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SC’s Tim Scott, Paul Ryan to headline presidential forum on poverty in Columbia

AP

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 participate in the conference with lawmakers, scholars and other community members. A list of conference participants will be announced later.

"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.

– U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-North Charleston

“Our nation is one of endless opportunity, and I look forward to welcoming the 2016 presidential candidates to South Carolina for this important event," he said.

"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 vice presidential candidate.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the event’s location.

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