• Mitt Romney Asks Rick Scott to Tone Down the Job Improvement Talk

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott is a team player. He's clearly willing to do whatever it takes to deliver the Sunshine State's crucial 29 electoral votes to fellow Republican Mitt Romney. Even if he has to purge every last elderly Democratic war hero in the state.

    And, as it happens, Florida has some decent economic improvement numbers to crow about. And what better way to show that Republicans in the executive office know how to get things done? Seems like a no-brainer, right?

    Well, in a manner of speaking, yes

    Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    Scott, a Republican, was asked to say that the state's jobless rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency, according to the people, who asked not to be named.

    What’s unfolding in Florida highlights a dilemma for the Romney campaign: how to allow Republican governors to take credit for economic improvements in their states while faulting Obama’s stewardship of the national economy. Republican governors in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin also have highlighted improving economies.

    Swinging positive numbers into a negative message shouldn't be all that hard a task. I mean, mathematics is hardly an exact science.

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    Tags: Economy, Florida, Mitt Romney, Rick Scott


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