South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R) has suspended his 2024 presidential campaign after five months traveling the U.S. and seeking votes. The senator’s departure from the race narrows down the list of Republican candidates to five.
Sen. Scott entered the race on May 22. His campaign often focused on the economy, his religious beliefs and President Joe Biden (R). However, the senator failed to distinguish himself from the pack.
Many of the candidates were hesitant to criticize former president Donald Trump (R) who is also the leading Republican candidate. The former president, who faces a variety of legal troubles, took several shots at the current candidates. Nevertheless, in the various debates, Sen. Scott often shifted the conversation away from Trump and onto those on the debate stage.
Despite suspending his campaign, Sen. Scott did not rule out possibly running again. He instead opted to view the suspension as a sign that voters were not currently ready for his campaign.
“I love America more today than I did on May 22,” said the South Carolina senator. “But when I go back to Iowa, it will not be as a presidential candidate. I am suspending my campaign. I think the voters who are the most remarkable people on the planet have been really clear that they’re telling me, ‘Not now, Tim.’”
Throughout the race, Sen. Scott polled low, behind candidates like Trump and Nikki Haley (R-SC). The senator did not pledge his support to any specific candidate, opting to allow the voters to make decisions for themselves. Furthermore, he also ruled out the idea of being vice president in 2024.
Though many Republican candidates are dropping from the 2024 race, some Democratic candidates are joining the race. Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN) has announced his candidacy for president. The Minnesota congressman would join several Republicans and a few Democrats in challenging incumbent President Joe Biden (D).
Pres. Biden has the approval of many of his Democratic colleagues. However, some polls show that many Americans would like a younger president. Rep. Phillips expressed his awareness of these surveys as well as his concern about letting former president Donald Trump (R) become president again.
"I will not sit still, I will not be quiet in the face of numbers that are so clearly saying we're going to be facing an emergency next November," said Rep. Phillips.
At 54, Phillips is considerably younger than 80-year-old Biden, yet he has much less experience than the aged and seasoned president. Phillips is currently in his third term as a congressman and recently stepped down from a position in leadership to focus on his upcoming 2024 campaign.