With less than ten days to go before the first Republican debate, Tim Scott launched a new ad criticizing China. In the ad, the presidential candidate emphasized his foreign policy agenda with particular attention given to the Asian giant, which is currently in a tense relationship with the United States. He also took the opportunity to give a nod to Iowa, the first state that will go to the primaries to elect a candidate.
The 60-second radio ad begins with the deep voice of a narrator, who claims that the senator "is a conservative fighter for American farmers. Tim Scott supports the renewable fuel standard and believes E15 should be sold year-round."
"Scott is working to pass a new farm bill that will strengthen our food security and generate economic growth in rural communities, and he's fighting to stop the Chinese Communist Party from buying up our farmland," the ad continues, directly followed by remarks by the candidate himself.
A few months back, I got a firsthand look at how Biden’s disastrous agenda impacts Iowa’s farmers.
Our farmers are critical to our nation’s economy and food supply. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the Iowa State Fair meeting more of America’s hardworking farmers. pic.twitter.com/i9lmOyBxPi
— Tim Scott (@votetimscott) August 14, 2023
The senator promises to fight the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), specifically in their efforts to purchase farmland in the United States and to ensure local farmers' access to foreign markets. In turn, he pledged to encourage the production of ethanol and "other homegrown biofuels."
Land purchases were recently placed in the national spotlight after a company of mysterious origins bought a large area of land near a military base in California.
Nod to Iowa
The six-figure financing of the ad pays for its expansive broadcast into the Hawkeye State, which the Scott campaign currently has in its crosshairs. Scott now ranks third in the latest polls released from the state where the race for the Republican presidential primary candidate begins.
History has already shown that a good initial performance in Iowa can boost candidacies that previously did not seem very successful. Ted Cruz and Pete Buttigieg are living proof of that. The former made a splash in 2016, and the latter surprised the Democratic Party in 2020.
Scott visited Iowa in July to participate in the Family Leadership Summit, where Tucker Carlson interviewed him. With his characteristic rhetoric of optimism, the candidate stated that "we live in a time when there is this perverse force, the radical left, also corporate America, that continues to force this cultural grievance on the American people. And along with cultural grievance comes this drug of victimhood, a narcotic of the spirit."
"I want to stand in the gap and say that the truth of my life disapproves of the lies of the radical forces who believe that we must be in constant conflict with one another," he added.