Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina knows what it’s like being poor, and he’s using his political clout as a senator from an early primary state to ensure that the issues surrounding poverty are a part of the presidential campaign.

“It’s a major part of my life’s mission,” Scott told NBC News in an interview this week.

With the holiday season just passing, Scott recalled moments in his life that stand out. He wanted a toy belt with a toy gun – one that imitated what was worn in western movies – but he woke up Christmas morning when he was seven or eight without his toy holster – or any toys.

By: Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News

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