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Scott to Democrats: Jobs, not approval ratings, will determine 2012 elections



110603_scott.jpgIn another round of radio interviews this morning, Gov. Rick Scott tried to throw water on the sound bites coming out of the big Florida Democratic Party fundraising dinner this weekend: that the Republican governor is so unpopular that it can't help but boost Dems chances in 2012.

Scott wouldn't talk about his approval numbers, instead saying the economy will out weigh everything else. He pointed out that Florida's unemployment rate has declined while it's climbed nationally.

"Hopefully we'll continue down while the national numbers are going the other direction," Scott said on WFLA 970, a FOX affiliate in Tampa.

Florida's jobless rate has declined from 12 percent in December to 10.8 percent in April. But as the Republican National Committee reminded reporters this morning, that's still above the national unemployment rate of 8.7 percent. (The RNC was attempting to deflate President Obama's trip to Miami today, not step on Scott's message.)

On all three interviews this morning, Scott talked about his five-day trade mission to Canada, implying the trip was "very successful" because of announcements that three Canadian companies are expanding business in Florida. But all three companies planned to come to the state before Scott and his delegation landed in the country. (Background here and here.)

"The key to winning any race right now is who's got the right blueprint for job creation," Scott said on WJNO 1290 in West Palm Beach. "That's why I won last year. I've got a specific plan. I won. I'm making sure our state gets back to work.

"That's going to be the key," he said. "That's going to be the key in local races. That's going to be the key in federal races. That's going to be the key in the presidency."

[Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2011 12:16pm]


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