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Politifact: Rick Scott jobs estimate from Panama trade deal a little flimsy

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Gov. Rick Scott is back from Panama and urging President Barack Obama to submit a free trade agreement with the Latin American country to Congress for its ratification. Scott says the trade deal could create 15,000 jobs for Florida over five years. "After meeting with Panamanian trade leaders, I am convinced more than ever that free trade agreements with Panama and other Latin American countries are essential to Florida's future. Florida has an important stake in ratification of trade agreements with both Panama and Colombia – agreements that have been waiting for congressional ratification since 2007." PolitiFact Florida looks into Scott's numbers and and isn't quite as impressed.

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[Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 6:47pm]

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