Tim Scott vows to stay optimistic ahead of second debate

Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) first GOP presidential primary debate may not have had the breakout performance his campaign needed, but that doesn’t mean he’s willing to abandon his optimistic approach ahead of next week’s second debate.
Scott told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday morning he plans to maintain his happy warrior stance as he runs for president and prepares to meet with his 2024 competitors onstage at the Presidential Foundation & Institute in Simi Valley, California.
Several experts said fellow South Carolinian Nikki Haley and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy overshadowed Scott’s tame debate performance last month as they two battled over differences in foreign policy. Hewitt asked the South Carolina senator if he would be “the same Tim Scott as in debate one in debate two” during his show.
“I think you’ll see the same optimistic, positive approach to debating, and I certainly hope that we have a chance to contrast on some of the issues and not have a food fight,” Scott said. “It is time for us to showcase to America why this nation can do for anyone what she’s done for me. But if we’re going to have a food fight, someone has to bring us back to the is …