Will Senator Tim Scott run for president in 2024? The U.S. Senate’s only black Republican has raised an impressive amount of campaign cash for his Senate re-election bid. It has many people wondering if the South Carolina legislature has its eyes set on the White House.
Fox News reports that Scott raised nearly $ 20 million this year. This figure includes $ 9.6 million during the quarterly fundraising period from April to June and $ 8.3 million for July to September. His campaign team confirmed he had collected 82,000 contributions in the past three months.
The North Charleston native’s profile has risen in the GOP since he delivered the party’s response to President Joe Biden’s joint speech to Congress, according to Politico.
Behind the scenes, he is building a network of large and small donors in the party and deftly uplifts his colleagues.
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In his response to Biden’s address, Scott defended the United States’ record of race.
“Hear me clearly. America is not a racist country. It is backwards to fight discrimination with various forms of discrimination,” he said.
“Race is not a political weapon to solve any issue that one side wants,” he added. “It is wrong to try to use our painful past to try to dishonestly close debates in the present.”
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Scott, who first joined the Senate in 2013, was the first African-American senator to win the election in the South since Reconstruction.
He has downplayed the buzz about a bid from the White House in 2024, and told FOX News that he is focusing on re-election to the Senate in 2022, which he said will be his last Senate campaign.
But his actions suggest Scott, 56, has bigger political plans in mind. He has visited Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two stops on the way to winning the party’s presidential candidate.
His massive campaign war chest, which continues to grow, also indicates that he has greater political aspirations.