Opportunity Lives Will Sponsor Presidential Forum on Combatting Poverty, Expanding Opportunity

Opportunity Lives is proud to announce that we, along with the American Enterprise Institute and Economic Innovation Group, will be sponsoring a presidential candidate forum on poverty and expanding opportunity hosted by the Jack Kemp Foundation in Columbia, South Carolina. The event will be moderated by two Republican leaders at the forefront of the fight against poverty: House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. The event will be held at the Columbia (South Carolina) Convention Center on January 9th, 2016.

Six Republican presidential candidates have confirmed their attendance at the event: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Governor John Kasich and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

“We are proud to sponsor a much-needed conversation in this primary season about policies that provide upward mobility and a path toward a comeback, for our nation as well as the millions who have been unable to escape poverty, addiction, and hopelessness. At Opportunity Lives, we highlight those solutions in our news coverage every day, which is why we are thrilled to see where the candidates stand at the Kemp Forum,” said John Hart, editor in chief of Opportunity Lives.

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

“The Kemp Foundation, Speaker 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,” said Senator Scott. “Our nation is one of endless opportunity, and I look forward to welcoming the 2016 presidential candidates to South Carolina for this important event.”

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” said Jack Kemp Foundation President Jimmy Kemp. “The Kemp Foundation is honored to provide this Forum for candidates to address real-life questions affecting the well-being of those who haven’t yet realized the American Dream.”

“We have a monumental opportunity in America to change our approach to poverty—to stop treating vulnerable people as liabilities to manage and start treating them like assets to develop. AEI is pleased to partner with moderators Speaker Ryan and Senator Scott and the Kemp Foundation to hear how the candidates plan to deploy conservative ideas in this great cause,” said Arthur Brooks, President of AEI.

“EIG is proud to partner with the Kemp Foundation in this important and timely candidate forum moderated by Speaker Ryan and Senator Scott. As a nation, our policies must do more to ensure all Americans – regardless of zip code – have access to economic opportunity,” said Steve Glickman, co-founder and Executive Director for EIG.

For a preview of some of the best conservative solutions to poverty, be sure to check out our Solutions Center here at Opportunity Lives.