Published: Jul 27, 2011 6:06 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2011 5:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says neither Gov. Rick Scott's low approval rating nor the immigration debate will hurt the GOP as it tries to carry crucial Florida in next year's presidential election.
    
He predicted, however, that Sen. Marco Rubio's political star status will help Republicans with the Hispanic vote.
    
Priebus talked about Florida during a conference call with reporters, saying it will play a major role in deciding the next president. While Scott's approval rating is below 30 percent, Priebus said voters will focus on national politics and not the governor.
    
He also said Hispanics are more concerned about the economy than they are about Republicans' stance on illegal immigration.
    
Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff said Scott and immigration will be important factors in the election.

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