Phil Scott on Principles & Values



Our decency to one another is our greatest strength

To me, it's our decency to one another, where we as Americans and Vermonters find our greatest strength. I've seen this my entire life. I saw it in my dad and in my mom, and in the people of my hometown when he passed away. I've seen it in teachers and classmates, co-workers, friends, neighbors, colleagues in the legislature and dedicated state employees. Like many of you, I've tried to pass it on to my kids.
Source: 2024 State of the State Address to the Vermont legislature , Jan 4, 2024

Strength of our nation is diversity of people and opinion

We must lead by example: Show our youth how to engage in important, complex debates with both conviction and civility; prove that the strength of our nation is in its diversity of people and opinion; that America is a global beacon of personal and economic freedom and opportunity; and that listening to, and learning from, each other is how we continue to build on our foundation as a nation.
Source: Gubernatorial press release for 2020 Vermont governor race , Sep 24, 2018

The right leader at the right time

Q: Why are you running for this office?

Phil Scott: I am running for Governor because I firmly believe that I am the right leader at the right time to move Vermont forward. As a lifelong Vermonter, small-business owner, and public servant, I'm frustrated by business as usual in Montpelier. We need to focus on the fundamentals, like economic development and making Vermont more affordable. Throughout my political career, I've been a consensus builder--working with Democrats, Republicans, Progressives, and Independents to accomplish common-sense legislation that moves our state in the right direction. As Governor, I will continue to reach across the aisle. I recognize that there are a lot of egos in Montpelier. But my focus has never been getting credit. My priority is getting things done for Vermonters.

Source: LWV's Vote411.org on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial Race , Sep 19, 2016

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Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
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