Romney campaign denies contacting Rick Scott to downplay economic progress

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Mitt Romney’s campaign is denying that the GOP nominee told Scott to downplay economic progress in the state, as first reported in Bloomberg on Wednesday. The Bloomberg report said Romney’s team asked Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with Romney’s message that the nation is suffering under Obama.

“Governor Romney frequently praises [governors] for their ability to overcome the job-stifling policies of the Obama administration,” said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. “Any statement to the contrary is not in line with Governor Romney’s thoughts or his message.”

No one in the Romney inner circle nor Romney himself had any contact with Scott on his messaging on the economy, according to a senior Romney campaign source. Sources close to Scott insist that the story is “completely false.”

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