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From: CNN
In: Washington
Posted 5-30-97

Subject: Kemp Says He'll Decide Next Year Whether To Run For President In 2000

Former vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp said he will not make his final decision on whether to run for the presidency in 2000 until 1998, but that he's "taking the steps that are necessary" to run.

Appearing on CNN's "Evans and Novak," Kemp predicted that the Democratic nominee will be Al Gore, saying that House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-Mo.), a probable rival, is engaging in "class warfare."

"I think Dick Gephardt has made a real error in calculating his possibilities for the year 2000 if that's what he's doing," Kemp said, referring to Gephardt's recent attacks on the budget deal and extending most-favored-nation trade status to China.

"I shouldn't totally discount that his motives could be more than just politics, but for him to just go up and oppose cutting tax rates, for him to call China a Stalinist free trade, with all due respect, we should not be making new enemies out of old enemies, we have a chance to bring China into the world," he said. 

Kemp, who has been critical of compromising on tax cuts in the name of balancing the budget, said that he will meet with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to talk about the tax bill.

 "I'm going to give the best of intentions to the men and women who wrote that budget if they get the right type of tax bill, and if they do, I'll be out there helping to lead the charge; if t