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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, . 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."

reg January 25, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Almost half of that "half this country" that's not paying any income tax? That's because corporations laid them off - and have often hired them back, but at far less wages. Another solid portion of that "half this country" isn't paying taxes because Obama gave them a long overdue tax break (you know, us ordinary folks?). As for the rest? Like the guys at Boeing, Bank of America, General Electric and others? They paid no taxes in multiple years because of the tax loopholes that the Bush Administration gave to them in exchange for campaign donations. Another thing, too - "people who are to able to work" CAN'T. Since you're apparently tuned out of reality, Mr. Poorly Spelled Anonymous, let me inform you that in the last reported month there were 3 million job openings - but *14 MILLION UNEMPLOYED AMERICANS*. Don't forget that the Tea Party dopes already declared that they would not hire right now, only in attempt to make the White House look bad. Tim Scott and his GOTea cronies need to get the hell out of our country - let them go to North Korea, which is where their economic policies and labor recommendations are ongoing in full thrive.
Gretchen January 25, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Debra, the congressmen who are showing disrespect are just following the example of the President. For two years the Democrats and Obama contolled the HOUSE and SENATE. All they did was increased the debt higher and higher. They vote for more spending, and we PAY. Now, that is disrespect. How would you like it if your neighbor made purchases on your credit card ?
Rogena January 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Gretchen really what are you talking about your issues make no sense at all. This congressmen choose a party that he really does not understand the history. He is a puppet for his party. If everyone worked together as a unit stop pointing fingers. The government turned out like a day care center. Everyone has an opinion noone has a good plan to make it work. Shit get along. Since he became the president it seems racism keep growing no longer in the closet.
Kim Jones January 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
No Tim Scott maybe you need to see the Teleprompter!!!! how quickly you Republicans forget. the country is in the state that it is in because of the Republican party!!! eight years of the Bush administration giving the biggest tax cuts to the wealthy, lying about weapons of mass destruction that led us into a 10 year war, when really all he wanted to do was what his father failed to do which was to kill Saddam Hussain. so Tim Scott don't you talk about Pres. Obama failing to keep his policies because the Republican Party have made it pure hell for the president to try to accomplish anything. but that's okay because he's still moving full steam ahead for the American people all you Republicans are about is your self.....greed!! Tim Scott you have done nothing for your district you are a sellout, you were bought out by the tea party, plain and simple you are a uncle Tom!!! I N.... you can't hold a candle to pres. Obama. Go sit down somewhere!!!
Lum Michael Patterson January 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Another year of he says, I say. There will never be any meaningful dialog between political factions made up of career politicians because they do not care one iota about the people they 'serve'. They care about keeping their jobs, about power, and fame. Mostly they care about MONEY. One thing Obama said that I thoroughly agree with is "it's time to change the way things are done in Washington.” Problem is there is only one-way to break up the 24/7/365 melee that is our central governing body and that is to use our votes to set term limits by removing all incumbents from office. The time has come for us to take back our government. There is only one hurdle we have to overcome and that is to put aside our differences and with one voice shout out to the career politicians we are not going to take it anymore If we the people don’t take a stand it will continue to be same ole, same ole.

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