It’s widely predicted, by analysts from both sides of the political aisle, that Republican House candidates will barnstorm the 2022 midterm elections and secure a solid majority in the lower chamber.
However, many, including Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), believe that Republicans can also secure a majority in the Senate, which would overwhelmingly disrupt the Biden administration’s radically progressive legislative plans until the 2024 election, The Daily Wire reports.
Scott, who also happens to be the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), revealed his plans in a Sunday interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.
What’s the plan?
Putting it simply, Scott said the absolute key for Senate Republicans to take back the upper chamber in 2022 revolves around embracing endorsements — if offered — by former President Donald Trump, and to focus on the issues that matter most in a majority of American households.
Scott noted that Democrats continue to fail by pushing an anti-Trump narrative and blaming the former president for America’s problems, saying that he believes voters from both sides have moved on from that and are solely focused on what affects them right now.
“If you’re a Republican, you want his endorsement, but you’re going to win on the issues. And if you listen to Ron Klain and you listen to Phil Murphy, they didn’t get it,” Scott told Todd.
The Florida senator added: “What, what Americans are fed up with, they’re fed up with inflation. They’re fed up with their kids being indoctrinated in their schools and they’re fed up with defunding the police. And those are the issues that people care about. And so, I think this obsession with Donald Trump is going to be good for Republicans next year.”
“I think you’d be foolish not to want and accept Donald Trump’s endorsement,” Scott added, noting that an endorsement alone won’t guarantee a win, but focusing on the kitchen table issues with an endorsement is nothing short of a golden ticket.
The Trump obsession
Scott also dialed in on the Democrats’ seeming obsession with Trump, noting that such an obsession didn’t work for failed Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D).
“Well, first, I hope Democrats continue to be obsessed with Donald Trump. I think Terry McAuliffe would probably run his campaign differently. He wouldn’t focus his whole campaign on Donald Trump,” Scott said.
Scott was also asked about the Republicans who supported the recently passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, and wanted to know if he believed that was a mistake for any Republicans to support it.
“Well, everybody gets to make their own choice, but here’s the way I looked at it. I like infrastructure. To me, that’s roads, bridges, airports, and seaports,” Scott said.