In a move that surprises no political observer, Senator Tim Scott has officially declared his candidacy for President. Scott joins his friend and fellow Palmetto state leader Nikki Haley as one of the most high-profile names to enter the race. As the first African American Senator from South Carolina since Reconstruction, Scott brings a unique perspective and a record of bipartisan leadership to his campaign.
With Scott's entrance into the field, the Republican presidential primary is looking increasingly diverse. Haley, a female Indian American, and Vivek Ramaswamy, the son of South Indian Immigrants, are serious contenders set to challenge front-runner, former President Donald Trump.
Racial diversity will matter less to GOP primary voters than identifying a candidate who can effectively push back against what many see as an overtly progressive Biden/Harris agenda that they believe has resulted in unprecedented inflation, illegal immigration and a seismic gender identity cultural shift.
Running against Donald Trump, a favorite of the party base, presents a unique set of challenges for the even-tempered and unconfrontational Scott. Trump is known for his controversial remarks and aggressive campaigning style. Time will tell how Scott and his fellow Republican candidates will navigate the campaign trail and remain focused on the issues with the unconventional campaign style of candidate Trump.