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Greta Van Susteren delivers message of bipartisanship at inaugural event

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Gov. Rick Scott kicked off two days of inaugural events this morning at a Women in Leadership breakfast at the FSU Alumni Center.

"We are the state that's going to change this country. It's up to us to do what we ran on," Scott said.

Guests of honor at the event that drew about 300 people were were Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, the state's first black lieutenant governor in recent history, and Attorney General Pam Bondi, the state's first female attorney general.

"This is the beginning. We are going to turn this state around," Scott said. "We are also going to make this a place where it doesn't matter if you are male or female, if you are black or white, you have every opportunity to do what you want to do."

In her remarks, Fox news personality Greta Van Susteren urged the Florida Republicans who control Tallahassee need to work with Democrats to accomplish their goals.  

"You can roll over the Democrats and get whatever you want, but you know that you aren't going to achieve what you want," she said. "You can either mimic Washington and this ridiculous gridlock we've had, or you can show up Washington." Already, she said, Florida is "raising hell" with Washington with the law suit challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care legislation. Now, she said, Florida needs to do what Washington can't and get Democrats and Republicans working as a team to help Florida. She singled out unemployment, saying lawmakers of all political stripes need to work together to bring those numbers down. "You all get bragging rights no matter what party you are," she said, adding that running for office is an individual sport. "Being in office is a team sport. And that's the big difference."

[Last modified: Monday, January 3, 2011 11:25am]

    

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