Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Scott Brushes off Vice President Question

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Scott Brushes off Vice President Question

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POLITICS

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott demurred Wednesday when asked if he would endorse or consider running with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

After signing a bill that would prohibit discharging firearms in certain residential areas, Scott reiterated that he had not yet decided to endorse a presidential candidate and was focused on preserving his $1 billion tax-cut plan for Florida businesses as the Florida Legislature strives to craft a state budget for next year.

"I'm focused on this job," Scott said, when asked if he would consider a vice-presidential position with Trump. Recent political speculation had pegged him among the potential picks for a surging Trump.

"I've got three more years in this job. My goal is when I finish this job people are going to say, 'I have to live in Florida because everyone can get a great job. I have to live in Florida because my kids can get a great education."

He did not speak directly to Trump's merits as a candidate for commander in chief either.

"I think we need to have a president who has a very specific plan on how we are going to get jobs going in this country, just like we've done in Florida, someone who is going to balance the federal budget, someone who is going to cut federal regulations in half and someone who is going to absolutely focus on destroying ISIS," Scott said.

As for the business mogul's chances?

"Well, he keeps winning every race." Scott said with a smile. "It's fun to watch."

At a press conference, Scott instead focused on plugging his priorities for the state's spending plan, requests that lawmakers are increasingly saying are unrealistic. He insisted legislators could find the $1 billion in tax cuts and $250 million for an economic incentive fund he hopes to create for businesses. The scenario is widely viewed as unlikely, given that lawmakers in both chambers have expressed other priorities in their spending plans and are working with less revenue than was initially anticipated for next year. …

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