Rick Scott's Newest Jobs Stance: "I Could Argue That I Don't Have to Create Any Jobs"
Well, here's what everyone wanted to hear from Gov. Rick Scott, the chief executive of the state with the fifth-highest unemployment rate of the 50 states: Not only as he already retracted his campaign promise to create 700,000 extra jobs but he now says he doesn't have to create any jobs.
Scott is still trying to crawl out of the ditch he dug himself in by saying he wouldn't create the 700,000 extra jobs he promised, and, of course, people are still asking why the self-proclaimed jobs governor is taking back his plan for job creation.
This time around, AM radio host Bud Heninger asked Scott the same question just about everyone's been asking him for the past week -- how can you continue to pretend you didn't promise 700,000 jobs on top of the estimated 1.1 million jobs expected to be gained in the state over the next seven years?
In Heninger's words, "It doesn't seem to square."
Scott brilliantly pointed out that the state lost jobs during the recession and retorted with, "Tell me what normal growth is."
That's when he unveiled his new argument -- he really doesn't have to create a single job, let alone 700,000.
"I could argue that I don't have to create any jobs," Scott said. "I just have to make sure we don't lose jobs."
Heninger then had to tell the governor how he should have handled retracting his campaign pledge -- concede defeat and blame it on President Obama instead of pretending like you never made the promise.
"I would have felt comfortable if you just said, 'Hey, I had no idea it was going to be this bad this long under Obama,'" Heninger said.
Well, if the governor keeps this up, don't be surprised if he actually does argue that his campaign promise was to create zero jobs when reelection time rolls around.
Click here to listen to the audio clip from the Buzz.
[h/t: Michael C. Bender]
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