Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gov. Rick Scott brings familiar message to CPAC

Florida Gov. Rick Scott brought his familiar message of more jobs, less government and lower taxes to Washington, D.C., on Saturday morning, making his speaking debut at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

CPAC, as it's known, is a high-profile event for Republicans who want higher office or influence over the direction of the conservative movement.

Scott crafted his usual talking points for the 2012 presidential campaign, telling Republican candidates to stay focused on jobs.

"The issues when I ran for governor in Florida in 2010 were not much different than the issues this year. In fact, there is one issue that stands head and shoulders above everything else: creating jobs for Americans," Scott said.

"I made that issue the central theme of my campaign, seven steps to 700,000 jobs in seven years. I called it the 7-7-7 plan," he added, drawing chuckles from the audience. "Now they say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so you can imagine how flattered I was when Herman Cain surged to the lead behind his 9-9-9 plan. I was first."

As he did during Florida's presidential primary campaign, Scott steered clear of making an endorsement.

"While many of you may differ on who your choice is for president, I think there's one thing we can all agree on: Any one of these candidates has a superior plan to turn our economy around and would do a far better job than the current occupant of the White House," he said.

Scott's halting delivery seemed to confound audience members, who at times appeared unsure about when to applaud or respond. Still, his frequent mentions of freedom and opportunity drew an unmistakably friendly reaction.

"As you know, in less than nine months, the fate of our nation will be decided. The fate of individual rights will be decided. The opportunity for American families, it'll be decided," Scott said. "In November, when the political dust settles, let it be us that answered the call of who will take responsibility for America's future. Let each of us say, 'I will.' "

Gov. Rick Scott brings familiar message to CPAC 02/11/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:44pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Sears closing another 20 stores


    NEW YORK — Sears is closing another 20 stores as the ailing retailer tries to turn around its business.

    In a government filing Friday, real estate investment trust Seritage confirmed that Sears Holdings Corp. is closing another 20 stores, two of which are Kmart stores.
[AP file photo]
  2. A second mistrial: Jury deadlocks in Ohio cop's murder retrial


    CINCINNATI — A mistrial was declared Friday in the murder retrial of a white University of Cincinnati police officer after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on charges in the fatal traffic stop shooting of an unarmed black motorist.

    Former University of Cincinnati police officer Raymond Tensing, left, and his attorney Stew Mathews listen as Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz tells the jury to continue deliberations after the jury said they are deadlocked during Tensing's trial on Friday in Cincinnati. [AP photo]
  3. SI ranks Quinton Flowers on top 100, above Deondre Francois


    Sports Illustrated's ongoing countdown of the top 100 players in college football includes some high praise for USF quarterback Quinton Flowers.

  4. What to watch this weekend: 'GLOW,' second season of 'Preacher'


    Ready to rumble: GLOW

    Four words: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Yes, the fluorescent, body-slamming soap opera GLOW starring a cast of exaggerated characters is back, this time as a fictionalized Netflix series. Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men) stars as Ruth, a down-on-her-luck actor …

    Alison Brie, left, and Betty Gilpin in GLOW on Netflix.
  5. Exploratory Lab Boot Camp provides real-life technology training to students


    CLEARWATER — At this graduation ceremony featuring some of the brightest local minds in tech, it was the youngsters who stood out.

    Laszlo Leedy, 17, a senior at Shorecrest Prep, presents part of his team's project for SPC's Exploratory Lab Boot Camp. Students presented their ideas at the end of the SPC Exploratory Lab Boot Camp. The program provides real-time business training to students. This year's graduation celebrated 15 students that finished the program. 
[JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]