Listen: Rick Scott, Bill Nelson, President Trump discussed on Left, Right & Center
"Without getting humongous mound of media coverage, you know, might have been surprised by how. Much. This one did get, you know what I mean? Like like he was comfortable speaking there and and he spoke out of turn the governor. Rick. Scott was Republican, of course they're trying to replace. He called the Santa's is common in art full, which seems to be sort of where a lot of Republicans are, which is like, well, you know, he, he chose the wrong words. Let's talk a little bit about the Senate race where that where Rick Scott, the sitting governor is is running for Senate. The the democratic incumbent is Bill Nelson. He's a three term incumbent. He won quite easily the last two times he was up, but he's been trailing a little bit in the polls behind Scott who historically has not been such a strong candidate himself. He's been elected governor twice, but by the skin of his teeth and in two thousand ten in two thousand fourteen which were very strong Republican years Patty, what's your sense of why Nelson seems to have been in such a weak position this year, Scott has been very strategic about appealing to groups like Hispanics, like you mentioned, there's a lot of Cuban American Republicans in south Florida, but not just that Scott has really looked at how it's not a homogeneous Hispanic electorate are Venezuelans and Colombians Puerto Ricans and has held events and roundtables appealing to each of those groups and Puerto Ricans know him up because he was. Everywhere after hurricane, Maria, and he made a point of traveling to the island a lot. And on the other hand, a lot of those same voters don't know who Bill Nelson is because he is not someone who lives on cable news. He's not the governor, so he's not written about all the time. And what Democrats fear is that Nelson got started a little bit late in doing outreach to some of these groups, and he is essentially having to run, you know, is not like the the underdog challenger than at least against another incumbent, which is a much harder job. When that incumbent is independently wealthy as personally wealthy on putting his millions of dollars into the race. Rich does the shown opportunity that other Republicans are missing. I feel like what Patty describes Rick Scott doing their, you know, intensive constituency, politics really trying to court ethnic groups is something I feel like a lot of Republicans have written off. They basically decided, you know the minority, we're going to continue to lose badly among minority groups. President Trump had a strategy that worked of getting an unprecedented share the white vote, and that's and that's how. He won. Why aren't? Why aren't other people copying what Rick Scott seems to have been doing with some success? It's good question. I mean, it it, it really just takes effort. You know, he's gone to Puerto Rico multiple times as gone out of his way to signal to these voters that he, he cares about them at once their support, and even if it's not successful with the the demographic groups, you're targeting. It communicates to other voters who might be within your reach that that you're a decent person and you're trying, and that you care and a Rick. Scott is looking really strong in that race. I think he's the oddest most successful major politician I've ever encountered. He's he's a kind of a geeky socially awkward guy, but he has this reputation as a can-do governor. A wouldn't completely shocked me if Democrats are eventually faced with the choice of pulling out of that, that Senate race in devoting their resources nationally somewhere else Nelson's traditionally survived by being dull. It's just. In the new world we live in being dull, doesn't doesn't cut it the way it used to on. I feel like Democrats feel like they have to big hopes here. One is just, you know, Trump's general unpopularity and especially his unpopularity with minority groups in that they will be able to run ads tying Rick Scott to Donald Trump because Rick Scott has in fact been very close to Donald Trump, and the other is a hope that Andrew gillum as the gubernatorial nominee is going to do a good job of."