Rick Scott dares President Obama to come to Florida and support Charlie Crist

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So far, Florida’s gubernatorial race has seen both Bill and Hillary Clinton stumping for Charlie Crist; Vice President Joe Biden is campaigning with the Democrat in South Florida today.

A visit by First Lady Michelle Obama is rumored, also to lend Crist a little star power.

Nonetheless, Gov. Rick Scott issued a challenge this morning to the last piece of the Democratic puzzle — Barack Obama.

This morning, the Republican dared the president come to Florida, so he can experience for himself the results of his economic policies.

“Our state is turning around because we have done the exact opposite of Washington,” Scott said in a statement. “We threw out the Crist-Obama playbook of higher taxes, more debt and more spending.”

Scott boasted of how he helped government get out of the way of job creators by “undoing Crist’s tax increases and 15 percent year-after-year tuition hikes on college students.” He also pointed to the “clear results” of pro-growth policies, adding that his administration helped created more than 640,000 new jobs.

“Though we have more work to do to get every Florida family working again,” Scott added, “I hope President Obama can make a trip to the Sunshine State soon to see the results of our pro-growth policies – even if he is not invited on the campaign trail with Charlie Crist.”

For his part, Crist said he would welcome a visit from Obama.

Writes George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post, a few Democrats privately suggest an Obama visit would “nationalize” the gubernatorial race, particularly at a time when the president’s approval ratings are at one of the lowest points.

Scott has been especially eager to bond Crist and Obama, especially since the Democrat has been gaining some slight momentum in recent polling.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.