NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.—Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) formally announced his bid for president on May 22 during an event in North Charleston, South Carolina.
In his speech, Scott, 57, drew heavily from his life story of rising from extreme poverty to becoming the GOP’s only black U.S. senator.
“Joe Biden and the Democrats are attacking every rung of the ladder that helped me climb,” Scott said. “And that’s why I’m running for president of the United States.”
His announcement places him in an already crowded field: President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis are currently considered the frontrunners in the GOP primary, although the latter hasn’t officially announced his campaign. But other Republicans, including former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, have also thrown their hats in the ring.
Scott already has one high-value endorsement to his name: that of Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.). Thune spoke at the event, leading a