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GOP Sen. Scott says he and McConnell have a 'strategic disagreement' on how to take back majority

McConnell recently said candidate quality was an issue for the GOP this cycle.

Published: September 1, 2022 3:58pm

Updated: September 1, 2022 5:03pm

Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), said he has a “strategic disagreement” with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over the party's strategy to take back control of the Senate.

McConnell recently said candidate quality was an issue for the GOP this cycle.

“I think there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate. Senate races are just different — they’re statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome,” McConnell told reporters in Kentucky.

McConnell later said he thinks the GOP candidates that former President Trump has endorsed have a good chance at winning.

Scott reacted to McConnell's statements about the GOP's prospects in the November election during an interview with Politico.

“Sen. McConnell and I clearly have a strategic disagreement here … We have great candidates,” Scott said. “He wants to do the same thing I want to do: I want to get a majority. And I think it’s important that we’re all cheerleaders for our candidates.”

Scott also said that "trash talk" against GOP candidates hurts the Republicans' chances of winning.

"And you hurt our candidates’ ability to raise money,” Scott said. “I know they’re good candidates, because I’ve been talking to them and they’re working their butts off.”

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