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Senator Rick Scott disagrees with parts of Texas GOP platform

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press). Florida Senator Rick Scott, chairman of the Republican Senate Select Committee, on Wednesday criticized the Texas Republican Party’s new platform. for not being “inclusive” when homosexuality was described as “abnormal lifestyle choices”.

Scott spoke to reporters over breakfast just days after GOP delegates in the nation’s largest red state approved a new platform that also falsely names President Joe Biden as “acting” commander in chief and says Texas “reserves the right to withdraw from United States.”

“In my experience, you know, the Republican Party is inclusive. And so I don’t… I wouldn’t support what they did,” Scott said when he was pressed for homophobic language that he said was not inclusive. He also confirmed that he accepts Biden’s election.

The platform, which falsely claims that Biden “was not legitimately elected,” highlights how far Texas Republicans have moved to the right and how deep former President Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election go. firmly entrenched in the party.

No evidence has emerged to support Trump’s stolen election claims, which have been dismissed by senior government officials, judges and even senior members of the former president’s campaign team. Indeed, an Associated Press review for every potential case of electoral fraud in the six battlefield states contested by Trump, fewer than 475 cases were found — a number that would not have affected the outcome.

Scott, who chairs the National Republican Senate Committee, doesn’t want to criticize his fellow Republicans as he works to turn the Senate around this November. Scott said he believes the party can win 54 seats and regain control of the House amid soaring inflation and Biden’s low approval rating.

On Wednesday, he again dismissed growing concerns over the election of two Republican Senate candidates: Herschel Walker, the party’s nominee in Georgia, and former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who is seeking the Republican nomination in a highly competitive Aug. 2 primary to replace Republican Senator part of Roy Blunt.

Greitens, who retired in disgrace in 2018., recently released a campaign video of him brandishing a shotgun and claiming to be hunting RINO, a derogatory term meaning “Republicans in name only.” Meanwhile, Walker is grappling with revelations that he has dramatically inflated his business record and has several children he has previously not publicly acknowledged..

Scott, who refused to take sides in the party primary, said voters should pick their own candidates but predicted Walker would win in November against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock.

Regarding Greitens, Scott said he had not seen the video of the campaign, but said “I don’t think we should ever promote any kind of violence.”

Nevertheless, he was optimistic about the chances of a possible candidate.

“I think Missouri will make a good choice. And I think whoever they choose is going to be a Republican senator from Missouri,” he said. “There is no reason to believe that we will not win Missouri, whoever our candidate is there. We have good people running around. But we’ll see what happens.”

Regarding the Texas platform, he said, “Each participating state has the right to make any decision it wants.”

“I don’t tell people what they should work on,” he added. “We show people where the audience is. But each state has different problems. And they have to work on issues that matter to them.”

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