Senator Tim Scott Statement on Nomination of Ashton Carter for Secretary of Defense

Charleston, SC- U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s nomination of Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense. “Mr. Carter has a wealth of experience that I hope will lead to solid decision making and long-term strategic thinking. I look forward to learning more about his ideas and abilities through the confirmation process. However, it does not matter how qualified a nominee is for Secretary of Defense if the White House will not engage them in decision making. The new Secretary must be empowered to develop a cohesive long-term plan to combat threats such as ISIS. America cannot continue to lead from behind on issues of national security at home and abroad, and this administration needs to let experts, not politics, drive our policies.”