Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) ended weeks of speculation and announced his endorsement of the candidacy of presidential nominee Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The announcement came in the form of a YouTube video. Scott had already campaigned in South Carolina with Rubio, and the Rubio campaign had already leaked hints of Scott’s decision shortly after the Iowa caucuses began on February 1.
Rubio did better in the Iowa caucuses than expected, coming in third with 23 percent of the vote behind fellow Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Donald Trump in the GOP hustings. The diminuitive senator from Florida has thus revived his prospects for winning the party’s nomination.
So the big news about Tim Scott coming out tonight largely conceded that Rubio comes in third tonight.
Scott is the second prominent Republican from South Carolina to endorse Rubio. Congressman Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House’s committee on Benghazi, was the first to hop on Rubio’s coattails. The other senator from the Palmetto state, Lindsey Graham (R), endorsed the flagging campaign of former Florida governor Jeb Bush.
In the video, Scott says Rubio is the only Republican candidate able to defeat Hillary Clinton in the coming general election. He said that Rubio is the only Republican candidate now running who is able to connect with voters of humble background, such as his own.
Scott says in the video:
“It’s a long way from where I grew up to the U.S. Senate, and I believe that the best days of our country are her. Twenty sixteen may be the most important election. I’m putting my confidence and my trust in Marco Rubio because I believe he takes us to that better future. Marco Rubio believes that in America, it’s not about where you start. It’s about where you’re going. We have one shot in 2016 to beat Hillary Clinton. That shot is Marco Rubio.”
The South Carolina primary comes on February 20 – Super Tuesday – when several states go to the polls to nominate their preferences for the general election in November.