US presidential candidate suggesting “destroy, to the extent possible, the Russian Military” drops out of race
On Sunday, November 12, Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott abruptly announced that he was dropping out of the 2024 race just two months before the Iowa caucuses begin
This was reported by the Associated Press.
“I love America more today than I did on May 22,” Scott said Sunday. “But when I go back to Iowa, it will not be as a presidential candidate. I am suspending my campaign. I think the voters who are the most remarkable people on the planet have been really clear that they’re telling me, ‘Not now, Tim.’”
The publication noted that in his efforts to run a positive campaign, Scott often found himself overshadowed by other candidates - especially during the debate stage, where he seemed to disappear while others argued with each other. It was unclear whether Scott would advance to the upcoming fourth debate, which would require higher poll numbers and more donors.
Scott is the second major candidate to drop out of the race since late October. He added that he would not immediately endorse any of his remaining Republican rivals.
“The voters are really smart,” Scott said. “The best way for me to be helpful is to not weigh in on who they should endorse.”
Scott's team was very surprised because just 13 minutes before he announced his departure, they sent out an email urging supporters to donate to support Scott's "strong leadership and optimistic, positive vision to lead our country forward."
The letter said that "everything is on the line" to win the White House, and offered "one last chance to donate this weekend and help Tim reach his campaign goal."
Scott's departure leaves Nikki Haley, Trump's first United Nations ambassador and the former South Carolina governor, as the sole South Carolinian in the race.
Earlier, Republican Senator Tim Scott, when asked about increasing military aid to Ukraine, suggested "destroy, to the extent possible, the Russian military."