‘Focused on the Senate’: Rick Scott rules out 2024 presidential run
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'My job is to represent my state. That's what I do every day.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott would rather have six more years in the U.S. Senate than run for President.

That’s the takeaway from his comments on Tuesday’s Hugh Hewitt Show, during which the first-term Florida Senator repeatedly rebuffed the host’s questions about a potential bid for The White House by saying he was “focused on the Senate.”

“I have no plans to run for President and I have a 100% plan to run for the U.S. Senate,” Scott said.

“I’m running for re-election for Senator from the great state of Florida,” Scott said. “I will, you know, work my butt off for the next two years for my re-election.”

Scott, who is wrapping up a two-year term as head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in which the GOP failed to flip the Senate, seems to have a rocky path there as well. He received just ten votes in a challenge to Mitch McConnell‘s leadership of the minority caucus last month. Nevertheless, he asserted his priority is remaining in the chamber.

“My job is to represent my state. That’s what I do every day. And that’s what I’ll continue to do,” Scott added.

“I’m not going to do it. I’m running for the Senate. I’m running for my job as U.S. Senator.”

Scott has faced questions about a presidential run since former President Donald Trump lost the White House in 2020. Back in December of that year, he said Trump “ought to do it again” while disclaiming interest of his own in a run.

“I’m not planning to run,” Scott said on the Fox Business Network. “I’m a new Senator. I’m working on my job as a U.S. Senator, trying to make sure I’m taking care of everybody in Florida.”

Yet by November of this year, Scott was not willing to endorse Trump, instead predicting a crowded field.

“There’s going to be a lot of people probably (going to) announce. We’ll watch what happens. I’m focused on getting a majority in the Senate,” Scott said on Meet the Press.

Scott’s non-answer tracks with previous failures to offer a definitive response to the same question.

“There are lots of people that I know who are looking to run for President,” Scott told CNN’s Erin Burnett in July. “They’re going to all make a decision when they want to run. If President Trump or anybody else wants to announce, they’ll do that.”

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

  • Elliott Offen

    December 6, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Whoever votes for this guy is evil and gonna burn in fking hell.

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  • Yrral

    December 7, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Warnock, Warnock

  • PeterH

    December 9, 2022 at 1:59 am

    Rick Scott and his side kick Donald Trump selected a raft of celebrity losers to run for 2022 Senate seats.

    Hopefully for America’s sake ….. Rick Scott will continue selecting losers!

    When you come to think about it Republicans haven’t had such a poor standing in the U.S. Senate since 2012! Great showing Ricky!

  • Dr. Franklin Waters

    December 9, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Good old Lizard Eyes Scott.
    He’s absolute proof how idiotic GOP voters are. They actually support this guy, even though he’s a convicted crook, all while at the same time shouting “law & order!”.

  • tom palmer

    December 12, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    I think the Democrats should focus on this Senate seat, too and make Scott a one-term embarrassment.
    He campaigned on the false claim that Bill Nelson did nothing, if you discount his support for NASA and Florida jobs and lots of other things that weren’t headline-grabbing. Scott dismantled Florida’s growth management agency, defunded water management and environmental protection and created an unemployment compensation system that was meant to create an optical illusion that was meant to make it look like the jobs numbers were great when they weren’t and to deny aid to those who deserved it.

  • Ian

    December 16, 2022 at 9:58 am

    Shame! Was really looking forward to a Presidential run based on defunding Social Security

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