August 25th, 2010
07:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Scott: No limit on personal spending

Washington (CNN) – Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott captured the GOP nomination at considerable personal expense, spending $38 million of his own money on his primary bid, and when asked Wednesday if there is any limit to the funds he will invest to win the general election, Scott said "no."

Asked by CNN Chief National Correspondent John King if there was a personal limit on how much more of his own money he is willing to spend, Scott evaded the question before settling on an answer.

"No, I don't. I don't. I mean I'm very comfortable. I've had a lot of support all across the state and we'll raise the money and make sure that we are able to get our message out," Scott said. "It got out very well in this - in the primary campaign. It will get out very well in the general."

In an interview set to air on CNN's "John King, USA" Scott, who last night emerged victorious in a race that caused fractures in both the local and national GOP establishment, said that the Republican Party is on the road to healing.

"Well, I haven't talked to - to Mr. McCollum, but I've talked to a lot of party leaders. And the party is coming together. And everything will - everything will work out. The RGA, I talked to Haley Barbour already. They're very supportive. You know, the – the party is embracing me because I have lived the American dream and I believe in that for all Floridians," Scott said.

But McCollum and Scott have yet to personally connect, and the statement released by the McCollum campaign in the early hours of Wednesday morning indicates that healing may still be a long way off.

"No one could have anticipated the entrance of a multi-millionaire with a questionable past who shattered campaign spending records and spent more in four months than has ever been spent in a primary race here in Florida," the statement read.

McCollum, a former Republican congressman, was considered the insider or establishment candidate, and was favored by many in the national party hierarchy.

Scott's ability to self finance his general election run against Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee, and independent candidate Bud Chiles, could benefit the party, freeing up resources for down ballot candidates.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • JKUSA • John King USA
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. works for me

    Why would there be a limit... he's spending the taxpayers money he got from bilking the government with his Medicare schemes. Thief

    August 25, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    I hope that nobody finds fault with Mr. Scott's contributing as much money as he desires to his own campaign.
    If that seems questionable to any reader, please ask yourself how limiting a candidate's use of his own money for a campaign could fit into a free society.

    August 25, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Yep – no limit – and that causes RICH to get in and then do absolutely NOTHING – when someone NOT SO RICH should get in because they want to DO something for AMERICA!!

    August 25, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  4. Len

    Ah, yes...the christian right......under investigation and proven to have frauded the medicare system.....spend $38 million dollars on his campaign and says he is for the people of Florida.....the upper 2% only...but we elect a cheater.....Go to church on Sunday and ask for forgiveness......and Monday thru Saturday, lie and cheat!!!

    August 25, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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