REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (NEWSnet/AP) — Sen. Tim Scott, a potential running mate for Donald Trump, is treading carefully on questions about whether he would have certified the 2020 election if he had been vice president.

On Jan. 6, 2021, then-Vice President Mike Pence refused to use his role to block Joe Biden's victory. Pence went forward with ratification.

Scott dropped from the 2024 presidential race and later endorsed Trump. In interviews Sunday for two news programs, Scott declined to say whether he would have acted differently.

“I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions,” said Scott, R-S.C. "You’re asking a hypothetical question that you know can never happen again.”

When the Senate returned following the Capitol siege, Scott voted in favor of certifying the 2020 results. During a presidential debate in 2023, he said Pence had acted appropriately to certify the result.

Two other potential Trump vice president contenders, Sen. JD Vance of Ohio and Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, have said they would not have allowed the '20 election result to be certified.

Scott sidestepped questions regarding how he views the vice president's role in certification.

“The one thing we know about the future is that the former president, fortunately, he’ll be successful in 2024, he won’t be facing that situation again,” Scott said. “So what we should focus on is what will cause the former president, President Trump, to be the next president of the United States.”

In 2022, Congress approved legislation to change the law governing certification of the presidential election.

The legislation, in part, makes clear that the vice president’s responsibility is merely ceremonial and a VP has no say in determining who won.

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