Tim Scott is set to enter the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination on Monday, entering a battle that has so far been dominated by two conservative frontrunners: Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.
Scott, the only black Republican US senator, is scheduled to make his official campaign announcement in his hometown of North Charleston after filing his candidacy papers last week with the Federal Election Commission. The morning event will be held at Charleston Southern University, Scott’s alma mater and a private school affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
He will then spend Tuesday with donors in Charleston before a two-day campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire as he tries to differentiate himself from Trump, who won the presidency in 2016 before losing it in 2020, and DeSantis, the widely expected Florida governor. to announce.
Scott is promoting a vision of the US with issues dating back to the Ronald Reagan presidency, calling for a policy based on “personal responsibility”, restrictions on access to abortion and rigorous enforcement of border security.
Others in the Republican camp who have already testified include former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Woke, Inc. author Vivek Ramaswamy.
On the Democratic side, Joe Biden has declared his intention to run for a second term as president after defeating Trump in 2020. Self-help author Marianne Williamson and anti-vaccine activist Robert Kennedy Jr have declared campaigns to challenge Biden in the primary.
The Associated Press contributed reporting