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Scott has want-to-get-away moment in Tampa



It was like one of those Southwest Airlines commercials, except it took place during a tour stop by Gov.-elect Rick Scott while visiting the University of South Florida Friday morning.

Scott was addressing about 140 elected officials, business leaders and USF faculty and students, on his plans to create jobs and his belief that a quality university system plays an important role. But he was avoiding talking specifics about what that means, posing a hypothetical question about whether "UCF" would like another $50 million in its budget.

School President Judy Genshaft didn't miss a beat. "USF would."

"I'm sure I didn't turn red," Scott said, as he turned red.

"It's okay if you turn green and gold," Genshaft said.

Scott was heading over to Orlando, home of the University of Central Florida, later in the afternoon. He enunciated U-S-F for the rest of his address Friday morning. Scott's Democratic opponent in the governor's race, Alex Sink, was interrupted with boos in May when, as a graduation speaker, she twice referred to UCF as USF.

[Last modified: Friday, December 10, 2010 6:39pm]


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