Rick Scott: GOP need to unify around Donald Trump


Florida Gov. Rick Scott is telling #NeverTrump’ers: Get with the program.

“My goal with regard to the presidential race is to get the Republican Party unified,” he said. The Naples Republican, who officially endorsed Trump, spoke to reporters after a Florida Cabinet meeting.

“It’s a clear choice,” the governor said. “We’ve got a businessperson, Donald Trump, who knows how to build jobs. On the other side, we have a career politician that’s never created a job in her life,” referring to leading Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.

Scott added Trump “wants to build up our military, secure our borders, destroy ISIS,” referring to the Islamic State militant and terrorist group. “Hillary Clinton is not focused on securing our borders, has never been focused on building our military, and had a chance on destroying ISIS and failed.”

Scott was briefly mentioned as a vice-presidential choice, a story he swiftly swatted down. “I’m going to stay in this job and finish this job,” he said earlier this month.

When asked about Republican stars like former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan withholding support for the real estate mogul-turned-reality TV star, Scott said to “focus on November.”

“I mean, if you look at what’s happened in the last eight years, with Barack Obama in the White House, look at taxes, the regulations,” Scott said. “He’s made it very difficult to do business in this country. We need somebody who’s going to focus on jobs. You can’t build up your military if you don’t build up more jobs.”

All three of the other statewide officials: Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam – all Republicans have said they will support Trump if he clinches the party’s nomination at July’s convention in Cleveland.

Trump now has 1,068 of the 1,237 needed to win, according to the Real Clear Politics delegate tracker. Clinton has 2,228 of the 2,382 she needs. Primary voters in West Virginia and Nebraska go to the polls today.

“People need to focus on what’s important right now: We have to win,” Scott added. “We can’t have another four years where our taxes are going up; there’s inflation. Think about this state. We deal with federal overreach all the time. They tell us how to do our job. We ought to be able to make decisions on our own.”

Jim Rosica ([email protected]) covers the Florida Legislature, state agencies and courts from Tallahassee. 

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • joe

    May 26, 2016 at 7:59 am

    someone needs to inform this dude that the stock market has gone from 6,600 to 17,800 under the current president…

  • joe

    May 26, 2016 at 8:21 am

    companies have posted record profits under this president…what planet is this dude living on???????

  • joe

    May 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

    no surprise these 3 stooges endorse trump….lolololololololol trump?lololololol

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