Assuming he fends off other Republican challengers during an August primary, Scott will take on Nelson, who's held the seat since 2000. "It can work, it must work, we're going to make sure it works for Florida and for all of us", he added.
"There's a lot of old exhausted thinking up there", said Scott in his campaign's opening statement at an Orlando construction company.
For Scott, it will be his third election of his political career. That members of the United States Senate do not have term limits has been a point of contention before, and those who want change across the board in D.C. have suggested that imposing such limits will decrease worries about "politics as usual".
Scott, however, made several references to his "let's get to work" slogan, which he has used since his first bid for governor in 2010.
In 2006, Republicans - for reasons that remain inexplicable - opted to run former Florida Sec. of State Katherine Harris, who lacked money and party backing, which are things candidates generally need to have. He says term limits are in place in Florida and elsewhere, including for the president, and he says they should be in place on members of the U.S. House and Senate.
When the speech was finished, Scott's wife, Ann, placed her hands on his waist, guiding him through the crowd, helping negotiate an exit and avoiding reporters.
"I've always run every race like there's no tomorrow - regardless of my opponent", said Nelson.
101st soldiers killed in helicopter crash at Fort Campbell
An AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed in a training area at the sprawling army post that straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee line. An Apache helicopter went down around 10 p.m. local time, killing two soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.
In 2014, Scott not only continued his record of failing to win a majority but improved upon it, garnering 48.1 percent of the vote to Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist's 47.1.
"Just like the rest of the Tallahassee establishment, Rick Scott is only looking out for himself _ that's why he gave tax breaks to wealthy and powerful millionaires like himself while slashing education spending and refusing federal help for hundreds of thousands of Floridians without health insurance", said Winter Park businessman Chris King, a Democratic candidate for governor.
With a year left in his second term as governor, Scott enters the race as Republicans face the tough task of maintaining their control of Congress in the second year of fellow Republican Donald Trump's presidency. Ultimately, Scott signed Florida's new law raising the age limit to purchase rifles to 21 and creating a new process enabling law-enforcement to seize guns from someone who is considered a danger.
"It has been the case historically that the party in power, particularly the one that has the White House lose seats", he said. Earlier this year, Scott's closeness to the president yielded for his state an exemption from plans to expand offshore drilling.
Attack ads began hitting the internet as soon as Scott made his announcement.
Expect attention on this race both local and national. Lyles is not seriously expected to challenge Nelson for the nomination.
"We must change Washington". "Let's stop sending talkers to Washington; let's send some doers to Washington".
"People are flocking to Florida, because this is where you can live the American dream", he said.
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