Tim Scott's entry into the Republican presidential race has sparked widespread interest, not solely due to his bid for the presidency, but also because he stands as a potential anomaly—a potential unmarried president.
Hailing from North Charleston, South Carolina, Scott's upbringing was marked by challenges, setting him apart from many of his peers, as detailed on his official website. However, his hardships did not deter him from pursuing his aspirations.
His journey culminated in 2013 when he secured a place in the U.S. Senate, representing his home state of South Carolina. With unwavering support for conservative values, including his stances against abortion and same-s*x marriage, Scott's political convictions have remained steadfast.
Notably, he endorsed several policies championed by former President Donald Trump, even though they now stand as competitors. Remaining a prominent figure in the Senate, Scott now aspires to ascend further on the political ladder.
In a significant move in May 2023, Scott declared his candidacy for the upcoming 2024 presidential election, an event covered by NPR. His announcement speech conveyed his motivation, as he remarked, "From the time the sun goes down until the sun comes up, Joe Biden and the radical left are attacking every single rung of the ladder that helped me climb.
And that's why I'm announcing today that I am running for president of the United States of America." Yet, amidst this announcement, it's not his political ambitions that are capturing the public's attention. Rather, it's his personal life—specifically, the fact that Tim Scott has never been married.
Maternal Inspiration Shaping Scott's Character
Delving into Scott's background unveils the reasoning behind his single status. A self-proclaimed "momma's boy," Scott often attributes his character to his mother's influence, particularly due to their shared experiences during challenging times.
Even in his 2024 presidential election announcement, Scott acknowledged his mother's role, as CBS reported, saying, "My mom's work ethic taught me there is dignity in all work. It's why I know if you are able-bodied, you work!
Period. My momma said we could be victims or victors — and she chose victorious." The enigma surrounding Scott's marital status finds its roots in his upbringing. In a 2020 interview with Politico, he disclosed, "As a poor kid growing up, the most important thing for me to do was take care of my mom.
And until I had that accomplished, starting a new family was just not an option for me." While success eventually allowed him to care for his mother, the timing never seemed right for marriage. An instance in his 40s arose where he contemplated proposing to his then-girlfriend, but political responsibilities took precedence, leading Politico to report that marriage no longer aligned with his life's trajectory.
However, Scott's story does not completely preclude the possibility of marriage. In 2020, he shared with Politico his belief that the right time would come to meet "Mrs. Right" and start a family. In 2023, during an interview with NBC News, Scott hinted at a potential romantic involvement.
"Oh, there's always — there's always time for — a great relationship with a wonderful woman. And I thank God that that is happening," he stated. While this implies a romantic connection, confirmation remains absent.
While Scott's pursuit of presidency is remarkable, his unmarried status places him in a select category. The New York Post notes that only two single presidents have held office: President Grover Cleveland, who entered unmarried and left as a married man, and President James Buchanan, who never married.
Both served in the 1800s, making Scott's potential presidency as a single man a rare occurrence, steeped in historical significance.