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Rick Scott, Marco Rubio reflect on the RNC

A day after the RNC ended, Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio joined U.S. Rep. David Jolly (right) for a news conference at the Port of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay Times

A day after the RNC ended, Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio joined U.S. Rep. David Jolly (right) for a news conference at the Port of Tampa Bay.

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Gov. Rick Scott returned from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and headed to Port Tampa Bay, where he addressed the latest jobs report.

But he also reflected about his time at the RNC, where he and his wife Ann were given the red carpet treatment.

Scott talked about "how exciting" it was to attend the RNC for the first time. He sees Donald Trump as a "business partner" because they come from a "similar business background." "I haven't had a partner in the White House for more than five and half years. I'm looking forward to that with Trump." 

On Hillary Clinton, Scott said: "She had the chance to destroy ISIS and she didn't." (If she wins in November, looks like Scott will go a full eight years without that White House partner).

And..."I think Trump will hold government accountable." 

He continued his long lament about Pres. Barack Obama: "I was turned away when I asked for federal emergency by the president after the tragic events in Orlando."

Scott wasn't alone. He was joined by U.S. Rep. David Jolly and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who unlike Scott, skipped the RNC

"There are two choices now, Hillary and Trump," Rubio said. "I will never support Hillary and I'm not going to abstain from voting."

About his colleague, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rubio panned his big speech at the RNC.

"The primary is over. The time for publicly fighting which each other is over."

[Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2016 4:17pm]

    

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