Is Tim Scott running for president? It’s complicated


It is a Thursday evening in June, and Tim Scott is back in Iowa.

He’s excited and zipping past the front-row tables, sailing by the C-SPAN camera. He moves at such a clip that for a moment the camera loses track of him.

“You always gotta do what it takes to have a conversation,” Scott said as he begins to own the room inside a swanky country club in Cedar Rapids.

As the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate and a rising star in his party, Scott has been having a lot of conversations these days, including a few quiet ones about whether he should run for president.

Will he? Even those in his orbit aren’t sure.

“He will pray to no end to try to get that answer, and he hasn’t gotten it yet,” said Katon Dawson, a former S.C. Republican Party chairman who said…

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