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Mitt Romney on Rick Scott and high speed rail



Remember the presidential courtship of Charlie Crist's - the folks working him hard to endorse them or, failing that, to stay on the sidelines? So far it looks highly unlikely Rick Scott will get the same kind of wooing. A reporter in Tampa today asked Mitt Romney about Gov. Scott's endorsement, and drew a courteous, albeit, neutral response.

"Anybody running for president would like every endorsement that they can get. We have spoken from time to time, I'll continue to keep in touch, and I have no idea what his plans are in that regard," said Romney.

Romney also declined to say if he thinks Scott did the right thing in rejecting $2.4-billion in high speed rail dollars sold as a job creator.

"I read the governor's decision. He was concerned that the rail project would be a longterm sinkhole...financed by taxpayers, subsidized for years therafter, so I can't opine on his analysis. If that were the case I certainly can understand the logic. Sometimes these transit projects look great until you have to subsidize for decades," said Romney, who as Massachusetts governor sought to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on rail and transit improvements.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 6:04pm]


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