Tim Scott launches presidential bid, calling for ‘greatness’ not ‘grievance’

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott launched his presidential campaign on Monday, offering an optimistic message that his campaign hopes will contrast with the political combativeness that former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have used to dominate the early GOP primary field.

The Senate’s only Black Republican, Mr. Scott kicked off the campaign in his hometown of North Charleston, on the campus of Charleston Southern University, his alma mater and a private school affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. He repeatedly mentioned his Christian faith in his speech, saying, “Amen! Amen! Amen!” and at several points elicited responses from the crowd, who sometimes chanted his name.

But Mr. Scott also offered a stark political choice, saying “our party and our nation are standing at a time for choosing: Victimhood or victory,” adding that Republicans will have to decide between “Grievance or greatness?”