Former President Donald Trump has not formally announced whether he will run again for a second term in 2024, but that hasn’t stopped speculation about it or who would be his running mate.
One name that has regularly cropped up, however, is that of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), who addressed the possibility on Sunday in an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, saying that Trump is “still the most powerful voice in politics.”
The host began by asking Scott if the GOP was united, given Trump’s ongoing rift with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
“President Trump’s position in our party is powerful. And I think he’s still the most powerful voice in politics, without any question. I enjoy a healthy relationship with the president, and I am thankful for that,” Scott said.
“The truth is that we should spend our time creating the contrast between 2016 to 2020, when President Trump led us to the most inclusive economy in the history of America, seven million jobs created, two-thirds going to African-Americans, Hispanics, and to women,” he added.
“What we know for sure, Maria is that the road to socialism runs right through a divided Republican Party. And while we may have some fractures and even some fissures, the truth is, putting America first means uniting the Republican Party,” Scott proclaimed.
“Let’s have these conversations, debates, and fights after we win back the majorities and prove to the American people that we can lead and lead them to what I consider the promised land or the American dream,” he asserted.
Bartiromo then posted the question to the South Carolina Republican if he’d be interested in running with Trump.
“Senator, you said that President Trump is still the power in the party. Does that mean you would be willing to join his ticket? Are you going to run in 2024? Or would you be open to a vice-presidential role in a Trump ticket?” Bartiromo asked.
“Well, I think everybody wants to be on President Trump’s bandwagon, though, without any question,” Scott enthusiastically replied.
“One of the things I have said to the president is that he gets to decide the future of our party and our country because he is still the loudest voice,” he remarked.
“What I hope happens is that we rally around the principles that lead to our greatest success. I am not looking for a seat on a ticket at this point. I am, however, looking to be reelected in South Carolina. So, my hope is that you win next Friday’s football game before thinking about any other one. So that’s my primary responsibility,” Scott concluded putting any vice-presidential aspirations at arms’ length for now.