Scott Makes First Trip To Iowa After Formally Entering GOP Presidential Race

Tim Scott

Sioux City, Iowa — South Carolina Senator Tim Scott spent his Wednesday in Sioux City, his first trip to Iowa since officially launching his campaign for the Republican nomination for president this week.

Scott’s first stop was the Siouxland Christian School.

Scott touted the state-funded savings accounts that will be available this fall to cover private school expenses for some low-income Iowa parents.

Scott toured the private school, then met with teachers and administrators. Scott was asked about providing better security for schools and he talked about a proposal from Senate Republicans after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that would have provided federal grants to train law enforcement and purchase equipment like metal detectors, surveillance cameras, and bulletproof whiteboards.

Scott ultimately voted against the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act which included tighter background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21 and incentives for states that enact so-called “red flag” laws to confiscate guns from people considered a potential threat to themselves or others. Scott said at the time that mass shootings are a painful reminder that Congress has failed to have a meaningful and honest debate about the issues surrounding gun violence. Scott, whose first campaign ad emphasizes the “stubborn faith” he learned from his mother, told the group at the Siouxland Christian School his day starts with the Bible.

Scott was also scheduled to speak at a town hall-style event Wednesday evening in Sioux City.