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March 14, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) ditched the podium at CPAC today for a personal, relaxed address that highlighted the impact of a conservative mentor on his life.

“We are a conservative nation going in the right direction,” Scott confidently predicted, arguing against ObamaCare and the for the return of fiscal sanity to Washington. “…We need to grow our economy and not our government.”

Stating “every parent deserves a choice and every child deserves a chance,” Scott also championed school choice, one of his favorite causes. Raised by a single-mother who worked 16 hours a day, he noted that when got bad grades such as failing Spanish and English — “bi-ignorant” — “my mother just pulled out the switch.”

He credited late business owner John Moniz with changing his path in life.

“He taught me that having a job is a good thing but creating jobs is a better thing,” Scott said. “…He taught me how to think my way out of poverty.”

“I believe that America’s finest hour is still ahead of us,” the senator said.

And don’t miss Next Generation’s members-only coverage of CPAC 2013 — featuring former Congressman Allen West and Michelle Fields.Click here to learn more.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Scott's speech was fabulous. He has a way of mixing personal anecdotes with serious policy issues that is engaging and inspiring. It's a shame that CSPAN (TV edition) cut their CPAC coverage right before he took the stage to cover the official House reading clerk reading something really, really important. They didn't begin their coverage until right before Rubio's speech, so they also missed Allen West. Brings back memories of the Republican convention, when several networks seemed to go to extraordinary efforts to make sure their viewers didn't see any minority speakers at the convention.
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