South Carolina will have two incumbent U.S. senators up for reelection in 2014: Republicans Lindsey Graham, seeking his third term, and Tim Scott, who was appointed to that seat by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley after former Sen. Jim DeMint’s departure.
Scott is a Tea Party favorite, while those constituents likely see Graham as not conservative enough, which could hurt Graham’s reelection chances.
To that end, Van Jones, host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” asked Scott on Wednesday if he’d be supporting Graham’s reelection bid.
Scott didn’t answer.
“I am up for reelection next year myself,” he replied. “I’m going to make sure that Tim Scott gets out…and I’m going to allow for all the other folks on the ballot to represent themselves very well. But I’m going to continue to work hard for my election.”
Not satisfied with Scott’s answer, Jones asked, “No endorsement for Lindsey tonight?”
But Scott wouldn’t take the bait. “I’m certainly going to be working really hard for Tim Scott’s reelection,” Scott repeated. “Gotta win first.”
Another guest, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), took the opportunity to pump up Democrats by saying that they may have “different views” but don’t “fear that the tent is so small.”
Scott jumped in to offer this counterpoint: “Thirty nine Democrats broke with the president on Obamacare because they were in fear of their election,” Scott retorted. “The bottom line is simply this: that for us to sit here and pretend like there is not infighting in both parties is to look at the glass as if it’s a coffee cup or something. It’s just ridiculous. There’s infighting everywhere.”
Here’s a clip from CNN that features Scott’s response regarding whether he’ll support Graham’s reelection: