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Trump encourages Rick Scott to run for Senate

Trump encourages Rick Scott to run for Senate
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President Trump encouraged Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) to run for Senate in 2018 as he spoke in Florida to survey the damage from Hurricane Irma.

Trump made the comments during an address in Fort Meyers, standing alongside his wife, Melania Trump, Vice President Pence, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFive years after the Pulse nightclub massacre the fight for LGBTQ+ rights continues Rubio calls on Biden to 'forcefully' confront Iran over movement of war ships Bipartisan lawmakers want Biden to take tougher action on Nicaragua MORE (R-Fla.), Scott and others responsible for coordinating the response to the storm that hit Florida over the weekend. 

"I have to say, what do I know, but I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate," Trump said. 

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"I don't know what he's going to do, but I know that at a certain point, it ends for you, and we can't let it end."

Scott, whose term expires in 2018, has flirted with a bid for Senate and is considered the GOP's top candidate to run against Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDemings raises million after announcing Senate bid against Rubio Russia threatens to leave International Space Station program over US sanctions Nikki Fried, only statewide elected Democrat in Florida, launches challenge to DeSantis MORE (D-Fla.) in 2018. Some Republicans also believe that Scott's response to the hurricane has raised his profile in the state and could be good experience to cite if he decides to run. 

While Nelson, the three-term incumbent, will be a tough candidate to unseat, Scott has deep ties to Trump and even deeper pockets to help finance a bid. Republicans are also bullish about the seat after Trump carried the state narrowly in November and Rubio won reelection despite being battered by Trump in the presidential primary.