Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is a rising star in the Republican Party and has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the presidency in the 2024 election. And next month he will be heading to speak in the state that has decided on the party’s presidential nomination for half a century. As the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina and a conservative voice on Capitol Hill, Scott brings a unique perspective to the political arena and has drawn attention for his commitment to fiscal responsibility and social justice. Despite only serving in the Senate for a short period, Scott has already established himself as an influential player in national politics. Many believe he has the potential to be a formidable candidate in the next presidential race, and those theories are facing new fuel.
Scott is set to address Polk County Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner, on February 22, in West Des Moines Iowa. This stop is fueling theories about Scott’s political ambitions in 2024. Scott was re-elected in November to serve what he is claiming is his last term in office. After being elected for his second full term, as a top fundraiser, where does this leave his political future? It is only natural then to jump to a higher office, the presidency.
While Scott’s repeatedly demurred when asked about 2024, he hinted in November at a possible future run during his re-election victory celebration by telling the story of how he took his grandfather to the polls in 2012, and that his grandfather proudly voted for him as well as for Democrat Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president.
“I wish he had lived long enough to see perhaps another man of color elected president of the United States,” Scott said, before adding “but this time let it be a Republican.”
Scott made three stops in Iowa last year to help fundraise and campaign for Republicans running in the 2022 midterm elections. He also made a couple of stops the past two years in New Hampshire, which for a century has held the first primary in the White House race and directly follows Iowa in the GOP presidential nominating calendar.