Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Just one hour before heading into the Sottile Theater at the College of Charleston to host a presidential forum for South Carolina voters, Republican Congressman Tim Scott told reporters that he still hasn’t decided who he’s going to vote for –let alone who he might endorse.
“My goal is really not to figure out Romney versus the anti-Romney, which is what’s shaping up,” Scott said, before laying four specific qualities – character, competency, values and faith – that will ultimately shape his decision. “Those four qualities, I’m going to sit down and create a little matrix for myself and come to a decision in the next few days.”
But Scott cautioned that coming to a decision in the next few days doesn’t necessarily mean he will endorse someone in that timeframe.
“We’ve got to assess what we believe the impact would be of our endorsement, as well as have I chosen a candidate that I’m willing to just go around this country and work for and support,” Scott said. “When I get to that decision, I’ll make it public whether I’m going to endorse or not.”
As a conservative freshman congressman from the Charleston area, Scott’s endorsement has been highly coveted. And in recent days the efforts have increased, Scott said, “there’s a lot of heat, a lot of pressure to make a decision and make it public and make it soon.”
“I’ve learned that almost all the candidates can text, which has been good – social media’s a very important part of the equation in the future,” Scott said, describing the efforts the GOP field has gone through in seeking his support. “And certainly their supporters are texting. I got one at 4:37 a.m. One of the congressman who’s decided to join the Romney camp wanted to encourage me – Billy Long texted me at 4:37 a.m.”
As an evangelical, Scott’s support could also be influential with the sizable number of social conservative voters in South Carolina, many of whom Scott said were still undecided. But regardless of the specific issues that voters use to make up their minds, Scott guessed that many decisions will come down to one major factor.
“They’re all creating an equation and the equation says shared values, plus electability equals success, and the question is the definition of shared values,” he said. “People will define that differently. I’m not sure what the best definition is for voter A versus voter B, but there’s no question that the one thing that is in the equation is electability. And so we want a conservative but we want a conservative that wins.”