Rick Scott not with Rick Perry on controversial Social Security remarks

This was Obama's passage in his speech about those trade agreements:


Now it’s time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for American companies to sell their products in Panama and Colombia and South Korea — while also helping the workers whose jobs have been affected by global competition. (Applause.) If Americans can buy Kias and Hyundais, I want to see folks in South Korea driving Fords and Chevys and Chryslers. (Applause.) I want to see more products sold around the world stamped with the three proud words: “Made in America.” That’s what we need to get done.


On Morning Joe, Scott said "We need those three free trade agreements signed right now. Get 'em done. That would be thousands of jobs in Florida. Especially you look at our vicinity to Central and South America, with the Panama Canal, with Panama and Columbia. That's the biggest thing he can do for us right now."


Scott then repeated a favorite line echoed by nearly all Republicans (and some Democrats): The President should cut corporate tax rates (currently at 35 percent).


Scott also weighed in on the Rick Perry/Mitt Romney battle for the GOP race for president. Though the Governor seemingly never fails to mention Perry when he talks about the competition for creating jobs, he is remaining neutral in the presidential contest. He predicted either man would prevail in Florida next year against President Obama.


"Perry's more of a Tea Party candidate," he said, and when asked by MSNBC's Mark Halperin if that was an advantage in the Sunshine State, Scott mentioned the obvious: the heart of his support has always come from Tea Party members.


"My race last year? All the big events were almost all of them, were the Tea Party events."


And with Florida's huge senior population, Rick Scott knows better than to say anything controversial about Social Security, lest he wants to see his popularity ratings sink back into the 20's. So he carefully avoided touching too deeply into Governor Perry's controversial comments on the entitlement program which has become an issue in the campaign.


"The most important thing is, people are relying on Social Security. ....we've got to make sure these things are funded....the important thing is: anything the government said they're going to do, they've gotta do."


And about Perry's comment in his book Fed Up! that the program created during FDR's administration was unconstitutional?


"I don't know how it would be unconstitutional. I just want to make sure that the people that are relying on Social Security, they get it."

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is in New York City this morning, and made an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe program, where he said he was reserving comment on President Obama's $447 billion jobs plan announced last Thursday, a plan some Republicans initially said they might be able to support some part of, but are now turning against it, as they learn how he plans on funding it (by raising taxes on those making more than $250,00).

Scott said "the devil is in the details," and said his concern is (as he said when he rejected federal funds for high speed rail) what strings might be attached, "because you know this is our money. We send it up there, and Florida's never gotten back what we send up."

Scott said the fastest way to get more jobs created in Florida is to pass three pending trade agreements - in Panama, Colombia and South Korea, which is actually what Obama said he'd like to do as well in his joint speech to Congress last week.

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