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In Tampa, Gov. Rick Scott talks about the budget, Trump and, of course jobs



Gov. Rick Scott stopped in Tampa Monday afternoon to tout the latest jobs numbers and shine the spotlight on one company in particulary: Kobie Marketing, which announced it is adding 255 new jobs.

During a brief question-and-answer session afterward, however, Scott touched on several other topics. Among them:

On whether he will listen to lawmakers' concerns before acting on the $82.3 billion budget approved by lawmakers:
"I've been talking to House and Senate members all during session and we've been talking to them the last few days," he said. "We've been reviewing the budget (since it was nearly finalized a week ago)... We've been talking to the legislators. They are all calling."
And are you answering?
"I'm answering and my team is answering. So we're listening to everybody."

On endorsing anyone in the Florida primary:

"I'm not going to endorse anyone. I'll decide after the Florida primary tomorrow... I think our voters will do a good job. They'll pick."

Do you have any concerns of the nastiness that has gone on at some of these Donald Trump rallies?

"I hope everybody is safe. i hope everybody understands their First Amendment rights and everybody is careful. I know they're having a rally here today in Tampa. I hope everyone keeps safe."

If Trump wins, will it tarnish the GOP in November as some in the party are concerned?

"I'm going to support the Republican nominee. I don't think we can take another four years of Barack Obama," indicating Hillary Clinton's presidency would be akin to another Obama term.

Scott's stopover was part of what is billed as a “Million, Billion Jobs Victory Tour” to celebrate the number of private sector jobs the state has added while he has been governor and $1 billion in tax cuts over two years.
Earlier in the day came stops at Jacksonville and Orlando. Next up: Fort Myers and Miami this afternoon.


[Last modified: Monday, March 14, 2016 5:37pm]


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