Vice President Joe Biden, heading up White House talks on gun control, held a conference call with the nation's governors yesterday, including some who have been sharply critical of the president. Gov. Rick Scott, who was traveling the state Wednesday, did not participate.
"During the calls, the vice president listened to the unique perspectives of all the participants and solicited their ideas and input on how to curb gun violence in this country," the White House said. "The vice president reiterated the administration’s commitment to this urgent issue, and stressed that the problem requires immediate action."
Scott's office today confirmed he was invited but pointed to his busy schedule, which took him to Jacksonville for a Vistakon-Johnson and Johnson Vision Care news conference then a Parametric Solutions jobs announcement in Jupiter.
Though all governors were invited, Scott was not the only no-show. A list of participants below.
Scott has generally dodged questions on the gun debate following the Connecticut school shootings. Tweeted AP reporter Gary Fineout yesterday: "During Jax TV spot @FLGovScott ducks questions on whether to ban assault weapons. Says there will be 'conversation' about guns in 13 session."
· Governor Jan Brewer (R-Arizona)
· Governor Phil Bryant (R-Mississippi)
· Governor Lincoln Chafee (I-Rhode Island)
· Governor Mark Dayton (D-Minnesota)
· Governor Gary Herbert (R-Utah)
· Governor John Hickenlooper (D-Colorado)
· Governor John Kasich (R-Ohio)
· Governor Dannel Malloy (D-Connecticut)
· Governor Jack Markell (D-Delaware)
· Governor Jay Nixon (D-Missouri)
· Governor Martin O’Malley (D-Maryland)
· Governor Sean Parnell (R-Alaska)
· Governor Peter Shumlin (D-Vermont)
· Governor Rick Snyder (R-Michigan)
· Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin)