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In Central Florida, Scott talks up economic accomplishments

Photo by Amy Green
Photo by Amy Green

Gov. Rick Scott says under his leadership Florida will beat Texas and become the nation's top job creator by 2020.

The governor stumped in Central Florida on Thursday as the state's too-close-to-call gubernatorial race enters its final days before the election Tuesday.

Scott was at T.J.'s Seafood Shack in Oviedo. He was flanked by a bevy of Republican state leaders including Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Central Florida Sen. David Simmons.

The governor said the state's economy suffered under Democratic challenger Charlie Crist because Crist was more interested in being vice president or a senator.

"He shouldn't have raised taxes, shouldn't have raised tuition, should've watched how the money was spent, shouldn't have borrowed $9 billion."

Scott said during his own administration the state has added 651,000 jobs.

A small crowd gathered for the event. Kim Carroll of Sanford was among the crowd. She credits the governor for the state's economic recovery.

"He and the Legislature, the Republican Legislature, have helped to create an environment that makes it easier for businesses to come here. When Charlie Crist was governor he didn't even have an economic development policy."

Crist is scheduled to visit Central Florida on Friday.

Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.