‘Everybody wants to run’: Rick Scott predicts 2024 battle royale

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'People see there's a big opportunity to change this country.'

Sen. Rick Scott made comments Friday suggesting he expects a competitive and crowded presidential race in two years.

Scott, during a Friday appearance on Fox and Friends, was asked if Gavin Newsom and Gov. Ron DeSantis would get into the presidential race during a discussion about a recent anti-DeSantis ad from the California Governor.

“Oh, I think everybody wants to run,” Scott said. “People see there’s a big opportunity to change this country.”

Scott, who preceded DeSantis as Governor, had a unique take on the ad Newsom ran in Florida markets earlier this month slamming DeSantis, purportedly on behalf of his re-election campaign.

“What I did when I was Governor was I ran ads against Jerry Brown,” Scott said, referring to the former Governor of the Golden State.

“I loved it when Jerry was attacking me because he was raising taxes, making it harder for businesses,” Scott added.

“What Newsom’s doing, it makes sense for Newsom,” Scott continued. “Maybe for the legacy of Newsom, saying ‘Oh, we’re a progressive state’ might be helping him back home.”

The Newsom ad buy appeared on Fox News around July 4, and set up a contrast between himself and Florida’s DeSantis.

The ad inverts the DeSantis construct of the Free State of Florida.

“Freedom, it’s under attack in your state,” Newsom said. “Your Republican leaders, they’re banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors,” Newsom added, backdropped by images of DeSantis and mainstream media headlines blasting DeSantis.

Scott isn’t the only Florida Senator to allege Newsom is eyeing 2024 with his Sunshine State spend. Marco Rubio also said earlier this month that Newsom is playing the long game.

“That ad is probably going to be very impressive to a lot of people on the Left. That’s who he’s trying to impress by doing it. He’s not aiming it at people like me,” Rubio said on Panama City’s Brian Rust radio show on July 7.

The limited Newsom ad buy, for what it’s worth, has excited prediction market investors. The California Governor is currently a runner-up only to President Joe Biden on the PredictIt 2024 Democratic nomination market.

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


  • Ron Ogden

    July 15, 2022 at 9:28 am

    This is the second time I’ve seen ;A.G.’s byline on a relatively balanced article that doesn’t include some snide slape at Republicans. Impressed!

  • Joe Corsin

    July 15, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Shoveling money to the rich, decades of low wage slavery, and no effective government intervention to prevent poverty and economic turmoil. The do nothing GOP has perpetuated this plutocracy through far right propaganda and obstruction…and they blame the Democrats for it all. These GOP hogs are lying crooks… should be executed. They’ve got their supporters so stoned on right wing propaganda that they don’t know their bung holes from their lips…all while they continue to grift them to a husk. Vote RED for neverending wealth and income inequality. Vote RED to make the top 1% masters of the universe.

  • Elliott Offen

    July 15, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Vote RED for conservatism for the masses but lavish spending for the rich.
    Vote RED for levels of wealth and income inequality the likes of which the world has never seen
    Vote RED for domestic terrorism to eliminate government so that the grifters can enslave everyone
    Vote RED for inhumane and evil plutocracy in the name of God.

  • Don’t Look Up

    July 15, 2022 at 11:36 am

    The Republican Clown Bus will be packed in 2024…… but the candidates are and will be shallow on policies that will make America a better place for Americans.


  • marylou

    July 15, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Just received more junk email from Robbing Rick. Today, Rick wants to starve poor people “back to work”, so that they’ll be forced into wage slavery for his desperate corporate donors. Rick lived off the government as a child, was CEO when his company defrauded Medicare, now is paid by the government and receives his healthcare from taxpayer $$. Time for Rick to stop being a leech, and go get a job!

  • YYep

    July 16, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    You can not change the country and land is not free anymore or can you change the constance

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