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Allen West on Rick Scott: "Where is your backbone?"



The Buzz caught up with former Florida Rep. Allen West at CPAC and asked him about talk he'll run for governor and about Gov. Rick Scott's Medicaid decision.

"You've got some good guys in Florida for governor. You've got Jeff Atwater. You've got Adam Putnam," West said, making his way through the crowd.

What do you think about Scott wanting to expand Medicaid in Florida?

"That's a tough decision. ... How could that end up affecting our economy down the line? The next thing you know, we will have some type of income tax or property taxes go up."

How much trouble is Scott in with the tea party? "I think when you say you're gong to stand up to something then you kind of back off ... but there are other Republican governors who did the same thing. It's kind of making people question, 'Really, where is your backbone?' Me, I would not have gone for that Medicad expansion. And according to the Supreme Court decision, it was not something you were mandated to do."

When you say you've got some good people like Atwater and Putnam, are you suggesting they ought to primary Scott? "No. You just asked me about running for governor. I said you've got far better people than me."

But do you think that issue makes him vulnerable? "It does make him vulnerable. I'm being honest with you. Because it's a fiscal conservative issue. Will the governor be able to go out and defend it once he hits the campaign trail? We'll have to see."

But vulnerable in a primary? "Ahhh, I don't know if that's a possibility. I don't know if people want to do something like that."

[Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 1:23pm]


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