The invisible man among the Republicans on the debate stage has left the building. Tim Scott never generated much in the way of polling or fundraising, though was pushed in some quarters as the establishment choice. Scott made barely a ripple in the campaign, his most noteworthy accomplishment came as his campaign was ending, bringing out a mystery girlfriend that no one seemed to believe was real.
Sen. Tim Scott announced on Sunday that he is suspending his presidential campaign.
The South Carolina Republican senator made the announcement in a televised interview on Fox News with his longtime friend Trey Gowdy. The news came as a shock to his own staff. Multiple campaign staff members confirmed to POLITICO that they had no prior knowledge of Scott’s decision before he did so on live television.
“When I go back to Iowa it will not be as a presidential candidate,” Scott said to a seemingly surprised Gowdy, who raised his eyebrows. “The voters, who are the most remarkable people on the planet … They’re telling me, ‘not now, Tim.’ I don’t think they’re saying, Trey, ‘no,’ but I do they’re saying, ‘not now.’”
And after he went to all that trouble of bringing out his girlfriend too…
Scott on Wednesday had just unveiled his girlfriend, after months of teasing her existence. Scott brought the woman, Mindy Noce, onstage for photos after the debate in Miami. He had faced questions throughout his candidacy about being a 58-year-old bachelor, though Scott assured an audience in Iowa in September that he was dating a “lovely Christian girl.”
Senator Tim Scott chose his longtime friend and fellow South Carolinian Trey Gowdy’s Fox show to announce that his presidential campaign is over. Gowdy sounded genuinely surprised >>> pic.twitter.com/8f42s763OR
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 13, 2023
Tim Scott; another billionaire donor-bait candidate without the skills or charisma to do the hard work of campaigning.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) November 13, 2023