(Washington) United States Senator Tim Scott, who openly dreams of being the first black Republican president, took a big step on Wednesday towards a candidacy for the 2024 election.

“I will never give up defending the conservative values ​​that make America an exceptional country,” said the 57-year-old elected official, announcing in a video the launch of a “support committee”.

These committees allow presidential contenders in the United States to raise funds and more accurately assess their chances. In fact, they signal a decisive step.

The South Carolina senator joins a small group of former governors and ambassadors who have decided to challenge Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.

But the former US president, indicted last week by a New York court, is so far leading the race in the polls, to be taken with a grain of salt of course.

Accusing Democratic President Joe Biden of “instrumentalizing” racial issues, Tim Scott claims to be living proof that America is a “land of opportunity”. He is the only black Republican in the US Senate.

After his re-election to his seat in November – 26 points ahead of his rival – he spoke about his grandfather who had voted for Barack Obama. “ I wish he had lived long enough to see another president of color and this time it was a Republican! »