Charleston, S.C. - Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has officially filed paperwork to seek the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election, marking a significant milestone in his political career. Scott, the most prominent black figure in the Republican Party and known as one of the Senate's most formidable fundraisers, enters a crowded GOP field that includes former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former President Trump.
In preparation for his campaign, Scott has embarked on a listening tour called "Faith in America," making repeated trips to Iowa, New Hampshire, and around his home state of South Carolina. Other declared candidates in the GOP primary include former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to announce his bid soon.
It's expected that Scott will emphasize his consistent conservatism and share his personal story of growing up in a poor, single-parent household. Scott aligns with much of Trump's policy agenda, including securing the southern border, implementing tax cuts and spending reductions, and holding China accountable. However, he's expected to present a more hopeful alternative to Trump's grievance-driven campaign or DeSantis' confrontations with "woke" culture.
One of Scott's key messages will focus on portraying the United States as a land of opportunity rather than oppression. Scott's campaign enters the race with $22 million in funds, a significant amount that includes surplus funds from his successful 2022 fundraising efforts from his US Senate campaign.
The campaign will be led by Jennifer Casper, a longtime aide to Scott and the first woman of color to run a GOP presidential campaign. Notable Republican firms Targeted Victory and FP1 Strategies are also working with the campaign. Additionally, the Scott-aligned super PAC, Opportunity Matters Fund Action, has been expanding its team in South Carolina and nationally in preparation for his official announcement.
During his tenure in the Senate, Scott delivered the Republican response to President Biden's first address to Congress in 2021. He played a crucial role in crafting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which included provisions incentivizing investments in economically disadvantaged communities.
It is important to note that Scott faces a challenging path to securing the nomination, as the GOP electorate is currently divided between Trump and DeSantis. Scott is set formally announce at the college he attended Charleston Southern University on May 22nd.