Tim Scott appointed to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has appointed Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the conservative stalwart who announced his retirement earlier this month to lead the Heritage Foundation.

“I will tell you that this is an exciting day for many, many reasons. But for me, the first thing I want to say is thank you to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” said Scott, 47. “I have been afforded one of the greatest opportunities in the world to serve in the House of Representatives…And I look forward to continuing to build on the family known as South Carolina.”

Scott, who has served only one-term in the House of Representatives, will take over DeMint’s seat in January. He’ll be the only African-American in the Senate.

“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,” Haley said.

Haley cited Scott’s conservative record in her decision to appoint him as DeMint’s successor.

Since he was elected to Congress in 2010, Scott has been an outspoken opponent of the Affordable Care Act and authored the bill to fully repeal the health care reform law.

He supported adding a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and steep cuts to federal spending to reduce the deficit.

Scott has been known for his battles against unions and the Nation Labor Relations Board.

DeMint praised Scott’s appointment, expressing optimism that Scott will carry on his conservative torch in the Senate.

“I can walk away from the Senate knowing that someone is in this seat that is better than I am, that will carry that voice of opportunity, conservatism, to the whole country in a way that I couldn’t do,” said DeMint. “I know that I’ve got a partner now in Tim Scott.”

Scott on taxes and the fiscal cliff

Though his remarks were heavy on praise but light on policy, Scott did touch on tax revenue and the fiscal cliff.

Scott, who voted against the Senate’s middle-class tax cut bill in August, repeated the GOP’s favorite anti-tax refrain that the U.S. has a “spending problem” and “not a revenue problem.”

Scott appeared to be backing away from his remarks last month that the Democrats’ bill to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle-class would pass the House if it’s brought up for a vote.

“If you have a problem with spending, there’s not enough revenue to make up for it,” said Scott. “You could take all the revenue – all the revenue – on the top 2% and you simply could not close the annual deficit.”

However, his statement conveniently ignored the fact that the Bush tax cuts were enacted while the country was borrowing trillions to fund two wars.

Furthermore, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone, including the top 2%, will increase the deficit by $3 trillion over the next 10 years.

Scott will be up for re-election in 2014.


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