A freshman Congressman some say may soon become Beaufort County's member of the U.S. House of Representatives received a warm reception Saturday from more than 300 Beaufort County Republicans.
U.S. Rep. Tim Scott, R-Charleston, was the keynote speaker for the Beaufort County Republican Party's annual convention.
Scott, 45, became the first black Republican from the Deep South elected to Congress since the 1800s when he captured nearly two-thirds of the popular vote in November's general election to represent the state's 1st Congressional District.
For about 20 minutes, Scott spoke about his belief that the nation's "path to prosperity" begins with paring back government spending, lowering taxes and reforming entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.
"If we are going to remain the most amazing country on God's green Earth, we have to get serious about our finances," Scott said. "The more the government spends, the less we have as individuals. Americans across this country sent 87 new voices to Congress and the message was a very simple message -- 'Cut spending, cut spending wherever you can, cut spending as often as you can, but cut spending.'
"We can't just cut the bad programs," he said. "We may have to cut some good ones."
Some have speculated that Scott could become Beaufort County's member of the U.S. House once the state legislature completes the redrawing of congressional districts.
Scott said that he would be happy to represent Beaufort County but added that local voters have been well-represented by the district's current congressman, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-West Columbia.
"Joe Wilson has done a fine job in Beaufort County and will continue to do a fine job in Beaufort County," Scott said.
Scott was interrupted by applause more than 10 times during his short address.
The crowd at Sun City was especially receptive to Scott's criticisms of President Barack Obama's overhaul of the nation's health care system. Those criticisms were met with a long round of applause and cheers.
"We must destroy, de-fund, dismantle and stomp on the very head of ObamaCare," Scott said.
"If you come from the halls of community activism, you may believe, as our president does, that money grows on trees, and that there's such a thing as 'federal money.' There ain't no such (thing) as 'federal money.' That's your money, that's my money and we want it back," he said.