JOBS FAIL: Rick Scott ran his campaign on a promise to create 700,000 jobs on top of estimated growth. Now in office, Scott is backsliding on his campaign promise, even flat-out denying that he made it, despite video footage that documents it.

Scott Broke His 700,000 Additional New Jobs Promise And Denied It Despite Evidence On Video. “An Associated Press reporter reminded Scott that his jobs plan was designed to generate 700,000 jobs on top of those restored by the state's expected growth. ‘No, that's not true,’ Scott said. So, the reporter pushed, statements by his campaign were totally wrong? ‘I don't know who said that,’ Scott said. ‘I have no idea.’ Last week, the governor again faced the question he was asked as a candidate, nearly a year prior. This time, instead of a debate audience, Scott faced members of the Sun Sentinel editorial board. ‘Your pledge was for 700,000 in addition to normal growth, wasn't it?’ Scott was asked. No, he replied. The problem with Scott's new position is that there are at least two times during the campaign -- captured on video -- where Scott said the exact opposite. And in both those cases, someone asked Scott a follow up question. And in both replies, Scott reinforced his position -- 700,000 jobs, on top of normal growth. Now, Scott says it's just 700,000. To be clear: That's a difference of about 1 million jobs.” [Herald/Times, “PolitiFact,” 10/4/11]

Scott: “I Could Argue That I Don't Have To Create Any Jobs.” “Gov. Rick Scott…added more nuance to his campaign promise to create jobs, questioning the validity of the state's economic forecast and saying he just has to stop unemployment from rising. ‘The bottom line is, I could argue that I don't have to create any jobs,’ Scott said on 540-AM in Maitland. ‘I just have to make sure we don't lose jobs.’ Scott faced questions…about his shifting position during an interview on Bud Hedinger Live, a conservative talk radio program. Hedinger pointed to a Times/Herald video that shows Scott promised to create 700,000 jobs in seven years beyond estimates for job growth over the same span. State economists last year predicted Florida would add 1 million jobs in that time.” [Herald/Times, 10/14/11]