Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday that U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Scott, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, said in a statement that he found the testimony of Christine Beasley Ford "convincing." Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her when the two were teenagers in suburban Maryland.

However, Scott said he also found Kavanaugh convincing and lamented that the judge's character was "smeared."

"The truth is that none of us really know," Scott said. "So, I have to go with what I do know – Judge Kavanaugh has been a fair and brilliant judge, one of our nation's very best. He should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court."

Scott's November opponent, Sen. Bill Nelson, said earlier Friday that he will vote no on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Here's Scott's full statement:

"I found Dr. Ford's testimony convincing, and my heart goes out to her. I also found Judge Kavanaugh's testimony convincing, and he's correct that his character has been smeared. I think both of these people have been used and abused as pawns in a partisan Washington political theater, which is clearly the product of career politicians playing games at the expense of these individuals' lives and reputations. This hearing was a very good example of why we need term limits in Washington.

"I don't know what happened 36 years ago in suburban Maryland. The truth is that none of us really know. So, I have to go with what I do know – Judge Kavanaugh has been a fair and brilliant Judge, one of our nation's very best. He should be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court."