Rick Scott still isn’t endorsing in GOP presidential race
Sen. Rick Scott. Image via AP.

Rick Scott
'I've got my own race.'

Rick Scott is not endorsing Ron DeSantis or Donald Trump for President anytime soon.

The Senator, during a segment on the Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show, was asked about the seemingly binary choice between the two Floridians. As he has before, Scott said he would focus on his own campaign in 2024.

Scott told the story again of how his Primary opponent in 2010’s race for Governor, Bill McCollum, had “every endorsement in the country” against him, noting that he’s “not been involved” in the presidential derby.

Nor will he be.

“I don’t get involved in Primaries. I’ve got my own race. I’m up for re-election next November,” Scott said. “So I’m going to focus on my job right now representing the 22 million people who live in the state, and then next November winning re-election.”

Scott said he would “support whoever our nominee is and do everything (he) can to make sure they win.”

While Scott is maintaining neutrality, what’s clear is that his relationship with Trump is stronger than his dynamic with DeSantis.

The former President has trolled the current Governor, posting to social media that Florida was “doing fantastically” when Scott was Governor from 2011 to 2019.

Even the dynamic with Trump has not been without its complications, however.

In the wake of Club for Growth endorsing Scott’s re-election back in February, Trump called the endorsement the “kiss of death,” and warned Scott to abandon any support for cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

Scott has never run for office during a Presidential Election year, meanwhile, and has said that he expects that to be a “minus.”

“I think that if you look at ’10, ’14, ’18, my two Governor’s races, (my) Senate race, I was the top of the ticket. So all of us will be subject to whatever our presidential candidates are doing,” the Senator told Hugh Hewitt in February.

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


6 comments

  • Tallahassee Insider

    April 20, 2023 at 1:52 pm

    Of course Rick Scott isn’t going to endorse DeSantis.

    DeSantis and Rick absolutely HATE each other at a personal level, and everybody in Tallahassee knows this.

    If they could, they’d challenge each other to a Hamilton v. Burr style duel in front of the Capitol Building.

    • Ocean Joe

      April 20, 2023 at 2:58 pm

      Why can’t they have a duel?
      Between the two of them they’ve turned Florida into a hillbilly hellhole.

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  • Dont Say FLA

    April 20, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Rick should endorse Hillary Clinton over dumb and dumber, Rhonda’s Panties or Defelonious Javina Trump

  • Lex

    April 21, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Why are we getting so many “early” endorsements? We have so much time until primary season starts. Desantis is not even in the race yet. Why has primary season turned into “eat your own” season. Desantis and Trump are very close policy-wise. They should not be in a “scorched earth” campaign against each other. I feel very much for the terrible things that the Democratic Party has put Trump through and lied about him. I support Donald Trump and I think Trump was an effective President. Trump lost the last election. If you think that election was “stolen” from Trump, no one has fixed the underlying reasons that caused Trump to lose. Desantis is probably essentially the same person as Trump in office, but far more electable. But even if you disagree, Reagan told us that we should not destroy other Republicans in primaries. We are doing the Democrats work for them when we do.

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 23, 2023 at 10:43 am

      Good sir Dominion Voting Systems has in fact cleaned house over the repotedly stolen election. While Trump went to court more than 70 times over the election and lost every single time, Dominion went to court against Fox News and won three quarters of a billion dollars for Fox News having made claims of the election being stolen and having claimed Dominion was a reason for “The STeal.” Trump lost because of Trump being a juvenile, not because of anything nefarious with voting or voting systems.

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