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Scott says he hasn't made decision on presidential endorsement and isn't sure he will



As a presidential race of epic proportions continued to rage and voters in 13 states went to the polls for Super Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott seems content to sit on the sidelines, at least for now.

Exactly two weeks before Florida’s March 15 primary, Scott has yet to endorse a candidate in the Republican race. On Tuesday, Scott said he hasn't made a decision and is not sure if he will.

Here are portions of an exchange with reporters after Scott awarded the Governor’s Service Medal to several dozen veterans during a ceremony at the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park.

Reporter: You’ve been rumored to be a possible nominee to run with (frontrunner Donald) Trump. Can you talk a little bit about that?

Scott: I’ve got three years left on this job. By the way, this is a great job. I’ve worked hard to make sure everybody can get a job in our state. We’ve added a million jobs. I’ve got three years left. My goal at the end of this time as governor is people are going to say, "I have to live in Florida because I can get a job, I have to live in Florida because my kids can get a great education and I have to live in Florida because I know I can be safe.”

Reporter: Would you consider endorsing Trump for president?

Scott: I haven’t endorsed anyone in the presidential race to date. I’m not sure if I will. My focus, as you know, is on jobs. We’ve added a million jobs. I’m looking for the best jobs plan. Somebody that’s going to cut our federal debt. Somebody that’s going to cut taxes. Somebody’s that’s going to reduce federal regulation. Somebody that’s going to figure out how to destroy Isis.

Reporter: Have you made a decision that you will endorse, or are you still on the fence about whether you will? If you do, do you have a time frame on when you would?

Scott: I haven’t made a decision on it.

Scott has made known his admiration for Trump, however. In early January, penned a glowing op/ed for USA Today that seemed to all but endorse Trump.

As for Scott getting picked as Trump’s running mate, check out what Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith had to say on that. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 1:36pm]


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