In another sign of just how expensive the race for the U.S. Senate race in Florida could be, Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign launched another television ad buy that amounts to $2 million. It comes on the heels of another ad buy just two weeks ago that also totaled $2 million. Scott just announced his candidacy three weeks ago.
The spot (see below), called “Results,” continues to hit on Scott’s push for term limits for members of Congress. His opponent, Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson was elected to the Senate in 2000 and is seeking his fourth term.
“If Washington was a business it would be going bankrupt, it would be bankrupt by now,” Scott says in the ad. “If you look at the fact they don’t accomplish anything. They’re not solving any problems. I believe in term limits, I think the only people who don’t believe in term limits are the career politicians. In my opinion, you ought to send businesspeople up there to solve problems.”
The launching of the new television spot, which will air statewide, comes the day after Scott’s campaign released impressive fundraising totals for the first three weeks since Scott announced his candidacy. In those three weeks, Scott’s campaign has raised $3.2 million. That’s the same amount Nelson raised in the first three months of this year.
“In my opinion, you ought to send business people up there to solve problems,” Scott goes on to say in the spot. “Successful business people have to be focused on results. If you do not get the results, you will not be in business. We have to have the same attitude in Washington.”
The race is projected to be one of the most expensive U.S. Senate contests in history. Scott has reportedly told supporters he’ll need to raise $110 million in his campaign to defeat Nelson in November.
Qualifying for federal office began Monday at noon and runs through Friday. Nelson submitted his qualifying papers on the first day. Charles Frederick Tolbert, a write-in candidate, also qualified for the Senate race..Scott has yet to file his paperwork.