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Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) declared on “Sunday Morning Futures” with host Maria Bartiromo that former President Donald Trump is “still the most powerful voice in politics” and shared his thoughts on joining the GOP’s 2024 presidential ticket as his running mate.
Bartiromo asked Scott if the Republican Party is united, given Trump’s recent criticism of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“President Trump’s position in our party is powerful. And I think he’s still the most powerful voice in politics, without any question. I enjoy a healthy relationship with the president, and I am thankful for that,” Scott emphatically stated.
“The truth is that we should spend our time creating the contrast between 2016 to 2020, when President Trump led us to the most inclusive economy in the history of America, seven million jobs created, two-thirds going to African-Americans, Hispanics, and to women,” he added.
Sen. Tim Scott’s attempt to thread the Trump/McConnell needle today: “America First means uniting the Republican Party.” pic.twitter.com/IdINZb1Ctv
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) February 20, 2022
“What we know for sure, Maria is that the road to socialism runs right through a divided Republican Party. And while we may have some fractures and even some fissures, the truth is, putting America first means uniting the Republican Party,” Scott proclaimed.
“Let’s have these conversations, debates, and fights after we win back the majorities and prove to the American people that we can lead and lead them to what I consider the promised land or the American dream,” he asserted.
“Senator, you said that President Trump is still the power in the party. Does that mean you would be willing to join his ticket? Are you going to run in 2024? Or would you be open to a vice-presidential role in a Trump ticket?” Bartiromo asked.
“Well, I think everybody wants to be on President Trump’s bandwagon, though, without any question,” Scott enthusiastically replied.
Sen Tim Scott: Everyone wants to be on President Trump's bandwagon. He remains the strongest voice within the Republican Party.
— John L Steinberger (@steinberger_l) February 20, 2022
“One of the things I have said to the president is that he gets to decide the future of our party and our country because he is still the loudest voice,” he remarked.
Right on Tim! That’s a fact 🙏🙏🙏👍👍👍
— Gerard Melancon (@TeamGeeMoney) February 21, 2022
“What I hope happens is that we rally around the principles that lead to our greatest success. I am not looking for a seat on a ticket at this point. I am, however, looking to be reelected in South Carolina. So, my hope is that you win next Friday’s football game before thinking about any other one. So that’s my primary responsibility,” Scott concluded putting any vice-presidential aspirations at arms’ length for now.
Scott noted in response to being asked if the GOP will win the Senate majority in the 2022 midterms that it all depends on recruitment and he has “seen some amazing candidates come to the forefront.”
Politico reported last year that Trump would likely look to women, conservatives of color, and close advisors to serve as his No. 2 if he pursues the 2024 presidential nomination. However, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is still seen as one of the favored candidates for Trump’s running mate and is hugely popular among Republicans.
Scott is very respected and well-liked in GOP circles. He gave the party’s rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s first joint address to Congress last April and it was widely praised.
In the fourth quarter of 2021, the senator raised almost $7 million, ending the year with $21.5 million in the bank, according to The Post and Courier.
Scott has served in the Senate since 2013, having been tapped by then-Republican Gov. Nikki Haley to fill the expired term of former Sen. Jim DeMint who stepped down to lead the Heritage Foundation.
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