In a bid to assert his tough-on-China credentials and gain momentum in the race for the 2024 GOP nomination, Republican presidential candidate Tim Scott has released a new campaign ad taking aim at China.
The ad, set to air on TV and digital platforms in Iowa and New Hampshire starting Monday, is part of Scott’s $6 million ad buy to enhance his name recognition and solidify his positions on key policy issues.
In the exclusive ad obtained by DailyMail.com, Scott boldly declares, “China is the biggest threat to America’s security.”
He criticizes the Biden administration’s approach, citing recent visits by top officials such as Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Climate Czar John Kerry, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to China.
According to Scott, China has been emboldened by what he perceives as President Biden’s weakness, engaging in activities such as purchasing American farmland, spying on American children, and stealing American jobs.
Tim Scott Pledges to Safeguard American Interests
As the ad continues, Scott pledges to keep China out of the United States, both in terms of homeland security and data security.
He promises to protect American workers and restore the military’s status as the most formidable fighting force in the world.
The ad concludes with Scott emphasizing the need for a commander-in-chief with a strong backbone.
Concerns over China’s influence extend beyond Scott’s campaign rhetoric.
Federal lawmakers have been warning about the alarming rate at which businesses supported by the Chinese government are acquiring US farmland, citing potential risks to national security.
President Trump and other 2024 candidates have vowed to address this issue and curtail Chinese-backed companies’ ability to purchase vital infrastructure in the country.
The campaign ad also highlights concerns about TikTok, the popular social media app owned by ByteDance, a company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
The ad suggests that TikTok’s access to American users’ data poses a risk due to the potential involvement of the CCP.
Scott’s tough stance on China echoes his recent speech at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, where he emphasized China’s long-term threat to the United States.
He identified China, along with Russia and Iran, as a part of a rising “axis of evil” that needs to be dismantled to safeguard American interests.
Moreover, Scott criticized the Biden administration’s delayed response to the Chinese spy balloon incident in February, calling it a “dereliction of duty” and suggesting that it should have been immediately addressed.
Former President Donald Trump has also expressed his admiration for Tim Scott, indicating that he would consider him as a potential vice presidential running mate.
As the GOP nomination race intensifies, Tim Scott’s firm stance on China is poised to resonate with voters concerned about national security and economic interests.
With his focus on protecting American interests and challenging China’s assertiveness, Scott aims to differentiate himself in the competitive field and garner support for his presidential bid.