Tim Scott officially kicks off 2024 GOP presidential campaign
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) officially launched his 2024 presidential bid Monday, pitching himself as a candidate focused on "freedom and hope and opportunity."
Why it matters: The South Carolina lawmaker and one of the most prominent Black Republicans in the U.S. delivered an optimistic speech, reflecting on faith and criticizing President Biden.
Driving the news: "Our party and our nation are standing at a time for choosing," Scott said before a crowd at his alma mater Charleston Southern University.
- "Victimhood or victory? Grievance or greatness? I choose freedom and hope and opportunity," he said.
- Scott, who repeatedly invoked the Biden administration during his speech, did not mention former President Trump's name or any of his other Republican rivals in the 2024 contest.
- "Today, I am living proof that America is the land of opportunity and not a land of oppression," he said.
- Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) gave the opening prayer.
The big picture: Scott last week filed his paperwork for the Republican nomination, but he has been laying the groundwork for a campaign for months, including launching an exploratory committee last month.
- Scott is one of the Senate's most formidable fundraisers and enters the race with $22 million in hand, a senior campaign official said.
- He's also already made a $6 million ad buy in early primary states Iowa and New Hampshire.
- Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy have also officially entered the GOP primary, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is expected to soon enter the race.
- Trump in a Truth Social post on Monday wished Scott "good luck" in entering the GOP primary and used his announcement to bash DeSantis, who is widely considered Trump's most serious challenger.
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Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional reporting.