Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, condemned the attack on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.’s husband Paul Pelosi, calling it “despicable” and “unacceptable.”
In an interview on This Week Sunday, Scott told moderator Martha Raddatz that he had looked into using campaign funds for security and called for a more civilized public discourse.
“Well we have to figure out how to bring our country back together where we have a civilized conversation and we don’t have violence. I mean what happened to Paul Pelosi is despicable, it’s unacceptable,” he said.
“One thing I did, when I got this job in January 2021, I went to the Federal Elections Commission and said, ‘Could our senators and members of the House use their campaign dollars to go to safety for themselves and their families pay?’” Scott said to Raddatz. “Unfortunately, it’s become a more dangerous place and we need to do everything we can to lower the rhetoric, have a civilized conversation, but also make sure people are safe.”
Scott’s comments come after Paul Pelosi was attacked at his and the speaker’s San Francisco home by a man who entered the home and said, “Where’s Nancy,” before hitting Paul Pelosi with a hammer, police said. Paul Pelosi underwent successful surgery for a fractured skull and other injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.
Several Republicans condemned the attack – although former President Donald Trump has remained silent – and the attacker, identified as 42-year-old David Depape, has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and elder abuse.
Looking ahead to the midterm elections, Scott also boasted that the GOP could hold up to 52 Senate seats in the next Congress and said he is considering flips in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and New Hampshire, and possibly Connecticut, Colorado and Washington. Scott also said that the Pennsylvania Senate race between Lt. gov. John Fetterman, D, and GOP nominee Mehmet Oz was the “hardest” of the GOP seats to hold, but nonetheless expressed confidence.
“The Democrats’ agenda is very unpopular,” Scott said. “Voter turnout looks better for Republicans than for Democrats. So I’m very optimistic that we’ll win. We have great candidates.”
“I think the Democrats will have a rude awakening on November 8th.”
Pressed by Raddatz about whether a Republican-controlled Congress would focus on investigating the Biden administration, Scott said economic issues, as well as culture wars like immigration and support for law enforcement, would be priorities.
“What you would hope is that we figure out how to bring inflation down. That means we have to live within our means. What you hope is that if we get a safe border, we can do immigration reform, but you can’t give up a safe border. They’re hoping that we’ll start supporting law enforcement,” he said. “So I’m hoping the Republicans will pass good legislation and Joe Biden will sign it.”
Scott also advocated stricter election laws to restore public confidence in the integrity of the elections, although there was no evidence of the widespread fraud claimed by some Republicans.
“I tried to make people feel safe that we have free and fair elections,” he said. “We need to do that by passing ID laws, making sure we’re not collecting ballots, making sure we’ve been monitoring Dropboxes.”