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Florida governor doesn't think Perry comments on Social Security will hurt his campaign

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In terms of which of the Republican presidential candidates could win Florida's coveted vote in a general election, Scott said either former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) or Perry could win the Sunshine state. 

"I think both of them would win Florida in a general. I think they both are focused on jobs," Scott said. "Both of them have had success with jobs. One as a governor, the other one more in business — so both of them would be good candidates."

Social Security has increasingly become a major topic of debate between Romney and Perry, the front-runners in the Republican primary thus far. In a debate in Florida on Monday, Romney quickly hit Perry for his past statements on Social Security, citing Perry's book Fed Up!, in which Perry called it a Ponzi scheme. Romney said Social Security needed to exist.

"That view, and the view that Social Security has been forced upon us the last 70 years … that's a very different matter," Romney said at the debate.

In response, Perry didn't walk back his comments.

"If what you’re trying to say is back in the '30s and '40s the federal government made all the right decisions, I disagree with you," Perry said.