Lake Buena Vista, Florida (CNN) – Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday distanced himself from Mitt Romney's proposed immigration policies.
"We've got to have a whole policy. We can't pick and choose," the Florida governor said when asked about Romney's proposals that would allow illegal immigrants with higher education degrees or those who have served in the military to remain in the United States.
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Scott, a Romney supporter, spoke to CNN after addressing the National Association of Latino Elected Officials, where Romney appeared Thursday and where President Barack Obama spoke Friday.
The first-term governor also pushed back against a report that the Romney campaign asked Scott to tone down the positive economic message in his state.
"No, the Romney campaign has not asked us to tone down anything," Scott said.
But he added he is "glad people understand how well we're doing."
Although he governs a state with a growing Latino population, Scott said the 2012 election will ultimately be about jobs, not immigration.
"This presidential race will be a lot like my race in 2010. It's going to be all about jobs," Scott said. "Every family I know is focused on these things."
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Distanced, because Romney is going to lose in November and Republican insiders know it.
Sorry, we already have a "whole" immigration policy that millions have followed lawfully, including program for legal mimmigrants to serve in the military. What we don't have is an administration that will address the ILLEGAL immigrants. Arrest and deport. No more anchor babies!
Is Rick Scott being vetted for VP by Romney?
So support president Obama , Only Obama has ideas
►Florida guv: We need a 'whole' immigration policy◄
Oh so "all" of a sudden now REPUBS wanna agree
With policy our president was trying to push through Congress for the past 3 years
Now the Republicans – since they realize it's a "winning" argument – want to feel Immigrant's "blood, sweat & tears"
TOO LATE!!! Every day the Republicans stand out as being the worst obstructionist in the history of America – and the American people are beginning to realize it!!!
Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!
Very interesting. If Romney loses Florida, Obama wins the election. Mittens is a horrible candidate, just as tea-partier Scott is a horrible governor.
other vs. Cubans: Is There A Double Standard On Illegal Aliens?
Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential Treatment to get Green Card
Of course no republican will say anything about this as most cubans tend to vote republican
Yes, we should have a whole immigration policy, and the Cuban community in Florida should face the same rules and regulations as everyone else who improperly enters the United States. The "Wet-Foot/Dry-Foot" policy should be eliminated, and each and every Cuban who comes to this country should either enter legally on a visa, or should apply individually for an exemption status as a refugee. Just like any Guatemalan, Mexican, Honduran, Haitian, Dominican, etc.
Then talk to the nutjobs sitting on the Dream Act (bi-partisan) in Congress. They belong to YOUR bagger group.
Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?
Nah – he's republican and a teaparty
The birthers never said a peep about Panama John McCain's birth certificate,
Hey, people. Don't listen to the Republicans. They have an agenda, that will not be good for the 99% of us. Remember the Great Sucker Punch they pulled on the nation in the 2010 elections. They won the House, felt empowered, and went into overdrive on a social agenda, instead of the JOBS they had promised. They way overreached. Give them the White House and they'll just go hog wild, draconian. Need proof? Look at the states of Michigan and Wisconsin.
If you want a whole immigration policy, maybe the GOP should write one up instead of crying and whining
"Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential Treatment to get Green Card"
D you knowthe difference between immigration and political asylum????
Empty suits Mitt McCain and Rubio have been pimp slapped by our great President Obama. They're deer in the headlights now.
This is really rich, now suddenly, the Governor wants immigration policy which the Republicans voted against. Democrats had Passed the Dream Act and the Rethugs had Filibustered to death as they have done to everything else !
The Republicans must think that people have a memory of two days!
Now what is your plan besides saying you want it?
Reagan granted amnesty in the mid 80's, what's been done since then?
Cubans are protected under President Kennedy, he worked it out for them due to the persecution of Castro. It is not their fault Kennedy gave them passage. Obama's immigration rule is different in that they fall under illegal entry and their countries are not persecuting them, if anything Mexico is #27 in education and US is #37 in education. Many Americans are being homes in Mexico, Central & South America and live there with no problems, they call it Paradise.
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.
"We've got to have a whole policy"
Republican-speak for kicking the can down the road while actually intending to do nothing (evidenced by the 8 years of Repub inaction under Bush).
I agree with Scott that this election will be about jobs. The problem with Obama's immigration rule to extend work permits to those illegal immigrants is that not only do they have our jobs back home but they will also get our jobs right here in our country. So yes, this election is about jobs.
Actually, we need a new governor. Our corrupt medicaid scammer needs to purge himself from FL.
Tell gop 2 quit fillabustering. A lot stuff would hv been done by now!
The Dream Act passed the house and had 55 votes in the senate, but the GOPers stopped it. As long as there are right wingnuts, our country will be held hostage.
Hussein ignored the cause of all these illegals being in the country to begin with.
Hussein only compounded the problem. No surprise.
Curious 2 know what unemployment n state would b if gov scott would hv taken stimulus 4 high speed rail.