A book publisher may have accidentally revealed that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is planning to launch a bid to be the next president of the United States.
A new memoir from Scott claims that he is readying a presidential campaign in 2022, which Scott now denies. The revelation on the book’s copyright page appears to be a mistake whether it is wrong or just premature, and left the publisher red-faced.
“Senator Scott is a rising star who sees and understands the importance of bipartisanship to move America forward,” the book states in small font. “This book is a political memoir that includes his core messages as he prepares to make a presidential bid in 2022.”
Scott told The Post and Courier that it was “fascinating that that’s the copy on the book” but that the book, “America, a Redemption Story,” was not the start of a White House bid.
Thomas Nelson, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, said that the publisher takes full responsibility for the “error.”
“The description on the copyright page was our error and is not accurate,” the statement said. “It was not done at the direction or approval of the Senator or his team. We are working to correct this immediately.”
Scott was mentioned in a recent report from The Washington Post as one of approximately a dozen Republican candidates who could run for president in 2024.
The top two contenders for the Republican nomination in 2024 are former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Other potential candidates included former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson.
The Daily Wire previously reported that DeSantis is assembling a massive war chest, as he beat Trump in fundraising by nearly eight figures in the first half of the year.
Trump’s fundraising slowed during the first half of 2022 to only $36 million, the first six-month period since leaving office where he failed to raise $50 million during that span of time.
DeSantis raised $45 million during the same period of time, $9 million more than the former president. In April, DeSantis had already raised more than $100 million for his re-election effort in Florida, which CNN noted might have made him perhaps the first gubernatorial candidate in history “to reach the nine-figure milestone solely through donations.”
NBC News reports that DeSantis now sits on “an unprecedented $130 million war chest.” DeSantis has also recently been touted as presidential candidate by podcast giant Joe Rogan and entrepreneur Elon Musk.
Musk, who has stated that it is time for Trump to retire for a variety of reasons, said that “if DeSantis runs against Biden in 2024, then DeSantis will easily win – he doesn’t even need to campaign.”
Peter Feaman, a member of the Republican National Committee from Florida, said that DeSantis has more appeal with Republican voters than any other Republican he’s ever seen, including former Governors Jeb Bush and Rick Scott.
“I’ve never seen someone more popular with Republicans,” he said. “It’s amazing.”