The South Carolina Republican being touted as the next J.C. Watts called President Obama's administration a failure.
"You think about the move toward socialism. Our country can't afford it. We have been brought to the brink of bankruptcy," state Rep. Tim Scott (R) told Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday night.
Scott defeated Paul Thurmond, the son of one-time segregationist Strom Thurmond, in the June 22 runoff for the Republican House nomination in South Carolina's 1st district.
He's expected to replace retiring Rep. Henry Brown, Jr. (R-S.C.), becoming the first black Republican House member since J.C. Watts (Okla.) left the lower chamber in 2003.
Scott said he's been called a "Judas" for running under the GOP banner.
"The first time that I was elected I was called the Judas Iscariot of the black community because I took a stand that was inconsistent of cutting across the grain," he said to Hannity. "Now in my community, I probably receive between 25 and 30 percent of the African-American vote because I consistently stand on the principles and the issues.
"I think the black community by and large is a very conservative community. We have to consistently engage all Americans on the issues that we stand for as a party. And I think if we consistently do that, everywhere in this country we will find that people and our message resonates with the people."
Despite his criticism of Obama, Scott credited him with inspiring more African Americans to run for office -- as Republicans.
"The truth is that all across America we've had more African-Americans running as Republicans this year than any year since Reconstruction," he said. "So my perspective is that this is the turning year because the Obama administration is driving more people to take a serious look at the Republican Party."