Democrats' 2012 strategy includes attacks on Scott

3:29 PM, Jul 15, 2012   |    comments
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on "CBS This Morning"
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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) - The fact that Gov. Rick Scott isn't on the ballot this year isn't stopping Democrats from making him an issue as they try to keep President Barack Obama and Sen. Bill Nelson in office.

Party officials gathered for the Democrats' largest annual fundraiser repeatedly held Scott up as an example of Republican extremism. While Scott isn't up for re-election until 2014, his approval rating is low and Democrats want to take advantage of that by casting guilt by association with Republicans who are running this year.

Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith said Scott has become the voice of the tea party. Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich, who hopes to challenge Scott in 2014, said he's led an extremist agenda.

Scott's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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