Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottAfter Florida school shooting, vows for change but no clear path forward GOP senator: FBI failure in Florida shooting 'a separate issue' from Russia probe Sunday shows preview: Russian charges, Florida shooting dominate coverage MORE (R-S.C.) on Sunday reacted to being derided as a 'ventriloquist dummy' by the head of the North Carolina NAACP. 

Rev. William Barber II, the president of North Carolina’s NAACP chapter, was quoted last month saying that about South Carolina's African-American Tea Party-backed senator.
“For him to have comments about me, I don't get it,” Scott told NBC'S "Meet the Press."
"He wasn't there when I was growing up in a single parent household. He wasn't there when I started my business working 85 hours a week. He wasn't there when i was running for Congress against long odds,” Scott said. 
The senator said that he is offering an opportunity agenda that the NAACP should embrace.
“I'm not sure what part of that agenda he doesn't like. Perhaps he doesn't like the fact that we're focusing on kids with special needs and giving them more flexibility so they can find the education best for them...or maybe he doesn't like the fact that i believe that we can create hope and opportunities in our inner cities by making them centers of excellence,” he said
Scott said the does not agree with former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell that there is “a dark vein of intolerance” on race in the GOP. 
“I don't. The GOP has become the great opportunity party,” he said.