Florida Governor Rick Scott in Israel_311.
(photo credit: Courtesy of governor's office)
While Israel is a prominent issue in the US Republican primary campaign, it is
the economy – not foreign relations – that will determine both the Republican
nominee and next years presidential election, Republican Florida Governor Rick
Scott said this week.
Florida’s governor wants more business with Israel
Scott, who left early Thursday morning after
spending some five days in the country, said in an interview with The Jerusalem
Post that Israel has emerged as an issue in the campaign “because I think
Americans overall are extremely supportive of Israel.”
But, he said, next
November’s race will be won by the person who “has the best jobs plan” and who
the American people believe “will get the country back to work.”
creation, and not politics – either US or regional – was the top priority of
Scotts’ trip, and even topped the agenda of his meetings with President Shimon
Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
The first-term Florida
governor, who was elected in November 2010, said that the purpose of his trip
was to make business contacts that would ultimately lead to job creation in
Scott, accompanied by a Florida business delegation, said his
state has a thriving high tech industry – with the third largest number of
high-tech companies in the US – as well as a large defense related industry. As
such, he said, it is a natural fit for Israeli businesses.
governor, who said his state had the third largest Jewish population in the US
with 750,000 people, danced around the question of whether his visit was linked
to his own domestic political considerations.
Asked about this directly,
he went back again to the jobs theme, saying that he ran on a plan pledging to
create 700,000 jobs in seven years. “I get a report care about how many jobs
have been created every month,” he said. “That’s why people voted for me.”