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Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics

From Times political editor Adam C. Smith:

Winner of the week: Barack Obama. Well-attended events in Tampa and Miami, followed by good Florida poll numbers, and then a big Supreme Court victory on health care.

Loser of the week: Rick Scott. Florida's governor, who rose from obscurity on the back of his opposition to the federal health care law, doesn't seem to be taking losing easily. Only hours after telling reporters Friday that he was still studying how to respond to the Supreme Court decision, he went on Fox News to say he will not support implementing the law. This comes on the heels of him implying something different during a conference call organized by conservative groups. "If it's declared constitutional and doesn't get repealed, then we'll comply with the law. … We'll deal with all the issues we have to deal with when we know that it's going to be the law of the land," he said June 20.

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[Last modified: Sunday, July 1, 2012 11:16am]


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