Political prognosticators can cross one GOP rising star off their list of politicos who might by eyeing the 2018 S.C. governor’s race.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who was sworn Tuesday morning to finish a two-year unexpired term, said he plans to run again for the Senate seat in 2016 and has no plans or desire to run for governor two years later when the seat opens up.
“Never say never,” Scott said on a conference call with reporters. But, he added, “If there is a plan that is very close to never, this is it.”
Since Scott won election to the U.S. Senate seat in November, he has said he plans to run again for the seat in 2016. He likely would stay no longer than two full terms. Scott also has said that he has considered becoming a minister if and when he leaves politics.
Scott was in Washington Tuesday with family – including his mother – for his swearing in. The event was “an emotional time for her” and her first time sharing the stage with Vice President Joe Biden and other members of the state’s legislative delegation, the North Charleston Republican said.
For Scott, who was appointed to the Senate in December 2012, following Jim DeMint’s resignation, this swearing in was more meaningful, he said, because of the “decision of the electorate to place me there.”
Scott said when he was younger, he “didn’t think the American Dream was possible for me,” but his election to the U.S. Senate, has “crystallized” the opportunity that exists for people.