Sen. Tim Scott, who was blasted as the tea party's "ventriloquist dummy"
by the North Carolina NAACP president, says he isn't concerned about personal attacks; he wants to help people escape poverty.
Appearing Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity,"
the South Carolina Republican praised the past work of the NAACP, but added, "Perhaps its time to take a second look in the mirror and find out what we're fighting for in the 21st century and not the 20th century."
Radio talk show host David Webb on Monday's "Hannity" played video of his trip to a weekend rally in which he confronted
the Rev. William Barber II, asking if he intended to apologize to Scott over the "dummy" remark. Barber skirted the issue and others at a press conference said the question didn't deal with the issues being addressed that day.
"I have not found that Scripture in the Bible that says you demonize those folks you do not know," Scott told Hannity when asked for comment on Tuesday. "I'd love to hear the chapter and the verse on that one."
But he wouldn't address the slight any further, saying he's used to it after 18 years as a black Republican.
What is "outrageous," he said, is the silence from black leaders about children in poverty who can't find the opportunity to escape. They also fail to address failing schools or the high black unemployment rate, he said.
"Instead," he said, "what people will debate is whether or not they know the definition of a dummy."
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