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Rounds Backs GOP’s Tim Scott for President, Thune to Endorse

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) reportedly received endorsements from his two South Dakota colleagues, Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), in his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. .

Citing “someone familiar with his plans,” Politico’s Burgess Everett first reported Sunday that Thune was set to announce his support for Scott.

“The South Dakota senator will appear at Scott’s presidential launch on Monday in South Carolina,” the person said. Scott will announce his presidential run Monday in North Charleston and has already launched an ad campaign.

Last month Coin shared that he urged Scott to enter the fray while speaking with the Hill.

“I think he would be an excellent candidate. I’m excited about this. I encouraged him,” he said. “I think he gets a lot of encouragement from his colleagues. He is really well thought out and respected and I think he would be a very interesting candidate for the presidency.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the conclusion of military operations in Afghanistan and plans for future counterterrorism operations Sept. 28, 2021, on Capitol Hill Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Rounds announced his intention to endorse Scott during an interview with the Washington Examiner, noting: “I have already said [Scott] I would like.”

“I think he’s the closest Ronald Reagan you’re going to see,” Rounds said.

“He will bring our country together. He cares deeply about making the right decisions,” he added. “I think he’s going to build a good team. He’s got a business background. He’s got a great personal story, and he really understands and cares about people.

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FiveThirtyEight’s endorsement tracker shows Scott is the only candidate, or potential candidate, other than former President Donald Trump with the support of a Republican senator.

On Friday, Scott formally filed his nomination papers with the Federal Election Commission, Hill noted.

While speaking at the Heritage Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration late last month, Scott unveiled his vision for a “new American sunrise”, with a focus on revitalizing the patriotism, parents’ rights to education, national security and border security, Breitbart News reported.

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