Florida Gov. says Puerto Rico should become a state

Posted at 1:09 AM, May 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-02 06:04:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Gov. Rick Scott says he supports making Puerto Rico the nation's 51st state.

He says the United States should "respect the will of the people of Puerto Rico."

The U.S. territory held a referendum last year where more than a half a million voters backed statehood. The U.S. Congress has to approve any changes to Puerto Rico's political status.

Scott is running for the U.S. Senate this fall against incumbent U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.

Thousands of Puerto Ricans came to Florida following Hurricane Maria and could play a pivotal role in the upcoming elections later this year.

Scott has gone to the island five times since the storm.