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Republican Senator Tim Scott Launches Presidential Bid

His message was one of optimism

Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, formally kicked off his 2024 presidential campaign on Monday, betting his upbeat message will sell in a party in which many voters are still firmly behind former President Donald Trump.

In a speech to supporters in his hometown of North Charleston, South Carolina, Scott, 57, leaned heavily into his personal experience as the impoverished child of a single mother as proof that America remains a nation of opportunity.

He emphasized the progress the United States has made on racial issues in recent decades, proclaiming - as he often does - that the U.S. is not a racist country. He attacked Democrats, meanwhile, for attempting to stoke racial division for partisan gain.

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