It's official, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announces run for US Senate

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

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

Rick Scott announced his bid for U.S. Senate on Monday, seeking to capitalize on Florida's job growth and calling for congressional term limits. He has been urged to challenge Nelson, Florida's only statewide-elected Democrat, by Donald Trump.

He announced his campaign on Facebook Monday morning, but later at a news conference in Orlando, Scott called on politicians in D.C. demanding for change.

Republicans consider Mr. Scott, with his personal wealth and broad name recognition, the only candidate with a shot at ousting Mr. Nelson given Florida's size and expensive media markets.

Scott spurned the "naysayers" who he said will tell him "you can't fix Washington", and recalled hearing the same message when he was elected governor and when he began his career in business. "There's a lot of old exhausted thinking up there".

But, in an interview with Politco on Sunday, Scott insists that while he supports the president, he is his own man.

Nelson won in 2000 against Bill McCollum, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. House whom Nelson derided as a "right-wing extremist".

As expected, Rick Scott will toss his hat into the ring in an attempt to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. "Anyone who ever spent time with Jeri knows what a terrific and selfless person she was".

The contest for the Florida Senate seat could decide which party controls the Senate.

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Referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin, he added: "Everybody's going to pay a price - he will, everybody will". The EU also said evidence pointed to the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces.

Scott contends Nelson has "done nothing" in the Senate on high-profile issues such as gun violence.

Scott's candidacy is a bright spot for Republicans in a year where Democratic enthusiasm is expected to be overwhelming, as evidenced by the recent wave of recent Democratic victories in special elections in Alabama and Pennsylvania. Bill Nelson at an event for ODC Construction in Orlando.

"It is with true sadness that we learned today of the passing of our long-time press secretary Jeri Bustamante, who faithfully served in our administration for many years. I've been very clear", he continued.

"I didn't fit into Tallahassee.because I didn't play the insider games. We can change Washington, we must change Washington, we will change Washington together".

I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow -regardless of my opponent.

Nelson, in a brief statement, said he is ready for Scott. Weeks after the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school in February, Scott signed new gun regulations into law, defying the National Rifle Association.

While most everything about the upcoming race is up in the air at this point, Nova Southeastern's Charles Zelden says two things are for sure. Politico rightly described this race as one that could prove if an alliance with Trump "is political poison or a pathway to success in the nation's biggest swing state".

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