The Republican senator for South Carolina Tim Scott has presented his candidacy for the White House on Monday under the slogan ‘Faith in America’ (Faith in America), with which he seeks to defeat the former president of the United States Donald Trump and the governor of Florida , Ron DeSantis, who has not yet confirmed his candidacy.
Scott, the only black senator from the Republican Party and considered one of the main figures on the rise of the formation, already presented the necessary documentation to the Federal Election Commission on Friday, fattening the list of Republican candidates for the White House.
In his first rally since Charleston Southern University, in South Carolina, Scott recalled his humble origins, emphasizing that the United States is the country where “a child raised in poverty by a single mother” may one day serve in the House Blanca, pick up CNN.
Despite trailing Trump and DeSantis in the polls, the country’s main donors are confident that the senator will gradually make his way and even accumulate more donations than the former president and the governor of Florida. Scott’s campaign is estimated to have already raised $22 million in cash, the largest donation received by a candidate in the country’s history.
Scott was re-elected to his Senate position last November with almost 70 percent of the vote in the midterm elections, and that seems to have motivated him to make the leap to the presidential race, as reported the American news network ABC News.
DISPUTE WITH TRUMP
However, the main candidate to represent Republican interests in the November 2024 elections is former President Trump, with whom Scott does not have a cordial relationship, marked by the senator’s criticism of the former president when he was still in the White House on account of some racist demonstrations.
In August 2017, when far-right groups demonstrated in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a statue of a Confederate general, Scott criticized Trump for his lack of forcefulness against such demonstrations. “Racism is real. It’s alive,” he said then.
In addition, the senator from South Carolina has still ruled out ruling on whether he will support Trump in the event that the former president wins the Republican primary. The former president’s campaign team has claimed that Scott will only be eligible for the second Republican post.
“Tim Scott’s entry (in the race) and aggressive media buying not only hits DeSantis, but makes Scott see (…) a path to second place,” said Taylor Budowich, one of the main donors to the Trump campaign.
At the moment, in addition to Trump and Scott, there are three names that stand out above all: the former United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, the former governor of the state of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, and the businessman Vivek Ramaswamy. Although DeSantis has not made his candidacy official, he is leading in some polls.
In fact, it is expected that the governor of Florida can present his candidacy next week; a step that could also be followed by others such as former Vice President Mike Pompeo, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie or former New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, reports The Hill portal.
On the contrary, the waters on the Democratic side seem calmer and only three candidacies stand out: that of the country’s president, Joe Biden; that of the progressive Marianne Williamson; and that of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., anti-vaccine activist and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.
President Biden announced at the end of April his candidacy for the 2024 elections, where he will seek re-election in order to “finish the job” started in 2020, when he managed to unseat Donald Trump from the White House, despite unfounded allegations by electoral manipulation of the latter.