Tim Scott to Deliver Republican Response to Biden Address
WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Tim Scott, of South Carolina, will deliver the GOP’s response to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday.
In announcing Scott’s selection, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell described the South Carolinian as “one of the strongest leaders in our Senate Republican Conference.”
“He is one of the most inspiring and unifying leaders in our nation,” McConnell continued. “As Sen. Scott likes to say, he is living his mother’s American dream, and he has dedicated his career to creating more opportunity for our fellow citizens who need it most.
“Nobody is better at communicating why far-left policies fail working Americans. Senate Republicans are looking forward to this address from our distinguished colleague,” the Republican leader said.
Scott has served in the U.S. Senate since 2013.
A release from the congressional Repubilcan leadership describes him growing up poor in a single-parent household in North Charleston, S.C., and credits his mother with helping him improve his grades, graduate from college, and build a successful small business.
Prior to running for the U.S. Senate, Scott ran and successfully held office as a member of the Charleston City Council, the South Carolina House of Representatives, and the U.S. House of Representatives.
The party says today, Scott is a national leader in efforts to create opportunity for “every American family,” and that he plays a leading role in issues ranging from education to workforce development and racial justice.
Speaking of his prime time turn next week, Scott said he’s both excited and honored to have the opportunity to address the nation.
“We face serious challenges on multiple fronts, but I am as confident as I have ever been in the promise and potential of America,” Scott said. “I look forward to having an honest conversation with the American people and sharing Republicans’ optimistic vision for expanding opportunity and empowering working families.”
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Wednesday described Scott as “a conservative optimist with the right vision for a stronger, more united country.
“Today’s Republican Party is a growing coalition of working Americans who value freedom in pursuit of the American dream. No member in Congress epitomizes the essence of today’s Republican Party more than my friend and colleague Senator Scott,” McCarthy said.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chair of the Senate Republican Conference, described Scott as “a strong voice in our party.
“He is helping lead the fight against the radical, dangerous, and scary liberal policies we are seeing from this White House,” Barrasso said. “He is standing against the tidal wave of spending that is financing it. President Biden’s first one hundred days have shown a lack of leadership and a lack of faith in our country. Republicans have a better vision for America—one of freedom, health, and prosperity for all. I look forward to hearing Senator Scott articulate that vision next week.”
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