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Governor Scott Goes Off Topic with the King of Spain

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Florida Governor Rick Scott sparked some controversy this week in his meeting with the King of Spain in Madrid.

Scott was in Spain this week to drum up business for Florida.

Instead, he dug up an incident the King was trying to get behind him. 

Scott repeatedly asked King Juan Carlos about his recent -- and controversial -- elephant hunt in Botswana.

The 74-year-old king damaged his public standing by going on the expensive hunt while the rest of Spain faces a major financial crisis. He also injured his hip. 

In videos of the meeting,  Scott joked he'd ridden elephants but never tried to shoot them.
 
 And he told the king he needed a better story to tell  than saying he hurt his hip getting out of bed.
 
 The king laughed uncomfortably but gave little response.

Scott later apologized for the exchange.

"If I did anything . . . wrong I completely apologize," he said. "The king's a wonderful person. He's a wonderful world leader. He's done so many wonderful things in his life. And we had a great conversation."