Morning must-read: Rick Scott touts Obama ties on visit to D.C.

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It would appear that Governor Rick Scott is attempting to get to the left of Charlie Crist.

… Speaking with POLITICO during a visit to the nation’s capital, Scott pointed to three areas in which he has forged constructive relationships with the Obama administration.

He noted he had worked with a host of federal agencies – including the Departments of Justice and Interior and the Army Corps of Engineers – on Everglades-related issues. On education, he said he has a cordial relationship with Secretary Arne Duncan and spoke with the former Chicago schools chief during the process of choosing a new education commissioner for Florida.

And he touted his success in winning waivers from the federal government in order to shape a Florida-specific plan for dollars spent through the Affordable Care Act – a law Scott strenuously opposed in 2010, and still rejects as a concept. His spokeswoman, Melissa Sellers, boasted that Scott traveled to Washington after Election Day last year to lobby Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for flexibility in implementing health care reform.

And, notably, he declines to haggle over whether he or Obama deserves more praise for Florida’s dropping unemployment rate. After all, as Mitt Romney found out last year, a rising economic tide lifts all incumbents – whether that’s a vulnerable Obama in 2012 or any number of embattled GOP governors next year.

“I don’t think it matters who gets credit,” Scott said. “I think Reagan said, it’s surprising how much you can get done if you don’t care about who gets the credit.”

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