Republican Florida Sen. Rick Scott and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly resumed their battle over the GOP’s underperformance in the 2022 midterm elections.
McConnell claimed that Scott’s policy plans will harm his own re-election chances.
Scott offered an eleven-point plan as the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) agenda for the midterm elections.
Democrats cited one provision as an attempt to slash Social Security and Medicare by sunsetting all federal legislation after five years.
McConnell and other Republicans have regularly stated their opposition to the plan.
McConnell criticized Scott again when President Joe Biden mentioned the concept during his State of the Union speech.
He told Kentucky radio host Terry Meiners that the idea would jeopardize Scott’s reelection effort in 2024.
“This is a bad idea. I think it will be a challenge for him to deal with this in his own reelection in Florida, a state with more elderly people than any other state in America. Speaker McCarthy said Social Security and Medicare are not to be touched and I’ve said the same. And I think we’re in a more authoritative position to state what the position of the party is than any single senator.” McConnell said.
Chris Hartline, Scott’s communications director, responded on Twitter.
Throughout the election season, McConnell and Scott clashed repeatedly over the republican midterm strategy. After the November elections, Scott challenged McConnell for GOP leader, but the Kentucky senator easily won the contest.