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Dems say they’re eager to see Scott at RNC
Posted Aug 7, 2012 by William March
Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Democrats say they’re eager to see Florida Gov. Rick Scott, with his low job approval ratings, speaking at the Republican convention in Tampa.
“After all, who better than Rick ‘Toxic’ Scott to serve as the face of Florida Republicans while the whole world is watching?” said a news release today from the Florida Democratic Party executive director Scott Arceneaux. “And with his record of putting the Tea Party and corporate special interests ahead of middle class families, Scott is the perfect spokesman to explain how he shares Mitt Romney’s vision for Florida, and our country.”
The Democrats cited a recent Quinnipiac University poll in which 52 percent of the respondents disapproved of Scott’s job performaance and 36 percent approved.
They said Scott and Romney haven’t appeared together in what they said were 54 visits to Florida by Romney.
“But with the full glare of the national spotlight on Florida, Mitt Romney will find there will be no escaping the long shadow of the home-state governor’s rock bottom approval ratings during the GOP’s convention,” Arceneaux said.
There’s been speculation that Scott’s message of an improving economy in Florida, for which he claims credit, would contradict the basic thrust of Romney’s campaign, which is that the economy is terrible and it’s President Barack Obama’s fault.
Republicans and Romney’s campaign responded that they have no problem campaigning with Scott, or with his message.
“We need a President who will implement similar policies to help strengthen the growth we have seen here in Florida,” said Florida Republican Party spokeswoman Kristen McDonald. “That’s exactly what Mitt Romney will do. I’m sure Governor Scott will be happy to share that message on the national stage.”
Romney campaigned for Scott during the 2010 governor’s race, but since then, most of his visits to Florida were in connection with his presidential primary campaign, in which Scott did not endorse a candidates, so it wouldn’t have made sense for them to campaign together, said Romney campaign spokesman Alberto Martinez.