South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R) on Thursday warned against a divided GOP, warning that Democrats could “weaponize” the words of Republican candidates against each other as they campaign for the White House in 2024.
“I think the road to socialism runs through a divided Republican Party,” Scott said said to Fox News.
“Everything we say about each other, the Democrats are going to be up in arms against all of us, no matter who the nominee is,” he added when host Neil Cavuto noted that the senator did not speak ill of the other candidates.
Scott entered the 2024 presidential race last week, joining a growing GOP primary field that includes former President Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley, the former governor of Scott’s state.
Trump said after Scott’s announcement that the South Carolina senator was a “huge step” from DeSantis, who he called “absolutely unelectable” — even though the Florida governor was polling heavily as a leading competitor against Trump.
The former president and others slammed DeSantis’ campaign launch Wednesday as glitchy on Twitter Spaces, but Scott on Thursday declined to comment on the event.
Asked if he would support Trump, DeSantis or another GOP candidate if they win the party’s presidential nomination, Scott said, “all the Republican candidates are better than any Democrat candidate.”
“And as a nominee, I look forward to being chosen [a] good vice president between the names you mentioned, and maybe others,” he added.
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