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Putnam Rejects 'Rigged' Election Suggestion

Bobbie O'Brien
WUSF Public Media
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam addresses the breakfast crowd at Friday's Cafe con Tampa.

On the campaign trail in Florida, Donald Trump asserted that the presidential elections could be “rigged.” That’s a touchy subject for a state that was mired in controversy over the presidential ballot count in the 2000 election.

“Among all the offensive things he (Trump) said this week, that’s probably like number seven,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in response to Trump's claim.

He also repudiated Gov. Rick Scott’s suggestion that people “could play games” in the upcoming election.

Instead, Putnam said he has a “high level of confidence” in the supervisors of elections and the state’s security measures.

“You look at the hacking scandal and sophisticated operations being conducted by other countries, you want make sure that our cyber security measures of our elections systems are strong, but it’s not rigged,” Putnam said while attending the weekly neighborhood breakfast discussion, Café con Tampa, at Hugo’s Restaurant in Tampa.

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
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