Rick Scott stops in Iowa for midterm election mission that would set him up for 2024


Sen. Rick Scott of Florida will seemingly seize headlines Thursday as he stops in Iowa, the state that for a half-century has kicked off the presidential nominating calendar.

Whereas the journey will spark additional hypothesis about Scott’s potential GOP presidential nomination ambitions in 2024, for the chair of the Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) the go to could be very a lot about 2022.

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However Scott’s job steering the Senate GOP’s reelection arm because the get together tries to win again the bulk within the chamber may pay dividends if he finally decides to launch a White Home bid following subsequent 12 months’s midterm elections.

The Iowa GOP invited Scott to Hawkeye State, the place he’ll staff up in Cedar Rapids with fellow Republicans Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Ashley Hinson and state get together Chair Jeff Kaufmann to assist elevate cash for Republicans.

Nationwide Republican Senatorial Committee chair Sen. Rick Scott of will headline an Iowa GOP occasion and fundraiser in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, April 1, with Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Ashley Hinson and state get together Chair Jeff Kaufmann to assist elevate funds for Republicans.

The state’s senior senator, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, is up for reelection subsequent 12 months, however the longtime lawmaker has but to say whether or not he’ll run for an eighth six-year time period representing Iowa within the nation’s capital.

On the eve of his journey, Scott instructed the Des Moines Register he’s “very optimistic that Sen. Grassley’s going to run … Really, I would be shocked if he would not.”

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The 87-year previous Grassley has mentioned he expects to decide on whether or not he’ll run for reelection “someday in September, October or November” of this 12 months. 

“That is loads of time to make up my thoughts,” he instructed reporters in February.

Scott, a multimillionaire well being care government and enterprise capitalist who served two phrases as Florida governor earlier than profitable election to the Senate in 2018, is at present crisscrossing the nation, assembly with Republican donors, activists and GOP lawmakers and state leaders as he goals to spice up the NRSC’s coffers to assist the get together retake the Senate.

“It is my job to recruit good candidates which I’ll work onerous to do. It is my job to boost the cash to ensure they’ll win the elections,” Scott instructed Fox Information in January, as he was taking up as NRSC chair.

In an NRSC video despatched to donors earlier this 12 months, Scott pointed to his fundraising efforts and to his undefeated electoral file as he touted “listed here are two issues I don’t do. I don’t waste cash, and I don’t lose elections.”

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Curt Anderson, a longtime Republican strategist and media marketing consultant and veteran of quite a few GOP presidential campaigns for over 20 years who’s suggested Scott, instructed Fox Information that in Scott’s races, “he did put rather a lot in [of his own money], however he raised a ton as effectively.”

“He’s a relentless fundraiser,” Anderson emphasised.

And he confused that he had “by no means met a extra disciplined candidate, politician, governor, senator, and even human. You may like him or not, however the self-discipline issue is loopy.”

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., on the Conservative Political Motion Convention on Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. (AP Photograph/John Raoux)

These attributes come in useful for Scott’s present position as NRSC chair, will even profit him if Scott finally ends up launching a 2024 marketing campaign.

Proper now the 2024 buzz is generally over whether or not former President Trump will observe by means of along with his repeated flirtations and make a 3rd White Home run. All of the early information signifies that the previous president stays extraordinarily fashionable with Republican voters as his clout over GOP politicians stays immense.

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On a current fundraising journey to Florida, Scott made a pilgrimage to Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s resort the place he resides, to satisfy with the previous president. The 2 leaders disagreed over Scott’s pledge to assist all GOP incumbents up for reelection – together with Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski – who Trump is focusing on over her vote in February to convict the previous president in his impeachment trial.

However after the assembly, Scott highlighted Trump’s assist to assist win again management of the Senate, tweeting, “We’re all centered on profitable again the Senate majority in 2022 and saving our nation from the novel insurance policies of at present’s Democrat Social gathering.”

Amid the continued intraparty feud between Trump and longtime Senate GOP chief Mitch McConnell, Scott is the one member of the Senate Republican management to have met with the previous president since he left the White Home two months in the past.

Whereas he’s not a fan favourite of the MAGA world – in comparison with fellow Floridian Gov. Ron DeSantis, who had a powerful displaying a month in the past within the Conservative Political Motion Convention (CPAC) 2024 GOP presidential nomination straw ballot – Scott’s working relationship with the previous president may repay if Trump finally guidelines out one other White Home bid.

Longtime New Hampshire primarily based Republican marketing consultant Jim Merrill mentioned, “I feel Rick Scott’s utilizing his NRSC place very neatly proper now, to make buddies within the early states, to boost cash, to assist folks, and I feel it would pay him dividends long run.”

Scott has downplayed any 2024 speak, telling Fox Information late final 12 months, “It’s not what I’m centered on.”

However hypothesis over Scott’s future nationwide ambitions had been sparked over a 12 months in the past, when he ran advertisements in Iowa focusing on then-Democratic presidential candidate Biden within the weeks forward of the 2020 caucuses.

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On Thursday, Scott turns into simply the second potential 2024 Republican contender – following former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – to make an in-person cease this 12 months in Iowa. Two weeks in the past he referred to as right into a weekly “proper of middle” name amongst influential conservative leaders and activists in New Hampshire, which follows Iowa within the nominating calendar and for a century’s held the primary main alongside the street to the White Home. Scott’s anticipated to make an in-person journey to New Hampshire this summer time to assist elevate cash for the state GOP.

Merrill, a veteran of quite a few GOP presidential campaigns, famous, “It’s one thing that we anticipate from potential presidential candidates, to enter early states to make buddies and one among methods they do that’s to assist fundraise and assist native candidates within the midterm elections.”

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