The South Carolina GOP Presidential Primary is two weeks from Saturday and the campaign is heating up.
First District congressman Tim Scott has yet to endorse a candidate, but he says he may decide to do so by January 14. Appearing on CNN Friday morning, Scott was asked why it seems that Republicans can’t find a clear cut front runner that generates excitement especially among conservatives. He answered that whoever the nominee is, the collective GOP will get behind them.
“I think these men are still painting the picture of the America that could be under their leadership,” Scott said, “We need to finish the picture. I think once the picture is finished, what you will see happen is the Republican team, the conservative base, along with independents lining up to support the candidate who best articulates how we’re moving this economy forward.”
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are portraying themselves as the conservative alternative to the perceived moderate Mitt Romney. Scott says each candidate conveys a certain type of conservatism.
“We’ve seen that both candidates have taken shots at what the definition of what a conservative should be,” he said. “I will tell you that it is very difficult to see a live of delineation between the candidates to say this one is more conservative. I would say if you’re looking for a social conservative more voters would probably suggest that Rick Santorum is more conservative on social issues than Newt Gingrich.”
Scott says Gingrich has to be credited for his experience of rallying GOP conservative forces as a former Speaker of the House.
Scott, one of four South Carolina freshmen Congressman to ride the wave of Tea Party support into office, says he is looking for a candidate that is a proponent of a free market system with limited government controls.
“What I need in a president is someone who simply understands how to create jobs, and how to reduce government regulation, so that we free the individual, not so we coddle and protect the individual. We need to free the individual and unleash the person for the health of our future. “
Scott says Gingrich, Santorum, and Rick Perry will put on a heated race in South Carolina to be the main conservative alternative to Romney.
“Heading into South Carolina all three of the current candidates still in the race having some hope and some optimism about why they’re going to be the one that takes on Mitt Romney. But I wouldn’t make it that simple. I believe each candidate has an opportunity to show why they should be the conservative choice.”
Throwing Ron Paul in the mix, Scott says all of the candidates are more conservative than President Obama.