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Presidential Candidates, Scholars, Community Leaders to Participate in Kemp Forum

Presidential Candidates, Scholars, Community Leaders to Participate in

Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity

Moderated by Sen. Tim Scott and Rep. Paul Ryan

Jan. 9, 2016, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  –  Columbia, S.C


WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Jan. 9, 2016, the Jack Kemp Foundation will welcome presidential candidates, scholars and community leaders to the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity to present and discuss their ideas for fighting poverty and expanding opportunity in America. U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott will moderate the half-day conference on Jan. 9, 2016, at the Columbia (South Carolina) Convention Center.

“There are few challenges tougher than the fight against poverty, and we need all hands on deck,” said Rep. Ryan. “I’m looking forward to exploring ideas about how we can expand opportunity in America.”

“The Kemp Foundation, Chairman Ryan and I all share the same goal of helping those most in need, and the Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity will provide our candidates with a great forum to articulate their plans to help all Americans achieve their dreams,” Sen. Scott said. “Our nation is one of endless opportunity, and I look forward to welcoming the 2016 presidential candidates to South Carolina for this important event.”

Jack Kemp Foundation President Jimmy Kemp said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, and this Kemp Forum provides candidates a platform to express both their ideas and experiences which demonstrate their care for the well being of all Americans.”

The Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity promises to be a revealing encounter among talented men and women who would serve as President of the United States. All declared presidential candidates have been invited to participate in the educational event alongside policymakers, scholars and community leaders. A full roster of attendees will be announced at a later date.

“The American idea was never that everyone would be leveled to the same position in life. The American idea was that each individual should have the same opportunity to rise as high as his effort and initiative and God-given talent could carry him. If you were born to be a master carpenter, or a mezzo-soprano—or even a pro football player—here in America you could make it.

 – Jack Kemp, GOP Convention, 1980

The Jack Kemp Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).  The Jack Kemp Foundation engages only in educational activities and does not engage in any lobbying or political activity as those terms are defined by the IRC. Contributions to the Jack Kemp Foundation are deductible to the donor to the extent allowed by law. 

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