Rick Scott says Joe Biden is ‘completely lying’
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
The President keeps spotlighting Scott's 'Rescue America' plan.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott and President Joe Biden continue to lob rhetorical bombs at each other.

After Biden released a video over the weekend saying Scott wants to put Medicare “on the chopping block,” Scott responded during a Tuesday interview, contending that the President is “completely lying” about him and his “12-point plan to rescue America.”

“First off, he’s completely lying,” Scott said. “I’ve been very clear. I will never raise taxes. I support Medicare. I support Social Security.”

Scott contends the President said he wanted to “cut Medicare” and “cut Social Security” when Biden was in the Senate. Biden, who ran for President in 1988, indeed proposed both a Medicare and Social Security freeze in 1984 in response to Ronald Reagan era deficits.

“He said those things. We have quotes,” Scott said. “Here’s a guy who’s saying he wants to preserve them.”

Scott pivoted from the Biden critique to charge Congress with not dealing with the possibility that “Medicare goes bankrupt in 4 years. … Social Security, 12 years.”

“We have to fix those programs and make sure those benefits are not reduced,” Scott continued. “I want to fix those programs and make sure they last.”

Scott made the comments Tuesday on The National Desk, days after Biden again singled him out for excoriation in a video defending his Inflation Reduction Act.

“Fifty-seven years ago, President (LyndonJohnson signed Medicare into law. Since then, Republicans have been fighting it. Today it’s Sen. Rick Scott from Florida. He has a plan that would put Medicare on the chopping block every five years,” Biden said.

“Think about that. Do you want to give Republicans in Congress who are pushing and pursuing the MAGA policies, the power to eliminate Medicare every five years?

Scott had previously said Biden was “obsessed” with him and his policy proposals. The Senator has also said his proposed “review” of safety net programs every five years is intended to strengthen and not destroy them.

Scott’s proposals have found resistance even in the GOP caucus. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell famously said that if he were leader if and when the Republicans take back the majority, Scott’s proposal would not be part of the agenda.

Meanwhile, there are those, including former President Donald Trump, who have reportedly suggested Scott make his own run to lead the caucus after this year’s elections.

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


7 comments

  • Joe Corsin

    August 2, 2022 at 9:28 am

    That doesn’t mean much coming from FRAUD SCOTT!!! Pled the 5th over and over… lying by omission.

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    • Mrs Modela

      August 2, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      Scott also wants to make Trump’s Welfare for the Wealthy tax cuts permanent. He is completely uninterested in doing anything that will help ordinary people.

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      • Joe Corsin

        August 2, 2022 at 1:31 pm

        America is now a plutocracy. If people don’t like it..they should leave. The trickle up grift will continue to destroy the place for decades. End result will not be a pretty sight.

        Reply

  • Just a comment

    August 2, 2022 at 11:11 am

    I heard on the tele they were going to do medical like we never seen it meaning we will never see it? Good way to save money k Grandma and grandpa..they only were stogies for our companies

    Reply

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    August 3, 2022 at 10:06 am

    If Biden’s lips are moving, he’s lying.

    Reply

  • Just a comment

    August 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    It’s like those extra terrestrial saying we come in piece

    Reply

  • Andrew T. Linko

    August 5, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Joe Biden, lying? Tell the truth and tell all the Seniors in Florida, you are targeting their Social Security! Don’t call anyone a liar when you cannot be honest yourself!

    Reply

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