Rick Scott first made waves in the Republican primary by introducing the idea of Arizona-style immigration laws into the Florida campaign. Leaning to the extreme right proved successful in the primary, but as he moved into the general election, his campaign conveniently seems to have lessened its emphasis on championing the controversial law. Well, it appears opponent Alex Sink didn't want to let Hispanic voters forget. She has been running a controversial ad highlighting Scott's stance.
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Here, via Politico, is the transcript of the radio ad:
Girl's voice: Dad, pull over, you are being stopped for speeding.
Father: I am sorry, officer. It looks like I was speeding.
Officer: Do you speak English? I need to see your papers.
Father: Why? I have been a U.S. citizen for 10 years, but I don't have with me my naturalization certificate... In what country are we living?
Officer: Sir, I am going to have to detain you until you can produce your papers.
Girl's voice (translating the cop's words for her father): He says he is going to detain you until you prove you are a citizen.
Officer: I am going to have to see your papers as well, young lady.
Girl's voice: But I was born in this country.
Announcer: What you just heard could occur in Florida if Rick Scott gets his way. Scott wants a law that is stronger than Arizona in Florida and does not want us to speak Spanish or English with an accent. Is this the Florida you want for your family? Say no to Rick Scott.
The Miami Herald's Naked Politics called the ad "jaw-dropping" and "fear-inducing," but it's fair to say that things such as that could happen depending on which version of a Scott-supported immigration bill passed. Besides, Scott is no stranger to "jaw-dropping" and "fear-inducing" ads himself. "Obama's Mosque," anyone?