[Ed. – Are they just naïve? The Democrats won’t let that happen. It won’t matter what actual Puerto Rican voters want.]
“I believe Puerto Rico eventually will be a state,” Scott told reporters Thursday morning during a joint interview with fellow Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Scott, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, travels to Puerto Rico often and assiduously courted island transplants in Florida in his three statewide campaigns, for governor in 2010 and 2014 and the Senate in 2018. Democrats in Congress are pushing for statehood, and most Republicans are opposed.
“They’ve got a lot of problems to fix first,” Scott said, telegraphing his threshold for supporting statehood for Puerto Rico. “They’ve got significant financial problems they’ve got to get fixed, so I don’t think it’s going to happen overnight. But I think someday it’s going to happen.”
Rubio added that assumptions that the Democratic Party would benefit from Puerto Rico becoming a state are flat-out wrong.