Breaking: Haley to name Tim Scott to Senate seat
December 17th, 2012
09:40 AM ET
10 years ago

Breaking: Haley to name Tim Scott to Senate seat

(CNN) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will name GOP Rep. Tim Scott as the replacement for outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, according to Republican sources in South Carolina and Washington.

Haley will announce the pick at noon Monday.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Lionel

    Good choice. I hope he does not follow the Republican line and oppose assault weapons ban.

    December 17, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Yonni

    Hope fully this guy will be a substantial pick rather than a token black man. If he turned out to be a carnival-barker like Allen West it will be a sad addition.

    December 17, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. JD

    Good pick. He is the correct person to replace DeMimt.

    December 17, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Independent jim

    He wont get a single black vote come election time .. voter repression laws will see to that ..

    December 17, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Sam

    Just adding another radical and extremist to DC.

    December 17, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. manny

    colbert is not gonna be happy about this...

    December 17, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. James

    Great choice. Tim Scott's a good man.

    December 17, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Bill

    Hope he functions as a member of the Senate and not of the GOP Tea Party or hardline democrat group. We need someone who can be more moderate and open to both arguements and make a decision for the majority and not the minority of Americans.

    December 17, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. Larry L

    Even an Oreo is a better choice than many of the ultra-right-wingers she could have picked. The Republican Party will be desperately looking for minorities to improve the group photo for 2014. Maybe... just maybe... they will not only change their group photo but will in fact learn to embrace cultures, races, and religions other than that of intolerant, white, Christians.

    December 17, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. simp

    The gop token hoping he will be able to turn africian americans their way. Well it's not going to work since we already know he being used as bait. I just hope he is not as ignorant as alan west, wow what an idiot he is!! Just in case anybody thinks this is a racist remark, I am an africian american woman in my 50"s.

    December 17, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Tim in MN

    Wiki Tim Scott and you will find one of the most conservative sheep in the country. A Tea Party favorite, this is the guy who went to great lengths to ensure enshrinement of the ten commandments on display at a public building. Once sued by the ACLU the commandments came down, which costs the government serious jing. His comment, "Well, it's ok as long as it ain't my money."
    Typical of Haley's mentality to put such an extremist in the US Senate.

    December 17, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. GOP Never Learns

    Tim Scott is simply another right-wing, homophobic, Bible-thumping Republican. His color is the reason he was chosen but make no mistake – his heart is all about the intolerant evil the American people have grown to reject. Republicans never learn. He's like a black Sarah Palin – chosen for all of the wrong reasons.

    December 17, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. bsj

    Why not just ask Allen West to move north? Geez.

    December 17, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. ED FL

    This once would have been unbelievable. A red neck WHITE SENATOR in the GOP is being replaced by an African American.The racist Southern Politicians must be crying foul. What a Christmas Present to the GOP Politicians. To top it off the choice was made by a FEMALE GOVERNOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 17, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. Gregory M. Newbold

    Where is Tim Scott on the issues? He`s a member of Congress, no? So what leadership positions has he taken? Where is he on the gun-enabled carnage our nation faces? Doe he believe in the "makers vs takers" philosophy of Mitt Romney & the country club Republicans? Does he back the failed 12-year experiment of the Bush tax cuts for "job creators"? How about comprehensive immigration reform? Corporate welfare?

    Don`t give this man a pass because he has brown skin, brown skinned people. Reveal him; in the word`s of former NY Giants coach Bill Parcells`s, " You are what your record says you are". so who, precisely is Tim Scott.

    December 17, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Tony Deisla

    Tim will be a good senator, and you can bet the liberal media stooges will come after him.

    December 17, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Anonymous

    lame no stephen colbert

    December 17, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  18. Deist

    Colbert would have better represented the needs of S.C. minorities that this "friend" of the Governor.

    December 17, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Facts don't Lie

    ok so the GOP knows they have a minority issue and lack of diversity so I guess being possibly the only AA senator in congress is a good start. Wow thank God Allen West wasn't in SC she might have picked him.

    December 17, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Tom

    I didn't know J.C. Watts had a twin in S.C.

    December 17, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hope he functions as a member of the Senate and not of the GOP Tea Party
    Hope I win the Lotto.

    December 17, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Kevin E

    What is your definition of an assault weapon? Sen Feinstein, in a knee-jerk reaction to the recent tragedies, stated she will propose legislation on the first day of the new Congressional session to ban "assault weapons". Her proposal defines any weapon with larger than a 10 round magazine as an assault weapon. Most semi-automatic handguns have 15-19 depending on the caliber. A semi-automatic handgun isn't an assault weapon by any stretch of the imagination.

    I am a Republican and willing to discuss true assault weapon bans like the AR-15 and similar but not hunting rifles, shotguns and handguns. At the end of the day it's the individual who chooses to commit the heinous crimes not a specific weapon that is any more volatile.

    December 17, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Concerned American

    Well, of what I have read so far, this doesn't seem like a great piece of news. Of course they would choose an African American. I'm just surprised it wasn't a Latin American... They want to make the people believe they care about racial diversities by electing different races... well, that isn't going to change much in my opinion. We will see how far the lies go to make America vote for people like these.

    December 17, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Knuckles the Republican

    Tell me the Republican Party is not changing. We found a minority to carry the Tea Party banner.

    December 17, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |