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Mr. Scott Goes To Washington - sort of - on Friday

As the Florida Legislature prepares to complete the next-to-the-last week of the session Friday, Gov. Rick Scott will be in Washington, conducting a round of interviews with national media outlets.

He'll start the day with CBS correspondent Major Garrett, followed by meetings with The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Politico and the National Review.

Fox and Politico each have secured 90 minutes of Scott's time Friday.

Most D.C. media outlets aren't particularly interested in Scott's priorities of a $2,500 teacher pay raise and a sales tax break for manufacturers, so the governor will have ample opportunity to brag about Florida's economic rebound -- while getting some questions about his low poll numbers and his re-election prospects.

Scott's communications director, Melissa Sellers, said the D.C. trip was arranged some time ago for Scott to tout the state's economic revival and drop in unemployment (now 7.5 %) on the national stage, as well as his new "one-way" campaign where he has contrasted Florida's tax system and economy with that of Illinois'.

-Steve Bousquet