2018 preview? At NRA convention, Rick Scott takes aim at Bill Nelson

Florida Gov. Rick Scott at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

ATLANTA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott today sounded an awful lot like the 2018 Senate candidate many expect him to be, telling the National Rifle Association convention that the GOP needs to increase its Senate majority and that Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson “has veered far left.”


Scott spoke for about five minutes after President Donald Trump addressed the group.


Scott faces term limits next year and is widely expected to run for Democrat Nelson’s seat, but hasn’t made any official announcement.


At the NRA gathering, Scott applauded the recent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, but said the vote was too close for comfort.


“I believe it’s crucial that we increase the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate,” Scott said.


Nelson and most Democrats voted against Gorsuch.


“Look at the votes of this Supreme Court nominee and you can see that there are a number of senators who did not represent their state,” Scott said. “These senators need to be retired. Unfortunately one of my Florida senators, Bill Nelson, has veered far to the left. He voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan (liberal appointees of former President Barack Obama), and he just voted against Neil Gorsuch.”


Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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