Politics

Gov. Rick Scott Wants You to Buy a Few Homes in Florida

Florida governor tells RNC members how much he appreciates their business

In an election increasingly about whether people are being left behind economically, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has a plan for his fellow Republicans: He wants them to "buy a few homes here."  

At Thursday's Republican National Committee spring meeting in Hollywood, Florida, the two-term chief executive of the Sunshine State delivered the keynote address, telling RNC members how much he appreciates their business.  

"We had 105 million tourists last year. You pay 25 percent of our sales tax. We love everybody that comes to our state. And by the way, if you don't want to spend all your money, buy something. Buy a second or third or fourth or fifth home," he said.  

Scott spent most of his speech bragging about all the jobs created in Florida since he took office in 2011. But he also warned the audience against any chicanery at the GOP convention in Cleveland when it came to nominating its presidential candidate.  

"We know so many important things about our candidates. We know how tall their boots are, right? We know the size of their hands. We know who's got the best hair. Mine's easier," he joked, a nod to his bald pate.  

"We know who's got the most beautiful wife … I love my wife. I'm sure she'd win. We know somebody's going to build a wall. Ben Carson's either the angriest person in the world or the calmest. Our candidates have been called all sorts of names. And we know we're going to start winning so much that we're going to get tired of winning," Scott continued.  

But eventually it got back to buying a second home in Florida, or a few more.  

"By the way, move to Florida. It's a great place. Spend all your money here, buy a few homes here. Our budget's growing rapidly. I like that. It's a lot easier. But God bless every one of you. God bless our country. Have a great day. Bye-bye," he said.  

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