Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised Republican Sen. Tim Scott Friday night, just hours after the South Carolina lawmaker officially filed papers to run for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.
“Great statement by @votetimscott,” Musk wrote in a tweet, accompanied by a clip of Scott’s first political ad of the 2024 campaign.
In the video, Scott said American children are “growing up immersed in a culture where everyone is a victim” and stressed the importance of teaching young people “individual responsibility.”
“If you have the ability, you work. If you borrow, you pay it back.
REPUBLICAN SEN. TIM SCOTT FILES TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024
Scott, the only Black Senate Republican, Filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission to seek the office of president, campaign filings show.
The GOP senator launched a $6 million ad campaign in key presidential states on Friday, ahead of the campaign’s scheduled May 22 announcement.
Sen. SCOTT TO SPEND MORE THAN $6 MILLION ON TV ADS IN IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE IN 2024 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RACE
Scott joins a number of Republicans who have already announced their intention to seek the Republican nomination next year, including former President Donald Trump. Trump launched his third bid for the White House in mid-November.
Scott also became the second politician from South Carolina — the state that holds the third contest on the Republican presidential nominating calendar — to launch a presidential campaign, after former two-term Governor Nikki Haley. The former ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration declared his candidacy on February 14.
Known for his fundraising skills, Scott entered the White House race with his campaign coffers well-stocked. Scott reported nearly $22 million in cash on hand at the end of last year — funds left over from the senator’s convincing 25-point election victory last November in reliably red South Carolina.
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A pair of Scott-aligned super PACs are starting 2023 with nearly $16 million in the bank, thanks to contributions from several Republican mega-donors including Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison.
Paul Steinhauser of Fox News contributed to this article.