Rep. Tim Scott still on the fence
January 20th, 2012
09:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Rep. Tim Scott still on the fence

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Rep. Tim Scott, an influential freshman congressman from South Carolina, is one of the most popular undecided voters in the state.

As of Friday evening he had yet to decide on a candidate-but he's getting plenty of advice.

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Not only are the campaigns of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich urging Scott to vote for their respective candidates–not to mention endorse them–but he's also had an opportunity to talk to each White House hopeful personally in the last 24 hours.

"This is a very difficult" decision, he admitted.

Scott told CNN he met with Romney prior to CNN's debate Thursday evening at the candidate's request. Scott and Gingrich talked by phone Friday.

The congressman, a tea party favorite, said he's torn because he sees positive qualities in both Gingrich and Romney.

"I like what Mitt brings to the table,” Scott said Friday on CNN’s “OutFront with Erin Burnett.” “Mitt brings an organization, a very good structure, deep pockets and the opportunity to run the race for the long haul.”

Regarding Gingrich, the congressman said he likes the former House speaker's strong debate skills and the way he frames the issues.

"I think the momentum has shifted," Scott said, crediting Gingrich's debate performances this week. "Challenge is you just don't want to pick a person because they had a good week.”

The congressman said he'll make a decision sometime before entering the voting booth on Saturday. But despite the efforts of both campaigns, he added it's probably too late to publicly endorse a candidate.

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  1. Larry L

    It's quite fashionable for African Politicians to become conservative Republicans. I think that compares to African American athletes who attended Brigham Young on scholarships before the Mormons even considered them humans. Some people can place their own material needs ahead of their sense of humanity. I guess it works for them but I wonder how it feels when they are alone with themselves...

    January 20, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  2. poopmeister

    I think you should endorse Ronald McDonald, I hear you might get a free Big Mac out of the deal....which is probably a better deal then you would get out of either one of these guys.

    January 20, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. The Unsub

    the brotha is lost! Please lead him back to supporting President Obama! He KNOWS better.

    January 20, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. BeverlyNC

    He should just not say anything. All these Republicans are losers. None can be trusted. None have values or character. None can credibly represent the United States with any foreign nation or leader. None can represent ALL Americans since Republicans hate the poor and are openly racist and want to take away all people programs, deny healthcare for all, deny our rights to vote, and finish off the existence of the middle class. Enough. No more Republicans in any office.

    January 21, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  5. ct

    if you were smart dont endorse. These are the worst group to run for potus...pretty soon god is gonna send all these candidates home....

    January 21, 2012 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Oooooooh, we all can't wait to see who asks to the prom!

    PS: That was sarcasm, CNN, and you do a disservice to journalism and America with brainless, irrelevant stories like this.

    January 21, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  7. diridi

    These crazy GOP did not let Hermin Cain, who will let this dude, with inexperienced attitude. He is no way close to Cain or Obama. He is wasting time.

    January 21, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Marie MD

    If I was him I would jump off the fence and pretend I was in a coma until this election is over. It seems that even though racist sc loves senator demented, the chosen one as governor by a bimbo and the Appalachian hiker there's at least one of them who is sensible enough to know that none of these candidates are worthy of a single vote for the office of US president.

    January 21, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. FIELD1stSGT

    Everyone know what side of the fence he's on. He is just playing the race card to his benefit by not saying. But when he pulls the lever it will be for a b r o.

    January 21, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Rick in AZ

    Another S.C. Republican politician like Demint who won't stick his neck out for any of these sorry losers.

    January 21, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |