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Obama administration lobbies Gov. Rick Scott on high-speed, rail but he's still saying no




Florida Gov. Rick Scott in the State Dining Room at the White House on Monday with other governors. (AP)

During last night's dinner at the White House, an administration official tried to warm Gov. Rick Scott to high-speed rail. The president himself made the appeal in remarks to governors today and dismissed criticism as "partisan politics."

"I'm still not convinced that the taxpayers of Florida are not on the hook ... ," Scott told the Buzz moments ago.

Scott heard encouraging words from Obama on flexibility on health care. Scott is seeking a waiver to add more managed care for Medicaid. "I’m very comfortable that in Florida we could take that money and do a better job of taking care of our citizens,” he said.

It's not all bad between Scott and the president. The governor and his wife got their picture with Obama and the First Lady last night, as is customary for visiting governors.


[Last modified: Monday, February 28, 2011 4:52pm]


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