Published: Jul 22, 2010 9:49 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 22, 2010 6:56 PM EDT

The southwest floridian who wants to be governor, campaigned on his home turf on Thursday.   Republican Rick Scott stopped his bus tour in Collier County, to meet with about 100 supporters.

"I know we can make goverment workers focus on saving money, instead of spending it,"   said Scott.  "I made that happen in private business, and I can do it in government."

Scott also told people his top priority will be bringing new jobs to the state.  "We cannot support our education system or health care, without more jobs.   We  must grow jobs," he said.

Scott had just released a 7-point plan to revive the state's economy and slash government spending.   He is promising to cut out some of the state's share of property taxes -- about 1.4 Billion dollars a year.   "We can do that by cutting back on government," he said.

However, his opponent in the GOP primary, Attny. General Bill McCollum, disagrees.    His campaign released a statement, accusing Scott of stealing several of  McCollum's ideas.     As for other Scott ideas, McCollum's people are calling them:   "unrealistic and misguided."

However, a new poll released Thursday shows Scott is leading McCollum by a  large margin.

The Public Policy Poll said 43% of GOP primary voters favor Scott;  29% will vote McCollum.

The poll surveyed 400 likely voters, several days ago.  

Scott's bus tour left Collier at mid-day, heading to major cities between here and Pensacola.