Tim Scott’s New Book Says in Fine Print He’s Preparing for the Presidential Election

It may be a mistake or a harbinger of things to come, but the summary page of U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s new memoir claims the increasingly influential black conservative from South Carolina is preparing a presidential campaign in 2022.

But in an interview with The Post and Courier, Scott responded to the revelation by saying, “I haven’t,” followed by, “That’s fascinating that this is the copy of the book.”

The stunning two-sentence proclamation of Scott’s alleged White House ambitions can be found on the first few pages of the senator’s forthcoming memoir – “America, a Redemption Story,” due to be released nationwide in less than two weeks. .

Printed in small print on the copyright page, along with information about how to catalog the work at the Library of Congress, the publisher writes that the book is a way to lay the groundwork for a future presidential campaign.

It reads, “Senator Scott is a rising star who recognizes and understands the importance of bipartisanship in moving America forward. This book is a political memoir that contains his key messages as he prepares for a 2022 presidential bid.”

Together, the 39 words spark even more speculation about what’s next for Scott’s political future, even as the South Carolina junior senator repeatedly laughs at it when asked if he has big plans for 2024, the next year of the presidential election. .

Book cover by Tim Scott

U.S. Senator Tim Scott’s new book, “America, a Redemption Story,” will be available nationwide on August 9, 2022.

His go-to response was to come back with a light-hearted line about running for president of his homeowners association. But in an extended interview ahead of an upcoming book event on August 9 in Mount Pleasant, Scott didn’t use the joke.

“It is certainly my chance to share my story—the pain and the promise of my story—with the American people beyond any doubt,” Scott said of his latest output. “I hope it goes beyond the borders of South Carolina, but it’s definitely not the start of a presidential election.”

Scott, who is up for re-election in November, said his political focus is on “winning South Carolinians’ support for the task of serving as their U.S. senator for another six years.”

When asked again if the book is the start of a future White House bid, Scott replied, “Not for me.”

A request for comment from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, an imprint from HarperCollins Christian Publishing, was not immediately available at the time of press.

The upcoming August 9th release of Scott’s book is sure to raise Scott’s national profile even more.

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Despite his protests, the North Charleston resident is regularly named on the list of possible presidential candidates for the 2024 Republican primary. His name will appear on the GOP election ballot next week for the presidential election at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Texas, along with other rumored 2024 aspirants like former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump.

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U.S. Senator Tim Scott snaps photos with his supporters as he begins his 2022 reelection campaign at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on June 28, 2021 in North Charleston. File/Grace Beahm Alford/Staff

To date, Scott has raised more than $46 million for his reelection against Democratic state challenger Rep. Krystle Matthews of Ladson, making him the top fundraiser among all Congressional Republicans. Last year, he also delivered the GOP rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s speech to Congress. In those nationally broadcast remarks, the only black Republican in the Senate declared, “America is not a racist country.”

Moreover, the publication of a political memoir has become a familiar rite of passage for serious presidential candidates.

In his book, Scott’s third book, he weaves in stories about his life and the people who shaped him, along with personal reflections on historical events and figures. In one chapter, Scott compares the rebuilding of America that followed the Civil War with the way the United States came together after the 2015 mass shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.

In another chapter, Scott recounts what it was like during the Capital attack on January 6, 2021. He writes of grabbing a pen as his only weapon, fearing what would happen if the protesters found him and his co-legislators while they tried to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.

In the book, Scott says he holds “accountable the people who perpetuated violence, destroyed property and threatened lives” for what happened on January 6, saying the “tragic day was the culmination of individuals making bad choices.”

When asked if he considered Trump to be one of those who made bad choices on January 6, Scott replied: “When it comes to the responsibility, it rests on the shoulders and on the hearts of the men and women who have invaded the Capitol. That’s where the responsibility lies. lies.”

sen.  Tim Scott says his 2022 reelection bid will be his last political race

He continued: “If you ask whether I think President Trump bears responsibility for the actions of others, the answer is no. Could he have acted faster that day to send more reinforcements or aid? I think it answer is yes.”

Scott also said he disagrees with hearings by the House panel investigating the January 6 attack, saying they are filled with “very carefully crafted questions with a specific outcome as opposed to a search for the truth.”

A spokeswoman for Scott intervened, preventing Scott from answering when asked if he was confident that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation would uncover the truth as it investigates attempts to reverse the 2020 election results.

Scott will discuss the book publicly for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Seacoast Church in Mount Pleasant, the first stop on his book tour before the memoir is widely released on Aug. 9.

When asked if the tour would take him to Iowa or New Hampshire, two famously influential states in the presidential nomination process, Scott laughed.

“I come all over the country,” he said. “Maybe including at least one of those two places.”

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