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December 18, 2012

Reaction to SC’s next senator

“When it comes to trying to explain what America’s all about, I could not tell a better story than the story of Tim Scott. Tim is what America’s all about.”

Some of the reaction to Tim Scott’s appointment Monday to the U.S. Senate by Gov. Nikki Haley, effective Jan. 3

‘Tim is what America’s all about’

“When it comes to trying to explain what America’s all about, I could not tell a better story than the story of Tim Scott. Tim is what America’s all about.”

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca

‘We will remain’ a team

“I have tremendous respect for Tim, and I know he will represent South Carolina well. The South Carolina freshman delegation came to Washington as a team, and we will remain one, even with one of our own moving across the way.”

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-Indian Land, who had been advocated by some as a successor to U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-Greenville

‘Historic day for South Carolina’

“Gov. Nikki Haley’s decision to appoint Tim Scott to the United States Senate is a historic day for South Carolina and our nation. ... I cannot imagine a more deserving and credible candidate to replace Sen. Jim DeMint.”

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale

‘Sen. Scott has a big decision to make’

“Sen. Scott has a big decision to make. Will he choose to be a statesman, fighting for the best interests of all South Carolinians? Or will he follow the model of Jim DeMint, allowing political ideology to trump constituent needs?”

Jaime Harrison , 1st vice chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party

‘Ability to inspire young African-Americans’

“The real value in Tim’s rise to the U.S. Senate will be its ability to inspire young African-Americans to aim high, to blaze trails, to think independently and to lead rather than follow.”

Stephen Gilchrist , chief executive of the S.C. African-American Chamber of Commerce

‘Love has to come at the end of switch’

“I am very thankful to the good Lord and to a strong mom who believed that sometimes love has to come at the end of switch. And she loved me a lot.”

U.S. Senate-designate Tim Scott, R-North Charleston. His mother, Frances, attended the news conference announcing his appointment.

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