Rick Scott claims Joe Biden has tax problems in new ad

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The ad airs through Tuesday in South Florida markets.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott is welcoming President Joe Biden to the state with a fallacy-filled ad calling him a “tax cheat” who “ripped off Medicare.”

Biden is in Miami Gardens Tuesday stumping for Charlie Crist and Val Demings, a place where he theoretically could see the spot running in South Florida.

The 30-second ad features first person narration from Scott, wearing his trademark Navy cap and a plaid shirt as he blasts the President for what he deems questionable ethics in a harangue that raises questions of its own.

“What you don’t know is that Joe Biden also cheated on his taxes,” Scott claims, reviving an old Republican complaint about Biden routing income through S corporations to limit his personal tax exposure. Scott would go on to describe Biden’s tax strategy as “improperly closing a loophole.”

“Joe Biden and Washington Democrats just cut $280 billion from Medicare, taking money from Florida seniors,” claimed Scott, repeating a documented falsehood about a Democratic vote that did not cut benefits but allowed for negotiation with pharmaceutical companies.

“What’s worse, Joe Biden cheated on his own taxes, taking even more money from seniors who rely on Medicare and other important entitlement programs. Joe Biden is a hypocrite and a tax cheat who is unequipped for the job and should resign,” Scott contended.

This ad is the latest salvo in an ongoing war between Scott and Biden. Biden has blasted Scott for his “12-point plan to Rescue America,” which advocated for periodic “review” of entitlement programs. Biden has seized on that recommendation to claim Scott wants to take away Medicare and Social Security, a claim Scott denies.

There are ironies in Scott making an ad blasting a Biden financial decision that may seem esoteric for most. Currently the richest man in the Senate, Scott’s “blind trust” was a matter of intense speculation when Scott was Governor. Disclosure of what was in it in 2018 left many questions unanswered.

Likewise, Scott’s tenure as head of Columbia/HCA, which led to a $1.7 billion fine for the company overcharging Medicare, adds another layer of irony to his message here.

With Biden widely-expected to target Scott during his remarks in South Florida, however, it’s clear this ad was an intended prebuttal to the President’s attacks.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been the Northeast Florida correspondent for Florida Politics since 2014. He writes for the New York Post and National Review also, with previous work in the American Conservative and Washington Times and a 15+ year run as a columnist in Folio Weekly. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Joe Corsin

    November 1, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Why did Rick Scott plead the fifth 70 times? I forgot. Someone help me remember.

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  • Tjb

    November 1, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Scott calling Biden a tax cheat for ripping off Medicare. Crazy talk from a man who is worth 240,000,000 dollars … how much of this money was derived by the Medicare fraud that you committed as the CEO of HCA?

    • Joe Corsin

      November 1, 2022 at 10:50 am

      The GOP has determined that as long as they demonize the other side and lie enough… their base will accept anything from them. They can literally do anything they want and get away with it. Until Trump is jailed, that’s the way it’s going to be.

    • marylou

      November 1, 2022 at 1:19 pm

      Every accusation is a confession with Scott…lol

  • Lawrence

    November 1, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    No shame.

  • Lex Taylor

    November 2, 2022 at 9:31 am

    McConnell is no rocket scientist. It is probably time for new leadership.

  • Louvena Clarke

    November 2, 2022 at 11:56 am

    Oh my God the pot is calling the kettle black Scott need to stop !!!!!!

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