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Sen. Tim Scott refuses to discuss the SAFER Banking Act
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Sen. Tim Scott refuses to discuss the SAFER Banking Act

Ep. 18 — Sen. Tim Scott (3-22-2024)
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Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) — Ranking Republican, Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee

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Ask a Pol asked:

Senate Banking Committee Chair Sherrod Brown says the SAFER Banking Act is a priority for him — we know you don’t answer hallway questions, but you know you want shoot SAFER Banking Act down?

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Key Scott: 

“I did. I did. I almost wanted to say something, but decided it’s not in my best interest,” Scott replies through a laugh.

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), slightly edited for clarity.

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TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Tim Scott

SCENE: Sens. Ted Cruz and Tim Scott are chatting as the two ride an escalator in the Senate’s basement on their way to vote. The two were joking about playing basketball.

Matt Laslo: “[Senate Banking Committee] Chair Brown tells me SAFER Banking’s a priority for him?”

Tim Scott: “Same ole, same ole, man.”

Scott’s referring to his rule not to do hallway interviews — a rule we always disregard with a smile and a question.

ML: “Yup?”

Scott aide: “You know the drill.”

ML: “Yup.

Scott aide: “Send us an email.”

Laslo laughs.

ML: “C’mon, you know you want shoot SAFER Banking Act down.”

TS: “I did. I did. I almost wanted to say something, but decided it’s not in my best interest.”

Laslo always gets him to talk!

ML: “Hey, we should ball sometime. Have a good one.”

TS: “I’ll do that!”

Scott and his aide catch an elevator up to the Senate floor.

Matt Laslo’s covered drug policy for Playboy, Rolling Stone, VICE News Tonight, Daily Beast, VICE News, etc. He’s also a new media prof. & the founder of Ask a Pol — a new, people-powered press corps.

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