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Gov. Scott to Newsmax: Fla. Will Ensure Only Citizens Vote in Elections

By Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter   |   Monday, 02 Jul 2012 06:48 PM

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tells Newsmax he will staunchly resist efforts by the federal government and the Obama administration to halt his efforts to purge ineligible voters from the rolls in his state.

“This is not a partisan issue,” he declares in an exclusive interview. “I have not met one Republican, Democrat, or independent that thinks non-U.S. citizens should be voting in our races.

“The Department of Justice sued us. We won last week. The judge said it would cause us irreparable harm if we allow non-U.S. citizens to vote in our races. So we’re going to continue to fight this. We’re going to continue to demand that the Department of Homeland Security give us the database that we’re entitled to by law, to review and make sure that only citizens vote in our races.

“We want honest, fair elections.”

Scott also offers this prediction for Florida in the November election: “I think it’s going to go red.”

“I think this election is going to be about jobs, the candidate that has the best jobs plan. President Obama has had his four years to get our economy going. Our economy has not improved under his term.

“We’re doing the right things in Florida. We’ve reduced taxes. We’ve reduced regulation. We’ve streamlined the permitting process. We’re bucking the national trend. Our unemployment rate has dropped faster than almost any other state.

“But we need a federal partner that’s going to do the right thing. We cannot have the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, which we do at the federal level. We can’t have more regulation than the rest of the world and think that consumers are going to buy American products.”




Editor's Note: See the entire Newsmax interview with Florida Gov. Rick Scott — Florida Won't Implement Medicaid Expansion of Obamacare

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