Fox News reports:
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday named Rep. Tim Scott to replace outgoing Sen. Jim DeMint, calling him "the right U.S. senator for our state and for our country."
Haley announced her decision Monday at the statehouse. With the announcement, Scott will become the first black U.S. senator from South Carolina.
"This man loves South Carolina," Haley said. "I have no doubt that he will fly through 2014."
Haley was referring to the fact that, while she has the sole power to appoint DeMint's successor, her pick will have to run again in 2014.
Scott acknowledged that he hasn't won any Senate election yet, and vowed to work hard on economic and fiscal issues.
Reiterating a cornerstone conservative position in relation to the ongoing fiscal talks in Washington, he said: "If you have a problem with spending, there's not enough revenue to make up for it."