Sen. Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican, filed to run for president of the United States on Friday, the Federal Election Commission’s website shows. Scott joins a growing list of Republican candidates, including former President Donald Trump, who is widely viewed as the likely GOP nominee.
Scott is expected to formally announce his campaign next week, according to CNN.
Last year, Scott delivered a speech on the future of the Republican Party at the Reagan Library.
“It’s no coincidence that the frustration, the anger, the disillusionment we are experiencing is manifesting itself in rising crime, apathy, and suicide rates … especially in our kids! Americans are losing one of the most inspirational truths we have, which is hope—hope that things can and will get better, hope that education and hard work can equal prosperity, hope that we remain a city on a hill, a shining example of what can be when free people decide to join hands in self-governance,” Scott said.
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“This is not a partisan observation. This is reality, and it is the natural consequence of what failed leadership feels like to the average worker on an average wage in our country,” he continued. “America stands at a crossroads—with the potential for a great resetting, a renewal, even a rebirth—where we get to choose how we will meet the potential of today and the promise of tomorrow.”
“Will we step forward with strength and perseverance? Will we redouble our conviction in the power of ideas or will we shirk back and allow a great nation to be consumed and degraded? Are we still one nation under God? Are we truly indivisible? Is there liberty and justice for all? Or will we allow our differences to further divide us, to further weaken our resolve? Will we, as our critics have warned, extinguish the light of liberty from within? These are difficult questions for us to consider. But when I take a look at the arc of justice and liberty within America’s history, I have every reason to hold on to hope,” Scott added.
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