Pro-Life Republican Tim Scott shocked the political world last night and ended his long-shot bid for the Republican nomination.
Scott announced late Sunday that he was dropping out of the 2024 race, two months before Iowa voters head to the polls in the first caucus in the country. Scott made the surprise announcement on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Night in America” with Trey Gowdy and his own campaign staff were surprised by the announcement — saying they found out about his decision watching the show.
“I love America more today than I did on May 22,” Scott said Sunday. “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.’”
The South Carolina senator struggled to gain traction as an alternative to Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis or Nikki Haley even though he spent millions trying to rise up in the polls. There is some question as to whether he would qualify for the 4th and final primary debate next month.
Scott said he would not support one of the remaining candidates.
“The voters are really smart,” Scott said. “The best way for me to be helpful is to not weigh in on who they should endorse.”
Scott also said he would not be interested in serving as the Vice President, saying it “has never been on my to-do list for this campaign, and it’s certainly not there now.”
Haley called Scott “a good man of faith and an inspiration to so many,” adding that the GOP primary “was made better by his participation in it.”
Scott said in a recent interview that he would sign a 15-week abortion ban if elected president, saying that America can’t have states allowing abortions up to birth.
Some pro-life groups have asked the Republican presidential hopefuls to agree to at least a 15-week minimum of protection for unborn babies — in part to help distinguish between their pro-life views and the radical abortion-up-to-birth stance of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and most all Democrats.
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Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, among others, have said they would sign such a bill into law and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina is on board with the idea as well. Such a bill would not overturn or reverse abortion bans or heartbeat laws that provide legal protection for babies from conception or a recognizable heartbeat — instead of would let states protect babies further but merely stop Democrat states from allowing the killing of unborn children up to birth as many blue states from California and Oregon to New York and Illinois already do.
Scott told EWTN in a interview that, if elected president, he would build a “culture of life in America.”
“As president of the United States, I would sign very conservative pro-life legislation, and that’s why we start with a 15-week limit across the nation,” he said. “We cannot allow states like California or Illinois to have abortion up until the day of birth. That is just wrong.”
He added that after stopping policies allowing abortion up until birth “creating the culture of life is how we win and are successful in saving more lives.”
Scott has previously indicated he would sign a 15-week protection for unborn babies.
“If I were president of the United States, I would certainly have a 15-week limit,” Scott told Axios earlier this year.
“I’ve also said very clearly, because I think you have to tell the American people the truth, even the 15-week limit is not possible unless we change the hearts and minds of the American people, because it can’t get through Congress,” Scott continued.
Because of the lack of votes, however, Scott said he wants to work to change hearts and minds on abortion – explaining that his role as president “on the issue of life is to cultivate a culture that protects life.” He told the news outlet he is “100% pro-life conservative.”
Such legislation would not overturn pro-life laws in the more than a dozen states that currently protect babies from abortion. It would merely protect babies in pro-abortion states that currently allow abortions up to birth or up to viability.
Showing his support for legislation that protects even more babies from abortions, last week Scott hailed South Carolina’s new heartbeat law as “good news.”
The new law, which Gov. Henry McMaster signed, protects unborn babies by banning elective abortions once their heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Scott said the new protections for unborn babies are a step in the right direction.
“The state is trying to protect the culture of life, and that’s good news. I mean, the heartbeat bill is a step in the direction of that,” Scott said.
Scott, who announced his campaign for president last week, has a 100-percent pro-life voting record in the U.S. Senate. Growing up in North Charleston, South Carolina, he was raised by a single mom and overcame poverty to become a businessman before running for elected office.
“I will protect our most fundamental right, the right to life itself,” he said in an April video from his presidential exploratory committee.