Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said publicly on Wednesday that he intends to establish a White House Exploratory Committee, which is the next stage in his bid for the presidency in 2024.
To lay out his intentions, Scott made a video.
In the video, he stated, “They weaponize race all too frequently when they get called out for their failures, to divide us, to hold onto their power. They labeled me a prop when I retaliated against their liberal agenda. A symbol. because I obstruct their story. I challenge their authority.”
Scott hinted in a previous email to supporters that he would be making a “major announcement” during a Wednesday morning interview on Fox News.
“The past several months, I’ve been doing a great deal of thinking,” Scott wrote. “I have been thinking on my faith. I have been considering the future of our nation. And I have been considering the Left’s strategy to destroy America.”
Scott stated in the Fox interview that “the opponent list is focused in on President Biden’s failures” without criticizing other prospective Republican challengers.
The Post & Courier of Charleston was the first publication to publish on the exploratory committee announcement.
Scott has been hinting at a 2024 White House run for a while, as Breitbart News reported.
This week, as a part of his Faith in America Tour, he is anticipated to go to New Hampshire, the first primary state.
As part of his trip, which he began in Charleston back in February, Scott will stop in Manchester on Thursday, April 13. He will meet with pastors, locals, and Republican officials during this visit.
In a statement sent through email, Scott stated, “I look forward to being back in New Hampshire as part of my Faith in America Tour. Granite Staters are aware that preserving freedom demands a reaffirmation of both trusts in the American people and our foundational beliefs.”
His visit to the Granite State fuels rumors that he wants to run for president, putting him up against the undisputed front-runner, former President Donald Trump.
In advance of Scott’s candidacy, the Opportunity Matters Fund Action PAC has already endorsed him and recruited two political operatives in South Carolina: Mark Knoop, the campaign manager for Gov. Henry McMaster’s 2022 reelection, and Matt Moore, the former chairman of the SC Republican Party.
They will both “lead a team that is focused on spreading Sen. Scott’s opportunity agenda along with inspirational vision across the state,” according to Moore.
Scott will join former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, former President Donald Trump, former governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson, and biotech businessman Vivek Ramaswamy if he runs for office.