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Rick Scott on the Cain train? Doesn't sound like it



It might make sense for Rick Scott, the lifelong businessman turned governor to endorse Herman Cain, the lifelong businessman turned Republican candidate for president. But don't hold your breath.

During Scott's visit to Clearwater on Monday, we asked the governor who ran on his "7-7-7" jobs plan what he thought about Cain's "9-9-9" tax plan. Specifically, we wanted to know what the anti-tax Scott thought of Cain's plan to create a 9 percent sales tax.

"I like the fact that we're having a discussion of what sort of taxes we ought to have," said Scott, who is trying to phase out the corporate income tax in Florida. (The personal income tax already is history). "I think it's important we have constantly lower taxes. My concern about any new tax is does it stop at whatever the number is or does it keep going up?"

That sounds a lot like the rhetoric of anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, who bashed Cain's plan last week on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show.

"Having three taxes, all of which can grow — it’s like having three needles in your arm taking blood out, it’s much more dangerous than having one," Norquist said.

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2011 3:17pm]


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