With about a week until Election Day, Gov. Rick Scott remains confident Donald Trump come out on top.
“I think Trump is going to win, and I think the reason he’s going to win is that there’s a clear choice,” he said following a stop in Fort Myers. “Even though we’ve added 1.2 million jobs since I got elected in 2010, it’s still the No. 1 issue in the country. He’s created jobs; he knows how to create jobs. She’s never created jobs.”
Scott said the nation needs someone at the helm who can work to defeat ISIS and “defend Americans against terrorism.” Hillary Clinton, he said, had the chance to do that during her time as secretary of state, but made little progress.
The Naples Republican commended FBI Director James Comey for re-opening the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server, saying he’s hopeful he “truth will come out.”
“It seems like what she’s done her whole life is worry about herself, instead of the people she says she wants to serve,” said Scott. “I’m glad that Comey did what he did and hopefully the investigation will come out with the truth.”
According to the Associated Press, the FBI obtained a warrant over the weekend to begin reviewing newly discovered emails that may be relevant into the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server.
The inquiry, which closed without charges in July, resurfaced Friday when Comey alerted members of Congress to the existence of emails that he said could be pertinent to that investigation. The FBI wants to review the emails to see if they contain classified information and were handled properly, the focus of the earlier Clinton inquiry.
Scott has been largely absent from the campaign trail, but has been somewhat involved in the presidential race. He is the chairman of “Rebuilding America Now,” a pro-Trump super PAC, which released an advertisement over the weekend focused on the email scandal. The new ad is part of an ad buy in the Philadelphia area.
The race in the Sunshine State is tight. According to RealClearPolitics, Trump has a slight lead — a half of a percentage point — over Clinton.
But the presidential race isn’t the only key race playing out in Florida. All eyes are on the race between Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Patrick Murphy, which could determine control of the U.S. Senate. According to RealClearPolitics, Rubio has an average lead of 5.6 percentage points.
“Sen. Rubio has done a great job as our senator for the last six years, he deserves to be re-elected,” said Scott. “He’s going to continue to focus on what’s good for Florida families.”
Scott encouraged Floridians to get out and vote, either by mail, early or on Election Day. According to the state Division of Elections, more than 3.7 million Floridians have already voted either by mail or in person during the early voting period.
_The Associated Press contributed to this report.