ST. AUGUSTINE (CBSMiami/AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney started his swing in the Sunshine State with a stop in St. Augustine.

He was introduced to supporters by Gov. Rick Scott who told the crowd Florida’s economy is getting better and will improve even more if the former Massachusetts governor is elected president.

Scott took his most visible role so far in helping Romney’s campaign during a rally Monday. While Scott has raised money for Romney and told Republican groups to work to elect him, Democrats have questioned whether Romney is avoiding Scott because of his low approval ratings.

Democrats have also said Scott’s message that Florida’s economy is improving conflicts with Romney’s message that it is still in the tank because of President Barack Obama’s policies.

Scott was well-received by the crowd as he took credit for Florida’s job growth and added he can do more to create jobs with Romney’s help.

Romney’s final stops of the day will be in Miami where he’ll make an appearance with Senator Marco Rubio at Palacio de los Jugos at 7085 Coral Way around 5:30 p.m. before heading to a private fundraiser.

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