Vice President Joe Biden administers the Senate Oath to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. , accompanied by his mother Francis Scott, during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began.
Newly appointed Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on Thursday fired back at the president of the NAACP for saying he doesn't "believe in civil rights."
Scott, the only black member of the Senate, told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that "some folks really want to find a way to make race more of a part of their conversation going forward."
"It's baseless, but at the end of the day, if you find a way to perhaps fundraise off this election process for the -- for some folks, maybe that's not a good thing for them, but it's not a good thing for the country," Scott said.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Benjamin Jealous told CNN on Wednesday that Scott had an "F" rating with the organization.
“We have Republicans who believe in civil rights — unfortunately he is not one of them,” Jealous said of Scott.
The former South Carolina congressman was sworn in to the Senate Thursday after being appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to fill Sen. Jim DeMint's seat after he resigned to head the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation.
Van Susteren pointed out that one of the measures the NAACP disagreed with Scott on had to do with EPA regulations for greenhouse gases.
"It's almost laughable," Scott said. "Unfortunately, some people take it pretty seriously. The way I really look at it, honestly, is that we have some serious issues and some serious opportunities, and I want to focus on the serious opportunities to move moving people forward."