Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday that he will endorse any GOP presidential candidate before the winner-take-all primary in his state.
“Is your endorsement of any candidate happening in Florida, governor?” Joe Scarborough asked.
“No, I’m not endorsing before the Republican primary. Joe, remember my race back in 2010? They all wanted me — the establishment wanted to get me out of the race,” Scott said. “None of them endorsed me. The voters decided. I trust the voters. They’ll make a good decision. But it will be about jobs.”
Gov. Scott claimed Florida GOP voters will cast their ballots “based on jobs.” Additionally, when asked why he has not supported Sen. [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore], the state’s junior senator, he replied, “Marco’s doing a very good job. We got elected together back in 2010. He’s done a very good job as our senator.”
He added, “Donald Trump is a friend. I’ve met [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore]. I know John Kasich; e’s been governor while I’ve been governor. We got elected at the same time. But I rely on the voters. I relied on them back when I won in 2010 when everybody was against me and when all the polls said I wouldn’t win, so I’m going to continue to trust the voters.”
Host Mika Brzezinski attempted to get Scott to respond to Trump’s remarks from a Wednesday night CNN interview that Islam “hates” the West. When he refused to directly answer the question, Brzezinski cut the interview short.