Rick Scott lauds Joe Manchin, Kyrsten Sinema for ‘listening to the people’

Rick Scott
Scott says the maverick Democrats represent the 'last line' of defense.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott heaped praise Tuesday on two Democratic colleagues pushing back on another President Joe Biden-backed federal spending plan.

Scott credited U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema with “listening to the people,” calling them the “last line” of defense against a White House backed bill to increase the debt ceiling and add another $3.5 trillion in new spending. Both Senators have expressed concerns about the size of the package, even as progressives have sought more ambitious spending.

“They clearly are the last line. But here’s what’s going on: the American public has let their politicians know ‘I am tired of your waste,'” Scott said on WJNO Radio’s Brian Mudd Show.

“I think what’s happening with Sinema and Manchin is they’re actually listening to the people in their state who say, ‘we don’t want higher taxes. We’re sick and tired of more taxes. We’re sick and tired of more government spending. We know the government is wasting our money. We don’t want to be dependent on government. We want opportunity, to get a job.”

As Scott praises the maverick Democrats for opposing the spending package, reports are, via POLITICO Playbook, the President is “frustrated” with the dissident Democrats, in comments reportedly made to progressives from the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I hear your frustration. ‘You don’t have to talk to them as much as I have to talk to them’ — but then using it as a dash of realism to get progressives to come down, like, ‘This is as far as these folks will go,'” a source told the tip sheet.

Biden was less than sympathetic when asked about activists confronting the Senators, as well.

“I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody,” Biden said.

Activists confronted Manchin on his D.C.-based houseboat and Sinema on a plane and in a public restroom in recent days, a measure of passions on the left.

Scott, who helms the National Republican Senatorial Committee through the 2022 cycle, has been a consistent and fierce critic of Biden-era spending packages. His praise for Sinema and Manchin was the new wrinkle amid familiar complaints.

“The Democrats have maxed out our credit card,” Scott complained, saying again that Democrats had no issue raising the national debt for $45 trillion.

“There’s a day of reckoning,” Scott warned. “At what point can we not pay the interest on this debt?”

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


  • PeterH

    October 5, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Rick Scott had absolutely no problem pocketing $$millions of Donald Trump’s tax relief windfall that had zero benefit to America’s infrastructure improvement. Scott and other millionaires benefited …… working Americans saw a meaningless tiny tax break.

    Scott sighed a huge ho-hum when at the end of Trump’s term $7.4 trillion was added to national debt with nothing to show in return!

    Let’s keep in mind that Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending is spread over 10 years of with real documentable results!

  • Dave Gorak

    October 5, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    According to NumbersUSA.com, these two Democrats aren’t “listening to the people” about immigration. Manchin and Sinema both have miserable failing grades from the immigration-reduction organization. Check out its website and click on “Grade Cards” at the top of the page. Both have been shafting American workers, especially those in low-wage jobs, for years.

    • PeterH

      October 5, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      There are currently 11,000,000 low wage and mid-wage blue collar unfilled jobs in the USA. WE NEED MORE IMMIGRATION TO FILL THESE JOBS THAT AMERICAN WORKERS REFUSE TO WORK. The positions include hospitality waiters, bartenders hotel maids and retail. The construction industry is in need of skilled labor.

      Furthermore, elected officials have zero options in corporate America’s desire and ability to seek out the least cost and means of production. Why would any corporation pay $10.00 per hour to an American worker when they can pay $3.00 per hour in Asia?

    • Alex

      October 5, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      Plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty

      The New Colossus
      Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
      With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
      Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
      A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
      Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
      Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
      Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
      The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
      “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
      With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

      • PeterH

        October 5, 2021 at 9:31 pm


  • Glenn Reihing

    October 6, 2021 at 10:43 am

    PSA: Rick Scott is a well-known, corrupt politician.

    “Listening to the people?!?”

    1. Has not held a town hall in 3 years.
    2. Had to be chased into a bathroom in an attempt to get some response from her.
    3. Her voice mailbox is full, you cannot post an email and it is extremely hard to get a person to answer the phone at her office.

    This is “Listening to the people”?!? No, it’s not.

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