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Gov. Rick Scott says Donald Trump will 'have a big win both in Florida and in the United States'

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[Associated press (2015)]

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Gov. Rick Scott predicted Wednesday that Donald Trump would “have a big win both in Florida and in the United States,” while saying he is not interested in serving as Trump’s vice president.

“This election is about one thing. It’s about jobs,” Scott said on CNN. ”Donald Trump is a business person. He has created jobs. He’s going to focus on building jobs. And he’s running against a career politician that has never, ever created a job.”

Scott said Trump’s task is “no different than my election in 2010, where I focused on jobs and I won against a sitting attorney general and a sitting CFO.”

Asked by host Erin Burnett about the VP position, Scott said, “I’m going to stay in this job and finish this job.” If Trump calls? “I’m going to pass. I will do everything I can to make sure he wins.”

Scott was then asked if he had reservations about a candidate who would bring up a National Enquirer story about Ted Cruz’s father.

“Erin, you know we’re not going to agree on - I’m not going to agree with any candidate and how they present the issue. Here’s the way I look at it: We have a choice. If people like the way Washington is going, they should vote for Hillary Clinton. If you want to change, you get somebody to focus on jobs, then you should vote for Donald Trump.”

Though Scott did not endorse Trump until the day after the March 15 Florida primary, he signaled support in January.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:09am]


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