June 22nd, 2012
02:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Florida guv: We need a 'whole' immigration policy

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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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Rick Scott
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Steve

    Distanced, because Romney is going to lose in November and Republican insiders know it.

    June 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. JohnInNM

    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!

    June 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Hugganoak

    Is Rick Scott being vetted for VP by Romney?

    June 22, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    So support president Obama , Only Obama has ideas

    June 22, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. T'sah From Virginia

    ►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!!!

    June 22, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. judith

    Very interesting. If Romney loses Florida, Obama wins the election. Mittens is a horrible candidate, just as tea-partier Scott is a horrible governor.

    June 22, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. arale norimaki

    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

    June 22, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    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.

    June 22, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Then talk to the nutjobs sitting on the Dream Act (bi-partisan) in Congress. They belong to YOUR bagger group.

    June 22, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. arale norimaki

    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,

    June 22, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    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.

    June 22, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Jesus Christ Superstar

    If you want a whole immigration policy, maybe the GOP should write one up instead of crying and whining

    June 22, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    "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????

    June 22, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    Empty suits Mitt McCain and Rubio have been pimp slapped by our great President Obama. They're deer in the headlights now.

    June 22, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. B.

    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!

    June 22, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. anotherGDlefty

    Now what is your plan besides saying you want it?

    Reagan granted amnesty in the mid 80's, what's been done since then?

    June 22, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  17. Myviewis

    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.

    June 22, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. n

    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.

    June 22, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Canuck

    "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).

    June 22, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Myviewis

    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.

    June 22, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Actually, we need a new governor. Our corrupt medicaid scammer needs to purge himself from FL.

    June 22, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. 2012liberal

    Tell gop 2 quit fillabustering. A lot stuff would hv been done by now!

    June 22, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    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.

    June 22, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. California

    Hussein ignored the cause of all these illegals being in the country to begin with.

    Hussein only compounded the problem. No surprise.

    June 22, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. 2012liberal

    Curious 2 know what unemployment n state would b if gov scott would hv taken stimulus 4 high speed rail.

    June 22, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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