Scott, a rising star in the GOP, heads to New Hampshire after visiting Iowa earlier this year
Tim Scott of South Carolina heads to New Hampshire on Friday to help raise money for fellow Republicans in a crucial battlefield where the GOP aims to paint a Senate and House seat from blue to red in the 2022 midterm elections. is to be changed.
But for Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate and a rising star in the GOP, a two-day swing through the state that the first primary in the presidential nomination calendar for a century will spark more speculation about his potential national ambitions.
Scott was a special guest at the New Hampshire Republican State Committee fundraising dinner in Manchester on Friday night. The next day the senators travel to Concord to headline a picnic and joint fundraiser for the Merrimack County and Concord GOP committees.
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The senator’s political team says Scott, during his New Hampshire swing, will aim for massive social spending, human infrastructure and the climate change package that congressional Democrats and Biden are trying to get the White House passed. The senator is also expected to address this week’s talks on raising the country’s debt limit, further highlighting the importance of GOP unity in the policy and political fight.
Scott became a high-profile Republican during his tenure in the Senate. He grabbed national attention earlier this year when he delivered a well-received GOP response to President Biden’s prime-time address to a joint session of Congress. He led Republicans in unsuccessful negotiations with congressional Democrats on a major police reform bill, and he made headlines during the second quarter of April-June fundraising for his 2022 Senate reelection, raising $9.6 million.
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As of now, Scott is unlikely to face a challenging re-election next year in the trusty Red Palmetto State, where he won his 2016 election by nearly 25 points. Last November, then-President Trump led the state by 12 points and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham won again by 10 points despite record-breaking fundraising from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison, who is now chair of the Democratic National Committee.
“Tim Scott is a force to be reckoned with,” insisted Jim Merrill, a longtime New Hampshire-based Republican adviser.
Merrill, a veteran of several GOP presidential campaigns, said, “His strong fundraising numbers demonstrate how he has inspired activists and business leaders alike to run for his re-election next year and a possible presidential campaign in 2024.” It’s good.”
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Scott’s visit to New Hampshire this spring follows a stop in Iowa, the state’s caucus that has kicked off the presidential nomination calendar for half a century.
Iowa GOP President Jeff Kaufman told Granthshala News earlier this year that Scott’s a “man of integrity” and a “man of action.” And after the senator’s GOP rebuttal speech after Biden’s address, New Hampshire GOP President Steve Stepanek said, “I’m going to see Sen. Scott because I think there are great things ahead of him.”
Scott has consistently underestimated any talk about a possible 2024 White House run. The senator told Granthshala News earlier this year that his “sole purpose is to become a United States senator for the great state of South Carolina.” But Scott said the 2022 race would be his last Senate campaign.
The senator’s visits to Iowa and now New Hampshire are drawing attention.
Alex Conant, a longtime Republican strategist, said, “Obviously anyone who’s going to Iowa or New Hampshire wants to be president. Going now, they’re keeping the option of staying open.”
“If you want to run for president, you need to lay the groundwork right now,” said Conant, a veteran of three GOP presidential campaigns. “It’s not guaranteed that you’ll run for president, but since this field is potentially very open and very competitive, it’s important to start early.”