Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) on Tuesday became the first black senator elected in the south since Reconstruction, and while he said he is extraordinarily proud of his state for breaking that barrier, he is even more proud that "people in South Carolina vote their issues, they vote their values, and not their complexion."
Speaking on The Glenn Beck Program, Scott said the Tea Party made it clear across the nation that they are in no way the racist, sexist people they are accused of being. He also said it is time for Washington and the media to stop trying to divide Americans into identity groups.
"In this last election cycle I went over to North Carolina to help [Senator elect] Thom Tillis, and thank God he won," Scott said. "But the ads that were paid for by Harry Reid's PAC -- if there is a definition of race baiting, you can find it in the ads run against Thom Tillis. It was despicable."
Scott said the omnipresent "race-baiting" is "not what brings this country together, and over the last five or six years we've seen that in parts of the country, the races have started to divide again. And that is unfortunate."
"Certainly, we've made a lot of progress," Scott continued. "But the fact of the matter is the lowest common denominator of fear is not what brings Americans together. We come together with hope, hope being defined as individual responsibility. And if you will be responsible, in America all things are possible."
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