Tim Scott, Republican Presidential Candidate, Unveils Campaign Ad Promising Strong Military Response Against Border Cartels

On Thursday, Tim Scott, a prominent contender for the Republican presidential nomination, launched a campaign advertisement in which he commits to utilizing the U.S. military to address the escalating issue of cartels exploiting the southern border. The ad, which was initially reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation, emphasizes Scott’s determination to counteract the activities of Mexican drug cartels, which he accuses the Biden administration of allowing to operate unchecked. This, he argues, has resulted in a significant number of American fatalities attributed to substances like fentanyl.

Senator Tim Scott, who represents South Carolina, released the ad after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona, on August 4 as part of his presidential campaign. During his border visit, Scott promised to resume the construction of the border wall if elected as President, asserting his commitment to address border security concerns. The newly unveiled campaign advertisement adds a military perspective to his approach, signaling his intention to confront the cartels head-on and prioritize national security.

“If you don’t control your back door, it’s not your house,” Scott said in the ad. “And if we don’t control this border, it’s not our country.”

Fentanyl is mainly produced by cartels in clandestine labs in Mexico with precursor chemicals from China, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The synthetic narcotic is largely responsible for the more than 100,000 overdose deaths that occurred in 2021.

Meanwhile, Mexican drug cartels have amassed more military-grade equipment, including armored “monster” trucks, in recent years to assert their dominance in Mexico.

Their smuggling operations have grown into a multi-billion dollar industry requiring payment for anyone that wants to cross the southern border, according to The New York Times.

“Last year we lost 70,000 Americans to fentanyl because Joe Biden surrendered our southern border to the Mexican drug cartels. As commander in chief, I’ll unleash our military to crush the cartels and stop these terrorists from killing our kids,” Scott said.

The ad will air in Iowa and New Hampshire as part of a $6 million ad buy, Scott’s campaign told the DCNF.

Several Republican contenders for the 2024 presidential election, including former Vice President Mike Pence and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, have pledged to designate the Mexican cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.

Former President Donald Trump will leverage military action against the Mexican cartels if he’s reelected to the White House. Meanwhile, Pence sees such an action as a last resort.

“The first job of a government is to secure the safety of its people, be that in deterrence abroad against our foreign adversaries or securing the southern border. During the Trump-Pence administration, we deployed the National Guard to stop the tidal flood of illegal immigrants into our country, chaos, but…deploying the National Guard should be the last line of defense,” Pence previously said in a statement to the DCNF.

Scott is polling at 2.9% among Republican candidates vying for the party’s nomination, according to the Real Clear Politics average.

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