Published: Jan 21, 2011 2:48 AM EST
Updated: Jan 20, 2011 11:50 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott is tweeting to his constituents.

The governor is sitting in his office using Twitter for the first time, going over a long list of questions and choosing as many as he can to respond to for 30 minutes ending at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

He said as he began, "You have to figure out ways to communicate with everybody."

Scott's Twitter account is (at)FLGovScott. Questioners are using the hashtag (pound)flgov. His answers are 140 characters or less.

The first question was about how the state can compete with the private sector for the best employees if benefits erode.

His response, "make sure the retirement benefits are secure and other benefits are fair."

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