Rick Scott claims Jimmy Carter did more for U.S. hostages than Joe Biden
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The Georgia Democrat 'failed when he tried to get them, but he at least tried.'

A Democratic President from nearly half a century ago got unusual praise from Sen. Rick Scott on Friday.

The Naples Republican claimed that in contrast to current President Joe Biden’s lack of progress in ensuring all American hostages taken by Hamas in 2023 are returned, that former President Jimmy Carter demonstrated much more concern about those Americans taken by Iran between 1979 and the inauguration of Ronald Reagan in 1981.

“I think it’s that Biden doesn’t care. Whether you like Jimmy Carter or thought he was a good President or not, he wasn’t a great president, but he actually did care about the American hostages,” Scott said, adding that Carter “failed when he tried to get them, but he at least tried.”

“I have not seen Biden lift a finger to get the American hostages home,” Scott added. “It’s like he supports Hamas more than he supports Israel.”

The Associated Press reports that four Americans are still in captivity, a lower number than the more than 50 detained by Iranian revolutionaries against the pro-American Shah, who were held captive for 444 days before they were released as Reagan took the Presidency.

Scott believes the entire mess would have been avoided if Donald Trump were President, as “there would be an unbelievable focus on what can we do to get these hostages home” if there had been a Hamas action last year.

“But if I don’t actually believe Hamas would have invaded because first off Iran wouldn’t have had all the money to give to Hamas, the Houthis and Hezbollah,” Scott continued. “We wouldn’t even be having this conversation because Hamas would never have invaded.”

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


  • Cheap

    April 6, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    These are reckless statements coming from a high profile US Senator, who, regardless of party politics or differences in opinion or approach to an impossible situation, has no business throwing this kind of rhetoric around. It’s cheap, and it’s the opposite of the patriotism in which Scott wraps himself. What is clear from these comments is Scott doesn’t care about anyone but himself.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 6, 2024 at 3:40 pm

      Ample evidence that Reagan tricksters were working backstage to keep the hostages in Tehran until the election ended, aiding Reagan in getting elected since he made a big issue of Carter’s failure in this regard.

      RR later went on to sell missiles to the Iranis, even as his team egged on US client Iraq to attack Iran, which led to a bloody decade-long war that ended in a stalemate.

      As for most anything from the mouth of Scott: BS.

      • Cheap

        April 6, 2024 at 4:10 pm

        Re – hostage release delays (holding the hostages hostage), this was known even to the Carter administration at the time, but there was nothing he could do about it. Carter was laser focused on keeping the hostages safe and resigned himself to the results of the election. I remember learning about this at Uni a million years ago — common knowledge back then but people forget and young ones don’t know. Such a messed up time this country and others are still paying for today, hence Scott’s reference but it’s an ironic comparison.

    • Earl Pitts "THE NEW MAYOR OF REALVILLE" American

      April 6, 2024 at 5:03 pm

      Y’all Dook 4 Brains Syncophant Leftys are wrong and you know it. Carter was an €ffin Nuclear Submarine Captian. America’s enemies knew that while he Loved God he would Nuke The HEII out of those Muzzys and turn their Sand into miles and miles of glass.
      Y’all’s Chickin $HIT 8iden never served in the miliyary and those Muzzys all know hes a Spineless 8astard who they can take advantage of
      We will be luckey under y’all’s 8iden to even be still alive to vote for Trump come election day.
      I, The Sage Earl Pitts American, know 100% that 76.23% of you “Dook 4 Brains Leftist Posters” have sold out your Country for 13 Pieces of Silver and thus getting paid to post your “Leftist Screed”.
      I, Earl Pitts American, know that 67.89% of you Above Posters are voting for Trump. I mean if you wanted Really to see your family Grave Yard Dead [which will happen if you vote 8iden] you would have already killed them.
      Earl’s Sage Logic, by your families still being alive, proves you will vote Trump …. after all y’all are not stupid.
      These Sage Golden Nuggetts of Truth, Justice, And The American Way have been brought to you by The Sage Earl of Politics.

      • Rick Whitaker

        April 6, 2024 at 9:19 pm


  • PeterH

    April 6, 2024 at 3:28 pm

    Montana Republican Senate candidate, Tim Sheehy, supported by Donald Trump and Rick Scott has been caught in multiple lies concerning his war record and bullet wound. Of course Sheehy will be elected ….. although Washington could easily do without another Republican liar!

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 7, 2024 at 12:39 pm

      The Democratic Party incumbent holding the Senate seat in question is a hunter himself, but has drawn the line at the promiscuous proliferation of firearms.

  • Impeach Biden

    April 6, 2024 at 4:18 pm

    Jimmy Carter was the worst serving President in my lifetime thenJoe Biden came along.

    • JD

      April 6, 2024 at 7:53 pm

      Trump has both Carter and Biden beat by light years for the worse serving President in your lifetime (and possibly in US history).

      That’s not me saying it, it’s every political analyts on the planet – red and blue.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 6, 2024 at 8:41 pm

      IM, that’s strange, because i voted for him twice and i consider him to be a great president. way better than the ahole that defeated him for his second term. until trump, raygun was the worst president. he lied and cheated to beat carter. i remember it clearly. it was a sad day. do you remember that day?

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 8, 2024 at 4:00 pm

      Carter actually served in the military; RR made war movies but imagined he had been there in the thick of it.

  • Ocean Joe

    April 6, 2024 at 4:48 pm

    Too bad we can’t trade a US senator schooled in medicare fraud with a plan to abolish social security, for our hostages. Of course he would be of even less value there than here.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 6, 2024 at 5:04 pm

      The richest person in the US Senate would actually be excellent hostage bait.

  • Old Geezer

    April 6, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    Hey Earl, if there were an actual patriotic conservative running, you know, one of those dork types who believe in fiscal discipline, efficient government, staying the h out of people’s private business, helping the middle class, working class, small business and contractors who pay all the taxes in this country and closing tax loopholes so we can balance the budget and keep things honest, fighting corruption and cronyism, adhering to the constitution, no activist judges/courts, separation of church and state, supporting allies for real but stay out of stupid wars, prevent social ills before they happen through access to education and healthcare instead of penalizing and profiting off them afterwards that costs 10x more, you know, stuff like that. Know anybody like that? Cause I sure don’t! I think they’re all long dead. Heck if you do, let us all know because I’d support them. I’m looking around and I don’t see anybody like that anywhere. In fact I don’t think it’s all conservative values i just mentioned up there. I don’t know, now I’m confused.

    Signed – A SANE CITIZEN.

    • Rick Whitaker

      April 6, 2024 at 8:50 pm

      old geezer, you do know that earl is a farse, he’s not a sage, he is a mental case. you can’t actually discuss anything with him because he is always trying to inject potty humor into everything, all the time. very sick 82-year-old whatever he is. your comment on the other hand was interesting and clear. i think earl is suffering from dementia.

  • Andrew Finn

    April 6, 2024 at 6:14 pm

    Well DUH !!!!!! Jimmy Carter, as well as everyone else on the planet, has done more for hostages, and anybody else, than Joe Biden has done for anybody. Only nine more months to go – if only our country can survive that long.

  • MH/Duuuval

    April 6, 2024 at 9:18 pm

    Welcome home, Rip van Winkle — please try to read some newspapers from the last three years and try to catch up on what you slept through. Or, maybe take a nap and sleep for the next ten months.

  • Rick Whitaker

    April 7, 2024 at 11:28 am


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