Rick Scott's campaign bus stopped Thursday somewhere between Ocala and Newberry so that the campaign could drop off two political reporters after a round of pointed questions from the Herald/Times. The campaign says the stop was planned. The reporters didn't expect it.
Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau Chief Mary Ellen Klas and Palm Beach Post reporter Dara Kam were invited to interview the candidate on Scott's campaign bus, a luxury touring van that he has used to criss-cross the state in his campaign for governor.
Scott, affable and friendly, has made himself readily available to reporters throughout the week but, in this case, Scott campaign aide Lanny Wiles, the husband of campaign manager Susie Wiles, cut off the interview after 20 minutes. Wiles told reporters the stop was necessary so Scott could do a call-in interview to a radio program. Chad Colby, Scott's aide, says the bus was scheduled to stop before Scott made the 5:45 call. Maybe it was just a bit of miscommunication.
The reporters were asking questions that, if answered, may have required Scott to move off some of his talking points and campaign message. Here's the transcript: