Rick Scott Promised to Create 700,000 Extra Jobs; Now He'll Smile and Pretend He Didn't

One of Gov. Rick Scott's main talking points during his campaign was his "7-7-7" plan, which he said would create 700,000 jobs on top of the projected growth of 1 million Florida jobs by 2017.

With the statewide unemployment rate staying at 10.7 percent for the third straight month, the state experiencing the second-most mass layoffs for two months in a row and an estimated cut of 1,638 Florida jobs in September, Scott is pretending like his promise never happened.

Instead, he's now claiming that the voters elected him to create fewer jobs than were projected to be created under "normal growth." Uh, what?

Now the governor has apparently decided that 700,000 total jobs by 2017 is a more attainable goal than the growth that was expected if any old schmo were running the state.

In Scott's mind, though, he has no idea who promised the extra 700,000 jobs.

He now says he has "no idea" who cooked that plan up.

As PolitiFact, the St. Petersburg Times, the Miami Herald, and the Associated Press could tell you, it's Gov. Rick Scott who came up with that plan, and they really don't understand why he won't admit that he's abandoned his plan for job creation.

Here's the quick proof of Scott's retraction from capitol reporter and missing-government-email hunter extraordinaire Michael C. Bender:

Then he was asked again why he's planning for 300,000 fewer jobs than regular growth instead of 700,000 extra, and it's done through some sort of expression similar to a smile:

Looks like the governor is kickin' it old school, just like he did in '95:

The state's newest unemployment figures will be released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on October 21.

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