Rick Scott: 'Open to Ideas' on Arming Florida's Teachers

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Newsmax, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida says he is "open to ideas" about arming Florida's public school teachers, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Asked about Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s call for a discussion on arming school officials, Scott told Newsmax: “I’m always open to ideas to understand how we can reduce our crime rate. Whenever something happens, you always open your ears to listen to more things.”

Scott talked about much more than school safety, however. In the course of the interview he touted Florida's dramatic drop in unemployment under his gubernatorial tenure, from 11.4 percent when he took office to 8.5 percent today.

Jobs have come back to Florida “because we’ve lowered taxes and have less regulation,” Scott tells the paper. “We’ve streamlined permitting -- we like businesses in our state now. Consumer confidence is up. Our work force, last month, filled 45,000 jobs. That’s 45,000 more families in our state that now can put food on the table, can buy Christmas presents, can go shopping, can afford the rent or afford their home.

He continues: “Tourism is up. Almost 90 million people came this year. Exports are up. New home prices are up. Home sales are up. New home construction’s up. So we’re doing the right things and I’m very optimistic that the next two years are going to be like the first two years where we’re going to have significant reduction in unemployment.”

Scott's conclusion?

"[W]e live within our means. We’ve paid down our debt. We’ve done the things that we know are going to increase jobs. I just wish the federal government would do the exact same thing."

Asked about the 2016 presidential prospects of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, Scott says either of them would make for an excellent commander in chief: "Both of them would be great presidents. They care about our country. They clearly care about our state. They’re passionate Americans concerned about your opportunity to live the American dream."
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alina pizzi
2:05PM DEC 20TH 2012
I have an excellent idea without the use of weapons.
If my idea is used, I would need a prior assurance (contract, etc.) that if the companies used make a profit that I am also going to make money for my idea. I will submit it to you after your assurance. IT CAN REALLY WORK. I live in Miami, Fl. retired realtor with the state of florida sinc 1986 in good standing.
1:33PM DEC 20TH 2012
Another bright idea for the Governor if he decides to go down this path . . . . . raise your hand if you believe any one of those elementary teachers would have actually been packing and taken out the shooter and his Bushmaster . . . . . that's fantasyland . . . . and the politics of denial . . . . just like the Governor's public statements that the 2011 election law was all about preventing voter fraud, and not voter suppression . . . . and we all know how well that worked out . . . . courts overturning various parts of the law and huge, pissed off voter lines . . . . pissed off at Republicans . . . . so keep it up, Gov. Scott . . . .your count down clock is ticking . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
Pan Am Jack
2:22PM DEC 20TH 2012
Frank in case nobody has told you the real problem with early voting was dumb democrat supervisors of elections. Like my city 17,000+ early voters with 2 printers trying to print a 7 page ballot.....you are just another Ted Kennedy hating person........get the facts before you shoot off your mouth 1 Joe Biden is enough for any country...
12:07AM DEC 21ST 2012
YES! . . . . . attracted another "first time" fictional name commenter on Eric's blog . . . . gee . . . .this is getting to be an everyday occurrence . . . .must be getting on someone's nerves . . . .although this one can't even seem to write a coherent sentence through all the hate . . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .

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