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December 19th, 2012
10:27 AM ET

Only black senator, Tim Scott to be sworn in on January 3rd

On January 3rd, Tim Scott will have a lot of first. It will be his first term as senator from South Carolina. But, also, he will be the first black senator since Reconstruction and the first republican senator in 34 years. He will also be the only black senator.

Getting praise from outgoing Senator Jim Demint as well as Governor Nikki Haley, Scott worked hard to get to this level. He dropped out of school in the ninth grade. For his success, he credits his mother, a single parent, “It was a strong family, my mom did a really, really good job of encouraging me in very clear and discerning ways. At the same time, I had to go to work. That gave me this work ethic that was necessary.”

He believes that America is made up of hard-working people and will pick up very soon. He set his goals while in office to look to the future, “I look towards the future and I say to myself, how can we impact the nation and keep the American dream alive for the next generation? And that’s what we’re trying to build.”

As the only black senator, the first time senator believes that marketing minority beliefs is the way to get more GOP support from minorities. He says, “I believe that America is still very much a center right country. And so what we have is an opportunity to walk into new places and new territories and simply say that the plan is clear. The way forward is clear. And market ourselves effectively in these new places.”

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  1. Mark

    Yeah, and why is it that Blacks and Hispanics follow the Democrats, the supposed party of inclusion, when the only black senator is Tim Scott, republican, and the only Hispanic senator is Marco Rubio, another republican! Hmmmm?

    December 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. j.e. bombino

    1st) Feliz Navidad Soledad 2nd) Happy for Rep Tim Scott – who "Earned" the seat. South Carolina will be well represented as well as the entire nation. Scott is a winner and will do well in DC. I do not understand why you and Roland Martin made an issue about the Gov's remarks of "earned". I thought it was all positive and historical. 3rd) Where was Roland Martin when Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed Roland Buris? Was that seat earned? Terrible journalism – Soledad and Roland report with agendas-

    December 19, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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