At a closed-door meeting Wednesday, Bloomberg Senator Rick Scott is expected to challenge incumbent Mitch McConnell for the chamber's top Republican post, as allies of the two men trade blame for the party's disappointing performance in the midterm elections.
The Florida Republican, who was in charge of his party's campaign apparatus, has urged GOP senators to delay the election of party leaders in the next Congress until after a Dec. 6 runoff for Georgia's Senate seat. Democrats will retain their Senate majority regardless of the outcome of the race.
Scott spokesman McKinley Lewis confirmed the senator's plans, which were previously reported by Politico.
McConnell allies pointed out weak Republican candidates in battleground states such as Pennsylvania and Arizona, former President Donald Trump's role in the midterms and a controversial proposal Scott made to switch Medicare and Social Security from permanent entitlements to temporary programs renewed every five years by Congress.
Scott said Tuesday on Bloomberg Television's Balance of Power With David Westin that we had great candidates. Scott said a delay would allow more time to assess the party's election performance and suggested that the GOP should focus on how to generate more enthusiasm from its core voters.
Give people time to have a real conversation about why they didn't get a majority of the vote, because 70% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track, Scott said. What do we do to make sure there is energy on our side? Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer mocked Scott in a speech on the Senate floor earlier Tuesday condemning Republicans MAGA insanity. Schumer said that if Republicans want to follow Rick Scott's lead, make our day. Following Senator Scott is like following a blind man right over the cliff. Scott urged colleagues not to raise the US government's legal debt limit until they force Democrats to agree to federal spending cuts, as a sign of battles to come.
Scott is backing a course that could lead to a showdown between the White House and congressional Republicans. That triggered the first-ever downgrade of US debt and the stock market slide, raising the specter of the 2011 standoff that brought the US to the brink of default.
Key Democrats are attempting to avert a similar scenario by increasing the legal limit before the next Congress takes office.
Scott said on BTV that we shouldn't be raising the debt ceiling unless we do structural change, we're going to cut costs.
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