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Gov. Rick Scott to attend Trump's Orlando thank-you rally

Florida Gov. Rick Scott takes the stage to speak on behalf of Donald Trump at a June 11 campaign rally, one of the few where Scott publicly spoke.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Florida Gov. Rick Scott takes the stage to speak on behalf of Donald Trump at a June 11 campaign rally, one of the few where Scott publicly spoke.

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When President-elect Donald Trump comes to Orlando this Friday on his nationwide "thank you" tour, Florida Gov. Rick Scott will be right there with him.

Scott has publicly supported Trump since January, even while Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio were still fighting for the Republican nomination. But he rarely appeared with Trump during the campaign.

That changes Friday, spokeswoman Jackie Schutz confirmed. Trump's event is at 7 p.m. at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

Scott views Trump, a part-time Florida resident with a home in Palm Beach called Mar-a-Lago, as cut from the same cloth as himself. Neither man had served in public office before being elected to lead the country or the state of Florida, and both are exceedingly wealthy businessmen, seen as outsiders by the Republican Party.

A harsh critic of President Barack Obama, Scott has said he's looking forward to the new administration in Washington. He traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to meet with U.S. Rep. Tom Price, Trump's appointee to run the Department of Health and Human Services.

"When we have a problem and need a solution, at least we have someone to talk to," Scott said last month.

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 9:07am]

    

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