Less than two weeks to go until Election Day, Vice President Mike Pence went to bat for Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday as the Florida governor continues his challenge of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.
Pence tried to rally Republicans and conservatives behind Scott in an email that the governor’s campaign sent out on Wednesday.
“This could decide control of the House and the Senate, and Democrats are doing all they can to take back the Senate and enact the most extreme parts of their agenda. That’s why we must make sure that we support dedicated and principled leaders like Governor Rick Scott,” Pence wrote before praising Scott’s record. “I have the utmost respect for Rick Scott. Rick has worked tirelessly to improve Florida’s economy and to bring jobs back to the people of his state. As governor of Florida, Rick has always put the interests of his people first, cutting burdensome regulations, cutting taxes, and helping small businesses succeed without serious government intrusion. I know he will bring that same attitude and work ethic to the Senate.
“I also know that we need Rick in the Senate,” Pence added. “Too many politicians are content with doing little or nothing for their constituents, but Rick couldn’t be more different. Rick has proved time and again that he works efficiently and diligently, and that he does not rest until his goals are accomplished. We could use more of that in Washington.”
Pence will try to help Scott more on Thursday with an event scheduled in Vero Beach. Pence was also scheduled to tour the Panhandle, which is still recovering from Hurricane Michael, with Scott, and campaign with former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., the Republican gubernatorial candidate, in Jacksonville on Thursday. The vice president also appeared alongside Scott last month.
Polls show a close race between Scott, who faces term limits after eight years in Tallahassee, and Nelson who is running for a fourth term in the Senate. President Donald Trump has endorsed Scott and encouraged him to challenge Nelson. Trump is expected to appear at an event with Florida Republicans in the Fort Myers area at the end of the month.
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