Gov. Rick Scott has declined take a position, pro or con, on Donald Trump's controversial proposal to halt temporarily Muslims coming to America. Here's the statement we received from his spokeswoman, Jackie Schutz:
“Governor Scott continues his focus on getting more information from President Obama about the Syrian refugees being placed in Florida by the federal government to ensure the safety of all those in our state. He has not made an endorsement in the Presidential race and is focused on the security of Floridians from those who may wish us harm."
Florida GOP Chairman Blaise Ingoglia this week also has declined multiple requests for comment on the proposal, although state GOP Chairs in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Ohio have criticized it.
Several recent polls have found that Republicans are either evenly divided on the proposal or mostly in favor of it.
--ADAM C. SMITH, Tampa Bay Times