Rick Scott announces Senate run in Orlando

"His policies had such a dramatically negative impact on the state that even he had to sign into law, and in some cases even propose, greater investment in those who interact with some of the state's more vulnerable citizens".

She said Scott "is going to get his tail whipped". Throw in a handful of competitive House races, and the eyes of the country will be on Florida this November.

Although President Donald Trump won Florida in the 2016 presidential race, President Barack Obama won the state twice and twice it was Obama backlash that pushed Scott to narrowly win the governorship.

Scott's entrance puts Democrats, who are trying to flip control of the Senate, on defense in the state. "And I run like there's no tomorrow", Nelson told reporters in Orlando.

But about 10 minutes before Gov. Rick Scott officially launched his campaign for the Democratic incumbent's seat, Rubio seemingly reversed course and asked his followers to vote for his frenemy Scott.

Democrats have been gearing up for the campaign with the Democratic Senate Majority Super PAC releasing a video spot critical of Scott's record as governor and his actions in the business world prior to getting into politics.

The Republican announced his candidacy Monday in Orlando, where he condemned critics and the mainstream media for calling him a businessman with no background in government.

He then took aim at "career politicians", although he did not mention Nelson by name during his speech. "We have to have term limits on Congress".

Scott told POLITICO in an article published earlier on Monday that he had made a decision to run.

Gov. Scott expected to make Senate announcement Monday

The 2018 election will be one of the most important and expensive ones yet.

We want to hear what you think of Rick Scott's time as Florida governor.

"They (said) governor you just don't fit into Tallahassee".

Scott previously won two close races for governor. He had been urged to challenge Nelson by President Trump. In the same survey, 42 percent of voters said they approved of Trump, while 54 percent said they disapprove. But Rick Scott did a good job on the hurricane (Irma). "And he's not toxic the way he was three or four years ago", Vancore said. "Republicans need to pick up seats; they're likely to lose a couple of seats in other states".

Democrats also plan to fault Scott over his record while governor, including his initial push for deep budget cuts to education and his back-and-forth position on whether to expand Medicaid.

He told Blitzer he hopes he moderates a debate between him and Scott.

Mr. Nelson had $8 million in cash on hand in his latest campaign filing.

At the time, Crist's internal polls showed him ahead.

Nelson is a former astronaut who went into space while serving in Congress.

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