Florida Sen. Rick Scott says Republicans should 'stop compromising' with Democrats, arguing that Senate GOP leaders 'routinely cave in' to Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer

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Sen. Rick Scott of Florida speaks at an annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, Nev., on November 19, 2022.AP Photo/John Locher
  • Sen. Rick Scott said GOP leaders had become too accommodating to Democratic leaders in Washington.

  • The Florida lawmaker spoke this weekend before the Jewish Republican Coalition in Las Vegas.

  • "Republican leaders in the Senate routinely cave in and allow Schumer and Biden to win," he said.

Sen. Rick Scott on Saturday said that Republicans should "stop compromising" with Democrats and criticized his party's leadership team in the upper chamber, accusing them of "routinely" caving in to President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

While speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition convention in Las Vegas this weekend, the Florida lawmaker — who last week was defeated in his challenge of Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as Senate GOP leader — said that the party's leadership had become too deferential to Democratic leaders.

And Scott made the case that Republicans didn't regain a Senate majority this year — accentuated by Republican Adam Laxalt's loss to Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada — because the party hadn't articulated what they would do if elected to office.

"The people that win elections tell people what they're going to do and they're hellbent on getting it done," the senator said, noting that Republicans across the country wanted to see an agenda come from their leaders in Washington, DC.

"It's going to take a little while for the people in Washington to get the message, but they're going to get it. A new era where Republicans actually give the voters a positive reason for voting for them is coming," he continued to say. "I ran for leader because Republican leaders in the Senate routinely cave in and allow Schumer and Biden to win. It's happening all the time. This has got to stop."

The first-term senator, who chaired the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2022 midterm cycle, said on Fox News shortly after the midterms that the election results were a "complete disappointment."

Scott during a Fox News interview last Sunday said that Republicans didn't perform as well as they'd hoped because the party acquiesced to Democrats on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which he called "fake," and the bipartisan gun safety legislation. Both bills passed with sizable GOP support.

In his Las Vegas speech, Scott also brought up the federal budget deficit, inflation, and immigration, issues where he said Republicans should take a stronger stand against Democrats in Congress.

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