Scott for Florida Rolls Out Eighth Ad: “New Ideas”

Scott for Florida Rolls Out Eighth Ad: “New Ideas”

Floridians share their lack of enthusiasm for Bill Nelson in $2.2 million statewide ad

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Rick Scott for Florida campaign released today a new television and digital ad, “New Ideas.” The ad features Floridians supporting new ideas in D.C. after struggling to pinpoint any of Bill Nelson’s accomplishments throughout the course of his nearly half century-long political career. The ad will air statewide with more than a $2.2 million ad purchase. 

Nelson has been called out numerous times for failing to accomplish anything notable for Florida, including… 

  • Throughout his time in Congress, Nelson has been the lead sponsor of only 10 bills that became law. (“Legislation Sponsored Or Cosponsored By Bill Nelson,” Library Of Congress, Accessed 4/29/18)
  • In 1990, almost 20 years after first being elected to a public office, The Orlando Sentinel found, “Mr. Nelson has been running for something or other during much of his life, but leaving few footprints behind.” (Editorial, “Lawton Chiles A Statesman,” Orlando Sentinel, 8/26/90) 
  • In 2012, The Tampa Bay Times noted, “He is not seen as a forceful voice in debates and cuts a ghostly presence in Capitol Halls.” (Alex Leary, “Sen. Nelson’s Cautious Political Trajectory,” Tampa Bay Times, 5/28/12)
  • A 2017 survey found that nearly half of Floridians surveyed did not have an opinion of Bill Nelson. (Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida, 10/24/17) 

Watch the ad above and see the full script here: 

GOVERNOR SCOTT: “I’m Rick Scott and I approve this message.” 

FLORIDIAN 1: “I think Bill Nelson should come home.” 

FLORIDIAN 2: “Nelson has been in office…”

FLORIDIAN 3: “A thousand years?”

FLORIDIAN 4: “He’s been in Congress forever!”

FLORIDIAN 5: “He started in politics in 1972. That’s just a little bit less than I am old… and I’m no spring chicken.” 

FLORIDIAN 6: “He’s not a bad guy, but it’s time for someone new.” 

FLORIDIAN 7: “I do not think Bill Nelson has new ideas.” 

FLORIDIAN 3: “I voted for Bill Nelson before, but I totally think it’s time for somebody new.”

FLORIDIAN 8: “I think 45 years is plenty.”

FLORIDIAN 4: “I didn’t know it was that much.”