White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the White House considers Gov. Rick Scott's decision to turn down federal high speed rail money an "unfortunate decision." And Carney suggested the money will soon go elsewhere.
"There's been a lot of bipartisan support for the need to create the kind of modern infrastructure in this country that will enable us to compete," Carney said. "High-speed rail is very much a part of that. We will make sure that that money is used elsewhere to advance the infrastructure and innovation agenda that is essential for economic growth."
He said Obama believes high speed rail is "essential" to creating an infrastructure "that allows us to compete.
"I've heard some other countries are very advanced in high-speed rail," he said. " We need to be. He believes that. And it's also an important job creator."