Post election interview with the Post and Courier’s Robert Behre at ABC News 4 in Charleston SC
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from THE POST AND COURIER
When Republican Tim Scott hails America as “the land of opportunity,” that familiar slogan packs an extra personal punch. He has succeeded in both business and politics despite being born into a low-income family and being raised by a single mother. And he has shown himself worthy of the opportunity to serve in Congress as the replacement for 1st District Rep. Henry Brown, who is stepping down after five terms.
Mr. Scott long ago developed a deep faith in capitalism. The former Stall High School tailback also has developed an impressive reputation for promoting the free market via fiscal responsibility in elective office.
During his 13 years on Charleston County Council, its budget declined twice and taxes were never raised. Council even managed to strengthen its “rainy day” reserve funds in case of revenue downturns — a particularly prudent move in light of the current slump.
Mr. Scott, council chairman on multiple occasions, helped recruit many new jobs to the county, an especially crucial task with the closure of the Charleston Navy Base.
In 2008, he won a seat in the S.C. House, where he again was a champion for bottom-line accountability, backing legislation to increase the state’s general reserve fund and enhance fiscal transparency.
He fairly warns that Washington’s unprecedented spending spree undermines not just our economy but national security. He adds that capital investment will continue to lag as long as Washington keeps the private sector guessing about future tax burdens, leaving business leaders with “no ability to predict” federal policy. Yet he expresses optimism that if Congress gets its fiscal act together, “American exceptionalism” can again generate economic resurgence. Citing the new Clemson wind turbine facility that broke ground Thursday at the former Navy Base, he told us: “America can make things again.”
Though staunchly conservative, Mr. Scott has made a habit of forging bipartisan alliances. He refuses to go along with what he rightly detects as a troubling trend of “demonizing” political foes.
Mr. Scott would make national news with a victory Tuesday because he would be the first black Republican elected to Congress from this state since the 19th century — and because the current Congress has no black GOP members.
But it’s not news that Mr. Scott is a proven fiscal conservative with a solid record of delivering on his promises to the public. Give him a chance to extend that admirable service in Washington.
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The National Federation of Independent Business will endorse Tim Scott (SC-1) for the United States House of Representatives Thursday, October 28, 2010.
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Soledad O’Brien reports.
One of the core principles of medicine is the famous maxim “first do no harm” – the idea that given an existing problem, it may be better to do nothing than to do something that risks causing more harm than good. Unfortunately, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which began to go into effect last week, does exactly that – taking a healthcare system which is the envy of the world and saddling it with layers of federal bureaucracy, while underfunding our commitments to seniors and overtaxing employers and states. If I am elected to Congress, I look forward to working with the Republican leadership to enact sensible healthcare reforms which preserve what is good about our system, while expanding coverage and reducing costs.
With over 50 million uninsured Americans, we must increase access to care, but we can find ways to do so without mandating coverage or putting the burden on employers. I believe that you should be allowed to purchase insurance from another state, and to take your policy with you when you relocate. I would expand the use of Health Savings and Flexible Savings Accounts, allowing tax breaks for purchase of insurance and medication. We must enact comprehensive medical tort reform to eliminate junk lawsuits, which currently cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by inducing physicians to practice “defensive medicine”.
In our country’s history, as envisioned by our Constitution, the best solutions to our problems have not been those which are imposed by the federal government, but those which percolate through our local and state “laboratories.” Let’s encourage the states to increase coverage and reduce costs. Let’s keep our promises to our seniors, by providing adequate Medicare funding and reducing costly and counterproductive administrative burdens. Finally, let’s protect the doctor-patient relationship instead of creating a huge federal bureaucracy which will try to make our medical decisions for us, imposing its own values.
There is a reason why people from all over the world come to our shores to be trained in our medical schools, treated in our hospitals, and to benefit from our pharmaceutical products and medical devices. It is because our health care system is the best in the world. I believe that by enacting common-sense targeted reforms, we will make it even better.
They discussed the Tea Party movement as well as many other relevant topics.
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from THE POST AND COURIER, By Robert Behre
Unlike current Rep. Henry Brown, Republican 1st Congressional District candidate Tim Scott said he is opposed to earmarks.
“The earmark system as we know it is dead from the Republican perspective,” he told the Charleston Rotary Club on Tuesday.
“The earmark system leaves us with crumbs while others get the loaves.”
Brown and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham have fought for a $400,000 earmark in the current budget that port officials have said is critical to maintain momentum on a plan to deepen the Port of Charleston for larger container ships.
But the allocation isn’t in the current budget, a fact that U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint chalked up to Washington politics. DeMint no longer seeks earmarks, and has praised Scott for his “courage to fight the culture of earmarks.”
State Ports Authority officials and others have said the earmark is the only way that the Army Corps of Engineers can proceed with planning to deepen the harbor.
If the earmark isn’t included this year, Charleston could fall behind competing ports in the Southeast, all of which already have earmarks in the budget for harbor-deepening projects.
Scott joked about how often he’s been asked about earmarks, but noted that the House Republican conference has placed a moratorium on them.
He also noted that Oregon has received three times the federal funding for its ports than South Carolina has, though Oregon’s ports are much less busy.
Scott’s appearance Tuesday before the club also solidified the perception that he is the front-runner in the crowded 1st District field.
His Democratic opponent, perennial candidate Ben Frasier, declined to appear before the club, which did not invite the five other candidates.
Those candidates are Green Party hopeful Robert Dobbs, Libertarian Keith Blandford, Working Families candidate Rob Groce, United Citizens candidate Mac McCullough and Independent Party candidate Jimmy Wood.
The election is Nov. 2.
Scott pledged to limit himself to four terms, if elected.
When club member and former Democratic 1st District candidate Andy Brack asked Scott if he would run for the U.S. Senate after that, Scott replied, “I might run home.