Gov. Rick Scott was in New York today making the media rounds and offered up a bit of advice for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
“I think the race is going to come down to one thing,'' Scott told Fox News' Neil Cavuto. "If Gov. Romney explains that his plan to get jobs going, it’s no different than my race in 2010. All I talked about was what I was going to do to turn the economy around and it worked. Unemployment’s dropped faster than any other state, down 2.3 percent. Last month we were second to Texas in job creation.’’
He suggested that Romney can't get distracted and predicted: “If Gov. Romney talks about jobs, he will win Florida....I’m optimistic he’ll put all his effort into how he can get jobs going because that’s the biggest issue in our country."
Scott repeated his mantra that things are looking up in Florida, a conclusion that depends on which numbers you're looking at.
“It’s still an issue for us in Florida,'' Scott acknowledged. "We’ve done really well but we still have people unemployed, a lot better than what we were doing.”
Cavuto noted that "in some of the swing states where the president made inroads" such as Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida, President Obama may be benefitting from the GOP policies.
"All Republican governors. All practicing turnarounds. All enacting polices that would appear to be anathema to Barack Obama, but now benefit to Barack Obama,'' Cavuto said.
Scott repeated his advice: "I think it’s incumbent Gov. Romney to talk more about what he’s going to do about jobs.”
He said that he when he meets with people all they want to hear is about jobs and education. Romney must come up with “three steps, five steps to seven steps to turn this economy around.”
Cavuto suggested Romney give more credit to the existing governors because, absent that, “many Republicans would argue he’s handing more ammunition to the president.”
Scott acknowledged it’s difficult running for president and "maybe it’s too difficult to talk differently in one state than another." But he urged the presidential candidate to talk about a common theme: “Keep taxes low, reduce regulation, stream line the permitting process.”
"...We can have the highest corporate tax rates and expect businesses to flock to America. We can’t have more regulation than the rest of the world and expect businesses to flock to America....We have to understand we’re competing and our businesses are competing with businesses around the world,’’ he said.
Cavuto asked if Romney could risk alienating the base. Scott said he believe Romney “understands we need less taxes. If we don’t, businesses are going to go out of this country.”
Cavuto asked what recommendation he has for Romney to transition from a chief corporate executive to a chief government one.
Scott responded that the jobs are “similar in that you have to go out and talk to a lot of people. It’s different in that you’ve got a House and a Senate and you have WAY more media attention. Probably the biggest difference is how much media you have.
“Just do what governor’s do: go out and listen to people. You try to bring people together. You don’t waiver from what you believe in. Lower taxes and less taxes and bring people together to see if we can solve some of the problems.”