WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – Republican U.S. The Post and Courier in South Carolina, citing anonymous sources, reported that Senator Tim Scott will launch a presidential exploration committee on Wednesday. This is a crucial step towards running for president in the year 2024.
Scott, if he ran, would face former President Donald Trump who started his campaign in November, and was recently the first former U.S. President to be criminally charged by a grand jury.
Scott will be in Iowa on Wednesday, the first state to nominate a Republican for the presidency. The newspaper reported that Scott will travel to New Hampshire Thursday, before returning to South Carolina Friday to attend a local summit.
Scott, the only Black Republican senator in the U.S. Senate has played a major role in police reform efforts. He has also spoken out frequently about racial matters.
Scott called out Trump for his racist comments during his presidency and blocked some of his judicial nominations because of this. Scott has also accused Democrats of using racial tensions to gain political advantage.
Scott described himself as the victim of racism, but insisted in a speech he gave in 2021 that "America is a not racist country."
Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has launched a campaign for the Republican nomination in 2024. Other candidates include activist investor Vivek RAMASWAMY and former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson.
Both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and former Vice-President Mike Pence have not yet announced their candidacy. DeSantis is Trump's main rival in the Republican primary, according to polls.