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Scott talks dollars and doughnuts in local radio appearance

TAMPA — Florida Gov. Rick Scott continued his radio station circuit Thursday morning on 970 WFLA, briefly discussing everything from his evolving relationship with the media to the economy to his favorite doughnut.

He didn't offer up any major revelations.

He restated his belief in the private sector and said job growth was on the right track. He defended his decisions on high-speed rail. He stood by his vote on a controversial election bill ("Do you think more people will get to vote because we have longer voting hours per day? Yeah, that's the right thing to do," he said.)

There was one personal nugget in the nine-minute interview: his favorite doughnut.

"Oh, I like glazed," he said. Especially right out of the "proofer." He also likes "cake with the glaze."

The interview follows a Wednesday stint working at Nicola's Donuts and Bakery in Tampa, a move revived from former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham as a way to work alongside typical Floridians and to gobble up attention from the news media. Graham called them "workdays."

After some playful banter about Scott forgetting to bring doughnuts to the show, conservative hosts Jack Harris and Tedd Webb commented on how Scott appears to have taken a different tack with the press and is now more available.

Scott disagreed.

"Well, I've been giving interviews since I got into office, and as you know, before, for the seven months I ran. I've been doing it all along. The 'workdays' are a great idea that Bob Graham had."

The hosts lauded his doughnut appearance, calling Scott gutsy for going to the shop even though he knew there would be protesters.

Scott replied: "I sold them a lot of doughnuts. I think they (the protesters) all came in and bought doughnuts."

Scott went on to talk about job growth in Florida and his belief that the state is heading in the right economic direction.

Hosts asked about killing the bullet train and changes to early voting and asked Scott if he would have done anything differently.

"No, it's the right thing to do," he said.

In the past four months, Scott has been on the radio more than 130 times, which is more than all of his other scheduled media interviews combined.

In politics, TV appearances drive poll numbers up and down. And TV coverage is often influenced by print media.

Scott talks dollars and doughnuts in local radio appearance 08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 2:35pm]
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