Gov. Scott talks economy, elections in Sarasota

LONGBOAT KEY - Gov. Rick Scott addressed the economy, November elections and education during his stop in Sarasota Friday.

Nearly 250 local officials and business leaders gathered for an Argus Foundation luncheon at the Longboat Key Club and Resort to hear Scott's speech.

Meanwhile a small group of protestors assembled a block away on New Pass Bridge to rally against Scott's voter purge efforts.

Despite the recent controversy, Scott stood by his actions.

"This is not a partisan issue," Scott said. "I want to make sure your vote isn't diluted. I want people who have a right to vote to register. I can't care if you're a Republican or Democrat."

During his speech, Scott touted recent improvements in Florida's job market, state education funding and streamlines to the permitting process.

He said the upcoming elections will mirror his 2010 election.

"It will be all about jobs," Scott said. "The person with the best jobs plan will win."

Scott's visit was part of statewide tour where the governor is hosting round tables with smaller counties. He's making a stop in Venice later today.

For more on this story check later for updates or pick up a copy of Friday's Bradenton Herald.