Rick Scott fumbles defense of scandal-plagued Senate candidates
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

"The voters of those states are going to make a choice."

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott offered a less than enthusiastic defense of two Senate candidates in Georgia and Arizona while being grilled about the character flaws of GOP nominees.

On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Scott was asked about his advice to voters to pick candidates they would “hire” in Senate races, in light of the questionable resumes of GOP nominees Herschel Walker and Blake Masters, amid a “list of troubling things” said by GOP candidates nationwide.

Host Margaret Brennan alleged that Georgia’s Walker had lied about how many children he had, his business dealings, and had been accused of domestic violence threats with a gun by an ex-wife. She said Arizona’s Masters had called the Unabomber an “underrated thinker” and minimized the threat posed by Al Qaeda.

Scott, who helms the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said that voters decided who they want to run.

“You go through each person, but I’m not the one doing it. It’s the voters of those states who are doing it. The voters of those states are going to make a choice,” Scott said, suggesting that Democratic incumbents have worse problems than Walker and Masters and others have with their personal histories.

Scott said Arizona’s Mark Kelly “voted with (President) Joe Biden and (Senate Majority Leaders) Chuck Schumer 100% of the time,” adding that Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock “has the same problem.”

“These are your candidates,” Brennan protested.

“The voters of those states are going to decide who they’re going to hire,” Scott retorted, again blasting incumbent Democrats as “Biden clones.”

Brennan wasn’t convinced, suggesting that issues as those faced by Walker and Masters would be “red flags to H.R.”

In July, Scott road tested the “pick people you’d hire” talking points in a Panama City radio interview.

“How many people in the House or the Senate would you hire to work at your business? If you wouldn’t hire them, then why are you voting for them? It’s as simple as that,” Scott said.

The local interviewer offered nothing like the push back Scott received from Brennan.

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


  • adphotoman

    August 7, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Walker is “accused” of domestic violence threats. Anybody can accuse anyone of anything. Accusations don’t matter, convictions do. Masters has apparently said things that others might not agree with. Oh boy, that certainly disqualifies him. Scott did great. He pointed out the hypocrisy of the interviewer and she obviously didn’t like it a bit.

    • Lynda

      August 7, 2022 at 12:32 pm

      What do you have to say about Walker’s forgetting to mention his three other children by different mothers? Walker may be a poster man for neglectful/missing fathers, but he sure makes his hypocrisy on this issue stand out when he calls out other men for not being involved with their out-of-marriage children.

      Walker has told too many lies. He never worked for the FBI. He never owned Chicken processing plants. He never completed his degree. We don’t need another lying Republican as a senator.

    • Smart girl

      August 7, 2022 at 5:02 pm

      “Walker is “accused” of domestic violence”

      Well maybe his wife will smarten up and get “accused” of it back to him.

  • Joe Corsin

    August 7, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    Vote RED for FRAUD SCOTT
    Vote RED for MINI HITLER
    Vote RED for FAT CAMMACK

    Vote RED for forced birth of meth babies and crack babies, for anti-government terrorists, and for rich hogs grifting people into poverty via low wage slavery.

  • Lynda

    August 7, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    Re: Scott’s weak defense of Republican Candidates on Sunday shows.

    Scott tried to give Senate candidates a platform other than “whatever trump wants” by inventing an 11 (or is it 12 now?) point plan. Unfortunately Scott (who inherited wealth) used fed income taxing of families, most below the poverty level, to “give them skin in the game” as a proposal. Deservedly laughed off off the floor.

    Scott’s next controversial point was to propose automatically “sunsetting” (by requiring votes every five years to extend) Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid” programs which all earners contribute to with a tax on wages up to $147,000; self-employed wage earners pay more. This point in Scott’s plan is especially unpopular in Florida. 19.6% of FL’s population and 85+ percent of people over 65 in Florida receive Social Security. Medicare and Medicaid are popular among users and even more popular among hospitals and health care providers because their bills are at least 80% covered. Scott apparently forgot what state he represents when devising the routine sunsetting of popular programs.

    Why do Florida voters keep electing and re-electing this out-of-touch, entitled millionaire to represent them? Scott self-funds his campaigns, which is convenient for his party. Scott rarely tells voters what he will actually support if elected. With Republicans across the country voting for extreme forms of voter suppression laws, abortion bans and big tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, Scott’s refusal to be honest about bills he will support is increasingly dangerous.

    No wonder Scott could only present a weak defense of Georgia’s candidate (neglectful father) Walker and missing in action OZ (on European vacation) candidate in PA.

    • marylou

      August 8, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      Don’t leave out Rip-off Rick’s Medicare Fraud. He got rich when the company forced him out and paid him millions to go away. Same program he wants to rob so he can shovel more taxpayer money to his looting corporate friends.
      Vote out Republicans–they don’t even like you!

  • Tom

    August 7, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    It’s a fait accompli.

    Biden is 30% in Florida. Cha Ching! Rubio wins!
    Dum Demings voting 100% Biden!

    Biden 25% Arizona, Cha Ching, Masters wins!
    Kelly 100% voting Biden!

    Biden Georgia, 25%. Cha Ching, walker wins.
    Fraudster Warnock, 100% voting Biden.

    Biden 25% approval Nevada. Cha Ching Lax-alt wins! Mastro 100% Biden,

    All these idiots voted to deny that only women can carry pregnancy today, good for Rubio fixing the vote.

    Brilliance of Rubio!

    It’s over!

    • Phil Morton

      August 8, 2022 at 1:37 am

      I’m looking at the Biden approval map. You’re making those numbers up but that’s pretty normal for Republicans to lie and deceive.

      • Tom

        August 8, 2022 at 8:08 am

        Civiqs poll has Biden abysmally in 48 states, even blue ones moron Morton, as he is below 35% or lower in several.

        When you in live in the liberal msnbc bubble you wouldn’t know.

        You are not in my league ignoramus, I am the FP legend. Feel free to add a few more generous points to this clown shows approval! He still drags everyone under!

        Morton you are just a Dem Dum lap Soros Manchurian lap dog. No one cares what you think.

        Btw, Rubio skillfully and craftily forced a vote on protecting women with federal definition of biological pregnancy’s. All 50 moronic Dem Senators voted against Rubio’s amendment. This will drive conservatives, moderates and women even further away from Dums. Good going. Great job Marco!

        • Goldie OKeefe

          August 8, 2022 at 8:36 am

          as you and i both know – the only poll that counts is the polling of votes on ELECTION DAY.
          Oh an polls have never ever been wrong .. [LOL] right??

          • Tom

            August 8, 2022 at 9:11 am

            Hardly, that’s the Dem advocate polls.
            Biden is abysmal in 40 plus states.
            Civiqs is not partisan pollster.

            You must mean Gillium up 9 day before Election? Dem pollster and polling company, notorious promoting Dems.
            How stupid are you people.
            He’s below 35-% in 40 states.
            Even blue ones.
            Goldie you are an idiot like Morton.

        • Vwriter13

          August 9, 2022 at 1:20 am

          Sweetie, you’re a legend in your own mind. And you post drips of immature, adolescent name-calling.

  • tom palmer

    August 7, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    We;ll see.Goofuses like Walker don’t belong on a city commission, let alone the U.S. Senate. In his position, Scott doesn’t to have any choice but to stick with the party line. It’s really not much different on the other side of the aisle.

  • Tom

    August 8, 2022 at 9:14 am

    Yes you morons, per Dem Senate you men, not just women can give birth! Enjoy it. LMAO
    Than you Marco do that amendment .
    That’s a show in now for Rep majority.

  • tjb

    August 8, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    Why is Rick Scott looking to dismantle Social Security and Medicare? I can understand why Walking is “nuts” because he has chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) but Scott is just being evil in his attempt to destroy programs that help older working-class folks.

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