Rick Scott discusses content of his ‘Rescue America’ plan with Fox host

“You recently released an 11-point plan to save America,” Roberts told Scott, while displaying text snippets onscreen.

“Two of the big points of which are, ‘All Americans should pay income tax to get in on the game, even if it’s a small amount. Currently, more than half of Americans pay no income tax. It also says, “All federal laws expire in five years. If a law is worth obeying, Congress can pass it again. So that would raise taxes for half of Americans and could end programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Why would you suggest something like that in an election year?

Scott replied, “That’s, of course, the Democrats’ talking points.”

Roberts replied, “No, that’s in the plan!” It’s in the plan! As Scott continued to push back, Roberts added, “Wait, senator, that’s not a Democratic talking point, that’s in the plan.”

Scott then stepped back and explained his thinking on those issues, adding, “Come on, not everyone will agree with everything, 120 points of policy. Let’s be bold; go to rescueamerica.com, give me your ideas.

Released last month, Scott’s plan was seen as a potential framework to help Republicans regain control of the US Senate in this year’s midterm elections, modeled on the 1994 ‘Contract with America’ by Newt Gingrich. Scott is the chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee.

“Hopefully by doing this we have more conversation about what Republicans are going to do. Because when we get a majority, I want to do something,” Scott said at the time.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized parts of the plan.

“Let me tell you what will not be on our agenda: We will not have on our agenda a bill that raises taxes on half the American people and cancels Social Security and health insurance after five years. This will not be part of the Senate majority Republican platform,” McConnell said.

Scott said Sunday the plan is for Republicans to take the lead.

“I’ve been in DC for three years,” Scott said. “I want to do something.”


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