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Scott recalls hanging chad: Obama voters now feel like Palm Beach’s Buchanan supporters

by John Kennedy | September 24th, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott drew cheers from Presidency 5 delegates Saturday, saying he expected the winner of the Florida Republican primary to emerge as the party’s nominee — with a key first step on that path being the upcoming straw poll.

“You will send a very strong signal about who will be America’s choice,” Scott told the 3,000 delegates. ”As Florida goes, so goes the nation. And as you go, so goes Florida.”

Scott pointed out that victories in straw polls at earlier installments of the party convention gave an important push to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole.  Later though, speaking to reporters, the governor conceded that Saturday’s outcome may not prove so decisive.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is close to Scott. is narrowly leading in Florida over second-place Mitt Romney, according to a poll this week. But Perry stumbled in Thursday night’s nationally televised debate, and his struggle to explain his stance on illegal immigration seems to have cost him support among at least a portion of  P-5 atttendees.

“There’s all these expectations games, I didn’t have to deal with that in my race,” Scott said. “If he doesn’t win, he’ll be frustrated. But I think the positives are that whoever wins, it shows what people in this state are thinking about. If you want people to be active in your campaign, these are the issues you need to focus on, and have a message.

“I personally believe that the most important message is going to be jobs,” Scott added. “But we’ll see….this is the real group of activists, the people who care about this race today.”

While Florida delegates may not send as clear a message as they have in past conventions, Scott drew cheers from the crowd with a direct attack on President Obama. He recalled the 2000 presidential election, marked by hanging-chad and voter confusion.

“There were all those Palm Beach voters who couldn’t believe they voted for Pat Buchanan,” Scott remembered. “Well, since 2008, I’ve met people all over the country who can’t believe they’ve voted for Barack Obama. I’m absolutely convinced, they’ll get it right next year.”

Scott described Saturday’s speech as among the three biggest of his short political career. His inaugural address, his State of the State speech to open this year’s Legislature also are up there, the governor said.

For Scott, the speech also placed the one-time political outsider firmly within Florida’s Republican establishment.

Scott also brought many in the crowd to their feet by boasting that he had not wavered from his stance that “businesses create new jobs, not government and for “sticking to my principles.”

“I did not run to be voted most popular, I ran so that Florida could be most likely to succeed,” Scott said.

12 Responses to “Scott recalls hanging chad: Obama voters now feel like Palm Beach’s Buchanan supporters”

  1. ompas Says:

    “You will send a very strong signal about who will be America’s choice,” Scott told the 3,000 delegates. ”As Florida goes, so goes the nation. And as you go, so goes Florida.”

  2. vacax Says:

    While Florida delegates may not send as clear a message as they have in past conventions, Scott drew cheers from the crowd with a direct attack on President Obama. He recalled the 2000 presidential election, marked by hanging-chad and voter confusion.

  3. cavad Says:

    Scott also brought many in the crowd to their feet by boasting that he had not wavered from his stance that “businesses create new jobs, not government and for “sticking to my principles.”

  4. caray Says:

    For Scott, the speech also placed the one-time political outsider firmly within Florida’s Republican establishment.

  5. beed Says:

    it shows what people in this state are thinking about. If you want people to be active in your campaign, these are the issues you need to focus on, and have a message.

  6. nails Says:

    Rick Scott drew cheers from Presidency 5 delegates Saturday, saying he expected the winner of the Florida Republican primary to emerge as the party’s nominee — with a key first step on that path being the upcoming straw poll.

  7. jonh Says:

    Scott added. “But we’ll see….this is the real group of activists, the people who care about this race today.”

  8. logy Says:

    have cost him support among at least a portion of P-5 atttendees.

  9. public Says:

    upcoming straw poll.

    “You will send a very strong signal about who will be America’s choice,” Scott told the 3,000 delegates. ”As Florida goes, so goes the nation. And as you go, so goes Florida.”

  10. Searcher Says:

    So, look at the PREDICTION by Gov. Slick Rick. According to the Rickster, Cain will win the Presidency. After all, he is like Ricky, he has never been elected to political office. Just like Ricky, he will be a FAILURE. Birds of a feather…..

  11. Reality Says:

    Pink Slip Rick ran on a platform of creating jobs. But what he really meant was he was going to cut jobs and privatize critical services so his buddies can make millions and millions of dollars.

    When he was CEO his company stole billions from medicare and plead guilty to 14 felonies. Now he is the governor and he can steal from our state legally.

    Lets get to work…

  12. RENEGADE Says:

    I meet people every day all over Florida who say ” I really screwed up when I voted for that piece of Sh*t Scott”

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