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Obama Channels Rick Scott in Tourism Speech at Disney

If Barack Obama's call on Thursday to boost tourism and expedite visas sounded familiar to Floridians, that's because Gov. Rick Scott used almost the same exact pitch last year -- and continues to do so.

Scott informed a top Disney Destination executive on Dec. 21 that the federal government would allocate 98 additional visa adjudicators to Brazil and China in 2012. And the governor has been all over the airwaves promoting tourism in Florida.

"The visa issue is very important to Governor Scott and Florida. During his trade mission to Brazil in October, Governor Scott met with Brazilian officials and U.S. Ambassador [Thomas] Shannon regarding the visa issue," said Lane Wright, Scott's press secretary.

"Obviously any break in the visa logjam would mean a flood of more tourism dollars to the Sunshine State," Wright said.

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