Rick Scott to GOP Hopes: Get Trump Support, But Go Beyond


Since last Tuesday’s Republican successes, GOP strategists and Senate Republicans have been dazed at the prospect of continuing the red flips in 2022. In particular, Glenn Youngkin’s astonishing victory in the race for governor of Virginia was seen as inspiring the GOP’s midterm hopes to follow suit: using Trump’s approval as a gigantic platform to win the hearts of Trump-loving voters, but keeping enough distance to avoid entering in history as a Trumpian politician. It comes even as Trump becomes more involved in state-level GOP races.

Another Youngkin rallying strategy that Scott has supported is the GOP candidates’ opposition to critical race theory in schools, saying the candidates will win if they “make sure. [your] kids are not brainwashed into critical race theory ”- although in many cases, including Youngkin’s Virginia, the subject matter is not taught in the state’s school system.

Scott said the NRSC will actively support all incumbent candidates running for re-election – even those Trump opposes, like Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Scott advocated campaigning on the issues, but one Youngkin strategy that Scott did not approve of on Sunday was election fear. As Youngkin fanned the flames behind the baseless election fraud allegations, Scott said he believed there had been “buyer’s remorse” over President Joe Biden’s victory, but drew a line against the spread of conspiracy theories.

“Joe Biden is the president. We went through the constitutional process, he was elected. said the Florida senator to Todd.

When asked why 4 in 5 Republicans say they don’t think Biden’s election was legitimate, Scott made no attempt to justify this view.

“Well, I think you should ask them,” he said.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Trump critic in the GOP, also said Youngkin struck a balance between keeping the GOP base loyal to Trump and winning over voters put off by the former president who might be to be won halfway.

“He did what we did in 2018 and 2014, which was to energize and energize the base, while also attracting voters from the suburbs,” Hogan said in The State of the Union. CNN.

“We need to have a message that pleases more people. It’s not about the former president,” Hogan said. “But there is no doubt that Glenn Youngkin did a good job of not alienating that base. But Trump never set foot in the state, which was a good thing for Glenn Youngkin and for him. country.”

Still, Hogan said he was concerned Trump would get involved in the Republican primaries before mid-terms.

“I’m worried about it,” Hogan said. This is obviously a problem to be solved. And if the former president interferes with the primaries and tries to help nominate unelected people in a general election in, say, rotating districts and purple states, it’s going to hurt. “

Connor O’Brien contributed to this report.

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