Rick Scott appearance on Morning Joe dumbfounds Joe and Mika

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Gov. Rick Scott‘s penchant for refusing to answer questions dumbfounded MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ show host Joe Scarborough and reduced co-host Mika Brzezinski to exasperation during a four-minute interview Wednesday morning.

A national TV audience watched as Scarborough repeatedly tried to ask Scott why he would not endorse Florida’s U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in Florida’s presidential primary, what Scott thought of Donald Trump‘s most recent anti-Muslim remarks made in Florida, and whether he personally thought Islam is a religion that hates America.

Scott responded as he usually does when pressed for questions that are not about bringing jobs to Florida or why Florida is a great state, by repeating responses that avoid direct answers: he has relationships with all the Republican candidates, the voters should decide, and Florida is a great melting pot.

Scarborough all but gave up after several tries to get a more substantive response.

That left Brzezinski shaking her head while Scott offered his answers again, and muttering, “Wrap it!,” “No, no, mm-mmm,” or “OK.”

Then she tried one more time, interrupting Scott and demanding, “Rick, Rick, Rick, I know you and Joe are friends and this is awkward. Can you answer the question, or should we scoot?”

After Scott gave another non-direct answer, Brzezinski excused the governor from the interview. After the commercial break, she blasted him, calling him mealy-mouthed and the interview “pathetic.”


Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.