Former South Carolina Congressman and current Fox News host Trey Gowdy and Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) have a friendship that goes back quite some time.
With the way Senator Scott’s campaign has been struggling to gain traction, it was not a surprise to see him end his campaign.
What was a surprise, including to Gowdy, was that Scott chose to do it while live on TV with Gowdy.
I have always liked Scott and had even tagged him as a potential presidential candidate in 2032, but I thought that when he announced in this election, it was far too soon.
Among conservatives, Scott is fairly well known, but his national profile still needs work, something that I believe would happen with a prominent role in a Republican administration.
My beliefs were confirmed when Scott failed to see double digits in primary race polling. He was clearly trying to get a bump in the last debate, but that did not happen, so Scott announced that he was going to pull the plug on his dying campaign.
Scott appeared on Trey Gowdy’s Fox News show, “Sunday Night in America,” this weekend, which is where he broke the news.
Scott has been ill, and Gowdy asked him when he would be hitting the campaign trail again.
After Scott told him he was looking forward to getting back out there, he then broke the news that he was suspending his campaign.
Scott stated, “But when I go back to Iowa, it will not be as a presidential candidate.
“I am suspending my campaign. I think the voters, who are the most remarkable people on the planet have been really clear that they’re telling me, ‘Not now, Tim.’ I don’t think they’re saying, Trey, ‘No,’ but I do think they’re saying, ‘Not now.’
“So, I’m gonna respect the voters and I’m gonna hold on and keep working really hard, and look forward to the other opportunity.”
Gowdy was clearly surprised, stating, “You are– you are suspending your presidential campaign?
“You have plenty of money. You have the highest approval of any candidate that is running and you’re– you’re a couple of states from coming to a state where you are beloved, and you are suspending your presidential campaign?”
While the suspension of the campaign did not surprise me, the fact that Scott stated he would not be endorsing anyone in the primary did shock me just a bit.
He also expressed no interest in being a VP, which I think is a mistake.
As I have stated before, I think Scott would be the ideal VP for Trump to boost his standing with minority voters. Having said that, the general feeling is that Trump will probably pick a woman as his VP.
There is no female in the party that I think would benefit Trump as much as Scott would in an election. This could very much come into play if DeSantis and Haley decide to join forces before voting starts.
If that happens, I think Trump very seriously needs to consider taking Scott on as his VP to offset the damage that Haley would do to his campaign.