U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan will moderate a conference for presidential hopefuls and others on poverty and expanding economic opportunity in Columbia.
The conference will be held Jan. 9 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Jack Kemp Foundation is hosting the event. The foundation is named after the late Jack Kemp, a former GOP congressman, vice presidential candidate and housing secretary in President George H.W. Bush’s administration.
All declared presidential candidates have been invited to take part in the conference with lawmakers, scholars and other community members. A list of participants will be announced later.
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“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,” Scott, R-North Charleston, said in an email announcing the forum. “Our nation is one of endless opportunity, and I look forward to welcoming the 2016 presidential candidates to South Carolina for this important event.”
“There are few challenges tougher than the fight against poverty, and we need all hands on deck,” said Ryan, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and 2012 GOP vice presidential candidate.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the event’s location.
Governor’s schedule, activities
Gov. Nikki Haley’s publicly announced schedule for this week is:
Tuesday, 11 a.m.: Attend an economic-development supplier event, Kent Bicycles (BCA), Manning
Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.: Deliver keynote speech at the LeadSC Young Professionals 2015 summit, Columbia
Thursday, noon: Deliver the keynote speech the Greenville County United Way “Women Make a Difference” luncheon
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Accept the 2015 Columbia Chamber Ambassador of the Year award at the Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s 113th annual gala
Friday, 1 p.m.: Attend the Volvo Cars groundbreaking, Ridgeville
According to her staff, Haley’s activities last week included:
4 days: Of economic-development activities, continuing a European trade mission with other state officials including stops in Gothenburg, Sweden; Munich, Germany; and Frankfurt, Germany
2: Other economic-development activities, attending Euphoria 2015 — a food-wine-tourism event — Saturday in Greenville
1: Political event, hosting the “Take Back America” GOP presidential forum with former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, and Heritage Action’s Mike Needham, Greenville
Jamie Self, staff reports