Panama City Beach - It wasn’t just donuts and coffee at Panama City Beach’s Dunkin Donuts Friday morning.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott drew a crowd outside the Back Beach Road donut shop as he addressed supporters and tried to drum up a few more votes.
Panama City Beach was the first stop on his Friday panhandle bus tour
A stage was set up in the parking lot where Scott encouraged everyone to get out and vote.
"We're doing really well right now. Republicans are way ahead in absentee ballots and early voting, but you never know. So everybody has got to vote. We've got to call everyone we know and make sure they get out to vote for all of our candidates. If we don't do this, we have a chance, there is always a chance, that we'll lose. So we're not going to take that chance. We're going to get out there, take signs, get out and tell people why we're voting and who we're voting for. Get everybody to vote so we have big wins on November 2nd,” said Scott.
He was joined by fellow Republicans Marti Coley, Jimmy Patronis, and Brad Drake.
"We've had four years of indecisiveness, four years of no principal. We've got to take the Governor's mansion. We've got to take the Legislature. We have to have less government, more freedom,” said Marti Coley, GOP State Representative for District 7.
"You've got to have a Governor's office that's willing to take some heat and it's got to draw some fire. It's got to be able to take some bullets. I've never been so excited in my life to see the next Governor of the state of Florida be Mr. Rick Scott,” said Jimmy Patronis, GOP State Representative for District 6.
When Scott was asked about the nasty turn the campaign has taken, he said he is simply defending himself against lies.
"You got to defend yourself when people say things about you that are untrue, but you just continue to tell people why you're running. I'm running because I believe in the American Dream. I've lived the American Dream, you know. I started school in public housing. I've been fortunate that I’ve been able to grow up in America. I want that same dream for my kids, my grand-kids, and for everybody in Florida, that's why I'm running,” said Scott.
Scott’s panhandle tour also includes stops in Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, and Molino.