Group makes positive ad for Scott in Florida
March 26th, 2013
11:44 AM ET
1 year ago

Group makes positive ad for Scott in Florida

(CNN) – A political committee supporting a re-election bid for Republican Gov. Rick Scott of Florida released its first ad this cycle, touting the state's drop in unemployment rate since Scott took office.

The web ad, made by "Let's Get to Work," will run indefinitely on Florida news websites, according (Republican) sources in the Sunshine State. And given its high-quality production and nearly-two minute length, it could easily be turned into a television ad or two.

Scott hasn't announced that he's running for a second term, but he's up for re-election in 2014.

In the video, released Monday, the governor is seen speaking at a Mitsubishi Power Systems plant, talking about the economy's improvement in the state. Since taking office in January 2011, the unemployment level in Florida has dropped from 10.9% to 7.8%.

"Florida's not a place just for vacationers anymore, now it's a place where you can come and work," a worker in the ad says.

Despite lower unemployment rates, Scott's approval ratings have struggled to top 41% since May 2011, according to Quinnipiac University polls. His most recent approval rate was 36% in a survey released March 20.

The same survey indicated that only 32% of voters believe Scott deserves re-election. And former Gov. Charlie Crist, who served as a Republican but is now a Democrat, would topple Scott in a hypothetical gubernatorial matchup, 50%-34%, according to the poll.

WATCH: Rick Scott will appear Wednesday morning on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," starting at 7 a.m. ET.

Scott made headlines when he recently decided to endorse the Medicaid expansion from President Barack Obama's health care reform–a law he vehemently opposed in his first election bid. However, a GOP-controlled Senate panel in the state voted it down.

The governor also came under criticism for Florida's election laws and procedures last year. The state received wide attention for its long Election Day lines and delayed voting results. And in June, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit that sought to stop the state of Florida from purging voters from registration rolls.

Scott, however, contended at the time that the move was necessary to remove the names of non-citizens from the lists, and polls showed that a majority of Florida voters approved of the measure.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Rick in OP

    Scott has been relentless in trying to bring new new jobs to Florida. I frequently see him on CNBC at 6:30 in the morning pitching hard for Florida. He is in tight competition with Rick Perry of Texas for bringing new jobs to their respective states. Their jobs are made much easier by states like New York, Illinois and California who keep raising taxes and driving away businesses. Last I heard Scott was talking to a hedge fund about leaving the snow and taxes of New York for the sunshine and low taxes of Florida.

    March 26, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Pete

    Ask Rick Scott just who is being hired in Florida smart people..Florida from the state line down is looking like a refugee camp with a sprinkling of whites to make it look some what normal..The English language is hardly used in Dade,Broward counties and if you're not bi lingual you're not hired its that bad..Just call a business in Florida and try to quess who answers the phone,good luck on that one as well...All jobs are minimum wage as well so tell Scott the con jobs on him and he's gone next year as well with the rest of these republican frauds,midterms can't come fast enough for REAL AMERICANS!!!!

    March 26, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Florida is a state where your vote will be surpressed and you can expect to wait in line to vote for up to 6 hours. Florida is the state where they have the "Stand Your Ground" law. Where does Mr. Scott stand on those issues?

    March 26, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Florida should thank his predecessor, the one who accepted Stimulus money. Scott is a croney capitalist of the worse kind.

    March 26, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Rudy NYC

    My sentiments exactly. The only reason Florida is on a good footing economically is because of the stimulus money Gov. Crist accepted. Period. Gov. Crist put his constituents first and got booted out of the party for it.

    "I didn't leave the republican party. The republican party left me." – Charlie Crist

    March 26, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Sandy

    Why doesn't CNN ever report on the unconstitutional abortion bans these republican governors are passing all over the country? INFORM THE PUBLIC!

    On Rick Scott. He is one of the most crooked governors in the country!

    March 26, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The go and Scott have done nothing for the state of Florida except make it the laughing stock of the nation with their vote rigging and voter lines and teaparty agenda ,refuseing federal job funds and funds for education and high speed rail and healthcare and and anything else their minority gop teaparty doesn't like .the gop down here needs to be swept out like the garbage they are in 2014 mid terms . Rubio ,the teabag loser trye redel and the rest of the gop teabag garbage in the legislateure that put all their unfinished work on the ballot that caused half of the lines.the gop is nothing but a failure in Florida ,the same as they are nation wide,nothing but failure and we are some of it !!!!!! Start looking for new jobs!!!!

    March 26, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. just sayin

    if the rest of america wants to get back to work and get their states back on sounf financial footing, all they need to do is elect republican governors and legislators. just look around the country at all the democrat created disaster areas like california, illinois, detroit. and then look at all the republican lead success stories. we need to get rid of the democrats at federal level to get this country moving again.

    March 26, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. muchthunder..little rain

    there must be somebody in florida better than scott or crist...

    March 26, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. simp

    It's ashame the two highest office in FL are held by these two tea baggers. Rubio and scott are clearly robots for the tea party which is why scott has No CHANCE of getting reelected and when it's time for the poster boy rubio, he's out too. Good Riddence to both!!

    March 26, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Pete

    To all you republicans who love Scott as governor..He got caught in a huge Medicare,Medicaid scheme to rip off both costing his company HCA over 2 billion dollars in fines..His wife took over his clinics in Florida because he was caught and was being charged with conflict of interest until he turned it over to his wife ..His wife now runs a deal with clinics in the state because a law Scott passed to take urine tests to get food stamps,wellfare and only she is the only source for these tests state wide..He came in and turned down a multibillion dollar rail system that could've hired 10s of thousands of employees while doing nothing job wise so as far as I or anyone else in Florida its our concern to make sure this fraud is a one termer or I'm moving to a more Americanized state north of there...I've had enough of this refugee camp called Florida,they have more rights than citizens born here just ask one if he,she talks English that is!!

    March 26, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Anyone that claims that electing GOP legislators and governors will ensure people going back to work only needs to llok at what kind of jobs are being created in TX and FL. Perry cut thousands of teaching jobs once the stim money ran our, money he also used to retroactively balance his state budget. FL is still a basket case because Scott cut infrastructure projects for the state. The states that lag behind are the red states that depend on federal dollars to function, places like TX, FL, SC, etc. The fact that the people of FL chose a man to run their state who ranks as one of the most corrupt insurance executives in American history speaks volumes about the ability of the Righties to drown out reason. They still can't run an election properly, and they elect loons like West and Scott to positions of influence. Anything to get their pet projects for free and to hell with anyone else.

    March 26, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Moose

    @Rudy, wrong as usual, Charlie Christ was limp, bigger flip flopper than than biden

    March 26, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  14. John in Brooklyn

    I'm now boycotting Mitsubishi.

    March 26, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. ARMYCSM

    @just saying

    You must be kidding yourself. Red states are some of the poorest welfare states in the country. Go check the statisitics dude, check the statistic! They are last in everything most significantly health and education. The need affordable health care seriously yet the republicans governors are standing in the hospitals doors blocking this one program as the kids teeth rot in their little heads, for lack of dental care, stroke and heart attacks are killing more people on a daily basics than than the Iraqi war Yet the citizens of these red states, lacking education but not barefoot ignorance, continues to vote these republicants in office thinking they will keep blacks and mexicans from their front doors and daugthers. The world has changed, indeed, they just haven't realized it yet. But hey! Don't take my word for it – google poor azz states and get someone to count them for you.

    March 26, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Rick Scott ,

    Is it true he now supports the health care act ?

    March 26, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. Rick in OP

    @Rudy NYC
    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I live in Florida. We still see pickup tricks with "Sportsmen For Crist" bumper stickers. That was part of the endorsement campaign by the National Rifle Association for Crist when he ran for governor.
    Are you still in love with Charlie Crist?

    March 26, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Russ

    Rick Scott is a pretty bad governor. He might be trying to get businesses to relocate with loans and lower taxes, but most good businesses, look at the whole picture. Sure, FL has good things, low tax rates, good weather for 6 months etc, no state income tax, etc. The bad things, the quality of life is HORRIBLE (trust me I lived there), schools are over populated and no end in sight with no money to help teachers/school districts. Stand your Ground law, its vigilante justice in FL. Fun place to visit, but not live, and that is the biggest problem, because businesses want their employees to have a decent quality of life, and you can't get that in FL.

    March 26, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |