Tim Scott Denies VP Talks with Trump, Anticipates Decision in 60 Days

Senator Tim Scott discusses unity and personal aspirations

by Zain ul Abedin
Tim Scott Denies VP Talks with Trump, Anticipates Decision in 60 Days
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In a recent interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) clarified that during a gathering last weekend, former President Donald Trump did not discuss the possibility of Scott becoming his vice-presidential running mate.

The senator emphasized that the focus of their conversation was on the perceived failures of the current administration under President Joe Biden and the past successes of Trump's presidency. The event, which took place at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, drew top GOP donors and prominent party leaders, hinting at an early scouting mission for Trump’s potential running mate for the 2024 presidential election.

Attendees included a notable lineup of Republican figures such as South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Senator J.D. Vance (Ohio), House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.), and Representative Byron Donalds (Fla.).

Scott's VP Hopes and Dreams

While Senator Scott did not explicitly confirm whether he is on Trump's shortlist for vice president, he expressed his hopes for a candidate who could help unify and heal the nation. "I hope that the President will choose a person who helps the country unite and heal," Scott stated, adding that he anticipates a decision from Trump within the next 60 days.

He reiterated that the subject of the vice-presidential pick was not broached during their discussions. Reflecting on his personal journey, Scott, who grew up in poverty in South Carolina, shared his belief in the American dream.

"I'm excited that in this nation, a poor kid from South Carolina could rise to the level of being a United States Senator," he said, aiming to inspire listeners with his story of overcoming adversity. However, when pressed about Trump's commitment to accepting the results of the 2024 presidential election, regardless of the outcome, Scott was evasive, opting instead to place the decision in the hands of the American people.

"The American people will make the decision, and the decision will be for President Trump," he stated, sidestepping a direct answer on whether he would accept the election results.