It’s Scott v. Romney on Florida’s economyby John Kennedy | August 7th, 2012
A day after he was tapped for a speaking role at the Republican National Convention, Florida Gov. Rick Scott continued Tuesday to march to his own drummer on the state’s economy — a beat that puts him out of step with presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
“We are doing the right things here,” Scott told reporters, following a Cabinet meeting. “Look, we’re reducing taxes. We’re reducing regulation. Our agencies are trying to work with businesses to get more jobs here. Now, we need the federal government to do its part.”
Romney began airing a television spot last week that ridiculed the state’s 8.6 percent unemployment level — which the campaign pinned to President Obama. Scott, by contrast, usually hails that mark as a notable, 2.1 percent reduction from where it was a year ago.
The Romney ad, complete with ominous music and dark, post-Apocalyptic imagery, goes on to deride Florida over the past four years as home to a record number of home and business foreclosures, while an additional 600,000 Floridians fell into poverty.
The TV spot concludes that the Democratic president “focused on ObamaCare instead of jobs.”
For his part, Scott seems to draw a distinction there.
“What I’m focused on is what I’m doing every day,” Scott said. “If they’ve asked me to speak…I’m pretty consistent in what I talk about. You know, people want jobs. We’ve had a lot of success so far. But we still have 793,000 people out of work. We’re not done yet.”