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. TAK

    To be clear, in Republican-speak "whole immigration policy" = no policy; "rescind and replace Obamacare" = rescind the Affordable Health Care Law to make insurance companies happy.

    June 22, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    T'sah From Virginia - and the American people are beginning to realize it!!!
    What the American people are beginning to realize is that Obama will break any laws he wants, pit one group against another and spit on the rights of legal citizens, all in order to get re-elected.

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    June 22, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Indie in VA

    A "whole" immigration policy? Like the one Rubio says he was working on till the President once again became a man of action and did what needed to be done? Now Rubio is stamping his foot in petulance, angry that the President has one-upped him and ruined his poor widdle chances of being a star.

    How's that for a "whole" policy? A "whole" lot of crying and whining from Republicans?

    June 22, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Canuck

    I can understand the frustration with Obama. The man has been a huge disappointment after all that he promised. What I don't understand is those folks who are advocating for the GOP (Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE, Four and the Door at al). How can you possibly entertain the notion that the GOP will be able to dig America out of the hole its in after the 8 toxic years of GOP policy under GWB????

    June 22, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. craig

    My wife and I are self employed artist. Each of the last 3 yrs our income has grown. Our biggest expense is health care. Our dedutable is $12,000. Our monthly through Blue Cross is $600. Last year I needed a cyst removed from my back. $12,000 bill! It will take us years to pay it off. Thank god that Pres. Obama is doing something about this! Corporations=Corporate greed.
    OBAMA 20012!

    June 22, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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