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Rick Scott as Trump's VP? 'I'm going to pass on that'

Gov. Rick Scott on CNN

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Gov. Rick Scott on CNN

Gov. Rick Scott flatly said Friday he does not want to be considered for Donald Trump's running mate.

"I'm going to pass on that," Scott said on CNN moments ago, nothing he'll have two years left in his current term. "I want to finally have a federal partner that's going to focus on jobs. ... If I had somebody in the White House that cared about jobs, just think what I could accomplish my last two years."

Wolf Blitzer pressed Scott if Trump asked him to submit material for vetting. "I'll say no. I'm going to pass. I like this job. I worked hard to get this job."

The notion that Scott would be a running mate to begin with is a decided stretch, but that hasn't stopped news media speculation.

Scott said he reached out to Trump and told him, "I want you to win Florida" and described how he won in 2010 and 2014. "I was not the establishment candidate and we won."

"Romney didn't win this state and I beleive Donald Trump could win big if he focuses on the state and does the right things," Scott said.

[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2016 1:51pm]

    

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