Rod Smith rejects Rick Scott’s Obama-liberal ‘metaphor’by George Bennett | October 21st, 2010
Rod Smith, the former state Senator who is Sink’s lieutenant governor pick, says Scott keeps bringing up Obama — including the term “Obama math” in Wednesday night’s debate — because he’s afraid to discuss the issues and his own past, which includes $1.7 billion in Medicare fraud fines paid by Scott’s former hosptial chain.“He is trying to link Alex Sink and Rod Smith to everything Obama — that’s his clear strategy. And the fact is that Alex is a fiscal conservative and I’ve probably been considered the most conservative Democrat in elected office in the last several years. So that’s not going to work,” Smith said while campaigning in West Palm Beach this morning with U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton.
“He has to try to nationalize this election. He has no plan for Florida and he has no record to run on,” Smith said.
Asked his own thoughts on Obama, Smith answered: “It isn’t what I think of President Obama….He (Scott) is using Obama as a metaphor for all things liberal. That’s what he’s trying to do. He uses ‘Obama’ and ‘liberal’ interchangeably. It doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not — I think it is not true.
“But the fact of the matter is these are buzzwords trying to corner the Sink-Smith ticket as a liberal Democratic ticket because he knows that their ticket is way to the right and has no plan for Florida…..We’re a moderate ticket that has a plan for Florida that will work.”
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