Ever since the Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) published — and reiterated — that Social Security is an unconstitutional “Ponzi Scheme,” his campaign has struggled to walk Perry back from his own beliefs. The campaign continues to insist that Perry never said Social Security is unconstitutional despite video evidence proving them wrong.
Today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, fellow Republican Gov. Rick Scott (FL) struggled to figure out how Perry could even come to that conclusion, let alone repeat it. When host Joe Scarborough asked whether he agreed with Perry that Social Security is unconstitutional, Scott replied, “I don’t know how it would be”:
SCARBOROUGH: Rick Perry said it’s unconstitutional. Do you believe that Social Security is unconstitutional?
SCOTT: I don’t know how it would be unconstitutional. I just want to make sure that people that rely on Social Security, they get it.
His restraint is particularly surprising considering how many radically right-wing tendencies he shares with Perry. If even Rick Scott thinks your views of the Constitution are too wacky, it’s a pretty good sign that you’ve wandered so close to the right-wing ledge that you’re about to fall off.
Although Scott disagrees with Perry’s misreading of the Constitution, he does not think it will play a significant role in the GOP presidential primary. “I don’t think that’s going to decide who’s going to be the nominee.”