The Campaign
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Rarely-Seen Rick Scott Seizes Last Chance To Rally With Mitt Romney In Orlando

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has been an invisible man on the campaign trail since the middle of August. But, on Monday, he reappeared at an Orlando airport rally for Mitt Romney.

Close Approach: Governor Scott and Mitt Romney appeared at the same rally but not together.
Close Approach: Governor Scott and Mitt Romney appeared at the same rally but not together.

His assignment? The man with the 39 percent approval rating was put in charge of "warming up" the crowd. The governor was on stage for two and half minutes and shared not a second of that time with Romney, who was making his final campaign appearance in Florida.

Politico says there was the teensiest bit of message confusion:

Scott highlighted good economic news in the state, something of a contrast to Romney’s downbeat comments a few minutes later about persistently high unemployment and economic stagnation.

“We cannot continue to go down the path we’ve been going down…just an anti-business attitude,” Scott said. “We need jobs. In Florida, we’ve done it! We’ve cut regulation, we’ve cut taxes, we’ve streamlined permitting. And guess what? The biggest drop in unemployment in the country is in our great state of Florida!”

Former Gov. Jeb Bush was also on stage and that's who received the "Thanks, governor!" when Romney finally appeared.