Florida Gov. courts Hispanic voters with switch

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Associated Press

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 10 at 1:03 AM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Rick Scott made his maverick push for Florida governor four years ago, the Republican took a hard line against immigration that he used to assail his main GOP rival for the job.

Scott called for an Arizona-styled enforcement law and a need to "secure the borders." Just last year he vetoed a bill that would have offered temporary driver's license to some young immigrants.

But the incumbent governor is now making a concentrated push to win over Hispanic voters in what appears to be a tight re-election campaign.

Scott on Monday signed into law a bill that guarantees in-state tuition rates to high school students living in the country illegally.

Scott opposed the idea in 2011, but polls show Hispanic voters overwhelmingly behind the move.

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