TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Calling Washington "horribly dysfunctional," Florida Gov. Rick Scott will challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in an election that could be one of the most expensive and highly-watched races in the nation.
The Republican governor formally announced his campaign to unseat Florida's only statewide-elected Democrat on Monday in Orlando.
During his announcement, Scott criticized "career politicians" and called for term limits for members of Congress.
"It’s time for some fresh thinking," Scott said during his announcement. "The old approach is not working, it’s time for a new one."
In a statement to the Associated Press, Sen. Bill Nelson fired back at his new opponent.
Statement from @SenBillNelson on Scott campaign - says he is prepared to run - "While it’s clear that Rick Scott will say or do anything to get elected, I’ve always believed that if you just do the right thing, the politics will take care of itself."— Gary Fineout (@fineout) April 9, 2018
Scott is a multi-millionaire who never ran for office before he ran for governor in 2010. He rode into office as part of the tea party movement and called for massive budget and tax cuts. But he was forced to scale back his plans amid opposition from the GOP-controlled Legislature. He also changed his hard line positions on immigration.