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Gov. Scott practices for Monday night RNC speech, condemns Akin rape comments



Gov. Rick Scott's Monday night speech at the Republican National Convention is written, and he's already practicing.

Scott will discuss how the state needs a presidential partner that will reduce taxes, reduce regulation and reduce litigation, he told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

"Just think about what could happen if we had a federal partner that's going to do the same thing in DC that we're doing here in Florida," he said.

Scott wrote some of the speech himself but also took lots of advice, he said.

Scott also weighed in on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, under fire from both political parties for comments that victims of "legitimate rape" usually don't get pregnant because their bodies shut down. Akin was arguing against abortions in cases of rape or incest.

"I clearly disagree with what he said," Scott said.

Scott's press conference came the same day he read "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" to a group of five-year-olds at a child reading event in Tallahassee and the Republican Party of Florida released a commercial trumpeting changes to FCAT.

The commercial is unclear about what changes the school system will make, and doesn't mention that the current FCAT program is already on its way out because of a law signed by former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Scott said the new tests should focus on analytical skills rather than memorization and should contain material that will help high school graduates succeed in college or the work force.

"We've got to get away from teaching to the test," he said, adding that he often hears FCAT complaints from parents and teachers.


[Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 4:09pm]


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