Rick Scott releases excerpts of RGA speech for Monday night
Then Florida Gov. Rick Scott participates in a panel discussion during the Republican Governors Association annual conference Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)

Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott has released excerpts of his prepared remarks for Monday night’s Republican Governor’s Association’s Executive Roundtable Reception and Dinner in Orlando.

“Expected attendees include around 30 Republican governors from all across the country, including new incoming governors,” said Melissa Stone, spokeswoman for Let’s Get to Work, Scott’s political committee, and his former chief of staff.

The unedited excerpts are below:

“The most striking part about this election is how the pundits and the so-called ‘experts’ inside the beltway had already written the obituary of Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

“For months, they were saying that we were dead and gone …

“But, Americans were demanding outright change in this election.”


“Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders took both parties by surprise because voters are tired of anyone who doesn’t want to tear down DC and start over.

“Voters were screaming: WE WANT AN OUTSIDER.

“Americans are tired of being lied to. We are tired of politicians we would never hire, who give long, eloquent speeches that say nothing. We are tired of political correctness at the cost of getting something done! And we are especially tired of Washington elites telling us who to vote for.”


“I met Donald Trump about 20 years ago. He’s a businessman and a friend, and that’s why I backed him so enthusiastically, chaired his super PAC, and raised $20 million to fund TV ads to help him get elected.

“Here is the single most important thing about this presidency — Donald Trump does not fear disruptive change. That is exactly what we need at the federal level. The voters spoke clearly — they want disruptive change and that is why they sent him to the White House.”


“We must repeal Obamacare: The elites in DC have created a myth that we cannot repeal Obamacare. It’s a complete myth created by the elite insiders … and many Republicans went along with it …

Their argument was that all we can do is tweak Obamacare or make adjustments around the edges. This is complete nonsense, and it is exactly the way things go in government — they tell you all the things you CANNOT DO. You never succeed that way in business. It’s crazy.”

“We cannot afford to “TWEAK” Obamacare — that’s a terrible idea. For the good of the country we need to repeal it before it’s too late. The clock is ticking. Premiums are skyrocketing as we speak and many Americans and businesses simply cannot afford it.

“Of course, we will need to unwind it in a fair way … but we absolutely must repeal it. And remember, Obamacare was sold to the American people based on a lie in the first place!”


“We are in position to help him, and he will need help. The Empire will strike back — you can be sure they are right now planning to stop us from making real changes.

“They are planning to protect Obamacare, to protect the terrible nuclear deal with Iran, to protect Obama’s executive orders, and to stop us from getting a constitutional conservative on the Supreme Court.

“Donald Trump will no doubt be looking to many governors for examples of reforms that have worked…”

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