August 30th, 2010
07:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Scott to team up with Barbour and Bush in hopes of unity

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Rick Scott is getting some help from big names on the campaign trail."](CNN) - One week after winning Florida's Republican gubernatorial nomination, Rick Scott's getting some big names to join him on the campaign trail in hopes of healing some deep party rifts.

The Republican Governors Association and the Scott campaign confirm to CNN that Scott will team up Tuesday with RGA Chairman and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in Miami and Jacksonville as part of a unity tour following a bruising primary.

Scott, a multi-millionaire former health care executive, spent around $50 million on his primary bid, beating Florida Attorney General and former congressman Bill McCollum for the GOP nomination. McCollum is refusing to endorse Scott.

Following a statement in the hours after Scott's victory that barely mentioned the candidate, the RGA released a statement from Barbour the following day that praised Scott as "an outsider with years spent in the private sector creating jobs is the type of experience Florida voters are looking for."

Scott will face off in November's general election run against Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, the Democratic nominee, and independent candidate Bud Chiles, son of Former Florida Gov. and Sen. Lawton Chiles.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Haley Barbour • Jeb Bush • Rick Scott
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. bmaggiemay

    Now I really want to throw up

    August 30, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. Time grows short

    Obama has had only a fraction of the open press conferences that Bush had. If Bush had been so limited in his press conferences CNN and other lapdogs of the left would be ripping at him like a pack of mad dogs. But Obama......? No problemo. The GOD KING must not be bothered.

    August 30, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. Peter s

    Why is Jeff supporting this scumbag? we need to see the court record of his case!!!

    August 30, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Time grows short

    The two wold be terrorists captured in Amsterdam are Obamists.

    August 30, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let's bring back the Bush's and make everyone happy.

    August 30, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Time grows short

    The rising death toll of Americans in Afghanistan is a DIRECT result of Obama's deadline for surrender and other Progressives willingness to commit treason in the name Progressivism.

    August 30, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Drew, FL

    After buying the primary and knocking his opponent as the establishment guy, he's not wasting anytime getting in bed with the he?

    Largest Medicare Fraud in history. Scary thing is a lot of voters ignored this.

    August 30, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. carlos

    the fraudster scott.....just look at who is he teaming with.......these repulsives really are repugnant...........

    August 30, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. works for me

    Geeeze a Bush with a Scott... there goes your "credibility" Jeb. Personally I wouldn't want anything to do with this CROOK!

    August 30, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  10. Corporate executives should NOT hold public office!

    Isn't Rick Scott the former private healthcare insurance executive who spend YEARS exploiting American's need for healthcare insurance to make himself filthy rich?

    How much were his companies monthly premiums?

    How much money did he make in compensation and bonuses?

    August 30, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Julie C

    Is this the same guy who ripped Medicare while he was a healthcare exec? If so, how do we explain how these skumbags can buy their way into these offices? I would think integrity would be a large factor.

    August 30, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. stormy miller

    why is this guy even in the primaries and why would any politician be backing him. does everyone not know that he committed one of the biggest medical fraud crimes in history and was fined the biggest fine in history by the federal government for committing that fraud. he should be in jail not running for governor. what is wrong with evryone. backing criminals, supporting lunatics like sharon angle that wants to end social security and wants to make victims of rape and incest have their babies. and their are 3 more gop senate hopefulls that follow that same way of thinking. has america gone insane?

    August 30, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Carl Justus

    Then they will have three losers in the same group as far as I am concerned.

    All three of them have ten times more money than brains and I hope the people here realize that and vote for Sink so we can have a governor as good as the one we are losing.

    August 30, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. FlexSF

    Jeb Bush sucks!

    August 30, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. FedUpRepublican

    Yeah, let’s all throw our support behind the guy that was at the helm of the company that defrauded Medicare (a.k.a. U.S. taxpayers) out of millions of dollars in the 1990’s. Despite the fact that he was never charged, what does this really say about his executive abilities and leadership skills? Pretty scary, huh? Ya better hide the state checkbook.

    August 30, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. k

    He's a thief that has no business being the governor of any state. I wouldn't elect him for dog catcher.

    August 30, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. John N Florida

    Watch out, Rick!
    Ol' Jeb is gonna do everything in his power to stick his arm up your wazoo since you defeated his other puppet.
    If Marco loses in November, the corrupt Bush Florida Machine just MIGHT fall apart.

    August 30, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  18. Marty, FL

    Scott swindled just enough far-right voters by falsely running as a so-called "outsider" and now desperately running to the inside GOP establishment. Please.

    Rick Scott is not just a Medicare fraud; he's a fraud. Period.

    iViva Alex!

    August 30, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |