Republican Tim Scott of South Carolina – the only African-American senator belonging to the Republican Party – announced Monday that he intends to seek the Republican presidential nomination in the 2024 election.
Elections are 18 months away and the number of candidates for the Republican Party nomination continues to grow.
According to national polls, the most popular candidate to date is former President Donald Trump.
Scott, 57, was first nominated to the Senate in 2012 by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, herself a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
National polls of Republican voters show Haley and Scott trailing Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to officially join the race for the Republican nomination later this week.
In the Senate, Scott defends the positions common to the Republicans. He advocates cutting public spending and restricting abortion rights, saying that if elected president he will sign a federal law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
Meanwhile, Tim Scott has pushed for Republicans to take action to reform policing after the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020.
On several occasions, Scott has criticized Trump’s statements on race relations issues.
In a video released earlier this year, Scott spoke out against the “radical left” and positioned himself as a clear example of the success a single mother’s son has had in escaping poverty. He repeatedly criticized the leadership of the Democrats for dividing the country, for implanting a “culture of discontent”.
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