Tim Scott, only Black Republican senator, set to respond to Joe Biden's address to Congress

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Sen. Tim Scott is giving the Republican party's nationally televised response to President Joe Biden's Wednesday night address to Congress.
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WASHINGTON -- Tim Scott, the only Black Republican senator, is often happy to dart past Capitol Hill reporters without saying much. This time, he and the spotlight have found each other.Brought up by a single mother who worked back-breaking hours as a nursing assistant, Scott, 55, has spent a decade in Congress representing South Carolina. Now, the lawmaker who combines a willingness to address racial questions with an advocacy of conservative causes is giving his party's nationally televised response to President Joe Biden's Wednesday night address to Congress He's also the lead GOP negotiator as the two parties seek an accord on legislation overhauling police procedures. The issue has long eluded compromise despite national attention fanned by last year's killing of George Floyd, a Black man, and this month's conviction of a former Minneapolis police officer in his slaying."You figure out who your audience is, you figure out what you want to say and you try and find a way to say it well," Scott told reporters Tuesday about his speech preparations. "And you lean into who you are."GOP leaders' choíce of Scott to answer Biden comes at a fraught political moment.Demands for social justice are reverberating even as killings of Black people by white police officers continue. Following years of nativist appeals by President Donald Trump and others, out-of-power Republicans are trying to broaden their appeal before 2022 elections that they hope will deliver them control of Congress.Scott, among only 11 Black senators in history, has used riveting Senate speeches to detail his own distressing encounters with the law. He's described being pulled over 18 times while driving since 2000, and being…
By Alan Fram, Associated Press
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