TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Rumors are once again swirling that Florida Governor Rick Scott could be a potential running mate with Donald Trump, should Trump get the GOP nomination for President.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Trump mentioned three governors as possible running-mates including Governor Scott. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and current opponent John Kasich were the other two names Trump brought up.
However, despite increasing speculation that Scott could be in the running for Vice President, Scott’s former chief of staff and current adviser dismissed the speculation Monday.
“The governor has made it clear that he has the job he wants and he won’t leave it,” Melissa Sellers said in an email to media. “Of course, he would always be willing to provide any insights from his experience in turning around Florida’s economy. Governor Scott is a long-time friend of Donald Trump’s. They have known each other in the business world for many years — long before the governor first ran for office in 2010.”
Since the Florida Presidential Primary on March 15, Governor Scott has been vocal about his support for Donald Trump, and distaste for anti-Trump Republicans.
“Donald Trump is going to be our nominee, and he is going to be on the ballot as the Republican candidate for President… If the anti-Trump groups don’t stop now, their efforts will be nothing more than a contribution to the Clinton campaign,” Scott wrote on his Facebook page.
Scott has been at the center of much political speculation recently. The governor, nearing the midway point of his second and final term, has also been rumored to have an eye on a bid for U.S. Senate in 2018, according to the News Service of Florida.
Scott has made headlines this week during a trip to California in an attempt to lure businesses to move to Florida.