Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. made the surprising decision to suspend his 2024 presidential campaign just days after the third GOP primary debate.
He revealed his decision to Fox News’ Trey Gowdy, a fellow South Carolinian and former Congress member.
“I love America more today than I did on May 22. But when I go back to Iowa, it will not be as a presidential candidate. I am suspending my campaign,” Scott said. While he didn’t endorse another Republican candidate for the 2024 race, Scott denied that his campaign was aimed at becoming the vice president.
“I think the voters, who are the most remarkable people on the planet, have been really clear that they’re telling me: ‘Not now, Tim.'” Scott added. “I don’t think they’re saying, Trey, no, but I do think they’re saying not now. And so I’m going to respect the voters, and I’m going to hold on and keep working really hard and look forward to another opportunity.
The senator launched his 2024 presidential bid in May, aiming to present a more optimistic vision for Republican voters and all Americans. He also had a substantial $22 million squirreled away for his bid.
Scott, the only Black Republican senator, declared his stance for “freedom and hope and opportunity” earlier this year, but his campaign struggled to gain momentum. According to a Real Clear Politics average of polls on the GOP field, Scott had 2.5% of voter support, while 58.5% favored former President Donald Trump.
Despite this setback, Scott maintained his belief in the Bible verse Romans 8:28, expressing that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose.
As a leader who values his faith, Scott has openly shared his Christian beliefs, emphasizing it as the cornerstone of his presidential bid and political career. He said, “I see myself first as a biblical leader and not as a Republican or conservative leader,” in a video conference with students at Bob Jones University, known for its conservative cultural and religious positions.
Moreover, Scott’s personal life has also been influenced by his faith, as he revealed his relationship with “a lovely Christian girl” earlier this year, expressing gratitude for how his faith has directed his life’s path.
Scott’s campaign representatives were not immediately available for further comments.
Contributing: Phillip M. Bailey and David Jackson, USA TODAY
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