‘Who knows?’ Rick Scott stays vague on Ron DeSantis, Mitch McConnell political futures
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

'We'll see what happens.'

When U.S. Sen. Rick Scott was asked about the political futures of two fellow Republicans Friday on a Mississippi radio show, both times he offered the same answer: “Who knows?”

The hosts asked Scott about the presidential potential of his successor as Governor, Ron DeSantis, as well as whether Mitch McConnell would retain leadership of the Senate Republican caucus. He offered the pair of unenthusiastic answers.

Asked about the seeming collision course DeSantis and Donald Trump are set on ahead of the 2024 Republican Presidential Primary, Scott punted, saying he expected crowded fields on “both the Democratic and Republican sides.”

“I have no idea. Who knows? DeSantis has a Governor’s race,” Scott said. “I don’t know who, but I think there’s going to be a lot of people who want to run. Everybody has an idea of how they can run this country better, so I think a lot of people are going to run.”

Back in March, Scott was similarly reluctant to rave about DeSantis’ prospects, telling Fox Business Channel “we’ll see what happens” when asked a similar question.

Scott was likewise inscrutable when asked Friday if Kentucky’s McConnell would be safe as caucus leader after the Midterm Elections.

“Who knows? The way this will happen is there will be a vote for the leader,” Scott said, “the week after the November elections. We’ll see what happens.”

“You have to sell yourself,” Scott added. “Tell people what you want to do.”

Scott and McConnell had a public split over Scott’s “12-point plan to rescue America.” McConnell slammed the plan’s suggestion of review of federal entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare, as something that Republicans wouldn’t entertain under his leadership.

Former President Donald Trump has reportedly urged Scott to make a play for McConnell’s post. Scott has not endorsed McConnell leading the caucus past this year.

Scott said he will be in Mississippi Friday at private events in his capacity as National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman, “talking to people who care about the Senatorial races.”

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


  • TJC

    July 22, 2022 at 10:27 am

    If that was President Biden saying “Who knows?” in response to a question — any question at all — Rick Scott would be the first to claim it was proof of Biden’s senility. So let me be the first to say the same about Scott. Perhaps that repeated “Who knows?” is a plea for help, as in “Who can help me here with this question? I can’t think straight! Who knows a good answer? What are we talking about?”
    When a nasty little man like Scott takes every available opportunity to spew malicious claims regarding Biden’s mental acuity, he’d better be able to articulate thoughtful and well-informed answers when asked simple questions. “Who knows?” is hardly the stuff of great leadership.

  • Elliott Offen

    July 22, 2022 at 11:27 am

    Rick Scott is a crook and heartless man. The poor will continue to get poorer and the rich will continue to get richer if people like Scott continue to dominate the political landscape in Florida. Floridians are de-evolving back into apes…

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