"We came into office saying we wanted to create an environment that would encourage businesses to add 700,000 jobs over seven years," Scott said. "The debate was about whether or not that was even possible. Now, there's a debate about how to count all the jobs being created, and who should get the credit for it. Maybe it's because I am not a politician, but I think this is a great debate to have. It celebrates the fact that our economy is once again creating jobs."

He ended the speech with the phrase he repeated six times earlier.

"I look forward to joining with all of you as we put Florida families first, and send a message to the world that Florida is serious about job creation," Scott said. "It's working."

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Associated Press writers Brent Kallestad, James L. Rosica and Gary Fineout contributed to this reporter

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