The 2024 presidential election is still in the distant future, but certain lawmakers are already tying themselves to potential candidates. During a recent interview, Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina was not shy about offering his support for former President Donald Trump if he decides to run in three years.
"Of course," he told The Post and Courier when asked if he'd support a third Trump presidential campaign.
While Scott did support Trump during the most recent presidential election, his answer caught many by surprise because he has been rumored to be a potential presidential candidate himself. He's garnered 2024 buzz throughout the year by attending the State Republican Party in Iowa and raising nearly $10 million by mid-October. Scott also delivered the Republican Party's response to President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address.
“The thing that people like most about his speech was that he just came across as so genuine, as a good person. He came across as so likable,” Republican strategist Jim McLaughlin told The Hill.
“Who the heck ever talks about the rebuttal speech? It’s all Republicans are talking about right now. He did himself really, really well."
While many Republicans seem to be excited about Scott's future, he has not publicly committed to running in 2024. In fact, he doesn't seem too keen on addressing the matter in public either.
“Well at this point I’m not running for president at all,” he told The Post and Courier when asked about a potential presidential campaign.
"I’m not going to answer a hypothetical question.”
Scott may have shot down the idea of running for President, but he may be a potential running mate for Trump if he decides to run in 2024. Within the last 18 months, Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence have appeared to split up for good. During an invite-only dinner for GOP donors and officials, Trump reportedly called Pence a "loser" and insulted Senator Mitch McConnell's wife. Not to mention, several media outlets report that the former President refuses to apologize to the former Vice President for what took place on January 6. As it stands now, it appears unlikely that Pence would Trump's running mate if he were to pursue a second term.