CLEVELAND -- Gov. Rick Scott appeared to enjoy himself as he made his way through a gauntlet of TV cameras and journalists at the GOP Convention's "media row" by the Quicken Loans Arena, repeatedly swatting away questions about Melania Trump's alleged plagiarism of Michelle Obama's convention speech.
"My experience with Melania is she's a lovely individual that is very nice to sit around to talk to. She's a wonderful mom, and a wonderful wife," said Scott. "...I watched what my wife went through, never expecting to be in the middle of a campaign, never expecting to be a politician's wife."
Asked about former Gov. Jeb Bush's absence from the convention, Scott sounded disappointed
"I think he'd want to be here. This is exciting. This is a Republican party that needs to unite behind an individual who worked hard to win the nomination. We have to make sure he wins in November. I do not want Hillary Clinton to be the next president. She would not be good for Florida."
"Any Republican who is not supporting Donald Trump right now is helping Hillary Clinton. I don't want Hillary Clinton to be our next president."
Likewise, he disagreed with Ohio Gov. John Kasich's decision not to attend: "I would be there."
And as for winning Florida's diverse electorate, Scott is optimistic. "The elections's going to be about jobs and ISIS. Those are the two biggest issues in our state. I would talk to everybody....Hillary Clinton has never created a job in her life. If the election is going to be about jobs, Donald Trump wins. If the election is about ISIS Donald Trump wins. She had her shot. She was Secretary of State and she failed to do anything."
--ADAM C. SMITH, Tampa Bay Times