Tim Scott officially begins his presidential campaign by declaring that “our nation is retreating.”

Tim Scott officially announced his candidacy for president on Monday, joining a burgeoning field of Republicans hoping to win their party’s nomination and deny Donald Trump the chance to run against Joe Biden again in 2016.

“Under President Biden, our nation is retreating away from patriotism and faith,” Scott told a cheering crowd at Charleston Southern University in his home state of South Carolina. “Joe Biden and the radical left are attacking every rung of the ladder that helped me climb. And that is why I am announcing today that I am running for president of the United States of America.”

Scott asserted he had a special viewpoint to provide on how conservative policies might best serve the American people as the only Black Republican now serving in the US Senate and he pushed into his upbeat outlook for the nation’s future. At his campaign rally, Scott’s mother joined him on stage, and he praised her for “standing strong in the middle of the fight”.

“We live in the land where it is absolutely possible for a kid raised in poverty in a single-parent household in a small apartment to one day serve in the People’s House and maybe even the White House,” Scott said. “This is the greatest nation on God’s green Earth.”

John Thune of South Dakota, the Senate minority whip, introduced the South Carolina congressman and became the highest-ranking congressional Republican to support Scott for president.

“I want all of America to know what South Carolina knows and what I know because I get to see it every day in the United States Senate – and that is that Tim Scott is the real deal,” Thune said.

Three days after his team submitted formal papers to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) indicating his intention to run for president, Scott made his announcement. The 57-year-old senator will go to Iowa and New Hampshire later this week. As part of his Faith in America listening tour, which began in February, he has previously spoken with a number of Republican primary voters in these states.

Over several of his main competitors, Scott starts the race with a sizable fundraising edge. Scott’s campaign committee still had $22 million in cash on hand when he was re-elected to the Senate in November, and he may now use that money to support his presidential bid. The FEC claims that Scott’s current financial resources are the most money any US presidential contender has ever had at the beginning of a campaign.

Senior campaign officials assured reporters last week that Scott’s funding would help him make a splash in a primary race where he has failed to garner national attention. In the most recent Morning Consult survey, only 1% of Republican primary voters nationwide supported Scott.

Scott is stuck in fourth position even in his native state of South Carolina, which will have its primary after Iowa’s and New Hampshire’s elections, according to a Winthrup University poll conducted last month.

According to the South Carolina poll, Scott was in last place, behind Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former UN Envoy Nikki Haley. having been the governor of South Carolina before to entering the Trump administration.

Scott has made an effort to work across party lines on criminal justice matters, but his views on everything from gun safety to abortion access remain steadfastly conservative. He has a voting score of 94% from the right-wing group Heritage Action and an A grade from the Gun Owners of America, which puts him 16 points above of the average Senate Republican.

Additionally, Scott has received an A grade from the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America. If elected president, Scott has promised to sign the “most conservative pro-life legislation” that can pass Congress.

Scott told NBC News last month: “However, Scott has remained evasive on his preferred cutoff point for outlawing abortion. I’m not going to talk about six or five or seven or 10 [weeks].

As Scott makes his way through the voting booth this week, voters will likely ask him additional questions about his policy platform.

Leave a Reply