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Rick Scott: Gingrich has to win Florida to stay in the game

by Dara Kam | January 30th, 2012

Gov. Rick Scott told FOX Business Network today that tomorrow’s Sunshine State GOP primary could be make-or-break for Newt Gingrich, trailing Mitt Romney in recent Florida polls by double digits.

“It looks like Florida is going to choose. It’s going to be tough, I think it will be hard on Newt, if he doesn’t win Florida, to go forward, because Governor Romney has a good campaign going from the standpoint of good organization and he’s raised a lot of money,” Scott told FOX Business Network’s Follow the Money host Eric Bolling in a show to be aired at 10 p.m. tonight.

Scott hasn’t endorsed any of the candidates in the primary, but he’s talked up Romney in recent interviews, praising the former Massachusetts governor’s business acumen and opining that Latino voters prefer Romney to the twice-divorced and admitted former lady’s man Gingrich because Romney is a family man committed to his wife.

Tomorrow’s election defining the GOP nominee is exactly what Republican lawmakers hoped for when the moved Florida’s primary up from its previously scheduled date, incurring the wrath of national GOP leaders. State Republicans are being punished by losing half their delegates to the GOP convention, and because of the early date, Florida is now a winner-take-all-delegates match.

Scott also told FBN that the winner needs to sell his jobs plan – as Scott himself did (with the help of his own $73 million) in his gubernatorial campaign – to Floridians.

Romney, who with Gingrich and “Super-PACs” on both sides have traded nasty ads, has done a better job of getting his message out, Scott told Bolling.

“I hope it has nothing to do with the negative ads. But somebody, one of these two, is going to go out there and really sell that they’ve got a better jobs plan than the other one. That’s who I think is going to win tomorrow,” Scott, who will vote in Leon County tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., said. Unlike most of his predecessors, Scott has registered to vote with his new address at the governor’s mansion.

Asked if he was leaning toward endorsing Romney, Scott remained coy.

“I’m not leaning,” he said.

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6 Responses to “Rick Scott: Gingrich has to win Florida to stay in the game”

  1. Jon Cleary Says:

    Who cares what Scott has to say. He’s going with the popular pick to save his own a$$. Let’s hope people see through his BS. If he was a true fiscal conservative, he would endorse Santorum or Paul. He’s just doing what he does best, take care of his and his friends’ interest. Never witnessed such a hypocritical, unethical man in my life. People were that stupid to vote this guy in. Pathetic!!!

  2. Dee Says:

    I can’t find one person who has admitted for voting for Rich Scott. He most likely won the same way W won in Florida. We had a cheating governor then too.

  3. Spence Says:

    How does the Stay Pufted Marshallow Man stay in “the game”? Well, for starters you’ll need lots and lots and lots of money. spending huge dough (like Scott). Make promises you have no intention of keeping. And vote mega-business all the time, screwing working people. Piece of cake.

  4. ronnie Says:

    florida voters remember…..gingrich has a lot in common with ronald reagan….he’s a lying, thieving, scumbag……who can’t act..

  5. The Real Perspective Says:

    President Obama will be easily re elected.

  6. Solomon Kimuyu Says:

    Romney winning Florida,and a possible GOP nomination, we might as well be ready for 4 more years on Obamacare.
    He will not takedown OBAMA
    Let us vote in consevartive candidate. There are 2 out there in the race.

    Solomon
    Dallas, Texas

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