Tim Scott says he’s focused on defeating Biden when asked about Trump VP talk
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said he was focused on getting former President Trump elected to the White House when asked to respond to speculation he could be Trump’s pick for vice president.
Trump mentioned Scott and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) when Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo asked him about his top picks for the vice president. Scott responded to the comments on Monday, telling Fox News Digital he is set on ensuring Trump, the GOP presidential primary front-runner, wins November’s election.
“The only thing I can tell you is that the one thing we need is four more years of President Donald Trump,” Scott said.
“We were better off under Trump. In order for us to be successful, the one thing I can’t afford to do is take my eye off the ball. The eye on the ball means making sure that President Trump gets four more years,” he added.
Trump said in his interview with Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures” that he would not be announcing a potential pick for vice president “for a while.” He also said he recently called Scott, who dropped his own GOP primary bid last year and has since endorsed the former president.
“I called him and I said, ‘You are [a] much better candidate … for me, than you were for yourself,’” Trump said. “When I watched Tim, he was fine, he was good, but he was very low-key. I watched him in the last week, defending me, and sticking up for me and fighting for me.”
Speculation has swirled about Scott being Trump’s running mate if the former president nabs the GOP nomination. The South Carolina Republican has signaled he was leaving the door open to becoming Trump’s vice president.
Scott was also asked Tuesday to respond to Trump’s comments over the weekend. He again focused on defeating President Biden in the general election.
“But what we do do is focus on what does America need right now and the moment, the best alternative is four more years of President, frankly, Donald Trump. Why? Because of success we had,” he said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
“Joe Biden has devastated the economy. A millennial cannot buy a house. Under President Trump, we had 2 percent inflation. Law and order was restored,” Scott continued.
When host Brian Kilmeade asked Scott if he was being vetted by Trump’s team, he said he did not know. Scott also did not say whether he would accept a Cabinet position from Trump if the former president were elected to the White House again.
“Listen, I got to tell you, being a United States senator is a pretty cool gig from my perspective,” Scott said.
“I’m a kid that grew up in poverty. My only goal is to make sure that kids growing up in poverty today see themselves in the White House, see themselves running their own business, see themselves graduating from college,” he added.