Former Governor Jeb Bush returned to the campaign trail Saturday stumping for current Governor and Senate candidate Rick Scott. Bush spent the day on Scott’s campaign bus hitting several stops in south Florida.
Bush posted a picture on Twitter of him with Scott, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart.
Glad to be on the Let’s Get To Work bus with Rick Scott. pic.twitter.com/C0a0suohE2
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) September 15, 2018
Bush held nothing back in going after Nelson, who served as State Treasurer and on the State Cabinet with Bush in his first two years as Governor.
Bush rhetorically asked what Nelson has accomplished in the Senate. Then answering his own question saying, “He has voted for every liberal idea that has made it harder for us to progress as a nation.”
The Scott campaign posted a clip of Bush’s speech on social media.
Governor Bush’s appearance comes a day after former President George W. Bush appeared at a Scott fundraiser Friday night in Tampa. The Bush brothers’ efforts on behalf of Governor Scott show the importance of the race against Nelson and keeping the U.S. Senate under Republican control.
Having Jeb and George W. Bush working on behalf of Scott also helps bridge a divide in the Republican Party – between supporters of President Donald Trump and moderate Republicans uneasy with Trump’s abrasive style of leadership. Scott will need to heal that divide to defeat Nelson.
After three terms in the Senate, Nelson is vulnerable. The Florida race is one of the few Democratic-held seats Republicans have a realistic chance of picking-up in November.
Scott and Nelson are in a tight battle. A Quinnipiac University Poll released last week shows the race tied at 49%. The RealClear Politics average has Scott with a narrow 1.6% lead. After ceding the airwaves to Scott for most of 2018, Nelson is finally airing TV commercials. Add third party spending on campaign ads and you’re most likely looking at the most expensive Senate race in Florida history.