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Gov. Scott to host Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and GOP prez hopefuls at Orlando summit

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Gov. Rick Scott will host most of the prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates, including fellow Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, at an Economic Growth Summit in June.

Potential and announced candidates will meet in Orlando on Tuesday, June 2, for an opportunity to talk about the economy, jobs and their vision for economic growth for the country.

Although Bush, a former Florida governor, has not officially entered the White House contest, it is widely assumed that by the time of the summit, he will have entered the 2016 presidential race. Rubio, the sitting Republican senator from Florida, announced he is running on Monday.

Joining Bush and Rubio at the Orlando event will be a large segment of the current Republican presidential field: Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Govs. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Rick Perry of Texas.

Organizers will announce more details of the summit in a few weeks.

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