Media must press Scott that he's running to lead Florida, not Washington

Sink didn't take that long to respond to the charge, of course, saying simply that she had no idea where Scott got the notion, saying emphatically that she has no intention of cutting the federal health care plan for the elderly.

The question leads to the switch in strategy now that Scott has become, despite his disavowals, a definite "insider," as he tries to not only win the job of Governor, but effectively becomes the leader of the state Republican party.

Sink has been prepared to take some blows (based on statements made over the past year by the RPOF)on her history as a banker, but a "Liberal Democrat," while completely unoriginal and not truly accurate (a Democrat, yes.  Liberal?  By whose definition?)is something that she has to be prepared to contend with.

The job of running the state of Florida is an immense one with huge responsibilities.  This gubernatorial campaign needs to show the citizens of this state who is best up for it.  That means talking about the issues that affect Tampa Bay and the Panhandle and the I-4 corridor, South Florida, etc.  It doesn't mean some lame talking points that have been distributed from the RNC about how to win more Congressional seats in Washington this November.

Yesterday the League of Women Voters and PBS announced a health care debate on October 14 that will feature both the candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.  This follows an announcement earlier in the week about a debate that will focus on children issues on October 16. When asked in Tampa on Monday if he was prepared to participate in debates with Sink, Scott said generically that his people would get in contact with Sink's team to work something out (Sink has proposed five debates).

There is so much we don't know about either of these candidates and about how they will run the state of Florida.  "Let's get back to work," ain't going to be enough.  It's incumbent on the media and the voters to make sure that the candidates address the issues affecting our state.  If you want to discuss national politics, there's the U.S. Senate race , as well a slew of  Congressional races taking place in the next couple of months in Florida that should satiate the most devoted national news devotee.

Although PolitiFact spent 1,400 words to try to unlock Scott's claim about Sink and Medicare, it sort of boils down to one sentence that the fact finding group says near the end of their response:

We must note that Medicare is a federal program, not a state one, so Sink wouldn't be able to cut benefits -- even if she wanted to -- if she's elected in November.

Rick Scott and his new Lieutenant Governor nominee, Jennifer Carroll, campaigned in Brandon late Thursday afternoon after earlier romps around the state touting the newly minted GOP gubernatorial ticket.

Their appearances come as the Florida Republican party is slated to start spending cash on behalf of Scott on the television airwaves beginning this weekend.  The Orlando Sentinel's Aaron Deslatte reports that $1.3 million will be expended on two ads, one positive commercial, and one hitting at Democrat Alex Sink, who Deslatte reports, has already spent $2.5 million on television in just the past few weeks, including this new on her "detailed" plans to aid Florida's ailing economy:

We've already written a couple of times this week about how Rick Scott apparently aims to link Alex Sink with Barack Obama as much as he can, such as on her (extremely muted)support for the federal health care reform bill passed this spring.

When we saw Scott on Monday, we asked him specifically if this is how planned to run his campaign against Sink, in effect "nationalizing" the race to target Washington Democrats, who most polls agree aren't the most popular group these days, as opposed to his primary campaign against Tallahassee insiders, the Florida Republican Party, of whom he has now embraced. In an indirect way, Scott said yes.

The issue came up again in the past few days after Bud Chiles dropped out, when in a seeming non sequitur but actually part of his focused message,Scott said :

"This will be a contest which presents a clear choice between a conservative outsider with business experience and a specific plan to create 700,000 jobs and another liberal Obamacrat who wants to raise taxes, cut Medicare, and supports Obama’s failed stimulus."

We're not certain at all where Sink has come out for raising taxes, but on the question of cutting Medicare, the folks over at PolitiFact spent a day researching the claim, and in a 1,400 + word response, calls the claim false.

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