PoliticsFriday 05.24.24

"I'm going to make sure I'm a partner with Donald Trump": Rick Scott on running for Senate Republican leader again.

Sen. Rick Scott — who this week announced he is again running to replace Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican leader — vowed Friday to “partner with Donald Trump” should they both win their races.

“[Trump's] going to be our next president, and we're going to take his policies and change the direction of this country for the better for every family,” the Florida Republican said in an interview on Fox Business. “You looked at what he did yesterday in the Bronx — that's who we represent: working people that want this country to get back to where it was when they grew up.”

Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and John Cornyn (R-TX) are running to replace McConnell, who will remain in Congress but not run for leadership next year. They are to the right of McConnell, who has been viewed as an institutionalist and at times criticized Trump. Scott — who got only a handful of votes last time he ran against McConnell for leadership in 2022 — is arguably to the right of Thune and Cornyn, and is a vocal defender of Trump, attending his New York hush money criminal trial earlier this month to show his support.

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