Rick Scott interview with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins goes sideways

Rick Scott
'That's not true, Senator.'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott got ample time for an interview on CNN, but the nearly 12-minute segment proved ineffective for the Senator at best.

Though the segment arguably didn’t go as bad as a 2016 MSNBC interview he had that was cut short, the interrogation by Kaitlan Collins found the Senator fulminating about everything from policy proposals made by then-Senator Joe Biden in the 1970s to comments made by CNN host Jake Tapper previously.

For Scott, who does the bulk of his interviews with friendly conservative outlets, the CNN segment was the latest indication of struggles to get talking points over with a non-ideological, mainstream audience.

Responding to President Biden brandishing a pamphlet during a speech Wednesday featuring proposals from Scott’s plan to “Rescue America,” a non-starter even with Republicans in last year’s failed election cycle, Scott contended that “nobody believes that I want to cut Medicare or Social Security, I’ve never said it,” in reference to Collins’ questions about the plan urging a “review” of all federal programs, including these bedrock entitlements.

He then cut to a decades-old proposal by Biden.

“In 1975, he has a bill, a sunset bill, it says — requires — that every program be looked at freshly every four years — not just cost, but worthiness,” Scott said, paraphrasing Biden. The senator argued Biden “fought for it year after year after year.”

Collins noted the irony of Scott’s claim that his words were being twisted, given the deep dive into ancient history. Scott stood his ground, saying “mine says clear, if it’s worth keeping, we’re going to keep it.”

Scott then went on to joust with Collins, repeating a documented falsehood about a Democratic vote that did not cut benefits but allowed for negotiation with pharmaceutical companies, which the Senator claimed “cut $280 million out of Medicare.”

“That’s not true, Senator,” Collins said, leading Scott to spend some time hashing out what apparently was a direct quote from CNN’s Tapper, with Collins bringing up fact checks to establish her premise that the Inflation Reduction Act “saves Medicare nearly $300 million” and that “only drug companies would say saving people money is a bad thing.”

“What they did last fall is going to reduce life-saving drugs,” Scott maintained, before going back on the attack against Tapper and urging “fact checkers” to examine what the television personality said.

“I’m not sure that what Jake Tapper said is relevant,” Collins continued.

Collins then went on to press Scott on proposals as to what federal programs he would eliminate to lower the federal debt, now over $31 trillion. The Senator lacked specifics.

“There’s a variety of things,” Scott contended, including “87,000 new IRS agents” and so-called “Green New Deal” proposals. Those won’t put a serious dent in the federal debt, however, and Scott did not offer more suggested cuts beyond those well-trafficked talking points.

The interview continued, working its way back to Scott’s recycled call, amplified in an ad running in Tampa, that Biden should resign.

Calling Biden a “failure,” Scott cited inflation, gas prices, the “open border,” and people taking “little rafts from Cuba” who died on their way to Florida’s shore, as well as Vladimir Putin invading Ukraine.

“Look at the Chinese spy balloon,” Scott urged. “Now he lies about what I want to get done, and I don’t appreciate it.”

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


  • Dave

    February 9, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Rick Scott should have been ousted a long time ago. The hypocrisy of the man who defraud the Medicare system as CEO of his medical company speaking out against every Democratic policy is specious, at best. Just another evil right wing extremist in our State’s government…

  • Balloon man

    February 9, 2023 at 10:35 am

    China should put Rick Scott on a balloon so no one would ever see him again.

  • William zgrebnak

    February 9, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Scott. You are like your friends. Taylor gatez bobick. Perry Johnson just like you scum. You people follow your leader Trump lie about everything.

  • Bobby K

    February 9, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Senator Scott got eaten for lunch. How embarrassing. What was he even talking about? Exactly what Florida deserves. A clown.

  • Paul Patterson

    February 9, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    Mr. Scott should be in prison for the massive fraud he LED while CEO of a company whose fine set a record at that time. He is a selfish man who believes breaking the law when it benefits him is ok, but then wants different standards for the rest of us.

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