It was throaty and a little off-key, but fellow Republicans cheered Congressman Tim Scott (R-S.C.) as he sang "Hit the Road Jack" to President Barack Obama Tuesday afternoon at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.
It was a "heart-felt message from the good people of South Carolina," Scott said. Scott represents District 1, which includes Charleston County and parts of surrounding counties.
Last summer, Scott catapulted onto the national scene as one of the state's freshman, tea party congressmen as he threatened to impeach Obama over the debt ceiling crisis. Watch the video here.
In the brief speech, Scott — known for his sense of humor and pulling himself up by the bootstraps from poverty — made light of the president's 2008 "Hope" and "Change" message, and gave a brief background on what helped him to succeed as a poor black kid from North Charleston (his mom and switches).
Scott is running for reelection this year and will face Democratic opponent Bobbie Rose in November.
Rose released this statement on Scott's use of "Hit the Road Jack":
“This more than anything draws back the curtain on the agenda of Scott and the Republican party as a whole,” Rose said. “In fact, it could be the theme song for the whole convention, because another verse reads:
Don’t care if you do cause it’s understood
you ain’t got no money, you just ain’t no good
“It couldn’t be more fitting,” Rose wrote in the statement.