Voters consider the issues as Scott announces Senate run against Nelson

Rick Scott: Nobody has asked for the Florida National Guard to patrol Mexican border.

Scott, a two-term Republican governor, never mentioned Nelson, a three-term Democratic senator, by name.

"People are flocking to Florida because this is where you can live the dream of this country", Scott said. Against Scott, who is only leaving the Governor's Mansion because his term limit is up, the former astronaut will be put to the test. They've tried a lot of things - it just didn't work.

When he ran in 2010, Scott initially was known for his public awkwardness, stumbling through speeches and insisting on a buffer between himself and crowds. About 100 Republican officials, officeholders, candidates and their families crowded together, trying to get close to Scott to shake his hand or take a picture.

Scott said he has added 1.5 million jobs in the state, and slashed regulations for small businesses as governor. "We're not going to see a change in Washington if we don't have term limits on Congress".

But Mr. Nelson's prior rivals were considered weak, a trend that changes with the entry of Mr. Scott into the race.

Scott was an early cheerleader for Trump - he led a super PAC that supported Trump's bid - and Trump has been publicly twisting Scott's arm to run for the Senate for months.

"Instead of creating the jobs our state needs for the future, over half the counties in Florida are worse off today than before the recession". Senator Nelson may have been absent in the comments, but that may be because Rick Scott is running against Washington itself every bit as much as he's running against Nelson in specific.

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested Scott should run for Senate.

"I admit that Washington is horribly dysfunctional", Scott said in prepared remarks released before his announcement on Monday.

"Rick Scott supports Puerto Rico because he cares", Hernandez said. "I've been very clear", he said. "I know he's asked me to get into the race". "Floridians won't forget the damage Rick Scott's self-serving politics have done these last seven years, no matter how he tries to change his spots and obscure his record".

Scott's entrance puts Democrats, who are trying to flip control of the Senate, on defense in the state.

"Jeri was a part of our team for many years", Lopez-Cantera said in a statement Monday. Last year, he collaborated with Sen. Republicans on Monday began running digital ads against Nelson for voting against the tax reform bill.

"It's going to be clearly a set of contrasts on so many issues, from the environment to sea level rise to oil drilling off the coast, to the expansion of Medicaid in Florida", Nelson told reporters. "And guess what? I'm not going to fit into Washington either".

Florida Governor Rick Scott has launched his long-anticipated run for U.S. Senate.

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