Sen. Rick Scott says US needs to stand up to Putin after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

ORLANDO, Fla. — CPAC, the largest gathering of conservatives in the country, entered Day Three on Saturday in Orlando.

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Channel 9 political reporter Christopher Heath has been there since Thursday, as the attention of the nation has switched from Washington D.C. to the crisis in Ukraine.


On Friday, Channel 9 spoke with Sen. Marco Rubio, asking him about Vladimir Putin’s plans in Ukraine. Rubio said Putin does not want to recreate the Soviet empire, but rather the Russian empire.

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Channel 9 also spoke with Sen. Rick Scott about what more can be done to help stop Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

Scott has called for even harsher sanctions on the Russian government, including continued pressure by the U.S. to remove Russia from the SWIFT banking system, although that will require international cooperation.

Scott also echoed the comments from other members of Congress saying that it is imperative that the U.S. stand up to Putin, not just to prevent future aggression, but to also send a message to other countries considering invading neighboring states.

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Former president Donald Trump also spoke Saturday at CPAC in Orlando.

Trump is the favorite to win the straw poll Sunday for CPAC’s nomination for president in 2024.

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