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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A reporter with Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" showed up at Gov. Rick Scott's budget unveiling Wednesday to ask him to take a drug test -- a reference to the testing he wants to impose on state employees and welfare applicants.
The reporter, Aasif Mandvi, stood up in the middle of the governor's questioning, and asked Scott if he would be willing to take the test since he too was using "hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars" in carrying out his job.
"I've done it plenty of times," the governor responded.
Encouraged by the answer, Mandvi then tried to get other reporters to pass a pee-cup up to the governor, drawing a few complaints from executive staff.
"I hate to keep harping on this, but would you pee into the cup?" he asked repeatedly.
Scott returned to questions from other reporters, and never took the cup.
Scott's administration is defending a law requiring state employees to take drug tests, and appealing a federal judge's injunction against another drug-testing law for welfare applicants. Both were campaign pledges by the first-year governor, but have drawn the ire of labor unions, the American Civil Liberties Union -- and now, apparently, Jon Stewart.
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