Tim Scott conflicted on Cory Booker as possible Democrat VEEP pick

Gov. Nikki Haley plays Pokemon Go

Hillary Clinton has yet to name her running mate, but U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., hopes it isn’t his best friend across the aisle, New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker.

“He’s a Rhodes Scholar, brilliant guy, former football player — I hope she picks somebody else,” Scott laughed. “He’d be really good.”

Booker, who along with Scott are the only black members of the U.S. Senate, is rumored to be near the top of Clinton’s list for vice presidential nominees. The two lawmakers have become close, working together on police body camera legislation, competing in a weight-loss challenge and attending bipartisan Bible study.

“Does he add a lot of bite to the ticket? There’s no doubt about it,” Scott said. “There are a lot of people who would be a lot less challenging to our party.”

Pokemon Go took the world, including the political world, by storm this past week.

“Look who I caught in the Governor’s Office!!” Haley tweeted while showing the Poliwag creature.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey did the same with the Pidgey character.

The augmented reality video game app requires users to leave their houses and walk around the community to collect items and catch Pokemon. When users visit landmarks, including the Statehouse, they can collect poke balls to catch more Pokemon and other items.

The hunt is so good at getting people motivated and moving, S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison wants to see the game expanded to polling places this November, boosting turnout on Election Day.

There were some Grinches though. Donald Trump said he doesn’t have time to play the game, but his campaign released a 15-second video called “Crooked Hillary NO!” which shows Democratic rival Hillary Clinton being captured like a Pokemon.

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy says he wants to be a work horse, not a show horse. But the South Carolina Republican is having a hard time escaping the spotlight.

Nationally recognized as the chairman of the special congressional committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi consulate attack, Gowdy reached more than 1 million “likes” on his official Facebook page last week.

His office, which released a statement to share the news, noted that his page “likes” exceeded those of congressional Republican leadership and South Carolina’s senior U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

But Gowdy says it’s not about him.

“We are incredibly fortunate to represent a district with such a depth and breadth of assets,” he said in a statement. “Anything we can do to draw attention to the Greenville-Spartanburg area is a positive for the people we work for.”

Charleston native funnyman and “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert will broadcast his show live for the next two weeks, focusing on news and events from the Republican and Democratic conventions.

The move is a shift from the norm as the regular taping time for the New York-based program is in the afternoon.

But going live means they’ll be able to collect more gags and jokes from the convention sites where speeches and programs run late into the evening hours. That also will put more pressure on Colbert, his monologue and his writers.

Published reports say Colbert will visit Cleveland with the Republicans, and Philadelphia for the Democrats, for part of their gatherings but be back in New York in time for the 11:35 p.m. broadcast on CBS.

Emma Dumain, Gavin Jackson and Schuyler Kropf contributed to this report.