choice would be among the issues Republicans would run on in 2022.

“Each of my elections was an issue election, and that’s how you win. That’s what we’re going to do. It’s not going to be about what TV is saying about some infighting,” he said.

Scott asserted, regarding former President Donald Trump, that the GOP “is the voters’ party. It’s always been the voters’ party.”

Scott added that he “talked to Trump about a week ago and I told him that this is my job. My job is to help Republican Senators win. He made a commitment to me to help do that. I believe he’s going to be helpful. But I believe other Republicans are going to be helpful also.”

Trump has vowed to support a primary challenger to South Dakota Sen. John Thune, an example of a potential scenario in which Scott and Trump are opposed. The Florida Senator says he is “supporting every incumbent” in Senate races.

The Senator contended that candidates ultimately have to run and win their own races, as he did his three elections.

“It is your election. When you’re running, you’ve got to do all the things. You’ve got to talk about all the issues important to your state. You’ve got to do your grassroots. You’ve got to do all the things to make sure you win. You’ve got to get prepared for your debates,” Scott said.

Scott, who has attempted to present the appearance of a united front despite post-election fireworks within the Republican Party, will no doubt continue making a case that party unity exists that few are willing to second in the current toxic environment.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Ocean Joe

    February 28, 2021 at 10:53 am

    Scott actually sounded human, listening and answering questions instead of simply responding with pre-rehearsed talking points. He reiterated he will support incumbents even if challenged by Magats.
    He unequivocably and quickly agreed with Wallace that Biden was elected president ‘fair and square’ albeit with a plea to tighten voting rules. He did not support Georgia’s proposed ban on Sunday voting obviously designed to suppress Black voting.
    Shocking, but maybe the NRCC gig has instilled some kind of awareness in this guy.

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 28, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Nazi Rick is on Fox News so he can lie. Nazi Rick has years and years of practice lying and abusing folks. Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the elections in 2022.

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 28, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Nazi Rick is on Fox News so he can lie. Nazi Rick has years of experience at abusing snd using folks, Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the elections in 2022.

  • PeterH

    March 1, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Dear Rick,

    The Republicans lost the White House, Senate and House in less than three years. Additionally, hundreds of thousands of Republicans have left the GQP! In California, the sixth largest economy, the Republican Party has been relegated to third place behind Democrats and Independents.

    Good luck with your spin!

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