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Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina is a leading Congressional Republican pushing to make parent involvement in education a GOP priority.
And Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate and a rising star in his party, takes his message to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday night, where he will highlight his efforts as he delivers a wide-ranging speech about his vision for the future of the conservative movement.
“One of the little silver linings of the pandemic is that more parents are more engaged in education than ever before. Parents have a right to know what their children are learning in the classroom,” the senator will point out as he becomes the latest GOP leader and potential 2024 presidential candidate to take part in a series of lectures called “Time to Choose.”
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After two years of educational unrest fueled by curriculum struggles and school closures caused by the coronavirus, the worst pandemic to hit the world in a century, the issue of education has become one major battlegrounds of electoral politics. The GOP’s support for parents’ rights helped the party in last November’s election win Virginia governorship and other statewide offices for the first time in a dozen years. And Republicans see education as a major issue in November’s midterm elections.
Scott, who has been a leading advocate for parents’ rights, will say, per the exceptions shared with Fox News ahead of his speech, that “if a mother can’t read a book at a school board meeting because “It’s too vulgar, why in The World would it allow our children to read it in class? To solve this problem, we should require that parents have access to their child’s program.
As inflation hits its highest level in four decades, Scott will also take on the Democrats and blame their massive government spending programs for the dramatic rise in consumer prices.
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“Since the 2020 election, Democrats have injected billions of dollars into our economy – creating inflation, an invisible tax that hits our most vulnerable populations the hardest: single mothers, seniors on fixed incomes and people who live paycheck to paycheck,” the senator said. say. “Democratic leadership has led to a 40-year peak in inflation, and they continue to pour more money into this crisis. It’s not good for mothers making decisions in homes like the one in which I grew up.”
Scott would also repeatedly take aim at President Biden, saying that when it comes to foreign policy, “Biden’s weakness on the world stage has emboldened terrorists, bullies and dictators.”
And highlighting the ongoing crisis on the country’s southern border, the senator will accuse: “We have also seen the effects of weak border policies in terms of drug trafficking. Traffickers are smuggling fentanyl across our border with deadly consequences…. Biden administration policies are encouraging vulnerable people to travel to our border, which only exacerbates the growing humanitarian crisis.”
TIM SCOTT IS A FUNDRAISING GIANT
Scott was a South Carolina state legislator when he was elected to the United States House in 2010. Three years later, he was nominated by the then governor. Nikki Haley to fill a vacant Senate seat, becoming the first black Republican in the chamber in more than 30 years. He won a special election in 2014, got a full six-year term in 2016 and is running again this year for what he said will be his last re-election campaign.
The senator will use his speech to share his belief that “conservatism is a deeply held set of beliefs which, when properly communicated, when faithfully implemented, when truly lived, can change your life and the life of a country”.
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“I believe in conservatism because it changed my life,” he noted. “It was education, hard work, and faith that allowed my family to go from cotton to Congress in a lifetime… Conservatism is my personal proof that there is no ceiling in the life. I can go as high as my character, my education and my perseverance will take me.”
Scott’s travels over the past year to Iowa and New Hampshire – the first two states to vote in the presidential nomination calendar – have sparked speculation about his possible national ambitions.
And so will his address at the Reagan Library.
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Among those who have already given speeches or are scheduled to speak later this year are a number of potential GOP 2024 White House hopefuls, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Ambassador. at the United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland and Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming.