25th Amendment? Rick Scott, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell diverge on question of Joe Biden’s competence

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The Democrat is finally speaking out about her party's standard bearer.

Florida’s junior Senator and his likely November opponent don’t agree on much, and that includes the ability of the current President to serve.

After the President’s ABC News debate Friday, Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell differed sharply on whether Joe Biden should remain in political life.

“The George Stephanopoulos interview has made one thing clear: Joe Biden is completely unfit to serve as president for the next 6 months, much less the next 4 years. This is exactly what the 25th Amendment was meant for,” Scott posted to social media.

Meanwhile, the former member of Congress from South Florida takes a more circumspect view of the President’s struggles.

“As he said (referring to Biden’s comments on the debate), it was a tough night for the President, and over the course of the race, his campaign will need to continue to make the case for his reelection. Here in Florida, I continue to be focused on the same things I was before the debate: lowering insurance rates and making sure Rick Scott can no longer threaten our Social Security and Medicare and reproductive rights.”

Mucarsel-Powell’s statement comes after Scott has criticized her and other Democrats for failing to address Biden’s condition.

During an appearance on the Guy Benson Show, Florida’s junior Senator aligned with most Republicans, saying Joe Biden “clearly doesn’t have the capacity to be the President of the United States.”

“I don’t think anybody watching that believes that Joe Biden has the capacity to function as the President. Not today, not tomorrow, not next Jan. 20,” Scott said. “So I think what every Democrat in the country needs to do is they need to say whether they believe that Joe Biden ought to be top of the ticket.”

Scott said at the time that Mucarsel-Powell “won’t even talk about” whether Biden should get out of the race.

“They cannot talk about the incapacity. They cannot talk about the failure, they cannot talk about the policies of the Biden administration and Biden,” Scott alleged.

It is not likely that Scott will stop pressing his presumptive November opponent about Biden’s “capacity” as long as the President remains in play, even though she did finally answer a question about it.

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


  • Hologram Joe

    July 6, 2024 at 9:06 am

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  • Frankie M.

    July 6, 2024 at 10:21 am

    One candidate looks like he has early stages Alzheimer’s & the other is a pathological liar. And these senior citizens are the best this country has to offer? Both candidates should submit for cognitive & psychological evaluation by an unbiased panel not a doctor’s note handwritten by Trump & signed by “Dr. Ronny”. Let the panel disclose their report directly to the public without interpretation from the media. Remember when people talked about invoking the 25th amendment over Trump’s unhinged rants & tweets? Yeah me neither.

    • MH/Duuuval

      July 6, 2024 at 10:51 am

      Dr. Ronny left the Navy in disgrace. Instead of retiring as an admiral and six-figure annual pay, as he expected, he was demoted to captain by orders of the Pentagon. Presumably he makes less now, but can still shop in the PX.

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 6, 2024 at 10:57 am

    Women voters — and their real allies among the opposite sex — are getting the message loud and clear: MAGA health care is bad medicine, especially for a woman’s right to choose. Still plenty of time for this reality to jell.

    • Hologram Joe

      July 6, 2024 at 11:01 am

      Abortion, Medicaire, Medicaid, Social Security. The election cycle Demo talking points. When you can’t talk about the Southern Border. When you can’t talk about inflation. When you can’t talk about the economy in general. When you can’t talk about crime. When you can’t talk about supporting the police. Then there is the elephant in the room, Orange Joe. What do you do with him as he obviously doesn’t want to give up the WH, AF-1 and many other bennies.

    • MH/Duuuval

      July 6, 2024 at 11:42 am

      The inflation question is beyond one person unless perhaps you want to look at the Fed. Why products and services are more expensive is primarily the basis for the soaring corporate profits that have sent the stock market on a tear. The consumer is being gouged by already undertaxed business concerns.

      The immigration issue was resolved a few months ago with the President giving MAGAs most everything they wanted. But it wasn’t enough, so the Trumpmeister vetoed it. At this point the burden is on MAGAland.

      Few women are going to defer to the male point of view on who determines their reproductive options, and this is going to become increasingly apparent at the only demographic experiencing a rise in voter registration is women.

      Those MAGAs who call themselves supporters of women are blowing smoke, and stale smoke stinks. It’s not possible to be on both sides of this issue, except for the dissociative MAGA among us.

      • MH/Duuuval

        July 6, 2024 at 12:41 pm

        BTW: Crime rate decreasing nationwide.

        • Impeach Biden

          July 6, 2024 at 12:47 pm

          Defund the police works. Ha! Ha! I don’t believe polls and I don’t believe crime reports. Some will also say Biden has no impact on fuel prices. So why then is he draining our SPR?

  • MH/Duuuval

    July 7, 2024 at 10:45 am

    Sputter, moan, castigate, insinuate, innuendo … but no facts.

    The FBI annual crime report is based on 75% of US police departments submitting information. It may be the other 25% are too embarrassed to submit or, just as likely, they are opaque to the public as a practice.

    There likely are hot spots where violent crime, for example, is up. But the national rates are down — even in the Murder Capital of Florida.

    One interesting development is the growing criticism from south of the border and the Caribbean about the constant influx of firearms from Gringoland that underpins much of the violence there. The influx of asylum seekers is in some part the consequence of gangs and cartels being armed by US criminals on our side of the border.

    So, how about some border control of the illicit firearms trade, 2A fanatics?

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