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Donald Trump blasts Iran money deal, defends comments on Megyn Kelly’s blood

In Donald Trump’s return to Central Florida after officially winning the Republican presidential nomination, his message and thunderous appeal are still all about the wall. They’re still about America’s diplomatic and trade deals destroying America, and “crooked Hillary,” and incompetent Washington leaders, and lying media, and his promises to fix everything. And they’re still about Megyn Kelly’s blood.

In a 52-minute rambling speech to 7,000 or so rowdy and angry supporters in Daytona Beach Wednesday afternoon, Trump fed their worst fears and promised all of that will come to an end, without getting into many specifics of how.

Trump began by blasting the administration of President Barack Obama for delivering $400 million in cash to Iran early Wednesday as depicted in a video, calling it ransom money for the hostages released last year, and declaring it one more American humiliation. He used it to turn the tables on Obama, who Tuesday declared that Trump was unfit to be president.

“You know, we have a president who, frankly, is incompetent. OK? incompetent!” Trump said. “We’ve been humiliated by Obama and  his policies. We’ve been humiliated by the Iran deal to start with, where they get back $150 billion. We’ve been humiliated as a country when they took our sailors. They force them to their knees. And the only reason we got them back is we hadn’t paid the money back. That’s the only reason. Otherwise they would have had to wait until I became president, believe me, they would have come back fast.”

The crowd roared, as it did frequently, while also regularly chiming in chants of “Build that wall!” and “Lock her up!”

Trump also criticized Obama for the low rate of home ownership, the doubling of the national debt, taxes and trade deals. And he blamed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for all of Obama’s other international issues.

“America has been humiliated in so many different ways,” Trump said. “Take a look at Libya. What a mess. That was Clinton telling Obama what to do. I guarantee if he had his choice again for secretary of state, he’d love to have a do over. You have Libya. You have Cuba. Look at China, building fortresses in the south China Sea, and just taking your jobs, taking your jobs, Daytona.”

Except for the Iran money deal, Trump broke little new ground after a week in which he repeatedly made statements that brought outrage from opponents — and even a few Republicans.

Another possible exception was when he took about five minutes to discuss the latest TV commercials from Clinton’s campaign, attacking him. One features children watching lowlights of Trump’s prior comments, including his infamous discussion of Kelly’s blood, during his feud last year with the FOX News personality. “You know you can see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her, wherever,” Trump stated in that discussion.

Wednesday he blamed the media for misrepresenting what he meant by “wherever.”

“I meant her nose. Or her ears. Or her mouth. But these people are perverted and they think it was another,” he said. “Unbelievable.”

With the storm of criticism he has received in the past week, Trump’s media attacks might seemed topical, but they have long been standard fare, and Wednesday he again repeatedly called out the media, accusing journalists of lying and being dishonest. More significantly, given his comments in Columbus Monday in which he suggested the election might be fixed, Trump said the media may be the one factor that could cost him the election.

It was a theme even several of the warmup speakers used. Trump was preceded by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Republican National Committee Co-chair Sharon Day of Florida and his Florida campaign co-chair Joe Gruters, among several others. But it was Pastor Webster Barnaby, a former Deltona councilman, who brought the most heat, in, of all things, his invocation prayer for the event.

Webster prayed that God help Trump overcome the media whom he called “a den of vipers,” crooked people who have no love for America and who have the “stench of evil.” Democrats, he prayed, are worse: “Dear God, we know this party is  evil …. They will have an awakening experience.”

Trump became the first presidential candidate to address the space program in Florida, although he said nothing of substance. Space Florida was seeking to talk with his staff Wednesday, and Trump said he spoke with someone about the space program, and acknowledged its importance to Florida and the Space Coast, specifically to Daytona, in his speech.

“Look at your space program. Look at what’s happening there. Somebody just asked me backstage, Mr. Trump, will you get involved in the space program? Look what’s happened with your employment. Look what’s happened with our whole history of space and leadership. What’s going on folks? We’re like a third-world nation.”

He then moved into a discussion of attacks on police and terrorist attacks, including referencing Orlando and San Bernardino, without going into any detail.

“Take a look at what’s going on! And then worldwide. And we let ISIS take this position. It was Hillary Clinton. She should get an award from them as the founder of ISIS,” he said. “Her weakness. Her weak policy.”

That brought down the house for about a minute of applause. And then Trump moved on to the next criticism.

 

37% of Florida GOP voters back Mike Huckabee for governor in 2018

It’s never too early to think about the next election, and a new poll from St. Pete Polls has Floridians doing just that.

According to the survey, 54 percent of likely Republican primary voters said Gov. Rick Scott would make a good U.S. Senator. The survey found 16 percent of respondents said they were unsure, while 30 percent said he wouldn’t be a good senator.

Scott can’t run for re-election again in 2018 because of term limits. While he’s been mum on his future political plans, many Florida insiders believe he is gearing up to challenge Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018.

Scott’s political committee — Let’s Get to Work — continues to raise money, raising nearly $1.9 million in the first seven months of 2016. He’s also become the chairman of a pro-Donald Trump super PAC, giving a larger presence on the national stage.

With Scott vacating the governor’s mansion in a few years, speculation has already begun about who will replace the Naples Republican come 2018.

While Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is widely believed to be gearing up for a 2018 gubernatorial run, other possible contenders include CFO Jeff Atwater, Attorney General Pam Bondi, House Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran, and Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and a Florida resident.

When it comes to the governor’s race, 37 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they would vote for Huckabee; while 26 percent said they would pick Bondi. Nearly 8 percent of voters said they would pick Putnam, while nearly 7 percent said they would vote for Atwater.

About 1 percent of voters said they would vote for Corcoran, 3 percent said they would pick former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, and less 1 percent said they would vote for former House Speaker Will Weatherford.

Seven percent of voters polled said they would vote for someone else. And with more than two years until the election, 12 percent of respondents said they were unsure who they would vote for.

The survey was conducted Aug. 2, and polled 1,835 likely Republican primary voters through an automated calling system. Voters were chosen at random from the state’s registered voting lists. The margin of error is 2.3 percent.

 

Florida Republicans disagree with Donald Trump, but still back him

Top Florida Republicans are distancing themselves from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s comments about an American Muslim family whose son was killed in Iraq.

But so far, none of the top elected Republicans in the state have dropped their support of Trump, or even criticized him as sharply as some other Republicans have in the last few days.

Still, there are signs of growing discomfort even among some of his most ardent supporters.

Right now it’s not clear if any prominent Florida Republicans plan to join him when Trump does a campaign swing through Florida on Wednesday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who spoke at the Republican National Convention, is hosting events in the Panhandle, including a meeting to discuss battling the Zika virus.

“It’s hard,” said Jeff Atwater, the state’s chief financial officer and one of three statewide elected officials on the Florida Cabinet. “Because I don’t appreciate this kind of tone, rhetoric and commentary that he’s offering.”

Trump has been feuding for days with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, a Muslim family whose son, Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in 2004. At last week’s Democratic National Convention, Khizr Khan criticized Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States and accused Trump of sacrificing “nothing and no one.”

In response, Trump said he was “viciously attacked” by Khizr Khan and implied that Ghazala Khan, the soldier’s mother, stood silently alongside her husband during the speech because, as a Muslim, she was restricted her from speaking. The comments have drawn rebukes from both Democrats and Republicans such as U.S. Sen. John McCain, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization called them “out of bounds.”

Attorney General Pam Bondi, who endorsed Trump before the March presidential primary, called Capt. Khan an “American hero” and added: “Would I have ever said anything about his mother standing up their silent, not saying anything? Absolutely not.”

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam echoed Bondi’s comments about Khan and said “any comments to the contrary are dishonorable and abhorrent.”

The cautious reaction by some of Florida’s top GOP elected officials is a contrast to people such as former Gov. Jeb Bush, who has refused to endorse Trump. Sally Bradshaw, a north Florida resident and one of Bush’s top political advisers, recently changed parties and said this week that she may vote for Hillary Clinton if the election is close.

Scott, who recently agreed to become chairman of a super PAC backing Trump, as well as all three Cabinet members said they still intend to vote for Trump. Atwater, citing the investigation into Clinton’s emails, said Trump was the “better candidate.”

Scott, who served in the U.S. Navy, would not comment directly on Trump’s comments and instead said Tuesday that “I’m never going to agree with every candidate on what they are going to say.” He praised Trump as someone “who believes in our military.”

When asked if Trump should apologize, as Scott said: “You can talk to Donald Trump. I just can tell you from my standpoint I’m [appreciative] of everybody that served.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Email scammers targeting Florida lawyers again

The state’s lawyers are being targeted by yet another online scam.

Attorney General Pam Bondi sent out a warning Wednesday night about a new “imposter scam.” This time, her office is the one being spoofed.

“Bar members are receiving emails purported to be from the Florida Attorney General’s Office, erroneously informing (them) that their business is being sued by the state,” a press release from Bondi’s office said.

“The email includes a link claiming to be a complaint filed against the recipient’s company; however, it may actually deploy malware,” it added.

Malware, short for malicious software, is software intended to damage or shut down individual computers or online systems.

To report such an email, call the Florida Attorney General’s Office at (866) 9-NO-SCAM or go to MyFloridaLegal.com.

In May, The Florida Bar reported some attorneys received “spam emails containing malicious malware” infecting their computers.

The organization regulates more than 100,000 members licensed to practice law in the Sunshine State. It confirmed that its own computer system was not compromised.

But the subject lines of the emails, which were sent from “@flabar.org” addresses, claimed membership fees were past due or that the receiving attorney had a complaint filed against him or her.

Rick Scott, Pam Bondi headed to Fort Myers after teen club shooting

Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi said they are meeting with Fort Myers-area law enforcement Monday after a nightclub shooting there.

Gunfire erupted at Club Blu, which was hosting a swimsuit-themed party for teens, leaving two dead and at least 17 wounded, according to reports.

The incident happened more than a month after a nightclub shooting in Orlando that was the deadliest in modern U.S. history. The Pulse nightclub shooting June 12 left 49 victims dead and 53 others wounded.

“Following the horrific news of a shooting at a nightclub in Fort Myers, I spoke with Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott and Fort Myers Interim Police Chief Dennis Eads to offer any assistance from the state,” Scott said in a statement.

“I have canceled my scheduled events today to meet with law enforcement and local officials in Fort Myers,” he added. “While we are still learning the details about what happened this morning, we know that some of the victims of this terrible incident were children. We will continue to pray for the victims and their families.”

Added Bondi: “As the investigation into this nightclub shooting continues, I will be in Fort Myers today to meet with law enforcement and offer assistance to victims and their families suffering in the aftermath of this tragedy.”

The Florida Attorney General’s Office offers grief counseling and victims’ services to victims of violent crimes, including assistance with burial expenses and medical bills, her statement said.

The violence at Club Blu erupted about 12:30 a.m. Monday, police said.

A post on the club’s Facebook page Monday morning said the shooting happened as the club was closing and parents were picking up their children. The post also said there was armed security at the event.

“We are deeply sorry for all involved,” the post read. “We tried to give teens what we thought was a safe place to have a good time.”

Three people remained hospitalized Monday morning, according to Cheryl Garn, a spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Health System. All others were treated and released.

Two people brought to two other area hospitals were also treated and released, Garn said. Ages of the patients ranged from 12 to 27, Garn said.

The club is in a strip mall that includes a daycare center and is across the street from a large apartment complex. Officers had the area taped off as crime scene technicians scoured the strip mall parking lot for clues.

State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, the Republican who represents Fort Myers in the Florida House, said she too “will be working with community leaders, citizens and law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice and find a way to restore peace to our community.”

“I urge anyone with any knowledge of the shooting to call the local authorities with any information, either in person or anonymously,” she added. “Now is the time to come together as one Fort Myers!”

The Associated Press contributed to this post, reprinted with permission.

Florida joins lawsuit to block health insurance merger

Florida will join a lawsuit to stop the merger of Aetna and Humana.

Attorney General Pam Bondi announced Thursday that she will join seven other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia, and the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in a legal challenge to stop the merger of the two health insurers.

According to the lawsuit, the merger would lead to “higher health insurance prices, reduced benefits, less innovation, and worse service for over a million Americans.” The suit says the two companies compete to sell a variety of plans, and that competition “benefits Americans who can least afford health insurance.”

“The merger would end this rivalry and deny consumers its benefits,” reads the suit.

Among other things, the suit alleges the merger would reduce the number of Medicare Advantage competition in 350 counties in 12 states. The threat, according to the suit, is most significant in nine Florida counties — Broward, Charlotte, Duval, Manatee, Martin, Polk, Sarasota, St. Johns and St. Lucie.

“Competition in our health insurance markets is crucial to keeping premiums down and the quality of care up, particularly when it comes to our seniors and other vulnerable populations, the individuals most affected by this proposed acquisition,” said Bondi in a statement. “It is important that we do everything we can to preserve competition in these markets.”

A coalition of consumer and physicians groups have repeatedly called for Bondi to investigate the mergers.

In May, the Florida Campaign for Consumer Choice launched a statewide petition drive to encourage Bondi to investigate the mergers of Aetna and Humana, and Anthem and Cigna.

The coalition said said hospital groups encouraged Bondi to reject the mergers since they could lead to a loss in competition. However, the group said those calls were not acted on.

In 2015, Aetna struck an agreement to buy Humana for $37 billion. Reuters in January reported more than a dozen state attorneys general joined the Department of Justice to look into the mergers.

Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia also have joined the suit.

In convention message, Marco Rubio calls on Republicans to ‘fight for a new direction for America’

Focus on November.

That was the message Sen. Marco Rubio sent in a brief video message during the Republican National Convention Wednesday. In the 85-second video, the Miami Republican went after Hillary Clinton, saying she did not have the qualities necessary to become president.

“Hillary Clinton does not have the honesty, the courage, or the independence we need to be the president for the next four years, after the president we’ve had for the last eight,” said Rubio in his video.

He went on to say Donald Trump has committed to “cut taxes, curb spending, and get our national debt under control.”

“Unlike Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump takes seriously the threat from Islamic radicals and is committed to rebuilding our military,” he said. “And unlike Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, he is committed to appointing constitutionalist judges who will respect the role of the judiciary.”

Rubio opted not to attend 2016 Republican National Convention, choosing to stay in Florida and campaign for re-election. Rubio was one of more than a dozen Republicans who ran for president this year, but he dropped out of the race after Trump won in Florida.

While he was a critic of Trump’s on the campaign trail, Rubio has said he would support the Republican nominee. And on Wednesday, he called on Republicans to come together to win in the fall.

“After a long and spirited primary, the time for fighting each other is over,” he said. “It’s time to come together and fight for a new direction for America. It’s time to win in November.”

Rubio wasn’t the only big-name Floridian to address the convention Wednesday. Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi were in attendance and delivered remarks to the crowd.

Pam Bondi cheers on ‘Lock her up’ chant to Hillary Clinton in RNC speech

Coming out to the stage by declaring her love for her native state, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi addressed the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night, where she said a Donald Trump presidency would return the country to the rule of law that has been absent under the past eight years of the Barack Obama administration.

“Nov. 8 is a day of reckoning for all those who have abused their power,” she began, referring to Election Day. “It’s the day when we the people will take back our government from Washington bureaucrats playing doctor with our health care, to a president who’s been playing fast and loose with our constitutional rights, and Russian roulette with our borders.”

Bondi endorsed Trump on the eve of the Florida primary in March, and there is speculation she could be picked for a Cabinet position if the New York City business mogul wins in November.

Since being elected in 2010, Bondi has joined with her fellow Republican attorneys general to sue the Obama administration on a number of fronts, from the Affordable Care Act, to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, to the president’s plan to shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Shortly into her six-minute-plus speech, Bondi then segued to perhaps the major theme of the first three nights of the RNC — bashing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“She deserves no security clearance. How do you become president of the United States with no security clearance?” Bondi asked. Republicans have promulgated the notion Clinton would have a difficult time getting a security clearance after FBI Director James Comey said she was careless in her handling of national security documents. The Justice Department recently concluded their investigation into the former secretary of state’s handling of classified documents, which ended with Comey chastising her in a press conference, without filing any charges against her.

“This lawlessness must stop. Right here. Right now,” Bondi said, before acknowledging a chant amongst some of the delegates that has become a mantra at the Cleveland RNC.

“Lock her up? I love that,” she said, repeating the chant that erupted during Chris Christie‘s speech Tuesday night at the convention.

There is no question there likely be changes with the makeup of the Supreme Court in the next four years. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83. Anthony Kennedy will turn 80 by Election Day, and Stephen Breyer will be 78. Bondi said Clinton will stack the next court with liberal justices.

“I know Donald, and I’m proud to know Donald. He will appoint conservative justices who will defend, rather than rewrite, our Constitution,” she said.

Bondi’s endorsement of Trump in March revived a storyline she, no doubt, thought had been forgotten. That was the fact that she personally solicited a political contribution from Trump’s charitable foundation just three days after her office said it was “reviewing” fraud allegations against one of Donald Trump’s businesses in 2013. Bondi denied the contribution had any bearing on her office’s decision not to open an investigation into Trump University, his for-profit school.

The Clinton camp sent out a statement during Bondi’s address, entitled, “Scammed by Trump U? Don’t ask Florida AG Pam Bondi for help,” followed by links to negative stories about Trump U.

“If you believe it’s time for America to start acting like America again, there is only one choice in this election — Donald Trump,” Bondi concluded, to cheers from the audience.

Although Bondi was given a good time slot at 8:30 p.m., none of the three cable networks broadcasting the convention — Fox, MSNBC and CNN — covered Bondi’s speech live.

 

Former rivals, military leaders, actors to take stage at RNC

Former presidential candidates Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio — the latter by video link — are among those set to speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Military leaders, members of Congress, actors, faith leaders and family members of presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump are also set to speak in what the Republican National Committee calls “an unconventional lineup” that will challenge the status quo and press for Trump’s agenda.

Speaker highlights at the four-day convention, which begins Monday at the Quicken Loans Arena.

MONDAY

Theme: Make America Safe Again

Headliners: Trump’s wife, Melania; Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, U.S. Army; Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa; and Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont.

Others: Willie Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty”; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Marcus Luttrell, retired U.S. Navy SEAL; Scott Baio, actor; Pat Smith, mother of Sean Smith, killed in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya; Mark “Oz” Geist, member of a security team that fought in Benghazi; John Tiegen, member of Benghazi security team and co-author of the book “13 Hours,” an account of the attacks; Kent Terry and Kelly Terry-Willis, siblings of Brian Terry, a Border Patrol agent whose shooting death revealed the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation; Antonio Sabato Jr., actor; Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden and Jamiel Shaw, immigration reform advocates; Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas; David Clarke, sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wis.; Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.; Rachel Campos-Duffy, LIBRE Initiative for Hispanic economic empowerment; Darryl Glenn, Senate candidate in Colorado; Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Karen Vaughn, mother of a U.S. Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; and Jason Beardsley of Concerned Veterans for America.

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TUESDAY

Theme: Make America Work Again

Headliners: Tiffany Trump, candidate’s daughter; Kerry Woolard, general manager, Trump Winery in Virginia; Donald Trump Jr.; Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson; and actress Kimberlin Brown.

Others: Sharon Day, co-chairwoman of Republican National Committee; Dana White, president, Ultimate Fighting Championship; Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge; former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey; Andy Wist, founder of Standard Waterproofing Co.; Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.; Chris Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action; golfer Natalie Gulbis; Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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WEDNESDAY

Theme: Make America First Again

Headliners: Former presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio; Eric Trump, son of the candidate; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s pick to be vice president.

Others: radio host Laura Ingraham; Phil Ruffin, businessman with interests in real estate, lodging, manufacturing and energy; Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi; retired astronaut Eileen Collins; Michelle Van Etten, small business owner; Kentucky state Sen. Ralph Alvarado Jr.; Darrell Scott, senior pastor and co-founder of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries, Cleveland; Harold Hamm, oil executive; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Lynne Patton, vice president, Eric Trump Foundation; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (by video); Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Callista Gingrich, wife of Newt Gingrich.

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THURSDAY

Theme: Make America One Again

Headliners: Peter Thiel, co-founder PayPal; Tom Barrack, CEO of Colony Capital; Ivanka Trump, daughter of the candidate; and Donald Trump, GOP nominee for president.

Others: Brock Mealer, motivational speaker; Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.; Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; Dr. Lisa Shin, owner of Los Alamos Family Eyecare in New Mexico; RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University and evangelical leader.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Rick Scott gearing up for GOP convention speech

Gov. Rick Scott brushed off questions about whether Donald Trump would be able to secure the nomination next week, saying the New York Republican is the clear winner.

“He clearly won the delegates,” said Scott during a stop in Naples Friday. “My goal is that we have a great convention, and we highlight where we’re going as a country and a party, and we have a big win and change the direction of this country.”

Scott is one of dozens of people slated to speak during the Republican National Convention next week. The Naples Republican praised Trump early in the primary cycle but did not endorse him until after Florida’s March 15 primary. Since then, he has been a vocal supporter of the New York Republican and was often mentioned as a potential running mate.

Trump announced Friday he selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate. During his stop in Naples, Scott told reporters he had made it clear to Trump he wasn’t interested in the No. 2 spot.

“I’ve been clear all along,” he said. “I have a great job, and I want to keep this job.”

Scott said he is excited to go to the convention, noting he missed most of the 2012 Republican convention in Tampa because of a hurricane. Republicans cut the conference short by a day because of the storm threat. Scott also was scheduled to speak at that event.

“I’m going to talk about why we ought to elect Donald Trump,” said Scott. “We need a business person. We need someone who is going to destroy ISIS. We need someone who is going to focus on jobs. And that’s what he’s going to do.”

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi also is scheduled to speak at the convention.

Floridians heading up to Cleveland for the event will have a jam-packed schedule, including breakfasts, tailgate parties and a reception.

The Republican Party of Florida released a rundown of events Friday morning. Delegates will be able to participate in a breakfast speaker series hosted by the state party and Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran. Speakers at the breakfasts include Frank Luntz, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Dick Morris, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Presidential hopeful Ben Carson is scheduled to attend a breakfast hosted by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

“With Florida being front-and-center as the largest swing state, we are excited to welcome these great speakers to the conversation of Making Florida Red Again and Making America Great Again,” said Blaise Ingoglia, chair of the Florida GOP and a state representative.

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