Senate GOP campaign chief talks strategy with Trump

Senate GOP campaign chief talks strategy with Trump
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Sen. Rick Scott (Fla.), the chairman of the Senate GOP campaign arm, said Tuesday that he has talked with former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE about the 2022 election.

“I just talked to him about elections. ... I told him I want to win in '22,” said Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

“I'm going to be very specific of where I think he could be helpful and he gets to make the decision whether he wants to do it or not,” Scott added.


Scott is the second GOP senator who has talked to Trump in recent days about the 2022 election. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief House Democratic leaders back Shalanda Young for OMB after Tanden withdrawal MORE (S.C.), who was recently reelected, met with Trump in Florida over the weekend to talk about the future of the party.

Scott, who took over as NRSC chair last month, is tasked with defending 20 seats next year, including four where GOP senators have said they are not running for reelection.

Trump has threatened to support primary challengers for GOP senators, including Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneRon Johnson grinds Senate to halt, irritating many Rick Scott caught in middle of opposing GOP factions Democrats cut deals to bolster support for relief bill MORE (R-S.D.), and made clear in a statement last week that he is willing to get involved in Republican primaries.

Scott, meanwhile, has said he will support incumbent GOP senators against Trump-backed opponents including members of the former president’s family.

Asked about the potential for primaries, Scott demurred, noting that Republicans are “still getting a whole bunch of people in the races.”