Senator Rick Scott touts his ‘save America’ plan to CPAC

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, February 26, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, February 26, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.

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Offered a timely platform at one of the biggest annual rallies for conservatives, U.S. Senator Rick Scott spared no effort to tout his political agenda at CPAC.

He used much of his 18-minute opening speech to lay out the main parts of his “11-Point Plan to Save America,” pausing to roaring applause from the crowd. He welcomed criticism from Democrats and “Washington insiders.”

And his team devoted significant resources to making sure his plan was visible throughout the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference: They reserved space at the booth, just to hand out copies of his program and plastic wine glasses that said, “America is worth fighting for. Read my plan on rescueamerica.com.

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Mugs distributed by Sen. Rick Scott’s team during the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando on Feb. 26, 2022. Scott’s team worked to ensure his political agenda for the GOP was visible at the CPAC store throughout the three-day conference. Ana Ceballos/Miami Herald

“If Republicans get back to business in Washington as usual, if we have no bigger plan than to be a speed bump on on America’s road to collapse, we actually don’t deserve government,” Scott said during a speech Saturday afternoon.

“In Washington, we need new majorities in the House and in the Senate, and we need a new plan,” added Scott, who is the current chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee, the campaign arm of Republicans in the United States. Senate.

Scott was promoting his plan, a document he released this week outlining Republicans’ priorities ahead of the 2022 midterm elections as they seek to retake the Senate. The plan calls for acts of patriotism in schools, such as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance; declares men and women biologically different and proposes raising taxes on low-income people.

Some political observers say the release of the plan could portend a potential challenge for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Politico reported this week that former President Donald Trump tried to recruit Scott to challenge McConnell at a recent meeting at Mar-a-Lago, a story Scott tried to play down.

“What I’m talking to President Trump about is his help in trying to make sure we get the Senate back, and that’s what I’m focused on,” Scott told a Herald reporter during a roundtable in Miami on Friday, adding that he does not. t talk about his private conversations.

Trump is scheduled to address CPAC Saturday night.

Speaking to another Herald reporter on Saturday, Scott denied that his plan was meant to foreshadow a challenge to McConnell. “I have no intention of running against McConnell,” he said. “That’s not my plan.”

Scott’s political platform would be an alternative plan for Republicans, as Scott is expected to weigh a possible presidential election in 2024, and McConnell has declined to release a broader platform for the GOP conference. The part of his proposal that would force millions of low-income Americans to pay federal income tax has drawn criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. On Friday, Scott defended his plan and said this part targets “billionaires and woke up on the left who are able to work and don’t want to work.”

“I have never supported tax increases. What I’m focusing on is the fact that we have to make sure the tax system is a fair system. We have billionaires who don’t pay taxes. We have people who have figured out how to be part of the woke left that only takes government money. And they expect other people to pay,” Scott told reporters.

In his CPAC speech, Scott acknowledged that not all Republicans might agree with what he was proposing.

“Now is not the time to be shy. Now is the time to be bold. The future of our nation may be bright, but we need a plan to take this country back. I warn you before to read it though. This plan is not for the faint hearted, it will trigger a lot of people,” Scott said. “Based on how the Democrats are attacking me this week, I’d say we hit in the thousand.”

Scott said Republicans need to take stock of Democratic-led institutions and called the militant left “the modern version of book burners.”

In their new socialist America, everyone will obey and no one will have the right to complain. if you speak, boom: you will be canceled,” he said. “IIt’s time to take back our country. and I’m here to tell you that the American people are going to give the Democrats a complete kick in November.

Miami Herald writer Joey Flechas and Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau writer Ana Ceballos contributed to this story.

Bianca Padró Ocasio is a political editor for the Miami Herald. She’s been a reporter in Florida for four years, covering everything from crime and the courts to hurricanes and politics.

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