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Tale of two Ricks: Scott says Perry likely running, but doesn’t expect to endorse

by John Kennedy | August 1st, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott is a huge fan of Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

He also envies the Lone Star State’s low unemployment rate and overall economy.

But as Perry mulls whether to jump into the Republican presidential field — a likelihood, Scott says — his Florida counterpart doesn’t planĀ  to offer an endorsement.

“I think he’s going to run,” Scott said, adding, “I can’t imagine he’s not going to run. It’s sort of lined up for him to run, right now, because there’s not that many nationally known governors running. And governors have historically won these. He’s in a nice position.”

But if Perry gets in, Scott said he doesn’t plan to endorse him, or probably any of those in the GOP hunt for the White House.

“I went through this last year,” Scott said, recalling his own upstart challenge of party favorite Bill McCollum. “I like primaries.

“I think everybody had already endorsed someone else by the time I got in the race. So I’m OK with real primaries.”

 

 

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