Scott talks jobs, guns at Port Everglades

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:16:01 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 18 2013 10:53:55 AM EST

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks jobs but has little to say about President Barack Obama's gun control proposals when he stops at Port Everglades.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott talked jobs but had little to say about President Barack Obama's gun control proposals when he stopped at Port Everglades on Thursday.

Scott joined South Florida officials for the groundbreaking of a new cargo container transfer facility.

"Hopefully we have a lot of announcements like this to expand in every part of the state," said Scott.

The $73 million facility has been discussed in Broward County for 15 years. The facility will expedite the movement of cargo containers to the Florida East Coast Railway.

"The vision was that someday we would be able to take cargo directly from the ships and put it on rail and take it up I-95 and up and out of the state without adding all the truck traffic," said Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs.

"My top job as governor is job creation," said Scott.

But Scott had little to say about the president's gun control proposals, despite his office issuing a statement Thursday that read in part: "... continues to support the second amendment and is not proposing any gun law changes."

"I haven't had the opportunity to go through the president's proposal," said Scott. "But look, I want to make sure our state is a safe state. We're at a 41 year low in our crime rate, which is great. Our police chiefs, our sheriffs are doing a good job, and I look forward to working with the legislature to look at the issue."

"Most of those police chiefs say, we want assault weapons off the streets. What do you say to them?" asked Local 10 Senior Political reporter Michael Putney.

"I look forward to working with the legislature to look at these issues to make sure this is the state where people can continue to travel here because we have a very safe state," replied Scott.

Scott also said Thursday the state needs more early voting days.

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