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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday his state’s economy is booming — a message the Romney campaign is reluctant to hear — but said the way he achieved that was through cutting taxes and slashing red tape.

Bloomberg reported earlier this week that the Romney campaign had asked Mr. Scott, a Republican, to tone down his economic boosterism, arguing it conflicted with the campaign’s message that things aren’t going well in the U.S.

But Mr. Scott did anything but tone things down in a brief address to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), meeting at Disney World this week, saying his state’s economy is doing “extremely well.”

Democrats had seized on the Bloomberg report as evidence Mr. Romney wanted to talk down the economy in order to dampen President Obama’s re-election chances.

However, Mr. Scott was quick to add the reasons he believes he’s succeeding: tax cuts and slashing regulations, of which he said he’s cut 1,400 since he took office last year.

“We’ve made this the place that people want to get into business, and so far it’s worked,” he said, detailing an economic plan that seems to match Mr. Romney’s own call for tax cuts and eliminating regulations.

Mr. Obama is slated to speak to NALEO later Friday and his spokesman said he’ll point to Florida’s economic success as proof his policies can work, and draw a distinction with Mr. Romney.

“Republicans want to double down on the economic policies, like large tax cuts for the wealthy, that led to the economic downturn,” said Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman.

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