Transcript: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appoints Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate
Edited by Jenny Jiang
Transcript of press conference remarks by South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley on the appointment of Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Dec. 17, 2012:
Good morning, and it is a great day in South Carolina. It’s a historic day in South Carolina because, you know, first of all we were all saddened and surprised when Sen. [Jim] DeMint told us that he was not going to continue in the U.S. Senate. But I will tell you as I’ve told many people that the Heritage Foundation is blessed. He will lift them up to an amazing new level. It’s a foundation that I have always had great respect for and they could not have made a more perfect fit.
In this decision and process that we went through, there is no replacing Jim DeMint. There’s no replacing him. There is no one who can fill his shoes. There’s no one that can really carry on that torch. And I think that says a lot about him. I think it says a lot about how he has changed the face of South Carolina in a way that we have a lot to be proud of.
But I also think this is a new day. And it is with great pleasure that I am announcing that I’m appointing our next U.S. Senator to be Rep. Tim Scott.
Many people have asked what went into this decision process and it was pretty simple: He understands the strength that we need to have in our business community as we continue to focus on jobs. He has shown that with the support of knowing the deepening that needs to be there.
He’s shown courage when he helped us with the fight against National Labor Relations Board and the unions that tried to take Boeing down.
He has shown it with his fiscal representation and the fact that he knows the value of a dollar. He understands what every family and small business goes through and he has stayed consistent to that.
It also shows you the fact that this man loves South Carolina, and he is very aware that what he does and every vote he makes affects South Carolina and affects our country.
And so it was with that that I knew that he was the right person. I have no doubt that he will fly through 2014. I am strongly convinced that I and the entire state understands that this is the right U.S. Senator for our state and for our country.
What I will also tell you – and it is very important to me, as a minority female – that Rep. Scott earned this seat. He earned this seat for the person that he is. He earned this seat for the results that he has shown. He earned this seat for what I know he’s going to do in making South Carolina and making our country proud.
- C-Span.org: Video of Gov. Haley’s (R-SC) announcement that Rep. Scott will replace Sen. DeMint
- NationalJournal.com: Who Is Tim Scott?
- WhatTheFolly.com: Tim Scott appointed to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Tim Scott’s remarks on replacing Jim DeMint in the U.S. Senate
- WhatTheFolly.com: Transcript: Remarks by Sen. Jim DeMint on the appointment of Tim Scott as his successor