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Gov. Scott suggests another outsider with business background could play well as his replacement

Gov. Rick Scott does an interview near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 19, 2017

Alex Leary | Times

Gov. Rick Scott does an interview near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 19, 2017



WASHINGTON - Gov. Rick Scott is widely considered to be prepping for a 2018 U.S. Senate run, but is not making an announcement soon.

“People are tired of long campaigns,” he said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday. “I’ve got session coming up. I’ve got a budget coming out and I’ll have another session next year. I’m in no rush. I like this job a lot. You can feel like you can get something done.”

Scott is in Washington for the Trump inauguration and hosted the Florida Sunshine Ball last night. But his more frequent visits, complete with sharp criticism of Democratic policies, have stoked speculation he'll challenge Sen. Bill Nelson.

Asked if another outsider candidate with a business background would be a good replacement as governor, Scott chose his words carefully, but made a case for someone in his mold.

“I would like whoever the next governor is to really continue to focus on making sure we have the best economy. I’d like somebody who is going to focus on job creation,” he said.

“If they are successful in business, they are very focused on results. If someone is going to ask you for your vote, what (voters) should say is, ‘What do I get out of it, what are you going to do?’ … I think that’s what happened in this election. I think people are receptive to business people. I’ve gotten elected twice and if they like what I’ve done, then it made it easier to vote for Trump. I think Trump will be very focused on results.”

Scott said he is excited to attend the inauguration noting he’s only been two before – his own.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:43pm]


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