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Gov. Scott wraps up a day in the Tampa Bay area at Pasco Ronald Reagan Day Dinner



Gov. Rick Scott, who began Friday at the Pasco County emergency operations center, made one final appearance in the county before heading off to an interview with Greta Van Susteren, joining about 350 Republicans for the Pasco's annual Ronald Reagan Day Dinner. 

He recognized Pasco Republicans as a linchpin in electing conservative leaders, and urged them to keep that tradition alive.

"We've got to win the presidency," Scott said. "We've got to have another Republican senator in this state. We have got to make sure we've got primarily, it would nice to have 100 percent, Republican members in the House in this state."

The stakes are high, Scott reminded the party faithful. He talked about the need to reduce taxes and improve the business climate as a way to add jobs.

Then he pulled out two red meat issues for the crowd to cheer.

"How many people in this state say non-U.S. citizens should be voting in our elections? Give me a break," Scott said to jeers.

The federal government -- "your federal government," he said -- has tried to prevent Florida from accessing the database to ensure it is properly purging the voter rolls. "They went to court last week to try to get an injuction to prevent us from doing the right thing. Guess what? We won."

Next up, "Obamacare."

Scott said the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a law that "everyone was against" will be "the biggest expansion of an entitlement program, unfunded, ever."

He told the group that Medicaid is already growing 3.5 times faster than the state's general revenue. "Obamacare implemented will just eat up ... there will be no money for any of the things we care about. So these elections have dramatic impact.

Every race is important. Every vote is important."

He left to a standing ovation.

-- Jeffrey Solochek, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 10:19pm]


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