He has officially entered the race for the White House for 2024. Tim Scott, the only black Republican senator, hopes to become the first black Republican president of the United States. The South Carolina elected official formally filed his nomination papers with the Federal Election Commission and summoned his supporters Monday to Charleston Southern University for a “special announcement.”
This 57-year-old evangelical Christian, who places his faith at the heart of his political action, has not hidden his presidential ambitions in recent months.
“America is not racist”
After his re-election to Congress in November – with a 26-point lead over his rival – Tim Scott spoke of his grandfather, who had voted for Barack Obama: “I wish he had lived long enough to see another president. of color and that it is, this time, a republican! Tim Scott placed this grandfather, who worked in the cotton fields, at the heart of his family story and testified to the discrimination suffered as an African-American. However, he assures that “America is not racist”, that the United States is “a country of opportunities, not oppression”.
A bearer of conservative values on abortion or individual responsibility, the Republican intends to distinguish himself from ex-President Donald Trump, big favorite in the Republican primary, with an optimistic message. “American families are waiting for hope. We need to have faith. Faith in God, in ourselves, in America,” he said. tweeted before launching.
In a party that remains dominated by white men, his chances of winning seem, at this stage, very limited, with 2% of voting intentions against 56% for Donald Trump, according to the latest polls. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is expected to declare himself in the middle of next week, is capped at 20%, and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley at 4.3%.