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Gov. Scott: Maybe potential GOP presidential candidates shouldn't sit down with me

110518_scott.jpgGov. Rick Scott in an interview this morning mentioned the run of Republican presidential candidates who have bowed out of the race within days of meeting with him.

Scott was joking, but his abysmal poll numbers raise the question of what role he — the top-ranking Republican in the country's largest battleground state — will play over the next year to choose President Obama's GOP challenger.

"I was at the correspondents dinner with Trump. I was absolutely convinced he was going to run. He didn't," Scott said on Pensacola-based 1620 AM this morning. "I was with Haley Barbour a week before he announced he was not going to run.

"I guess no one should sit down with me right before they're going to run. Maybe that's it."

More from the interview:

• Scott will travel to The Villages tomorrow to sign a state budget that reduces spending by $700 million by cutting money for schools and health care services.

"It's going to be fun," Scott said. "I'm going to use my veto pen."

• Radio host Rob Williams noted the protests Scott inspires and asked whether he was surprised that "everybody squeels like a stuck pig" once he started implementing his campaign promises.

"Yeah, but people, everybody gets frustated with the process sometimes," Scott said.

"But the end result of getting our state back to work, it's going to pay off."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:04am]


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