Bradenton — A little more than 100 people gathered Saturday afternoon at Mixon Fruit Farms to hear gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott and other Republican candidates lay out their agendas for upcoming elections.
The audience mainly consisted of Tea Party Manatee members. Some watched in person and others streamed the event online.
“I think this is great. We want to get to meet the candidates and tell them it’s not over once the election is over; we will watch them,” and hold them accountable, said Janet Mixon, president of Tea Party Manatee.
Scott, the keynote speaker, was accompanied on stage by his family as he delivered a speech focused mainly on the economy and job creation. He spoke about his seven-step program to create 7 million jobs in the state in seven years.
“We are going to make sure every business knows this is the state most conducive to business,” Scott said.
Within Scott’s plan are measures to remove the business tax and to have the private sector invest in university research.
Scott also spoke about his plan for improving education by paying teachers based on how their students do and allowing parents to pick which school their children will attend.
He then touched on his disapproval of health care reform efforts and other issues.
Scott’s words resonated with those at the rally, especially Mike Rosiek, who didn’t know much about him before the rally.
“I didn’t know much about him other than what I heard on TV,” said Rosiek, 59, of Sarasota. “I think he has a plan to create jobs and I do think he is a good candidate.”
Scott ended his address on a hopeful note and predicted a victory against Democratic candidate Alex Sink.
“It looks like the way any campaign goes is that every candidate attacks each other, so by the end everyone is disliked,” Scott said, “but at least I have a plan to fix the state.”