Gov. Scott's high on Perry and Romney
September 14th, 2011
10:06 AM ET
7 years ago

Gov. Scott's high on Perry and Romney

(CNN) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Rick Perry's statements about Social Security will not hurt his chances among Sunshine State voters in the 2012 presidential campaign.

"I don't think it's a problem," Scott said on MSNBC Wednesday. "I think everybody realizes it's an issue we have to deal with."

Texas Gov. Perry previously characterized the entitlement program as "unconstitutional" and a "Ponzi scheme," but Scott said his comments will not decide the next election.

The first term Republican governor predicted Perry and fellow Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could win Florida in the general election.

"Both of them would be good candidates," Scott said. "I think both of them will do well."

Ultimately, Scott said the candidate with the better jobs plan will succeed in his state, which hosts an early primary.

"Both of them have had success building jobs, one as a governor, one more in business," Scott said referencing Perry and the former businessman. "It's going to come down to jobs, whoever has the right blueprint for jobs."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Rick Scott
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I live in this state. I have not lived here more than 5 years and am about to move. I never thought I could live with such an uniformed electorate. People here have no idea what is at stake during an election. Mister the two other biggest liars in the Republican Party. You deserve each other.

    September 14, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Rick Scott was the head of Hospital Corporation of America, which admitted to fourteen felonies and agreed to pay the federal government over $600 million. Scott then took his millions that he made fraudulently and became a venture capitalist. Then he took that money and bought himself a governorship.

    This is what Republicans are all about, folks: Defraud, steal, screw over the average person and the most vulnerable, all the while making a bundle of money.

    September 14, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. ReallY!!?

    Perry is right. Soc. Sec. is a Ponzi scheme. The govt. raid this fund to pay for pet projects. Now people <65yrs r paying soc. sec to cover current recipients. Madoff did this and is in jail for it. Americans need to know the truth. It is 70yr policy & needs to be changed. Look to Greece. We r headed there. Those who don't believe it are delusional!!

    September 14, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Rick Scott is hoping that collective amnesia will hit the voters in FL if Perry is the nominee. While Scottis correct in pointing out the problems with SS and the need to correct them, he is sadly mistaken if he thinks retirees in FL will forgive Perry for slamming SS as a program while not offering anything substantive in return. Scott's own approval rating in FL could be a drag on the GOP nominee as well: at least Romney was smart enough to reject the "Ponzi Scheme" label that Perry is now inching away from, and Romney would be even smarter if he limits his appearances with Scott.

    September 14, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I suppose Gov. Scott identifies with the arrangement behind the mandatory HPV shots by executive order. It has similarities to the mandatory Florida drug testing for recipients of public aid. In both cases, it provided an exclusive "no-bid" contract for a private medical firm.

    September 14, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Both of them have had success building jobs, one as a governor, one more in business," Scott said referencing Perry and the former businessman."

    Okey dokey, Scott.

    September 14, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. As GM goes, so goes the country...Unions/Democrats killed GM, now they are killing the country

    Don't like that Perry issued a mandate forcing vaccines on young girls and especially don't like his illegal immigration postition. He's a former Democrat and still has some very smelling Democrat traits.

    September 14, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Harry Baxter

    Governor Scott, in his short time in office, has done more damage to the State of Florida than a category 5 Hurricane ever did. He is an unfeeling Right-wing fanatic, and he'll be thrown out of office by an overwhelming margin if he dares to run for reelection. I only wish that Florida had recall procedures to remove this plague, because the recall would be underway now.

    September 14, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    "Both of them have had success building jobs, one as a governor, one more in business," Scott said referencing Perry and the former businessman. "It's going to come down to jobs, whoever has the right blueprint for jobs."

    It's going to come down to vaginas and the elderly, and who hates them the most.

    September 14, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. mc tampa

    Doesn't bode well for either of them in Florida then, we hate this governor, lowest ratings in the country. Even the republicans down here dispise this guy, buyers remorse big time!!

    September 14, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Rick in AZ

    Jeez- One crook endorsing another crook. Big deal. Rick Perry, tell all the retired people in Fl. the truth-You want to abolish Social Security!

    September 14, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. RLA

    Perry is just the kind of inexperienced pol the republicans do not need.

    September 14, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. terry,va

    Perry or Romney will mop the floor with Obummie come 2012. We the taxpayers are tired of carrying Obummie's socialist government. All Obummie knows is to tax and spend. No more taxes and the 3 years of unemployment, giving 1/2 billion to croonies in the green industry and the elimination of union thuggery. Oh, happy days !!!!!

    September 14, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. rs

    In a state full of retired people? Really, Gov. Scott? Sure- take away their Social Security as Perry has thratened and see what is left of your state- AND the Republican Party.

    It is obviously you need to be tested for drug use!

    September 14, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think either Perry or Romney have a really good jobs plan. I haven't heard much about their plans. What I have heard doesn't sound like it will do much other than make their corporate overlords (to use some hyperbole) wealthier which doesn't translate to more workers. It sounds like same old Republican lines that have proven not to work often.

    September 14, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And during the latest CNN debate, the candidates came to play, attacking the central bank with rhetorical broadsides usually reserved for enemies of the state."

    Well, children do that you know - play. They fight, too. Especially this particular group of children. Apparently "treason" is their newest "hot potato". Never mind that in one way or another they've each made their own treasonous comments. Best let them continue the fight against themselves ... not much else coming from them anyway. Certainly no ideas, no plans, no goals - nada. Shallow, and without merit. Each of them.

    September 14, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. Texan

    Proof of the old saying, " Be careful what you wish for- you just might get it." - Well Florida, you got Scott for better or worse. -– Enjoy !!!!

    September 14, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Republicans - The Not Intended To Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Nice try Rick but you won`t be able to change the subject so fast.

    Perry is an execution-happy, swaggering, big-mouthed Texan that want to strap SS to the chair and end its existence; electrocute it; – gas it – Perry doesn`t care how. There is a long history of Republican hostility to Social Security.

    Look how can he call it a Ponzi scheme? Today`s recipients paid-in to SS for 45 years or so of their working lives. If they are lucky, over the next 15 years they are paid-out their contributions and their employers match.

    Rick Perry should know this but instead he choses to mislead people to create a generational lynch mob to further his goal of ending – of executing – Social Security.

    Seniors, only a fool cuts his own throat.

    September 14, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Don

    Scott is just glad to have some other Repubs in the spotlight – distracting Florida voters attention away from him and is bottom-dweller approval ratings. I guess thats politics for ya! Some of Scott's decisions as governor are both appalling and unexplainable.

    September 14, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. Buy American or Drop Dead

    Consider Scott's approval rating with Florida voters is approximately 25%, what the heck does he know?

    September 14, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Marie MD

    Hey Scott, Mr. Insurance man fraud. I am surprised tthat you even won in a state that is mostly made up of seniors! Good luck next time around. Your rating is lower than your IQ (or those who voted for you)

    September 14, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    You can see in his eyes how crazy he is!

    September 14, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Okey-Dokey, then. Fairly confident Rick Scott's on the losing end of THAT argument. Romney and Perry, too.

    September 14, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. thomas

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott , the corruption of government !

    Unfortunately Perry will be our next president , , things need to get a lot worse before they get better.

    Americas oligarchs !

    September 14, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Jan

    Scott is a con-artist,a theif,and a lier!! Just like Perry! Corruption,at its best! You southerners better think first at the polls,instead of push the wrong "Buttons". Teaparty= "Gone" 2012!!

    September 14, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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