Sen. Tim Scott brushes off any talk of a 2024 White House run.
The rising star in the GOP told Fox News a few weeks ago that his “only objective is to be the United States senator for the great state of South Carolina.”
But Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, whom political pundits view as a potential White House contender in the next presidential race, saw his star shine even brighter after delivering the GOP rebuttal to President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress.
The senator from South Carolina argued in his response speech Wednesday that Biden has failed to deliver on the promises he made during the 2020 White House race. And he charged that “three months in, the actions of the president and his party are pulling us further and further apart.”
Scott’s speech grabbed rave reviews on the right – and got a thumbs-up from some influential Republicans in the two states that kick off the presidential nominating calendar.
New Hampshire GOP chair Steve Stepanek told Fox News on Thursday, “I’m going to be watching Sen. Scott because I think great things are before him…We’d love to have him up here.”
While he runs for reelection next year, Scott is also flying around the country to help fellow Republicans on the ballot in the 2022 midterms. Two weeks ago, those travels took him to Iowa, as he headlined a state GOP fundraising event. The stop sparked more speculation about his possible national ambitions in 2024.
Iowa GOP chair Jeff Kaufmann told Fox News on Friday that Scott “is a man of action and his message resonated with Iowans.”
“Scott effortlessly laid out the principles that make our party great and pointed to a more hopeful future for our country,” Kaufmann added.
Pence back in spotlight
Former Vice President Mike Pence, in his first speech since the end of President Trump’s administration, vowed that he’ll be spending the coming months “pushing back on the liberal agenda” from the Biden administration which he stressed was wrong for the country.
“We’ve got to guard our values … by offering a positive agenda to the American people, grounded in our highest ideals,” Pence said as he addressed the Palmetto Family Council, a conservative Christian nonprofit, on Thursday night. “Now, over the coming months, I’ll have more to say about all of that.”
Pence aides tell Fox News the speech – coming on the same day Biden marked 100 days in office – kicked off the start of a vigorous travel schedule, with the former vice president making one or two trips per week going forward, to help fellow Republicans on the ballot this year and next year.
But the speech – and two other stops – took place in South Carolina, which holds the third contest in the GOP presidential nominating calendar and the first southern primary. And that’s sparking more 2024 speculation surrounding Pence. A Republican strategist in the state suggested that the former vice president’s trip “is a clear signal” of what may eventually turn into a presidential campaign.
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