NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Sen. Tim Scott announced Monday that he is running for president in 2024, officially confirming what had been speculated for months.
Speaking at his alma mater, Charleston Southern University, Scott said he is running to stop President Joe Biden and the Democrats from attacking American values.
“Joe Biden and the radical left are attacking every rung of the ladder that helped me climb,” Scott said. “And that is why I am announcing today that I am running for president of the United States of America.”
Scott told the crowd of nearly 2,000 that his campaign is an attempt to choose between “victimhood or victory” and “grievance or greatness.”
“I disrupt their narrative,” he said. “I threaten their control. The truth of my life disrupts their lies!”
Scott was appointed to the Senate by then-Gov. Nikki Haley, who is also running for President, back in 2012. He would later win full terms in 2016 and again last year.
The 57-year-old senator established himself as a true conservative with a story to tell.
“We need a president who persuades not just our friends and our base,” he told supporters. “We have to have compassion for people who disagree with us. We have to believe that our ideas are so strong and so powerful and so persuasive that we can actually take them to the highest points in the world and be successful. Still, we also have to be able to take it all the way down to places that today are hopeless and prove that who we are works for all Americans.”
“We need to stop canceling our founding fathers and start celebrating them for the geniuses that they were. They weren’t perfect, but they believed that we could become a more perfect union,” he added.
Scott joins former President Donald Trump, Haley, businessman Ryan Binkley, radio host Larry Elder, tech startup businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson in the primary field.