SC Republican Scott will not join black caucus

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WCSC) - South Carolina's first black Republican congressman in over a century says he will not be joining the Congressional Black Caucus.

Tim Scott told The Associated Press on Wednesday he decided against joining the 42-member group that is currently all Democratic.

Scott said in a letter later in the day that his campaign was never about race.

"My campaign has been about themes that unite all Americans--restoring the American dream by reducing the tax burden, decreasing government interference in the private sector, and restoring fiscal responsibility, and I don't think those ideals are advanced by focusing on one group of people," he said in the release.

Throughout his campaign, Scott downplayed his race saying he has always lived in a world that was integrated.

The other black Republican elected to the U.S. House in November has said he will join the caucus. Allen West of Florida wants to steer the group away from what he called failing liberal policies.

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