Romney vs. Scott on Florida's economy: a clashing portrait
Numbers may not lie, but Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Scott are using them to portray two very conflicting points of view about Florida's economic picture.
In a new television ad, the campaign of the Republican presidential candidate plays melancholy music as it describes "Obama's Florida" as a state with "8.6 percent unemployment, record foreclosures, 600,000 more Floridians in poverty."
The governor greets the same 8.6 percent unemployment number as a sign of rapid improvement, proclaiming on his website that it is "the lowest it's been since December 2008!"
Unlike Romney, Scott has carefully avoided criticizing the president and instead turned the data into promoting his record of creating jobs.
The governor also tells audiences "the number of unemployed has gone from 568,000 to 320,000," "median home prices are up," and Florida's job growth rate "has been positive for 23 consecutive months."
It's a dissonance that may become more distinct as Romney and Scott take the stage during the Republican National Convention this month in Tampa and Romney campaigns today in Florida.
"What I'm going to talk about is pretty much what I do every day, what I ran on," Scott said last week when asked what he'll say during his convention speech. "It's how do we get our state back to work." Story here.
As the governor stays far away from the presidential contender's campaign bus as it travels through three Florida cities today, here's a side-by-side look at their clashing economic messages: