Officially announcing his candidacy for President at his alma mater in the city where he grew up, Republican Senator Tim Scott (S.C.) emphasized that the GOP and the U.S. are “at a time of choosing.”
On Monday (May 22), Scott, one of the GOP’s rising stars and the only black Republican in the Senate, officially became the latest contender in his party’s ever-expanding race for the presidential nomination.
During his remarks, Scott asserted, “Biden and the radical left are attacking” every step that helped him climb, noting that is why he was announcing his entry into the 2024 Presidential Race.
But the senator has claimed his campaign safe will center on optimism and positivity “anchored in conservatism.”
However, the battle to become the 2024 Republican standard bearer is currently dominated by former President Donald Trump, the clear front-runner in his third consecutive run for the White House.
Trump has spent much of his 2024 campaign relitigating his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden by repeating his unsubstantiated claims that his loss was due to a “stolen” election through “massive voter fraud.”
Trump has also made listing his numerous legal grievances a staple of this year’s campaign.
The former President’s propensity to bash Democrats and fellow conservatives has raised questions about whether the GOP Presidential Race has an appetite for Scott’s optimistic vision.
But the senator stood before a crowd of 2,000 and asked, “victimhood or victory? Grievance or greatness?”
Answering the question by saying he chooses “freedom… hope and opportunity.”
The answer was a gentle swipe at Trump without mentioning his name.
In an interview with Fox News, when queried whether he thought Republican voters would be receptive to his positive message, Scott explained his belief that voters are excited about an optimist conversation, “a conversation about how to move this country forward together.”