Senate

Republican Candidates Must Answer For Rick Scott’s New Agenda

Scott Plan Would Eliminate Medicaid and Medicare, Raise Taxes on 50% of Americans

As we inch closer to the 2022 midterms, Republicans are struggling to recruit top-tier candidates and defend a disastrously unpopular agenda. Not only has the GOP failed to compete with Democrats’ fundraising, but the infighting has discouraged likely frontrunners from entering the race in ArizonaMaryland, and New Hampshire.

Now, Republican candidates will have to answer for NRSC Chair Rick Scott’s new – and RNC endorsed – 11 point plan that will raise taxes on over half of all Americans and sunset entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Republicans are struggling because of weak candidates, messy primaries, GOP infighting, and a failed agenda — and Rick Scott is not helping. 

Scott’s 11-point plan has created headaches for Republicans in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida.

AP: “And a recent plan that would raise taxes on low-income Americans and seniors, released by the Republican Senate midterm chief, Florida Sen. Rick Scott, is putting GOP candidates in a difficult position across states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida.”

AP: “Scott, the leader of the GOP’s Senate midterm efforts, released an 11-point plan late last month that would impose a modest tax increase for many of the lowest paid Americans, while opening the door for cutting Social Security and Medicare. The Senate Democrats’ political arm released a radio ad within 24 hours declaring, ‘If Senate Republicans win, we pay the price.’”

Already candidates like U.S. Senator Ron Johnson have come out in favor of Scott’s plan and even added to it, saying Republicans will try to repeal Obamacare. 

The Washington Post: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he wants to see the GOP repeal the Affordable Care Act if his party wins the White House and the House and Senate majorities again in 2024, a move that would resurrect a fight that Republicans had waged for nearly a decade, then largely abandoned in 2018.”

The Washington Post: “In the same Breitbart News Radio interview that aired Monday, Johnson said he supported ‘most’ of Scott’s proposal, according to a clip of the interview posted by American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic group. ‘Do I agree with everything on it? Well, most of it,’ Johnson said. ‘I would have changes to certain things, but I think it’s a positive thing.’”

However, not all Republicans are happy with Rick Scott. There’s a “growing Republican civil war” between McConnell and Scott, as the latter vies to take over as minority leader. 

Daily Mail: “’There will be many more attacks on me and this plan from careerists in Washington, who personally profit while ruining this country. Bring it on. The American people are fed up, and they will show that at the ballot box this November,’ Scott wrote in his defiant op-ed.”

Daily Mail: “The tension between Scott and McConnell is particularly notable given that they both occupy leadership positions within the Senate Republican caucus.”

The Insider: “Politico also reported that McConnell rebuked Scott behind closed doors in a GOP leadership meeting that lasted nearly an hour.”

Despite the backlash, Scott is standing behind his plan, saying that Republicans “live in fear of speaking the truth.” It appears the truth is the GOP will raise taxes on 75% percent of those earning under $55,000 and end programs like Medicare and Social Security if they take back control of the Senate. 

Business Insider: “In a Wall Street Journal op-ed entitled “Why I’m Defying Beltway Cowardice” published Thursday evening, Scott argued that Republicans have an obligation to put forward an affirmative agenda and suggested most of his colleagues were on his side, despite him committing ‘heresy in Washington.’”

Florida Politics: “Scott, who is ending the week with a shot across the bow of GOP leaders, accurately predicts that this drama isn’t over. ‘There will be many more attacks on me and this plan from careerists in Washington, who personally profit while ruining this country.’ Scott wrote. ‘Bring it on.’”

Hell yeah, you go Rick Scott. Thanks for making our jobs easier and the lives of GOP Senate candidates much harder.

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