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Trump again encourages Rick Scott to run for Senate

Encourages him while in Fort Myers for Hurricane Irma<br>
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, center, and Gov Rick Scott, right, participate in a briefing on the Hurricane Irma relief efforts, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Fort Myers. [Evan Vucci | Associated Press]
Published Sep. 14, 2017
Updated Sep. 14, 2017

President Donald Trump, in Fort Myers today to observe disaster relief, couldn’t resist a plug for his friend, Gov. Rick Scott.

"The job he's done is incredible,” Trump said, later adding: "I hope this man right here, Rick Scott, runs for the Senate."

The comment, coming during a time of incredible loss for Florida and with 2.5 million people still without power, is sure to draw notice.

It was the second time Trump has publicly urged Scott to run against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. In June, during a signing ceremony for the new Cuba policy, Trump said:

"Great job. He’s doing a great job. I hope he runs for the Senate. I know I’m not supposed to say that. I hope he runs for the Senate. Rick, are you running? I don’t know. Marco, let’s go, come on. We got to get him to -- I hope he runs for the Senate."

UPDATE: Nelson, who did not attend the events, responds. “This is not time for partisan politics. This is time to get out and help.”

- Times political editor Adam C. Smith contributed reporting.

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