September 8th, 2010
12:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Scott's running mate takes on Quran burning

 The running mate of Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott (shown at right) is condemning the Gainesville pastor organizing a Quran burning to protest radical Islam.
The running mate of Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott (shown at right) is condemning the Gainesville pastor organizing a Quran burning to protest radical Islam.

Lakeland, Florida (CNN) – The running mate of Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott is condemning the Gainesville pastor organizing a Quran burning to protest radical Islam.

“We have to look at it as a moral issue, it’s a sensitivity issue, and we should not be supporting something like that,” state Rep. Jennifer Carroll told reporters Wednesday at a campaign event in Lakeland, the Scott campaign’s first public comments about the controversial protest.

Scott is battling Democrat Alex Sink in the governor’s race.

Asked to clarify if she believes the protest should be allowed to proceed, Carroll's spokeswoman Erin Isaac responded: “No.”

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville is moving forward with the protest, scheduled for Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, have condemned the protest and warned that images of the Quran burning could inflame anti-American sentiment and put U.S. troops' lives at risk.

Carroll also said she “would not agree” with Jones’ characterization of Islam as “evil.”

Scott’s running mate was appearing at Polk County GOP headquarters on behalf of Senate candidate Marco Rubio, who scrapped his campaign schedule this week following the death of his father.

Sink also condemned the planned demonstration in a statement Wednesday.

"I stand with General Petraeus in condemning the planned burning of the Quran, as it could put our brave troops in harm's way. I also feel this display of hatred and intolerance is not in keeping with the values and spirit of our state," she said.

Updated 1:55 p.m.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. steve kevlin

    wow now this is a real politican.. flip flopping again.. to gain votes.. he must support the taliban... oh what he is part of the american taliban called the GOP... just vote no... lets put the gop in office and then they have one year to fix everything.. isnt that what they gave obama.......

    vote teaparty.. and cancel medicade and ssn... come on less govt. i dont want to pay anymore ssn and im 51 i have a great ira and 403 plan..... ..

    September 8, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  2. Deborah/Kansas City

    Book burining is about as un American and backwards as anyone can be. Is this where we want our country to go? All you evangelical chirstians? Anyone who truly beleives in American values and freedom, should condem this action.

    September 8, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Rafael

    He has the right to burn the Quran as much as the Imam has the right to build the mosque! Double standard?

    September 8, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Pat F

    All the uproar is interesting. I wonder if all these offended people were as vocal when the National Endowment for the Arts was issuing grants for works of art in which a crucifix was submerged in urine. I'm betting that they were on NEA's side in that case.

    So freedom of speech and freedom of religion are only applicable for non-Christian religions. I get it now.

    September 8, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Marcus

    “We have to look at it as a moral issue, it’s a sensitivity issue, and we should not be supporting something like that,” state Rep. Jennifer Carroll. Miss (or Mrs.), since when radicals have sensivity?
    He thinks he has the right to do that because of his biased perception of how the world is and works and thus he will do that.
    And, all around the world, his acts will be used as the excuse by radicals like him to make others pay for his acts....

    September 8, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Bill

    Screw Rep. Jennifer Carrol and all others who want to suck up to the Quram and Muslims who wadt you dead.

    September 8, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. XWngLady

    Slapping a black woman on the ticket wouldn't make me vote for Republicans any more than putting Sarah Palin on the ticket made me vote for McCain (NOT)....Republicans, especially ones who embrace the ridiculousness of the TEA Party, are transparent. And no amount of "tokening" (a la Micheal Steele) is going to change who they fundamentally are, which is devoid of any concern for the average American (especially minorities) or any real plan to get this country out of the pit that they drove us into.

    September 8, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Ariely

    BUT DON’T BURN BOOKS– REMEMBER THE HISTORY

    *People can and should spech freely against Quran commands to impose Islam by sward worldwide.
    *People can and should require Muslims join the 21 century consensus that all religions can coexist without one imposing supremacy by force.
    *People can and should require Muslims to join and respect human rights values.
    *People can and should require Muslim to offer to infidels the same rights the Muslims have and the additional rights they demand in all 58 Muslim countries.

    People can and should require the "CHANGE" president Obama to stop being an Islam ambassador and require mutuality from Muslim countries

    DON'T BURN THE QUARAN.

    *Islamists background:
    Islam started the desire for global dominations 1400 years ago It is not a 20 century invention.
    America and USA were not discovered then.
    *Emerged from Hedjaz and conquered up to the gates of Paris,Vienna,India.
    Some people managed to push the Islamists back.

    1:Qur'an 8:12–I will cast terror into the hearts of the disbelieve. Strike off their heads and every fingertip
    2:Qur'an 9:14–Fight them,Allah will punish them by your hands
    3:Qur'an 9:123–O you who believe! Fight the unbelievers who are near to you

    Committing crimes and blaming the defenders

    September 8, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Not All Docs Play Golf

    As a physician, all I can say is I hate wealthy "health care executives." This is the kind of guy I would have tutored in his chemistry classes in college. Now he pushes doctors around, cuts re-imbursement to unsustainable levels, and denies the MRI that I order for my patient after keeping my nurse on hold with a mechanical series of voices for 30 minutes while we beg for prior-authorization on behalf of our patient. And of course, he'll be against health care reform, while as a primary care doctor I drive my 11-year old Chevy and live in a modest ranch house next door to a high school teacher, as this nerd pours millions of his own dollars into his campaign.

    September 8, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. MSH, Miami, FL

    Rick Scott is the most dangerous man to ever run for office in Florida. He has used the millions he earned by defrauding the US Government to buy the primary, and Florida's Republican electorate has been gullible enough to fall for his carefully orchestrated ploy. He relies entirely on attack ads and catchy sayings because he certainly cannot run on his record of defrauding Medicare of billions. He should not be running for Governor - he should be in jail.

    September 8, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. some guy in New Hampshire

    Burning the Koran to protest radical Islam is like burning the Bible to protest the actions of the KKK. The religion of Islam is one more victim of radical Muslims.

    September 8, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. Shirley in California

    Well, I in no shape or form would like to be "friends" with this pastor. However, I do support his burning of the Quran. I do hope and pray it doesn't cause any harm to our soldiers. The Bible is God's word and what we should all live by.

    September 8, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. Adalbert

    The law and order crowd led by criminals. Fantastic.

    September 8, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. AmFem

    Finally a Republican steps up to the plate and condemns the nut-case who wants to burn the Qurans. Too bad, she's a nobody. Where is Boehner? McConnell? Cantor? Bush?

    September 8, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    lost my vote, but I wont vote for a Dem either, but you burn my flag, I burn your holy book, you step on my rights and I step on you by not voting for you. The American people need to STOP turning the other cheek, all politicians are liberals, stand up for America. If they throw sticks, we need to throw rocks, if they threaten our kids, we need to clean their clocks, quit playing with them, IT IS Time To STAND UP and BE COUNTED for who we are, AMERICANS not liberal politicians and whiners.

    September 8, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  16. John

    This pastor represents what is wrong with any organized religion – man's influence and intrepretation. How can a preacher stand in a pulpit and preach the message of Christ – forgiveness, love one another, etc... and then plan an event so polarizing and hateful. Trust me, I do not condone the islamic fundamentalist and their message, but burning of a sacred book doesn't stop the hatred it fuels it. Instead of this uninsightful protest, the preacher should embrace the religious freedoms enjoyed in this country and preach the appropriate Christ message of love and forgiveness. A moment of silence and reflection on what it means to be an American and enjoy our freedoms is a more appropriate way to remember the events of 9/11.

    One man's opinion

    September 8, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  17. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Burning books is an evil that sails under the Swastika banner.

    It doesn't matter what book is burned - the act itself is an outrage. The fact that this bigoted preacher is burning a holy book should be considered religious heresy by all religions. You don't desecrate holy ground, you don't burn holy books. I'm not even religious and I know this rule very well.

    I saw this preacher interviewed on Anderson Cooper's show last night. He's a bigot, pure and simple, and he's blaming the Muslims for his own hatred.

    September 8, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    To all you evangelical "christians"(now thereare two words that should not be used in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence) supporting this book burning.

    The highest General in the Afghan war has said this act will put both American civilians and troops in greater harm.

    So, when an America soldier(s) is kidnapped, burned, drug through the street and finally hung from a light pole after being beheaded, the blood of these fine young people is on YOUR hands as the reason for their death will be directly attributable to an act you were warned would cause their death.

    Your souls will also be bloodstained, and this "heathen" will be praying that God will forgive you.

    September 8, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Florida Joe

    Only the Repubs would nominate this thief Scott............This guy should be in jail and yet he received millions to leave the company that stole from the Government and now he is trying to use those $$$$ to buy the Governor’s mansion

    September 8, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. William 1444

    Book burning? Isn't that what the Nazis did?

    If the "pastor" and his racist, islamaphobe, pretend christians had any courage, they would go to a muslim country and have their burnings.

    I doubt that the founders of this great country had in mind that free speech included hate speech and disorderly, criminal conduct intended to incite crimes like a KKK rally with lynchings and church arsons to follow.

    September 8, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Just when you think these dummies can't get any dumber......

    You're talking about burning an entire religion's holy book. Americans may not always catch the gist of symbolism, and insults but this is EXTREMELY insulting. Even if said act is performed by a backwoods local yokel like this pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center (can you believe the name? Outreach?).

    We have thousands of American troops still overseas. Does this jerk NOT realize that his action is tantamount to using gasoline to put out a fire? Our rejection of building an Inter-faith center NEAR the site of the WTC's already smells foul. Now this?

    The stupidity of SOME wrapped around our country's flag doesn't make it any less stupid. This poorly thought-out show of "patriotism" canand will have undesired, and unnecessary negative effects.

    September 8, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  22. bill

    first repub to speak out.good but where are the top gopers.boehner mcconnell.palinthey stir up hate and stand back and say nothing.hum kinda sounds like the kkk.shurley not.

    September 8, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. Enough Already

    If we allow people to burn the American Flag, then we have to allow them the right to burn the Quran. Both acts are hideously offensive, but that's the price of free speech.

    September 8, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. Peter s

    Who are you trying to hoodwink ? both you Scott and that shameless Pastor are cut from the same cloth!!! " Tea Baggers" try finding someone else to sell your gospel. What sly cunning people pathetic!!!

    September 8, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  25. Did you Know That the Gallup Poll Yesterday Said that last weeks Widely-Reported 10 Point G.O.P. Lead was now . . .

    Is down to a big fat zero.

    That's because republican coward are unwilling to attack pastor Jones for the evil scumbag that he is.

    Stop the burning – shut down the Dove church – jail pastor Jones

    Let him call the ACLU to bail out his sorry Arse

    September 8, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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