Thursday, December 14, 2017
Politics

Latest Scott ad seeks to soften his image

TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott is opting to soften his image instead of attacking Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist in a campaign ad that features his 2-year-old grandson.

In the ad, as he reads a newspaper at a lawn table, Scott says, "You might've noticed the news media is not always my friend. But they aren't the critics I worry about. This guy is."

Scott then puts down the newspaper to reveal grandson Auguste sitting on his lap. The images then show Scott playing with and reading to the boy.

"I spend every day worrying about what my grandson will think of me. I'm focused on the Florida we leave for his generation. That means more jobs and more opportunity. We've made a good start, but we have a lot more work to do."

He then turns to Auguste and says, "What do you say?"

The boy replies, "Let's get to work, Grandpa." Scott smiles and says, "That's my line."

The ad is a different approach from the attack ads that have so far dominated Scott's re-election campaign.

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