Gov. Rick Scott proclaimed Friday he will win his friendly job-creating competition with fellow Gov. Rick Perry because of the Texas governors pursuit of the White House.
I told him, now that hes running for president its going to be easier; he needs Florida, Scott said, while addressing the audience at CPAC Florida's conference at the Orange County Convention Center Friday afternoon.
I know (Perry) can win Texas, Scott continued, but to win Florida hes going to have to help us get more jobs. So, now youre going to have two governors who are going to help you get jobs.
Scott and Perry have been exchanging light-hearted jabs over business development and job creation for months.
In May, Chief Executive Magazine ranked Florida as the third-best place to do business. Rather than celebrate moving up from sixth place a year earlier, Scott and Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll announced they wanted to be No. 1 on the list.
The top spot is held by Texas.
Scott wrote Perry: "Florida will not settle for third place."
On Thursday, during the Fox News/Google debate in Orlando, Perry bookended his first answer by referencing the rivalry.
Rick Scotts sitting right over there and he and I compete every day, trying to get jobs into our states, Perry said before going to his talking points on tax reduction and regulations.
Perry concluded his opening remark by focusing on Texas top rankings and by turning to Scott and saying, We plan on keeping it that way, Rick.
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