Since launching his U.S. Senate campaign to unseat longtime Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in April, Florida’s GOP Gov. Rick Scott, an early and vocal Trump supporter, has taken a markedly cautious approach to a president who has consistently injected political chaos into an already uncertain midterm election landscape. Scott chaired a pro-Trump super PAC, raised money for the candidate and hosted an inaugural party after his 2016 victory. But as he attempts to move from the governor’s mansion to Capitol Hill, Scott faces a dilemma in embracing a party leader whose popularity remains a double-edged sword in the most prominent swing state in the nation. At various points since launching his bid, Scott has criticized Trump over the separation of undocumented immigrant parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border, found himself at odds with the president over gun control and offshore drilling, and said he “completely disagree[s] with the president in regard to trusting,” Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s a delicate political balancing act for Scott, and one he’ll likely need to keep performing as the race moves towards November. “The underlying subtext on the Democratic side is still always going to be, hammer away at Trump, and I… Read full this story
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