At a crowded conference room, with thousands of young attendees, Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) was one of the first speakers to talk on the first day of the Student Action Summit in Tampa, which El American will be covering in its entirety.
Scott, who served as governor for Florida from 2010 to 2018, highlighted the importance of the upcoming 2022 elections and the role conservative activists play in it. He also talked about the issues the nation faces, from the mounting national debt, the border crisis, Cuba, and voting legislation.
During his speech, the senator explained the importance of having young conservatives energized and active in the conservative movement.
Scott told the history of how he ran his campaign for governor despite all odds, and that when he took office as Florida’s governor the situation in the state was dire and the state was a very different place than what it is today, as the state (and the rest of the country) was still reeling from the 2009 recession.
Scott said that he promised his plan would deliver more than 700,000 jobs to the state, something that he said experts thought impossible. However, he closed by saying that during his tenure he was able to bring 1.7 million jobs to the state and brag that he was able to make Florida a state with top high education while also keeping low tuitions.
The senator said that while he was able to do many things in Florida, things got a lot different once he got to DC as a senator. While he was able to work effectively in the state capital, he said that things are “totally different” in the U.S. senate as the chamber only gets to vote whatever the majority wants, effectively giving Chuck Schumer total control about what the Senate does.
Rick Scott on the importance of the 2022 elections
Scott highlighted the importance of the 2022 midterm elections, where the control of the senate and the House is at stake. The senator, who is also the Republican Chair for fundraising, said that Democrats have been much occupied at pushing for a voting overhaul bill (HR1) which would “give Schumer” thousands of dollars.
For the senator, a Democrat’s victory in Florida would be the equivalent of having Chuck Schumer as a Senator from Florida. He said that Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), who is running for Marco Rubio’s seat next year, has voted 100 % of the time with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi which means she would do the same if she gets elected to the Senate next year.
The senator criticized the Biden Administration’s approach on the Cuban protests. Saying that while the communist regime is “beating peaceful protesters” the White
House has done “nothing”, saying that Cubans are asking the question “dónde está Joe” (where is Joe?).
For him, the only way to solve the issues that Americans are most worried about, the conservative movement needs to get committed to win the key election races all across the nation.
He ended his speech by making a call to action saying to the crowd that “if we show up, we can fix things”.