Politicians often settle into their jobs for life, especially in Congress. However, one solid Republican doesn’t think that’s a great idea — but could it mean he has loftier ambitions?
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) announced he will not seek another term after his 2022 Senate bid, the Daily Caller reported. Scott has raised more than any other Senate candidate for 2022 but wouldn’t say whether he plans a 2024 presidential bid.
Scott appeared on “Fox News Sunday” last weekend to discuss commonsense issues including police reform, which has made him a favorite with Republicans. While many on the left are calling to abolish or defund police, Scott has a more measured approach that reins in out-of-control officers while also respecting law and order.
“When you demonize police officers, when you defund police and you start talking about this war on police and prosecution and not on crime, you’re going to have a reduction in forces,” Scott told host Martha MacCallum about places like Baltimore, Maryland where crime has skyrocketed because of these policies. “And if you tell officers that their personal liability is on the line, it is a bad decision.”
Because of his willingness to confront this and other tough issues, the lawmaker has raised $ 9.6 million in the second quarter running the April-June, Fox News reported. Some are wondering why, with his coffers overflowing, he would bow out after his term if he wins re-election next year.
“I’m going to run for reelection,” Scott said. “Here’s what I believe. I believe the American people would really appreciate politicians not being lifetime public servants.”
“I had a job before I went into the Senate,” Scott said. “I want a job when I leave the Senate.”
Scott may be uniquely poised to be an odds-on favorite in the 2024 presidential primaries. With so much success fundraising and the popularity he enjoys among mainstream Republican voters, Scott may be a formidable opponent for President Joe Biden — that is, if Vice President Kamala Harris hasn’t taken over by then.