The lone Black Republican in the US Senate, Sen. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), has declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president, joining a crowded field.
In North Charleston, where he resides, Mr. Scott made the announcement. He made reference to his modest beginnings and mentioned how his grandfather labored in cotton fields in South Carolina.
“My family went from cotton to Congress in his lifetime. And it was possible because my grandfather had stubborn faith.”
Since 2013, Mr. Scott has served in the Senate. He now enters a crowded race that also includes former president Donald Trump, billionaire Vivek Ramaswamy, former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, and former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson.
Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, is also anticipated to run in the Republican presidential primary.
Mr. Scott, the lone Black Republican in the Senate, frequently discusses how the Republican Party should provide chances for underrepresented groups. Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and George Floyd attempted to negotiate police reform after Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police in 2020, but the talks ultimately failed.
He criticized Democrats and the Biden administration for demeaning cops throughout his remarks.
“And in Biden’s America, crime is on the rise and law enforcement is in retreat,” he said. “The far left is ending cash bail. They’re demonizing, demoralizing, and de-funding the police. I grew up in neighborhoods alongside people who ended up incarcerated or in a cemetery. We needed more public safety, not less!”
At the same time, Mr. Scott supported the majority of Mr. Trump’s picks for the judiciary and for the cabinet, including all three of Mr. Trump’s nominations for the Supreme Court.
Mr. Scott chose to focus on President Joe Biden during his speech of announcement rather than referencing Mr. Trump.
The first Republican presidential primary in the South, in South Carolina, is expected to see Mr. Scott make a play for the nomination. This could cost Ms. Haley and Mr. DeSantis some support. But both South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) and his colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), both support Mr. Trump.