South Carolina Senator Tim Scott is reportedly preparing to run for president, according to sources familiar with his intentions, adding to the stable of Republicans vying to take over the party from former President Donald Trump.
Mr. Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, is trying a message of togetherness and hope with GOP voters in critical early states, as some Republicans believe it’s time to move on from the Trump era.
Mr. Trump has declared his candidacy for president in the 2024 election.
While his voting record is consistently among the most conservative in the Senate, Mr. Scott has worked to portray himself as a crucial GOP voice on some of America’s most difficult problems.
Mr. Scott has named former Colorado Senator Cory Gardner and former National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Rob Collins as co-chairs of a new super PAC.
He is slated to appear at a county GOP luncheon marking Black History Month in his home state on Thursday, one day after a fellow South Carolina Republican, former Gov. Nikki Haley, will reportedly declare her own run, and later this month in Iowa.
Prior to becoming a senator, Scott served in the Charleston County Council, the South Carolina state House, and the United States House of Representatives.
Mr. Scott has advocated for education measures that would give parents greater control over where their children attend school using public monies.
Following poor Republican election outcomes in 2018, 2020, and 2022, many Republicans have now stated that it is time to move on from Mr. Trump who they now no longer believes has a plausible chance of winning the presidency in 2024.