Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, whom the media criticized early in his administration for not talking to them, took a media tour of the Sunshine State, talking up his legislative accomplishments, the future of education, and whether he may run for vice president, WKMG-TV Local 6
in Orlando reported Thursday.
Scott’s recent local and national television news appearances, and the fact that he sat next to potential presidential candidate Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner, had some speculating whether he may run for vice president.
"That was an interesting dinner,” Scott said. “They sure attacked Donald Trump a lot. But, I have no interest in being vice president.”
On the topic of diminishing funding for Florida's schools, Scott pointed the finger at the federal government.
"What we've said in the campaign and what we've said all along is we're gonna keep the state funding where it was. The problem we have is the federal government put money into the system and then took it out, so we've kept it as is," Scott said.
Scott defended the education reforms under his watch, such as teacher merit pay.
"We're now going to allow our principals to keep the best teachers, the most effective teachers. Two, we're going to start the process of merit pay, which should be good for students," Scott said.
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