Rick Scott rebukes Mitch McConnell pessimism about GOP Senate takeover

Rick Scott
Back from Italy, NRSC Chair Scott is fighting for a Senate majority.

Rick Scott is back from Italy and offering reassuring words about the increasingly precarious Republican chances of taking back the Senate in November, putting himself at odds with Mitch McConnell.

Scott, the National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair, told a national audience Thursday that the Senate Minority Leader was wrong to believe there’s an even chance the Senate stays Democratic next year.

“No! We’ve got great candidates! Look at the background of these people. These are wonderful individuals that believe in this country, and they believe in the right things,” Scott said on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” program. “We are going to win, but we’ve got to raise our money. When we raise our money, we win.”

McConnell was less optimistic when he told an audience in Kentucky last week that the GOP had just a “50/50” chance of wresting Senate control back.

“Flipping the Senate, what are the chances? It’s a 50-50 proposition. We’ve got a 50-50 Senate right now. We’ve got a 50-50 nation. And I think the outcome is likely to be very, very close either way,” McConnell told the Scott County Chamber of Commerce, as reported by Reuters.

The schism between Scott and McConnell is documented at this point. They 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 as a non-starter if he led Senate Republicans next year.

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

Beyond the clapback to McConnell, Scott stayed upbeat as he extolled a series of Republican candidates facing tough battles, with special attention paid to Pennsylvania Republican Mehmet Oz, described by Scott as a “world-renowned surgeon” and the “best health care talk-show host in the world.”

“Oz, he’s raising money off you; if you want to help Mehmet Oz, text WIN to 55404,” Scott urged, telling the Hannity audience that the money would help the former television host “get his message out.”

Scott has been particularly sharp-elbowed in discussing the Pennsylvania race, condemning Fetterman for having “lied about his health” regarding his recovery from a stroke this year.

In the segment, Republicans like Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Budd of North Carolina, J.D. Vance of Ohio, and Herschel Walker of Georgia were each lionized as “running a great race.”

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


12 comments

  • Tom

    August 29, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Don’t worry.
    Major pickups coming.
    Doc Oz., JD Vance, Herschel, Ted Budd, Schmidt, Grassley, R Johnson, win and Marco wins big.

  • Harold Finch

    August 29, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Unfortuneately I think McConnell is right. Oz, Herschel Walker and at least two other candidates are not going to win 🙁

  • Charlie Crist

    August 30, 2022 at 12:14 am

    Fraud Scott, Pizza Gaetz, Snake oil Trump, Q-Anon Greene, Mini Hitler DeSantis, Moscow Mitch, Terrorist Boebert, Fat Cammack…the list of whacko GOP cartoon characters is neverending. God save us from these apes.

  • Terese W Hilliard

    August 30, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Mitch is a consummate politician. His remarks are well placed and intended to scare the daylights out of Republicans. His words are meant to strengthen their resolve to bring every Republican they know to the polls. He knows how to rally the troops while not actually admitting what he is doing.

    • Mr. Haney

      August 30, 2022 at 6:23 am

      Repubilcans are cowards, they are always scared of something which is also why they never accomplish anything.

  • PeterH

    August 30, 2022 at 2:01 am

    Republicans are running with shallow snake oil salesmen celebrity Senate candidates and expect to win! Leave it to Rick Scott to support Trumps collection of wingnut candidates. Republicans will forfeit Senate seats in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and perhaps Ohio.

    Americans who prize their Democracy should try to reverse Republican potential House wins. Republicans have absolutely no policies to advance if they win the House. Their only plan is endless investigations……meant to be a distraction.

    Republicans are America’s problem. Vote all Republicans out of office.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    August 30, 2022 at 7:52 am

    I just love it when the far left show how insane they are. Keep on keeping on, you fools

    • Charlie Crist

      August 30, 2022 at 8:18 am

      Anything to the left of Hitler is far left to you maniacs. You people need euthanasia for the sake of humanity.

  • LTaylor

    August 30, 2022 at 8:56 am

    If McConnell cannot lead to a Senate victory with the massive inflation we’ve seen McConnell should not be in leadership. This should be a one issue race in every district and if you cannot win on inflation and what it does to almost all families then there is something very wrong with leadership and McConnell should resign.

    • Charlie Crist

      August 30, 2022 at 9:09 am

      Thanks to the heavy capitalist system that we have here in this country…there is only so much that the government can do about prices/inflation etc. Sad to see politicians taking the blame for the economic system that stupid Americans continue to vote for while they complain about it.

  • Leonard Spencer

    August 30, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Historically two things happen—voters don’t start paying attention to elections until after Labor Day and the party out of power get crushed in the mid-terms. If the Rs lose ALL of the tossups seats in the House (there are 37) they would still control the House 219-216. The Senate is close today—and it will be close on Election Day. Right now there are 8 tossups leaving the count 46 Rs and 46 Ds. Rs will win in Ohio, NC, Wisconsin and Nevada…which means they only have to win 1 seat in either Georgia, NH, Arizona, or PA. Walker is only down in the polls by 3% in Georgia….any lead in the polls for a D of less than 5% means nothing. This is going down to the wire but don’t be shocked if Rs win Arizona and Georgia.

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