Sen. Tim Scott Says He's Ready To Announce Run For 2024

Following months of rumours sparked by early primary state trips and a recently formed exploratory committee, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) gave a hint on Sunday that he would formally announce his 2024 presidential bid on May 22.

Scott, 57, spoke to a group of around 150 people on Sunday in neighbouring Charleston and hinted at a "major announcement" he intended to make at a future campaign event in North Charleston, South Carolina, where the senator grew up. Since considering a run in February, the senator has been touring South Carolina, his home state of Iowa, and New Hampshire. He has been outspoken about the support he is receiving.

Scott teased his intentions on Sunday, saying, "It's time to take the Faith in America tour not just on the road, not just to an exploratory committee." "It's time to take one last action. We'll be making a significant announcement. It will be something you want to be at.

According to those acquainted with Scott's preparations, he wanted to formally launch his candidacy by the end of May.

Making it official will allow Scott to compete in a field that former President Donald Trump still controls. Scott is not the only senator with presidential aspirations, but many senators from both parties decided not to run this time around as Trump and Vice President Joe Biden both continue to have solid leads with their respective primary electorates. Scott won't face the former president in a two-man contest, however.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has not officially declared his candidacy but is anticipated to do so in the near future. DeSantis has retained his position as the former president's top rival despite suffering from declining poll ratings since Trump's indictment in Manhattan in late March.

The former governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley (R), who appointed Scott to the Senate in 2012 after he won a tight election for Congress in 2010, is also running. When Scott's early primary state travel itinerary sparked rumours about his own 2024 plans, she announced her candidacy in February. Political friends Scott and Haley have so far refrained from attacking one other during the 2024 election.

Former governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and conservative talk radio presenter Larry Edler are among the other announced contenders.

Scott has a fascinating personal narrative to share when he runs for office. Scott overcame years of hardship as the child of a single mother who shared a home with his grandparents. Prior to meeting mentors who helped him on a new route that included attending college, founding an insurance company, and ultimately running for office, he was on the verge of dropping out of high school.

If he decides to run for president, he will be the highest-ranking black official to ever do so. He is the only black Republican in the Senate.

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