Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) on Sunday dismissed concerns about struggling Republican Senate candidates whose defeat in November could dash GOP hopes of taking control of the chamber.
“The players are on the field. We’re at eight weeks, which is like saying we’re in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter,” Scott told ‘Fox News Sunday.’ , that’s who we’re going to play against.”
Scott added that he was “excited” about the Republican candidates and was optimistic about the party’s chances of winning control of the Senate in November.
“I’m excited about the candidates we have overall because I think this gives us the opportunity to win back a majority and bring some common sense back to Washington, which will reverberate across the country,” he said. Scott.
Last month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cited the GOP’s “candidate quality” as a factor in the election. He acknowledged that the GOP had a greater likelihood of taking control of the House than the Senate.
“Senate races are just different — they’re statewide. The quality of the candidates has a lot to do with the outcome,” McConnell told reporters.
McConnell’s comments drew criticism from factions in his own party, including Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), the head of the Senate GOP campaign arm, who told Politico that he and McConnell had a “strategic disagreement” on this subject.
Rick Scott played down criticism of inexperienced GOP Senate candidates in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner — without specifically mentioning McConnell.
“If you want to denigrate our candidates to help Democrats, let them know,” the Florida Republican wrote. “That’s not what leaders do. And Republicans need to be leaders who build the team and do whatever they can to get the whole team over the finish line.
On Sunday, Tim Scott also dismissed concerns that the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade spurred voters against the GOP in November.
“I actually think the momentum is actually going in our direction,” Scott told “Fox News Sunday,” noting that Republican candidates, including Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, Herschel Walker in Georgia and JD Vance in Ohio , have been making gains lately. weeks.
Tim Scott also slammed President Joe Biden for condemning hardline Republicans supporting former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” ideology.
“Why would we ask the President of the United States to give a heartbreaking speech that was unnecessary, polarizing and inflammatory,” Scott said. “We have done better, we will do better and that is why elections have consequences.”