Florida Governor Rick Scott For President In 2016?

While other Republican governors across the nation are discussed as prospective presidential contenders in 2016, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is rarely in the conversation.

And that is fine by him. 

Still, that isn’t stopping allies from trying to convince him to take a presidential run more seriously after proving he can win in Florida using a business background some think is needed in Washington.

Scott’s resume includes one key requirement that few others in 2016 could match: a track record in Florida.

With his Nov. 4 re-election official as of Tuesday, Scott will have won the largest swing state in America twice. Of the more than 40 potential GOP candidates who could be in the running, only former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can tout the same accomplishment.

Without Florida, it is almost mathematically impossible for any GOP candidate to win enough electoral votes to become president, said Ford O’Connell, a Virginia based Republican political consultant.

O’Connell said he’s not buying it. He said Scott lacks the “warm and fuzzy” personality that Republicans need to defeat the Democrats in 2016.

Read more from Jeremy Wallace at The Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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