Sen. Rick Scott Blasts Biden For Failing To Work With GOP In DC Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Sunday, 25 April 2021 10:15 AM
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., on Sunday hammered President Joe Biden for failing to deliver on his promise to work with Republicans to rebuild the nation battered by the coronavirus pandemic.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Scott predicted Biden will return to that when he addresses Congress at a joint session on Wednesday.
“I’m sure he's going to talk about unity and bipartisanship which he has not done since he's been up there,” Scott said.
At his inauguration, Biden struck a conciliatory tone after a bitter race against former President Donald Trump — asking Americans who did not vote for him to give him a chance to be their president as well.
"To overcome these challenges to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity," he said. "We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue, rural versus urban, conservative versus liberal. We can do this – if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts."
But he’s yet to bring Republicans and Democrats together in Congress, with some GOP critics saying he’s caved to pressure from his own party’s left wing, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who lamented last month that Biden’s deal-maker reputation as a Senator “doesn’t exist” now that he’s in the White House.
Scott said he hopes Biden will also tackle other pressing issues in his speech to Congress.
“I wish he would talk about the crisis on the border — which he created,” Scott said.
“It is a crisis. I have been there there with [GOP Gov. Doug] Ducey to see he's created this crisis.”
“And why aren't all of our schools opened?” he asked. “What is he going to do about $33 trillion in debt, and this inflation? Gas prices picking up since his election, significantly over 70 cents a gallon.”
“That's what I would like him to talk about,” Scott said.
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