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Rick Scott ‘not interested’ in being Donald Trump’s running mate

Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media after a Republican National Committee gathering at Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., Thursday, April 21, 2016.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks to the media after a Republican National Committee gathering at Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., Thursday, April 21, 2016. AP

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday that he is “not interested” in running for vice president, after the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, mentioned Scott and two other governors among potential running mates.

“I’ve got a great job now,” Scott said in an interview. “My focus is on how do I make Florida the No. 1 state to get a job.”

Pressed further, Scott said, “I’m not interested in ... vice president. I’m interested in being the governor.”

In an interview with The New York Times over the weekend, Trump mentioned Scott and two other governors – Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio – among possible contenders.

Scott, traveling in California in an effort to lure business to his state, endorsed Trump after the New York businessman won the Republican primary in Florida in March.

“What I’ve said is that we need to rally behind Donald Trump,” Scott said. “He’s going to be our nominee.”

While in California, Scott has accused Gov. Jerry Brown of running a “tax and spend” administration, specifically criticizing legislation phasing in a $15 minimum wage.

It is Scott’s second trip in two years to the state. His office said Scott’s meetings included technology and tourism companies.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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