What They Are Saying About Gov. Rick Scott and His Economic Growth Summit

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What They Are Saying About Gov. Rick Scott and His Economic Growth Summit

 

NATIONAL REVIEW:

 

Governor Rick Scott the “Crowd Favorite” at the Economic Growth Summit in Orlando, FL. “Tuesday’s presidential cattle call in Orlando, Fla., drew seven Republican White House hopefuls seeking to sell their economic visions to prospective donors. But though he’s not running for president, Florida governor Rick Scott was the clear crowd favorite.” (Brendan Bordelon, “GOP Candidates Pander to Governor Scott,” National Review, 6/3/05)

Potential Presidential Candidates Lavish Praise on Governor Scott’s Economic Record. “The underdogs included former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former Texas governor Rick Perry, and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal. This was effectively their Florida debut, and they used it to lavish praise on Governor Scott’s economic record. Under his four-and-a-half-year tenure, Florida gained 827,000 jobs while slashing taxes and regulations.” (Brendan Bordelon, “GOP Candidates Pander to Governor Scott,” National Review, 6/3/05)

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee Credits Governor Scott’s Leadership in Florida. “‘I give a lot of credit to Governor Rick Scott for the extraordinary leadership he has brought to the state of Florida,’ Huckabee said. ‘And I say that for two reasons: No. 1 because it’s true, and No. 2 because this is his conference, and anything I can do to suck up to him and his donors, by gosh, I’m gonna do.’” (Brendan Bordelon, “GOP Candidates Pander to Governor Scott,” National Review, 6/3/05)

Business Leaders Described Gov. Scott as the “Gold Standard” and a “Great Executive” “But even Bush and Rubio’s strongest supporters reserve the highest praise for Scott. ‘I think Governor Scott today showed he’s almost the gold standard,’ says Wilson, touting his tenure in Florida as an economic model for all GOP presidential candidates to follow. And Feeney says the summit proves Scott has ‘really evolved and matured as a communicator, in addition to just being a great executive.’” (Brendan Bordelon, “GOP Candidates Pander to Governor Scott,” National Review, 6/3/05)

 

WASHINGTON POST:

 

Gov. Chris Christie Called Rick Scott a ‘Great Governor’ and Praised Florida’s Low Taxes. “Nearly all of the speakers had gushing praise for Scott; Christie said he might one day move to the state, given its lower taxes “and a great governor.” (Ed O’Keefe & Jenna Johnson, “At Florida Summit, Jeb Bush Sharpens Attacks on Potential 2016 Rivals,” Washington Post, 6/2/15)

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee Praised Rick Scott’s Extraordinary Leadership. “Huckabee praised Scott’s ‘extraordinary leadership’ and explained that he said that for two reasons. ‘Number one, because it’s true,’ he said. ‘And number two, because this is his conference and anything that I can do to suck up to him and his donors, by gosh, I’m going to do it.’” (Ed O’Keefe & Jenna Johnson, “At Florida Summit, Jeb Bush Sharpens Attacks on Potential 2016 Rivals,” Washington Post, 6/2/15)

 

POLITICO:

 

One by One, Presidential Contenders Heaped Praise on Gov. Rick Scott. “Florida may have two strong home-state front-runners, but it remains pivotal in the Republican nominating contest — a reality that was on full display on Tuesday. One by one, the presidential hopefuls made their way to the stage, where they heaped praise on Scott, a relatively unpopular figure who nevertheless has deep connections in the world of Republican fundraising.” (Alex Isenstadt & Marc Caputo, “Marco Rubio Rise Sets Collision Course with Jeb Bush,” Politico, 6/2/15)

BLOOMBERG:

 

Gov. Bobby Jindal Praised Gov. Rick Scott for Turning Around Florida’s Economy. “Then Jindal proceeded to do it both obviously and explictly: “If I were elected president of the United States,” he said to loud applause, “I would turn around America’s economy the same way that Rick Scott has turned around the economy for the state of Florida.” (Sahil Kapur, “Long-Shot Republican Presidential Hopefuls Flatter Rick Scott at Disney World Jobs Summit,” Bloomberg Politics, 6/2/15)

Gov. Rick Perry Showered Praise on Florida’s Economy. “Rick Perry showered praise on Florida’s economy at his own expense. ‘Governor Scott likes to tell people that the reason I announce in June of 2013 that I was not going to run for office again was because I didn’t want to be the governor when Florida passed Texas up as the job-creation capital of the world. And it’s true,’ he said. ‘He will admit that he said that.’” (Sahil Kapur, “Long-Shot Republican Presidential Hopefuls Flatter Rick Scott at Disney World Jobs Summit,” Bloomberg Politics, 6/2/15)

Former Gov. Jeb Bush Praised Rick Scott for the Direction He Has Taken the State of Florida. “Jeb Bush, a leading potential candidate, also praised Scott and the direction that he has taken in his home state. ‘I’m really proud to have been governor of this state for eight years and I’m proud of the work that Governor Scott has done as well,’ he said, earning some easy applause before turning to his own record.” (Sahil Kapur, “Long-Shot Republican Presidential Hopefuls Flatter Rick Scott at Disney World Jobs Summit,” Bloomberg Politics, 6/2/15)

ASSOCIATED PRESS:

Scott Shines in Economic Summit with Presidential Hopefuls. “Florida’s presidential primary is more than nine months away, but there’s already one winner in the contest: Gov. Rick Scott. No, he’s not jumping in the race, but the governor who is still trying to boost his approval ratings in his home state had a big day Tuesday sharing the stage with the GOP’s top tier of presidential candidates and likely candidates at a summit he organized through his Let’s Get to Work political committee. As the national media watched, candidate after candidate praised Scott for the work he’s done as Florida’s economy recovers from the Great Recession. While Florida’s recovery reflects the national trend, some of the biggest names in Republican politics gave Scott credit for Florida’s unemployment rate dropping.” (Brendan Farrington, “Scott Shines in Economic Summit with Presidential Hopefuls,” Associated Press, 6/3/15)

NAPLES DAILY NEWS:

Presidential Candidates Begin Process of Courting Gov. Rick Scott. “Six presidential candidates, some declared and some expected, began the process Tuesday of courting Gov. Rick Scott, hoping to win favor with the chief executive of the nation’s largest swing state before the 2016 election. ‘Anything I can do to suck up to him and his donors I’ll do,’ joked former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to a gathering of business leaders at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. He was among the candidates addressing the crowd at an economic summit sponsored by Scott’s Let’s Get to Work political committee, and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. The stage’s backdrop included Scott’s name in huge letters, and the speakers — each a former or sitting governor — addressed the media in front of a banner covered in Scott’s name.” (Matt Dixon, “Presidential Candidates Begin Process of Courting Gov. Rick Scott, Whose Help They Want in 2016,” Naples Daily News, 6/2/15)

TAMPA BAY TIMES:

 

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Talk Economy, Heap Praise on Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “Gov. Rick Scott threw himself a celebration Tuesday, showing off Florida’s rebounding economy and receiving lavish praise from most of the top Republicans running for president. “This is his conference and anything I can do to suck up to him and his donors, by God, I’m going to do,” former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said at the outset of his remarks, joking, but not really. Seven presidential hopefuls spoke at Scott’s Economic Growth Summit held at a Disney hotel, the governor’s name in massive letters on the stage backdrop. “Today it’s all about jobs,” he said. “ (Alex Leary & Adam Smith, “Republican Presidential Hopefuls Talk Economy, Heap Praise on Florida Gov. Rick Scott,” Tampa Bay Times, 6/2/2015)

Gov. Bobby Jindal Praised Gov. Scott for Opposing Medicaid Expansion. “In terms of pandering to my host,” Jindal added, “that may be a little more difficult to do it subtly, so I’ll just say this: If I were elected president of the United States, I would turn around America’s economy the same way Rick Scott has turned around the state of Florida.” Jindal said Scott is right to oppose an expansion of Medicaid. But as Scott was feted, tensions were building in Tallahassee, where the Legislature is in a special session to deal with a budget crisis the Senate wants to solve by accepting federal Medicaid money.” (Alex Leary & Adam Smith, “Republican Presidential Hopefuls Talk Economy, Heap Praise on Florida Gov. Rick Scott,” Tampa Bay Times, 6/2/2015)

 

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE:

 

GOP Candidates Court Scott’s Support at Orlando Event. “Six presidential candidates, some declared and some expected, began the process Tuesday of courting Gov. Rick Scott, hoping to win favor with the chief executive of the nation’s largest swing state before the 2016 election. ‘Anything I can do to suck up to him and his donors I’ll do,’ joked former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to a gathering of business leaders at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. … ‘If we would just apply the common sense in D.C. that you have seen in Florida these last four plus years, we would certainly be in a much, much better place,” said Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who joked before the comment that he was there, in part, to “pander” to Scott.” (Matt Dixon, “GOP Candidates Court Scott’s Support at Orlando Event,” Tampa Tribune, 6/2/15)

MIAMI HERALD:

Presidential Contenders ‘Long on Their Praise’ of Gov. Rick Scott. “The governors think little of the senators but can’t get enough of Gov. Rick Scott — or at least of Scott’s influence over Florida’s prized Republican primary delegates. The 2016 GOP presidential candidates and would-be candidates, all but one of them a sitting or former state chief executive, descended Tuesday on Disney World at Scott’s invitation to discuss the Florida governor’s favorite issues: jobs and the economy. The contenders were short on specifics but long on their praise of Scott, who starred as the forum’s host and seemed to enjoy his elevated national profile.” (Patricia Mazzei, “Team Governors Takes on Team Senators at 2016 GOP Presidential Candidate Forum in Orlando,” Miami Herald, 6/2/15)

THE PALM BEACH POST:

 

Rick Scott Urged Presidential Contenders to Follow Florida’s Example on Economic Policy. “With Gov. Rick Scott urging Republicans to follow Florida’s example on economic policy, seven GOP presidential candidates made their pitches here Tuesday and pledged to take the Sunshine State seriously despite questions about whether Florida’s expensive 2016 primary will draw full participation. ‘The next president has to do what we’ve done in Florida to turn around the national economy,’ Scott told about 300 business leaders attending the event, which was organized by Scott’s Let’s Get To Work political committee at Disney World’s Yacht and Beach Convention Center. … Scott’s main sales pitch throughout the day, however, was for Republican presidential candidates to embrace his conservative fiscal policies. ‘Our strategy of less taxes, less regulation, streamline the permitting is working. So the next president has to do what we’ve done if we’re going to get this economy going,’ said Scott. ‘In Florida, we’re in the business of growing opportunity, we’re not in the business of growing government. The next president has got to be singularly focused on how do we grow opportunities for everybody,’ Scott said.” (George Bennett, “Scott Summit Gets Rubio Video, 6 Hopefuls Pledging Florida Campaigns,” Palm Beach Post, 6/3/15)

THE HERALD-TRIBUNE:

 

GOP Players Praise Scott at Summit. “At the center of the discussion was Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who hosted the event — the first in Florida to feature most of the major GOP contenders — and used it to highlight his own economic record. Scott basked in the attention of the GOP’s leading lights. One candidate joked that he came to “suck up” to Scott and his donors, while others praised his positions on everything from Medicaid expansion to economic development.” (Zac Anderson, “GOP Players Praise Scott at Summit,” Herald-Tribune, 6/2/15)

 

WFLA:

Presidential Candidates Gathered in Florida to Talk About His Signature Issue: Jobs and the Economy. “Presidential candidates and possible candidates gathered in Orlando Tuesday for a summit organized by Gov. Rick Scott to talk about his signature topic: Jobs and the economy. “I asked all of them to come to Florida to talk about one thing: How do we turn around the nation’s econ and do what we’ve done in Florida?” Scott said. … Several hundred business people attended the summit. They were invited by Scott, as it wasn’t open to the public. “I think they’re auditioning not only for votes but for a large part it’s auditioning for the money and influence in this room that the governor’s put together today,” said Joe Gruters, vice chair of the Republican Party of Florida and chair of the Sarasota Republican Party.” (Lauren Mayk, “Florida Summit Draws Presidential Candidates – and Possible Ones,” WFLA, 6/2/15)

WINK NEWS:

 

Biggest Names in Republican Politics Gathered at Walt Disney World to Lay Out Their Economic Agenda as Part of Governor Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit. “Some of the biggest names in Republican politics gathered at Walt Disney World Tuesday to lay out their plans for the economy. It was all part of Governor Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit. One after another, almost the entire field of GOP presidential hopefuls worked to win over an audience of potential voters and donors. The only standing ovation of the day was for one person who has yet to even announce his candidacy, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.” (Adam Wright, “GOP Hopefuls Share Florida Stage for Economic Summit,” WINK News, 6/3/15)

 

BAY NEWS 9:

 

Rick Scott Summit Hosts GOP Hopefuls at Disney World. “A who’s-who of Republican presidential hopefuls are going to Disney World. Governor Rick Scott hosted the Economic Growth Summit on Tuesday. It is a first-of-its kind gathering for the state of Florida. Governor Scott set the tone for the forum and he laid out the Republican platform for the 20-16 presidential election. “We all know that the next president has to do what we’ve done in Florida to turn around the nation’s economy,” Scott told the invite-only crowd. Top GOP leaders, many of whom either have already launched campaigns for 2016 or are likely candidates, gathered Tuesday for for the summit, at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center.” (David Bodden & Julie Gargotta, “Rick Scott Summit Hosts GOP Hopefuls at Disney World,” Bay News 9, 6/2/15)

 

WFSU:

 

Gov. Rick Scott Brought Presidential Hopefuls to Florida to Discuss His Favorite Topic: Jobs. “Florida Gov. Rick Scott has invited the Republican Party’s presidential hopefuls to discuss one of his favorite topics—jobs. The governor’s economic summit kicked off Tuesday in Orlando.” (Nick Evans, “Republican Presidential Hopefuls Take the Stage in Orlando,” WFSU, 6/2/15)

 

ORLANDO SENTINEL:

 

Gov. Rick Scott’s Economic Growth Summit Drew Over 400 People to Hear from Presidential Hopefuls. “The summit, drawing about 400 people to the Walt Disney World Yacht & Beach Club Convention Center, features a long list of GOP presidential hopefuls: former Arkansas Gov. Mike Hucakabee, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.” (Scott Powers, “Florida Economic Growth Summit: What the Speakers Said,” Orlando Sentinel, 6/2/15)