Scott bus tour day 5: field trips, Jeb!, Haley and teaby Dara Kam | October 31st, 2010
Rick Scott bookended two GOP rock stars between a Tea Party rally and a private screening of the education documentary “Waiting for Superman” on Day 5 of his statewide bus tour as the clock ticks down until Election Day.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush kicked off the day with a rally for the GOP Cabinet slate and gubernatorial candidate Scott at an airport hangar in Orlando.
“There’s a cloud on our state. I think there’s a lot of pessimism in our state right now. I think we need a can-do leader that lifts the cloud,” Bush said. “I think he’s the right guy for the right time.”
Scott capped off the day-long flyaround on a chartered plane with a rally near Tampa starring Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the head of the National Governor’s Association.
Both parties consider the governor’s race crucial to the 2012 presidential election.
“But the most important thing is Florida matters. Florida matters to the American economy. Florida matters to the Southern economy. And all of us that live in this part of the U.S., we want Florida to prosper because everybody else prospers,” said Barbour.
Barbour was chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1994 – what he called the “greatest midterm Republican sweep in the 20th century” – when the GOP swept the U.S. House and Senate and picked up 17 governors’ seats.
“Let me tell you, that’s pretty heady stuff for a boy from Yazoo City, Miss.,” Barbour told a gathering of supporters in Riverview.
But, he added: “The 2010 election is far more important to our country’s future than the 1994 election. The Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress have yanked our country in the biggest lurch to the left in American political history,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Scott spent about an hour at a Tea Party rally outside Jacksonville where he did some Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama-bashing before attending a private screening in Winter Park of “Waiting for Superman,” the documentary that chronicles California’s education woes. Scott purchased all of the seats in the theater showing the film and invited children from Heritage Prep charter school and their families to join him.
Democrat Alex Sink, meanwhile, gave a speech to the teachers’ union in nearby Orlando.
Scott said he was highlighting the differences between their two education plans in which he proposes an expansion of corporate vouchers and wants to allow parents to send their children to any public school they wish.
“I’m doing rallies with families that care about the education of their children and want choice. My opponent is with the unions who oppose choice,” Scott said.