Rick Scott Hits 12 Minutes Worth of Softballs on MSNBC, Avoids "Ponzi Scheme" Question

When the subject of Rick Scott comes up on the typically left-leaning MSNBC network, it's typically to be berated on Rachel Maddow's nighttime show.

Invite him onto Morning Joe with former Republican Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough, however, and the governor gets to run a 12-minute public-relations campaign on national television.

Aside from (again) saying what a great job he's doing, Scott also talked about his infatuation with Texas and was given a free pass to duck the one relevant question he was asked this morning.

Instead of the governor using his former method of answering tough questions -- which can be seen here -- he conveniently answered questions that weren't asked instead.

MSNBC's Sam Stein came on a video feed to ask if Scott agreed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry's summation of Social Security -- that it's a "Ponzi scheme" and a "monstrous lie."

"The most important thing is, we've got to make sure we -- I mean, people rely on Social Security, I mean... I have a pension in this state, they're relying on these things," Scott said. "We've got to make sure things are funded."

With no mention of the fact he didn't answer the question, the hosts moved on and asked Scott if he thought Social Security was unconstitutional.

"I don't know how it would be unconstitutional," he said.

Then they got back to the PR, whereupon the governor explained that his approval ratings are low because people are mean and charter schools are the best.

Check out the video of the interview below:

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