Trump and Scott? Donald Trump has been all in on the presidency, and now there is talk of Rick Scott being the GOP candidate’s running mate for the office of Vice-President. The 63-year-old Scott, the 45th Governor of Florida, shares a business background with Trump. The venture capitalist dropped $75 million to propel him into the governor’s seat, and with a net worth of nearly $150 million, a Trump / Scott ticket would be a big bucks billionaire – millionaire draw.
So much middle class economics.
Reports the Orlando Weekly on Feb. 24: “When Florida Gov. Rick Scott praised presidential candidate and part-time Florida man Donald Trump last month in a gushy USA Today op-ed, it was a little strange, but… it could have been early flattery from a potential vice president. Both have been compared to Lord Voldemort, but what else could make them a good team?”
Rick Scott penned a piece for USA Today on Jan. 7, writing that “political pundits are shocked that Donald Trump is leading in the polls,” before drawing a similar comparison to his own run for office.
Scott admits to not knowing Donald Trump personally, and says he has “no plans to endorse a candidate before Florida’s March presidential primary.” While Trump is described by Scott as “a man who speaks and tweets his mind freely,” the Florida governor says he does not believe Trump’s “ability to give the most interesting interviews or speeches is the only thing that has him leading in the polls. I think he is capturing the frustration of many Americans after seven years of President Obama’s very intentional government takeover of the U.S. economy.”
According to Chris Cillizza’s political blog for the Washington Post, Scott was named along with South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, dropped out candidate Carly Fiorina (assuming she can get over Trump’s famous “Look at that face” disparagement), and, get ready for it… Sarah Palin, as potential VPs for President Trump.
Of Scott, Cillizza writes:
The Florida governor is, yes, a governor and, therefore, part of the political class that Trump loathes. But Scott, like Trump, has his roots in the private sector — making millions as a health-care executive before he ran for office in 2010. And Scott got into the governor’s mansion by beating the Florida Republican establishment at its own game — sort of like Trump has done in this race… Under normal circumstances, the fact that Scott’s company paid a $1.7 billion Medicare fraud penalty would be disqualifying. But this is Donald Trump we are talking about.
Scott was asked about the potential, and like any good candidate-in-waiting, demurred and said all the right, though trite, things:
“I’m focused on this job. I’ve got three more years in this job,” the Florida governor said, according to the Tallahassee Democrat. “I’ve been very clear the things that are important to me, the things that we’ve done here. I think we need to have a president who has a very specific plan on how we’re going to get jobs going in this country, just as we’ve done in Florida.”
So would you support a Donald Trump and Rick Scott ticket?