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Rick Scott: You bet I want a second term

Imagine you're Gov. Rick Scott. After spending $73 million of your own money to win office, you face protesters constantly, you have little privacy and you are America's most unpopular governor.

Maybe you'd think of calling it quits after one term? No way.

There is zero chance he won't run for a second term, Gov. Scott said in an exclusive Political Connections interview airing Sunday on Bay News 9.

"Unless my wife tells me she's dumping me, I'm running for a second term," Scott said, chuckling and recounting how much he is enjoying the job.

"I love people,'' he said repeatedly. "Some people get energized around people and ideas, policies and stuff like that. I love that stuff."

The wide-ranging conversation for Political Connections was a rarity, as Scott has seldom agreed to anything but brief interviews. Airing at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., the interview covers everything from shaking up his administration to SunRail to presidential politics.

"Governors make good presidents historically because they've had to make tough choices," said Scott, who is in no rush to endorse anyone for 2012.

Scott said his low poll numbers don't bother him, and he could point to nothing that he would have done differently.  He suggested he wants to spend more time talking to Floridians and explaining what he's doing to help get people back to work.

"Everything I've done I ran on," he said. "This is the platform that they elected me to do."

[Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 4:51pm]


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