Ron DeSantis credits Tim Scott for ‘bold ideas’ as Senator leaves 2024 race

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The Florida Governor previously lumped the Senator in with the GOP's 'culture of losing.'

Florida’s Governor is striking a charitable tone on social media after U.S. Sen. Tim Scott ended his run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Ron DeSantis bid the “strong conservative” from South Carolina farewell in the wake of his snap decision to exit the race.

“Tim Scott is a strong conservative with bold ideas about how to get our country back on track. I respect his courage to run this campaign and thank him for his service to America and the U.S. Senate. I look forward to Tim continuing to be a leader in our party for years to come,” read the message posted on X.

It’s uncertain what “bold ideas” DeSantis attributes to Scott as of this writing.

Scott’s exit comes months after DeSantis’ political operation suggested it would target the South Carolina Senator, before it became clear that Scott would not catch fire with voters in early Primary states.

In a “confidential friends and family update” memo first reported by NBC News, the DeSantis campaign claimed in July that while Scott “has earned a serious look at this stage, his bio is lacking the fight that our electorate is looking for in the next President.”

The expectation was that Scott would “receive appropriate scrutiny in the weeks ahead,” a projection that never needed to be fulfilled.

DeSantis also lumped Scott in with a “culture of losing” in the GOP during a May segment with Erick Erickson.

“You’ve got a sitting Senator, you’ve got a former Vice President, a former Governor. You’ve got an Ambassador,” Erickson asked. “Why not them for the presidency?”

The Governor stuck to his script, depicting himself as “the only one” in the field with a winning record of delivering conservative policy goals.

“Well, we have a culture of losing in our party and there’s really no substitute for victory. We can’t have any more excuses. We’ve got to get it done,” DeSantis said.

Earlier this year, Scott took issue with Florida’s state education standards stating that slaves may have developed marketable skills while being enslaved.

“What slavery was really about was separating families, about mutilating humans and even raping their wives. It was just devastating,” Scott said in Iowa, as reported by The Associated Press. “So I would hope that every person in our country — and certainly running for President — would appreciate that.”

“People have bad days,” Scott added. “Sometimes they regret what they say. And we should ask them again to clarify their positions.”

Scott’s exit from the race may be most important in his native South Carolina, an early Primary state that DeSantis has said he would focus on, even getting a “sublease” to campaign there during what will likely be an important 2024 Legislative Session in Florida.

DeSantis is struggling in the state as voters get to know him, according to recent polling.

CNN survey of 738 likely Republican voters conducted from Oct. 18 through Oct. 25 shows him with just 11% support, far behind former President Donald Trump (53%) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (22%). Scott was at 6% in that poll, and it remains to be seen where that support goes.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    November 13, 2023 at 8:38 am

    Good morning America,
    Ramaswamy will be the next “Also-Ran” to Pack Up His Bag And Head On Down The Road”.
    But honestly, America, imagine Scott, Ramaswamy, along with their families, friends, and co-workers hearts 💕 swelling with pride when they brag on their relative Vivek and/or Tim having once been an “Also-Ran”.
    Have a great day my beloved Patriots.

  • tom palmer

    November 13, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    After the last debate, it was hard to conclude that Scott was much more than a BS artist. I’m sure he’s a nice man, but not presidential material.

  • Ocean Joe

    November 13, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    Scott, in the understatement of the century, claims the voters told him “not now, Tim.”
    The continued effort of the GOP to blur the distinction between church and state is an affront to the constitution they always hoot about. He would make a fair preacher but was always in way over his head.
    The GOP even forced him to produce a “girlfriend.”

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