Rick Scott defends health care record in new ad: 'For me, it’s personal'

Florida GOP Senate candidate Rick Scott is out with a new ad touting his support for providing protections for people with pre-existing conditions as Democrats target his record on health care.

Scott, who currently serves as the governor of Florida and is seeking to unseat Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonPoll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups How Jim Bridenstine recruited an old enemy to advise NASA MORE (D-Fla.) next month, says in the ad released Tuesday that he supports "forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions."

Nelson has argued that the GOP governor doesn't support protections for people with pre-existing conditions because Florida is involved in a multi-state lawsuit that is seeking to overturn ObamaCare, which banned insurance companies from charging people sick people more or denying them coverage.


Scott has said that Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) sued without his input.

Democrats across the country have tried to tie Republican candidates to the lawsuit and the Trump administration's decision not to defend the health care law in court.

That strategy has forced Republicans, including Scott, to play defense on health care heading into the November midterm elections.

In Scott's latest ad, he talks about his childhood and growing up in public housing, rarely seeing a doctor. 

One of his siblings had a "hip disease" and his mom would "would drive 200 miles to a charity hospital to get him treatment," he says.

“For Senator Nelson," he says, pre-existing conditions protections is "just another political issue."

“But for me, it’s personal," he says.

The Florida Senate race is currently rated as a toss-up by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, while Nelson holds a 3.3-point lead in the RealClearPolitics polling index.