Rick Scott Gets Told on CNN -- Again (Video)

Gov. Rick Scott took his armchair president skills to CNN this morning as part of his belief that he has a say in federal government, and the CNN anchors made him look like a fool -- again.

In early June, the governor went on CNN to defend his advocacy of drug-testing welfare recipients. He was asked three times what evidence he had that those on welfare have a higher rate of drug use -- one time he said, "I don't know," another time he didn't answer, and the third time he invented a scientific study on drug use.

This time around, Christine Romans, one of the hosts of CNN's American Morning, listened to Scott's argument against raising the debt ceiling, and her response was that the governor's opinion "runs counter to what just about everyone from both parties is saying" and against what she's heard from every financial expert.

Romans asked the governor why he believed that raising the debt ceiling wouldn't affect the economy or the states -- which he admitted just the other day he wasn't really sure about that -- and Scott's response was that government should act more like a family.

"Well, what do families do? If one of the parents loses their job, they stop spending," Scott said, apparently unaware that around 75 percent of Americans are in some sort of debt. "They don't just keep borrowing money."

Romans tried to explain to Scott how the debt ceiling worked twice more, and that's when CNN host Ali Velshi decided to interrupt the interview and rip on the governor.

"Governor, I'm not understanding; Christine's probably asked you this four times already -- we're not talking about spending more money," Velshi said. "We're talking about paying the bills you're already committed to. Why is this so difficult for you to understand, governor?"

Scott then suggested that the government outsource things like federal education grants and food stamps -- just like a corporation, he noted -- but said the government doesn't need to do that.

Check out the video of the interview below:

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