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generation of public service at every level, let me just say, i co-chaired with george mitchell a reform commission on the u.n. which we concluded was essentially bureaucratic, incompetent, corrupt, riddled with nepotism and stunningly hard to reform. so with that cheerful thought, i have two actual -- and i've seen you work in columbia so i know you are a great natural politician in the best sense of the word. you understand about bringing people together and listening to them and getting things done. i would just say two things to remember -- one is cheerful persistence. you're going into a place that's not used to having an effective ambassador. you're going to into a place where the normal daily behaviors -- it's like sending trump to the "new york times" or msnbc. the natural bias of the general
assembly is tough but as we reemerge as the leading country in the world there are a lot of folks who will want to come to talk to you. to the degree you allow your natural charm and interests in people to connect with every single delegation and ambassador, six or eight months you'll have a remarkable reach into the u.n. and you'll serve your country and the president with remarkable effectiveness and i was thrilled when the president-elect announced that he was nominating you and i can't imagine anyone who would do a better job. [ applause ] >> could i just mention one thing? arguably, the most impactful and efficient and most admired ambassador of our time was jeanne kirkpatrick. i would look at the way she conducted herself and represented our nations in the united nations. would you agree?
>> of course. and on that wonderful note and tribute to jeanne, thank you both for being here and please join me in a round of applause. [ applause ] tribute to jean, thank you both for being here. and please join me in a round of applause. [ applause ] please take your seats. we're going to let the servers finish with the coffee and desert. we want to respect everyone's time. i want to agree with something that speaker gingrich said when he was up here.
it is an incredible opportunity to focus on equality of opportunity to have dr. ben carson as the incoming hud secretary. and i'm fortunate to be able to work on the transition team on hud issues, and it has been so interesting, as i've been back in the hud building, over the past couple of weeks, a place that my dad -- some hud employees reminded me that when you walk into the building, it feels like you're in, let's see, eight floors or ten floors of basement. but despite that fact, the people in there care deeply about fighting poverty, and providing opportunity for all. what you witnessed up here with michelle van cleave, speaker gingrich and senator mccain was
the type of kemp forum events we've been holding over the past five years. and our kemp forum events focus on three areas. one is equality of opportunity, foreign policy, and the third is economic policy. one of the things that many of you remember my father saying, though, is that people don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care. and to introduce governor nikki haley, we're going to bring up someone who cares. at the kemp foundation, we've been real fortunate to have political leaders reach out to us and want us to work with them, and help them and this man has -- this senator has called us at the kemp foundation and asked for us to help, and he is invested his time not only in his home state of south carolina, but also, across the river in anacostia.
the kemp foundation, i've been doing a lot of work with ron moton. ron, are you out there somewhere? i'd like you and your young people to stand up real quick. ron -- [ applause ] thank you. those young people are going through a program, y'all can take a seat. i'm not going to make you stand the rest of the night. ron has been working with those young people in a program that is training them for jobs, and getting them ready to achieve all they can be. bob woodson who is here, bob, would you stand up for a moment? [ applause ] bob, many of you know bob. bob and my dad were good friends. bob took dad around the country
when he was hud secretary, and what we do at the foundation, a large part of it is encourage politicians to get in their communities. go to the places where people know the answers. and bob talks about josephs, that they are a bunch of josephs out there. if we'll get out of our ivory towers, if we'll stop just thinking about theory, but go talk to the people who are doing the change in communities, that's where the solutions come from. so ron moten is a joseph in d.c. he's a return citizen and he's investing in young people's lives. tim scott said hey, jimmy, i want to meet some young people in d.c., who are trying to overcome a lot of challenges, because i've overcome a lot of challenges. i want to hear from them. this was just in the last spring. so tim has welcomed them to the
capitol, hosted i think 12 senators and congressmen who sat around for hour listening to them. tim cares. and young people, they care what he knows. his constituents care what he knows. and i'm more than thrilled to be able to welcome to the stage one of our great, young leaders for the american idea to introduce governor haley, senator tim scott. [ applause ] good evening. wow. it is a great day in washington, d.c. good evening! >> good evening. >> if you were from south carolina, you would realize at that when governor haley stands up and she says it is a great day in south carolina, everyone says "it is a great day in south carolina!"
the fact that we're in d.c., no one really thinks it's that great of a day in d.c. i have the privilege of introducing my governor, one of the greatest leaders in america, to you. i thought about some things that would be funny to say. if you know my humor, you would realize that it's best for me not to sing or tell jokes, so i'll do neither. i do think, governor, about the one joke that i thought would be funny, you would not find funny. i'm a gamecock fan. any in here? i could tell by the silence, there is only one. she's in the front row. she doesn't want to be identified as a gamecock either. at 6-6. our governor went to clemson. i think she is personally responsible for the success of the clemson tigers going onto the playoffs.
woo-hoo! good deal. i see we're not in south carolina at all. any ways, let's see. jokes don't work outside of south carolina, son. got it. my pastor is telling me, i have the right to be wrong. this is wonderful, in front all you nice people. seriously, our governor started working at 13 years old, keeping the books in her family business. she learned very quickly the importance of hard work. one of the reasons why i know this, she is a person who deserves the award tonight, because she embodied leadership. not only is she a clemson graduate, but when you think about the success we've seen in south carolina, think about this. 46 counties, and during her tenure, we've had over 82,000 jobs created in all 46 counties in south carolina. [ applause ] >> that's amazing.
>> one of the reasons why it is always a great day in south carolina. but think about some of the jobs that have been created and expanded under her leadership. the bmws of the world, $1.2 billion expansion, the michelon, mercedes bends, 1,200 additional jobs, boeing, volvo, the first plant in the country, south carolina. there is a reason why south carolina per capita is the number two growing state in the country. it is called good leadership. but many of us would focus on so many of the positive things we've seen happen under her leadership, and that is truly
good leadership. but i think perhaps the most important form of leadership we see when times are hard, when everybody is running in the opposite direction, you see, south carolina has had man-made and natural disasters. i think about just less than two years ago, the flood, the 1,000 year flood, flooding in south carolina, not on the coast, but in columbia. in the middle of the state. our governor rose to the occasion, and led our state through a very traumatic situation. then just this year, hurricane matthew comes through the middle of our states. again, parts of the state most impacted were not the coastal parts of the state. she stood up, rolled her sleeves up and led, led the people who were disillusioned and didn't know where to turn.
we watched her positive, powerful leadership keep our state moving in the right direction. but if those two are not enough, as governor, she led the charge to remove the confederate battle flag from the capitol of south carolina. [ applause ] i will tell you that when the decision was made to take on the fight not that many people were clapping in south carolina. she had the vision to know that sometimes you do the right thing, even when it is not popular. and the trigger -- let's give
her time to clap back there by herself. god bless you, ma'am. you keep clapping for my governor. [ applause ] >> there is no doubt that the trigger for the removal of the confederate flag was an incident that no governor, no person should have to live through. we are all familiar with the murder, the murders of the emanuel mother ame church. governor haley, who showed tremendous leadership as our governor did something that i thought was far more important during those funerals, because i was there with her through almost every funeral.
and she was there. but she was not just there as a governor. she was there as a mother. she was there as someone who held hands with a state and people that were broken. if you ever want to know what leadership looks like, don't look at her record as a job creator. don't even pay too much attention to the response to natural disasters. look specifically at the crisis of mother emanuel and her response as a human being, as a mother, as a governor, but most importantly, as a bridge to a better future. south carolina remains south carolina strong, because of the leadership of our governor. it is no question that when president-elect trump saw the resume and watched on national and international tv the leadership of governor haley, he chose her to be our next
ambassador to the united nations. please help me welcome, our governor, my governor, nikki haley. [ applause ] >> thank you so much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. this is just a surreal night, on a lot of different levels. first of all, when i heard about this award, i thought, really? i mean, it is just one of those that i couldn't even comprehend or imagine. and then to go and, you have to understand, as the wife of a combat veteran, to even hear john mccain talk about you is like overwhelming, because we can't ever thank you enough for your service. and i am forever in your debt. i don't know where newt is, or
if he is still here. but i have to tell you, when he was running for president a few years back, that will go down as one of the best dinners that michael and i had was with newt and his wife, calista. the man is a great dinner companion. he can talk and talk and talk. it is really cool things he talks about. i want to thank him. that was really neat to hear him talk about that. and then i've got to tell you, as we were planning for this speech, i saw that i thanked tim. i didn't know it was tim scott. i thought that it was just somebody named tim that was going to introduce me. so now i look back at that, and
that made it that much more special. i will tell you, when you're governor, and elected to lead, you make a lot of decisions. and some decisions you go back and say i wonder if that was right, and i will tell you, one of the best decisions i ever made was appointing tim scott as u.s. senator. [ applause ] so thank you so much, tim, for that great introduction. i appreciate it. thank you to joanne kemp, and to jack and joanne's incredible children. to the entire kemp family and to the kemp foundation. i am deeply, deeply honored that you would choose to give me this leadership award. it means more to me than i think could ever truly express. i regret at that i never met jack kemp. i know i would have liked him. in anticipation of tonight, i was reading some of the things that i came across, and i came across this quote. there is a kind of victory in good work, no matter how humble. my mother, as tim said, made me
start doing the books for our family business when i was just 13. so believe me, i know that those words have meaning. but beyond what secretary kemp said, and when i look at what he stood for in his life, and what he did, i am in awe. in pro football, in congress, in the executive branch, as a national leader of the conservative movement, his accomplishments go far beyond any words. but it is not just his accomplishments that stand out. what is programs the most significant about jack kemp is his compassion. the compassion he always showed to those who have been left behind in our country. and the courage he showed in going against the grain of republican thinking, when our party was wrong. jack kemp was often referred to as a bleeding heart conservative. i love that. i love it, because it is important to be conservative.
since our way of thinking is the right way for our country. [ applause ] but it is also important to have heart for people. who might not always share in our experiences or perspectives. some in our party still miss that. jack kemp never did. as we begin this new era of united republic governance, we can't afford to miss it now. we have an incredible opportunity in front of us, to remind america that we will deliver freedom and opportunity to all citizens, regardless of race, gender or where they were born and raised. that is what drew me to the republican party. and what drew my parents to america. my parents left a wealthy life style in india with just $8 in
their pocket to come to america to start over. why would they do that? because even in 1969, they understood that no amount of money, no lifestyle, can compare to the opportunities we have in america. only here can you be anything you want to be. if you are just willing to work hard. only here do the circumstances of your birth not define your future. only here is anything truly possible. that is jack kemp's republican party. that is my republican party. and that, at its core, is the american ideal. i'm not an academic. i'm not a philosopher, i am a wife, a mother, and a governor of a state who took a chance on me more than six years ago. i have spent every single day since then working to prove to the people of south carolina that they made the right decision.
to me, that means making sure every south carolinian has the same opportunities i have. the opportunities that allowed an american indian girl, from a tib -- tiny rural town, bamburg, south carolina, to grow up to one day be governor. when i took office six years ago, south carolina was struggling. jobs were scarce. economic anxiety was real. and the american dream fell out of reach for too many. i remember not quite knowing where to start. and then i came across the quote from one of my predecessors, governor carol campbell, who was a contemporary of jack kemp's. if you can get a person a job, you can take care of a family. well, governors don't create job. we can make sure when a business wants to grow, it can. we got to work. we cut business taxes. we cut tort reforms, i replaced
-- we wiped our regulatory boards clean. i replaced largest and most bureaucratic permitting board with the president of a construction company. and look at us now. we build planes with boeing. we build cars with bmw, mercedes-benz and now volvo. we have five international tire companies. the first american flat screen tvs, look no further than rural winnsboro, south carolina. for those who said bicycles would never be made in the united states, we brought back a new jersey bike manufacturer from china and they are now operating in south carolina. [ applause ] most of that didn't exist six years ago. so more than 82,000 new jobs and $21 billion in investment have been announced in south carolina
during that time. we've moved more than 35,000 people off of welfare and put them to work. [ applause ] unemployment has been cut in half. more south carolinians are working today than ever in the history of our state. i've often been asked how we've done it, as if there is a secret formula that spurred our transformation into the fastest growing economy on the east coast. my answer is that like most things in government, it is not as complicated as some people think. it is about common sense. a willingness to get creative and challenge norms. a belief that all things are possible. if you free people to pursue their own dreams. jack kemp understood that better than almost anyone. as vital as job creation is, lifting people up is more than just about finances. it is also about education.
that is an area in which our state has lagged behind for many years. we're still behind. but not for very long. more than four years ago, i started a conversation about education in south carolina. i met with principals and teachers. superintendents, university deans, business leaders, clergy. i listened. i learned. we changed things. we now provide reading coaches in every elementary school in south carolina. we've ended social promotion. we are aggressively recruiting rural teachers and changing the districts and incentivizing them to stay. we're investing in technology, getting every south carolina child up to speed in the world as it is today, not as it was three decades ago. and we did it all without raising taxes.
we have made immense changes to the way we teach our kids in south carolina. these changes are happening because of two simple things. a willingness to acknowledge a problem and a willingness to move outside of our comfort zone to find a solution. it was out of the ordinary to talk about education reform. that is usually democrat territory. but those conversations help me understand where they were coming from. and that helped them begin to trust me. that built relationships that allowed us to push these changes through our legislature. everyone wants to feel heard. in this nation, everyone deserves to be. for too long the leadership of both political parties have written off large groups of our fellow americans. outreach and honest communication can have enormous positive effects.
i've seen it in world policy changes in our state. i've also seen with it the change that goes much deeper than that. i speak of last year's shootings in charleston and the removal of the confederate flag. when i first got word of the shootings, i knew this would be unbearably painful for our state. nine shooting deaths in a church at bible study. a state senator and a leading figure in the local black ministry shot to death. we never imagined something so horrifying. the next morning we captured the killer and immediately became clear that this was the act of a racist. motivated not by mental illness but by pure hate. the first thing we needed to do was lift up those families and celebrate the lives of the victims. i decided to attend each funeral.
i met the families. i heard their stories. and through it all, i had the privilege to get to know nine amazing souls. after each funeral i would head home and sit down with my two kids. i would show them the faces on the programs. i would introduce them to the person i met that day. i introduced them to ethel lance, who despite losing her daughter to cancer two years earlier was a woman of love and joy who constantly sang her favorite song. one day at a time, sweet jesus. that's all i ask of you. give me the strength to do every day what i have to do. i introduced them to our youngest victim. a 26-year-old budding entrepreneur, anxious to open his own barber shop. who on that night stood in front of his 87-year-old aunt susie and said you don't have to do this.
we mean no harm to you. i introduced them to cynthia whose life motto was to be kinder than necessary. that's now my life motto. every opportunity i have, i mention the nine we lost and the three survivors. the emanuel 12. those 12 who took in someone that night, who didn't look like them, didn't act like them and didn't sound like them. they didn't call the police. they didn't throw him out. instead, they pulled up a chair and they prayed with him for an hour. i mention them because i don't want to be just the families that know their love, the compassion and the greatness of these amazing people. i want the whole world to know them as my children and i do. the second thing needed to happen was removing the
confederate flag from our state house grounds. there are many wonderful, decent, honorable people in our state that revere that flag. they are not racists. they are the same people who twice elected an african-american u.s. senator and twice elected an indian american governor. as i said when i announced my intention to bring down flag, this was a debate that did not need to have winners and losers. those who revere the flag for reasons of ancestry and heritage retain every right to do so. but what happened in charleston shed a different light on an issue our state had long struggled with. what we saw in the extraordinary reaction to charleston was people of all races coming together. we didn't have riots. we had vigils. we didn't have violence. we had hugs. the state house belongs to all people and it needed to be welcoming to all people. that was not possible with that flag flying.
when it came to the removal debate, we had legislators who truly listen to each other, that allowed all of us to see each other in a way that doesn't always happen. with love and grace and compassion. it's a love we learned from the emmanuel 12. the flag came down and south carolina moved forward. i would like to think that jack kemp would have been proud of that. i guess you'll heard that i'm up for a different job now. it's an incredibly challenging time for our country. those here at home and internationally. but it is also an exciting time. we will have a new president. who will have an opportunity to put our conservative principles into action. so when president-elect trump asked me to be his nominee as ambassador to the united nations, i was honored to accept. i am not going to get into the details of our international
challenges here tonight but i will say two things. first, jack kemp was a guiding light for us. not just in the areas of economic growth, empowerment and civil rights. he was a guiding light in foreign affairs as well with the passage of time, it is easy to forget, some of the battles that raged three decades ago. but we should all remember that secretary kemp was an outspoken critic of the racist government in south africa. that was often a lonely position inside the republican party. but he didn't shy away from it. history has proven him right. second, i will conclude my remarks tonight with the same sentence i start every speech with when i first ran for governor as an unknown 38-year-old candidate more than seven years ago.
i am the proud daughter of indian immigrant who's reminded my brothers, my sister and me every day how blessed we were to live in this country. that declaration is just as important today as it was back then. i never tried to hide my background from my fellow south carolinians, most of whom don't look like me. i used my parents' immigrant experience to promote what is truly unique about america. this day, the 75th anniversary of the attack on pearl harbor, it is more important than ever to always remember what unites americans. not what divides us. it also says something about our future. no matter where i go, no matter what i do, those are the values i will proudly promote. i will never run from them with. with god's grace, and the senate confirmation, i hope -- [ laughter ] yeah. i'm really nervous about that, just so you know.
i hope to represent our country well and do my part to keep america safe and to keep our country the greatest beacon of freedom the world has ever known. thank you very much for honoring me today. may god bless you. [ applause ] >> how do you all feel? what an opportunity, what a wonderful message. thank you, governor haley, for your work in south carolina. thank you, god, for providing leaders who care about the truth and the goodness that this country and this world can be a
part of. we're grateful that you are here, governor haley. every year for the kemp leadership award we try to do something a little bit personal. when my father passed away in 2009, my siblings and i went through many of the wonderful awards that he had been given at dinners, not unlike this. and there were some really nice things. but they weren't personal. so we try come up with something every year. this year, i don't know if you can see this. governor haley has already seen it. i am not holding it back from her. this is a picture of my father, the iron lady, margaret thatcher, iron lady of great britain and u.s. ambassador to the united nations, jean kirkpatrick. and there is an inscription that says to jack kemp. all good wishes, margaret thatcher. the inscription reads, the 2016
kemp leadership award presented to governor nikki haley. december 2016. from the kemp family private collection. mom, i would like you to come up and thank everybody. come up and thank everybody. >> governor haley, thank you so much. i hope >> governor haley, thank you so much. i hope you are passing the baton the a lieutenant governor who will -- it's henry! >> my goodness. >> i was going to say, i hope south carolina will continue to be with good leadership and obviously -- >> henry mcmaster was my dad's '88 campaign chairman in south carolina. so there's a weird cycle. but it's wonderful. so yes, mom, i think it is in good hands. >> and to look at this photo of
jeane kirkpatrick and margaret thatcher and jack, is just a signal that people of substance and common sense really do make a huge difference in this world. and you are one. and we are so grateful. and [ applause ] >> all right. you can sit. we're almost done. i know it's late. the kemp foundation is really privileged to have dave, paul ryan's chief of staff, to give some closing remarks.
before he brings up bishop holly. thanks for being here. >> i thought i would start with the scariest statement you can make at a kemp function. i'm about to make my last point. for those of houston worked for jack, that small group laughing, you know that meant you were in for 45 minutes of uninterrupted listening pleasure. his last point took at least 45 minutes. >> i would like to go back to a dinner honoring jack in 1988. the speaker was president ronald reagan. and he said, what motivates jack is the cause. and indeed, that is what jack fought for. and that is what the foundation stands for. the cause. in fact, the foundation really is the keeper of the cause. i am very honored and privileged to work for speaker ryan. and i have to tell you, i have a
little fun, because having worked for jack and having worked for paul, and i think there's nobody else in the country who can say that. i can watch the imprint of jack on paul as he does certain things and takes certain actions. i'm not sure he knows it. but i do. and the thing that was most important to paul when he became speaker is that he would lead the republican conference in developing an agenda. an agenda of ideas. an agenda for the country that the republicans can run on. because he believes that ideas are the most important thing in politics. does that remind you of anybody? i can't tell you the number of times jack said that to me. what he was able to do with his republican colleagues, develop
an agenda, and the cornerstones of that agenda are growth. peace through strength. hope and opportunity. that is the vision that underlies the agenda that we put together. and that agenda is one that will be taken by our republican members in our unified government by the trump administration and house republicans and democrats. and we'll work on that agenda to make this country better. to provide opportunity. to provide growth. to provide jobs. to make us strong again. and it is the job of this foundation to really hold us to that promise. we have a duty and a responsibility to do these things for the country. but the conscience behind us, the conscience we need is the jack kemp foundation. what they stand for. what you support. what jack stood for. that vision, that conscience is
something we need on capitol hill. we'd need it in the new administration. it is the purpose of this foundation to be one of the leaders in providing conscience for the people. so please, i want to thank you for all your help. thank you for coming tonight. and i'd like to introduce bishop holloway for the benediction. and now the benediction. [ applause ] >> we are at a close of another home run hitter out of the park by the jack kemp foundation. an elegant evening, informative, good food and great music. with thought provoking messages, thank you, jimmy, joanne, stacy,
scott, andrew and all of the kemp family, and the jack kemp foundation team. to the honoree, nikki haley. how could you not love her? she is so down to earth. and to all of you that are in attendance. we want to do a benediction like this. 1 john 4:18 says there is no fear in love. but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. the one who fears is not made perfect with love. 2 timothy 1:7 says for god has not given us the spirit of fear but of love, power, and sound mind. so as we do the benediction, would you please stand to your feet, please.
love is greater than hate. love will feed the hungry. love will house the poor. love will teach the uneducated. love builds. love unites. love is not hate. love it not prideful. love is not arrogant. love is peace. not war. love is not rich, nor is it poor. love is not black. neither is it white. so i say, let love be the policy. let love be the programs. let love be the representative. let love be congress. let love be the supreme court. let love be justice. let love be the president. as i speak the benediction over we the people, as the bishop of the lord's church, as an apostle of the kingdom of god, may we
love god. may we love ourselves, our families, our neighbors, abroad and at home. love is perfect when it has no fearful may god's love reign in your heart as we leave this place. love will cause the blind to see. love will cause the lame to walk. love will cause the deaf to hear. and love will cause the deaf to know. i declare and decree as an apostle of the lord jesus christ that the messages that we've heard will carry us into the new year. it will be the lead and the guide into a greater america. the enemy cannot stop and block what god intends to do with us, through us and for us. so as an apostle of the lord jesus christ, i release you to be the agent of the servant of love. god bless you and have a wonderful, saf