Rep.-elect Tim Scott, one of two black Republicans elected to the House in November, has decided not to join the all-Democratic Congressional Black Caucus, a reliably liberal voting bloc.
Scott, the first African American congressman from South Carolina since Reconstruction, played down race during his campaign, the AP
said. "My campaign was 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," Scott said in a statement
. "And I don't think those ideals are advanced by focusing on one group of people."
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