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Ryan on Poverty in America: 'We Deserve Better'

5:00 PM, Oct 24, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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By addressing poverty with a seriousness that many Republicans don’t, Ryan echoed his mentor, the late New York congressman and Health and Human Services Secretary Jack Kemp. Appropriately, Kemp’s son, Jimmy, introduced Ryan. I asked the younger Kemp if he believes Ryan is taking on his father’s role in the GOP as a vocal leader on issues of poverty and upward mobility.

“I think he’s always had it,” Kemp said. “He [Ryan] understands that…without a growing economy and with a huge deficit, then people at the local level, they have a tougher time doing what they do. So, I think he sees the whole picture. I think he’s always cared about these issues.”

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