|By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press|
While race is certainly part of the man he has become, Scott hesitates to say it has anything to do with his status as a rising GOP star in a strongly conservative Southern state.
"What I've not ever really heard on the campaign trail was, besides the fact that you're black, or because you're black, here's what we want to do," Scott said Monday. "They've asked me questions about values and issues, and that's an amazing thing."
On Monday, Scott stood by as
Haley, the daughter of Indian-American immigrants and
"I knew that he was the right person," Haley said. "It is very important to me, as a minority female, that Congressman Scott earned this seat."
Born in poverty in
"I am very thankful to the good Lord, and to a strong mom who believed that sometimes love has to come at the end of a switch. And she loved me a lot," Scott said. "My mother did not quit on me."
As his mother struggled to sustain their family, Scott struggled in high school, flunking a handful of classes and working a movie theater job to help make ends meet.
Along the way, he was befriended by the late
Scott earned a degree in political science from
Scott became the only black Republican in
Scott was the contest's favorite after winning a nine-way Republican primary for the seat that had not elected a Democrat in 30 years, defeating
After his election to
"Obviously he's black, but I don't think that discussion has ever come up in selecting Tim to represent us at any level," Bennett said. "He knows what he believes in. People vote for him based on where he stands on the issues."
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