Sen. Scott endorses Lisa Murkowski over Trump endorsed opponent

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks alongside other Republican Senators during a press conference on rising gas an energy prices at the U.S. Capitol on October 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. Republicans are placing blame on the Biden Administration for the quickly rising gas prices this year as predictions estimate that heating costs this winter will rise significantly as well. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 27: Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) speaks alongside other Republican Senators during a press conference on rising gas an energy prices at the U.S. Capitol on October 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

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Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) announced his endorsement for Alaskan Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) as opposed to her Trump endorsed opponent, Kelly Tshibaka.

In an interview on Sunday, the GOP chairman said although he fully supports the incumbent, he added any Republican candidate would be “foolish” not to embrace the 45th president’s endorsements. Scott also emphasized Democrats being “obsessed with Trump” is going to benefit Republicans who are focused on winning by actually solving current issues in the U.S., such as inflation.

“I think it’d be foolish not to want and accept Donald Trump’s endorsement, but you’re gonna win not because somebody endorses you, you’re gonna win because you focused on making sure inflation gets stopped, making sure people get a job, making sure your kids aren’t indoctrinated on critical race theory, make sure we have safe communities,” said Scott. “That’s gonna be the issues people care about.”

Scott’s endorsement for Murkowski comes as a surprise since she was one of seven Republican senators to vote to impeach President Trump earlier this year. Although Trump said she needs to be replaced, the Florida senator said he stands with, and supports all of his incumbents.

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