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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott: 'Stop Trump' movement dangerous to GOP

This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," April 29, 2016. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Right now, a Republican, a governor in a key swing state right here to tell you why the stop Trump movement could be dangerous for the Republican Party.

Florida Governor Rick Scott is here to go ON THE RECORD.

Good evening, governor.

GOV. RICK SCOTT: Good evening, Greta. I'm heading out to California on Sunday not to get votes, but to get jobs. So it's interesting what's going on out there right now.

VAN SUSTEREN: Indeed, it is.

All right. Do you think the "Dump Trump" movement is not good for the Republican Party? Does that mean you are a Trump guy?

SCOTT: You know, Greta, I think it's time that we rally around Trump. He is clearly going to get the nomination. You look at this last Tuesday and how well he did. All that anti-Trump movement is doing now is helping Hillary.

We need to in contrast we have to say we've got to help Donald Trump win this race. This is important to our country. We need to have somebody that's going to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs and defending this country.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right, the question -- one of the party question, are you a Trump guy or not? I mean, I've got to say, what was that? You are a Trump guy?

SCOTT: Absolutely. After the Republican primary where he won, I think, by over 18 points, I think he got 47 percent of the vote, I endorsed Donald Trump. I believe he is going to win. I believe he is going to be a very good president.

And, again, I think he is going to help us get jobs going. We have done it in Florida. We added over a million jobs, but we need to do that nationwide.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Why are there some in the Republican Party so revved up against Donald Trump? I have never seen so much heat against a candidate in a party.

SCOTT: Greta, it's just like my race back in 2010.

I didn't get the endorsements, but I went after the votes and I won. So I think the formula right now is don't worry about the endorsements, go after the votes. And that's what Donald Trump has done and he's absolutely winning and he is going to win.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Well, certainly, the Cruz supporters and the Kasich supporters aren't wild about Donald Trump.

If he gets the nomination, he gets 1237 delegates and gets the nomination, do you believe Donald Trump can get the Cruz voters and the Kasich voters on board?

SCOTT: Absolutely. You know, Republican voters, they care about the direction of this country. They know we can't have four more years of Barack Obama-type policies.

We need to have somebody that's going to defend our country. We need somebody that's going to destroy ISIS. We need the choices between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. And we know Hillary Clinton won't secure borders. She won't build up our military. She won't destroy ISIS. And she clearly has never focused on job creation.

VAN SUSTEREN: Do you believe the Republican Party right now is ruptured?

SCOTT: Oh, I think -- look, we are having a heated primary. I think. But everybody will come together. We will unify as Donald Trump gets closer and closer to the 1237.

I think people will start supporting him more and more. They will see that there's a clear choice. Somebody that cares about jobs. Hillary Clinton doesn't. Somebody who cares about our country's defense. Somebody who is not focused on it.

VAN SUSTEREN: All right. If Ted Cruz got 100 percent of the delegates between now and the Republican convention or Kasich did, neither one of them can get 1237.

Should they stay in the race anyway?

SCOTT: You know, Greta, in my race, people told me I should get out of the race back in 2010. I would never suggest anybody get out of the race. But I do believe though because people are just pure anti-Trump, they should stop because they are just helping Hillary.

But if Ted Cruz and John Kasich want to stay in the race, you know, that's their choice. But this anti-Trump effort doesn't make any sense to me.

VAN SUSTEREN: Governor, thank you for joining us.

SCOTT: Thanks, Greta. Move to Florida.