The GOP's Rick Scott Problem
Rick Scott has spent the last year trumpeting Florida’s modest economic gains at events, in interviews, and in TV ads, an unusual expense for a governor more than two years away from reelection. On July 15, Scott told Fox News Sunday: “The unemployment rate has come down dramatically. We had the largest drop [in June] in the last 18 months of any state but one.”
The message strays so far from Mitt Romney’s pitch that he’s keeping as much distance from Scott as he can. The men haven’t held a single fundraiser together or shared the stage at a campaign stop. In June, Romney’s campaign asked Scott to tone down his sunny statements, and to say that a Romney presidency would accelerate the state’s growth, say two people with knowledge of the situation who declined to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. Romney and Obama have been trading the lead all year in state polls.
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