Updated: Scott Attends State of the Union After All
Office said earlier he would be watching with his brother.
Updated, 10:45 p.m.: According to a statement released by Rep. Tim Scott's office, he attended Tuesday night's State of the Union address in what appears to have been a last-minute decision.
Scott's office told Patch that he planned to watch the speech with is brother, stationed in Alexandria, Va., but that his absense was not in protest.
We were told late Tuesday night that Scott had dinner with his brother and was able to make it to the president's address. Spokesman Sean Smith said he didn't know when the congressman made the decision to attend.
Original Reporting: Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will not be attending the president's State of the Union address.
According to his office, the congressman plans to watch the speech with his brother, who is stationed in Alexandria, Va.
Attendance has become noteworthy after the announcement Monday from Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) that he would be skipping the event out of protest to President Barack Obama's agenda.
According to a statement from Lamborn's office: "Congressman Lamborn is doing this to send a clear message that he does not support the policies of Barack Obama, that they have hurt our country."
Scott spokesman Sean Smith said the congressman's absence isn't in protest, he's just watching with his brother. Scott is expected to release a statement on the speech following the president's comments.
Last week, Scott spoke to Tea Party leaders meeting in Myrtle Beach. He told the group that he wasn't sure if he would attend the president's address.
"I went to last year's State of the Union, I'm not sure if I'm going to this year's State of the Union," Scott said. "People like 80 percent of what he says, but they hate 90 percent of what he does," referring to President Obama.
The congressman noted that the president mentioned tax reform, a bi-partisan idea with two very different approaches. Scott asked, "Twelve months later, have we seen any indication that he remembers the speech he gave?"
The crowd shot back with an enthusiastic, "No!"
Scott went on, "Maybe we need to put the Teleprompter back up so he can remember those speeches."