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Rick Scott hedges on the Ryan plan and Medicare



Transcript of Govs. Rick Scott and Rick Perry on FOX News Channel’s Your World with Neil Cavuto.
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) on why Gov. Scott (R-FL) has been invited to speak at the Republican National Convention while Perry has not:

“It’s his good looks….You know, it’s a great honor for me to get to lead the Texas delegation, so I don’t get hung up on whether I’m going to be speaking or not. I think what Governor Romney wants me to do is to across this country and talk about economic policies and what he and Paul Ryan are going to do for this country. And that’s what really matters. I don’t get hung up on who’s going to be speaking in what slot or what time.”

Scott on whether he will talk about Perry at the convention:

“I probably have to talk about him a little bit…I’m going to talk about what Texas is doing, what Florida is doing, what Bobby Jindal is doing. We’re competing. And we’re competing within the global market…This race is going to be about jobs. And Governor Romney, Congressman Ryan, they’re the right team to make sure that the federal government does what we’re doing in our states. And give us our power back. Let us figure out how to fix our states. We don’t want a centralized, Soviet-style government. We want to have 50 laboratories. And we’ll figure it out. If Governor Perry does something better, I’m going to try to do it… We’re all talking about what Texas has done. Texas has been number one for eight years in job creation. All of us that want to build jobs are doing what Texas has done. Making it better for business people. Business people create jobs. Lower taxes, less regulation, less litigation.”

Scott on whether Mitt Romney hurt his chances of carrying Florida  by choosing Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate:

“Let’s remember, this is going to be Governor Romney’s plan. We’re going to work with Governor Romney. He’s got a plan to make sure that seniors get taken care of. We have 3.3 million Medicare recipients in our state. I’m going to work tirelessly. I’m sure Governor Perry’s will do the same thing in Texas to make sure our Medicare recipients continue to get care. That’s the key here. We’ve got to continue to make sure they get care. But we’re going to balance our budget. We’re going to do all the right things.”

Scott on whether he’s open to Ryan's proposed voucher system for Medicare:

“I’m going to support a plan that makes sure our Medicare recipients – we have 3.3 million of them in Florida. I’m going to make sure they continue to get care. They paid into the system. We’ve got to make sure we keep that system going.”

Perry on whether he’s open to Ryan's proposed voucher system for Medicare

“I think that’s the real issue here is that people are on Social Security, the folks that are having their Medicaid, it’s still going to be there for them. The Democrats are going to try to scare people and say, oh, they’re going to tear it away from you. No, we’re not.”

Perry on his idea of the cut-off age under Ryan’s Medicare proposal:

“Well, we’re going to have the conversation. And the idea that we’re going to draw up a piece of legislation here in August of 2012 is not correct. We’re not going to do that. Let’s have the conversation, though, and start a dialogue between the people of this country….In the out years, people like my children that are 29 and 26 years old, they know that if we leave the system in place that’s there today, it’s not going to be there for them. So, the idea that we ought to sit back and say we can’t touch any of these, we ought not talk about them, we shouldn’t be projecting out in the future how to save programs for our children and our grandchildren, is just nonsense.  So, the idea that we ought not be having that conversation is not correct. We should and I think American people by and large will not buy into the scare tactics that Obama administration and his flaks will be out trying to put across.”

Scott on whether the improvements he made in Florida will benefit President Obama in the 2012 election:

“There’s only going to be one poll that matters. That’s the election in November. And Governor Romney will get his plan out. It’s going to be a plan to get our state back to work. I got elected on a very similar campaign. Our state elected me to make the tough choices and get our state back to work. And guess what? It worked. Biggest drop in unemployment other than one state in the last 18 months. Forty percent of the people on unemployment are off unemployment today. 127,000 private-sector jobs. That’s what people are going to vote for, and that’s why Governor Romney is going to become the next president of the United States.”

Scott on the rivalry with Perry over job creation:

“So far Texas and what Governor Perry’s done and the business people in Texas have done, they’ve won for eight years running. But as you know, this year, "Chief Executive" magazine said Florida was the second-best place to do business. So, I hope the governor’s getting worried and probably have to do more things.”

Perry on whether he is worried by what Scott has accomplished as governor of Florida:

“I wouldn’t say I’m worried, but I pay attention. And I think that’s what all governors do or they should be doing…. I’m not worried about it, but it’s one of the things I’m proud of is that the governors have put tax and regulatory and legal policies into play. You know, Bobby Jindal over on our eastern shore is one that really puts the pressure on. You’ve got Susanna Martinez over on the western side in New Mexico and Mary Fallin in Oklahoma. So, I’m surrounded by some people who get it about economic development. But it just makes us work that much harder. You know, we passed lose-or-pay this last session of the legislature. So, we’re not just sitting over there with our feet propped up in Texas. We’re working hard to be even more competitive… There are great beaches down here in Florida. I mean, there’s some things that Florida does right that are pretty hard to compete with, but job creation is one that we’re still schooling Scott on pretty well.”

Perry on today’s shooting near Texas A&M University and how safe the state is:

“Well, we don’t know all the details of what went on in College Station, Texas. We know there were a couple of officers that were down and that the man – or the individual is in custody now. But when it gets back to this issue of taking guns away from law-abiding citizens and somehow that’s going to make our country safer – it’s just I don’t agree with that. I think that most people in Texas certainly don’t agree with that. And that’s a state-by-state issue, frankly, that should be decided in the states and not, again, a rush to Washington, D.C. to centralize the decision making and them to decide what is in the best interest for the citizens of Florida or Texas. That’s for the people of these states to decide.  And Texans, I will suggest to you, by and large, a majority of them, a large majority of them, believe that law-abiding men and women should be able to have their weapons. And criminals are never going to listen to the laws. They’re always going to have weapons of whatever source they want, whether they’re legal or illegal. And I think it’s wise for the people of the state of Texas to be able to defend themselves when there is a lawbreaker that comes into their midst with a weapon.”

Scott on gun laws in Florida:

“Clearly in Florida, we believe in the Second Amendment. We believe in and individual law-abiding citizen’s right to bear arms. We have to continue to have this right. We are not going to be taking weapons away from law-abiding citizens of Florida. So, I completely agree with Governor Perry on this issue. And so do Floridians. I mean, I think we have more concealed weapons permits than any other state because Floridians care about their right to bear arms.”

[Last modified: Monday, August 13, 2012 5:47pm]


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