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Jack Kemp dead at 73

Former vice presidential candidate succumbs to cancer

Posted: May 02, 2009
8:53 pm Eastern

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Jack Kemp
Jack Kemp

WASHINGTON -- A spokeswoman says Jack Kemp, a former quarterback, congressman, housing secretary and Bob Dole's vice-presidential nominee, has died.

Kemp had been battling cancer.

Kemp had been serving at his Washington-based Kemp Partners consulting firm and remained involved in his charitable and political work.

After his football career, Kemp represented western New York for nine terms in Congress, leaving the House for an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1988. He later served as President George H.W. Bush's housing secretary and ran for vice president as Bob Dole's running mate.

As an economic conservative, Kemp advocated low taxes and supply-side policies. His positions spanned the social spectrum, ranging from his conservative opposition to abortion to his more libertarian stances advocating immigration reform. As a proponent of both Chicago school and supply-side economics, he was notable as the molder of the Reagan agenda and the architect of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, which was known as the Kemp–Roth tax cut. Kemp described himself as a "bleeding-heart conservative."   MORE..............