"Governor Scott... I'm not sure I got an answer to the question.." That was a remark from one of the moderators at the gubernatorial debate between incumbent Florida Governor Rick Scott and his Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist. Rick Scott was asked a very straight forward question on discrimination with gay marriage: "Governor Scott, you say you are against discrimination. But the courts have said that Florida's ban on same sex marriage is unconstitutional because it is discriminatory. Do you think the ban is discriminatory?
Scott's reply: "Well, lets think about where we are. None of us believe in discrimination. I clearly don't believe in any discrimination. In 2008, part of our democratic process led by Charlie, there was a constitutional amendment passed that said that marriage would be between a man and a woman. And while I believe in traditional marriage, we got to understand people have different views. Its going through the court system. My understanding's it's going right directly to the Supreme Court. Whatever the Supreme Court decides, they'll decide what the law in Florida is. I will abide by that law. But what's important to me is, people have different views. We shouldn't have ill will because people have different views. But we have to remember that all this was started with Charlie as governor.
And this is where the question I brought up before comes in: "Governor Scott.. I'm not sure I got an answer to the question..
" brought up by one of the moderators, sounding confused, and a bit irritated at his song and dance routine. This was accompanied by a few boos in the background. His first response to this: "Sure.
The moderator then repeats herself, then asks more directly: "Do you believe the ban is discriminatory?
Scott responds: "I don't believe in discrimination. But, look... [crowd laughs at him], I don't believe in discrimination. I believe in traditional marriage. The court's gonna decide. This is a decision for the courts, and they ultimately make the decision
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Okay. So there's that. Predictable enough, right? A politician crafting his words with a non-answer to a question that makes him uncomfortable. Every one of them does it, right, to some extent at least? Well, sure. But, to me, after watching Rick Scott for years, I gotta say he takes the cake, and this is just the latest example of him completely skirting around an important question, wasting everyone's time and brain power with an answer that leaves you shaking and scratching your head. If ever there was a politician that embraced "the game" of say nothing, but say it confidently, he would win every time. He's that good. Or that bad, depending on how you're grading.
Either way, he wins the nonsense game, time and time again. Here's perhaps the greatest two examples of Rick Scott in full nonsense action:
Watch a master class on political doublespeak
In a debate with Scott vs Crist that has everyone focusing on the 'Fangate' moment (which was bizarre, no doubt), you gotta wonder if Scott pulled that stunt to take people's attention away from the content of his views. Have the headlines read about him taking some weird stand on an interpretation of a 'no electronics' rule that is clearly silly, instead of having headlines read, "Hey, Governor Rick Scott, will you please answer the damn question?!?"
This to me is just another ploy for him to distract, and to change the conversation. He's trying to be a magician of sorts, with the voters in Florida. He wants to bamboozle everyone, and hope that no one pays too close attention to his answers to actually important questions, so he can get re-elected by default. Luckily for the state of Florida, things are looking good for ousting Scott. Early polling shows its going to be a very close race. But, Charlie Crist is polling slightly higher
in a majority of local and state polls.
If you live in Florida, you are already very aware of Rick Scott's shady and confusing nature. You don't have to have the master of doublespeak as your Governor for four more years. There are much better options out there. Charlie Crist is certainly better. I'd go with him, easy.
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If you think you could possibly get a straight answer out of Rick Scott, and would like to see where he stands on issues that really matter to you:
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