Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott said Friday he believes the Republican Party can flip at least four Democratic Senate seats in 2022 as more than a dozen incumbents are up for reelection in the midterms.
“I think we’ve got opportunities across the country,” Scott, a former Florida governor who is now chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Fox News. “Clearly, we’re going to pick up Georgia. We’re going to pick up Arizona. We’re gonna pick up New Hampshire, we’re going to pick up Nevada. But I think we have opportunities all across the country. There’s 14 Democrat seats up and I think we can get quite a few of them.”
As chair of the NRSC, Scott, who spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference, is charged with plotting strategy to bring the GOP back into the Senate majority during the next election cycle.
Ahead of his CPAC appearance this week, Scott struck a conciliatory tone as reports claimed the GOP was being torn asunder by disagreement over whether to remain loyal to former President Donald Trump or move on from him.
“The long-running impeachment show is now over,” Scott wrote in a letter to voters, activists, leaders, and donors. “This political theater should have been held at the other end of Washington in the Kennedy Center instead of the US Capitol. It was an unserious circus. It’s over. Now it’s time to look ahead.”
Scott implored the GOP to focus instead on Democrat control of Congress and the White House, with the objective being to retake both over the next couple of election cycles.
“Here is what they have done and are in the process of doing so far: cutting border security, granting amnesty to illegals, canceling the Keystone pipeline destroying thousands of jobs, allowing males to compete in women’s sports, banning fracking on federal lands making us less energy independent and using tax dollars to pay for abortion in foreign countries,” he wrote.
But Scott is also in a bind as potential fights loom with Trump over candidates he is endorsing or will likely endorse over some incumbents who blamed him for the Capitol riot and voted to impeach him last month.
Scott has said that the NRSC will back all incumbents.
Nevertheless, Scott declared that the Republican civil war was “canceled.”
“Some of you voted for President Trump enthusiastically, some with reservations, and some with great reluctance,” Scott wrote. “It doesn’t matter.”
Scott reiterated that theme in his Fox News interview.
“The civil war is canceled. The Republican civil war is canceled,” he said. “We’re gonna focus on the issues. If you look all across the country what people are talking about is they’re talking about where are we going? They’re not talking about where we’ve been.
“We’re not going back to dial-up internet. We’re not going back to flip phones and typewriters. We’re going back to, where can we go in the future? What can we do to make sure we get a majority,” Scott added.
To do that, he said, the GOP will focus “on who the Democrats are, who the Republicans are.”
Scott’s message was also echoed by other GOP senators including Josh Hawley of Missouri, a vocal supporter of Trump’s agenda.
“Those who are — seem fairly invested in this whole concept of a Republican civil war — which I think is a D.C. thing. You can come here to see there isn’t a civil war. Our voters have no interest in going back,” he told Fox News.. “They want to go forward.”
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