US Senator Scott said Republicans shouldn’t be divided because Democrats could “set up” it against them.
“Democrats will use anything we say about each other as a weapon to hurt ourselves, whoever the presidential candidate is,” Republican Senator Tim Scott told Fox News on May 25, when the show’s host mentioned that he did not attacked other candidates.
Scott, 57, entered the race for the White House in 2024 last week. He will compete with a range of opponents within the party, such as former President Donald Trump, 76; former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, 51; former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, 72; businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, 37, broadcaster Larry Elder, 71, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, 44.
Asked whether he would support Trump, DeSantis or another candidate if they won the Republican nomination, Senator Scott said “every Republican is better than a Democrat.”
“As a candidate, I look forward to choosing a vice president from among the people you just mentioned and possibly a few others,” added Scott.
Republican Senator Tim Scott at his opening campaign event in North Charleston, South Carolina, on May 22. Photo: Reuters
With only about 1% support within the party, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, Scott will face many challenges in the 2024 campaign. Trump is leading, as is DeSantis. Number two, over 30 percentage points.
Yet Scott is popular with donors and many colleagues, including John Thune, the GOP’s deputy Senate leader. He is also popular in his hometown of South Carolina, one of the top states in the Republican race.
If the campaign is successful, Scott will be the first black candidate to represent the Republican Party and the second black president of the United States, after Barack Obama, a Democrat, in 2008. He is currently a congressman. The senate.
Other Republican candidates attacked each other. Mrs. Haley hinted that Trump, 76, is too old to run. Trump called DeSantis’ technical problems in announcing his decision to run on Twitter a “disaster”. Meanwhile, the governor of Florida has said that the former president has no chance of being elected.
2024 Republican and Democratic Presidential Candidates. Graphics: WP
Nhu Tam (According to The Hill, Reuters)