Rick Scott's question of the day: Why don't you answer questions?
Gov. Rick Scott held a press conference in Tampa Tuesday to urge people to prepare for hurricane season. He was greeted with a series of questions from Tampa television reporters -- not about hurricanes but about minimum wage, on-duty police and why he has a reputation for not answering questions
His answer: "I answer questions. I have the opportunity to talk to the media a lot."
Here's the transcript, courtesy of Liz Crampton of the Tampa Bay Times:
Q: Are you doing anything differently to make sure that an event like last week (having on-duty officers appear at your campaign event) doesn't happen again?
Scott: We're always making sure that we comply with the law, comply with the rules. Here's what's nice. The police chief association I'm real proud that they endorsed me. 40 sheriffs endorsed me. People want to come to our campaign events. We let people know. But look, this is all Charlie Crist mudslinging. He has nothing to run on. He can't talk about jobs. He lost jobs. He lost 32,000 jobs. What about education? He cut education funding. So we're doing the right thing and I'm proud that people want to come to our campaign events.
Q: Do you support a higher minimum wage in Florida?
Scott: I support more jobs. I support higher paying jobs. That's why I recruited Health Plan, Hertz, Deutche bank, all these companies. We've done 350 transactions...We're growing jobs in our state. Here's what's exciting. We're attracting high paying jobs. Corporate offices are coming to FL now. Regional offices are coming to FL. That's what we're doing. I'm trying to grow the state by adding jobs.
Q: Why do you think you have a reputation for not answering questions?
Scott: I answer questions. I have the opportunity to talk to the media a lot. I love traveling the state. I talk to people all over the state. It's an exciting time to be in FL.
Q: Are you aware that the person you appointed for the expressway is now facing several ethical violations...?
Scott: I expect everybody that gets appointed, every public official to live up to the highest standards.
Q: So do you plan on having him step down?
Scott: I expect everybody that gets appointed, every public official, to live up to the highest standards.
Q: But if he hasn't, then what's the next step for you?
Scott: I'm going to expect, like I do with everybody else in the state, expect high standards.