Scott won’t attend Rick Perry prayer rally – in personby Dara Kam | July 30th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott won’t be in Houston next week for Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s prayer event but Florida’s executive-in-chief will make an appearance – on tape.
Scott told reporters on Saturday that he’ll virtually show up for his top rival Perry, who’s considering a bid for president in an already-crowded GOP field.
“I’m not going. I’m sending a short video, just a two or three minute video,” Scott said, adding that he met with Perry within the past two weeks. “I think he thinks it’s going to be a good event so good for him.”
On Thursday, a federal judge issued a ruling giving Perry the go-ahead to participate in The Response, a day of prayer and fasting at Houston’s Reliant Stadium on Saturday. A group of atheists had sued Perry, arguing that the event violated the separation of church and state, but the judge threw out the case, ruling that the group had no standing.
Perry invited other Republican governors, including Scott, to join him in the prayer day but thus far appears to be going solo.
Scott frequently looks to Lone Star state policies as a guide for what Florida should be doing to limit business regulation and encourage job growth. Recently, Scott put his rival on notice after Chief Executive magazine ranked Texas first and Florida third in the nation for doing business.
Scott stopped short of endorsing Perry for president but elaborated on who he thinks will win not only the GOP primary but the general election. His description outlines a candidate who sounds a lot Florida’s self-proclaimed jobs governor, who campaigned on a pledge of bringing 700,000 jobs to the Sunshine State and whose middle name could be construed “jobs, jobs, jobs.”
The winner “is going to be the person that has the right blueprint for jobs,” Scott said. “I think that’s the biggest issue that we’re dealing with today in our country. So whoever can explain to the American public that they have the right plan for jobs, that’s who’s going to win the race.”
And how should presidential hopefuls go about winning?
“Explain how they’re going to get the country back to work,” he said. “It’s who’s got the right plan for jobs.”