Sen. Tim Scott in Iowa lays out optimistic vision for GOP: ‘Even brighter than before’

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., speaks at a Black History Month dinner hosted by the Charleston County GOP on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, in Charleston, S.C. As he mulls a 2024 presidential bid, Scott is making several appearances in South Carolina and Iowa in coming days, both of which hold early presidential votes. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) outlined an optimistic vision for the U.S. and the Republican party in a speech on Wednesday in Iowa as he continues to weigh a 2024 White House bid with trips through early primary and caucus states.

Scott, while speaking at Drake University, delivered an encouraging speech — a step back from the gloomy and distressed messaging other Republicans have focused on, centered on the Biden administration, early in the campaign.

“I see 330 million Americans getting back to celebrating our shared blessings again, tolerating our differences again, and having each other’s backs again,” Scott said, according to the remarks. “This is what I see. A new American sunrise. Even brighter than before.”

“We know people will say that our message is naïve. That our faith is foolish,” he continued. “But they don’t know who they’re talking to.”

While the South Carolina senator has yet to officially declare a run for the race, former President Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley have both launched their White House campaigns. The two have largely stuck to a message of attacking President Biden and Democrats for policies they said are harming the country — and Scott too mentioned his concerns with Biden.

“Let me be clear: These painful parts of America’s past are not Joe Biden’s to dredge up and exploit every time he is losing an argument,” Scott said, referring to comments made by the president that labeled a GOP voting law in Georgia as “Jim Crow 2.0.” “I understand that President Biden likes to live in the past. I get it. He’s been in Washington for fifty years.”

“But we need new leaders who will lift us up, not tear us down,” he added.

Scott, who is the only Black Republican in the Senate, said he is living proof that the Founding Fathers are “geniuses” who should be “celebrated, not canceled.”

“We’re a land of opportunity, not a land of oppression,” the senator quipped. “This is just my American story. Each of you and your families have your own.”

Scott, who is also expected to speak in the state’s most populous county at the Republican Party of Polk County Iowa’s annual Lincoln Dinner on Wednesday evening. He is visiting early primary and nominating states as part of his Faith in America Tour to tout his “Opportunity Agenda.”

“Will you join me as a messenger of hope, a missionary for the power of our ideas?” he said in his remarks.

“I know you conclude a speech with ‘God Bless America.’ But we should know God has already blessed us,” Scott said. “So let us be a blessing.”

Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence — who has also floated a bid for the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential race — have also made appearances in Iowa in the past week.

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