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Pretty obvious which prez candidate Rick Scott prefers

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September

Gov. Rick Scott said he intends to stay on the sidelines indefinitely in the presidential race, but it's pretty obvious where his heart resides.

First of all, he says he prefers governors. So scratch Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and all the others who have never been chief executives.Second, the former health care executive has said Mitt Romney's health care reform efforts in Massachusetts, which included individual mandates, were wrongheaded. Definite strike against Romney, though Scott contributed to Romney's presidential campaign in 2007. Third, the governor is forever talking about the terrific job Rick Perry has been doing in Texas, and how he wants to emulate and surpass him to make Florida the No. 1 state for job growth. He may not endorse a candidate, but clearly Rick Scott is a Rick Perry guy.

Given Scott's lousy poll numbers, the only question is whether Perry would prefer to keep that a secret.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 4, 2011 1:50pm]

    

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