South Carolina’s junior Senator, Tim Scott (R-SC), has quickly become a favorite among the conservative base of the GOP. He is an intelligent and strong leader for the movement, and he has become a powerful voice for the conservative cause in Washington, D.C. In the wake of Senator Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) strong 3rd place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Senator Scott has decided to endorse the Florida Republican as his favored candidate for the GOP presidential nomination. While this will surprise some who see Scott as more of a “Cruz conservative,” the truth is that other than on immigration, there is not much of a philosophical difference between Cruz and Rubio. So for Scott, this may simply come down to which conservative candidate he believes has the best chance at winning.
“I’m putting my confidence and trust in Marco Rubio because I believe he takes us to that better future,” Senator Scott said in his endorsement. “Marco Rubio understands that, here in America, it’s not about where you start, but where you’re going.”
— Mark Potter (@mdpotter77) February 2, 2016
Wow. BIG win for Rubio camp — Sen. Tim Scott expected to endorse him https://t.co/tyBb9hsAsE
— Anna Palmer (@apalmerdc) February 2, 2016
— Philip Pope (@Priverwolf) February 2, 2016
Senator Rubio is fortunate to score such an important endorsement, and he now boasts two of the most important endorsements from the great state of South Carolina in Tim Scott and Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC).
“Marco is a rock solid conservative and a leader we can trust. He is someone we can count on in Washington to stand true to his word,” Gowdy said in an email last week. “And I know from experience: that is hard to find in Washington.”
By scoring these endorsements before the state holds its primary, Rubio hopes to do what Ted Cruz just accomplished in Iowa and unseat Donald Trump in a state with many conservatives. The challenge for Rubio will be overcoming Cruz’s momentum and strength with the large evangelical voting bloc in South Carolina.
Emily Zanotti at the American Spectator adds another note of interest by pointing out that Senator Scott is the first black Senator (in modern times) from the Deep South.
He was appointed, initially, by a female governor, herself a woman of color, a child of immigrants and a Methodist. He is throwing his support behind the Hispanic son of immigrants who escaped Communist Cuba, the night after more than 60% of Republican Iowa caucus-goers voted for a minority – Hispanic, black, or female – to win the Presidential nomination. Even if you’re not a fan of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson or Carly Fiorina, you have to appreciate what that means for the “party of old white people.” Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, both lily-white septugenarians – literally old white people – are arguing over .4% of a vote that drew only half as many caucus-goers as in 2008, flipping coins for delegates and lobbing accusations of voter fraud.
The media certainly won’t talk about it, but the diversity among Republicans is a very big deal.
Any way you slice it, this is very good news for Marco Rubio.
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